Now that these majestic capitals are swelling with tourists, maybe it’s time you stepped away from the ordinary and ventured off the beaten track. Start with the rough-around-the-edges delights of Prague, Vienna and Budapest.
Welcome to Prague - the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. This city is a beautiful treasure trove of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Later, enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at Prague. Meals: Dinner
After breakfast, enjoy guided Prague city tour with Prague castle visit (Tour duration – 5 hours). After picking you up from your Prague hotel, we embark on a fascinating journey through time to learn of the people who have shaped the city, and to discover the places they built over the past 1000 years - Prague has over 4,000 monuments. We begin our tour on the coach, introducing the major historical areas of Prague: the New Town with Wenceslas Square at its heart, the charming Old Town and the picturesque Lesser Town. Next, we drive up to the castle for the highlight of the trip through the Prague Castle complex to discover the major sights within. On the tour our guide brings the magnificent castle buildings to life, explaining their turbulent history, and their royal and presidential connections. We admire the grandeur of Saint Vitus Cathedral, the ancient architecture of the Old Royal Palace, the state apartments, the fortifications and towers, and other historic churches and national treasures. Finally, we enjoy the stunning views over the whole of Prague. From Prague Castle we walk down to the Vltava River via a flight of steps (the steps are lengthy, but wide and deep, and so fairly easy to walk down). We then stroll across the city's historic river crossing, Charles Bridge, which presents yet more wonderful panoramic views. And we continue on through the Jewish Quarter and on to explore the Old Town. The tour finishes at the Old Town Square. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, check out and leave for Vienna via Cesky Krumlov as per scheduled time. We drive for around 2½ hours through the scenic countryside to reach Cesky Krumlov. We begin our orientation tour with a stroll through the formal gardens and courtyards of Cesky Krumlov Castle, before walking down to explore the town's historic centre; the quaint old streets are lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses once belonging to wealthy noblemen. Then visit of the main attraction, the mighty Renaissance Cesky Krumlov Castle, once the seat of powerful lords, the Rožmberks and the Schwarzenbergs. The castle houses a rich collection of paintings, period furniture, Flemish tapestries, historical weapons, and intricate china, glassware and jewellery. After the castle, we commence our 2½ hour journey to Vienna. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, we begin our city tour with the most significant sights of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse we see magnificent buildings, such as the MAK, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the Museums Quartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. Later visit the Schonbrunn Palace which was the summer residence of the Austrian Emperors for nearly 150 years. It was built between 1695 and 1749 with over 100 rooms and beautiful gardens. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, we leave for Budapest as per scheduled time on the way we stop at Bratislava for orientation tour. Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia. It is also the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. Bratislava is neatly divided by the Danube River. On the north bank are the less attractive high-rise blocks erected under Communist occupation (1968-89). On the north bank is the comparatively tiny but beautifully restored historic quarter of the Old Town (Stare Mesto), now devoted almost entirely to tourism. Bratislava Old Town, much of which is pedestrianised, is characterized by its charming Hapsburg baroque architecture, including many former palaces. Hlavne Square sits at its heart, containing the Old City Hall, and parallel, running north to south, the old Michalska and Venturska streets lead past a number of historical sites. The town has a rich musical pedigree and includes the childhood performance venues of Mozart and Franz Liszt. After that we commence our journey to Budapest, total time of travel approx. 4 hours. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
After Breakfast, we leave for Budapest city tour, which is Hungary’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre. With green filled parks full of charming pleasures, museums that will inspire, and a pulsating nightlife that is on par with its European counterparts, Budapest is one of Europe's most delightful and enjoyable cities. Thanks to the perfect location, inhabitants' hospitality and memorable monuments it is mentioned as "Little Paris of Central Europe" and "Pearl of Danube". On our city tour we see the Chain bridge, the Parliament (the most picturesque building of the city) and the Castle. Walk through the castle district, visit the Firshermen bastion and Matthias church. Then we drive to the Gellert Hill (Citadel) for the amazing view of Budapest, after that – Central Market hall with the largest synagogue of Europe. We take a photo stop at Heroes square - one of the major squares of Budapest, rich with historic and political connotations. Its iconic statue complex, the Millennium Memorial, was completed in 1900, the same year the square was named "Heroes' Square". Then head to the water to board a cruise along the Danube River. Enjoy the look out at the city’s iconic panorama, gliding past the Royal Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building and more. This tour is a perfect way to see all of the capital city’s famous landmarks both by land and water. Return to the hotel after the tour for a comfortable overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
After breakfast, check out and leave for airport.
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