Prague, Vienna & BudapestExcursions
Guided city tour in PragueA half day guided sightseeing walking tour with an official guide to see the best of the historic capital of the Czech Republic. Prague has a long and chequered history and there are many colourful stories that your official guide will be able to tell you. Perhaps the greatest period in the city’s long existence was the 14th Century during the reign of Charles IV: some of the earliest city districts were established, Charles Bridge was built, Charles University was founded and there was economic and cultural growth.... Admire the architecture of The Old Town Square, The Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge and its baroque statues. You will have the opportunity to witness the Astronomical Clock striking on the hour in The Old Town Square, and also to enjoy the atmosphere of one of Prague’s ‘Kavarny’ (Coffee Houses).
Guided city tour in Vienna(Half day sightseeing part by coach and part on foot followed by a free afternoon in the city) - The Austrian Federal Capital has a population of about 2 million and has a wealth of historic and cultural monuments thanks to its rich heritage. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your half day guided tour of the Imperial city you will take in such sights as: The Natural History Museum, the Musikverein (where the New Year’s Day concert is broadcast live from), the Town Hall, the Hofburg Palace, the unusual architecture of the Hundertwasser House and The Viennese Opera House, which is one of the busiest opera houses in the world.
Guided city tour in Budapest
(Half day sightseeing part by coach and part on foot followed by a free afternoon in the city) – With a population of approximately 2 million people, Budapest is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its World Heritage sites include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, and the Millennium Underground railway, the first on the European continent. Believe it or not in 2008 the largest thermal water cave system in the world was discovered under Budapest! The city attracts over 20 million visitors a year. On our tour of this pretty city we will stop off at Heroes’ Square (see next paragraph) and the Old Castle District. You will take a slow drive past the Parliament Building and finish in the pedestrianised centre. The central site of Hero's square, as well as a landmark of Budapest, is the Millennium Memorial with statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary in the 9th century and other outstanding figures of Hungarian history.
Lunch cruise in PragueA 1.5 hour cruise on the famous River Vltava (internationally known as the Moldau) through the centre of Prague, including a buffet lunch and live music. The boat will be exclusively for our group and is a great way to relax and see the city.
Traditional Hungarian Gypsy showFor the last evening of the holiday we have prepared a real treat for you: a trip to a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant in Budapest named Borkatakomba. The restaurant boasts attractive architecture, first-class service from staff in traditional costumes, and traditional Hungarian food. Folklore is deeply ingrained in the local culture and we have reserved a place for you to see perhaps the most famous folklore band in the city. A two hour show with dancing (Polka, Chardash & Mazurka) and singing and some fine wine. There is also a dance floor where you could try some of the local dances with the professionals. The restaurant also houses the world’s largest wine barrel which has a capacity of more than one hundred thousand litres!
The Royal Palace of Gödöllő & Lázár Equestrian centre with included performanceThe Royal Palace of Gödöllő is an imperial and royal Hungarian palace located in the municipality of Gödöllő. It was a favourite residence of Queen Elisabeth of Hungary. The palace is one of the most important, largest monuments of Hungarian palace architecture. A one hour tour is included here. From here you will visit the equestrian centre to enjoy an equestrian performance.
Visit to the towns of Telč (Czech Republic)This charming Czech town has a delightful square surrounded by Renaissance houses which date back hundreds of years. You will be stopping here for lunch on your way from Prague to Vienna.
Schönbrunn PalaceThis is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria and since the 1960s has also been one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna. The palace and gardens illustrate the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs and boast spectacular halls. Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens have been the location for various movies, such as the Sissi trilogy in the 1950s; A Breath of Scandal with Sophia Loren; and briefly in James Bond's The Living Daylights. If you are curious about how the other half used to live, then this is the place for you.
Visits to the town of Eisenstadt (Austria)The capital of the province of Burgenland is located on the Austrian side of the border with Hungary. It is the birthplace of Josef Haydn (the composer of the German National Anthem) and is characterised by the stunning baroque Esterhazy Palace. You will be stopping here on your way from Vienna to Budapest.
Prague CastleA half day guided sightseeing tour of Prague Castle (Prague’s No. 1 tourist attraction). Entrances into St. Vitus’ Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane are included.
Classical ConcertDuring the holiday there will be an opportunity to see a Classical Concert. One Traveller has pre-booked places for a Mozart and Strauss concert in the Palais Ausberg. The “Vienna Residence Orchestra” together with famous opera singers and ballet dancers in historical costumes, will perform for you. Vienna is the musical Capital of Europe and this will be an extra special event. Please let your Tour Manager know early on in the holiday if you would like to attend this event.
A Vintner Evening in a Heuriger TavernWe start this evening off with a scenic drive up to a fantastic view point overlooking the city of Vienna before driving down to the restaurant for a traditional Austrian evening including live music and a glass of wine. Price includes transport, dinner and a drink.
Evening champagne cruiseThis is simply a stunning tour and a fantastic introduction to one of the most beautifully lit cities at night time. After the evening meal in the hotel you will drive to the river side where we will board our Danube Champagne cruise. For 1 hour you will have the best views of Buda and Pest from the Danube River. A glass of Champagne is included, commentary and a video. After this we will take a short drive to Heroes’ Square and then back to our hotel.