Prague, Budapest & Vienna
7 nights. March 2019 - November 2019. From £789.00.
Exquisite, unforgettable cities
This hugely popular journey begins in the breathtaking Bohemian capital of the Czech Republic, and includes three fascinating guided tours. Starting in the heart of Bohemia, it also takes in magnificent Vienna, home to stunning palaces, a vibrant cultural life, and the very best coffee and cake; the cosmopolitan Slovakian capital Bratislava; and majestic 'twin-city' Budapest, which sits astride the mighty River Danube. An opportunity, on an optional excursion, to discover Baroque gem Dresden, completes the wonderful tour.
Our first three nights are spent in Prague, one of the most vibrant cities of 'New Europe'. Then we head through ancient Bohemia to glorious Vienna, where you'll have two days to explore, before continuing southeast to cosmopolitan Bratislava and the magnificent 'twin' city Budapest.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy an included tour of historic Prague
See Charles' Bridge's blackened statues and Old Town Square's fascinating astronomical clock
Journey through beautiful, forested Bohemia
A guided tour brings to life Imperial Vienna
See the Ringstrasse buildings and the Hofburg Palace - home to the Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Pay a visit to cosmopolitan Bratislava, en route to Hungary
Explore twin-city Budapest, with its style and traditional thermal baths, on a guided tour
Danube river cruise in Budapest, with stunning views of the vast Gothic Parliament
Seven nights' carefully chosen four-star bed and breakfast accommodation in Prague (3 nights), Vienna (2) and Budapest (2)
Outbound flights to Prague, returning from Budapest
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Prague, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the hotel. Dependent upon your arrival time, there may be the opportunity of a first exploration of the Czech capital. A delightful walkabout city, Prague is crammed with bars and restaurants.
Day TwoGet to know Prague, one of Europe's most beautiful capitals, which has miraculously survived the turbulent centuries unscathed. Join our guide for a walking tour, which will introduce you to the exquisite Old Town, or Stare Mesto, the city's heart since the 13th Century. Cross the River
Vlatva by the famous cobbled Charles Bridge, with its blackened statues, into the steeply sloping left bank and the Hradcany district, dominated by the imposing mass of Prague's ancient castle. Beneath this magnificent building, home to great St Vitus' Cathedral and the historic Royal Palace, are the narrow, sloping cobbled streets of Mala Strana, or Little Quarter.
Following the tour, the rest of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure. This evening, why not join our optional river cruise with buffet dinner?
Day ThreeExplore the fascinating city at your leisure today, or join the optional excursion to Dresden, former Eastern Germany's Baroque gem. See its restored glories, including the stupendous Frauenkirche, which lay in ruins from 1945 until its rebuilding following reunification, the surrounding altstadt, Baroque Theaterplatz, the Residenzschloss - seat of Saxon kings and home to a priceless jewel collection - and the pavilions and courtyards of the Zwinger buildings, all south of the River Elbe. On the northern bank, Neustadt and its neighbouring Aussere Neustadt quarter brim with life, and are also home to several fascinating museums. Don't miss the view of the altstadt from Neustadt's riverside meadows.
After a fascinating day, return to spend a last evening in Prague.
Day FourTake your leave of Prague to head south into Bohemia, a rolling, romantic region of dense forests, medieval towns and hill-top castles. By early afternoon you will have crossed into Austria, and will arrive in the great Imperial city of Vienna.
Enjoy a guided introduction to the magnificent seat of the Hapsburg Empire, with its imposing Baroque palaces and cathedral. The world famous Hofburg Palace is home to the Spanish Riding School, the Vienna Boys' Choir, several museums and the Austrian President, and the Old Town, or Innere Stadt, is a labyrinth of streets humming with the buzz of shops and cafes. Vienna is famous as the home of the Kaffeehaus, and no doubt during your visit there'll be time to sit and enjoy coffee and cake in one of several celebrated Viennese meeting places.
Day FiveThis morning, explore the city once again, or join the optional excursion to the Schonbrunn Palace, Imperial summer home and one of Austria's greatest treasures, a magnificent building that once echoed with the music of the young Mozart.
Day SixBid farewell to the Austrian capital and cross into picturesque Slovakia and its wonderful capital, Bratislava, delightfully set on the River Danube close to the point where Austria and Hungary converge. A cosmopolitan mix of Central European influences, Bratislava boasts glorious Baroque palaces and some stunning churches. After a fascinating few hours in the city, re-board the coach to make the onward journey into Hungary and its glorious, Danube-side 'twin' capital Budapest, for a last two-night stay.
Day SevenAn included guided tour this morning introduces the 'twin' city, set astride the river. On one side sits Buda, an elegant hillside of opulent buildings, while opposite Pest is a bustling hive of museums, galleries, thermal baths, restaurants and bars. Discover the former's castle district, with its delightful medieval houses and the fascinating Matyas Church with its medieval frescoes, and take a look at the spectacular vista from Fishermen's Bastion. In Pest, the vast Gothic Parliament lining the river and the grandiose Heroes Square, with its imposing columns and statues, are just two of the highlights.
Later this afternoon, you will enjoy an included river cruise, while this evening, you have the chance to join our optional folklore evening of traditional Hungarian music and food.
Day EightTransfer to Budapest airport for your return flight. Back to top
AccommodationPrague, Budapest and Vienna Touring Hotels
You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of at least three-star standard.Back to top
Itinerary changesPlease note that on some departure dates the itinerary is reversed. Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Changes to your hotelsThis holiday is very popular, and we have limited rooms in the hotels described. If demand is high on a particular date we may accommodate you in an alternative hotel, of a similar standard, in a convenient location for the tour. Full details of your hotel will be sent with your Joining Instructions.
Currency on holidayThe local currency in Austria and Bratislava is the Euro. In Prague it is the Czech Koruna, and in Budapest it is the Hungarian Forint.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to your hotel, or the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. Back to top