Central Europe and its spots to be discovered

Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava (12 day tour)

Accommodation in quality 4* hotels

Day 1: Arrival – Prague

Arrival in Prague. Greet and meet with your guide at the airport around noon. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Approx. 1,5 hours break for individual lunch. Then visit to the city centre with your guide and bus (4 hours in the afternoon). Dinner at hotel, overnight in Prague.

Day 2: Prague

Full day sightseeing tour in Prague. In the morning: transfer with bus to the historical centre. You will see the Prague Castle with gorgeous St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane and the Lesser Quarter (Mala Strana) with its unique atmosphere. Across the Charles Bridge you’ ll get to the Old Town quarter. Individual lunch (eg. in one of many fast foods in the city centre). Then you will proceed to the Old Town Square with well-known Astronomical Clock, the Royal Way and other city highlights. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at hotel and overnight.

Day 3: Prague – Kutna Hora – Prague

Half day trip to Kutna Hora – a historical town in central Bohemia listed on the Unesco World Heritage List. A former silver-mining town (in the Middle Ages) with well preserved hostorical centre, 2 cathedrals, ossuary-bone chapel, former silver mines, former mint, wineyards etc. You‘ll visit both cathedrals (St. Barbara and Cathedral of Assumption), Ossuary and will taste local wine. Organized lunch at Kutna Hora. After your return to Prague (approx. 4 pm) time for leisure.

Day 4: Prague – Chateau Hluboka – Ceske Budejovice - Holasovice – Cesky Krumlov

From Prague your group will head to Hluboka nad Vltavou chateau – one of the most charming and the most visited chateaux in Bohemia. Its romantic architecture and very well preserved interiors allows you an authentic insight into the life of Czech nobility. After the lunch you’ll visit the famous Budweiser Budvar brewery where the first ever Budweiser beer was brewed. Tasting in the brewery cellars is included. After that we will proceed to the most charming village in the whole Czechia – Holasovice (Unesco list) where wonderful Baroque farms are set around the extensive village green. It’s not an open-air museum but a living village! And we will get to Cesky Krumlov in the evening hours. Individual dinner in the town centre. Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Day 5: Cesky Krumlov – Vienna

The morning is dedicated to the second best known tourist locality in Czechia after Prague. You’ll see the cosy town centre with many colourful historical houses, surrounded by the river Vltava flow and will have the oportunity to visit the medieval castle. Lunch in the town centre and transfer to Vienna (via Linz). Arrival to the Austrian capital in the late afternoon. Check-in to the hotel and time for leisure. Dinner at hotel.

Day 6: Vienna

After your breakfast you’ll get to know the “City of Waltz” during a half-day sightseeing tour. Among others you will see the Castle Hofburg, State Opera, Charles’s Church, Burgtheater as well as Town Hall and University. Individual lunch. In the afternoon - time for your leisure that you can dedicate to shopping (optional, for a supplement: a half day trip to famous shopping and outlet area of Parndorf) or to visits of other sights of Vienna (Schönbrunn castle, Prater, Danube Tower, Hundertwasser houses or Vienna’s zoo - the oldest in the world. Entrance fees are not included). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Vienna.

Day 7: Vienna – Vienna Woods – Mayerling

Explore beautiful sites surrounding the southern part of the Vienna Woods on a half day guided coach tour. You'll pass the Roman City of Baden, famous for its thermal springs as you travel through the romantic valley Helenental to the former Mayerling hunting lodge. Today it‘s a commemorative chapel however it was the place where the Crown Prince Rudolph, the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph, committed suicide with Baronesse Vetsera in 1889. In the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (1133) you will visit the medieval cloister. Your tour continues with a leisurely boatride on the largest subterranean lake in Europe (currently closed for maintenance !). You'll you leave the Vienna Woods and return back to Vienna passing the Liechtenstein Castle on the way. Break for individual lunch in the city centre and time for leisure.

Optional (for a supplement): 3 museum attractions worth seeing inside Hofburg: the authentically-furnished Imperial Apartments, the tasteful Sisi Museum and the Silver Collection as a comprehensive collection of Imperial utilitarian objects (approx. time of visit 2 hrs). Dinner in a traditional Austrian restaurant with live music, wine and beer.

Day 8: Vienna – Budapest

After your breakfast your further journey will take you across the Western Hungary. At lunch time you will get to know the Hungarian Capital, which is situated on both banks of the Danube River (in Hungarian - Duna). Time for lunch. Then sightseeing tour - you will visit the Castle District, which is upwards of the Danube. There you can see The Fishermen Bastion and the Mathias’s Church. In the district of Pest you can admire the Parliament, the National Theatre (both from outside), the Hero’s Square and many other monuments. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel in Budapest.

Day 9: Budapest - Szentendre – Visegrad – Budapest

After your breakfast you will go for a full-day trip to the cultivated landscape of Hungarian lowland and alongside the Danube river. You’ll start your trip at Esztergom (former capital of Hungarian kingdom) where you’ll visit the famous basilica and will enjoy the view to the river and Slovak border. We proceed to the historical town of Visegrad (with an ancient castle ruins above Danube bends) and then to Szentendre that is known for its museums, galleries and artists. Lunch (menu 3 courses) at the arrival to Szentendre. You’ll return back to Budapest in the afternoon hours. Individual dinner, overnight in Budapest.

Day 10: Budapest – Bratislava

After your breakfast transfer to Bratislava, the capita of Slovakia. Arrival in the late morning hours, meeting with your local guide and visit to the city centre (approx. 2 hrs). Time for lunch in the city and then leisure time for shopping (eg: Aupark or Eurovea) or for individual visit of the city.

Day 11: Bratislava – Cerveny kamen castle – Little Carpathians region – Bratislava

After your breakfast transfer to Little Carpathians hills in the neighbourhood of the Slovak capital. Excursion to Cerveny kamen (Red stone) Renaissance castle with well preserved historical interiors,. Lunch for group in the area. In the afternoon excursion to a craft room with a traditional production of typical “Habanska” ceramics and stop in a traditional wine cellar with explanation of local wine production (tastings are included). Dinner and overnight In Bratislava.

Day 12: Bratislava - Vienna airport or Prague airport – departure for your home

Departure from the hotel in the morning hours. Transfer with bus to the Vienna airport or to Prague airport. According to the destination and time schedule break(s) during the transfer. Departure