Exquisite, unforgettable cities
Experience the breathtaking Bohemian capital of the Czech Republic, the beautiful Pearl of the Danube and the great Imperial capital of the Habsburg Empire, and pay a visit to striking, Slovakian Bratislava, as we reveal some of Europe's greatest cities on our great-value tour.
Fly to Prague and transfer to your hotel. Depending upon your arrival time, there may be time to explore. A delightful, pedestrianised city, Prague is crammed with bars and restaurants to suit most tastes and pockets.
Join our walking tour of Prague to see its exquisite Old Town. Cross the River Vltava, by the Charles Bridge, to the Hradcany district dominated by the imposing castle, great St Vitus' Cathedral and the historic Royal Palace. Afterwards, go exploring - perhaps in the city's many museums and galleries.
Today we head through the forests of Bohemia to the Slovakian capital Bratislava, a cosmopolitan city of Baroque palaces and stunning churches. After a chance to explore, and our first glimpse of the 'Blue' Danube, we continue to Budapest where you can enjoy an evening visiting the famous cafes.
Budapest is in fact two cities set astride the majestic Danube. One 'half' is Buda, an elegant hillside of opulent buildings. Discover the medieval houses of the castle district, the frescoes in medieval Matyas Church and the spectacular views from Fishermen's Bastion.
The city's other 'half' is Pest, a bustling hive of museums, galleries, thermal baths, restaurants and bars. See the Gothic Parliament beside the river and the colonnades and statues of Heroes' Square. You'll will also enjoy a Danube River Cruise and, later, have the chance to join our optional folklore evening to enjoy traditional Hungarian food and music.
This afternoon we reach Vienna, capital of the Habsburg Empire and site of the world-famous Hofburg - home to the Spanish Riding School and the Vienna Boys' Choir. See the Baroque palaces, the cathedral and many museums, and wander the elegant arcades and famous Ringstrasse.
Join today's optional excursion to the Schonbrunn Palace. The magnificent building was an Imperial summer home, and its great apartments and opulent saloons once echoed with the music of the young Mozart. Alternatively, experience Vienna's charms, such as the famous Landtmann Kaffeehaus once frequented by Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler.
Today we return to Prague through the wonderful South Bohemian countryside. This evening, why not take to the River Vltava for our optional dinner cruise and a final opportunity to enjoy Prague's stunning monuments? It's a perfect way to end a wonderful tour.
Transfer back to the airport for check-in and your flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We 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.
Combining hotel transfers
This 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.
Changes to your hotels
The local currency in Austria and Bratislava is the Euro. In Prague it is the Czech Koruna, and in Budapest it is the Hungarian Forint.
Currency on holiday
If 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.
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.
The 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.