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Imperial Capital Cities

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(Tour code: 19IPF)

See four incredible capitals at the crossroads of Europe

Explore the amazing capital cities of central Europe. Discover the region's rich heritage of art, history and culture, and savour its world-class castles, palaces and museums, from Berlin to Budapest.

  • Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag Building
  • Historic Prague including a guided tour
  • Vienna and a guided tour
  • The Ringstrasse
  • Budapest Illuminated tour
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Regional Departures Available

Imperial Capital Cities 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Fly to Berlin
Fly to Berlin

Fly to Berlin

Fly to Berlin today then transfer to the 4* Park Inn Alexanderplatz for a two night stay. The next morning you undertake a guided tour of this historic city, taking in such wondrous sights as the famous Brandenburg Gate, the 19th century Reichstag Building, built to house the Imperial Council of the former German Empire, and the ruins of the Wall which once split this city down the middle. The afternoon is at leisure for you to continue exploring Berlin.

You may like to visit the imposing Opera House, home of the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Alternatively, the fantastic Pergamon Museum features a wealth of wonderful exhibits including lifesize replicas of Ishtar Gate and the Altar of Zeus. The museum is located on the UNESCO World Heritage protected Museum Island.

Perhaps you may like to stroll through Berlin's Old Quarter en route to the impressive Charlottenburg Palace, the largest royal palace in the city and the only remaining from the period of the Hohenzollern family dynasty.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Days 3-5 Prague

To Prague by rail

Following a leisurely morning, travel by train to Prague for three nights at the 4* Hotel Diplomat. On Day 4, you are treated to a walking tour of the 'Golden City' of Prague today. Admire the magnificent medieval Charles Bridge and the cobbled Old Town Square, as your local guide leads you around some of the most important and interesting parts of Prague's history. The tour also takes in the city's castle complex, with spectacular views across the city.

Day 5 is at leisure. With many of its historic attractions centrally-located and easily accessible on foot, Prague has plenty to offer. Maybe visit Wenceslas Square, the site of many historic events, including the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, or Josefov, also known as 'the Jewish Quarter.' Located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River, Josefov's history dates back to the 13th century, when it was first used as a Jewish ghetto. Despite its torrid past, the area is filled with stunning Jewish architecture, and makes for a pleasant destination for a scenic afternoon walk.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Day 6 Vienna

To Vienna by rail

Take a train to Vienna, Austria's incomparable capital and the former seat of the Hapsburg Empire. On arrival you are treated to a delightful guided tour, seeing the city's imperial architecture lining the famous Ringstrasse, as well as the narrow houses of the idyllic Old Town. You spend two nights here in Vienna, at the 4* Acrotel Wimberger.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Vienna

Vienna At Leisure

Today is free for you to discover more of Vienna. You could visit the Stephansdom, the city's cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece is famed for its stunning tiled roof, patterned with brightly coloured chevrons and Viennese eagles, almost resembling a mosaic. From the spire, you can enjoy a superb panorama, soaking in the glory of Vienna.

  • Breakfast
Days 8-9 Budapest

By train to Budapest

Travel by rail over the Hungarian border to Budapest. Straddling the Danube, this fantastic capital is one of Europe's finest cities, and is famed for its superb bath houses in Turkish, Art Nouveau and modern styles. You spend three nights here at the 4* Hotel Bristol. The hotel is situated only 5 minutes from Keleti railway station, on a quiet side street adjacent to Rákóczi út - Budapest's main thoroughfare.

On Day 9, you take a guided tour of Budapest, seeing the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Hero's Square. Flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art, this is one of the major squares in Budapest, witnessing many political demonstrations and noted for its iconic statue complex featuring the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You will also visit St Stephen's Basilica. The basilica took over half a century to complete, partly due to disruption in 1868, when the cathedral's dome collapsed in a storm.

The tour also includes Fishermen's Bastion, which features a neo-Gothic masquerade in a beguiling medieval style, despite only dating back to 1905. Built by architect Frigyes Schulek, its seven gleaming white turrets represent the Magyar tribes that entered the Carpathian Basin towards the end of the 9th century.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 10 Budapest Chain Bridge
Budapest Chain Bridge

Evening tour of Budapest

Today is free in Budapest; you may wish to visit the famous Szechenyi baths or 'Café New York', widely regarded as one of the most beautiful coffee houses in the World. Tonight, enjoy a speciality evening meal and an evening coach tour of the sights as they are illuminated against the night sky.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 Return to the UK
Return to the UK

Return Home

After breakfast today, you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, where your holiday concludes.

  • Breakfast

Extend your holiday

Why not extend your holiday spending seven nights gently cruising home from Budapest on our exclusive 5-Star Danube cruise, Tour Code: DLR19. The price for a seven-night cruise add-on is only £1,475 in a C4 classic stateroom, with upgraded cabins available. Please call for further information.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

What’s included
  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager
  • Flights from London to Berlin and from Budapest to London
  • All rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 10 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day and 5 dinners
  • City tour of Berlin
  • Tour of Vienna with a local guide
  • Sightseeing tour of Prague, including the famous castle
  • Walking tour of Budapest
  • Evening coach tour of illuminated Budapest

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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