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.
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 Museumsisland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, take a fabulous dinner cruise on the Danube, before a coach tour of the sights as they are illuminated against the night sky.
After breakfast today, you transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, where your holiday concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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.
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Great coverage in such little time, although on one day it was a little too much. A two + hour train journey, two hours on a coach and then an hour or so walking at our city destination before booking in to our hotel thoroughly exhausted!
it was very well organised the tour guide was very attentive and always asked how each indivigal how they were and if they needed any thing , just ask for help
Seamless organization. No problems
All the arrangements were good. The tour manager was extremely helpful when my luggage went missing at Berlin airport on the first day. However, it would have been nice to know what happened to it as no explanation was given for it being missing We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of the trip and might do another in the future..
Great trip which more than met our expectations. The trip was well organised with plenty of free time. Tour manager really made the trip
Overall the experience was magnificent. Personally I would have liked more time in Vienna and perhaps less in another place. One of the tours (Prague) was a tad long and even as an avid history lover I began to suffer from history fatigue. However everything else was splendid. Good accommodation, good food, an excellent tour manager. A most enjoyable holiday experience.
I had a very enjoyable time, but the hotel in Vienna was poorly located and it was too far to pull my case to the hotel in Budapest
Overall very good, disappointed that we were unable to sit together on the plane on the outbound flight having requested this when we booked.
Well organised and enjoyed visiting the four capitals
Overall we enjoyed the trip. there were just one or two niggles. Idid fill in a survey at the end of the tour with these niggles highlighted
See four incredible capitals at the crossroads of Europe