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Imperial Capital Cities

(Tour code: 17IPF)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.


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Tour Highlights
  • Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate
  • Charlottenburg Palace
  • Historic Prague including a guided tour
  • Vienna and a guided tour
  • The Ringstrasse
  • Budapest with dinner cruise on the Danube
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Return Scheduled Flights

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Fly to Berlin
Days 1-2

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 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.

  • Scheduled Flight
  • Guided City Tour
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Days 3-5

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.

  • Guided City Tour
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Days 4-5 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Free Day
Day 6

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* Hotel Falkensteiner Schottenfeld.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
Day 7

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
  • Free Day
Days 8-9

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. This hotel is only five minutes' walk from Budapest's Castle District, and tonight dinner is included at a local restaurant.

On Day 9, you take a guided tour of Budapest, seeing Budapest Castle, the Parliament building 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.

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

Dinner cruise on the Danube

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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
  • Danube Dinner Cruise
Return to the UK
Day 11

Return Home

After breakfast today, you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

  • Breakfast
  • Scheduled Flight

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.


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