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(Tour code: ICC6)Operated by Great Rail Journeys - See three incredible capitals at the crossroads of Europe

Operated by Great Rail Journeys - Embark on a voyage around three of Europe's most fascinating capital cities. From the brooding charm and Gothic allure of Budapest and the easy elegance and unsullied medieval relics of Vienna to the stunning architecture and unique, striking beauty of Prague. Discover the heart of central Europe on this tour.

Tour Highlights
  • Budapest
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • St Stephen’s Basilica
  • Evening Danube cruise
  • Vienna
  • Ringstrasse
  • Prague
  • Hradcany Castle
  • Prague Old Town
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Days 1-2 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
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Astronomical Clock, Prague
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.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Days 4-5 - Breakfast
  • Day 4 - Guided Walking Tour
  • 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
  • Tour of Vienna
Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Day 7

At leisure 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.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Days 8-9 By train to Budapest

Days 8-9 By train to Budapest

Today is free for you to explore Budapest and its many attractions and sights at leisure. You might perhaps like to enter the castle and explore the ornate interior and fascinating museum within. You could also enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Danube, and admire the contrasting architectural styles of the eastern and western banks. In the evening of Day 8, we head down to the river and board a boat for a dinner cruise along the Danube. This is followed by a coach tour by night of Budapest, taking in the illuminated sights of the city, including the Chain Bridge and enjoying spectacular views from Gellert Hill, which broods over Buda.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Guided tour of Budapest
Day 10 Dinner cruise on the Danube

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
  • Dinner Cruise on the Danube
Day 11

Return home

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

  • Breakfast
  • Scheduled Flight
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