Submerge yourself in these cities’ rich history
A wonderful opportunity to savour the majestic glories of three of central Europe's great imperial capitals. Contrast Vienna's elegance with Prague's unique charm and Berlin's history on a ten-day tour by rail.
Board the Eurostar to Brussels after meeting at the St Pancras Departure Office, continuing on to Nuremburg, via Frankfurt, where you overnight. On Day 2, you travel to the stunning city of Vienna. On arrival in Vienna you embark on a coach and walking tour of Vienna. On it, you view the famed sights of the city, including the Prater.
For the next two nights, your hotel is the 4* Falkensteiner Hotel Am Schottenfeld, which is conveniently located within walking distance of Vienna's Museum Quarter and the Ringstrasse Boulevard.
Today you are at leisure in Vienna. Why not visit Schönbrunn Palace? Set in hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens, the elegant palace is one of Vienna's architectural highlights, and boasts of a UNESCO World Heritage status.
Designed by Jean Trehet in 1695, the gardens boast an orangerie, a palm house, which dates back to 1882 and features plants from around the world, and a maze. Alternatively, you could take the lift up the Donauturm, with its 150-metre (492 feet) high viewing terrace, for panoramic views of the city and beyond.
Today you set out by train for Prague. Here, you check into the 4* Hotel Diplomat for a threenight stay. With its convenient central location, the Diplomat is the perfect base from which to explore the sights of Prague. The rest of your day is free to relax in this fine city. The historical centre of Prague boasts UNESCO World Heritage status, due to its well-preserved architecture, including the famous astronomical clock, known as the 'Orloj.' Mounted on the oldest part of the 14th century Old Town Hall, this unique clock features the twelve apostles, who appear every hour between 9am and 11pm. Offering architectural history, art galleries and arguably Europe's best beer, Prague is a plentiful paradise for any curious traveller.
On Day 5, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Prague, discovering some of the 'Golden City's' most famous sights, including the medieval Hradcany Castle district - the largest castle complex in Europe - and the historic Old Town Square, as well as Charles Bridge with its striking Baroque statues. Dating back to the 14th century, Charles Bridge is 1,700 feet in length, featuring 16 arches and 30 statues of religious figures. As well as serving as the main pedestrian route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, the bridge offers the city's best views over the Vtlava River.
Today is at leisure to further explore Prague or alternatively join the optional excursion to Kutna Hora. Located in the central Bohemian region of the Czech Republic, this beautiful town's historic centre is, along with St Barbara's Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Why not take a guided tour of the cathedral, along with the nearby Ossuary and the former Royal Mint.
Leave Prague by rail, bound for Berlin in Germany. The train travels along the scenic valley of the Elbe and through an area of rocky gorges known as 'Saxon Switzerland', an enchanting journey. We arrive in Berlin and spend three nights at the 4* Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz. Situated opposite the television tower on Berlin's famous Alexanderplatz, the Park Inn is known as 'Berlin's highest hotel', due to its 150 metre height, spread over 39 floors. With its excellent proximity to local attractions, the Park Inn is the perfect spot from which to explore Berlin - or, indeed, to experience stunning panoramic views of the city, from the hotel's rooftop terrace.
This morning take a guided tour of the oncedivided German capital. Your afternoon, and Day 9, is at leisure to explore Berlin at your own pace, perhaps visiting the famous Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, or the Checkpoint Charlie Museum with its history of the Berlin Wall. You could also visit Potsdam, a former seat of the Prussian monarchs famed for its magnificent palaces. Known for its beautiful landscape and castles, Potsdam is home to Park Sanssouci, a Baroque flower garden surrounding the elegant Sanssouci Palace. Take in the splendid park and learn the history of King Frederick II, who ruled Prussia from the estate.
Today you say goodbye to mainland Europe, and begin your journey home. After breakfast, you leave Berlin by rail, travelling via Cologne to Brussels. Here, you board the Eurostar service back to St Pancras International, where your tour concludes.
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Great first experience of a rail tour with an excellent tour manager.
We had a really good time; very much enjoyed the balance between organised activity and opportunity to explore the cities on our own. Lovely group of people to travel with; our tour guide worked hard (several train travel hiccups on this tour!) and was very supportive and sensitive to individuals within our group.
Everything went well. Tour leader was excellent. Hotels good for purpose
well organised right amount of free time great tour manager met a lot of new friends
It was all very well organised and an excellent itinerary. There was a good balance of guided tours and free time for sightseeing.
One hotel was very poor which was a shame -- we notice you are still going there next year (East Berlin, Alexanderplatz). One tour on a coach - Vienna - was hopeless. Overall the holiday was great, really made worthwhile by our tour manager Douglas. Otherwise one could book this itinerary and hotels oneself just as well. The number of people on the tour is too many though everyone was very nice.
Well organised tour. Very good hotels. Great tour manager
Well organised and very enjoyable.
A great introduction to the 3 cities and well organised with an excellent (and patient!) tour manager. Getting to Vienna seemed to take a long time and was tiring and the time there too short. Good hotels, particularly in Prague. Excellent introductory tours of Prague and Berlin. Negatives - found the group a little large (though we were with a nice set of people) and moving us around resulted in longish gaps between trains.
Good tour manager, with good transfers
Submerge yourself in these cities’ rich history