Destination Imperial

Visit the three imposing capitals of the former Hapsburg Empire on a cultural journey to the Imperial cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Central Europe is adorned with breathtaking natural scenery and historical and artistic treasures, combined with its rich, thriving folk traditions and heritage it is no wonder this area is a popular holiday destination. Your first stop is the “Golden City” of Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its gleaming spires and majestic towers. A tour of the city highlights its stunning architecture and royal past. Stroll across the 6th century Charles Bridge, where the silhouettes of the statues hover like ghosts. Walk along the narrow winding streets of Old Town Square and visit Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. After a scenic ride through the countryside, you’ll arrive in regal Vienna, with its opulent palaces, breathtaking churches and famous Vienna Opera. The City offers many reminders of its imperial past. Then onto the stunning city of Budapest, where the historic blends with the modern and the hills frame the graceful curves of the Danube River which flows through the city. Take a boat ride to the Danube bend where magnificent landscape unfolds itself before you. Visit Fishermen’s Bastion, Mathias Church and historic Old Buda. This center of medieval Hungary, with its abundance of historical artifacts, monuments and stunning scenery, will bring an end to this remarkable cultural tour.

Day 1 Flight & Arrival in Prague
Start your journey with a panoramic tour of Prague, preceded with an afternoon excursion to Prague Castle.
In the evening a special welcome dinner awaits. Sample the local cuisine while being entertained with traditional folk dance and local music.

Day 2 Prague
There is no doubt that the magnificent Gothic and Baroque architecture inspired some of the world’s greatest artists. Your day begins with a walking tour of this fairy tale city. The tour features landmarks such as the National Theater, Belvedere, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the old Town Hall with the unique astronomical clock. After lunch you will visit Nelahozeves Castle, an important historical building which contains precious paintings by Bruegel, Canaletto and others. The day ends with a sensuous wine tasting event.

Day 3 & 4 Prague – Vienna
You board a luxury coach for transfer to Vienna. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a panoramic city tour .The following day you are free to explore the City on your own. Why not start your sightseeing with a trip to Prater amusement park with its giant Ferris wheel, and the ultra-modern United Nations City on the banks of the Danube River. Then perhaps stroll along Ring Boulevard, pass the State Opera House and stop at famous Heldenplatz for a picture of the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial Family. In the Old Town, see the synagogue and visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Take time to watch the famous midday parade of historical figures at the musical Anker Clock.
*Optional excursions can be arranged to Schönbrunn Palace, home to the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years, or enjoy a special cruise on the Danube River and the wine village of Grinzing, or a visit to magical Vienna woods, or a Classical music concert featuring the works of the great composers.

Day 5 & 6 Vienna – Budapest
Your day begins with a drive through the picturesque countryside to Budapest, often referred to as the Paris of Eastern Europe. On arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. The next day a local guide explains the history and sights of this most cosmopolitan of cities. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city, home to more than one-fifth of the Hungarian population. The 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, the Citadel on Mount Gellert, and Heroe’ Square are also on the agenda. In the afternoon you are free to explore the city on your own or return to the hotel to relax.

Day 7 Budapest, the Danube
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Danube Bend, where the river is forced between the hills and turns to the South, revealing beautiful vistas. You will also visit Esztergom, with its Cathedral, the largest church in the country. Rebuilt in the 19th century in Classical style, it has the largest altar-piece in the world. Then it’s on to Visegrad, to visit the Main Street, Solomon Tower and the Castle on the top of the hill. The latter offers a wonderful view of the Danube Bend. Also included are visits to Szentendre, with its colorful houses and narrow alleyways and the Kovacs Margit Ceramic Museum, with its charming ceramic figures.
The evening concludes with a special farewell dinner and Folklore show.

Day 8
Transfer to airport for return journey home