On this guided vacation of Central Europe, experience the rich history and most popular destinations without the crowds—and even better—without the high-season prices. This Central Europe escorted tour is a magnificent journey through the former Habsburg Empire offering romantic castles, churches, villas and modern architecture, vineyards, breweries, first-class shopping, art, and culinary delights. Both vibrant and relaxing, your adventure begins in magical Budapest, and combines another two of Central Europe’s most popular cities: Vienna and Prague. Enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights with a Local Guide in all cities: in Budapest, enjoy the treasures of the city with a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion and admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs; in Vienna, among the many sights you will see, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna; and in Prague, visit the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, the largest castle complex in the world. Marvel at the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. From the exciting cities and historical sights to the special experiences, this Central Europe escorted vacation has something for everyone, including a low-season price that you won’t want to miss! Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy this amazing Imperial Escape!
Day 1: ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2: BUDAPEST
Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lofty lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and Heroes’ Square. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner is available.
Day 3: BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Cross the nearby Austrian border and arrive in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Your guided sightseeing features a drive along the Ringstrasse past the State Opera House, and a stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km.
Day 4: VIENNA
Enjoy a full day at leisure to further explore this wonderful city. Choose from our optional excursions to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 5: VIENNA–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
A scenic drive brings you to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening activity is available to explore Prague by night. Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km.
Day 6: PRAGUE
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle Grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the Astronomical Clock, once the envy of all of Europe. This evening, a [LOCAL FAVORITE] farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant to celebrate your Imperial Escape.
Day 7: PRAGUE
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.