8 Days Luxury Small Group Imperial Cities Winter
Bask in the splendour and romance of Europe’s Imperial Cities on this grand exploration of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. A treasure trove of sights and scenery, you will have the chance to explore the rich heritage of art, culture and world-class castles and museums in some of the most intriguing destinations in Central Europe. Delve into the pages of history, and relive the glorious days of the Habsburg Empire. You will remember the warmth and beauty of these places in winter for a long time.
Our adventure map
Day by day
First Day welcome to Prague
Have your camera at the ready, for today we start our adventure in Prague. Take in the uniquely preserved history of this beautiful city on a guided walk, where you will have the chance to admire the stone bridges stretching over the picturesque river, ancient chapels, elaborate facades, and cosy cafes – all with the imposing hilltop castle as a backdrop. When it is time to take a break from all the gazing, head indoors to one of Prague’s many snug restaurants or cafes and order yourself a hearty Czech meal of meat and dumplings, accompanied by a world-famous beer. Trust us, as the number one beer-drinking nation on the planet, the Czechs sure know how to brew a good one. (D)
Hotel: Charles Bridge Hotel
Second Day travel from Prague to Cesky Kromlov
Leaving Prague, we head to the magnificent Hluboka nad Vltavou Chateau, a national cultural treasure which was originally founded as a guarding castle in the mid-13th century by the Kings of Bohemia. We continue to Cesky Krumlov, a small but oh-so-sweet city in South Bohemia, with spectacular architecture and authentic old-world charm. Like the younger sister of Prague with a similar fairy-tale-like beauty and medieval origins, Cesky Krumlov is also framed by a spectacular castle and river, which winds its way through the town. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring the town with its many medieval pubs and art galleries. (B)
Hotel: Hotel Latran
Third Day we go to Melk Abbey then onto Krems
Farewell the stunning scenery of Cesky Krumlov as we venture on wards to the Austrian city of Melk. Situated on the banks of the Danube River, this charming little town presents a great deal of architectural variety from many centuries. We take a guided tour of the town’s main feature, Melk Abbey – a massive Baroque Benedictine monastery, housing countless medieval manuscripts. Next up, we make our way to Durnstein and Krems on the Danube: two picturesque towns made famous by their wine-growing area. Wander the quaint streets and relax at a cosy wine tavern or restaurant, this will definitely be up there among your favourite stops. (B)
Hotel: Steigenberger Hotel and Spa
Fourth Day travel to Schonbrunn Palace then Vienna
Leaving Krems, we make our way to Schonbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence which boasts lavish Baroque architecture, exquisite decor and over 300 years of history. After a tour of this magnificent residence, watch expert patissiers prepare a Viennese apfelstrudel at the Court Bakery. We continue to Vienna – the capital city of Austria, and an exciting hub of world-class museums, lively eats, imperial architecture and buzzing nightlife. Take in the extravagances of the Habsburg Empire, its elegant palaces, magnificent churches and old cobbled lanes. After dinner, we indulge in the sweet sounds of a classical concert at a select venue in Vienna, and discover why this city is one of the most musical in the world. (B, D)
Hotel: Hotel Harmonie
Fifth Day explore Vienna
Explore Vienna on your own watch today, and uncover a culture which resonates with music and romance. Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Vienna is home to an abundance of architectural gems tucked around every corner. Its compactness and many pedestrian streets make it a paradise for walkers, so don your comfiest shoes and get going. From the city’s vibrant art and design scene, to its beautiful classical music and rich cuisine, there is no wonder it is an all-time favourite. (B)
Hotel: Hotel Harmonie
Sixth Day visit Bratislava then head for Budapest
This morning we board a high-speed boat to take us from Vienna to Bratislava on the Danube River. Once a significant economic centre, Bratislava is now a cosmopolitan city with plenty to offer history and culture buffs alike (and the foodies too, of course). Delve into Bratislava’s traditions and check out the city’s major sights. Make sure you try the local cuisine, which takes a little bit of inspiration from the Hungarian, Austrian, German and Slovak cultures. Our next and final stop is Budapest, capital of Hungary. After familiarising ourselves with the city, venture down to the riverside and gaze in awe at the spectacular collection of buildings, brilliantly lit up against the night sky. The Hungarian Parliament Building will surely impress you. (B)
Hotel: Parlament Hotel
Seventh day its Godollo Palace then Budapest
This morning we venture outside the city to The Royal Palace of Godollo, an imperial and royal Hungarian residence, famous for being a favourite place of Empress Elisabeth, also known as Sissi. Later we return to Budapest to explore one of the most famous imperial cities in Europe with a local guide. Straddling the Danube River, the city was originally divided in to Buda and Pest and was only united in 1873 after the construction of the Szechenyi Chain Bridge. Today, Budapest ranks high among travellers the world over thanks to its favourable combination of grandiose architecture, relaxing bath houses, lively bars, and restaurants. We end our grand tour in style with a farewell dinner highlighting Hungary’s exciting culinary traditions. (B, D)
Hotel: Parlament Hotel
Eighth Day enjoy breakfast in Budapest
Indulge in a breakfast, fit for Hungarian royalty, before finishing up our imperial adventure. (B)
- 7 nights' accommodation
- Tour leader
- Mini-coach transportation
- European breakfast daily
- 3 x evening meals
- Local guides in Prague and Budapest
- Apfelstrudel demonstration at Schonbrunn Palace
- Classical concert in Vienna
- Boat trip from Vienna to Bratislava
- Included Entrances: Hluboka nad Vltavou Chateau, Melk Abbey, Schonbrunn Palace & Godollo Palace.
Enjoy a classical concert at a special venue in Vienna
Take a Danube River cruise on a high-speed boat from Vienna to Bratislava
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