Walk in the footsteps of Bohemian Kings
Vienna to Vienna
9 days from €1,799pp
Walk in the footsteps of Prague’s Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Český Krumlov. Explore the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna and Budapest. Be enchanted by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings on your private
tour, with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, and is much like a Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic ‘Holy Grail’. Led by your Local Expert, indulge your senses at the Schönbrunn Palace. Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary to find out more.
• Meals as specified (8 buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners with wine).
• The expertise of a knowledgeable Travel Director.
• 8-nights accommodation in centrally located hotels.
Day 1: Welcome to Vienna
Day 2: Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague
Once over the Czech border, head for picturesque Český Krumlov. Get your bearings with included sightseeing. Then enjoy free time to explore this fairy-tale vision from the Middle Ages, nestled amid a loop in the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Golden Prague.
Day 3: Prague, City of a Hundred Spires
Join a Local Expert for a tour of one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle where you’ll admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and appreciate amazing views of the Old Town. Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.
Day 4: Reflect on Auschwitz then on to Kraków
Enjoy a gentle drive through the stunning Czech landscapes before crossing into Poland where you will stop at Oświęcim, better known by its German name of Auschwitz. Join a guided tour of the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
Day 5: The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków
Accompanied by a Local Expert, journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines. In a maze of tunnels deep below the surface, witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt by the miners. On return to Kraków, join a Local Expert to ascend Wawel Hill and visit the cathedral. Walk past the courtyard of Jagiellonian University through the Old Town, to Europe’s largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary’s Church, be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower. In the evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
Day 6: Through Sleepy Slovakia to Budapest
Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. See the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains. Cross into Hungary to arrive in Budapest where in the evening, you are treated to a Highlight Dinner at the elegant Gundel restaurant. Savour mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially-selected Hungarian wine, as you dine in sophisticated style.
Day 7: Budapest, the Queen of the Danube
Venture into the heart of Buda’s medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the vista from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes’ Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Enjoy time in the foodie’s paradise of the Central Market Hall. Wander across its three levels brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax by the Danube or browse the boutiques of Vaci Street.
Day 8: Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs
Cross the border, continuing to stately Vienna to join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Be transported to a time of opulence and extravagance as you marvel at the intricacies of gilded Rococo frames, frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the Ring Road, a grand boulevard built along the lines of the old city walls showcasing many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, the magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, the Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are complimented with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, accompanied with wine. This is an incredible way to toast your adventures with newfound friends.
Day 9: Depart Vienna
Your Bohemian journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07:00 and 09:00.
Top rated highlights
- Auschwitz: Accompanied by your Local Expert, experience a powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
- Kraków: Journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines.
- Budapest: Join a Local Expert and visit the colourful Matthias Church. From the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze out over the Danube to the beautiful facades of the giant-domed Hungarian Parliament Building.
- Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie’s dream. Wander across three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, sumptuous Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
- Vienna: Led by your Local Expert, indulge your senses at the Schönbrunn Palace as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
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