About this tour
Apr 9, 2018
• Round trip air from Winnipeg
• Air taxes and fees/surcharges of $610 per person (subject to increase until paid in full)
• Hotel transfers
• Meals as per itinerary
• Travel insurance and cancellation waiver
• Personal expenses
* ESCORTED BY IRENE LING. OPEN TO EVERYONE! BOOK BY 3 OCT 2017 AND SAVE $150 PER PERSON!
DAY 1 OVERNIGHT FLIGHT
Set out on a grand cultural adventure through the Imperial Cities of Central Europe. Along the way, enjoy traditional entertainment and a scenic cruise on the Danube River.
DAY 2 PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - TOUR BEGINS (D)
Arrive in Prague, the "City of 100 Spires." Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
DAY 3 PRAGUE (B/L)
Feel the magic. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the “Castle District,” including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Next, visit Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the sprawling Prague Castle complex, and home to the largest and finest art collection in the Czech Republic spanning over 600 years of family history. A masterpiece of 16th century Baroque architecture, the aristocratic Lobkowicz family lost it under Communist occupation following World War II and regained control only in 2002.The priceless collection also encompasses one of Central Europe’s finest libraries of rare books and a musical archive that includes scores by Mozart, Beethoven and Gluck. After a delightful lunch, gather in the palace’s elegant Baroque concert hall for a mid-day Classical music concert featuring the likes of Mozart, Bach, Dvorák and Smetana. Later, proceed to the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge.
DAY 4 PRAGUE (B/D)
The day is yours to discover Prague on your own. Shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home to 11th-century stone sculptures. Stroll to the Old Town square, home to the famous Orloj, which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quartre to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetrey, founded in 1478. This evening, it’s your choice. Enjoy traditional Czech culture at one of Prague’s popular restaurants. Or, tip a pint while dining at one of Eastern Europe’s oldest breweries and take a tour to see how this famous beer has been brewed for 500 years.
DAY 5 PRAGUE - CESKY KRUMLOV - VIENNA, AUSTRIA (B/D)
Take a scenic ride through the countryside as we travel from Prague to Vienna. En route, make a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov to explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture before continuing on to the grand city of Vienna. Tonight’s dinner is a real treat: a meal showcasing regional wine and the impressive local cuisine of the Grinzing region.
DAY 6 VIENNA (B)
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to Vienna’s centre. Behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. Tonight, return to Schoenbrunn Palace for an unforgettable Classical music performance featuring the works of Mozart and Strauss.
DAY 7 VIENNA - DANUBE RIVER - MELK - VIENNA (B)
Travel along the banks of the Danube, immortalized by Strauss, to the medieval town of Durnstein. Embark on a scenic Danube River cruise through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. A leisurely ride back to Vienna leads to a free evening to enjoy the city. DAY 8 VIENNA - BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (B/D)
This morning we journey to Bratislava, former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. Get to know the city’s 4000-year-old history on a tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Upon arrival we drive through this majestic capital on our way to the hotel. Take some time to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s dinner in the city.
DAY 9 BUDAPEST (B)
Capture the true spirit of Budapest. Join a local expert and discover the incredible Neo-Gothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill. Next, be enamored by the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument which memorializes the 1000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion.
DAY 10 BUDAPEST - VISEGRAD - BUDAPEST (B/D)
Begin your day with a visit to a school in Budapest where you will get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals while meeting the young students. In the afternoon, venture outside the city to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th-century castle where knights with colourful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Revel in this evening of wine and music.
DAY 11 BUDAPEST - TOUR ENDS (B)
Your tour comes to a close today.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.
- Double: $4199 pp
- Single: $5139 pp
- Triple: $4169 pp
- All rates are per person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from Winnipeg.
- DEPOSIT: Non-refundable, C$500 pp
- BALANCE Due Date: 25 Jan 2018
- * Minimum number required for group to be escorted.