The gleaming spires of Prague shine brightly on this At Leisure sojourn through the Imperial capitals of Prague, Vienna and Budapest the springboard to an unforgettable trip. Admire the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades along its cobblestone streets before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for an unforgettable Welcome Reception to kick off your holiday.
Delve into centuries of heritage joining your Local Specialist for a Small Group Sightseeing guided walk past the city's iconic sights. Visit the final resting place of Bohemian kings, St. Vitus' Cathedral, set within the precincts of Prague Castle, and admire the Astronomical Clock in the charming Old Town Square with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. See the 14th century Charles Bridge, lined with the Baroque statues of saints before spending the afternoon admiring the spectacular cityscape on your terms.
Today is yours to explore the fairy-tale legends, and the castles and palaces of Prague. Follow the Royal Route and discover historic treasures, admire picturesque views of the city from Petrin Hill, or join an Optional Experience to the fascinating village of the Kutná Hora with its bone-bedecked chapel and five-nave St. Barbara Church. Spend your evening at leisure, attending a performance at the exquisite Czech National Theatre or enjoying some of the local beer for which the country is famous.
Travel south from Prague through lush Moravian landscapes to Bratislava, passing its quaint Old Town before continuing your journey to Austria and the Imperial city of Vienna - our home for the next three nights. Admire the city's musical talents and consider attending a Viennese Concert.
The heritage of one of Europe's most influential royal families is explored this morning during an exclusive Cultural Insight and guided visit to the Habsburgs royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. Visit the spectacular Kunstkammer in this private insider visit and see a treasure trove of valuable objects collected by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg over the centuries. Later, we join an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist to view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty. We'll see such sights such as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral with its geometrically tiled roof. Spend the afternoon at leisure soaking up the city's kaffee culture with a slice or two of Sachertorte.
Today is yours to explore the City of Music on your terms. Tread in the footsteps of the great sons of Vienna - Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, as you delve into the city's rich musical heritage nurtured by aristocrats throughout the centuries. Consider a visit to the beautiful Baroque Schönbrunn Palace or see the elegant Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School - the choice is yours.
Meander along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin, stopping in Esztergom to view its Castle Hill, domed Cathedral, and St. Tamás Hill. We follow the scenic riverine landscape to the romantic city of Budapest where we will spend the next three nights. Enjoy the evening at leisure sipping Hungarian wines or consider gliding along the Danube on a scenic river cruise.
Join a Local Specialist this morning for a fascinating walking tour through the winding cobblestone lanes of Buda's Castle District in Buda. Visit the Fisherman's Bastion, view the Matthias Church and drive to Pest to see the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. We pay tribute to the seven chieftains of the Magyars in Heroes' Square before enjoying time at leisure to indulge in coffee and kurtos in the charming Jewish Quarter or shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl family and hear the story of their winery.
Venture up Gellert Hill for spectacular views of the Budapest skyline, relax in the Szechenyi Baths or consider an Optional Experience to Szentendre, a charming riverside village popular with artists and craftworkers. On our last evening together, we toast to a magnificent journey to the Imperial capitals and enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
We say a fond farewell to our companions and Travel Director today after an unforgettable At Leisure trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply.