Explore the legacies of one of Europe’s great dynastic families, the Habsburgs. Starting in Prague with its gothic architecture, travel to the centre of the Habsburg empire, Vienna, with its imperial palaces. Finish in Budapest, the city divided by the great Danube river. Visits are also included to Ceský Krumlov and Bratislava.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Prague with British Airways. Transfer to the K+K Central (or similar) for 3 nights. Welcome drink. (N)
Full-day tour of the ‘Golden City’. Start in the Old Town, with its well-preserved 13th-century houses and churches, the Old Town Square and its Astronomical Clock. Continue to the New Town before exploring Prague castle. Illustrating a 1,000 years of development of European architecture, it is now the residence of the head of state and houses a magnificent gallery and treasury. Your tour also includes visits to the Strahov monastery, famous for its library, and Loreta, a 17th-century place of pilgrimage. (B)
Full day at leisure. (B)
Morning drive south to the small medieval town of Ceský Krumlov. Widely considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in the Czech Republic, the entire old town is a Unesco world heritage site. Visits are included to the magnificent Renaissance castle and the church of St Vitus. Continue to Vienna and stay 3 nights at the Best Western Premier Kaiserhof hotel. (B)
Half-day city tour exploring the major historical sights along the Ringstrasse including the State Opera, the National Museum, the Imperial Palace, Parliament, City Hall, the Burgtheater, the university and the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburg family. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Bratislava is located just a one-hour drive from Vienna. Take a morning walking tour of the historic centre before visiting Bratislava castle. On your return to Vienna, visit Devin castle, one of the oldest castles in Slovakia. It occupies an impressive position on a rocky outcrop, providing wonderful views of the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. (B)
Transfer to the rail station and board the train to Budapest (3 hours). Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel President for 3 nights. (B)
Take a tour of Buda, the more untouched of the two halves of the city of Budapest with cobbled streets and medieval buildings. From the river, climb up Castle Hill for an impressive view back over to the Pest side of the city and along the Danube river in both directions. Along the way, visits will be made to Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. In Pest, visit the newer half of the city with its long, straight boulevards and slightly more open feel. Visit St Stephen's Basilica, the parliament building, the city park and Hero's Square. (B)
Full day at leisure for further exploration of this magnificent city. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour guide.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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HCC2018: 9 Nights