Central Europe with Children

Czech Republic – Austria – Slavonia – Hungary

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If you plan to travel with kids, this is the tour to be inspired by. Get carried away by theatrical performance of Black Light Theatre in Prague and take a trip to amusement wooden park Mirakulum, where kids can spend hours and hours. Do not miss crafted glass makers in famous Moser glass manufactory in Karlovy Vary. In Vienna, multimedia show “The Vienna history” will enrich you as well as your kids. A huge amusement park Prater and panda’s in Schonbrunn ZOO are another Vienna’s popular attractions. UNESCO protected Skocjan caves and Lipica Stud Farm are highlights of your trip to Slovenia. And finish your trip in Budapest, where you can playfully educate your kids in The Center of Scientific Wonders or explore small world in Miniversum.

 

Arrival from India in Prague by plane late afternoon.  After immigration procedures you will proceed to the hotel in the city centre. Check in and relax for a while before your first walk in Prague. A local guide will take you from Wenceslas Sq. downhill to Old Town Square and on to a boat pier (walking distance 20 min.) from where you will take a one-hour evening cruise.

After breakfast we will head the famous spa town of Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary). Carlsbad is the second most visited tourist spot in the Czech Republic and thanks to its unique architecture, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful spa towns. It is the incarnation of spa elegance, imposing colonnades, exclusive spa buildings and a wonderful layout in the heart of a forested valley.

Experience a genuine spa atmosphere on pleasant walks through its historical centre, which follows the Tepla stream. You can fill a spa jug from one of the 13 local healing springs and stroll in the shadows of colonnades. The hottest of the springs Vridlo – it emerges from the deep and the water has an incredible temperature of 72°C! Once in Carlsbad, do not miss the famous Moser glassworks and Becherovka distillery, where the most famous Czech herbal liquor was born.

After breakfast you will take a Prague City Tour to see Prague Castle (Old Royal Palace, St. George‘s Basilica, Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral), Old Jewish Town (Maisel Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Klausen Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall, Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue). In the afternoon you will visit Mirakulum Park, a popular destination for families with children. Your kids will be so busy there that you can forget about them for a while  –  they will forget about you too. You will find a lot of fun for kids and adults at Mirakulum Park  – rope castles, underground pathways, water world, all kinds of swings and huge trampolines, ropeways, slides, water sprinklers and attractions to make a kid's head explode with joy. You can spend all afternoon there and still not get bored. Kids love it and you can have a bit of rest.

You will check out from hotel after breakfast and travel to Vienna. On the way you will stop in Cesky Krumlov  –  one of the Czech Republic’s finest medieval sites. Its Old Town is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, and a maze of twisting alleys built around the extensive Cesky Krumlov Castle. You can walk through crooked, cobblestone streets on foot and soak up the atmosphere of this impeccably preserved medieval gem. The gushing River Vltava, popular with rafting enthusiasts darts through the town. You will arrive in Vienna in the evening.

In the morning, you can admire the Baroque architecture as you enter Schonbrunn Zoo, dating back to the days of Empress Maria Theresia. Check out the breakfast pavilion in the centre where you can still enjoy an "Imperial Breakfast," if you choose. You can wander around the area’s many attractions, including koalas, jaguars, orangutans, elephants and the beloved giant pandas. After spotting some of your favourite creatures, head to the children’s playground and petting zoo for some extra fun for the kids, and stop by the rainforest mirroring the unique ecosystems of Borneo.
After lunch you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city with a trip on the Giant Ferris Wheel, an iconic symbol of Vienna’s Prater, the large public park. The wheel is visible from all over the city with its distinct silhouette and offers incredible views of Vienna from the top. Hop on to enjoy this architectural gem from all angles. Travel up 212 feet (64.75 meters) and take in the unique views of the city. Each ride lasts approximately 12-20 mins.

Later in the afternoon take a journey through the history of Europe at Madame Tussauds wax museum, where you’ll have an audience with Empress Maria Theresa, go into battle with Napoleon, meet Karl Marx and learn more about Oskar Schindler! Or, say hello to today’s sports stars and pose for photos with movie stars like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Michael Jackson.

Today you can discover the fairy-tale castles, medieval abbeys and historic vineyards of Vienna Woods on this private half-day tour from Vienna. Explore Mayerling Lodge and Heiligenkreuz Abbey, visit the spa town of Baden, sample regional wines in Gumpoldskirchen, and enjoy magnificent views of Vienna Woods.

When you get back to Vienna, step back in Viennese time with a visit to Time Travel: The Vienna History Show. The exciting museum brings the past into the present day, courtesy of multimedia displays and attractions' audio-given information. Check out the era of Habsburg rule, uncover the plague – hit the streets of medieval Vienna and discover the musical side of the city — all through animatronics and special effects. Special attractions include a World War II–era air-raid shelter and a virtual horse-drawn carriage ride.

You will check out from the hotel after breakfast and head to Ljubljana. On the way you will stop to enjoy the famous Slovenian Lake Bled. You will start your journey a few kilometres outside the Alpine town of Bled, exploring the beautiful Vintgar gorge graced with pools and rapids of the River Radovna, unravelling over Sum Waterfall at the end. Then you will be driven back to Bled where you sail to Bled island in a traditional Pletna boat and walk the 99 stone steps to visit the Church of the Assumption. After arriving back at the lake's shore the options are in your hands. You can visit the majestic Bled Castle from which you can see a beautiful view all over the stunning Lake Bled or you can take a walk along the lake. You will arrive in Ljubljana in the evening.

Today, you will start with a visit to Skocjan Caves. These were entered on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites on 28 November 1986. The Skocjan Caves are, above all, a natural phenomenon of global significance, ranking side by side with the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, the Galapagos Islands, Mount Everest and others. As you begin your tour, you are led 500 metres to the entrance where the doors are unlocked to let you inside for the 2.3-kilometre trek lasting approx. 1.5 hours.
In the afternoon, you will stop in Lipica, the oldest European stud farm continuously breeding one of the oldest cultural horse breeds. As such it has remarkable significance as a cultural, historical and natural heritage for Slovenia and Europe. You can head off on a small carriage ride or just enjoy the beauty of those lovely horses.

Today there will be a long journey ahead of you. After a half-day drive you will have the opportunity to enjoy time on board a panoramic boat, sailing between the splendid vision of Buda & Pest.

There are plenty of capital cities built on the banks of a river, and in many cases the river runs through the historic centre. It’s no exaggeration to say that Budapest is one of the finest capital cities in Europe. Among the several places in Hungary that have been afforded the classification of UNESCO, the first were the Danube panorama and Andrássy út.

In the morning you will visit the Center of Scientific Wonders, a 1300 sq. m. physics "play-house", where over 100 exhibited games help children learn about the laws of physics in a fun and exciting way. All exhibited games are interactive installations, so the guests are not only allowed, but encouraged to touch, feel and try all of them.
There are no guided tours because this is not a museum. Everyone can take their time and try any and all games in any order.

After lunch, you can discover Budapest and the whole of Hungary in Miniversum – a gigantic, beautifully detailed and decorated model layout featuring many sights and landmarks of Budapest and Hungary – and a bit of Austria and Germany – scaled to 1:100 of the original size.

Later in the afternoon you will head off on the Budapest City Tour to see the landmarks of Budapest. Enjoy a drive to view highlights such as the Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square, and soak up the city panoramas from the top of Gellert Hill. Take a short walk around the Buda Castle District and do not miss the Gothic Parliament on the opposite bank of the Danube.

Today, you will visit some of the most interesting places near Budapest. The tour starts in Esztergom, the centre of the Hungarian Catholic Church. Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed Into Heaven and St Adalbert Basilica, or simply Esztergom Basilica is the biggest church in the country. You will then proceed to Visegrad, a city known for its citadel and palace of King Mathias Corvinus. Finally Szentendre, the ’Town of Artists’ –  known for its baroque architecture, churches, colourful houses and narrow, cobbled streets lined with art galleries, museums and shops.

After a day full of activities you will return to Budapest in the evening.

Breakfast is provided, but there are no activities today. It's a breeze to reach Budapest's airport by bus or taxi. You'll have easy connections back home.

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