Austria – Czech Republic – Slovakia – Hungary
This eight days long tour will show you the most attractive places of former Habsburg Empire. You will start in Vienna, the capital of the empire and city where most of Habsburg emperors lived and leaved here the most visible imprint. After a visit to Mozart’s city of Salzburg you will move to Czechia. Houses of noble or rich towns people dominate Czech cities creating very different look and feel. Stop in Bratislava – twin city of Vienna and Coronation town for Hungarian kings and their consorts. You will conclude the tour in Budapest; royal city laying on Danube river and former capital of Hungarian part of Habsburg Empire.
After arrival and setting in, you can have a rest before your European adventure starts. Later in the afternoon you will have a ride on Wiener Riesenrad, a 64.75-metre-tall Ferris wheel in the Prater amusement park. If you feel like it, you can enjoy dinner at the Rollercoaster restaurant within Prater.
In the morning you will have a guided panoramic city tour of Vienna to see the most attractive places in the city. Later on you can visit Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence and one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria. After completing the Schonbrunn tour, stop by Vienna Boulevard and enjoy the most famous shopping street, Ringstrasse, where you may spend some free time and explore on your own.
You will check out of the hotel and travel to Salzburg. On the way you will stop in Hallstatt. You will have a guided tour through the world-famous Hallstatt salt mines, which date back to prehistoric times, giving the name to a whole epoch (the Hallstatt era). After lunch you will have a tour on Hallstatt Lake, where you can admire the beautiful Alpine panorama and after that you continue your way to Salzburg, arriving in the evening.
You have a free day to explore Salzburg, birthplace of the 18th century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You can start your exploration in the historic city centre, internationally renowned for its baroque architecture. Thanks to being one of the best-preserved city centres and having 27 churches, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. In the afternoon you might enjoy the Original Guided Sound of Music Tour, presenting beautiful landscapes where scenes of the famous movie The Sound of Music were filmed.
After breakfast you check out and head to Prague. On the way you will stop in the medieval, well preserved town of Cesky Krumlov. You can visit the castle fortress, one of Europe's best preserved, and still have some time to explore this photogenic old town with cobbled lanes. After lunch you will continue to Prague.
After breakfast you will start exploring the city at Prague Castle, the biggest castle in the Czech Republic, where you'll find the famous St. Vitus Cathedral and the colourful alleyway of Golden Lane. Then you will traverse the Vltava River across Charles Bridge, an old stone bridge dating back to the 14th century and proceed to Old Town with the Town Hall and famous Astronomical Clock. Walk across Old Town Square and have a look at Tyn Church nearby. It is definitely worth visiting the Gothic-looking Old Jewish Cemetery – Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. You will conclude the day with cruise ride on the River Vltava to enjoy evening panoramas of the old city of Prague.
After check out, you will head to Budapest. On the way you will stop in Bratislava, capital city of Slovakia. Bratislava feels like a frenetic mix of wild and urban, classic and contemporary. Before hopping on the Presporacik Oldtimer toy train enjoy a coffee in one of the many lively cafes serving excellent cakes.
Presporacik will drive you up to Slavin – a historical memorial from the 2nd World War. During a short break you can experience the amazing views over Bratislava, where the old town buildings blend with the new town’s modern looking glass structures. Next, Presporacik will take you to the other side of the hill, which is the site of Bratislava Castle. Here, you can walk to the castle walls, where the horizon looks over the Slovak-Austrian border, and see the last hills of the Carpathian Mountains descending into the Carpathian Valley. Then your drive will continue to the majestic Blue Church, which looks as if it’s straight out of a fairy tale, the modern building of the Slovak National Theatre and the new age Eurovea shopping centre is not to be missed. On your toy train trip you will also see the historical building of the Government office, Presidential palace, old Slovak National Theatre and the Ganymede Fountain. In the late afternoon you will continue to Budapest.
In the morning you will enjoy a guided city tour of Budapest, including magnificent views of Buda Castle, the Hungarian Parliament Building and Liberty Bridge. You will also visit Hosok Tere – one of the major squares in Budapest and Andrassy Avenue, the so called Hungarian Champs-Élysées. After lunch you can enjoy more sights of Budapest – the Roman Catholic St. Stephen's Basilica and Vaci utca, one of the main pedestrian thoroughfares and perhaps the most famous street in central Budapest. It's also a great idea to take The Danube Promenade located on the Pest side of the city. You can enjoy a Danube river cruise in the evening.
Breakfast is provided, but there are no activities today. It's a breeze to reach Budapest's airport by train, bus or taxi. You'll have easy connections back home.