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IMPERIAL SPLENDORS OF CENTRAL EUROPE TOUR
10 Day Tour - Munich to Munich From $3,009 US
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Imperial Europe The over-the-top homes. The complicated relationships. The relentless quest for power. Ruling Austria-and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire-for nearly 650 years, the Habsburgs formed one of history's greatest, yet often overlooked, European dynasties. This fascinating tour of Central Europe traces the family's steps-and missteps-as you enjoy the imperial sights of Prague, Budapest, and Vienna with additional overnights in melodious Salzburg and lively Munich.

Ornate castles and cathedrals, stunning palaces and parks, and gorgeous gardens and grounds provide glimpse into the intriguing lives and lavish lifestyles of one of history's most powerful and controversial families. In-depth sightseeing and a cruise along the legendary Danube offer varied vantage points to witness the magnificent marks this royal family left on Central Europe.

All This. Included.
We've packed everything you need for the perfect vacation-from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world's most iconic sites!

Imperial Europe

Day 1: Munich
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Munich - Prague
MUNICH Orientation tour includes the Marienplatz. Free time before continuing to Prague. (B,D) Today's Distance 255 mi / 410 km

Tour Highlight
CULTURE & TRADITION Experience the geographical and cultural heart of Munich at its Marienplatz, the town square since 1158. Stroll through the home of historic buildings, including the Old and New Town Halls in the picturesque heart and soul of the city.

While we include many excursions and must-see sights on your trip, you may wish to explore other options to enhance your free time. Below is a selection of excursions that may be available for purchase on your tour.

Option - Illuminated Prague with Tavern Visit
Discover the magic of Prague on this guided walking tour featuring the city's illuminated icons, Czech beer and music at a local tavern, and a stroll across the world-famous Charles Bridge! 2h 0m

Day 3: Prague
PRAGUE Guided sightseeing features the Astronomical Clock and the Hradcany Castle grounds. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

Tour Highlight
CULTURAL GEM The capital city of the Czech Republic which spans the Vltava River is often called the "City of a Hundred Spires," or "The Golden City." See the beautiful Old Town Square, with vibrant Baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock, delighting passers-by each hour. Stroll around the exquisite grounds at Hradcany Castle, considered to be the world's largest ancient castle complex.

Option - Vltava River Lunch Cruise
Take a break from traditional sightseeing without sacrificing a moment of your time in the Golden City on this incredible 1.5-hour lunch cruise along the magnificent Vltava River. 2h 0m

Day 4: Bratislava - Budapest
BRATISLAVA Orientation walk and free time before continuing to Budapest. (B,D) Today's distance 329 mi / 530 km

Tour Highlight
CITY SIGHTS Situated on the Danube River with the Little Carpathian Mountains as its backdrop, Bratislava is a real gem, a capital city with a local vibe. Whilst hearing about the historic area, look out for "Cumil" one the city's most photographed inhabitants - the bronze statue of a man climbing out of a manhole.

Option - Illuminated Budapest
Discover the magic of Budapest at night during this enchanting sightseeing tour featuring the city's illuminated icons. 1h 0m

Day 5: Budapest
BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing includes the Matthias Coronation Church and Heroes' Square. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

Tour Highlight
PICTURE PERFECT Since the wedding of King Matthias I, the church bearing his name has continued to host royal weddings and coronation ceremonies within its grand Neo-Gothic walls. From Matthias Coronation Church, you'll also take in the perfect view of Fisherman's Bastion with its seven towers overlooking the Danube River.

Option - Danube Cruise
Discover the magic of Budapest on this enchanting Danube River cruise past the city's most famous landmarks! 2h 30m

Option - Tastes of Hungary Dinner & Wine Pairing
Explore the piquant flavors of traditional Hungarian cuisine during this fun and delicious dinner excursion. 2h 30m

Day 6: Vienna
VIENNA Free time for lunch. Guided sightseeing features a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and St. Stephen's Cathedral.(B) Today's distance 174 mi / 280 km

Tour Highlight
ART & ARCHITECTURE Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, the magnificent mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. A sight to behold, the cathedral features the massive Romanesque "Giant's Door" - adorned with dragons, birds, lions, monks, and demons.

Option - Traditional Austrian Dinner
Travel to the outskirts of Vienna to a local restaurant or Viennese Heurigen (wine tavern) for a traditional dinner complete with music, entertainment, and wine from the latest harvest! 2h 0m

Day 7: Vienna
VIENNA Enjoy free day in beautiful Vienna.

Tour Highlight
CULTURE & TRADITION Fall in love with the Austrian city that has played a key role throughout history. It is easy to see how musical geniuses such as Mozart and Strauss were inspired by this captivating city.

Option - Schonbrunn Palace, Cultural Gem of Austria
Visit magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family. 3h 30m

Option - Classical Concert
Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues. 2h 30m

Day 8: Krems - Salzburg
KREMS Danube cruise with a Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake0 tasting.

SALZBURG Guided walking tour features Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square. Dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant. (B,D) Today's Distance 211 mi / 340 km

Local Favorite
EPIC RIDE Sit back and relax for a leisurely cruise along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube River. Whilst watching the world pass by, indulge in another Austrian tradition- a cup of Kaffee and a delicious piece of Kuchen. Wunderbar!

Day 9: Salzburg - Munich
SALZBURG Enjoy free time this morning. MUNICH Join a farewell dinner at the Ratskeller restaurant followed by a visit to the Hofbrauhaus. (B,D) Today's Distance 106 mi / 170 km

Local Favorite
LOCAL TASTES If steins and suds are on your mind, then Munich is the place to sip and socialize at the legendary Hofbrauhaus. Raise a glass to your fantastic European vacation and the new and wonderful friends you've made along the way. Prost!

Option - Spectacular Berchtesgaden with Hitler's Eagle's Nest* Travel through fresh mountain air and unbelievable scenery to Berchtesgaden for a visit of Adolph Hitler's infamous Eagle's Nest command post. (*Hitler's Eagle's Nest available from mid May to October).4h 0m

Option - The Sound of Music's Salzburg Sites & Scenes
This unforgettable excursion offers a look at both Salzburg and its majestic surroundings as you follow in the footsteps of The Sound of Music's Maria von Trapp to see many of the movie's most famous filming locations! 4h 0m

Day 10: Munich
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

MEALS:
Brekfasts and Dinners as indicated (B,D)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Budapest (including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue)
Historic Centre of Prague
Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
Historic Centre of Vienna


Departures: 
April to September

Price
$3,009 US per person based on double occupancy


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