Departure Date: 17/04/2020
Experience the culture and traditions of three historic riverside cities with local specialists. See Prague's Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square and treat yourself to a slice of Sachertorte in Vienna, then follow the Danube to Budapest to see its Fisherman's Bastion.
The Trafalgar difference:
• Connect with the locals
Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian 'Be My Guest' dinner and the story of their winery. (Day 8)
• Dive into Culture
Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in Austria, to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access. (Day 5)
• Local specialists
For included sightseeing in Prague, Vienna and Budapest
Day 1 Arrive Prague (3 Nights)
The gleaming spires of Prague shine brightly on this At Leisure sojourn through the imperial capitals of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Admire the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades, before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for an unforgettable Welcome Reception to kick off your holiday. Hotel - Angelo by Vienna House. Included Meals - Welcome Reception.
Day 2 Prague Sightseeing and At Leisure
Delve into centuries of history, joining your 'Local Specialist' for a 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. Then, admire the Astronomical Clock in the 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 own. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Day 3 Prague At Leisure
Today is yours to explore the legends, castles and palaces of Prague. Follow the 'Royal Route' and discover historic treasures, admire picturesque views of the city from Petrín Hill, or join an Optional Experience to Kutná Hora, with its bone-bedecked chapel and five-nave St. Barbara Church. Spend your evening at leisure, enjoying some of the local beer for which the country is famous. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Day 4 Prague – Bratislava – Vienna (3 Nights)
Travel south from Prague through lush Moravian landscapes to Bratislava, passing its quaint Old Town, before continuing your journey to Vienna - our home for the next three nights. Admire the city's musical talents and consider attending a Viennese concert. Hotel - NH Danube City. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Day 5 Vienna Sightseeing and At Leisure
The heritage of one of Europe's most influential royal families is explored this morning as we 'Dive Into Culture' during a Small Group Sightseeing guided visit to the Habsburg's royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. Visit the spectacular Kunstkammer and admire the 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 as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral with its geometrically tiled roof. Spend the afternoon on your own, indulging in the city's kaffee culture with a slice or two of Sachertorte. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Day 6 Vienna At Leisure
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 to see the former imperial summer residence. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Day 7 Vienna – Esztergom – Budapest (3 Nights)
Journey 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. Thomas Hill. We follow the scenic landscape to the romantic city of Budapest where we will spend the next three nights. Enjoy a free evening sipping Hungarian wines or consider cruising along the Danube. Hotel - Hilton City. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Day 8 Budapest Sightseeing and At Leisure
Join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a walking tour through the winding lanes of Buda's Castle District. 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 krémes in the Jewish Quarter or shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight, we 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner with the Schieszl family and hear the story of their winery. Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest.
Day 9 Budapest At Leisure
Venture up Gellert Hill for spectacular views of the Budapest skyline, relax in the Szechenyi Baths or consider an Optional Experience to Szentendre, a riverside village popular with artists and craftworkers. On our last evening together, we toast to a magnificent journey to the imperial capitals of Europe and enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant. Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner.
Day 10 Depart Budapest
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. Included Meals - Breakfast.
Airport transfers on first and last travel day. Conditions apply. 9 Nights’ 4/5 Star accommodation in the right locations , 12 meals including Trafalgar’s exclusive Be My Guest Experiences, The icons you couldn’t miss with VIP access, luxury coaches with Wifi on-board, services of a professional Travel Director who share hidden gems and local secrets, local specialists who unlock their home cities from their perspective, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, choice of optional experience and free time included.
9 Nights from R29,800 pps
These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Selected departures 17 April 2020 to 28 August 2020. A deposit of R3000 per person is required on booking and the full amount must be paid no later than 60 days for land only guided holidays or 90 days for guided holidays including train or cruise prior to departure from South Africa (whichever comes first). Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Excl. Flights, visas, travel insurance, spending money and items of a personal nature. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Packages are subject to availability, seasonal surcharge; high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. E&OE.