Vienna, Budapest & Prague (Winter 2017-18)
About Vienna, Austria
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Vienna: Learn about the legendary meeting between Mozart and Marie Antoinette. Tour the ring road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Parliament building and City Hall.
- Budapest: See the gargantuan Parliament building and visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
- Prague: See the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square.
- Scenic Drives: View the forests, lakes and vineyards of Bohemia and Moravia.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Budapest: Learn the secrets of traditional strudel making with a visit to the First Strudel House in Pest. Sample this Hungarian delicacy accompanied with a cup of aromatic coffee.
- Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a delicious meal of Austrian fare, with drinks, while enjoying acclaimed soloists and dancers.
- Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 1 Afternoon Tea (AT); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.
- Vienna: The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace will exhilarate your senses. As you stand beneath frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers, a Local Expert will bring to life the story of the Habsburgs, during your tour of the house and gardens.
- Budapest: Visit Matthias Church with a Local Expert and gaze out over the Danube from the Fisherman's Bastion.
- Prague: Let a Local Expert bewitch you with tales of Bohemian kings and the struggles of the Velvet Revolution, during a private tour through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Admire the panoramic views over the Old Town and former kingdom.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Vienna: With views over the city and neighbouring Stadtpark, the Hilton Vienna is just a short walk from attractions like the Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
- Budapest: The InterContinental Budapest features elegantly appointed rooms. Experience 180-degree panoramic views over Chain Bridge, the Danube and the former Royal Palace that are as intriguing by day as by night.
- Prague: The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.
TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS
- Christmas Markets: Be dazzled by the magic of Christmas, with local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. Explore on selected departures.
- Bratislava: Stroll through the fortified capital city and gaze at the impressive castle.
- Český Krumlov: Take a romantic walk through snow-covered lanes and soak up the atmosphere at the medieval old town.
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