Itinerary at a Glance:
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 Prague, Czech Republic
Day 3 Prague
Day 4 Prague
Day 5 Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna, Austria
Day 6 Vienna
Day 7 Vienna - Danube River - Melk - Vienna
Day 8 Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary
Day 9 Budapest
Day 10 Budapest - Visegrad - Budapest
Day 11 Budapest - Home
Day 1 - Monday, May 21, 2018
Overnight Flight. Set out on a grand cultural adventure through the Imperial Cities of Central Europe. Along the way, enjoy traditional entertainment and a scenic cruise on the Danube River.
Prague, Czech Republic - Tour Begins. Arrive in Prague, the "City of 100 Spires." Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner. Today dinner will be included.
Prague. Feel the magic. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the “Castle District,” including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Next, visit Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the sprawling Prague Castle complex, and home to the largest and finest art collection in the Czech Republic spanning over 600 years of family history. A masterpiece of 16th century Baroque architecture, the aristocratic Lobkowicz family lost it under Communist occupation following World War II and regained control only in 2002.The priceless collection also encompasses one of Central Europe’s finest libraries of rare books and a musical archive that includes scores by Mozart, Beethoven and Gluck. After a delightful lunch, gather in the palace’s elegant Baroque concert hall for a mid-day Classical music concert featuring the likes of Mozart, Bach, Dvorák and Smetana. Later, proceed to the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Prague. The day is yours to discover Prague on your own. Shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home to 11th-century stone sculptures. Stroll to the Old Town square, home to the famous Orloj, which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quartre to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetrey, founded in 1478. This evening, it’s your choice. Enjoy traditional Czech culture at one of Prague’s popular restaurants. Or, tip a pint while dining at one of Eastern Europe’s oldest breweries and take a tour to see how this famous beer has been brewed for 500 years. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Prague - Cesky Krumlov - Vienna, Austria. Take a scenic ride through the countryside as we travel from Prague to Vienna. En route, make a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov to explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture before continuing on to the grand city of Vienna. Tonight’s dinner is a real treat: a meal showcasing regional wine and the impressive local cuisine of the Grinzing region. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Vienna. This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to Vienna’s centre. Behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. Tonight, return to Schoenbrunn Palace for an unforgettable Classical music performance featuring the works of Mozart and Strauss. Today breakfast will be included.
Vienna - Danube River - Melk - Vienna. Travel along the banks of the Danube, immortalized by Strauss, to the medieval town of Durnstein. Embark on a scenic Danube River cruise* through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. A leisurely ride back to Vienna leads to a free evening to enjoy the city. Today breakfast will be included.
Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary. This morning we journey to Bratislava, former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. Get to know the city’s 4000-year-old history on a tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Upon arrival we drive through this majestic capital on our way to the hotel. Take some time to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s dinner in the city. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Budapest. Capture the true spirit of Budapest. Join a local expert and discover the incredible Neo-Gothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill. Next, be enamored by the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument which memorializes the 1000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. Today breakfast will be included.
Budapest - Visegrad - Budapest. Begin your day with a visit to a school** in Budapest where you will get a glimpse into the daily life of the locals while meeting the young students. In the afternoon, venture outside the city to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th-century castle where knights with colourful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Revel in this evening of wine and music. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Budapest - Tour Ends. After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport to begin our journey home. Today breakfast will be included.
Cancellation Waiver and Medical Insurance flat rate of $350 per person (regardless of age). Cancellation Waiver only of $310 per person (regardless of age). Insurance must be purchased at the time of booking.
Double (2 per room) - $4,499 per person
Contact us for Single & Triple occupancy
*All prices are in Canadian $*
Jamieson Travel & Tours
To book this tour, please call our office at 1-888-582-7011 (local 613-582-7011).
A deposit of $250 per person plus insurance (if purchasing) must be provided by October 15, 2017. Bookings made after this date are subject to availability and change in price.
Names as they appear on passports along with date of birth, passport number and expiry date are required.
Balances are due February 28, 2018.
Bask in the splendour and romance with 3-night stays in each of Europe’s Imperial Cities – Prague, Vienna and Budapest. In Prague, walk the Golden Lane, a delightful neighbourhood of tiny, medieval houses. Delight in the Baroque marvels of Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Visit a 14th-century Hungarian castle where knights recreate the days of chivalry. Soak up the culture of the region with included guided city excursions and through your own explorations on your days at leisure. Cruise the Danube River through the beautiful scenery of the Wachau Valley to the famous Abbey at Melk.
Highlights Include: Fairy-tale town visit to Cesky Krumlov, Tour majestic Prague Castle, Bratislava, classical music performance featuring the works of Mozart and Strauss.