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Prague Vienna Budapest

Total Itinerary 10 days. Arriving in Prague 3 days, Vienna 3 days, Budapest 3 days,

vienna-prague-budapestNine Days in Imperial Europe
The legacies of long-ago empires are everywhere in and around the branded cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague… centuries-old traditions that are still here to be explored and embraced with your small group on our new 10-day trip visiting Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic and even Bratislava, the capital of neighboring Slovakia. Some memories are brick-and-mortar, like the Baroque splendor you’ll discover on a private visit to the Bergl Rooms in Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, or the mysterious corners and statues of the Charles Bridge you’ll experience after dark on a ghost tour in Prague.

Others are undying traditions that continue to define the culture long after the empire ceased to be. Watch the bravado of Puszta horsemen… enjoy a gypsy dinner heated by melancholic and fiery violin music, connect with local residents in Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations… learn the etiquette of a Viennese ball… or the only way to make authentic Hungarian strudel or brew real Bohemian beer…

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Prague is world famous for its medieval city center, its museums and its churches. But also enjoy its fantastic parks and gardens — several of them offering great views of the city. The Czech Republic’s capital is a compelling combination of old-world charm and post-communism modernity. For many travelers, Prague’s Central European location and its daunting-looking language can make it seem less accessible than the big cities in Western Europe. In reality, Prague is less intimidating than other European destinations, and it offers travelers incredible sights, wonderful food, lots of beer, and a totally unique cultural experience. The sights, sounds, and tastes of Prague easily fill a three-day travel plan.

Unlike many other major European cities, Prague was left relatively unscathed by the scourge of World War II, so its alluring medieval center remains completely intact. The city’s Old Town (Stare Mesto) is the focal point for most visitors, with its magical market square (now filled with cafés, not produce stalls), dramatic facades, and the best Jewish quarter in Europe. Across the cobbled Charles Bridge that spans the Vltava River, the hilltop Castle Quarter shows off a magnificent cathedral (with panoramic views from its tower) and one of the oldest and biggest castles in the world.Historical-Building-of-Venceslao-Square-Prague

Prague is a fairly small city so prepare to get to know it well during your stay. However, don’t just walk through it on your way to other attractions; there are lots of things to stop and see here, including the colorful Astronomical Clock and the beautiful Gothic Tyn Church. You can definitely appreciate the beauty of the juxtaposition of so many different architecture styles in one place, something Prague is famous for. There are a number of other things to discover in the beer cellars around this 800 year old square. For one the Czech Republic is the home of the pilsner, and locals believe that cold mugs of beer are a perfectly fine substitute to glasses of water.

MamaisonUpon arrival in Prague* we welcome you at the 5 Star Hotel with a welcome cocktail. Mamaison Hotel Riverside is a charming boutique hotel right on the Vltava (Moldau) river in the trendy Smichov District, a stone’s throw removed from Old Town and the immediate vicinity is filled with shopping opportunities and outdoor cafés.

Nothing better to fight jetlag than an active schedule, so we’ll invite you to a late lunch at Mistral Café, a local favorite, followed by a guided afternoon stroll through Old Town, over the historic Charles Bridge and back to your hotel.Unlike many other major European destinations, Prague was left relatively unscathed by the scourge of World War II, so its alluring medieval center remains intact. The city’s Old Town is the focal point for most visitors, with its magical market square (now filled with cafés, not produce stalls), dramatic facades, and the best Jewish quarter in Europe. Across the cobbled Charles Bridge that spans the Vltava River, the hilltop Castle Quarter shows off a magnificent cathedral (with panoramic views from its tower) and one of the oldest and biggest castles in the world.

The evening is for you to relax and enjoy dinner and catch an early night or fit more excitement into your schedule.

*Prague has only a direct JFK flight on certain weekdays. Getting to Prague has several options such as KLM via Amsterdam, Air Berlin via Berlin or Lufthansa via Frankfurt Germany. The distance between Berlin and Prague is 218 miles and either by Eurotrain or car will take up to 4hr.30min.

pragueThings we must see today are the Prague Castle and the architectural marvel that is St.Vitus Cathedral on its grounds, The Park of Legend at Vyserad, the cobblestoned streets of Mala Strana with Wallenstein Garden, Vojanovy Sady, John Lennon’s Wall, and Čertovka River. So this morning after breakfast we are going to explore this medieval city in more detail.

Vysehrad is a park that is filled with history. Vysehrad park covers a large area and is filled with many fun places to explore. One such place is the Gothic ruins of Libuse’s Baths or the replicas of the statues of historical figures.

Prague The John Lennon WallThe bohemian allure and fairytale medieval features of Prague make it a perfect destination for food, history and culture. We could devote an entire day to exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), but we do it in 2-3 hours as we take a tram up the hill and descend gradually, rather then climbing up out of breath. Lunch is prepared at Malostranska Beseda, offering delicious Czech cuisine, the best Czech beers and great views of Saint Nicholas Church.

The late afternoon brings a repeat visit to the medieval heart in Old Town Square, the astronomical clock before the full hour, the churches and the cobble stone side streets.

The evening is yours.

Bridges of PragueToday it’s time to do what the locals do and pay a visit to Letna Park; If you are interested in art — especially the Slavic Epic canvases by Czech painter Alfons Mucha — you’re close to the National Gallery, which is home to this spectacular exhibit. The panoramas over the city are majestic, so make sure to bring a charged camera. Lunch will be at the park.

Next up is St. Wenceslas vineyard.
Prague is arguably one of the most scenic and picturesque cities in the entire world. Nicknamed the City of Golden Spires, the diverse and ornate architecture that adorns every block of the city truly makes Prague live up to its nickname. So while exploring the Prague hillside, the castles, palaces, gardens, squares, museums and so much more, take a break and enjoy one of the most exquisite views of Prague while sipping on a glass of local Czech wine at the St. Wenceslas Vineyard. The vineyard itself is pretty small but the real treat is getting to taste the local wine while enjoying the gorgeous views.

Prague jazz-boatAnd last but not least a river boat trip is a must to complete the feel for this beautiful city, in our case it is the famous early evening Jazz Boat, which will take us pass the best illuminated sights and sites of the Prague skyline, while sipping a cocktail and listening to great music in the background.

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VIENNA – the Cultural Heart of Central Europe. As the heart of Europe’s old Habsburg Empire, Vienna is a city that thrives on its cultural legacies.

Vienna-HofburgArrive at Vienna’s Train Station from where we will transport you by luxury coach to your hotel. Located in central Vienna, Hotel Am Stephansplatz is within walking distance of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Spanish Riding School. Nearby points of interest also include Austrian National Library and Hofburg Imperial Palace.

After check in we have planned Lunch at Finkh. Tucked away on a side street in the happening Mariahilf neighborhood, a former machine workshop is now home to a chic café that serves gourmet Austrian classics to local foodies and hipsters. Clean, artful plates of food are the focus here: the minimalist black and white interior acts as a blank canvas for the intricate flavors of your meal. Try the delicately breaded schnitzel (locals say it’s the best in Vienna), some tomato and carp goulash, or boiled beef in a hearty sauce. The blood sausage with fried potato, handcrafted by a nearby Viennese artisan, won first prize at the Blood Sausage Championship (surely you’ve heard of it) in France. You may want to order the made-on-demand dark chocolate cake.

Vienna Taken from the Stephan's KircheAfter lunch we think it’s time for a horse-drawn carriage ride to really get in the Viennese mood and get your grips on this city as we go around the Ring Straße (Ring Street) that circles around Vienna’s Historic City Center with many of the outstanding landmarks, including several museums, Parliament Buildings, and much more.

For dinner we head to Steirereck for exquisite Viennese cuisine complete with top-notch service and beautiful views of the Stadtpark.  Each dinner course comes with a description card so you know what you’re eating, as well as a glass of perfectly paired wine. Guests rave about the various carts that are wheeled around the restaurant: there’s a bread cart that offers bacon bread; a cheese cart complete with 260 varieties of cheeses; and the tea cart, from which guests can choose their own tea and accompanying herbs.

Vienna Vootive ChurchThis morning after breakfast we are going to take you private guided tour of the Stephansdom. With about 3 million visitors each year, Stephansdom is the most visited tourist attraction in Vienna. The massive gothic structure has been around since the 12th century, and is a very impressive sight with its tall bell tower and intricate tile roof. We will visit the north and south towers (which affords a spectacular view of the city), the catacombs, and take a tour of the treasure.

After this shot of history it is time for a Slice of Vienna at Café Sacher, where they offer the perfect opportunity to experience a typical Viennese coffeehouse and, of course, to treat yourself to a slice of the legendary original Sacher-Torte, Austria’s scrumptious version of chocolate cake (which dates all the way back to a recipe from 1832). This quintessential Austrian café in the heart of Vienna is directly opposite the Opera House and is a popular meeting place in the center of Vienna for locals and travelers.

The afternoon is yours for some exploring. Here are some suggestions:

• Walk the Historic Center, of Vienna (places within walking distance, max. 30 minute walk)
1. State Opera House
2. Wiener Rathausplatz
3. Imperial Palace (Hofburg) also located here: Austrian National Library
4. Peters Church (Peterskirche)
5. Teehaus Schoenbichler   (sorry no englisch page availiable)
6. Museums on Ringstrasse located here:
Art History Museum
Museumsquartier (across the street)
Leopoldmuseum

Vienna Museum of Natural HistoryNatural History Museum  – Housed in one of the most sumptuous buildings of the Ringstrasse in Vienna, the Museum of Natural History has one of the largest collections of natural objects in the world.
Founded 250 years ago by the Emperor Francis the first of the Holy Roman Empire, it now has more than 25 million objects and is the basis for research in natural science made within the museum. In a timeless elegance, historic architecture provides an ideal setting to the permanent collection is rich in tradition. It is presented on an area of over 8000 sqm in the exhibition halls of history.
7. Parliament Building

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• Take a short trip to the 1,441 room Schonbrunn Palace on the outskirts of Vienna

• Visit one or several Viennese coffeehouses carry on the tradition of socializing over drinks, something that has remained popular over decades. Historical cafés like Mozart Café and Café Landtmann are prime spots to experience the Austrian coffeehouse culture. Opened in 1873, Café Landtmann has seen the likes of people from Sigmund Freud, to Sir Paul McCartney, to Hillary Clinton, who came for the elegant space and reputable pastries. Mozart Café also offers an enticing atmosphere with old-world charm, both indoors and out. As the sun sets, the chandeliers glow warm against the dark wood interiors that characterize these historical meeting places and attract a crowd of intellectuals and conversationalists at night. Come join the scene— even if you don’t like coffee, they have plenty of decadent, spiked drinks (think rum or orange liqueur with whipped cream), beer, and wine to warm you up to the crowd.

Vienna Cafe Central• Try dinner at Café Central. First opened in 1876, Café Central sits at the heart of Vienna. It has become a center for literary history, and it holds the distinction of being the inspiration for The Chestnut Tree in George Orwell’s novel “1984.” Although a bit expensive, your money is well worth it; your taste buds will thank you after trying their beroemde goulash or strudel, which comes with a decadent vanilla sauce and a little bit of cream. Then, you can wash it all down with their rich coffee, served on a silver platter. The ambience is both spacious and intimate at the same time, making this the perfect place for a romantic date or just a casual lunch with friends. Notable people who dined here: Leo Trotsky, Sigmund Freud, Vladimir Lenin, and Adolf Hitler.

• 9:30pm – 11:00pm  For those who want to experience the annual Music Film Festival, Vienna’s famous Rathausplatz becomes the meeting point for music lovers and night-owls—with free film screenings and culinary delicacies. This is truly a must in the summertime. As a free event put on by the city, tourists and locals together come out to enjoy the culture, food, movies, opera, ballet, dance, world music, and performances all in one place: Vienna City Hall. Seats are first come, first serve, so be sure to arrive early to any performance you want to see front and center.

Vienna HundertwasserHausWe showed you the must-see landmarks plus a little extra, but today is for our local friend Nikki (Nick) Mensches to show you what a born here, lived here all his life Viennese  would do.

Dinner is planned at Rote Bar (Red Bar).
Prepare for an opulent night out as we saunter our way into Rote Bar: one of the swankiest restaurants in all of Vienna. Cloaked in crimson, swaddled in velvet, illuminated by crystal chandeliers, and bathed in the sounds of a live piano, Rote Bar serves delicious Viennese cuisine—including their famous Sacher Torte—in stylish sophistication in a way that few other establishments can match.

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Budapest proudly features two nicknames: The City of Spas and The Queen of the Danube.

Budapest at the Danube Chain BridgeOver 18 million gallons of 78°F water bubble daily into Budapest’s 118 thermal springs and boreholes. The city of spas offers an astounding array of baths, from the sparkling Gellért Baths to the vast 1913 neo-baroque Szechenyi Spa to Rudas Spa, a dramatic 16th-century Turkish pool with original Ottoman architecture. The “Queen of the Danube” is also steeped in history, culture and natural beauty. Get your camera ready for the Roman ruins of the Aquincum Museum, Heroes’ Square and Statue Park, and the 300-foot dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Budapest is a bubbling, real European city, a favourite destination for tourist for its many sights and happenings. It is famous for its long and colorful history, which has defined the image we see today. Its most famous sights are the Buda castle district with its unique atmosphere, which has been part of the world heritage since 1987, the Parliament, which is the second biggest building in Europe and the Heroes square with its Millennium monument.

3b21717e8f31d09fb47f4cf57d60ae07This morning after breakfast we say goodbye to Vienna for a luxury coach trip to BudaPest, the twin city capital of Hungary. We’ll take the scenic route on the shore of the Danube River that leads passed Bratislava, the beautiful Slovakian capital with its famous castle. Bratislava’s old town is a jewelry box of beautiful town houses, churches and institutions from all cultural epochs in a cobble stoned pedestrian area full of nice little squares and alleys with dozens of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. One of the main highlights of Bratislava is certainly the castle, from which you have a beautiful view of the Danube Valley and into Austria and Hungary. budapest roomAfter lunch in the Slovakian countryside, we will continue our drive to arrive in Budapest for Happy Hour cocktails and Check in.

The Bohem Art Hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city close to the River, Metro, Attractions, Market, Astoria Square, Restaurants and Shops and walking distance to everything you could possibly want to do.

The rest of the afternoon and evening is off for some personal sightseeing or relaxing.

We’ll start out our motorized exploration of this city by first going up to the hilly Buda side of the city to Castle Hill and take in magnificent views from atop the Burg Hill (Gellért-hegy) towering over the city from the Citadel and the famous Liberty Statue on its peak. After visiting the Matthias Church (coronation church), The Hospital in the Rock (bomb shelter) and the Fisherman’s Bastion, we will have lunch overlooking the Danube River and the City.

Budapest the Great MarketAfternoon: Budapest is a “walking city”. An guided walking tour to include the Great Market Hall. A visit to the touching Shoes on the Danube Promenade Memorial, the Chain Bridge along the river with Spa visits will delight you.A morning in the most famous

Option: We strongly suggest the House of Terror Museum as a must-see, but realize that it is hard to write about a museum like this and say you “enjoyed” it when the subject matter is so horrific. But the museum has a fantastic exhibition of what happened to Hungarians under Nazi and Soviet rule.To hear the survivors tell their story and see the cells and gallows where so many atrocities took place really brings the horrors to life. The exhibitions are all thought provoking and I was particularly interested in the pictures of wartime budapest. The horror brings home the affect of war on ordinary people everywhere. The museum is located in the actual building in downtown Budapest where these events took place.

Gellert SpaThis morning it’s time to meet with some locals as we invite you to enjoy a morning at the world famous Gellert Spa and Hot spring for some wellness pleasure.Constructed in 1918 and decorated with numerous Art Nouveau furnishings, Gellert Spa is famous for its main hall with glass roof, elaborate mosaic walls and detailed stained-glass windows.

You may choose from 13 indoor and outdoor pools filled with water from thermal springs. A natural temperature of 170 degrees F (77 Celsius), the thermal water is cooled down to different temperatures at the spa and contains minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are said to be good for your joints! You can also make use of steam chambers, saunas and cold plunge, or dip into the Roman-style swimming pool or outdoor adventure and wave pool.

The afternoon program includes a RIVERBOAT TRIP that shows Budapest’s landmarks from the water. You will have a faint recognition of London when the cruise goes by the Neo Gothic structure of the Hungarian Parliament on its way to Margaret Island and its famous watertower.

As farewell dinner we thought about a classic, traditional gypsy folklore dinner show, followed by a last trip up to the Citadel to take in breathtaking views of illuminated Budapest,

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Trip Particulars

Price $4,595 for 10 Days- 9 Nights (Sgl. Supplement $1,200)
Total Itinerary 10 days
Hotels: Prague 3 nights, Vienna 3 nights, Budapest 3 nights

Price per person is $4,595 for 10 days- 9 nights / add. nights available at supplement pricing

Maximum Number of Travelers for this Trip is 14
Airport Transportation Included
Selected Meals Included – See Meal plan
Number of Tour Guides: 1 or 2
Accommodations: 4 or 5 Star Luxury Hotels
Single Supplement Charge: $1200
Deposit: $ 750 p/p at the time of booking
Balance: 60 days prior to travel start.

 

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