Imperial Capitals – Prague, Vienna & Budapest

9 days from £699pp.


Charles Bridge

Visit: Charles Bridge, Czech Republic

Fishermans-Bastion

Visit: Fishermans-Bastion, Hungary

Vienna

Visit: Vienna, Austria

Budapest

Visit: Budapest, Hungary

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Visit: Hohensalzburg Fortress, Austria

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit: Schönbrunn Palace, Austria

Discover the elegance and imposing grace of the imperial cities of Central and Eastern Europe. This impressive holiday will allow you to experience the wonders of Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava. Travel into Prague and join the crowds in front of the Czech capital’s Old Town Hall to watch the Astronomical Clock, walk the romantic streets of Bratislava with its Baroque palaces and fountains, enjoy Budapest's stunning Chain Bridge, reaching over the Danube and head into Austria, enjoying a trip to Vienna where you can explore the beautiful gardens at the Schönbrunn Palace.

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Continue to Prague for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Today we travel into the centre of Prague where we have an optional morning walking tour to introduce you to this beautiful capital, affectionately known as the ‘Golden Town’. The many historic buildings, grand squares and elegant landmarks such as Wenceslas Square, the famous astronomical clock and Charles Bridge make it a lovely place to explore on foot. Our local guide's informative commentary will reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities which have shaped the history of this magnificent city. Following the tour you have the chance to take in a different view of Prague by enjoying an optional cruise on the Vltava River. Lasting for approximately two hours, the cruise – during which a commentary will be provided – will take you along the majestic Vltava River past spectacular views of the famous sights of the city. Lunch will be served on board with a selection of warm and cold Czech specialties for you to enjoy, so sit back on the sundeck and admire the outstanding views of the 'city of a hundred spires'. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore on your own.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Budapest

Budapest

We leave Prague after breakfast and travel south past the Czech Republic’s second largest city of Brno, before crossing the border into Slovakia. We continue to the capital city of Bratislava, where we pause to admire the beautiful Habsburg Baroque architecture and the lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. We continue south, and skirting Austria, we cross the border into Hungary. We reach Budapest this evening where we will stay for two nights (suitable refreshment stops will be made en route). This evening, we introduce you to the sights and lights of the city with our optional Budapest by Night excursion. We start with a walk through the park to the castle where we enjoy a short Organ Concert and a glass of champagne in the chapel. From here we continue to Heroes Square for a photo stop and then see the medieval castle wall before joining the coach for an illumination drive on the Pest side of the city.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
St. Stephen’S Basilica

St. Stephen’S Basilica

Today you will have the full day to discover the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The city is composed of two historically independent communities, Buda and Pest, separated by the majestic River Danube. Our optional guided sightseeing tour will introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights. We start with a panoramic view of the city from the top of the Gellert Hill and then continue by foot to the Liberty Statue, built in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces during World War 2. We rejoin our coach and travel to the Pest side of the city to see the City Park and Heroes Square. We drive down Andrassy Avenue where we see the grand State Opera House and the beautiful St. Stephen's Basilica. Our next stop is Castle Hill on the Buda side of the city, where we leave our coach and visit the old medieval city. Afterwards, why not join our optional Danube lunch cruise, giving you the chance to take to the water and cruise along the famous Danube River. The Danube is the second longest river in Europe after the Volga, which flows through central Russia. Classified as an international waterway, the Danube originates in the town of Donaueschingen in the Black Forest of Germany. It then flows south-east for almost 3,000 km passing through four Central European capitals before emptying into the Black Sea. Our cruise, during which a commentary will be provided, will take you along the majestic Danube River allowing you to take in the spectacular views of Budapest. A sumptuous lunch of traditional Hungarian dishes is provided, alongside a complimentary drink from the bar. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the city on your own, maybe take a stroll by the river or visit the tempting stores of the Vaci Utca street, ensuring that your time in this wonderful city is certainly something to remember.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Györ

Györ

We leave Budapest today and travel towards Austria, calling at the beautiful town of Gyor. Arrabon, as the Romans called it or the 'town of rivers, is famous for its schools and industry. There will be time at leisure for you to explore one of the best-preserved examples of Hungarian Renaissance and Baroque architecture. We continue our journey into Austria and onto Vienna, to the wonderful Schonbrunn Palace Gardens for an included excursion (entrance into the palace is at own cost). Schonbrunn is a UNESCO world Heritage site and its gardens will take you into a magnificent world of Baroque culture. After a relaxing stroll around the gardens, we continue to our hotel in the Vienna Woods/Stockerau area, where we will stay for two nights. This evening, an optional Vienna Supreme Concert will be available. The Vienna Supreme Orchestra and its soloists will offer you a truly magical evening where you can experience the happiness, optimism and flair of this wonderful city. Immerse yourself in the delightful Viennese music, be enchanted by its elegant waltzes, refreshing folk polkas and its many romantic arias and duets. Experience works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and, of course, the Strauss Dynasty, the masters of operetta all within a wonderful, intimate venue. A complimentary CD will be yours to take home as a souvenir of this delightful evening.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Vienna

Vienna

Spend a full day in the Imperial City of Vienna, which is, without question, one of Europe’s great cities. As the home of the former Habsburg monarchy and the present day capital of Austria, it has much to charm the visitor. There is a lot of walking involved to see all the sights, so why not let us introduce you to Vienna on our optional guided sightseeing tour. Our guided tour will begin by coach, where we will be taken along the Imperial Boulevard known as the Ringstrasse. Here you will see the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament building, the Opera House, National Theatre and City Hall. During our tour we will also see the majestic Danube River, and later as we pass by the Prater amusement park a chance to view the famous Giant Wheel built over 100 years ago, and today one of the most well-known landmarks of the city. There will be frequent stops during the drive, where you will have photo opportunities and the chance to admire Vienna at its very best. Our guide will provide commentary throughout, revealing the history, culture and stories of one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Following the tour you will have time at leisure to visit many of the city’s famous landmarks, or you may decide to sit back and relax with a traditional Viennese coffee and a slice of the local 'Sachertorte' chocolate cake in one of the city's tempting street cafés – the choice is yours!

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

To Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 8 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to SilverService or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Prague - Picturesque old town
  • Bratislava - Baroque palaces
  • Györ & Schönbrunn Palace Gardens - Preserved Renaissance & Baroque town and magnificent palace
  • Vienna - Elegant buildings and style
  • Budapest - Hungary’s grand imperial capital
  • Salzburg (12-day tour only) - Beautiful Alpine city

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Vltava River Cruise, Prague
  • Prague Walking Tour (included on Silver Service & Luxuria) - Get an insider's view of the city
  • Budapest by Night
  • Budapest & Vienna guided sightseeing - See the main sights
  • Prague Castle (12-day tour only) - Beautiful setting
  • Danube Bend (12-day tour only) - Explore 'old Hungary'
  • Salzburg guided tour (12-day tour only) - Explore the 'Sound of Music' city

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £189.00 (9 days), £229.00 (12 days).

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

To Prague for a three-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Prague

Prague

Included day in Prague, the elegant Czech capital. Our included guided walking tour introduces the splendid architecture of Prague Old Town, the world’s largest UNESCO site. You can also join an optional cruise along the majestic Vltava River taking you past spectacular views of the famous sights of the city.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Prague

Prague

Enhance you Czech adventure with an unforgettable optional excursion discovering the secrets of this intriguing city. Accompanied by our local guide, we travel by coach to Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle in Europe. We take a stroll through the courtyards viewing the exterior of the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral and walk to the main parade entrance where the soldiers stand guard and take in the lovely views of the city. We then continue by coach to the Strahov Monastery for the best views of the Old Town and also to sample a glass of special beer from the monks' own brewery.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Bratislava

Bratislava

We leave Prague and en route to Budapest for a three-night stay, make an included visit to Bratislava, with its exquisitely renovated centre of Baroque palaces, fountains and romantic streets. Tonight you can enjoy an optional Budapest by Night excursion.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
St. Stephen’S Basilica

St. Stephen’S Basilica

A full day to discover the Hungarian capital at leisure. Our optional, guided sightseeing tour captures many sights including the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, Parliament Building and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Beginning with a drive to Gellért Hill, we then cross the famous Chain Bridge and travel on to the Pest district, passing Heroes Square and ending at the Buda Castle district.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
River Danube

River Danube

Optional excursion to the Danube Bend exploring Old Hungary, beginning with a visit to Esztergom and its magnificent basilica. We continue to Visegrad, viewing the old fortifications, then Szentendre where you can enjoy typical Hungarian food and walk the narrow streets where traditional handicrafts are sold.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Györ

Györ

En route to the Vienna Woods/Stockerau area for a two-night stay, we visit Györ, one of the best-preserved examples of a Hungarian Renaissance and Baroque town. We continue to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, where the gardens and park will take you into a world of Baroque culture (palace entrance is at extra cost).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Vienna

Vienna

Included day in Vienna which has a fascinating heritage as the centre of the Habsburg Empire. Our optional, guided sightseeing tour will introduce the principal sights, including the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament Building, the Opera House, National Theatre and the City Hall. We see the house where Johann Strauss composed the Blue Danube Waltz before crossing the Danube to see the United Nations complex, then pass the famous Prater Wheel before returning to the centre.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Salzburg

Salzburg

To Salzburg then southern Bavaria or the Austrian Tyrol for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

To Belgium for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 8 or 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 or 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to SilverService or Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Prague - Picturesque old town
  • Bratislava - Baroque palaces
  • Györ & Schönbrunn Palace Gardens - Preserved Renaissance & Baroque town and magnificent palace
  • Vienna - Elegant buildings and style
  • Budapest - Hungary’s grand imperial capital
  • Salzburg (12-day tour only) - Beautiful Alpine city

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Vltava River Cruise, Prague
  • Prague Walking Tour (included on Silver Service & Luxuria) - Get an insider's view of the city
  • Budapest by Night
  • Budapest & Vienna guided sightseeing - See the main sights
  • Prague Castle (12-day tour only) - Beautiful setting
  • Danube Bend (12-day tour only) - Explore 'old Hungary'
  • Salzburg guided tour (12-day tour only) - Explore the 'Sound of Music' city

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £189.00 (9 days), £229.00 (12 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay for two nights each at the 3-star Ibis Mala Strana or similar in Prague, the 4-star Novotel City in Budapest and a 4-star hotel in the Vienna Woods area or the 4-star City Hotel in Stockerau. All hotels have a restaurant and bar.

The 12-day tour will spend an extra night each in Prague and Budapest and a night in Bavaria or the Austrian Tyrol in a 3-star standard hotel.

Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels. 


Hungary

Mercure Budapest Buda

Mercure Budapest Buda

Austria

City Hotel Stockerau

City Hotel Stockerau

Czech Republic

Ibis Prague Mala Strana

Ibis Prague Mala Strana

Mercure Budapest Buda


  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bureau de Change
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

City Hotel Stockerau


  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Ibis Prague Mala Strana


  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

City Hotel Stockerau


  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

Ibis Prague Mala Strana


  • English Speaking Staff
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
It could be either - This will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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