Fascinating grand imperial cities and high-speed intercity train
journeys showcase the turbulent history of Central Europe. Discover
what turned these former Habsburg and Prussian cities into 4 of
modern Europe's greatest destinations.
First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
Standard Class departures also available. Please see departure details in the pricing grid or call for further information
All rail and coach transfers
4* Hotel Accommodation
12 nights' hotel accommodation
NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
5 dinners, including a farewell meal in Berlin
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-2 - To Vienna
This morning, we begin our voyage towards Central Europe on the
Eurostar from St Pancras International to Brussels. We continue
from Brussels to the city of Frankfurt, where we spend tonight.
On Day 2 we continue travelling south
through Germany as we make our way towards the Austrian border. Our
journey takes us to Vienna, the magnificent city of Mozart, where
we spend the next three nights at the Marriott Imperial Riding
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal (First Class only), Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Vienna
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Vienna, taking in the
city's Imperial architecture on the famous Ringstrasse - a wide
avenue that encircles the Old City. We pass many of Vienna's finest
ornate buildings, including the impressive Hofburg Palace, a vast
complex of buildings that demonstrates the awesome power and wealth
commanded by the Habsburgs, who used the palace as their ruling
headquarters for six centuries.
We also see the impressive Opera House, one of the leading opera
venues in the world, as well as the grand Parliament building.
Later today we visit spectacular Schönbrunn Palace, the summer
residence of the Imperial family, situated within beautifully
landscaped parkland. We enjoy a slice of cake and coffee in an
elegant Viennese café before a guided tour of the palace, followed
by time to stroll through its elaborate gardens.
Day 5 - To Budapest
We leave Vienna, travelling by rail across the border into
Hungary. Our destination is Budapest, a city of 2 halves divided by
the mighty River Danube and sewn together by a collection of
beautiful, elegant bridges including the famous Szechenyi Chain
Bridge, the first permanent crossing to link the two halves of the
city. The flatter, lively region of Pest looks across the water to
its older, historical neighbour, the hilly Buda which rises up away
from the banks of the river.
Budapest was once the joint capital of the Austro-Hungarian
Habsburg Empire. Tonight we experience the city from a different
perspective enjoying a 3 course meal with included drinks in a
traditional Hungarian restaurant before embarking on a specular
illuminated Budapest by night coach tour, tracing the Danube south.
Our enchanting evening is filled with stunning views of the city
after dark, including the Chain Bridge and spectacular Gellert
Day 6 - Budapest and the Children’s Railway
This morning we enjoy a guided coach tour, introducing us to
Budapest's main sights. We pass impressive buildings and monuments
on both sides of the Danube, including the Neo-Gothic Parliament
building that was designed to resemble the Palace of Westminster,
the magnificent State Opera House and St Stephen's Basilica,
Budapest Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion. Later we
enjoy a ride on the Children's Railway, a service operated by
Hungarian schoolchildren who consider it a great honour to be
chosen to help run it. The line runs through beautiful
woodland in the hills above Buda and presents wonderful views of
the greenery which surrounds the city.
Day 7 - At leisure in Budapest
Today is free for you to explore Budapest at leisure; take the
opportunity to view some of the city's main sights. Perhaps visit
one of the famous spa-houses which are dotted around the city, such
as the marvellous Gellért thermal bath which was built in 1918.
Alternatively, simply stroll through historic streets, admiring the
magnificent architecture and old world grandeur.
Day 8 - To Prague by rail
We depart Budapest by train, travelling through Slovakia and the
city of Bratislava to the Czech Republic. We arrive in Prague and
spend three nights at the Vienna House Andels Prague. In 'the city
of a hundred spires', copperdomed churches line the banks of the
River Vltava and architectural styles from across Europe blend
together to create one of Europe's most beautiful cities.
Days 9-10 - Sightseeing in Prague
During a guided tour through the narrow streets of the Old Town,
we discover some of Prague's most famous sights. We begin at
Hradcany Castle, the largest medieval complex in Europe. We also
walk across the 14th century Charles Bridge, which has 75 statues
along its walls, and pass the Gothic spires of St Vitus' Cathedral.
This afternoon, and Day 10, is at leisure to
continue exploring the stunning city of Prague.
Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 10 - Breakfast
Days 11-12 - To Berlin
This morning we leave Prague, heading through the Bohemian
countryside into Germany, tracing the route of the River Elbe on
our way to Berlin. On arrival in Berlin, we embark on a tour of
this once divided city. We soak in the main sights including the
incredible Brandenburg Gate, a section of the Berlin Wall, which
once divided East and West Berlin. Day 12 is yours
Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Breakfast
Day 13 - Berlin to London
Bidding farewell to mainland Europe, we travel by high-speed
rail to Brussels, via Cologne, where we join the Eurostar service
to St Pancras International. On arrival in London, your tour
Today you are free to explore at your own pace. Vienna's
glorious Gothic cathedral, the Stephansdom, is located at the very
centre of the city. By climbing the 553 steps to the top of the
cathedral you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the
city. Alternatively, a ride on the giant Ferris wheel in Prater
Gardens offers a more laid back way to achieve a superb view across
Info - Travel Options
We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for
departures on this tour. You can find out which class each
departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be
found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices
& Availability' button. We write to all booked customers
approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
Excellent tour manager coped the issues thrown her way. Hotel food not so good. would have paid for extra night in Nurnberg and Berlin if that was available. Would have perferred to go direct to Berlin rather than visit Spreewald.
Ms A Townsend
Excellent service and value for money. A full action packed holiday with lots to see and do. We experienced a problem with the trains one day and our agent was superb dealing with everything in an efficient and professional manner. This is our 5th hol with GRJ and would definitely use them again
Mr P Dennett
Continental Hotel in Budapest was not up to standard - Very cramped room. Sticking in the "punting" trip on our way to Berlin was a complete waste of time - why would I want to spend 6 hours sitting on a motor coach. We should have gone straight to Berlin by train and that would mean we'd have arrived at the hotel in good time. Arrived at the Maritim Berlin late to be greeted by a lobby full of conference attendees; our bags NOT in our room and the restaurant closed - total chaos!
Every other parts of the holiday was 5+.
For the most part, accommodation was good, cities we visited were fascinating, group was convivial, and tour manager was superb. But food was adequate at best and some of the trips were pointless if not positively irritating - losing time in Berlin by diverting to some random rural setting comes to mind - it was a cities trip specifically marketed as such. If there was a 3,5 stars rating, that would have been a fairer reflection
We had a great time. We would liked more free time. Our tours were ok, but I had a hard time understanding the women tour speakers.