Discover the culture and history of Europe's grandest cities,
Vienna, Budapest, Prague and Berlin. With guided tours, delicious
local favours and unique experiences, including a railway run
entirely by schoolchildren, this once turbulent region is brought
to life as you journey across four countries.
Enjoy a city tour of Vienna, including traditional cake and coffee as well as a guided visit of Schönbrunn Palace
Get to know Budapest with an illuminated night-time coach tour and a walking tour led by a local guide
Take a woodland ride on the hills above Budapest on the unique Children's Railway
Discover Prague on a guided tour and spend free time uncovering the city on foot
Tour historic Berlin, a city once divided into east and west, and enjoy free time to look around
Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
17 meals including 12 breakfasts and 5 dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Days 1-3 - London and Vienna
We begin our journey aboard the Eurostar, travelling from London
St Pancras to Brussels. We continue by rail to Frankfurt for the
night. On Day 2, we take the train south through
Germany, crossing the Austrian border on our way to Vienna, the
magnificent city of Mozart. We spend the next three nights in the
Day 3 features a guided sightseeing tour that
showcases the city's Imperial architecture on the famous
Ringstrasse - a wide avenue that encircles the Old City- as well as
the impressive Hofburg Palace, built by the indomitable Hapsburgs.
We also see the impressive Opera House and Vienna's grand
Parliament building. Afterwards, we make our way to spectacular
Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Imperial family,
sitting down to a slice of cake and cup of Austrian coffee in an
elegant café followed by free time to stroll through Schönbrunn's
Day 1 - Eurostar Meal (First Class only), Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Free day in Vienna
You're 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'll 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 the
Day 5-7 - Budapest and the Children's Railway
Leaving Vienna by train, we journey on to Budapest, a city of
two halves divided by the mighty River Danube and sewn together by
a collection of beautiful bridges. 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 Empire
and tonight we experience the city from a different perspective,
enjoying dinner at a traditional restaurant before an illuminated
night-time tour by coach. Tracing the Danube south, our evening is
filled with stunning views of the city after dark, including the
famous Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and spectacular Gellert Hill.
Day 6's guided coach tour introduces us to
Budapest's other main sights. We pass impressive buildings and
monuments on both sides of the Danube, including the Neo-Gothic
Parliament building, designed to look like the Palace of
Westminster, Budapest Castle, Matthias Church, and Fishermen's
Bastion. Later we enjoy a ride on the Children's Railway, a service
operated by Hungarian schoolchildren that runs through the woods
set in the hills above Buda. With free time on Day
7, you could unwind with a visit to one of the public yet
ornate bath houses dotted around the city, such as the Art Deco
Gellért thermal baths.
Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 7 - Breakfast
Days 8-10 - Prague
We depart Budapest by train, travelling through Slovakia to the
Czech Republic. We arrive in Prague for three nights amid the
copper-domed churches of 'The City of a Hundred Spires'.
A guided walking tour through the narrow streets of the Old Town
on Day 9 reveals some of Prague's most famous
sights. We begin at Hradcany Castle, the largest medieval complex
in Europe, before strolling across the 14th-century Charles Bridge
to admire the 75 statues built along its walls and views of the
Gothic spires of St Vitus' Cathedral in the distance. We also stop
at the city's renowned astronomical clock.
This afternoon, and Day 10, are free for you to
continue exploring. Gourmet restaurants, cocktail bars and trendy
cafés are easy to find. If you are looking for something more
authentic, you can feast on pork and dumplings washed down with
beer in a traditional pub. Afterwards, take a leisurely amble along
the Vltava River or cruise gently through the city, perhaps the
most relaxing way to see the sights.
Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 10 - Breakfast
Days 11-13 - Berlin and London
Heading through the Bohemian countryside into Germany, we follow
the route of the River Elbe on our way to Berlin. On arrival, we
head out on a guided walking tour of this once divided city. We
soak in the main sights including the incredible Brandenburg Gate
and a section of the Berlin Wall, which once divided East and West
Day 12 is free to keep sightseeing. You could
take in the Reichstag or Checkpoint Charlie, or alternatively,
visit Potsdam, former seat of the Prussian monarchs and home to
both Park Sanssouci, a Baroque flower garden, and the elegant
Sanssouci Palace. Boarding a high-speed train to Cologne on
Day 13, we continue by rail to Brussels where we
join the Eurostar service travelling back to London St Pancras.
Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Breakfast
Day 13 - Breakfast, Eurostar meal (First Class only)
For the following depatures, in Vienna you will now be staying
at the Archotel Kaiserwasser:
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approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise
the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
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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.