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Imperial Cities Fly:Rail

(Tour code: ICC6)See three incredible capitals at the crossroads of Europe

Embark on a voyage around three of Europe's most fascinating capital cities. From the brooding charm and Gothic allure of Budapest and the easy elegance and unsullied medieval relics of Vienna to the stunning architecture and unique, striking beauty of Prague. Discover the heart of central Europe on this tour.

Tour Highlights
  • Budapest
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • St Stephen’s Basilica
  • Evening Danube cruise
  • Vienna
  • Ringstrasse
  • Prague
  • Hradcany Castle
  • Prague Old Town
What’s Included (Full details)
  • First Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge
  • Return Scheduled Flights
    Upgrades Available

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Prague
Day 1

Fly from London to Prague

Our exploration of central Europe's grand imperial capitals begins at London Heathrow airport, where we board our flight to the Czech Republic. Our first port of call is Prague, considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sometimes known as 'the city of a hundred spires' or 'the golden city', Prague benefits from many flattering monikers attesting to its charm. On arrival, we transfer to the Hotel Ambassador for a three-night stay in this enchanting city, enjoying dinner together this evening.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
  • Dinner
Astronomical Clock, Prague
Day 2

Discovering Prague

Today we explore Prague on a walking tour. We begin at the imposing Hradcany Castle, which you are at leisure to explore (entrance included). From here we head to the Old Town, to St Vitus' Cathedral, and admire the Gothic spires characteristic of Prague as well as the emblematic Astronomical Clock Tower. We also walk across the 14th century Charles Bridge, possibly one of the most distinguished landmarks in Prague, lined with many statues.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Guided City Tour
Prague
Day 3

At leisure in Prague

You are at leisure in Prague today. You might like to take a walk around the Jewish Quarter, which contains one of the best ensembles of Jewish historical monuments, and perhaps pay a visit to Wenceslas Square, arguably the hub and heart of Prague. Alternatively, you could head out to Petrin Hill rising above the city centre on the western side, the peak of which can be accessed by funicular. Here you will find enchanting landscaped gardens, which are a delight to stroll around, as well as a rose garden, a public-access observatory (a small entrance fee applies), and of course the unmissable Observation Tower. Modelled after the Eiffel Tower, those who are feeling energetic enough to make the 299-step ascent will be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of Prague and its surroundings. Tonight, we enjoy a dinner together at a local restaurant.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Vienna
Day 4

To Vienna in First Class

Today we bid Prague a fond farewell as we transfer to the railway station, where we board our direct service to Vienna, Austria's capital, famed for its musical renown and vast imperial heritage. On our arrival in the early afternoon, we are met by a private coach and embark on a sightseeing tour of this glorious city, taking in the magnificent architecture and historical monuments along the famous Ringstrasse. We then explore Vienna's medieval Old Town on foot, seeing Stefansdom (St Stephen's Cathedral), a stunningly beautiful Gothic cathedral in the heart of the Old Town. We are then transferred by coach to the Hotel Park Royal Palace for two nights.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Vienna
Belvedere Palace, Vienna
Day 5

At leisure in Vienna

Elegant, classical and sophisticated are all words with which you could accurately describe Austria's captivating capital. Vienna is remarkably unspoilt throughout, and the Old Town in particular remains so exquisite and unchanged that it is easy to imagine how the nobility of bygone eras would have experienced Vienna. There is still plenty for you to discover today. Schönbrunn Palace, with its charming sunshine-yellow exterior and manicured gardens, is brimming with ornate imperial treasures and fascinating history. Be sure to also take a stroll through the alluring parkland grounds, and if you are feeling energetic it is definitely worth the walk up to the Gloriette Balcony. You could also take to the skies for panoramic views over Vienna, either by riding the giant Ferris Wheel at Prater or by taking the Metro across the river to the imposing Danube Tower. A lift whisks you up to the observation deck, and a restaurant and café are both available at the top. You could end the day by relaxing in one of Vienna's many coffee shops. 

Includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Budapest
Day 6

Vienna to Budapest in First Class

Leaving Vienna behind today, we transfer to the station and board our direct service to Budapest, enjoying First Class comforts and watching the scenic landscapes go by as we enter Hungary. Budapest is an intriguing city of two halves divided by the Danube, now united by a collection of beautiful, elegant bridges. The flatter, livelier region of Pest looks over 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, and today stands as one of the most picturesque and distinctive cities in Europe, and is instantly recognisable by its architecture, especially the iconic domed Parliament building. On arrival, we are transferred to our hotel, the NH Hotel Budapest, for three nights. We enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Fishermans Bastion, Budapest
Day 7

Exploring Budapest

Today we embark on a guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot of Budapest. We take in the city's main attractions, including brooding St Stephen's Basilica, dedicated to Hungary's historical founder, first king and patron saint, which was completed and consecrated in 1905. Today it also houses one of Hungary's oldest and most sacred National Relics, the mummified right hand of St Stephen, simply known as the 'Holy Right'. We also pay a visit to the iconic Fisherman's Bastion, beloved by locals and tourists alike, and built in honour of Hungary's millennial celebrations. Although it is built on the former castle walls, Fisherman's Bastion was never considered to be a fortification, but was instead designed to enhance the majesty of Buda Castle, and to provide a communal panoramic terrace offering superb views over the city which we will see for ourselves. As well as the balcony, Fisherman's Bastion's distinguishing feature is the seven turrets representing the seven founding dynasties of Hungary. We also see the impressive Buda Castle itself, and the restored Matthias Church.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Budapest
Day 8

At leisure in Budapest

Today is free for you to explore Budapest and its many attractions and sights at leisure. You might perhaps like to enter the castle and explore the ornate interior and fascinating museum within. You could also enjoy a stroll along the banks of the Danube, and admire the contrasting architectural styles of the eastern and western banks. In the evening of Day 8, we head down to the river and board a boat for a dinner cruise along the Danube. This is followed by a coach tour by night of Budapest, taking in the illuminated sights of the city, including the Chain Bridge and enjoying spectacular views from Gellert Hill, which broods over Buda.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Fly home
Day 9

Return to London

After breakfast this morning, we are transferred to the airport by coach, where we board our plane to London Heathrow, and our tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
  • Breakfast
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