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Imperial Capital Cities

See four incredible capitals at the crossroads of Europe

From $1,525 per person


Explore the amazing capital cities of central Europe. Discover the region's rich heritage of art, history and culture, and savour its world-class castles, palaces and museums, from Berlin to Budapest by rail.

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Days 1-2 - Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Meet the rest of your group and Tour Manager at the 4* Park Inn Alexanderplatz in Berlin for a two night stay. The next morning you undertake a guided tour of this historic city, taking in such wondrous sights as the famous Brandenburg Gate, the 19th century Reichstag Building, built to house the Imperial Council of the former German Empire, and the ruins of the Wall which once split this city down the middle. The afternoon is at leisure for you to continue exploring Berlin.

You may like to visit the imposing Opera House, home of the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Alternatively, the fantastic Pergamon Museum features a wealth of wonderful exhibits including lifesize replicas of Ishtar Gate and the Altar of Zeus. The museum is located on the UNESCO World Heritage protected Museum Island.

You could also enjoy a stroll through Berlin's Old Quarter en route to the impressive Charlottenburg Palace, the largest royal palace in the city and the only remaining from the period of the Hohenzollern dynasty.

Days 3-5 - To Prague by rail
Charles Bridge, Prague

Following a leisurely morning, travel by train to Prague for three nights at the 4* Hotel Diplomat. On Day 4, you are treated to a walking tour of the 'Golden City' of Prague today. Admire the magnificent medieval Charles Bridge and the cobbled Old Town Square, as your local guide leads you around some of the most important and interesting parts of Prague's history. The tour also takes in the city's castle complex, with spectacular views across the city.

Day 5 is at leisure. With many of its historic attractions centrally-located and easily accessible on foot, Prague has plenty to offer. Maybe visit Wenceslas Square, the site of many historic events, including the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, or Josefov, also known as 'the Jewish Quarter.' Located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River, Josefov's history dates back to the 13th century, when it was first used as a Jewish ghetto. Despite its torrid past, the area is filled with stunning architecture, and makes for a pleasant destination for a scenic afternoon walk. The beer houses are also well worth a visit, for the huge variety of different ales and lagers which Prague has to offer.

Day 6 - To Vienna by rail
Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Take a train to Vienna, Austria's incomparable capital and the former seat of the Hapsburg Empire. On arrival you are treated to a delightful guided tour, seeing the city's imperial architecture lining the famous Ringstrasse, as well as the narrow houses of the idyllic Old Town. You spend two nights here in Vienna, at the 4* Acrotel Wimberger.

Day 7 - Vienna At Leisure
Vienna Opera House

Today is free for you to discover more of Vienna. You could visit the Stephansdom, the city's cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece is famed for its stunning tiled roof, patterned with brightly coloured chevrons and Viennese eagles, almost resembling a mosaic. From the spire, you can enjoy a superb panorama, soaking in the glory of Vienna. Alternatively, Scönbrunn Palace has long been a staple of the Viennese visitor's itinerary, a glorious palace with extensive and well-manicured gardens.

Days 8-9 - By train to Budapest
Budapest Parliament Building

Travel by rail over the Hungarian border to Budapest. Straddling the Danube, this fantastic capital is one of Europe's finest cities, and is famed for its superb Turkish, Art Nouveau and modern style bath houses. You spend three nights here at the 4* Mercure Castle Hill Hotel. Tonight, enjoy a speciality evening meal and an evening coach tour of the sights as they are illuminated against the night sky.

On Day 9, you take a guided tour of Budapest, seeing the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Hero's Square. Flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art, this is one of the major squares in Budapest, witnessing many political demonstrations and noted for its iconic statue of the Seven Chieftains of the Magyars as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You will also visit St Stephen's Basilica. The basilica took over half a century to complete, partly due to disruption in 1868 when the cathedral's dome collapsed in a storm.

The tour also includes Fishermen's Bastion, a neo-Gothic masquerade in a beguiling façade style, despite only dating back to 1905. Built by architect Frigyes Schulek, its seven gleaming white turrets represent the Magyar tribes that entered the Carpathian Basin towards the end of the 9th century.

Day 10 - At leisure in Budapest
Budapest

Today is free in Budapest; you may wish to visit the famous Szechenyi baths or 'Café New York', widely regarded as one of the most beautiful coffee houses in the world.

Day 11 - Return Home
Flights

After breakfast today, your tour concludes and are free to make your way to the airport for your flight home.

Recommended airports

For this tour, we recommend arriving to Berlin Airport (TXL). which is approximately 8 miles from your start point. For this tour, we recommend departing from Budapest Airport (BUD). which is approximately 15 miles from your end point.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure Dates
11 October 2020From $1,525

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
Hotels
Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Berlin
Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz

The 4-Star Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz is situated on Berlin's famous Alexanderplatz, opposite the television tower and within walking distance of Unter den Linden and the State Opera House. The hotel has the distinction of being the 'highest hotel in Berlin', standing at 150 metres high and with 39 floors. The Park Inn has three restaurants, two atmospheric bars, a beer garden and a roof terrace from which to enjoy the fabulous views over Berlin. Leisure facilities include a sauna and a gym. Massages and beauty treatments are available (pay locally). The modern en suite guest rooms also offer great views and are fitted with air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, minibar and a safe.

Mercure Castle Hill, Budapest
Mercure Castle Hill, Budapest

Located in the heart of Budapest, this 4* hotel is a great base for exploring the city. The Mercure Castle Hill hotel is set in the Castle District, only a short walk from Budapest's Buda Castle, as well as being near to public transport including the metro station.

Rooms at the hotel include free Wi-Fi, a flatscreen television and are fully air conditioned. There is also a fitness centre, which includes tennis court, as well as other sports activities. Tea & coffee making facilities in the rooms are available at an extra cost.

Vienna House Diplomat Prague, Prague
Vienna House Diplomat Prague, Prague

Our base in Prague is the 4-Star Vienna House Diplomat Prague, situated close to Prague Castle and the city's historic centre. The hotel has three restaurants and a café serving coffee, cakes and light snacks. There is a flower shop, souvenir shop, lift between floors and a Wellness Club with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, fitness centre and views of the castle. Rooms are en suite and have air conditioning, a flat screen satellite television, telephone, DVD player, minibar and a hairdryer.

Arcotel Wimberger Hotel, Vienna
Arcotel Wimberger Hotel, Vienna

In the heart of arguably the finest of Europe's imperial capitals, the 4-Star Arcotel Wimberger in Vienna is modern and stylish, housed in a contemporary building with a blue glass and stone façade. The interiors are the epitome of Austrian charm, with elegant dining areas and tasteful lobbies. This hotel is located in Vienna's 7th district which boasts among other things, a large market and several museums. The Arcotel features an extensive fitness area, as well as a wellness area consisting of a whirlpool and a sauna. Dining options include a restaurant and a bar, and every room has complimentary WiFi, a hairdryer and a room safe.

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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