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11 Day Crown of Central Europe 2018 (Tuesday Departure)

11 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for the Czech Republic
Depart for the Czech Republic.

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Prague
Arrive in the "Golden" city of Prague. The rest of the day is at leisure in Prague, considered one of Europe's most attractive cities; its historic city center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager about the wonderful journey that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers.


DAY 3, Thursday - Tour of Prague
Begin the day with a walking tour of Prague to the picturesque Lesser Town (Malá Strana) also known as the Little Quarter, with its ancient burgher houses and quaint side streets. Enjoy breathtaking views as you cross the Charles Bridge, one of Europe's oldest stone bridges, to the Old Town, the medieval center of Prague. Explore the cobbled streets around Old Town Square and stroll into the Jewish Quarter, once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe. View the white stucco St. Nicholas Church, the world-famous Astronomical Clock*, and the Town Hall. The rest of the day is at leisure or join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian Kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where Kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, dinner together at a popular local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

*Please note: The Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall Tower will be undergoing renovations during the first half of 2018 and may not be able to be viewed during the restoration.

Optional: Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)


DAY 4, Friday - Morning in Regensburg, Arrive in Munich
Morning drive from Prague to Regensburg in Germany. Time at leisure discovering the delights of the pretty town of Regensburg on the Danube, one of Germany's largest and best preserved medieval cities designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at beautiful churches and one of the oldest stone bridges crossing the River. Later, head for the Bavarian capital, Munich, where dinner awaits at a local restaurant. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5, Saturday - City Tour of Munich
The discovery of Munich begins with a drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park, the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. On to breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace and Park, with its gorgeous baroque facade, once the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. Driving through the city, you'll see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz Square, a cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, dating back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. Afterward, leisure time, or, participate in the optional tour to fairytale Linderhof Palace, built by "mad" King Ludwig II and Oberammergau, world-famous for the Passion Play, two of the highlights of Southern Bavaria in the high Alps. (Breakfast)

Optional: Linderhof and Oberammergau Tour (PM)


DAY 6, Sunday - Salzburg City Tour
Drive to magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. A guided walking tour takes you to the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city, also known as home of the singing von Trapp family, was the setting for the Sound of Music film. Time to walk the lovely lanes filled with delightful shops and cafes. This afternoon, perhaps join the optional tour to Hitler’s notorious "Eagles Nest." Tonight, enjoy dinner together at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

*Please note: Austrian Alps & Sound of Music Tour is offered when Eagle’s Nest Tour is not available during April, May, October and November.

Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour
Optional: Austrian Alps & Sound of Music Tour*


DAY 7, Monday - Lake Cruise, Vienna
Travel east to the impressive Salzkammergut area (Lake District), with a total of 76 lakes, known as one of the most stunning regions in the heart of Austria. Depart from the village of St. Wolfgang on a peaceful lake cruise, admiring the beautiful villages, breathtaking mountains and crystal clear waters. Afterwards, continue to glorious Vienna, Austria's capital city. Tonight, opportunity to experience a not to be missed optional Classical Viennese Concert performance of the masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast)

Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)


DAY 8, Tuesday - Tour of Vienna
This sparkling city on the Danube has captivated travelers for years with its elegant shops, world-class museums, beautiful parks and gardens. Begin today's tour at the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Visit the opulent baroque apartments and stroll through the world-famous manicured gardens. Continue with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard. View the Empress Maria Theresia Monument, Votive Church, City Hall and Parliament. Next, walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House. The rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional Imperial Highlights Tour to the Vienna State Opera House and Imperial crypt. Be sure to stop at a café to sample the famous Viennese Sacher Torte before returning to the hotel. Tonight, join the optional tour to a typical Viennese wine Tavern. (Breakfast)

Optional: Vienna State Opera House & Imperial Crypt
Optional: Viennese Wine Tavern Dinner


DAY 9, Wednesday - Budapest City Tour
Cross the border into Hungary and continue to Budapest, its capital city. Get acquainted with this diverse city on the afternoon tour that begins on the Pest side. View the iconic Parliament building, Heroes' Square and Városliget, the adjoining city park, created to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Magyar conquest of Hungary. Cross over the Elizabeth Bridge to the Buda hills; see the Royal Palace, 13th century Matthias Church and the graceful medieval architecture along the cobbled streets. From Fisherman's Bastion, see breathtaking panoramic views of the entire city. Explore the city's chic shops and cafes this afternoon on your own. Tonight, attend the optional Danube River Cruise that also includes dinner. (
Breakfast)

DAY 10, Thursday - Full Day in Budapest
An entire day to enjoy the delights of Budapest independently. Visit one of the unique museums, or pamper yourself at one of Europe's best old-world spas. Perhaps, take the optional half day tour of the richly decorated Parliament building, the Dohany Street Synagogue, and Market Hall. Tonight, dinner is at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Parliament, Great Dohany Synagogue & Market Hall (AM)


DAY 11, Friday - Depart Hungary
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Walking tour of Prague to the picturesque Lesser Town and the Old Town
  • Tour Bavarian Munich with its world-famous "dancing" Glockenspiel clock
  • Visit magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and scene of the Sound of Music
  • Take a Danube Valley Cruise and admire the beautiful scenery
  • Tour the Imperial Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna
Accommodations
Prague: Jurys Inn Prague
Munich: Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
Salzburg: Castellani Parkhotel Salzburg
Vienna: Courtyard Marriott Wien Schoenbrunn
Budapest: K+K Hotel Opera
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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