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8 Day Affordable Central Europe 2021-2022 (Thursday Departure)

8 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Hungary
Depart for Hungary.

DAY 2,Friday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary that straddles the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and Pest to the east. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 PM, enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner along with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3,Saturday- Budapest City Tour
Take a morning city tour of Budapest. Begin in Pest and continue to view the Parliament, Heroes' Square, and Market Hall before crossing the Danube to the Buda Hills. There, see the Royal Palace, visit Matthias Church and continue to the Fisherman's Bastion for enthralling panoramic views of the city. Afternoon is at leisure, or join the optional tour to the Parliament* with its stunning interior and the impressive St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. End the tour with a walk through the historic Great Market Hall with its over 100 market stalls and endless choices of regional products. This evening, perhaps join the optional Danube dinner cruise and take in the spectacular skyline from the comfort of a private boat. (Breakfast)

*Be advised that you might not be able to book this optional tour locally, due to certain restrictions regarding the Parliament.

Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall (PM)
Optional: Danube Dinner Cruise (PM)

DAY 4, Sunday- Vienna City Tour
Depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Upon arrival in Vienna, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that begins with a drive along the Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, to view Hofburg Palace, the Opera House, the monument of Empress Maria Theresia, Votive Church, City Hall, Parliament, St. Charles' Church, the monument of Johann Strauss, the Museum of Art History, the Natural History Museum, and Musikverein, the music hall of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Afterwards, continue to magnificent Schonbrunn Palace for a highlight tour. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music” featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast)

Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)

DAY 5, Monday - Full Day in Vienna
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Vienna independently. As European cultural capital, Vienna abounds with stunning palaces, historical monuments, fascinating museums, and some of the world's best concert performances, ranging from classical masterpieces to lively jazz fusion. Perhaps, participate in the optional morning tour to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, one of Europe’s newest capitals with time to explore the historic center of this charming city before returning to Vienna. Tonight, feel the spirit of imperial Vienna in a cozy wine tavern in the Vienna woods including a hearty meal, local wines and music. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Half Day Bratislava (AM)

DAY 6, Tuesday- Arrive in Prague
This morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Enjoy the sights of Central Europe during your journey. Make your way through Southern Bohemia and on to the Czech capital city, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". (Breakfast)

DAY 7, Wednesday - Prague City Tour
A morning sightseeing tour of Prague includes a visit to the Royal Castle District at Hradcany, former residence of the Bohemian kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the city and Charles Bridge below as well as a visit to St. Vitus Cathedral. Following your visit, view St. George's Basilica, the oldest church in the Castle complex and best preserved Romanesque basilica in Prague. This evening, enjoy dinner together in this gorgeous city known for its stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8, Thursday Depart the Czech Republic
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

Map
All This Included
  • 6 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Highlights
  • View Heroes' Square, the largest and most impressive square in Budapest
  • Stop at Fisherman's Bastion, for enthralling panoramic views of Budapest
  • Visit Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family in Vienna
  • View St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, a Gothic masterpiece, where coronations of Czech kings & queens took place

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Budapest: Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel
Vienna: Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel
Prague: Hotel Botanique
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. This is an Off Season program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.