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Vienna, Budapest and Prague Winter

8 days with Insight Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe.

Day 2 Welcome to Vienna.
At Vienna airport, transfers for your hotel leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. During Advent, the Austrian capital is a place of nostalgia and romance, with concerts, nativity displays and traditional Christmas Markets. Why not soak up the atmosphere or spend time in a pavement cafe? At 17:45, join your Travel Director and fellow guests and travel to a local restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)

Day 3 The Habsburgs of Vienna and on to Budapest.
Vienna owes much of its present day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace. Then get your camera ready for a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard is built along the lines of the old city walls and showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House and magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence. Your journey continues to Budapest, the former second city of the mighty Habsburg Empire.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 4 Budapest, Queen of the Danube.
(Relaxed Start) Stroll through the alleys of the Buda Castle District with your Local Expert. Admire the incredible interior decoration of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman's Bastion. Across the river in Pest, which is the commercial centre, see the grand Hungarian Parliament Building and visit Heroes' Square. Visit the First Strudel House in Pest to see experts at work, stretching the dough and filling the delicious treats, which are yours to taste with a rich, aromatic coffee. The rest of the day is free for you to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. In December, the street is festively lit and the Christmas fair will be in full swing.(Buffet Breakfast / Afternoon Tea)

Day 5 Historic Bratislava and medieval Prague.
Journey westward over the Slovakian border to arrive at the fortified capital, with the four-towered Bratislava Castle looming over the city. There's time to walk from the banks of the Danube to the Old Town’s historic squares and browse the market stalls. Continue through the wine-producing area of South Moravia to enter the forested countryside of Bohemia, dotted with peaceful lakes. Arrive at the historic capital of Prague, boasting one of the most beautiful and intact medieval centres in all of Europe.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

Day 6 Prague Sightseeing.
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start before joining your Local Expert at the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, dominated by the soaring spires of St. Vitus' Cathedral. Walk in the footsteps of kings, along cobbled streets past beautiful palaces for sweeping views of the city. Descend to the Old Town Square, where the mechanised antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers every hour. In December, you may see children in traditional dress, dancing and singing at the Christmas Markets.(Buffet Breakfast)

Day 7 Colourful Ceský Krumlov and musical Vienna.
Travel south through the forested Bohemian countryside to Ceský Krumlov, nestled amid loops of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, back lanes and arch-covered footpaths, passing colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. On days when snow blankets the medieval buildings and wood smoke pervades the narrow streets, it’s a scene straight from a Christmas card. Your journey continues south as your return to Vienna. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare and accompanied with drinks.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

Day 8 Depart Vienna.
Your trip concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07:00 and 09:00.(Buffet Breakfast)
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All This Included
These three capitals, lush with magnificent cathedrals, imperial palaces and majestic castles, stand at the geographical heart of mainland Europe. Their histories and cultures are intertwined by the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

Authentic Dining
  • Budapest: Learn the secrets of traditional strudel-making when you visit the First Strudel House in Pest. Sample this Hungarian delicacy accompanied with a cup of aromatic coffee.
  • Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a delicious meal of Austrian fare, with drinks, while enjoying acclaimed soloists and dancers.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.
Insight Experiences
  • Prague: Let a Local Expert bewitch you with tales of Bohemian kings and the struggles of the Velvet Revolution, during a private tour through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Admire the panoramic views over the Old Town and former kingdom.
Stay at the Best Addresses
  • Vienna: With views over the city and neighbouring Stadtpark, the Hilton Vienna is just a short walk from attractions like the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • Budapest: The InterContinental Budapest features elegantly appointed rooms. Experience 180-degree panoramic views over the Chain Bridge, Danube and former Royal Palace that are as intriguing by day as by night.
  • Prague: Stay in the quiet and breathtakingly beautiful Castle district near the aristocrats and Heads of State. Next to the famous Strahov Monastry, the Linder Hotel Prague Castle is set in a historic building dating back to the 16th century.
Included Insight Services
  • Highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Highlights
  • Vienna: Learn about the legendary meeting between Mozart and Marie Antoinette. Tour the Ring Road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Austrian Parliament Building and City Hall.
  • Budapest: See the gargantuan Hungarian Parliament Building and visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
  • Prague: See the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square.
  • Scenic Drives: View the forests, lakes and vineyards of Bohemia and Moravia.
Top Rated Highlights
  • Vienna: The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace will exhilarate your senses. As you stand beneath frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers, a Local Expert will bring to life the story of the Habsburgs, during your tour of the house and gardens.
  • Vienna: Learn about the legendary meeting between Mozart and Marie Antoinette. Tour the Ring Road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Austrian Parliament Building and City Hall.
  • Budapest: Visit Matthias Church with a Local Expert and gaze out over the Danube from the Fisherman’s Bastion to see gargantuan Hungarian Parliament Building. Then cross the river to visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
  • Bratislava: Stroll through the fortified capital city and gaze at the impressive castle.
  • Prague: In Old Town Square see the Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers every hour.
  • Ceský Krumlov: Take a romantic walk through snow-covered lanes and soak up the atmosphere at the medieval old town.
  • Christmas Markets: Be dazzled by the magic of Christmas, with local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. Explore on select departures.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and take in the views of the forests, lakes and vineyards of Bohemia and Moravia.

Accommodations
Vienna: Hilton Vienna
Budapest: InterContinental Budapest
Prague: Lindner Hotel Prague Castle
Vienna: Hilton Vienna
Notes
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