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IMPERIAL CAPITALS: PRAGUE, VIENNA & BUDAPEST
Countries visited: Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary
Central Europe offers a distinct and varied picture of Europe - one of magnificent castles, majestic palaces, beautiful mountains, rivers, lakes, gardens in addition to the unique variety of friendly people and distinct cultures. This tour provides one with an enriched understanding of the varying cultures, delicious cuisines, rich medieval and post medieval history on offer in Central Europe.


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Arrive Prague
02
Prague
03 Prague
04
Prague / Vienna
05
Vienna
06
Vienna
07
Vienna / Budapest
08
Budapest
09
Budapest
10
Budapest / Depart

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

Austria  
Historic center of Vienna (2001) Vienna developed from early Celtic and Roman settlements into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It played an essential role as a leading European music centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.
Hungary  
Budapest, banks of Danube & Buda Castle (1987, 2002) This site has the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of the world's outstanding urban landscapes and illustrates the great periods in the history of the Hungarian capital.
Czech Republic  
Historic center of Prague (1992) Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. The many magnificent monuments, such as Hradcani Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century under the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01, Fri: Arrive Prague
Welcome to Zlata Praha (Golden Prague). We are warmly received and transferred to our hotel. After some rest we enjoy our first cultural insight as we dine with folklore in a local restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel Majestic Plaza, Prague (3 nights) (D)

Day 02, Sat: Prague
We start with the best of Prague as we tour the old part of the city to view the Old Town Square, the famous Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Quarter, St. Nicholas Church, Charles Bridge and more. Balance of the day is at leisure. Evening we get yet another cultural experience as we join an opera performance. (B)

Day 03, Sun: Prague
Today we cross the enchanting and historical Vltava River to visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany and St. Vitus Cathedral. Evening at leisure to stroll around town and enjoy the many cuisines the city has to offer including Pilsner beer or the Black Beer. (B)

Day 04, Mon: Prague / Vienna
Travel by motor coach to Vienna, the “City of Waltz”. Dinner tonight will be in a typical local Heurigen restaurant. A typicality of Vienna, a Heurigen restaurant is attached to a vineyard and serves it’s customers the very wine that it produces.
Overnight: Hilton Stadtpark, Vienna (3 nights) (B, D)

Day 05, Tue: Vienna
Our morning sightseeing tour includes visit to the incredible Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history. Evening, we enjoy another of Eastern Europe’s cultural highlight - concert of Strauss’ and Mozart’s music. (B)

Day 06, Wed: Vienna
Across from the Hofburg Palace is the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts). This huge building houses many of the fabulous art collections gathered by the Habsburgs and ranks amongst the richest and most important collections in the world.
The showpiece of the Egyptian-Oriental Collection, one of the largest of its kind in the world is the complete and intact cult chamber of Prince Kaninisut. We enjoy a guided tour of the museum in the morning. Vienna offers a lot of activities of varied interests, hence the evening is free to waltz the way across the streets of this European city. (B)

Day 07, Thu: Vienna / Budapest
We journey eastbound by motor coach or first class train to Budapest, often called “Paris of the East”. Enroute we see the countryside of Eastern Europe before reaching the Hungarian capital, Budapest where we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Intercontinental, Budapest (3 nights) (B)

Day 08, Fri: Budapest
Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges. Our morning tour includes views of the decorative Parliament building, seat of the National Assembly; Vaci Utca, a pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants; Heroes' Square with the Millennium Memorial, 118 foot high Corinthian column dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 09, Sat: Budapest
Our second tour of this lively and historical capital focuses on the Castle Hill area, the 13th century Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and Royal Palace. Afternoon is free for last minute shopping or independent exploration. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner with entertainment in a typical csarda restaurant. (B, D)

Day 10, Sun: Depart Budapest
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the Imperial capitals of Europe as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Opportunity to join one of Bestway’s other tours. (B)
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
Apr 22, May 06 & 20, Jun 03 & 17, Jul 01 & 22, Aug 12, Sep 02, 16 & 30, Oct 21


Prices
Season Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 1965 785
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar
  • Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast,
    D
    =Dinner)
  • Dinner with folklore in Prague
  • Heurigen dinner in Vienna
  • Farewell dinner in typical Csarda restaurant in Budapest
  • Opera performance in Prague
  • Strauss & Mozart Concert in Vienna
  • Inter-city travel by modern motor coach or first class train
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees at sites
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Headsets provided during included sightseeing tours
  • International Airfare / Airport taxes
  • Insurances / Visa Fees
  • Tips / Gratuities
Note: This tour is not part of our small group journeys

Estimated International Airfare ( NOT INCLUDED in tour price )
East Coast US $ 800
West Coast US $ 1200
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and an average of 25 participants. Please note that this is NOT part of our small group tours where our maximum is always under 20.

Other Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

Contact Information
Bestway Tours & Safaris
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206–8678 Greenall Ave Phone: +1-604-264-7378
Burnaby B.C., Canada Toll Free (US & Canada): 1-800-663-0844
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