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Day One: UK to Holland
Relax aboard your Grand Tourer coach as we cross to Calais travelling onwards into Holland for an overnight stay. (D)
Day Two - Holland to Prague
Our journey continues through Germany and on into the Czech Republic. The capital city of Prague is the first of the famous five cities on our Grand Tour and we stay here for two nights at the 4-star Jurys Inn Hotel. (B,D)
Day Six - Krakow to Budapest
We leave Krakow and travel south to Budapest where we stay at the four star Hotel Expo Budapest, for two nights. Explore at your leisure this evening or relax in our hotel. (B,D)
Day Eight - Budapest to Vienna
Departing Budapest we head to the Austrian capital of Vienna for an included guided city coach tour this afternoon. The historical centre is rich in architecture including baroque castles and gardens, as well as the Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks. We spend two nights at the 4-star Arcotel Wimberger (2018) or Best Western Amedia Hotel (2019). (B,D)
The hotel’s central location makes it perfect for fans of art and culture as well as those who love to shop. Close by are Vienna’s main shopping boulevard, the Mariahilfer Straße, the Wiener Stadthalle, the city’s major concert venue, and numerous galleries and boutiques. The city’s museum quarter is also just a few minutes away either on foot or by public transport.
The hotel has its own restaurant, the which serves traditional Viennese dishes and also boasts the most famous brunch anywhere in the city. The bar is decorated throughout in colonial style and with an impressive range of speciality whiskies to delight even the most discerning connoisseur. There are also plenty of other restaurants and pubs in the vicinity of the hotel.
Budapest City Tour
One of the most magnificent cities in the world, Budapest is filled with incredible sights and sounds. Join us as we take a city tour to learn more about this wonderful capital of Hungary, with its stunning architecture, historical attractions and marvellous culture.
Admire sights such as the Hungarian Parliament building and Liberty Square, with its mixture of art nouveau and historicist architecture. There’s also the House of Terror Museum, the beautiful St Stephen's Basilica and the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion.
Guided Walking Tour of Prague
Enjoy a tour of the main sights of this historical city, known as the 'City of a Hundred Spires'. Take in the splendid views of the Vitava River, see the famous Charles' Bridge and colourful Old Town Square. There are so many historical buildings to admire, making this is a wonderful city to stroll at leisure.
Krakow Guided City Tour
Krakow is famed for its marvellous historical monuments, which really allow the city to stand out. It was once the capital of Poland and dates from the Stone Age, and it still maintains its magical atmosphere. Legend has it that the city was founded when a man named Krakus built the beginnings of the city above a cave occupied by a dragon called Smok Wawelski.
We’ll take an exciting tour of the city to find out about its most famous landmarks, and to learn about its fascinating history.
Salzburg Guided City Tour
Salzburg is known for its splendid architecture, much of which is in the extraordinary baroque style. It’s also known for its use in the ‘Sound of Music’ with the grand views seen in the film visible in real life in the city. We’ll take a guided city tour to uncover Salzburg’s history and to see the sights in this captivating city.
Vienna Guided City Tour
Vienna is often thought of as the jewel in Austria’s crown, being the country’s capital city and famous for its connections to gifted musicians. It was also home to Sigmund Freud and he conducted much of his major work and studies from his apartments and office in the city between 1886 and 1938 when he was forced to flee Nazism. With a rich culture and heritage, our guided city tour of Vienna will give us more information about how this city has become the marvellous destination it is today.
Full Day: Austrian Lakes
The Austrian lakes are known for their stunning beauty, and we’ll take a tour to some of them during this excellent excursion. No matter what time of year it is, this area is always attractive, and we’ll get to admire the natural beauty of the location throughout this excursion.
Prague Castle District Guided Tour
The Castle District in Prague surrounds the magnificent Prague Castle, which is thought to be the largest in Europe and was once home to the Kings of Bohemia. Today, Prague’s President resides in the castle, and it is still a sight for sore eyes.
Dating from 870, Prague Castle holds a range of fantastic artefacts of the city’s history, and it also enjoys some of the city’s best architecture. We’ll be treated to an optional guided tour of the Castle District, as well as spending time in Prague Castle itself. There are numerous structures counted as part of Prague Castle, with the Castle buildings including St. Vitus Cathedral, St George’s Basilica, St. George’s Convent, and many others.
Vienna and Schonbrunn Palace
Our panoramic tour gives us a wonderful overview of Vienna. We drive along the famous Ringstrasse, which encompasses the city centre.
Along the way we see a host of sights including the State Opera House, Johann Strauss House, where he had composed the famous waltz, Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History Museum, Parliament, City Hall, Votiv Church, University, the Imperial Palace (Hofburg), the Volksgarten and the Court Theatre. We then continue onto the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Hapsburgs.
We take a guided tour of the state rooms. Highlights include the long Great Gallery, the Round and Oval Chinese Rooms, the Millions Room, so named because Maria Teresa allegedly paid over a million silver florins to have it decorated. We also have time to see the beautiful formal gardens.