Prague To Budapest, Magnificent Cities Of Central Europe


DAY 1 - DEPART USA

Arrive in Prague the next day.

 

DAY 2 – PRAGUE

After you arrive and settle in your hotel, you go up to the Strahov courtyard for its spectacular view of the city. From here our walking tour takes us past a magnificent example of Baroque, the Prague Loreto, to Prague Castle, at the heart of Czech history from the Emperors who built it to the current President whose office is here. We roam the castle’s courtyards and the little shops of its famous Golden Lane. Then down the hill to Lesser Town and Nerudova Street, one of the most beautiful in Prague. Among the marvelous old churches and palaces here is the Church of Lady Victorious with its statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. A walk across the famous Charles Bridge and then we relax and leisurely dine, while cruising the Vltava River.

 

DAY 3 - KARLOVY VARY

A ride through the beautiful Czech countryside takes you to a charming town and famous spa, Karlovy Vary, which you will tour and then have time to look at their famous china and Moser crystal as well as enjoy the local foods and wine-their traditional liqueur is made from 100 herbs. Karlovy Vary is the largest and best-known Czech spa nesting deep in a beautiful wooded valley. The founding of the town has been linked with the name of Charles IV. Since 1358 when he had a hunting lodge built here. There are 12 thermal hot springs gushing out of the depth of over 2000 meters, the most famous of which is called “Vrídlo”. There you can taste the local wafres and traditional Czech liqueur made from 100 different herbs. Karlovy Vary is also famous for production of china and worldknown crystal called “MOSER”. The spa town is indicated for treatment of diseases of the digestive system and those caused by disorders of metabolic system and malfunction of internal secretion. Treatment is based on drinking cures and diet.

 

DAY 4 - TEREZIN & DRESDEN(Germany)

The next day we depart early in the morning for Terezin. The "Ghetto Theresienstadt" was established in NW Czechoslavakia. Terezin (Theresienstadt) was founded as a garrison town in the late 18Fr Century, during the reign of Emperor Joseph II and named after his mother, Empress Maria Theresa. In WW2 the town served as a ghetto to which the Nazis expelled 140,000 Jews, mostly from the "Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia", but also from central and western Europe. The ghetto was controlled by the Zentralamt für die Regelung der Judenfrage in Böhmen und Mähren, which was under the jurisdiction of the RSHA. After Terezin we will drive to Dresden. After arrive to Dresden you will have free time for lunch and after lunch our visit in Dresden will start. Dresden is a city which was totally destroyed during the bombardments of American and English Airforces. The city was rebuilt after WW2. Zwinger Palace is one the places we will see during the tour. After the tour we will turn back to Prague and overnight in Prague.

 

DAY 5, 6 - VIENNA

In the morning after breakfast you depart for Vienna and on the way we will visit Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, best known for the fine architecture and art of the historic old town and Cesky Krumlov Castle. Old Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was given this status along with the historic Prague castle district. After Cesky Krumlov, bus drive arrive in Vienna and we show you the city's most beautiful sights. We check-in to our hotel You will have dinner in one of typical a restaurant.
After a short bus drive, you will spend two hours in Grinzing. It is about 15 – 20 minutes distance to the city center. This town is famous with house made wines.There you can listen to local music and taste local foods and wines. Overnight in Vienna.

The next day, we will see the most beautiful sights of Vienna. Wien is famous with its p a l a c e s a n d museums, we begin our tour with one of these palaces, Belvedere, we stop here then we continue through the diplomatic district, we will see Prater and United Nations Buildings. Visit of Kunsthaus Wien. You will see the Opera, Parliament, Rathaus and the Hoffburg Palace while you are driving through the ring. The last stop is Schonbrunn Palace, after a short break you finish the tour in the city center. Free time for dinner. Several different classic music concerts are organised in Vienna. We will have a classical music concert in one of the best ones. After concert return to hotel.

 

DAY 7 - BRATISLAVA

On your way you will visit the ancient Devin Castle and then take a boat along the Danube to Bratislava’s charming Old Town center with its Gothic and Renaissance treasures such as St. Martin’s Cathedral where 17 Hungarian kings were crowned and old St Michael’s Gate tower whose copper onion dome once marked an entrance to the city. Later, from the castle, you will take in a panorama of the city including a view of the former park now filled with communist-era flats, see the newer part of the city with such building as the Slovak Radio Building, shaped like an upside down pyramid. In the evening enjoy Slovak folk music and dance, as you sample delicious traditional cuisine.

 

DAY 8, 9, 10 - BUDAPEST

After breakfast you will cross into Hungary and drive to this famous split city. Buda with the villas and government buildings on the west side of the Danube; the vibrant streets of shops and restaurants of Pest on the east. Our orientation tour will take us by many of the city’s most famous and beautiful sights. The historic M a t y a s P i n c e restaurant is where we will have dinner and listen, of course, to wonderful gypsy music.
The next day, you start the morning on a boat seeing and hearing about the city as you move along the river and enjoy a walk on Margaret Island. Then we visit the Parliament Building and the famous covered Market Place with free time to enjoy it at your leisure. You will dine at a riverside restaurant. You visit the lovely Baroque town of Esztergom the next day, where St. Stephen, the first Christian king of Hungary was crowned in the year 1000 and whose archbishop is head of the Church in Hungary. It’s imposing basilica is an important pilgrimage site.
Visegard is a hilly village with a reconstructed 14Fr century palace and a winding road that leads up to the old fortress, with its spectacular view of the area. Lunch is at the old village of Szentendre now well-known for its artists. You return to Budapest in the afternoon and enjoy a special Hungarian evening.

 

DAY 11 – UNITED STATES

Early in the morning, you will be taken to the airport for your return flight to the United States, arriving the same day.

 

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TOUR NAME

PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST,

MAGNIFICENT CITIES OF CENTRAL EUROPE
Tour Code TEO 7/ CE TEO 8/ CE
Land Only $ 4000 $ 4000
Single Supplement $ 1000  $ 1000
JFK(Fly) / Prague June 25Fr July 06Tu
Prague June 26Sa July 07We
Prague(Karlovy Vary) June 27Su July 08Th
Prague (Terezin & Dresden) June 28Mo July 09Fr
Vienna June 29Tu July 10Sa
Vienna Woods Tour June 30We July 11Su
Bratislava July 01Th July 12Mo
Budapest July 02Fr July 13Tu
Budapest(Danube Riv&Parliament) July 03Sa July 14We
Budapest(Estergom & Visegrad) July 04Su July 15Th
JFK(Fly) July 05Mo July 16Fr