Tour: RS - 2012 (RS) - 2012 / 2014

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Czech Dinner Drive through the "Golden City" to a local restaurant for a 3-course dinner with typical Czech cuisine including drinks and live music.

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Moldau Cruise with Lunch Enjoy an aperitif, buffet lunch with drinks, and live music as you cruise down the Moldau River. On your 1 1/2 - hour journey, glide past the historical center of Prague, admire 9th-century Prague Castle, former residence of Czech rulers; St. Vitus Cathedral; famous 14th-century Charles Bridge; Petrin with its Lookout Tower bearing a strong resemblance to the famed Eiffel Tower; the National Theater, built with donations from Prague residents; Vysehrad Castle; and Slavin Cemetery, where many famous Czech personalities are entombed.

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Prague by Night On this evening guided tour, learn the legends of this fascinating city while enjoying spectacular views. Stroll along the cobblestone lanes in the Old Town, stopping at a local tavern to taste famous Czech beer and to listen to traditional melodies. The evening highlight is a walk across the illuminated 14th-century Charles Bridge, a popular spot for Czech artists and musicians, and from where you can admire a magnificent view of Prague Castle.

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Best of Mozart and Strauss Attend a concert in one of the most beautiful concert halls in Vienna. The costumed orchestra performs well-known arias composed by Mozart as well as famous pieces like The Blue Danube Waltz and The Radetzky March by Strauss. Opera singers and a soloist add to the ambiance of the evening.

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Classical Austrian Dinner Enjoy a delicious Austrian dinner with drinks at a typical local restaurant.

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Excursion to Vienna Woods Today, enjoy the fabulous natural scenery of the Vienna Woods. Drive south to Baden, famous for its thermal springs since Roman times. Visit the mystical Cistercian Holy Cross Abbey in the village of Heiligenkreuz, founded in 1133 by St. Leopold III of Babenberg. Also admire Mayerling, a former royal hunting lodge, famous for the commemorative chapel dedicated to the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph, Crown Prince Rudolph, who died there tragically in 1889.

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Heurigen Dinner Enjoy dinner with music and wine at one of the Heurigen (wine taverns) in the wine-growing area of the Vienna Woods. A Heuriger is a tavern that serves its own wine from the current harvest year and traditional fare such as Wienerschnitzel and Apfelstrudel.

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Schoenbrunn Palace One of Europe's most impressive baroque palace complexes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and former summer residence of the imperial family, Schonbrunn was originally built in 1642 and later redesigned from the ground up by Empress Maria Theresa. The dazzling residential apartments and state rooms with their original furnishings and decorations, and the impressive park and gardens surrounding the palace, convey an authentic impression of the imperial lifestyle.

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Waltz and Operetta Concert An opera house orchestra and soloists perform famous works by Johann Strauss, Lehar, Mozart, and more in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

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Famous Hofbrauhaus Enjoy a stein of beer at the famous Hofbrauhaus, where Bavarian musicians never fail to put everyone in a genuine "Oktoberfest" mood.

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Excursion to Berchtesgaden On your drive out of Salzburg, the original wedding church of Maria von Trapp from the film the ""Sound of Music"" can be seen in the distance and on arrival in Hellbrunn you can also see the little garden house (gazebo) which featured in this classic film. Cross the border into Germany by way of the Durnberg-Hallein salt-mining area into the Berchtesgaden district in Bavaria to drive up to the scenic "Hohenring Road" (reaching a height of 4,500 ft.), stop to take in the magnificent alpine panorama including a view of the famous "Eagle's Nest". Drive down to Obersalzberg, the compound area of Hitler's second headquarters, to see a model of the area as it was before it was bombed in 1945 and return to Salzburg. Nb. In case of adverse weather conditions, a visit to part of the underground shelter system of the Nazis (security service and state police bunker) will be substituted for the drive up to the Hohenringstrasse.

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Excursion to Berchtesgaden with visit to Eagle's Nest On your drive out of Salzburg, spot off in the distance the original Maria von Trapp's convent and wedding church (possible photo stop). Cross the border to the Berchtesgaden district in Bavaria. Stop on Obersalzberg, the compound area of Hitler's second headquarters, to see a model of the area as it was before bombing in 1945. Then, special buses transport you up the private road to Hitler's "Eagle's Nest." Enter the original tunnel and elevator that goes up into the actual building. At the top, stop to view the magnificent panorama and to walk along the ridge to enjoy the view of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps. Return to Salzburg by way of the Durnberg-Hallein salt-mining area, where Celtic tribes had settlements 2,500 years ago. Hear the story of the Von Trapp family and pass by buildings seen in The Sound of Music.

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Danube Cruise Cruise along the Danube River, and enjoy snacks and drinks on board. Admire spectacular views such as Margaret Island, a green oasis in the middle of the river; the House of Parliament; Castle Hill with Fisherman's Bastion; the Royal Palace; the Citadel fortress set on the highest point in downtown Budapest; and the university.

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Hungarian Dinner The Hungarian cuisine is a prominent feature of the Hungarian culture, just like the art of hospitality. Tonight, spend a pleasant evening in a traditional restaurant and enjoy a typical 3-course dinner with coffee and two drinks. Join your Tour Director for this special evening ...this is your chance to try the famous goulash or to select a dish from the international menu.

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Illumination Drive Prepare to be enchanted by Budapest's stunning landmarks beautifully illuminated in the night sky. Enjoy a marvelous drive through this capital city's historic center and admire the floodlit buildings and bridges before stopping on top of Gellert Hill (Citadel), the most spectacular viewpoint of Budapest. You will never forget the beauty of this fascinating city often called 'Paris of the East'.

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