Tour: RF - 2013 (RF) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Budapest, Hungary

Welcome to Budapest! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Dinner)

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube in Budapest Budapest Visit the monumental Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest 
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DAY 2Budapest

Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Budapest–Esztergom–Bratislava, Slovakia

Start the day in Esztergom, the capital of Hungary from the 10th through the mid-13th centuries and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary today. Your guided tour features a visit to the ESZTERGOM BASILICA AND TREASURY, the largest church in Hungary. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 4Bratislava–Vienna, Austria

Explore the historical center of Bratislava on foot with your Local Guide this morning. Marvel at the medieval towers and fortifications, of which St. Michael’s Gate is the oldest, the medieval Town Hall, gothic ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH, and many palaces, like Grassalkovich Palace, built around 1760 and now residence of the Slovak president, and Archiepiscopal Palace, now seat of the Slovak government. Cross the nearby Austrian border. Before reaching Vienna, stop in the Vienna Woods for a special included excursion: Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy a BOAT CRUISE on Europe’s largest underground lake. Arrive in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. (Breakfast)

The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria Vienna The Vienna City Hall Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire 
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DAY 5Vienna

Your guided sightseeing features a stop at the colorful and unusual Hundertwasserhaus, and drive along the Ringstrasse. Pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. Balance of the day is at leisure, and optional excursions are available to historical Schönbrunn Palace or to one of Vienna’s famous concert halls. (Breakfast)

View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire The Hundertwasser House Vienna The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria 
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DAY 6Vienna–Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic

Ceský Krumlov is a small town in southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mainly for its fine architecture in gothic, renaissance, and baroque style, constructed during the 13th through the 17th centuries. Upon arrival, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite try out local specialties during lunch at a family-owned restaurant, U Dwau Maryi. Afterwards, visit the CASTLE, dating back to the 13th century, and hear about how the castle was passed on from one family to the other. The original owner was the House of Rosenberg; the last family, who owned the castle until 1945, was the House of Schwarzenberg. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 7Ceský Krumlov–Tabor–Prague

Stop in Tabor, founded as a bastion by Jan Žižka, leader of the Hussites. Follow your Local Guide on a walk through cobblestone streets to JAN ŽIŽKA SQUARE. Continue to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening to explore Prague by Night is available. (Breakfast)

The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock Prague located on the lovely River Vltava Beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic 
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DAY 8Prague

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A unique and exclusive visit has been included to the magnificent LIBRARY OF STRAHOV MONASTERY. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Prague’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock The historic Astronomical Clock in Prague has been operating for over six centuries The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague Prague located on the lovely River Vltava 
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DAY 9Prague

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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