Imperial Splendors (RS) - 2014 / 2015

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10 days from Munich to Munich


Imperial Splendors
View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
The Vienna City Hall
The beautiful Austrian landscape
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic
Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire
The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world
Munich, Germanys Secret Capital
The Austrian countryside
The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully preserved fortress in Europe

Vacation Overview

This is a magnificent journey through the former Habsburg Empire. It visits five of Europe’s most intriguing cities; from Munich with its many historical highlights and the Marienplatz head for the “Golden City” of Prague to visit the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral and more. Travel via Bratislava in Slovakia, where a special lunch with local specialties awaits you, to Budapest in Hungary and Vienna in Austria. In both Budapest and Vienna a Local Guide will take you into the main cathedrals, and in Vienna enjoy an entire day at leisure, which gives you the possibility to visit Schönbrunn Palace. Of course a romantic cruise on the Danube River (departures April 12-October 4) with Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) is included, before entering The Sound of Music country on your way to Salzburg, where you will see Mozart’s birthplace during your guided walking tour. A special treat is a taste of traditional local candy, the chocolate Mozartkugel and Doppler Konfekt, and dinner is included at a local restaurant to try traditional dishes, before returning to Munich.

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MUNICH
Welcome dinner; orientation including Marienplatz; farewell dinner

PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock, visit the Hradcany Castle grounds

BRATISLAVA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the capital of Slovakia and enjoy a special lunch at a local restaurant

BUDAPEST
Guided sightseeing, a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion, visit Matthias Coronation Church

VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

DANUBE CRUISE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite (Departures April 12-October 4) Enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) on board

SALZBURG
Guided sightseeing, visit Mirabell Gardens and St. Peter’s Churchyard; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite taste the traditional Mozartkugel and Doppler Konfekt; a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • December 20 Departure–Christmas Eve in Budapest.


DAY 1Arrive in Munich, Germany

Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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"Munich, Germany's Secret Capital"


"Munich is the only German metropolis that seems to have everything – wealth, beauty, prominence, fame. Some even call it Germany’s “secret capital.” Unlike Berlin, which some dub “architecturally challenged,” Munich bursts with historical buildings reconstructed after the devastation of World War II. Its grand Residenz, the former home of Bavarian kings, dominates the city center, which also boasts the flamboyant, gilded Cuvillié Theater. Nearby, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus gives a medieval touch to the Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. "
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DAY 2Munich–Prague, Czech Republic

Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation, featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, and MARIENPLATZ in the historic heart of the city. Later, head for the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest and travel to Prague, the “Golden City.” This evening, why not join an optional outing to explore Prague by night? (Breakfast, Dinner)

Overlooking "the Golden City" of Prague The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague Beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic Czech capital of Prague 
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DAY 3Prague

Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive capitals. Visit the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS. Also see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Exciting optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague Czech capital of Prague Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic The historic Astronomical Clock in Prague has been operating for over six centuries 
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DAY 4Prague–Bratislava, Slovakia–Budapest, Hungary

Into Moravia, where Napoleon established his headquarters during the Battle of Austerlitz. Reach Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, where a special lunch at a local restaurant awaits you. Then, follow the course of the Danube River to Budapest. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Budapest

Budapest


"A few hours in Hungary’s culturally-rich capital, and you’ll understand how it came to be known as the “Paris of the East.” A day or two of soaking in Budapest’s complex history, intricate artwork and ornate architecture, and you’ll be ready for a relaxing evening with the Danube’s calm waters as your backdrop. If your plans leave you with a bit of daylight, take time for a stroll around picturesque Margaret Island, Budapest’s answer to Central Park. Then head to dine and wine on one of the many first class restaurants tucked away in ships docked along the shores of the Danube. As the sunlight begins to fade, set your sights on the medieval Fisherman’s Bastion for an awe-inspiring view of the city. Budapest’s bridges and historic buildings, adorned with sparkling lights, create a breathtaking reflection in the river’s still waters."
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DAY 5Budapest

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 6Budapest–Vienna, Austria

This morning, drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing with a drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive 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. An optional excursion to the wine village of Grinzing is available to try the Heurigen wine. (Breakfast)

View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna The Vienna City Hall Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire 
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DAY 7At Leisure in Vienna

Today is your chance to join exciting optional excursions, such as to the Vienna Woods, historic Schönbrunn Palace, a concert in one of Vienna’s concert halls, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. (Breakfast)

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world The Vienna City Hall Vienna Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire 
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DAY 8Vienna–Salzburg

Enjoy a leisurely Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DANUBE CRUISE (departures 0412-1004) along the most scenic section of the river and have Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). No landscape is more typically Austrian than The Sound of Music lakeland of the Salzkammergut on your way to picturesque Salzburg. On arrival, meet your Local Guide and walk through the historical center. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, ST. PETER’S CHURCHYARD, the monumental Domplatz, and Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Taste traditional local specialties: a chocolate Mozartkugel and Doppler Konfekt. A special dinner with wine at a local restaurant awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe Visit the world famous Mirabell Gardens Shop along the cobbled Getreidegasse Street in downtown Salzburg The Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully preserved fortress in Europe 
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DAY 9Salzburg–Munich, Germany

This morning, join the optional excursion to Berchtesgaden before returning to Munich. Tonight, a farewell dinner has been prepared at your hotel, and, as a finale to this exciting vacation, you may want to sample a stein of beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus, the best way to say, “Auf Wiedersehen” to your traveling companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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"Munich, Germany

"Munich, Germany's Secret Capital"


"Munich is the only German metropolis that seems to have everything – wealth, beauty, prominence, fame. Some even call it Germany’s “secret capital.” Unlike Berlin, which some dub “architecturally challenged,” Munich bursts with historical buildings reconstructed after the devastation of World War II. Its grand Residenz, the former home of Bavarian kings, dominates the city center, which also boasts the flamboyant, gilded Cuvillié Theater. Nearby, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus gives a medieval touch to the Marienplatz, the heart of Munich. "
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DAY 10Munich

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat cruise



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Bratislava; 5 three-course dinners, including welcome and farewell dinners in Munich and a special dinner in Salzburg


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

WERNER HARTLIEB

Years of Experience: 20 years

I enjoy sharing insights about the always-changing countries of Central Europe. What I like just as much, if not more, is the camaraderie that guests form. With each tour, I am astonished by this. A group of strangers at the start, they get acquainted with each other in a pleasant way and sometimes take home friendships for life. I think it is great this takes place while exploring new regions and discovering new cultures.

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Transportation
Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride.




UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Imperial Splendors:

  • Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg
  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Historic Centre of Prague
  • Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue