Imperial Splendors with Berlin (RSE) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Munich to Berlin


Imperial Splendors with Berlin
The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe
The Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg are considered to be one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens of Europe
Prague located on the lovely River Vltava
Overlooking the Golden City of Prague
Czech capital of Prague
Budapest
The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube in Budapest
View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral
The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894

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. Transfer by high-speed train to Berlin; enjoy three nights and guided sightseeing with picture stops at the Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust Memorial. All services, including Local Host assistance, are provided by Monograms.

     
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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

MUNICH-BERLIN
By high-speed Train

BERLIN
Guided sightseeing of historic landmarks. Take pictures of Holocaust Memorial & Brandenburg Gate

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.
  • In the rare event that the train is unavailable, alternative services will be provided


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

"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)

Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock Prague located on the lovely River Vltava Czech capital of Prague Overlooking "the Golden City" 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 historic Astronomical Clock in Prague has been operating for over six centuries St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings Beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic 
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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)

Vienna Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world 
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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 Vienna City Hall The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria 
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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 Hohensalzburg Fortress is the largest fully preserved fortress in Europe 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 
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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–Berlin

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred by high-speed TRAIN to Berlin, arriving early afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Berlin The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894 
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DAY 11Berlin

Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Museum Island, and unique Unter den Linden boulevard with its incredible ensemble of historic buildings. Time for a picture stop at the Holocaust Memorial, and BRANDENBURG GATE, a former entrance to Berlin. (Breakfast)

Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and a main symbol of Berlin 
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church


"During World War II, Americans soldiers in occupied Germany got a booklet called the “Pocket Guide to Germany” that explained the ins and outs of occupation. In 1944, it read: “Don’t forget that you’re ordered into Germany now partly because your fathers forgot so soon what the war was about last time.” The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district is the eternal reminder. It was an unremarkable late 19th Century church until the allies bombed it in 1943. After the war, Berliners protested plans to demolish it. Today, the ruins are a symbol of what Germany lost by letting itself be seduced by Nazism. They could have roped it off and slapped a plaque on it. Instead, they left it open, free to the city. You can walk through it, under it, look up at the shattered bell tower."
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DAY 12Berlin

Full day at leisure. Ask your Local Host for suggestions. (Breakfast)

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DAY 13Berlin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; boat cruise; high-speed train



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.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


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

  • 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