Imperial Splendors (RS) - 2016 / 2017

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10 Day Tour from Munich to Munich


Imperial Splendors
Head to Bohemia and the Czech capital of Prague
Head to Bohemia and the Czech capital of Prague
Visit the world famous Mirabell Gardens
The Czech capital of Prague
The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria
Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube in Budapest
Overlooking the Golden City of Prague
View Marienplatz in Munich, Germany
The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague

Vacation Overview

This Central Europe tour is a magnificent journey through the former Habsburg Empire. Your tour starts and ends in Munich. Along the way, you will overnight in some of Central Europe's most exciting cities: Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg.

You will enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see sights with a Local Guide in Prague, and visit the 1000-year-old Hradčany Castle grounds, the largest castle complex in the world, and the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; in Budapest, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Fishermen's Bastion and visit 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs; and in Vienna, where, among the many sights you will see, you’ll visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna. In Salzburg, your walking tour includes beautiful Mirabell Gardens.

Spectacular scenery also awaits you on this Central Europe vacation. You'll drive through the lovely Salzkammergut Lakeland to picturesque Salzburg. Additionally, you'll enjoy a leisurely Danube cruise (on April 9th – October 1st departures) along the most scenic section of the river. During your cruise, enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). This special experience—along with a visit to Munich's famous Hofbräuhaus (its best known beer hall dating back to 1589)—is included by Globus to ensure your vacation is unique.

From the vibrant cities and historical sights to the special experiences, this Central Europe tour is sure to delight all of your senses. Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy this amazing experience!

Similar Vacations that may interest you:

MUNICH
Welcome dinner; orientation including Marienplatz; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the famous Hofbräuhaus; farewell dinner

PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing, visit the Hradčany Castle grounds, see the Astronomical Clock

BRATISLAVA
Visit the capital of Slovakia

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 9-October 1) Enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) on board

SALZBURG
Guided walking tour, visit Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square; a special dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • December 17 Departure–Christmas Eve in Salzburg.


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 Olympic 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)

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague Overlooking "the Golden City" of Prague Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock 
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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 HRADČANY 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)

Czech capital of Prague St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague contains the tombs of many Bohemian kings The historic Astronomical Clock in Prague has been operating for over six centuries Prague located on the lovely River Vltava 
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DAY 4Prague–Bratislava, Slovakia–Budapest, Hungary

Into Moravia, where Napoleon established his headquarters during the Battle of Austerlitz and arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, for an orientation of this town. Then, follow the course of the Danube River to Budapest. (Breakfast, 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 Heurigen wine. (Breakfast)

The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral 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 
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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 
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DAY 8Vienna–Salzburg

Enjoy a leisurely Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DANUBE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the river and have Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Then, drive through the lovely Salzkammergut Lakeland to picturesque Salzburg. On arrival, meet your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historical center. Admire MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of the Sound of Music movie were filmed, and take pictures of Mozart’s Birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller awaits you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

This morning, you may wish to join the optional excursion to Berchtesgaden before returning to Munich. The best way to say auf Wiedersehen is a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit to the famous HOFBRäUHAUS, Munich’s best-know beer hall, dating back to 1589, and a farewell dinner at your hotel. (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; boat cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.



Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners with wine, 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: 22 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. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.




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