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This Central Europe guided tour is a magnificent journey through the former Habsburg Empire. Experience the treasures and rich history of this part of the world, including a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Berlin—and all during the low season, which makes it the perfect time for you to travel to get unbeatable prices and experiences without the crowds! Your tour begins in magical Budapest and continues in another two of Central Europe’s most intriguing cities, Vienna and Prague, before ending your adventure in fascinating Berlin!You will enjoy sightseeing of the must-see sights with a Local Guide in all cities: in Budapest, enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Fishermen’s Bastion and admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs; in Vienna, you’ll visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna; while in Prague, you’ll visit the 1000-year-old Hradčany Castle grounds, the largest castle complex in the world, and marvel at the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and once the envy of all Europe. Complete your fascinating tour with a stop in Dresden to admire the architecture of the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera on your way to Berlin, where guided sightseeing includes the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and picture stops at the Brandenburg Gate and Holocaust Memorial. From the vibrant cities and historical sights to the special experiences, this Imperial Escape is sure to delight all of your senses. Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy this amazing experience.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion, visit Heroe’s Square
Guided sightseeing, visit Heldenplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock, visit the Hradčany Castle grounds;
dinner at a local restaurant
Orientation, visit the Courtyard of Zwinger Palace
Guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; farewell dinner
Headsets throughout the tour.Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.Notes:
- Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
- Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternate hotels of equivalent standard.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners including dinner at a local restaurant in Prague
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Welcome to Budapest! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 BUDAPEST
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 lofty lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and HEROES’ SQUARE. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner is available.
Day 3 BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Cross the nearby Austrian border and arrive in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Your guided sightseeing features a drive along the Ringstrasse past the State Opera House, and a 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.Today’s Distance: 174 mi / 280 km
Day 4 VIENNA
Enjoy a full day at leisure to further explore this wonderful city. Choose from our optional excursions to make the most of your stay.
Day 5 VIENNA–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
A scenic drive brings you to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening activity is available to explore Prague by night.Today’s Distance: 193 mi / 310 km
Day 6 PRAGUE
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all of Europe. This evening, dine at a local restaurant.
Day 7 PRAGUE–DRESDEN–BERLIN
A pleasant drive brings you to Dresden, the former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendour. During your orientation, visit Zwinger Palace COURTYARD with its impressive architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built in 1841-first destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally restored in 1985. Also see the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. Continue to the once-divided metropolis of Berlin.Today’s Distance: 255 mi / 410 km
Day 8 BERLIN
Guided sightseeing includes the elegant Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a photo stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210 foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel to say "Auf Wiedersehen" to your travelling companions.
Day 9 BERLIN
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else,
we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.
When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination,
so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities.
Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value.
Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences.
We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Discover the magic of Budapest on this enchanting Danube River cruise past the city's most famous landmarks!
Price Range: $$
Traditional Austrian Dinner
Travel to the outskirts of Vienna to a local restaurant or Viennese Heurigen (wine tavern) for a traditional dinner complete with music, entertainment, and wine from the latest harvest!
Price Range: $$
Schönbrunn Palace, Cultural Gem of Austria
Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family.
Price Range: $$
Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues.
Price Range: $$
Illuminated Prague with Tavern Visit
Discover the magic of Prague on this guided walking tour featuring the city's illuminated icons, Czech beer and music at a local tavern, and a stroll across the world-famous Charles Bridge!
Price Range: $
Vltava River Lunch Cruise
Take a break from traditional sightseeing without sacrificing a moment of your time in the Golden City on this incredible 1.5-hour lunch cruise along the magnificent Vltava River.
Price Range: $$
Berlin's Hidden Past
Get a peek into Berlin¿s WWII past, including the Soviet War Memorial, East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, and a visit to the Topography of Terror, site of Gestapo and SS headquarters.
Price Range: $
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