Day 1:ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY.
Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2:MUNICH-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; and the Konigsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall, a monumental loggia on the Odeonsplatz. Then visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the Old and the New Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Later, head for Prague, the “Golden City.” This evening, why not join an optional outing to explore Prague by night?
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most exquisite cities. Visit the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, which afford lovely views of St. Vitus Cathedral and the castle’s walls and bastions. Also see the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay.
Day 4:PRAGUE-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 the 18th-century Old Town. Then, follow the course of the Danube River to Budapest.
Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city comes to life during your guided sightseeing. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and impressive Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner is at hand.
Day 6:BUDAPEST-VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
Drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the centre 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.
Day 7:AT LEISURE IN VIENNA.
A full day at leisure gives you the opportunity choose from optional excursions, such as to the Vienna Woods, historic Schonbrunn Palace, a concert in one of Vienna’s concert halls, or to just explore on your own.
On a DANUBE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the river, sit back, relax and enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake), before continuing through the lovely Salzkammergut Lakeland to Salzburg. Follow your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historical centre. 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. Take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. This evening, dinner has been prepared at the St. Peter Stiftskeller.
Day 9:SALZBURG-MUNICH, GERMANY.
In the morning, an optional excursion to Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, is available before returning to Munich. The best way to say auf Wiedersehen is a visit to the famous HOFBRAUHAUS, Munich’s bestknown beer hall, dating back to 1589, followed by a farewell dinner at the lively Ratskeller restaurant.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.