Welcome to the Imperial Capitals

Our grand tour through Central Europe will explore the classic highlights of four unique and fascinating capital cities. We begin in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, to explore ancient castles and sample the produce of famous micro-breweries. Next, we cross into Austria to the Baroque boulevards of her capital city Vienna. We’ll discover the true imperial power of the Habsburg dynasty in Schönbrunn Palace, before supplementing this with Vienna’s rich contemporary culture, whether it be through classical music concerts or promenading on the banks of the Danube.

Our tour will include slightly different flavours as we include breaks in our travel to take in compact and quaint Český Krumlov, a UNESCO town in the Czech Republic and the small yet intriguing capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. We will then conclude in Hungary’s ever-popular Budapest where we sample authentic Hungarian gastronomy and visit a traditional spa.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover Prague’s rich history throughout the ages
  • Experience the decadence of the Habsburg dynasty in Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace
  • Taste delectable Hungarian delights on a gastronomy tour of Budapest
  • Unwind in one of Budapest’s luxurious thermal spas
  • Dip into Slovakia with a tour of Bratislava’s historic centre
  • Dates & Prices

    The prices shown below include return flights from a specified UK airport. If you are travelling from outside of the UK, please .

    September 30 - October 10, 2017 (11 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £1998 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £999 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 1898 1898 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 949 949 Contact us for availability

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    Tall white spires of Budapest's gothic parliament building reach to a blue sky next to the Danube River
  • Ornate gardens lined with statues and decorative hedges. In the background is a white palace with many high windows

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 3 nights at Hotel Adler in Prague
    • 3 nights at Hotel Mercure Westbahnhof in Vienna
    • 3 nights at Arcadia Hotel in Budapest
    • All breakfasts
    • Two lunches
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Prague Castle tour
    • Prague Old Town walking tour
    • Prague micro-brewery tour and tasting
    • Český Krumlov walking tour
    • Vienna walking tour
    • Schönbrunn Palace tour
    • Vienna classical music concert (optional)
    • Budapest walking tour
    • Budapest thermal baths visit
    • Budapest market and gastronomy tour
    • Lake Balaton tour (optional)
    People relax in a thermal pool as a marble figure watches over in the background

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 30th September

Fly to the Czech Republic and transfer to our central Prague hotel in the early afternoon. The rest of our day will be enjoyed at leisure discovering the city.

Overnight in Prague.

Sunday 1st October

Our tour begins with a journey into the stories and history that lie within the vast and imposing Prague Castle. It is one of the largest ancient castles in the world and we will discover its important and lasting connection with the history of the Czech Republic. The castle was built in 880AD and is surrounded by Prague’s historic Lesser Town which we will also get the chance to explore.

The afternoon will be at leisure to explore Prague. One option will be to take to the water with a cruise on the winding Vlatva river. Or perhaps you may wish to get lost in the city’s twisting maze of cobbled streets, marked by ancient chapels, gorgeous bridges and offerings of Bohemian art.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Prague.

Monday 2nd October

Today we will delve deeper into Prague’s tumultuous and fascinating past with a guided exploration of Prague’s Old Town and New Town. The city has a varied and proud culture with influences evident from the Medieval, Renaissance, World War II, and Communist eras.

We will then relax with a tasting of famous Czech beer in a quintessential micro-brewery. The history of beer in the Czech Republic begins back to 993AD, with brewing taking place in Brevnov Monastery and the iconic pilsner being concocted here. It won’t take long before you realise why the Czech Republic consumes more beer per person than any other country in the world.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Prague.

Tuesday 3rd October

Today we journey onwards toward Vienna, Austria. On the way we will stop at Český Krumlov, a beautifully compact town in the Czech Republic near the border of Germany and Austria, where we will have a walking tour.

The whole town centre is a UNESCO world heritage site and is well worth a visit, boasting a rich collection of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. We will enjoy a leisurely lunch in Český Krumlov before crossing the border into Austria, and onto our next capital, Vienna.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Vienna.

Wednesday 4th October

Vienna is a fantastic hotch potch of Medieval and Baroque influences with evidence of the notorious Habsburg Dynasty everywhere to be found. We’ll discover these historic delights on a walking tour, where we’ll also uncover why Vienna is referred to as the City of Music. This rich cultural heritage sits side-by-side with a prosperous present, with Vienna consistently being voted as one of the best cities to live in in the world.

This afternoon will be free at leisure.  Why not  take a relaxing rickshaw ride, leisurely cruising around the low traffic zones of Prater Park and the Danube Island to discover more of Vienna at a different pace.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Vienna.

Thursday 5th October

Today we visit Schönbrunn Palace and enjoy a guided tour where our group will be allowed to feel the doors, busts, stoves and decorative furniture and fittings that inhabit this spectacular abode. The palace demonstrates perfectly the changing tastes of its prestigious inhibitors. It is a testimony to the power and pomp of the Habsburg dynasty whose Bohemian pile is surrounded by splendid gardens.

The evening can be spent at leisure exploring Vienna in the beautiful twilight hours. Alternatively why not experience first hand Vienna’s famous musical heritage with a classical music concert.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Vienna.

Friday 6th October

Today, we will venture from Vienna to Budapest via Slovakia’s capital Bratislava. Our tour of Bratislava’s fascinating old town includes a lavish Main Square, St Michael’s Gate, Primatial Palace and its majestic Opera House.

We’ll take the time to enjoy a hearty lunch before continuing our journey across the border into Hungary for our final capital, Budapest.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Budapest.

Saturday 7th October

This morning we will cover the main highlights of Buda and Pest. Stopping to enjoy a coffee and traditional Hungarian pastry. After a morning of sightseeing, we will unwind in the historic and medicinal Szechenyi Thermal Spa in the City Park. Budapest sits on over one hundred naturally occurring springs and the spas date all the way back to the Turkish occupation of the city, with new establishments consistently popping up as the city has developed through the ages. In Szechenyi there are more than fifteen pools of carrying temperatures and numerous steam rooms and saunas to cleanse the soul.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Budapest.

Sunday 8th October

Today we will venture off Budapest’s beaten track to discover local delicacies and a little bit more about modern Hungarian culture. We will visit the bustling Central Market Hall to sample delectable local produce. There will also be a chance to sample three different Hungarian wines to wash down our gluttonous samplings of strudel, kifli and rigó jancsi.

The evening can be spent at leisure to explore Budapest and sample more authentic dishes, if we can find the room after our morning feast.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Budapest.

Monday 9th October

Today will be a day to relax and enjoy at leisure in Budapest.

There are many hidden gems to be discovered inside the city from the grandeur of the iconic Parliament Building to the romance of the Danube.

Alternatively, you may wish to join our optional excursion, venturing outside of the city to Lake Balaton, the largest lake in continental Europe. Surrounding the lake is the ornate Tihany Abbey this complex is nearly 1000 years old and contains the crypt of King Andrew. This area is also famous for a the historic Herend Porcelain Factory which we’ll visit for you to try your hand at this ancient craft.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Budapest.

Tuesday 10th October

Today we will bid farewell to Budapest and depart for our journey home.

Breakfast included.