3 CAPITALS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA - VIENNA

AThree capitals of Central and Eastern Europe, three beauties on the Danube. 
All three cities had been capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian empire in past. Having been together in one empire for several centuries the architecture, culture, traditions and cuisine have a lot in common.  Nowadays they are the capitals of three independent Central- and Eastern-European countries. So close to each other and still different...

 

 

EUR 980/p.p. 
The price includes: accommodation with full board, all transfers: Budapest – Bratislava - Vienna, English-speaking tour leader and local guides as required, sightseeing + admissions, opera or concert in Bratislava
The price does not include: concert + dinner in Vienna (EUR 80/p.p.), admission and lunch on the day of departure

TOUR SCHEDULE

Day 1 Budapest
Arrival in Budapest, transfer to the hotel.
Budapest is a real beauty on the Danube. The history of the city, its architecture, style, cuisine and spirit have been vital to the development of Central European culture. 
Cruise with dinner and gipsy music on the Danube
Accommodation: four-star hotel in central Budapest

Day 2 Budapest
Budapest sightseeing
 (bus + walking)

 We will visit both side of the city, Buda and Pest; the famous Castle district and Citadel with amazing views across the Danube and the city spreading out on the other bank. The Basilica of St. Stephen is named after Stephen I, the first King of Hungary. His right hand is preserved in the reliquary. The Great Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Europe. It seats 3,000 people. It was built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style, with the decoration based chiefly on Islamic models from North Africa and medieval Spain, such as the Alhambra.
Hungary is very rich in thermal springs. In the afternoon, you can pamper yourself in one of the numerous spas of Budapest right in the centre of the city. No other capital in Central Europe offers this kind of luxury… just enjoy it!
Accommodation: four-star hotel in central Budapest

Day 3   Transfer to Bratislava
On the way to the capital of Slovakia we will still have a chance to visit some of Hungary’s beautiful smaller towns and precious historical monuments.
Not far from Budapest we will make a stop at 
Szentendre – a small picturesque city known as the city of arts.  The many museums and contemporary galleries will convince you of that.
Visegrad, one of the most important places in the history of Hungary and Central Europe is situated on a hill above a bend in the Danube and offers magnificent views. People of various historical eras have left their marks here, one of the finest being the Early Renaissance summer palace built by one of Hungary’s greatest kings, Matthias Corvinus.
The historical cathedral city of Esztergom deserves to be part of any Central Europe tour package. Here, the Danube forms the border with Slovakia. It is possible to walk across this border via the bridge to Sturovo, a small town on the Slovak bank of the Danube. Esztergom was the capital of Hungary from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. Its most important building is the Primatial Basilica of Esztergom - the third largest church in Europe. This monumental building is 118 m long and 49 m wide. It is the seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary. In the crypt of the church, there are more than a hundred graves of priests and bishops.
We will arrive at Bratislava in the late afternoon. In the evening, we will enjoy our dinner in a restaurant in the centre. Succulent, hearty meals paired with good beer are a staple of Central European cuisine.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Bratislava

Day 4 Bratislava
Bratislava is the youngest and the smallest of the Central European capitals. However, it is a charming city spreading on both banks of the Danube. Our tour package includes many attractive places and activities that can be found in and around the city.
In the morning, we will drive and walk to see the most interesting Bratislava sights: Slavin, the monument to the second world war on the hill above Bratislava, the castle with breath-taking views including the largest socialist housing estate in Slovakia, the historical centre with its Gothic cathedral and the building of the Academia Istropolitana, the first university in the Kingdom of Hungary. 
We will have lunch in a revolving restaurant in Bratislava’s TV tower on the ridge of the Lesser Carpathian Hills, where we can enjoy the view of the city and the surrounding countryside from a new perspective.
In the evening, we can enjoy an opera or a concert of classical music.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Bratislava

Day 5 Bratislava and its environs
Full day trip to the Lesser Carpathians, the best-known wine region in Slovakia. The wine region spreads further into Hungary, Moravia (the Czech Republic) and Austria and is the most important wine area of Central Europe. The quality of its wine is very high and competes well against wine from other parts of Europe. We will have a full day program here:
Cerveny Kamen (Red Rock) Castle – a baroque castle with the largest defensive system in Slovakia and a gallery of noble portraits down the ages, followed by an excursion to a majolica factory to see the ceramics that the Lesser Carpathian region is also famous for.
In the evening: the taste of the Lesser Carpathians. We will visit vineyards and then have wine-tasting, goose/duck dinner – very typical for the region (...and absolutely delicious).
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre

Day 6   Transfer to Vienna and Carnuntum
Carnuntum – a unique reborn Roman city – newly built on the remains of the Roman city using the traditional building materials and techniques of ancient Roman times.
We will have a lunch in 
the centre of Vienna and then city sightseeing. Our tour will take in the most important sights of Vienna: the Gothic Cathedral of St Stephen – the Stephansdom – a symbol of Vienna, the Hofburg – the royal seat of the Habsburg family, the State Opera House, the Natural History and Art History museums, the Parliament, the City Hall, the Belvedere Palace and the perplexing and delightful masterwork of Austria’s most famous architect, Hundertwasser.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in central Vienna

Day 7 Vienna
Visit to Schoenbruun, the summer palace of the Habsburgs and the “Austrian Versailles”. We will take a Grand tour including the royal apartments, the gardens, the Gloriette and a demonstration of how to bake Austria’s most traditional cake – “strudel”).
In the afternoon, you can explore Vienna on your own or just sit in one of the city’s innumerable coffee houses to sample the Viennese ambiance.
Optional: a famous concert of lovely music of Strauss and Mozart at one of the elegant concert halls in Vienna incl. dinner
Accommodation: four-star hotel in central Vienna

Day 8 Vienna
Optional visits to the some of the museums in the centre: the Natural History and Art History museums, the royal palace Hofburg ...
Departure

 

 

 
 
 
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