TWIN CITIES ON THE DANUBE
Bratislava and Vienna: centuries of common history within the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and strong interconnections mean that nowadays these cities are like twins on the Danube. An unusual and relaxing way to travel directly between the city centres is the high-speed boat Twin City Liner!
Date: on request
PRICE: EUR 640/p.p.
The price includes: accommodation with board as per itinerary, all inland transfers, admission as per the itinerary below;
The programme can be customized to your requirements.
Arrival at Vienna airport, transfer to a hotel in Bratislava and accommodation.
Sightseeing of the city: you will visit the best-known sights of Bratislava: not only the historical centre but places like Slavin, the monument to the second world war on the hill above Bratislava, offer great interest. Communist planners ensured that Bratislava’s Baroque castle overlooks the largest socialist-era housing estate in Slovakia, a thought-provoking contrast. The historical centre offers many interesting sights: the Gothic Cathedral of St Martin, the building of Academia Istropolitana, the first university in the former Kingdom of Hungary, the opera house, the main square with the historical Roland fountain and the Primatial Palace, where a treaty with Napoleon was signed in 1805.
In the evening you will enjoy a fine dinner and wide-ranging views of Bratislava at the rotating restaurant in the TV tower on a hilltop above the city.
Optional: opera or concert in Bratislava
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Bratislava; board: D
Full day trip to Bratislava environs:
MODRA, CERVENY KAMEN (Red Rock) CASTLE and WINE-TASTING in the Lesser Carpathians
You will visit a traditional ceramics factory in Modra. Colourful and nicely decorated majolica is one of the typical products of the Lesser Carpathian region. Red rock castle was a Baroque fortress that became the home of an aristocratic dynasty. Its cellars and defensive systems are the largest in Slovakia.
After the sightseeing, you can sample the best wines of the region. The wine-tasting includes also a visit to the vineyards and a tasty traditional goose / duck dinner.
Special offer: Weekend of Open Wine Cellars (each year in November) – a tour taking in many of wine cellars both large and small on the slopes of the Lesser Carpathians (price on request).
SKALICA belongs to the most beautiful towns in Slovakia. It received its town charter from the king in the 13th century. There are many interesting sights to admire: the Romanesque rotunda, a Gothic church from the 14th century, the church of Jesuits with its catacombs, the Town Hall, the Cultural Centre and an industrial heritage monument – the Pilarik Brothers’ Mill
The sightseeing also includes a visit to a bakery that specialises in the traditional “trdelnik” cake, which originated (and still tastes best) in Skalica. You can taste and buy this delicacy here.
Seasonal: a boat trip on the BATA Canal constructed by the famous shoe producer BATA at the beginning of the 20th century.
Lunch will be served in a medieval restaurant where the dishes and beer made using traditional medieval recipes.
This area is also famous for the wine production. Before tasting the best wines of the region you will take a short walk through the vineyards. Dinner will be the traditional cuisine of the region.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Bratislava; board: B/L/D
In the morning a high-speed boat will take you to one of Europe’s most famous cities – Vienna.
After the arrival and accommodation in a hotel in the centre of Vienna, you will start your sightseeing tour of the historical centre. Once a Celtic and Roman settlement and one of the most important medieval cities, the capital of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. City of arts, it played essential role as a leading European music centre. Names like Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Hayden are strongly associated with Vienna. You will stroll along the narrow streets, admire the Hofburg, the imperial palace, the Stephansdom, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals, the opera house and the parliament building.
Evening program is optional to your choice: cultural evening with a concert of famous works by Strauss and Mozart or wine-tasting in the suburbs of Vienna with typical Viennese cuisine.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Vienna; board: B/L
Free day in Vienna
You can make a sightseeing tour to the royal palace of the Hofburg, admire the imperial apartments, the Silver collection and learn about the most famous Habsburg empress, Sisi.
There are many other museums and art galleries, which you can visit: the Natural History Museum, the Art History Museum, the Albertina, another a rich collection of paintings... and much, much more.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Vienna; board: B/D
Departure to the airport