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Package details include
With the train as your primary transport, navigate easily from city to city, all three of which feature UNESCO World Heritage sites. Begin in Vienna, where our suggested itinerary includes a tour of city's major sights. Highlights include Hofburg Palace, where beloved Empress Elisabeth once resided. You’ll also satisfy your curiosity on a visit to the gilded imperial apartments of Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs’ opulent summer residence.
In Budapest, take a guided tour of the city that includes the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue and Heroes’ Square. Visit the neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building, where the Holy Crown of Hungary is displayed. Then it’s on to Prague, the "City of a Hundred Spires," where you'll soak up the atmosphere on a historical walking tour. Your expert guide leads you to Golden Lane, where alchemists are said to have tried to make gold, and to Prague Castle, Europe’s largest medieval castle. As your guide regales you with tales from the past, learn about the scandals and intrigues of Czech rulers and Bohemian princes.
Because you’re traveling independently, what you do and what you see at each destination are up to you. Enjoy two full days in each city and customize your vacation further by pre-booking optional tours and spending fewer or more days in any location. This trip is a wonderful introduction to Eastern Europe and allows plenty of time to explore each city in depth.
• 9 nights in 4-star hotels: 3 nights each in Vienna, Budapest and Prague
• Meals - Daily breakfast
• First-class rail transport from Vienna to Budapest and from Budapest to Prague
• Sightseeing tour in each city:
- Vienna Historical City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace Visit
- Budapest Sightseeing Tour with Parliament House Visit
- Prague Castle Walking Tour
• Comprehensive document package: Detailed itinerary, travel brochures and destination information
Note: Additional nights can be added in any city and additional sightseeing and/or private transfers are available. We recommend 4-star city center hotels but upgraded hotels can also be requested. Inquire at time of booking.
Day 1 - Arrive in Vienna, Austria
Transfer on your own into the city and to your selected hotel. In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Tyrol or similar - 3 nights
Day 2 - Vienna Sightseeing
From the magnificent buildings of the Ringstrasse to the splendor of Schönbrunn Palace, you'll see all the highlights of Vienna on this suggested 3-hour city tour. Get a thorough overview of Vienna's most significant historic sites as you drive around the famous Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, and pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. See Hofburg Palace, the famous residence of Empress Elizabeth, affectionately known as Sisi to the Austrians. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Schönbrunn Palace we tour some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. Later, return to the city center, passing by Belvedere Palace, where you will have the opportunity to end your tour. Or you can choose to continue to the State Opera House, where the tour ends.
Day 3 - Vienna Day at Leisure
Enjoy Vienna and the surrounding areas on your own or add a sightseeing tour. Your AAA Travel Counselor can provide a list of suggested tours in the area.
Day 4 - Vienna to Budapest, Hungary
Take the train from Vienna to Budapest (approx. 3-hour ride on direct train). Or, take the hydrofoil on the Danube where you can see scenic villages, castles and beautiful countryside. The ride takes approx. 5½ hours and operates daily from May to September. Budapest is divided by the Danube River into its old and new sections - "Buda" and "Pest."
Accommodation: 4-star InterContinental Zara Hotel or similar - 3 nights
Day 5 - Budapest Sightseeing
Today take a fascinating guided tour of the city's spectacular Parliament House, Hungary's largest building. Explore the magnificent neo-Gothic Parliament building, home of the Holy Hungarian Crown. Your guide will lead you through the splendid Session Room, the impressive central staircase and the wonderful Great Vaulted Hall. Along the way, you'll be entertained and informed by your guide's anecdotal and historical commentary.
Follow your parliament visit with a city tour. Cross the Danube on the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Here you will have some free time to yourself to visit the Fishermen's Bastion, which offers stunning views over the city and the Matthias Church. Continue to Gellert Hill before crossing the Elisabeth Bridge and driving towards Heroes' Square. Passing by the Opera and St Stephen's Basilica we reach the hotel, where the tour ends.
Day 6 - Budapest Day at Leisure
Enjoy Budapest and the surrounding areas on your own or add a sightseeing tour. Your AAA Travel Counselor can provide a list of suggested tours in the area.
Day 7 - Budapest to Prague, Czech Republic
Take train from Budapest to Prague. The train ride takes approximately 7 hours and there are direct trains. Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Accommodation: 4-star Hotel Caesar or similar - 3 nights
Day 8 - Prague Sightseeing
Today we suggest uncovering the secret of the magic Golden Lane, gaining insight into the Saint-George's Basilica ancestral convent, and learning about the story of the Black Tower in the renowned Prague Castle, Europe's largest medieval castle. Your expert guide will lead the way on a guided 3½-hour historical walking tour that includes the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral and more.
Day 9 - Prague Day at Leisure
Enjoy Prague and the surrounding areas on your own or add a sightseeing tour. Your AAA Travel Counselor can provide a list of suggested tours in the area.
Day 10 - Depart Prague
Transfer on your own to the airport for your flight home.