Day 1: Arrival in Budapest
You arrive in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. You have the possibility to go on a first discovery tour in the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Budapest.
Day 2: Budapest – Castle Gödöllö
After breakfast, you go on a city tour through the districts called Buda and Pest. Of course, you may not miss the castle district, the Matthias church, the Opera and the Fischerbastei. Take your time and relax in the famous café Gerbeaud. In the afternoon, your tour guide will show you around castle Gödöllö. This castle – also known as Sisi Castle – was built by Anthon Grassalkovich and got famous as the royal palace as well as a popular residence of Emperor Franz Josef and his wife Sisi. Dinner and overnight stay in Budapest.
Day 3: Bratislava
After breakfast, you travel to Bratislava. Having arrived in the capital of Slovakia, you meet your tour guide. You then explore the 1000-year old city which has a beautiful, renovated historic centre and many baroque-style palaces, fountains and historic lanes. In the 16th century, the Ukrainian kings were crowned in Bratislava. This period of time was definitely the city’s heyday. Dinner and overnight stay in Bratislava.
Day 4: Neusiedler See – Vienna
After breakfast, you travel to the Neusiedler See. During a boat trip (approx. 1 hr), you will be enchanted by the beautiful countryside. Besides, you are going to taste some delicious wines produced in the local area. Afterwards, you will travel to Vienna, the capital of Austria (approx. 150 km). Dinner and overnight stay in Vienna.
Day 5: Vienna
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, your tour guide will show you the most beautiful parts of Vienna. Admire the magnificent buildings on Ring street like the State Opera, Parliament, the town hall, the university and the castle theatre. In contrast, there is the “modern Vienna”: the UNO-City and the extraordinary Hundertwasser house. Alternatively, you can take part in a guided coffeehouse tour and experience the long tradition of the cafés in Vienna. The inhabitants of Vienna consider their coffeehouse an institution. While walking from the café Deml to the café Hawelka, you will be told stories and funny anecdotes about the coffeehouses, litterateurs and artists. In the afternoon, you can choose what you would like to do. For instance, you could visit the castle Schönbrunn or the Hofburg (a castle). Alternatively, it is also possible to stroll around the city or to spend some time at the “Prater”. At the end of the day you will have a typical dinner at a “Heurigen” (wine tavern). Overnight stay in Vienna.
Day 6: Prague
Today the trip continues to the capital of the Czech Republic – Prague. Having arrived in Prague, you can get an impression of the city on your own. Dinner and overnight stay in Prague.
Day 7: Prague
After breakfast, your tour guide will show you the beautiful historic city centre. During this tour you will learn more about the Alstädterring, the Kleinseite and the Karlsbrücke (bridge) as well as about the history and the manufacture of marionettes who play a vital part in the ancient Bohemian art tradition. You will also visit a marionette shop and get a feeling of how the puppets develop their own personalities. In the afternoon, you will visit the Prague Castle, the town’s landmark, and in the evening you can get a different look at the city when undertaking a boat trip with dinner and music. Overnight stay in Prague.
Day 8: Dresden – Berlin
Today you’re leaving the golden city of Prague and continue your trip to Berlin. On your way to the capital of Germany you will stop over in Dresden. Visit Dresden and its theatre place, the Semper Opera, the Italian village and the Catholic Hofkirche etc. If desired, we will also organize a visit of the impressive Semper Opera or the Frauenkirche (a baroque-style church) – a site in remembrance of the destruction of Dresden and the horrors of the 2nd World War. Trip continues to Berlin. Dinner and overnight stay in Berlin.
Day 9: Berlin
Berlin – a city of contrasts. During a 3-hour city tour you will see impressive buildings like the Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag and you will learn a lot about the history of Berlin (about Checkpoint Charlie, for example), about life in the Eastern and Western part of Berlin and about the cultural diversity. Afterwards, we invite you to a boat trip, so that you can get another view on the administrative district. We would recommend you visit one of the numerous cabaret theatres in Berlin in the evening.
Day 10: Departure
A wonderful journey comes to an end…
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