Imperial Europe – Small Group
Embark on an enthralling journey across Central Europe, exploring its vibrant cultural and historical heritage. Visit key cities of the Holy Roman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, marveling at architectural wonders that echo their profound past. Budapest, nestled along the Danube River, captivates with its architecture, lively ambiance, and classical music scene. Vienna, renowned for Schönbrunn Palace, Sacher cake, and the Waltz, encapsulates the spirit of the Austrian capital. Prague’s romantic allure is woven through cobblestone streets, bridges, and a blend of gothic and baroque architecture. Explore Regensburg and Munich, relish Mozartkugeln in Salzburg, and immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes of Hallstatt. Relax by the emerald waters of Lake Bled and conclude the tour in the enchanting capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, known for its authentic charm and vibrant cultural scene.
Upon arrival in Budapest, meet your driver for a transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a scenic coach ride from Ferenc Liszt International Airport, taking in the beauty of Budapest, often referred to as the “Paris of the East.” Check in at the hotel and take some free time to unwind. Your guide will conduct a brief meeting to share important tour details. Overnight stay.
Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Budapest after breakfast. Often called the ‘Paris of the East,’ the city offers a lively atmosphere, top-notch classical music, vibrant nightlife, and natural thermal baths. UNESCO-listed landmarks such as the Banks of the Danube, Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue highlight Budapest’s cultural and architectural importance. Your tour will include iconic sites like Chain Bridge, Margaret Bridge, Castle District with Matiass Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, Gellért Hill (Citadel), Elisabeth Bridge, Central Market Hall, Europe’s largest synagogue, City Park, Heroes’ Square, Opera House, Saint Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian Parliament Building.
Optional Budapest Excursion: Take a 1.5-hour Danube Cruise for a unique view of Budapest. Enjoy a welcome drink, a glass of wine, and the option for a traditional Hungarian buffet dinner on board.
Start the day with breakfast and head to Vienna, anticipating arrival by noon. Vienna, an architectural marvel, features iconic landmarks. Begin the sightseeing tour with 16th and 17th-century gems along Ringstrasse, including Vienna City Hall, Parliament, Burgtheater, Naturhistorisches Museum, Kunsthistorisches Museum, and Hofburg Imperial Palace. Walk through history, passing Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s key Gothic structure. Explore the newer part along the main pedestrian street, leading to Vienna State Opera, a globally significant venue. In the afternoon and evening, use free time to delve deeper into the city’s charm, visit museums, or enjoy local delights like Wiener Schnitzel in traditional restaurants.
Embark on your second day in Vienna with a visit to the iconic Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a pivotal historical landmark in Austria. Delve into the palace’s 300-year history, showcasing the evolving tastes of Austria’s monarchy. Post-tour, meander through the palace gardens or indulge in Viennese coffee and apple strudel. In the afternoon, journey to Bratislava for a tour featuring the Presidential Palace, Eurovea, the National Theatre, and more. Seize memorable moments at Bratislava Castle and the Slavín memorial monument before driving to Prague for your hotel check-in.
Known as the Golden City and the City of a Hundred Towers, Prague enchants with its magical blend of bridges, cathedrals, and gold towers lining the Vltava River. Delve into the rich history of Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle, boasting a captivating array of historic buildings, museums, and galleries. Immerse yourself in tales of Saint Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, and the Basilica of Saint George. Marvel at panoramic views from two viewpoints before crossing the iconic Charles Bridge. Stroll the charming streets of the old town, leading to Old Town Square, home to the Town Hall and the renowned Astronomical Clock—one of the world’s oldest timepieces and a Prague symbol.
Optional excursion in Prague: Explore Prague with an optional Vltava Cruise featuring a dinner experience. Relax, sip Moravian plum brandy, and savor Czech specialties from the buffet as you enjoy the illuminated beauty of Prague during this leisurely 3-hour cruise.
Start your day with breakfast, then proceed to Regensburg, recognized as one of Germany’s top 10 attractions. The medieval center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mirrors the city’s historical importance in southern Germany during the Middle Ages. Landmarks such as the ancient stone bridge spanning the Danube, the cathedral, Krauterermarkt square, Collegiate Church of Saint John, Cathedral Treasury Museum, Heuport house, and the historic Adler Pharmacy showcase Regensburg’s architectural grandeur.
In the evening, delve into Munich, renowned for its magnificent architecture, cultural vitality, and the annual Oktoberfest. As Germany’s unofficial southern capital, Munich boasts its pretzels, BMW, and Bayern Munich football club, earning its reputation as the most livable city in the country. Stroll through the city center to uncover world-class sights and the distinctive Munich architecture influenced by the Alps. Highlights encompass the Pinakotheken art museums, the renowned Hofbrauhaus, the National Theatre with the Royal Palace, Marienplatz, the Viktualien market, and more. Settle into your hotel for the night.
Start your day with breakfast and venture into Salzburg, the cultural heart of Austria and Mozart’s birthplace. Immerse yourself in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old town, featuring baroque gems like Mirabell Gardens, Mozarteum, Marionette and Regional Theatres, Markart Square, Blasius Church, and Mozart’s Square. Maximize your time by strolling along the Salzach River, exploring Hohensalzburg fortress, and savoring Mozartkugeln, delightful chocolate-covered marzipan balls inspired by the iconic composer. Next, explore the charming village of Hallstatt, renowned for its pastel-hued lakeside houses nestled amidst mountains. Visit attractions such as Kalvarienberg Church, Market Square, archaeological artifacts, Hallstatt Museum, and The Charnel House in Michael’s Chapel housing 1200 skulls. Conclude your day in Villach, Austria’s second-largest city, celebrated for its legendary carnival. Revel in the mountainous scenery and discover Villach Main Square, Trinity Column, Holy Cross Church, and the Parish Church of Saint Jacob. Check in for an overnight stay at your hotel.
Begin your day with breakfast and set out on a Slovenian adventure, starting in Bled—a captivating alpine lake celebrated for its scenic beauty and rich history. Try the famous Bled cream cake and marvel at the breathtaking views of the island, church, and medieval castle mirrored in the emerald green lake. Your journey continues to Ljubljana, the enchanting capital of Slovenia. Explore cultural landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, Town Hall, the medieval town square “Mestni Trg,” Robba’s Fountain, and the iconic Triple Bridge. Following the tour, you will have free time for lunch along the romantic Ljubljanica River before checking in at the hotel.
Have your last breakfast and check out. Please be aware that the airport transfer is not included. If you’d like to arrange one, contact us for a quote after booking. This concludes our services.
Want More Time in Ljubljana? Extend your stay by reserving extra nights through us. Inquire for a quote after booking.
We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.
Standard Hotel: Hotel Expo Congress 4* / Hotel Danubius Arena 4* / Hotel Hungaria City Center 4* or similar
Superior Hotel: Hotel Ambra 4* / Hotel Continental Budapest 4* / art’otel budapest, by Park Plaza 4* or similar
Standard Hotel: Hotel Renaissance Wien 4* / Hotel Austria Trend Doppio 4* / Hotel Best Western Plus Amedia 4* or similar
Superior Hotel: Hotel Grand Ferdinand 5* / Hotel Kaiserhof 4* / Hotel Austria Trend Savoyen 4* or similar
Standard Hotel: Hotel Clarion Congress 4* / Hotel Dorint Don Giovanni 4* / Hotel Union 4* or similar
Superior Hotel: Hotel Grandium 5* / Hotel Grandior 5* or similar
Standard Hotel: Hotel Residence Inn by Marriot City East 4* / Hotel Leonardo Munich City Olympiapark 4* / Hotel Courtyard by Marriott City East 4* or similar
Superior Hotel: Hotel Westin Grand 5* / Hotel Hilton Munich City 4* / Hotel Holiday Inn City Centre 4* or similar
Standard Hotel: Hotel City 4* / Hotel Mosser 4* / Globo Plaza 4* or similar
Superior Hotel: Hotel voco Villach 4* / Hotel City 4* or similar
Standard Hotel: Hotel Austria Trend 4* / M Hotel 4* / Hotel Exe Lev 4* or similar
Superior Hotel: Hotel Grand Union 4* / Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza 4* / U Hotel 4* or similar
8 nights accommodations at selected class hotels
- Professional tour guidance throughout the tour
- All sightseeing tours and transfers that are included in the itinerary, except those marked as ‘optional excursion
- Entrance tickets to Hallstatt Charnel House
Daily buffet breakfast
- Airport arrival transfer
- Transportation throughout the tour according to the itinerary
International flights are not included
Insurance is not included
- Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
- Optional Experiences & Activities
- Departure Transfer
- Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
- Personal Expenses
- Porterage at airport
- Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included