Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Magical cities of bridges, cathedrals, cobbled lanes, and castles – central Europe's capitals put on a stately show in which the leads are played by Bohemian Prague, the eclectic Slovakian capital of Bratislava, and the beautiful Danube River featuring the regal cities of Vienna and Budapest where you'll break bread with a local family and hear of their heart-warming WWII rescue.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider Experiences, Sightseeing, First Class Highlights:

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Join the Schieszl family for hearty Hungarian fare and the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure


Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg
  • Orientation of Munich and Regensburg
  • Visit Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest and the Baroque town center of Győr
  • View the Marienplatz in Munich, St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Imperial Boulevards of Vienna and Melk Abbey


First Class Highlights

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

 

Location:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary, Vienna, state of Vienna, Austria, Salzburg, state of Salzburg, Austria

11  Days | 9  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Munich (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 9 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 14 meals (9 hot buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners, including 1 Be My Guest dining experience)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • English-speaking travel director
  • Audio headsets for flexible sight-seeing

 

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Munich.

Accommodation:
(1 night)
Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Arrive Munich

The sophisticated city streets of Munich are your launchpad to an adventure through the capitals of Imperial Europe. Spend time at leisure soaking up the sights and sounds of the Bavarian capital, later join your fellow travelers and Travel Director on an orientation of this fascinating city. View the Marienplatz, the center of Munich city life since the 12th century, and its enchanting Glockenspiel before a Welcome Reception to kick-start your journey.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Munich - Regensburg - Prague

Medieval façades and Bavarian hospitality are yours to explore this morning in the unspoilt Danube town of Regensburg, which you will have an opportunity to visit en route to the Czech Republic. Meandering through the charming Bohemian landscape to the fairy-tale city of Prague, we spend the evening at a local restaurant indulging in traditional flavours and the hearty aromas of Czech cuisine during a Regional Meal.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Beautiful Prague by Night (39 EUR): Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by tram or mini-bus and with a little strolling. You'll discover the magical Charles Bridge, enjoy a drink in one of the old town's quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, journey through the Old Town and gaze at the panoramic views of the city.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Regional Meal dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Prague Sightseeing

Delve into centuries of history as you join a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour of Prague. View the impressive Gothic architecture of St. Vitus' Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle, then cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the magical Astronomical Clock, with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. The afternoon is yours to experience the city on your terms. Savor the delicious chocolate flavors of Trdelník in the old Town Square, pay tribute to the saints that line the Charles Bridge or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the Vltava.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch (49 EUR): Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we'll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting city. During the cruise you'll enjoy a lunch of local specialties.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

Prague - Bratislava - Budapest

We leave the beauty of Prague behind for the lush landscapes of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Crossing the border into Hungary, we arrive in Budapest, our home for the next two nights. Why not spend the evening meandering along the Danube on an unforgettable river cruise, enjoying a selection of Hungarian specialties and awe-inspiring views.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Danube Cruise with Dinner (61 EUR): Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You'll savour a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialities with drinks included and see Budapest's spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname 'The Paris of the East'.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Budapest Sightseeing

Take in the iconic sights of Budapest on a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the famous Chain Bridge that connects the two ancient settlements that straddle the Danube and the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district. Visit Fisherman's Bastion paying tribute to the seven Magyar chieftains who founded the Hungary nation, and enjoy superb views across the imposing Parliament building and the Danube below. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before joining the Schieszl family for a hearty Be My Guest Hungarian dinner and the story of their winery, which once sheltered a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Szentendre And Light Lunch (49 EUR): Explore more of Hungary and follow our guide out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ancient walls, cobbled streets and beautiful vistas. Here we'll enjoy a Goulash cooking demonstration before sampling this essential Hungarian dish during lunch, which also includes cake and drinks. Afterwards, perhaps strike a bargain in the shops that sell beautiful Hungarian embroidery, ceramics, and paprika.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Be My Guest dinner experience
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

Budapest - Győr - Vienna

A leisurely start to your morning could see you soaking up the relaxing atmosphere in the Szecheyni Spa Baths, enjoying coffee and kurtos in the charming Jewish Quarter or joining a guided tour of the magnificent Parliament Building. We cross the hilly landscapes of Transdanubia, arriving in Győr for a visit to explore its Baroque architecture and medieval charm before arriving in Vienna later for an evening at leisure to indulge in the intoxicating melodies, art and architecture of a city that was once home to famous composers – Mozart, Haydn and Strauss.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Visit to The Hungarian Parliament and Gundel (58 EUR): Take a guided tour of this magnificent Gothic Revival building, the most ornate state parliament in Europe. You'll also have time to relax with a visit to the world famous Gundel restaurant for pancakes and drinks. Note: when the Parliament is closed, we will visit the exquisite 'Renaissance' Opera House, the visit to which will be offered at 43 EUR.
  • Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment (61 EUR): Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe's most elegant cities.
  • Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 8

    Vienna Sightseeing

    Explore the imperial splendor of Vienna at the exquisite Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty - one of the highlights of your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a Local Specialist, which will also include views of the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. Admire the ornate colorful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Visit the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace with its tranquil gardens or enjoy Vienna's musical talents at one of the performances for which the city is famous.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Dinner and Viennese Concert (100 EUR): A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.
  • Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens (42 EUR): The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you'll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.
  • Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 9

    Vienna - Wachau Valley - Salzburg Sightseeing

    The enchanting landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley provides a picturesque backdrop for our leisurely drive today past vineyards and fortresses en route to Salzburg. We see the Benedictine Melk Abbey perched on a rocky outcrop above the Danube and learn about its royal connections. Arriving in the fairy-tale Baroque city of Salzburg, we embark on a leisurely walking tour of its magical Old Town with a Local Specialist. Dine in your hotel this evening.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 10

    Salzburg - Munich

    After exploring the surrounds of Salzburg, depart Austria for the sophisticated city of Munich in Germany. Celebrate an unforgettable journey through some of Europe's most magical cities during a Farewell Dinner with your travel companions and Travel Director this evening.

    Optional Activities ($):
    OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Eagle's Nest Tour and Bavarian Alps (55 EUR): In Berchtesgaden National Park drive past farmhouses and picturesque villages as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We transfer to special buses for the second leg of the journey: a spectacular road and great engineering feat blasted out of the mountainside. Finally we take an elevator up to the Eagle's Nest, intended as a mountain retreat for Hitler and his inner circle. Once at the top learn its fascinating history and take in the awe inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks whilst enjoying a local refreshments! This optional is weather dependent and subject to seasonal closures, therefore it may not be available on all departures.
  • Lake and Mountain Tour (36 EUR): Marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg Lake District, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns like Sankt Gilgen. We will also have the chance to see some of the major backdrops for the film "The Sound of Music".
  • Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast, Farewell dinner
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    Day 11

    Munich - Return to Canada

    For now it's time to say a fond Auf Wiedersehen to Germany, your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience. Transfers to Munich airport are available, conditions apply.

    Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
    Accommodation:
    (1 night)
    Imperial Europe - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

    ACCOMMODATIONS

    WHERE YOU'LL STAY

    The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

    LOCATION
    HOTEL
    Munich, Bavaria, Germany
    Sheraton Westpark(or similar)
    Vienna, state of Vienna, Austria
    Andels by Vienna House(or similar)
    Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
    Novotel Danube(or similar)
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Hilton Danube(or similar)
    Salzburg, state of Salzburg, Austria
    Hubertushof Anif(or similar)
    Munich, Bavaria, Germany
    Sheraton Westpark(or similar)
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Andels by Vienna House(or similar)
    Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
    Novotel Danube(or similar)
    Vienna, state of Vienna, Austria
    Hilton Danube(or similar)
    Salzburg, state of Salzburg, Austria
    Hubertushof Anif(or similar)

    Room Specifications

    Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels during the trip. Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together. Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

    IMPORTANT INFO

    DEPARTURE DATES

    October 4, 11, 2019                                                               

    2020 departure dates:

    April 3*, 10*, 17*, 24*
    May 1* & 5*
    June 5*, 19* & 26*
    July 3*, 10*, 17*, 24* & 31*
    September 1, 4*, 11*, 18*, 25* & 29*
    October 2*, 9*, 16* & 23*

    *Non-definite departure dates

    Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

    CITY TAXES

    On arrival at Munich Airport transfers will operate at 10am, and 1 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Munich Airport at 9:30am.

    TRANSPORTATION

    Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $121CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

    Optional Experiences: Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of August 21, 2019 and are subject to change without notice.

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