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Storybook Cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest
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Storybook Cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest

9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey

Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest

Discover the myriad delights of Imperial Europe. Explore the old Hapsburg capital of Vienna and then follow in the footsteps of Mozart and the Von Trapp family in Salzburg. Wander through the atmospheric streets of Prague's historic quarter and stand upon the iconic Charles Bridge, the city's connection between Prague Castle and the Old Town. Enjoy the charming small-town atmosphere of Bratislava, then experience the glories of Budapest as you explore the city with your Cox & Kings guide.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Vienna

    Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.

    Hotel Bristol - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Vienna

    Embark on an in-depth exploration of the city, including the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the emperors of the Hapsburg Empire; the Ringstrasse Boulevard, which is home to some of the city's most iconic buildings, including the Vienna Opera House, the parliament building, and University of Vienna; and a walk through the oldest parts of Vienna in the historic First District. Return to your hotel to freshen up for this evening's cultural activity, a concert of classical music or an opera performance at a local theatre.

    Hotel Bristol (B)
  • Day 3
    To Salzburg

    Head west through the romantic Wachau Valley, which boasts castles, forests, mountain peaks and the broad, majestic Danube River. Stop to visit Durnstein Castle where, according to legend, the great king Richard Lionheart was held captive. Then, continue to Salzburg and see where Mozart was born, as well as some of the sights familiar from the movie The Sound of Music.

    Hotel Goldener Hirsch - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 4
    To Prague

    Visit Mirabell castle and its gardens, which are famous throughout Europe for their impressive water fountains. Then, cross into Germany and stop in Passau to see the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers, as well as the impressive Passau Cathedral. Continue your journey through Central Europe to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.

    Four Seasons Hotel Prague - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 5
    Prague

    Spend the day exploring the city, including visits to the 12th-century Strahov Monastery and Library, Prague Castle (the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic), the Jewish Quarter and the iconic Old Town Square. Finish with a visit to the museum dedicated to Art Deco painter Alphonse Mucha.

    Four Seasons Hotel Prague (B)
  • Day 6
    To Bratislava

    Drive south through the former crown land of Moravia and stop in its vibrant capital Brno. During an orientation, learn about the secret of the church bells at St. Peter & Paul's Cathedral, then stop at the square called Cabbage Market. In the afternoon, cross the border into Slovakia and arrive in Bratislava.

    Kempinski River Park - 1 Night (B)
  • Day 7
    To Budapest

    After crossing the border into Hungary, stop in Esztergom to admire the country's religious capital. Continue to Visegrad and its aweinspiring citadel, then stop in Szentendre, local center of arts and crafts. In the afternoon, reach Budapest and check into your hotel and enjoy the evening in your new surroundings.

    Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace - 2 Nights (B)
  • Day 8
    Budapest

    This morning after breakfast, begin your private sightseeing with a local expert. Gain insight into the history and culture of Budapest as you visit Gellert Hill, the Castle District, Heroes' Square and Andrassy Boulevard. In the afternoon, enjoy a private visit to the grand Parliament building, winning entry by architect Imre Steindl at a late 19th-century competition.

    Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (B)
  • Day 9
    Depart Budapest

    Enjoy the morning at your own pace before being escorted to Ferihegy International Airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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Storybook Cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest