Storybook Cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Vienna
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.Hotel Bristol - 2 Nights
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 3To 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 4To 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)
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 6To 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 7To 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)
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 9Depart Budapest
Enjoy the morning at your own pace before being escorted to Ferihegy International Airport for your onward flight.(B)
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
Area: 32,377 sq. miles
Official Language: German
What To See: Vienna is a splendid historical city, with its grand imperial palaces, museums flanking magnificent squares and, above all, the Hofburg - where the Habsburg rulers lived. Visit Salzburg for alpine beauty, an incredible fortress and some seriously scrumptious cakes. Suspended above the deep-green Inn River, the Alps are Innsbruck’s monumental attractions: creeping up on street corners, reflecting in glass façades and sneaking into every snapshot. Graz is an attractive place with verdant green parkland, red rooftops and a small, fast-flowing river gushing through its center. Zell Am See attracts travelers looking to relax and rejuvenate - and enjoy some excellent skiing in the winter.
Storybook Cities: Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Bratislava & Budapest
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