Imperial Europe Winter 2016-2017

Salzburg, Austria
11 Days

Intriguing cities of central Europe are brought together as locals share their insight on the history and culture of Prague, Budapest and Vienna, with a pause in musical Salzburg too. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... learning of the bravery of two families in wartime Hungary, and walking through a barrel in which the vineyard owners' hid their Jewish friends during the Nazi occupation.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria. View the Marienplatz with its fascinating Glockenspiel clock during your orientation tour. This evening enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers and Travel Director.
    hotel:Sheraton Arabellapark
  3. This morning visit Regensburg, an unspoilt medieval gem on your way to the Czech Republic. Cross the border to exciting Prague, your home for the next two nights. This evening join your fellow companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, RM
  4. Prague has prospered since the fall of Communism and its new-found status and affluence is evident during your guided sightseeing tour of the city with your Local Specialist. View the impressive St. Vitus' Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle. Cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Explore the city on your own, or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava.
  5. Visit the Slovak capital Bratislava with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Entering Hungary you arrive in Budapest. This evening why not enjoy a scenic river cruise along the Danube?
    hotel:Marriott Courtyard City Center
  6. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of Budapest featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion. From there, enjoy superb views across the Danube overlooking the Parliament and city below. Later why not enjoy a visit and lunch in a quaint village outside Budapest before a special Be My Guest dinner of Hungarian specialties.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  7. Before departing Budapest why not consider a guided tour of the magnificent Parliament building? Then cross the Transdanubia region to Győr. Stroll through this quaint city which stands at the confluence of three rivers and features charming Baroque architecture. Later arrive in imperial Vienna where you stay for the next two nights.
    hotel:Hilton Danube
  8. Admire the Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty during your enthralling sightseeing tour of Vienna with your Local Specialist. See the grand State Opera House and the Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th century to replace the city walls. View St. Stephen's Cathedral, its ornate roof bearing the imperial emblem of the Habsburgs. The afternoon is yours to explore the city's many attractions. Later you might like to attend a classical concert.
  9. This morning travel to Salzburg, a city with close ties to the film 'The Sound of Music'. Meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour of this musical city. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Castellani Park
  10. After exploring the surrounds of Salzburg, cross back into Germany and return to beautiful Munich. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your vacation.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Sheraton Arabellapark
  11. Say ‘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.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

9 nights’ accommodations, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 5 dinners.

Your included sights

  • 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 Gyor.
  • View the Marienplatz in Munich, St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Imperial Boulevards of Vienna and Melk Abbey.

Your Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg.
  • Be My Guest: Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality.
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
3 Nov 16 13 Nov 16 checkmark $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
10 Nov 16 20 Nov 16 checkmark $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
1 Dec 16 11 Dec 16 checkmark $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
8 Dec 16 18 Dec 16 checkmark $1,875pp
$1,875 pp
16 Dec 16 26 Dec 16 checkmark $1,925pp
$1,925 pp
22 Dec 16 1 Jan 17 checkmark $2,050pp
$2,050 pp
22 Dec 16 1 Jan 17 checkmark $2,050pp
$2,050 pp
27 Dec 16 6 Jan 17 checkmark $2,095$1,990pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,095 $1,990 pp
27 Dec 16 6 Jan 17 checkmark $2,095$1,990pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$2,095 $1,990 pp
5 Jan 17 15 Jan 17 checkmark $1,650pp
$1,650 pp
26 Jan 17 5 Feb 17 checkmark $1,650$1,568pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,650 $1,568 pp
16 Feb 17 26 Feb 17 $1,750$1,663pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,750 $1,663 pp
23 Feb 17 5 Mar 17 $1,750$1,663pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,750 $1,663 pp
2 Mar 17 12 Mar 17 $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,875 $1,781 pp
9 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,875 $1,781 pp
16 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 checkmark $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,875 $1,781 pp
23 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 checkmark $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,875 $1,781 pp
30 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,875 $1,781 pp
6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 checkmark $1,875$1,781pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,875 $1,781 pp

Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement. 

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $260.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $77 per person.

Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The December 17th, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Munich. The December 23rd, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Prague and toast New Year's Eve in Munich. The December 28th, 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Budapest. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Munich Airport transfers will operate at 10am, 1pm. 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.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna, in Hungary is the Forint, and in Poland is the Zloty. Austria and Germany use the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • If you like meat and potatoes, chances are you’ll love the food in the Czech Republic.  The country is also known for its long-standing tradition for beer.  Most towns have at least one brewery, so it’s no surprise that the Czech consume more beer per capita than any other country.  In Austria you’ll find more hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel. In Hungary you’ll find hearty specialties including goulash, winter salami, pork stew, and chicken paprikash. Poland offers even more rich and hearty. Be sure to sample the variety of delicious Pierogi dumplings stuffed with potatoes and cheese, mushrooms, meat, and even fruit.  And in Germany, don’t miss the variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle, potato dumplings, and black forest cake. 

  • We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service at restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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