Imperial Highlights

Salzburg, Austria
11 Days

Cathedrals, cobbled lanes, castles and the mighty Danube – this stately sojourn through the imperial capitals of Europe will see you visit Bohemian Prague, the eclectic Slovakian capital of Bratislava, Budapest and Mozart's Vienna and Salzburg.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Munich, capital of Bavaria. After check-in, your afternoon begins with an orientation tour of this exciting city. See the Marienplatz, featuring a Glockenspiel clock and the Town Hall. This evening you might like to soak up the atmosphere with a stein of beer at one of the beer halls, for which Bavaria is world-renowned.
    hotel:Novum South
  3. Travel north to Regensburg, listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Old Town an unspoilt medieval gem. From here continue into the Czech Republic. Arrive later in Prague, a vibrant and fashionable city steeped in history, and one of Europe's must-see destinations since the Velvet Revolution in 1989.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Plaza Alta
  4. Admire the sights of Prague with your Local Specialist who gives a superb account of the city's rich history. See St. Vitus Cathedral, which is set inside the 1,000 year old Prague Castle. Your trip continues across the River Vltava into the cobblestoned Old Town Square, where you see the Astronomical Clock. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city on your own and shopping for beautiful Czech crystal. Later consider a cruise on the river and view the city from a different perspective. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  5. Journey through Moravia in the southern Czech Republic into Slovakia. Enjoy an orientation tour of the capital, Bratislava, which shows you the medieval town hall in the quaint Old Town area. Arrive later in Budapest, a romantic city which straddles the River Danube. This evening you might like to dine on board a cruise boat, while admiring Budapest from the water.
    hotel:Mercure Buda
  6. Your Local Specialist shows you the sights of the twin cities of Buda and Pest including the Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square and the Church of St. Matthias. Admire panoramic views of the city from Gellert Hill with free time afterwards to explore on your own. Perhaps take a trip to Szentendre or visit the Parliament building.
  7. Cross the picturesque Transdanubia region dotted with orchards and vineyards. Visit the historical town of Győr, which dates back to Roman times and also has an abundance of medieval and Baroque charm. Later, head north into Austria and arrive in Vienna, a dynamic city with a splendid imperial heritage.
  8. The Hofburg, State Opera House, Imperial Boulevards, the impressive City Hall – your Local Specialist shows you all these landmarks and more during your sightseeing tour of this elegant city. Later in your free time, explore the pedestrian area around St. Stephen's Cathedral and the main shopping street, Kärntnerstrassse. You might also like to visit a traditional Viennese café and sample unique pastries. This evening consider an Optional Experience to a local restaurant on the edge of Vienna for dinner.
  9. Follow the Danube Valley past the impressive monastery at Melk. Continue west to the charming city of Salzburg, famous for its musical heritage, and wander through the Mirabell Gardens, which featured in the film ‘The Sound of Music'. Cross the bridge over the River Salzach and explore the Old Town, including the imposing Cathedral Square and Getreidegasse, a narrow street where Mozart was born in 1756.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Austria Trend West
  10. Don't miss the opportunity to take an Optional Experience to the Eagle's Nest near Berchtesgaden in Germany, with spectacular views across the surrounding valleys. On arrival in Munich, see the Olympic Stadium before reaching your hotel. This evening celebrate the end of the trip with your Travel Director and fellow travelers with dinner at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Novum South
  11. This morning say ‘Auf Wiedersehen' to your Travel Director and traveling companions as your memorable European vacation comes to an end. Transfers to Munich Airport are available, conditions apply.

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30 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 $1,325pp
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6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 $1,350pp
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13 Apr 17 23 Apr 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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20 Apr 17 30 Apr 17 $1,350pp
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27 Apr 17 7 May 17 $1,350pp
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4 May 17 14 May 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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11 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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18 May 17 28 May 17 $1,350pp
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25 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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1 Jun 17 11 Jun 17 $1,350pp
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8 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $1,350pp
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15 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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22 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 $1,350pp
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29 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 $1,350pp
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6 Jul 17 16 Jul 17 $1,350pp
$1,350 pp
13 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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20 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $1,350pp
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27 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 $1,350pp
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3 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 $1,350pp
$1,350 pp
10 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 $1,350pp
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17 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 checkmark $1,350pp
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24 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $1,350pp
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31 Aug 17 10 Sep 17 $1,350pp
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7 Sep 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $1,325pp
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14 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $1,325pp
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21 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 $1,325pp
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28 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $1,325pp
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5 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 checkmark $1,250pp
$1,250 pp

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 $340.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $71 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Munich Airport transfers will operate at 10 am 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 9:30 am.

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Meal Summary

9 buffet breakfasts, 4 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz
  • Orientation includes the old city walls
  • Walking tour with a Local Specialist includes views of St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square
  • Visit the capital of Slovakia
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Fisherman's Bastion, the Church of St. Matthias and Gellert Hill
  • Visit this historical town
  • Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the State Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards
  • Visit this charming city, the birthplace of Mozart
  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, 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 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.  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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