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Imperial Highlights

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10 Days from $1,375 per person

Countries Visited

Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria ...more Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria

Locations Visited

Munich, Regensburg, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Gyor, Vienna, Salzburg ...more Munich, Regensburg, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Gyor, Vienna, Salzburg
  1. Day 1 Arrive Munich (1 Night)

    Say cheers to Germany's beer capital and hello to a glorious encounter with the imperial capitals of central Europe. Munich's church spires tower over the rest of the city, a nod to an age-old policy that places the city's history and artistry above modernity. Embark on an orientation tour of the city, soaking up its old-world Bavarian charm in the elegant Marienplatz featuring the Old and New Town Halls and the Glockenspiel which shares the stories of a royal wedding, jousting knights and the dance of the coopers. You'll have the rest of the day free to explore Munich your way, perhaps with a stein in hand amidst the rousing atmosphere in an outdoor Biergarten.

    meals Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn South/Leonardo City South
  2. Day 2 Munich – Regensburg – Prague (2 Nights)

    Your first stop today is in the UNESCO-listed town of Regensburg with its beautifully preserved medieval centre and Gothic Dom which overlooks the town's historic façades and Danube river. Cross the border into the Czech Republic and arrive in Prague later. The Golden City of a Hundred Spires belongs in a Brothers Grimm fairy tale as you stroll through the illuminated city at night on an Optional Experience. Your introduction to Prague will reveal all the highlights of its Old Town, followed by a drink at a favourite local restaurant celebrating the crisp brews for which Prague is so famous.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ibis Praha Mala Strana
  3. Day 3 Prague Sightseeing and Free Time

    Delve into Prague's history - a city whose enduring beauty spared it from destruction in World War II when the rest of Europe's capitals lay in ruins. A Local Specialist leads your sightseeing tour featuring Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Old Town Square. There's time later to explore the city on your own, perhaps returning to the Square to watch the clock's magical hourly Walk of the Apostles with a toasty Trdelník in hand. You could choose to view the city from its water, embarking on an optional lunch cruise along the Vltava that will reveal the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting city.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Prague – Bratislava – Budapest (2 Nights)

    Your journey through the medieval kingdom of Moravia this morning leads through the southern Czech Republic into Slovakia where you'll stop briefly in its capital, Bratislava. See the Old Town and its 15th-century Old Town Hall before continuing to Budapest, whose two halves straddle the beautiful Danube River. Perhaps, begin your exploration of this 'Paris of the East' on the water with an optional scenic cruise on a private boat this evening. Against an enchanting illuminated backdrop, you'll enjoy a dinner of Hungarian specialities while you sail underneath the famous Chain Bridge and past Budapest's majestic Parliament building.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ibis Styles Citywest/Ibis Castle Hill
  5. Day 5 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today you'll come to grips with the multicultural melting pot that shaped this European crossroads. Delve into its Magyar origins with a Local Specialist, who will share all the sights, including Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square and the Church of St. Matthias. Take a trip up Gellért Hill whose Statue of Liberty and symbol of Budapest you can see from almost anywhere in the city. Later today you could choose to join an optional tour to the medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube. An Optional Experience this evening could see you revel in the colourful folklore of the gypsies with a traditional Hungarian dinner and folk music completing the evening.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Budapest – Győr – Vienna (2 Nights)

    You'll be grateful for your leisurely start to the day after an evening of lively gypsy music and fun. Let the decadence continue and consider a rich 'second breakfast' at Gundels with an optional visit to the Hungarian Parliament, before crossing the hilly Transdanubia region bound for Györ, located midway between Budapest and Vienna. Next stop is the Austrian capital itself where art, architecture and above all music hit all the right notes for an inspiring evening in the former home of the Habsburgs.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novum Prinz Eugen/Fourside
  7. Day 7 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

    Vienna has held on to her regal roots as you'll come to discover as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour featuring all the highlights, including the Hofburg, State Opera House and City Hall. You'll have some time to discover why Vienna's streets are paved with culture or consider a guided visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, whose legacy can be seen across their dynastic capital. You'll need no excuse to embrace the locals' love of the good life when you choose an evening of symphonies and sonatas. This unforgettable Optional Experience includes dinner and the melodies of Mozart and Strauss.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Vienna – Salzburg (1 Night)

    Follow the Danube Valley, passing the impressive Benedictine monastery at Melk perched atop its rocky bastion overlooking the river. Continue to Salzburg, whose rich musical heritage is only part of its enduring appeal. Take a stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, where the von Trapp children once sang 'Do-Re-Mi' in 'The Sound of Music'. Then there's time to embark on your own exploration of this historic city. Wander through the Baroque-filled Old Town to the spiritual heart of Salzburg, the Cathedral where Mozart was baptised, then see his nearby birthplace on Getreidegasse, which has been turned into a museum documenting his life.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Austria Trend Mitte
  9. Day 9 Salzburg – Munich (1 Night)

    Bavaria beckons once again and you'll have an opportunity to explore the spectacular alpine region with a choice of Optional Experiences. Embark on a scenic tour of the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, ascending over 1,500 metres along one of the most beautiful mountain roads in Europe, or visit Hitler's retreat at Eagle's Nest and learn about its infamous history as you admire the soul-stirring views that surround you. Later you'll return to Munich, driving past its 1970s Olympic Stadium before reaching your hotel. Tap into the city's convivial spirit this evening, joining an optional Bavarian-style farewell dinner with new friends to toast the end of an epic adventure through central Europe.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn South/Leonardo City South
  10. Day 10 Depart Munich

    The hospitality of your Bavarian hosts still fresh in your mind, you'll spend your final moments in Munich reminiscing over a journey filled with history, culture and beautiful natural surrounds. Say a fond pfiat di to your new friends and prepare for your onward journey home. Transfers to Munich Airport are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Imperial Highlights
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 3 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. See airport transfer page.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bratislava Visit the capital of Slovakia
  • Budapest Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Fisherman's Bastion, the Church of St. Matthias and Gellért Hill
  • Győr Visit this historical town
  • Munich Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz
  • Prague Walking tour with a Local Specialist includes views of St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square
  • Regensburg Orientation includes the old stone bridge
  • Salzburg Visit this charming city, the birthplace of Mozart
  • Vienna Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the State Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards

Dates & Prices
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Prague

Beautiful Prague By Night

Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by private 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.
Adult Price: €39

Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

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.
Adult Price: €49

Budapest

Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You’ll savor a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialties with drinks included and see Budapest's spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname 'The Paris of the East.' 
Adult Price: €63

Hungarian And Gypsy Folklore Show And Dinner

Get a taste of traditional music as you enjoy a Hungarian dinner with drinks in a local restaurant, while folk musicians serenade you at your table and reveal real gypsy folklore.
Adult Price: €53

Szentendre And Light Lunch

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. Afterward, perhaps strike a bargain in the shops that sell beautiful Hungarian embroidery, ceramics and paprika.
Adult Price: €49

Visit To The Hungarian Parliament And Gundel

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. When the Parliament is closed, we will visit the exquisite 'Renaissance' Opera House and the optional will be offered at €43.
Adult Price: €61

Vienna

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

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.
Adult Price: €62

Dinner And Viennese Concert

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.
Adult Price: €103

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

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.
Adult Price: €45

Salzburg

Lake and Mountain Tour

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
Adult Price: €39

Munich

Bavarian Farewell Dinner

Join us for our farewell dinner Bavarian style and raise a glass to friends old and new, reminisce about your holiday and enjoy local specialties in an atmospheric Munich restaurant. The perfect way to celebrate the end of your trip and the beginning of your next adventure.
Adult Price: €62

Berchtesgaden And Hohenringstrasse Excursion

Join us for a scenic tour in the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, within sight of Hitler's Bavarian Redoubt. Via the Hohenringstrasse, we'll ascend 5,000 feet along one of the most beautiful mountain roads of Europe.
Adult Price: €36

Eagle’s Nest Tour And Bavarian Alps

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 refreshment! This optional is weather dependent and subject to seasonal closures, therefore it may not be available on all departures.
Adult Price: €55

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
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Service was top notch and the whole process was very smooth and efficient. I would use them again for my travel needs.
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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
The Imperial Highlights tour had a great itinerary and our Tour Director Maja and bus driver Frank did a wonderful job. We had a great group of travelers from all over and everyone got along well. The trip went by so quickly - that is how well we enjoyed it.
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