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Say Prost to Germany's beer capital and hello to a glorious encounter with the imperial capitals of central Europe. After settling in to your hotel, meet up with your Travel Director and hit the streets with an orientation tour of the city. Munich's church spires tower over the rest of the city, a nod to an age-old custom that places the city's history and artistry above modernity and you'll love soaking up Munich's old-world Bavarian charm. See the elegant Marienplatz featuring the Old and New Town Halls and watch the famous performance of the Glockenspiel which shares the stories of a royal wedding, jousting knights and the dance of the coopers. With the rest of the day free to explore Munich your way, why not head to an outdoor Biergarten for a stein and plenty of good times in the buzzing atmosphere.
Your first stop today is in the UNESCO-listed town of Regensburg with its beautifully preserved medieval centre and gothic cathedral which overlooks the town's historic façades and Danube river. Crossing the border into the Czech Republic, we'll visit Prague later, famed as the 'Golden City of a Hundred Spires'. You'll feel like you've stepped into a Brothers Grimm fairy tale and you can turn up the magic even more with a 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 beer hall celebrating the crisp brews for which Prague is so famous.
Today you'll travel back in time as we dive into Prague's history - a city whose iconic beauty spared it from destruction in World War II when the rest of Europe's capitals lay in ruins. Your Local Specialist will lead the way on your sightseeing tour featuring the stunning Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Old Town Square. With the rest of the afternoon free to explore Prague your way, why not head back to the Old Town Square to watch the Astronomical Clock's magical hourly Walk of the Apostles with a toasty Trdelník in hand. Or see another beautiful side of the city from the water, with an optional lunch cruise along the Vltava that will reveal the legends, myths and hidden secrets of this enchanting city.
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.
Today is all about unearthing the multicultural melting pot that shaped this European crossroads. You'll kick things off with a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, visiting highlights including the Fisherman's Bastion, and Heroes' Square. Take a trip up Gellért Hill to see the Statue of Liberty, the towering symbol of Budapest you can see from almost anywhere in the city. With the rest of the day to explore as you please, the question is really where to start? Perhaps join an optional tour to the medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube, or choose an Optional Experience this evening that will have you kicking up your heels with a traditional Hungarian dinner and colourful folklore and music.
You'll be grateful for your leisurely start to the day after a lively evening of music and dance. Let the fun continue and consider a delicious 'second breakfast' at Gundels with an optional visit to the Hungarian Parliament. Your imperial Europe tour then continues across the hilly Transdanubia region bound for Györ, set halfway 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.
Perhaps you'd like to join an Optional Experience guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, one of the most influential royal families in Europe. Vienna has held on to her regal roots as you'll come to discover when you meet up with a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour around the city, including stops at the Hofburg, the State Opera House and City Hall. Continue your love affair with the music of Vienna this evening with an Optional Experience that will see you enjoying dinner and the symphonies and sonatas of Mozart and Strauss at the grand State Opera House.
Today we'll follow the Danube Valley, passing the impressive Benedictine monastery at Melk perched on top of a rocky bastion overlooking the river. Snap some gorgeous shots then continue to Salzburg, where it's all about uncovering the city's rich history and musical past. Your Local Specialist will lead the charge as you go in search of 'The Sound of Music' and you'll take a stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, where the von Trapp children once sang 'Do-Re-Mi'. This afternoon, continue your exploration of this gorgeous city your way. Perhaps treat your cultural side to a few hours spent wandering through the Baroque-filled Old Town to see the Cathedral where Mozart was baptised. You can even visit his nearby birthplace on Getreidegasse, which has been turned into a museum documenting his incredible life.
Wave goodbye to Austria this morning as Bavaria beckons once again. You'll have plenty of chances to explore the spectacular alpine region with a choice of Optional Experiences on your Europe value tour. Get out there on a scenic drive through the Bavarian Alps to Berchtesgaden, climbing 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 stunning mountain views. Later you'll return to Munich and enjoy a final dinner together.
With the wonderful hospitality of your Bavarian hosts still fresh in your mind, you'll spend your final moments in Munich reminiscing over a journey filled with Europe's imperial capitals and all their incredible history, culture and nature. Say a fond pfiat di to your new friends and prepare for your onward journey home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.
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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.
Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city on private transport 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
No trip to the Czech capital is complete without sampling a few of the beers on offer! We'll join a local beer expert to discover a few of the nation's favorite brews and learn why they're the biggest beer consumers in the world.
Adult Price: € 37
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: € 51
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: € 65
Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist 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: € 52
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
With our Local Specialist, we'll take a 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. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred. When the Parliament is closed, we will visit the exquisite 'Renaissance' Opera House and the optional will be offered at €43.
Adult Price: € 64
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: € 63
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 to make the most of your time. This optional involves reservations and entrance prepayments. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 47
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. Please note: on occasion, a small gift will be offered in place of a glass of sparkling wine. Should you decide to cancel the optional, a 50% cancellation fee will be incurred.
Adult Price: € 103
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
In Berchtesgaden National Park, we'll drive with our Local Specialist past farmhouses and picturesque villages, as we ascend the Obersalzberg. We'll then transfer to special buses for the second leg of the journey, on a spectacular road that's been blasted out of the mountainside. Finally, we'll take an elevator to the Eagle's Nest, intended as a mountain retreat for Hitler and his inner circle. Once at the top, we'll learn its fascinating history and take in 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
Today, with our Local Specialist, we'll marvel at the Alpine beauty of the Salzburg lake district, with its 76 glacier lakes and picturesque towns like Sankt Gilgen. We'll also have the chance to see some of the major backdrops for the film "The Sound of Music."
Adult Price: € 39
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