Germany - Czech Republic - Slovakia - Hungary - Austria - Switzerland
06 Nights – 07 Days
Day 1 Frankfurt – Prague
Meeting at the Central Train station at 08:30 AM. After boarding the luxury coach in Frankfurt sit back & enjoy the scenic ride through some classic German countryside en-route to the Czech Republic. Prague, one of Europe’s most ornate cities, is your first destination. We will arrive in the evening, ready to discover this charming capital city with its fairy-tale architecture, the following morning
Day 2 Prague – Bratislava
Your Prague adventure begins with a spectacular walk along the Royal Route, following the traditional Coronation path of the Kings & Queens of old Bohemia. You will start from the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany district, famous for its views over the red – roofed old city, and then tour Prague Castle. The castle has been the historic seat of Bohemia royalty since the 9th century, as well as home to the nation’s presidents in recent times. Further exploration then heads off around the imposing gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica & along Golden Lane, an ancient thoroughfare lined with some wonderful traditional buildings. Later we will stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge which arches gracefully over the Vitava and on through the winding alleys to the old Astronomical Clock. After lunch in the square our coach will make the scenic transfer from Prague to the hotel in or near the Slovakian capital, Bratislava
Day 3 Bratislava – Budapest
Arrive in Hungary, the fourth country of the tour. It’s capital, Budapest, is known as the Pearl of the Danube and is essentially two different cities joined together. Buda on the west of the river, Pest on the east, each with its own distinct characteristics. One of the best ways of seeing this unique location is by taking a river cruise. After a morning of activity you will relax over lunch at Buda Palace and then have a chance to look at the exhibitions in the Budapest History Museum. & Hungarian National Gallery or do a spot of souvenir shopping. Next you will explore both sides of the city on a cultural & historic tour. Highlights of the Buda side of the Danube include the towered terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion, the medieval Matthias church and a walk up to the summit of Gellert Hill for panoramic views. While over in Pest the sights include the expansive Heroes’ Square and Hungary’s dramatic riverside Parliament building. In the evening you can choose to round off an eventful day with an optional dinner in the heart of Budapest where you can sample traditional dishes such as goose liver, goulash, duck leg & local wine accompanied by Hungarian folk dance & music.
Day 4 Budapest – Vienna
Today starts with a short journey to another of Europe’s grand capital, Vienna, where you will get to explore the Austrian city’s resplendent palaces, striking churches & prestigious art museums. Your Vienna adventure begins at one of the city’s most popular attractions, Schoenbrunn Palace, the Rococo style summer residence of the Habsburg Dynasty, rulers of Europe & the church for many decades. After lunch in this refined setting you will take a driving tour past many grand, famous buildings including the City Hall, the Austrian Parliament, Hofburg Palace and Heroes Square. In the afternoon you will have some shopping time before adding the Wiener Staatsoper (opera house) to your checklist of key Vienna buildings. Later, opt for dinner in the heart of the city or visit St. Stephen’s cathedral before taking a stroll in Stadtpark, which is known for its range of sculptures including the famous gilded bronze statue of Johann Strauss II. In the evening, we recommend the option of attending a Viennese waltz concert which will allow you the unforgettable experience of hearing the music of Mozart and Strauss in the place where it was composed.
Day 5 Vienna – Salzburg – Munich
From Vienna its on to another Austrian gem, Salzburg. The city’s beautiful historic center listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site is characterized by numerous baroque buildings and is one of the most picturesque places in Europe. Salzburg is also famous for its musical heritage being the birthplace of Mozart, and also connected with the hit musical Sound of Music. You will get a chance to see the outside of the house where Mozart was born, explore the city further at your leisure and also have lunch in Salzburg, before heading across the German border to Munich in the afternoon.
Day 6 Munich – Mount Titlis – Lucerne – Zurich
You will leave the big cities behind on Saturday morning and head for one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges – the Swiss Alps. The first destination is Engelberg, the stunning Swiss resort. From here you can opt to board a cable car that takes you to the summit of the impressive Mount Titlis. To reach to the top of the permanently snow covered Mount Titlis is by a combination of gondolas over 3 stages. You’ll ascend the last stage by the world’s first revolving gondola the Titlis Rotair, that delivers spectacular views of the valleys, glaciers, lakes & forests below & 360 degree vistas of the surroundings. At the summit the sun terrace is the perfect place to pause & appreciate the breath taking panoramas. There is a 150m ice cavern through the core of a glacier to explore at the top. Other highlights include walking across Europe’s highest suspension bridge for more phenomenal views from Mount Titlis. You will come down from the hills to the lakeside for your next stop. Lucerne is a picturesque city of bridges & towers located in what many people believe to be the ‘true Switzerland’ – picture postcard mountains, lakes, cowbells, Alpine villages & meadows full of Edelweiss flowers. Here you have time to wander through the charming streets and see the famous Lion monument, which Mark Twain once described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the World.” This is a great place to get souvenirs like Swiss watches and fine chocolates before traveling to the overnight stop of Zurich. (If weather and traffic permits the coach might offer a bonus stop in one of the smallest European country: Lichtenstein)
Day 7 Zurich – Rhein Falls – Titisee – Frankfurt
The final day of the tour begins in Zurich, a city with a reputation as a leading global financial center. There is a chance for a picture stop at the impressive Lake Zurich before moving on to Rhine Falls, Europe’s biggest waterfall. Next you will cross back into Germany and the Black Forest, the ancient fir-covered mountain range which is famous for its creepy folklore and mythical tales. Here you will see the beautiful Lake Titisee, where you can stop at one of the many lakeside cafes to enjoy some of the region’s best Black Forest cherry gateaux. Cuckoo clocks are made in Titisee making it the ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs from the local shops and you’ll get to see a demonstration of how these magical mechanisms work. Finally, you will head back to Frankfurt where the tour will come to an end.