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Length:  14 days from London to Berlin

2017 Season Departs From:  London


Overview

This fascinating European tour covers Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on the monumental architecture, history, and traditions of the former Prussian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. You’ll spend two nights each in London, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, and Berlin, and an overnight in Brussels, the Frankfurt area, and Salzburg.

Enjoy navigating from the UK across to France on the Cross-Channel ferry and meet your coach on the mainland to start exploring. Guided sightseeing of the must-see attractions includes Vienna’s old city centre, with views of the Danube and the Hofburg; Budapest’s old and new quarters; Prague’s Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 with a sinister medieval figure of death who emerges to pull the bell cord; and Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, dating to 1791. Stop in Trier, Germany’s oldest city with its lovely market square and Roman ruins; Nuremberg, with its charming, pedestrian Old Town and impressive medieval ramparts; Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital; and Dresden, a splendid baroque city restored after its almost total destruction during air bombings in 1945.

One highlight of this Central Europe tour is a drive along the shores of the Rhine River (or you can opt for a scenic cruise). Admire the countryside dotted with quaint villages and towns, hilltop castles from the Middle Ages, and terraced vineyards. Other scenery you’ll see includes a journey through the Salzkammergut lakelands near Salzburg, made famous in the Sound of Music movie. Drive through a vast stretch of Hungary’s Lake Balaton area, Central Europe’s largest lake, with some quaint towns and summer resorts. Near the Germany and Czech Republic border, travel through the mountains in the Erzgebirge range, known for its forests and production of wooden German folk art, such as Christmas nutcrackers.

From the vibrant capital cities to the beautiful scenery, this Central European tour designed for value-minded travelers is sure to be a hit!

Duration:  14 Days

Schedule:   

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City Highlights

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Trier, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Bratislava, Dresden. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.





Scenic Highlights

Scenic Highlights:
Moselle Valley, Salzkammergut, Lake Balaton, Bohemia

Day 1   Arrive in London, England. Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, you may want to start exploring the lively British capital. Uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.

Day 2   London. A full day to savor our rich program of optional activities: take a panoramic tour of London’s landmarks, visit the Tower of London, or choose an excursion to Windsor Castle. Tonight, maybe a leisurely cruise on the Thames River? (B)

Day 3   London–Brussels, Belgium. Leave London in the early morning on your EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. At the station, meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to your overnight hotel. (B)

Day 4   Brussels–Luxembourg–Trier, Germany–Frankfurt Area. Drive south through the Duchy of Luxembourg. Cross the German border and stop in ancient Trier before continuing through the splendid scenery of the Moselle Valley. A choice this afternoon of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Just a few more miles by coach to your hotel in the Frankfurt area. (B,D)

Day 5   Frankfurt Area–Nuremberg–Salzburg, Austria. Journey through the heart of Germany to reach Nuremberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, famed for the war criminal trials that took place in 1945. Stop for a short visit, then south through Bavaria. Cross the German-Austrian border, and head towards Salzburg for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 6   Salzburg–Vienna. A morning to enjoy some optional sightseeing or time at leisure in Salzburg, Mozart’s hometown. In the afternoon, journey through the Salzkammergut lakelands, of The Sound of Music fame, past Mondsee to follow the Danube almost all the way to Vienna. (B)

Day 7   Vienna. Enjoy an included guided sightseeing tour featuring Vienna’s State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Complete the day by exploring on your own or by joining the optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. (B)

Day 8   Vienna–Lake Balaton, Hungary–Budapest. East today into Hungary through the historic city of Györ. Next, the vast stretch of Lake Balaton unfolds as you drive through some of its summer resorts. Reach Budapest by way of Martonvásár, where Beethoven wrote his Appassionata. Tonight, consider an optional cruise on the Danube to enjoy the fascinating city illuminations. (B,D)

Day 9   Budapest. Buda Castle dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Heroes’ Square typifies the modern capital, while along the riverbank you find the old inns. Included sightseeing takes in the Hungarian Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Royal Castle, and Matthias Coronation Church. (B)

Day 10   Budapest–Bratislava, Slovakia–Prague, Czech Republic. On the way to Prague, stop in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital. Drive north to cross yet another border into the Czech Republic. Travel through Bohemia, an enchanted land of castles, spa towns, and picket-fenced villages. Evening arrival in Prague. (B,D)

Day 11   Prague. The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture here perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. Included sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. (B)

Day 12   Prague–Dresden, Germany–Berlin. Discover more of Bohemia as you journey towards the German frontier. Next up: the mountains and fortresses of the Erzgebirge range. Spend some time in Dresden, a magnificently restored city after its almost total destruction in World War II. Travel north across the Elbe River to reach Berlin for two overnights. (B)

Day 13   Berlin. Included sightseeing focuses on the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz, a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. Reunited Berlin has regained not only its territorial integrity but also the status of German capital. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion. (B)

Day 14   Berlin. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Meals:  Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Hotel Information:  LONDON Novotel London West (F)
BRUSSELS Ramada La Woluwe (ST)
FRANKFURT AREA Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf (F)
SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (ST)
VIENNA Kavalier (ST) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)
BUDAPEST Mercure Buda (F)
PRAGUE International (F) or Ibis Wenceslas Square (ST)
BERLIN City East Berlin (ST) or Abba (F) or NH Alexanderplatz (F)

Guides

Host service in London; Local Guides for city sightseeing in Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin; professional Tour Director while touring

Transportation

Transportation:
Eurostar train London-Brussels; private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.





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