Day 1: Arrival to Berlin
On arrival at Berlin airport, take a taxi to your centrally located hotel. Once you have settled in, head out and take a stroll along the Kurfürstendamm, an elegant, tree-line boulevard that was once the centre of Berlin’s nightlife and leisure scene, attracting writers, film stars, and artists. Sites you may wish to visit are the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gadächtnis-Kirche (nicknamed the Broken Tooth Church), the famous KaDeWe, a gigantic department store which served as a symbol of Western market capitalism during the Cold War, as well as Berlin’s famous zoo.
Day 2: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing
The vibrant capital of Germany captivates visitors with its eclectic mix of new and old. During your half day private walking tour, your guide will show you the highlights of Berlin and visit sights including the boulevard Unter den Linden, the Gendarmenmarkt, Check Point Charlie, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag. In the afternoon, use your itinerary to revisit many of the iconic highlights you saw in the morning or head towards the Victory Column and the Tiergarten.
Day 3: Berlin Sightseeing
Start your day with a visit to the famous Museum Island, an UNESCO World Heritage site, home to five museums. In the afternoon, you may wish to explore the nearby hidden courtyards of the Spandauer Vorstadt neighborhood, possessing some of Berlin’s most beautiful courtyards, the Hackesche Höfe, as well as other courtyards which better recall the crowded conditions of industrial Berlin.
It was around courtyards such as these that Berlin’s Jewish population once settled and prospered. Here you can also discover the partially reconstructed New Synagogue and the former site of the Jewish cemetery. If you have time, a short walk will bring you to the Television Tower, where you can ascend in a super fast elevator and take in the panoramic views.
Day 4: Charlottenburg & Train Journey to Prague
Before your train journey to Prague, spend the morning exploring the historical Charlottenburg Palace and Gardens. First constructed in 1696, the palace was nearly completely destroyed in World War II, but was lovingly restored to its baroque grandeur.
The lavishly decorated rooms, artwork, silver collection, and furnishings reflect the grandeur of its royal Prussian inhabitants. In the afternoon, head to Berlin's main train station for a journey through the scenic regions of Brandenburg, Saxony, and Bohemia to Prague. On arrival, our driver will meet you and take you to your centrally located hotel.
Day 5: Private walking tour & sightseeing Prague
This morning one of our local guides will meet you for a half day private walking tour of many of Prague's highlights. Following the historical "Royal Route", you'll get a chance to walk across Charles Bridge, visit the charming Little Quarter and end your tour at Prague Castle.
In the afternoon you are free to further explore the Castle district and its interior staterooms, Golden Lane and St Vitus Cathedral or head back down to the Little Quarter where you can visit the famous and colorful John Lennon Wall, Kampa Park, St Nicolas Church or even take a relaxing stroll around the Wallenstein Palace Gardens.
Day 6: Prague Sightseeing
Today you are free to explore Prague using your detailed travel itinerary and the detailed directions included to discover the city's historical Old Town, Jewish Quarter and the New Town. Highlights include the Astronomical Clock and historical Old Town Square, the Jewish Cemetary and Spanish Synaogue and the varied shops, architecture and restaurants in the vibrant New Town.
Day 7: Prague Sightseeing
Your last day in Prague can be spent exploring some of the less visited areas of the city. Today you may wish to visit the Petrín Park Observation Tower that sits overlooknig the entire city! To reach the Observation Tower, you will ride a funicular railway that climbs up the side of the hill, allowing you to look down upon the city as you make your way up to the top of the park.
In the afternoon, head to another off the beaten path area of Vysehrad, known for its historical fort ruins, wonderful city views and the beautiful Basilica of St Peter & St Paul. You can also visit one of the city's most elegant neighbourhoods called Vinohrady. Most of its grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo Baroque, and Neo-Gothic buildings come from the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, and many have been and continue to be restored in an amazing array of color and architectural detail.
It also contains an eclectic range of restaurants, wine bars, cafes and pubs that offer great venues for an evening meal or a night out.
Day 8: Journey to Vienna
Our driver will collect you from your hotel to take you to the train station for your journey to the Imperial city of Vienna. On arrival, take a taxi to your hotel before setting out to explore Vienna's Inner City on a 2 and a half hour private guided walking tour. See beautiful examples of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture and learn about the tragic end of Vienna’s Medieval Jewish community. After your tour, you are free to further explore the Inner City or perhaps enjoy your first Viennese Dinner at one of your guides personal recommendations for restaurants in Vienna which capture its sense of history and charm.
Day 9: Vienna sightseeing
Today, discover the heart of Imperial Vienna with a visit to the Hofburg Palace. Explore the 500 year old Spanish Riding School, which stages equestrian performances by the famous Lipizzaner Stallions, the imperial apartments or browse through the imperial silver collection. In the afternoon, visit one of the museums on the Ringstrasse, the neo-Gothic city hall, or take a tram ride around the entire length of the Ringstrasse for a fun but less streneous experience. In the evening, explore the historical Spittelberg area, known for its restaurants, bars crafts shops and art galleries.
Day 10: Vienna Sightseeing
This morning, use your itinerary to visit two of Vienna’s greatest treasures - the Belvedere Palace and the Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church). After lunch, venture out to the Kahlenberg Viewpoint. After enjoying the view, you will then make a relaxing 2 mile hike down to the river about 1000 feet below. As you make your way, you will be repeatedly rewarded with beautiful views. At the bottom of the hill you will reach the village of Kahlenbergerdorf on the Danube River. Its charming village square and tiny but ancient church are both well worth a visit. in the evening, visit the small wine village of Grinzing, easily reached from the city center by tram.
Day 11: Schonbrunn Palace
Set out this morning and head towards one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, the Schonbrunn Palace, most famously associated to the Empress Maria Theresa. Explore the many staterooms, its formal grounds and spectacular gardens and if you have children, don't miss its fantastic zoo. In the afternoon, return to the centre of Vienna and visit the Hundertwasserhaus and the nearby Prater, known for its ferris wheel and amusement park.
Day 12: Journey to Budapest
This morning you will depart Vienna for your train journey to Budapest. On arrival into Hungary's Capital City, our driver will meet you and take you directly to your centrally located hotel. From there, you are free to explore Central Budapest and its famous Central Market using your detailed itinerary. Sights include St Stephens Basilica, the vibrant market, Chain Bridge and Váci street, home to many boutique shops and a many of Pest’s most interesting architectural monuments, as well as several historic churches.
Day 12: Private walking tour & sightseeing
Our local and knowledgable guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and take you on a half day private guided walking tour of Budapest's highlights. During your tour you will take in a gorgeous vista of the city from the Fisherman’s Bastion, explore the winding streets of the Castle District, gaze in awe at the striking interior of St. Stephen’s Basilica, travel along the city’s most elegant avenue with the help of Europe’s oldest subway, and more. In the afternoon further explore the castle district and in the evening, take a relaxing evening cruise along the Danube.
Day 14: Budapest Sightseeing
Explore even more of Budapest's historical sights today, beginning with a visit to the Jewish Quarter. Step inside the Dohány Street Synagogue and learn about life as a Jew in Budapest during WW2 in the Jewish Museum. You may also wish to visit the Holocaust Memorial.
In the afternoon, take a stroll along Andrássy Avenue, Budapest’s most prominent street and a World Heritage Site since 2002. Sights here include The House of Terror Museum, State Opera House and Heroes Square. For those who wish to relax, walk to the end of the Avenue and spend some time in Budapest's largest thermal baths with a visit to the Széchenyi Baths.
Day 15: Departure From Budapest
Today you say goodbye to Budapest and journey home. Our driver will collect you from your hotel and take your directly to the airport at your chosen departure time. Speak to one of our travel consultants if you wish to extend your trip!