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 start your explorations of Berlin with a visit to Museum Island. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five museums. A must for any history lover is the Pergamon Museum; it holds a spectacular collection of ancient and classical art and architecture, including whole reconstructed buildings.
Day 2: Private walking tour and sightseeing Berlin
Berlin is a city bursting at the seams with history. Today, one of our local guides will meet you for your own private walking tour of some of the most iconic sights of the city. Sites visited will include 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, you are free to revisit some of the sights you saw during your tour using the directions in your itinerary or head up the Victory Column for a panoramic view and take a romantic stroll through the Tiergarten, Berlin's largest and most famous park.
Day 3: Trip to the Spreewald
An enchanted and romantic landscape lies hidden within deep forests only an hour from Berlin. Canals, rivers, and marshes criss-cross an area of ancient settlement by the Sorb people, original Slavic inhabitants who resisted Germanization and colonization by remaining in their watery retreat. Today it is a paradise for lovers of nature and folk culture. Explore by raft (hire a raftsman attired in traditional costume to do the work for you), on foot, by kayak, or by bike. See how the Sorbs lived in beautifully preserved villages which are interspersed throughout forest and connected by a unique lacework of canals which are still used today as a means of transport.
Day 4: Trip to Potsdam
Get ready to spend a day exploring the history of the former royal capital and garrison town of Potsdam, with its many palaces, gardens, and historic quarters. Highlights include San Souci palace, Neues Palais, Cecilienhof Palace and the Glienicke Bridge that was made famous in the Tom Hank's movie, The Bridge of Spies. Use your detailed directions in your itinerary to discover Potsdam, one of only a few places in the world with so many royal palaces and other historic sights located within such a relatively compact area.
Day 5: Rail journey to Prague
Take a taxi transfer to Berlin's main train station to begin your onward journey to Prague, one of the most romantic cities in Central Europe. Voyage through the scenic regions of Brandenburg, Saxony, and Bohemia as you follow the Elbe down river to Prague. On arrival, our driver will be waiting to take you directly to your cetrally located hotel for your 5 night stay. In the afternoon, venture out and discover the highlights of Prague's Old Town Square including the astronomical clock and city hall. In the evening, one of our local guides will meet you and accompany you a short tour of the Old Town and a romantic evening cruise along the Vltava.
Day 6: Private walking tour and 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, take a stroll to Pet?in Park, Prague’s most prominent park, located on the side of a large hill overlooking the city. If you're not afariad of heights, climb the Pet?in Observation Tower for panoramic views across Prague and take a finicular ride 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 romantic stroll around the Wallenstein Palace Gardens.
Day 7: Gourmet food tour
Today our local guide will meet you for a delectable tour through the delights of Czech cuisine. Enjoy tastings from regional Czech farm products to delicious smoked meats and delicious cheeses of Central and greater Europe. Visit intimate cafés with fresh roasted beans to wines from one of the elegant vineyards within the city limits. In the afternoon, use your detailed directiosn in your itinerary to explore Prague's New Town, with hghlights including Wenceslas Square (Vaclavské Náměstí), The Municipal House and a range of shops, restaurants and bars. In the early evening, venture into Prague's residential neighbourhood of Vinohrady, known for its grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo Baroque, and Neo-Gothic buildings and architecture.
Day 8: Half day trip to Karlstejn Castle
Karlštejn, i.e. Charles’ Stone Castle, is the most famous castle in the Czech Republic. Today you will take a train using your detailed directions to visit Karlštejn Castle. From the train station you take a winding path up a hill, which is lined by shops, restaurants, and stands selling traditional Czech snacks, making the trip to the castle half the fun. You can take an optional tour of the castle interior or simple enjoy a pivo (beer) in one of the many restaurants and enjoy the majestic view of this historic castle. In the afternoon, you can return to Prague by train and head straight to Vysehrad, known for its historical fort ruins, wonderful city views and the beautiful Basilica of St Peter & St Paul.
Day 9: Day trip to Karlovy Vary
Discover one of the world’s most famous spa towns with a day trip to Karlovy Vary from Prague. Stroll along the promenade lined by grand Art Nouveau style buildings filled with smart cafes and posh shops. You can also visit the Moser crystal factory, visit one of the town’s famous spa hotels, and tour the city center.
Day 10: Journey to Cesky Krumlov & Hluboka castle
This morning a shuttle service will pick you up directly from your hotel and take you to Ceský Krumlov. Your scenic journey to Ceský Krumlov will include a little over three hours of driving, but it will also include a stop in the palace of Hluboká, which is perhaps the most fascinating chateau in all of Central Europe. It is directly surrounded by exquisite formal gardens, which form part of a much larger park setting. Its romantic shimmering white architecture has inspired thousands of Czech girls to dream of a wedding there. On arrival in Cesky Krumlov you are free to explore the small UNESCO World Heritage town before our local guide meets you for a private walking tour, where you can wander its narrow cobblestone lanes, visit its beautiful castle, and admire its splendid Medieval and Renaissance architecture.
Day 11: Day Trip from Cesky Krumlov to Trebon, Telc, and Slavonice
Some of Europe’s most enchanting small towns lie tucked away in the verdant countryside of Southern Bohemian. Mostly undiscovered by foreign tourists, this full day guided excursion by private vehicle will bring you to the most beautiful of these towns.
Day 12: Journey to Salzburg
Today you will journey through the picturesque Czech and Austrian countryside via a private shuttle to the mighty Alps and the beautiful city of Salzburg. After you have settled in to your hotel, begin your discoveries with a visit to Salzburg's dominating fortress, the Hohensalzburg where you can take a short finicular ride, tour the interiors of the castle and enjoy splendid views of the surrounding Alps from its terraces. In the evening, head back down to wander the quaint streets and grand squares of the Altstadt (Old Town).
Day 13: Salzburg walking tour & sightseeing
Salzburg is simply overwhelming in all the best ways. On your private guided walking tour you will discover its vibrant culture, history and how Salzburg become synonymous with classical music. You will see Mozart’s birthplace and hear his story, and see the site of the world’s most famous musical festival, which many visitors will recall from the Sound of Music. In the afternoon, visit the famous Hellbrunn Palace and its beautiful gardens and fountains. In the evening, you may wish to explore Salzburg's New Town (Neustadt) with highlights including The Mirabell Palace and gardens. Sound of Music fans may remember the garden from the movie, as this is where several parts of the “Do-Re-Me” song were filmed.
Day 14: Day Trip to Konigssee Lake and Berchtesgaden
It is hard not to miss the dominating Alps that surround the beautiful city of Salzburg. So today, you’ll head towards the mountains by bus, cross the border into Germany and visit the scenic Konigssee Lake. Take the boat across the lake and spend the day enjoy the fresh air, mountain vistas and if you're the active and adventurous kind, take a hike through the forests for even more spectacular views. Late afternoon, you can take the bus back to the charming Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden. Here you can wander around its quaint narrow streets, explore its churches, market squares and medieval palace.
Day 16: Rail jorney to Vienna
This morning, take a taxi to Salzburg’s main train station for your rail journey to Vienna. Once you have settled in to your centrally located hotel, our guide will meet you for a private walking tour of Vienna's historical Inner City area. You will discover how Vienna’s early inhabitants lived and how they left their mark on the city and its beautiful Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. After your tour, you are free to further explore this beautiful area of the city using the directions and suggestions in your detailed itinerary.
Day 16: Sightseeing Vienna
Today you are at leisure in Vienna. We suggest using your itinerary and heading to the Imperial heart of Vienna and beginning your day with a visit to the official former residence of the Hapsburg Dynasty. Visit the famous Spanish Riding School, the Imperial apartments or the crown treasures. In the afternoon, discover the highlights of the Ringstrasse, including the City Hall, Natural History Museum, Art History Museum and the Albertina. In the evening, enjoy a Classical Music concert or Opera, a must do for any visit to Vienna!
Day 17: Schönbrunn Palace
Today you'll visit the magnificent Baroque palace of Schönbrunn, most famously associated with the Empress Maria Theresa of the Habsburg Dynasty. Take a tour around the stately interior and take a stroll around its beautiful gardens. There is even a zoo for those travelling with children. In the afternoon, discover Vienna’s charming and unusual Hundertwasserhaus and the Prater, a large and pleasant public park. There you can find a towering ferris wheel called the Wiener Riesenrad, one of Vienna’s symbols and most popular tourist attractions since its construction in 1897. In the evening, enjoy a romatic dinner for two at a Viennese culinary dinner where you can sample some of Austria's most famous dishes and treats.
Day 18: Vienna sightseeing
If you are a lover of outdoor markets then this morning you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Vienna’s largest and busiest outdoor market, The Naschmarkt. In the afternoon, you are free to visit two of Vienna's greatest treasures - the Belvedere Palace and the Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church). If you are feeling energectic, venture out to the Kahlenberg Viewpoint. After enjoying the view, you can 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. In the evening, visit the small wine village of Grinzing, easily reached from the city center by tram.
Day 19: Day cruise through the Wachau valley
Discover the scenic Wachau Valley today including a wonderful cruise along the Danube. An approximately hour and a half long train ride will bring you to the Austrian town of Melk, where you can tour the vast and beautiful Melk Abbey. From Melk you can begin an approximately 22 mile river cruise on the Danube River to the town of Krems. Your cruise will take you through the Wachau Valley, which is considered the most beautiful stretch of the entire Danube. Once you complete the cruise, you can visit the historic town of Krems, and then return to Vienna by train.
Day 20: Departure from Vienna
Today you say goodbye to Viena and journey home. We can organise a transfer to 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!