Day 1 ARRIVE IN BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Welcome to Budapest! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, and enjoy a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Day 2 BUDAPEST.
Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lofty lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and HEROES’ SQUARE. Spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner is available.
Day 3 BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA.
Cross the nearby Austrian border and arrive in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Your guided sightseeing features a drive along the Ringstrasse past the State Opera House, and a stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous HELDENPLATZ, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL.
Day 4 VIENNA.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to further explore this wonderful city. A choice of optional excursions are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 5 VIENNA–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
A scenic drive brings you to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening activity is available to explore Prague by night.
Day 6 PRAGUE.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all of Europe. This evening, [LF] dine at a local restaurant.
Day 7 PRAGUE–BERLIN.
A comfortable drive brings you to the once-divided metropolis of Berlin. Guided sightseeing includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie.
Day 8 BERLIN.
Spend a full day at leisure or join an optional excursion to historic Potsdam. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel to say “Auf Wiedersehen” to your traveling companions.
Day 9 BERLIN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.