Arrive Budapest... two cities in one
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport to Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest in the heart of the city. Please join us for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening at a local Budapest restaurant.
Budapest through the decades
With a proud past as the once-independent cities of Buda and Pest, Budapest boasts a rich cultural history and some of Europe's most striking architecture. Start your exploration with a sightseeing tour of the Pest side of the city, including a visit to the Great Synagogue. Enjoy lunch on a private cruise along the Danube, then pay a visit inside Hungary's famous neo-Classical Parliament Building, set on the bank of the Danube. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening exploring as you please in Budapest.
Explore more of Budapest, then on to Vienna
Today's discoveries begin with a special visit to Budapest's opulent Hungarian State Opera House, opened in 1884, with its gilded vaulted ceiling, murals, royal boxes and three-ton chandelier. After a visit to Gellert Hill, learn the art of authentic Hungarian strudel making with a hands-on demonstration at lunch at the First Strudel House of Pest. Depart Budapest this afternoon and head to Vienna, Austria for a 3-night stay at the Hotel Imperial. An included dinner at your hotel can be enjoyed either tonight or tomorrow night.
Discovering Vienna's many treasures
Must-see sightseeing in Vienna this morning features a drive along the city's historic Ringstrasse (Ring Boulevard) with views of the famed Prater amusement park and the Danube River, and a walking tour through the courtyards of the Hofburg - once the royal palace of Austria-Hungary's ruling Habsburg family, which today is Austria's official presidential residence. After some free time on your own, set off for a guided visit to the stunning Belvedere Museum - one of the world's greatest art museums, set within two historic 18th-century Baroque palaces - including its spectacular gardens. Early this evening, join us in the hotel's opulent Marmorsaal (Marble Hall) for a Tauck Exclusive: Champagne, followed by a performance and demonstration by students from Vienna's prestigious Elmayer Dance School. Bring your dancing shoes, because they're going to teach you Viennese ball etiquette, waltzing and more. The rest of your evening is yours to enjoy as you wish in incredible Vienna.
Schönbrunn Palace & cultural or Cold War legacies
Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace was Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa's attempt to outdo Versailles; did she succeed? You can make your own decision on a private tour of the Imperial Apartments. Afterwards, you have a choice of walking tours - one on which you'll see great Viennese cultural institutions like the Musikverein concert hall and Theater an der Wein, or another featuring the city's Cold War legacies, concluding with a private guided visit to The Third Man Museum, dedicated to the classic 1949 film noir thriller set in (and partially filmed in) Allied-occupied, post-World War II Vienna. Following a free afternoon, enjoy dinner at Café Central on the ground floor of the Palais Ferstel - a Vienna institution renowned as a literary and political hangout since the late 19th century - followed by a private classical music concert for Tauck guests only! Note: departures of May 5, 19 & 26; June 2; September 15 & 29; and October 6 will dine at Café Landtman.
Goodbye, Vienna & on to Prague
Depart remarkable Vienna this morning and travel from Austria into the Czech Republic, arriving in its ancient capital city, Prague, where you'll enjoy lunch during a private cruise on the Vltava River. This afternoon, visit the city's Jewish Museum, which in its early 20th-century Functionalist home actually survived both World War II and the Cold War, and today houses one of the largest collections of Judaica in the world. Walk with your local guide along the century-old Manes Bridge to your hotel, where you'll enjoy dinner tonight.
Prague touchstones - and a special farewell
Prague's skyline bristles with seven centuries' worth of towers, earning the nickname "City of 100 Spires." Discover its heart with sightseeing that begins in the Hradcany (Castle) district; while there's really no "castle," the Prague Castle complex includes the Royal Palace, Belvedere Palace, a web of gateways, courtyards and gardens, and the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of St. Vitus. Your walking tour is preceded by our Tauck Exclusive private tour of the grand Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery, resplendent in design and decoration, bound to be a highlight of your day; you'll have the opportunity to view treasures that other visitors won't see. After free time for lunch in the city's Lesser Town, join us on an afternoon walking tour through Prague's ethereal Old Town - including centuries-old treasures like iconic Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and the Powder Tower, along with the Art Nouveau Municipal House. Tonight, enjoy a farewell cocktail reception followed by dinner in your hotel's St. Thomas Brewery Bar - once part of the original monastery - with entertainment by a musical quintet.
Tour ends: Prague. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague to Prague's Václav Havel Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.