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Classic Europe Itinerary

Itinerary For
The Classic Tour Of Europe!

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Hungary
All "optional tours", marked in red, will be at your own cost.

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and Dinner, along with an orientation briefing by your Tour Manager at your hotel, Overnight: Budapest - Meals: Dinner


Budapest

DAY 3, Wednesday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins in Pest with a chance to view Parliament, the Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. You will cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. Visit Castle Hill to see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Spen the afternoon at leisure or join the optional Budapest Opera House & Great Dohany Synagogue. Tonight perhaps choose the optional tour, Danube Cruise that includes dinner - Overnight: Budapest

DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to Vienna
Spend the morning at leisure in Budapest or join the optional to Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall. This comprehensive tour includes three splendid interiors and at the same time provides an insight on local politics, and religion. Later, depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, the former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure in Vienna. Tonight, don’t miss the optional tour -  evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music” featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens.  Overnight: Vienna


Neptune Fountain Schönbrunn - Vienna

DAY 5, Friday - Vienna City Tour
Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour that begins with a visit to the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Continue with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and view the Empress Maria Theresia Monument, Votive Church, City Hall and Parliament. Next, walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House. The rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional The Glory of the Hapsburg Emperors. Journey through over 1,000 years of power, wealth, and glory and experience imperial Vienna at the Hapsburg Treasury. Afterward, visit the Imperial Crypt where your local expert makes the days of the great Empire come alive.  Optional Tour, The Glory of the Hapsburg Emperors.  Overnight: Vienna


Bratislava Castle

DAY 6, Saturday - Bratislava Excursion
This morning enjoy a half-day excursion across the border to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. It has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. The beautifully restored old town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards, nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. First, explore the historic center on a guided walking tour. After, take time to stroll the lively pedestrian streets of this charming city where local street vendors offer regional gifts before returning to Vienna. Tonight, attend the optional Austrian Country Dinner. Begin with a short drive through the legendary Vienna Woods to the top of Mount Kahlenberg with panoramic views of Vienna. Continue to a charming old wine village for dinner. The characteristic Heurigen tavern dates back to the 18th century and has been family run for generations. A local musician will entertain with traditional melodies while hearty Austrian dishes are served. Wine and soft drinks are included. Optional Tour for an Austrian Country Dinner.  Overnight: Vienna


Prague

DAY 7, Sunday - Travel to Prague
This morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Travel through Southern Bohemia to the Czech capital, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits. Perhaps explore unique galleries, museums and stroll along Parizska street, the city’s famous shopping district. Tonight, try traditional Czech cuisine at one of the many world-class restaurants in Prague.  Overnight: Prague


Prague - Old Town Tower & Astronomical Clock

DAY 8, Monday - Prague City Tour
This morning's sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues of various saints. From here, admire the view of Prague Castle. Continue through the Old Town Square to view the famous Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock*, the Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure or join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian Kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.  *The Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall Tower will be undergoing renovations during the first half of 2018 and may not be able to be viewed during the restoration.  Optional Tour, Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral.  Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Berlin

DAY 9, Tuesday - Dresden En route to Berlin
Today cross Saxony to the Baroque art city of Dresden, also known as "the Florence on the Elbe River". Discover this astonishing Renaissance city that has emerged from its wartime destruction to a luxurious splendor. Stop at the ornate Zwinger Palace, once a setting for court festivities, and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. Afterwards, travel to Berlin, proud capital of reunited Germany. Balance of the day is at leisure.  Overnight: Berlin


Berlin - Reichstag Open Glass Dome

DAY 10, Wednesday - Berlin City Tour
This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Berlin. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of the reunification, the glass dome Reichstag Building and "Checkpoint Charlie," the last remaining mark of the formerly divided city. Drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard past the State Opera House and the imposing Cathedral. End the day in the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm with its rows of boutiques, cafes and non-stop activity. The balance of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to nearby Potsdam. The historic "City of Palaces" is well known as the meeting place of Truman, Churchill, and Stalin in 1945 at the Cecilienhof Palace for the Potsdam Conference, and where they created post-World War II Europe. Another stop is made at the Sanssouci Palace, former summer residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors. During a walking tour of the castle grounds, pass the old windmill, explore the lovely gardens and see the burial site of Frederick the Great. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers.  Optional Tour, Potsdam Tour.  Overnight: Berlin  Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home after your breakfast

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