Additional/optional costs may include: optional travel insurance, optional single room supplement, early hotel check-in, meals or activities not mentioned in the itinerary, any required Covid-19 related testing, optional Tour Director's gratuities, room service, mini bar charges, laundry charges, personal expenses.
The tour cost does not include airfare to and from the tour’s location.
WHAT MAKES THIS TOUR SPECIAL
Straddling East and West, the grand cities of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna sit amongst the spectacular landscapes of Central Europe where the heritage of the ancient Germanic and Slavic cultures produce rich travel experiences. The region is home to innumerable historic towns, fairy-tale castles, forests, unspoiled farmland, and picturesque mountain ranges. These three cultural capitals, the Jewels of Eastern Europe offer a fascinating insight into the history of Europe's geographical heart.
During this unforgettable journey, we will marvel at the splendor of Budapest, famous not only for its pastries but also for its countless thermal baths; we'll spend several days in Vienna, one of Europe's most elegant and historic cities; and discover the golden city of Prague, the ancient capital of Bohemia. We will enjoy history, cultures, cuisines, wine, and outstanding cultural performances and return with unforgettable memories of having truly experienced the classic charm and elegance of the Old World.
The Jewels of Eastern Europe tour will start in Budapest, where we'll experience the best and the most unique aspects of this imperial city. We'll take a champagne cruise on the mighty Danube and marvel at the millions of lights twinkling on its riverbanks. We'll ride the antique metro, the oldest on the European continent, and a funicular down Castle Hill. We'll see the ancient Buda Castle, once home of the powerful Hungarian kings, the Castle District, famous for its medieval, baroque and 19th-century architecture with the centerpieces of the Fishermen's Bastion and St. Matthias Church, enjoy the traditional Hungarian cuisine and desserts and a leisurely afternoon at the sumptuous Szechenyi Baths and Spa.
The architecturally stunning Budapest is a tour de force of the Hapsburg splendor, with the grandeur of its Royal Palace, the iconic Parliament building, and the imposing Hungarian State Opera House reflecting in the Danube.
The second city that we'll visit during the Jewels of Eastern Europe tour, will be the Imperial city of Vienna, laced with architectural marvels from its medieval past to the impossible surrealist landmarks. The focus of our stay here will be music, art, cuisine and the history of Vienna.
Vienna is the most beautiful baroque city in Europe. It's a city of waltzes and opera music wafting around every corner, of Old World elegance and cutting edge design, of wine, pastries and whipped cream. Vienna is a city of delicate spires overlooking imperial palaces, surreal gardens and the mighty Danube weaving through it all. For centuries, different nationalities have fused their cultural identities to produce the intriguing, cosmopolitan Viennese culture which gave birth to modernism: without Klimt, Schiele, Loos and Freud, the course of Western music, architecture, painting, science and literature might have turned out very differently.
The third Jewel of Eastern Europe is Prague, a dreamy cityscape of winding lanes, stone bridges and delicate spires, set in the legendary Bohemia. Prague is a city of quaint romance, of stunning architecture from its glorious medieval past to the flamboyant Art Nouveau, a place rich with history and legends, yet brimming with contemporary energy and youthful optimism.