The legacies of long-ago empires are everywhere in and around the grand cities of Budapest, Vienna and Prague... centuries-old traditions that are still here to be explored and embraced on our weeklong trip visiting Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, once the heart of the old Habsburg Empire. Some are brick-and-mortar, like the Baroque splendor you'll discover at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, or the mysterious corners of Charles Bridge in Prague. Others are undying traditions that continue to define the culture long after the empire ceased to be... like the only way to make authentic Hungarian strudel. Discover all this and more on this Prague, Vienna & Budapest tour!
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Your tour begin at 6:15 PM, The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest. A transfer is included from Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport to The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest in the heart of the city.
Please join the group for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening at a local Budapest restaurant.
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
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. This evening, enjoy dinner at Café Central, followed by a private classical music concert for Tauck guests only!
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 for lunch 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.
Return to the Hotel Imperial Vienna for dinner this evening.
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.
The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to discover more of Vienna as you please.
Depart remarkable Vienna this morning and travel from Austria into the Czech Republic, arriving in its ancient capital city, Prague, where you'll enjoy have and take 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’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.
After free time for lunch in the city's Lesser Town, join the group 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.
Say "sbohem" as your Prague, Vienna & Budapest tour ends in 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.