11 Days ● 16 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 6 Dinners
HIGHLIGHTS: Budapest, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Bratislava, Vienna, Grinzing Evening, Schoenbrunn Palace, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Hradcany Castle, Oberammergau Passion Play, Munich
Set out on an exciting cultural experience in the Imperial Cities of Central Europe featuring traditional entertainment and the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.
July 7, 2020: Budapest, Hungary
Tour Begins Welcome to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s welcome dinner. (D)
July 8, 2020: Budapest
Join a local expert who brings the city to life. Discover Matthias Church, the site of many coronations of kings. Next, see the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument, completed in 1904, which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. (B)
July 9, 2020: Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria
This morning we journey to Bratislava, the former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. During your visit, get to know the city’s history on an expert-led tour. A scenic ride through the countryside takes you into the grand city of Vienna, the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tonight, enjoy dinner featuring regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine of the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing. (B, D)
July 10, 2020: Vienna
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue to Vienna’s city center. En route, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. End your day with an unforgettable classical music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers — Mozart and Strauss. (B)
July 11, 2020: Vienna - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Prague
Depart Vienna, crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Continue to the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. During some free time, you may explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture. Arrive in Prague, also known as “The Golden City" and "The City of a Hundred Spires." (B, D)
July 12, 2020: Prague
Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Next, explore the majestic Hradcany Castle, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Then we stroll down the quaint, colorful Golden Lane. Discover the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. This afternoon, enjoy time to relax or explore independently. Perhaps you’ll shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home of stone sculptures dating from the 11th century to the present. (B)
July 13, 2020: Prague - Oberammergau, Germany
Travel the Czech countryside to Bavaria, Germany. Proceed to the picturesque village of Oberammergau, beautifully situated in the Bavarian Alps. (B, D)
July 14, 2020: Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, you'll witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D)
July 15, 2020: Oberammergau - Munich
Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. Feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park; the world-famous Glockenspiel;* and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy leisure time to explore fascinating Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable trip. (B, D)
July 16, 2020: Munich - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
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