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See four incredible capitals at the crossroads of Europe

11 days From £1,399 per person
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Book your 2021 holiday before 18th December and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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2021 Tour code: 21IPF

About the tour

Explore Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, discovering the region's rich heritage of art, history and culture while savouring its world-class castles, palaces and museums by rail.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 - London and Berlin

Meet at London Heathrow for your flight to Berlin. On arrival, transfer by coach to your hotel for two nights. Day 2 begins with a guided tour. Take in the famous Brandenburg Gate, the 19th-century Reichstag Building, and the remains of the Berlin Wall, which once divided the city East to West. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring. You may like to visit the imposing Opera House, home of the world-famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Pergamon Museum, featuring a wealth of wonderful exhibits, including life-size replicas of Ishtar Gate and the Altar of Zeus. Perhaps stroll through Berlin's Old Quarter en route to Charlottenburg Palace, the only remaining royal residence from the Hohenzollern dynasty.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Berlin
Days 3-5 - Prague

After a leisurely morning, catch the train to Prague for three nights at the 4* Hotel Diplomat. On Day 4, enjoy a walking tour of the 'Golden City'. Admire the medieval Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square as well as the city's famous castle complex, offering spectacular views across Prague's iconic skyline.

Day 5 is free. You could visit Wenceslas Square, the site of many historic events, including the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, or Josefov, also known as 'the Jewish Quarter.' Located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River, Josefov's history dates back to the 13th century, when it was used as a Jewish ghetto. Despite its past, the area is filled with stunning architecture. The beer houses here are well worth a visit, offering a wide variety of local ales and lagers.

Includes
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Prague
Days 6-7 - Vienna

Take the train to Vienna today, Austria's capital and the former seat of the Hapsburg Empire. On arrival, head out on a guided tour, seeing the city's imperial architecture lining the famous Ringstrasse, as well as the narrow houses of its idyllic Old Town. Afterwards, check into the 4* Rainers Hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 7 is free for you to discover more of Vienna. You could visit Stephansdom, the city's cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece is famed for its stunning tiled roof, patterned with brightlycoloured chevrons and Viennese eagles that almost resemble a mosaic. Climbing to the top of the spire, enjoy a superb panorama across the city's rooftops. Alternatively, Scönbrunn Palace has long been a staple of the Viennese visitor's itinerary, and is a glorious palace with extensive and well-manicured gardens.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
Vienna
Days 8-10 - Budapest

Travel by rail over the Hungarian border to Budapest. Straddling the Danube, this fantastic capital is one of Europe's finest cities, and is famed for its superb Turkish, Art Nouveau, and modern-style bath houses. Spend three nights here at the 4* Mercure Castle Hill Hotel. Tonight, enjoy a speciality evening meal and an evening coach tour, seeing the sights illuminated against the night sky.

Day 9 includes a guided tour that takes you to the famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge and Hero's Square. Flanked by the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art, this is one of the major squares in Budapest. Next, visit St Stephen's Basilica, which took over half a century to complete because of a violent storm that destroyed the cathedral's dome. Your tour also includes Fishermen's Bastion, a neo-Gothic masterpiece that's younger than it looks.

Enjoy free time on Day 10 to continue sightseeing. You could make an appointment at the famous Szechenyi baths or get some cake and coffee at Café New York, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful coffee houses in the world. On your way back to the hotel, it's worth stopping off at the Great market Hall, where you can shop and people watch like a local.

Includes
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
  • Day 10 - Breakfast
Budapest
Day 11 - Budapest and London

Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight back to London Heathrow.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Return to the UK

Additional information

Extend your holiday

Why not extend your holiday spending seven nights gently cruising home from Budapest on our exclusive 5-Star Danube cruise, Tour Code: DLR19. The price for a seven-night cruise add-on is only £1,475 in a C4 classic stateroom, with upgraded cabins available. Please call for further information.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Berlin

Park Inn Berlin-Alexanderplatz, Berlin

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Mercure Castle Hill

Mercure Castle Hill, Budapest

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Diplomat Hotel, Prague

Diplomat Hotel, Prague

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Hotel Rainers, Vienna

Hotel Rainers, Vienna

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Reviews

91% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Submitted 01/11/2019

It was well organised and met our expectations

Mr B Snelling

Submitted 02/11/2018

Every thing on this holiday was excellent from our tour representative to the itinerary, hotel accommodation and the various modes of transport. Would recommend to friends and colleagues

Mr P Makepeace

Submitted 26/10/2018

I felt that by the end of the tour I had had too much. It was a pleasure to stop rather than want more.

Mr G Stokes

Submitted 26/10/2018

Very good. Well organised and manages. Lots of interest.

Mrs S Thomson

Submitted 19/10/2018

Well organised and Irene was a very good tour guide and looked after us very well.

Mrs P Barlow

Submitted 12/10/2018

Amazing organisation from the moment we arrived to our final departure. Tour led by highly skilled professional, efficient , knowledgeable and effective guide Irene Barlow. Great balance of group activity, (the guided tour on our first day in each city) and then free time to explore individual interests .

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