European Caleidoscope
Salzburg - Vienna - Budapest - Prague tour

DAY 01: SALZBURG

Arrival to Salzburg - the native place of W.A. Mozart.

Salzburg is an ancient town with many architectural jewels. Since the 18th century until today you can hear the Sound of Mozart´s "Magic Flute" and other famous compositions between those historic walls.

Transfer to the hotel in Salzburg.

Overnight in Salzburg.


DAY 02: SALZBURG

Fullday city tour of Salzburg - panoramatic city tour by coach and enjoy the classical Mozart city tour including visit to Mozart Museum, Mirabell Castle, Getreidegasse, continue with Sound of Music Tour - a wonderful ride with breathtaking views of the landscape here the opening scenes were filmed. 

Relax and listen to the original Sound of Music soundtrack. Our guide not only shows you the highlights of the film 'Sound of Music' but also the historical and architectural landmarks in the city, as well as a part of the picturesque lake district /duration 8 hours/.

Overnight in Salzburg.                            


DAY 03: SALZBURG

Day at leisure in Salzburg - for individual sightseeing, shopping, relax...

Overnight in Salzburg.                                                                                                                      


DAY 04: SALZBURG - VIENNA

Travel by coach from Salzburg to Vienna - the imperial capital of ancient Europe and today´s capital of Austria, a metropolis demostrating European history in a unique way, Vienna´s landmark is the St. Stephan´s Cathedral , one of the most important Gothic cathedrals of Central Europe /duration cca 3,5 hours/.

Afternoon at leisure in Vienna for individual activities.

Overnight in Vienna.


DAY 05: VIENNA

Fullday sightseeing tour of Vienna by coach - enjoy a city tour along the famous Ringstrasse and see the most important tourist attractions Vienna has to offer. Afterwards follow the footsteps of Empress Sissi and Emperor Franz Josef at Schönbrunn Palace. Our sightseeing tour takes you to the Ringstrasse boulevard, where you pass many popular tourist attractions. First take a look at the impressive Vienna State Opera. It is home of the famous "Opera Ball" which takes place every year. Not far from the Opera, the grand Hofburg Palace is located, the former winter residence of the imperial family. Next you will see the monumental buildings of the Museum of Art History and the Museum of Natural History. Further sights on our tour are the neoclassical Parliament, the acclaimed Burgtheater and the striking City Hall, where the legendary Life Ball takes place. 

On arrival at Schönbrunn Palace our guided tour starts at once.The former imperial summer residence is a listed World Heritage Site and attracts millions of people from all over the world every year. We visit the historic state-rooms and see how the imperial family once lived. Afterwards you have time to take a stroll through the palace gardens. Afternoon we take a walk through Innere Stadt with famous Graben Street and see Hofburg Palace /duration 6 hours/

Overnight in Vienna.


DAY 06: VIENNA

OPTIONAL: Danube Valley Tour - this day trip takes you from Vienna to the Wachau, a picturesque valley along the Danube, known for its excellent wine. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you see many medieval castles, impressive monasteries and a breathtaking landscape. 

You travel from Vienna to Krems, a pretty town on the banks of the Danube river. We drive through the historical city centre and pass Dürnstein. Here you can see the ruins of Dürnstein castle on a nearby hill. This is where the English King Richard the Lionheart was held captive. At the small village of Spitz, we board the boat and sail downstream to Melk. If you would like you can enjoy lunch on board or eat later at the restaurant at Melk Abbey. Lush vineyards shape the landscape of the Danube Valley and reach right down to the banks of the blue Danube river. Gentle hills and green woods take turns in letting small hidden villages come into view. After the boat trip, you arrive at Melk where the bus awaits you and takes you to the nearby Benedictine Abbey. This impressive baroque building was awarded the prize "Best Historic Destination of the World" together with the Wachau in 2008. On a guided tour you will see the magnificent marble hall, the precious abbey library and the church with its unique frescoes. Return to Vienna /duration 8 hours/.

Overnight in Vienna. 


DAY 07: VIENNA - BUDAPEST

Drive from Vienna by coach to Hungary to Budapest - the pearl on the Danube River and Hungarian capital /duration cca 3,5 hours/ the pearl on the Danube River and the capital of Hungary, one of the most beautiful cities in the world - has developed where it is, is not down to some historical accident. 

 Take a look at Gellért Hill, right next to the River Danube as it flows majestically through the centre of the modern city. It was precisely the combination of the relative ease of crossing the River here and the natural protection the hill offered against invasion that decided the earliest settlers it was the ideal place to build a town. Covering an area of two hundred square miles and divided into 23 administrative districts, it is home today to a population of 1.8 million people.Flowing north to south through the centre of the city is the mighty River Danube.

Afternoon at leisure for individual activities.

Overnight in Budapest.


DAY 08: BUDAPEST

Fullday city tour of Budapest by coach - visit the two parts of the city Buda and Pest, starting from the Chain Bridge. First, we take you to the Margaret Bridge and drive over to Buda. We stop in the Castle District and during a short walk we show you the main attractions of the area. We walk to Matthias Church and to the Fishermen's Bastion (from where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama). Next, we drive to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) and show you the most spectacular view of Budapest. We then take you across the Elisabeth Bridge to Pest.We pass by Europe's largest thermal spa, the Budapest Zoo and the Amusement Park, after which stop at the Heroes' Square (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes). 

We then take the Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, pass by the Opera House and the St Stephen's Basilica, possibly visit the Central Market Hall and ending the tour at Vaci ut. - pedestrian zone (duration 6 hours).

Overnight in Budapest.


DAY 09: BUDAPEST

OPTIONAL: Danube Bend Tour - Danube Bend - an excursion into Hungary's history. This is an unforgettable tour along the "Blue Danube" with stops in Esztergom, Visegrád and Szentendre. Esztergom - it used to be the capital of Hungary and is still the centre of the Catholic Church. We visit the largest cathedral of Hungary (also burial place of famous cardinals, like Primate József Mindszenty). Afterwards, we drive across the river to Slovakia and enjoy the view over the Basilica. Visegrád: After the Mongol invasion a new fortification was constructed here in the mid-13th century. The top of the hill offers a fascinating panorama on the Danube valley. After enjoying the view there is an opportunity to have lunch (not included in the price). Szentendre - a small baroque city built on medieval ruins, located at the gate of the Danube Bend. The town is considered to be the Artists' Village or the Painters' Town. We walk around the historical centre and enjoy the cobblestoned narrow streets as well as the baroque houses. 

After the guided tour you can also visit some museums (for example the famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum with marzipan figures). Return to Budapest /duration 8 hours/.

Overnight in Budapest.


DAY 10: BUDAPEST - PRAGUE

Drive from Budapest by coach to Prague (duration cca 6 hours) - the capital of the Czech Republic - one of the most beautifull cities in Europe. Because of its history and precious cultural and architectonic heritage, Prague is one of the most attractive sites in Europe and not only for its geographic location is called "Heart of Europe". Prague lies in the centre of Bohemia on the river Vltava. Archaeological finds confirm the first settlement by Slavs (the ancestors of the Czechs) in the 5th century here and the Prague history reaches back in the 9th century. 

Prague has been an important centre of the society and politics and a cross-road of various cultures for centuries. The historical core of Prague is situated astride the Vltava river, it is a specimen of all artistic styles and movements and consists of 6 parts - formerly independent urban units which were unified in the 18th century. They are as follows : Staré Město (Old Town), Josefov ( the preserved part of the former Jewish Town - today a part of the Old Town), Nové Město (New Town ) , Malá Strana ( Lesser Town), Hradčany (Prague Castle and its surroundings) and Vyšehrad. Naturally, most of the historical monuments, museums and galleries are concentrated right there.

Afternoon at leisure in Prague.

Overnight in Prague.


DAY 11: PRAGUE

Fullday city tour of Prague - orientation city tour by coach - passing the New and Old Town of Prague, see the National Museum, the State Opera House and the National Theatre, visit the Church of Our Lady Victorius with the Infant of Prague, visit the Prague Castle area with famous St.Vitus Cathedral, Gothic Vladislav Hall , picturesque Golden Lane, Lobkowicz Palace - world important picture gallery, continue to the historical Lesser Town of Prague and walk through famous Charles Bridge , later take a walking tour though the Old Town of Prague incl. the Old Town Square with famous astronomical Clock, historical Charels Street and ending at Wenceslass Square - the main boulevard of Prague /duration 6 hours/.

Overnight in Prague.


DAY 12: PRAGUE

OPTIONAL: Excursion to Terezin - the town and fortress of Terezin were founded in 1780 by Joseph II. in neo-Classicist style. The Small Fortress was turned into a Nazi concentration camp run by the Gestapo in June 1940, by the end of war over 90 000 prisoners had passed through its gates. In February 1942 the town of Terezín itself became a Jewish ghetto and 160 000 Jews from 35 different countries were brought here.Visit the Small Fortress /the former concentration camp/ and the Terezin town. Return to Prague /duration 5 hours/.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Prague.


DAY 13: PRAGUE

Transfer from the hotel to the airport and departure from Prague.