This Central Europe tour is a magnificent journey through the former Habsburg Empire. Your tour starts and ends in Munich. Along the way, you will overnight in some of Central Europe’s most exciting cities: Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg.
You will enjoy guided sightseeing of the must-see sights with a Local Guide in Prague, and visit the 1000-year-old Hradčany Castle grounds, the largest castle complex in the world, and the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410 and once the envy of all of Europe; in Budapest, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city from Fishermen’s Bastion and visit 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs; and in Vienna, where, among the many sights you will see, you’ll visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a symbol of Vienna. In Salzburg, your walking tour includes beautiful Mirabell Gardens.
Spectacular scenery also awaits you on this Central Europe vacation. You’ll drive through the lovely Salzkammergut Lakeland to picturesque Salzburg. Additionally, you’ll enjoy a leisurely Danube cruise (on April 9th – October 1st departures) along the most scenic section of the river. During your cruise, enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). This special experience—along with a visit to Munich’s famous Hofbräuhaus (its best known beer hall dating back to 1589)—is included by Globus to ensure your vacation is unique.
From the vibrant cities and historical sights to the special experiences, this Central Europe tour is sure to delight all of your senses. Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy this amazing experience!
SPECIAL OBERAMMERGAU ITINERARY
In Oberammergau enjoy the once-in-a-decade Passion Play performance. The play is from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm and includes a 3-hour intermission for dinner. The play portrays the Passion of Christ—from his entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. The play usually consists of 2,000 actors, singers, musicians, and technicians—all of which are residents of Oberammergau. Please note, the play is conducted in German with booklets provided in other languages.
PERFECTLY LOCATED HOTEL IN OBERAMMERGAU VILLAGE
Globus passengers are accommodated at the historical Boeld Hotel located in the heart of Oberammergau Village and situated just minutes away from the Passionstheater. Enjoy 4 star amenities and easy access to all that this charming town has to offer.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot (305 metre) high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city. Later, head for the Czech border in the Bohemian Forest and travel to Prague, the “Golden City.” This evening, why not join an optional outing to explore Prague by night? (B,D)
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide reveals why Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive capitals. Visit the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS. Also, see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Exciting optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay. (B)
Continue to Moravia, where Napoleon established his headquarters during the Battle of Austerlitz, and then arrive in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, for an orientation of this town. Then, follow the course of the Danube River to Budapest. (B,D)
Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. (B)
This morning, drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing with a drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. (B)
Today is your chance to join exciting optional excursions, such as to the Vienna Woods, historic Schonbrunn Palace, a concert in one of Vienna’s concert halls, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. (B)
Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the river and have Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Then, drive through the lovely Salzkammergut Lakeland to picturesque Salzburg. On arrival, meet your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historical centre. Admire MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed, and take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller awaits you. (B,D)
This morning, you may wish to join the optional excursion to Berchtesgaden before continuing to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)
The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)
Return to Munich. The best way to say auf Wiedersehen is with a visit to the famous HOFBRAUHAUS, Munich’s best-known beer hall, dating back to 1589, followed by a farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)