This Central Europe tour travels through some of Central Europe’s most fascinating countries—Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic—each with a rich culture, fascinating history, and interesting historical sights. Your tour begins in Budapest, Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city, and ends in Prague with overnights also in Bratislava, Vienna, and Ceský Krumlov.
Sightseeing in each city includes the must-see attractions, including a visit to Heroes’ Square in Budapest, founded in 1896 and representing 1000 years of Hungarian history; gothic St. Martin’s Church in Bratislava, coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary from the 16th to 19th centuries; St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, dating back to the 12th-century; Jan Žižka Square in Tabor, in honor of the famous Hussite commander and politician Jan Žižka; the Esztergom Basilica and Treasury, the largest church in Hungary; and the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, and Hradčany Castle Grounds, dating from the 9th century, in Prague. Enjoy the town of Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a cobbled Old Town and architecture in gothic, renaissance, and baroque styles constructed during the 13th through the 17th centuries.
Globus has also included some special experiences for you. Enjoy a boat cruise on Europe’s largest underground lake in the Vienna Woods. In Prague, visit the magnificent Library of Strahov Monastery. The monastery was founded in the 12th-century and in the library, you’ll see stuccos and paintings dating back to the 1720s. To get an authentic taste of life in Vienna, Globus has included coffee and cake at a historic café founded in 1873 and popular with the locals.
Historical sights, fascinating history, exciting special experiences, an expert Tour Director, and knowledgeable Local Guides who bring these destinations to life…this Central Europe tour has it all!
NOTE: 2018 itineraries and dates are subject to change and will confirmed at the release of the 2018 brochure
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Welcome to Budapest! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
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, admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and HEROES’ SQUARE. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged.
Start the day in Esztergom, the capital of Hungary from the 10th through the mid-13th centuries and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary today. Your guided tour features a visit to the ESZTERGOM BASILICA AND TREASURY, the largest church in Hungary. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, and explore the historical centre of Bratislava on foot with your Local Guide. Marvel at the medieval towers and fortifications, of which St. Michael’s Gate is the oldest, the medieval Town Hall, gothic ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH, and many palaces, like Grassalkovich Palace, built around 1760 and now residence of the Slovak president, and Archiepiscopal Palace, now seat of the Slovak government.
Cross the nearby Austrian border and stop in the Vienna Woods for a special included excursion: enjoy a BOAT CRUISE on Europe’s largest underground lake. Arrive in Vienna, once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Your guided sightseeing features a stop at the colourful and unusual Hundertwasserhaus, and a drive along the Ringstrasse. Pass the 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.
In the morning, join the locals at the historic Cafe Landtmann for Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Balance of the day at leisure or join our exciting optional excursion to splendid Schonbrunn Palace.
Cesky Krumlov is a small town in southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mainly for its fine architecture in gothic, renaissance, and baroque style, constructed during the 13th through the 17th centuries. A guided walking tour shows you the main sites, then continue to your hotel, beautifully located on the Hluboka Castle grounds, for dinner and an overnight stay.
Start with a guided visit of the CASTLE, then continue to Ceske Budijovice for an exciting visit to the BUDVAR (Budweiser) BREWERY. Arrive in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening is available to explore Prague by night.
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Prague’s fine restaurants.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.