Chez Austria Hungry

Inclusions

    1. Accommodation as per itinerary
    2. Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast)
    3. Standard class rail ticket from Prague to Vienna
    4. Standard class rail ticket from Vienna to Budapest
    5. See Prague Old Town, Prague Castle and Wenceslas Square
    6. View Vienna highlights, including the Ringstrasse, Hofburg Palace and elegant Schnbrunn Palace
    7. Admire the best of Budapest, including the Buda Castle District, Hungarian Parliament Building and HeroesSquare
    8. Get ample free time to explore each city independently, with two nights in each

Day 1: Prague

Check in at your hotel in Prague and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Perhaps stroll around the delightful Prague Old Town or enjoy views of Prague Castle from statue-lined Charles Bridge. At some point, collect your train tickets and hotel and city tour vouchers from the hotel front desk. In the evening, take your pick from Prague-s huge range of restaurants and bars, and drink in the buzzing nighttime atmosphere of the Czech Republic-s capital. Overnight in Prague

Day 2: Prague (B)

Enjoy breakfast and head out on a 3.5-hour morning sightseeing tour of Prague, taking in its celebrated sights. Taking turns between a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and walking with a guide, see the State Opera, National Museum and bustling Wenceslas Square, crowned by a statue of St Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. Next, cross Charles Square and admire the ornate Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava River. Then, pass the Rudolfinum as you journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Prague Castle. Wander around the treasures inside this enormous walled complex, including St Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace and Golden Lane, whose uber-quaint, 15th-century cottages are kitted out to recreate the lives and work of the medieval artisans that resided in them. Afterward, see the former Jewish quarter and delve into Prague Old Town. Walk around the gorgeous Old Town Square, home to St Nicholas Church and Tyn Cathedral, and admire the world-famous astronomical clock that graces the Old Town Hall. Once your tour ends, the rest of the day is yours to explore independently. Perhaps dig into some tasty Czech recipes at lunch (own expense), visit some of Prague-s intriguing museums, or dig deeper into the cobbled Prague Old Town. The evening is free for you to do as you wish, too. Overnight in Prague.

Day 3 Prague - Vienna (B)

Following breakfast, check out of your hotel and make your own way to Prague-s railway station for your train to Vienna. Relax in your standard class carriage and absorb the views over the Czech and Austrian countryside as your train speeds through central Europe. On arrival, head for your hotel in Vienna center and enjoy the rest of the day free. Perhaps use your time to get acquainted with this beautiful UNESCO-listed city and, in the evening, enjoy dinner at any one of its eclectic restaurants (own expense), perhaps finishing your night in a lively bar or pub. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 4: Vienna (B)

Enjoy breakfast and join your guided morning tour of Austria-s beautiful capital. The seat of the Hapsburg Empire during the 18th century, Vienna is rich in medieval and Baroque architecture, and glorious gardens and parks - all begging to be admired. On your 3.5-hour tour, see the city-s most famous historical attractions. Traveling in an air-conditioned minivan, drive along the Ringstrasse, the magnificent boulevard commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph in the 1880s, to see the Vienna State Opera, Museum of Fine Arts, Austrian Parliament Building, City Hall and elegant Hofburg Palace, once the winter seat of the Hapsburg monarchs. Then, continue to the majestic Schonbrunn Palace, the Hapsburgs- summer residence, and once home to Empress Maria Theresa, mother of Marie Antoinette. Head inside this Baroque masterpiece to witness the opulent state apartments, gilded with paintings, frescos and Rococo furnishings. Leave the Sch-nbrunn and drive past the Belvedere Palace, one of the world-s premier art museums, before your tour ends. You can use your tour ticket to gain discounted entry to the Belvedere, so keep hold of it if you want to visit this famous gallery later. After lunch (own expense), enjoy the afternoon free to sightsee further, browse Vienna-s sophisticated shops or perhaps sample some Austrian apple strudel at a traditional coffee house. Alternatively, use your tour ticket to save on admission to the Belvedere and view its vast galleries, including its famous collections of works by Gustav Klimt. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Vienna.

Day 5: Vienna - Budapest (B)

Relax over breakfast and then check out of your hotel and travel to Vienna-s railway station to catch your train to Budapest. Take in views of Austria-s and Hungary-s picturesque countryside from your comfortable standard class seat, and on arrival, make your own way to your central Budapest hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to do as you please. Maybe get a taster of the city by visiting landmarks, such as the massive Chain Bridge, and this evening, perhaps give some traditional Hungarian cooking a trial run at any of its enticing restaurants or taverns. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 6: Budapest - Hungary

After breakfast, enjoy a guided morning tour of Hungary-s intriguing capital. Straddling the Danube River, with old-world Buda on one bank and bustling Pest on the other, Budapest is brim with Baroque, neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings that testify to its long and rich history. Ride an air-conditioned minivan around the city-s showpiece attractions, such as the Hungarian State Opera House, Erzebet Square and Erzebet Bridge. Stop for photos at Heroes' Square with its iconic Millennium Memorial, and keep your camera working at Gellert Hill, the rocky peak that commands epic views over the city. Next, take a guided walk around the UNESCO-listed Buda Castle District. Follow the cobbled lanes winding through this historical area, and see Matthias Church, the scene of many a Hungarian monarch's coronation. Soak up the views over the city from the Fisherman-s Bastion, and then drive over Margaret Bridge to admire the neo-Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building sitting on the banks of the Danube River. After your tour, the afternoon is at your leisure. Maybe return to the morning-s sights that sparked your interest, immerse yourself in the city-s many museums, or browse the boutiques and shops of Andr-ssy Avenue and V-ci Street. Spend the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Budapest.

Day 7: Budapest - Departure

Relax over breakfast at your hotel. Your experience ends this morning, when you check out of your hotel.