Cathedrals, Concerts & Choirs

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/ 10 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary
  • Highlights:Tour includes a Danube river cruise
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC-Budapest X Prague –NYC
    • Cruise on the Danube
    • All meals on the ship
    • Shore excursion
    • 3 Nights in Prague
    • Meals as per itinerary (B.L. D.)
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

You depart this evening on an overnight flight to Budapest.

DAY 2: BUDAPEST

Welcome hot Hungary. You are greeted by your tour escort and transferred to the hotel. The afternoon is yours to become acclimated to a new time zone and experience elegant Budapest, with its stunning architecture. Welcome dinner tonight is at a folkloric restaurant with typical Hungarian specialties and lively Gypsy music. Overnight Budapest. (D.)

DAY 3: BUDAPEST

Today, begin your tour of the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by touring the Pest side. You will see the lovingly preserved residential section, the imposing Parliament building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Heroes Square and the National Museum. Cross over to the Buda side to see the Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion and the Castle Hill District. In the afternoon you may decide to take the optional Puzta tour to see the performance of the magnificent Lippizanner horses and enjoy a carriage ride on a local farm. This evening you have the first performance as you choir sings in one of the beautiful baroques churches of Budapest. (B.L.D)

DAY 4: BUDAPEST –ESZTERGOM

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Budapest, and the opportunity to visit one of the famous Spa treatments or shop for folkloric gifts. Late morning the ship sails to Esztergom, the center of religion in Hungary. You visit the magnificent Cathedral, including its splendid treasury. Continue to Archbishop’s Palace which houses a Christian Museum and an antique library. Tonight’s concert is on board the ship. (B.L.D.)

DAY 5: BRATISLAVA

This morning you tour the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Visit the Gothic Cathedral, the Opera House and the ancient castle above the city. You have time to explore this city on your own, before the ship sails.  (B.L.D.)

DAY 6: VIENNA

The ship remains in the City of Music the entire day in order to give you the opportunity to enjoy the elegance of the imperial city. Discover the Habsburg legacy in its music art and architecture. The city tour will take you around the fascinating Ringstrasse with its many monuments and important buildings, you see St. Stephen’s church and Schonbrunn palace, with its beautiful gardens and the Royal Residence. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the home of the mouthwatering Sachertorte at the Sacher Hotel, for a pastry and Viennese coffee.  Tonight you have another performance this time for the discerning Viennese audience. The ship sails late in the evening. (B.L.D.)

DAY 7: DURNSTEIN – MELK

The first stop is Durnstein in the heart of the beautiful Wachau Valley, dotted with terraced vineyards, almond groves, romantic ruins and medieval villages. You have time to explore this historic village on the Danube, and have a wine tasting from the marvelous local vineyards, before the ship sails to the town of Melk. The center of the town is the magnificent Benedictine Abbey of Melk, with its Austrian baroque architecture; you visit the Abbey, the gardens and the Church. In the late afternoon return to the ship. (B.L.D)

DAY 8: PASSAU

Today we disembark in Passau, also known as the town of three rivers, at the confluence of the Inn, the Ilz and the Danube. You explore the fine Old Town with its Baroque Churches, including St. Stephan Cathedral, housing the largest Church organ in the world, before containing along the narrow winding streets, quaint shops and beer halls. Late in the afternoon we travel to Prague. Overnight Prague. (B.D.)

DAY 9: PRAGUE

Our tour of Prague, which will include the Historic Center, Old Town Square, Republic Square, Powder Tower, the Royal Way, Tyn Church, the Jan Hus Monument, Wenceslas Square, the Statue of St. Wenceslas and the Jewish Ghetto. Afternoon is on our own to explore.  Today’s performance is one of the churches in Prague. (B. D)

DAY 10: PRAGUE

After breakfast, we will embark on our second day of touring Prague. Today, we will visit many of the most famous places on the left bank ( Mala Strana or Lesser Quarter) of the Vltava River. Hradcany Castle (which is Prague’s most venerated landmark) is a magnificent complex of many halls, courtyards, living quarters and religious structures. It was begun in the 9th century and converted to its present Gothic appearance in the 14th century. We will visit Church of St. Nicholas, Charles Bridge, the Lennon Peace Wall, and Church of Our Lady Victorious which houses the Infant of Prague and many other interesting sites.  Rest of the afternoon is free to shop and browse. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 11: RETURN TO USA

We are transferred to the airport for flight home. (B.)

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