PRAGUE and BUDAPEST YOUR WAY

  • Duration:8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Czech Republic, Hungary
  • Tour Inclusions::
    • Airfare NYC/ Prague x Budapest /NYC
    • Accommodations in tourist class or first class hotels
    • Airport transfer
    • Breakfast daily (1 dinner upon arrival rest are on your own.) beverages are not included
    • Professional English speaking tour director
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admission as listed
    • Transportation by motor coach during sightseeing.
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase (no more than 50lbs)
    • Select International Travel Portfolio

DAY 1: DEPART USA

Board an overnight flight from your hometown to Prague.

DAY 2: PRAGUE

Welcome to Prague, the famous “City of a Hundred Spires.” You are greeted by your local professional tour director and are transferred to the hotel.  You are settled into the hotel where the tour director has an orientation session explaining the customs, the transportation system, the exchange rates and more. Enjoy a half day city tour of Prague. You see historical and cultural sites such as the National Theater, Charles Bridge, Belvedere, and lets not forget the church of our lady of Victory where you see the infant of Prague statue. Visit to view the famous Astronomical Clock which opens its doors every hour to reveal the 12 apostles. View “Adam and Eve” on Týn Church, just two of the 100 spires in Prague. Walk across Charles Bridge and peruse the kiosks of handicrafts, art and wooden toys. Our tour end at St Vitus’s Cathedral that is the final resting place of King Charles IV, Father of the Country. Overnight in Prague. (D.)

DAY 3: PRAGUE

This morning our half day visit to Karlstejn Castle, founded by the Holy Roman Emperor and former Czech King, Charles IV. Originally constructed as a battlement to house and protect the Empire’s coronation jewels, holy relics and royal treasures, the castle is an exquisite example of Neogothic architecture and a popular destination among travelers. Among the Well tower and Burgrave’s palace (located at the lower levels of the complex), the castle’s main attractions are its original wall paintings and replica of the St. Wenceslas crown. Lesser Town, The house of Artists ending our tour at Church Charles bridges.  Rest of the day at leisure.  Overnight in Prague. (B.)

DAY 4: PRAGUE (Optional CESKY KRUMLOV)

Enjoy the day at leisure, or join an optional full day tour to the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov. Travel through Southern Bohemia, admiring its beautiful landscape en route to Cesky Krumlov, a small city situated at the fjord of the Vltava River. Declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site in 1992, Cesky Krumlov has earned an international reputation for its State Castle and Chateau, one of the largest and best preserved in Central Europe. Upon arrival, you’ll tour the city and see the castle and chateau as well as the historic Old Town, home to more than three-hundred buildings in the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles(B)

DAY 5: PRAGUE-BRATISLAVA- BUDAPEST

We depart this morning for Bratislava the capital of the Slovak Republic, which borders with Hungary in the south and with Austria in the west. The town spreads like a fan on both banks of the Danube River, and at the foot of the Low Carpatians. After lunch and a city tour we continue to Budapest for an overnight. Once we settle into the hotel we walk over to the pedestrian area which lines the banks of the Danube river for a walk highlighting some of the most magnificent river views in the world. Overnight Budapest.(B.D.)

DAY  6: BUDAPEST

This morning we explore the hill town of Buda, which grew up around its castle; today this are is known as the Castle District.  We begin with a Walking Tour through the Old Town, exploring the cobbled streets and squares.  Highlights will include the State Archives, Lord’s Street, Mihaly Tancsics Street, and Holy Trinity Square.  We continue with a visit to Matthias Church, officially named the Church of Our Lady, it is the symbol of Buda’s Castle District.  We continue our morning to nearby Fisherman’s Bastion, where we will view the Grand Equestrian Monument of King Stephen, and ascend the Tower for a magnificent view over the city, including the Houses of Parliament located on the banks of the Danube. The afternoon will be spent around the Royal Palace, an architectural treasure, highlighted by Lion Gate, Matyas Fountain and the Neo-Classical Dome.  The palace today houses several museums, and we will visit the Hungarian National Gallery, where artworks depicting Hungary’s turbulent history are displayed.  Overnight Budapest. (B.D.)

DAY 7: BUDAPEST- SZENTENDRE

We start the tour this morning with a vitis to the  Heroes’ Square, where we will view the Millennium Monument, built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000-year anniversary of Hungary’s history.  We then visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, the largest church in the country, which took over 50 years to build.  The bust above the main entrance is of King Stephen, Hungary’s first Christian king. Inside the church, in the Chapel of the Holy Right, you can see Hungarian Catholicism’s most cherished and bizarre holy relic, Stephen’s preserved right hand. Then we depart for the artist colony of  Szentendre is the city of arts and museums. The town hosts the famous Open Folklore Museum and one of the best known museums of the country, the Kovács Margit Museum. In addition to these, there are 16 more museums and galleries to present the rich arts and cultural life of the city. Overnight Budapest. (B.D.)

DAY 8: RETURN TO USA

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

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