Upon your arrival at Budapest, a member of our team will meet you at the airport and drive you to the Prestige Hotel, your base in the heart of Pest. This eastern part of Hungary's historic capital is awash with Art Nouveau masterpieces. Cross the Danube to Buda, which is dominated by Buda Castle and Gellert Hills.
Your Budapest itinerary starts with a private half-day guided tour of Buda, beginning in the ancient royal district of Castle Hill. Look out for the medieval carvings about the south door of regal Matthias Church. You’ll visit the former royal palace, now housing the Hungarian National Gallery, as well as the Budapest History Museum. A walk around the faux-medieval Fishermen's Bastion gives you the best lookout in the city.
A visit to the great market hall will whet your appetite as you explore Pest today. Discover Budapest’s Jewish history by exploring the Great Synagogue in Dohan, the largest synagogue in Europe. Its Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial are poignant reminders of past persecution. The monumental Basilica of St Stephen, the city's largest church, offers a taste of the grandeur you’ll see on your tour of the palatial Opera House.
Board the train for a first-class journey to Vienna, where our team will whisk you to the Sacher Wien hotel. Our guide will take you on a walking tour of the imperial city. Stroll along the Ringstrasse, a necklace of 19th-century pearls including palaces, museums and the Vienna State Opera. You'll visit the Hofburg imperial palace, where the Habsburgs lived for six centuries, and the elaborate Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral.
Head southwest of the city centre to Schönbrunn Palace, the monumental Baroque summer residence of the Habsburgs. Our guide will show you the Hall of Mirrors in which Mozart performed for the Empress Maria Theresa when he was only six years old. Your afternoon is free to discover more of Vienna's highlights, perhaps seeking out some of its Art Nouveau masterpieces, or browsing the stalls of the sprawling Naschmarkt.
It's only a half-day train ride to Prague, but it will take you on a journey back through hundreds of years to one of Europe's great medieval centres. On arriving in the Czech capital, we’ll meet you at the station and drive you to the Aria Hotel. You can choose to just relax here or spend the rest of the day exploring the delights of the Bohemian city.
Today you’ll meet our expert guide for a walk through Prague's most ancient quarters, beginning in the cobbled streets of the Old Town. If you time your visit to the old Town Hall right, you’ll see the hourly performance by the figurines of the astronomical clock. It’s very close to the Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka. Walk around the Old Jewish Cemetery to the Jewish Museum and the 13th-century Old-New Synagogue, Europe's oldest synagogue.
Take the Charles Bridge to Prague Castle, seat of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. This extensive complex is dominated by the ornate Gothic Cathedral of St Vitus, which took six centuries to complete. The nearby 10th-century Basilica of St George is less ostentatious but no less impressive. Stroll past tiny 16th-century houses on Golden Lane on the way to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto pilgrimage site.
After breakfast, we’ll drive you to Prague airport for your flight back to the UK.