Day 01, Sunday: Depart U.S. for Vienna
Depart U.S. for your overnight flight to Vienna. Dinner will be served on board. Tours purchased on a land only basis begin on day 02.
Day 02, Monday: arrive in Vienna
Arrive Vienna, where we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Then, your time is free to start discovering the city's delights, from shopping to parks to pastries. Later, enjoy dinner in a typical Heurigen
or wine tavern, in Grinzig, just outside of Vienna. Overnight in Vienna.
Day 03, Tuesday: in Vienna
On your morning sightseeing tour, visit the Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history. After a free afternoon, enjoy an evening concert of Strauss' and Mozart's music.
Day 04, Wednesday: in Vienna
Today after breakfast, we visit the Kunsthistorische Museum for a guided tour. The museum houses outstanding collections of art, sculpture, coins, armor, musical instruments, and more. The balance of the day is free to enjoy Vienna at our own pace. Overnight in Vienna.
Day 05, Thursday: to Budapest
After breakfast, we travel into Hungary and onto the capital and largest city, Budapest. The afternoon is free to explore the “Paris of the East,” browse in the shops, snack on a tasty slice of cherry strudel, sip a fine Hungarian wine, or perhaps join one of the optional excursions available. We dine independently this evening. Overnight in Budapest.
Day 06, Friday: in Budapest
Set on opposite banks of the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges. After breakfast, we enjoy a morning sightseeing tour, including views of the Parliament building, seat of the National Assembly, Vaci Utca (a pedestrian street lined
with shops and restaurants), Heroes' Square with the Millennium Column, a 118-foot-high
Corinthian column topped with a statue of the archangel Gabriel, and the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier. The balance of the day is at leisure. Dine on our own this evening. Overnight in Budapest.
Day 07, Saturday: in Budapest
Your sightseeing tour this morning focuses on the Castle Hill area. You'll visit the 13th-century Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion, then see the Royal Palace. Your afternoon is free to do some last minute shopping, explore more of the city or just relax. Tonight, relish dinner and entertainment in a typical Csarda, or tavern, restaurant.
Day 08, Sunday: depart Budapest
After breakfast you will be transferred to Budapest airport for your flight home.