Day 1: Arrive Munich (1 Night)
Say cheers to Germany's beer capital and hello to a glorious encounter with the imperial capitals of central Europe. Munich's church spires tower over the rest of the city, a nod to an age-old policy that places the city's history and artistry above modernity. Embark on an orientation tour of the city, soaking up its old-world Bavarian charm in the elegant Marienplatz featuring the Old and New Town Halls and the Glockenspiel which shares the stories of a royal wedding, jousting knights and the dance of the coopers. You'll have the rest of the day free to explore Munich your way, perhaps with a stein in hand amidst the rousing atmosphere in an outdoor Biergarten.
Day 2: Munich - Regensburg - Prague (2 Nights)
Your first stop today is in the UNESCO-listed town of Regensburg with its beautifully preserved medieval centre and Gothic Dom which overlooks the town's historic façades and Danube river. Cross the border into the Czech Republic and arrive in Prague later. The 'Golden City of a Hundred Spires' belongs in a Brothers Grimm fairy tale as you stroll through the illuminated city at night on an Optional Experience. Your introduction to Prague will reveal all the highlights of its Old Town, followed by a drink at a favourite local restaurant celebrating the crisp brews for which Prague is so famous.
Day 3: Prague Sightseeing and Free Time
Delve into Prague's history - a city whose enduring beauty spared it from destruction in World War II when the rest of Europe's capitals lay in ruins. A Local Specialist leads your sightseeing tour featuring Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Old Town Square. There's time later to explore the city on your own, perhaps returning to the Square to watch the clock's magical hourly Walk of the Apostles with a toasty Trdelník in hand. You could choose to view the city from its water, embarking on an optional lunch cruise along the Vltava that will reveal the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting city.
Day 4: Prague - Bratislava - Budapest (2 Nights)
Your journey through the medieval kingdom of Moravia this morning leads through the southern Czech Republic into Slovakia where you'll stop briefly in its capital, Bratislava. See the Old Town and its 15th-century Old Town Hall before continuing to Budapest, whose two halves straddle the beautiful Danube River. Perhaps, begin your exploration of this 'Paris of the East' on the water with an optional scenic cruise on a private boat this evening. Against an enchanting illuminated backdrop, you'll enjoy a dinner of Hungarian specialities while you sail underneath the famous Chain Bridge and past Budapest's majestic Parliament building.
Day 5: Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time
Today you'll come to grips with the multicultural melting pot that shaped this European crossroads. Delve into its Magyar origins with a Local Specialist, who will share all the sights, including Fisherman's Bastion, Heroes' Square and the Church of St. Matthias. Take a trip up Gellért Hill whose Statue of Liberty and symbol of Budapest you can see from almost anywhere in the city. Later today you could choose to join an optional tour to the medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube. An Optional Experience this evening could see you revel in the colourful folklore of the gypsies with a traditional Hungarian dinner and folk music completing the evening.
Day 6: Budapest - Gyor - Vienna (2 Nights)
You'll be grateful for your leisurely start to the day after an evening of lively gypsy music and fun. Let the decadence continue and consider a rich 'second breakfast' at Gundels with an optional visit to the Hungarian Parliament, before crossing the hilly Transdanubia region bound for Györ, located midway between Budapest and Vienna. Next stop is the Austrian capital itself where art, architecture and above all music hit all the right notes for an inspiring evening in the former home of the Habsburgs.
Day 7: Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time
Vienna has held on to her regal roots as you'll come to discover as you join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour featuring all the highlights, including the Hofburg, State Opera House and City Hall. You'll have some time to discover why Vienna's streets are paved with culture or consider a guided visit to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, whose legacy can be seen across their dynastic capital. You'll need no excuse to embrace the locals' love of the good life when you choose an evening of symphonies and sonatas. This unforgettable Optional Experience includes dinner and the melodies of Mozart and Strauss.
Day 8: Vienna - Salzburg (1 Night)
Follow the Danube Valley, passing the impressive Benedictine monastery at Melk perched atop its rocky bastion overlooking the river. Continue to Salzburg, whose rich musical heritage is only part of its enduring appeal. Take a stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, where the von Trapp children once sang 'Do-Re-Mi' in 'The Sound of Music'. Then there's time to embark on your own exploration of this historic city. Wander through the Baroque-filled Old Town to the spiritual heart of Salzburg, the Cathedral where Mozart was baptised, then see his nearby birthplace on Getreidegasse, which has been turned into a museum documenting his life.
Day 9: Salzburg - Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance) (1 Night)
This morning travel to the picturesque town of Oberammergau where the Passion Play will be performed. This afternoon take your premium seats for this unique and moving performance. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before experiencing the second half of this unique event as night falls.
Day 10: Oberammergau - Munich (1 Night)
Leave Oberammergau this morning and travel through Bavaria and back to its capital Munich. On arrival, enjoy free time before reaching your hotel. This evening celebrate the end of this memorable trip with your Travel Director and fellow travellers with dinner at your hotel.
Day 11: Depart Munich
Say 'auf Wiedersehen' to your Travel Director and travelling companions as your memorable European holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Munich Airport are available. Conditions apply.
Bratislava Visit the capital of Slovakia
Budapest Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes Fisherman's Bastion, the Church of St. Matthias and Gellert Hill
Gyor Visit this historical town
Munich Orientation includes the Olympic Stadium and Marienplatz
Oberammergau Premium tickets for the 2020 Passion Play
Prague Walking tour with a Local Specialist includes views of St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square
Regensburg Orientation includes the old city walls
Salzburg Visit this charming city, the birthplace of Mozart
Vienna Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the State Opera House, Hofburg, Parliament and the Imperial Boulevards
4 Three-course dinners
First class travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the price panel
VIP entry to many sights