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Danube Metropolises of the k.u.k. Monarchy

On the traces of emperors and kings

8 Days / Budapest Gödöllö Bratislava Vienna

Treat yourself to a trip to the Danube metropolises of the former k.u.k. monarchy. Your visit to Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna is dedicated to the k.u.k times. Marvel at the former magnificent apartments of the emperors and empresses, learn more about the “k.u.k. purveyors” and let yourself be enchanted by the charm of the Danube metropolises.

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Day
1
Arrival in Budapest

Afternoon

Arrival at Budapest Airport.
Meet your licensed English-speaking guide at the airport.

Transfer in private coach to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy some time to relax.

Evening

Your licensed English-speaking guide accompanies you to your welcome dinner location at a traditional restaurant.
Overnight stay in Budapest. 

Day
2
Budapest

Morning

After breakfast, meet your local English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel. Today you explore Budapest in the course of a panoramic city tour, followed by a visit to the Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion in the Budapest Castle District.
Lunch on your own at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants.

Afternoon

The afternoon is dedicated to a visit of the Parliament. Afterwards, enjoy some leisure time.

Evening

Meet your local English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight stay in Budapest. 

Attractions of this day

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Fishermen's Bastion

Fishermen's Bastion, which originated as a weir system, is located on the Buda side and replaces the medieval fish market of Buda. Fishermen's Bastion was constructed in neo-Romantic style; its sharp pointed towers are made of stone and symbolise the seven tribal leaders of Hungary.

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Matthias Church

Matthias Church, probably the most famous church in Budapest, is located right next to the Fishermen’s Bastion in the heart of the Budapest's castle district. A wide range of Hungarian kings have been coronated at the Matthias Church, and today it is home to ecclesiastical treasures and essential burial places.

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Parliament

The Parliament, located right on the banks of the Danube, is the landmark of Budapest and the largest building of Hungary. Inside this magnificent building, one can admire remarkable paintings, statues, as well as the Hungarian coronation insignia.

Day
3
Budapest: Excursion to Gödöllö

Morning

After breakfast, meet your licensed English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel and start your excursion to Gödöllö Palace.
After a visit to the palace, enjoy a coffeebreak at the palace cafe.
Then, return transfer to Budapest.

Afternoon

The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.

Evening

Meet your local English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight stay in Budapest.     

Attraction of this day

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Gödöllö

The Baroque castle in Gödöllő, one of the most impressive and important examples of Hungarian architecture, was built in 1735.
Originally, it was built for Count Grassalkovich, a central personality of the 18th century aristocracy in Hungary; later, it served as the summer residence of Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth, who actually spent more time here than in Vienna.
During a castle tour, a local guide introduces you to the history of this building, where you can admire various, fully renovated royal suites with original furniture and everyday objects of the royal couple, including the wardrobe and study of Franz Joseph, the salons and dressing room of Maria-Theresia and Queen Elisabeth, memorial exhibitions about Elisabeth and the Grassalkovich family, as well as the Castle Chapel. After your visit to the palace, enjoy a stroll through the park, followed by a coffee break.

Day
5
Bratislava-Vienna

Morning

After breakfast, meet your licensed guide and transfer to Vienna with a stop at the stunning Schloss Hof Palace. Visit to the palace and the idyllic park.
Lunch on your own.

Afternoon

Continue your journey to Vienna, followed by a short panoramic city tour.
Afterwards, check-in at your hotel.

Evening

Dinner with following concert at the Schönbrunn Palace. Your licensed guide will be with you during the evening. Overnight stay in Vienna.

Attractions of this day

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Schloss Hof

The Imperial Palace Schloss Hof is only a short hour’s drive from Vienna and you will find a fascinating Baroque adventure world, with stunning buildings, romantic parks and gardens with a great diversity of plants and flowers. Do not miss to walk around in the nature and feel the imperial atmosphere before going back to imperial Vienna.

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Schönbrunn Palace Dinner and Concert

At the Orangery Schönbrunn, a place rich in tradition, the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra and the Schönbrunn Chamber Ensemble perform the most beautiful tunes of the classic composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. The orchestra is accompanied by two opera singers, a soprano and a baritone, and two ballet dancers dressed in authentic costumes.
Right before this concert, enjoy a delicious dinner in this impressive location.

Day
6
Vienna

Morning

After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour through the old town of Vienna including a visit to the Imperial appartments at the Imperial Palace. Additionally, you visit the Imperial Burial Vault.
Lunch on your own.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, continue your old town walking tour, based on the the topic of the  “k.u.k. purveyors”. These include the famous Café Demel, the renowned Viennese jeweller Köchert, the Hofzuckerbäckerei (confectionery) Gerstner as well as the glass manufacturer Lobmeyer.
Afterwards, visit to the Imperial Furniture Collection.

Evening

Dinner at a traditional restaurant. Your licensed guide will be with you during the evening. 
Overnight stay in Vienna.

Attractions of this day

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Imperial Palace / Imperial Apartments

The Imperial Palace or Hofburg is the former centre of the vast Habsburg empire. Originally, the Imperial Palace was a fortress, which the Habsburgs transformed into a splendid residence and henceforth lived there tilll 1918. Today, visitors have access to these grandiose apartments.

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Imperial Burial Vault

Since 1633, the Imperial burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery has been the place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburg. Still today, Capuchin friars take care of the Imperial Burial Vault, additionally to their regular pastoral work.

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Imperial Furniture Collection

Formerly, the task of the Imperial Furniture Collection was to administer the furniture of the Habsburgs, to maintain and to distribute these pieces to the imperial households. Nowadays, this unique museum of imperial living decors display exhibits originating from five centuries.

Day
7
Vienna

Morning

Meet your licensed English-speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel and enjoy a visit to Schönbrunn Palace and gardens. Afterwards, visit to the Imperial Carriage Museum at the Schönbrunn Palace complex.
Lunch on your own.

Afternoon

The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.

Evening

Farewell dinner at a traditional wine tavern. Your licensed guide will be with you during the evening. 
Overnight stay in Vienna.

Attraction of this day

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Schoenbrunn Palace

The former summer residence of the Habsburg family ranks among the most impressive Baroque buildings worldwide. In 1966, Schönbrunn Palace and gardens were certified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The outstanding architecture, the magnificent staterooms and the palace gardens are definitely worth a visit.

Day
8
Departure from Vienna

Morning

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Vienna airport. 
Have a safe trip!

Day
4
Budapest-Bratislava

Morning

After breakfast, meet your licensed English-speaking guide for a transfer to Bratislava.
Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel.
Lunch on your own.

Afternoon

Walking tour through the old town of Bratislava. Afterwards, enjoy some leisure time.

Evening

Dinner at a traditional restaurant. Your licensed English-speaking guide accompanies you to the dinner location. 
Overnight stay in Bratislava.

Fishermen's Bastion

Fishermen's Bastion, which originated as a weir system, is located on the Buda side and replaces the medieval fish market of Buda. Fishermen's Bastion was constructed in neo-Romantic style; its sharp pointed towers are made of stone and symbolise the seven tribal leaders of Hungary.

Matthias Church

Matthias Church, probably the most famous church in Budapest, is located right next to the Fishermen’s Bastion in the heart of the Budapest's castle district. A wide range of Hungarian kings have been coronated at the Matthias Church, and today it is home to ecclesiastical treasures and essential burial places.

Parliament

The Parliament, located right on the banks of the Danube, is the landmark of Budapest and the largest building of Hungary. Inside this magnificent building, one can admire remarkable paintings, statues, as well as the Hungarian coronation insignia.

Gödöllö

The Baroque castle in Gödöllő, one of the most impressive and important examples of Hungarian architecture, was built in 1735.
Originally, it was built for Count Grassalkovich, a central personality of the 18th century aristocracy in Hungary; later, it served as the summer residence of Franz Joseph and his wife Elisabeth, who actually spent more time here than in Vienna.
During a castle tour, a local guide introduces you to the history of this building, where you can admire various, fully renovated royal suites with original furniture and everyday objects of the royal couple, including the wardrobe and study of Franz Joseph, the salons and dressing room of Maria-Theresia and Queen Elisabeth, memorial exhibitions about Elisabeth and the Grassalkovich family, as well as the Castle Chapel. After your visit to the palace, enjoy a stroll through the park, followed by a coffee break.

Schloss Hof

The Imperial Palace Schloss Hof is only a short hour’s drive from Vienna and you will find a fascinating Baroque adventure world, with stunning buildings, romantic parks and gardens with a great diversity of plants and flowers. Do not miss to walk around in the nature and feel the imperial atmosphere before going back to imperial Vienna.

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Schönbrunn Palace Dinner and Concert

At the Orangery Schönbrunn, a place rich in tradition, the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra and the Schönbrunn Chamber Ensemble perform the most beautiful tunes of the classic composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss. The orchestra is accompanied by two opera singers, a soprano and a baritone, and two ballet dancers dressed in authentic costumes.
Right before this concert, enjoy a delicious dinner in this impressive location.

Imperial Palace / Imperial Apartments

The Imperial Palace or Hofburg is the former centre of the vast Habsburg empire. Originally, the Imperial Palace was a fortress, which the Habsburgs transformed into a splendid residence and henceforth lived there tilll 1918. Today, visitors have access to these grandiose apartments.

Imperial Burial Vault

Since 1633, the Imperial burial chamber beneath the Capuchin Church and monastery has been the place of entombment for members of the House of Habsburg. Still today, Capuchin friars take care of the Imperial Burial Vault, additionally to their regular pastoral work.

Imperial Furniture Collection

Formerly, the task of the Imperial Furniture Collection was to administer the furniture of the Habsburgs, to maintain and to distribute these pieces to the imperial households. Nowadays, this unique museum of imperial living decors display exhibits originating from five centuries.

Schoenbrunn Palace

The former summer residence of the Habsburg family ranks among the most impressive Baroque buildings worldwide. In 1966, Schönbrunn Palace and gardens were certified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The outstanding architecture, the magnificent staterooms and the palace gardens are definitely worth a visit.

Prices

Price per person in twin room:  from EUR 1.259,00
Single supplement per person:  from EUR 229,00

 

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The prices shown aim to providing you with a broad indication of how much to budget for the trip. 
Rates are based on shoulder season rates with a min. of 20 participants. 
Rates are quoted in EURO and include taxes and VAT. Rates are subject to change, offer is upon request. Please contact us for tailor-made itineraries and definite prices.
The transportation to/from the point of origin of the tour, porterage, meals other than indicated, other tour-elements than indicated as well as tips and personal expenses are not included in the price. 

Included Services

  • 07 x overnight stays in twin room incl. breakfast in 4-star hotels
  • 07 x dinner at local restaurants (3-course, excl. beverages)
  • Arrival/departure transfer in private coach from/to local airport
  • Arrival/departure assistance at the airport
  • Private coach transfers as per itinerary
  • Private local English-speaking guide services as per itinerary
  • 01 x Entrance to Fishermen’s Bastion
  • 01 x Entrance to Matthias Church
  • 01 x Guided tour through the Parliament in Budapest
  • 01 x Guided tour through Gödöllö Palace with following coffee break 
  • 01 x Entrance to Hof Palace
  • 01 x Entrance to the Imperial Apartments
  • 01 x Entrance to the Imperial Burial Vault
  • 01 x Entrance to the Imperial Furniture Collection 
  • 01 x Dinner and Concert at the Orangery Schönbrunn (Cat A) 
  • 01 x Entrance to Schönbrunn Palace (Highlight Tour)
  • 01 x Entrance to the Imperial Coach Collection