Budapest & Prague: A Tale of Two Rivers

Tour dates in 2015:

May 16-26   Jun 13-23   Jul 11-21   Aug 15-25   Sep 19-29

TOUR FEATURES

  • 5 nights, Hotel Budapest Intercontinental, river-view rooms
  • 5 nights, Palace Hotel, Prague
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 9 lunches & 4 dinners at local restaurants
  • All entrances & visits as outlined in itinerary
  • Special recitals in Budapest & Prague
  • Expert English-speaking Guides
  • Touring by deluxe small coaches
  • Transfers on arrival & departure
  • Participation limited to 15

Price Per Person Twin:
May, Jun, Sep: $4675   Jul, Aug: $4055
Single Supplement: May, Jun, Sep: $1760   Jul, Aug: $1120


Day 1, Fri – Arrival Budapest
Arrival in vibrant Budapest, straddling the Danube, & transfer to the Hotel Budapest Intercontinental, with views of the Buda Hills. An afternoon city drive before a welcome dinner at a fine restaurant. (D)

Day 2, Sat – Highlights of Pest

A comprehensive tour of lively Pest, from City Park to Heroes’ Square, with inside visits at the State Opera House, splendid St. Stephen’s Basilica and the elegant Parliament, with the Treasury. We enjoy lunch on a river boat cruisen and delight in the great views. An evening concert in the Danube Palace . (B, L)

Day 3, Sun – The Danube Bend & Hungary’s Colorful Traditions
This morning a most scenic drive along the Danube takes us to Szentendre, popular artist colony, where we visit the colorful Ceramic Museum & stroll in the town’s picturesque lanes. After lunch, we return to the city to tour the beautiful collections of the Museum of Ethnography , within a dazzling 19th century building. (B, L)

Day 4, Mon – The Puszta: Gypsies & Cowboys
A full day excursion to the Great Hungarian Plain to visit a farmstead. Travel by horse-drawn carriages to watch local cowboys show their unique horsemanship & savor a sumptuous outdoor lunch , with local specialties, wines and non-stop gypsy entertainment. Return to Budapest in early evening. (B, L)

Day 5, Tue – The Buda Hills & Music
Over to the Buda side & the majestic Castle District to visit Matthias Church, coronation site of Hungarian kings, and enjoy breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion. We tour the former Royal Palace, and the collections of the Hungarian National Gallery. After a leisurely lunch, we enjoy a private piano recital at the Bela Bartok Memorial House. Musical themes continue with dinner and lively entertainment . (B, L, D)

Day 6, Wed –  Budapest to Prague – from the Danube to the Vltava
En route by coach into the Czech Republic, stopping at charming Telc for lunch, reaching Prague, the Golden City on the Vltava River, in late afternoon. Check in at the Palace Hotel. This evening a welcome dinner at a fine restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 7, Thu – Prague’s “Towns” & Mozart
A morning walking tour through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, and visits in the historic Jewish Town before lunch. This afternoon we tour the medieval Mala Strana or Lesser Town, Novo Mesto or New Town with superb Gothic & Baroque buildings, gardens and parks, and enjoy a visit of Betramka , the charming villa where Mozart lived when in Prague. (B, L)

Day 8, Fri – Cesky Krumlov
A day out to the superb city of Cesky Krumlov, with hundreds of Renaissance & Baroque houses and monuments. We visit its famous Hradek Castle with splendid rooms, tapestries, paintings. and its renowned Carnival Hall. Lunch in town & time for strolls. (B, L)

Day 9, Sat – A Little Music, Charles Bridge & an Island Retreat
A private back-stage visit & short concert at the famous & elegant Estates Theatre, followed by a walking tour along the magnificent Charles Bridge, with its elegant statues. Lunch in this setting. This evening a cultural event . (B, L)

Day 10, Sun – Treasures of the Castle DistriA full day for Hradcany or the Castle District with inside visits at St. Vitus Cathedral & the Royal Palace area, with its beautiful courtyards and historic buildings. We enjoy lunch at the Lobkowicz Museum cafe followed by a classical concert at the Museum and a tour of its collections.  We stroll down medieval Golden Lane and wend our way on foot back to the hotel.  This evening,  Farewell Dinner with memorable views of Prague is a fitting finale to our Tale of the Rivers. (B, L, D)

Day 11, Mon, Departure
Breakfast & transfer to the airport for departure flights. (B)