Europe's Imperial Cities: Prague, Vienna and Budapest


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  • Discover the highlights of Central Europe in style with stays at three of the very best hotels

  • Experience historical cities with our expert local guides

  • Why not take scenic river cruises in each city?

  • Travel in style by chauffeur driven car or by first class rail

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It is possible to visit European cities all the year round. In the summer the weather tends to be warm and sunny, and in the winter snow is likely, making the city all the more beautiful. December is a great time to go to visit the cities' Christmas Markets.

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This private luxury tour gives visitors a chance to discover three of the most beautiful capital cities of central Europe, staying in the finest hotels and visiting monuments and palaces with some of Europe's best guides.

Prague, Vienna and Budapest are three of Europe's most historic and picturesque cities, and it's easy to combine them in a trip of any duration between a week and two weeks. This suggested itinerary allows three nights in each city, which should be ample time to experience the highlights of the area.

It's possible to travel by train between the three cities - they are linked by fast an efficient rail services - or we can arrange a private car and driver to accompany you.

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and of the region of Bohemia. Straddling the Vlatva river, it's known as 'The city of a Hundred Spires'. The best known sites of the city include the Old Town Square with its colourful baroque buildings and gothic churches and medieval Astronomical Clock, and the Charles Bridge, lined with statues of Catholic saints. Across the bridge is Prague Castle and the historic Cathedral of St Vitus. The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits.

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, and was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001. This beautiful city, consistently rated in the top 10 world cities for quality of life, is well known for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, and cozy wine taverns.

Visitors to the Vienna enjoy the city’s imperial architectural heritage, characterized by the baroque buildings created under the rule of its Hapsburg emperors and empresses. The medieval city centre is surrounded by the famous ‘Ring’ of 19th century palaces. The most popular of these is the Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence, with its beautifully tended formal gardens, and the Christmas market which takes place there each winter. Then there is the huge Hofburg, the palace which was the home of the Habsburg dynasty for over six centuries. Other major sights include the splendid baroque Belvedere Palace, which today houses the Austrian National Gallery, displaying works by Klimt and Kokoschka, as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Important landmarks include the gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the giant ferris wheel in the Prater (Vienna’s old recreational park), and the Spanish Riding School, with its famous Lipizzaner horses. The city's museums and galleries are world famous: the Kunsthistorisches Museum has an incredible collection of works by the Old Masters, the Leopold Museum displays works by Austrian painters, and the more recently opened Liechtenstein Palace is worth a visit to see its collection of baroque art.

Budapest has a wealth of history to discover, having been the most important city on the Hungarian stretch of the Danube for more than 1000 years. Until 1873, Budapest was actually two cities, Buda and Pest, on either side of the Danube. Buda, on the west side, is known for its medieval architecture and spectacular castle while Pest, in the east, is the modern, working heart of the city, and is home to the impressive Parliament building as well as a clutch of fine museums and fantastic art nouveau buildings. Here you can visit one of the city's famous hot springs bath houses, and tour the fascinating neo-gothic Parliament building.

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  1. Days 1-4: The Augustine

    Prague, Czech Republic

    Augustine is a five-star luxury hotel and spa in the historic heart of Prague. With parts of the property dating back to the thirteenth century, this stunning hotel is the perfect base to soak up the city's historical wonders in comfort.

  2. Days 4-7: Hotel Sacher Vienna

    Vienna, Austria

    This beautiful traditional hotel is a landmark building in historic Vienna. Founded in 1876, this old building has been recently renovated to a high standard, with modern touches but still incorporating the traditional Austrian style.

  3. Days 7-10: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace

    Pest, Budapest

    Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is centrally located at one end of the renowned Chain Bridge, with panoramic vistas of the Danube and the hills of Buda. This unique art nouveau palace is one of the city's most important landmarks.



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