Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Trier, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Bratislava, Dresden
Moselle Valley, Salzkammergut, LakeBalaton, Bohemia
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Berlin; professional Tour Director while touring
Eurostar train London-Brussels; on the Continent, private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach
Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges:
BRUSSELS Catalonia Brussels (ST)or Park Inn (ST).FRANKFURTAREA Mercure (ST)at Friedrichsdor for Leonardo Royal(F), SALZBURG Austria Trend Salzburg West (ST),VIENNA Kavalier (ST)or Star Inn Schiinbrunn (ST).BUDAPEST Mercure Buda (F), PRAGUE Clarion Congress(F) or Ibis Wenceslas Square(ST),BERLIN Abba (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Center (ST)
Buffet breakfasts (B) daily; 3 dinners (D)
Day 1, Tue. LONDON, ENGLAND-BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
Leave London in the early morning on your EUROSTAR TRAIN to Brussels. Meet your Tour Director and board your luxury coach for the drive to your overnight hotel.
Day 2, Wed. BRUSSELS-LUXEMBOURGTRIER, GERMANY-FRANKFURT AREA.
Drive south this morning through the Duchy of Luxembourg. Cross the German border and make a stop in ancient Trier before continuing through the splendid scenery of the Moselle Valley. A choice this afternoon of the included scenic drive along the shores of the Rhine or, even more thrilling, the optional Rhine cruise with vistas of the Lorelei rock, hilltop castles, half-timbered wine villages, and terraced vineyards. Just a few more miles by coach to the overnight in the Frankfurt area. (B,D)
Day 3, Thu. FRANKFURT AREA-NUREMBERGSALZBURG, AUSTRIA.
Journey through the heart of Germany on the highway to reach Nuremberg, at one time Germany’s most beautiful city and, much later, famed for the war criminal trials that took place in 1945. Stop for a short visit. Drive south this afternoon through 3avaria, across the German-Austrian border, and ‘lead towards Salzburg for an overnight. (B)
Day 4, Fri. SALZBURG-VIENNA.
A morning at leisure or to enjoy some optional sightseeing in Salzburg, Mozart’s hometown. In the afternoon, journey through the Salzkammergut lakelands, of ne Sound of Music fame, past Mondsee to follow – e Danube almost all the way to Vienna. (B)
Day 5, Sat. VIENNA.
Start the morning with an included SIGHTSEEING tour featuring the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the -of burg. Finally, an inside visit of ST.STEPHEN’S
CATHEDRAL. Complete the day by exploring on your own or by joining the optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. (B)
Day 6, Sun. VIENNA-LAKE BALATON, HUNGARY-BUDAPEST.
East today into Hungary through the historic city of Gyor, Next, the vast stretch of Lake Balaton unfolds as you drive through some of its summer resorts. Reach Budapest by way of Martonvasar, where Beethoven wrote his Appassionata. Tonight, consider an optional cruise on the Danube to enjoy the fascinating city illuminations. (B,D)
Day 7, Mon. BUDAPEST.
Buda Castle dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Heroes’Square typifies the modern capital, while along the riverbank you find the old inns. Included sightseeing takes in the Hungarian Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Royal Castle, and Matthias Coronation Church. (B)
Day 8, Tue. BUDAPEST-BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIAPRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Start the day by traveling into Slovakia. Once acrossthe border, have a break in Bratislava, its capital. Drive north to crossyet another border into the Czech Republic. The highway will take you through Bohemia, an enchanted land of castles, spa towns, and picketfenced villages. Evening arrival in Prague. (B,D)
Day 9, Wed. PRAGUE.
The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture here perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. Included Sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. (B)
Day 10, Thu. PRAGUE-DRESDEN, GERMANYBERLIN.
Discover more of Bohemia as you journey towards the German frontier. Next, the mountains and fortresses of the Erzgebirge range. Today’s highlight is a stop in Dresden, a magnificently restored city after its almost total destruction in World War II. In the afternoon, travel north across the Elbe River to reach Berlin for two overnights. (B)
Day 11, Fri. BERLIN.
Included sightseeing focuses on the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Potsdamer Platz, a masterpiece of contemporary architecture. Reunited Berlin has regained not only its territorial integrity but also the status of German capital. Afternoon at leisure or join an optional excursion. (B)
Day 12, Sat. BERLIN.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)