On arrival at Leonardo Václav Havel Airport Prague, you will be met by our local representative in Czech Republic for a brief meet and greet. Later, proceed to your city centre hotel in Prague for check-in.
The capital and largest city of Czech Republic, Prague is one of the leading cultural centres of Europe with a rich and long history. Saved from the vast bombing during the world wars, Prague preserves its historical buildings that were inspired by Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture. It is the favourite haunt of culture enthusiasts who come here to get immersed in its history, music, art and architecture. The Vltava river splits the city into two halves, which remain connected by 18 bridges including the world famous and historic Charles Bridge. What’s more is that the city serves some of the best beer in the world.
Overnight stay at your city-centre hotel in Prague.
SEGV’S RECOMMENDATION – Soak in the glorious views of the city as you float past major city landmarks on a cruise down the Vltava river. Enjoy cool winds rustling through your hair as you stand on the deck seeing the most popular sights of Prague. The Vltava river is the longest river in Czech Republic and flows through the city, bifurcating it into two halves connected by bridges. You can opt for a regular 1hr sightseeing cruise over the river or if you are looking for an even more enchanting experience, opt for a 2 hrs. dinner cruise with live music onboard.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed for a city tour of Prague.
During this tour we are going to see all of the most interesting historical sights of Prague such as the Powder Tower, one of the city’s medieval gateways; the National Theatre; and bustling Wenceslas Square, the scene of the protests that marked the 1989 Velvet Revolution. We then enter Prague castle which is one of the largest castles in the world existing since ancient times. It has been the seat of power from where Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and later presidents have ruled the country. After visiting the Castle, we shall walk down to Charles Bridge. This charming stone arch bridge connects Prague Castle with the old town is decorated with baroque style statues of saints. We shall then visit the bustling Old Town Square. Here you will be amazed by the Astronomical Clock which runs a wonderful procession of the 12 Apostles at the turn of every hour.
Rest of the evening is free for you to explore Prague at your own leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel in Prague.
SEGV’S RECOMMENDATION – In the evening, visit Wenceslas Square. Here, you can enjoy shopping, or a drink at local bar or pub, and even try your luck at a Casino. Wenceslas Square is a lively spot day and night. The most famous Prague pubs and restaurants are located here. The square is decorated by the St Wenceslas Statue and is surrounded by magnificent buildings such as the National Museum. Try the local beer, indulge in people watching while sipping coffee at a small cafe or shop till you drop – Wenceslas Square has something for everyone.
Enjoy breakfast and check out from the hotel. Proceed to the train station to transfer to Vienna by train. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Austria’s capital, Vienna, is situated on the Danube River in the east of the nation. Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud were among the people who helped to shape the city’s cultural and intellectual legacy. The city is renowned for its Imperial palaces, which include Schönbrunn, the summer home of the Habsburgs. Works by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and other painters are on display in ancient and modern buildings in the Museums Quartier neighbourhood.
SEGV’S RECOMMEDNATION – Enthusiasts of Austrian culture and cuisine can enjoy an exclusive tour of the Schönbrunn palace after the doors are closed to the public. Explore the palace’s ornate staterooms and guest apartments with an audio guided tour. Then, settle into a delicious 3-course dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of the Palace. Top off the evening with a concert at the Orangery Schönbrunn and enjoy live classical works from Mozart and Strauss.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and start your exploration of Austria’s capital with a sightseeing tour.
The sightseeing tour begins with a visit to Schönbrunn Palace which was the lavish summer home of the Habsburg monarchs. One of Europe’s most exquisite palaces with a fascinating history, its magnificent architecture and expansive gardens make it a popular tourist destination. Offering a glimpse into the lives of emperors and empresses, the opulent interior and meticulously manicured gardens transports you back to the Habsburg monarchy era.
Afterwards, continue the tour with a visit to other popular attractions of Vienna such as Hofburg Palace, City Hall, and the Vienna State Opera as you move along the famed Ringstrasse. The Hofburg is another highlight, the famous residence of Empress Elizabeth, affectionately known as Sisi to the Austrians. Plus you’ll see a host of other fine buildings, including the Parliament, City Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Burg heater, the University and the Votive Church.
Overnight stay at hotel in Vienna.
After breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and proceed to train station to catch a train to Budapest.
Budapest is the capital of Hungary and home to almost one-fifth’s of the country’s population. Fondly called "Queen of the Danube", it is not one city but a combination of two – Buda and Pest. Located on either side of the river Danube, the two are connected by a series of bridges. Situated above a vast network of underground hot springs, tourists throng to Budapest to take a dip in the numerous thermal baths that dot the city. The water in the thermal bath is rich in minerals and is known for its healing properties.
Rest of the evening is free for you to explore Budapest at your own leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel in Budapest.
SEGV’S RECOMMENDATION- A dip in a thermal pool is a great way to relax and redeem the medic inal benefit of the minerals in the water. Budapest is lucky to have several such thermal pools that get their water from underground hot springs. The Gellert thermal bath and swimming pool in the iconic Gellert hotel is the city’s most popular and beautiful thermal bath. It has both indoor and outdoor baths with temperatures ranging from mildly warm to very hot. The turquoise ceramic studded pools and bright sunlight piercing through the glass roofs offer an exceptional setting to relax in the pool. You can also enjoy a fantastic treatment in the Gellert spa.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed for a unique floating bus tour of Budapest to explore the city’s iconic places on both land and water without changing vehicles.
The floating bus tour starts with a visit to St Stephen’s Basilica named after the first king of Hungary. This tall neoclassical building preserves the king’s mummified right hand, which is considered an object of devotion by the people. Next, we will visit Heroes Square. The square is decorated with giant ornamental statues of valiant people who played a significant role in Hungarian history. After the tour on land, the boat jumps into the majestic Danube river for the next leg of the sightseeing tour. Marvel at the Széchenyi Chain bridge, the first bridge across the Danube river that connected the settlements of Buda and Pest. Also, see the Buda Castle, the palace designed in baroque architecture that was home to the Hungarian royal family.
After the floating-bus tour, we shall continue the sightseeing tour with a visit to Hungary’s parliament house. This is the largest building in Hungary and one of the oldest legislative building in Europe. During this short 1 hour tour, your guide will show you around the glorious chambers of the lower and upper house, the richly decorated staircases and the wonderful cupola room which houses awe-inspiring crown jewels and the Hungarian holy crown. The tour ends at Gellert Hill. Enjoy spellbinding panoramic views of the city from the hill top.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Budapest.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Budapest to catch our flight back to India.
Arrive home with pleasant memories of your “Prague, Vienna and Budapest Culture Tour” organised by State Express Global Voyages, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime.