London - 8 days of heart-pounding adventure kick off today. Meet up with your Contiki posse & share notes on London town before hitting the road to Amsterdam. Dover - Shortly before we find our ferry for France, we'll be taking in the English coastline beauty of the White Cliffs of Dover. Calais - Off the ferry, we arrive in the port town of Calais - French soil! We travel north via Belgium before reaching ... Amsterdam! Belgium - Cross off another country off your list as you cruise through Belgium on your way to Amsterdam. Amsterdam - Tonight, the famed for fun Amsterdam is ours to explore. An undisguised Red Light District & plenty of bars are there for the curious.
Out of Amsterdam, onto the autobahn and on the fast-track to uber-cool Berlin. That's on today's agenda. Berlin - On the world map of cool party vibes, Berlin has a gold star. We've got two nights to explore every inch of this amazing city, and we'll kick it off with a bit of history into the city and its troubled and interesting past. Once we arrive your Trip Manager can point you in the right direction to go and see the sights.
More city hangs" you'll all scream in unison as we motor out of Berlin, high on life & still wanting more. Since you asked so nicely, let us present you with Prague, the darling of Europe. Dresden - A drive from Berlin to Prague would not be complete without stopping in Dresden. Prague - On arrival in the compact & lovable city of Prague, we'll get out and go exploring, seeing castles and cathedrals and learning of Bohemia Kings and gothic history.
With a full day to loiter, expect an entire photo album of Gothic architecture, market antics & you cheers-ing cheap beer; not to mention life! Tonight, you could see yourself spending the evening indulging in traditional Czech cuisine while admiring the local folklore dancers as the sun goes down on the 'City of a Thousand Spires'.
day we exchange the Czech Republic for Austria, waving goodbye to pretty Prague knowing that cultured Vienna is coming right up. Kutna Hora - Before Vienna we'll be stopping in the Bohemian city of Kutna Hora, remembering that Bohemia is the name of the place and not a nod to the fashion sense of the people that live there. Make the local Sedlec Ossuary chapel a high priority, it's decked out and furnished in the bones of over 40,000 ... humans. Eeep! Vienna - Austria, we have arrived! And we're ready to get straight into your musical legacy. Put your name next to the optional classical night out in one of the city’s imperial palaces, you will not regret it.
Vienna - Let's delay the inevitable goodbyes as long as we can. Enjoying a leisurely breakfast and taking some time to continue exploring Vienna should do the trick. Then at about lunchtime things will start wrapping up - we'll talk shock about how much we've done in just over a week, and wish to the travel gods we could do it all again - 8 times over.
ARRIVE VIENNA Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Vienna (Private). Traverse through the attractions of Vienna (Seat in coach). Overnight at Allegro Hotel, Vienna or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to train station in Vienna (On your own). Transfer from train station in Vienna to train station in Salzburg (Train). Transfer from train station to hotel in Salzburg (On your own). Experience the Sound of Music Show (Seat in coach) Overnight at Austria Trend Salzburg Mitte, Salzburg or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour the the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines (Seat in coach). The rest of day is at leisure. Overnight at Austria Trend Salzburg Mitte, Salzburg or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to train station in Salzburg (On your own). Transfer from train station in Salzburg to train station in Innsbruck (Train). Transfer from train station to hotel in Innsbruck (On your own). The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Weisses Kreuz, Innsbruck or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark for a visit to the Swarovski Crystal World (On your own) The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Weisses Kreuz, Innsbruck or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to train station in Innsbruck (On your own). Transfer from train station in Innsbruck to train station in Vienna (Train). Transfer from train station to hotel in Vienna (On your own). Explore the historic, Spanish Riding School (On your own). Overnight at Allegro Hotel, Vienna or similar. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer from hotel to airport in Vienna (Private).
Welcome to the capital of Austria, to Vienna this morning. Upon arrival make your way to the train station to catch your train to the picturesque cultural city in the Alps – the city of Innsbruck. Upon arrival make your way to the hotel and check in. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the environs of the city. The visit to the famous Golden Roof in the centre is a definite must. Overnight in Innsbruck.
Wake up to breakfast this morning and make your way to the bus depot from where we recommend you take the Swarovski shuttle bus to Wattens to the famous green giant – the Swarovski Crystal World.Take the convenient cable car from Innsbruck to Seegrube. The journey starts 560 m above sea level directly near the old town of Innsbruck. Later in the evening we recommend you enjoy a typical 3 course Tyrolean Dinner in a typical restaurant that dot the city else you could visit the casino and try your luck there else enjoy a typical Tyrolean evening filled with authentic music and dance of the area. Overnight in Innsbruck.
Following breakfast this morning we recommend you make a full day trip to the famous Riedel Glass factory. For this you need to take the train to Kufstein where the factory is located. Here you can see how the glasses are made and also have the opportunity of buying the same! The other option you have for today is to take the train to Rattenberg and visit Austria’s smallest town, also called the “glass town”. Overnight in Innsbruck.
Further to breakfast this morning, its time to head to the train station and board the train taking you to Vienna. Upon arrival make your way to the hotel and check in. Relax and enjoy the evening in Vienna walking around the Mariahilferstrasse with its vibrant shops or spend time at any of the Viennese cafes sipping the famous coffee and treat yourself to the typical Sacher tortes. Overnight in Vienna.
Post breakfast this morning its time to take a tour of the main sights within the city centre and visit the magnificently decorated rooms of Schonbrunn Palace. This city tour will introduce you to the the most important sights of the Austrian capital. As we drive around the famous 'Ringstrasse', Vienna's main boulevard, we pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University.Overnight in Vienna.
Wake up to breakfast this morning and spend the day experiencing the Viennese Woods where you are taken to the southern part of Vienna Woods, passing by the roman city of Baden, before we reaching Mayerling, where we visit the convent. The former hunting-lodge of Crownprince Rudolph. We continue with a visit to the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz where we will see the tomb of the Babengerd Family. Finally we will visit the 'Seegrotte', or 'Seagrotto' for a boat ride on Europe's largest subterranean lake before returning to Vienna where the tour will end at the Opera House Later in the evening you could also enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Danube. Else you could spend the day in Salzburg enjoying the various tours the city has to offer, the Sound of Music tour being the most popular. Overnight in Vienna.Your holiday comes to an end today as you head to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 1- Prague, Czech Republic Welcome to Prague - capital of Czech Republic. On arrival, you will be met by your Tour Manager and taken to the hotel for check in (Check in time is after 3.00 pm.Overnight in Prague. (D).Day 2-Prague, Czech Republic Today, drive to the nearby town of Nizbor and visit Bohemian glass factory .Later proceed on a guided walking tour of Prague. Visit the 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle.Walk down from the Palace to Charles Bridge. We, also visit the Old Town Square with its Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 3- Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic and Salzburg, Austria -drive to Cesky Krumlov, in Bohemia’s deep south. It’s a little like Prague in miniature - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a stunning castle above the Vltava. Later drive to Salzburg On a guided walking tour of this elegant baroque city see its green hills, romantic gardens and breath-taking valleys, small alleys and quaint colourful town homes. See the birthplace of the legendary Mozart, the Mirabell Palace with its landscaped gardens and the Cathedral in the old town. Stroll along the Aldstadt, which was recently granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO.Overnight in Salzburg (B, D)
Day 4- Hallstatt - Lake Bled, Slovenia Today, visit Hallstatt. Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed. Drive to Lake Bled, a lake in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. On arrival, proceed on a guided tour of Lake Bled with a boat ride on the typical “pletna” boat. Visit the lone Island in the midst of the Lake Bled where the St.Mary’s Church beckons visitors with its bell. Overnight in Bled. (B, D)
Day 5- Ljubljana, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia Today, drive to Ljubljana. On arrival, proceed on a guided tour of Ljubljana - its picturesque bridges across the river Ljubljana,see St. Nicholas Cathedral, Dragon bridge and Triple bridge - Drive to Zagreb - capital of Croatia, proceed for a guided tour where we walk through the various historic parts of Zagreb.Nearby is pedestrian friendly Tkalciceva Street, lined with outdoor cafes. Lower Town (Donji Grad) has the main square, Ban Jelacic, with many shops, museums and parks. Later, you have free time to enjoy the lively pulse of the city. Overnight in Zagreb. (B, D)
Day 6-Zagreb, Croatia Today, you will be amazed with the magical world of lakes, waterfalls, moss, forests and sunlight in the Plitvice National Park. Enjoy a short boat ride on of the 16 beautiful lakes of crystal blue-green colour that are one below another amidst high forested mountains. Next, we proceed on guided tour of Rastoke - a watermill village. In the evening, drive back to Zagreb. Overnight in Zagreb. (B, D)
Day 7-Return Home Today, we check out and drive to the airport for your flight back home. It’s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your holiday. (B)
Day 1- Vienna Welcome to Vienna - capital of Austria. You will be met by your Tour Manager who will welcome you and take you to your hotel (Check-in time is after 3.00 pm). Overnight in Vienna. (D) Day 2- Vienna Today, on your guided city tour, drive on the Ring Boulevard and see the State Opera House, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. Make a photostop at the Belvedere Palace former summer residence of Prince Eugene. Walk along the St Stephenlplatz and get enamored by the St. Stephens Cathedral - the symbol of Vienna. Later, visit the Schonbrunn Palace, then drive to Vienna Woods to experience the true magic of the autumn falls where nature lovers can enjoy over 2000 species of plants and nearly 150 species of birds. Overnight in Vienna. (B, D)
Day 3- Zell Am See Today, visit Hallstatt - nestled between the edge of Hallstätter See and the towering Dachstein Mountains. Later, drive to Zell Am See - Today, you have time at leisure to explore the pedestrian areas and shop for souvenirs.Overnight in Zell Am See. (B, D)
Day 4-Kitzsteinhorn Glacier and Hallstatt, Zell Am See Today, take an all inspiring excursion that takes you to an altitude of 10000 ft. Take a series of cable cars and marvel at the spectacular views as you ride up the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. Along the way - enjoy stops and lots of photo and fun opportunities. Once on top - you see the Grossglockner (Austria’s Highest Peak). Overnight in Zell Am See. (B, D)
Day 5- Innsbruck Today, you drive along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road - an ornament of ribbons located between green mountain pastures, colorful flower meadows, rocky rubble, ice and snow. Stop at the highest point of the mountain road is the Edelweissspitze and come face to face with the Grossglockner – Austria’s Highest Peak. Visit the Krimml Waterfalls. Drive to Innsbruck and see the ‘Goldenes Dachl’ - the Golden roof, an ornate Gothic balcony and a symbol of the city, the Heiblinghaus, a building resembling a wedding cake and the Maria Theresien Strasse on an orientation tour. Overnight in Innsbruck. (B, D)
Day 6- Day free or Excursion to the Hintertux Glacier at 3250 mtrs and Mayrhofen.Today, the day is free or we suggest an excursion to the Hintertux Glacier and Mayrhofen. Drive through the scenic Zillertal Valleyto the village of Tux - from where you take a series of cable cars up the Hintertx Glacier. Once on top , visit the Panorama Terrace for spectacular views of the Alps. You can also visit the Ice Caves and enjoy many other activities on top. Later visit Mayrhofen, surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Zillertal Alps - this holiday village is surrounded by mountain massifs including the Grosser Löffler (3,379 mtrs). Overnight in Innsbruck. (B, D)
Day 7- Wattens. Salzburg Today, drive to Wattens to visit the amazing Swarovski Crystal World. Later, drive to Mondsee - Lake Mondsee known for its crystal clear turquoise water surrounded by magnificent peaks. See the Basilica St Michael.Visit the Hallein Salt Mines. On your guided tour - you will dress like a miner (protective clothing provided) and then travel by miner’s train into the heart of the mountain. Next, drive to Salzburg and take you on a guided walking tour. See the birthplace of the legendary Mozart, the Mirabell Palace with its landscaped gardens and the Cathedral in the old town. Stroll along the Aldstadt, which was recently granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO. Overnight in Salzburg. (B, D)Day 8- Return Home, check out and drive to the airport ( Vienna / Munich)
ARRIVE VIENNA Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Vienna (Private). Traverse through the attractions of Vienna Overnight at Allegro, Vienna or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to train station in Vienna (On your own). Transfer from train station in Vienna to train station in Salzburg (Train). Transfer from train station to hotel in Salzburg (On your own). Experience the Sound of Music Show (Seat in coach). Overnight at Austria Trend Salzburg Mitte, Salzburg or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at leisure. Experience the Salzkammergut Lakes and Mountains Tour (Seat in coach). Overnight at Austria Trend Salzburg Mitte, Salzburg or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to train station in Salzburg (On your own). Transfer from train station in Salzburg to train station in Innsbruck (Train). Transfer from train station to hotel in Innsbruck (On your own). Enjoy the Tyrolean Folk show (On your own) Overnight at Weisses Kreuz, Innsbruck or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel. Embark for a visit to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds (On your own). The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Weisses Kreuz, Innsbruck or similar.
Breakfast at the hotel and dinner at the show. Transfer from hotel to train station in Innsbruck (On your own). Transfer from train station in Innsbruck to train station in Vienna (Train). Transfer from train station to hotel in Vienna (On your own). Enjoy a classical music concert inside the Schonbrunn Palace Orangery (On your own). Overnight at Allegro, Vienna or similar. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure transfer from hotel to airport in Vienna (Private).
Welcome to Rome – The capital city of Italy. Next day, we leave for Vatican City and visit the Vatican Museum to see Michelangelo's Frescoes, the Last Judgement, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. On arrival in Rome, we drive through the amazing historical sights of Rome such Tiber River, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia and Colosseum from outside. Then we visit Trevi Fountain.
Today we proceed to Pisa and enjoy the city orientation tour which includes the Square of Miracles, Baptistry, Cathedral and the Leaning tower of Pisa – this famous tilted bell tower is a one of the most recognizable landmarks of Italy. Later we proceed to Florence and take photo stops at Piazzale Michelangelo Point and the Statue of David.
Today we proceed to Venice to enjoy the Vaporetto water bus ride to Venice Island and the Gondola ride in the famous canals of Venice. Later we visit the Glass blowing factory and the walking city tour which includes the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace, Bell Tower, St. Mark's Square and the Basilica.
Today we leave for Innsbruck – the bridge over the Inn. En route we visit Swarovski crystal world and Museum at Wattens. On arrival in Innsbruck we enjoy the walking orientation tour which includes Inns River, Golden roof and Maria Theresien Strasse.
Today we proceed to Salzburg – Mozart's birthplace. On arrival, we visit Mirabell Gardens – horticultural masterpiece. Then we enjoy the city orientation tour which includes Salzach River, Mozart's birth place, Getreide Gasse, Linzer Gasse, Residenz Fountain and the Salzburg Cathedral. Later take the funicular ride to Hohensalzburg Fortress to see the torture room, weapon exhibits and Marionette Museum.
Today we visit Hallein Salt Mine and later we proceed to Munich – its motto is "München mag dich" (Munich loves you). On arrival, we enjoy the city orientation tour which includes Hofbräuhaus – The oldest beer house, Marienplatz with its Glockenspiel, and the majestic Opera house. Next day, it’s time now to say goodbye to our travel companions and fly back home with never forgetting memories of this tour.
Welcome to Budapest –Budapest is paradise for explorers. A huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife etc. After some free time to explore the city centre, you would proceed for the famous Danube River Cruise - the second longest river in Europe which is also referred to as ‘The Queen of European Rivers’.
Today proceed on your guided city tour of Budapest, with a visit to Fisherman’s Bastion, Szechenyi Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle. Drive on the Andrassy Boulevard and arrive at the majestic Hero’s square featuring the Magyars Chieftains and diverse leaders of Hungary. In the evening watch a Horse show and be thrilled with its breathtaking and exhilarating stunts.
Today proceed to Vienna – Austria’s capital, in the country’s east side on the Danube River. Today enjoy a guided tour of this musical city. You would also visit the famous Schönbrunn Palace.
On to Prague – the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. Enroute enjoy an Orientation tour of Bratislava.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Prague – rich in history, overflowing with charm and marked with orange-topped roofs.
After a Continental breakfast, you would leave Prague and will be driven to Munich. This capital of Bavaria is a beautiful city, often flocked by tourist for its street cafes, beer halls, highbrow art, ancient churches, centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. Your Holiday ends, today it’s time to fly back home. Check out and depart for the Airport for the flight home.
Welcome to Austria. Arrive in Vienna, the capital city of Austria. Proceed to hotel. Check in and spend the rest of day at leisure. Overnight Vienna.
After breakfast, proceed to Hop on – Hop off bus tour. Set your own pace, get on and off at any of the 35 stops, as often as you wish. Make sure to check out the shopping along the Graben street in the Old Town. Also remember to visit one of the famous Viennese cafes. Sample the original Sacher cake at Café Sacher and enjoy good food at one of Vienna’s bistros or Beisl as they are known locally. Overnight Vienna.
Today after breakfast proceed on your own to Vienna train station to board your train for Salzburg, the birth place of Mozart. Arrive at Salzburg station and proceed to your hotel on own. Rest of the evening is at leisure to explore Salzburg on your own.
After breakfast, start exploring the city of Mozart and Sound of Music. Take in the sights on a Hop on – Hop off bus tour. Set your own pace, get on and off at any of the stops. This tour is the best way to see the important sights of the city. Make sure you cover Mirabell Palace, Mozart's Residence, Trinity Church, Horse Pond, Festival Halls, Hellbrunn Palace, Palace of Frohnburg, Nonnberg Abbey, and Mozart Square. Stroll through the streets in the in the Old Town and take a break at one of the numerous cafes. Make sure to buy some Mozartkugeln chocolate. Overnight Salzburg.
Today morning after breakfast proceed to Salzburg station on your own to board your train for Innsbruck. Arrive at Innsbruck and proceed to your hotel on own. Overnight in Innsbruck. Next Day, After breakfast, start exploring the capital of the Tyrol Region. If you’re not up for a tour, browse for souvenirs and exquisite gifts in the plethora of little shops in the Old Town. Take a break at one of the numerous cafes and perhaps head out to Wattens which is a 20 mins ride by car. This is where the Swarovski Crystal Worlds is located. Swarovski also has a large shop in the Old Town in central Innsbruck that you don’t want to miss. Overnight Innsbruck.
Today proceed to Innsbruck train station on own to board your train for Vienna. Arrive at Vienna and proceed to your hotel on own. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Vienna. Next day After breakfast proceed to Airport on own as per your flight schedule to board flight for your hometown. Holiday Concludes. Let’s stay in touch on Facebook / email and meet again on another memorable Holiday. See you soon!
Day 1-Welcome to Vienna: The Tour Manager will meet you outside the airport. Proceed for dinner and then to the hotel and check-in. Day 2- Guided city tour of Vienna: Pass the magnificent Opera House, Rathaus, St. Stephen's Church and many more interesting monuments of this beautiful city. Later, you have a choice to visit the Schonbrunn palace a UNESCO world cultural heritage site (at an additional cost). Later, enjoy some free time for shopping
Day 3- Onto Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Enjoy some free time to shop and move around this famous city featuring in some recent Bollywood Movies. Later this evening you have a chance to experience the Danube river cruise where you will see the Palace in Buda castle, the Chain bridge linking Buda and Pest and the Parliament building lined on the Danube embankment. Recommended Optional Activity - Danube cruise (at an additional cost)
Day 4- Guided city tour of Budapest: See the equestrian statue of St. Stephen and experience the domination of the seven turrets at Fisherman's Bastion, visit the Heroes Square and more interesting sights. Rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own. Recommended Optional Activity - Hungarian Horsemanship Show with local lunch (Aug - Sept 2019)
Day 5- Onto Prague - Free time in Prague (Aug- Sept 2019): Later you have some free time to explore the city on your own. Onto Prague via Bratislava - Free time in Bratislava (Oct 2019): Drive to Prague. Enroute visit Bratislava - the capital city of Slovakia. Spend some free time before we head to Prague
Day 6- Guided city tour of Prague: visit a panoramic point on the Prague castle gallery. Next, visit the Old Town Square see the Town Hall, an astronomical clock and the famous Charles Bridge. Rest of the day is free OR chance to join us on an Ultimate Prague Experience tour
Day 7-Fly back home with pleasant memories Proceed to the airport for your flight back home.
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