WVIA Travel Club
featuring Prague, Vienna & Budapest
April 13 - April 23, 2015
11 Days • 14 Meals
9 Breakfasts • 5 Dinner
Highlights: Prague, Hradcany Castle, Prague (Diner's Choice), Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace, Grinzing Evening, Danube River Cruise, Bratislava, Budapest, Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Szentendre, Renaissance Dinner
Day 1: Monday, April 13, 2015 Overnight FlightInclusive sightseeing, traditional entertainment and a scenic cruise along the Danube River highlight your amazing tour of the Imperial Cities of Central Europe. Your cultural experience of a lifetime begins with an overnight flight to Europe.
Day 2: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Prague, Czech Republic - Tour BeginsAfter arriving in Prague, variously called the "Golden City" or "The City of 100 Spires," the remainder of your day is at leisure. You will adore Prague; its historic center has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites since 1992. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 PragueYour introduction to this fairy tale city begins with a panoramic tour as you drive through the city and arrive at the amazing Hradcany Castle where you will stroll down the Golden Lane. Afterwards, enjoy your visit to the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral as well as the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. The afternoon is at leisure to independently explore the city, shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home of stone sculptures dating from the 11th century to the present. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…a Collette Exclusive. Dinner is included and you will choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Prague’s great restaurants. (B, D)
Day 4: Thursday, April 16, 2015 PragueToday enjoy the freedom to explore Prague on your own. You can stroll back down to the old town square, home to the famous Orloj, which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. You may also choose to join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. (B)
Day 5: Friday, April 17, 2015 Prague - Vienna, AustriaA scenic ride through the countryside takes you from Prague into the grand city of Vienna, the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour as you drive through the city en route to your hotel. You have a free evening to enjoy the city at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Saturday, April 18, 2015 ViennaThis morning you will visit Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years, before continuing through Vienna’s city center. Along the way, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city before visiting the gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Tonight, you may choose to join an optional dinner followed by an unforgettable classical music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers Mozart and Strauss. (B)
Day 7: Sunday, April 19, 2015 Vienna - Danube River - Melk - ViennaTravel along the banks of the Danube to the medieval town of Durnstein where you board your boat for a scenic Danube River cruise. "Waltz" across one of the most breathtaking bodies of water in the world, immortalized by Strauss, and travel through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. A leisurely ride through the Vienna Woods concludes this marvelous day. This evening enjoy a memorable dining experience, including local entertainment, in the picturesque wine-making village of Grinzing and sample locally-produced wine. (B, D)
Day 8: Monday, April 20, 2015 Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, HungaryThis morning you journey to Bratislava, former coronation city and Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire, for an included city tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Upon arrival, an informative local expert brings the city to life. Visit the Matthias Church, site of many coronations of kings. Next, visit the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument, completed in 1904, which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. (B, D)
Day 9: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 BudapestYou may take advantage of this day at leisure to stroll the riverside streets of majestic Budapest, visit one of the many museums, sample the local cuisine or just relax. If you wish you may join an optional excursion which journeys through the picturesque Hungarian Great Plain countryside, called the "Puszta," and visit a typical horse farm in this land which some say is "flat as water." Learn the unique culture and history of the Csikos, or Hungarian equestrians, whose equestrian lineage reaches back 1,000 years. Watch in amazement as they put on a spectacular horse show for your pleasure. (B)
Day 10: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Budapest - Szentendre - Visegrad - BudapestBegin your day with a visit to the beautiful baroque town of Szentendre and the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th century castle where knights with colorful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Complete with wine and music, this highlight will end your fascinating cultural journey. (B, D)
Day 11: Thursday, April 23, 2015 Budapest - Tour Ends(B)
Included Meals Key
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
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Puszta and Hungarian Horse Farm • $85
Strike out from the confines of Budapest into the heart of the Hungarian countryside. Miles of famous Puszta scenery awaits as you travel to a local farm for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a spectacular horse show which brings to life the traditions of the Hungarian horsemanship. Afterwards, sit down to a family-style traditional Hungarian lunch complete with wine and Goulash in the country house setting of this family-run establishment. Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Budapest by Night • $80
Live, spirited gypsy music fills the air at one of Budapest’s historic landmark restaurants. Sit down to a dinner of creative Hungarian cuisine in a traditional Hungarian setting. Enjoy complimentary wine and coffee. After dinner, embark on a romantic evening cruise on the Danube. Discover the beauty of Budapest’s beautiful landmarks illuminated by the evening sky, sipping on a glass of wine as you glide down the river's beautiful waters. A selection of beverages is included on board. Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Prague's Old Jewish Quarter • $60
Prague’s Jewish quarter, the historic Josefov, tells the moving and powerful stories of a community with roots in Prague dating back to the 10th century. This history comes alive on a guided tour of the neighborhood where Jewish residency was confined by law in the 13th century. Hear stories of success, heartbreak, perseverance, and persecution. Learn about the golom, the automaton of ancient Jewish legends which protected 16th-century Jews. Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, where the more than 12,000 graves are carefully fit into the tiny space, the oldest dating back to 1439. Explore the Jewish Museum and its synagogues and learn of their significance. Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Folklore Dinner and Show • $70
Step into a rural Czech celebration perfectly recreated in the outskirts of Prague. Immerse yourself in an evening of Czech culture, cuisine and spirit. Savor a hearty, three-course dinner featuring Czech favorites, accompanied by local wine and beer. Lively folkloric dances and music are performed by talented professionals in colorful, traditional costumes, with lots of gregarious encouragement for audience participation. Don’t miss this unforgettable night of fun that will have you completely enchanted by the Czech culture by the evening’s end. Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Viennese Evening - Dining Experience & Classical Music Concert • $99
Begin your night with a fabulous dining experience at one of Vienna’s most popular and traditional restaurants. After enjoying dinner, experience classical music in true Imperial style during an unforgettable performance at the Schoenbrunn Palace Orangerie. Built in 1755, the imperial court held many elaborate festivities here among the exotic citrus and plants protected in the glittering, baroque Orangerie. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart debuted many pieces here, and it was here that he lost the legendary competition to court composer, Antonio Salieri, judged by the Emperor Joseph II himself. Delight to a concert of favorites by Mozart and Johann Strauss. Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.