.Saturday, August 1 – Day 1: Overnight Flight
Set out on an exciting cultural experience in the Imperial Cities of Central Europe featuring traditional entertainment, a scenic cruise along the Danube River and the epic Passion Play.
Sunday, August 2 – Day 2: Budapest, Hungary - Tour Begins
Welcome to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Have time at leisure to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s welcome dinner.
Accommodations: Budapest Hotel; Meals: Dinner
Monday, August 3 – Day 3: Budapest
Join a local expert who brings the city to life. Discover Matthias Church, site of many coronations of kings. Next, see 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.
Accommodations: Budapest Hotel; Meals: Breakfast
Tuesday, August4 – Day 4: Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia – Vienna, Austria
This morning, journey to Bratislava—the former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. During your visit, get to know the city’s multilayered history on an expert-led tour. A scenic ride through the countryside takes you into the grand city of Vienna, the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tonight, enjoy dinner featuring regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine of the quaint winemaking region of Grinzing.
Accommodations: Mercure Grand Hotel; Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Wednesday, August 5 – Day 5: Vienna
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue to Vienna’s city center. Along the way, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. This evening enjoy an unforgettable classical music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers — Mozart and Strauss.
Accommodations: Mercure Grand Hotel; Meals: Breakfast
Thursday, August 6 – Day 6: Vienna - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic – Prague
Depart Vienna, crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Continue to the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. During some free time explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture. After arriving in Prague, find out why it is called the "Golden City" or "The City of 100 Spires." This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner.
Accommodations: Prague Hotel; Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Friday, August 7 – Day 7: Prague
Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Then explore the majestic Hradcany Castle, including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Next, stroll down the quaint, colorful Golden Lane. Discover the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. This afternoon, it’s your time to explore. Perhaps 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.
Accommodations: Prague Hotel; Meals: Breakfast
Saturday, August 8 – Day 8: Prague – Oberammergau, Germany
Travel the Czech countryside to Bavaria, Germany. Proceed to the picturesque village of Oberammergau, beautifully situated in the Bavarian Alps.
Accommodations: Oberammergau regional hotel; Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Sunday, August 9 – Day 9: Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During the break of the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.
Accommodations: Oberammergau regional hotel; Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Monday, August 10 – Day 10: Oberammergau – Munich
Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. Feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park; the world-famous Glockenspiel; and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafés. Enjoy free time to explore fascinating Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of your memorable trip.
Accommodations: Maritim Hotel Munich; Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Tuesday, August 11 – Day 11: Munich – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to an end in Munich airport area Oberammergau.
*Due to unforeseen schedule changes, witnessing the performance of the Glockenspiel might not be possible.