Exclusive trip to Prague and Austria

11 Days

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Prague

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to hotel in Prague, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Take some time to rest after a long flight.

Overnight: Prague

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Day 2 :
Prague

Day 2: Prague

Guided tour of Prague: In the morning, you look out over Prague and immediately understand its nickname “city of 1,000 spires.” The skyline contains 1,100 years of history, filled with domed churches and old towers. A blend of architectural styles decorates the entire city, from its narrow Gothic lanes to its Baroque palaces, Renaissance bridges, and Art Nouveau cafes.

On the opposite side of the Vltava River, you can see Prague Castle casting a dramatic image overlooking the cityscape. Your guide meets you at the hotel and leads you through the meandering cobblestone alleyways of the old city. Discover the delights of Prague, stroll around the Jewish Quarter and Old Town to see the Astronomical Clock and many other highlights.

Later, sightseeing of Prague Castle and walk to Golden Street on right River bank.

Overnight: Prague

Tip of the day (optionally you can add):

–  DINNER CRUISE ON VLTAVA RIVER: Enjoy the most beautiful sights in Prague – Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum, Prague Castle, etc. from the boat and relax with live music on-board. During the cruise enjoy a fabulous menu with a wide selection of delicacies of Czech and international cuisine at a buffet dinner. Duration: 3 hours

 

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Day 3 :
Prague

Free day. Check tip of the day to see what you can do on this day.

Overnight: Prague

Tip of the day (optionally you can add):

–  HALF-DAY TOUR TO KUTNA HORA: Kutna Hora is one of the 12 places in the Czech Republic on UNESCO’s world heritage list, but is most famous for its bone church; a cemetery chapel decorated with the bones of up to 40,000 people.

–  NUCLEAR BUNKER TOUR: Ex-Soviet bunker, made during the Cold War, is located five stories under the ground. It is crammed with paraphernalia including gas masks, medical kits, and uniforms. The ambience is evocative of the paranoia and violence of the Cold War years and it is bound to send a chill down your spine.

 MUCHA MUSEUM: The world’s first Mucha Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the world-acclaimed Czech ART NOUVEAU artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), is housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace in the very heart of Prague. A selection of over 100 exhibits comprising paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia provides a privileged view into the universe of the artist who is most widely known for the posters he executed for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-siècle Paris.

–  TRIP TO BOHEMIAN PARADISE: A unique combination of outlandish rock formations, dense pine forests, lordly castles and chateaux, countless lofty viewing points, hiking and cycling trails through the heart of the idyllic sandstone rocks, trips in the footsteps of Albrecht von Wallenstein and the chateau at Hrubá Skála as well as the Gold Route from the Bohemian Paradise area to Trosky Castle – you’ll find it all, and more, in Bohemian Paradise.

–  HALF-DAY TRIP TO KARLSTEJN CASTLE: Karlštejn Castle is one of the best castles in the Czech Republic and is a truly magical specimen. Learn about Karlštejn Castle’s legendary treasures and relics, and then explore the 14th-century gothic landmark, which has sweeping views across the Czech countryside.

–  DAY TRIP TO KARLOVY VARY: Sample the delights of the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary on this full-day trip from Prague. Admire the Bohemian landscapes as you travel from Prague to Karlovy Vary, and discover the many attractions of the town. Visit the Moser glass factory, where beautiful crystal ware is made; admire the elegant spa colonnades and fountains, and sample some of the reputedly curative waters, light spa wafers and some of Karlovy’s legendary herbal liqueur.

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Private transfer to Vienna.

En route stop in Cesky Krumlov for a guided tour of the city: Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.

Continue to Vienna, check in the hotel and at leisure.

Overnight: Vienna

Tip of the day – suggestions for the evening:

–  DANUBE TOWER: The Danube Tower is a Viennese landmark and an engineering masterpiece. It now stands resplendent in a stylish reinterpretation of the 1960s. The express lift will take you to a viewing terrace 150 metres up in the air, with an unforgettable 360° panorama. That’s what makes the Danube Tower a popular destination – and the perfect starting point for all those who want to discover the city.

–  PRATER – THE OLDEST AMUSEMENT PARK & VIENNA GIANT FERRIS WHEEL: The Prater is a popular public park and green space in the city, and is home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Used for centuries as the imperial hunting grounds, Vienna’s Prater was opened to the public in 1766. In 1895 the amusement park, Wurstelprater, was opened, of which many of the original attractions have been perfectly preserved, contributing to the charming historic feel of the park.

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Day 5 :
Vienna

Vienna City Highlights Tour: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk in your hotel and take you to a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions along the famous Ringstrasse to see the Vienna Rathaus, Vienna’s historical center, St Stephen’s Cathedral. Pass the multi-hued Hundertwasserhaus and the opulent grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace.

Overnight: Vienna

Tip of the day (optionally you can add):

–  SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL GUIDED TOUR: The Spanish Riding School in Vienna with its famous Lipizzaner ballet can be experienced live in the baroque ambience of the Imperial Palace.

 FREUD MUSEUM: In the former living quarters and office of Sigmund Freud in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna’s ninth district, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 until 1938, when on 4 June he was forced by the National Socialists to flee with his family into exile in England.

–  THE ALBERTINA MUSEUM: one of Vienna’s most impressive art galleries houses one of the largest print rooms in the world and covers most works of art from photography through modern graphic and impressionism. If you’re a fan of Monet, Cézanne, Klimt and Picasso then the Albertina is one to visit.

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Day 6 :
Vienna

Visit Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens – highly recommended: Play royalty for a day in Vienna by visiting the summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its elegant gardens, fountains, fake Roman ruins, a hilltop café, and Europe’s oldest zoo.

Grand Tour Tickets: Forty rooms and forty fascinating stories spanning three centuries.

Overnight: Vienna

Tip of the day (optionally you can add some of the following):

 THE OLDEST ZOO IN THE WORLD IN VICINITY OF SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE: Part of the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world’s oldest zoo is indeed an unforgettable experience, and one that no visitor to Vienna should miss. More than 700 animal species, some of them threatened, have found a home here and a chance for survival as a species.

 VISIT BELVEDERE PALACES: The two Belvedere palaces were built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt to be used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). One of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks, this ensemble – comprising the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden – is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

–  VIENNA OPERA TOUR: Take a glimpse behind the scenes of the world’s largest repertoire theatre and discover many things that remain hidden from the evening audience. On this approximately 40-minute tour, you will hear many interesting facts about the building’s history, its architecture and how an opera house is run.

–  MOZART & STRAUSS CONCERT WITH DINNER IN THE KURSALON: Enjoy the musical delights of the concert in the Lanner Hall of the Kursalon with an Austrian dinner in the stylish surroundings of the Restaurant Johann.

–  HOFBURG, the Imperial Palace – explore one of main highlights of Vienna: The Hofburg is the former principal Imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers and today serves as the official residence and workplace of the President of Austria. Tour can be as the regular tour or you can book with us the Exclusive private tour where you can see: Sisi Museum and the Imperial Apartments (approx. 60 minutes), Highlights of the Silver Collection (approx. 50 minutes), State banquets past and present (Silver Collection, approx. 50 minutes).

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Train transfer to Salzburg.

After check-in at the hotel, guided tour of Salzburg: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk in your hotel and take you to a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions. Pass St Peter’s Monastery, Mozart House and the Mirabell Gardens, when scenes from ‘The Sound of Music’ were filmed. You’ll also have the chance to explore the Baroque Old Town, dotted with stunning cathedrals and churches.

Overnight: Salzburg

Tip of the day – for the afternoon:

–  CLASSIC CONCERT IN SALZBURG: Enjoy an evening likely to have taken place in 1790 – in the Baroque Hall lit by candles, having a dinner based on historical recipes, listening to a concert with musicians in authentic costumes and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

–  SOUND OF MUSIC TOUR: Original “Sound of music Tour”: The life of the von Trapp Family is inseparably linked to the city of Salzburg. Every year nearly 300,000 people visit the Trapp Family homes and film locations. The 1965 film became an international box office success. Join us on a wonderful ride with breath-taking views of opening scenes of the movie The Sound of Music were filmed with live guide!

–  CASTLE WITH FORTRESS ABOVE SALZBURG: Ascend and descend by Fortress funicular, entrance to fortress precincts, guided tour with audio guide in eleven languages (salt storeroom, torture chamber, look-out tower, ‘Salzburg Bull’ – mechanical organ), Fortress Museum, Rainer Regiment Museum, Marionette Museum, Alm passage. Besides, visit of unique Princes’ Apartments in the main castle and the Mechanical Theatre.

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Free day with great options to explore surrounding of Salzburg.

Overnight: Salzburg

Tip of the day – great options for this day:

–  SALT-MINE HALLEIN: The oldest mine in the world everyone can enjoy and follow the tracks of mysterious, ancient miners’ tunnels for many kilometres into the mystical mountain. More than 2500 years ago, the Celts were already mining “White Gold” here, as is evident from the traces they left behind. Now you can experience it on your own.

–  TRIP TO HALLSTATT: Hallstatt UNESCO Village. Jagged mountain peaks reflected in a pristine alpine lake offer the backdrop for this charming Austrian village under UNESCO.

–  VISIT CHIEMSEE LAKE WITH TWO GREAT ISLANDS: Visit Herrenchiemsee Island (or Men’s island) with Palace – a fairy-tale king’s refuge, modelled after the Palace of Versailles by King Ludwig II. Escape to an island in Lake Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, for a tour of the king’s final and most expensive castle. Continue to another like a fairy tale island: the smaller Fraueninsel, or Women’s Island with the 8th-century Benedictine convent with its Gothic bell tower is fantastic place to enjoy some typical culinary delights of the island, numerous souvenir hand-made craft shops and cute Bavarian houses.

–  EAGLE’S NEST – FORMER RESIDENCE OF HITLER: Fascinating Eagle’s Nest (formerly Hitler’s home and southern headquarters, a breathtaking journey up the Kehlstein road and a luxurious brass elevator up through the rock into Eagle’s Nest. Enjoy impressive views and its excellent cuisine. The site combines a unique example of historic architecture and a stunning Alpine setting)

–  ICE CAVE WERFEN – BIGGEST ICE CAVE IN THE WORLD: Pleasant half hour walk to the cave where you meet with the guide who will take you to a guided tour. IMPORTANT: The temperature in the cave is around 30°F at all times so please dress accordingly.

–  ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITY: Canyoning Adventure in the Salzkammergut from Salzburg.

–  HIKING OPTIONS NEAR SALZBURG:

1. The Gaisberg (1288m): The Gaisberg is a local mountain of Salzburg. Most of the hiking route goes through forest, you will pass unexpected ‘rock face’ for the otherwise gentle summit and enjoy the view of the Flachgau and Mozart city of Salzburg (approx. 2 hrs)

2. Bleckwand (1541m): Nice and easy tour with great views to Wolfgangsee and Schafber (approx. 3 hrs hike)

3. Eisenaueralm (1015 m): Interesting hiking routes through an impressive gorge on a beautiful mountain pasture with views of Schafsberg and Attersee (approx. 4hrs)

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Train transfer to Innsbruck.

Overnight: Innsbruck

Tip of the day – great options on the way to Innsbruck and in Innsbruck town:

–  SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL WORLD: Discover the Crystal Cloud, with 800,000 hand-mounted crystals twinkling in the light. Head into the Chambers of Wonder, where the magic of crystal comes to life! Admire unique art installations in the Garden of the Giant.

 TOP OF SALZBURG: Visit the Top of Salzburg, the summit-level panoramic viewing platform on the Kitzsteinhorn, which offers sweeping views of the eastern alps and Hohe Tauern National Park. With your ticket, you’ll enjoy access to all the cable cars and lifts up to an altitude of 9,843 feet (3,000 meters), plus entrance to mountain attractions including the Cinema 3000 experience and the Ice Area with snow slides, a magic carpet, and a summertime glacier trail.

–  THE GROSSGLOCKNER HIGH ALPINE ROAD: The mountain pass road with a total of 48 km and 36 turns leads deep into the centre of Austria’s largest national park with an area of 1,800 km2 that extends across the provinces of Salzburg, Tyrol and Carinthia. The highest point of the mountain road is the Edelweissspitze located at just above 2,500 m. Several 3,000 m peaks open up to the wandering gaze, but the largest of them all is the Grossglockner.

–  KRIMML WATERFALLS: Highest European Waterfalls (2h 30 min driving one way): Enjoy a spectacular hike to Austria’s highest waterfalls. The three stages of the hike, starting in the village of Krimml, take you to ever more spectacular views of the falls and the surrounding countryside. Bring your camera and capture the most beautiful section of the falls!

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Private transfer to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Enjoy a lovely day trip to fairy-tale castle from Disney logo, royal palace of Ludwig II of Bavaria and optionally highest peak of Germany – Zugspitze. Day trip with private transfer.

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle: Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.

The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. However, movement in the foundation area has to be continuously monitored, and the sheer rock walls must be repeatedly secured.

Visit the Linderhof Palace and its surrounding park is one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. The “Royal Villa” is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886) was able to complete (1878). It is influenced by French architecture and modelled on the small summer palaces, usually set in parkland, that were built in France in the 18th century and were also often to be found in Germany in the parks of larger palaces.

Private transfer to Munich, check-in at the hotel and at leisure.

Overnight: Munich

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Day 11 :
Munich

Private transfer to Munich Airport and flight back home.

Why visit Austria?

There are numerous compelling reasons to visit Austria, as it offers a unique blend of rich history, stunning landscapes, cultural treasures, and warm hospitality. Here are some of the top reasons to visit Austria:

Historical and Cultural Heritage: Austria boasts a wealth of historical and cultural treasures. From the opulent palaces of Vienna to the charming Old Towns of Salzburg and Innsbruck, the country is steeped in history and architectural marvels. Explore magnificent castles, Baroque churches, and grand museums that showcase Austria’s rich cultural heritage.

Musical Legacy: Austria is renowned for its musical legacy. It is the birthplace of world-famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss. Attend a classical music concert in Vienna, visit Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, or immerse yourself in the melodies of the Sound of Music in its picturesque filming locations.

Alpine Landscapes: Austria’s breathtaking Alpine landscapes are a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the picturesque mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, and verdant valleys. Experience activities such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking in locations like the Austrian Alps and the Tyrolean region.

Culinary Delights: Austrian cuisine is a treat for food lovers. Indulge in delicious specialties like Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte (chocolate cake), Apfelstrudel (apple strudel), and hearty alpine dishes. Pair your meals with a glass of Austrian wine or a refreshing locally brewed beer.

Festivals and Traditions: Austria is renowned for its vibrant festivals and traditional celebrations. Experience the joyful atmosphere of events like Vienna’s ball season, Salzburg Festival, or the iconic Christmas markets that transform cities into magical wonderlands during the holiday season.

Architectural Marvels: From the stunning Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna to the majestic Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria is home to remarkable architectural gems. The mix of architectural styles, including Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, and modern designs, adds to the country’s visual allure.

Warm Hospitality: Austrians are known for their warm and friendly hospitality. Whether you’re staying in a luxury hotel or a cozy guesthouse, you can expect genuine hospitality, excellent service, and a warm welcome from the locals.

These are just a few reasons why Austria is worth visiting. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, nature, music, or simply seeking a charming and memorable vacation, Austria offers a diverse range of experiences that are sure to captivate and delight visitors.

What to see and do in Prague?

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is renowned for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant atmosphere. Here are some top attractions and activities to see and do in Prague:

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad): Explore the largest ancient castle complex in the world. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, stroll through Golden Lane, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the castle grounds.

Charles Bridge (Karlův most): Walk across this iconic 14th-century bridge adorned with statues, offering picturesque views of the Vltava River and the city. Visit early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid crowds.

Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí): Marvel at the architectural beauty of the Old Town Square, dominated by the Gothic spires of the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Admire the Astronomical Clock and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.

St. Nicholas Church (Kostel svatého Mikuláše): Visit this impressive Baroque church in the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) area, known for its exquisite frescoes and stunning interior.

Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský orloj): Don’t miss the hourly show of the famous medieval astronomical clock located on the Old Town Hall. Watch as the clock comes to life with moving figurines and chimes.

Jewish Quarter (Josefov): Explore the historic Jewish Quarter, with its synagogues, cemetery, and the poignant Holocaust Memorial. Visit the Jewish Museum to learn about the rich Jewish history of Prague.

Petřín Hill: Climb up Petřín Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the city from Petřín Tower, often referred to as Prague’s mini Eiffel Tower. Explore the beautiful gardens and visit the Mirror Maze.

Prague National Theatre (Národní divadlo): Attend a performance at the iconic National Theatre, showcasing opera, ballet, and drama. The Neo-Renaissance building itself is a work of art.

Prague Beer Culture: Immerse yourself in Prague’s beer culture by visiting traditional pubs and trying the famous Czech beer. Don’t miss out on a visit to the historic U Fleků brewery or the beer gardens in Letná or Riegrovy Sady parks.

Vyšehrad: Explore the historic fortification of Vyšehrad, located on a hill overlooking the Vltava River. Visit the Vyšehrad Cemetery, where many prominent Czech figures are buried, and enjoy the serene park grounds.

These are just a few highlights of what Prague has to offer. The city is also known for its excellent museums, art galleries, vibrant nightlife, and charming neighborhoods like Malá Strana and Žižkov. Take the time to wander through the cobbled streets, discover hidden gems, and soak in the unique atmosphere of this beautiful city.

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