Travac’s passage to Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest is a journey into the very cultural centre of Europe. It is an adventure into a land carved by the music of Kings and Courtesans inspired by the music of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Strauss. It is an odyssey along the romantic Danube River from Vienna with its Opera Houses and fine arts museums to the bridges and bastions of Budapest.
Your pilgrimage will be filled with the charm and vibrancy of the Danube valley. It is here that you will experience impressive orchards tumbling from hills along its banks to postcard villages that dot the way throughout your journey. Each city you visit will offer you a different cultural insight and experience that will be both awe inspiring and revealing. Join us as we travel into the heart of Europe and follow a trail through the Imperial Cities.
For booking information contact Travac Tours in the Westgate Mall, 1309 Carling Avenue at (613) 728-1934.
Please note that early booking is essential. Our last spring tour sold out in three weeks.
Depart Ottawa on your overnight flights to Berlin.
Day 2 (Berlin- 3 nights)
Upon your arrival in Berlin you will be transferred to the hotel with a few stops along the way. After checking into our hotel, the balance of your day will be free. (B, D)
This morning, you will be met by our local guide and taken on a city tour. The tour will take you into both the east and west sections of the city. Included are the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the German State Opera House, the Tiergarten as well as the shopping and entertainment district.
Your afternoon will be free to explore some of the great sights that the city has to offer. Berlin is famous for its “Island Museums.” Your guide will explain how to easily get to and from the museum complex. You may also want to visit the bustling “KU damm”. This shopping district was once the “shop window of the west”. Today it remains a vibrant shopping and dining experience. (B)
Today you will have another leisurely chance to explore and discover the spirit of Berlin. Join your host on an early morning walk. This captivating city has plenty of opportunity for a new adventure. (B)
Day 5 (Prague- 3 nights)
From Berlin we will travel through Germany and into the Czech Republic Our destination is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe- Prague. After checking into our hotel, the balance of your day will be free. (B)
This morning you will join a local guide for a complete city tour. The tour will start with a visit to the 1000 year old Prague Castle. The castle offers an amazing view of the old city. Your tour will also take you to the old town square, a hub of activity in the city since medieval times. Your afternoon is at leisure. Prague is somewhat famous for its music. An evening concert is a great way to end your day. (B)
Today is a free day. As an option ($) you may wish to visit the Jewish museum. More than 200,000 items depicting Jewish life and religion are housed throughout several monuments, including the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. It is also easy to lose yourself sightseeing in the cobblestone streets that are everywhere in the old town. Another option is to visit Prague’s version of the Eiffel tower. No matter what you choose to do with your free time the majesty of the city is always there. Your tour director will be happy to help you with suggestions for the balance of your day. (B)
Day 8 (Vienna- 3 nights)
Leaving Prague, we will make a stop in the charming town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO world heritage site, before we reach Vienna. This medieval town is nestled on the Vltava River. While in Cesky Krumlov you will have a chance to wander through its traffic free cobblestone streets, shop and enjoy a light lunch before heading on to Vienna. Your afternoon and evening will be at your leisure in Vienna. (B)
Your sightseeing of Vienna will begin with a guided tour of this great metropolitan centre led by a professional local guide. You will have a chance to see Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and a former home of the Hapsburg Dynasty. You will also see the famous Opera House, St Stephen’s Cathedral and Schonbrunn Palace. Your afternoon will again be at your leisure. (B)
Your last day in Vienna will be on your own. Your Travac Tours Director will be happy to offer some suggestions for sightseeing, dining or shopping. (B)
Day 11 (Budapest- 3 nights)
Leaving Vienna we will travel along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. Along the way we will make a stop in the small town of Bratislava before arriving in Budapest. This evening you will be free to enjoy magical Budapest. (B)
Your city tour of Budapest will consist of both a walking tour of old Buda taking in a good part of the cities rich heritage and a drive to Pest to visit Heroes’ Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. On your free time you may wish to visit one of the city’s Thermal Pools. (B)
A free day in Budapest is invigorating. You will have time to shop, explore and enjoy the boundless heritage that has made the city so awe inspiring. This evening we offer our farewell dinner cruise on the Danube. (B, D).
Your guide will advise you of your departure time for your return flights to Ottawa. (B)
To avoid disappointment please book early. Our last similar trip sold out in a matter of weeks.