Join us on a 7-day tour of Central and Eastern Europe from Frankfurt, and see all the glorious sights in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and more!
• Budapest and Vienna
• Mt. Titlis
• Rhine Falls
• Lake Titisee
• Black Forest
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We'll depart in the morning, reaching the Czech border in the early afternoon and Prague by dusk. Commonly referred to as Golden Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic is a resplendent vision of Old World glory.
Your adventure in Prague starts with a dramatic stroll along the kings and queens of ancient Bohemia's coronation route. Starting at the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany District, we will visit Prague Castle, the republic's official residence, and according to Guinness Book of World Records, the world's biggest ancient castle. Admission to Golden Lane, a road of 11 historic houses within the castle complex, and the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral are also included in the castle fees. Crossing the Charles Bridge, we're going to enter the old quarter and see the Old Town Square Astronomical Clock, which has hosted both uprisings and executions, and stays the city's political and cultural core to this day.
We will create the picturesque transition from Prague to the hotel in or near Bratislava's Slovak capital after dinner on the square.
We will leave for Budapest, Hungary's capital, after breakfast. Major attractions on our trip include Heroes ' Square, featuring statues of the Seven Magyar Chiefs and other major domestic politicians, as well as the Unknown Soldier's Tomb; Hungarian Parliament Building; Elisabeth Bridge; Fisherman's Bastion; and Matthias Church. Then you will have the choice to join the picturesque cruise on the Danube River. In Budapest we're going to spend the night.
After breakfast, head to Vienna, Austria's capital, to see the Schonbrunn Palace, the Imperial family's former summer residence, and Empress Maria Theresa's favorite living quarters; Stadtpark (City Park), home to Johann Strauss ' golden bronze statue; the Austrian Parliament Building; the world-famous Vienna State Opera; and Hofburg Palace. We will arrive at St. Stephen's Cathedral after a walk along the Kartnerstrasse. Tickets can also be arranged for a Viennese Waltz concert (at your own cost).
We will head up into the Alps after breakfast to fabulous Mondsee, a town on the shores of Lake Mondsee, home to the Mondsee Abbey. The cloister church was used in The Sound of Music as the wedding place. After arriving in Munich, we will visit Marienplatz, a key square in the middle of the town, and New Town Hall, which since 1874 has continually housed the city council, the mayor's office, and part of the administrative body. Our evening hotel is going to be in Munich or a nearby town.
We will take the mountain roads further into Switzerland after breakfast, slowly winding our way up to the Alps ' snow-capped giants. Once in Engelberg, we're going to bring the gondola up to Mount Titlis for 45 minutes, 10,623 feet above sea level. We're going to go into a glacier cave and walk through Titlis Cliff Walk, the largest suspension bridge in Europe. You may choose to have your dinner at the maximum (own cost) at one of several dining facilities. Afterwards we will drive to picturesque Lucerne to see the Lion Monument and discover the perfect souvenir in the tight alleys. There are also plenty of shops selling Swiss watches here. We're going to spend the night in a nearby town or Zurich.
We'll go out after breakfast to lovely Zurich, Switzerland's financial capital. For some of the day's greatest photo opportunities, our first stop will be Lake Zurich, followed by a journey to Schaffhausen to see Rhine Falls. Then we will bring the mountain roads back across the frontier with Germany to see the Black Forest and Lake Titisee. The optional lake lunch involves an authentic black forest cake and pork knuckle. We will return in the afternoon to Frankfurt, where it will be time to say goodbye to new-found friends for some members of the group, while others will choose to live another night in this significant German town before picking up the next day's Red Line tour.