Eastern Europe Gardens and Highlights Tour - GEE
Number of Days: 15
Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany all offer a huge range of culture, gardens, majestic buildings, quaint medieval villages and different experiences - all within a relatively short distance. Our tour includes some of best and most diverse features including gardens and "must see" sights.
Highlights include Old Budapest, Danube cruise, Szentendre town, Schonbrunn Palace and garden, Bratislav, Brno, Europes most beautiful city - Prague, RiverElbe cruise, the exotic palace and gardens of Pillnitz, porcelain makers, Sangerhaisen rose garden (with 8,300 different types), Berlin and the summer residence of Frederick the Great - Sans Souci - an amazing palace and garden.
GARDENS AND HIGHLIGHTS OF EASTERN EUROPEAN TOUR - GEE
Day 1: Friday – Budapest
On arrival we are transferred to our hotel. Welcome Dinner tonight at our hotel. Accommodation 4 nights Budapest.
Day 2: Saturday - Budapest
A cruise today along the Danube Bend to visit Esztergom. St. Stephen, the first Hungarian king, was born here, and crowned in this town in 1001. The cathedral, built in the 19th century, is the largest church in Hungary. Then visit the artists' baroque town Szentendre with tiny town squares, meandering streets, Serb temples, picturesque and Mediterranean atmosphere. And finally Visegrad with its ruined citadel for 'birds eye' views of the river.
Day 3: Sunday - Budapest
Discover Budapest, capital of Hungary “Queen of the Danube”. Guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage city by coach, and tour of Buda Castle precinct for panorama of the city in its location on the River Danube. Free time this afternoon. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant with performance of folk and gypsy music, then see this beautiful city by night.
Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4: Monday - Vienna
Spend a relaxing day on the river as we travel today along the River Danube to Vienna by boat. Journey takes approx 7 hours depending on the water level of the river and the time to negotiate the locks. Transfer to our hotel located in the heart of Vienna with an orientation tour of the city before check in. Accommodation 3 nights Vienna
Day 5: Tuesday - Vienna
A walking tour this morning to discover the past glory of the Habsburg Empire; Hofburg Palace, Spanish Riding School, St Stephen's cathedral; the World Heritage listed historic precinct. Belvedere Palace in the heart of the city is your destination this morning with magnificent gardens, baroque park, famous Alpine garden (1865) and ornate conservatories of rare plants. With the fragrance of the lilac, and the parks and gardens in full spring bloom, Vienna is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Accommodation Vienna.
Day 6: Wednesday - Vienna
To Schonbrunn Palace this morning, the beautifully baroque former summer residence of the Imperial family and cultural heritage protected. Wander the formal gardens, maze, Palm House, Japanese Garden up to the Gloriette. Option this evening for opera, theatre or concert, here in the music capital of the world. Tickets can be purchased from the hotel.
Day 7: Thursday - Brno
We leave Austria this morning for Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, straddling the River Danube. A walk through the old town reveals the rich history. Continue this afternoon into The Czech Republic to Brno, regional capital of Moravia, one of the historic lands of the Czech Crown. Accommodation Brno.
Day 8: Friday - Prague
this morning discover the Cultural landscape (UNESCO World Heritage) at Lednice - Valtice, an complex of chateaux, gardens, lakes, temples, monuments, forest and park, a vast land-scape formed during Liechtenstein rule, to showcase power and influence by one of the most significant Central European noble families. Accom’ 3 nights Prague.
Day 9: Saturday - Prague
A tour this morning to discover Prague, said to be the heart of Europe, part by coach, and partly a walking tour of the old city. Our guide will show you the city and explain it’s troubled history. After the 'lifting' of the Iron Curtain in 1989 Prague has opened her heart to show visitors her beauty and influence. Spend time in the gardens of Prague Castle, once vineyards, now terraced in Italian Renaissance style.
Optional tour of Moser glass, the grand tradition of Czech glassmaking, and the ultimate in hand craftsmanship of lead free crystal tableware and glassware. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to wander the streets of Prague.
A dinner cruise (optional) tonight on the Vltava River to sample Czech cuisine and to see the beautiful illuminated city of Prague from the river.
Day 10: Sunday - Prague
A full day at leisure to explore historic Prague, shop or relax.
Day 11: Monday - Dresden
Leave Czech Republic this morning travel into Germany to Dresden, 18th century capital of Saxony, on the River Elbe. Arrive midday and check in to your hotel, located in the heart of the old city. A walking tour this afternoon to discover why Goethe called Dresden quote;the Balcony of Europequote;, this composite of exquisite Baroque buildings set on a huge terrace overlooking the River Elbe. Heavy bombing at the end of W.W2 to its toll of Dresden. Quite a few of its great baroque buildings have been restored, including the famous Frauenkirche, its architectural masterpiece, reopened 2005 after being a pile of rubble at the end of WW2. Accommodation 2 nights Dresden.
Day 12: Tuesday - Dresden
A paddle-steamer cruise this morning along the River Elbe to Pillnitz, exotic palace, decorated in the Chinoiserie style with gardens was summer residence for the kings and queens of Saxony. Your coach will then take you to Meissen, famous for its manufacture of fine porcelain since 1710. This perfectly preserved old town, the cradle of Saxony, straddles the Elbe. Visit the porcelain factory and view the fine porcelain collections.
Day 13: Wednesday - Berlin
We stop at Sangerhausen enroute to Potsdam and Berlin. This garden has the biggest collection of roses in the world. Well organized into rose classification with 8,300 classes and species of roses - some will be flowering. Arrive Potsdam, just outside Berlin, and check in to our hotel. Accommodation 2 nights Potsdam.
Day 14: Thursday - Berlin
First stop today is Sans Souci - the summer residence of Frederick the Great and built above the terraced vineyard in 1740’s. The palace is the major work of rococo architecture in Germany. Walk through the gardens. See the New Palace, Orangerie, Belvedere, roman baths, Charlottenhof Palace, all in Sans Souci Park. Visit the late Karl Foerster's garden and nursery this afternoon, a showcase of perennial plants he is famous for. With the relocation of his nursery from Berlin to Potsdam, he transformed 5000 square meter agricultural land into a gardening paradise, now 100 years old. Farewell dinner (included) tonight.
Day 15: Friday - Berlin
The tour concludes after breakfast. Transfer to airport for onward travel.
Eastern Europe Gardens and Highlights Tour - GEE
Budapest to Berlin
The tour is priced from only $8,495 (twin share per person) and includes quality 3+ to 4 star hotel accommodation, transfers, breakfasts throughout, group social activities, local taxes and tolls, coach touring, special welcome and farewell dinners, sightseeing and entry fees plus the services of the tour guide.
- $8495 Per person/Twin share