Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Enjoy a treasure trove of fascinating cities, from Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest, to Prague and Berlin and wonderful scenery like the Moselle Valley and beautiful Lake Balaton.
Travel to Brussels with the Eurostar service where you will then be transferred to the hotel for one night.
This morning, drive through Luxembourg to Trier, Germany's oldest city, before continuing through the vineyards and villages of the Moselle Valley. This afternoon, choose between an included scenic drive or an optional cruise along the Rhine, passing the famous 'siren' rock of Lorelei, postcard-pretty towns and romantic castles. Afterwards, drive to the Frankfurt area for one night.
Your day begins with a visit to historic Nuremberg. Known for its 1945 war trials, this walled medieval town was once the seat of Germany's kings. Admire its Gothic churches, the castle and patrician houses before continuing into Austria for your overnight stay in Salzburg.
Spend this morning enjoying this lovely town at leisure before driving through the beautiful Salzkammergut region. Studded with glittering lakes and mountains, this gorgeous area took a starring role in 'The Sound of Music'. After passing the lakeside town of Mondsee, follow the Danube almost all the way to Vienna for a two-night stay. Why not complete your day with an optional dinner in the Viennese woods?
The hub of the Habsburg Empire for over 600 years, Austria's capital is a historical and cultural showpiece. Fringing the Danube, this Baroque jewel worked its magic on many great composers - Beethoven, Strauss and Mozart amongst them. See its best-known landmarks on the included sightseeing tour, among which are: the State Opera and magnificent Hofburg - the former residence of the Habsburgs. Continue your explorations this afternoon with our optional trip to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburgs' splendid summer residence.
Today, venture into Hungary and to Lake Balaton. Enjoy a scenic drive around the shores and towns of this shimmering lake before continuing to Budapest, arguably central Europe's most beautiful city, for two nights. This evening, don't miss the optional Danube cruise to enjoy the sights along the banks of Buda and Pest.
Home to Hungary's kings for 700 years, the expansive Buda Castle overlooks the river and its famous Chain Bridge. Other sights on today's sightseeing trip include Heroes' Square, with its elegant monuments celebrating the city's founding in 896 and the old inns along the Danube's banks. You'll also see the red-domed Parliament building, Fisherman's Bastion and impressive Matthias Church, the coronation site of Hungary's medieval monarchs.
After crossing into Slovakia, visit the charming capital, Bratislava, before heading into the Czech Republic. Have your cameras ready as you drive through Bohemia, a picturebook land of castles and picket-fenced villages. Later, arrive in Prague, the dazzling Czech capital, for two nights.
All Gothic spires and Baroque domes, it's little wonder that Prague has inspired musicians and writers as great as Dvorak, Mozart and Kafka. Today, discover its main sights, including the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, where crowds gather to witness the hourly clockwork 'Walk of the Apostles' of its 15th century Astronomical Clock.
Enjoy more of Bohemia's landscapes as we head back into Germany to Dresden. The capital of Saxony, this one-time 'Florence of the North' was severely damaged in World War II but has now been largely restored. This afternoon, cross the River Elbe on your way to Berlin for two nights.
Since 1989 and the fall of its Wall, Berlin has transformed itself into one of Europe's most energetic and avant garde capitals. Today, see the main highlights of this exuberant city on the included city tour, ticking through sights such as the State Opera House and stunning Brandenburg Gate, hidden from the West for over 40 years. Spend the afternoon exploring independently or join an optional excursion.
Today you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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The optional excursions were expensive and not always worth the money.T he coach was too big for the number of people and not very comfortable.Overall we enjoyed the trip but much of this was due to the good company of our fellow travellers.The tour guide was very conscientious.
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