A different rhythm and a different atmosphere greets visitors of the capital on the two banks of the river Danube, Pest and Buda. Our sightseeing tour will show you the beauty of both, starting on the Pest side with the neo-gothic Parliament, the Saint Stephen’s Basilica - named after Hungary’s founding father - and the city’s most impressive road, the Andrássy Avenue that leads us to Heroes’ Square. The square, also home to the Millenium Monument, is the entry to the City Park, where you can not only take a pleasant stroll, but can visit the finest, most luxurious spa of Budapest, the Széchenyi Bath. After discovering Pest we cross the Danube
We hop on a boat to see Budapest from a unique perspective! Enjoy the view of the Parliament, the Castle Hill and the many historical and modern buildings, like the giant whale (‘Cet’) on the Pest embankment, while sipping a glass of champagne on the river divided by many islands. The best chance for photographers to take pictures to remember!
The first city we visit in this area is Esztergom, the city that once was the royal residence of Hungary. It still is home to the cathedral of the Hungarian Catholic Church, the splendid and monumental Basilica of Esztergom. A different, but equally breath-taking view is presented if we look across the Danube to neighbouring Slovakia and the Maria Valeria Bridge, connecting the two countries. Our next stop is Visegrád, famous for its panorama over the Danube bend. We enjoy a lunch in the Renaissance restaurant, followed by a visit to the pretty, baroque town, Szentendre.
From the open panoramic bus guests can admire the most famous sights of the Old and the NewTown, the Prague Castle and the Jewish Quarter Josefov. What you see: Old Town Square, Spanish Synagogue, St. Agnes Monastery, Republic Square, Municipal House, Powder Tower, Masaryk Railway Station, State Opera House, National Museum, Wenceslas Square, New Town Hall, Charles Square, Dancing House, Vltava Bridges, National Theatre, Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum Music Hall, Petrin Hill with look-out tower, Manes Bridge, Lesser Town, Pohorelec and Strahov Monastery, Czernin Palace – Ministry of foreign affairs, Loreto Prague, Prague Castle, Royal Summer House, The Straka Academy – Government of the Czech Republic, Josefov – Jewish Town, The Old-New Synagogue.
Český Krumlov, a medieval town in South Bohemia, has retained its almost fairytale-like atmosphere to the present day. It has been part of the UNESCO cultural and natural heritage since 1992, and is nestled in beautiful countryside with scattered ponds and lovely views along the Vltava River. In the historical centre of the town there are over 300 historical houses and the second largest castle in the Czech Republic with magnificent baroque gardens. The castle used to be a seat of important and famous noble families - Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs and Schwarzenbergs.
During this day-long tour from Prague we will visit two unique gems among the castles of the Czech Republic, both located just outside of Prague. First we will visit and tour the Konopiště Castle, situated some 45 km from Prague. The castle was founded in the 13th century and is well renowned for its fascinating collection of antique weaponry and furniture. After this stop, we will continue westwards to the historical Karlštejn Castle.
This tour gives an overall impression of the most significant sight of Vienna. Along the Ringstrasse we show you numerous magnificant buildings, such as the MAK (Museum für angewandte Kunst), the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district the so-called MuseumsQuartier, the former Habsburg winter residence, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Castle Theatre (Burgtheater). The highlight of this tour will be a visit of the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace. In this former summer residence of the Habsburg family lived e.g. Maria Theresia. On the way back to the opera we pass by the Belvedere Palace, the former summer residence of Prince Eugen.
The half-day excursion shows the most beautiful sights of the southern part of Vienna Woods. Passing the Roman City of Baden which is famous for its thermal springs, drive through the romantic valley Helenental to the former Mayerling hunting lodge, today a commemorative chapel, where Crown Prince Rudolph together with Baronesse Vetsera died tragically in 1889. In the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (1133) visit the medieval cloister.
Departure from Vienna in the early morning. On our way to Mozart´s town of birth guests become acquainted with the beautiful Salzkammergut landscape with their mountains and their numerous lakes, where the Emperor Franz Joseph and his family used to spend their holidays. Skirting the Lake Fuschl and Lake Wolfgang you reach Salzburg, where guests will have time for lunch. The afternoon will be dedicated to a stroll through the old city, showing the most important sights of the old Bishop´s Seat. These are the Cathedral, the Festival Hall, St.Peter´s Abbey Church and it´s graveyard (tomb of Mozart’s sister Nannerl)
The city tour begins at the Bratislava Castle, and the Slavín memorial with their fantastic panoramic views. From the Castle guests can enjoy the view of the historical city centre. After having a bird’s eye view of Bratislava from the Castle, return to the Old Town and continue with walking sightseeing viewing St. Michael´s Gate, Academia Istropolitana, Opera House, Primatial Palace, Old City Hall and St. Martin´s Cathedral.
The legendary GERBEAUD, in the heart of Budapest, is one of the largest, most traditional, and most famous café-confectioneries in Europe. Lovingly renovated in 1997, GERBEAUD shines with the cultured nostalgia of its original days: rich plaster work, magnificent chandeliers, marble tables, lavish fine wood paneling, and brocade wall coverings that characterise the elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere of this home of tradition. GERBEAUD's specialities include famous cakes, such as Esterházy and Dobos cakes, as well as all kind of cream cakes, extravagant bakery goods and exquisite ice-creams.
The Market Hall, which is the largest and busiest market of the capital, rises majestically over the Fővám Square. The Zsolnay china-embellished roof houses 10.000 square meters of tasty, locally grown grocery and hearty warm dishes, such as sausages or the famous Lángos. You can also do your souvenir shopping here, choosing from a variety of folk art fabrics or the most popular Hungaricum, the red paprika.
The town of Hévíz is located 5,5 km (3.4 miles) from Keszthely, and is situated on the northern shore of Lake Balaton. It has a lake on its own which happens to be the largest natural thermal lake in Europe, with a surface area of almost 11 acres. The deepest part of the lake is 38 m (125 feet), but its shallow shore makes it ideal and safe also for non swimmers. The water temperature is 32-33 °C (95 F) in summer, 24-26 °C (83 F) in winter time. Therefore swimming outdoor is possible all year round. Water circulation in the lake is so active, that the entire water quantity of the lake changes completely in 28-30 hours, causing an equal temperature in all parts of the lake.
The largest lake of Hungary has so much to offer to water-lovers and others alike all year, be it sightseeing, culinary delights or adventures. The Tihany peninsula pleases the eyes, as you can get a stunning bird’s eye view of the lake here and also try the legendary echo of Tihany. We take a stroll in the national park and walk up to the abbey (the package price does not include the pass price). Focusing on our tasting we visit a local winery by bus, where we enjoy a wine tasting session and a three-course meal. The adventures however do not end here! We relax on the bus after lunch, while we arrive at the Festetics castle in Keszthely and visit the Helikon library and the Georgikon.
Eger is a city built on gently rolling hills, replete with history, wine cellars, and wrought iron gates and balcony railings of the finest quality. Take a short orientation walk through town center and see many of the baroque buildings and statues, visit the remnants of the medieval castle which, defended by a handful of local patriots, withstood fierce attacks of the invading army of the mighty Ottomans outnumbering the defenders by more than 100 times, and enjoy the panorama of the city from the castle walls. Eger being the capital city of one of the most famous wine growing regions of Hungary is also the birthplace of the full bodied, deep ruby color historic red wine called Bull's Blood.
We take a bus trip to the wonderful town of Szentendre by the Danube, a place equally popular among locals and foreign travelers. The romantic cobblestone streets of the 18th century with hidden cafés and the promenade by the river bring beauty and harmony to any visitor.
The Mediterranean town is known for its museums (most notably the Open-Air Ethnographic Museum), galleries, and artists. Szentendre has been the home of many generations of Hungarian artists since the early 20th century.
Visit of Grassalkovich castle in Gödöllő (cca 35 km from Budapest) that is the second largest Baroque Palace of the world. The guided tour in former summer residence of Queen Elisabeth (Sissi) and Francis Joseph (Habsburg Emperor & Hungarian king 1867-1916) let guests become acquainted with the secrets of the private life, the hidden doors, bedrooms and lovers of the royal couple. Open air classical music concerts are organized in Castle Park.
The guests will be welcomed at the typical Hungarian inn (csárda) with traditional brandy (pálinka) or wine and Hungarian flat bread (lángos) or salty biscuit (pogácsa). After that the diverse and beautiful countryside could be admired during a nostalgic horse-carriage ride. After a short walk the Guests can have a look at a typical farm house and the ancient Hungarian farm animals (grey cattle, "mangalica" pig, "racka" sheep, Hungarian half-blood horse, donkey, etc.). The program is closed by an impulsive horse show, then the Guests can try riding on horseback or on donkeyback, and driving the horse carriage. The program can be accompanied by a Hungarian lunch or dinner.