Central Europe

Enchanting Central Europe: An 11-Day Tour

Taste the essence of Central Europe, as you embark on an 11-day journey that will take you through Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Explore impressive squares, medieval fortresses, mysterious castle, cities of unrivalled beauty and much more with the services of English-speaking local tour guides. Enjoy 10 nights in first-class accommodations, 10 breakfasts and six delicious dinners and travel in style around Europe in a modern air-conditioned motor coach.

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Unearth the pulsing history and incredible architecture of some of the most fascinating cities in Europe, where rustic mountains meet gothic style, and the atmosphere is vibrant and lively. Discover Budapest in all its glory, visit the number one destination in Europe – Zagreb, marvel at the dramatic beauty of the Dolomites, stroll around the home of Oktoberfest – Munich, and finally, reach the city of a thousand spires, Prague, in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Central Europe.

The Sights – From grandeur on the Danube to historic beauty

Budapest, Hungary's capital that straddles the Danube River, will give you a warm welcome to Europe. This two-sided city, Buda to the west and Pest to the east, is a treasure-trove for travellers. Be awed as you walk through the cobbled streets of Budapest, view the famous Royal Palace, once a royal residence and now home to the Hungarian National Gallery. After seeing the magnificent Heroe's Square, the largest square in the city, take in the best views of the city from the famed Fisherman's Bastions, a viewing terrace built in the 19th century.

Vibrant and teeming with culture, it's no wonder Zagreb is considered one of the hottest cities in Europe. Your local guide will take you to view all the unmissable landmarks, including monumental cathedrals, coloured churches and main squares. Embrace the vibrant atmosphere of this city with a stroll along Ilica Street, the most popular street in Zagreb, brimming with cafes, restaurants and shops.

Hop aboard your air-conditioned motor coach to travel onward to Slovenia, Croatia's next-door neighbour. Here you will see the monuments and sights of the flourishing Ljubljana, before continuing to the resort town of Bled in the heart of the Julian Alps. Take a picturesque boat trip on the emerald waters of Lake Bled and you have the option of exploring the UNESCO-listed Postonja caves and impressive Predjama castle.

On your way to Tyrol's capital city, Innsbruck, travel right through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Dolomite mountain range. One of the lesser-known European cities, Innsbruck is a delightful surprise, rich in architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The legendary Glockenspiel Clock awaits you in Munich, showcasing life-size figures dancing to music in a charming twice-daily display.

Last, but certainly not least, is the City of a Hundred Spires: Prague. Let the city's maze of streets take you to the most beautiful monuments and bridges you will lay eyes on. Cross the dark and moody Charles Bridge, adorned with 30 baroque statues of saints and admire Prague Castle, a fairytale fortress that dominates the city, and embrace the dramatic beauty of the so called 'Paris of the east'.

The Hotels – First-class accommodations in prime locations

Experience ten nights of first-class accommodations, carefully selected for location and comfort. Your first two nights will be spent in the heart of Budapest at the Radisson Blu Beke. Experience one night at the Westin Hotel in Zagreb and two nights at the stunning Park Hotel Bled, located on the banks of Lake Bled. Enjoy one night in Innsbruck and two nights in Munich's city centre, at the renowned Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel. Finally, experience the stylish design of Andel's by Vienna House, in the popular Andel's district of Prague.

Your package includes:

  • 10 nights first-class accommodations: two nights in Budapest at the Radisson Blu Beke, one night Zagreb at the Hotel Westin, two nights Bled at the Park Hotel, one night Innsbruck – depending on availability, two nights Munich at the Sheraton Munich Hotel, two nights Prague at the Andel's by Vienna House
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners with wine included
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • English-speaking local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following tour departure dates:

Low Season:

17 June 2018

1 July 2018

15 July 2018

12 August 2018

High Season:

26 August 2018

7 October 2018

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Tour Capacity: The maximum tour capacity is 42 people.

The minimum age for the tour is 8 years.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 8 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, a single traveller surcharge of AU$650 applies, payable directly to the tour provider upon booking.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels (or similar):

Radisson Blu Beke

Hotel Westin

Park Hotel

One of the following hotels in Innsbruck: Austria Trend Hotel Congress, Grauer Baer Hotel, Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli

Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel

Andel's by Vienna House

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

The following optional attractions and activities are available on your tour for an additonal cost:

Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall

Danube Cruise with dinner

Slovenian Festive dinner

Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle

Tyrolean Evening with drinks

Dachau Memorial Tour

Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral

Travel insurance is recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour please consider this when making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas. The value and comparative savings has been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer https://luxuryescapes.com/au/terms-and-conditions

DAY 1 - Arrive in Budapest

Arrive in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary that straddles the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and Pest to the east; make your way to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome drink and orientation with your tour guide and fellow travelers followed by dinner at your hotel

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Beke, Budapest

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 - Budapest City Tour

The morning tour begins in Pest with a chance to view the Parliament, Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. Cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. See Gellert Hill, then continue to Castle Hill to visit the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The afternoon is at leisure or, join the optional tour of the splendid interior of the Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica and the historic Great Market Hall.* Tonight choose the optional Danube Cruise that includes dinner

*Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall is not available for May 19th, 2018 departure. Be advised that you might not be able to book this optional tour locally, due to certain restrictions regarding the Parliament.

Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall (PM); Danube Cruise with Dinner (PM)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Beke, Budapest

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Travel to Zagreb & City Tour

After breakfast, depart the Hungarian capital for the tranquil shores of Lake Balaton, a popular area where the locals spend their weekends, continuing into Croatia and its capital, Zagreb. Start the city tour with your local guide in busy Kaptol Square in Upper Town, dominated by the monumental Zagreb Cathedral, with its soaring twin spires, its cobblestone streets and red tile roofed buildings. View St. Mark's Church with its brightly colored roof, the 17th century Jesuit Church of St. Catherine and the Parliament building. Conclude with a walking tour in the winding streets of the Old Town and Ban Jelacic, the main square. Later, take a leisurely stroll along Ilica Street, packed with restaurants, trendy cafes and a vibrant shopping scene

Accommodation: Hotel Westin, Zagreb

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Tour Ljubljana, Travel to Bled

This morning, cross into Slovenia and head to the flourishing capital, Ljubljana. A local expert will lead you on a sightseeing tour of the city and its monuments. There will be time for lunch on your own, to soak up the laid back atmosphere of this lively city. Afterward, view the open-air market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. Continue to the resort town of Bled, where you will explore the tranquil emerald green lake on a boat trip to the Island with the church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and views of Bled Castle. This beautiful resort lies in the heart of the Julian Alps.

Accommodation: Park Hotel, Bled

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Full Day in Lake Bled

A full day at leisure to enjoy this delightful resort. Walk the lovely lakeshore or, perhaps take the optional excursion to see two of the wonders of the country. The renowned, UNESCO listed Postonja caves, a huge network of passages, galleries and chambers, the largest show cave in Europe and the impressive Predjama castle, perched high on a cliff. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Slovenian Festive Dinner

Optional: Postonja Caves and Predjama castle; Slovenian Festive Dinner

Accommodation: Park Hotel, Bled

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Dolomites, Innsbruck

Travel through the dramatic Dolomites mountain range and venture briefly into Italy en route to the mighty Brenner Pass and Austria’s Tyrol. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, admire fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of impressive architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the Winter Olympics.

Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling.

Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks

Accommodation: Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck or Grauer Baer Hotel or Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Linderhof, Oberammergau & Munich

This morning cross into Germany at the town of Mittenwald and admire the Bavarian mountains as you pass the ski resort of Garmish Partenkirchen in the shadow of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Next, a highlight tour of Mad King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle built to rival the splendor of Europe’s royal palaces, with an ornate interior. Continue to the fairytale village of Oberammergau with time for lunch amidst the pretty wooden chalets with flower-filled balconies. Finally arrive in Munich, the vibrant German city, famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and home to BMW!

Accommodation: Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel, Munich

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Munich City Tour

This morning drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a photo stop at the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, a cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. This afternoon an optional tour shows you the dark history of the last century, with a chilling visit to the Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp. Tonight, enjoy dinner together

Optional: Dachau Memorial

Accommodation: Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel, Munich

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Travel to Prague

Depart Germany and travel to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits. Perhaps explore unique galleries, museums and stroll along Parizska street, the city’s famous shopping district. Tonight, try traditional Czech cuisine at one of the many world-class restaurants in Prague

Accommodation: Andel's by Vienna House, Prague

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Prague City Tour

This morning's sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues of various saints. From here, admire the view of Prague Castle. Continue through the Old Town Square to view the famous Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock*, Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure or, join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant Optional: Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)

Accommodation: Andel's by Vienna House, Prague

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

*The Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall Tower will be undergoing renovations during the first half of 2018 and may not be able to be viewed during the restoration

DAY 11 - Depart the Czech Republic

Make your way to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

The tour begins in Budapest and ends in Prague and your international flights are not included in your package.

Flights to Budapest from Australia will typically take a minimum of two stops and approximately 24 hours, departing from most major cities with Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways and various other airlines.

Direct Flights (departing Australia only): Booking your flight with us is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your travel dates with the hotel, then head to our new online booking page to book your flights here.

Multi-Stop Trips (departing Australia only): If you require a stopover en route or are travelling to multiple destinations, simply call 1300 88 99 00.