DUE TO COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, our dates of travel have been updated by Collette. The new departure date is October 26, 2020 (returning on November 5, 2020). If you have not received a phone call yet from Collette, please contact them at 1-800-852-5655 for further details.
***The Imperial Cities Tour is full! If you’re interested in coming along, you can call Collette at 1-800-581-8942 to get on a waiting list (refer to booking number 965132). If you’re joining us, more information will be coming soon about your trip-of-a-lifetime!***
These cities are places you only dream of traveling to… but now, you’re dream is coming true! Magic 98‘s Jillene Khan is hosting a trip to the “Imperial Cities,” Prague, Vienna, and Budapest next Spring! You’ll leave Madison on October 26, 2020 for an 11 day trip. Along the way, you’ll stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov, tour of the majestic Prague Castle, and set sail on a Danube River Cruise! All the details of the trip, including airfare, hotel, most meals, and seeing some of the most beautiful places on the planet are all taken care of by Collette.
Rates start at $4,399 per person, based on double occupancy. Below is a preliminary itinerary of the Imperial Cities Tour, and is subject to change…
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Set out on a grand cultural adventure through the Imperial Cities of Central Europe.
Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic – Tour Begins
Arrive in Prague, the “City of 100 Spires.” Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Prague
Feel the magic. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the “Castle District,” including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Next, visit Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the sprawling Prague Castle complex, and home to the largest and finest art collection in the Czech Republic spanning over 600 years of family history. A masterpiece of 16th century Baroque architecture, the aristocratic Lobkowicz family lost it under Communist occupation following World War II and regained control only in 2002. The priceless collection also encompasses one of Central Europe’s finest libraries of rare books and a musical archive that includes scores by Mozart, Beethoven and Gluck. After a delightful lunch, gather in the palace’s elegant Baroque concert hall for a mid-day Classical music concert featuring the likes of Mozart, Bach, Dvorák and Smetana. Later, proceed to the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. Today, your breakfast and lunch is included.
Day 4: Prague
The day is yours to discover Prague on your own. Shop for famous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city’s many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home to 11th-century stone sculptures. Stroll to the Old Town square, home to the famous Orloj, which functions as a clock, calendar and primitive planetarium. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter to see its historic Jewish Museum and Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, founded in 1478. This evening, it’s your choice! Enjoy traditional Czech culture at one of Prague’s popular restaurants -OR- tip a pint while dining at one of Eastern Europe’s oldest breweries and take a tour to see how this famous beer has been brewed for 500 years. Today, your breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 5: Prague – Cesky Krumlov – Vienna, Austria
Take a scenic ride through the countryside as we travel from Prague to Vienna. En route, make a stop in the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. Explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architecture before continuing on to the grand city of Vienna where your arrival leads to a free evening to enjoy the city. Today, your breakfast is included.
Day 6: Vienna
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hapsburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue on to Vienna’s center. Behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic spires that fill the city. Tonight, enjoy an evening full of Viennese charm with a special orchestral event including excellent musicians, opera singers and magical ballet dancers. Today, your breakfast is included.
Day 7: Vienna – Danube River – Melk – Vienna
Travel along the banks of the Danube, immortalized by Strauss, to the medieval town of Durnstein. Embark on a scenic Danube River cruise* through the historic Wachau Valley. Later, visit the 11th-century Melk Abbey, famous for its production and collection of manuscripts. Tonight’s dinner is a real treat: a meal showcasing regional wine and the impressive local cuisine of the Grinzing region. Today, your breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 8: Vienna – Bratislava, Slovakia – Budapest, Hungary
This morning we journey to Bratislava, former Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire. Get to know the city’s 4,000-year-old history on a tour with a local expert. Continue to Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” truly one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Upon arrival we drive through this majestic capital on our way to the hotel. Take some time to relax or explore before gathering for tonight’s dinner in the city. Today, your breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 9: Budapest
Capture the true spirit of Budapest. Join a local expert and discover the incredible Neo-Gothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill. Next, be enamored by the Fisherman’s Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion. You then venture to Budapest’s Central Market Hall and learn about some Hungarian specialties as your local guide takes you to their favorite stands. Enjoy a taste or two before exploring on your own. Today, your breakfast is included.
Day 10: Budapest – Visegrad – Budapest
This morning is at leisure for you to explore Budapest. In the afternoon, venture outside the city to the former Renaissance capital of Visegrad for a magnificent view of the Danube Bend and the Borzsony Mountains. Travel back in time with a visit to a 14th-century castle where knights with colorful costumes and authentic weaponry recreate the days of chivalry. Then, enjoy a special Renaissance-style dinner at the castle restaurant and re-enact the days of medieval times. Revel in this evening of wine and music. Today, your breakfast and dinner is included.
Day 11: Budapest – Tour Ends
(*The Danube River Cruise to Melk Abbey is available mid-April to mid-October. Outside these times, a cruise through Vienna will be substituted.)