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10 days Imperial Splendors - 10 days from Munich to Munich (TOUR: RS) 2023

TOUR: RS - 10 days from Munich to Munich

The over-the-top homes. The complicated relationships. The relentless quest for power. Ruling Austria—and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire—for nearly 650 years, the Habsburgs formed one of history’s greatest, yet often overlooked, European dynasties. This fascinating tour of Central Europe traces the family’s steps—and missteps—as you enjoy the imperial sights of Prague, Budapest, and Vienna with additional overnights in melodious Salzburg and lively Munich. Ornate castles and cathedrals, stunning palaces and parks, and gorgeous gardens and grounds provide glimpse into the intriguing lives and lavish lifestyles of one of history’s most powerful and controversial families. In-depth sightseeing and a cruise along the legendary Danube offer varied vantage points to witness the magnificent marks this royal family left on Central Europe.

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.

Day Location Description
1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY WELCOME TO MUNICH! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
2 MUNICH–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC THE HEART OF A CITY MUNICH Orientation tour includes the Marienplatz. Free time before continuing to Prague. 255 mi / 410 km TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Experience the geographical and cultural heart of Munich at its Marienplatz, the town square since 1158. Stroll through the home of historic buildings, including the Old and New Town Halls in the picturesque heart and soul of the city.
3 PRAGUE THE GOLDEN CITY PRAGUE Guided sightseeing features the Astronomical Clock and the Hradčany Castle grounds. Free time this afternoon and evening. TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEM The capital city of the Czech Republic which spans the Vltava River is often called the “City of a Hundred Spires,” or “The Golden City.” See the beautiful Old Town Square, with vibrant Baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock, delighting passers-by each hour. Stroll around the exquisite grounds at Hradčany Castle, considered to be the world’s largest ancient castle complex.
4 PRAGUE–BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY SERENITY IN SLOVAKIA BRATISLAVA Orientation walk and free time before continuing to Budapest. 329 mi / 530 km TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS Situated on the Danube River with the Little Carpathian Mountains as its backdrop, Bratislava is a real gem, a capital city with a local vibe. Whilst hearing about the historic area, look out for “Cumil” one the city’s most photographed inhabitants- the bronze statue of a man climbing out of a manhole.
5 BUDAPEST THE PEARL OF THE DANUBE BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing includes the Matthias Coronation Church and Heroes’ Square. Free time this afternoon and evening. TOUR HIGHLIGHT PICTURE PERFECT Since the wedding of King Matthias I, the church bearing his name has continued to host royal weddings and coronation ceremonies within its grand Neo-Gothic walls. From Matthias Coronation Church, you’ll also take in the perfect view of Fisherman’s Bastion with its seven towers overlooking the Danube River.
6 BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA THE CITY OF MUSIC VIENNA Free time for lunch. Guided sightseeing features a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. 174 mi / 280 km TOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, the magnificent mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. A sight to behold, the cathedral features the massive Romanesque “Giant's Door” – adorned with dragons, birds, lions, monks, and demons.
7 VIENNA CITY OF DREAMS VIENNA Enjoy free day in beautiful Vienna. TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Fall in love with the Austrian city that has played a key role throughout history. It is easy to see how musical geniuses such as Mozart and Strauss were inspired by this captivating city.
8 VIENNA–SALZBURG AUSTRIAN ACCENTS KREMS Globus Local Favorite Danube cruise with a Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) tasting. SALZBURG Guided walking tour features Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square. Dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant. 211 mi / 340 km LOCAL FAVORITE EPIC RIDE Sit back and relax for a leisurely cruise along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube River. Whilst watching the world pass by, indulge in another Austrian tradition- a cup of Kaffee and a delicious piece of Kuchen. Wunderbar!
9 SALZBURG–MUNICH, GERMANY MOZART’S BIRTHPLACE & MUGS OF BEER SALZBURG Enjoy free time this morning. MUNICH Join a farewell dinner at the Ratskeller restaurant followed by a visit to the Globus Local Favorite Hofbräuhaus. 106 mi / 170 km LOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES If steins and suds are on your mind, then Munich is the place to sip and socialize at the legendary Hofbräuhaus. Raise a glass to your fantastic European vacation and the new and wonderful friends you’ve made along the way. Prost!
10 MUNICH SAFE TRAVELS UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.