HUNGARY WITH A TOUCH OF AUSTRIA (9 DAYS)

HUNGARY WITH A TOUCH OF AUSTRIA (9 DAYS)

DAY 01 : BUDAPEST
Arrival to Budapest. Meet & greet followed by transfer to your accommodation. Overnight stay.

DAY 02: BUDAPEST
We will start the tour in the Castle District and during a short walk we will show you the main attractions of the area. St. Matthias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion (from where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama). There will be a photo stop infront of the Royal palace at the end. Passing the Elisabeth Bridge we will arrive to Pest and show you the famous Central Market Hall. It is a real pleasure to see it. Than we will stroll along the famous Vaci street for a while. During the tour you will also see the largest Synagogue in Europe. We will pass by Europe’s largest thermal spa and stop at the Heroes’ Square (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes). Later we take the Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, pass by the Opera House and the St. Stephen’s Basilica. We will also see the House of Parliament. That impressive building is was bult in the Gothic Revival style. It is 268 m (879 ft) long and 123 m (404 ft) wide. Its interior includes 10 courtyards, 13 passenger and freight elevators, 27 gates, 29 staircases and 691 rooms (including more than 200 offices!) Accommodation. Overnight stay.

DAY 03: BUDAPEST-DANUBE CRUISE-BUDAPEST
This full day boat tour of the mighty Danube is ideal for people who want to combine history with nature and would like to enjoy some of the most beautiful countrysides in Hungary. You will see historic monuments and art memorials while your guide provides a lively narrative of Hungarian life. You will visit the 750-year-old Royal Residence at Visegrád, at Esztergom, the northern gate of Budapest, you will pause at the largest cathedral in the country (the tallest building in Hungary) and the 18th biggest church in the world), see the burial sites of famous cardinals as you gaze across the water towards Slovakia. You will stop at an artists' village in Szentendre, a baroque city located where the Danube River meets the Pilis Mountains. You will have time to visit some of the museums, such as the world-famous Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum, where the buildings and people are made of marzipan.
Return journey to Budapest. If you are travelling between the months of May through to September, this will be a magical boat cruise.

DAY 04: BUDAPEST-PECS
Morning coach ride to the Hungarian city Pecs. It is a must if you decide to go to Hungary. Home to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary. In the Middle Ages, Pécs was a center of education and learning. The University of Pécs was founded in 1367, among the first universities in Europe. Pécs has a rich history of more than 2,000 years.  You will see The Necropolis of Sopianae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the most iconic building GaziKasim Mosque onSzéchenyi square, the Barbican and monumental Cathedral andstroll around Király Street with its many baroque-style buildings. We will visit the Zsolnay Museum, housed in a Gothic residence, you will find displays of the finest pieces of award-winning porcelain, even paintings. Then check out the hustle and bustle of the Pécsi Vásár flea market, and shop for traditional Hungarian wares. Check in to accommodation. Overnight stay.

DAY 05: PECS-KESZTHELY
Driving to Keszthely. It is located on the western corner of Hungary's very own "sea," Lake Balaton, almost 200 km (124 miles) from Budapest. The town is in a microclimate area, with warm summers, clear skies, and beautiful vistas and hills. We will explore the Festetics Mansion, the Carriage Museum, or try the Dolls Museum, which has Europe's largest collection of dolls, with the Parliament of Snails. After roaming around Keszthely, we will have a traditional Hungarian meal. Transfer to Györ. Accommodation.

DAY 06: GYÖR
Györ is located halfway between Budapest and Vienna in the north-western corner, making it a perfect stop if you are coming from or going to Vienna. It is known as the town of rivers. It sits at the meeting point of three rivers, the Danube, Rába, and Rábca. Györ has been populated ever since. During the Ottoman invasion, the commander of the town didn't think it was worth defending it, so he ordered the entire town to be burned to the ground. When the Ottomans arrived, they only found piles of ashes. When they left, the town was rebuilt and the top Italian builders completed the work with baroque buildings. We will see the Gyo Basilica on Káptalandomb, where King Stephen established the Episcopate. The baroque church with its Blessed Virgin picture is one of the most significant pilgrimage sites in Hungary. The palace of Count Gábor Esterházy, it is now the City Art Museum. At the Zichy-Palota on Liszt Ferencutca, you will find a permanent puppet collection of 72 puppets, accessories, and furniture. Overnight stay.

DAY 07: GYÖR-VIENNA
Transfer to Vienna. On the way to Vienna we will make a stop at the biggest lake in Austria: Neusidler See. In the town Frauenkirhen we will visit the great basilika Maria auf der Heide. We will have a wine tasting in the Vinothek. We will also visit the nationalpark »Neusiedler See - Seewinkel«. Arrival to Vienna. Accommodation. Overnight stay.

DAY 08: VIENNA
Schönbrunn tour. During your guided sightseeing, you will visit the splendid Schönbrunn Palace, former summer residence of the Habsburg Dynasty. Drive by Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel and see famous landmarks along the Ringstrasse, including Heldenplatz with the nearby Hofburg Palace, the National Theater, the State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, renowned museums, and the Strauss Monument - a gilded tribute to the great composer. Next we will visit the Slovenian's Lipizzanerhorse show at a Spanish riding school. We will have a short walk along the most famous street in Vienna, Kärtnerstrasse – Carinthia street to the St. Stephan cathedral – most impressive gothic church in Austria, built in 1433 with a 137 m high South tower. We will also visit the cafe in the Sacher hotel and try one of world most popular cakes, the Sacher cake. For a typically Viennese experience, spend your evening at one of the wine taverns on the outskirts of the city. They are called Heuriger, and some of the best of these taverns are found in the suburbs of Grinzing. Overnight stay.

DAY 09: VIENNA
Transfer to the airport/end of services.

 

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