General

Prague

Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. Its history goes back a millennium. And the beer? The best in Europe.

Urban Explorations

Prague’s maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer, always beckoning you to explore a little further. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected gardens, cute cafes and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight. One of the great joys of the city is its potential for exploration – neighbourhoods such as Vinohrady and Bubeneč can reward the urban adventurer with countless memorable cameos, from the setting sun glinting off church domes, to the strains of Dvořák wafting from an open window.

Where Beer is God

The best beer in the world just got better. Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world’s finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names – Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar – have been equalled, and even surpassed, by a bunch of regional Czech beers and microbreweries that are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing. Never before have Prague’s pubs offered such a wide range of ales – names you’ll now have to get your head around include Kout na Šumavě, Svijanský Rytíř and Velkopopovický Kozel.

European Hotspot

The 1989 Velvet Revolution that freed the Czechs from communism bequeathed to Europe a gem of a city to stand beside stalwarts such as Rome, Amsterdam and London. Not surprisingly, visitors from around the world have come in droves, and on a hot summer’s day it can feel like you’re sharing Charles Bridge with half of humanity. But even the crowds can’t take away from the spectacle of a 14th-century stone bridge, a hilltop castle and a lovely, lazy river – the Vltava – that inspired one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of 19th-century classical music, Smetana’s Moldau.

Art All Around

Prague’s art galleries may not have the allure of the Louvre, but Bohemian art offers much to admire, from the glowing Gothic altarpieces in the Convent of St Agnes, to the luscious art nouveau of Alfons Mucha, and the magnificent collection of 20th-century surrealists, cubists and constructivists in the Veletržní Palác. The weird and witty sculpture of David Černý punctuates Prague’s public spaces, and the city itself offers a smorgasbord of stunning architecture, from the soaring verticals of Gothic and the exuberance of baroque to the sensual elegance of art nouveau and the chiselled cheekbones of cubist facades.

Why I Love Prague

By Neil Wilson
How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents’ urinal, so you can rest your head while you ‘go’? Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? And where that beer is probably the best in the world? But it’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague – there’s wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city-centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Source: Lonely Planet

Berlin

Berlin’s combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerize anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties and tangible history.

High on History

Bismarck and Marx, Einstein and Hitler, JFK and Bowie, they’ve all shaped – and been shaped by – Berlin, whose richly textured history stares you in the face at every turn. This is a city that staged a revolution, was headquartered by Nazis, bombed to bits, divided in two and finally reunited – and that was just in the 20th century! Walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall, marvel at the splendour of a Prussian palace, visit Checkpoint Charlie or stand in the very room where the Holocaust was planned. Berlin is like an endlessly fascinating 3D textbook where the past is very much present wherever you go.

Laidback Lifestyle

Berlin is a big multicultural metropolis but deep down it maintains the unpretentious charm of an international village. Locals follow the credo ‘live and let live’ and put greater emphasis on personal freedom and a creative lifestyle than on material wealth and status symbols. Cafes are jammed at all hours, drinking is a religious rite and clubs keep going until the wee hours or beyond. Size-wise, Berlin is pretty big but its key areas are wonderfully compact and easily navigated on foot, by bike or by using public transport.

Why I Love Berlin

By Andrea Schulte-Peevers, Writer

Berlin is a bon vivant, passionately feasting on the smorgasbord of life, never taking things – or itself – too seriously. To me, this city is nothing short of addictive. It embraces me, inspires me, accepts me and makes me feel good about myself, the world and other people. I enjoy its iconic sights, its vast swathes of green, its sky bars and chic restaurants, but I love its gritty sides more. There’s nothing static about Berlin: it’s unpredictable, unpretentious and irresistible. And it loves you back – if you let it in.

Cultural Trendsetter

When it comes to creativity, the sky’s the limit in Berlin, Europe’s newest start-up capital. In the last 20 years, the city has become a giant lab of cultural experimentation thanks to an abundance of space, cheap rent and a free-wheeling spirit that nurtures and encourages new ideas. Top international performers grace its theatre, concert and opera stages; international art-world stars like Olafur Eliasson and Jonathan Meese make their home here; and Clooney and Hanks shoot blockbusters in the German capital. High-brow, low-brow and everything in between – there’s plenty of room for the full arc of cultural expression.

Party Paradise

Forget about New York – Berlin is the city that truly never sleeps. Sometimes it seems as though Berliners are the lotus eaters of Germany, people who love nothing more than a good time. The city’s vast party spectrum caters for every taste, budget and age group. From tiny basement clubs to industrial techno temples, chestnut-canopied beer gardens to fancy cocktail caverns, saucy cabarets to ear-pleasing symphonies – Berlin delivers hot-stepping odysseys, and not just after dark and on weekends but pretty much 24/7. Pack your stamina!

Source: Lonely Planet

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrive in Berlin|Visit the Berlin Tower

Welcome to Berlin . Upon your arrival meet our experienced tour manager at the arrival hall. Transfer to the hotel. Evening visit the famous Berlin TV Tower. From 203 and 207 metres high you can look out over the entire city with its large number of tourist attractions: you can see the Reichstag (Parliament building), the Brandenburg Gate and the Main Railway Station from here, as well as the Olympic Stadium, the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and the Potsdam Square (Potsdamer Platz). Enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Berlin.

Day 2 - Berlin | Berlin Guided city tour, Visit to Postdam, Visit Sanssouci Palace

After a continental breakfast, we proceed on a Guided orientation city tour to see the Chancellery, Reichstag, Soviet War Memorial, Alexander Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the murdered Jews Of Europe), the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie. Later we have a Guided visit to Potsdam- Potsdam is undoubtedly one of Germany's most beautiful cities. Nestled in a charming cultural landscape dotted with palaces and historic gardens, which have been on the UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list since 1990, turn the capital of the Federal State of Brandenburg. Visit the famous the Sanssouci Palace - summer residence of King Frederick II and the Gardens. Enjoy dinner at Indian Restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Berlin.

Day 3 - Berlin to Prague | Boat ride on the Vltava River

After a continental breakfast, proceed to Prague. The ‘City of a Thousand Spires’ has seen it all. Centuries of Bohemian kings, classical composers, invading Nazis, Soviet tanks and Velvet Revolutionaries have passed over Prague's cobblestones, and the spires survived it all, creating one of Europe's most romantic and beautiful skylines. Welcome to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Later in the evening, we go for a boat ride on the Vltava River where you can admire the beautiful architecture of Prague. Later proceed for dinner at an Indian restaurant, after which you can retire to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 - City tour of Prague|Guided tour of Prague

including Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and Kafka’s House, Visit the Royal Prague CastleAfter a continental breakfast at the hotel, we proceed for a guided city tour of Prague. The guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock. Later visit of the entire Castle District. The package lets you in to the Royal Prague Castle, definitely the highlight of your trip. After this, you will also visit St. Vitus Cathedral, the Crypt of the Bohemian Kings and the St. George Basilica, which houses a fascinating collection of 19th-century Czech painting and sculpture that is especially strong on landscapes and pieces from the Czech national revival period. The collection shows the progression of the Czech lands from a largely agrarian province at the start of the century to a highly developed cultural and industrial space by the end. Finally proceed to the Golden Lane where the acclaimed author of works like ‘Metamorphosis’, Franz Kafka lived for a short while. At the end of the day, enjoy home-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Prague for overnight stay.

Day 5 - Prague to Vienna||Guided tour of Vienna including visit to Schonbrunn Palace

After continental breakfast, proceed to Vienna. A whirl of gilded Hapsburg palaces and regal parks on the banks of the blue Danube, Vienna is a fine romance of a city. Tradition and innovation walk hand in hand: Strauss waltzes are still hip to 20-something ball-goers and even the imperial stables have been born again as the surprising and vibrant Museum Quarter. The Viennese love Gemütlichkeit (relaxation), so this city is to be savored not rushed, whether you're indulging in a dark chocolate Sachertorte in a chandelier-lit coffee house or rising gently above the twinkling Prater in the Riesenrad Ferris wheel. Upon arrival in Vienna proceed for the guided tour of Vienna. See the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg. Later visit the famous Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens. You will also have a guided tour of part of the magnificent palace of Schonbrunn, which was the summer residence of the Austrian Emperors for nearly 150 years. At night, you will be taken for dinner at Indian restaurant. Overnight stay will be at a hotel in Vienna.

Day 6 - Vienna to Budapest via Bratislava | Guided tour of Bratislava

After continental breakfast, proceed to the town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Slovakia's youthful capital has transformed itself from a relatively unappealing sprawl of postwar, Communist-era buildings into a relaxed and pleasant medium-size capital in the span of little more than a decade. The city's compact Old Town has been completely and stunningly renovated. Most of the area is restricted to car traffic, and in the evenings, it seems, the whole town converges on the center for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Plan on being thoroughly charmed, and you might even consider extending your stay. Upon arrival in Bratislava, proceed on a guided tour of the city. You will be taken to visit Bratislava Castle, St. Martin’s Cathedral, Grassalkovich Palace - Slovakia's White House, Old Town Hall, Novy Most (New Bridge) and Observation Deck. After the tour is over, you will be transferred to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Upon arrival in the city, you will be taken for dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Budapest for overnight stay.

Day 7 - Exploring Budapest | Guided tour of Budapest, Visit The Buda Castle, Visit Szentendre

Architecturally stunning Budapest is a tour de force of Hapsburg splendor, best appreciated over rich cream cakes in a chandelier-lit Gerbeaud coffee house or a sumptuous steam in a Gellért thermal bath. Beyond the grandeur of the Royal Palace and the Hungarian State Opera House, the city has its head very much in the progressive, party-loving present. Free of its communist shackles, a dynamic cultural undercurrent once again flows freely down the Danube and across the city's grandly designed boulevards. After a continental breakfast, we proceed for a guided city tour of Budapest. See the Parliament Building, Margaret Island, Fishermen's Bastion, the Royal Castle, and Matthias Coronation Church. In the afternoon, visit the famous Buda Castle that dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Heroes' Square typifies the modern capital, while along the riverbank you find the old inns and wine cellars. Later we proceed on a guided tour to Szentendre- near Budapest. The picturesque town of Szentendre sits at the foot of the Pilis Hill, on the banks of the Danube, north of Budapest, famous for its Skanzen (open-air ethnographical museum). In the evening take a cruise along the River Danube admiring the beauty of the twin cities Buda and Pest. At the end of the day, enjoy home-style dinner at an Indian restaurant after which you can retire to your hotel in Budapest for overnight stay.

Day 8 - Depart Budapest

After a continental breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to Budapest Airport to board your flight back home.