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It is no secret that Europe is brimming with incredible destinations. From small towns to iconic cities, there is no shortage of romance, beauty and history to uncover. Perhaps the most intriguing of these destinations, however, are those cities that once formed the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Berlin, which grew into an Imperial City of its own under the German Reich. Whether by train or by ship, these are the top tours to experience Berlin and Europe’s Imperial Cities - Vienna, Budapest and Prague.
Grand Imperial Cities
Bask in the grandeur of Central Europe on Holiday By Rail’s Grand Imperial Cities tour. The journey begins with travel from London to Frankfurt aboard Eurostar. This city offers an overnight reprieve from the day’s travels, and the next day, excitement builds en route to Vienna - our first Imperial City. In Vienna, as well as in each of the other cities, you have at least two days to get acquainted with the city both through guided touring and independent sightseeing. Following Vienna, continue to Budapest, Prague and Berlin, connecting each by train. Along the way, unforgettable experiences such as a guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, a ride aboard the Children’s Railway in Budapest and a dinner cruise on the Danube enhance this journey. Thirteen days, four incredible cities, memories to last a lifetime.
Imperial Capital Cities
Take on four fascinating cities on the Imperial Capital Cities expedition. This rail holiday begins in Berlin and then moves by rail to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Each city brings its own dose of history and culture and the chance to immerse yourself in it all through group excursions and full days to explore on your own. Highlights of this journey include guided tours in all four destinations, a dinner cruise on the Danube River and a nighttime tour in Budapest that displays the city’s brilliant architecture illuminated by light. Further, 4-star hotel accommodations and authentic dining experiences make this trip one to remember.
Imperial Cities & Five-Star Danube Cruise
Combine the majesty of Europe’s Imperial Cities with the breathtaking beauty of the Danube on this 11-day rail and cruise holiday, the Imperial Cities & Five-Star Danube Cruise. The tour kicks off in Berlin, where the city is introduced through a guided tour, and then moves on to Prague. Another day of touring and comfortable, 4-star hotel accommodations lies ahead, and then, it is on to Budapest, where we board our luxury cruise ship and begin our journey down the Danube. Ports of call and points of interest along the way include Bratislava, Vienna, the Wachau Valley, Linz and Regensberg. Delicious meals, picturesque scenery and guided tours that bring all the history of the region to life are just some of the things travellers can look forward to on this journey.
Vienna, Prague & Berlin
Three lovely cities and 10 days to explore them, the Vienna, Prague & Berlin tour offers a glimpse at Imperial Europe. The journey begins in Vienna, where the tone of 4-star hotel accommodations, fascinating guided tours and comfortable train travel is set for the tour. From Vienna, travellers move on to Prague and finally Berlin. During the voyage, enjoy scenic highlights, such as Prague City Center, Hradcany Castle and valley of the Elbe. Additionally, travellers are treated to several wonderful dining experiences that offer tastes of each unique city.
An 11-day tour filled with railway history, The Hungaria is a journey to remember. Begin in London with a ride aboard Eurostar to Wuppertal, where the first scenic railway of the journey, the Schwebebahn, awaits your exploration. From here, the tour continues to Berlin, where we have 2 days to explore before boarding the Hungaria bound for Prague first then Budapest. Two days in each of these cities means you have time to explore on your own and with the group on guided tours. Scenic highlights along the way include Saxon Switzerland’s mountainous terrain, Budapest’s Children’s Railway and an evening cruise along the Danube River. The tour concludes with two more days of exploration in Nuremberg, including the German National Railway Museum. This incredible journey is one for the books.
A region filled with centuries-old history, castles, modern amenities and stunning vistas, Central Europe is brimming with adventure. Select one of these train holidays from Holidays By Rail, or contact a rail specialist for even more opportunities to see the Imperial Cities and beyond.