Europe | Blue Line – 9 Day Tour
GERMANY • CZECH REPUBLIC • SLOVAKIA • HUNGARY • AUSTRIA • SWITZERLAND
TOUR TYPE : Escorted group tour. English/Seat-in-Coach. (Private tours available on request)
TOUR NAME: Blue Line (can be combined with the Green and/or Red Line Tour)
DURATION : From 1-7 days (can be combined with other lines for up to 21 days)
PRICE : Seasonal. (plus mandatory tip of €5 per person per day), land-only price
TOUR CODE: E227
TOUR PACE : Lively
Our Blue Line Tour takes you on an action-packed trip around the heart of central Europe, visiting six fascinating countries in seven days. You’ll marvel at the traditional old towns of Prague in the Czech Republic, enjoy the scenic journey to Bratislava, and then be wowed by the grandeur of Hungary and Austria’s capital cities, Budapest and Vienna. It’s not just the man-made attractions that impress on this trip either – from Vienna you’ll travel through the stunning mountain scenery of the Austrian and Swiss Alps, and finally on into Germany’s famous Black Forest to complete a memorable week of spectacular cities and scenery.
Monday: Frankfurt – Prague (530 km)
After boarding the luxury coach in Frankfurt, sit back and enjoy a scenic ride through some classic German countryside en route to the Czech Republic. Prague, one of Europe’s most ornate cities, is your first destination. You will arrive in the evening, ready to discover this charming capital city with its fairytale architecture, the following morning. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Prague or city nearby
Tuesday : Prague – Bratislava (330 km)
Your Prague adventure begins with a spectacular walk along the Royal Route, following the traditional coronation path of the kings and queens of old Bohemia. You’ll start from the top of Castle Hill in the Hradcany district, famous for its views over the red-roofed old city, and then tour Prague Castle. The castle has been the historic seat of Bohemia royalty since the 9th century, as well as home to the nation’s presidents in recent times. Your exploration then heads off around the imposing gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Royal Palace, and along Golden Lane, an ancient thoroughfare lined with some wonderful traditional buildings.
Later you will stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge, which arches gracefully over the Vltava, and on through the winding alleys to the Old Town Square, where you can see the City Hall and one of Prague’s most well-known sights, the Astronomical Clock.
After lunch in the square, you’ll make the scenic transfer from Prague to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava – home to another glorious Old Town. Here you’ll pass through the heart of the city by coach, with views of the magnificent Bratislava Castle and St. Martin´s Cathedral. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Bratislava or city nearby
Wednesday: Bratislava – Budapest (200 km)
Wednesday sees you arrive in Hungary, the fourth country of the tour. Its capital, Budapest, is known as the Pearl of the Danube, and is essentially two different cities joined together: Buda on the west of the river, Pest on the east, each with its own distinct characteristics.
One of the best ways of seeing this unique location is by taking a river cruise, which many people choose to do. After a morning of activity, you’ll relax over lunch at Buda Palace, and then have a chance to look at the exhibitions in the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery, or do a spot of souvenir shopping.
Next you’ll explore both sides of the city on a cultural and historic tour. Highlights on the Buda side of the Danube include the towered terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion, the medieval Matthias Church and a walk up to the summit of Gellért Hill for panoramic views. While over in Pest the sights include the expansive Heroes’ Square and Hungary’s dramatic riverside Parliament Building. In the evening, you can choose to round off an eventful day with an optional dinner in the heart of Budapest, where you can sample traditional dishes such as goose liver, goulash, duck leg and local wine, accompanied by Hungarian folkdance and music. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Budapest or city nearby
Thursday : Budapest – Vienna (250 km)
Your Vienna adventure begins at one of the city’s most popular attractions, Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo-style summer residence of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of Europe and the Church for many decades. After lunch in this refined setting, you will take a driving tour past many grand, famous buildings, including the City Hall, the Austrian Parliament, Hofburg Palace and Heroes’ Square.
You’ll drive past the statue of one of Austria’s most famous sons, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and also have some shopping time, before adding the Wiener Staatsoper (opera house) to your checklist of key Vienna buildings. Later, opt for dinner in the heart of the city or visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, before taking a stroll in Stadtpark, which is known for its range of sculptures, including the famous gilded bronze statue of Johann Strauss II.
In the evening, we recommend the option of attending a Viennese waltz concert, which will allow you the unforgettable experience of hearing the music of Mozart and Strauss in the place where it was composed. (B)
Hotel: 3* in or outside Paris
Friday: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich (440 km)
From Vienna it’s on to another Austrian gem, Salzburg. The city’s beautiful historic centre, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is characterized by numerous baroque buildings, and is one of the most picturesque places in Europe. Salzburg is also famous for its musical
heritage, being both the birthplace of Mozart, and also connected with hit musical The Sound of Music. You’ll get the chance to see from the outside the house where Mozart was born, explore the city further at your leisure and also have lunch in Salzburg, before heading across the German border to Munich in the afternoon. (B)
Hotel : 3* in Munich or city nearby
Saturday : Munich – Mt Titlis – Lucerne – Zurich (480 km)
You’ll leave the big cities behind on Saturday morning and head for one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges – the Swiss Alps. The first destination is Engelberg the stunning Swiss resort. From here you can opt to board a cable car that takes you to the summit of the impressive Mount Titlis. To reach to the top of the permanently snow-covered Mt. Titlis is by a combination of gondolas over 3 stages.
You’ll ascend the last stage by the world’s first revolving gondola the Titlis Rotair, that delivers spectacular views of the valleys, glaciers, lakes and forests below, and 360? vistas of the surrounding mountains. At the summit the sun terrace is the perfect place to pause and appreciate the breathtaking panoramas. There’s a 150-metre ice cavern through the core of a glacier to explore at the top. Other highlights include walking across Europe’s highest suspension bridge for more phenomenal views from Mt. Titlis.
You’ll come down from the hills to the lakeside for your next stop. Lucerne is a picturesque city of bridges and towers located in what many people believe to be the “true” Switzerland – picture-postcard mountains, lakes, cowbells, Alpine villages and meadows full of edelweiss flowers. Here you will have time to wander through the charming streets, and see the famous Lion Monument, which Mark Twain once described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world”. This is a great place to get souvenirs like Swiss watches and fine chocolates, before travelling to the overnight stop of Zurich. (B)
Hotel: 3* in Zurich or city nearby
Sunday : Zurich – Rhein Falls – Titisee – Frankfurt (450 km)
The final day of the tour begins in Zurich, a city with a reputation as a leading global financial centre. There is chance for a picture stop at the impressive Lake Zurich, before moving on to Rhine Falls, Europe’s biggest waterfall.
Next you’ll cross back into Germany and the Black Forest, the ancient fir-covered mountain range which is famous for its creepy folklore and mythical tales. Here you will see the beautiful lake Titisee, where you can stop at one of the many lakeside cafés to enjoy some of the region’s best Black Forest cherry gateaux. Cuckoo clocks are made in Titisee, making this the ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs from the local shops, and you’ll also get to see a demonstration of how these magical mechanisms work.
Finally, you’ll head back to Frankfurt, where the tour ends, time to say goodbye to new-found friends
Hotel: 3* in Frankfurt or city nearby (optional)
Meal Basis: (B) = Continental Breakfast
NOTE: Whilst every effort is made to operate this tour as advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, the routing or order of an itinerary. Compensation will not be payable for alterations to the itinerary or nightly accommodation.
What’s included in the tour price- Accommodation in a comfortable three-star (minimum) hotel, twin room with private facilities (please advise customers that on the last day of the tour and for daily tours, accommodation is not included).
- The services of an experienced tour manager.
- Convenient joining points throughout the tour (8 on the Red, 4 on the Green and 6 on the Blue lines).
- Sightseeing and orientation tours included in the itinerary - expertly planned to maximise their time to visit iconic and must-see sites in each city (optional excursions also available).
- Daily continental breakfast (for all other meals, we offer assistance with reservations and directions to local restaurants/cafés/service station restaurants).
- Daily transportation on modern air-conditioned coaches.
- Experienced and professional coach driver.
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation.
- Return Transfers.
What’s not included in the tour price- Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per person per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
Flights or other travel costs, visas and travel insurance.
All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
Meals (including tips) and drinks not included in the itinerary.
Personal expenses (laundry, internet, phone calls etc.).
City entrance fees + taxes (Venice, Florence, Rome, Pisa, Monaco, Czech Republic & Vienna).
BLUE LINE – EXCURSIONS AND VISITS
Monday: Frankfurt – PragueFrankfurt am Main: Enjoy the scenic drive through classic German countryside en-route to Prague.
Tuesday: Prague – Bratislava- Prague: Walk along the spectacular Royal Route, visit Castle Hill in the Hradcany district, tour Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace and Golden Lane. Stoll over Charles Bridge, explore Old Town Square, City Hall and The Astronomical Clock.
- Bratislava – Enjoy the scenic transfer from Prague to Bratislava. Here you’ll pass through the heartof the city, with views of the magnificent Bratislava Castle and St. Martin´s Cathedral.
Wednesday: Bratislava – Budapest- Budapest: Experience the Pearl of the Danube. Enjoy lunch at Buda Palace, visit the Budapest History Museum, Hungarian National Gallery or do a bit of shopping. Explore Fisherman’s Bastion, the medieval Matthias Church, Heroes’ Square, Parliament Building and walk to the summit of Gellért Hill.
Thursday: Budapest –Vienna- Vienna: Visit Schönbrunn Palace, including the City Hall, the Austrian Parliament, Hofburg Palace and Heroes’ Square. Drive past Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart statue, Wiener Staatsoper, St. Stephen's Cathedral. Enjoy a stroll at Stadtpark and see the famous statue of Johann Strauss II.
Friday: Vienna – Salzburg – Munich- Salzburg: Your orientation tour includes views of the house where Mozart was born, with free time to explore on your own its picturesque old town – which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Saturday: Munich – Mt Titlis – Lucerne - Zurich- Engelberg/Mt. Titlis: Opt to take a combination of gondolas to the summit of Mount Titlis for 360? breath-taking panoramas and experience Europe’s highest suspension bridge – Titlis Cliff Walk. - Lucerne: See the famous Lion Monument, wonder around this picturesque city at your leisure to shop for Swiss souvenirs or take photos.
Sunday: Zurich – Rhine Falls – Frankfurt – Titisee – Frankfurt- Zurich/Rhine Falls: Enjoy views of this beautiful landscape with a brief stop at Lake Zurich before moving on to Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall. - Black Forest: Stop at a café along beautiful Lake Titisee, sample their famous Black Forest cherry gateaux and see a demonstration of how German cuckoo clocks work.
BLUE LINE – OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES PRICE LIST
|Budapest Danube River Cruise||€15|
|Golden Lane (entrance to Palace, Cathedral and Golden Lane)||€13|
|Viennese Waltz Concert + Transfer||€50 (starting from)|
|Mount Titlis Cable Car||€80 or CHF 89|
|Hungary Folklore Show + Dinner||€50|
|Capital of Liechtenstein – Vaduz||€10|
|Wiener Ribs Menu||€20|
BLUE LINE – CZECH REPUBLIC & VIENNA CITY TAXES (TOTAL PRICE €10)
Must be paid prior to entering the cities – no concessions available
- Czech Republic City entrance tax €5
- Vienna City entrance tax €5
NOTE: Please use as reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour with the tour manager, who will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).