Explore, Slovakia Austria & Hungary

    • Duration

      7 Days

    • Total Destinations

      3

    • Attractions

      10

    • Pkg Id

      0000387

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    DAY 1
    Arrival-Bratislava

    • Arrive at M. R. Stefanik International Airport.
    • Visit Bratislava Castle: Watching over the city from its craggy roost, Bratislava Castle is on a site that has been fortified for thousands of years. As a defendable stronghold and lookout, the castle was unmatched as it rested between the Alps and Carpathians and defended an ancient ford on the Danube.The castle’s apogee came in the 16th century when it was the seat of the Kings of Royal Hungary, housing the Hungarian crown jewels for the next 200 years. After war damage and reconstruction it’s a landmark to see because of what it represents more than its architecture.From the terrace you can see over the Danube and across the borders into Austria and Hungary, while the interior has exhibitions for the National Museum, covering Slovakian history from the middle ages to the present day.
    • Check-in to the hotel.
    • Overnight at the hotel in Bratislava.

    DAY 2
    Bratislava

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Pick up from the hotel for your full day tour.
    • Visit St. Martin’s Cathedral: On the west side of the Old Town, Bratislava’s 15th century Gothic cathedral was against the city walls and even had a secondary role as a bastion.It lies in the shadow of Bratislava Castle and from 1563 became the coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary, so it makes for a handy one-two on a sightseeing trip.Eleven kings and queens, and eight of their consorts were crowned in this building up to 1830. The cathedral’s role as a coronation church is honored by a gold-plated reproduction of the Crown of St. Stephen at the top of the tower.Inside, the nave is in three aisles, divided by bulky Gothic columns and leading to an ensemble of statues portraying St Michael as a Hungarian hussar.
    • Visit Old Town Hall: On Hlavné Námestie the Old Town Hall Bratislava most venerable landmarks. It came together in the 1200s when the Romanesque house belonging to the Mayor was acquired by the city. Slowly the neighbouring buildings were also bought off and annexed.So now it’s an interesting muddle of four different houses and palaces full of little surprises.The most beautiful portion is the Renaissance courtyard, dating to 1581 and with an arcade and gallery.The main tower is older, designed in the Tuscan Gothic style in the 1200s, and housing a branch of the City Museum that deals with feudal justice in medieval Pressburg.
    • Next you will see the Michael’s Gate: Another early structure in the Old Town is the last vestige of Bratislava’s original four medieval gates, protecting the east entrance to the city.Michael’s Gate climbs to 51 metres, over an elegant tangle of streets and dates to the very start of the 14th century. It took on its current Baroque appearance after a remodel in 1759. This was when the dome was installed, as well as the finial of St Michael fighting the dragon at the tip of the spire.
    • In the tower there’s another branch of the Bratislava City Museum, with an exhibition about the old fortifications and medieval weaponry. Get up to the tower’s sixth floor, as this is a handy vantage point over the Old Town.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay in Bratislava.

    DAY 3
    Bratislava

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Pick up from the hotel for the tours, Visit Devin Castle: Do not pass up the chance to see this awesome castle, around 10 kilometres west of the city centre. Devin Castle is a ruin perched on a 212-metre cliff at the confluence of the Danube and Morava Rivers. In its heyday this mighty stronghold controlled the trade route on the Danube, as well as an arm of the ancient Amber Road.With traces going back to the 5th century BC, it’s one of Slovakia’s three oldest castles, and its story is told by information boards and an exhibition inside the caves in the upper enclosure.The castle’s death blow came with an assault by Napoleon’s troops in 1809, and it has been a scenic ruin ever since.
    • Next travel back and reach Old town, Visit Primate’s Palace: Unlike Grassalkovich, the Primate’s Palace welcomes visitors. It was constructed in the 1770s in an imperious neoclassical style for the Archbishop of Esztergom, and up to 1996 was also the president’s residence.The high point of any tour is the Hall of Mirrors, a sequence of five salons, each named after the colour of its decor.A momentous event occurred in the Hall of Mirrors in December 1805 when the Treaty of Pressburg was signed, sealing Napoleon’s victory over the Third Coalition.There’s a set of 17th-century Mortlake tapestries on display, and in the inner courtyard is a magnificent fountain with a statue of St George slaying the dragon.
    • Explore the Most SNP: Traversing the Danube is a spectacular relic from the Soviet period.The Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) opened in 1972, and holds the record as the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge to have only one pylon and a single set of cables.At the top of that pylon is a structure known as the “UFO”. At 80 metres above the river this disc-like building houses a restaurant reached via an elevator up the pylon’s east pillar.Book a table for a meal with a memorable view, or just come to the observation deck to see the Danube, castle and old Bratislava in all their glory.
    • Next visit Maximilian’s Fountain: Back in the Main Square is another of Bratislava’s most prized monuments and meeting places. Opposite the Old Town Hall is a fountain commissioned by the King of Hungary, Maximilian II in 1572 as a water supply for Pressburg’s citizens.The column in the middle is crested by a statue of the knight in battle armour.Some people believe this an image of Roland, the mythical defender of Pressburg’s rights, and others are certain it’s Maximilian himself. According to legend, every New Year at the stroke of midnight the statue turns to face the Old Town Hall and bows to honour 12 councilors who died defending the city.
    • Get dropped at Eurovea: On the left bank of the Danube in the southeast of the city, Bratislava’s former industrial district has been totally revitalised. The symbol of this shiny new quarter is Eurovea, a large mixed-use development combining homes, shopping and entertainment.
    • The first phase was completed in 2010, when the Eurovea Galleria Mall opened its doors, together with a casino, cinema, pool and gym. Anyone hankering for some big brand shopping will be pleased with the choice of mid-market and luxury names like H&M, Lacoste, Guess, Armani, Marks & Spencer, Adidas and Mango.In front of the development are lawns and a new promenade on the Danube.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay in Bratislava.

    DAY 4
    Bratislava – Vienna (Approx 1 Hour Drive)

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check-out from the hotel and travel Austria.
    • Here you get the chance to visit to famous attractions and the places like Schonbrunn Palace, Danube River Cruise and Ferris wheel ride. SCHONBRUNN PALACE: Schonbrunn Palace is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE and Austria’s most visited tourist attraction. For centuries the palace served as the summer home of the Habsburgs, and to this day reflects the interests and tastes of the Habsburg monarchs. Schonbrunn is considered to be one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palace complexes and Austria’s most significant cultural monument.
    • VIENNESE GIANT FERRIS WHEEL: The Giant Ferris Wheel was erected in 1897 to mark the 50th year of Emperor Franz Joseph's accession to the throne. It has been an enduring feature of the city's skyline ever since. Situated right near the entrance to the Wurstelprater amusement park, its cabins offer a wonderful view of the city and the Prater. The diameter of the wheel is almost 61 meters; the entire iron structure weighs 430 metric tons. The wheel turns at a speed of 2.7 km/h.The Giant Ferris Wheel has also played the "lead role" in several Hollywood films, such as "The Third Man" with Orson Wells or in the James Bond adventure "The Living Daylights" starring Timothy Dalton. That's why it was also placed on the list of Treasures of European Film Culture by the European Film Academy in June 2016.In the entrance area of the Giant Ferris Wheel, eight cabins offer insights into 2,000 years of Viennese history. Individual cabins can additionally be booked for exclusive dinners, cocktail receptions and weddings. The Giant Ferris Wheel is open all year round.
    • Drive to the hotel and check-in.
    • Rest for couple hours and get ready to pick up from the hotel lobby for your final excursions of the day in Vienna.DANUBE DINNER CRUISE: Experience the culinary and musical delights typical of Vienna during this Danube River cruise. Enjoy a buffet dinner of Austrian specialities while listening to live Viennese music from a singing duo in the traditional Viennese style and see many Vienna’s landmarks from the water.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay.

    DAY 5
    Vienna-Budapest

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check-out from the hotel and get transferred to your last country in the list.
    • Visit Parliament Building: The Hungarian Parliament Building, which was designed and built in the Gothic Revival style, is one of the largest buildings in Hungary, and is home to hundreds of parliamentary offices. Although the impressive building looks fantastic from every angle, to see the whole building in its full glory, it is worth viewing it from the other side of the Danube.Explore the Margaret Island: Margaret Island is a 2.5km long island which sits in the middle of the Danube, which is covered in parkland and recreational facilities. There are a number of companies which rent pedal carts, golf carts, and other self-powered vehicles, so that you can explore the island properly.A rubber-coated 5.5 km running track encircles the island, and is a popular jogging spot for runners who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of the most famous features of the island is the “music fountain”, from which water regularly “dances” in time to classical music. Other notable features on the island include medieval ruins and small aviary which primarily caters for injured water birds and wildfowl.
    • Visit House of Terror: The House of Terror holds exhibitions about the successive Fascist and Communist regimes which ruled Hungary during the 20th Century. The building itself was the former headquarters of the Fascist Arrow Cross party, and the building was subsequently used as a prison and torture venue by the State Security services of Hungary.There is the opportunity to tour some of the prison area in the basement. The exhibition includes information about both regimes, as well as testimonials from some of the victims. As well as exhibitions about the fascist and communist “security services”, the building often houses other temporary exhibitions.
    • Check-in to the hotel and overnight stay in Budapest.

    DAY 6
    Vienna-Budapest

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Pick up from the hotel for your full day tour.
    • Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica: This basilica is one of the most important religious buildings in Hungary, and visitors to the reliquary can see the (reported) right hand of Stephen, first King of Hungary. As this is a holy site, visitors who plan on entering the church are asked to keep their knees and shoulders covered.Those with a head for heights can travel up to the base of the dome and look out over the city. On a clear day, this is a great vantage point from which to survey Budapest from the air. Classical music concerts and organ concerts regularly take place inside the Basilica, and sometime spill out into the square outside.
    • Visit Hungarian State Opera House: This Neo-Renaissance building was first opened in 1884, following a commission from Emperor Franz Joseph. Outside of the building, you can see statues to Ferenc Erkel (composer of the Hungarian National Anthem) and Ferenc Liszt (Hungarian composer). The 1200 seat auditorium is considered to be one of the best in the world for operatic performances, and it is well worth it to buy a ticket to a show.Ticket prices start from as low as 500ft. If you cannot find time to see a show, guided tours of the Opera House are available during the day, although these usually need to be booked in advance.
    • Visit Buda Castle Hill Funicular: This funicular, which first opened in 1870, is the second oldest funicular of its kind in the world. A system of weights and counterweights is used to help to raise the carriages up and down the hill. The funicular is the fastest way to get to the top of Castle Hill, and is exceedingly popular because of its panoramic views out across the Danube.
    • End your day at Fisherman’s Bastion: Although the Fisherman’s Bastion looks like a medieval monument, it was actually built in the early 20th century in a neo-Gothic style, specifically to act as a panoramic viewing platform across the Danube, Margaret Island and Pest.It is named after the Guild of Fishermen, which was responsible for defending that stretch of the city walls during the Middle Ages.The seven towers of the Bastion represent the seven Magyar tribes that helped to settle the Magyar people in the Carpathian Basin. Come at sunset to see a particularly beautiful view of the city.
    • Back to hotel and overnight stay in Budapest.

    DAY 7
    Fly Back

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Check-out and transfer to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport for flight back.
    • Fly back with wonderful memories.

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