Heart of Europe® with Vienna & Prague Tour
15-day tour featuring the Netherlands, Germany, Austria & Czech Republic
Tour DescriptionTravel through the Heart of Europe® from the windmills of the Netherlands, into the fairy tale villages of Germany, and amid the majestic Austrian Alps. Add the culturally rich attractions of Vienna and the historically significant sights in Prague for an exciting combination of destinations.
Included FeaturesMeals- In addition to any meals you may be served during your flights to and from Europe, the tour price includes 13 breakfasts and 7 dinners during the 15-day land portion of the tour.
Superior Tourist Class (3-star) and First Class (4-star) hotels are carefully selected for comfort, cleanliness and character . All rooms have a private bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower or bathtub. Free Wi-Fi is available at the hotels, with only a rare exception. Our tours feature a balance of modern city hotels and family-run village hotels with European atmosphere accompanied by genuine hospitality.
The included dinners follow a fixed menu. We work closely with the hotels/restaurants to provide a variety of dishes throughout the tour. The number of included dinners is noted on the introductory page of each tour.
Breakfasts are commonly served buffet style at your hotel, with a selection of rolls, butter, jam, cheese, cold cuts, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Breakfast buffets usually also include one or more other items such as cereal, pastries, fruit, yogurt, eggs, and/or local breakfast foods .
An experienced representative will accompany the tour and handle all the arrangements for the full European duration. Generally, the Tour Manager who greets you upon arrival in Europe will be the same Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout your entire tour. All our Tour Managers pride themselves on many years of experience, having traveled extensively in the regions covered on our tours. All reside in Europe and are multi-lingual with a fluency in English. Each is trained for the particular tours he or she will escort and is recertified for our tours annually. Our Tour Managers get to know you, dig deep to find answers to your questions, and add their personal touch to turn your tour into the "vacation of a lifetime."
Personal Assistive Listening System (P.A.L.S.)
A lightweight, hands-free assistive listening system (including a receiver with a lanyard and an earbud) is provided to each traveler to allow for convenient and clear reception of tour manager commentary during guided walks. Specially designed ear pieces are available to accommodate hearing aids.
Baggage handling at hotels is provided for one suitcase per person, with a maximum of 62 linear inches and a maximum of 50 lbs. For more details, see "How often will I need to carry my own luggage?" and "Baggage Allowances".
Tips for Included Services
The tour price includes tips for all aspects of the tour that are pre-arranged by Image Tours, such as hotels, restaurants and other services. Tips for the tour manager and motor coach driver are not included. For tipping guidelines, refer to "Are Tips for the Tour Manager & Driver Included?".
A deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach will provide transportation throughout Europe in accordance with the itinerary. Image Tours requires that the motor coaches used for our tours must be state-of-the-art models of no older than five years; one of the toughest standards in the European tour business. Although our motor coaches are government rated for standard class seating of up to 53 passengers, we provide comfort-class seating for a maximum of 46 passengers on the majority of our tours, providing extra leg room and greater comfort. Daily seat rotation allows you to view Europe's spectacular scenery from all angles. Our motor coach drivers are selected by meeting our high standards for experience, courtesy and professionalism. They not only possess outstanding driving skills with safety as their number one priority, but also take pride in keeping the motor coach comfortable and clean throughout your tour.
One scheduled group airport transfer is hosted by the tour manager on Day 2 and again on the last day of the tour. The transfer time is based on the scheduled flight times of passengers who have purchased the complete Tour & Air Inclusive package from Image Tours. For details, see 'Are Airport Transfers Included?'.
Approximately one month after Image Tours receives your completed Reservation Application and deposit, you will receive a Confirmation Packet consisting of reservation verification and our highly informative TOUROCLOPEDIA® trip preparation booklet, with travel tips and other information to help you get ready for your tour of Europe.
At least one week prior to the tour departure date, you will receive a Trip Documents Packet. This contains preparation reminders, departure day travel tips, arrival instructions, flight information, overnight schedule (with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of hotels), foreign currency information, luggage tags and a name tag.
- Tour Operator
- Image Tours
- Offer valid through 11/21/2019
- 15 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Overnight Flight to Europe||Overnight flight to Europe.|
Refer to "Preparing for your Departure" in your Trip Documents for easy check-in procedures. Take time to relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.
|Day 2||Amsterdam|| HOLLAND . . Arrival at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Dutch Lowlands - South Holland.|
Upon arrival, disembark, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to your "Arrival Instructions" page in your Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Board your deluxe motor coach for a pleasant drive through the neatly-groomed Dutch Lowlands. Much of the Dutch countryside is at or below sea level and is characterized by canals, dikes and windmills. Your two-night stay in South Holland will introduce you to Dutch "gezelligheid," a kind, convivial, comfortable feeling which you will experience in the days ahead. Meet your fellow tour members at the "Welcome to Europe/ Get-acquainted" dinner. (Dinner)
|Day 3||Amsterdam||HOLLAND . . Delft - Amsterdam - Cheese Farm.|
Today's visit to Delft provides a charming introduction to your Dutch experience. Prepare to be captivated by the picturesque streets lined with medieval architecture, characteristic canals, friendly cafes offering Dutch pancakes, and inviting shops selling the famous Delft Blue earthenware. Communicating will not be a problem as English is widely spoken throughout the Netherlands (Holland). Continue to the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, a growing city that still holds its old-world charm. This evening, visit a cheese farm where you will discover how the celebrated Dutch cheese is made. Experience a traditional Dutch dinner before returning to your South Holland hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 4||South Holland||HOLLAND . . Rotterdam - South Holland.|
Transfer to Rotterdam's center to spend a full day exploring this dynamic harbor city. Spido boat rides (£12) are a fitting way to tour the thriving harbor. The Hop on Hop off bus provides commentary on historic sites and Rotterdam's fascinatingly diverse architecture (£17 for a 24-hour pass and a 30 minute bike rental). The pedestrian-only area and unique indoor Market Hall offers a variety of shops, bakeries and cafes. The tour manager will also offer an optional Delta Works excursion through the province of Zeeland, with an explanation of how the Netherlands stays dry under sea level. Return to your hotel after an independent dinner in Rotterdam. (Breakfast)
|Day 5||Maastricht||HOLLAND. . Brabant - Maastricht.|
As you approach Kinderdijk, you will be delighted by the sight of Holland's largest concentration of old windmills. After a photo stop, travel south to Maastricht, one of the oldest towns in the Netherlands. The bisecting Maas River, medieval architecture, Gothic Sint Janskerk (church) and Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius all contribute to the beauty of this university town, while shops and cafes add a convivial atmosphere. For many, the next stop at Margraten American Military Cemetery is an emotional experience. The graves of over 8,000 American servicemen stand in everlasting memory to the sacrifices of WWII. For the location of specific graves, visit the website www.abmc.gov. Your hotel this evening is conveniently located near the converging borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 6||Bad Mergentheim||GERMANY . . Rhine Cruise - Heidelberg - Bad Mergentheim.|
In Germany, some of your travel will be on the Autobahn, the first state-of-the-art superhighway system, which was expanded by Hitler. Near Koblenz, leave the Autobahn and wind through the Rhine River Valley to Boppard. A pleasure boat awaits you for an upstream cruise on the Rhine River. Keep your eyes open to spot castle ruins, hillside vineyards and medieval fortresses as you glide up Germany's longest and most important river. Continue to Heidelberg, situated on the Neckar River and dominated by the ruins of Heidelberg Castle. This renowned university town is considered by many to embody the spirit of Germany. Your tour manager will accompany you on a walking tour of the Old Town. Following your visit to Heidelberg, proceed to the neighboring village of Bad Mergentheim for hotel check-in and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 7||Bad Mergentheim||GERMANY . . Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Bad Mergentheim.|
Begin the day with a tour of Nuremberg. Hitler staged his propaganda rallies here, and after his fall, Nuremburg was chosen as the site of the famous War Trials. For further information, visit the Documentation center at the sight of the Nazi party Rally Grounds (£ 6). If you prefer a lighter subject, enter the toy museum (£5), celebrating Nuremberg's tradition as the city of toys. Spend the afternoon in the enchanting, medieval village of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber. The well-preserved walls, cobblestone streets, distinctive inns, and whimsical Christmas shop of Kathe Wohlfahrt's Weihnachtsdorf create the feeling of walking into a fairy tale. Return to your hotel for an authentic German dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 8||Alpine Village||GERMANY. . Munich & AUSTRIA . . Alpine Village.|
Your morning journey leads you South on the Romantic Road. This area is rich in unspoiled countryside, historic castles and quaint villages. Continue to Munich, the elegant capital of Bavaria. Walk into the pedestrian only zone, known as the Marienplatz, where modern storefronts are cleverly integrated with historic buildings. The focal point of the square is the Rathaus (Town Hall), with its captivating Glockenspiel (clock tower). For your independent lunch, consider the Hofbrauhaus, a one-of-a-kind beer hall, which exudes an Oktoberfest atmosphere year around. Transfer to your Alpine Village Hotel where you will stay for the next three nights. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 9||Alpine Village||AUSTRIA . . Alpine Village. The day is at your leisure.|
Choose from an abundance of mountain paths for an exhilarating hike or bike ride with awe-inspiring panoramas. Take a chair lift up one of the mountains for magnificent views. Or, simply relax in your Austrian village amid the boundless splendor of the Alps. This afternoon, tour manager will offer an optional Eagle's Nest excursion to Hitler's former mountain hideaway. An independent dinner provides the opportunity to sample Austrian cooking at a cozy chalet restaurant. (Breakfast)
|Day 10||Alpine Village||AUSTRIA . . Alpine Village.|
Another glorious day amongst the Alpine scenery to do as you please. One choices is to join the tour manager for a full day optional Salzburg & Dinner excursion, which includes a guided tour in Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the "Sound of Music," and a traditoinal Austrian meal at a village restaurant. (Breakfast)
|Day 11||Vienna||AUSTRIA . . Mondsee - Melk - Vienna.|
Begin your day with a stop in Mondsee, a small lakeside town. Here, you may wish to visit the baroque church used to film the wedding scenes for the "Sound of Music." From Mondsee travel to Melk, known for an iconic Roman fortress, turned into an abbey by 11th century monks. A local guide will take you on a guided tour of the impressive Melk Abbey. On your way into Vienna, stop to take pictures at the Kahlenberg. This area lies atop a large hill, providing phenomenal views and the perfect introduction to Vienna, Austria's imperial capital. After check-in at your hotel, an independent dinner allows the flexibility to plan your first evening in Vienna according to your personal interests. (Breakfast)
|Day 12||Vienna||AUSTRIA . . Vienna.|
This morning a local guide will provide an introduction of Vienna, highlighting St. Stephen's Cathedral. You will also see the Opera House, one of Vienna's most beloved buildings. Use your afternoon to see more of Vienna's fascinating landmarks. Take a leisurely stroll along the Ringstrasse to see some of the city's magnificent edifices, or venture into one of the museums in the new, highly-touted Museumsquartier (MQ). For your independent dinner, sample local Austrian cuisine at a cafe near the hotel or join the optional Schonnbrunn Palace and Dinner excursion. (Breakfast)
|Day 13||Prague||CZECH REPUBLIC . . Brno - Prague.|
From Vienna, it is a short drive to the border. Cross into the Czech Republic, where you will stop in Brno. The main square, Namesti Svobody or "Freedom Square," is the city's focal point and is a great place to dine and shop. Arrive in Prague by late afternoon, allowing you time to get acclimated and consider options for an independent dinner or, join the optional Traditional Czech Evening excursion, offering dinner and entertainment. (Breakfast)
|Day 14||Prague||CZECH REPUBLIC . . Prague.|
This morning meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Prague, including the beautiful Staromestske namasti (the most photographed square in the city), the Old Town hall, and the Church of St. Nicholas in the little Quarter (Mala Strana). Following the city tour, consider taking a stroll along the Vltava River (also referred to as the Moldau River), and to the spectacular Charles Bridge. From the high banks across the river, the enormous Prague Castle overlooks the city, contributing to the mysterious atmosphere that is inescapable in Prague. Return to your hotel for a "Farewell Dinner." (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 15||Daytime flight back to U.S.A||Daytime flight back to U.S.A.|
Transfer to the Prague Airport for the return flight home. (Breakfast)
The above departures reflect Land-Only per person pricing and TWIN pricing is based upon double occupancy. Any early booking discounts available will be reflected in the summary price after you pick your departure date, your accommodation type, and any additional options in the following steps. Please choose a departure date to continue pricing the tour.