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Take a journey into the past, with our show case of the grandest and most opulent cities of old Europe. From Prague to Budapest, marvel at the spirit of former empires and regal grandeur. We’ll show you destinations with histories dating back hundreds of years and iconic cities that have seen destruction, only to resiliently build themselves back up again to their former glories. Europe’s Bohemian capitals delight with classical music, exquisite palaces and cathedrals, and rich heritage. Walk in the footsteps of six-year-old Mozart at an after-hours visit to the baroque Schönbrunn Palace, indulge with dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants, and enjoy a private sparkling wine cruise on the glittering River Danube. Along the way, you’ll witness a private recital of Chopin's classic works, taste fine wines and stay in stately hotels. Step into a world of greatness, as you uncover some of Europe’s most revered capitals.
On select Chairman’s Collection departure dates you’ll have the pleasure of meeting Princess Anita Von Hohenberg at her home, the beautiful Artstetten Castle. A descendant of the famous Habsburgs, and the granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand who was assassinated at Sarajevo in 1914, Princess Anita will talk to you about her fascinating life and heritage over an exclusive sparkling wine reception.
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Welcome to Prague.
Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for drinks, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its world-class views, cuisine and service.
The City of a Hundred Spires.
Join a Local Expert in the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, bathed in a lustrous patina of stained glass, before strolling on to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. In the afternoon, there is an option to join an included visit to Prague’s Jewish Quarter.
Prague to Český Krumlov.
A scenic drive through Bohemia brings you to Český Krumlov. Walk through the tangled cobblestone streets and meet your Local Expert to visit the famous castle, one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps heading back to your hotel for an indulgent treat at the wellness spa?
Melk Abbey and the Imperial Capital of Vienna.
Travel over the Austrian border, along the Danube past castle ruins, to Melk, for a guided walk of its famous abbey. Continue through the Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs and rolling vineyards. Arrive in Vienna, where the doors of the magniﬁcent Schönbrunn Palace open to you for a VIP after-hours exclusive visit.
If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you will be privileged to a private reception with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the famous Habsburgs, at Artstetten Castle. This incredible experience will replace visiting Melk Abbey.
Your Choice of Vienna, and a Classical Concert.
Experience Vienna Your Way with a choice of how you embrace this stately city. Learn about Vienna's regal history as you visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna with a Local Expert, home to two imperial crowns, the Burgundian treasure and the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Alternatively you may choose to attend a coffee masterclass and try your hand at making the perfect Viennese coffee. Later, enjoy a highlight evening of sparkling wine and front-row seats at a Mozart and Strauss concert, followed by dinner at Le Ciel, one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.
Bratislava and Budapest, Grand Dames on the Danube.
Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the city, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle, with your Local Expert. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine at elegant Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant, and sample local dishes and wine with a backdrop of traditional folk music. After dinner, step onboard a private cruise for a voyage along the Danube complete with sparkling wine and toast to your first night in Budapest.
The Jewel Box of Budapest and the Danube.
Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for astounding panoramic views over the city, presided over by the Liberty Statue. Continue through the medieval Castle District to visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Return to Pest to wander along elegant boulevards with your Local Expert and see the Hungarian State Opera House, one of the most beautiful neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. At the First Strudel House of Pest, admire how dough-stretching artisans work paper-thin crusts into delicious pastries and sample the local specialty. Your evening is at leisure.
In the morning, travel past the Roman remains of Aquincum to storybook Szentendre. Spend time exploring this riverside village with enchanting, brightly coloured houses, quaint churches, art galleries, and lovely squares. Return to Budapest and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps stroll along the majestic River Danube or browse the Central Market Hall for traditional crafts and fare?
Through the Low Tatra to Kraków.
Enjoy a gentle drive into Slovakia, through the small villages of the Low Tatras, characterised by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses. Continue past the Oravský Hrad to Kraków, a city full of architectural wonder and legend. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps heading out for a traditional hunter’s stew? Your Travelling Concierge knows the best restaurants and can assist you with reservations.
Join your Local Expert and cross the former Jewish Quarter to see locations used in the ﬁlm ‘Schindler's List.' You'll then ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, the ﬁnal resting place of the Kings of Poland. In the evening, you’re invited to choose between a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for Your Choice Evening.
Auschwitz, The Black Madonna and Warsaw.
There will be time to pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial. Walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former prison blocks. Your journey continues north to the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, famous for its Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Lunch today is a carefully prepared, packed lunch ready for you to enjoy at your convenience. Continue across the plains to Warsaw with its jumble of restored Gothic and communist architecture, tumultuous history and vibrant cafe culture. On arrival, your Travelling Concierge will check you into your luxury hotel, situated on the famous Royal Route. With the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoy a candle-lit dinner at your hotel or explore the nearby Old Town?
Chopin and the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw.
Join your Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw. Visit the Chopin Monument and the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Explore the Old Town, a miracle of reconstruction, conservation and home to the Royal Castle. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps head back to your hotel for afternoon tea or treat yourself to a massage at the spa? In the evening, witness an exclusive, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist, followed by a finale Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local wine, as you toast to new memories and friendships, and savour traditional dishes.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Warsaw airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.
Prague (Heritage) - Czech Republic
The luxurious Le Palais Art Hotel in Prague boasts beautifully designed rooms combining first-rate design, top-quality materials, warm colours and state-of-the-art equipment to form a harmonious stay.
Český Krumlov (Historic) - Czech Republic
The 5-star Hotel Růže is everything you expect in Český Krumlov - centrally located, historic and grand, beautifully restored and renovated with period furnishings and decor.
Vienna (Heritage) - Austria
Budapest (Traditional) - Hungary
Kraków (Traditional) - Poland
Warsaw (Heritage) - Poland
Situated in the heart of Warsaw, the Hotel Bristol enchants with majestic neo-renaissance facade and romantic interiors, filled with art deco elegance. The exquisite guest rooms reflect an engaging mix of comfort and discreet elegance defined by subtle soothing colours, state-of-the-art technology, majestic high ceilings, and charming views.
Our guests rate us
1011 independent user reviews received during the past year.
22 October, 2018
Trip: The old towns and stops were well chosen.
Service: The car service to and from the home airport Excellent tour director Tim Pendlebury and coach driver Gabor
21 October, 2018
Trip: Wonderful selection of cities. Nice balance of tours/structured time and free time to explore on our own. The trip gave us a good overall "taste" of the cities we visited.
Service: Customer Service reps were responsive to my inquiries
21 October, 2018
Trip: Itinerary was very interesting and was quite balanced -- sites and arts. Would have been better if we had 3 night per city visited. Guests would be more rested during the vacation.
Service: A great vacation. We didn't expect Central Europe to be that interesting - but it truly was ! Thanks to our TD Tim who was a real professional. He knows these parts quite well. Our driver, Gabor, was also another plus factor of this trip. The sites that were covered were great! We would have rated this whole trip as a five if not for that overnight stay at Hotel Ruse which we both think was not worth of the rating it has. It would have been better if we traveled longer on the coach than to have stayed in that hotel. All the other accommodations were great. Three night stays per city would have been better too. It might cost a bit more but - its a vacation after all !
07 October, 2018
Trip: Saw a lot. Learned a lot. Great tour.
Service: Well planned. Great tour leader. Fabulous bus driver. And a fun group of tourist in the group.
07 October, 2018
Trip: This was our first Luxury Tour with Insight--but it won't be our last. Petra was a fantastic Tour Concierge. She took such great care of us--especially for my wife who has a walking problem. Arpi was the best driver we have ever come across. His coach was comfortable and spotless and he handled it as though it was a Mini. And having only 22 people on our tour made it easy to meet everyone and form new friendships. WONDERFUL!!
Service: We thoroughly enjoyed our Land Tour with Luxury Gold. The care that we were given during our two week tour was outstanding!
24 September, 2018
Trip: I am trying to see the world, so this trip I added 5 countries to my log.
Service: Petra and Arpi were the best. Nice hotels. Efficient trip.
24 September, 2018
Trip: The tour was at an easy pace filled with informative guides, top hotels, dining experiences and VIP tours.
Service: The Luxury Gold experience was definitely a VIP vacation. The tour ****** was extremely professional, organized and very detailed.
23 September, 2018
Trip: The sites in Central Europe with Luxury Gold vacations were amazing. Loved every stop in each country. All the tour guides were full of information about each location we stopped at. All the hotels were top of the line and all excursions and meals were superb. We were very well looked after by our tour guide Petra who had such a wonderful personality and was full of information about each excursion we went on. The bus was top of the line, and we could not have asked for a better driver. I would highly recommend doing this trip to Central Europe with Luxury Gold Vacations. Loved every minute of this trip.
Service: Your customer service has been excellent. Our tour guide Petra was amazing. Can't say enough about her. She totally looked after all our needs. She was such a knowledgable person and was full of information on each stop as we travelled through each country in Central Europe. Wonderful personality. Our bus driver Arpe was a fabulous driver. He amazed all of us with his skills at parking the bus in almost any spot. Felt totally at ease with his driving. The bus we were in was so comfortable with lots of room and always clean. It looked like a brand new bus. Hotels were superb. Top of the line. We felt totally pampered! I would definitely recommend the trip to Central Europe with Luxury Gold. The sites were amazing.
23 September, 2018
Trip: Primary reason for choosing this particular tour
Service: Good hotels, tours, and small group size.
23 September, 2018
Trip: While luxury gold is 5 star, I gave this 4 star as the stop at Czech Krumlov was not a good hotel. I would have preserved extra time in another of the cities. Perhaps a lunch stop rather than overnight. Otherwise, the cities were perfect! Traveling by coach was great. A few days on the bus long, but saw the countryside.
Service: Great tour director, and local experts. Hotels, except for one, were wonderful. We chose the itinerary as we were very interested in the history and family connections. That part didn’t disappoint. The small group was wonderful, and we enjoyed being able to get to know people. Would use a luxury gold again.
06 August, 2018
Trip: Fue un viaje muy bonito y tranquilo.
Service: Estuvimos muy contentos con su servicio, están muy órganizados, el autobús muy cómodo y amplio, nuestra anfitriona muy amable y preparada, el chofer manejaba muy bien, la mayoría de las cenas y comidas incluidas bastante buenas, los tours y visitas en algunos sitios muy completas en otros les falto ver puntos importantes, pero en general bien.
30 July, 2018
Trip: Itinerary was great, but the food options were limited.
Service: Our tour Concierge, Brianna Dransfield was incredibly organized and made sure everyone on the tour was well taken care of. She was also very well knowledgeable about all the history in the countries that we travelled and made it very interesting. Would love to travel on one of her other tours in the future.