Essential Italy and Imperial Capitals

Duration

11 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Rome

Available

2020 / 2021

Cities to visit: Rome; Florence; Venice, Véneto; Innsbruck; Kitzbuhel; Salzburg; Vienna; Budapest; Bratislava; Prague

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
Important things to noteThis tour is part of the Special Indian Line of tours. Tours are guided in English and include an Indian Meal on each full day - either lunch or dinner. This unique inclusion is meant to make you feel at home, with hand-picked Indian restaurants suited to the destinations and include Indian Buffet Meals.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Evening transfer to the Trastevere district .  Indian dinner included.


IMPORTANT -  IF YOU REQUESTED ADDITIONAL NIGHTS on arrival at the hotel you will have your booking made but the guide of your trip will normally not arrive until the start of the included activities. YOUR TIME BEFORE THIS MOMENT IS THEREFORE FREE. At your hotel they can help you with all the information you need.  

NB:   The schedules you will find in this itinerary are approximate. The guide, depending on the situation and in order to improve the development of the circuit, may adjust the schedules.  

Welcome to Rome!      Transfer f rom airport to hotel and free time to explore before meeting your guide and fellow travellers. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.     

18.30 hrs- At the end of the evening we arrange a  transfer to Trastevere area.  This neighborhood will be a great introduction to Rome,  a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets of the Trastevere district reveals hidden treasures to us, such as some modest medieval churches, small shops with the most peculiar of objects or scenes of daily life.   Indian dinner included.  Return to hotel.

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Rome. Roman Coliseum (admission price included) and visit to the Vatican City. Indian dinner.  

In the morning, we have a  scenic tour of the city , which will be a great introduction to “The Eternal city”. We will know the tiny state of the Vatican. The Vatican City is a principal centre of Christianity in the world. You will be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. And we have also included  admission to the Roman Coliseum,  the principal symbol of Rome. This impressive con­struction dates back 2,000 years and will transport us in time so that we can learn about ancient society in the Roman Empire. 

18.30 hrs.- In the evening,  indian dinner included.

Total distance: 320km 
Scenery :  Apennine Mountains and Tuscan vineyards.  View from Piazzale Michelangelo.  City tour in Florence. 
Note:   We recommend you wear comfortable shoes as the tour of Florence involves walking.    

08:00h Rome – Departure, passing through the Tiber Valley. 
12:15h Florence –  Our first contact with the Renaissance city is  Piazzale Michelangelo,  a viewpoint with marvellous views of the city. Don’t forget to take your camera! 
Walking tour with local guide,  lasting two and a half hours. We visit the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vechio, Straw Market,  Piazza Republica, Palacio Vecchio. This city is truly an outdoor museum.    Free afternoon to explore and visit the city’s historical markets and museums.

In the evening, you will have an indian dinner included. 

Total distance: 310km 
Scenery:   we cross the Apennines and the Po Valley.    
Today´s Highlight:   boat on Venice’s Giudecca. Visit and admission to the St. Marks Basilica. Admire the technique of crafting Murano Glass. Dinner included.     

08.15h Florencia – Departure, passing through mountain scenery. 
12:00 h Venice  – Arrival at Tronchetto Gate where we take the  boat  and cross the Giudecca to the Island of Venice.  Comprehensive tour with a local guide  to St. Mark’s Square and the interior of  St, Mark’s Basilica (admission included).  Visit to the Murano Glass Factory where we will see a demonstration of how this ancient glass is made. Free afternoon.
 
19:00h Return to firm land and transfer to hotel.  Dinner in an indian  restaurant included.  Accommodation in the Mestre district.

Total distance: 480 km  
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Breathtaking alpin landscapes. Dinner included.  

08.00 hrs. Venice – Departure, crossing the Po Valley travelling to Austria. 
13.00 hrs.- Innsbruck.-  Time to stroll in the historic centre of Innsbruck.   

15.30 hrs.- Departure after lunch. We travel along a very pretty scenic road between the mountains.   
17.00 hrs-  KITZBÜHEL – Arrival and time to see this picturesque little village, a famous ski resort where we can enjoy the snow for a large part of the year! Free time. Transfer to the hotel and dinner included (vegetarian option possible). 

Note:  In case of few travellers on the trip, the journey from Venice to Innsbruck may be done by a train. 

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Alpine cable car. Salzburg, the city of Mozart. Fantastic scenery. Cruise on a lake. Indian dinner included. 
Total distance: 420 km.
 
NB: We recommend you to take comfortable shoes and warm clothes to enjoy on the deck during the boat ride. The schedules in winter time might be modified in order to take advantage of sunlight. 

08.00 hrs.- Kitzbuhel - Departing in the morning, we include a cable car ride up to the high mountains that surround Kitbuhel, with snow 9 months a year, fantastic scenery; in summer, those who wish may visit the “alpine flower garden”. 
NB- On some occasions the ascent to Kitzbühel by cable car will be done on Thursday afternoon upon arrival in the village. 


10.00 hrs- Kitzbuhel- Departure. We travel between mountains. 
11.45 hrs Salzburg -Arrival. Our guide accompanies us to the most beautiful streets of the historic centre of this city declared a World Heritage site and have lunch. 

13.30 hrs. Salzburg – Departure. We then go on our way between lakes and mountains. A very beautiful scenic stage in the Alps. 
14.30 hrs .- St. Wolfgang. a famous place by a lake of pilgrimage in Austria. 

15.15 hrs St. Wolfgang –Departure-. 
15:30 hrs.- Traunkirchen – Time to stroll in this beautiful city with its nice churches and streets along with the very beautiful Traunsee lake, where, at around 16.30 hrs, we include a cruise on the lake to see four castles on the mountains and disembarking in Gmunden. 

17.30 hrs.- Gmunden, departure and continuation to the capital of Austria. 
20.45 hrs.- Vienna –Arrival-. Indian dinner included.

Highlights: City tour of Vienna. Vienna gardens of the immense Schönbrunn Palace. Evening transfer. Indian dinner.

09.00 hrs.- Vienna - start with a  scenic sightseeing  tour of Vienna to know the most important places of interest including the Opera , the Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History , Parliament , the Royal Theatre , City Hall and the University. Passing by the Church of San Carlos, we arrive to the Belvedere Palace where we will walk through the gardens from where we are offered a fabulous view of the city. ( If the English-speaking group has fewer than fifteen people, the tour can be conducted in both English and Spanis h).  

Directly afterwards, we head the  Schönbrunn Palace  where visitors can stroll around and enjoy its beautiful gardens. 

In the evening we go to the  City Hall Square  to enjoy the lighting and the nightlife in the neighbouring streets, and where we will enjoy and indian dinner. Return to hotel.-

Total distance: 245km       
Scenery:  We travel through the beautiful Pannonian Basin to the Hungarian capital.     
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: C ruise on the Danube and v isit to Budapest included. Indian dinner included. 
Note:   We remind you that the currency of Hungary is the Forint. It is advisable to pay in local currency during your stay.  If the number of passengers in very small, the journey can be made by train.   


08:30 h. Vienna – Departure following the course of the Danube to Hungary. We have a little under a 3-hours- trip to Budapest.
11:30 h. Budapest  – Arrival.  Relax and discover the city on  a boat tour along the Danube river;  the views of the city and parliament are impressive. Time for lunch after the tour.

14.30 hrs- Guided tour  of the “Queen of the Danube” lasting three hours. Visit to the two areas of the city that are separated by the Danube: with historic "Buda" on one side and cosmopolitan "Pest" on the opposite bank. We will know the elegant Pest quarter, the city’s administrative, commercial and leisure district and Heroes’ Square, the Parliament, the Opera House and the elegant boulevards; and the historical Hill of Buda with St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the Fisherman’s Bastion and Habsburg Palace.  Leisure time after the tour. 
There will be free time at the end of the visit. 
Indian dinner included. 

Note:   In winter, if the transfer to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna was not made after the panoramic visit of the previous day, it will be done this morning before leaving for Budapest. 

Total distance: 530 km .

07.30 hrs- Departure from Budapest.
10.30 hrs- Bratislava.  We will get to the capital of Slovakia and a city alongside the Danube with an attractive historic centre. Time to see the city and have your  included lunch. 

13.30 hrs.- We well leave Bratislava to continue on our way to the Czech Republic.
18.30 hrs- Prague,   Arrival in the evening. We provide transport to take you to the  Old Town Square.  This central location is full of energy and touristic activities. It0s a marvellous place to acquaint ourselves  with Prague.  Indian dinner included. 

Today’s highlights:  c ity tour of Prague. Visit to Castle. Boat tour along the river Vltava. Evening transfer. 
Note:   We recommend you wear comfortable shoes during the walking tour.   


07.45 h. Comprehensive tour .  Lasting three hours and a half The tour starts off from the “ Caste l Quarter” ( admission included) , the political, religious and monumental centre of the capital, and the cathedral, the palaces and viewpoints over the “city of the 100 towers” and explains the history of the country. We then continue our walk through the “Small City” or “Malastrana Quarter”, the city’s Baroque jewel, to the famous “Charles Bridge”. 

The city tour  is followed by a  monumental cruise  on the river Vltava. 
Free afternoon to continue exploring the city.

In the evening, we enjoy time in the historic  city centre .  Indian dinner included. .  Return to hotel. 

After breakfast, end of our services.


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