day 1 BUDAPEST ARRIVAL
Arrival in Budapest airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Go out for dinner to get a feel for this city which is divided by the river Danube into two parts – the hilly, historic “Buda” region & the Bohemian “Pest”. Overnight at your hotel in Budapest.
day 2 BUDAPEST CITY TOUR
Breakfast at hotel. Begin your tour in the ‘Pest’ district and see the Parliament, Royal Palace, and Heroes' Square. Then cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church at Castle Hill. Head to Fisherman's Bastion to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Rest of the evening at leisure. After the tour, return to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Budapest.
day 3 BUDAPEST - OPTIONAL TOUR
Breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore on your own. Option of taking a cruise on the Danube River, with lunch or dinner on board. Overnight at your hotel in Budapest.
day 4 BUDAPEST TO VIENNA BY TRAIN
Breakfast at hotel. Depending upon train departure time, transfer to train station to catch your train to Vienna, Austria. On arrival in Vienna, transfer to your hotel for overnight stay. In the evening, perhaps head out to get a feel of the city and tuck in some local Austrian cuisine.
day 5 VIENNA SIGHTSEEING
Breakfast at hotel. Embark on a sightseeing tour, starting off with a visit to the stately Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Continue along the famous Ringstrasse and view the Empress Maria Theresia Monument, Votive Church, City Hall, and Parliament. Next, walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Vienna.
day 6 VIENNA - OPTIONAL TOURS
Breakfast at hotel. Vienna boasts a scenic location between the foothills of the Alps and the Carpathians, along the Danube River. Rest of the day it at leisure in beautiful Vienna. Musically inclined can opt to attend an optional concert performance of the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. Overnight at your hotel in Vienna.
day 7 VIENNA TO SALZBURG BY TRAIN
Breakfast at hotel. Depending upon train departure time, transfer to the train station to catch your train to Salzburg. On arrival in Salzburg, transfer to your hotel for overnight stay. In the evening, perhaps head out to get a feel of this scenic alpine town.
day 8 SALZBURG - OPTIONAL TOURS
Breakfast at hotel. Today you have the option to just soak in the Alpine vibe or go for an optional tour as per your preference.
day 9 SALZBURG TO ZURICH BY TRAIN
Breakfast at hotel. Depending upon train departure time, transfer to train station to catch your high-speed train to Zurich, Switzerland. In case you take the optional excursion next day to Lucerne from Mount Pilatus, we recommend you do a two hour afternoon walking tour today.
day 10 ZURICH SIGHTSEEING + LAKE CRUISE
Relaxed breakfast at hotel. Later in the afternoon head for a city highlights tour that includes a tram ride. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House, a stroll around Old Town, marvel at the majestic architecture of Fraumunster Church, and browse at the Bahnhofstrasse shopping boulevard. Then hop onto a ferry for a cruise on the scenic Lake Zurich. Gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the lofty Felsenegg vantage point (2630 feet / 800 meters).
day 11 ZURICH DEPARTURE
Breakfast at hotel. Depending upon flight departure time, transfer to Zurich airport to catch your return flight.