Vienna Town Hall at Christmas

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December 20 – Arrive in Hamburg
Arrive in Hamburg. If your flight arrives before 14:00, you will be welcomed by Santa Claus himself leading the city’s weekly Christmas Parade with reindeers, elves and festively adorned floats. Check into your hotel and enjoy a delicious festive dinner. Overnight in Hamburg.

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December 21 – Hamburg – Berlin
Check out then take a short tour of one of Germany’s richest cities, visiting the magnificent Town Hall and enjoying a panoramic tour of the beautiful villas around the Alster Lake. Afterwards, proceed to Berlin and enjoy a Christmas Illuminations tour on arrival as you drive by and stop for photos of the brilliantly coloured Christmas decorations and illuminated landmarks around the city. Overnight in Berlin.

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December 22 – Berlin
This morning join a half day city tour of Berlin and hear about the city’s history as you walk through the Brandenburg Gate and see the famous Parliament, continue onto the Holocaust Memorial then walk along Unter den Linden and see the Opera and where the Nazi students burned books in 1933. See what remains of the Berlin Wall and if you wish, get a stamp on your passport from Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon, immerse yourself in the ambience of Christmas as you visit some of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the world. Walk around Gendarmenmarkt and enjoy shopping for souvenirs, feasting on some hot currywurst sausage and keeping yourself warm and cosy sipping the luscious mulled wine. Overnight in Berlin.

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December 23 – Berlin – Dresden
Proceed to Dresden after checkout. Known as the Jewel Box for its Baroque and Rococo style buildings, Dresden still remains as one of the cultural centres of Germany even after being severely damaged during the Second World War. Enjoy a walking tour around the city, visiting the Semper Opera and the Zwinger. In the late afternoon, visit the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest documented Christmas markets and certainly one of the most impressive, giving you the chance to take photos of the world’s largest reusable Christmas arch and the glittering 14 metre high Erzgebirge Christmas Pyramid decoration. Overnight in Dresden.

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December 24 – Dresden – Prague
Check out then proceed to the city of a hundred spires, Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Have a half day tour of the city visiting the Old Town where you can watch the moving figures of Prague Astronomical Clock, one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world and the oldest one still working. Srtoll around the Jewish Quarters and learn about the history of the Jewish community within the city. Catch the Advent & Christmas Organ Concert at St. Salvador Church near Charles Bridge and cap the night off with a special Christmas Eve dinner. Overnight in Prague.

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December 25 – Christmas Day in Prague
Have a half day sightseeing tour of the city starting from the Castle District with a visit to St. Vitus' Cathedral, George Basilica and the Old Royal Palace, the former residence of the Bohemian kings. Pass by the Golden Lane, lined with small souvenir shops, medieval museums and little houses where famous writers such as Franz Kafka and Jaroslav Seifert used to live. Walk down the Castle District and into Lesser Town where you will be able to pass by the John Lennon Wall filled with graffiti about the Beatles, John Lennon and their songs. Cruise along the Vltava River as you have your lunch and enjoy some free time at the Old Town Square’s Christmas market where you can have the chance to try some traditional Czech Christmas delicacies and celebrate the day with locals. Overnight in Prague.

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December 26 – Prague – Cesky Krumlov – Vienna
Leave Prague and depart for Cesky Krumlov, renowned for its tunning Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture as well as its great castle complex. Cesky Krumlov undoubtedly retains its medieval charm and deserves its UNESCO World Heritage title as you’ll see yourself when you visit the Castle which towers over the town and walk through the quaint cobblestone streets leading into the old town. Continue into Austria and proceed to its legendary capital city, Vienna. Overnight in Vienna.

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December 27 – Vienna
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city as you circle around the Ringstrasse, passing by some of the most significant sights such as the City Hall, the Parliament Building, the majestic State Opera House and the famous Hofburg Palace. Then explore the city's imperial past as you tread in Sisi's footsteps at the Schönbrunn Palace which used to be her summer residence. Take a timeless wander around the palace's Baroque gardens and get lost in the 17th century maze. As the New Year draws near, enjoy some free time at the New Year’s Market at the Schonbrunn Palace. Enjoy some Jazz concerts and several exciting activities at Schloss Schonbrunn. Overnight in Vienna.

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December 28 – Vienna – Bratislava – Budapest
Check out and proceed to Bratislava for a short tour around the city visiting the Old Town, Old Town Hall, Elisabeth Church and St. Michael’s Tower and Street. Overnight in Budapest.

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December 29 – Budapest
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour along Budapest's elegant Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square, across the mighty Danube and up to Castle Hill with views over this famous river dividing Buda from Pest - the two sides linked by the Chain and Elizabeth Bridges. The medieval cobblestone streets of the Castle District are a joy to wander and your tour also takes you to witness the spectacular panorama from the Fisherman's Bastion over to the splendid Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe. Watch the Zero Gravitacio show of the famous Capital Circus of Budapest before your board your river cruise boat for a delightful Danube Dinner Cruise where you can view Budapest at night in all its glory. Overnight in Budapest.

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December 30 – Departure Budapest
Free time at leisure in Budapest until your transfer to the airport for your departure back to your country.