3 Capitals on Danube in 3 days, Budapest – Bratislava – Vienna
1.day Vienna sightseeing (only 1 hour from Bratislava)
2.day Bratislava sightseeing (only 2 hours from Budapest)
3.day Budapest sightseeing
Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest – three capitals, laying on Danube, with beautiful architecture, offering charm, royal and imperial history, cosy toverns… You can explore these prety cities within 3 days.
Experience Vienna Tour. Along the Ring Boulevard you can see numerous amazing sights, such as the State Opera House, the magnificent Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the cultural district, the Hofburg – former Habsburg winter residence, the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burg Theater. Then you will walk through the Karntnerstrasse to the city center, Vienna’s main shopping street. At the end of the street, there is the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Then you will see St. Michael’s church built in the first half of the 13th century and where Mozart’s “Requiem” was first performed. Optionally you can also enjoy the Vienna Prater amusement park with a world famous Giant Ferris Wheel, the biggest in Central Europe. For dinner we invite you to the traditional wine tavern village of Grinzing, where you will be entertained by a selection of famous waltz melodies, polkas and romantic arias & duets from popular operettas. You will taste regional specialities including 1/4 litre of wine together with the unique atmosphere.
Vienna has also interesting surroundings. You can explore the beautiful sights of the Vienna Woods. We will pass the Roman City of Baden with its famous thermal springs and the romantic valley Helenental. We pass the Höldrichsmühle and arrive to the Seegrotte. After a boat ride on the largest subterranean lake in Europe you will return back to Vienna. The highlight of this tour is a visit to the showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburg family and home of Maria Theresa. On the way back you will pass by the Belvedere Palace, which houses the largest Gustav Klimt collection in the world.
Upon request we can take you to the town of Mariazell, the most important pilgrim place in Austria. Mariazell is located in the the delightful alpine scenery of northern Styria, is home to Central Europe’s most famous shrine to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Danube region’s Catholic spiritual centre. The statue of the Virgin Mary carved from linden wood was brought to Mariazell by the monk Magnus from the Benedictine Monastery of St. Lambrecht. The small chapel or ‘cell’ housing the statue has given Mariazell it’s name (‘Mary in the cell’).
We will take you also to see the world famous Lipizzaner horses – Spanish Riding School, which is the oldest and last Riding School in the world where classic dressage is still practised in its purest form. This Institute was founded in 1572 and its very name gives away the fact that the horses were of Spanish origin. Afterwards from the Danube Tower – 150 m high viewing terrace you will experience a magical view over the whole of Vienna. We will pass the small historical city Hainburg an der Donau, and when there is an interest we will go shopping to Pandorf outlet center. We will then travel on to the little big city of Bratislava surrounded by castles and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
Only 45 minutes from Bratislava you can explore the Red-Stone Castle, where the historical lifestyle of the nobility is preserved. You will see the largest wine cellar in Central Europe as well as a unique collection of arms and paintings. Following from this you will see a falconry exhibition, you will see the largest collection of birds of prey in the Slovak republic – over 80 birds ranging from some of the smallest owls to the largest eagles. The visit to the falconry will give you remarkable experiences and immediate contact with these magnificent birds of prey showing their flying skills directly in the Red-Stone Castle. After coming back to Bratislava you will go to one of the best Indian Restaurants in town. After the lunch, you will discover beauties of the historical center along with interesting sights of the Old Town of Bratislava and Bratislava Castle, all this on the wheels of the unique Prešporáčik Oldtimer® buses and by walking.
The next day you can visit the ruins of the ancient Devin Castle and see a different perspective of the Danube river. The speedboat ride will let you enjoy the scenic ride on the Danube with adrenaline or calmly depending on your preferences. The castle, subject of numerous legends, rises from the top of a cliff at the confluence of the Morava and Danube rivers, and offers one of the best views of the surroundings and Austria.
After the sightseeing you can get some adrenaline running through your veins during a rafting ride in the Slovak national wild water centre which has Olympic standards. Instructors will take care that you will be safe and have fun as well. You have done some exercise so it is time to eat some nice food prepared just for you, we have a recommendation for a delicious Indian restaurant ready for you. After the lunch you can visit the Volkswagen plant in case the time schedule allows it. After a busy day you can enjoy the evening and experience a Slovak folk dance with is definitely a have to see.
Then we will continue to Budapest. You will take a part of a Grand City Tour of Budapest with its highlights – Erzsébet Square, Opera House, Heroes Square, Millennium Memorial (Photo stop), Downtown, Elisabeth Bridge, Panorama to the Danube Bank with the famous public buildings, View from Gellért Hill (Photo stop), walk in the castle district, Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, Panorama to the city, Margaret Bridge, beautiful Parliament. In the evening you can enjoy a romantic cruise down the Danube River. After exploring Budapest you can enjoy a delicious Hungarian meal.