AUSTRIA CZECH REPUBLIC BUDAPEST
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria is a landlocked country of roughly 8.47 million people in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germanyto the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,855 square kilometres (32,377 sq mi) and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria’s terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 metres (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speak local Austro-Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country’s official language. Other local official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.
The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria became one of the great powers of Europe and, in response to the coronation of Napoleon I as the Emperor of the French, the Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804. In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.
After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (“Deutschösterreich”, later “Österreich”) in an attempt for union with Germany, but was forbidden due to the Treaty of Saint Germain. The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. In the 1938 Anschluss, Austria was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany.This lasted until the end of World War II in 1945, after which Germany was occupied by the Allies and Austria’s former democratic constitution was restored. In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria as a sovereign state, ending the occupation. In the same year, the Austrian Parliament created the Declaration of Neutrality which declared that the Second Austrian Republic would become permanently neutral.
Today, Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states. The capital and largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million, is Vienna. Austria is one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $46,330 (2012 est.). The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2011 was ranked 19th in the world for its Human Development Index. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD. Austria also signed theSchengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the European currency, the euro, in 1999.
The Czech Republic short form Česko Czech pronunciation: is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south,Slovakia to the east and Poland to the north. Its capital and largest city, with 1.3 million inhabitants, is Prague. The Czech Republic includes the historical territories of Bohemia and Moravia and a small part of Silesia.
The Czech state, formerly known as Bohemia, was formed in the late 9th century as a small duchy around Prague, at that time under the dominance of the powerful Great Moravian Empire. After the fall of the Empire in 907, the centre of power was transferred from Moravia to Bohemia, under the Přemyslids. Since 1002 it was formally recognized as part of Holy Roman Empire. In 1212 the duchy was raised to a kingdom and during the rule of Přemyslid dukes/kings and their successors, the Luxembourgs, the country reached its greatest territorial extent (13th–14th century). During the Hussite wars the kingdom faced economic embargoes and crusades from all over Europe. Following theBattle of Mohács in 1526, the Kingdom of Bohemia was gradually integrated into the Habsburg monarchy as one of its three principal parts, alongside the Archduchy of Austria and the Kingdom of Hungary. The Bohemian Revolt (1618–20) lost in the Battle of White Mountain, led to the further centralization of the monarchy including forced recatholization and Germanization. With the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the Bohemian kingdom became part of the Austrian Empire. In the 19th century the Czech lands became the industrial powerhouse of the monarchy and the core of the Republic of Czechoslovakia which was formed in 1918, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empireafter World War I. After 1933, Czechoslovakia remained the only democracy in central and eastern Europe.
After the Munich Agreement, Polish annexation of Zaolzie and German occupation of Czechoslovakia and the consequent disillusion with the Western response and gratitude for the liberation of the major portion of Czechoslovakia by the Red Army, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia won the majority in the 1946 elections. In the 1948 coup d’état, Czechoslovakia became a communist-ruled state. In 1968, the increasing dissatisfaction culminated in attempts to reform the communist regime. The events, known as the Prague Spring of 1968, ended with an invasion by the armies of the Warsaw Pact countries (with the exception of Romania); the troops remained in the country until the 1989Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into its constituent states, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.
The Czech Republic is the first former member of the Comecon to achieve the status of a developed country according to the World Bank. In addition, the country has the highest human development in Central and Eastern Europe, ranking as a “Very High Human Development” nation. It is also ranked as the third most peaceful country in Europe and most democratic and healthy (by infant mortality) country in the region. It is a pluralist multi-party parliamentary representative democracy, a member of the European Union, NATO, the OECD, the OSCE, theCouncil of Europe and the Visegrád Group.
Budapest names in other languages) is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, the largest in East-Central Europe and the seventh largest in the European Union. It is the country’s principalpolitical, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre, sometimes described as the primate city of Hungary. In 2011, according to the census, Budapest had 1.74 million inhabitants, down from its 1989 peak of 2.1 million due to suburbanization. The Budapest Commuter Area is home to 3.3 million people. The city covers an area of 525 square kilometres (202.7 sq mi) within the city limits. Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with a unification on 17 November 1873 of west-bank Buda and Óbudawith east-bank Pest.
The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia.Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241-42. The re-established town became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years ofOttoman rule, the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after the 1873 unification. It also became the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, theBattle of Budapest in 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.
Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe,its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda CastleQuarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largestParliament building. The city attracts about 2.7 million tourists a year, making it the 37th most popular city in the world according toEuromonitor.
Considered a financial hub in Central Europe, the city ranked 3rd (out of 65 cities) on Mastercard’s Emerging Markets Index, and ranked as the most livable Central/Eastern European city on EIU’s quality of life index. It is also ranked as “Europe’s 7th most idyllic place to live” byForbes, and as the 9th most beautiful city in the world by UCityGuides. It is the highest ranked Central/Eastern European city on Innovation Cities’ Top 100 index.
Budapest is home to the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), and the first foreign office of the China Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA).
2N Prague – 2N Vienna – 2N Budapest
Arrive at Prague airport and proceed to your hotel. Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Prague.
Prague – Grand City Tour, Prague Castle and Boat Cruise
Today proceed for bus and walking City Tour of Prauge. During this tour we will introduce Prague as a historic and architectural jewel of Central Europe. Later enjoy guided walking tour visiting Prague Castle. Proceed to the bank of the Vltava Riverto get on board a boat, see the well known Charles Bridge from the boat. Then continue for a pleasant walk through the Jewish town to the Old Town Square. Come back to your hotel. Overnight in Prague. (B)
Prague – Vienna (Approx 4 hrs 40 mins)
Proceed to station to board the train for Vienna. Arrive at Vienna and proceed to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Vienna. (B) Optional : If time permits be a part of Apple Strudel Show on Schonbrunn Palace grounds or You can enjoy Schonbrunn Concert Package-Dinner and Concert at an additional cost at an additional cost
Vienna – City tour with Schonbrunn palace
Today proceed for half day Vienna city tour which includes entrance to Palace Schönbrunn. Drive around the famous ‘Ringstrasse’, Vienna’s main boulevard, we pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. The highlight of this programme is the visit to Schonbrunn Palace where we take a tour of some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight in Vienna. (B)
Vienna – Budapest (Approx 2 hrs 50 mins)
Today board the train for Budapest. Arrive at Budapest and proceed to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight at Budapest. (B)
Budapest – City Tour
Today proceed to enjoy city tour of Budapest. Pass by the Parliament building before crossing the Danube on the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Visit the Fishermen’s Bastion and the Mathias Church. Continue to the Gillert Hill before crossing the Elisabeth Bridge from where you will drive towards the Heroes’ Square. Evening is free at leisure. Overnight in Budapest. (B)
Budapest – Hometown
Today proceed to airport to board the flight for your next destination or your hometown with lots of memories to cherish for a life time. (B)
Price / Inclusion
|PRICE FROM||EURO STANDARD||EURO FIRST||EURO SUPERIOR|
|Adult (Sharing 2)||€ 580||€ 815||€ 920|
|Child with Bed||€ 435||€ 610||€ 690|
|Infants 0-23 Months||€ 260||€ 365||€ 415|
|Single Traveller||€ 755||€ 1055||€ 1199|
|CITY NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME||HOTEL NAME|
|PRAGUE||CITY OBERLAND/PARK MATTENHOF OR SIMILAR VENEZIA/CHOPIN /BELVEDERE/IBIS WENCESLAS/IBIS OLD TOWN OR SIMILAR||MAXIMILAN/YASMIN/NOVOTEL WENCESLAS SQUARE/AMBASSADOR OR SIMILAR||INTERCONTINENTAL/ART DECO IMPERIAL/BOSCOLO CARLO IV OR SIMILAR|
|VIENNA||ALLEGRO/ MOZART OR SIMILAR||KAIZERHOF/LINDER AM BELVEDERE OR SIMILAR||INTERCONTINENTAL/ LE MERIDIEN OR SIMILAR|
|BUDAPEST||IBIS VACIUT /IBIS CENTRUM/ CITY INN/CITY MATYAS OR SIMILAR||CALTON/ASTORIA /MERCURE CITY CENTRE/BOUTIQUE ZARA/BENCZUR OR SIMILAR||BUDAPEST MARRIOT/INTERCONTINENTAL/CORINTHIA HOTEL BUDAPEST OR SIMILAR|
- 6 nights Accommodation with breakfast in selected hotels
- Central Triangle Pass – Vienna – Budapest – Prague
- Grand City Tour, Prague Castle and Boat Cruise
- Vienna City Tour & Schonbrunn Palace Budapest City Tour
- Return economy class airfare & taxes All Optional Tours
- All transfers from Airport/Station-Hotel or vice versa
- Visa & Insurance fees. Any other meals other than specified above
- Any other sightseeing other than mentioned above Any item of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls etc.
- All entrance fees and excursions not mentioned above.
- 1 EURO = INR 70.
- The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable.
- Approximate Economy Airfare Per Person on Austrian Airlines Ex- Mumbai Rs.47500; Ex-Delhi Rs.48000; Ex- Bangalore Rs.53500; Ex- Hyderabad Rs.54000; Ex-Ahmedabad Rs.53000; Ex Kolkata Rs.52500
- The prevailing Rate of Exchange of the day of payment will be applicable.
- Kindly note that drivers are not guides
- For security deposit, credit card copy is needed at the time of hotel check in
- The passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure We are not holding any air seats and hotel bookings at this point of time
- Confirmation of Hotels and other services is subject to availability.
- Alternate room category, hotels and air bookings may attract extra cost
- Above price is not applicable during Convention Period, High season, Festivals or Fairs.
- Surcharge may be applicable.
- International hotel check in is 1400hrs and checkout would be 1200hrs.
- Early check in and late check out subject to availability
- Itineraries are subject to change
Itinerary : CENTRAL EUROPE 7 Days