The over-the-top homes. The complicated relationships. The relentless quest for power. Ruling Austria—and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire—for nearly 650 years, the Habsburgs formed one of history’s greatest, yet often overlooked, European dynasties. This fascinating tour of Central Europe traces the family’s steps—and missteps—as you enjoy the imperial sights of Prague, Budapest, and Vienna with additional overnights in melodious Salzburg and lively Munich. Ornate castles and cathedrals, stunning palaces and parks, and gorgeous gardens and grounds provide glimpse into the intriguing lives and lavish lifestyles of one of history’s most powerful and controversial families. In-depth sightseeing and a cruise along the legendary Danube offer varied vantage points to witness the magnificent marks this royal family left on Central Europe.
Highlights of Imperial Splendors
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites!
6 guests in a party: $2,366*18 guests in a party: $579*
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.
Budapest (including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue)|Historic Centre of Prague|Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg|Historic Centre of Vienna
Full buffet breakfast daily; 5 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
MUNICH–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC The Heart of a City MUNICH Orientation tour includes the Marienplatz. Free time before continuing to Prague. (B,D) 255 mi / 410 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Experience the geographical and cultural heart of Munich at its Marienplatz, the town square since 1158. Stroll through the home of historic buildings, including the Old and New Town Halls in the picturesque heart and soul of the city.
PRAGUE The Golden City PRAGUE Guided sightseeing features the Astronomical Clock and the Hradčany Castle grounds. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURAL GEM The capital city of the Czech Republic which spans the Vltava River is often called the “City of a Hundred Spires,” or “The Golden City.” See the beautiful Old Town Square, with vibrant Baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and the medieval Astronomical Clock, delighting passers-by each hour. Stroll around the exquisite grounds at Hradčany Castle, considered to be the world’s largest ancient castle complex.
PRAGUE–BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Serenity in Slovakia BRATISLAVA Orientation walk and free time before continuing to Budapest. (B,D) 329 mi / 530 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS Situated on the Danube River with the Little Carpathian Mountains as its backdrop, Bratislava is a real gem, a capital city with a local vibe. Whilst hearing about the historic area, look out for “Cumil” one the city’s most photographed inhabitants- the bronze statue of a man climbing out of a manhole.
BUDAPEST The Pearl of the Danube BUDAPEST Guided sightseeing includes the Matthias Coronation Church and Heroes’ Square. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE PERFECT Since the wedding of King Matthias I, the church bearing his name has continued to host royal weddings and coronation ceremonies within its grand Neo-Gothic walls. From Matthias Coronation Church, you’ll also take in the perfect view of Fisherman’s Bastion with its seven towers overlooking the Danube River.
BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA The City of Music VIENNA Free time for lunch. Guided sightseeing features a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. (B) 174 mi / 280 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, the magnificent mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. A sight to behold, the cathedral features the massive Romanesque “Giant's Door” – adorned with dragons, birds, lions, monks, and demons.
VIENNA City of Dreams VIENNA Enjoy free day in beautiful Vienna. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION Fall in love with the Austrian city that has played a key role throughout history. It is easy to see how musical geniuses such as Mozart and Strauss were inspired by this captivating city.
VIENNA–SALZBURG Austrian Accents KREMS [LF] Danube cruise with a Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) tasting.SALZBURG Guided walking tour features Mirabell Gardens and Residenz Square. Dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant. (B,D) 211 mi / 340 kmLOCAL FAVORITE EPIC RIDE Sit back and relax for a leisurely cruise along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube River. Whilst watching the world pass by, indulge in another Austrian tradition- a cup of Kaffee and a delicious piece of Kuchen. Wunderbar!
SALZBURG–MUNICH, GERMANY Mozart’s Birthplace & Mugs of Beer SALZBURG Enjoy free time this morning.MUNICH Join a farewell dinner at the Ratskeller restaurant followed by a visit to the [LF] Hofbräuhaus. (B,D) 106 mi / 170 kmLOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES If steins and suds are on your mind, then Munich is the place to sip and socialize at the legendary Hofbräuhaus. Raise a glass to your fantastic European vacation and the new and wonderful friends you’ve made along the way. Prost!
MUNICH Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|1||Hilton Munich City||Conveniently located in Munich's entertainment district, this 480-room upscale property provides a relaxing atmosphere alongside an exciting array of culinary delights and ambience in its lobby and signature bar. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, there is a 24-hour fitness room and its direct access to a metro station ensures fast easy connections to the city center and all major sites.||Muenchen||Rosenheimer Strasse 15||Superior First-Class|
|2||Grandium Prague||A contemporary nature themed hotel housed in an elegant neoclassical building with198 guestrooms, a small fitness room and Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the property. The unique Noodle restaurant & Café Bar offers a great choice of noodle orientated cuisine from all over the world along with local specialties, desserts, drinks and cocktails.||Prague||Politickych Veznu 12/913||Superior First-Class|
|3||Crowne Plaza Budapest||This contemporary 230 room property offers modern luxury. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the hotel lobby and café. For relaxation there is a top floor fitness centre with panoramic views and a sauna. The main restaurant serves international food and Hungarian specialties and the cosmopolitan café has an outdoor terrace on which drinks and snacks can be enjoyed. The informal hotel bar has a good selection of beverages and cocktails.||Budapest||Vaci Ut 1-3||Superior First-Class|
|4||Mercure Grand Hotel Biedermeier||This 198-room hotel is set in a renovated 19th-century building evoking classical Viennese charm. Located within walking distance from the historic centre, St. Stephan's cathedral and Belvedere Palace with public transport options nearby. The air-conditioned, Biedermeier-style rooms have elegant furnishings and are complete with minibar, in-room safe, cable/satellite TV, Free high-speed Internet access and tea/coffee maing facilities. The property has an a la carte restaurant as well as a bar/café and a fitness area with sauna.||Wien||Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 28||First-Class|
|5||Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg||Located in center of Salzburg, walking distance to Mirabell Gardens and Mirabell Palace - 15 minutes to WA Mozart Airport.||Salzburg||Rainerstrasse 6-8||Superior First-Class|