Ultimate Central Europe

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

18 Days
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Charming villages and scenic landscapes abound in this tour through the heart of Central Europe. Take in the fascinating culture and travel along the banks of the Blue Danube for a vacation you'll never forget!

Trip Includes

4 Countries
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Berlin
  • Dresden
  • Nuremberg
  • Frankfurt
  • Heidelberg
  • Black Forest
  • Munich
  • Innsbruck
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna 
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
Hotel Accommodations
  • 16 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • Daily Breakfast and select dinners
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy sightseeing tours in Germany's magnificent cities—Berlin, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, and Munich
  • Walk the Renaissance ruins of the red-tinted Heidelberg Castle nestled in the wooded hills above the ancient city of
  • Explore the charming Austrian city of Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps
  • Spend time in vibrant Salzburg
  • Take guided tours and enjoy plenty of leisure time in Vienna and Budapest

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Ultimate Central Europe

Tours Starts: Berlin, Germany

Tours Ends: Budapest, Hungary

Day 1

Depart for Germany

Your vacation begins with an overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Berlin

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy until the included dinner at the hotel. Get to know your fellow travelers and learn about the exciting days ahead. (D)

Hotel ABBA Berlin or similar

Day 3

Berlin Sightseeing

On your first full tour day, Berlin’s history and culture are on display. Start with a city tour, where you will see everything from the Brandenburg Gate to Checkpoint Charlie, to the beautiful gardens and museums that pepper Germany’s sophisticated capital. You might want to try a currywurst today—the sausage covered with a mixture of curry powder and ketchup has become the quintessential German street food. Enjoy the afternoon and evening on your own or perhaps join one of our optional tours. (B)

Hotel ABBA Berlin or similar

Day 4

Dresden City Tour

On the banks of the swiftly flowing Elbe River, the German city of Dresden is lushly green, filled with parks, forests, and splendid gardens. Dresden is rich with cultural and artistic history, which you will learn about during today’s exciting city tour. Visit Frauenkirche, the beautiful Lutheran house of worship featuring one of the largest domes in all of Europe, and Hofkirche, an 18th century Baroque church. (B)

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Day 5

Nuremberg City Tour

Martin Luther once claimed that Nuremberg “shines throughout Germany like a sun among the moon and stars,” a sentiment visitors to this vibrant historic village are certain to agree with. Once the preferred seat of German kings, and a major city for the Roman Empire, Nuremberg is full of history—which you can taste by sampling its 600-year old recipe for Nuremberg Lebkuchen, the scrumptious local version of gingerbread! Enjoy an illuminating city tour and see the formidable Nuremberg castle, the magnificent 13th century St. Sebald Church, and the stunning 14th century Schöner Brunnen fountain in Nuremberg’s Historical Mile. (B)

Hotel Forsthaus Nürnberg Fürth or similar

Day 6

Frankfurt Sightseeing

Spend the day falling in love with Frankfurt, a charming international city full of museums, shops, and restaurants that cater to English speakers. On today’s tour, you’ll see the Frankfurt Cathedral, a great example of Gothic Roman Catholic architecture; the Main Tower, an 56-story impressive skyscraper; and the Römer, a medieval building that has served as Frankfurt’s city hall for over 600 years. You'll also see the Goethe House, the family residence of famed writer Johann Wolfgang van Goethe. (B)

Hotel Intercity Frankfurt Airport or similar

Day 7

Heidelberg Castle and Baden-Baden in the Black Forest

Take a tour of stunning Heidelberg Castle, the striking red sandstone ruins of a 13th century castle set in the forested hills above Heidelberg. See the castle and the incredible grounds before traveling to Baden-Baden in the Black Forest mountain range. Bordered by the scenic Rhine River Valley, the Black Forest is the quintessential European fairytale woods. Grimm’s most famous fairytales—set deep under the dark, spooky canopy—were largely set in the Black Forest, and in the dim quiet, you can almost imagine how scary a house call with a hungry witch could be. Baden-Baden is one of the Black forest’s most charming villages. The thriving spa town has been raved about in the New York Times, and its stunning architecture and impeccable amenities are made unforgettable by its unique surroundings. (B)

Hotel Magnetberg or similar

Day 8

Transfer to Munich

Today we'll transfer to Munich. Enjoy a lunch stop on the scenic road from Baden-Baden, a stop on the famed Romantic Road of Germany, which takes you through "quintessentially German" scenery and culture and links a number of picturesque towns and castles. Arrive in Munich in the afternoon and spend a leisurely evening tonight in Germany’s third largest city. (B)

Hotel Leonardo and Residenz or similar

Day 9

Munich City Tour

Travel through Munich, known for its hearty German cuisine, exceptional beers, and the original Oktoberfest; it also has a vibrant art scene and beautifully preserved architecture. Explore the city on an illuminating tour, where you will the see beautiful Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz, the heart of Munich’s Old Town, Munich Residenz, Germany’s largest city palace, Hofgarten, the court garden completed in 1617, and Frauenkirche, a local landmark church famous for its lofty towers. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers at the original Hofbräuhaus, Munich's largest tourist attraction, after the Oktoberfest. The historical tavern features authentic food and dirndl-clad waitresses. (B, D)

Hotel Leonardo and Residenz or similar

Day 10

Munich Leisure Day

Take the opportunity to see Munich on your own today. You’ll be transferred into the city for a full day to explore. Included is your city pass, which will provide you free entrance to a number of Munich's exciting attractions. Enjoy free transportation throughout the city, discounts at shops and restaurants, and more! (B, D)

Hotel Leonardo and Residenz or similar

Day 11

Munich and Transfer to Innsbruck

Take a last look at the sights of Munich from your comfortable coach as you travel on to Innsbruck, Austria today. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of this lovely city, known as the Capital of the Alps. The views will take your breath away! The Nordkette range, known as the Jewel of the Alps, is just outside of the city proper, and provides a picture-perfect mountainous backdrop for Innsbruck's stunning historic center, known for its imposing cathedral and storybook castle. This two-time Winter Olympics host still has an impressive ski jump standing sentry above the city, which is used nearly year-round for both practice and competition. (B)

Alphotel Innsbruck or similar

Day 12

Salzburg City Tour

After a leisurely morning in Innsbruck, continue to Salzburg for a city tour of this stunning ancient capital. Salzburg is home to the mighty Salzach River, an old town Altstadt area with stunning Baroque and Gothic architecture, and of course the Alpine views that make Salzburg one of Austria’s most popular tourist destinations. (B)

ACHAT Plaza zum Hirschen or similar

Day 13

Salzburg Leisure Day

Experience beautiful Salzburg at your leisure. Music fans are likely to fall in love with the crisp air and stunning scenery that was the real life setting of the beloved Sound of Music. Salzburg was also home to one of the most beloved musicians in history—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart’s presence is still felt here—perhaps walk the same cobblestone streets as the young genius, visit museums devoted to his work and early years, or simply enjoy a performance at one of the many restaurants that offer live music in a variety of genres. You may also consider joining our Sound of Music optional tour and learning the real history behind the beloved musical. (B)

ACHAT Plaza zum Hirschen or similar

Day 14

Transfer to Vienna and City Tour

Travel to Vienna, one of Europe’s most dynamic capitals. Take a guided tour of the city with time for photo stops. Vienna's highlights include the State Opera House, the Parliament Building, City Hall, Belvedere Palace, the museum cultural district, and Ringstrasse Boulevard. (B, D)

Hotel Bellevue or similar

Day 15

Vienna Leisure Day

Today is yours to relax! Vienna is one of history’s greatest cities, whose impact on the world’s music and culture cannot be overstated. Ample evidence remains of the role it played as the grand setting for classical performances by Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Johannes Brahms. It is home to opulent palaces like the Hofburg, and the stunning Vienna State Opera House. In addition, Vienna is full of museums: you can find institutions devoted to music, art, history, dance, the Habsburgs, and of course Sigmund Freud. The city is also home to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, once the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers. (B)

Hotel Bellevue or similar

Day 16

Lunch Stop in Bratislava and Budapest Sightseeing

Today, enjoy a lunch stop in Slovakia’s beautiful riverside city of Bratislava. Ringed by forests and home to ancient palaces and a stunningly colorful Old Town, the charming city offers a view of the Small Carpathia mountains and beautiful lowland vineyards. After lunch, continue to one of Europe’s most appealing destinations. Welcome to Budapest! Hungary’s capital city is home to a sprawling UNESCO World Heritage Site including the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue. This site has the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of the world's outstanding urban landscapes, and illustrates the great periods in the history of the Hungarian capital. See the World Heritage site, as well as Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway on a riveting city tour. (B)

Mercure Budapest Buda or similar

Day 17

Budapest Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner

Take the day to discover Budapest. Experience fascinating history, spectacular architecture, and fantastic natural beauty everywhere—not to mention delicious regional cuisine. The Danube river that runs through the middle of Budapest is the source of fresh carp, the star of the unmissable, flavorful, strikingly red (thanks to locally grown and vibrantly crimson paprika) Fisherman’s Soup—sit down to a steaming bowl, or another Hungarian specialty like goulash or delicious fried Lángos, topped with savory ingredients like mashed potatoes and sausages. After a relaxing free day, enjoy the wonderful included sit-down farewell feast with your fellow travelers and Tour Directors. (B, D)

Mercure Budapest Buda or similar

Day 18

Depart for Home (B)

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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