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All Aboard! Enchanting Cities of Europe by Private Train

Program Number: 20817RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/10/2013;
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Austria/Germany/Italy/Hungary
Price starting at: $3,599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Train Treks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 29; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Journey by private train from Vienna to Budapest with stops in Salzburg, Munich, Innsbruck, Verona and Venice. On board the Danube Express you’ll savor regional specialties in the restaurant car, watch the beautiful landscape move by in the lounge car and follow a custom schedule ideal for learning about the intriguing places on your route. Three-night stays in Vienna and Budapest, your beginning and end points, allow you to discover these cities in-depth.




Highlights

• Discover Schönbrunn Palace, the magnificent summer residence of the Habsburgs.
• A full-day stop in Munich includes a field trip to world famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
• See the city lights of Budapest during an evening boat excursion on the Danube.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, mostly on city streets with some cobblestones.




Date Specific Information

9-29-2013

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vienna (Austria), 3 nights; aboard Danube Express train, 4 nights (stops include Salzburg, Munich (Germany), Innsbruck (Austria), Verona (Italy), Venice); deboard Budapest (Hungary), 3 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Vienna (Austria)
3 nights

A narrated coach excursion on Vienna’s famed Ringstrasse highlights the magnificent architecture of the Parliament building, Rathaus (town hall) and Vienna State Opera. Step inside spectacular St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Discover Schönbrunn Palace, magnificent summer residence of the Habsburgs. Enjoy free time to explore independently and attend an opera performance if you choose.



Aboard Danube Express Train
4 nights

Board the train at Vienna’s Westbahnhof Station. Make an evening stop in Salzburg to walk through its lovely baroque Old Town. Step off the train into Munich’s Marienplatz then take a field trip to the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle. Continue to the beautiful alpine city of Innsbruck and visit the Imperial Palace. Roll into the Veneto and make an evening stop in Verona, home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. A full day in Venice includes an expert-led visit to the Doge’s Palace and time for independent exploration.



Arrival Budapest (Hungary)
3 nights
Departure

Roll into Budapest and check out the interactive exhibits at the Hungarian Railway Museum. An expert-led excursion introduces you to Heroes’ Square and the Castle District. See the city lights during a dinnertime boat excursion on the Danube. Take a full-day field trip to the Danube Bend, a beautiful section of the river, and explore the medieval towns of Esztergom and Visegrad.




Accommodations
Vienna: Hotel next to train station and Mariahilfer Strasse, the city’s most popular shopping street. Aboard train: Comfortable sleeping car. Budapest: Cozy hotel on a quiet street just off Grand Boulevard.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf
  Vienna, Austria 3 nights
   Danube Express Train
  Aboard the Danube Express Train 4 nights
   Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
  Budapest, Hungary 3 nights
 Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf is located in central Vienna next to the Westbahnhof train station, Raimund Theater and Mariahilferstrasse, Vienna's largest shopping street. You can quickly reach sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace via the underground lines U3 or U6.
  Contact info: Mariahilfer Gürtel 22-24
Vienna,   Austria
phone: +43 1 59998
web: www.ibishotel.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, satellite television, air conditioning, free wireless Internet acess and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: This hotel offers a restaurant, cafe, bar, lounge, free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, laundry services, safe deposit box at reception, and conference venues.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Danube Express Train
Type: Train
  Description: The Danube Express is a private vintage train, a "hotel on wheels" offering a very sophisticated yet relaxing way to travel to the most enticing destinations and to explore exceptional and interesting places.
  Contact info:   Hungary
web: www.danube-express.com
  Room amenities: There are two categories of accommodation on the Danube Express Train. Participants choose their accommodation category upon enrollment. Accommodation category 1: Private bath entire program (10 nights). Train: each compartment features a private bath with shower, WC, heated towel rail, and hairdryer; two armchairs for daytime seating; wardrobe and cupboards; personal safe; and full-length mirror. Compartments convert to two lower beds each evening. Beds are approximately 74 inches long and 31.5 inches wide. The compartment is 83sq.ft. We are sorry, Road Scholar is unable to provide roommate matching services in this category. Accommodation category 2: Private bath at hotels (6 nights) / shared bath on train (4 nights). Train: WC and bath with shower located in each car (shared by up to 13 persons); each compartment features a washbasin, mirror, comfortable seating, and a wardrobe. Compartments convert to two upper/lower beds each evening. Beds are approximately 74 inches long and 29 inches wide. The upper bed is approximately 5.25 feet from the floor and is reached by a ladder. The compartment is 74sq.ft. Road Scholar is pleased to offer roommate matching services in this category.
  Facility amenities: All compartments feature air conditioning with individual temperature control, a window that opens, shaver socket (230v/110v), and a personal attendant who will be happy to bring you morning tea or coffee or perhaps a glass of wine in the evening. Please note that there is very limited storage space for luggage in the compartments. One medium-sized piece of luggage/person max. There is storage space elsewhere on the train for additional luggage, but please be aware that you will not have access to this luggage until you disembark the train.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Shared bath on train for Accommodation category 2 compartments.

 Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.
  Contact info: Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest,  1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, minibar, air conditioning, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, concierge services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Vienna, Austria. 6:00 PM Meet in the hotel for the Welcome Dinner. You will be staying at Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf that night.
  End of Program:
Budapest, Hungary. After the farewell dinner the night before departure. You will be staying at Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Train from all major cities in Austria, and abroad.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vienna
  Nearest highway: Südautobahn (A2) motorway, Ostautobahn (A4) motorway, Donauuferautobahn (A22) motorway
  Nearest airport:  Schwechat Vienna Airport
  Transportation to site: You may take a taxi from the airport to the hotel. It takes approx. 30 minutes and costs approx. 30-40 Euro.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Budapest
  Nearest highway: Road 4, M1, M7
  Nearest airport:  Budapest Liszt Ferenc
  Transportation from site: You may take a taxi from the hotel to the airport. The hotel reception will assist you. It costs approx. 20-30 Euro depending on the taxi company, and takes about 30 minutes.
Elevation Note: Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich is 2000 meters above sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Sunday, September 29)
   
 In Transit: Depart from the US/Canada on international flight.

Day 2: Welcome to Vienna
(Monday, September 30)
   
 Afternoon: Arrival in Vienna, capital of Austria. Settle in at your hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Orientation walk.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Vienna
(Tuesday, October 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Introduction to Vienna by bus including Vienna’s Ring Boulevard. The most spectacular sights of Vienna – Parliament Building, Town Hall, Royal Palace, State Opera, Burg Theater, Museum Quarter – will be included. We will also explore medieval St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the very center of the old town
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Austria Past and Present
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens
(Wednesday, October 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Field trip to Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the 18th century onwards, the Habsburg court and the royal family spent their summers in this amazing palace. See also the apartments once occupied by the enigmatic Empress Elizabeth (“Sisi”), spouse of Emperor Francis Joseph.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Vienna on your own.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Vienna Mariahilf
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Salzburg
(Thursday, October 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Free time to explore Vienna on your own. Transfer to Vienna's Westbahnhof Station.
 Lunch: Welcome Lunch on board the train.
 Afternoon: Orientation to the train. Settle in to your compartments.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the train.
 Evening: Evening stop in Salzburg. Become acquainted with Salzburg’s Old Town on a walking field trip. We will pass Mozart’s birthplace, the imposing Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, and the Abbey Church and Cemetery of St. Peter’s, one of the oldest Benedictine abbeys in German-speaking territory and one of the locations of "The Sound of Music."
   
Accommodations: Danube Express Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Munich / Neuschwanstein Castle
(Friday, October 4)

Note: Please note that there is considerable walking at Neuschwanstein Castle, including a 15-minute uphill walk to reach the castle and many steps. Participants may choose from two other options if they wish. Option 1: Lunch at a local restaurant in Munich, followed by a free afternoon in Munich. Option 2: Lunch at a local restaurant in Munich, followed by an excursion to Dachau Concentration Camp. Your Group Leader will have additional information and can help you choose your afternoon excursion.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the train.
 Morning: Arrival in Munich, Germany. Walking field trip through the historic city center. See famous Marienplatz with the New and the Old City Halls, the Isar Gate and Cathedral Church of Our Lady. Some free time to explore on your own. Depart via private coach for the field trip to Neuschwanstein Castle.
 Lunch: Lunch at Neuschwanstein Castle.
 Afternoon: Guided excursion of Neuschwanstein Castle. Probably the best known castle in the world, it was built on top of a cliff ridge high above the valley floor. An eclectic mix of different styles, it served as inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and offers fantastic panoramic views over the mountains and surrounding villages!
 Dinner: Dinner on board the train.
   
Accommodations: Danube Express Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Innsbruck / Verona
(Saturday, October 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Arrival in Innsbruck, Austria. Today’s field trip departs from the "Golden Roof," the heart of the Old Town and Innsbruck’s most famous landmark, a unique 15th century oriel capped with 2,738 gold-plated copper from which royalties could enjoy the tournaments in the square below. Continue to the Old Town Hall with its 56-meter high Clock Tower, the Leopold Fountain, and the 18th century Arch of Triumph. Then continue to the Imperial Residence Palace and the Court Church featuring the ornate marble sarcophagus of Emperor Maximilian I., a fine example of German Renaissance sculpture surrounded by 28 larger-than-life-size statues of his real and legendary ancestors, including King Arthur of England. Three of the statues are based on designs by Dürer.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Some free time to explore Innsbruck on your own. Depart for Verona.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the train.
 Evening: Evening stop in Verona, Italy: walk to the Roman Amphitheater. Erected in the first century AD, it was the 3rd largest arena in the Roman Empire. Walk to Juliet’s House (Casa de Guilietta) and see the famous balcony immortalized in Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet."
   
Accommodations: Danube Express Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Venice
(Sunday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the train.
 Morning: A full-day in Venice. Walk across the Piazza San Marco, see St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Campanile San Marco and enjoy a guided visit of the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Continue to the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the city on your own. Suggestions: Guggenheim Art Collection, Academia Gallery, Ca’d’Oro.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the train.
 Evening: Lecture: Italy Past and Present.
   
Accommodations: Danube Express Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Budapest
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the train.
 Morning: Arrival in Budapest, capital of Hungary. Field trip to the Hungarian Railway Museum.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.
 Afternoon: Field trip by bus including a short walk around the Hero’s Square and in the Castle District. During your field trip, you will get acquainted with the layout of the city; the Grand Boulevard, the main avenues, the large parks, and we will crown our day with a picturesque view over the city and the Danube from the top of Gellért Hill.
 Dinner: Boat-trip on the Danube with buffet dinner. We will enjoy the view of the illuminated city center with the most important sights along the Danube (Parliament, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, the New National Theatre etc.)
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Budapest
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: History and Present Day Life of Hungary.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore and visit the sights and museums of Budapest at leisure. Optional visit to one of the many historic thermal baths, where you may enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, steam baths, sauna etc. If you plan to choose this option, please bring a bathing suit along with you.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free to attend an opera performance or a concert on your own.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Danube Bend
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: All-day excursion to the Danube Bend by coach. Esztergom was the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries. The center of Hungary’s Roman Catholic Church, Esztergom is also residence of the Archbishop of Hungary. We will take a look at the largest Roman Catholic Basilica of Hungary from the Slovakian bank of the Danube River.
 Lunch: Lunch at the restaurant "Nagyvillám" in Visegrád.
 Afternoon: Visegrád, a former royal seat, is but a small village today with about 2000 inhabitants. Szentendre, a small, picturesque baroque-rococo town, is the most popular destination of the Danube Bend. The seat of the bishop of the Eastern Church of Hungary, Szentendre is famous for its museums and art galleries. Walk through Szentendre followed by with some free time.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner with folklore entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Departures
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum
This museum of fine arts houses several collections, whose foundations were laid, and emphases set, in the 17th century. The museum presents paintings from such artists as 16th century painters Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto, 17th century Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Sir Anthony Van Dyck, early Netherlandish painters Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, and German Renaissance painters Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach. The Picture Gallery was developed from art collections of the House of Hapsburg, and today is one of the largest and most important of its kind, presenting pictures by Peter Bruegel the Elder, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters. For additional information, visit www.khm.at
  Leopold Museum
The Leopold collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. More than 5000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, which were consolidated in 1994 to become the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. This museum contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz, and holds masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement. For additional information, visit www.leopoldmuseum.org
  Sigmund Freud Museum
For almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in his home before he was forced to emigrate following the Anschluss. This house, which was both his office and private apartment, is now a museum. Thanks to Dr. Freud's daughter Anna, the museum holds the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings. Also available for viewing in the museum's media room are the few existing original film and sound recordings of Sigmund Freud and his family. For additional information, visit www.freud-museum.at
  Budapest Fine Arts Museum
The Museum of Fine Arts, one of the major art galleries of Central Europe, has more than 100,000 artifacts. They are divided up amongst six collections: Egyptian Art, Classical Antiquities, Old Master Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, and Art after 1800. It is the main collection in Hungary of non-Hungarian works of art. For additional information, visit www.szepmuveszeti.hu
  Szechenyi Baths, Spa, Swimming Pool
The Szechenyi Baths, Spa, and Swimming Pool is the largest wellness complex in Central Europe. It uses curing thermal water, and is located both outdoors and in historic buildings.
  Munich Kunstareal Munich
The Kunstareal art district, close to the old city center, is where all of Munich's largest art museums are located. The construction of a number of these museums began in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Ludwig I of Bavaria, under the direction of architect Leo von Klenze. Today, the large complex of museum buildings houses the Old Pinakothek (Alte Pinakothek), the New Pinakothek (Neue Pinakothek) and the Modern Pinakothek (Pinakothek der Moderne). It also holds a Glyptothek, the State Antiquities Collection of Ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman art (Staatliche Antikensammlungen), the Lenbach House (Lenbachhaus), and the Brandhorst Museum, along with a number of art galleries. For additional information, visit www.pinakothek.de
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