The Habsburgs in Hungary - discover how this powerful family shaped Europe then & today. Learn about the relationship between the Habsburgs & the Magyars (Hungarians). It's not only history! The Habsburgs exist vividly in the Hungarian popular tradition & Otto von Habsburg, the head of the Habsburg family, still lives in Hungary today.
This program is only available for groups of 10 or more at this time.
Day 1: Depart for Budapest
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Day 2: Budapest
See a breathtaking panorama of the city from the best vantage point, "The Pearl of Danube," a World Heritage Site. With hills & valleys on the Buda side & the flat, low-lying Pest on the other, it's one of the most beautiful locations.
Day 3: Budapest - City of Spas
Walk on the medieval street of the Castle District in Budapest, which is also part of the World Heritage Site. While you admire the Baroque castle, the residence of the Hungarian monarchs for 700 years, a unique 1000-yard long labyrinth lies under your feet. See the tombs of members of the Habsburg family in the Habsburg Crypt. Have a relaxing afternoon at the Szechenyi Baths, Europe's largest spa.
Day 4: Budapest & the 1848 Revolution
Visit one of the most celebrated sites of the events of the 1848 revolution, the Hungarian National Museum. The museum covers the political history of Hungary. It's the best place to discover more about 18th-19th century Hungary & its relationship with Austria. Taste the Habsburgs's favorite food & drink in a traditional coffee house. Try Queen Elizabeth's favorite, the Eszterhazy Cake. Your tour also includes a visit to the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitor Center, the factory that made a unique drink, Unicum, for the Habsburg Emperor.
Day 5: Godollo
The 250-year old Baroque Royal Palace was a loved royal residence of Emperor Franz Joseph & his royal consort Queen Elizabeth, affectionately called Sissi by the Hungarians. Highlights of the day include a stunning horse show: archery on horseback, jumping through fire, & the famous Puszta Five - a horseman driving five galloping horses!
Day 6: The Countryside of the Danube Bend
The Danube Bend offers some of the country's finest landscapes where the river passes between the hills & turns south. On your trip, you will see the picturesque town of Szentendre, Visegrad with its medieval castle & Esztergon, the seat of the archbishop of Esztergom - the Primate of the Hungarian Catholic Church. The cathedral is the largest church in the country.
Day 7: Budapest
Visit the Hungarian Paliament, an icon of Hungary. It provides a home for the holy crown & royal insignia. After the visit, enjoy your free time in the center of Budapest. Try another spa, shop at the Grand Market Hall, or just look inside the market to soak up the atmosphere.
Day 8: Return to the US
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