8 DAY THE DANUBE'S BIG THREE AND ENCHANTING HALLSTATT
The Christmas Wonders of Vienna, Bratislava, & Budapest, including The Enchanting Hallstatt
VISITING: VIENNA, BRATISLAVA, BUDAPEST, SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE, HALLSTATT, MELK ABBEY.
DAY 1 - MALTA - VIENNA
Meet your tour manager at the Malta International Airport for your flight to Vienna. Upon arrival in the city, proceed for a city tour, visiting the Belvedere Gardens for your first glimpse of Vienna. We will drive along the Ringstrasse to explore more of Vienna’s stunning buildings, including the Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, museums, and surrounding parks. We will take a leisurely walk to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, passing through the main shopping area where you will find plenty of restaurants. Enjoy some free time to soak in the festive atmosphere. Afterwards, the transfer will take us to the 4-Star Hilton Danube Waterfront, Vienna, for your check-in.
DAY 2 - BRATISLAVA
Start your day with breakfast and then embark on a scenic drive to Bratislava. Our first stop will be at the Castle grounds, where you can admire a breathtaking view of the Danube River and the old town. Next, we will explore the historic old town, wandering through its charming narrow streets. Take in the splendour of noble palaces, visit the Town Hall, churches, and the opera house during our guided walking tour. Keep an eye out for famous statues like ‘The Men at Work’ that are scattered around the town. Following the guided tour, you’ll have free time to indulge in personal visits or shopping.
DAY 3 - BUDAPEST
Begin your day with an early breakfast and set off for Budapest. This majestic city, divided by the Danube River, invites exploration. We first cross over to the Buda side, where you will find the historic Castle Hill. A leisurely walk to Trinity Square offers views of the charming Matthias Church and the picturesque Fishermen’s Bastion, providing a stunning panorama of the Pest side of the city across the river. Our panoramic drive continues with a stop at Hero’s Square, home to impressive museums. We’ll also pass by the beautiful Gothic Parliament building. A walk to the city centre takes us to St. Stephen’s Basilica, with opportunities to enjoy the diverse shops and restaurants along the way. After the guided tour, enjoy some free time for personal visits and shopping. Later, we’ll head back to our hotel in Vienna. The rest of the evening is yours to relax and enjoy at your leisure.
DAY 4 - VIENNA
After breakfast, the day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Take the opportunity to relax and explore the enchanting streets of Vienna on foot. Enjoy a leisurely walk in this magical city.
DAY 5 - SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE
After breakfast, we will explore Schönbrunn Palace and its gardens. This summer imperial palace, a favourite among tourists, was once owned by the Habsburgs. While entrance tickets are not included in the package, you will have the opportunity to visit the palace’s interior. Inside, admire the beautifully decorated rooms and furniture, and enjoy lovely views of the surrounding gardens from the palace’s windows.
DAY 6 - HALLSTATT
After breakfast, we embark on a visit to Hallstatt, a stunning village nestled amidst lakes and mountains in the heart of Austria. Enjoy panoramic views of majestic mountain peaks, tranquil lakes, and charming villages on the way. Upon arrival in Hallstatt, take the cable car to the salt mines and Skywalk for an awe-inspiring experience. Perched 350 meters above the lake on the mountainside, you’ll be treated to breathtaking vistas. After the adventure, enjoy some free time to explore the beautiful historic centre by the lake, immersing yourself in the festive Christmas spirit.
DAY 7 - MELK ABBEY
After breakfast, our day begins with a visit to Melk Abbey at 11.00am. Situated in the Wachau region, this abbey is a designated World Heritage site, located a short distance from Vienna. The monastery boasts unique Baroque architecture, which we will explore during our tour. Don’t miss the Imperial corridor, museum, and library, each offering fascinating insights. Step onto the outside balcony to take in breathtaking views of the Danube Valley and the picturesque countryside. After a relaxing morning appreciating the scenery, we will return to Vienna. Enjoy a free afternoon for any last minute shopping and visits, making the most of your time in this vibrant city.
DAY 8 - VIENNA – MALTA
Enjoy your breakfast and then proceed to the airport for your flight back to Malta.
4 * HILTON VIENNA DANUBE
A BESPOKE FAMILY EXPERIENCE
STANDARD ROOM | BED & BREAKFAST BASIS
Please be advised that excursions and/or extras, listed in our itineraries are obligatory for all participants. These excursions/extras have been carefully selected to enhance the travel experience on our guided holidays and ensure a comprehensive exploration of the destination. The details and costs for these obligatory extras are clearly displayed in our brochure and website. Therefore, such costs need to be added to the main package price. We thank you in advance and look forward to welcoming you on a journey filled with discovery, exploration, and unforgettable experiences.
THE ROCS PACKAGES INCLUDE
Return flights Malta-Vienna-Malta on Air Malta
7 nights accommodation at the 4* Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront
Airline taxes and charges
Experienced ROCS Travel Tour Manager
VIENNA CITY TAX TO BE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL
EXCURSIONS AND EXTRAS
PACKAGE OF EXCURSIONS (COMPULSORY)
Full Day city tour of Vienna
Full Day city tour of Bratislava
Full Day city tour of Budapest
Half Day Schonbrunn Palace (entrance ticket not included)
Full Day city tour of Hallstatt cable car, salt mines and skywalk (ticket included)
Half Day Melk Abbey (entrance ticket not included)
Return Airport Transfers
PACKAGE OF EXCURSIONS PER PERSON: €349pp
OPTIONAL TICKETS PER PERSON
Schönbrunn Palace €28pp
Melk Abbey €19pp
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