Country Travel Discoveries 2017 Discovery Tours Catalog (Final Edition) : Page 21

NEW Includes Tour of Prague Heart of the Danube Cycling Tour Plus Vienna & Prague In partnership with Missouri Life , Country Travel DISCOVERIES invites active travelers to join that magazine’s publishers, Greg & Danita Wood, on a festive and immersive travel adventure. On this easy-paced, expert-guided bike tour through the heart of scenic Central Europe, you’ll visit medieval, imperial and Cold War landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and some of the Continent’s most spectacular countryside biking routes. Plus, experience classical Vienna, stunning Prague, Bratislava’s renowned Danubiana Museum, and more! DAYS 1 & 2–WILKOMMEN IN WIEN Your European adventure begins immediately upon meeting your English-speaking tour guide at Vienna’s Schwechat airport. Enjoy a nice lunch package aboard your comfortable coach en route to the heart of Vienna, which you’ll experience on a walking tour before checking into your hotel. Tonight, we kick things off with a festive three-course Austrian Welcome Dinner. D DAY 3–SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE/BRATISLAVA After a good sleep and nice breakfast, today begins with a visit to the famous Schönbrunn Palace, the summer castle of Hapsburgs and one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria. Learn about the monarchs who stayed here and enjoy free time exploring the magnificent gardens. After a three-course lunch at a traditional local brewery/restaurant, continue into Slovakia for a walking tour of the capital city, Bratislava. You’ll discover the well-preserved medieval city center and other landmarks before checking into your 4-star hotel. B, L DAY 4–IRON CURTAIN BIKE TOUR Following a fortifying breakfast, you’ll meet your Slovak bike guide for an exhilarating ride through history. Our 20 km (12.43 mi) route takes us through the historic and intimate aftermath of the Iron Curtain, featuring remnants of the Second World War and the Cold War. Cycling along the lovely Danube, close to the Austrian border, you will see historic bunkers dotting the idyllic countryside. On the Slovak side, we have a chance to explore a bunker and finish with a ride past a new housing estate on the EuroVelo 13 Trail (the trail runs the entire length of the former Iron Curtain). The evening is free to explore. B, L DAY 5–BIRDS OF DANUBE BIKING Today’s bike tour sets out toward Hrušovská zdrž water reservoir. On the River Danube in southeastern Bratislava, it is among the most important sites in Central Europe for the breeding, CONTINUED ON PAGE 22  Schönbrunn Palace S on Sim o n Ma M tz tzi t zi nge z n r/W /W W i iki ik ki m k med me ed e d ia-ia a-a -CC C C B BY Y -SA SA S A 3. 3 0 855-744-TRIP (8747) 21

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