Itinerary: 2017 Escorted Spring Tour - Tests 1 & 2 + Prague, Vienna & Budapest

Friday 10 November 2017 – Arrive in Cardiff

After checking in at your Cardiff hotel, the afternoon is yours to explore this great city and to also soak up the fantastic atmosphere ahead of tomorrow’s first match of the Qantas Wallabies 2017 Spring Tour against Wales.
Cardiff has undergone a fascinating journey over the last 2000 years. From a small settlement, to the world’s busiest port, to the modern city it is today. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings, giving the city a rich cultural heritage. 

This evening we will have welcome drinks where you have the chance to meet your tour leader and fellow travellers before the Wallabies opening match tomorrow against Wales for their 2017 Spring Tour campaign.
Accommodation: Mercure Holland House & Spa, Cardiff or similar

Saturday 11 November 2017 – Wales v Australia at Principality Stadium, Cardiff

This morning take a stroll through the city to Cardiff Castle, a must-see attraction in Wales. With over 2,000 years of history packed into a relatively small space, your time will seem short as you explore all the nooks and crannies of this unique castle.
This afternoon, slap on your green & gold and get ready to cheer on the Wallabies as they start their 2017 Spring Tour campaign! With the stadium located on the doorstep of the city centre the dozens of nearby bars & pubs will be pumping as rugby fans converge on the town. 
Match: Wales v Australia
Kick Off: TBA
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Accommodation: Mercure Holland House & Spa, Cardiff or similar

Sunday 12 November 2017 – Flight to Prague

This morning after breakfast we travel to Prague, the magical city of bridges, cathedrals and gold tipped towers, Queen of Music and the world’s finest beers. It is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities, with millions of tourists visiting every year.  

Prague escaped WWII almost unscathed – the city centre is a smorgasbord of stunning architecture, from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque to neoclassical, Art Nouveau and Cubist. There’s a maze of medieval lanes to explore, riverside parks for picnics, lively bars and beer gardens, jazz clubs, rock venues, museums and art galleries galore.
This afternoon is free to wander through the Old Town, or sit back and relax in one of the local eateries. Enjoy a glass of the locally produced beer, and tempt your taste buds with traditional Czech cuisine such as the classical Bohemian dish; kneldo-zelo-vepro – bread dumplings, sauerkraut and roast pork.  
Accommodation: Clarion Hotel Prague City, Prague or similar

Monday 13 November 2017 – Walking tour of Prague & afternoon at leisure

The best way to see Prague is none other than on foot.  The city centre of Prague is divided into five areas, spanning both banks of the Vltava River. Charles Bridge is the main pedestrian connection between the two. 
On one side of the Vltava River is the Old Town, with the Old Town Square at its heart; the New Town, Wenceslas Square, and the Jewish Quarter.  On the other side of the river is the Lesser Town, and the Castle District, with Prague Castle at its heart.
The walking tour will visit sights such as the Old Town Square, The Astronomical Clock, The old Jewish town, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and offer a wide range of stories & history spanning from Prague’s medieval, renaissance, WWII, and Communist eras whilst divulging Prague’s best kept secrets.
Following the walking tour, spend the afternoon visiting the grounds & gardens of The Prague Castle, the number one tourist attraction. Set on a hill, it boasts spectacular views over the whole city. 
Accommodation: Clarion Hotel Prague City, Prague or similar

Tuesday 14 November 2017 – Prague to Vienna via Bratislava

This morning we say farewell to Prague and travel south from Prague through the Moravia region. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic where we will stop for lunch and time to wander through the Old Town and discover the city.
Crossing into Austria we arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. With its rambling palaces, winding cobbled lanes, elegant Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and cosy wood-panelled Beisln, Vienna is steeped in history. Yet it's also at the cutting edge of design, architecture, contemporary art, and new directions in drinking and dining. 
You will have free time this afternoon to wander along narrow, medieval alleyways or explore the sights of Vienna including Schonbrunn Palace, the Imperial Palace and the majestic architecture along the Ring Boulevard. 

Tonight, don on your finest as we all take a date to the Viennese Concert. Vienna has been synonymous with music for centuries, and was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauss. This outstanding musical heritage has been preserved right to the present day. 
Accommodation: Wilhelmshof Hotel, Vienna or similar

Wednesday 15 November 2017 – Free morning in Vienna + Vienna to Budapest

This morning is free time to discover the city whether it be to wander through one of the multitude of famous museums including the Kunsthistorisches Musuem housing the Imperial Art Collection. For those wanting to sit back and watch the world go back, then visit Vienna’s Kaffeehäuser (coffee houses) and enjoy a coffee and a handmade Sacher Torte – flavoured home made doughnuts. 
This afternoon we make our way to our next Eastern European gem – the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Long known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Budapest is located on a bend of the Danube and contains stunning architecture and boulevards, leafy parks and historic bathhouses.
After arriving and checking in to our hotel we have some time to wander around the town centre by the Danube as the sun sets and then treat ourselves to one of the city centre's many restaurants and bars.
Accommodation: Carlton Hotel, Budapest or similar

Thursday 16 November 2017 – Full day Sightseeing & Szechenyi Spa

Often described as the "Little Paris of Middle Europe", Budapest is famous not only for the monuments reflecting its own 1,000-year-old culture, but also for the relics of others who settled here. Remains from both Roman occupation and much later ruled by the Turks can still be seen in the city. After the Ottoman Empire the union with Austria has a particular influence on the city's form and style.
The capital has two sides, Buda and Pest, stretching along the banks of the Danube, representing two different characters of the city.
Today we take a full day sightseeing tour of central Budapest visiting sights including Buda Castle and Fishermen’s Bastion. A city of superlatives, Budapest contains Europe’s largest synagogue and medicinal bathhouse as well as Europe’s third-largest church and oldest underground train system and the world’s third largest parliament building. This city is a truly must-see destination in Europe. Our tour finishes at Heroes’ Square where we’ll cool down with a dip in the incredible Szechenyi bath house.
Accommodation: Carlton Hotel, Budapest or similar

Friday 17 November 2017 – Budapest to London

This morning you will have free time to explore any remaining sights of the city before checking out and departing this afternoon to London. 
Today we farewell Eastern Europe and look towards the Qantas Wallabies Spring Tour campaign as they take on the old enemy England in Test 2 at Twickenham. Due to the late afternoon arrival, we have decided to base ourselves in the picturesque and quaint area of Richmond for the weekend for convenience to Twickenham. Our hotel is located 3km from the ground allowing you to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the many pubs along the Thames for the lead up of tomorrow’s big match. 
For those wanting to head into central London, the hotel is located next to Richmond station where you can take the overland train into Waterloo station and would take approx. 20mins. 
Accommodation: Richmond Hill Hotel, London or similar

Saturday 18 November 2017 – England v Australia at Twickenham

Twickenham's many pubs & restaurants will be buzzing as we countdown to this afternoon’s huge clash between Australia and England, just ensure you don't forget your match ticket! 
Australia and England are regulars at battle on the field with England defeating Australia last at Twickenham 37-21 in 2016. In the past decade, the two sides have met 8 times at Twickenham, on a shared at 4 wins a piece. 
With 80,000 fans belting out ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ the atmosphere is sure to be one not forgotten. Warm up the vocal chords and throw on the Green & Gold as the Qantas Wallabies will be ready to take the field in the hope of adding a win to their 2017 Spring Tour campaign. 
Match: England v Australia
Kick Off: TBA
Venue: Twickenham, London
Accommodation: Richmond Hill Hotel, London or similar

Sunday 19 November 2017 – Tour Ends

All good things must come to an end. Thanks for coming on tour with We Love Rugby. 
If you would like to extend your stay in London and purchase extra nights in London you can have the choice to stay at the Richmond Hill Hotel or the Park Plaza Westminster at Waterloo (Central London). Please contact our office for more information and our staff can arrange this for you. 

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