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On the Trail of the Habsburgs

Imperial cities & iconic coffee houses
Holiday information
Nights: 8
Accommodation: three 4-star hotels; one 5-star hotel
Meals: 8 breakfasts
Included extras: street plans and detailed notes for self-guided city walks for all cities
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For a complete contrast, spend two nights at stately Villa Bled by the eponymous lake, before your stay in Ljubljana.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, cultural journey by rail
  • discover Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana & Trieste
  • journey on Europe’s first Alpine railway
  • self-guided walking tour in each city

For centuries, they were Central Europe’s most influential rulers, with an empire that stretched from the Russian border to the Adriatic. And though the sprawling palaces and splendid summer residences of the Habsburgs have long lain empty, their legacy lives on – in the magnificent architecture and overflowing art galleries that still define the cities they once controlled, and in the pioneering railway which connects them.
Where time and space are consumed, but only the coffee is found on the bill.
     
UNESCO, on declaring Vienna’s Kaffeekultur an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’
On this fascinating journey along a former Habsburg trading route, we lead you to four different cities – Vienna, Graz, Ljubljana and Trieste – united both by their common imperial past and their shared role in Europe’s first coffee craze. It’s not known exactly when the Habsburgs enjoyed their first sip of coffee – legends tell of a retreating Ottoman army leaving behind sacks of beans in Vienna in the 17th century – but coffee houses soon became part of the fabric of the empire, convivial spaces expressly designed for lingering, preferably with a slice of Sachertorte. On this holiday, there’s plenty of time to indulge in the delights of the Kaffeehaus, and to succumb to the many other charms of these four captivating cities.

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