Meet your driver at your Vienna hotel, settle inside your private vehicle, and then travel through Lower Austria into Slovakia. On route, gaze at the passing countryside dotted with vineyards and windmills, and after about an hour, arrive in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, on the River Danube.
Join up with a local guide, and start out on a private walking tour of the city highlights. As you stroll, learn about Bratislava’s ancient and medieval past, and its time under communism from 1948 until 1989.
Admire Bratislava Castle, the hilltop fortress-palace that towers over the city. Hear how the complex was the seat of many Hungarian kings, and then view the Slovakian Parliament, standing on a neighboring hill.
Next, head into the cobbled Old Town to admire the medieval and baroque architecture and monuments. Stroll to St. Michael’s Gate, the only remaining of Bratislava's original city gates, and pause outside the Slovak National Theatre and Accademia Istropolitana, the first university of human science in Hungary, founded in 1465.
Admire the Town Hall and St. Martin’s Cathedral, whose spire is topped by a crown marking it as the coronation church of Hungary’s kings from 1563 to 1830. Stop for photos of the baroque Palffy Palace, where Mozart performed when he was just six, and take in Leopold de Pauli’s Palace, an 18th-century residence famous for hosting a concert by the 9-year old Franz Liszt in 1820.
After your 2.5-hour tour, leave your guide and enjoy time to stroll and relax independently. Perhaps treat yourself to a meal (own expense) at one of the restaurants or pubs, or shop for Slovakian crafts like lacework, ceramics or corn husk dolls.
Then, meet back up with your driver and journey back to Vienna, where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.