Bohemian Rhapsody

Insight Vacations Bohemian Rhapsody Journey | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThe late Freddie Mercury of the British rock band Queen penned a prolific mock opera back in 1975 titled Bohemian Rhapsody. To say it’s a catchy tune would be an understatement.

Since it first tested the strength of my ear drums and radio playlists back when it was released, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.

How about you?


A while back I started pinching myself as I began living inside Freddie’s lyrics while I boarded an Insight Vacations‘ business-class legroom motor coach as an imbedded travel writer on its abbreviated Bohemian Rhapsody journey through Prague, Vienna and Budapest.


Insight Vacations Bohemian Rhapsody Journey | ©Tom Palladio ImagesTogether with the intrepid “band of merry media” — a small army of international travel scribes and photographers — I experienced the “art of touring in style” on Insight‘s premier-escorted adventure through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary filled with signature moments, surprising flourishes and restful nights in five-star hotels.


You bet I did, right alongside the Habsburgs, as I crossed the Danube, rolled through the Wacha Valley and visited — AND SAMPLED — wineries and breweries; strolled through festive open-air markets and climbed the rocky paths to centuries-old castles upon high; devoured bowls of Gulyás with dumplings covered in paprika and raced through plates of sacher torte, strudel and Mozart kugeln; and, sipped countless glasses of Tokaji and Becherovka.

Bohemian Rhapsody's "Band of Merry Media" | ©2014 Insight VacationsOH MAMA MIA, MAMA MIA, MAMA MIA LET ME GO…

You can Czech out my daily dispatches that I filed along the cobble of Bohemia as I got back on Insight’s motor coach for a symphony of sights, sounds and savors that rivaled Mr. Mercury’s mock opera.

Just click on the story links below and virtually travel back with me as I discover the rhapsody that is Bohemia.


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Borsalino w/ props | ©Tom Palladio Images


Bohemian Rhapsody: Between Cairo and Berlin | ©Tom Palladio Images

1. Between Cairo and Berlin

Bohemian Rhapsody: Between Cairo and Berlin | ©Tom Palladio Images

2. Dobrý den!

Bohemian Rhapsody: Na Zdraví! | ©Tom Palladio Images

3. Na zdraví!

Bohemian Rhapsody: Storming Pražský Hrad | ©Tom Palladio Images

4. Storming Pražský Hrad

Bohemian Rhapsody: Crossing Karlův Most | ©Tom Palladio Images

5. Crossing Karlův Most

Bohemian Rhapsody: Blowing Glass and Winding Clocks | ©Tom Palladio Images

6. Glassblowing 101

Bohemian Rhapsody: High Noon in Prague's Old Town Square | ©Tom Palladio Images

7. High Noon in Prague’s Old Town Square

Bohemian Rhapsody: Inside Prague's Jewish Quarter | ©Tom Palladio Images

8. Inside Prague’s Jewish Quarter

Bohemian Rhapsody: Prague's Iconic Watering Hole | ©Tom Palladio Images

9. Prague’s Iconic Watering Hole

Bohemian Rhapsody: The Keys to Český Krumlov | ©Tom Palladio Images

10. The Keys to a Fairytale named Český Krumlov

Bohemian Rhapsody: A Warrior, Wine and Wien | ©Tom Palladio Images

11. A Warrior, Wine and Residents of Wien

Bohemian Rhapsody: If It's Thursday, This Must Be Vienna and Budapest | ©Tom Palladio Images

12. If it’s Thursday, this must be Vienna and Budapest

Bohemian Rhapsody: If It's Thursday, This Must Be Vienna and Budapest | ©Tom Palladio Images

13. Discovering a Pearl along the Danube


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