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Explore Eastern Europe

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13 Days
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Venture through a land of ancient cities, time-honoured culinary traditions, and ever-changing landscapes on this Eastern European vacation. Journeying from Budapest to Krakow to Prague, you’ll discover the highlights of four Eastern European countries and explores some of Europe’s loveliest cities.


This 13-day European vacation takes you across Eastern Europe, stopping in major cities like Budapest, Krakow, and Prague.

Your trip to Eastern Europe begins in Budapest, the capital of Hungary and one of the former centres of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. While the city is still recovering from the turmoil of the 20th century, it remains one of Europe’s most striking cities. A grand circle tour will showcase many of its greatest architectural masterworks, from the Chain Bridge that crosses the Danube to the State Opera House, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Hungarian Parliament Building, which is the largest building in the country. That evening, enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner along the Danube, feasting on gourmet cuisine as you admire the city from the water.

From Budapest, head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Holloko, where you’ll dine on a delicious lunch as you enjoy a performance of the Holloko Women’s Choir. Continue to Eger and Tokaj, where you’ll try some of the world’s sweetest wines. Cross the border into Slovakia and explore Spis Castle before passing into the stunning Tatras Mountains. After enjoying the picturesque mountain landscapes, pass into Poland and explore Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of Europe’s largest salt mines. Descend hundreds of metres underground and explore the mine’s many caverns, including St. Kinga’s Chapel, an entire church sanctuary carved from the salt.
Reach Krakow, Poland’s prettiest city and one of the most comfortable centres in Eastern Europe. Explore the Main Square and peruse the shops of the old Cloth Hall at its centre before heading on a guided city tour to see Wawel Castle, which towers over the city. That evening, learn to make pierogi before dining on your own delicious creations. The next day, head to nearby Oswiecim, where you’ll tour the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and learn about the darkest chapter in human history.

Cross the border into Czechia and spend the night in Olomouc, known for its baroque foundations and St. Wenceslas Cathedral. Pass through Brno, the second largest city in the country, and Trebon, where you’ll visit the 17th century chateau, before reaching Cesky Krumlov, where you’ll stroll its cobblestoned streets, explore the castle, and enjoy a farewell dinner and beer tasting. The last stop on your Eastern European vacation is Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires and the capital of Czechia. Head on a grand circle tour to see Wenceslas Square, where the Velvet Revolution precipitated the end of national communism, the stark Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle, the largest castle in the world and home to St. Vitus Cathedral. After enjoying Prague’s famous architecture and sampling a pint of Pilsner Urquell, head to the airport to end your trip to Eastern Europe.


 

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Duration
13 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,237

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Day 1

Budapest Airport to Hotel in Budapest

Duration30 Minutes

Continental Hotel

This fabulous property, one of the newest in Budapest, yet preserving the grandeur of times past, comes highly recommended. This hotel is located in the old Jewish quarter of the city the the Klausal market and the great synagogue nearby. The large rooms are a gorgeous mixture of classic art nouveau and modern style. The beds feature luxurious dark leather headboards and polished hardwood floors. Both the funky modern bathrooms and the rooms are in exceptional condition.Usage of the fitness/wellness centre is not included in the room price.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Continental Hotel

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    Continental Hotel



    This fabulous property, one of the newest in Budapest, yet preserving the grandeur of times past, comes highly recommended. This hotel is located in the old Jewish quarter of the city the the Klausal market and the great synagogue nearby. The large rooms are a ...

    This fabulous property, one of the newest in Budapest, yet preserving the grandeur of times past, comes highly recommended. This hotel is located in the old Jewish quarter of the city the the Klausal market and the great synagogue nearby. The large rooms are a gorgeous mixture of classic art nouveau and modern style. The beds feature luxurious dark leather headboards and polished hardwood floors. Both the funky modern bathrooms and the rooms are in exceptional condition.Usage of the fitness/wellness centre is not included in the room price.

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Day 2

Grand City Tour

Are you ready to discover Budapest? We are prepared to show you the Hungarian capital in 3 hours so get ready to engage by this city. The Heroes Square, the State Opera House, the Hungarian Parliament, the Royal Palace and the Citadel (photostop) cannot wait for you to see them. The buses are air-conditioned and they all have a live guided. During the Grand City Tour you will also go on a walk in the Castle District to enjoy its unique medieval atmosphere. The tour ends in the city center.

Sights Include: Parliament, Margaret-Bridge (Margaret-Island), Royal Castle on the Buda side, Fishermen's Bastion (Castle Walk), Matthias Church, Gellert Hill (Photostop), Heroes' Square, the Opera, and St. Stephen's Basilica.

Duration3 Hours

Candlelit Dinner Cruise - Dinner Package

Enjoy your meal and let the breathtaking scenery of evening Budapest delight you. A la carte candlelit dinner with the finest food, live music entertainment and professional service - all on board of panorama "bubble boat". During the trip our visitors can enjoy full comfort and the 360-degree panorama offered by the glass-covered deck which can be removed in case of good weather.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Budapest - Holloko - Eger

After meeting the group in Budapest, we'll make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Holloko - where we'll enjoy a performance by the Holloko Women's Choir (while feasting on an authentic Hungarian lunch). Later this afternoon, we'll move on to beautiful Eger for a welcome dinner. Here's to a fantastic trip!

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Imola Udvarhaz

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    The Hotel Imola Udvarhaz is located adjacent to the castle of Eger, in the historical heart of the town. With 15 recently renovated and furnished rooms - in a fresh, but also friendly and cosy atmosphere. Among these, you may find minimalistic, but first class ...

    The Hotel Imola Udvarhaz is located adjacent to the castle of Eger, in the historical heart of the town.

    With 15 recently renovated and furnished rooms - in a fresh, but also friendly and cosy atmosphere. Among these, you may find minimalistic, but first class single or double rooms which prove to be ideal for businessmen and couples as well. The 2 bedroom apartments have been updated and are popular with families and friends travelling together; with spacious attributes and fully equipped kitchens these apartments may happily serve as a temporary, but perfect home for our Guests.

    The rooms have the magnificent view on the town and the castle. Be a part of the teeming downtown or the history itself coming to life by having a small rest on the balcony of these rooms.

    Our Restaurant, the Macok Bistro and Wine Bar is a jaunty and youthful restaurant. The Macok has a familiar and friendly atmosphere, where multiple generations may enjoy tasty dishes and wines.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Designated Smoking Area
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Terrace

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Day 4

Eger - Tokaj - Kosice - High Tatras

Today, our road will carry us to Tokaj, where we'll have the opportunity to taste some of the region's world-famous sweet wines. This afternoon, we'll move on to the city of Kosice in Slovakia. After a photo stop at Spis Castle, we'll set a course for our hotel in the heart of the magnificent High Tatras region.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Grand Hotel Stary Smokovec

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    Grandhotel Stary Smokovec has been writing its long history in the heart of the High Tatras under Mt. Slavkovsky stit since 1904. This first big hotel in the Tatras has been visited by various eminent personalities - Saxon prince Friedrich August, Czechoslovak president Eduard Benes, ...

    Grandhotel Stary Smokovec has been writing its long history in the heart of the High Tatras under Mt. Slavkovsky stit since 1904. This first big hotel in the Tatras has been visited by various eminent personalities - Saxon prince Friedrich August, Czechoslovak president Eduard Benes, British prime minister Harold Wilson, Fidel Castro and many others. In spite of disturbed times and two world wars, Grandhotel has remained an inseparable part of Stary Smokovec and its atmosphere. There is a lower funicular station located next to the hotel. It operates to Hrebienok, which makes the hotel an ideal starting point for trips and hiking in the High Tatras. After active days in the mountains or on skis in nearby ski resorts, hotel guests can use the services of the hotel Wellness & Spa centre with massages and spoiling treatments.

    Grandhotel Stary Smokovec offers conference rooms for organising exceptional corporate events with a touch of last year's century romance, rich history and eminent personalities which are still remembered inside the hotel premises.

    Facilities

    • Events and Banquets Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Wellness and Spa

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Day 5

High Tatras

After breakfast, it's onwards to the mountain slopes, where we'll take in some marvellous views on a morning cable car ride. When we're back on terra firma, we'll hit the road to a local farm - where a homemade cheese tasting session and light lunch await us. Then: it's back to the hotel for an evening of leisure time.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

High Tatras - Wieliczka - Krakow

First today, we'll visit Wieliczka Salt Mines. Dating back to the 13th century, these historic mines house enchanting chandelier-lit chambers and chapels, all carved from salt. After emerging back into the daylight, our final stop for the day will be Krakow: our home for the next two days.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Amber Design

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    Hotel Amber Design is a new quality enlightening the walls of the historical tenement house, located in a quiet street just 5 minutes away from the Main Square. As part of the Amber Boutique Hotels complex, it will enchant you with its art deco and ...

    Hotel Amber Design is a new quality enlightening the walls of the historical tenement house, located in a quiet street just 5 minutes away from the Main Square. As part of the Amber Boutique Hotels complex, it will enchant you with its art deco and Art Nouveau ornaments. Being a brand new facility, commissioned months ago, on the structure of an interestingly and richly decorated facade of a tenement house, it draws attention from passerbys and invites to enter the reception desk.

    The historical details harmoniously blend with the other elements of its equipment. Original tile stoves form a cosy way of heating for the interior and the historic mosaic add even more charm to the thoroughly renovated wooden staircase. The images with motives taken from the Art Nouveau Krakow painter, St. Wyspianski, bring more stylish decorations to the rooms.

    Traditional Polish welcome drink, in-room tea and coffee set replenished every day, complimentary use of sauna and mini gym are just a few of the special touches offered to guests for a special stay in the city.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 7

Krakow

Today, we'll give Krakow our full attention on a guided city tour - taking in the likes of Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral. This evening, we'll be treated to a pierogi making class, where we'll learn how to cook classic Polish dumplings.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Krakow - Auschwitz - Olomouc

We'll take a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today - a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed by the Nazis. After a moving visit, we'll move on to the Czech city of Olomouc - where you'll be free to spend the evening as you please.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Theresian and Spa

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    In an ornate 19th-century building overlooking a leafy square, this polished hotel is located in city centre, close to one of the most famous historical monuments - The Theresian Gate. A newly renovated 4* hotel offers 33 comfort superior rooms including Junior suites and handicap ...

    In an ornate 19th-century building overlooking a leafy square, this polished hotel is located in city centre, close to one of the most famous historical monuments - The Theresian Gate. A newly renovated 4* hotel offers 33 comfort superior rooms including Junior suites and handicap rooms. Guests can also enjoy modern Czech cuisine at the Theresian Restaurant.

    Facilities

    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa and Wellness Centre

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Day 9

Olomouc - Brno - Trebon - Cesky Krumlov

This morning we'll continue our journey to Brno, the Czech Republic's second largest city - where our Tour Leader will show us the sights. And this afternoon? We'll move on to charming Trebon - a town that's home to a 17th-century chateau complex - before we round off the day in the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Days
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Garni Hotel Castle Bridge

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    Castle in Cesky Krumlov holds unique historic architecture - castle bridge "on the cloak". This quite unique monument of its kind is bridging over the six centuries the castle moat, exuding with especial atmosphere. While in the ancient time was this monument for Cesky Krumlov ...

    Castle in Cesky Krumlov holds unique historic architecture - castle bridge "on the cloak". This quite unique monument of its kind is bridging over the six centuries the castle moat, exuding with especial atmosphere. While in the ancient time was this monument for Cesky Krumlov aristocracy the bridge to the magnificient castle gardens and served to its inhibitants like gateway to the center, today is the inspiration of the hotel name.

    Hotel Castle Bridge you find on touch of the castle bridge. It also brings according to its origin timeless double tidings - provides to all its guests the whole comfort straight in the center of the Cesky Krumlov - UNESCO heritage town despite it offers bewatching ambience of undiscovered nooks on the bank of the Vltava river.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Meeting Rooms

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Day 10

Cesky Krumlov

This morning we'll explore Cesky Krumlov's cobbled streets on a walking tour with a local guide - taking in the vast Castle (and its spectacular interiors) as we go. This evening, we'll come together for our last hurrah - a farewell dinner and beer tasting. What better way to toast the end of the tour?

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 11

Cesky Krumlov - Pisek - Tabor - Prague

The last day of the tour will begin with a visit to Pisek, where we'll see an old stone bridge that dates back to the 13th century. There will be just enough time for one more gourmet experience at the Chocolate and Marzipan Museum in Tabor before we move on to captivating Prague - where we'll say our goodbyes this afternoon.

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Botanique Hotel Prague

Botanique Hotel Prague is a modern hotel, located in Prague City Centre, just a short walk from Prague's Old Town Square. Our city hotel offers 214 contemporary, spacious rooms clearly designed around our guests comfort. Fast speed Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the property. The hotel boasts a stylish bistro style restaurant offering seasonal cuisine as well as a quick bite on the run, lively bar serving innovative cocktails, fitness centre and secure onsite garage. Business travelers can also make use of the 2 state-of-the-art conference rooms which are fully equipped with modern amenities. Botanique Hotel Prague is a non-smoking hotel.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Botanique Hotel Prague

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    Botanique Hotel Prague is a modern hotel, located in Prague City Centre, just a short walk from Prague's Old Town Square. Our city hotel offers 214 contemporary, spacious rooms clearly designed around our guests comfort. Fast speed Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the property. ...

    Botanique Hotel Prague is a modern hotel, located in Prague City Centre, just a short walk from Prague's Old Town Square. Our city hotel offers 214 contemporary, spacious rooms clearly designed around our guests comfort. Fast speed Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the property. The hotel boasts a stylish bistro style restaurant offering seasonal cuisine as well as a quick bite on the run, lively bar serving innovative cocktails, fitness centre and secure onsite garage. Business travelers can also make use of the 2 state-of-the-art conference rooms which are fully equipped with modern amenities. Botanique Hotel Prague is a non-smoking hotel.

    Facilities

    • Coffee Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Gym
    • Restaurant

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Day 12

Prague Unlimited

This is a combined, comprehensive city tour of Prague. You will see our capital city from many perspectives. We will start our walk tour at the Old Town, which includes a unique Jewish part. Then we expect a 20 minutes minibus tour through the downtown to the Prague Castle, followed by a walking tour and a short break for lunch. The walk tour continues along Nerudova Street, through the Lesser Town to the Charles Bridge, where we can enjoy a short Vltava river cruise on a boat. After the boat cruise we will cross the Charles Bridge and will go back to the Old Town where the tour will finish.

Duration6 Hours
Day 13

Prague Hotels to Prague Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Sep 1, 8, 22; Oct 8
2020: Apr 12; May 3, 17; Jun 14; Jul 12; Aug 2, 16; Sep 6; Oct 18

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and Departure Transfers
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Budapest
  • Half Day Grand Budapest City Tour
  • Half Day Candlelit Dinner Cruise in Budapest
  • 9 Day Escorted Small Group Tour including;
    • 8 nights in boutique accommodation
    • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 3 evening meals (D)
    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Wawel Royal Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mines and Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Prague
  • Half Day Grand Prague City Tour

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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