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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$ 4,521

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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, you'll make your way to Holloko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll enjoy a performance by the Holloko Women's Choir while feasting on an authentic lunch. Later, you'll move on to Eger, where you'll tuck into a welcome dinner together.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Eger - Tokaj - Kosice - High Tatras

Today the road will carry you to Tokaj, where you'll have the opportunity to taste some of the region's world-famous sweet wines. This afternoon, you'll move on to the city of Kosice in Slovakia. After a photo stop at Spis Castle, your final stop of the day will be the hotel in the High Tatras.

Day 5

High Tatras

After breakfast, you'll make your way to the Tatras Mountains, where you'll take in some marvellous views on a morning cable car ride. Back on terra firma, you'll drive to a local farm for a homemade cheese tasting session accompanied by a light lunch. Then, it's back to the hotel for an evening of leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

High Tatras - Wieliczka - Krakow

First today, you'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. The final stop for the day will be Kraków, your home for the next two days.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Krakow

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

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Krakow - Auschwitz - Olomouc

You'll take a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today -- a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Later you'll make tracks to the Czech city of Olomouc.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Olomouc - Brno - Trebon - Cesky Krumlov

This morning you'll continue your journey to Brno, the Czech Republic's second largest city -- where your Tour Leader will show you the sights. This afternoon, you'll move on to charming Trebon, a town that's home to a 17th-century château complex. You'll round off your day in the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 10

Cesky Krumlov

This morning you'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 you go. This evening, you'll come together for your 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 Písek, where you'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 Tábor before you move on to captivating Prague, where you'll say your goodbyes this afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Barcelo Old Town Praha

The exclusive Barcelo Old Town Praha is located in the heart of the historic city, in the popular Celetna Street next to the famous Powder Tower which is the door to the Old Town of Prague. From there the Kings used to start the coronation ritual through the Royal Road towards the Prague Castle. Barcelo Old Town hotel is set within a listed and completely renovated 17th-century building and combines a historic facade with modern amenities. The hotel is just a stroll away to some of the city's most popular sightseeing including Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle and the Astronomical Clock among others. The Palladium Shopping Centre is just a few steps and the luxurious Parizska Street, where all the most prestigious boutiques are, is just 5 minutes walking distance.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Barcelo Old Town Praha

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    Barcelo Old Town Praha



    The exclusive Barcelo Old Town Praha is located in the heart of the historic city, in the popular Celetna Street next to the famous Powder Tower which is the door to the Old Town of Prague. From there the Kings used to start the coronation ...

    The exclusive Barcelo Old Town Praha is located in the heart of the historic city, in the popular Celetna Street next to the famous Powder Tower which is the door to the Old Town of Prague. From there the Kings used to start the coronation ritual through the Royal Road towards the Prague Castle. Barcelo Old Town hotel is set within a listed and completely renovated 17th-century building and combines a historic facade with modern amenities. The hotel is just a stroll away to some of the city's most popular sightseeing including Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle and the Astronomical Clock among others. The Palladium Shopping Centre is just a few steps and the luxurious Parizska Street, where all the most prestigious boutiques are, is just 5 minutes walking distance.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Conference Facilities
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift/elevator

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Day 12

Prague Grand City Tour - English

Join the most comprehensive of our Prague tours to admire the city's long history and amazing monuments. The tour starts with a bus ride during which you will see some of the following sights (the actual sights you'll go by depend on traffic and the route taken), Rudolfinum, Municipal House, Powder Tower, Main Train Station, the Opera House, National Museum and Wenceslas Square, the Dancing House, National Theatre, Vltava River embankments and bridges including Charles Bridge, and more. The bus will take you up to the Prague Castle area where you will get off to continue on foot. The guided walk will last 70 minutes. You'll walk past the Strahov Monastery and Loreta Church to the Prague Castle (not including the castle interior). After a tour of the Castle grounds (a visit to the front part of St. Vitus Cathedral will be included only if time permits), you'll walk down the street Nerudova and continue walking across Charles Bridge to the Old Town, where the tour ends.

Duration3 Hours
Day 13

Prague Hotels to Prague Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

2019: May 5; Jun 2, 30; Sep 1, 8, 22; Oct 8

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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