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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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"Highlights of Eastern Europe" Escorted Tour
15 days from $ 2,250 pp

Highlights of Eastern Europe - Escorted Tour

Day 1, Depart USA: Overnight flight to Vienna.

 

Day 2, Vienna at Leisure: Welcome to Vienna! If you have purchased our Air & Land package you are transferred to your tour hotel. Relax or explore this afternoon. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink.

 

Day 3, Vienna - Budapest: Today we follow the Danube Valley to vibrant Budapest. On arrival, we view the spectacular bridges across the Danube from Gellert Hill. Later, we visit Matthias Church and admire the views of the ornate Parliament from the Fisherman's Bastion. Then we visit Heroes' Square in Pest. Tonight, enjoy a special highlight evening of Hungarian music and dinner. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 4, Szentendre Excursion: We have some time at leisure this morning before driving past the remains of Roman settlement of Aquincum to the picturesque riverside village of Szentendre. This community has long been the haunt of artists, enchanted by its brightly colored houses and quaint churches. There's time to browse the shops and cobbled streets before we return to Budapest. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 5, Budapest - Krakow: A gentle drive today into Slovakia and through the breathtaking Tatra Mountains, where peasants still live in traditional wooden houses and bears roam wild in the forests. We make a photo stop at the picturesque Oravsky Hrad Castle. Then we cross into Poland and continue to the historic city of Krakow, where we stay for two nights. Tonight enjoy a highlight dinner held in a traditional restaurant with music. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 6, Krakow Sightseeing: Krakow is listed by the United Nations as one of the world's most significant historic sites. On our guided tour, we ascend Wawel Hill, with its castle and legendary dragon, to visit the cathedral, burial place of Polish heroes. Then we walk through the Old Town, visiting the splendid arcaded courtyard of Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Hall and the 14th century Mariacki church. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower, who sounds his horn on the hour-a tradition dating back to 1241! (Buffet breakfast)

 

Day 7, Krakow - Warsaw: This morning we journey to the little town of Oswiecim 

which has become renowned for a rather sombre reason – the nearby construction of the concentration camps Auschwitz and Birkenau, which we visit with a local guide. Then north to Czestochowa to visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Gora, famous for the Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St Luke. We continue across the Polish Plains to Poland's capital, Warsaw. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 8, Warsaw Sightseeing: Warsaw was almost totally destroyed during World War II and it was only the amazing amount of architectural detail in Canaletto's paintings of the city that allowed the authentic reconstruction we see today. On our guided tour, we see the 'wedding cake' Palace of Culture and the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park. We also pay our respects at the emotive Monument of the Ghetto Heroes and finally, we see the reconstructed Old Town, including the Royal Palace. This afternoon, why not enjoy a special Chopin concert? (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 9, Warsaw - Berlin: We leave Warsaw this morning and head over the fertile plains to the historic river port of Poznan. There's time for lunch in the Charming Old Town Square before we cross the German frontier at the River Oder on our way to the capital, Berlin. Tonight, why not enjoy an evening out in a lively local restaurant? (Buffet breakfast)

 

Day 10, Berlin & Potsdam Sightseeing: Today a local expert, shows us the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag; Germany's Parliament building. We drive along Unter den Linden, past the State Opera House and Alexanderplatz. This afternoon we enjoy a highlight excursion to historic Potsdam to visit the Cecilienhof, where the 1945 Treaty was signed. We also visit the Gardens of Frederick the Great's Sans Souci Palace. (Buffet breakfast)

 

Day 11, Berlin - Prague: Today we drive south to Dresden. A walking tour here shows us the ruined Frauenkirche, now rising once again from wartime destruction. We also see the Castle of the Electors of Saxony, including the unique Saxon Wall overlaid with Meissen tiles and the courtyards of the Zwinger Palace and the Opera House. After some free time, we continue over the border to the Czech Republic, and to its capital, the bohemian Prague. (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 12, Prague Sightseeing: Prague has blossomed since the 'Velvet Revolution', but its unique character remains unchanged. On our guided tour today we visit the amazing St Vitus' Cathedral set inside the 1,000 year old Prague Castle. We also walk to the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock. Tonight, why not enjoy some of Prague's exciting night life? (Buffet breakfast/ Dinner)

 

Day 13, Prague - Vienna: Today we drive through farmlands to stop in the small rural town of Trebon among the Bohemian Lakes. Then we return to Austria's romantic capital, Vienna. This evening, perhaps enjoy some of the music for which the city is famous? (Buffet breakfast)

 

Day 14, Vienna Sightseeing: With our expert local guide we venture inside the glorious State Apartments of Schönbrunn Palace! Time also to admire the gardens and Gloriette. Continuing on, we marvel at the great baroque St Charles' Church before driving along the famous 'Ring'. We see the superb Opera House, the fine equestrian monument to Prince Eugene of Savoy in front of the great Hofburg Imperial Residence and the impressive Parliament. This afternoon there is time at leisure. Perhaps admire the Imperial treasure of the Hapsburgs? Tonight, why not enjoy a special farewell dinner? (Buffet breakfast)

 

Day 15, Return to USA: Sadly, our tour ends after morning. Transfers to Vienna Airport are included in the Air & Land package. (Buffet breakfast)


Rates in US$ per person

Departures

Rate

April: 23-25-30
May: 02-07-09-14-16-21-23-28-30

June: 04-06-11-13-18-20-25-27

July: 02-04-09-11-16-18-23-25-30
August: 01-06-08-13-15-20-22-27-29

September: 03-05-10-12-17-19-24-26

October: 01-08

$ 2,450

Supplements & Reductions

Single Room Supplement

$ 550

Triple Room Reduction

$ 55

Young Traveler Reduction (05-17 years)

10%

ADDITIONAL VISA REQUIREMENTS

Special Visas are required for most Eastern European countries.

Extensions Available On Request!


The Tour Includes

  • Deluxe motorcoach with air conditioning

  • 4 Star Hotels in all cities

  • Meals as indicated in the program*

  • Multilingual tour escort during tour

  • Sightseeing and excursions mentioned in the program with local guide

Not Included

  • Air fare

  • Airport Transfers

  • Tips, beverages and extra services

  • Entrance fees (unless specified)

  • Everything not mentioned in the program.

First Class Hotels

  • Vienna: Vienna Hilton

  • Budapest: Sofitel

  • Krakow: Radisson SAS

  • Warsaw: Sofitel Victoria

  • Berlin: Berlin Hotel

  • Prague: Movenpick


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