18-Day Spectacular Eastern Europe Tour – Fr $4280

18-Day Spectacular Eastern Europe Tour – Fr $4280

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INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Airfare from NYC (add-on cities available)
  • Airport and hotel transfers
  • Visits Vienna, Lake Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Tabor and Vienna.
  • 16-nights First class hotels
  • Daily Breakfast and 8 Dinners
  • Transport by Luxury Coach
  • Guided sightseeing at each destination

ESTIMATED COSTS:

Fr. $4280 per person based on double room occupancy.

2018 DEPARTURES:

Apr 19, 26: May 17, 31: Jun 07, 21, 28: Jul 05, 12, 19, 26: Aug 09, 23, 30: Sept 06, 13, 20, 27: Sep 06, 13, 20, 27: Oct 04


ITINERARY:

Day 01: Depart for Austria on your overnight flight

Day 02: Arrive Vienna
Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launchpad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After check-in, join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Vienna, revealing fascinating insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, Am Hof Square and the beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday. (D). Stay at the Hilton Danube with a welcome reception dinner included.

Day 03: Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)
We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains into the lush green hills of Slovenia, arriving later in Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. Admire its crystal clear waters from the comfort of a boat and gaze in wonder at the fairy-tale castle clinging dramatically to a cliff that rises up from the lake's edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel.Dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D). Stay at the Park Hotel.

Day 04: Lake Bled
Spend the day at leisure soaking up the romantic atmosphere of this alpine lake setting. Perhaps visit the
ruins on Bled Island, navigate the lake's tranquil waters from a canoe, or consider joining an Optional
Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. (B)

Day 05: Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)
We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will
join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three
Bridges Square and Castle, enjoying magni􀃖cent views of the city. We cross into Croatia and arrive in its
capital, Zagreb - our home for the next two nights where we will spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the 􀃗avours of traditional fruit brandy. (B, D). Stay at the Westin Hotel.

Day 06: Zagreb Sightseeing
Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb's charming cobblestone lanes and squares, to this
day lit by gas lamps. Join a Local Specialist who will share the landmarks of the city's lower and upper
town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church,
with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day at leisure paying homage to the patron saint
of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre. (B)

Day 07: Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)
Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in
Central Europe and known a􀃧ectionately by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. We continue to the romantic
capital of Budapest - our home for the next two nights. Meander along the romantic Danube on a scenic
river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni
Spa Bath as the sun sets. (B). Stay at the Danubius Margitsziget Hotel.

Day 08: Budapest Sightseeing
We join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of the Castle district today, admiring pictureperfect
views of the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar
tribes that formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the
largest in Europe. Later we join the Schieszl family for a traditional Be My Guest dinner and hear the story
of their winery that once sheltered a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution. (B, Be My Guest Dining)

Day 09: Budapest – Slovakia – Krakow (2 Nights)
The pristine natural landscape of Slovakia provides a picturesque backdrop for our journey to Poland,
past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków where we enjoy time
at leisure. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional
Polish Wodka Bar. (B). Stay at the Qubus Hotel.

Day 10: Krakow Sightseeing
A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our Local Specialist showcases
the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally signi􀃖cant
site in Poland. We continue through the charming Old Town with a visit to the Renaissance Cloth Hall and
the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon exploring the city or consider visiting a traditional milk bar,
enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the unique
Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our
hotel. Dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Krakow – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)
Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the
horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust and more than a million lives lost. Travelling to Jasna Gora
Monastery, we rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the famous shrine to the
Virgin Mary for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. This evening, we arrive in the
elegant Polish capital of Warsaw where we will dine tonight at our hotel. (B, D). Stay at the Leonardo Royal Hotel.

Day 12: Warsaw Sightseeing
Soak up the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the
shackles of communism. This morning we join a Local Specialist visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis
destroyed to retaliate against the brave Warsaw Uprising, and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto,
immortalized in the Roman Polanski film - The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights.(B)

Day 13: Warsaw – Poznan – Berlin (2 Nights)
Cross Poland's patchwork countryside to the charming city of Poznań - its Old Town Square a riot of
colourful façades rebuilt after the devastation of World War II. View the Renaissance town hall and see the
city's impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, a capital
city with enviable youthful verve and charisma. (B). Stay at the Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz Hotel.

Day 14: Berlin Sightseeing
Ascend an icon of reuni􀃖cation this morning as you enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with spectacular
panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through
the city's great landmarks, including the neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and
the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon
people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover the
turbulent past of this magnificent city. (B)

Day 15: Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)
Travel through the picturesque Spreewald Forest to Dresden - its iconic domes and spires almost entirely
rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its
restoration during your orientation tour as you amble through its charming streets to see the Semper
Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the
Czech Republic, arriving later in the glorious fairy-tale city of Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend
your first evening savoring hearty Czech favours during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.(B, Regional Meal). Stay at the Andels by Vienna House Prague

Day 16: Prague Sightseeing
Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the cobblestone
streets of Prague with your Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's fascinating history.
Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock
and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to
explore or relax. Perhaps indulge in the delicious chocolate flavours of Trdelník in the Old Town Square,
admiring the picturesque cityscape from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava. (B)

Day 17: Prague – Tábor – Vienna (1-night)
Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of Southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a
Hussite stronghold. Later we travel to the Imperial city of Vienna, where we'll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner
together with our fellow travelers and your Travel Director. (B, Farewell Dinner). Stay at the Hilton Danube Hotel.

Day 18: Depart Vienna
Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful holiday. Airport transfers are available. FT2. (B)

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