18-Day Spectacular Eastern Europe Tour – Fr $4280
Fr. $4280 per person based on double room occupancy.
May 04, 11, 18, 25: Jun 01, 08, 15, 22, 29: Jul 20: Aug 03, 10, 17, 24: Sept 21, 28: Oct 05
Day 01: Depart for Austria on your overnight flight
Day 02: Arrive Vienna
Welcome to Vienna. After check-in, your Local Specialist gives a superb historical account of the Habsburg dynasty during your sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen's Cathedral and 'Am Hof'. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (D). Stay at the Hilton Danube
Day 03: Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)
Cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D). Stay at the Park Hotel.
Day 04: Lake Bled
Spend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. (B)
Day 05: Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)
In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist where you see the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and Three Bridges Square. Later cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D). Stay at the Westin Hotel.
Day 06: Zagreb Sightseeing
A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Specialist shows you the landmarks in the lower and upper town including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. (B)
Day 07: Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)
Across the border in Hungary pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay. Perhaps enjoy a special dinner and cruise on the beautiful blue Danube this evening. (B). Stay at the Aquincum Hotel.
Day 08: Budapest Sightseeing
Admire the city's sights with your Local Specialist during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fisherman's Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience. (B, Be My Guest Dining)
Day 09: Budapest – Slovakia – Krakow (2 Nights)
Travelling north through Slovakia into Poland and past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, you arrive in the picturesque city of Krakow. This evening perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner. (B, D). Stay at the Qubus Hotel.
Day 10: Krakow Sightseeing
View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an Optional Experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. Dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D)
Day 11: Krakow – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)
Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz which is a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw where you dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D). Stay at the Westin Hotel.
Day 12: Warsaw Sightseeing
Visit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Admire the Palace of Culture and Science. Take the opportunity to visit the palace if Polish royalty and perhaps later this afternoon enjoy a private recital of Chopin's works. (B)
Day 13: Warsaw – Poznan – Berlin (2 Nights)
Cross Poland's central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, one of Europe's most exciting cities. (B). Stay at the Steigenberger Am Kanzleramt Hotel.
Day 14: Berlin Sightseeing
This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city's great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and Unter den Linden Boulevard. Relax or take an Optional Experience to discover the secret past of this magnificent city. (B)
Day 15: Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)
Travel to Dresden and hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour as you walk through the streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Cross into the Czech Republic arriving later in the magnificent city of Prague - the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1,100 years. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant. (B, Regional Meal). Stay at the Andels by Vienna House Prague
Day 16: Prague Sightseeing
Your Local Specialist gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs before perhaps taking in the sights of Prague from a river cruise. (B)
Day 17: Prague – Tábor – Vienna (1-night)
Drive through Southern Bohemia and stop in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner. (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. Conditions apply. (B)