Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe

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September 21 — October 04, 2018 

 14 Days • 18 Meals

Highlights: Germany, Choices on Tour, Dresden, Czech Republic, Hradcany Castle, Austria, Schoenbrunn Palace, Hungary, Matthias Church, Poland, Auschwitz, Warsaw  

Trip Map

Pricing

 
Save $150 per person*
  • Double
    $4,889pp
    $5,039
  • Single
    $5,889pp
    $6,039
  • Triple
    $4,839pp
    $4,989
* For bookings made after 3/22/2018 call for rates.
* Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $290 per person, Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from SFO

 

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 – 3 Intercontinental Hotel Berlin, Berlin
Day 4 – 5 Hotel Yasmin, Prague
Day 6 – 7 Renaissance Wien Hotel, Vienna
Day 8 – 9 Art Otel Budapest, Budapest
Day 10 – 11 Holiday Inn City Center Krakow, Krakow
Day 12 – 13 Westin Warsaw, Warsaw

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

 

 

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

DAY 1

Sep 21, 2018: Overnight Flight

Set out to experience the very best of Europe’s cultural capitals.


DAY 2

Sep 22, 2018: Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins

Arrive in Germany’s capital city of Berlin. This city blends a deep history, a modern flare and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a welcome dinner.

 Included Meals

  • Dinner

DAY 3

Sep 23, 2018: Berlin

It’s your choice! Choose a city tour that introduces you to Berlin’s rich history: you’ll see Charlottenburg Palace, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Schoenberg City Hall, Kurfuerstendam and the Reichstag Building. Or you may join a “Cold War”-focused tour that includes a visit to the Berlin Wall Museum followed by a walk through the area that was once “Checkpoint Charlie,” and see what remains of the Berlin Wall. This afternoon you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Sans Souci Palace.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 4

Sep 24, 2018: Berlin - Dresden - Prague, Czech Republic

Depart Berlin for the “Golden City” of Prague. En route, make a stop in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, with time to explore this lovely town on the banks of the River Elbe. This evening you choose your Prague dining experience. You may choose to get to know traditional Czech culture during a folklore show and dinner featuring local drinks; as a special treat, meet the dancers and learn some of the moves yourself during a private dance lesson. Or, dine at one of Eastern Europe’s oldest breweries; take in the traditional ambiance as you dine while sipping on a pint; then tour the brewery to see the process of making this famous beer that has been brewed for 500 years.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 5

Sep 25, 2018: Prague

Your introduction to this fairy-tale city opens with a visit to the remarkable Hradcany Castle and the haunting St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue with a leisurely walking tour through the Old Town, showcasing the Golden Lane, the unique Astronomical Clock and the statue-lined Charles Bridge. The afternoon is yours to independently explore this great city.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

 


DAY 6

Sep 26, 2018: Prague - Vienna, Austria

Leaving the Czech Republic, arrive in colorful and vibrant Vienna, the "musical city." After a short orientation drive through the city, your afternoon is at leisure. Later, enjoy an evening in one of Vienna's most beloved restaurants where dinner mixes with local cultural flavor to create an unforgettable night.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

 


DAY 7

Sep 27, 2018: Vienna

This morning, experience the city on a tour showcasing some of its architectural marvels, including the lavish Schoenbrunn Palace and the summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently. Perhaps you will visit one of the famous museums, sip a Viennese coffee at a local coffee house, or simply relax in this capital of Austria. Tonight you may choose to enjoy an optional Mozart concert and dinner in the city.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

 


DAY 8

Sep 28, 2018: Vienna - Budapest, Hungary

Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque Hungarian countryside en route to historic Budapest. Upon arrival, a local expert provides an informative city tour featuring Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Old Buda, the New Parliament and Gellert Hill. A special stop is made at Heroes' Square, a unique monument to the many diverse leaders of Hungary.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

 


DAY 9

Sep 29, 2018: Budapest

The beautiful city of Budapest is often referred to as "the Queen of the Danube.” Today is yours to discover this city divided by the Danube with historic Buda on one side and cosmopolitan Pest on the opposite bank. Relax in the city or perhaps join an optional excursion to a traditional Hungarian horse farm where riders perform amazing feats, followed by a typical lunch in the “Puzsta.”

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

 


DAY 10

Sep 30, 2018: Budapest - Donovaly, Slovakia - Krakow, Poland

Take in the picturesque landscapes en route to Poland. Make a stop in the hidden village of Donovaly, nestled in the Low Tatras mountain range of Slovakia. Your home for the next two nights is the lively city of Krakow, which still offers an old-world charm.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

 


DAY 11

Oct 01, 2018: Krakow

Discover Krakow’s historic Old Town on a city tour featuring stops at the Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, and the University; you’ll also view Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the city on your own.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

 


DAY 12

Oct 02, 2018: Krakow - Auschwitz - Warsaw

Today you embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to witness the camps of Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors as well as the resilience of the human spirit that occurred within those walls. Afterward, travel through the Polish countryside en route to Warsaw, the reconstructed and modern capital of this rejuvenated country. The evening is yours to relax or explore. Browse one of the city’s art galleries or fascinating museums, or simply relax at an outdoor café.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 13

Oct 03, 2018: Warsaw

The moving history of Warsaw, both joyous and tragic, is yours to embrace as you embark on a locally guided tour of this capital city. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 14

Oct 04, 2018: Warsaw - Tour Ends

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Available Options

Berlin

Highlights of Potsdam • $85pp

Leave the city behind and make your way to Potsdam, the former home of Prussian kings. Pause along the way to hear stories of the exchange of prisoners between the former East Germany and Western Germany at the Glienicke Bridge, dubbed “the Bridge of Spies.” Next, you’ll arrive at Sanssouci. Stand in awe of this magnificent former palace of Frederick the Great and UNESCO World Heritage site. Step back into the time of the Prussian kings during a guided tour of the palace, often said to be reminiscent of Versailles. The grand, opulent halls are covered in gold and marble and lined with magnificent works of art. Then, join your guide for a stroll through the perfectly manicured, tiered gardens that will take your breath away. On the way back to the city, sit back and take in the sights of Potsdam while you hear stories of the city’s rich history. This option must be purchased at least 45 days in advance of tour departure. Duration: Approximately 5 hours.Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

Budapest

Puszta and Hungarian Horse Farm • $70pp

Strike out from the confines of Budapest into the heart of the Hungarian countryside. Miles of famous Puszta scenery awaits as you travel to a local farm for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a spectacular horse show which brings to life the traditions of the Hungarian horsemanship. Afterward, sit down to a family-style traditional Hungarian lunch complete with wine and Goulash in the country house setting of this family-run establishment. Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

Budapest by Night • $75pp

Local culinary specialties await as you start a fantastic evening out in Budapest at one of the most popular local restaurants. Sit down to a dinner of creative Hungarian cuisine in a traditional Hungarian setting. After dinner, embark on a romantic evening cruise on the Danube. Discover the beauty of Budapest’s beautiful landmarks illuminated by the evening sky, sipping on a glass of wine as you glide down the river's beautiful waters. A selection of beverages is included on board.Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mines • $50pp

Venture outside of Krakow to one of Poland's most fascinating locations, the magical Wieliczka Salt Mines. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the only mining site in the world that has been functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts) stretch for an incredible 300 kilometers. Meet a miner guide who will take you down into this spectacular maze of unique rooms, tunnels, chapels and salt statues. It's an adventure unlike any other. Please note that this excursion requires a large amount of walking. Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

Prague

Prague's Old Jewish Quarter • $45pp

Prague’s Jewish quarter, the historic Josefov, tells the moving and powerful stories of a community with roots in Prague dating back to the 10th century. This history comes alive on a guided tour of the neighborhood where Jewish residency was confined by law in the 13th century. Hear stories of success, heartbreak, perseverance and persecution. Learn about the golom, the automaton of ancient Jewish legends which protected 16th-century Jews. Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, where the more than 12,000 graves are carefully fit into the tiny space, the oldest dating back to 1439. Explore the Jewish Museum and its synagogues and learn of their significance. Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

Vienna

The Musical Side of Vienna • $65pp

Meet a local expert in central Vienna near St. Stephen’s Cathedral to begin your walk through the musical history of the city. Our first stop is at Mozart’s former residence. Go inside and be transported to the days when he composed his musical works of art. Continue on through the medieval section of the city and pause at the monument dedicated to the musical icon Johann Strauss. Next, we set out for the beautiful, sprawling Stadtpark, where you will learn about the contributions of Shubert and Strauss to Vienna’s long and rich musical history while surrounded by nature. Finally, sit back and relax like a Viennese resident with your local guide and chat about the musical greats while sipping coffee at a local Viennese coffee house. Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

 

Evening in Vienna • $135pp

Begin your night with a fabulous dining experience at one of Vienna’s most popular and traditional restaurants. After enjoying dinner, experience classical music in true Imperial style during an unforgettable performance at the Schoenbrunn Palace Orangerie. Built in 1755, the imperial court held many elaborate festivities here among the exotic citrus and plants protected in the glittering, Baroque Orangerie. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart debuted many pieces here, and it was here that he lost the legendary competition to court composer, Antonio Salieri, judged by the Emperor Joseph II himself. Delight to a concert of favorites by Mozart and Johann Strauss. Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.