Central Europe Unveiled

Taste the essence of Eastern Europe on a journey from Prague to Berlin. From their Bohemian roots to the best of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau, these eastern European countries offer such a rich tapestry of culture and history – to say nothing of their world-class cuisine and breathtaking natural beauty. Explore mysterious castles, visit colourful small villages, tackle mountain trails and taste exquisite local food and wine on this epic detour from Prague to Berlin.


Price Includes

• Meals: 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
• Transport: Private minibus, metro, taxi
• Accommodation: 16 nights comfortable hotel, 1 night feature stay
• Included activities:
o Guided tour of Prague
o Story telling in Cesky Krumlov
o Evening walking tour of Cesky Krumlov
o Guided tour of Vienna
o Guided tour of Budapest
o Faust Wine Cellar tasting
o Royal Palace of Godollo entrance
o Gondola, Tatranska Lomnica
o Smokovec Funicular
o StareSmoke Electric train
o Oscypek cheese tasting in Chocholow
o Guided tour of Krakow
o Guided tour of Nowa Huta
o Vodka tasting
o Guided Tour of Wroclaw
o Panorama Raclawicka
o Ksiaz Castle tour
o Boleslawiec pottery workshop

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Room/Cabin information
Twin share
Offer Ends

21 Jul 17,

unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.

Travel Dates:
21 May and 25 Jun 2018
Other departures available between May – Sep 2018, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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Product itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Prague

Ahoj! Welcome to Prague. A complimentary transfer is included with your trip. There are no activities planned on your first day other than a welcome meeting at 6 pm and group dinner that follows. Meeting details will be available at hotel reception or on a noticeboard nearby. Please have essential details such as passport number and insurance details on hand. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception.
Accommodation: Hotel Clement or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Prague

Take the opportunity to explore the City of a Hundred Spires on a guided tour and experience its melange of narrow streets, churches, halls and cathedrals. Note the contrast between the grand Middle Ages architecture and buildings like Frank Gehry’s Dancing House—also known as Fred and Ginger—on the banks of the Vltava. Afternoon and evening is free for you to enjoy as you please, whether it be exploring the collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries inside Prague Castle, wandering through the Jewish Quarter or strolling over the beloved Charles Bridge after sunset. As night falls, you'll see a completely different side of Prague. After dark, you'll see a completely different side of Prague as the Old Town comes alive with underground taverns and other nightlife.
Accommodation: Hotel Clement or similar (1 night)
Included Activities: 
Guided tour of Prague
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Cesky Krumlov

Depart Prague by private mini bus today and travel to another Bohemian town – Cesky Krumlov (approximately 3 hours). The name of the town translates literally to 'crooked meadow', thanks to the town’s location in the sharp bend of the Vltava River. This 13th-century city is a feast for the eyes, with a fairytale-like castle perched on a hill that looms over the town below. Explore its winding cobbled lanes and Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture on a guided walking tour. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a storytelling session at a hidden location. Sip on sparkling wine while listening to thrilling legends of murders, plots and romances in medieval Cesky Krumlov. The evening is yours to explore the town as you please.
Accommodation: Hotel u Maleho Vitka or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
Story telling in Cesky Krumlov
Evening walking tour of Cesky Krumlov
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Cesky Krumlov

Today is free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps have another walk around the town and extend it by climbing the castle's tower for expansive views or even go on an optional guided tour of the castle. Alternatively, explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle, visiting tiny hamlets and crossing rolling hills (approximately 2 hours). If there is time, and if the weather holds, an equally enticing option is a canoe or raft trip on the portion of the Vltava that winds through town (approximately 2–3 hours).
Accommodation: Hotel u Maleho Vitka or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Vienna

Travel to Vienna by minivan (approximately 3.5 hours). Vienna is a cosmopolitan city with the air of a rich cultural heritage and golden past. It is also known for its delicious culinary delights. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. This will take you from the Gothic splendour of St Stephens Cathedral to the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben, and then on to Hofburg Palace, where Habsburg emperors once resided in winter. You will have the opportunity to rest and enjoy the beauty of the monument dedicated to Empress ‘Sisi’ Elizabeth in the Volksgarten. From here you will journey on to the Ringstrasse. Your walking tour will come to an end at the State Opera House, one of the most important opera institutions in the world, home to the heart of classical Viennese culture. The rest of the afternoon is yours.
Accommodation: Cordial Theaterhotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Guided tour of Vienna
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Vienna

Today is free for you to explore Vienna's many possibilities. Art enthusiasts can choose from a number of great museums, from the Albertina to the vast array found in the Museum Quarter. You might like to climb the 343 steps to the top of the tower of St Stephen's Cathedral. Schoenbrunn Palace is well worth a visit, and offers a good guided audio tour (avoid the queues by pre-booking tickets at www.schoenbrunn.at). Another excellent way to enjoy the afternoon is to take a spin on the Prater Ferris Wheel. A must-see for horse lovers is the Spanish Riding School. Regroup in the evening for included dinner in Wine Tavern.
Accommodation: Cordial Theaterhotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Budapest

Leave Vienna and head to Budapest by private minivan (approximately 4 hours). Budapest has truly come into its own since the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Its beautiful grand boulevards and opulent architecture evoke an old-world charm, while the plethora of new-age stores and restaurants lend it an air of cosmopolitan elegance. In the late afternoon, visit a cellar underneath Buda Castle and enjoy a wine tasting tour in this spectacular location. Allow a sommelier to guide you through a variety of wines, including Hungary’s famous Tokaji dessert wine.
Accommodation: Museum Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Guided tour of Budapest
Faust Wine Cellar tasting
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Budapest

Enjoy free time to bask in the delights of Budapest. Walking is great, but cycling is perhaps the best way to see the city. A boat trip down the Danube is also a fine option. History buffs will enjoy a visit to Statue Park, to see some of the important fallen legends immortalised. The thermal baths that are dispersed around the city are not to be missed – you can indulge in anything from opulent indoor pools to more simple outdoor baths. Epicureans may like to take the opportunity to try some classic goulash, or one of the more modern dishes of this veritable food capital. 
Accommodation: Museum Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 9: Tatra Mountains

Head for Slovakia, on private transport, to spend a night in the beautiful Tatra Mountains. En route, make a stop in Eger, located in what's known as the Valley of Beautiful Women. Visit a winery and enjoy a tasting of what the town is famous for – “bull`s blood”. It's a particular variety of red wine, considered the essential local drop, whose grapes types originate in the likes of kardaka, cabernet and merlot. Though its exact origins are uncertain, guesses place its roots in the early 1800s.
Included Activities:
Royal Palace of Godollo entrance
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: Tatra Mountains

Wake up to a crisp clear air of Tatra Mountains. Forming a border between Slovakia and Poland, the Tatras are the highest mountain range in the Caparthian Mountains. Enjoy a day out discovering surroundings bursting with waterfalls and flowers on foot. Today’s walk will be led by our experienced leader. It won’t be very challenging, but basic level of fitness will help you to enjoy it to the fullest. Good pair of comfortable shoes and clothes for unpredictable mountainous weather will also help. The walk itself will be decided on a day, depending on weather and group abilities, but parts of it will involve traveling by funicular, gondola and electric train (weather dependable). You will enjoy a snack lunch on the way too. Back in the early afternoon, the reminder of the day is free.
Accommodation: Grandhotel Stary Smokovec or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Gondola, Tatranska Lomnica
Smokovec Funicular
StareSmoke Electric train
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11: Krakow

Set off across the border to Poland. Make a stop on the Polish side of the mountains, where a delicious regional delicacy awaits. ‘Oscypek’ is a local smoked cheese which is made from sheep's milk. It comes in the form of a spindle shape, and can be served freshly sliced or fried. Next up is delightful Zalipie, a small ancient village where nearly every immovable object is decorated with colourful floral motives. It’s believed the tradition began when women would whitewash soot stains caused by cooking stoves. Whitewash was eventually replaced by intricately painted flower patterns, and though modern appliances and better ventilation eliminated stove soot, the practice of painting flowers spread like… well… wildflowers. They now cover nearly every house, chicken coop and doghouse in town. From this tiny village it’s off to Poland’s second largest city, Krakow, where you’ll arrive in early evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Polski pod Bialym Orlem or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Oscypek cheese tasting in Chocholow
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Krakow

Head out on a guided walking tour of Krakow in the morning and spend an afternoon as you wish. Be prepared to encounter a staggering amount of history: the medieval Old Town alone is home to about 6000 historic sites and over 2000 works of art. The Wawel Royal Castle, where many historic Polish kings are buried, is one of the most historically and culturally important sites in Poland. This city is a place of deep history and myth, having grown from a Stone Age settlement into a major cosmopolitan metropolis – Poland's second largest.
Accommodation: Hotel Polski pod Bialym Orlem or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Guided tour of Krakow
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13: Krakow

Enjoy a free day in Krakow. No visit is complete without seeing Kazimierz, the Old Jewish district, for its many museums, historical centre of the city’s Jewish social and religious life, now enjoying a renaissance as a Bohemian quarter. Besides art cafes, galleries and antique shops there’s Schindler’s Factory, a museum devoted to the German occupation of Krakow in WWII housed in the former enamel factory of Oskar Schindler, who famously saved the lives of Jewish workers during the Holocaust. If the weather’s nice visit Kościuszko Mound for panoramic views of Kraków. The Galicia Jewish Museum is a sobering and compelling exhibition centre dedicated to the history of Polish Jews. Visit Auswitsch to learn about the tragic history of Holocaust, or wander Krakow's atmospheric Old Town.
Accommodation: Hotel Polski pod Bialym Orlem or similar (1 night)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 14: Wroclaw

Today you will travel to Wroclaw, with an important stop over on the way. You will visit Nowa Huta, a relic of communistic Poland. Nowa Huta is a former town, now a district of Krakow, one of only two planned socialist realist settlements or districts ever built and one of the most renowned examples of deliberate social engineering on the globe. Join in on the guided tour of the district where you will learn about that part of Polish history which often is overlooked, but in the eyes of local people, it was one of the most tragic times in the history of the country. You will have a chance to taste vodka, the way polish people drink it; straight from the shot glasses with gherkin and bread to push it down. You’ll arrive in Wroclaw in late afternoon, perfect time to go for a wonder around the main square, one of the most beautiful square in that part of Europe.
Accommodation: Art Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Guided tour of Nowa Huta
Vodka tasting
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 15: Wroclaw

Enjoy a morning guided tour with a local guide. Along the way you will visit Panorama Racławicka, a spectacular and rare example of 19th-century mass culture depicting a famous episode of the Kościuszko Insurrection. The 15 x 114 metre cycloramic painting is lauded as a lasting tribute to the fight for Polish independence. For lunch, enjoy a traditional meal at Spiz Brewery in the cellars of the Town Hall. The afternoon is at your leisure. 
Included Activities:
Guided Tour of Wroclaw
Panorama Raclawicka
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Walbrzych

Spend a morning at your leisure before being transferred to Ksiaz Castle. A guided tour will reveal the many mysteries surrounding its history, which began in the 13th-century but which became lurid with the planned moving of Hitler’s headquarters from northeastern Poland to Ksiaz in 1944. At least two kilometres of tunnels dug beneath the castle were meant to connect it to a top-secret Nazi military compound hidden beneath the surrounding Sowie Mountains. Ultimately abandoned, this costly project remains one of WWII's greatest mysteries, and many of the vast underground tunnels are open to the public.
Accommodation: Ksiaz Castle Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities:
Ksiaz Castle tour
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 17: Berlin

Travel to Berlin and stopover in Boleslawiec, home of polish famous pottery. Manual manufacturing based on a traditional technology and openness to new decorative elements made Boleslawiec pottery famous around the world. Take part in a guided tour of one of the cooperative factories and enjoy a real workshop, where you will have a chance to put your hands down and create your own piece of pottery. Continue on to Berlin for late arrival and farewell dinner with your group. Please note there is no time to discover Berlin today, so the orientation walk will be held on a last day of the trip after the breakfast.
Included Activities: 
Boleslawiec pottery workshop
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18: Berlin

Today is the last day of the trip and you are free to leave when you wish, however our experienced leader will take a short orientation walk for those who are interested. Berlin has a lot to offer so it is highly recommended to stay an extra day or two to discover the city. Orientation walk will be finished by midday.
Meals Included: Breakfast


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