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15 Day Kaleidoscope of Central Europe 2018 (Thursday Departure)

15 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Poland
Depart for Poland.

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Warsaw
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland's capital city. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by dinner. (
Dinner)

DAY 3, Saturday - Warsaw City Tour
This morning, a tour of Warsaw includes both banks of the Vistula River. Visit Lazienki Park to view Chopin's Monument, then travel along the Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences toward the Warsaw Ghetto. Walk through the cobbled streets to the Market Square. View the Cathedral of St. John and the Royal Castle. Balance of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace. This former summer residence of the Polish kings is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Wilanow was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski. (Breakfast)

Optional: Wilanow Palace (PM)


DAY 4, Sunday - Jasna Gora Monastery
Travel south to Czestochowa to see the Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora, a place of devout pilgrimage by Polish Catholics and home of the Black Madonna, a portrait of Our Lady that is said to have miraculous powers. Drive to Krakow, former residence of the Polish kings. Remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional Wieliczka Salt Mine tour. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine
 

DAY 5, Monday - Krakow City Tour, Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour
This morning, take a tour of medieval Krakow, including a visit to the 16th century Wawel Royal Castle District. Visit the Jewish Quarter and view Oskar Schindler's factory. Continue to the Old Town and Market Square to view St. Mary's Church and the Renaissance Cloth Hall. In the afternoon tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous network of concentration camps from World War II. It has since been turned into a museum by the Polish government and is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (
Breakfast)

DAY 6, Tuesday - Scenic Drive to Budapest
This morning, view Sister Faustina Convent. Continue through the scenic Tatra Mountains and the wooded countryside of Slovakia before reaching the Danube Valley and Hungary's capital city of Budapest with its world-class classical music scene and pulsating nightlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (
Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7, Wednesday - Budapest City Tour
Your morning tour begins in Pest with a chance to view Parliament, the Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. You will cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. Visit Castle Hill to see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional Budapest Opera House & Great Dohany Synagogue. Take a private tour of the opera, built in the 19th century and visit the Great Dohany Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Tonight perhaps choose the optional Danube Cruise that includes dinner. (Breakfast)

Optional: Budapest Opera House & Great Dohany Synagogue (PM)
Optional: Danube Cruise with Dinner (PM)


DAY 8, Thursday - Travel to Vienna
Spend the morning at leisure in Budapest or join the optional tour to Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall. This comprehensive tour includes three splendid interiors and at the same time provides an insight on local politics, religion and products. Later, depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, the former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Spend the balance of the day at leisure in Vienna. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music” featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. (Breakfast)

Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall (AM)
Optional: Mozart & Strauss Concert (PM)


DAY 9, Friday - Vienna City Tour
Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour that begins with a visit to the impressive Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. View the Belvedere Palace and its gardens. Continue with a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and view the Empress Maria Theresia Monument, Votive Church, City Hall and Parliament. Next, walk through the Hofburg courtyards to the State Opera House. The rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional The Glory of the Hapsburg Emperors. Journey through over 1,000 years of power, wealth and glory and experience imperial Vienna at the Hapsburg Treasury. Afterwards, visit the Imperial Crypt where your local expert makes the days of the great Empire come alive. (Breakfast)

Optional: The Glory of the Hapsburg Emperors (PM)


DAY 10, Saturday - Bratislava Excursion
This morning take a half-day excursion across the border to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. It has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. The beautifully restored old town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards is nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. First, explore the historic center on a guided walking tour. After, take time to stroll the lively pedestrian streets of this charming city where local street vendors offer regional gifts before returning to Vienna. Tonight, enjoy the optional Austrian Country Dinner. Begin with a short drive through the legendary Vienna Woods to the top of Mount Kahlenberg with panoramic views of Vienna. Continue to a charming old wine village for dinner. The characteristic Heurigen tavern dates back to the 18th century and has been family run for generations. A local musician will entertain with traditional melodies, while hearty Austrian dishes are served. (Breakfast)

Optional: Austrian Country Dinner (PM)


DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Prague
This morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Travel through Southern Bohemia to the Czech capital, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits. Perhaps explore unique galleries, museums and stroll along Parizska street, the city’s famous shopping district. Tonight, try traditional Czech cuisine at one of the many world-class restaurants in Prague. (
Breakfast)

DAY 12, Monday - Prague City Tour
This morning’s sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing the Infant Jesus of Prague Church and the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues of various saints. From here, admire the views up to the Prague castle. Continue through the Old Town Square to view the famous Town Hall, Astronomical Clock*, Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure, or join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian Kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)


DAY 13, Tuesday - Dresden en Route to Berlin
Today cross Saxony to the Baroque art city of Dresden, also known as "the Florence on the Elbe River". Discover this astonishing Renaissance city that has emerged from its wartime destruction to a luxurious splendor. Stop at the ornate Zwinger Palace, once a setting for court festivities, and the world-famous Semper Opera House. Continue to the Frauenkirche Church, symbol of reconstruction with its magnificent baroque dome. Afterwards, travel to Berlin, proud capital of reunited Germany. Balance of the day is at leisure. (
Breakfast)

DAY 14, Wednesday - Berlin City Tour
This morning, take a guided tour of Berlin. Marvel at the landmarks of the old East and West sections of Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate, symbol of the reunification, the glass dome Reichstag Building and "Checkpoint Charlie," the last remaining mark of the formerly divided city. Drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard past the State Opera House and the imposing Cathedral. End the day in the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm with its rows of boutiques, cafes and non-stop activity. Balance of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to nearby Potsdam. The historic "City of Palaces" is well known as the meeting place of Truman, Churchill and Stalin in 1945 at the Cecilienhof Palace for the Potsdam Conference, and where they created post-World War II Europe. Another stop is made at the Sanssouci Palace, former summer residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors. During a walking tour of the castle grounds, pass the old windmill, explore the lovely gardens and see the burial site of Frederick the Great. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Potsdam Tour (PM)


DAY 15, Thursday - Depart Germany
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

*The Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall Tower will be undergoing renovations during the first half of 2018 and may not be able to be viewed during the restoration.
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All This Included
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 18 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Highlights
  • Travel along the Royal Route, with its historic monuments and residences, Warsaw
  • Visit the 16th century Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow
  • Tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous network of concentration camps from World War II
  • View Heroes' Square, the largest and most impressive square in Budapest
  • See Matthias Church, that served as the scene of several coronations, Budapest
  • Stop at Fisherman's Bastion, for enthralling panoramic views of Budapest
  • Visit Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial family in Vienna
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of charming Bratislava, capital of Slovakia
  • Take a city tour of Prague "The City of a Thousand Spires"
  • View Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenberg Gate, symbols of the formerly divided city, Berlin
Accommodations
Warsaw: Sheraton Warsaw Hotel
Krakow: Radisson Blu Hotel Krakow
Budapest: Radisson Blu Beke
Vienna: Courtyard Marriott Wien Schoenbrunn or Hilton Vienna
Prague: Grand Majestic Plaza
Berlin: InterContinental Berlin
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Jun 9 & Jun 23 departures will be accommodated at the Holiday Inn Krakow City Center in Krakow. Jun 16 departure will be accommodated at the Andels Hotel in Krakow.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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