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Highlights of Central Europe

9 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
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Day 1: Munich
Guten Tag! Welcome to Munich, Germany. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please confirm with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception noticeboards. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. Join your fellow travellers for a group dinner in the evening at a local restaurant of your leader's choice. If you arrive early in the day, have a wander around town and get a real sense of Bavaria at the Royal Palace and National Museum. The Alte Pinakothek art gallery is also well worth a visit, as it's one of the oldest galleries in the world. Munich is also one of the prettiest cities in Europe, so walking around the city is just as rewarding. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). (Dinner)
 
Day 2: Prague
Leave the capital of Bavaria behind and cross the border into the Czech Republic. The bus to Prague usually takes around five hours, but there may be delays. On arrival into Prague, the rest of your afternoon is free to do as you wish. Perhaps take a walk around the Jewish Quarter and pay respects at the Gothic looking Old Jewish Cemetery. This is Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. Visiting The Museum of Communism can shade some light on this part of dark history shared by most of central European’s countries which somehow isn’t yet well known to the broader audience. Visiting town hall Clock Tower is a great way to finish off a busy day, before heading out for a dinner, and perhaps discovering another great side of Prague: the longest-standing and respected jazz scenes in Europe. If you should find yourself out until the early hours in an atmospheric jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or Old Town Square as the sun rises for magical photo opportunity. (Breakfast)
 
Day 3: Prague
This morning spend some time at Prague Castle, the biggest castle in the Czech Republic, where you'll find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and the colourful Golden Lane. The rest of the day is free. A bike tour through the city is a great way to see a lot of the city's sights and attractions in a short period of time. You certainly do not have to be an experience cyclist to enjoy this activity. Other great options lie further field, if you can make some time. You can take a day trip to region of Bohemia and visit Kutna Hora. The Bone Church (Sedlec Ossuary) is a particularly unique experience. In the evening, perhaps head out for dinner with your fellow travellers. (Breakfast)
 
Day 4: Cesky Krumlov
Depart Prague today and travel by bus to the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov (approximately 4 hours). This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and is like something out of a fairytale. Cesky Krumlov (pronounced 'Che-skee Krum-lov') means 'crooked meadow', which is befitting of a town that's nestled in a sharp bend of the Vltava River. Head out on an included cycling trip in the afternoon, across rolling hills and through tiny hamlets (approximate 3 hours). If you have time, explore the city's castle and its fabulous masquerade hall, or climb the tower for aerial views of the town. For the active, there's also the option to canoe/kayak down the river. (Breakfast)
 
Notes: During the cooler and winter months, cycling is often not possible. You'll take an extended walking tour of the town instead.
 
Day 5: Cesky Krumlov
Today take a guided walking tour of the town which includes commentary of the mysteries that lie behind every shopfront and house on the crooked little streets. Go on an optional visit to the Cesky Krumlov brewery where tours are often conducted in English – these will give you a glimpse of the brewing tradition that has existed in this town for hundreds of years. For those seeking some more culture, and if there's time, a visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum is well worth it. Here you can browse the gallery that's dedicated to that Austrian painter. If you are an adventurous spirit, jump in to a canoe and discover the town from a perspective of Vltava River. (Breakfast)
 
Day 6: Vienna
Depart Cesky Krumlov by minivan this morning and cross the border into Austria, continuing to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna (approximately 3 hours). Join your leader for a walk through the city's compact centre (approximately 2 hours). Stop at the gothic-style St Stephens Cathedral, wander past the grand neo-classical Graben and onwards to the Hofburg Palace. Finish your orientation of the city at the State Opera House, one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. Art lovers have a vast choice of museums, from the Albertina to those located in the Museum Quarter. In the evening, perhaps head out for some Viennese cuisine. (Breakfast)
 
Day 7: Vienna
You have the whole of today to explore Vienna and its surrounds. You might like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the summer palace, designed by Empress Maria Theresa. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna and the palace gardens are free to all visitors, although there is a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Vienna is a beautiful city, so try to capture its essence as best you can while you're here. Perhaps take a spin on the famous old Prater Ferris Wheel or practice your canter at the Spanish Riding School. (Breakfast)
 
Notes: Avoid long queues at Schoenbrunn Palace by pre-booking your tickets at: schoenbrunn.at. Also, the Spanish Riding School doesn't operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone: +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com to arrange tickets.
 
Day 8: Budapest
Journey across the border into Hungary by train, which should take around three hours to get to Budapest. Since the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. If you're an art buff and you have time, visit the Museum of Fine Arts at Hero's Square, which offers free English tours of the permanent collections from Tuesday to Saturday. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can enjoy a game of chess.
In the evening, head out for an included farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
Day 9: Budapest
Your 'Highlights of Central Europe' adventure comes to an end today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there's not much time in Budapest, it's recommended that you stay an extra few nights so you can truly experience this beautiful city. If you need helping booking additional accommodation, our reservations team can help (subject to availability). (Breakfast)
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All This Included
Travel through Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary and experience the incredible highlights of Central Europe. From the raucousness of Munich to the sleekness of Vienna, and from the architectural triumphs of Prague to the contrasting twin cities of Budapest, see how history, folklore and tradition are threaded through the fabric of modern life. Visit centuries-old castles, be spoilt by greenery in urban jungles, fall in love with Bohemian fairytale towns, marvel at the artistic talents of European masters and sip wine splashed with romance in an atmospheric underground cellar.
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Transport - Bicycle, Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Tram
  • Welcome dinner in Munich
  • Prague Castle Entrance
  • Cecky Krumlov Cycling trip (weather and season permitting)
  • Guided walk around Cesky Krumlov
  • Farewell Dinner
Highlights
  • Plenty of free time in Prague allows you to see a world of architectural styles, experience the city's bohemian hospitality and immerse yourself in one of Europe's most celebrated jazz scenes
  • Sip a brew in the beer capital of the world, Munich, and delight in the city's amazing food market culture
  • Cycle through rolling hills and the medieval city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic
  • Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and bohemian vibes of the Czech Republic. Soak up the smooth sounds of jazz at a low-lit bar in Prague before stepping right into a fairytale in the World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov
  • An orientation walk around Vienna is the perfect way to appreciate the rich offerings of art and history on display in the Austrian capital
  • Enjoy a scenic walk along the banks of the River Danube in Budapest. Threaded with bridges and hemmed in by castles and historic city buildings, Europe’s second longest river is also one of its most beautiful
Accommodations
Hotel (8 nights)
Notes
  • Ages: Min 15
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • The most of transportation on this trip is done by train. European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning. Toilets are always available. Some of the trains have snack bars (or vending machines) and power points next to the seats but that cannot be guaranteed on every journey. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city centre. Please note that you will have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, and also up or down few flights of stairs as unfortunately some of the stations may not have lifts. Make sure the luggage doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations.
  • In many Central European cities streets are made of cobblestones. On this trip this is the case in Czech Republic and Hungary especially. It is recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/case at home and bring a backpack instead.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • Accommodation we intent to use in Cesky Krumlov is full of charm and character and it perfectly represents the spirit of medieval central European town. The rustic charm though means the comfort may be slightly lower to the rest of accommodation we use on this trip.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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