Eastern European Panorama Austria Hungary Czech Republic Escorted Vacation


This interesting program includes sightseeing tours in Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin, and Prague. You will also get an opportunity to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, colorful Poznan town, and Dresden that rose from the ashes of World War II to become an elegant city with historic landmarks and an exciting cultural scene.

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour. Scheduled departures - 13-day/12-night tour visiting Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin & Prague. Includes accommodation at first class hotels with breakfast daily, 6 dinners, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by the code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
  • Luggage handling one luggage per person

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Local city taxes
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Vienna – Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost. Night supplements will be charged for early morning/late evening transfers.) The rest of the day is at leisure until you meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day

2

Explore Vienna

This morning, enjoy a city tour and visit the Hofburg Palace, once the home of the Habsburg emperors, and view the Belvedere Palace, the Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other reminders of the city's imperial past. The afternoon is at leisure to discover more of Vienna at your own pace. (B)

Day

3

Vienna – Budapest

Journey east and cross the border into Hungary. Continue through the Transdanubian region, reaching Budapest with time to freshen up before dinner. (B,D)

Day

4

Explore Budapest

In 1873, the twin cities of Buda and Pest joined with ancient Obuda to form a new, unified city, Budapest. Charming and beautiful, the city was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, the Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, Fisherman's Bastion, the Matthias Church, Heroes' Square, and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own.  (B) 

Day

5

Budapest – Krakow

The road to Krakow winds through the lovely hills and countryside of Slovakia, past the Tatras Mountains, and into the great plains of Poland. A relaxing dinner in Krakow is planned upon the arrival. (B,D) 

Day

6

Explore Krakow

Your morning sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town where you will visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church. The afternoon is free for a stroll around the city, browse through the shops, sample some sernik or szarlotka, or simply relax. (B) 

Day

7

Krakow – Warsaw

This morning, join a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous concentration camps from World War II, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, journey to Czestochowa and visit the Yasna Gora Monastery, known for the blackened picture of the Virgin Mary, popularly called the "Black Madonna". In the late afternoon, arrive in Poland's capital city, Warsaw. (B,D)

Day

8

Explore Warsaw

This 700-year-old capital is a symbol of Polish nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. Your sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as the “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Barbican. Continue with a walking tour of the Old Town, the Old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for shopping, a stroll through the city, relaxing in one of the many parks or gardens, or consider attending an optional late afternoon Chopin concert. (B)

Day

9

Warsaw – Berlin

Heading west, stop in Poznan for a short tour. Then continue to Berlin, today's final destination. (B,D) 

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Day

10

Explore Berlin

Your morning sightseeing tour features views of the impressive Reichstag and lovely Schloss Charlottenburg. Continue through the city to see famous sights such as the Opera, the Schiller Theater and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The afternoon is free to explore this once divided city on your own. (B) 

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Day

11

Berlin – Dresden – Prague

After breakfast, continue your journey via Dresden, the beautiful Saxonian Baroque city. Stop for a short tour, viewing the Zwinger Palace and the Semper Opera House. Then, on to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. (B,D) 

Day

12

Explore Prague

Built on seven hills more than 1,000 years ago, Prague today is a wonder to behold, with beautiful architecture, lush green hills, and graceful bridges spanning the Vltava River. A sightseeing tour starts with a panoramic drive past famous Wenceslas Square, the Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, the Town Hall and the world-famous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace. You might want to attend an optional cultural performance. (B) 

Day

13

Prague – Return

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Prague airport for your return flight home. (Your departure transfer is included only if you depart on the actual day the tour concludes. For customers departing later an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost. Night supplements will be charged for early morning/late evening transfers.) (B)