Eastern Europe with Poland
Day 1: ARRIVAL WARSAW
Arrive at Warsaw Meet our local representative and get transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Check in to the hotel. The day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 2: WARSAW
Have breakfast at hotel. Enjoy this city tour which includes all the 'must see' monuments and sights of Warsaw: Lazienki Park, Theatre Square with Grand Opera and former Town Hall Buildings as well as Belvedere Palace, the Ghetto Memorial. You will also drive through the most famous and elegant avenues in Warsaw and see Nowy Swiat and Krakowskie Przedmiescie avenues, the Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, Holy Cross Church with Chopin's heart, Copernicus Statue. During previous centuries monarchs constructed the beautiful palaces you can admire today around you. Later you will also go to the Old town to see St. John's Cathedral with its magnificent Gothic interiors, St. Ann's Church and the Castle Square with the Column of King Sigismund III Vasa. Last but not least you will have the chance to see the Old Town Market Square and the City Walls. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 3: WARSAW
Have breakfast at hotel. The day is at leisure. Once you’ve travelled around Poland, you realise this: Warsaw is different. Rather than being centred on an old market square, the capital is spread across a broad area with diverse architecture: restored Gothic, communist concrete, modern glass and steel.
This jumble is a sign of the city’s tumultuous past. Warsaw has suffered the worst history could throw at it, including virtual destruction at the end of World War II – and survived. As a result, it’s a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and landmarks. Excellent museums interpret its complex story, from the joys of Chopin’s music to the tragedy of the Jewish ghetto.
It’s not all about the past, however. Warsaw’s restaurant and entertainment scene is the best in Poland. You can dine well and affordably here on cuisines from around the world, and take your choice of lively bars and clubs. This gritty city knows how to have fun. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 4: WARSAW – PRAGUE
Have breakfast in hotel. Check out from the hotel. Get transferred to the airport and board the flight to Prague. On arrival at Prague meet our local representative and transfer to hotel. Check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 5: PRAGUE
Have breakfast in hotel. After breakfast, proceed for Grand City Tour of Prague. During this excursion we will help you get acquainted with the historical district of the city. First, we will show you the New Town (the National Museum, the National Theatre etc.), then our private bus will take you across the Vltava River to the Lesser Town. Next, we will continue up towards the Castle district, where you will take approximately an hour long walking tour, during which you will have a chance to see the world-famous St. Vitus Cathedral. Finally, our private bus will take you to see the Jewish quarter and then through Old Town Square to Wenceslas Square, where the tour ends. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 6: PRAGUE
Have breakfast in hotel. The day is at leisure. Explore this beautiful city by yourself. Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. Its history goes back a millennium. Prague's art galleries may not have the allure of the Louvre, but Bohemian art offers much to admire, from the glowing Gothic altarpieces in the Convent of St Agnes, to the luscious art nouveau of Alfons Mucha, and the magnificent collection of 20th-century surrealists, cubists and constructivists in the Veletržní Palác. The weird and witty sculpture of David Černý punctuates Prague's public spaces, and the city itself offers a smorgasbord of stunning architecture, from the soaring verticals of Gothic and the exuberance of baroque to the sensual elegance of art nouveau and the chiselled cheekbones of cubist facades. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 7: PRAGUE – BUDAPEST
Have breakfast in hotel. Check out from the hotel. Get transferred to train station and board the train to Budapest. Arrival at Budapest, get transferred to pre-booked hotel. Check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 8: BUDAPEST
Breakfast at hotel. Today proceed for Budapest Grand City tour. On this tour you will be passing by the Parliament building before crossing the Danube on the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Here you will have some free time to yourself to visit the Fishermen's Bastion which offers stunning views over the city and the Mathias Church. Your tour will continue to the Gillert Hill before crossing the Elisabeth Bridge from where you will drive towards the Heroes' Square. Passing by the Opera and St Stephen's Basilica you reach the place where your tour ends. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 9: BUDAPEST
Have breakfast in hotel. The day is at leisure to explore this place by your own. Budapest's beauty is not all God given; humankind has played a role in shaping this pretty face too. Architecturally, the city is a treasure trove, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest has a fin de siècle feel to it, for it was then, during the capital's 'golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you see today was built. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 10: BUDAPEST – VIENNA
Have breakfast in hotel. Check out from the hotel. Get transferred to train station and board the train to Vienna. Arrival at Vienna, get transferred to pre-booked hotel. Check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at hotel.
Day 11: VIENNA
Have breakfast in hotel. Proceed for Vienna City Tour and Schonbrunn Palace. This city tour will introduce you to the most important sights of the Austrian capital. As we drive around the famous 'Ringstrasse', Vienna's main boulevard, we pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. The highlight of this programme is the visit to Schonbrunn Palace where we take a tour of some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. We return to the city centre, passing by Belvedere Palace, where you will have the opportunity to end your tour, or you can choose to continue to the State Opera House. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12: VIENNA
Have breakfast in hotel. The day is at leisure to explore this place by your own. Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for Vienna's artistic and musical masterpieces alongside its coffee-house culture and vibrant epicurean and design scenes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: DEPARTURE
Have breakfast in hotel. Check out from the hotel and get transferred to airport. Board the flight to homebound.