Day 1 - Arrive Vienna (2 nights) (Dinner)
On arrival at Vienna airport you are met and transferred to your hotel. After your hotel check-in there's time to relax and unwind. This evening, enjoy dinner and a welcome drink with your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions.
Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott (2 nights)
Day 2 - Vienna sightseeing & at leisure (Buffet Breakfast)
After breakfast, highlights of this Austrian capital are revealed on our morning guided sightseeing tour; from the Opera to the Hofburg and Belvedere Palace Gardens, from St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Parliament. Then time at leisure perhaps to visit the Prater amusement park. Later, why not take in a concert of Strauss music or a little Opera?
Day 3 - Vienna - Györ - Budapest (2 nights) (Buffet Breakfast)
Our morning drive takes us across the Transdanubian Plain to the very Eastern edge of Europe and the border with Hungary at Hegyeshalom. We stop in the Roman founded town of Györ on the shores of the Danube before arriving in the twin cities of Buda and Pest on either side of this infamous romantic river. This evening, why not admire the city from the Danube itself on an illuminated boat cruise?
Hotel: Helia (2 nights)
Day 4 - Budapest sightseeing & at leisure (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
Our sightseeing tour with a local guide reveals the Fishermen's Bastion with its views across the Danube and the Parliament buildings to the mighty Synagogue and Heroes' Square. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps venture into old Hungary on an excursion to St. Andre. This evening, we enjoy a dinner of Hungarian specialities to the accompaniment of local musicians.
Day 5 - Budapest - Slovakia - Krakow (2 nights) (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
This morning our journey takes us to the Slovakian border and through green hills to Poland. From here we continue through the foothills of the Tatra Mountains on our approach to the ancient town of Krakow for our two-night stay. This evening we enjoy a speciality dinner accompanied by the music of violins.
Hotel: Novotel Centrum (2 nights)
Day 6 - Krakow sightseeing & at leisure(Buffer Breakfast / Dinner)
Morning sightseeing reveals the Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. We also delight in a stroll through the medieval Old Town to visit the Cloth Hall and the 14th century Mariacki Church. Later, don't miss the opportunity of visiting the astonishing Wieliczka salt mine. Tonight, why not enjoy a Polish Polka party?
Day 7 - Krakow - Berlin (2 nights) (Buffet Breakfast)
An early departure as we take the highway in the direction of Wroclaw, before crossing the border into Germany. Then we continue past Cottbus and through the Spreewald Forest on our approach to the exciting city of Berlin, Germany's re-instated capital for two nights.
Hotel: The Westin Grand (2 nights)
Day 8 - Berlin sightseeing & at leisure (Buffet Breakfast)
Today's sightseeing tour features highlights of a united Berlin and includes a visit to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum as well as viewing the Reichstag Building, the Tiergarten, and the Brandenburg Gate. We drive along the 'Unter den Linden' Boulevard and see the German State Opera House before time at leisure.
Day 9 - Berlin - Dresden - Prague (2 nights) (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
This morning we head south to the city which is known as Florence on the Elbe, the Renaissance city of Dresden. Here orientation includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera and 18th century Cathedral. Finally, we cross into the Czech Republic where we stop at Teresienstadt, site of a large Jewish Ghetto during World War II, to visit the National Cemetery. From here we make our way to Prague, one of Europe's most exciting cities since the coming of the Velvet revolution.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Congress Centre (2 nights)
Day 10 - Prague sightseeing & at leisure (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)
Our morning sightseeing tour of this golden University city highlights Hradçany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Astronomical Clock, St. Charles' Bridge and the Old Town Square. Then you've time on your own to shop for Bohemian crystal or to take a cruise on Smetana's Vltava River. This evening, we enjoy dinner in a typical restaurant.
Day 11 - Prague - Tabor - Vienna (Buffet Breakfast)
After breakfast this morning our first stop is at Tabor, the town once the headquarters of the 15th century religious reformer, John Huss. Then past the carp lakes at Trebon and into Southern Bohemia to the Austrian border town of Schrems. From here our journey takes us back to Vienna, where we spend thefinal night of our tour. Why not enjoy a romantic dinner in the Vienna Woods as a final farewell to this tour and your new-found friends?
Hotel: Renaissance Wein
Day 12 - Depart Vienna (Buffet Breakfast)
This morning after breakfast, there's time to bid farewell to your Tour Director and fellow companions as we transfer you to the airport for your return flight home at the end of this wonderful adventure!
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