3 COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
An intensive trip to Central and Eastern Europe in which you can see some of the capitals but also the picturesque countryside: SLOVAKIA, Bratislava; AUSTRIA, Vienna; MORAVIA REGION in the Czech republic - a tour to the 3 neighbouring countries - history, culture, sights, folklore and wine... you will be amazed.
Date: on request
PRICE EUR 684/p.p.
The price includes accommodation with half board (4 nights), English speaking tour leader, local guides as required, all land transfers, sightseeing and admissions, wine tasting, traditional dinners and cultural programme.
Single supplement EUR 138
Day 1 Slovakia, Bratislava
Arrival to Vienna / Bratislava airport. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia was founded in the 13th century. The castle above the Danube has a much longer history, having been built on the ruins of an old settlement from the Great-Moravian period dating back to the 9th century. Bratislava has played an important role in the history of Central Europe. It was one of the most important cities of the old Kingdom of Hungary and was its capital and coronation place for more than 200 years.
We will take a sightseeing tour starting at the castle, which offers panoramic views including the spectacle of the largest socialist housing estate in Slovakia and Central Europe; we will walk around the old town to admire the gothic church from the 13the century, the St Michael’s tower (the city’s last remaining fortified gate), the building of Academia Istropolitana, the first university in the former Hungarian empire, the Primatial Palace where a peace treaty with Napoleon was signed in 1805, the Slovak National Theatre and the Main square with the City Hall.
We will have dinner in a revolving restaurant at the TV tower on a hill overlooking the city. The food is tasty and the views over Bratislava and its environs will be something to remember.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Bratislava
Day 2 Slovakia, Bratislava environs
Relaxing part of our tour package: Morning boat trip along the Danube to the ruins of Devin Castle.
In the afternoon we will visit Cerveny kamen Castle (Red Rock Castle) - a beautifully restored Baroque castle. The rooms have been completely restored and offer a fascinating tour through the centuries. The rich portrait gallery gives you a good idea of the people who lived here. It is also interesting to tour the castle cellars, which form part of one of the most extensive defensive systems in Central Europe.
The villages around the castle also have famous cellars, thanks to their excellent wines. The region has many small wine producers, and the local white wines in particular are among the best in Central Europe. We will have a chance to try some of them at a tasting and dinner in a cosy cellar built in the 16th century, which is sure to be a highlight of our tour to Central Europe. Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Bratislava
Day 3 Austria, Vienna (UNESCO site)
Vienna – the capital of Austria, once the seat of the monarchs of Austro-Hungarian Empire, which played a dominant role in Central European history. It is a splendid city with many historical monuments. We will take a short but intensive tour of the city to see what has contributed the most to the image of Central Europe: the famous gothic Cathedral of St Stephen, the royal palace known as the Hofburg, the city centre gardens, the historical streets and lanes and old churches. You can sample typical Vienna cuisine in a restaurant just a stone’s throw from the Hofburg.
Imperial Schönbrunn (UNESCO site), the former summer residence of the imperial family is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Europe. We will take a “Grand Tour” of the palace and stroll through the chambers as the Emperor Franz Joseph and his enchanting wife Sisi would have done... This baroque complex also contains an exquisitely maintained park, the Palm House, the Gloriette, “Labyrinth” and a ZOO which is considered to be the oldest not only in Central Europe but in the world.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in the centre of Vienna
Day 4 Czech Republic, Moravia region (UNESCO site)
The Valtice-Lednice Area in the southern Moravia is justly famous for its charming and perfectly balanced harmony of nature, architecture, food and drink. The region is situated in the south-west of the Czech Republic close to the borders with Austria and Slovakia.
You are sure to be captivated by the beauty of the chateau at Lednice. Though built in Central Europe, it would stand comparison with the most elegant French chateaux on the Loire. It was once the summer residence of the Lichtenstein family, who continue to dispute its ownership with the Czech government. Another surprising sight in Central Europe is an old Minaret - built in a region, where you could have hardly found Islam in the past...
We will also take a boat trip on the peaceful River Dyje followed by an evening programme of cheerful entertainment and a delicious dinner including a tasting of Moravian wines. You will definitely want to take some bottles home as a souvenir of your Central European tour.
Accommodation: four-star hotel in southern Moravia
Day 5 Czech Republic, Moravia region
Sightseeing in the picturesque town of Mikulov, which nestles in a valley at the foot of three hills will be the end point of our tour to Central Europe. Walking to the Holy Hill (the chapel of St Sebastian and a campanile built in the 17th century) and a short sightseeing of the centre will be followed by a traditional Moravian lunch. The traditionally heavy but flavourful dishes can be paired with a glass of excellent beer or wine in one of the local restaurants in Mikulov.
We are sure that you will long continue to enjoy your memories of this trip through the landscapes of Central Europe!
Transfer to the airport, departure