Grand Central and Eastern Europe Tour

06 June- 24 June 2024

Marvelous sites and yet shockingly dark – that is Europe and its history. Amazing Vienna monuments, beautiful gems hidden in Slovak mountains, fairy tale castles followed by Nazi relics only to be counterbalanced by rich cultural heritage are just a fraction of what this beautiful trip offers. One day you’ll feel like a royal in their castle, the next day you can follow Hitler’s footsteps and then enjoy some peace and quiet during lunch in the world’s most beautiful salt mine. Read on for more detailed info!

 

Max group size: 30
Operated in: English
Tour ID: Grand2406

Price: 2830 €/Person based on twin/double occupancy
Price per day: 149 €

Places you will see

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Budapest

Arrival to Budapest, individual transfer to the hotel. In the evening we meet our guide.
Accommodation: Budapest/ Hungary
Board: None

Day 2: Guided Tour Budapest, Boat Trip with a culinary Dinner

Grand city tour – by bus and walking. A bus tour will bring us to all important sights in the city. Of course, there are areas, where we have to walk – like the castle area. Marvellous views to Budapest will be offered. The tour will finish close to the market hall where you can have a good choice of typical hungarian meals. In the afternoon there will be enough time to get acquainted with this marvellous city by your own.
In the evening we will see the city from a different perspective – during our boat trip. The dinner on the boat and the view of illuminated bridges and the city is a  breathtaking experience.

Accommodation: Budapest/ Hungary
Board: Breakfast, Culinary dinner on a boat

Day 3: Visit of Carnuntum, Orientation Tour Bratislava, Transfer 235 km

We leave Budapest in the morning and head to Carnuntum –   an amazing open air museum where ancient Rome rises from the ashes. Then a short ride to Bratislava. First we  stop on the castle hill and then will have free time in the historical centre.

Accommodation: Bratislava/Slovakia
Board: Breakfast

Day 4: Guided Tour Banska Stiavnica – UNESCO Site, Transfer 170 km

We move from the capital city to central Slovakia where we will find a small, picturesque Middle Age town of Banska Stiavnica known mainly for its rich mining history. Our first stop will be the lake  Pocuvadlo the so-called tajch (pronounced as taikh). There are many tajchy around the town – this is the biggest one.We will learn about their connection to Banska Stiavnica during the tour.  Then we will check out the center and have some free time in this admirable town, which was once  among the most important mining cities of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Then we move to our small hotel in the nearby village, which will take us back a few centuries.

Accommodation: Banska Stiavnica area/Slovakia
Board: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Visit of Lestiny Church – UNESCO Site, Orava Castle, Transfer 125 km

Today we continue to the North. First we will visit an amazing wooden church in Lestiny. Why it is a UNESCO listed monument we will learn during the sightseeing tour. From there we will set off to one of the most admirable castles in Slovakia – Orava castle. Did you know that the first vampire movie Nosferatu, Symphony Of Horror was shot here in 1922?

Accommodation: Orava region/Slovakia
Board: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Guided Tour Wieliczka, Krakow – UNESCO Sites and Treasures of Poland, Transfer 160 km

Before we reach Krakow we will stop at a unique salt mine Wieliczka. It is so beautiful that it has been included on the UNESCO Heritage list. We  will see all that beauty with our own eyes. We will also have our lunch in an extraordinary restaurant in the underground.  From the mine  we move back to the surface and to Krakow.

Accommodation: Krakow,Poland
Board: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Guided Tour Krakow, the Royal City of Poland

During today’s city tour we will be closely introduced to the magical city of Krakow. The bus drives us around the city; the centre, however, is accessible on foot only. The crown jewel of the Krakow architecture – the Wawel castle incl. the Wawel Cathedral, tightly connected with John Paull II – reminds us of its royal history. After the tour we will have free time to hunt for lunch and explore Krakow individually.

Accommodation: Krakow, Poland
Board: Breakfast

Day 8: Guided Tour Concentration Camp Auschwitz– a cruel MUST-SEE; Transfer to Olomouc, Transfer 250 km

Visiting Auschwitz, the former concentration camp from WW II,  is a shocking experience. We will visit both camps,  Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II. We will then move to the Czech Republic and spend the night in the (predominantly) Baroque city of Olomouc.

Accommodation: Olomouc/Czech Republic
Board: Breakfast

Day 9: Orientation Tour Olomouc - the unknown Baroque Pearl, Kutna Hora - Visit of fascinating Ossuary, Transfer 220 km

This morning we will stroll along the magnificent boroque streets and squares of Olomouc –  the most beautifil city in the Czech Republic according to the Lonely Planet Guide. It hides the Holy Trinity Column (UNESCO Sight) which is the largest group of baroque statues within a single sculptural monument in Central Europe and the Municipal House which has served its original purpose for more than 600 years now with its unique Astronomical Clock which reflects the ideology of the socialist era, and much more. From Olomouc we will set off to another admirable historical city – Kutna Hora. Before that we will have lunch in a popular highway restaurant with a huge choice of everything. Today’s last stop will later be a fascinating ossuary in Sedlec. Can you guess why they used dead people’s bones as a church decoration?

Accommodation: Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Board: Breakfast

Day 10: Guided Tour Kutna Hora, Guided Tour Prague, Part I, Transfer 85 km

Morning sightseeing of Kutna Hora – the town once among  the most important silver mining towns  in Middle Age Europe, nowadays a precious historical site placed on the UNESCO list.
From Kutna Hora we will continue to Prague, where we will see the first part of this city of hundred spires – the castle area and the Little Quarter.

Accommodation:  Prague, Czech Republic
Board: Breakfast

Day 11: Guided Tour Prague, Part II

In the morning we will finish our Prague city tour by crossing  the 14th century Charles Bridge and reaching the Old Town square with the famous astronomical clock, which was first mentioned already at the beginning of the 15th century. Our tour will end at the Wenceslas square – the artery of Prague´s social and cultural life.

Accommodation: Prague, Czech Republic
Board: Breakfast

Day 12: Orientation Tour Nuremberg; A trip down the Nazi history, Transfer 295 km

Nuremberg is waiting for us today. It is not known only for its many historical landmarks but for the role it played in WWII – or just after it. On the way to the city centre we will visit the so-called Colosseum, which was closely connected to the Nazi history. After we will see the centre of the city – heavily bombed at the end of WWII but then rebuilt again in an interesting way – let us surprise you!
Accommodation: Nuremberg, Germany
Board: Breakfast

Day 13: Guided Tour Augsburg, Visit of Fuggerei, Transfer 150 km

In the morning we will move to Augsburg, the second oldest city of Germany. Visiting Augsburg, one must also see the unique Fuggerei,  the oldest social housing system in the world still in use. Free time in the  afternoon.

Accommodation: Augsburg, Germany
Board: Breakfast

Day 14: Visit of Neuschwanstein Castle, Guided Tour Munich, Transfer 215 km

A jump into the fairy tale and back to reality. Our first stop today will be the fairy-tale castle Neuschwanstein. After the tour we will make time for lunch  to absorb deeper impressions of this extraordinary building with a caffe directly on its grounds.
From the fairy tale we come back to reality in Munich – the dominant city of Bavaria. The city tour will bring us to the most famous monuments of Munich, incl. the Gothic Cathedral of Our Lady (the symbol of the city), Marienplatz and St. Peter’s Church standing right behind it or the English Garden, one of the largest inner-city parks in the world.

Accommodation: Munich, Germany
Board: Breakfast

Day 15: Fascinating Berchtesgaden - Visit of Eagle`s Nest, Salzburg, Transfer 190 km

Another peek  into the Nazi history – Berchtesgaden, the second seat of Hitler’s Reich and the fascinating Eagle’s nest – the Hitler´s tea house. No wonder he had his summer here; the views from the altitude of 1834m are just breathtaking!
In the afternoon we will cross the border to Austria and continue our tour to amazing Salzburg, a pearl among the Austrian cities. Today we enjoy the city on our own and the tour will wait for us in the morning.

Accommodation: Salzburg, Austria
Board: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Guided Tour Salzburg, The Sound of Music Tour

The Salzburg tour is an amazing trip to history. The most famous attraction is naturally Mozart’s House, but the city has much more to offer: the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, Getreidegasse, DomQuartier, Hohensalzburg Fortress. And these are just the most famous ones.

Accommodation: Salzburg, Austria
Board: Breakfast

Day 17: Transfer to Vienna, Stop in Hallstatt, Transfer 370 km

On the way to Vienna we will stop in Hallstatt, the crown beauty of Austria. This small town is so charming that a replica of it was built in China. We will take a boat trip on the lake and admire the view of the  peaks of the Alps and  also visit the Charnel House. In the evening we will reach  Vienna – our last destination. 

Accommodation: Vienna, Austria
Board: Breakfast

Day 18: Guided Tour Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace

In the morning Vienna sightseeing, free time for lunch and in the afternoon Schoenbrunn Palace incl. its vast gardens. Later in the afternoon we will take a short ride through Vienna to the well-known UNO CITY and then we will have time to enjoy this great city on our own.

Accommodation: Vienna, Austria
Board: Breakfast

Day 19: Departure

After breakfast at 9.00 transfer to the airport

Board: Breakfast

What is included

Accommodation

Accommodation in triple (if available) double/twin/single rooms in
Budapest – Hotel Roombach***
Bratislava – Hotel Apollo****
Svaty Anton – Penzion Stary Hostinec***
Tvrdosin – Hotel Limba***
Krakow – Bed & Breakfast Hotel**
Olomouc – Clarion Congress Hotel****
Kutna Hora – Hotel Zlata Stoupa****
Prague – Grand Hotel International****
Nuremberg – Bed & Breakfast Hotel**
Augsburg – Super8 by Wyndham Augsburg***
Irschberg – Hotel Irschberg Sud***
Salzburg – St. Virgil***
Vienna – Bed & Breakfast Bahnhof**

Meals

– 18x breakfast
– 1x culinary dinner on boat in Budapest
– 2x dinner (Svaty Anton, Dolny Kubin)
– 2x lunch (Wieliczka, Berchtesgaden)

Guide

English speaking tour leader and English speaking local guides;
It means that everywhere there is a sightseeing tour in the itinerary included you will be accompanied by a local licensed English speaking guide who will give you a deep insight into the history and the life in the area.

Transport

– all in-land bus transfers
– public transport according to the program – Prague, Budapest

Additional Services Included

Guided Tours – Budapest, Banska Stiavnica, Wieliczka, Krakow, Auschwitz, Guided Tour Kutna Hora, Guided Tour Prag, Guided Tour Nuremberg, Guided Tour Nüremberg, Guided Tour Augsburg, Guided Tour Salzburg, Guided Tour Vienna
Orientation Tours – Bratislava, Olomouc, Nuremberg
Admission fees: Carnuntum Museum, Lestiny Church, Orava Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Ossuary in Sedlec, Road of Silver in Kutna Hora, Fuggerei in Augsburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Berchtesgaden: Hitler’s Bunker and Eagle`s Nest, Charnel House in Hallstatt, Boat Trip in Hallstatt, Schoenbrunn Palace
Boat trip on the Danube in Budapest, Boat trip Hallstatt
Audio Guide Head Set during the Tours

Insurance

Your insurance is not included in the price of the tour. We strongly advice you to obtain adequate and appropriate insurance cover for your tour including health insurance.

You should know

Currencies

Hungary – HUF, at many places you can pay with EUR, too
Austria, Slovakia, Germany – EUR
Poland – PLN – Polski Zloty
Czech Republic – CZK – Czech Crown

Weather

Weather  at this time of year is usually warm and sunny,  up to 30° C or even more. However,  it can also be rainy and the temperatures can go down to about 15° C exceptionally. Though, you mostly need summer cloths, we recommend to bring a jacket or an anorak, too. 

Health requirements

The tour is not very demanding in terms of physical requirements or health conditions. However, please take in account that city sightseeings can require 2 – 3 hours of walking, exceptionally longer.

Visa

The countries you are going to travel are part of the Schengen zone. It means you only need single visa (if needed at all) to enter the Schengen zone. It is responsibility of the customer to find out if he/she needs visa to enter Schengen zone. Should you need any help, pls. feel free to contact us.

Payment Information

The price of the tour is payable in one instalment to be paid latest 60 days prior to the departure. This instalment also includes the Non-refundable Booking Fee in the amount of 180 EUR. Further information on payment and cancellation conditions can be found in the General Terms and Conditions.

Got any questions?

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