Grand Central and Eastern Europe Tour – Part I
From Budapest to Krakow

06 June- 13 June 2024

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Central Europe with our enchanting tour from Budapest to Krakow. This carefully curated adventure promises to unveil the rich history, cultural tapestry, and architectural wonders of four diverse destinations: Budapest, Bratislava, Banska Stiavnica and Krakow with a mesmerizing detour to majestic Orava Castle and the subterranean marvels of Wieliczka Salt Mine. Join us for a seamless blend of history , art and natural beauty as we unveil the hidden gems of Central Europe on this unforgettable tour.

Max group size: 30
Operated in: English
Tour ID: Grand2406-1

Price: 1160€ /Person based on twin/double occupancy
Price per day: 145€

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: Departure

Breakfast, individual transfer to the airport
Board: Breakfast

What is included

Accommodation

Accommodation in double/twin/single rooms in 3-4hotels

Meals

– 7x breakfast
– 1x culinary dinner on boat in Budapest
– 2x dinner (Svaty Anton, Dolny Kubin)
– 1x lunch (Wieliczka)

Guide

English speaking tour leader and English speaking local guides;
It means that everywhere there is a guided 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 – Budapest

Additional Services Included

Guided Tours – Budapest, Banska Stiavnica, Wieliczka, Krakow
Orientation Tour: Bratislava
Admission fees: Carnuntum Museum, Lestiny Church, Orava Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mine
Boat trip on the Danube in Budapest
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
Slovakia – EUR
Poland – PLN – Polski Zloty

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?

Feel free to contact us.

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