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Come and discover the eastern part of Europe with Go West! Widen your knowledge about Austria-Hungary, the former Habsburg empire before World War I when this monarchy was the largest political entity in mainland Europe, now two independent states. Visit the most beautiful scenes and cities of this corner of the world including places of exceptional historical importance in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, too.

DAY
1

After arrival in Vienna enjoy a panoramic tour of the city as you circle around the Ringstrasse, passing by some of the most significant sights including the City Hall, the Parliament Building, the State Opera House and the famous Hofburg Palace. Then explore the city's imperial past as you tread in Sisi's (Empress of Austria, Queen of Hungary) footsteps at the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace which used to be her summer residence. Take a wander around the palace's Baroque gardens and get lost in the 17th century maze. 

Overnight in Vienna.

DAY
2

Check out from your hotel after breakfast and proceed to Graz, capital of the beautiful province of Steiermark. Roaming through the Old Town – a UNESCO world heritage site, you will get a lesson along the way in looking at Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Historism and Art Nouveau Architecture. Enjoy a fabulous view from the Schlossberg - a unique imposing hill in the centre of the city where a castle stood on a ledge for more than a thousand years and gave the city its name. The bell tower and the clock tower remain as friendly landmarks of the city.

Overnight in Graz.

DAY
3

In the morning proceed to the next country on your tour, Hungary. After lunch, take a sightseeing tour along Budapest's elegant Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square, across the mighty Danube and up to Castle Hill with views over this famous river dividing Buda from Pest. The medieval cobblestone streets of the Castle District are a joy to wander through and your tour also takes you to witness the spectacular panorama from the Fisherman's Bastion overlooking the splendid Parliament building, the 3rd largest in the world. The Central Market Hall in Budapest is one of the most visited Budapest attractions both for its architecture and for its superb Hungarian foods like the lively red Hungarian paprika. A Danube Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end the evening . 

Overnight in Budapest.

DAY
4

Leave Budapest this morning and enjoy the beauty of the picturesque riverside village of Szentendre, haunt of artists, and discover its brightly coloured houses and quaint churches. In the summer season take a scenic river cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Szentendre where your coach will be waiting for you. Have your lunch in Visegrád -situated halfway between Szentendre and Esztergom. Continue across the undulating plains of the Danube Valley to Esztergom to visit the awe inspiring Basilica  - the seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary before heading to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Overnight in Bratislava.

DAY
5

Today discover Bratislava, a city growing in stature and popularity amongst visitors. During  your guided tour, you’ll be introduced to the Presidential PalaceEurovea - the modern city centre, the National Theatre, a unique Art Nouveau church and many other sights. After a stop at Bratislava Castle, and the Slavín memorial with their fantastic panoramic views. Drive along the Danube to the magnificent ruins of the Devín Castle, an ancient stronghold of Celts, Romans and Slavs blown up by Napoleon’s troops. Continue to Brno in the neighbouring Czech Republic, capital of the province of Moravia. You will see the unusual baroque Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul and the grim Spilbnerk Fortress, used as a jail by the Nazis during World War II.

Overnight in Brno.

DAY
6

This morning head north from Brno to Poland and the historic city of Krakow. Our sightseeing tour includes the key sights, Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle in their spectacular hilltop setting, the splendid Main Market Square and a visit Schindler’s Factory, where Oskar Schindler saved 1200 Jews during the Holocaust. Probably the city’s most famous resident was Pope John Paul II who studied in Krakow and was later ordained as a priest here. The city also houses the National Museum where an extensive collection of Polish artefacts and paintings are displayed.

Overnight in Krakow.

DAY
7

Start the morning with a half day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum where a tour around the notorious concentration camp used back in World War II will make a lasting impact on your trip

Alternatively discover for yourself why the Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s most visited attractions and an original UNESCO World Heritage site with this half-day tour from Krakow. Descend deep underground to explore the captivating tunnels, chapels, and chambers carved into the salt rock over eight centuries. Learn the fascinating history behind one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines

 After lunch continue your way across the Polish plains to Warsaw, the capital of Poland.

Overnight in Warsaw.

DAY
8

Enjoy a half day panoramic sightseeing of Poland’s capital city. Pass by the Ghetto Memorial, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising,  the Tomb of  the Unknown Soldier,   the Grand Theatre, Chopin's monument, the Belvedere Palace and the Old Town. At the Old Town you can enjoy a walking tour passing by the Castle Square, King Sigismund's Column, St. John's Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. In the afternoon do some shopping in Ursus Warsaw’s famous Factory Outlet – featuring fashion, sport, home, gastronomy, footwear, health & beauty or alternatively enjoy a special Chopin concert in one of Warsaw’s beautiful palaces or gardens. 

Overnight in Warsaw.

DAY
9

This morning leave Warsaw and travel to the historic river port of Poznan. After lunch here enjoy your sightseeing including  the bustling Old Market Square, a unique remnant of the prosperous 16th century and  See the best-preserved highlights of this era including the historic Town Hall - the very landmark dubbed ''the best Renaissance piece north of the Alps”, Here you’ll find Stallkeepers' Houses, City Scales, a former Jesuit College, the goats monument, and the Royal Castle. Optionally you can end the tour with a tasting of a local specialty - St. Martin Croissants.

Overnight in Poznan.

DAY
10

After breakfast make your way from Poznan to Wroclaw the historic capital of the Silesia region. The history of the city dates back a thousand years, and its extensive heritage combines almost all the religions and cultures of Europe. After lunch, walk around in the Old Town, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, and see the Sky Tower - Poland's tallest building. Stop at the Centennial Hall a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its daring modernist design. Don’t miss the beautiful Szczytnicki Park, Japanese Garden and Music Fountain with public shows during the summer.

Overnight in Wroclaw.

DAY
11

Head to Prague, the Czech capital and enjoy a panoramic tour of this magical city as you drive along the Vltava River. Take in the magnificent view of the Castle District towering over the city, with St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Royal Palace dominating the skyline. Pass by Charles Bridge, one of the most iconic bridges in the world and a favourite subject for painters across the globe. Afterwards, check into your hotel.

Overnight in Prague.

DAY
12

Your final day in Eastern Europe starts at the Powder Gate, the city gate built in the 15th century which is one of the 13 original entrances to the Old Town. Then walk through the Old Town Square where you can watch the moving figures of the Prague Astronomical Clock, the oldest working example in the world. Then proceed to the Josefov, the former Jewish quarter of the city. Cross Charles Bridge and have you lunch before being transferred to Prague airport for your flight home.