Wonders of Central Europe – Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary

10 Days / 9 Nights

Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

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Experience the Wonders of Central Europe, seeing some of the world’s great capital cities as well as stunning mountains, quaint villages, historic architecture, stunning cathedrals and fabulous countryside.  Photo: Salzburg Tourism

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DAY 1

Arrival in Warsaw, capital city of Poland. Enjoy a half day panoramic sightseeing of Poland’s capital city including the Ghetto Memorial, the Monument of Warsaw Uprising, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,  Lazienki Park, the Grand Theatre, Chopin’s monument, the Belvedere Palace and the Old Town. In the Old Town you can enjoy a walking tour taking in the Castle Square, King Sigismund’s Column, St. John’s Cathedral, the Old Town Market Square and the Barbican. Check in to your Warsaw hotel, free time in the afternoon to get to know the city at your own pace.  Overnight Warsaw, Poland.

DAY 2

Today travel south through picturesque Poland to the beautiful and historic city of Krakow, the former capital.  After lunch enjoy a guided city tour of this splendid city taking in all the highlights including Wawel Cathedral and Royal Castle, the enormous  Market Square with it’s stunning medieval Cloth Hall, the imposing Barbikan gate, St Mary’s Basilica and the Jewish Quarter. Overnight Krakow, Poland.

DAY 3

This morning is free to explore the wonders of Krakow at your own pace, or there is the option to take a half day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum where a tour around the notorious World War 2 concentration camp will make a lasting impact. In the afternoon join the short excursion to the remarkable Wieliczka Salt Mine for a guided visit of the underground caverns hewn from solid salt rock into amazing features including the stunning underground St Kinga’s  Chapel. Overnight Krakow.

DAY 4

Today’s journey takes you into the Czech Republic, stopping in the provincial capital of Brno for lunch and a short panoramic tour of this delightful city dominated by the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. Continue through the afternoon to the world famous “City of 100 Spires” –  Prague. said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Overnight Prague, Czech Republic.

DAY 5

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Prague starting from the Castle District with a visit to St. Vitus’ Cathedral, George Basilica and the Old Royal Palace, the former residence of the Bohemian kings.  Walk along the Golden Lane, lined with small souvenir shops, medieval museums and little houses where famous writers such as Franz Kafka and Jaroslav Seifert used to live. Head down from Castle Hill to cross famous Charles Bridge into the Old Town where you’ll see the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square  where you can also watch the moving figures of the Prague Astronomical Clock,  the oldest working example in the world.   During the afternoon there’ll also be time to explore the Old Town at your own pace. Overnight Prague.

DAY 6

After breakfast head south with a stop at one of the most beautiful towns in the country. Cesky Krumlov still maintains its medieval charm as it earns its UNESCO World Heritage title. Visit the Castle which towers over the town and walk through its maze of narrow cobblestone streets leading into the old town.   After time for lunch continue south into Austria and the beautiful city of Salzburg,  birthplace of Mozart and surrounded by the stunning mountain scenery of the Alps.  Overnight Salzburg, Austria.

DAY 7

This morning enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Salzburg, including Mozart’s Birthplace, the Marionette Theatre, the towering Hohensalzburg FortressMirabell Gradens and the wonderful Getreidergasse shopping street.  After lunch head east with a photo stop at the imposing Baroque Abbey of Melk  en route to the capital city of Austria. Overnight Vienna, Austria.

DAY 8

Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city as you circle around the Ringstrasse, passing some of the most significant sights such as the City Hall (Rathaus), 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 footsteps at 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.  There’ll be time for a drink and a cake in one of the city’s legendary cafes later today, as well as an opportunity  for some classy shopping!   Overnight Vienna.

DAY 9

This morning follow the River Danube downstream and into Slovakia and its capital city, Bratislava.  Enjoy a tour around the city visiting the Old Town, Old Town Hall, Elisabeth Church and St. Michael’s Tower and Street, and marvel at the superb castle on its rocky outcrop towering over the city and the Danube river.  Continue into your third country of the day, Hungary,  arriving in the capital city, Budapest, in time for a sightseeing cruise on the River Danube before dinner this evening.  Overnight Budapest, Hungary.

DAY 10

After checking out of your hotel, take a sightseeing tour along Budapest’s elegant Andrassy Avenue to Heroes’ Square, across the mighty Danube and up to Castle Hill with magnificent views over this famous river dividing Buda from Pest – the two sides linked by the Chain and Elizabeth Bridges.  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 over the splendid Parliament building, one of the largest in Europe.   Transfer to the airport for your onward flight later in the day.

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