Highlights of Eastern Europe (Summer 2017)
About Vienna, Austria
ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
- Vienna: See the Hofburg, Opera House, Parliament building and St Charles' Church.
- Budapest: Enjoy skyline views from Gellért Hill. Walk through the cobbled streets of the medieval Castle Hill district. See the Parliament and visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
- Slovakia: See Oravsky Hrad Castle and some of Slovakia's traditional wooden houses.
- Czestochowa: Visit the Black Madonna in the monastery.
- Warsaw: Visit the Old Town and Chopin & Ghetto memorials.
- Berlin: See Tiergarten, Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate.
- Dresden: Admire the mosaic on the Saxon wall of the castle. See Frauenkirche, Cathedral, Zwinger Palace and Opera House.
- Prague: Visit the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock.
- Scenic Drives: Tatra Mountains.
AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS
- Warsaw: Enjoy a demonstration of the traditional techniques of dumpling making with an expert chef. Then enjoy a hearty Polish dinner with a variety of local delicacies, including wine or beer.
- České Budějovice: Tour a local brewery to discover the secrets of how this golden vintage is made, followed by a sampling.
- Cesky Krumlov: For your Dine-Around evening, choose your own style of ambience and cuisine from a fine selection of restaurants in the atmospheric centre.
- Vienna: Your Imperial Viennese Celebration Dinner is regal splendour on a plate. Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner with wine and a concert of classical music that pays homage to the genius of Strauss and Mozart.
- 13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
- Vienna: A private tour with a Local Expert showcases the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace, rich in Rococo and glittering gold.
- Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube and Parliament from the Fisherman's Bastion.
- Kraków: The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic 'Holy Grail'.
- Auschwitz: Experience a powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
- Częstochowa: Visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous for the Black Madonna.
- Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.
- Český Krumlov: Let a Local Expert lead you through a medieval labyrinth of private chambers, courtyards, kitchens and dungeons of the castle, so rich in history.
STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES
- Budapest: The Corinthia blends classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Located in the heart of the city, its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning.
- Cesky Krumlov: The 5-star Hotel Ruze is everything you expect in Cesky Krumlov - centrally located, historic and grand, beautifully restored and renovated with period furnishings and decor.
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Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country offers many diverse destinations – relatively low mountains in the north-west, the Great Plain in the east, lakes and rivers of all sorts (including Balaton - the largest lake in Central Europe), and many beautiful small villages and hidden gems of cities. Top this off with Hungary's great accessibility in the middle of Europe, a vivid culture and economy, and you get a destination absolutely not worth missing if you're in the region. The country's largest city and busy capital, Budapest, is an elegant, stylish and lively city made up of two separate settlements clustered on either side of the Danube River: hilly Buda has a wealth of graceful Habsburg and neoclassical buildings, while sprawling Pest is its commercial centre with a generous scattering of art nouveau architecture and an ad-hoc party scene.
Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its medieval architecture, Jewish heritage and hearty cuisine. Despite the large number of casualties and destruction the country experienced during World War II, Poland managed to preserve much of its cultural wealth. There are 14 heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage and 54 Historical Monuments and many objects of cultural heritage in Poland.
The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is a nation state in Central Europe. Although the country may not be large it has a rich and eventful history. From time immemorial Czechs, Germans, Jews and Slovaks, as well as Italian stonemasons and stucco workers, French tradesmen and deserters from Napoleon’s army have all lived and worked here, all influencing one another. For centuries they jointly cultivated their land, creating works that still command our respect and admiration today. It is thanks to their inventiveness and skill that this small country is graced with hundreds of ancient castles, monasteries and stately mansions, and even entire towns that give the impression of being comprehensive artifacts. The Czech Republic contains a vast of amount of architectural treasure and has beautiful forests and mountains to match.
Misunderstood by many, Germany is one of the most unique and charming countries on the continent. Since reunification Germany has at last gained a higher profile as a place to visit, thanks partly to the remarkable resurgence of its capital, Berlin, one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in Europe. It's no surprise at all that today’s Germany is more diverse and cosmopolitan than old stereotypes suggest; mixing time-honoured nationalism and tradition with multicultural modernism and self-confidence.
Austria is a German-speaking federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.66 million people in Central Europe. It is characterized by its mountain villages, baroque city architecture, Imperial history and rugged alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schonbrunn and Hofburg palaces, and has counted Mozart, Strauss and Sigmund Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Lake Traun and eastern hillside vineyards.