Central Europe


  • 15 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

Tour : 6070

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£1,321 pp

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£1,660 pp

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Learn about Central Europe’s rich history and see its historical sites as you travel through the heart of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic.

One of the highlights of this Central Europe tour is a drive along Germany’s Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, and scenic countryside. You’ll stop in two of them: Nördlingen, a walled medieval town that sits in the valley created by a meteor, and picturesque Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character.

Another highlight is a visit to Jasna Góra, the monastery near Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot. Its Black Madonna, a painting of the Virgin Mary, is a symbol of the country and venerated as the "Queen of Poland." While in Poland, you'll also stop in Auschwitz to visit what is left of the concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust.

Sightseeing with a Local Guide—a local expert who knows the history, culture, and secrets of the city—is included in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Sights you’ll see during your city tours include Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, dating to 1791; Budapest’s Heroes' Square, representing 1,000 years of Hungarian history, Prague’s Charles Bridge, dating to 1357 and one of Europe’s oldest stone bridges, and the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410; and the Imperial city center of Vienna, the city of the Hapsburgs. . In Kraków, Poland’s most beautiful city and cultural capital, see the charming Market Square, and Wawel Cathedral, which houses the tombs of Poland’s royalty.

All of this,—plus stops in Weimar and Poznan and more —are included on this fabulous, value-minded Central Europe tour.

Highlights

Weimar Visit

Berlin Guided sightseeing

Poznan Visit

Warsaw Guided sightseeing

Jasna Góra Guided Monastery visit

Auschwitz Guided visit

Kraków Guided sightseeing

Budapest Guided sightseeing

Vienna Guided sightseeing

Prague Guided sightseeing

Munich Orientation drive

Romantic Road Nördlingen & Rothenburg visit

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Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Frankfurt, Germany

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Frankfurt - Weimar - Berlin

Day
2

Our first stop today is in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Continue through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt all the way to Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin

Day
3

On this morning’s included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East side separated into two different worlds by a wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin - Pozan, Poland - Warsaw

Day
4

Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading centres and admire its renaissance market square. Continue to Warsaw, capital of Poland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Warsaw

Day
5

The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today, its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Warsaw - Jasna Gora - Auschwitz - Krakow

Day
6

Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, JASNA GÓRA near Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Krakow

Day
7

This is, they say, Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital; today, it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Join the included morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and visit WAWEL CATHEDRAL. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Krakow - Budapest, Hungary

Day
8

Travel through three countries today. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through scenic Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the most lively of Eastern European capitals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Budapest

Day
9

Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - Vienna, Austria

Day
10

Head for the Austrian border to Vienna in time to enjoy the afternoon and evening in this lively capital. Enjoy the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Habsburg Palace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vienna - Prague, Czech Republic

Day
11

Morning at leisure or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Prague

Day
12

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. Your Tour Director may suggest an optional evening excursion with traditional Czech music and spectacular entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Prague - Munich, Germany

Day
13

Into the landscape of the Bohemian Forest before reaching the Czech-German border. Drive south, enjoying the Bavarian scenery, to Munich, Germany’s “Secret Capital,” where you will drive through the city and see the main highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Munich - Nördlingen - Rothenburg - Frankfurt Area

Day
14

The highlight today is undoubtedly the ROMANTIC ROAD, which runs north to south as far as the Alps. First, visit lovely medieval Nördlingen, built on a crater formed by a meteorite approximately 14.5 million years ago. Then onto Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone streets, and 16th-century houses, before heading towards the Frankfurt area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Frankfurt Area

Day
15

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures: 

Oktoberfest: September 2019 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd (Guests have the opportunity to visit Oktoberfest during free time. Your tour director will provide you with information on how to get there)  

Christmas Markets: December 2018 2nd & 9th / December 2019 1st, 8th (Include a visit to Berlin, Budapest and Prague Christmas Markets

New Year in Berlin including Reveillon Dinner: 29th December 2018

 

 

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

ARRIVE IN FRANKFURT AREA, GERMANY.

Day
1

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

FRANKFURT AREA–WEIMAR–BERLIN

Day
2

Our first stop today is in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Continue through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt all the way to Germany’s capital city, Berlin.
Today’s Distance: 357 mi/ 575 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BERLIN

Day
3

On this morning’s included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East side separated into two different worlds by a wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BERLIN–POZNAN, POLAND–WARSAW

Day
4

Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading centers, and admire its renaissance market square. Continue to Warsaw, capital of Poland.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

WARSAW.

Day
5

The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today, its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

WARSAW–JASNA GÓRA–AUSCHWITZ–KRAKÓW

Day
6

Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, JASNA GÓRA near Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków.
Today’s Distance: 289 mi/ 465 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

KRAKÓW

Day
7

This, they say, is Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital, and today, it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Join the included morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and visit WAWEL CATHEDRAL. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KRAKÓW–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Day
8

Travel through three countries today. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through scenic Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the liveliest Eastern European capital.
Today’s Distance: 245 mi/ 395 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BUDAPEST.

Day
9

Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque; Neoclassical to Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital, and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the guided city tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BUDAPEST-BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA-VIENNA, AUSTRIA.

Day
10

Journey northwest and cross the border into neighboring Slovakia. Stop in Bratislava, its intriguing capital on the banks of the Danube to explore the medieval Old Town. Continue west and enter Austria, arriving in magical Vienna.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VIENNA.

Day
11

Join the included city sightseeing tour for a great introduction to the major sights: the State Opera, Parliament, the ornate Rathaus (Town Hall), and views of the Hofburg Imperial Palace from Heroes’ Square. You’ll have plenty of time to discover Vienna on your own or join our wonderful optional excursions.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VIENNA-PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Day
12

Morning at leisure or join an optional excursion. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague.
Today’s Distance: 208 mi/ 335 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PRAGUE.

Day
13

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. Your Tour Director may suggest an optional evening excursion with traditional Czech music and entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

PRAGUE-NUREMBERG-GERMANY, FRANKFURT AREA

Day
14

This morning visit Nuremberg with its pretty market square and Our Lady’s Church before heading towards the Frankfurt Area.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FRANKFURT AREA.

Day
15

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures: 

29 November & 6 December 2020 - Include a visit to Berlin, Budapest, and Prague Christmas markets.

29 December 2020 - New Year’s Eve in Berlin including festive dinner.

 

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

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£1,321 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

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£1,660 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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