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Central Europe

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Price per person
from £1,618

Price based on
London Heathrow
1st Dec 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 15 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.

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.

At a glance

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

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

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.

Customer Reviews

Lots of coach travel. Some stops where whistle stop. Not...

31st October 2018
Mrs Barbara Baker

Lots of coach travel. Some stops where whistle stop. Not really able to enjoy the city.

Apart from my gripes about booking it the holiday was...

9th October 2018
Mr Bryan Walker

Apart from my gripes about booking it the holiday was awesome. Tour manager was fantastic, driver was equally great and once we were fully informed about what the tour had to offer with optional excursions etc we were very excited. All the excursion were excellent and what I would expect with an active pace tour

Overall it was very good but a few minor details...

26th September 2018
Trusted Customer

Overall it was very good but a few minor details where we felt it could have been even better. We put these on our feedback form.

very good value, saw lots of sites relating to WW2....

27th July 2018
Trusted Customer

very good value, saw lots of sites relating to WW2. Felt very safe with Driver John Franco and Tour Guide David

Some parts were better than others, we felt that if...

12th July 2018
Miss Elizabeth Morrell

Some parts were better than others, we felt that if you didn't book the additional excursions you were often left to more or less look after yourself., often having to make our own journey back to the hotel which involved more than one means of transport. Some of the hotels were too far from the city centre's with poor local amenities, especially places to eat which in some cases were very poor. Too much emphasis was put on time to get lunch each as most people were content to get a quick snack and see more of the cities. The amenities in the hotels varied quite a lot, with only a few having tea/coffee making facilities. The tour director did tend to repeat herself a lot going on about timings etc for future days instead of concentrating on the present one. Also the included dinners varied so much with only a couple being good.

Very interesting, couple of the Hotels were a little far...

14th June 2018
Mrs Barbara Clark

Very interesting, couple of the Hotels were a little far out of town.

Very good but spoilt by some poor hotels and locations...

14th June 2018
Mr William Fleming

Very good but spoilt by some poor hotels and locations

Great holiday. Lots to see. Possibly too much travelling to...

3rd June 2018
Marie

Great holiday. Lots to see. Possibly too much travelling to get around everywhere, and a shame more "optional excursions" weren't included as that added to the cost of the holiday.

Slow start to the tour. Fabulous sights and plenty of...

10th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Slow start to the tour. Fabulous sights and plenty of them. Too many hotels too far out of town. The optionals in Budapest and Prague should have been included in the tour. Like I said, good but not great!

Good value for money compared to smaller tour group holidays....

30th August 2017
Miss Karen Mattingly

Good value for money compared to smaller tour group holidays. Disappointed that couldn't pay for tips and trips before hand as from UK when other people on the holiday could.

Overview

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.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Frankfurt, Germany

Day
1

Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in the Frankfurt area for one night.

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 - UK

Day
15

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to Frankfurt airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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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

 

 

 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Frankfurt - Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

A 440 room hotel which is close to the airport and motorway A3 and A5. A Bus station is in front of the hotel and taxi station (to the city centre). Facilities include a Sportsbar and 3 Restaurants.

  • Location

    Mailänder Strasse 1, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Berlin - Abba Berlin

Contemporary designed hotel, combining elegance and sophistication with modern facilities, located in the centre of Berlin.

  • Location

    Lietzenburger Str. 89, Berlin, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Warsaw - MDM

Built in the typical socialist realist style, this 134-room hotel overlooks Warsaw's famous Constitution Square. The Upstairs Bar & Bistro offers a large variety of local and international dishes with charming above street level views, in the evenings a great selection of drinks and fun cocktails can be enjoyed at the separate bar.

  • Location

    plac Konstytucji 2, Warsaw, Poland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Krakow - Swing

Hotel Swing is situated in the northern part of Cracow. The hotel offers 148 single and double rooms.

  • Location

    Ul. Dobrego Pasterza 124, Krakow, Poland

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Budapest - Novotel Centrum

Secessionist style building with 2 new wings; located at Rakoczi St & Grand Blvd; on-site restaurant and bar; multilingual staff.

  • Location

    Rakoczi Ut 43/45, Budapest, Hungary

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room

Vienna - Star Inn Schoenbrunn

The Star Inn Hotel "Wien Schönbrunn" is conveniently situated near the west gateway of Vienna. The underground lines U4 and U6 can be accessed in the direct vicinity of the hotel. It will only take you 7 minutes to travel to Vienna's city centre and just 5 minutes to get to the world-renowned "Schloss Schönbrunn".

  • Location

    Linke Wienzeile, Vienna, Austria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Prague - Clarion Congress Hotel

The Hotel offers variable conference rooms with high-tech equipment in all spaces and guest rooms. It also offers various restaurants, bars, a wellness and fitness centre and a shopping mall right next to the Hotel.

  • Location

    Freyova 33, Praga 9, Czech Republic

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Munich - Achat Premium Muenchen Sud

Despite its quiet location in southern Munich-Obersendling, the 4-star ACHAT Premium offers easy access to the A95, A96 and A99. And it's just a few minutes on the metro to the city centre and central station.

  • Location

    Perchtinger Strasse 3, Munich, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

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