Book a 2018 holiday before 31 July and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners
From Berlin’s contemporary allure and Hungary’s grandiose history to the architectural splendour of Prague and the imperial traditions of Vienna, this is a European voyage of discovery through some of its most interesting cities.
Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in the Frankfurt area for one night.
Your first stop this morning, is Weimar, the one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Luther, Bach, Liszt, Schiller and Goethe. Cross the River Elbe, before reaching Germany's capital, Berlin, for two nights.
Since the wall dividing the distinctly different east and west sides came down, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new, preserving its old heritage buildings, such as the State Opera House and the Brandenburg Gate, its neoclassical style boulevards, such as the Kurfurstendamm and the Unter den Linden, as well as creating brand new buildings in the most modern architectural styles. Germany's capital is now culturally one of the most fascinating, lively and interesting cities in Europe. See the highlights on the included guided sightseeing tour.
Journey to Poznan, former capital of Poland and now a centre of culture and academia. Stop for a visit of the historical centre, then continue to Warsaw.
The included sightseeing tour with a local guide is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, lovingly restored to its former glory after the destruction suffered during World War II. Explore the city's historic landmarks, such as the wealth of fine architecture on the magnificent Royal Way and the cobbled lanes of the Old Town Square.
Your first visit today is at Jasna Gora Monastery near Czestochowa, which withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th-century. Since then its Black Madonna has been venerated as the 'Queen of Poland' and is considered the country's national symbol. This afternoon, visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust and the outrages perpetrated against the Jews during World War II. Later, continue to Krakow, Poland's cultural capital, for two nights.
Thought to be Poland's most beautiful city, Krakow was the country's capital for almost 500 years and for centuries was the residence of Polish Kings. Today it is without a doubt its cultural capital. The included sightseeing tour takes in well-preserved Rynek Glowny medieval market square, the Jewish Quarter, St Mary's Church and Wawel Cathedral. Later, enjoy free time to explore before tonight's optional folklore dinner.
Today's enjoyable drive crosses three countries, starting first with the Tatra Mountains of Poland, before driving through scenic Slovakia to Hungary and your destination, Budapest, the most charismatic of Eastern European capitals, where you will stay for two nights.
The included sightseeing tour with a local guide features Buda Castle which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. See the expansive plaza of Heroes' Square and old inn's along the Buda riverbank, the impressive Royal Castle, Parliament, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and Margaret Island. Tonight, enjoy an optional Hungarian night.
Journey to the Austrian border by way of Györ and continue to Vienna, arriving in time to enjoy your first afternoon and evening in this lively capital. Get to know the city on an included sightseeing tour with a local guide, taking in sights such as the State Opera, Hofburg, Town Hall and Parliament.
This morning, spend time at leisure or why not enjoy an optional excursion to the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. This afternoon, drive across the Czech border into the Moravia region and journey amidst the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague, for two nights.
The Czech capital is a beautiful treasure trove of Gothic and Baroque architecture, which inspired the works of Dvorak and Smetana, two of the city's best-known composers. Today's included sightseeing tour with a local guide visits landmarks such as the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Hall's famous Astronomical Clock.
Back across the Czech border and into the Bohemian Forest before reaching Germany. Drive south to Munich for one night. Before checking into your hotel, enjoy an orientation drive to get a feel for the Bavarian capital.
The highlight today is undoubtedly the Romantic Road, which runs north to south as far as the Alps. First stop in lovely medieval Nördlingen, then see Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobbled streets and 16th-century houses. Head towards the Frankfurt area.
Transfer to Frankfurt airport for your flight to the UK.
Oktoberfest: 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd September 2018
Christmas Markets: 2nd & 9th December 2018
New Years in Berlin including Reveillon: 29th December 2018
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Would have given 5 stars but for the hotels. Some too remote from itenerant locale and some too small (Hampton by Hilton in Krakow) but the Kavalier in Vienna was just awful (pictured). Be prepared for disappointment and/or stress if this is the nominated hotel in your tour.
Very beautiful and enchanting !
Tour guide good, one guide had not so good English. Theme dinners very good. City tours a bit long winded. Overall it was good.
One or two tired hotels .
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