Additional Included Highlights
- Český Krumlov: Explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
- Prague: Enjoy views over the Vltava River, visit Old town Square and see the Astronomical Clock.
- Kraków: Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill. Pass the courtyard of Jagiellonian University en route to the Old Town to see the Cloth Hall and St Mary's Church in the town square.
- Slovakia: See the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle.
- Budapest: Spend time in the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci Utca and see the mighty Danube with its many bridges linking Buda and Pest. See Heroes; Square and Andrássy Boulevard.
- Vienna: Tour the Ring Road, along the old city walls, and see the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Opera House, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche
- Scenic Drives: Vienna Woods, Bohemia, Orava, Low Tatra Mountains
- Budapest: Tonight you are in for a treat with your Highlight Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.
- Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, savour a delicious meal of Austrian fare with drinks included, while being entertained by acclaimed soloists and dancers.
- Included Quality Dining: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, this majestic city is where you’ll experience a private tour with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.
- Kraków: The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, and is much like a Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic 'Holy Grail'.
Stay at the Best Addresses
- Krakow: The very trendy and centrally-located andel's by Vienna House Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.
- Budapest: Located in the heart of the city, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest blends classic opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning!
Top Rated Highlights
- Auschwitz: Accompanied by your Local Expert, 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.
- Kraków: Journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines.
- Budapest: Join a Local Expert and visit the colourful Matthias Church. From the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze out over the Danube to the beautiful facades of the giant-domed Hungarian Parliament Building.
- Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Wander across three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, sumptuous Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
- Vienna: Led by your Local Expert, indulge your senses at the Schönbrunn Palace as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
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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.
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.
Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. It is a landlocked country bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava. The official language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family.