Taste of Eastern Europe
10 days / 9 nights
Arrival at Berlin airport. Meet your tour escort and transfer to the hotel. Free time to relax from your flight. Dinner and overnight in Berlin.
On our morning city tour you will see the most important sights in Berlin like the Alexanderplatz, Berlin Television Tower, Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, the rebuilt Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie and the Gendarmenmarkt. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own pace. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Berlin.
Drive to Potsdam - the capital of the State of Brandenburg. Visit of the Sanssouci Palace which is the most popular of Potsdam’s palaces. It is considered the major work of Rococo architecture in Germany. Arrival in Poznan, one of the oldest cities in Poland, in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Poznan area.
Short orientation walk through the center of Poznan. You will see Poznan Cathedral, the St. Stanislav’s Parish Church and the elegant Old Market Square. Poznan’s most important sight is its old town hall. It is the finest Renaissance building in the world north of Italy. Poznan’s emblem is two goats, and the town hall’s main tower clock has a metal pair of them. At noon, every day, the goats come out and ram their heads 12 times, and this attracts the crowds. After lunch we continue to Zelazowa Wola. This little village is known all over the world, as Frederic Chopin was born here. Visit of Chopin’s Birthplace and drive further to Poland’s capital Warsaw. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Today we experience a miracle of reconstruction and conservation. Our guided sightseeing tour reveals the historical center and the heart of the capital - which was restored after World War II to its former splendour, so carefully, that it is now included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Also we see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, so shockingly evoked in Polanski’s recent movie "The Pianist". Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
After breakfast we drive to Czestochowa to visit the 14th century Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora. The monastery of Jasna Gora is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, the most valuable treasure is the miraculous painting of Our Lady. According to tradition, the icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist. Next stop is Auschwitz, to visit what is left of the concentration camp. Then on to medieval Krakow. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Our morning sightseeing tour begins with a short walk along the streets of the former Jewish district of Kazimierz. Next, Wawel Hill, crowned by Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral. A walk up Grodzka street leads you to the heart of Krakow, the Rynek Glowny, or main market square. There, the large Cloth Hall is the perfect place to shop for local souvenirs. The last sightseeing stops are the twin-spired St. Mary’s Church and the Wawel Royal Castle. In the evening, enjoy dinner at our Polish Polka Party. Overnight in Krakow.
After breakfast our scenic drive takes us into the foothills of the Tatra Mountains and we cross into Slovakia. Next, we approach the Hungarian capital Budapest. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Hungary’s capital, situated on both sides of the magnificent Danube River. In Buda, on the right bank of the Danube, you will view a grand panorama of the entire city. Cross over the Danube bridges and see how the imposing Parliament Building dominates Pest, on the other side of the river. From the Elisabeth Bridge, the tour takes you to Heroes Square, with monuments to all the Hungarian kings. You will pass by Matthias Church, where the Hungarian kings were crowned. Tonight, we will enjoy a traditional Hungarian Folklore Evening with dinner. Overnight in Budapest.
Breakfast and coach transfer to Budapest airport.
Our prices include:
- Deluxe motor coach throughout as per itinerary
- English-speaking tour escort throughout
- 2 nights with half board in Berlin
- 1 night with half board in Poznan area
- 2 nights with half board in Warsaw
- 2 nights in Krakow (1x half board, 1 x bed & breakfast)
- 2 nights in Budapest (1x half board, 1 x bed & breakfast)
- Polish Polka Party with dinner
- Hungarian Folklore Evening with dinner
- Local city guides Berlin, Poznan, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest
- Admission to the following sights:
- Sanssouci Palace
- Frederic Chopin’s Birthplace
- Wawel Royal Castle
- Jasna Gora Monastery
- Porterage at hotels in / out
- All taxes and charges
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