Lena back and enjoy the flight to Poland Canada to Spain.
Welcome to Krakow
A 1000 year old history; more historic buildings than any other city in Poland; an Old Town that is a World Heritage Site. It is no coincidence that we start our tour of Eastern Europe in Krakow. Upon arrival we are met by our tour guide who will take us to our hotel. Once checked in it is time to meet this wonderful city. We will take a walk through the Old Town and then have dinner in a local restaurant while sharing first impressions.
A closer look
Today we will get a 4-hour guided tour ensuring we don’t miss any highlights. Things to look forward to? How about the magnificent Wawel Castle, a 14th century Gothic gem sitting at the bank of the Vistula or maybe St. Mary’s Church in the Old Town, surrounded by colourful townhouses. Or how about the narrow lanes and crumbling buildings of Kazimierz, the historic Jewish district, where we will learn more about Krakow’s rich Jewish history and culture.
Today is a difficult but important day. We will take a day trip out of Krakow to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau. Originally built to hold Polish political prisoners it became the most important site in the Nazi attempt to annihilate all jews. More than a million people perished here and it is difficult to get to terms with post World War II politics and thought, without acknowledging what took place in this camp. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we will be given a 3.5 hour tour. Back in Krakow we will check out of our hotel and get ready for an overnight train to Prague.
The heart of Europe
Arriving early we have the day ahead of us. Prague is a dream city and our tour includes iconic buildings like Church of Our Lady before Týn, the town hall, and the Charles Bridge. In the afternoon we will take a boat trip on the Moldau seeing Prague from the water like people have done for hundreds of years. Why not finish off this off this first night in Prague with a visit to a black light theatre?
The Golden City
Today we will focus on Prague’s main attraction, Hradčany, the Castle District. The castle is enormous and embodies practically every architectural style of the last millennium. Highlights of our guided tour are St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Basilica of Saint George and the Golden Lane. Feel the history seep out of every stone. And if you are not already familiar with the word defenestration, you will be, by the end of the day.
A day of Art and Religion
We begin our third day in Prague by visiting the National Gallery. Look forward to works by, among others, Picasso, Schiele, Klimt. After lunch we‘ll focus on the Prague Jewish museum which consists of a six Jewish monuments clustered together in Josefov, Prague’s Jewish quarter. One of them, the Old-New Synagogue is Europe’s oldest working synagogue and one of Prague’s earliest Gothic buildings. We will of course also see the Old Jewish Cemetery, Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery.
Vienna – The Imperial City
Good bye Prague; hello Vienna. A modern metropolis, but also a city infused with nostalgia knowing that its hayday as an imperial city, and everything it entails, is a thing of the past. After a guided tour of the city, we visit the Leopold Museum with its brilliant collection of modern art. What to do on a night in Vienna? How about a classical concert?
WVienna would not be Vienna if it wasn’t for its wonderful and impressive palaces. Schönbrunn, a highlight of the day, has already gotten World Heritage status. We will walk in the footsteps of emperors and kings and allow ourselves to get carried away by the bling of the past. Another classic of Vienna is enjoying your time in a typical cafe – that’s exactly what we do next. We will of course also take time to visit the Hofburg Palace, for so long the centre of the Habsburg empire, before we return to the 21st century with a visit to MUMOK, the museum for contemporary art.
The perl of Danube
Yet again it is time to move on. Our last stop, Budapest, is just a few hours down the road. Once we have checked into our hotel we get a guided tour introducing us to the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica and much more. In the evening we will take a walk in the Jewish Quarter. Many of these tumbling down townhouses were taken over by squatters before eventually young artists moved in. Now it is a very exciting and hip part of town that is well worth a visit.
The Blue Danube
We kick the day off with a visit to the Buda castle with its rich and complex history. Once through, you might need a break. Why not relax Hungarian style and mingle with the locals in the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, the largest in Europe. The water is supplied by two thermal springs. As you‘re enjoying the heat, on this, our last night in Europe, you can reflect back on a truly memorable trip.
We travel to the airport in Budapest and relax on the flight back home.
All international and train tickets according to the itinerary
Collection and greeting in Krakow by CTS tour leader who will be with the group until they fly out of Budapest Airport
Ticket Madrid to Barcelona by AVE train
Transport in modern coach with toilet and aircondition
Coach available exclusively for the group inclusive excursions within the route described
Road toll and parking fees
Information material for all participants
24 hour emergency call
Complimentary trip with single room for the bus driver and the CTS tour guide
Complimentary trip with single room for two chaperones (up to 29 participants) or 4 chaperones (from 30 participants)