Jewels of the old European empires

1st day – Prague

Arrival to Prague, transfer and hotel check-in. Time at leisure.

Overnight in Prague.

2nd day – Prague

After the breakfast departure to full day Prague city tour: Hradcany, Prague Castle, residence of Czech kings; St. Vitus Cathedral; Golden Lane, small ancient street with fairy small houses and Franz Kafka’s house. Stroll through the Kings road: Karol’s Bridge, Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter and Wenceslas Square, main boulevard of Prague.

Overnight in Prague.

3rd day – Prague

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to Karlovy Vary. Departure to Karlstein castle one of the most colorful medieval castles in Europe. Time at leisure In the evening cruise on the Vitava. Dinner on the ship, accompanied by traditional Czech music .

Overnight in Prague.

4th day – Vienna

Departure to Vienna. Short stop in Telc, the city famous for its baroque architecture, designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site. After crossing of Austrian border a stop in one of the vineyards of Grinzing for dinner and wine tasting.

Overnight in Vienna

5th day – Vienna

Breakfast at the hotel . After the breakfast, departure to half day city tour. Visiting Vienna’s most important sight: along the Ringstrassemagnificent buildings of the Museum of Applied Arts, the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Natural History Museum, the Museums Quartier, the Hofburg (former Winter Residence of the imperial family), the Parliament, the Town Hall, the university and the Burgtheater.

Overnight in Vienna

6th day – Vienna

Breakfast at the hotel. Half day city tour of Prague. Visit to the famous State Opera House with beuatiful interior and the stage of the world’s best musicians and singers, as well as less known part of the Opera Hause. Visit to the Schönbrunn Palace known as the palace of empress Sisi. This imperial summer residence is one of the most recognizible symbols of Wienna. Night out on the Prater, the famous entertainment district, with an optional concert of Strauss or Mozart at the Kursalon.

7th day Vienna- Bratislava- Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bratislawa. Stroll throught the Old Town. Departure to Budapest.

Overnight in Budapest

BUDAPEST: Marvelous city created from two towns Buda and Pest. The atmosphere of Budapest is unique thanks to the unforgettable and mighty Danube river, which connects two parts of the city: ancient Buda on a hill and modern Pest.

8th day – Budapest

A coach tour through the streets of Budapest. Visit to all must to see monuments and sites of Budapest including: Heroes Square with Millenary Monument, Vajdahunyad Castle, the Opera House, the Basilica, the Synagoge, and the Parliament. After dinner break time at leasure.

9th day – Budapest

Breakfast in a hotel. Visit to the famous Budapest thermal pools. Sightseeing of the Buda side and castle district with Matthias Church and Picturesque Fishermen’s Bastion. The buildings, destroyed in World War II have been painstakingly restored. From the Castle hill is one of the bests panorama view on the Danube river. Beyond the Royal Palacewith its museums and galleries are the dramatic cliffs of Gellért Hill, topped by the giant Freedom Monument commemorating solgiers, who fought with Nazis. The broad boulevards of Pest are lined with imposing buildings hosting the National Museum and the extraordinary Museum of Applied Arts. Time at leasure at the fashionable shopping street of Váci utca or stroll along the Danube Embankment.

10th day – Budapest

Breakfast in the hotel. Visit to some of the most scenic areas of the Danube bend- north of Budapest Visit to the picturesque and historic town of Szentendre with baroque and rococo style houses built by the etnic Serbs, who settled here in 17th century (20 kilometres from Budapest), on the bank of the Danube. Szentendre has always been a popular place for artists. One part of this special atmosphere is given to the town by the big colony of artists whose gallery and exhibitions are open to the public. Stop in Esztergom, the birthplace of the First Hungarian King Stephen I and the centre of the Catholic Church in Hungary Visit to the Bakócz Chapel and the Treasury preserving masterpieces of the ecclesiastical art.

Overnight in Cracow

11th day – Cracow

CRACOW has been listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s most beautiful and historical cities. It escaped the ravages of World War II with monuments and buildings of architectural merit. Innumerable pubs and restaurants with live music create a magic and unforgettable atmosphere of Cracow. Visit to Wawel Hill , a former seat of Polish dukes and kings. During the WWII it served as a residence of the Nazi Governor-General, Hans Frank. Wawel Cathedral – Gothic basilica, where royal coronations took place and where kings and other distinguished Poles have been buried. After lunch drive to Wieliczka, where you will visit the Salt Mine. The tourist route is a complex of about 20 chambers, narrow tunnels, galleries, chapels and lakes. The tour starts with 378 steps to the shaft bottom – 64 meters depth.

Overnight in Cracow

12th day – Cracow

Visit to Kazimierz, the Jewish district, where even now one can observe the remains of the Jewish diaspore – synagogues: Remuh, Old and Temple or the Jewish cemetery. Each street has its own character and is a mute witness of its inhabitants’ lives, interrupted during the WWII with the forced relocation to the ghetto in Podgórze. Optional visit in Oscar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, exhibition “Kraków under Nazi occupation 1939 – 1945” is a journey through the city which presents its Polish and Jewish citizens as well as German’ occupiers.

Overnight in Cracow

13th day – Auschwitz Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau.

All over the world, Auschwitz has become a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust. Between 1940 and 1942 it functioned exclusively as a concentration camp, a place of slow killing as the result of inhuman conditions, above all starvation. After 1942 it simultaneously was the largest center for the immediate mass killing of European Jews.

Overnight in Cracow

14th day – WARSAW

WARSAW was once called “Paris of East” and the World’s capital of Yiddish culture. It suffered a lot during the WWII. Nowadays the reconstructed Warsaw’s Old Town is listed by UNESCO. Almost 50 year-old communist period left numerous examples of so-called socialist realism style. Current Warsaw is a 2-million modern city with an old soul, which remembers the painful past but also gives the space for new initiatives of young generation. Tour through the highlights of Warsaw: Łazienki Royal Garden (the residence of the last Polish king), Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, the Old Town. Couch tour: the Parliament, the New World Street (trading street), University, Presidential Palace. Visit to places related to childhood of Frideric Chopin. We will end this day with the best panorama of Warsaw – from the top of the highest building in Poland.

Overnight in Warsaw

15th day – WARSAW

Visit to a modern and interactive Uprising Museum commemorating the civil uprising in 1944, one of the most tragic event in the city’s history. Afterwards we will follow the footprints of Jewish Community in Warsaw, which before the WWII was the second biggest in the World (right after New York City). We would see the remnants of the Ghettowall, monument to the Ghetto Heros, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Umschlagplatz – a place from which Jews were transported to Treblinka extermination camp.

Overnight in Warsaw

16th day Departure from Warsaw airport.