9 days

Heartland of Central Europe

Heartland of Central Europe

Prague

The 'Bone' Church of Kutna Hora

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Budapest

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cesky Krumlov

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Vienna

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  • Begin to unravel the complex history of these Bohemian nations, where the best of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau influences have created some of the world’s most wonderful towns and cities.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Munich

    • Guten Tag! Welcome to Germany.
    • There are no activities planned on your first day other than a welcome meeting at 6pm.
    • You will find details of the meeting at the hotel reception or on a notice board nearby. Keep in mind that we will need to bring your insurance details to the meeting.
    • You will usually join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting.
    • If you arrive early, we recommend getting out and exploring Munich. It is a bustling cosmopolitan city with an array of sights and a particularly buzzing art, history, architecture and music scene.
    • Munich is a city defined by both its medieval and modern history - from centuries of Wittelsbach kings, to the devastating bombings during World War II and the terrorist killings during the 1972 Olympics. It is now one of the most liveable cities in the world.
    • You might enjoy visiting the Marianplatz, the Neues Rathaus (the New Town Hall), or perhaps the medieval city gates that still remain standing. Another must see is the Englischer Garten, one of the biggest urban parks in the world.
    Hotel Wallis or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 2-3 - Prague

    • You will travel to Prague today by bus, the capital of the Czech Republic.
    • Often referred to as the Paris of the east, Prague is littered with beautiful historic buildings.
    • The City of a Hundred Spires encompasses architecture from the ancient structures of the Middle Ages all the way through to the avant-garde controversial Dancing Building on the banks of the Vltava.
    • Not only is Prague blessed with picturesque historic buildings, but also a buzzing nightlife. The Old Town is especially beautiful after dark. From dance clubs and traditional beer halls, to hidden absinthe bars and some of the oldest and most established Jazz clubs in Europe, it is definitely worth exploring this city after the sun has set.
    • On your second day in Prague, you will visit the Prague Castle, where you can also see the famed St Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane.
    • From here you will wander through the Jewish Quarter.
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    Day 4-5 - Cesky Krumlov

    • You will depart Prague by bus today and travel to another Bohemian town called Cesky Krumlov. It is situated in the south of the Czech Republic and will take approximately four hours to reach.
    • The name of the town literally translates to crooked meadow, thanks to the town’s location in the sharp bend of the Vltava River.
    • A picturesque medieval town built in the 13th century, Cesky Krumlov is beautiful – there is a fairytale-like castle perched on a hill that pervades over the town below, filled with a profusion of winding cobbled lanes and old architecture.
    • You will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle next, visiting tiny hamlets and crossing rolling hills for three hours. During the cooler months, cycling will be replaced by an extended walking tour of the town.
    • You will have some free time to continue exploring this beautiful place, you might like to visit the castle and climb its tower for expansive views, or go on an optional guided walking tour.
    • You will visit the Cesky Krumlov brewery next, where you can learn more about the centuries old brewing techniques employed here. (Optional)
    • If there is time and the weather holds, you will then enjoy a two to three hour canoe or raft trip on the river that winds through town.(Optional)
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    Day 6-7 - Vienna

    • You will leave the fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov today and travel for approximately three hours by minivan across the Austrian border to Vienna.
    • Vienna is a cosmopolitan city, but with the air of a rich cultural heritage and golden past. Vienna boasts an array of beautiful architecture and a flourishing art scene that encompasses everything from classical works to modern. It is also known for its delicious culinary delights.
    • You will embark on a walking city tour today; it will take you from the gothic resplendence of St Stephens Cathedral to the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben and on to Hofburg Palace, where Hasburg emperors once resided in winter.
    • You will have the opportunity to rest and enjoy the beauty of the monument dedicated to Empress ‘Sisi’ Elizabeth, in the Volksgarten. From here you will journey on to the Ringstrasse.
    • Your walking tour will come to an end at the State Opera House, home to the heart of classical Viennese culture. It is one of the most important opera houses in the world.
    • You will have some free time to continue your exploration of this beautiful city.
    • Art enthusiasts can choose from a number of famed museums, from the Albertina to the vast array found in the Museum Quarter. The Leopold is definitely worth a visit for those particularly interested in Austrian art.
    • You may also choose to visit Schoenbrunn, where you can enjoy a guided audio tour of the summer palace. It was designed for Empress Maria Theresa. It is worth pre-booking tickets to this to avoid a queue (www.schoenbrunn.at).
    • Another excellent way to enjoy the afternoon is taking a spin on the Prater Ferris Wheel.
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    Day 8-9 - Budapest

    • You will leave Vienna and head to Budapest by train today; this is a three-hour journey.
    • Budapest has truly come in to its own since the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Its beautiful grand boulevards and opulent architecture evoke an old world charm, while the plethora of new-age stores and restaurants lend it an air of cosmopolitan elegance.
    • The perfect way to explore this city is by bicycle. With such an array of historic sights, museums and galleries - art and history lovers will be spoilt for choice.
    • The Museum of Fine Art offers free English tours (Tuesday to Saturday from 11am), where you can see the work of masters like Monet, Manet, Dutch Masters, Gauguin, Goya, and El Greco.
    • If you are interested in Hungary’s communist heritage, a visit to Statue Park uncovers a number of communist monuments that were removed from the streets of Budapest after the fall of the Soviet Union.
    • The thermal baths that are dispersed around the city are a must-do in Budapest. You can indulge in anything from opulent indoor pools to more simple outdoor baths. The water is said to be therapeutic.
    • You tour will come to an end after breakfast on Day 9.
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  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Walk in Cesky Krumlow with local guide
    • Cycling trip in the Cesky Krumlov region (weather permitting)
    • Castle visit Prague
    • Wine cellar tasting & dinner in Budapest
    • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Gratuities for tour leader
    • Items of a personal nature
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Start City: Munich
End City: Budapest
Style: Small Group

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