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Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between September 16, 2015 and April 25, 2017 for travel in 2017. Offer reliant on space availability. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply. May be withdrawn at any time.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
When you think of an Eastern Europe vacation, what comes to mind? Perhaps it's visiting old churches and seeing historical sites that have been standing for many centuries. Perhaps you think of visiting cities bombed in World War II and restored to their earlier splendor. Or maybe you think of learning about the counties' rich histories. If so, this Best of Eastern Europe tour includes all of that and more with overnights in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.Your guided sightseeing in the capitals includes the must-see attractions. Visit Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, today a symbol of reconciliation; the medieval Old Quarter and the 14th-century Cathedral of St. John in Warsaw; St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna; the Hradčany Castle grounds and Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, in Prague; the Kazimierz Quarter in Krakow, where you'll visit the Remuh Synagogue and the Jewish cemetery, which had its first burials in 1551; and Budapest's 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. You'll also visit Jasna Góra, the monastery near Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot. Its Black Madonna, a painting of the Virgin Mary, is a symbol of the country and venerated as the "Queen of Poland." You'll stop in Auschwitz to visit what is left of the concentration camp. Plus, Globus has arranged some special experiences in some of the smaller towns. You'll enjoy special lunches in Donovaly, a popular ski resort in the Tatra Mountains, and in Telc, one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic. All of this and more—including a private Chopin concert in his hometown of Warsaw—are included on this fabulous Eastern Europe tour.
Day 1: Arrive in Berlin, Germany
. Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2: Berlin
. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the Ku'damm, the restored Reichstag, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, Charlottenburg Palace, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH (on Sunday, inside guided visit not possible), drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the German State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. To enhance your stay, why not join an optional excursion to historic Potsdam? (B)
Day 3: Berlin-Poznan, Poland-Warsaw.
Cross the Polish border, enjoy vistas of rural life in the fertile central plains, and take a break in historic Poznan on your way to Warsaw. (B,D)
Day 4: Warsaw
. Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the "wedding cake" Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. Later, [LF] attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT. (B)
Day 5: Warsaw-Czestochowa-Auschwitz-Krakow
. A fascinating morning: visit JASNA GÓRA, the monastery near Czestochowa, and admire its BLACK MADONNA, which is venerated as the "Queen of Poland" and has become the country's national symbol. Next, stop in Auschwitz to visit what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Krakow. (B,D)
Day 6: Krakow
. Morning guided sightseeing in ancient Krakow features a visit to ST. MARY'S CHURCH. Take pictures of impressive Wawel Royal Castle, and drive past the Oskar Schindler Factory. Then, enjoy a walking tour of KAZIMIERZ QUARTER, visit the area where scenes of the movie Schindler's List were filmed, the SYNAGOGUE, and the Jewish cemetery. How about tonight's optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (B)
Day 7: Krakow-Donovaly, Slovakia-Budapest, Hungary
. A scenic drive through the heart of mountainous and densely wooded Slovakia, where brown bears still roam free, brings you to [LF] Donovaly, a popular ski-resort in the Tatra Mountains, where lunch has been prepared for you. Continue to Budapest, proud capital of Hungary. This evening, you may wish to join an optional private dinner cruise on the Danube River, the perfect introduction to this fascinating city. (B,L)
Day 8: Budapest
. Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe's most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world's second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and Heroes' Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. (B)
Day 9: Budapest-Vienna, Austria
. Drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel. Then, drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous HELDENPLATZ, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL. (B)
Day 10: At Leisure in Vienna.
A whole day at leisure offers you the opportunity to join exciting optional excursions to the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, and a concert in one of Vienna's concert halls, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. (B)
Day 11: Vienna-Telc, Czech Republic-Prague.
Cross the Czech border and enter Moravia. Stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, [LF] Telc, where a special lunch with local specialties awaits you. In the afternoon, drive through the rich farmlands of Moravia and Bohemia to Prague. Tonight is your chance to join an optional outing to explore Prague by night. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Prague
. Guided sightseeing includes a visit to HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS. Also see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 13: Prague-Dresden, Germany-Berlin.
Re-enter Germany and stop in Dresden, the former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your walking tour, admire the architecture of the Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera. Next, return to Berlin, where a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 14: Berlin
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
Extra nights per person in Berlin:
in single room $131-$260, in twin $82-$145, in triple $78-$120
|Highlights of Eastern Europe End Budapest (Summer 2017)||Insight Vacations|
|Highlights of Eastern Europe (Summer 2017)||Insight Vacations|
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I've traveled with other tour companies before - Insight, Contiki, Gate 1 Travel. All of them were enjoyable however, this tour from Globus completely exceeded by expectations. The hotels were all centrally located, the local tour guides spoke clearly, were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Above all, the tour director was phenomenal.
Far better then we ever expected especially the tour director and the impressive hotels. In every city the historic/old town was walking distance. The trip was like taking a three-credit history course on World War II and Eastern Europe, without tests and a term paper. Our first tour like this and it was outstanding.
good Globus tour and good local guides
Hotel rooms with very deep tubs /showers and no safety handles in many of them only one hotel room on the trip had a walk in shower. Hotel room in Vienna very big disappointment,extermely small room and even a smaller bathroom.Had to change currency several times because not all countries take the euro. Tours were great, tour director even better and local guides very good in most cases.
Usually Globus hotels are very centrally located; however, in Vienna and Prague the hotels were quite far from tourist attractions, Old Town, etc. Our tour guide was excellent. One of the most fun tours I have been on due to where we visited, our director, and the other people on the tour.
Had a great trip and we will travel again with Globus in the future.
Arcadia Royal Warsaw Poland is quite a distance from the main center. Exploring Warsaw will require additional effort to get to the City main center. Century Old Town Prague room in Czech Republic is small. It is quite inconvenient, very little room to store the luggage.
Our tour guide was the greatest, along with our driver.
Our tour director was the greatest. The same goes for our bus driver. Tour guides in all the cities we visited were knowledgeable and pleasant given the challenge to keep tabs on 40 people!
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