The Best Of Eastern Europe 2014

The Best Of Eastern Europe 2014


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This is the perfect vacation for those who really want to explore Central Europe in detail. Guided sightseeing in these main capitals is included: Berlin, with a picture stop at the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (except on Sundays); Warsaw, with a visit to the Historical Museum to see a film of the city before and after wartime destruction; Budapest, with a visit to Matthias Coronation Church; Vienna, with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Prague, with a visit to 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds. On the way to Krakow, where during guided sightseeing you will see ancient Wawel Royal Castle, visit Jasna Góra Monastery and its Black Madonna near Czestochowa, and the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In Krakow, a special visit has been included to the Oskar Schindler Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. Also stop in the picturesque medieval town of Banská Bystrica, and upon arrival in Budapest, a private dinner cruise has been arranged as an introduction to this marvelous city. On the way to Prague, stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, Telc, where lunch with local specialties awaits. Enjoy a walking tour of the splendid city of Dresden, and back in Berlin, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation.

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, exciting optional excursions are available to historic Potsdam, and to sample Berlin’s fine restaurants and nightlife! (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 the historic river port of 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. In the HISTORICAL MUSEUM a moving film shows the city before and after wartime destruction. An optional excursion to Wilanow Castle is available. (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 the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. Take pictures of impressive Wawel Royal Castle, then enjoy a [LF] special visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. How about tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (B)

Day 7: Krakow–Banská Bystrica, Slovakia–Budapest, Hungary
. A scenic drive through the heart of mountainous and densely wooded Slovakia, where brown bears still roam free, brings you to Banská Bystrica, a picturesque medieval town with fortifications. Arrive in Budapest, where a private [LF] DINNER CRUISE tonight is the perfect introduction to this fascinating city. (B,D)

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, the Vienna Woods, a concert, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. (B)

Day 11: Vienna–Telc, Czech Republic–Prague.
In the morning, an optional excursion to historic Schönbrunn Palace is available. Then, cross the Czech border and enter Moravia. Stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, Telc, where a [LF] 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 HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS. Also see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight you can try out traditional dishes at one of Prague’s fine restaurants. (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)

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Inclusions

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
BERLIN
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

POZNAN
Stop in the historic river port

WARSAW
Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John and the Historical Museum

CZESTOCHOWA
Visit the Monastery of Jasna Góra and its Black Madonna

AUSCHWITZ
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

KRAKOW
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mary’s Church and the [LF] Oskar Schindler Factory

BANSKÁ BYSTICA
Orientation

BUDAPEST
[LF] A private dinner cruise on the Danube River; guided sightseeing, panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion, visit Matthias Coronation Church

VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

TELC
[LF] Enjoy an included lunch

PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock, visit the Hradcany Castle grounds

DRESDEN
Walking tour

Headsets throughout the tour


MEALS
Full buffet breakfast (B) daily; 1 special lunch (L) in Telc; 6 three-course dinners (D), including a welcome dinner, a private dinner cruise in Budapest, and a special farewell dinner


TRANSPORTATION
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private cruise

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Accommodations

BERLIN NH Berlin-Mitte (SF)
WARSAW Marriott Warsaw (SF)
KRAKOW Radisson Blu (SF)
BUDAPEST Hilton WestEnd (F)
VIENNA NH Belvedere (F)
PRAGUE Yasmin (F)

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$808

Triple room reduction per person:
$42

Extra nights per person in Berlin:
in single room $150, in twin $95, in triple $90

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Ratings based off 87 reviews . Currently showing 9 reviews with comments only.
By Andrea G on Sep 12, 2016

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.

By Peter B on May 16, 2016

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.

By Madeline V on Aug 31, 2015

good Globus tour and good local guides

By Elwyn K on Aug 10, 2015

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.

By Byron S on Aug 26, 2013

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.

By Paul T on May 20, 2013

Had a great trip and we will travel again with Globus in the future.

By Arsenio T on Jun 18, 2012

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.

By Alyce G on May 30, 2011

Our tour guide was the greatest, along with our driver.

By Lucille B on Oct 04, 2010

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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