Central Europe 2015

Central Europe 2015


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

This popular vacation takes you through the heart of Central Europe. Starting and ending in Frankfurt, spend two overnights each in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, and Prague. See Germany’s major cities, including the one-time intellectual hub of Weimar; reunified Berlin; and Munich, the lively Bavarian capital. From Germany, it’s on to the highlights of Poland: charming Poznan, magnificent Warsaw, the historic Jasna Góra monastery, the Auschwitz concentration camp, and romantic Kraków. As you travel to Hungary, admire the majestic Tatra Mountains and pass through some of the most scenic parts of Slovakia. The legendary Danube welcomes you to Budapest with Buda Castle, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church. Austria’s capital of Vienna beckons next, the elegant city known for the waltz, delectable pastries, and awe-inspiring Habsburg palaces. On to Prague with its Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, and world-famous Astronomical Clock. Head through the Bohemian Forest into Bavarian Munich, and along the Romantic Road with the fairytale villages of Nördlingen and Rothenburg, medieval jewels with traditional 16th-century, half-timbered houses.

Day 1: Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany.
Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2: Frankfurt–Weimar–Berlin.
Northeast today using the Autobahn for a stop in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Journey past Jena, home to the world-famous Zeiss Optics Factory. Over the Elbe River for a few more miles into Germany’s capital city, Berlin. (B)

Day 3: Berlin.
On this morning's included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East sides separating two different worlds, since the wall came down, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and the Brandenburg Gate, its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden, and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring up-to-date architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe's most lively and interesting cities, from a cultural point of view. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion. (B)

Day 4: Berlin–Poznan, Poland–Warsaw.
Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading centers and now an international marketplace during its industrial fairs. Continue to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland. (B,D)

Day 5: Warsaw.
The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section. (B)

Day 6: Warsaw–Jasna Góra–Auschwitz–Kraków.
Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, JASNA GÓRA near Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the Auschwitz CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków. (B,D)

Day 7: Kraków.
This is, they say, Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital, and today it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Optional morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and Wawel Cathedral. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals. Tonight’s optional folklore dinner might be the way to round off your stay in this city. (B)

Day 8: Kraków–Budapest, Hungary.
A comfortable drive through three countries. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through a scenic part of Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the most lively of Eastern European capitals. (B,D)

Day 9: Budapest.
Included sightseeing features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Also see Heroes’ Square, which typifies the modern capital, as well as the old inns along the riverbank, Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, the Royal Castle, and MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH. (Saturday departures visit FISHERMAN’S BASTION instead). (B)

Day 10: Budapest–Vienna, Austria.
Head for the Austrian border by way of Györ. You’ll be in Vienna in time to enjoy the afternoon and evening in this lively capital. Enjoy the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg and an inside visit of ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL. (B)

Day 11: Vienna–Prague, Czech Republic.
Morning optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague. (B,D)

Day 12: Prague.
The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK. Your Tour Director may suggest an evening optional excursion with traditional Czech music and spectacular entertainment. (B)

Day 13: Prague–Munich, Germany.
Into the landscape of the Bohemian Forest before reaching the Czech-German border. Drive south, enjoying the Bavarian scenery, to Munich, the “Secret Capital,” for an orientation drive. (B)

Day 14: Munich–Nördlingen–Rothenburg–Frankfurt Area.
The highlight today is undoubtedly the Romantic Road, which runs north to south as far as the Alps. First to lovely medieval Nördlingen, then Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone streets, and 16th-century houses, before heading towards the Frankfurt area. (B,D)

Day 15: Frankfurt Area.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

NOTES:

  • April 5 Departure – Easter Week
  • September 12, 13, 19 & 20 Departure v Oktoberfest
  • December 6 & 13 Departures – include visits to Berlin, Budapest & Prague Christmas markets
  • December 14 Departure – Christmas lunch in Prague

LOCAL HOST
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Jasna Góra monastery, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Auschwitz. Professional Tour Director while touring

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Weimar, Poznan, Munich, Nördlingen, Rothenburg

MEALS
Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners


TRANSPORTATION
Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Frankfurt if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach

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Accommodations

FRANKFURT AREA Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf
BERLIN Abba (F) or NH Alexanderplatz (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)
WARSAW Golden Tulip Warsaw Centre (F) or Mercure Centrum (F) or Mercure Grand (F)
KRAKÓW Swing (F)
BUDAPEST Novotel Centrum (F) or Aquincum (F)
VIENNA Bellevue (F) or Kavalier (ST) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)
PRAGUE Clarion Congress (F) or Clarion City (F) or Clarion Old Town (F) or NH Praha (F)
MUNICH Rivoli (ST) or Tryp (ST)
FRANKFURT AREA Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$700

No triple room reduction.

2016 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2015.

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Ratings based off 75 reviews. Currently showing 9 reviews with comments only.
By Fernando C on May 16, 2015

The Tour Manager's performance was phenomenal. I never seen a tour manager worked as hard as she did. I enjoyed the trip more because of her much concern about everybody especially the group of 48 people.

By Ray N on May 10, 2015

We loved everything about our tour, from the Tour Director, coach driver, hotel rooms, optional tours, it was all great! We would certainly recommend Cosmos Tours to anyone.

By Elia K on Sep 28, 2013

It was an excellent experience I have a lot of fun especially at the dinner parties. I was part of an outstanding group of different nationalities. Everybody look after the other and we make friends. No complaints of any kind. I already told many of my friends about your Company. My sister wants to go. She will contact your site when she is ready. Lovely itinerary..beautiful countries.

By Marie L on Jun 29, 2013

The only advise I would suggest is to include more tours as at the end you end spending more money with all the additional tours offered that are excluded from the total price we paid. Adding more sightseeing tours to the trip would be a plus as there is so much to see in this trip. The accomodations were good. The whole trip was excellent.

By Helen R on May 19, 2013

The Central Europe tour was very interesting and enjoyable. Our tour director and driver were both excellent -- gracious, helpful and very knowledgeable. Despite the full disclosure of the itinerary information, the time spent on the bus was longer than I was able to anticipate and disproportionate to the time actually spent visiting the cities on the tour. Also, most of the hotels were much too far from the city centers to allow for any independent activities such as concerts, visits to museums, etc. in the evenings. In the future, I will look for tours with all tips included and more centrally located hotels.

By William C on Jul 15, 2012

Hi, I would like to add a comment about our tour guide and bus driver. I found the tour guide to be superb. She was very knowledgeable throughout the whole tour, adding personal experiences made it very real for us. I was impressed how she genuinely looked after and made sure everyones needs were catered for. Safety and security was an aspect that she made sure we understood. Likewise our driver was competent and personable who assisted us at all times and related well to everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed our first trip with Cosmos and would definitely look at travellin with our tour guide again. Thanks

By Lynn S on May 26, 2012

Our tour was much better than we had expected. The guide was very informed and very organized. The driver was very professional and our coach was very confortable with a smooth ride. And our accomodations way exceeded our expectations. And the included tours and meals were very good. We will be doing this type of tour again with this company and will recommend this exact tour to friends and family. This was a good experience and a great value.

By Jeffrey C on Mar 11, 2012

One of the best vacations I've been on. The tour guide and driver were both experienced and fun to be around. Would love to do another trip with them again!


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