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13 Day Enchanting Central Europe

13 Day Enchanting Central Europe


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Hungary
Depart for Hungary

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, the capital city of Hungary that straddles the Danube River, with the Buda Hills to the west and Pest to the east; transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers followed by a Welcome Dinner at your hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 pm on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Budapest City Tour
The morning tour begins in Pest with a chance to view the Parliament, Royal Palace and Heroes' Square. Cross the Danube River on the Elizabeth Bridge into the Buda Hills. See Gellert Hill, then continue to Castle Hill to view the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church. From Fisherman's Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Afternoon is at leisure for individual pursuits or, join the optional tour of the splendid interior of the Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica and the Dohany Synagogue.* Tonight perhaps choose the optional Danube Cruise that includes dinner*Be advised that you might not be able to book this optional tour locally, due to certain restrictions regarding the Parliament. For Sep 4 and Oct 2 departures, the tour will not operate due to local events
Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen's & Dohany Synagogue (PM)
Optional: Danube Cruise with Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Zagreb & City Tour
After breakfast, depart the Hungarian capital for the tranquil shores of Lake Balaton, a popular area where the locals spend their weekends, continuing into Croatia and its capital, Zagreb. Start the city tour with your local guide in busy Kaptol Square in Upper Town, dominated by the monumental Zagreb Cathedral, with its soaring twin spires, its cobblestone streets, and red-tile-roofed buildings. View St. Mark's Church with its brightly colored roof, the 17th century Jesuit Church of St. Catherine and the Parliament building. Conclude with a walking tour in the winding streets of the Old Town and Ban Jelacic, the main square. Later, take a leisurely stroll along Ilica Street, packed with restaurants, trendy cafes and a vibrant shopping scene
Overnight: Zagreb
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday – Travel to Opatija
After breakfast, travel to Opatija, beautifully sheltered between the Gulf of Kvarner and Ucka Mountain on the dramatic Istrian Peninsula. Opatija takes its name from the Benedictine opatija “abbey” of San Giacomo al Palo, established in the late Middle Ages. In the evening, indulge yourself with a great meal at one of the best "foodie" spots in town, or, perhaps try your luck at the popular casino
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Opatija
Spend a day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Perhaps walk along the famous "Lungomare" coastal promenade that stretches for miles connecting the towns of the Opatija Riviera. Alongside, see beautiful plants and trees typical of the area, secluded coves and many magnificent villas, prime examples of Belle Époque architecture
Overnight: Opatija
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7,Thursday - Tour Ljubljana, Travel to Bled
This morning, cross into Slovenia and head to the flourishing capital, Ljubljana. A local expert will lead you on a sightseeing tour of the city and its monuments. There will be time for lunch on your own, to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of this refreshing city. Afterward, view the open-air market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. Continue to the resort town of Bled, where you will explore the tranquil emerald green lake on a boat trip to the Island with the church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary and views of Bled Castle. This beautiful resort lies in the heart of the Julian Alps
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Full Day in Lake Bled
A full day at leisure to enjoy this delightful resort. Walk the lovely lakeshore or, perhaps take the optional excursion to see two of the wonders of the country. The renowned, UNESCO listed Postojna Caves, a huge network of passages, galleries and chambers, the largest show cave in Europe and the impressive Predjama castle, perched high on a cliff. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Slovenian Festive Dinner
Optional: Postojna Caves and Predjama castle (AM)
Optional: Slovenian Festive Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bled
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday – Tour Salzburg, Travel to Munich
This morning cross into Austria, stopping in magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. A guided walking tour takes you to the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. Time for lunch on your own, then continue to Munich, the vibrant German city, famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and home to BMW!
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Munich City Tour
This morning drive past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Continue for a visit to the breathtaking Nymphenburg Palace, once the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria, decorated with a gorgeous baroque façade. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and historic monuments. Arrive at Marienplatz square, a cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. This afternoon an optional tour shows you the dark history of the last century, with a chilling visit to the Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp. Tonight, enjoy dinner together
Optional: Dachau Memorial (PM)
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Travel to Prague
Depart Germany and travel to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for individual pursuits. Perhaps explore unique galleries, museums and stroll along Parizska street, the city’s famous shopping district. Tonight, try traditional Czech cuisine at one of the many world-class restaurants in Prague
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12,Tuesday - Prague City Tour
This morning's sightseeing will include a walking tour of the Lesser Town and the Old Town, viewing the 14th century Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues of various saints. From here, admire the view of Prague Castle. Continue through the Old Town Square to view the famous Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, Municipal House, Powder Tower and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is at leisure or, join the optional afternoon tour to the hilltop Prague Castle complex, former residence of Bohemian kings and to the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral, where kings were crowned and battles were fought. Experience spectacular vistas of the entire city below. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner together
Optional: Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Depart the Czech Republic
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Budapest, Prague-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Budapest
  • 1 night Zagreb
  • 2 nights Opatija
  • 2 nights Bled
  • 2 nights Munich
  • 2 nights Prague
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • View Heroes' Square, the largest and most impressive square in Budapest
  • Stop at Fisherman's Bastion, for enthralling panoramic views of Budapest
  • City tour of Zagreb includes Kaptol Square, Cathedral of Zagreb and St Mark’s Church
  • Visit seaside Opatija, with its rich history and picturesque surroundings
  • Tour Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and view Robba Fountain, City Hall and Parliament
  • View Bled Castle, a beautiful medieval fortress, perched atop a steep cliff above Lake Bled
  • Tour Salzburg, celebrated as Mozart's birthplace and setting of The Sound of Music
  • Tour Bavarian Munich with its world-famous Glockenspiel clock
  • Take a city tour of Prague "The City of a Thousand Spires"
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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    Accommodations

    Radisson Blu Beke
    This first class hotel is near the city center, a short walk to shopping, historic sights and theaters.

    Sheraton Zagreb
    This deluxe hotel is a modern attractive building with a mix of glass, steel and concrete. The front of the hotel has a large glass facade that allows natural light to fill the reception area and offers an amazing view of the surrounding wonders of Zagreb.

    Sheraton Zagreb
    This deluxe hotel is a modern attractive building with a mix of glass, steel and concrete. The front of the hotel has a large glass facade that allows natural light to fill the reception area and offers an amazing view of the surrounding wonders of Zagreb.

    Sheraton Zagreb
    This deluxe hotel is a modern attractive building with a mix of glass, steel and concrete. The front of the hotel has a large glass facade that allows natural light to fill the reception area and offers an amazing view of the surrounding wonders of Zagreb.

    Hotel Westin
    This deluxe hotel is located in the center of Zagreb near to the Opera House.

    Hotel Westin
    This deluxe hotel is located in the center of Zagreb near to the Opera House.

    Hotel Westin
    This deluxe hotel is located in the center of Zagreb near to the Opera House.

    Hotel Westin
    This deluxe hotel is located in the center of Zagreb near to the Opera House.

    Grand Hotel Adriatic
    This first class hotel has magnificent views of Kvarner bay.

    Rikli Balance Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the center of Bled with a beautiful view of Lake Bled, the island, the castle and the Julian Alps.

    Four Points by Sheraton Munich Central
    This first class hotel is well located in the city center close to the Theresienwiese, popular sightseeing and the rail station.

    Hotel Pullman Munich
    This first class hotel is located in Schwabing, Munich's Bohemian district.

    Hotel Pullman Munich
    This first class hotel is located in Schwabing, Munich's Bohemian district.

    Hotel Astoria
    This first class hotel is located in Prague's Old Town.

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