12 Day Affordable Central Europe with Warsaw & Krakow

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Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2839* $2169
  $2409* $1739
$2729* $2009
  $2299* $1579
2020 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$2969* $2169
  $2539* $1739
$3019* $2169
  $2589* $1739

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is an Off Season program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Poland
Depart for Poland

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Warsaw
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland's capital city and transfer to your hotel. 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 dinner. 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: Warsaw
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Warsaw City Tour
This morning, a tour of Warsaw includes both banks of the Vistula River. Visit Lazienki Park to view Chopin's Monument, then travel along the Royal Route with its historic monuments and residences toward the Warsaw Ghetto. Walk through the cobbled streets to the Market Square. View the Cathedral of St. John and the Royal Castle. Balance of the day is at leisure or join the optional tour to Wilanow Palace. This former summer residence of the Polish kings is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Wilanow was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski
Optional: Wilanow Palace (PM)
Overnight: Warsaw
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Jasna Gora Monastery
Travel south to Czestochowa to see the Paulite Monastery at Jasna Gora, a place of devout pilgrimage by Polish Catholics and home of the Black Madonna, a portrait of Our Lady that is said to have miraculous powers. Drive to Krakow, former residence of the Polish kings. Remainder of the day is at leisure or join the optional Wieliczka Salt Mine tour. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list
Optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Krakow City Tour, Auschwitz-Birkenau Tour
This morning, take a tour of medieval Krakow, including a visit to the 16th century Wawel Royal Castle District. Visit the Jewish Quarter. Continue to the Old Town and Market Square to view St. Mary's Church and the Renaissance Cloth Hall. In the afternoon tour Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous network of concentration camps from World War II. It has since been turned into a museum by the Polish government and is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Overnight: Krakow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Scenic Drive to Budapest
This morning, travel to the small, quaint village of Orawka to view St. John the Baptist Church, the oldest existing wooden church in the Upper Orava region in Poland. It was built in 1651-1656 from top quality knot-free larch timber using the horizontal log technique. Continue through the scenic Tatra Mountains and the wooded countryside of Slovakia before reaching the Danube Valley and Hungary's capital city of Budapest with its world-class classical music scene and pulsating nightlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Budapest City Tour
Take a morning city tour of Budapest. Begin in Pest and continue to view the Parliament, Heroes' Square, and Market Hall before crossing the Danube to the Buda Hills. There, see the Royal Palace, visit Matthias Church and continue to the Fisherman's Bastion for enthralling panoramic views of the city. Afternoon is at leisure, or join the optional tour* to the Parliament** with its stunning interior and the impressive St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. End the tour with a walk through the historic Great Market Hall with its over 100 market stalls and endless choices of regional products. This evening, perhaps join the optional Danube dinner cruise and take in the spectacular skyline from the comfort of a private boat
*Be advised that you might not be able to book this optional tour locally, due to certain restrictions regarding the Parliament.
**Oct 26 Departure: Due to the observance of All Saints' Day, the optional Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall will not be offered due to site closure.
Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall (PM)*
Optional: Danube Dinner Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Vienna City Tour
Depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Upon arrival in Vienna, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that begins with a drive along the Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, to view Hofburg Palace, the Opera House, the monument of Empress Maria Theresia, Votive Church, City Hall, Parliament, St. Charles' Church, the monument of Johann Strauss, the Museum of Art History, the Natural History Museum, and Musikverein, the music hall of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Afterwards, continue to magnificent Schonbrunn Palace for a highlight tour. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music” featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Full Day in Vienna
Enjoy a full day to explore Vienna independently. As European cultural capital, Vienna abounds with stunning palaces, historical monuments, fascinating museums, and some of the world's best concert performances, ranging from classical masterpieces to lively jazz fusion. Perhaps, participate in the optional morning tour to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, one of Europe’s newest capitals with time to explore the historic center of this charming city before returning to Vienna. Tonight, feel the spirit of imperial Vienna in a cozy wine tavern in the Vienna woods including a hearty meal, local wines and music
Optional: Half Day Bratislava (AM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Arrive in Prague
This morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Enjoy the sights of Central Europe during your journey. Make your way through Southern Bohemia and on to the Czech capital city, Prague "The City of a Thousand Spires"
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Prague City Tour
A morning sightseeing tour of Prague includes a visit to the Royal Castle District at Hradcany, former residence of the Bohemian kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the city and Charles Bridge below as well as a visit to St. Vitus Cathedral. Following your visit, view St. George's Basilica, the oldest church in the Castle complex and best preserved Romanesque basilica in Prague. This evening, dinner at a local restaurant in this gorgeous city known for its stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart the Czech Republic
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This former summer residence of the Polish kings is situated just outside of Warsaw. The tour of the palace makes Polish history come alive. Wilanow was built at the end of the 17th century for King Jan III Sobieski. It stands for the splendor of Poland in the past and is considered one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #3 16 Aug 2018 - 31 Dec 2019 $50.00
01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020 $52.00
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Legend has it that the salt mines in Wieliczka were part of a dowry from Kinga, the Hungarian princess, when she wed Boleslaw the Shy over 700 years ago, making the Wieliczka Salt Mine one of the oldest in Europe. The mine's historical importance, as well as the amazing works of art carved into the walls by miners, have earned the Wieliczka Salt Mine a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. The tour will be conducted with a group on a route that takes you through three levels of underground galleries and chambers.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Times to be arranged locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

There are a total of 800 steps to descend to the underground mine, with convenience stops along the way. After a short break, all visitors will return to the surface in a mining elevator. This tour is not recommended for travelers that have difficulty walking on uneven and/or steep terrain.

Day #4 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $77.00
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This comprehensive tour includes three splendid interiors and at the same time provides an insight on local politics, religion and products. The cost of building the Hungarian House of Parliament would have paid for the construction of an entire town for 40,000 people. A stunning interior and the Hungarian Crown Jewels await you there. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit each day. Next tour St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest and most impressive church of Budapest where a relic, the mummified hand of St. Stephen, can be seen. Finally your guide takes you to the historic Great Market Hall where, like a hundred years ago, the locals still do their everyday shopping. At your leisure, absorb the unique atmosphere with over 100 market stalls and an endless choice of regional products.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 02 Nov 2019 - 14 Mar 2020 $65.00
16 Mar 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 $65.00
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Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Danube on a private boat, accompanied by the commentary of your local expert. The views from the river are magnificent as you admire the skyline from a different perspective of the city after sunset. The buffet dinner features Hungarian specialties and wine. Transportation is included.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 03 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $85.00
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Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #8 01 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2020 $71.00
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This morning enjoy a half-day excursion across the border to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. It has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. The beautifully restored old town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards is nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. First, explore the historic center on a guided walking tour. Then, with time at leisure, stroll the lively pedestrian streets of this charming city where local street vendors offer regional gifts.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #9 01 Nov 2019 - 03 Apr 2020 $68.00
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