12 Day Enchanting Central Europe

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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 a Classic Program. For more information, click here.

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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 visit 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 historic Great Market Hall.* 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.
Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen’s & Great Market Hall (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 - 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 6, Wednesday - 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 7, Thursday - Dolomites, Innsbruck
Travel through the dramatic Dolomite mountain range and venture briefly into Italy en route to the mighty Brenner Pass and Austria’s Tyrol. Upon arrival in Innsbruck, admire fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of impressive architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. On your orientation tour, stop at the Golden Roof, overlooking a bustling square in the heart of historic Innsbruck and the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol with its stunning rococo decorations. Innsbruck has also hosted two Olympic Winter Games (1964 and 1976). See the famous ski jump used in the Winter Olympics. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with drinks (PM)
Overnight: Innsbruck
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Linderhof, Oberammergau & Munich
This morning cross into Germany at the town of Mittenwald and admire the Bavarian mountains as you pass the ski resort of Garmisch Partenkirchen in the shadow of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Next, a highlight tour of Mad King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle built to rival the splendor of Europe’s royal palaces, with an ornate interior. Continue to the fairytale village of Oberammergau with time for lunch amidst the pretty wooden chalets with flower-filled balconies. Finally arrive in Munich, the vibrant German city, famous for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and home to BMW!
Overnight: Munich
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday - 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 photo stop at 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 10, Sunday - 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 11, Monday - 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 at a local restaurant
Optional: Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral (PM)
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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Optional Tours

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 #3 16 Mar 2019 - 18 Apr 2019 $63.00
23 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019 $63.00
02 May 2019 - 09 Jun 2019 $63.00
11 Jun 2019 - 19 Aug 2019 $63.00
21 Aug 2019 - 22 Oct 2019 $63.00
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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 #3 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $86.00
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Enjoy stunning alpine views as you travel to the nearby medieval village of Radovljica. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with local snacks and taste the regional wines, before a memorable Slovenian dinner with music and folklore entertainment.

Day #6 01 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2019 $57.00
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Today enjoy your visit to two UNESCO World Heritage Sights. Travel aboard the specially designed mini train with electric lighting that allows you to observe the splendor of the magnificent Postojna limestone caves. Afterwards, explore the caves on a guided walking tour. Continue on to the impressive Predjama Castle, perched on a towering 403 foot cliff. It is listed as the largest cave castle in the world by the Guinness Book of Records. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping.

Departs at 8:00 am. Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #6 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 $79.00
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Enjoy a varied entertainment program including authentic folk music, Tyrolean dances and "shoe-slapping" as well as typical Tyrolean songs and "yodeling." Pick-up details to be advised locally.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020 $58.00
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Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $33.00
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Leaving the bustle of the new town, drive up the hill to the historical area surrounding the Prague castle, and enter the fairytale complex of cobbled courtyards, churches and administrative buildings, once the court of the Bohemian Kings. Still the political center of the Czech Republic, this is where the Presidential Palace is located, complete with ceremonial guards. Visit the medieval Old Palace and the Cathedral of St. Vitus, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, as well as the St. George Basilica and the Famous “Golden Lane”.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #11 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020 $68.00
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