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Enchanting Europe Tour - 15 days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Germany   Czech Republic   Hungary  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Food & Wine  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 8500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8500 US Dollar (USD)

This is the ideal private tour for exploring Europe’s most fascinating cities with family and friends. Discover vibrant, cosmopolitan capitals, visit former communist sites full of history and enjoy yourself touring fairy-tale castles.

Highlights:

Berlin-Germany: Brandenburg gate, victory column, Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Hohenschonhausen Prison.

Prague-Czech Republic: Hradcany Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Strahov Monastery.

Vienna-Austria: Vienna woods and underground lake, Schoenbrunn Palace, Prater Amusement Park Bratislava-Slovakia: St. Michael’s Gate, medieval Town Hall.

Bratislava-Slovakia: St. Michael’s Gate, medieval Town Hall, St. Martin's Church, Grassalkovich Palace, Archiepiscopal Palace.

Bojnice-Slovakia: Bojnice Castle, oldest castle in the world.

Rajecka Lesna-Slovakia: Slovak Bethlehem (Nativity).

Budapest-Hungary: Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue, Matthias Coronation Church, Heroes’ Square.

Brasov-Romania: Castle of Dracula in Bran, Council Square, Black Church, Rasnov Fortress.

Bucharest-Romania: Parliament Palace, Village Museum, Revolution Square, Arch of Triumph, Athenaeum, Royal Palace, Historical Town Center.

Itinerary: Berlin-Prague-Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest-Brasov-Bucharest

Day 1: Meet your tour guide at Berlin Airport. Panoramic tour of the city and dinner at the best restaurant in town.

Day 2: Berlin (Germany)
Tour Berlin in the morning with an expert local guide. Highlights will include Brandenburg gate, the victory column and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Later visit the Jewish Museum, which houses works of art, architecture and photography from the 19th and 20th centuries; Jewish cemetery; and if you are up to the challenge - tour the Hohenschonhausen Prison (the guides are real former prisoners). In the evening visit the Reichstag and climb to the glass dome for a spectacular panoramic view of Berlin.

Day 3: Berlin
Visit the concentration camp Sachsenhausen which was Berlin's ‘capital camp’, close to the city, built 1936 as a ‘model camp’. On the grounds there are original barracks left and remainders of former killing sites. There are several expositions to visit. The memorial gives you information on the Nazi camp system as well as life in a camp and Jewish persecution.

Day 4: Prague (Czech Republic)
Visit the 14th century Bohemian castle at Cesky Krumlov, on the way to Prague. Get a feeling of Prague with a night river cruise. Enjoy a two-hour long cruise through the entire city along the river, during which you will have an all-you-can-eat buffet style dinner.

Day 5: Prague
Guided sightseeing tour of the Czech capital begins at Prague Castle (Hradcany) and includes a visit to St. Vitus Cathedral. Later visit the historic city center and explore the Strahov Monastery, Loreto, Lesser Quarter, famous Charles Bridge, Old Town with remarkable astronomical clock Orloj, Jewish Quarter and New Town with history of Velvet revolution. Breaks for refreshment/lunch along the way. In the evening enjoy yourself at one of the most typical Czech restaurants with a live folklore performance, where you will be served a complete traditional Czech dinner (four course; with unlimited consumption of beer, wine and soft drinks).

Day 6: Vienna (Austria)
Before reaching Vienna, stop in the Vienna Woods for a special included excursion: enjoy a BOAT CRUISE on Europe’s largest underground lake. Arrival in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Panoramic night tour of the city and dinner.

Day 7: Vienna
On your guided tour of Vienna, pass by the Parliament and the Rathaus. Later visit Schoenbrunn Palace, where Empress María Theresa raised Marie Antoinette. Enjoy a free afternoon in Vienna for your own explorations and shopping.
*Optional: Afternoon trip to Prater Park - the oldest amusement park in the world dating since year 1162.

Day 8: Bratislava (Slovakia)
A charming old town set amongst communist sprawl. A royal “Little Big City" finding its feet in the shadows of grandiose neighbors. Today Bratislava remains a contrast. The guided tour entertains throughout as you dive into Slovakia’s culture, traditions, history and future; whilst revealing secrets and stories of Bratislava's Charming old town.
Explore the historic center of Bratislava on foot with your Local Guide in the morning. Marvel at the medieval towers and fortifications, of which St. Michael’s Gate is the oldest, the medieval Town Hall, Gothic ST. MARTIN'S CHURCH, and many palaces, like Grassalkovich Palace, built around 1760 and now residence of the Slovak president, and Archiepiscopal Palace, now seat of the Slovak government.

Day 9: Bratislava - Bojnice – Rajecka Lesna - Bratislava
Bojnice: The spa resort with the most beautiful castle in Slovakia. The Bojnice Castle is situated on a travertine hill overlooking the town. Bojnice Castle is a medieval and romantic building with some original Gothic and Renaissance elements dating from the 12th century. It is one of the most visited castles in Slovakia, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and also being a popular filming stage for fantasy and fairy-tale movies.
Slovak Bethlehem (Nativity) in Rajecka Lesna was constructed by Master Jozef Pekara in 1980. The exhibition depicts Christ’s birth and the history of the Slovak nation. Bethlehem’s scenery is situated in the most significant Slovak monuments. It depicts every-day life and work activities of the Slovak folk in the past, as well as, the dominants and characteristic buildings of towns all over Slovakia.
The length of the work is 8.5 meters, the width is 2.5 meters and the height is 3 meters tall. About 300 figures are placed, of which half of the figures are moving.

Day 10: Budapest (Hungary)
Your Local Guide will take 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.

Day 11: Budapest - Esztergom - Budapest
Spend the day in Esztergom, the capital of Hungary from the 10th through the mid-13th centuries and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary today. The tour features a visit to the ESZTERGOM BASILICA AND TREASURY, the largest church in Hungary.

Day 12: Bran - Brasov (Romania)
Visit the legendary 'Castle of Dracula' and Rasnov Fortress. Tour the town of Brasov, the birthplace of the Romanian national anthem – and briefly renamed “Stalin City” during the Communist era. Brasov boasts beautiful Old Saxon architecture, medieval buildings, and the narrowest street in Romania. Surrounded by the Southern Carpathians, the first documented evidence of Brasov’s citadel dates back to 1235. Other highlights of your day's tour today include the Black Church, White Tower, Black Tower, and Bastions of the Blacksmiths, Weavers, Ropemakers and Drapers.

Day 13: Brasov - Sinaia - Bucharest
On our way to Romania’s capital city - Bucharest - we will stop in Sinaia to visit the enchanting Peles Castle considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. In the natural back drops of the Carpathian Mountains the castle is a masterpiece of German Renaissance architecture.

Day 14: Bucharest
Explore the wide, tree-lined boulevards of Bucharest on a great sightseeing tour. See glorious Belle Époque buildings and experience up-close Bucharest’s reputation for a hedonistic high life.
Highlights:
Discover why the city was once dubbed "Little Paris"
View the extravagant interior of the monumental Parliament Palace, second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
Explore Romanian rural architecture through the ages at the open-air Village Museum
Tour the jumble of streets of the old Lipscani neighborhood and admire lovely Belle Époque buildings
Farewell dinner with wine and live music at Caru cu Bere, the best traditional restaurant in Bucharest.

Day 15: Time to say goodbye! Transfer to Otopeni Airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price includes:

Transportation by confortable minibus: A/C, DVD player.
Tour guide offering assistance during the entire tour.
Local tour guides in every country.
14 nights’ accommodation at 4* hotels with breakfast included.
3 special dinners during the tour:
-Buffet style dinner on cruise in Prague.
-Complete traditional Czech dinner (four course; with unlimited consumption of beer, wine and soft drinks).
-Farewell Romanian dinner in Bucharest.
Underground boat ride in Vienna.
Round trip airport transfer (Berlin & Bucharest).

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