Day 1: Welcome to Berlin! You will be met at the airport and have transport arranged to your centrally located accommodation.
Day 2: Berlin never fails to captivate, and perhaps overwhelm, visitors with its energy and size. Each neighborhood has something new and interesting to discover. History, art, architecture and so much more can be explored, and there are a number of well-run and informative group tours available. For an additional fee, we can also arrange a private group tour.
Of course you won't want to miss traditional favorites such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial, but there's also Museum Island, remnants of the Berlin Wall and the moving Holocaust Memorial. And remember, Berlin is big - take advantage of the city's fast and easy public transport system to ensure you see all the different places on your list.
Day 3: It's time to get out of the big city and explore Berlin's cultured neighbor, Potsdam. On this half-day group tour you will see the historic sections of the city, the Russian Colony "Alexandrowka" and the Dutch Quarter. Enjoy a walk through marvellous gardens of Sanssouci and see the famous sights like Sanssouci Palace, the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany.
Day 4: The most comfortable way to travel from Berlin to Prague, with an optional sightseeing stop along the way. Your private driver will pick you up in Berlin at your chosen departure time and deliver you to your centrally located Prague accommodation. You can also stop for lunch and a visit to Dresden - a beautiful city brought back to life after severe bombings in World War II. You are free to stay as long as you'd like - a waiting fee of $15 is paid directly to your driver. Your driver will bring you straight to your Prague accommodation. Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.
Day 5: Prague's main historic sights are situated on the so-called Royal Route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, crossing the river on the Charles Bridge. To make the most of your visit, we will book a private walking tour for the morning or your first full day for you to catch all the history and romanticism of this wonderful city as well as get oriented, as the three hour tour covers the Old Town area, Mala Strana and up to the Castle. The afternoon is at your leisure and with the tour concluding at the castle we suggest taking your pick of an additional castle tour at an extra charge or enjoying one of the temporary exhibitions in the castle grounds.
Day 6: On your next full day it's time to escape the city for a little Bohemian countryside. We will have a private driver pick you up and take you to for a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and charming former silver-mining town of Kutna Hora, famous for the Sedlec Ossuary, a church decorated with 40,000 human skeletons. Besides the bone church there's a beautiful cathedral, the Mint Museum and a delightful main square. On your way back to Prague you can extend your day trip at an extra charge with a choice of stops. These include a visit to a "Skanzen", an open air museum that recreates an old Bohemian village or stop for a bite to eat at the early 20th Century Chateau Kotera, named after the architect Jan Kotera, founder of Czech modernist architecture.
Day 7: Another magnificent capital city awaits you today as you depart Prague for Vienna. Your private driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you straight to your centrally located accommodation in Vienna. You will stop in the fairy tale UNESCO listed town of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. Here you can discover the beautiful cobblestone streets and a grandiose castle before continuing on to Vienna. Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation upon arriving in Vienna.
Day 8: On the morning of your first full day in Vienna we will book places for you on a group tour of the old town area. If you prefer a private tour to have the guide all to yourself we can arrange that at an additional cost. To explore further afield in Vienna you'll want to make use of the city's efficient and inexpensive public transport system. A favorite of ours is riding the tram on RIngstrasse that encircles the Old Town along which you'll find many of Vienna's famous buildings.
You'll want to be sure to visit the impressive Schonbrunn Palace and gorgeous gardens as well as stop to see the Spanish Riding School, home to the famed Lipizzaner stallions. Another tour option takes you out on the Danube river outside the city to the lovely Wachau Valley.
Day 9: From one imperial city to another today, via train. Your next stop is bewitching Budapest. There are a number of trains daily between Vienna and Budapest so we'll book second class tickets with seat reservations based on your preferred departure time. First class tickets are also possible for an additional fee. A driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Vienna and take you to the train station. If you'd prefer the comfort of a door to door service as well as the opportunity to see another capital city along the way we can arrange a private driver to take you instead and on the way stop for a few hours in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. You would have a tour of the city by our driver guide and then some free time to enjoy lunch on your own. In the mid afternoon you would continue on to Budapest.
Once you arrive at Budapest’s Keleti Train Station, there will be a driver there to meet you and bring you to your accommodation located in Budapest's city center.
Day 10: A private walking tour will begin your first day in Budapest. After this introduction, you might find yourself wanting to revisit a site, or discover a new part of the city. Budapest's main sights are scattered in various parts of the city so be sure to take advantage of their efficient subway, tram and trolleybus system. You'll definitely want to include a hike (or the funicular) to, and walk around the magnificent Buda Castle area with its fabulous views and then join the locals doing some shopping in the main market hall. Take a luxurious stroll down Andrassy Boulevard, not only for some potential shopping, but also to see the massive Heroes Square and beautiful Opera House. Can a visit to Budapest be complete without a soak in one of the legendary baths? Take your pick from the many options on both sides of the river.
Day 11: It would seem wrong to visit Hungary without discovering more about the country's wine heritage as well as its cuisine so your second full day in Budapest will start with a tour of the Grand Market Hall to learn about the building itself but also the culture of eating and drinking in Hungary. Here you'll taste a few selected bites then visit some small local specialist shops, finishing up a local butcher's shop where several traditional Hungarian dishes will be served. As no day in Budapest is complete without dessert you will also visit a traditional patisserie to taste a few cakes. The tour concludes with a guided tasting of three quintessential Hungarian wines.
Day 12: A lovely and comfortable drive awaits you today. A private driver will pick you up in Budapest and bring you to your accommodation in Krakow. The journey will be scenic as you'll go through the beautiful countryside of Slovakia, including the Tatra mountains.
When you arrive in Krakow, your driver will bring you straight to your centrally located accommodation.
Day 13: Getting your first glimpse of Krakow's Main Market Square your first thought will probably be - it's really big! And you would be right - it's the largest square in Europe. The heart of the city, you'll want to spend some time exploring it and the streets radiating off from it. We also highly recommend wandering over to the former Jewish Ghetto neighborhood of Kazimierz with its great cafes, restaurants and nightlife. Your Krakow stay will begin with a private half day walking tour which we will arrange for you. This will get you orientated in the city and make sure you don't miss any of the most important sights.
Day 14: Your last full day will be filled with a trip to the chilling Auschwitz concentration camp. We will arrange tickets for you on a group excursion that includes transport to and from the camp and a guided tour. If you would prefer an alternative activity, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, with its grand chambers and artwork all carved from salt is an option.
See the excursions offered in Krakow.
Day 15: Today, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the Krakow airport for your departing flight.
Price per person based on 2 guests traveling together and staying in 4 star boutique and design hotels.
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