BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE
18 - Jul 1
+ $750 tax
1 VANCOUVER TO BERLIN
Air Vancouver to Berlin
Day 2 ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY
Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director &
traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 3 BERLIN
Sighteeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis
includes the Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, a picture
stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial,
Charlottenburg Palace, and the 210-foot Victory Column in
the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL
CHURCH (on Sunday, inside guided visit not possible), drive
along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the German State
Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. To enhance your stay,
why not join an optional excursion to historic Potsdam?
Day 4 BERLIN–POZNAN,
Cross Polish border, enjoy vistas of rural life in the fertile
central plains, stop in historic Poznan on your way to Warsaw.
Day 5 WARSAW
Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often
tragic history of this important gateway city between East
and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with
its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN,
the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science,
neoclassical Lazienki Palace, remnants of the Jewish ghetto.
Later, attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT
Day 6 WARSAW–CZESTOCHOWA–AUSCHWITZ–KRAKOW
A fascinating morning: visit JASNA GÓRA, the monastery
near Czestochowa, and admire its BLACK MADONNA, which is
venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become
the country’s national symbol. Next, stop in Auschwitz
to visit what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling
reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arriva Krakow. B D
Day 7 KRAKOW
This morning, there is a chance to join an optional excursion
to the Wieliczka salt mines. Later, guided sightseeing in
ancient Krakow features a walking tour of the KAZIMIERZ
QUARTER, a picture stop at Wawel Castle, and a visit to
ST. MARY’S CHURCH. Tonight, Join an optional Polish
dinner and folklore show?
Day 8 KRAKOW–DONOVALY, SLOVAKIA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
A scenic drive through the heart of mountainous and densely
wooded Slovakia, where brown bears still roam free, brings
you to Donovaly, a popular ski resort in the Tatra Mountains.
Continue to Budapest, proud capital of Hungary. This evening,
you may wish to join an optional private dinner cruise on
the Danube River, the perfect introduction to this fascinating
Day 9 BUDAPEST
Your Local Guide takes 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. OPtional Hungarian specialty dinner Day 9 BUDAPEST–VIENNA,
Drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center
of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and
start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater park with its
giant Ferris wheel. Then, drive along the elegant Ringstrasse.
Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter,
and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the
Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards
and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S
Day 10 AT LEISURE IN VIENNA
A whole day at leisure offers you the opportunity to join
exciting optional excursions to the capital of Slovakia,
Bratislava, and a concert in one of Vienna’s concert
halls, or to just explore this magnificent city on your
Day 11 VIENNA–TELC, CZECH REPUBLIC–PRAGUE
Cross the Czech border and enter Moravia. Stop in one of
the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, Telc, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a light lunch with local
specialties awaits you. In the afternoon, drive through
the rich farmlands of Moravia and Bohemia to Prague. Tonight
is your chance to join an optional outing to explore Prague
Day 12 PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing includes a visit to HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS.
Also see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto,
and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe.
Then, taste a Trdelnik, the famous rolled pastry topped
with sugar and walnut mix. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 13 PRAGUE–DRESDEN, GERMANY–BERLIN
Re-enter Germany and stop in Dresden, the former capital
of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945,
the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor.
During your walking tour, admire the architecture of the
Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera. Next, return to Berlin,
where a special farewell dinner awaits you at a local restaurant.
Day 14 BERLIN
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Flight Berlin