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WARSAW BUDAPEST VIENNA & PRAGUE
14 DAYS FROM $5,290 US
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WarsawBecome immersed in culture among the palaces, castles, art, architecture, and music of Old World Europe on this two-week Eastern Europe and Poland tour. Enjoy Strauss and Mozart at a private palace concert in Vienna... a piano recital of Chopin's music in Warsaw... a private dinner cruise on the Danube in Budapest... a strudel-making demonstration in Vienna... this Exclusives including a private guided tour of the Baroque libraries of Prague's Strahov Monastery, a special gala farewell evening at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle featuring a private Princely Collections tour, reception and dinner... and more.

Day 1 Welcome to Warsaw
Meals D
Your Poland tour begins at 6 PM at Hotel Bristol, Warsaw. A transfer is included from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport to your historic hotel on Warsaw's fashionable "Royal Route." Meet your travel companions and your Director at tonight's welcome reception and dinner in the hotel, a Warsaw landmark for over a century.

Lodging Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Day 2 Explore Warsaw, a city reborn & enjoy the music of Chopin
Meals B, D
Although more than 85% of Warsaw was destroyed or damaged in World War II, the city has been rebuilt into one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals, using pre-war paintings and sketches to painstakingly reconstruct many historic buildings, restoring them to their former glory. See the results for yourself on a guided sightseeing tour including the Palace of Culture; Radziwill Palace, where the beloved composer Frederic Chopin gave his first concert; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Grand Theatre; and Constitution Square. Continue with a walking tour through 13th- and 14th-century Old Town (Stare Miasto), and a visit to the Jewish Ghetto Memorial honoring the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto and the heroes of the 1943 uprising. Chopin’s music comes to life at a private piano recital in the early evening, followed by an ŕ la carte dinner at your hotel.

Lodging Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Map Day 3 Across the heart of Poland to Cracow & its Old Town
Meals B, L, D
Head across the Polish countryside to ancient Cracow – the country's medieval capital and considered one of the finest medieval cities in Europe – for a two-night stay. After lunch, take a walking tour of the city's Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Jagiellonian University, the Franciscan Church and the Archbishop's Palace, where Karol Wojtyla lived for two decades before becoming Pope John Paul II. Dinner is ŕ la carte at your hotel tonight.

Lodging Sheraton Krakow Hotel

Day 4 Visit Kazimierz or Wawel, and Cracow or poignant Auschwitz
Meals B, D
You'll have a choice of sightseeing this morning, choosing to explore the former Jewish Quarter, known as Kazimierz (holidays permitting) – nearly destroyed in World War II but now restored and enjoying a Renaissance – or journeying to Wawel Hill on the banks of the Vistula to see Wawel Castle, the seat of Polish kings from the 11th to 17th centuries, and visit inside iconic Wawel Cathedral, Poland's national sanctuary and historic royal coronation site. In the afternoon, you're free to explore Cracow on your own or join an excursion to the poignant memorial and museum at Auschwitz, 40 miles from the city.

Lodging Sheraton Krakow Hotel

Day 5 Through the Tatra Mountains, bound for Hungary and Budapest
Meals B, L, D
Travel from Poland through the scenic Tatra Mountains, stopping for lunch in Slovakia en route to Hungary. Arrive in Budapest, where you'll have dinner tonight – with wine included – aboard Tour Operator's private dinner cruise on the Danube River for a unique view of the Hungarian capital's amazing architecture, illuminated at night. Spend the next three nights in deluxe rooms at Le Méridien Budapest in the heart of this historic city.

Lodging Le Meridien Budapest

Day 6 Stunning architecture and more in Pest
Meals B, D
Today, take a close-up look at fascinating Budapest as your Eastern Europe and Poland tour reveals landmarks in the city's Pest section, on the eastern side of the Danube. See the embassy district, City Park, Andrassy Avenue and Heroes' Square; visit the opulent State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica and Dohány Synagogue (holidays permitting). Enjoy an ŕ la carte dinner at your hotel this evening.

Lodging Le Meridien Budapest

Day 7 Parliament, beautiful Buda and Castle Hill
Meals B, L
Start today's Budapest sightseeing with a morning visit to Hungary's Parliament building in Pest, a neo-Gothic masterpiece. Then head over to Buda to admire the frescoes and stained glass windows inside the Gothic Matthias Church, where the final two Hungarian kings were crowned; see Fishermen's Bastion overlooking the Danube, with its neo-Romanesque design; and explore the cobblestone streets of Castle Hill, offering more splendid views of the city. Following lunch, spend the rest of the day just as you please in Budapest.

Lodging Le Meridien Budapest

Day 8 Check out Bratislava en route to Vienna
Meals B, L, D
Your Eastern Europe and Poland tour winds its way from Hungary through Slovakia en route to Austria. After lunch, stop in Slovakia's capital city of Bratislava this afternoon to explore some 17 centuries worth of history on a walking tour with a local guide, visiting the Old Town Hall and St. Martin's Cathedral, followed by some time on your own. Then continue on to glorious Vienna, the Austrian capital and former center of the Habsburg empire, for a three-night stay the Hotel Bristol, Vienna – one of Europe's most celebrated hotels – where you'll enjoy dinner ŕ la carte tonight.

Lodging Hotel Bristol, Vienna

Day 9 Vienna's fine arts, Schönbrunn Palace & strüdel-making
Meals B, L
Drive along Vienna's famous Ringstrasse and the Danube River, and view the vast Habsburg art collections on a guided visit to the Museum of Fine Arts (Kunsthistorisches). Then enjoy a gourmet cooking demonstration on how to make the city's famed strüdel – with a tasting, of course – at Schönbrunn Palace, built by Empress Maria Theresa to rival Versailles; boasting 1,400 rooms, including a Hall of Mirrors, it served as the summer residence for Austria's Habsburg emperors. Have lunch at the palace, and take a guided tour of its opulent State Apartments. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy wondrous Vienna as you wish.

Lodging Hotel Bristol, Vienna

Day 10 A day of treasures & a music-filled night in Vienna
Meals B, D
Take a walking tour through medieval Vienna, its historic Jewish Quarter, and the courtyard of the Hofburg – also known as the Imperial Palace of the Habsburgs – which is Austria's presidential residence today. Enjoy lunch on your own today from among Vienna's dizzying array of restaurants and cafés. This evening after dinner at your landmark hotel, attend a private concert featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, held in a historic Viennese palace.

Lodging Hotel Bristol, Vienna

Day 11 Goodbye, Vienna and on to Prague
Meals B, L, D
Bid remarkable Vienna goodbye this morning and travel to Prague, the ancient capital of today's Czech Republic, where you'll spend three nights at the Kempinski Hybernská Prague, a former 15th-century Baroque palace in the heart of the city. After lunch, discover this beautiful city's roots on a walking tour of Old Town, linked to the castle district by the ornate Charles Bridge – lined with statues from centuries past, and alive with street musicians, artists, craftspersons and people out for a stroll. Take in the Powder Tower, the Astronomical Clock, Jan Palach Square, the Municipal House and other landmarks of this, one of Europe's best-preserved historic cities.

Lodging Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague

Day 12 Prague's Castle District & a Exclusive at Strahov Monastery's libraries
Meals B
Explore Prague's Hradcany (Castle District) on a tour today, including remarkable Prague Castle; dating to the 9th century, it's not a single castle, but a complex of palaces, courtyards, museums, monasteries, and ceremonial halls that has served as the country’s traditional seat of power for a thousand years. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the coronation site for Czech kings and queens, and enjoy an exclusive-to-the Tour Operator, privately guided tour of the opulent Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery before spending the afternoon and evening just as you please.

Lodging Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague

Day 13 Art and pageantry in Prague & a special evening at Lobkowicz Palace
Meals B, D
Continue your exploration of Prague – which seems to grow more beautiful each day – with a walking tour of Wenceslas Square and a visit to the historic Estates Theatre, followed by a choice – an architectural tour of Prague highlighting its grand blend of styles from the medieval Town Hall to the Art-Nouveau Municipal House; or an exploration of the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), including the Old-New Synagogue, founded in the 13th century, and the Pinkus and Maisel synagogues (holidays permitting). This evening, join us for our exclusive farewell event at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle, including a private tour of the palace's Princely Collections, a reception and a gala farewell dinner.

Lodging Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague

Day 14 Journey home
Meals B
Your Central Europe and Poland tour ends in Prague, Czech Republic. A transfer is included from the Kempinski Hybernská Prague to Prague's Ruzyne International Airport. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Nights 1 - 2 : Hotel Bristol, Warsaw - Warsaw, Poland
A Warsaw landmark since 1901, Hotel Bristol, Warsaw – A Luxury Collection Hotel – is situated on the “King’s Walk,” the city’s most elegant street, just a short walk from the historical Old Town, the Royal Castle and the Opera House. The readers of both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure deem this fine hotel among the best in the world. The hotel combines gracious 19th-century ambiance with 21st-century luxury and technology throughout. Guest rooms have been individually designed and offer deluxe amenities. The Fitness Center has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and fitness equipment. Dining options include the Marconi Restaurant, offering Italian-influenced cuisine in a relaxed setting; the Viennese-styled Café Bristol for lighter fare; and the Column Bar, a Warsaw institution for cocktails and snacks, conversation and live music.

Nights 3 - 4 : Sheraton Krakow Hotel - Cracow, Poland
The Sheraton Krakow Hotel is ideally located on the bank of the Wisla (Vistula) River near world-famous Wawel Castle and offers lovely views of both. The spectacular Atrium, with its glass roof, evokes the traditional feel of the Old Town square. Guest rooms are nicely decorated in contemporary Krakow style and feature sought-after amenities including Sheraton’s signature SweetSleeper® bedding. A waterfall enhances the indoor swimming pool and a fully equipped gymnasium is available for guests. Sample Polish vodka in a glass made of ice at QUBE, the hotel’s popular vodka bar and café; enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at The Olive Restaurant in the Atrium, and casual Tex-Mex fare at Someplace Else, a pub and eatery boasting eight plasma screens for sporting events and an outdoor terrace for summer fun.

Nights 5 - 7 : Le Meridien Budapest - Budapest, Hungary
Le Méridien Budapest is ideally located in the heart of Budapest, close to the city’s major sights. Lushly decorated guest rooms offer many amenities including coffee maker, minibar and televisions with cable and satellite channels. In the Health Club, guests can take advantage of the tranquility of the indoor swimming pool crowned by a glass roof, as well as exercise equipment and a whirlpool. The hotel’s staff enjoys an excellent reputation for their friendliness and enthusiastic efficiency.

Nights 8 - 10 : Hotel Bristol, Vienna - Vienna, Austria
The elegant Hotel Bristol, Vienna is among the best hotels in this city of sophisticated hostelries. The readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler continually rate it as one of the finest hotels in the world. This proud member of The Luxury Collection artfully combines a sense of its historic grandeur with a warmly welcoming atmosphere in ways that are sure to impress. Ideally located next door to the Vienna State Opera in the heart of the city, Hotel Bristol has served as an elegant meeting point for Vienna’s cultural life for over a century, and features state-of-the-art amenities, exquisite dining, impeccable service, and opulent guest rooms furnished with precious antiques. The hotel's Restaurant Korso has defined haute cuisine in Vienna for over two decades, and the Bristol Bar offers the perfect hideaway for drinks and snacks.

Nights 11 - 13 : Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague - Prague, Czech Republic
Located in the very heart of Prague, the contemporary, five-star Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague is convenient to all the major historic sights such as Wenceslas Square, Old Town and the Charles Bridge. Spacious, comfortable guest rooms feature satellite TV, DVD player, coffee / tea maker, minibar, LCD TV with premium satellite channels, premium bedding, designer toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hair dryer, in-room safe, complimentary bottled water and individual climate control. The Le Grill restaurant offers a menu of local Czech specialties and international cuisine and dining in the manicured garden during the warmer months is a special treat. The Two Steps Bar, with its winter garden annex, is fast becoming the place to see and be seen in Prague.

Extend Your Trip
Many travelers prefer arriving at their destination a day before their journey begins, or often extend a stay at the end of their trip.

Arrive Early: Hotel Bristol, Warsaw - Warsaw, Poland
A Warsaw landmark since 1901, Hotel Bristol, Warsaw – A Luxury Collection Hotel – is situated on the “King’s Walk,” the city’s most elegant street, just a short walk from the historical Old Town, the Royal Castle and the Opera House. The readers of both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure deem this fine hotel among the best in the world. The hotel combines gracious 19th-century ambiance with 21st-century luxury and technology throughout. Guest rooms have been individually designed and offer deluxe amenities. The Fitness Center has an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and fitness equipment. Dining options include the Marconi Restaurant, offering Italian-influenced cuisine in a relaxed setting; the Viennese-styled Café Bristol for lighter fare; and the Column Bar, a Warsaw institution for cocktails and snacks, conversation and live music.
Le Royal Meridien Bristol
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44
Warsaw, Poland
Phone: 48 22 551 1000
Fax: 48 22 625 2577

2014 Hotel Room Rates Double Single Triple
April 1 - October 30 $235 $215 $290


Stay Later: Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague - Prague, Czech Republic
Located in the very heart of Prague, the contemporary, five-star Kempinski Hotel Hybernská Prague is convenient to all the major historic sights such as Wenceslas Square, Old Town and the Charles Bridge. Spacious, comfortable guest rooms feature satellite TV, DVD player, coffee / tea maker, minibar, LCD TV with premium satellite channels, premium bedding, designer toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hair dryer, in-room safe, complimentary bottled water and individual climate control. The Le Grill restaurant offers a menu of local Czech specialties and international cuisine and dining in the manicured garden during the warmer months is a special treat. The Two Steps Bar, with its winter garden annex, is fast becoming the place to see and be seen in Prague.
Kempinski Hybernska Hotel
Hybernska 12
Prague, Czech Republic
Phone: 42 0 226 226 111
Fax: 42 0 226 226 123

2014 Hotel Room Rates Double Single Triple
May 1 - August 31 $325 $310 $435
September 1 - November 30 $335 $320 $440


DEPARTURE DATES
April - October

PRICES
From approx $5,290 US  per person double occupancy 


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