Warsaw to Budapest
WARSAW to BUDAPEST 11D/10N
Valid until: Oct 2019
Warsaw, is the sprawling capital of Poland. Its widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. The city's Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII. Its heart is Market Square, with pastel buildings and open-air cafes. The Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid at its center is the city’s symbol. Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward.
DAY 1 ARRIVE WARSAW, TUESDAY (D)
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. There’s time to relax before meeting your fellow travelers and Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2 WARSAW, WEDNESDAY (B)
The 700-year-old capital of Poland is a symbol of nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from grand Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, summer residence of the last king of Poland. See the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Then a walking tour shows you Old Town, Old Market Square, and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free. You might want to attendan optional late afternoon Chopin concert.
DAY 3 KRAKOW, THURSDAY (B, D)
This morning, journey to Czestochowa, famous for the blackened picture of St. Mary in the Yasna Gora Monastery, popularly called the "Black Madonna." In the afternoon, tour solemn Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious concentration camp from World War II. It is now on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then on to Krakow.
DAY 4 KRAKOW, FRIDAY (B)
Sightseeing starts with a visit to Wawel Hill, where you’ll see the Royal Castle and visit the Royal Cathedral. Then, on a walking tour of the Old Town, visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall, and St. Mary's Church. The afternoon is free to shop and do more sightseeing.
DAY 5 PRAGUE, SATURDAY (B, D)
Drive through the Polish countryside, crossing the borders of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Continue to Prague, the Czech capital, with its lovely Baroque churches, promenades, parks, and old city walls.
DAY 6 PRAGUE, SUNDAY (B)
Built on seven hills and both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is one of the most alluring cities in Europe. Your city tour starts with panoramic drive to see famous Wenceslas Square, Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. On a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus,
the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague, viewing the Jewish Ghetto, the Town Hall and the world-famous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is free. Perhaps attend an optional cultural performance, shop, or just relax.
DAY 7 VIENNA, MONDAY (B)
Head to Vienna, the "City of Waltz." Your time is free in Austria’s lovely capital.
DAY 8 VIENNA, TUESDAY (B, D)
On a morning sightseeing tour, visit Hofburg Palace, once the center of the Habsburg monarchy, see Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other remnants of the city’s imperial history. The afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, gather for a dinner in a local restaurant.
DAY 9 BUDAPEST, WEDNESDAY (B)
Today, journey to Budapest. The afternoon is free to explore the “Paris of the East”, shop along the Vaci Utca, nibble a delicious slice of Dobosz cake, sip an excellent Hungarian wine, or perhaps join one of the optional excursions available.
DAY 10 BUDAPEST, THURSDAY (B, D)
In 1873, the twin cities of Buda and Pest joined with ancient Obuda to form a new, unified city, Budapest. Charming and beautiful, the city was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square, and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own. Tonight, enjoy farewell dinner with entertainment in a typical Csarda restaurant.
DAY 11 DEPART BUDAPEST, FRIDAY (B)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.