Day 1: Arrival in Budapest
Upon arrival at Budapest Airport, our driver will greet you and transfer you to your centrally located hotel. After you have settled in, use your detailed travel itinerary and venture out and begin discovering Central Pest, Budapest's lively and fascinating city centre. Encounter grand apartment houses, Secession-style architectural gems, and imposing monumental buildings.
Two of the focal points you will see are the neo-classical St. Stephen’s Basilica, which dramatically rises above the surrounding city, and the nearby Chain Bridge, which regally spans the Danube. For those who wish, you may also wish to take a relaxing evening cruise along the Danube, as the brightly lit buildings cast their reflections on the water and stately bridges pass overhead.
Day 2: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing Budapest
Many of Budapest's most treasured sights and landmarks will be visited today during your half day private walking tour with one of our friendly and knowledgable local guides. Take in a gorgeous vista of the city from the Fisherman’s Bastion, explore the winding streets of the Castle District, gaze in awe at the striking interior of St. Stephen’s Basilica, travel along the city’s most elegant avenue with the help of Europe’s oldest subway, and more.
In the afternoon you can use your itinerary and visit the Széchenyi Baths, one of the city's most famous thermal bath houses. Spend the rest of the day in the myriad of baths and outdoor swimming pool.
Day 3: Jewish Heritage of Budapest Half Day Walking Tour
This morning, a private walking tour to the Jewish Quarter will take in many of the city's most significant historical sights. Stop at the unique ‘Weeping Willow’ Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the 500,000 Jews who perished during the Nazi reign of terror, visit the magnificent Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest worldwide and explore the Jewish Museum with its wealth of artifacts and documents relating to Jewish life in Hungary.
Also included is a visit to the riverbank where empty shoes are left as a heartbreaking remembrance of the Jewish families who were machine gunned into the Danube during World War II. In the afternoon, follow our directions and visit the Central Market for some tasty local treats and souvenir shopping and the National Museum.
Day 4: Train Journey to Prague
Today you'll be leaving the city of Budapest behind as you head to the Czech capital, Prague. Enjoy a journey by train through three countries - Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. A driver will collect you from Prague's Main Station and from there you'll be taken to your centrally located hotel.
The remainder of your day can be spent exploring the Old Town area of Prague, with highlights including the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and a host of beautiful examples of Baroque & Gothic architecture.
Day 5: Private Walking Tour of Prague
Today you'll be visiting many of Prague's main historic sights on a half day private guided walking tour. Following the so-called Royal Route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, you'll cross the river on the Charles Bridge and head towards Prague's Castle district, the largest in Europe.
In the afternoon, use our detailed instructions in your itinerary to visit Prague's mini Eiffel Tower on Petrin Hill and the charming Little Quarter where you will find sights including David Cerny's Baby Statues, John Lennon Wall and the grand St Nicholas Church.
Day 6: Private Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
During your 3-hour guided walk through the former Jewish Ghetto, you will learn about the important milestones in its history: the first settlement, the Pogroms, the horror of World War II. You will also experience the rich culture that Prague’s Jews created.
You will enter the synagogues and walk through the Old Jewish Cemetery, and learn how the Jews of Prague maintained their faith and lived their daily lives amidst a sometimes hostile surrounding population. You will also see poignant reminders of the Holocaust, including a heartbreaking collection of artwork from children interned in the Terezín concentration camp.
In the afternoon, use your itinerary to visit the historical fort of Vysehrad and Prague's lively New Town area, full of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Day 7: Guided Excursion to the Concentration Camp of Terezín
This six-hour guided excursion takes you to the Terezín Concentration Camp, where the Nazis created a model “Jewish Town” intended to fool the Red Cross and other observers into thinking that the Jews in Europe were being humanely treated. On this in-depth excursion, you will be transported from Prague to Terezín, where you will visit the ghetto museum, barracks, and prison, and see exhibitions of music, art works, literature, and a theater.
If time allows, you will also visit the Crematorium and Columbarium and several other sites. To finish the day, visit the neighbourhood of Vinohrady with an eclectic range of restaurants, wine bars, cafes and pubs that offer great venues for an evening meal or a night out.
Day 8: Journey to Krakow
Leave Prague behind and journey to Poland's historic capital, Krakow. Our driver will take you to Prague Main Station and from there enjoy a scenic journey east to Bohumin From Bohumin the final two hours of the journey are aboard a comfortable coach service to Krakow Bus Station where our driver will then collect you and take you directly to your centrally located hotel. If you wish, you can use your itinerary to explore Krakow's Old Town.
The two most famous attractions on the Market Square are St. Mary’s Basilica and the Cloth Hall. The magnificent 600 year old basilica was built from a combination of red brick and stone, creating a striking appearance both in its exterior and interior. The Cloth Hall sits in the very center of the square, and today merchants sell hand made goods and souvenirs there.
Day 9: Guided Bus Excursion to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The Holocaust’s most significant historical sites, the concentration camp of Auschwitz and its auxiliary camp of Birkenau, are located a little over an hour from Krakow. Today your tour will take you beneath the wrought iron gates, with their ironic admonition that “Arbeit macht frei” (work makes you free), and into the vast guarded complexes where so much suffering occurred.
It is a sobering and troubling visit, but at the same time it is a fascinating journey and a necessary reminder to all of us of the evil that mankind is still capable of exercising. In the afternoon, you may wish to also visit Schindler's Factory.
During World War II Oscar Schindler saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews by employing them in his enamelware factory in Krakow. Until recently still used as a factory, the building now houses one of Europe’s most impressive new museums.
Day 10: Guided Walking Tour of the Jewish Quarter
On this three hour guided walking tour, you will discover what was once home to one of Europe’s largest and most influential Jewish communities - numbering over 60,000 residents at its height. While most of its residents were tragically killed in the Holocaust, they left behind a rich historical legacy, including numerous beautiful synagogues now open for visitors. The elegant and cosmopolitan architecture of the district has made it a popular locale for social life, and you will walk through streets full of cafes frequented by Krakow’s hippest and liveliest residents.
You will also see somber reminders of the horror that befell the districts Jewish residents in World War II, such as the tenements which formed the backdrop for the movie Schindler’s List. In the afternoon, visit the nearby Wawel Castle to complete your time in Krakow.
Day 11: Departure from Krakow
Today you say goodbye to Krakow and journey home. Our driver will collect you from your hotel and take your directly to the airport at your chosen departure time.
Speak to one of our travel consultants if you wish to extend your trip!