13-Day Itinerary - Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, and Ljubljana

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Day 1: Arrival in Krakow

Arrive in the beautiful city of Krakow where our driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall to drive you to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, you may wish to head out and begin your discoveries, starting with Krakow’s Old Town. Visit two of the most famous sights on the Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica and the Cloth Hall. 

Day 2: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing

Start your first full day in Krakow with a 3-hour private guided walking tour of the city’s highlights. Learn about the city’s interesting history, admire its medieval, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and visit some of Krakow’s overlooked sights and squares. After your tour, visit Krakow’s dramatic castle situated on Wawel Hill. Here you can visit the castles staterooms, royal private apartments and the cathedral along with the famous “Sigismund” bell.

If you have time, you may want to visit Kosciuszko Mound, a steep grassy man-made mound built to commemorate Thaddeus Kosciusko, a hero of both the American Revolution and Polish independence struggles. Here you can witness panoramic views of Krakow and explore the fascinating defensive works of the military fortress built beneath the mound.  

Day 3: Auschwitz & Birkenau Concentration Camps

This morning you will take a trip out of Krakow and visit the Holocaust’s most significant historical sites, the concentration camp of Auschwitz and its auxiliary camp of Birkenau. It is a sobering and troubling visit but at the same time a fascinating journey through history and a necessary reminder to us all of the evil that mankind is still capable of exercising.

On your return to Krakow, explore the district of Kazimierz, now known as the Jewish Quarter. Today the narrow streets and hidden courtyards of the district make it a popular locale for social life, with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and shops. 

Day 4: Journey to Prague, Czech Republic

Today you will journey by bus and train to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. When you arrive, our driver will collect you from the rail station and take you to your centrally located hotel. From there you can begin your exploration of Prague, starting at the epicenter of the historical area, the Old Town Square. Wander the narrow cobbled streets, marvel at the Astronomical Clock and admire the beautiful examples of Baroque architecture and Renaissance palaces. 

Day 5: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing

Your first full day in Prague begins with a charming private guided walk of some of Prague’s highlights. Trace the Royal Coronation Route through Prague’s historical center, crossing Charles Bridge up to Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in Europe. After your tour, you are free to explore the castle grounds including the dramatic St. Vitus Cathedral and the charming Golden Lane.

You may also wish to visit the famous library found in Strahov Monastery and revisit the Little Quarter, where you’ll find the John Lennon Wall and the tranquil Wallenstein Palace Gardens. 

Day 6: Journey to Cesky Krumlov

Leave the city of Prague behind you and head to the charming bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, sat on the border of the Czech Republic and Austria. Travel four hours south by bus and enjoy the scenic Czech countryside along the way. On arrival, check into your hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage Center and enjoy a guided walk through the narrow cobblestoned lanes.

Learn about the town’s rich heritage and discover hidden secrets narrated by your guide. After the tour, you are free to explore this picturesque town, tour the castle and admire the countryside views from the lookout points. 

Day 7: Journey to Budapest, Hungary

This morning you will be driven by shuttle transfer to Linz Rail Station where you will board a train to Budapest in Hungary. On arrival, our driver will meet you and escort you by car to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon start exploring some of Budapest’s top sights on the Pest side. Two focal points to look out for are the neo-classical St. Stephen’s Basilica and the nearby Chain Bridge that spans the Danube River.

Day 8: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing

Budapest is a cultural and architectural Mecca with a storied history. On your private guided walking tour this morning you will visit some of Budapest's best sights including Andrassy Avenue, the most elegant street in Budapest, and the Castle District, where a visit to Fisherman's Bastion allows time to gaze in awe at one of the most iconic views over Budapest. In the afternoon you are free to further explore the Castle District and or head to Szechenyi Baths, one of the city's most famous thermal bath houses.

Day 9: Budapest Sightseeing

Budapest was once the site of one of Europe’s largest and most vibrant Jewish communities. The now called Jewish Quarter is a fascinating area to explore, home to the world’s second largest synagogue – the Dohany Street Synagogue. This morning you can visit the synagogue as well as the Holocaust memorial and Jewish Museum. In the afternoon, visit the Central Market Hall, a foodie’s paradise. Here you’ll find an assortment of Hungarian culinary specialties and souvenirs as well as some of Pest’s most interesting monuments and historic churches in the surrounding area.

Later in the afternoon, discover Andrassy Avenue, Budapest’s equivalent of the Champs-Élysées. Lined by imposing neo-Renaissance palaces and buildings, the avenue is home to several museums including the House of Terror Museum which focuses on the horrors inflicted by totalitarian regimes in the 20th Century. There is also the beautiful State Opera House, where you can tour the interiors or even catch an evening concert. 

Day 10: Journey to Ljubljana

Board your last train of this journey of this trip to Ljubljana this morning. While the journey is 8 hours, you will travel through some of the most scenic countryside onboard one of Central Europe’s most modern trains. On arrival in Ljubljana, our driver will be waiting for you on the platform to escort you to your centrally located hotel. Later in the evening, you can begin exploring Ljubljana’s Old Town, home to plenty of cafes and restaurants to eat dinner and some of the city’s highlights including the famous Triple Bridge. 

Day 11: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing

On a two-hour private guided walking tour of Ljubljana, you will get to know the unique character of the city’s Old Town, where distinct Baroque and Art-Nouveau architecture blends seamlessly with the modern 20th-century buildings created by architect Joze Plecnik.

On your tour, you’ll see the city’s best-known sights including Triple Bridge, the four main town squares, and the city’s famous outdoor market. After your tour, explore Ljubljana’s most popular attraction, the Ljubljana Castle, where fantastic views of the city can be enjoyed. 

Day 12: Lake Bled

With its dark turquoise waters and its picturesque island, Lake Bled is one of Slovenia’s most popular destinations. Today, you’ll travel to Lake Bled by train for a day trip and spend the day exploring the delights that surround this beautiful lake. Upon arrival, you may wish to take a gondola across the lake to the island, explore the perimeter of the lake on foot or by bicycle or tuck into the infamous Bled Cream Cake in one of the many cafes. 

Day 13: Departure

Today you say goodbye to Ljubljana and journey home. To reach the airport, you can book a self-arranged taxi directly with your hotel or we can schedule an airport transfer for you. If you wish to extend your trip further, contact your personal Travel Consultant. 

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