Day 1: Arrival in Berlin
On arrival in Berlin airport, take a taxi to your centrally located hotel. Once you have checked in and settled into your room, we suggest venturing out and begin exploring, there is so much to see and many things to do in Berlin! First, wander down the famous Kurfürstendamm, an elegant, tree-lined boulevard that was once the center of Berlin's nightlife and leisure scene, attracting writers, film stars, and artists. Sites you may wish to visit are the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gadächtnis-Kirche (nicknamed the Broken Tooth Church), the famous KaDeWe, a gigantic department store which served as a symbol of Western market capitalism during the Cold War, as well as Berlin's famous zoo.
Day 2: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing
Your first full day in Berlin begins with a guided 2 and half hour city walk of Berlin's highlights. Berlin is home to an eclectic mix of old and new, and you'll see many reminders of its varied history on your walk today. Sites visited include Check Point Charlie, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.
In the afternoon, you may wish to revisit some of these iconic symbols you saw on your guided walking tour or head towards the Victory Column and the Tiergarten, a wonderful escape from the urban vibe in the city center.
Day 3: Berlin Sightseeing
Spend this morning visiting the famous Museum Island, home to five museums and one of Berlin’s UNESCO World Heritage site. You may also wish to visit the majestic Berliner Dom Cathedral and the royal Berlin Palace which can also be found on the island. In the afternoon, explore the nearby hidden courtyards of the Spandau Vorstadt neighborhood, possessing some of Berlin’s most beautiful courtyards, the Hackesche Höfe, as well as other courtyards which better recall the crowded conditions of industrial Berlin.
It was around courtyards such as these that Berlin’s Jewish population once settled and prospered. Here you can also discover the partially reconstructed New Synagogue and the former site of the Jewish cemetery. If you have time, a short walk will bring you to the Television Tower, where you can ascend in a super-fast elevator and take in the panoramic views.
Day 4: Journey to Prague
Today you will journey south by train to Prague in the Czech Republic. When you arrive, our driver will be waiting to take you to your centrally located hotel for your 3-night stay. In the afternoon, you can head out and begin your discoveries of Prague, starting with the Old Town, home to the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, the Old Town Square and a host of quaint restaurants for you to enjoy a typical Czech dinner.
Day 5: Private walking tour & Sightseeing Prague
Your day begins with a 2 and a half hour private walking tour of Prague's highlights. Listen to the history of the city, visit sights including Charles Bridge and follow the historic Royal Route on the way to Prague Castle. In the afternoon, spend time exploring the sights in Prague Castle. We recommend Golden Lane and St Vitus Cathedral as must visits! If you have time, you may want to visit Prague's Little Quarter, where you will find John Lennon Wall, the Wallenstein Palace Gardens, and Kampa Park, offering a tranquil retreat from the city bustle.
Day 6: Prague Sightseeing
Some of Prague's earliest residents were Jewish, and their long history in the city and rich heritage can be explored with a visit to the Jewish Quarter. Here you can visit the interesting Jewish cemetery as well as numerous synagogues, including our favorite the Spanish Synagogue. In the afternoon, head out of the city center to Vysehrad, a historic fortress that offers wonderful views over the city. Here you can also explore the St Peter & St Paul Basilica and the cemetery with its art-nouveau arcade. Many Czech national heroes are buried here, including the composer Dvorak. Early evening, you can head back to Prague's vibrant New Town where you'll find a myriad of shops, restaurants, bars and one of the city's most beautiful examples of art-nouveau architecture – the Municipal House.
Day 7: Journey to Cesky Krumlov
Leave Prague behind today and take a coach journey south to the beautiful small town of Český Krumlov. This bohemian jewel is a must visit for any visit to the Czech Republic. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to a wonderful castle, cobbled stone lanes, and ancient homes. Enjoy a private guided walking tour with our knowledgeable guide who can provide some insightful facts and history of Český Krumlov.In the afternoon, spend time just wandering this picture perfect town and perhaps visit the castle, enjoy scenic views and visit the resident bears who live in the moat!
Day 8: Journey to Salzburg
Your journey continues today to one of Austria's most charming cities, Salzburg! Home to the Sound of Music, this vibrant city is alive with history, sublime architecture and stunning views of the Alpine Mountains. Today you'll be met by our guide who will take you on a 2 half-hour private guided walk of some of Salzburg's highlight including Salzburg Cathedral, the birth house of Mozart and some of Salzburg's most magnificent squares. Sound of Music fans will also recognize the music hall which is featured in the movie. In the evening, retrace your steps and explore more of Salzburg's charming Altstadt (Old Town), where you'll find markets, pleasant shops and, cozy restaurants.
Day 9: Private walking tour & sightseeing Salzburg
Make sure you have a hearty breakfast today as there is plenty of exploring to be done! Start the day with a visit to Salzburg's Neustadt (New Town) and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. The Mirabell Palace is a Baroque masterpiece and the most famous site in the Neustadt. In the gardens, you'll find statues of Pegasus, unicorns, and lions. Sound of Music fans may remember the garden from the "Do-Re-Me" scenes in the movie.
In the afternoon, take the funicular to the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress that dominants the city's skyline. Take a tour of the staterooms, visit the Fortress Museums and take in the breath-taking views from its terraces. For those with energy, take an idyllic walk across the Monchsberg (Monk's Mountain) of which the fortress sits. At the foot of the Monchsberg, lies Austria's largest beer hall, the perfect spot to stop for a delicious local beer and an opportunity to sample traditional Austrian cuisine.
Day 10: Konigssee Lake & Berchtesgaden
The magnificent Alpine Mountains are hard to miss when you visit Salzburg, and today you'll have the opportunity to head towards to mountains by bus for some fresh air! Cross the border into Germany and visit the breath-taking Konigssee Lake. Take a boat trip across the lake and spend the day taking a light hike around the area, taking in the mountain vistas. If you're an active adventurous type, take a hike through the forests for even more spectacular views.
In the afternoon return back to the charming town of Berchtesgaden. Here you can wander around its quaint squares and narrow streets, explore its churches and medieval palace.
Day 11: Journey to Ljubljana
Board your last train journey on this trip and travel to Ljubljana. Upon arrival, your driver will meet you on the platform and drop you off at your hotel. In the late afternoon, you are free to begin exploring Ljubljana, Europe’s smallest and newest capital city!
Day 12: Private walking tour & sightseeing Ljubljana
Today you'll have a two-hour private guided walking tour to get to know Ljubljana in more detail. Your tour will begin in Stara Ljubljana (Ljubljana Old Town) where you'll see a host of beautiful examples of Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Top sights on the tour include Triple Bridge, Cobbler's bridge and the four squares of the Old Town. In the afternoon, head to Ljubljana Castle and enjoy breath-taking views over the city. The modern funicular will wish you to the top where you'll also find numerous interesting exhibitions and information on the city's history.
Day 13: Lake Bled Day Trip
Today you'll head out of Ljubljana and visit Slovenia's most popular tourist destination, Lake Bled. With its turquoise waters and picture perfect setting, it is the perfect day trip from the city. Take a boat trip across the lake to the island, hire a bicycle and explore the lake's perimeter or head to the dramatic Vintgar Gorge, an impressive 1.6km ravine, home to long chains of wooden gantries and bridges that run along the most beautiful emerald gorge.
Day 14: Departure of Ljubljana
Today you say goodbye to Ljubljana and head home. Your trip includes a transfer to the airport. If you wish to extend your trip, or would like information on connections to other cities you are visiting, please speak to your dedicated travel consultant, they will be more than happy to assist in the extension of your trip or onward travel advice.