A journey through World War II - Krakow, Budapest, Salzburg, Munich and Berlin

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Day 1: Arrival in Krakow

Upon arrival at Krakow airport, a driver will meet you and drive you to your centrally located hotel. Following check-in, head out and discover one of Krakow’s main highlights with a visit to the Old Town.

Explore the Market Square, the largest medieval town square of any European city. Admire its characteristic architectural facades, visit St Mary’s Basilica or head to Cloth Hall for a spot of souvenir shopping.

Day 2: Private Walking Tour & Sightseeing in Krakow

This morning a guide will meet you at your hotel for a 3 hour guided walking tour of historical Krakow. During your tour you’ll learn about Krakow’s many different types of architectural styles, visit some of the city’s most well-known churches and squares as well as hear about some of the city’s struggles during the Nazism and Communism oppression.

In the afternoon you are free to explore Krakow’s dramatic Wawel Castle and its beautiful cathedral. You can also visit the infamous Schindler’s Factory Museum, the place where more than 1,100 Jewish lives were saved by Oscar Schindler in World War II

Day 3: Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Overnight train to Budapest

Today you will visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp on a guided bus excursion. Your tour will take you beneath the wrought iron gates and through the vast guarded complexes where so much suffering occurred.

After your tour, you will return to the centre of Krakow where you are free to spend the afternoon visiting the district of Kazimierz, the former home to one of Europe’s largest and most influential Jewish communities. Here you can explore the districts Jewish history as well as choose from an abundance of cafes and restaurants for dinner. In the evening, take a taxi to the train station for your overnight train journey to Budapest.

Day 4: Private Walking Tour of Budapest & Sightseeing

Following your overnight train journey to Budapest, a driver will collect you at the rail station and take you to your centrally located hotel. The morning begins with a 3 half hour private walking tour of Budapest’s highlights.

During your tour you’ll take in the famous sites of St Stephens’s cathedral, Andrassy Avenue, the city’s most elegant street and of course visit the Castle District, where a visit to Fisherman’s Bastion allows time to gaze in awe at one of the most iconic of views over Budapest.

Day 5: World War II Tour & Sightseeing

Budapest and Hungary suffered greatly during the time of World War II and the iron grip of Communism, so this morning your guide will meet you at your hotel and take you on a 3 half hour tour through Budapest’s turbulent history. During the tour you’ll hear stories of war and repression, hear how people’s ever day lives were effected under Communism and visit the Terror Museum, located in the former headquarters of Hungary’s Fascist party and later the Communist secret police.

In the afternoon you can traverse down Budapest’s most elegant avenue where you’ll find the State Opera House and numerous restaurants and extravagant cafes. At the end of the long avenue you’ll come to Heroes’ Square and one of Budapest’s most famous thermal baths. If you wish, you can spend the rest of the afternoon hopping in between the eighteen indoor and outdoor baths.

Day 6: Budapest at your leisure

The Hungarian Parliament building is one of Budapest’s most iconic sights, so this morning you are free to take a tour around its grand interior where you will see the magnificent grand stair case and the historic Holy Crown of Hungary which is kept under close watch by four guards at all times. You can then take a short walk through Central Pest to the Market Hall that dates back to 1897.

The market stands at the end of Vaci street, a place where you’ll find a large assortment of cute boutique shops and craft and artwork stores. Venture off this street and you’ll discover some of Central Pest’s most interesting historical monuments including Chain Bridge and St Stephen’s Basilica.

Day 7: Rail Journey to Salzburg

This morning you’ll be collected from your hotel and driven to Budapest’s main train station for your journey to Salzburg in Austria. Upon arrival you can take a short taxi ride to your centrally located hotel. Freshen up and then head out to explore Salzburg’s dominating castle fortress, the Hohensalzburg and the elegant squares and baroque architecture of the Altstadt (Old Town).

Day 8: Salzburg Walking Tour & Sightseeing

Our local and knowledgeable guide will meet you this morning to take you on a 2 half hour private walking tour through Salzburg. You’ll pass through its grand squares, hear stories of how Salzburg strategic position on the river Salzach led to the founding of the castle and you’ll see numerous places linked to the famous composer Mozart.

If you are a Sound of Music fan, you may also recognise a few filming locations during your time in Salzburg. After your tour you are free to explore some of the most visited locations, including Mirabell Palace and its gardens, where the famous Do-Re-Mi scene was filmed. You can also visit the elegant Linzergasse Street and St Sebastian’s Cemetery. In the evening, visit Austria’s largest beer hall for a chance to taste local beer and try some traditional Austrian cuisine.

Day 9: Berchtesgaden and Eagle's Nest

It is hard not to miss the dominating Alps that surround the beautiful city of Salzburg. So today, you’ll head towards the mountains by bus, cross the border into Germany and visit the charming Bavarian town of Berchtesgarden. Here you can wander around its quaint narrow streets, explore its churches, market squares and medieval palace before taking a guided excursion to Obersalzberg and Hilter’s Eagles Nest which you may be able to see high up on the mountain. You will see many of the still existing buildings and get the opportunity to venture into the tunnel complex.

You’ll also visit the Documentation Center, an impressive museum which explains how Hitler was able to rise to power and become such a destructive and evil force in the world.

Day 10: Rail Journey to Munich

This morning, take a taxi to Salzburg’s main train station for your rail journey to Munich in Germany. The green countryside of Bavaria makes for a pleasant voyage and upon arrival you can take a local taxi to your hotel in the centre of Munich. Once you have check in, our Munich guide will meet you for a 2 half hour private walking tour of Munich’s Altstadt (Old Town).

In the evening you are free to revisit some of the churches or sights you may have visited during your tour or enjoy a heart Bavarian dinner in the Old Town.

Day 11: Dachau Concentration Camp

The town of Dachau lies about 10 miles from the centre of Munich and it is home to one of the first concentration camps set up by the Nazi regime. Today’s you’ll visit the camp and follow the “path of the prisoner”, passing through the iron gates and visiting the numerous points where inmates were stripped of their belongings and began their struggle for survival. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Munich where you can spend some relaxing time strolling through the beautiful English Garden.

Day 12: Rail Journey to Berlin

Head to the central train station this morning for your onward train journey to your final destination, Berlin. Upon arrival, take a taxi to your hotel and then head out and explore the Kurfurstendamm Boulevard, once known as the centre of Berlin’s nightlife in the 1920’s and the commercial heart of West Berlin during the Communism divide. Here you can visit the ruins of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gadächtnis-Kirche and the gigantic KaDeWe department store, the symbol of Western market capitalism during the Cold War.

Day 13: Private Walking Tour of Berlin's Highlights and Sightseeing

Berlin is a vibrant city with an eclectic mix of old and new. Your 2 half hour private guided walking tour this morning will take you through Berlin, visiting some of its architectural highlights as well as important sights such as Check Point Charlie, remnants of the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. In the afternoon you are free to explore the Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial and the former site of Hitler’s bunker by yourselves. Later in the afternoon, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island and visit one or two of the five museums here.

Day 14: Berlin World War II Tour and Sightseeing

Since World War II Berlin has successfully reconstructed itself, but it hides a turbulent history scarred by Nazism and Communism. During a 2 half hour private guided walking tour you will see many remnants of the Cold War and learn the story of a city, corrupted by fanaticism and destroyed by war. If you wish, in the afternoon you can explore Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie by yourselves and visit the iconic Victory Column during a self-guided walk through the Tiergarten Park.

Day 15: Departure from Berlin

Today your World War II trip through Central Europe has finished and you can take a local taxi to the airport for your flight home.

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