Day 1: Arrival in Berlin
On arrival in Berlin, make your way to your starting hotel in the centre of the city by taxi. Once you've settled in, head out and begin exploring Berlin! For your first stop, use the detailed directions provided to you in your full itinerary to discover Berlin's famous and elegant, tree-line boulevard known as the Kurfürstendamm, once the centre of Berlin’s nightlife back in the 1920's. The Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gadächtnis-Kirche (nicknamed the Broken Tooth Church) and Berlin's Zoo is close by if you wish to visit these too.
Day 2: Private walking tour and sightseeing Berlin
Berlin is a fascinating city full of history and stories, so this morning, our knowledgable guide will meet you for a half day private guided walking tour. During the morning you will see plenty of Berlin's highlights including the boulevard Unter den Linden, the Gendarmenmarkt, Check Point Charlie, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag. In the afternoon, you are free to retrace your steps and revisit some of these iconic sites in more detail. You may also wish to use your itinerary to visit the Tiergarten (one of Berlin's most beautiful & expensive parks) and the Victory Column. Climb to the top if you dare tackle the 285 steps!
Day 3: Berlin sightseeing
Spend a full day visiting some of Berlin's other attractions. We've suggested hitting up Berlin's Museum Island in the morning, although we advise getting an early breakfast so you can beat the crowds. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five museums and you'll also find the majestic Berliner Dom cathedral close by too! In the afternoon, explore the hidden courtyards in the Spandauer Vorstadt neighborhood, a once thriving Jewish community.
Here you can also discover the partially reconstructed New Synagogue and the former site of the Jewish cemetery. For the super ambitious, head up Berlin's TV Tower for panoramic views before exploring Alexanderplatz, including the Marienkirche (Berlin’s oldest parish church), the displaced Neptune Fountain, the Red Town Hall, and the massive Loxx model railway that even non-model train enthusiasts will gasp at.
Day 4: Train journey to Prague via Dresden
Take a taxi to Berlin's main train station for your journey to Prague via Dresden. Often called “Florence on the Elbe”, Dresden is a historical city and an architectural jewel. You'll have several hours in Dresden to explore its churches, streets and the Versailles-inspired Zwinger palace houses and museums before you continue onwards to Prague.
On arrival, our driver will meet you at the train station and take you to your centrally located hotel.
Day 5: Private walking tour & sightseeing Prague
This morning one of our knowledgable and friendly guides will meet you for a half day private guided walking tour of many of Prague's highlights. Following the historical "Royal Route", you'll get a chance to walk across the famous Charles Bridge, visit the charming Little Quarter and end your tour at Prague Castle. In the afternoon you are free to further explore the Castle district and its interior staterooms, Golden Lane and St Vitus Cathedral or head back down to the Little Quarter using your itinerary, where you can visit the famous and colorful John Lennon Wall, Kampa Park, St Nicolas Church or even take a relaxing stroll around the Wallenstein Palace Gardens.
Day 6: Prague sightseeing
Today you are free to explore Prague using your travel itinerary and the detailed directions included to discover the city's historical Old Town, Jewish Quarter and the New Town. Highlights include the Astronomical Clock and historical Old Town Square, the Jewish Cemetary and Spanish Synaogue aas well as Wencelas Square and the varied shops, architecture and restaurants that can be explored in the vibrant New Town area.
Day 7: Prague sightseeing
Today you'll visit Prague's Off the beaten path places include the picturesque Vysehrad Fortress and St Peter & St Pauls Basilica, the city's most elegant neighbourhood of Vinohrady, known for its grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo Baroque, and Neo-Gothic buildings and the thriving adjacent neighbourhood of Zizkov, where you will find a heap of interesting bars, restaurants and nightlife.
Day 8: Journey to Cesky Krumlov
Journey today by coach to the Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. Our driver will collect you from your hotel and drop you off at the bus station where you will board a coach for a 3 hour drive south. Upon arrival take a taxi or a short stroll to your hotel in the centre of Cesky Krumlov. In the afternoon you are free to explore the dominating castle and the surrounding cobbled lanes, before a guided walking tour of the town in the evening.
Day 9: Journey to Munich
A shuttle service will pick you up directly from your hotel in Ceský Krumlov and take you directly to your hotel in Munich. Your scenic journey to Munich should take about four and a half hours. Upon arrival, you have the afternoon to discover Munich's Altstadt (Old Town) and the famous Hofbräuhaus, one of the city's most well known beer halls.
Day 10: Private walking tour & sightseeing
Munich is a historic city with many traditions, but it also a city of contrasts, as you will see on your private guided walking tour this morning. You will explore the old town (Altstadt) an outdoor market filled with local delicacies and one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful city parks (the English Garden). Along the way you will encounter not only cathedrals, palaces, and winding cobblestone streets, but also modern architecture, bike lanes, and river surfers (really). In the afternoon, you may wish to use your itinerary to visit the Residence Palace and revisit the English Gardens.
Day 11: Guided Full-Day Bus Excursion to the Neuschwanstein Castle
Inspiration for the Disney Castles, numerous fairy tales, and countless dreamers, the Castle of Neuschwanstein is perhaps the most famous castle in the world. On this full day excursion, you will not only visit this amazing castle created by the eccentric (some say mad) Bavarian King Ludwig II, but also pick from a wide selection of optional sight visits including a visit to the Hohenschwangau Palace, Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace and some adventurous activities including cycling, swimming in an Alpine Lake, paragliding or hiking.
Day 12: Journey to Prague
Travel to Munich's Main Rail Station for your train journey onwards to Salzburg in Austria. Upon arrival, take a short taxi ride to your centrally located hotel before heading out to discover Salzburg's main attraction, the Hohensalzburg Fortress that dominated the city's skyline. Afterwards, you may wish to take a walk around Salzburg's Altstadt (Old Town), filled with narrow lanes, elegant squares, and an abundance of ornate baroque architecture.
Day 13: Private walking tour & sightseeing
Our guide will meet you this morning for your private guided city walking tour which will introduce you to the history of Salzburg as well as its musical background and famous sights including entry into Salzburg's Cathedral. In the afternoon, you are free to use your directions to visit Salzburg's Neustadt and Mirabell Palace Gardens and in the evening, you may wish to take a stroll through the enchanting landscapes of the Mönchsberg (Monk’s Mountain) which dominates the Altstadt and enjoy a traditional evening of local food and beer at the Augustinian Beer Hall.
Day 14: Königssee & Berchtesgaden
Venture out of the city today and into the majestic Alps for a day trip to Konigssee Lake and the beautiful town of Berchtesgaden. The breath-takingly beautiful Königssee (King’s Lake) is the deepest lake in the Alps and is surrounded by steep mountains. Taking a cruise on the lake is an unforgettable experience. The boat will take you to the red-onion domed Kloster St. Bartolomä (Monastery of St. Bartholomew), where you then take a relaxing and enchanting walk along the forested lake shore, gazing up at the majestic mountains surrounding you. For serious hikers, you can also continue on the boat to the far end of the lake, and then take a hike to a dramatic waterfall. In the late afternoon, take the bus back to Berchtesgaden where there are also plenty of traditional Bavarian restaurants and shops selling local crafts and art.
Day 15: Jorney to Vienna
Enjoy a scenic journey through the verdant rolling countryside of northern Austria as you make your way to the imperial city of Vienna. On arrival, take a taxi to your centrally located hotel to begin your 3 night stay. In the afternoon, our local guide will meet you in the lobby for your evening tour through the Inner City of Vienna, often referred to as its historical and medeival heart. After your tour, you are free to further explore the Inner City which is also home to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral of St. Stephan (Stephansdom).
Day 16: Sightseeing Vienna
Today you'll visit some of the most noteable and famous sights in Vienna which includes the Imperial Habsburg Palace that dominates the centre of the city. Within the Hofburg you will find many of the city’s top attractions, including the nearly 500 year old Spanish Riding School, which stages equestrian performances by the famous Lipizzaner Stallions. You can also visit the imperial apartments, gaze upon the imperial crown and other treasures, or browse through the imperial silver collection. In the afternoon, visit te Ringstrasse, or the Ring Street, which surrounds Vienna’s old town where the city walls once stood. Here you'll find the Rathaus (City Hall), and the famous Opera House. There are also museums including the Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History) Museum. In the evening, take a stroll around the quaint Spittelberg district, known for its narrow lanes and restaurants.
Day 17: Vienna sightseeing
Today you'll visit the magnificent Baroque palace of Schönbrunn, most famously associated with the Empress Maria Theresa of the Habsburg Dynasty. Take a tour around the stately interior and take a stroll around its beautiful gardens. There is even a zoo for those travelling with children. In the afternoon, discover two of Vienna’s greatest treasures - the Belvedere Palace and the Karlskirche (St. Charles’s Church). In the evening, visit the most famous of Vienna's wine villages, Grinzing, which is easily reached from the city center by tram.
Day 18: Rail journey from Vienna to Budapest
Today you can relax and enjoy the pleasant scenery, on your train journey from Vienna to Budapest while reflecting on the fact that you are effortlessly passing through a border which you would have risked your life to cross during the Cold War. When you arrive in Budapest, our driver will meet you and take you to your hotel for your 3 night stay in Budapest. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the "Pest" area of Budapest using your detailed itinerary with highlights including the neo-classical St. Stephen’s Basilica, which dramatically rises above the surrounding city, and the nearby Chain Bridge, which regally spans the Danube. In the evening, you'll have an opportunity to pass underneath the Chain Bridge on an evening cruise along the Danube.
Day 19: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing Budapest
On your half day private guided walking tour, your guide will take you to Budapest’s best destinations which provides the perfect introduction to the city. During your tour you will 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, further explore the castle district and for those with the energy to make the rigorous walk up to the top of Gellért Hill are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of Budapest, including the castle and both sides of the river.
Day 20: Budapest sightseeing
Explore Budapest's historical Jewish Quarter this morning with the help of your itinerary and visit the world’s second largest synagogue – the Dohány Street Synagogue (also known as the Grand or Great Synagogue). A visit to the Grand Synagogue is an impressive reminder of the wealth and influence the Jewish community in Hungary once possessed. Although many Jews emigrated after the tragic events of World War II, a small but vibrant Jewish population still inhabits the Jewish Quarter today. In the afternoon, take a walk along Budapest's most famous street, Andrassy Avenue where you'll see sights including the House of Terror, which focuses on the horrors inflicted by totalitarian regimes in the 20th century. Andrassy Avenue is also the musical heart of Hungary, as the breathtakingly beautiful State Opera House is located on the avenue. In the late afternoon, you may wish to visit Heroes Square and the Széchenyi Baths, the largest and the most popular of all the city’s baths.
Day 21: Budapest Sightseeing & Overnight Train To Krakow
The Hungarian Parliament building is a magnificent sight as it rises above the waters of the Danube, and the interior is also quite jawdropping. Take a guided tour this morning, where you will see a spectacular grand staircase, the historic Holy Crown of Hungary, an imposing debating chamber, and much more.
In the afternoon, visit the Vásárcsarnok Market, or Central Market Hall, teeming with small shops and stands offering a remarkable assortment of goods, including fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, fish, flowers, and Hungarian specialties. There are also many (mostly kitschy) souvenirs available on the second floor of the market. In the evening, our driver will collect you from your hotel and tak eyou to the central station for your overnight journey to Krakow in Poland.
Day 22: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing Krakow
Arriving early morning into Krakow, our driver will be waiting for you to take you directly to your hotel. Drop off your bags and head straight out for a morning guided tour with our friendly local guide. On this 3 hour guided walking tour, you will discover the history and legends of old Krakow and gain an excellent overview of the city. In the afternoon, visit Krakow's dramatic Wawel Castle and Krakow's historical Old Town, with highlights including the Market Square, St. Mary’s Basilica and the Cloth Hall.
Day 23: Guided Bus Excursion to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp
There is no shortage of cruelty and evil to be found in human history but the Holocaust stands out as perhaps the greatest of these evils, in both scale and conception. Today you'll venture to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp for a guided visit through the camp and its auxiliary camp of Birkenau.
In the late afternoon, return to Krakow and visit the district of Kazimierz was once home to one of Europe’s largest and most influential Jewish communities. Today, the narrow streets and hidden courtyards of the district make it a popular locale for social life, and you can choose from an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Day 24: Guided Bus Excursion to the Salt Mines of Wieliczka
Venture 1000 feet below ground level today on a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines just outside Krakow. Explore mine shafts, cavernous chambers, and underground saline lakes, all spread out over nine different levels. You will see the beautiful carving and statues the miners hewn into the salt rock, even visiting one large cavern where a church was formed out of the rocky walls.
In the afternoon, return to Krakow and visit the Schindler Factory Museum. During World War II Oscar Schindler saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews by employing them in his enamelware factory in Krakow. You may also wish to visit the Ko?ciuskzko Mound, a steep, grassy man-made hill that rises above the surrounding forest. It was built to commemorate Thaddeus Kosciusko, who was a hero of both the American Revolution and Polish independence struggles.
Day 25: 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!