DAY 1 Friday
USA – VIENNA
Leave tonight on an overnight jet flight for Vienna (flight not included).
DAY 2 Saturday
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby this evening, before enjoying a welcome dinner. (D)
DAY 3 Sunday
A morning sightseeing tour features the Hofburg, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We also view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN building, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city’s imperial history. Your afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 4 Monday
VIENNA - BUDAPEST (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, we will enjoy views of the Austrian and Hungarian countrysides, as we drive to Budapest. (B,D)
DAY 5 Tuesday
Situated on opposite banks of the Danube, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges. Our morning sightseeing tour includes all the main attractions: the Parliament, the Royal Palace, the Castle Hill area, Fisherman’s Bastion, Coronation Church, Hero’s Square and Gellert Hill. The balance of the day is at leisure.
DAY 6 Wednesday
BUDAPEST - KRAKOW (Breakfast, Dinner)
The road to Krakow winds through the lovely hills and countryside of Slovakia, past the Tatras and onto the great plains of Poland. A relaxing dinner in Krakow is planned this evening.
DAY 7 Thursday
Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, the Renaissance Cloth Hall and other historic landmarks are included on our morning city sightseeing tour. The afternoon is free for strolling about the city.
DAY 8 Friday
KRAKOW - AUSCHWITZ - CZESTOCHOWA - WARSAW (Breakfast, Dinner)
After breakfast, we set out for Warsaw. On the way, we stop in Auschwitz, site of the infamous concentration camp. In the afternoon we drive to Czestochowa, Poland's pilgrimage center known for the blackened picture of St. Mary, popularly called the "Black Madonna". We arrive in Warsaw in the late afternoon.
DAY 9 Saturday
Take a sightseeing tour encompassing the Chopin Monument, the Warsaw Ghetto, Lazienki Park and other landmarks. Use the balance of the day for shopping or attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert.
DAY 10 Sunday
WARSAW - POZNAN - BERLIN (Breakfast, Dinner)
On the way to Berlin, there is a stop in Poznan for sightseeing. We then drive to Berlin, today’s final destination.
DAY 11 Monday
Our morning sightseeing tour features the Reichstag, the Renaissance-style building that once housed Germany’s Parliament, and lovely Schloss Charlottenburg. The tour continues to other famous sights, such as the Opera, the Schiller Theater and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The balance of the day is free.
DAY 12 Tuesday
BERLIN - DRESDEN - PRAGUE (Breakfast, Dinner)
In the morning, we drive to Dresden, a beautiful Baroque city, often hailed as the "Florence of the North”. Upon arrival, we have a sightseeing tour, including the Zwinger Palace, the Semper Opera House and other important, historic sites. Afterwards, we continue our journey to Prague, one of the most attractive cities in Central Europe.
DAY 13 Wednesday
A morning sightseeing tour of this historic capital takes us across the striking Charles Bridge into the old quarter of Prague, where we view the Jewish Ghetto. The highlight of our city tour is famous Hradcany Castle.
DAY 14 Thursday
PRAGUE - USA (Breakfast)
This morning, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.