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Explore historic city centres like Berlin, Warsaw and Vienna. Follow in the footsteps of emperors, generals and composers. Discover the colourful folklore of Central Europe, and the tragedy of war. Journey through the lush landscapes of Saxony to Leipzig, which for centuries has been at the crossroads of two ancient trade routes. Embrace the youthful verve of Poland that has triumphed over repeated conquests and the shackles of communism. Delve into a tale of two cities in Budapest, unified only in the 19th century as bridges were built to straddle the waters of the Danube. Join a Local Specialist for an exploration of the Prague's labyrinthine lanes, and beautiful squares.
- 7 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- 14 hot buffet breakfasts
- Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Trip Highlights
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
- All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
- VIP entry to many sights
CITY TOUR in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna and Prague
ORIENTATION of Frankfurt and Leipzig
VISIT the Berlin TV Tower, Poznań, the monastery of Jasna Gora, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, Győr, Tábor, St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague
VIEW the famous Reichstag and Tiergarten in Berlin, Kraków Cathedral and the UNESCO-listed Castle District in Budapest
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner and the story of their winery. (Day 9)
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city. (Day 3)
STAYS WITH STORIES
Explore the historic Kraków district of Kazimierz from the comfort of the Golden Tulip Hotel, located just a short walk from the historic Old Town of Kraków. (Day 6)
For included sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague
Day 1. ARRIVE FRANKFURT
Start your Central European adventure in Frankfurt.
Day 2. FRANKFURT – LEIPZIG – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS)
Journey through the lush landscapes of Saxony to Leipzig, which for centuries has been at the crossroads of two ancient trade routes. The city was once home to such greats as Goethe, Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Day 3. BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Explore an iconic landmark of a unified Berlin and reunified Germany. 'Dive into Culture' at the Berlin TV Tower from which you'll enjoy inspiring 360° views of the city and Spree River. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden Boulevard with a Local Specialist during your included sightseeing tour.
Day 4. BERLIN – POZNAŃ – WARSAW (2 NIGHTS)
Travel through patchwork farm landscapes stopping in Poznań, before arriving in the elegant Polish capital, Warsaw, where we'll spend the next two nights. Embrace the youthful verve of a city that has triumphed over repeated conquests and the shackles of communism, then spend the evening at leisure exploring the sights.
Day 5. WARSAW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore Warsaw's colourful historic centre, including the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed in retaliation against the brave Warsaw Uprising. You'll also see the Warsaw Ghetto, where hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews were imprisoned during the German occupation, tragically immortalised in the poignant Roman Polanski film - 'The Pianist'.
Day 6. WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ – KRAKÓW (2 NIGHTS)
Rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who for centuries have journeyed to pay homage to Czestochowa's Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery. Continue to Auschwitz Memorial Site for a poignant reminder of one of the greatest tragedies of World War II. Continue to the enchanting city of Krakow where you will stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories', the Golden Tulip Hotel, just a short walk from the historic Old Town.
Day 7. KRAKÓW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Take to the beautiful streets of Kraków, joining a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the medieval Old Town and its expansive town square. Visit the Mariacki Church, with its hourly trumpet call. See Wawel Castle, for centuries the residence of Polish royalty, then enjoy panoramic views of the city from Wawel Hill.
Day 8. KRAKÓW – SLOVAKIA – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS)
Drive south through the Carpathians and across the border into Slovakia with its green and golden rolling landscapes.
Day 9. BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Delve into a tale of two cities, unified only in the 19th century as bridges were built to straddle the waters of the Danube. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge and the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district with a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion.
Day 10. BUDAPEST – GYŐR – VIENNA (2 NIGHTS)
Before leaving beautiful Budapest, perhaps take a guided tour of the imposing Gothic Parliament Building, the home of Hungary's Holy Crown. Cross the hilly Transdanubia region - its orchards and vineyards providing a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely drive to the Roman town of Győr.
Day 11. VIENNA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Tread in the footsteps of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, admiring Vienna's imperial elegance on an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Parliament Building with its marble statues, the 13th-century Hofburg Palace, State Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Day 12. VIENNA – TÁBOR – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS)
Travel north to the Czech Republic and visit Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. This afternoon, arrive in Prague on the banks of the Vltava.
Day 13. PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Join a Local Specialist this morning for an exploration of the city's labyrinthine lanes, and beautiful squares. Visit the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, set within the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, cross the Vltava to Old Town Square and view the 14th-century Astronomical Clock, with its magical hourly Walk of the Apostles.
Day 14. PRAGUE – FRANKFURT
Leave the picture-perfect city of Prague behind and journey west across the German border today, before arriving in cosmopolitan Frankfurt for your final night.
Day 15. DEPART FRANKFURT
Transfers are available to Frankfurt Airport. Conditions apply.
- Sheraton Offenbach
- Hilton Berlin
- Leonardo Royal Warsaw
- Golden Tulip Kazimierz
- NH City Budapest
- Hilton Danube Waterfront Vienna
- NH City Prague
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