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Bohemian Highlights

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest
Tour Style: First Class
16 Days from $2,966 per person

Don your walking shoes for a leisurely ramble across the cities of Bohemia – exploring historic city centers like Berlin, Warsaw and Vienna that have seamlessly merged the tradition of old and new. Follow in the footsteps of emperors, generals and composers, the colorful folklore of Central Europe, and tragedy of a war that left its mark on the Polish landscape.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Old-world charm and modern sophistication await in the vibrant city of Frankfurt. On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9.30am, 12noon and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Join your Travel Director for an orientation drive through the city to admire its Gothic and Renaissance façades, followed by a Welcome Reception.

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    hotel:Sheraton Offenbach
  3. Journey through the lush landscapes of Saxony to Leipzig, the capital of cool. This afternoon, we travel to Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as a charismatic capital city.
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    hotel:Hilton
  4. Explore an iconic landmark of a unified Berlin and reunified Germany during a Cultural Insight experience at the Berlin TV Tower where you will enjoy inspiring 360° views of the city and meandering River Spree. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden Boulevard with a Local Specialist during your included sightseeing tour. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. Perhaps see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie and enjoy a Fassbrause on the Friedrichstrasse.
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  5. We 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.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Leonardo Royal
  6. Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore Warsaw's colorful historic center, including the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed in retailiation against the brave Warsaw Uprising. We'll also see the Warsaw Ghetto where hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews were imprisoned during German occupation, tragically immortalized in the poignant Roman Polanski film – 'The Pianist'. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city's sights. Consider a visit to the Wilanow Palace, a priceless testimony to the splendor of Poland's past, and treat yourself to a Chopin recital before joining your travel companions this evening for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
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  7. Pay homage to Czestochowa's Black Madonna at the Jasna Góra Monastery. Continue to Auschwitz Memorial Site for a poignant reminder of the greatest tragedies of World War II. We continue to the enchanting city of Kraków, dining in our hotel tonight.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Golden Tulip Kazimierz
  8. We take to the beautiful streets of Kraków, joining a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the medieval Old Town. Visit the Renaissance Cloth Hall and Mariacki Church with its hourly trumpet call. See Wawel Castle, for centuries the residence of Polish royalty, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Wawel Hill. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, renowned as the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland.
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  9. Drive south through the Carpathians and across the border into Slovakia with its green and golden rolling landscapes. We journey to Hungary and arrive later in the majestic capital of Budapest.
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    hotel:NH Budapest City
  10. Delve into a tale of two cities, unified only in the 19th century as bridges were built to straddle the waters of the Danube. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion to pay tribute to the Magyars chieftains who founded the Hungarian nation. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Soak up the sounds of the Great Market Hall, see the poignant iron shoes on the banks of the Danube or consider a trip to Szentendre, a lively riverside town renowned for its art life. This evening, we join the Schieszl family for a Be My Guest Hungarian dinner and the story of their winery that doubled as a hiding place during World War II for a Jewish friend fleeing Nazi persecution.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  11. Cross the hilly Transdanubia region – its orchards and vineyards providing a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely drive to the roman town of Győr. Amble along the cobblestones of Baross Gábor út before departing to Vienna.
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    hotel:Hilton Danube
  12. 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. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the city on your terms. Consider joining an Optional Experience to a famous local hostelry for traditional Austrian cuisine and a musical performance.
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  13. Travel north to the Czech Republic and visit Tabor, once a Hussite stronghold. This afternoon, arrive in the fairy-tale capital of Prague on the banks of the Vltava.
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    hotel:Andels by Vienna House
  14. Join a Local Specialist this morning for an exploration of the city's labyrinthine lanes, and beautiful squares. Visit the impressive St. Vitus' Cathedral, cross the Vltava to the cobblestoned Old Town Square and view the 14th century Astronomical Clock. Spend the rest of the day wandering the charming streets of the Old Town or take a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava.
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  15. We journey west across the German border today before arriving in Frankfurt. Spend the last evening with your travel companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Sheraton Offenbach
  16. We say farewell to our newfound friends. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8 am and 10 am. Conditions apply.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $800 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $146 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30 am, 12 noon and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

14 nights, 14 hot buffet breakfasts, 7 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join the Schieszl family for hearty Hungarian fare and the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution

Cultural Insight

  • Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Leipzig
  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Poznań, the monastery of Jasna Gora, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the Baroque town center of Győr, Tabor, St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague
  • View the famous Reichstag and Tiergarten in Berlin, Krakow Cathedral, the UNESCO listed Castle District in Budapest

Reviews

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Everything was excellent from best tour director I have ever had in 30+ years of travel, the hotels and breakfasts were all wonderful,bus and driver,every place we went the guides who escorted us were lifetime memories
Response from Grand European Travel:
We look forward to helping you plan that next trip.  Thank you for the kind words.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Vacation : Everything was great. I loved each and every person on the bus. Wish I could travel with them again
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The Tour Package itinerary was well structured and all-inclusive for the basics with a reasonable number of excellent optional choices. The hotel accommodations and hotel locations were excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. Bohemian Highlights is an excellent tour, and we're delighted you enjoyed your vacations and were able to participate on some of the optional excursions as well. 
Friday, October 20, 2017
Vacation : The tour was well-considered. And the tour execution fulfilled all the advertised expectations.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The tour guide was very helpfull and informative
Vacation : hotels and meals were very good
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : This is our third adventure booking through GET. We have had good dining experiences, good hotels and locations, and wonderful tour directors.
Vacation : We had wonderful experiences, good music, tasty food, and our tour director Paul W. with his sense of humor just made everything fun.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The service was great. We had an excellent tour director and an excellent driver. Our tour director was on top of everything, and always remembered to take care of special needs for some of the travelers. She was amazing.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to compliment the individualized service you enjoyed on your Bohemian Highlights vacation.  We are very proud of our high-quality Travel Directors...they are truly the best in the business!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Vacation : I greatly enjoyed most of the optional experiences. I enjoyed all of them.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna, in Hungary is the Forint, and in Poland is the Zloty. Austria and Germany use the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • If you like meat and potatoes, chances are you’ll love the food in the Czech Republic.  The country is also known for its long-standing tradition for beer.  Most towns have at least one brewery, so it’s no surprise that the Czech consume more beer per capita than any other country.  In Austria you’ll find more hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel. In Hungary you’ll find hearty specialties including goulash, winter salami, pork stew, and chicken paprikash. Poland offers even more rich and hearty. Be sure to sample the variety of delicious Pierogi dumplings stuffed with potatoes and cheese, mushrooms, meat, and even fruit.  And in Germany, don’t miss the variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle, potato dumplings, and black forest cake. 

  • We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

     

  • When dining out it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service at restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip, and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Berlin

Dinner And Berlin By Night

Tonight, join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.

Traditional Lake District Dinner

Admire the architecture of this vibrant city on a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Now an exclusive residential district, you’ll dine in a charming chalet-style restaurant and enjoy an atmospheric dinner of German specialties.

Budapest

Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You’ll savor a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialties with drinks included and see Budapest's spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname 'The Paris of the East'.

Szentendre And Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our guide out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ancient walls, cobbled streets and beautiful vistas. Here we'll enjoy a Goulash cooking demonstration before sampling this essential Hungarian dish during lunch, which also includes cake and drinks. Afterwards, perhaps strike a bargain in the shops that sell beautiful Hungarian embroidery, ceramics and paprika.

Visit To The Hungarian Parliament And Gundel

Take a guided tour of this magnificent Gothic Revival building, the most ornate state parliament in Europe. You’ll also have time to relax with a visit to the world famous Gundel restaurant for pancakes and drinks. When the Parliament is closed, we will visit the exquisite 'Renaissance' Opera House and the optional will be offered at €43.

Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration

Visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and setting of this 800-year old salt mine. See chambers, chapels and even salt chandeliers as we follow our guide 135 m (440 ft) underground.

Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of Polish specialties and beverages at our specially-selected venue.

Prague

Beautiful Prague By Night

Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by tram or mini-bus and with a little strolling. You’ll discover the magical Charles Bridge, enjoy a drink in one of the old town’s quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, journey through the Old Town and gaze at the panoramic views of the city.

Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we’ll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting city. During the cruise you’ll enjoy a lunch of local specialties.

Vienna

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.

Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

Warsaw

Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit you’ll see the collection of royal furniture, portraits and china that forms part of the National Museum, and discover the Museum of the Polish Poster in the palace grounds.

Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s old summer palaces, if available, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.

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