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These stunning cities of the east reveal their medieval charm, among the sparkle of twinkling lights and the magic of Christmas, in a winter wonderland fit for fairy tales.
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Transfers for the hotel depart Kraków Airport at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 3:00 pm. Late afternoon, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and dinner. Afterwards, walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square and the festive Christmas Market.
Perhaps spend some reflective moments during your free time and visit Auschwitz concentration camp? Later, ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to see the Renaissance Castle and visit the cathedral. Then cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to see Ghetto Square and the remains of the Ghetto Wall. The rest of the day is at leisure.
With the morning free, why not visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine? Later, continue to the city of Wrocław. Enjoy an orientation tour of the market, located in the historic main square "Rynek".
Cross the Czech border and head for Kutná Hora. At the Sedlec Chapel, step into a macabre world of sculptures, coats of arms and even a chandelier, made entirely out of human bones!
With a Local Expert, look down on the Vltava River from the heights of Prague Castle. Then down at the Old Town Square, Prague’s colorful Christmas Market contrasts with the Gothic skyline. Meet a local stallholder and savor a glass of Svařák (mulled wine) along with the local "Trdelník" pastry.
Cross the German border to Dresden. Gaze up at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided tour will continue past the colossal ‘Procession of the Dukes’ mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Why not seek out the delicious Christstollen, before continuing on to Berlin?
Join a Local Expert to see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden, and the beautifully restored Reichstag Building. In the afternoon, saunter through any of the Christmas Markets which are dotted around the city. For the farewell Celebration Dinner, enjoy delightful German cuisine and wine at a family-run restaurant, complete with music and Gemütlichkeit.
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Berlin's Tegel Airport at 7:00 am & 10:00 am.
7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 Three-course table d’hôte Dinners (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.
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|27 Nov 17||5 Dec 17||$1,750$1,619pp||Early PaymentPay by Aug 31||Request Quote Book Now|
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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 $390.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.
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U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, 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 Germany is the Euro, and in Poland is the Zloty. 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. 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 48 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.
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