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Harmony of Central Europe

Operated by: Luxury Gold

13 Days from $5,425 per person
Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Countries Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland

Locations Visited

Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Auschwitz, Warsaw
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Prague.

    Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. At 6:00 pm join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travelers for drinks, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its world-class views, cuisine and service.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Le Palais Art Hotel.
  2. Day 2 The City of a Hundred Spires.

    Join a Local Expert in the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, bathed in a lustrous patina of stained glass, before strolling on to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. In the afternoon, there is an option to join an included visit to Prague’s Jewish Quarter.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Le Palais Art Hotel.
  3. Day 3 Prague to Český Krumlov.

    A scenic drive through Bohemia brings you to Český Krumlov. Walk through the tangled cobblestone streets and meet your Local Expert for a visit of the famous castle, one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps heading back to your hotel for an indulgent treat at the wellness spa.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Růže.
  4. Day 4 Melk Abbey and the Imperial Capital of Vienna.

    Travel over the Austrian border, along the Danube past castle ruins, to Melk, for a guided walk to its famous abbey. Continue through the Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs and rolling vineyards. Arrive in Vienna, where the doors of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace open to you for a VIP after-hours exclusive visit.

    Chairman's Collection
    If you are traveling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you will be privileged to a private reception with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the famous Habsburgs, at Artstetten Castle. This incredible experience will replace visiting Melk Abbey.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Wien.
  5. Day 5 Your Choice of Vienna, and Classical Concert.

    Experience Vienna Your Way with a choice of how you embrace this stately city. Learn about Vienna's regal history as you visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna with a Local Expert, home to two imperial crowns, the Burgundian treasure and the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Alternatively, you may choose to attend a coffee masterclass and try your hand at making the perfect Viennese coffee. Later, enjoy a highlight evening of sparkling wine and front-row seats at a Mozart and Strauss concert, followed by dinner at Le Ciel, one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Grand Hotel Wien.
  6. Day 6 Bratislava and Budapest, Grand Dames on the Danube.

    Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the city, dominated by its imposing 9th-century castle, with your Local Expert. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine at elegant Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant, and sample local dishes and wine with a backdrop of traditional folk music.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Budapest Chain Bridge
  7. Day 7 The Jewel Box of Budapest and the Danube.

    Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for astounding panoramic views over the city, presided over by the Liberty Statue. Continue through the medieval Castle District to visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Return to Pest to wander along elegant boulevards with your Local Expert and see the Hungarian State Opera House, one of the most beautiful neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. At the First Strudel House of Pest, admire how dough-stretching artisans work paper-thin crusts into delicious pastries and sample the local specialty. Your evening is at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
    hotel Budapest Chain Bridge
  8. Day 8 Szentendre.

    In the morning, travel past the Roman remains of Aquincum to storybook Szentendre. Spend time exploring this riverside village with enchanting, brightly-colored houses, quaint churches, art galleries, and lovely squares. Return to Budapest and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps stroll along the majestic River Danube or browse the Central Market Hall for traditional crafts and fare. In the evening, step on board a private cruise for a voyage along the Danube complete with sparkling wine.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Budapest Chain Bridge
  9. Day 9 Through the Low Tatra to Kraków.

    Enjoy a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the small villages of the Low Tatra, characterized by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses. Continue past the Oravský Hrad Castle to Kraków, a city full of architectural wonder and legend. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps heading out for a traditional hunter's stew. Your Traveling Concierge knows the best restaurants and can assist you with reservations. 

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Grand Kraków
  10. Day 10 Exploring Kraków.

    Join your Local Expert and cross the former Jewish Quarter to visit the factory immortalized in the film ‘Schindler's List.' You then ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. In the evening, you’re invited to choose between a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for Your Choice Evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Sheraton Grand Kraków.
  11. Day 11 Auschwitz, The Black Madonna & Warsaw.

    There will be time to pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial. Walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former prison blocks. Your journey continues north to the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, famous for its Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Lunch today is a carefully prepared, homemade picnic of delicious, lovingly-created, local treats, ready for you to enjoy at your convenience. Continue across the plains to Warsaw with its jumble of restored Gothic and communist architecture, tumultuous history and vibrant cafe culture. On arrival, your Traveling Concierge will check you into your luxury hotel, situated on the famous Royal Route. With the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoy a candle-lit dinner at your hotel or explore the nearby Old Town Market.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Hotel Bristol.
  12. Day 12 Chopin and the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw.

    Join your Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw. Visit the Chopin Monument and the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Explore the Old Town, a miracle of reconstruction, conservation and home to the Royal Castle. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps head back to your hotel for afternoon tea or treat yourself to a massage at the spa. In the evening, witness an exclusive, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist, followed by a finale Celebration Dinner. Raise a glass of local wine, as you toast to new memories and friendships, and savor traditional dishes.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Bristol.
  13. Day 13 Depart Warsaw.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Warsaw airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meals Breakfast
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Included Dining

12 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Afternoon Tea, 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Prague:

  • With a Local Expert, visit Prague Castle and St Vitus' Cathedral.
  • In Old Town Square see the Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers every hour.
  • There is the option to wander the Jewish Quarter with your Traveling Concierge, should you wish to continue exploring in the afternoon.

Český Krumlov:

  • Meet a Local Expert and visit one of the most historic sites of Central Europe, Český Krumlov Castle.
  • Your Traveling Concierge will lead you an orientation of the city.

Melk:

  • Enjoy a guided walk through the baroque opulence of the monastery.

Vienna:

  • Indulge your senses during a special VIP after-hours visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. With a Local Expert, stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Become familiar with this historic city during an orientation led by your Traveling Concierge.
  • Experience Vienna Your Way as how you embrace this stately city is your choice. You may want to learn the regal history from a Local Expert as you visit the Imperial Treasury of Vienna, home to two imperial crowns, the Burgundian treasure and the treasure of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Alternatively, you can attend a Coffee Masterclass and try your hand at making the perfect Viennese coffee.
  • Experience an evening with sparkling wine and front row seats at a Mozart and Strauss concert.

Bratislava:

  • Explore the city with your Local Expert and see the 9th-century castle.

Budapest:

  • With a Local Expert, see Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube to the Hungarian Parliament Building from the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Atop Gellért Hill, see the citadel and the colossus Liberty Statue presiding over the city.
  • During sightseeing with your Local Expert, you will be chauffeured along elegant boulevards to see the Hungarian State Opera House, one of the most beautiful neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe.
  • Step onboard a private cruise for an unforgettable voyage along the Danube. Enjoy sparkling wine and overlook the city’s grandest buildings lit up at night.

Szentendre:

  • Visit this storybook town to admire its brightly-colored houses, quaint churches and lovely squares.

Slovakia:

  • See the Oravský Hrad Castle en route to Kraków.

Kraków:

  • During sightseeing led by your Local Expert, see locations used in the film ‘Schindler’s List.’
  • Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.
  • Visit the 14th-century St. Mary’s Basilica, the most important church in the city.

Auschwitz:

  • Pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial and walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former
    prison blocks.

Częstochowa:

  • View the Black Madonna at the Monastery of Jasna Góra.

Warsaw:

  • Visit the Chopin Monument and Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, as you explore with your Local Expert.
  • Begin your evening in style as you experience an exclusive, private Chopin recital.

 

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
  • Chairman's Collection
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9 Jul 19 21 Jul 19 checkmark $5,425pp AARP members save an additional $100 Call 1-877-622-9109
3 Sep 19 15 Sep 19 checkmark $5,650pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
Chairman's Collection
10 Sep 19 22 Sep 19 checkmark $5,795pp AARP members save an additional $100 Request Quote Book Now
  • Chairman's Collection: This departure includes a special royal dinner as part of Luxury Gold's Chairman Collection.
Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Suzanne Quinn
Travel date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Service
Very helpful and professional. I had a few issues since I had moved from the time I made my reservation to the time that I left for my trip. Josh was responsive and took care of my issues immediately.
Vacation
A little too much coach time and the hotel in Cesky Krumlov, Hotel Ruze, should taken off the itinerary.
Gregg Wright
Travel date: Friday, June 9, 2017
Service
We have never been treated in anything less than a totally professional manner by the staff at Grand European tours.
Vacation
While there is no doubt that the hotels were among the finest we have ever stayed in, and while our Tour Director (Karin Kollarova) was top notch, there were things about the tour in which we were disappointed. We needed more time in Prague and Krakow; the timing of the meals was odd (a couple of times the special events on the schedule made it difficult to even find time for dinner); it was really ridiculous to have to schlep our hand luggage from the parking lot to the hotel in Cesky Krumlov (charge an extra $25 for the tour but don't make us carry stuff that far); and we recommend you take a page from Tauck's book and have the Tour Director give everybody the correct change and currency when stopping for bathroom breaks.
Response from Grand European Travel:
All excellent recommendations and we appreciate you taking the time to let us know.  We are glad to see that you enjoyed the trip overall.  Thank you
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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