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Harmony of Central Europe

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Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna
Tour Style: Luxury
14 Days from $4,185 per person

From the beginning, Harmony of Central Europe brings every element of your ideal vacation into perfect harmony. After walking in the steps of a 6-year-old Mozart at a specially arranged, out-of-hours visit to the glittering Schönbrunn Palace, take your seats for a Michelin-starred meal that is a virtuoso performance all its own. Savor every note as you indulge with samples from the First Strudel House of Pest before boarding a private champagne cruise on the ‘blue' Danube. Let Insight place you front and center for the finest performances this melodious region has to offer.


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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your exquisite hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception, drinks and dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its top-class views, menu and service.
    hotel:Le Palais Art Hotel, Prague (2 nights).
  3. 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. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or join an included visit to Prague's Jewish Quarter.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Le Palais Art Hotel, Prague.
  4. A scenic drive through Bohemian farmland will bring you to Český Krumlov. Meet a Local Expert for a walk through the tangled cobbled streets and then the rest of the day is yours. Perhaps venture to the castle, towering proudly above the refined Renaissance and Baroque burgher architecture of the town below, it ranks among the most important historic sights in the central European region.
    meal(s):BB, RD
    hotel:Hotel Ruze, Český Krumlov.
  5. In the morning, continue over the Austrian border to the Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs and precipitous vineyards. Stop to taste the refreshing wines made from the local Grüner Veltliner and Riesling grapes. You then will follow the Danube past ruined castles and rolling vineyards to Melk for a guided walk through the baroque splendour of the abbey. Continue to Vienna where Insight has arranged a special out of hours tour of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace.
    hotel:Hilton Vienna Plaza, Vienna (Executive Rooms) (2 nights).
  6. Visit Kärntnerstrasse before a scenic drive through the ‘Vienna Woods' to Mayerling, scene of the tragic death of Crown Prince Rudolph. Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz before walking through the imperial spa-town of Baden. Return to Vienna via the Wine Road. Your Highlight Evening will begin with sparkling wine and front row seats at a classical music concert, followed by dinner at Michelin-starred Le Ciel, offering top quality cuisine and great wine in a reinterpreted traditional setting.
    meal(s):BB, MHD
    hotel:Hilton Vienna Plaza, Vienna.
  7. Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle. There will be free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing in to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine in the elegant surroundings of Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, HD
    hotel:Boscolo, Budapest (3 nights).
  8. You will be chauffeured along elegant boulevards with a Local Expert to see the Budapest Opera House, one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for sweeping views of the city. Continue through the medieval Castle District to the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church, with its incredible interior decoration. In the afternoon, admire the work of the dough stretching artisans turning out paper thin pastries, before sampling a selection of the Hungarian delicacies at the First Strudel House in Pest. In the evening embark on your private cruise on the Danube with sparkling wine.
    hotel:Boscolo, Budapest.
  9. Drive past the Roman remains of Aquincum to the pretty, riverside village of Szentendre, known for its enchanting brightly coloured houses and quaint churches. Back in Budapest, the afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace.
    hotel:Boscolo, Budapest.
  10. Enjoy a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the small villages of the Tatra Mountains, characterised by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses. Continue past the Oravský Hrad Castle and over the Polish border to Kraków, a city full of architectural wonder and legend.
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Kraków (2 nights).
  11. Standing in Kraków's beautiful town square, listen out for the trumpeter's call from the tower of St. Mary's. Ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to visit the cathedral - final resting place of the Kings of Poland. Cross the former Jewish Quarter to visit the factory immortalised in the film ‘Schindler's List'. 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. Back in Kraków in the evening, you will be offered a selection of local restaurants offering a range of authentic dining experiences.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Sheraton Hotel, Kraków.
  12. Drive north to the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, famous for its Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the Polish Plains to Warsaw.
    meal(s):BB, L
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Warsaw (2 nights).
  13. Meet a Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw. Visit the Chopin Monument and Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Finish in the Old Town, a miracle of reconstruction and conservation. The afternoon is yours to explore. Before dinner, witness an exclusive, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist, then celebrate the culmination of your tour with a fine selection of local dishes and wine.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Warsaw.
  14. A departure transfer to Warsaw Airport is included.

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Delicious Dining Experiences

12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Michelin Highlight Dinner (MHD), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Dine-Around Evening (DA), 1 Lunch (L) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • With a Local Expert, visit Prague Castle and St Vitus' Cathedral.


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


  • A special, out-of-hours private tour of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace will indulge your senses. With a Local Expert, stand beneath frescoe'd ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.

Vienna Woods:

  • Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz before walking through the imperial spa-town of Baden.


  • See the colorful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube.
  • With a Local Expert, explore the impressive Hungarian Parliament building, with its spectacular Main Staircase and Coronation Jewels.
  • Relax and enjoy a private sparkling wine cruise on the Danube.


  • Ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to visit the cathedral.
  • Go to the factory immortalized in the film ‘Schindler's List'.


  • A moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau.


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


  • Visit the Chopin Monument and Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.

• Explore the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace out of hours and see the room where Mozart performed as a 6-year-old prodigy

• Sample Michelin-starred excellence in Vienna

• Delight in an exclusive private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist

• Take in the dramatic views and refreshing wines of the Wachau Valley


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  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Poland must have a current passport that is 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 Austria is the Euro, in Hungary is the Forint, 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 in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Poland. 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. 

  • 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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