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Harmony of Central Europe

13 Days from $4,883 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Comfortable

Take a journey into the past, showcasing the grandest and most opulent cities of old Europe. From Prague to Budapest, marvel at the spirit of former empires and regal grandeur. We’ll show you destinations with histories dating back hundreds of years and iconic cities that have seen destruction, only to resiliently build themselves up again to their former glories. Europe’s Bohemian capitals delight with classical music, exquisite palaces and cathedrals, and rich heritage. Walk in the footsteps of six-year-old Mozart at an after-hours visit to the baroque Schönbrunn Palace, indulge with dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants, and enjoy a private sparkling wine cruise on the glittering River Danube. Along the way, you’ll witness a private recital of Chopin's classic works, taste fine wines and stay in stately hotels. Step into a world of greatness, as you uncover some of Europe’s most revered capitals.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Take a journey into the past, showcasing the grandest and most opulent cities of old Europe. From Prague to Budapest, marvel at the spirit of former empires and regal grandeur. We’ll show you destinations with histories dating back hundreds of years and iconic cities that have seen destruction, only to resiliently build themselves up again to their former glories. Europe’s Bohemian capitals delight with classical music, exquisite palaces and cathedrals, and rich heritage. Walk in the footsteps of six-year-old Mozart at an after-hours visit to the baroque Schönbrunn Palace, indulge with dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants, and enjoy a private sparkling wine cruise on the glittering River Danube. Along the way, you’ll witness a private recital of Chopin's classic works, taste fine wines and stay in stately hotels. Step into a world of greatness, as you uncover some of Europe’s most revered capitals.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. 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.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Le Palais Art Hotel.
  2. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Le Palais Art Hotel.
  3. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Růže.
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Hotel Wien.
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Hotel Wien.
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Budapest Chain Bridge
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
    hotel:Budapest Chain Bridge
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Budapest Chain Bridge
  9. 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. 

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Sheraton Grand Kraków
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Sheraton Grand Kraków.
  11. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Hotel Bristol.
  12. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Bristol.
  13. 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • Special Small Group Departure
  • Chairman's Collection
Start Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
14 May 19 26 May 19 $5,795$5,216pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
28 May 19 9 Jun 19 $5,650$5,085pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
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11 Jun 19 23 Jun 19 $6,395$5,756pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
25 Jun 19 7 Jul 19 $5,475$4,928pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
9 Jul 19 21 Jul 19 $5,425$4,883pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
6 Aug 19 18 Aug 19 $5,425$4,883pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
3 Sep 19 15 Sep 19 $5,650$5,085pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
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10 Sep 19 22 Sep 19 $5,795$5,216pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
  • Special Small Group Departure: This departure indicates a tour limited to a small number of guests.
  • Chairman's Collection: This departure includes a special royal dinner as part of Luxury Gold's Chairman Collection.

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 $1,690 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Traveling Concierge and Driver $173 per person.

Private Door to Door: Private door-to-door transfer service is available for guests traveling in a party of three or fewer on vacations to Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and India. Private door-to-door transfers are not available on vacations to Australia and New Zealand. Private door-to-door transfers are limited from/to one address within a 50 miles radius of an international airport within the USA and include the gratuity for the driver with 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag per person permitted. No additional stops and/or drop-offs are permitted. All private door-to-door transfers are subject to availability and must be confirmed at time of booking. If private door-to-door transfers cannot be provided, a credit will be applied to the booking.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Michelin Dining Michelin Dining
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

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.

 

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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Reviews

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Suzanne Quinn
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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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 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.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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