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Cesky Krumlov
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15 Days from $3,225 per person

Delve behind the former ‘Iron Curtain' to explore these stunning cities of the east. Flourishes from the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a melange of medieval charm are juxtaposed against some more sombre reminders of WWII.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 & 15:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Corinthia Hotel, Budapest (2 nights).
  3. Stroll through the alleys of the old town of Buda with a Local Expert. Admire the incredible interior decoration of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman's Bastion. Back in Pest, see the grand Parliament Building and visit Heroes' Square. Then enjoy time in the Central Market Hall; its three storeys packed with aromatic food stalls offering Hungarian salamis, spicy paprika and sweet Tokaji wines. The rest of the day is yours to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Corinthia Hotel, Budapest Chain Bridge.
  4. Take a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the breathtaking Tatra Mountains, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. See the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before crossing into Poland and continuing to historic Kraków.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Radisson Blu, Kraków (2 nights).
  5. Join a Local Expert for a morning visit of Kraków – for centuries the seat of Poland's kings. Ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral. Walk past the courtyard of Jagiellonian University through the Old Town, to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary's Church (keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower). Then have some free time to explore. Maybe visit the Renaissance Trading Hall, host to many merchant stalls, with the Gallery of the National Museum upstairs? Or you could choose to visit the 600-year-old salt mines?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu, Kraków.
  6. Stop with a Local Expert in the city of Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz, the most infamous site of the Holocaust. Spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the concentration camp and the memorials to those who died. Travel north to Częstochowa to visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous for the Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the Polish plains to the country's capital, Warsaw for the night. Dumplings are an Eastern European tradition so in the evening, enjoy a dumpling demonstration and degustation at a local restaurant. Once this culinary high art has been mastered, you will be treated to a delicious dinner featuring succulent local dishes plus beer or wine, tea or coffee.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Sheraton, Warsaw (2 nights).
  7. Join a Local Expert in the morning to see the ‘wedding cake' Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park. Pay your respects at the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes and then the afternoon is free to enjoy at your own pace. Suggestions include a Chopin recital or visiting the Baroque Wilanów Palace.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Sheraton, Warsaw.
  8. Your route leads westwards, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, past Poznań, the ‘cradle of the Polish State' and continuing over the Oder River to enter Germany. The end destination is the vibrant capital of Berlin where you can try traditional Berliner cuisine.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin (2 nights).
  9. Prepare to embrace the rejuvenated spirit of Berlin. Join a Local Expert for a drive along the Ku'Damm, past the Memorial church. Continue through the leafy Tiergarten to the refurbished Reichstag building and see the Brandenburg Gate. On the eastern side, take the Unter den Linden past the State Opera House to the Alexanderplatz. Spend the afternoon at leisure, shopping in the KaDeWe Department Store or exploring the new vibrant Potsdamer Platz.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Steigenberger Hotel, Berlin.
  10. Journey south to Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by horrific air raids in 1945, Dresden has now risen again from the ashes in a blend of old and new. See the reconstructed Frauenkirche and walk past the colossal ‘Procession of the Dukes' on the wall of the Royal Palace. Venture around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered façades of the Opera and Baroque Zwinger Palace. After free time for lunch, head for the Czech border, high in the Ore Mountains and continue to the capital city of Prague.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Lindner Hotel Prague Castle, Prague (2 nights).
  11. Prague has blossomed since the ‘Velvet Revolution', but its unique character remains unchanged. In the morning, a Local Expert will show you the amazing St Vitus' Cathedral, which is set inside the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Later, cross the river to explore the vast cobblestoned expanse of the Old Town square and see its famous Astronomical Clock. As night falls, why not head for a local restaurant to sample tasty Czech cuisine, as well as the famous local beer?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Lindner Hotel, Prague.
  12. A journey through the green Bohemian countryside will bring you to České Budějovice. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery to sample the beer and discover the secrets of how this golden vintage is made. Continue on to Český Krumlov, a picturesque medieval town nestled on the banks of the Vltava. Walk the narrow cobbled streets and arch-covered footpaths, past colourful townhouses and centuries old inns. With a Local Expert, visit the fairytale red-roofed castle, considered by many to be the finest in the land. Your hotel is one of the most charming in the Czech Republic, set in a former 16th century Jesuit dormitory in the historic town centre. When all the day trippers have gone home, soak up the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your Dine-Around evening. You will be offered a selection of restaurants amid the tangle of streets, high-gabled houses and old squares.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Růže Hotel, Český Krumlov.
  13. Cross the border into Austria and enjoy a delightful drive to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital. In the evening, why not enjoy a delightful Austrian meal with the option to dine at a country mansion?

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton, Vienna (2 nights).
  14. Vienna owes much of its present-day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then, take some great photos on a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House and magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hilton, Vienna.
  15. A transfer arrives at Vienna airport at 08:00 and continues to Budapest Airport, arriving early afternoon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the tour hotel in central Budapest.
    meal(s):BB
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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

13 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 2 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Vienna:

  • A private tour with a Local Expert showcases the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace, rich in Rococo and glittering gold.

Budapest:

  • With a Local Expert, visit Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube and Parliament from the Fisherman's Bastion.

Kraków:

  • The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic 'Holy Grail'.

Auschwitz:

  • Experience a powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

Częstochowa:

  • Visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous for the Black Madonna.

Prague:

  • Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.

Český Krumlov:

  • Let a Local Expert lead you through a medieval labyrinth of private chambers, courtyards, kitchens and dungeons of the castle, so rich in history.
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These departures will stay at alternate accommodation of a similar standard in Kraków .

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 $980 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $123 per person.

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  • 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 in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany. 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 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.

Reviews

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Service rating : Very responsive in a positive manner to requests, concerns and such.
Vacation : It was the unexpected pluses that added to the tour. One such was the showing of Bridge of Spies on a long bus ride that tied into our soon-to-be visit there. Another was the tasty lunch prepared by our excellent tour guide's wife that offered us additional visiting time at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Service rating : GET handled our complications caused by the company changing the dates of our trip very fairly.
Vacation : It was an excellent trip though in retrospect I wish we had spent 3 nights most places instead of 2 even if it meant visiting fewer cities.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry about the change in dates. It's an inevitable fact that all tour operators must face. We're happy that you were able to find another date that worked for you and that you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for sharing your comments.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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Service rating : Would take again great guide , Sofia and our driver
Vacation : Enjoyed the tours.i saw everything tharpt I wanted to see.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Service rating : The tour guide was wonderful. She was informative and very caring. Our hotels were beautiful. The meals planned by Insight were so, so.
Vacation : I would have liked to see more of Krakow,,,it is called the most beautiful city in Poland and Eastern Europe and we did not see enough of it to tell. I would also suggest small flashlights on the night walk in Prague
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Service rating : I would like to have more group activities. Too much free time on this trip.
Vacation : The vacation was good.
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Service rating : The tour was the way it was described and then some. Personnel was kind and helpful.
Vacation : Hotels were centrally located and excellent. Karyn, our guide, knowledgeable and very nice. She truly made the tour special.
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Service rating : Insight Vacations provides a first-class tour! The meals, accommodations, coach, porter service, and the itinerary were all excellent. We particularly appreciated our Tour Director, Karin.
Vacation : Our tour director, Karin, could not have been more organized, educational, and professional. We would love to travel with her again. Our meals, accommodations, and special excursions were all well-planned and enjoyable. We particularly appreciated the porter service with our luggage. With one exception, the local guides were also very good. We enjoyed our trip, met new friends, and learned a great deal about Eastern Europe. We would travel with Insight Vacations again.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
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Service rating : kari my travel consultant has always been very helpful,trustworthy, knowledgeable,accommodating ever since I join GET on some of my travels, I think this is the main reason an excellent travel consultant is a great asset for GET to bring in more customers.
Vacation : very good & lovely travel group, good hotel accommodations, excellent services from our tour guide Gregory & bus driver alex. everyone was always punctual & caring. sunny nice weather all through the trip...lucky group!!!

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