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The Bohemian

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,273 per person

Countries Visited

Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary ...more Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary

Locations Visited

Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Budapest ...more Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Budapest
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Vienna.

    At Vienna airport, transfers to your hotel will leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:30. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries, so why not stroll to a local cafe? At 17:30, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Vienna.
  2. Day 2 Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs.

    join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Be transported to a time of opulence and extravagance as you marvel at the intricacies of gilded Rococo frames, frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the Ring Road, a grand boulevard built along the lines of the old city walls showcasing many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna.
  3. Day 3 Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague.

    Once over the Czech border, head for picturesque Český Krumlov where you'll start with a brief orientation tour of this fairy-tale town, straight out of the Middle Ages. Enjoy some free time to explore and appreciate views of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Golden Prague.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Royal, Prague.
  4. Day 4 Prague, City of a Hundred Spires.

    Join a Local Expert for a tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Start with the historic Prague Castle where you'll admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and appreciate amazing views of the Old Town. Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Royal, Prague.
  5. Day 5 Reflect on Auschwitz then on to Kraków.

    Enjoy a gentle drive through the stunning Czech landscapes before crossing into Poland where you will stop at Oświęcim, better known by its German name of Auschwitz. Join a guided tour of the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and stop at Birkenau, which bore witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Kraków.
  6. Day 6 The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków.

    In the morning why not join an Optional Experience and journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines? In a maze of tunnels deep below the surface, witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt by the miners. Alternatively, enjoy a morning at leisure before joining a Local Expert to ascend Wawel Hill and visit the cathedral. Walk past the former residence of Pope John Paul II through the Old Town, to Europe’s largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica, the most important church in the city, keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower. In the evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Kraków.
  7. Day 7 Through Sleepy Slovakia to Budapest.

    Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. See the picturesque Oravský Hrad before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
  8. Day 8 Budapest, the Queen of the Danube.

    Venture into the heart of Buda’s medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the vista from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes’ Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Enjoy time in the foodie's paradise of the Central Market Hall. Wander across its three levels brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax by the Danube or browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. For your Celebration Dinner you are treated to mouthwatering Hungarian specialities, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wines, as you dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
  9. Day 9 Depart Budapest.

    Your Bohemian journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Budapest airport at 07:00 and 11:00. The 07:00 transfer continues to Vienna arriving early afternoon(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Krakow: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavour.
  • Budapest: Tonight you are in for a treat with your Highlight Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Český Krumlov: Your Travel Director will lead you an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
  • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, this majestic city is where you’ll experience a private tour with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle.
  • Prague: Led by your Local Expert, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers each hour.
  • Auschwitz: Accompanied by your Local Expert, 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.
  • Kraków: The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy Grail. Walk past Jagiellonian University, through the Old Town to the town square and see the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall.
  • Kraków: Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.
  • Kraków: Visit the 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica, the most important church in the city.
  • Budapest: Join a Local Expert and visit the colourful Matthias Church. From the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze out over the Danube to the beautiful facades of the giant-domed Hungarian Parliament Building.
  • Budapest: See Heroes' Square and Andrássy Boulevard. Spend time in the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci Utca and see the mighty Danube with its many bridges linking Buda and Pest.
  • Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Wander across three levels of stalls, brimming with mouth-watering salamis, spicy paprika, sumptuous Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
  • Vienna: Led by your Local Expert, indulge your senses at the Schönbrunn Palace as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Vienna: Travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Scenic Drives: Admire the passing scenery as you travel through the Vienna Woods, Bohemia, the Orava region and Low Tatra Mountains.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbours, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local restaurant, enjoy a traditional Czech meal accompanied by the planet's most perfect pilsner. During dinner, lively musicians in traditional dress set the mood with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia.
Adult Price: €59

Kutna Hora Bohemian Experience

Today, we'll visit one of the most fascinating locations in the Czech Republic, Kutna Hora, which was founded in the 12th century. With our Local Specialist, we'll discover the UNESCO-World-Heritage-listed Gothic church of St. Barbara and the the 13th-century Sedlec Ossuary. Often known as the “Bone Church”, more than 40,000 remains have been used to create one of the most macabre, unique and splendid displays of art in all of Europe.
Adult Price: €43


Salt Mines Excursion

A visit to the 600 year old salt mines on the outskirts of Krakow, where we view an underground world of chambers filled with absolutely unique salt sculptures, sculpted by the miners themselves (placed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list).
Adult Price: €55


Danube Cruise Dinner & Drinks

The most leisurely way to discover this fairy-tale city is a private cruise on the Danube with a glass of fine Hungarian wine in hand. See Margaret Island, the Houses of Parliament, Castle Hill with its Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, the Citadel and the University. While cruising, enjoy a lavish, gourmet buffet meal of Hungarian specialties and drinks.
Adult Price: €63

Revolution Walk & St Stephens

Venture back in time to learn of the incredible journey Budapest has taken to once again become the Queen of the Danube. With our local expert, we’ll begin with the moving memorial; “Shoes on the Danube Bank” before discovering Kossuth Lajos Square, situated next to the jaw-dropping Parliament building. We’ll visit the 1956 Underground Museum to hear about the local populace facing off against the might of the Soviet Union during the famous uprising of that year. From darker days to the golden age, we’ll stop in one of the city's many cafes before completing our historic stroll with a visit to the Basilica of St Stephen, whose treasures include the most important relic in Hungary, the miraculous Holy Right Hand of the country’s first King, St Stephen.
Adult Price: €38

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 7, 2018
I think they did a marvellous job and the Tour Guides and Local Experts were very informative and helpful. The BIG issue was the distance between bathroom stops and the crowds at each stop. Also, I suggest the Tour Guides have exact moneys to distribute to passengers who don't have the change. I found it extremely stressful trying to get change at various places and hurrying through turn stiles in time allotted. A petty cash box for such emergencies should be provided and no more than one hour between rest stops. Or, passengers should be made comfortable using the bus bathroom, if needed. We were told only for emergencies and everyone felt obliged to not use it.
see above. My criticism was due to the management of rest stops between locales. Very stressful and unsatisfactory.
Thomas Beebe
Monday, September 17, 2018
We had a great trip. It was well organized, wonderful trip guide (Judith Surjan), 1st class accommodations, terrific supplemental excursions, just a wonderful experience. The bus was clean and comfortable. The driver (John) was very good, safe and courteous. The included meals and activities were also very good. The meals were largely to sample the "local cuisine", but included several wonderful special meals. The night with the Vienna House Orchestra was a real treat to top off a wonderful trip. My wife and I will certainly use Grand European Travel again.
See comments above for our thoughts son the purchase. Terrific!
Alba Parise
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Everything was perfect for our Eastern European Tour. It was informative and fun we learned and appreciated the different cultures and countries by learning about their history. Amazing scenery and food along the way.
It was expensive however very memorable
Deborah Iemmiti
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Always available and responsive to any questions and. Concerns.
Great trip. Very fast paced. Beautiful cities.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 25, 2016
I think they could come up with places with better food for dinner.
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 17, 2016
All good. Communications were clear and value was excellent
Excellent vacation with an exceptional tour director. Would have like one more day of touring Vienna sites.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 13, 2016
The team at Grand European Travel was extremely helpful and professional.
The hotels were first rate and the tour guide kept the trip interesting with excellent commentary. I was pleased that we were able to visit so many places.
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