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The Bohemian

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days from $2,595 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Horse and carriage outside Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kraków, Oravsky Podzamok, Budapest ...more Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kraków, Oravsky Podzamok, Budapest
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Vienna

    At Vienna airport, transfers to your hotel will leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:30. 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.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Vienna Park.
  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.Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose to visit a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialties of coffee and sachertorte. Alternatively, join a unique MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience, take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance workshop and support the visually impaired community. Dancing in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, will be a unique experience for all your senses. 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna Park.
  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.

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

    Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to walk the courtyards of the Castle and visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral. Alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the Jewish Quarter and learn about a different side of the history of Prague.Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour.

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

    Enjoy a gentle drive through the rolling Czech countryside 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 and stop at Birkenau, which bore witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

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

    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. Otherwise, you can have 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.

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

    Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava and see the picturesque Oravský Hrad before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains to arrive in Budapest.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Barceló Budapest.
  8. Day 8 Budapest, the Queen of the Danube Relaxed Start

    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 a tour of the Liszt Music Academy with a student, followed by an enchanting recital. The university was founded by the piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt in 1875. 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 wines, as you dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.

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

    Your bohemian journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Budapest airport at 07:00 and 11:00.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Vienna: Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Unique to Insight Guests, ‘Dancing without Barriers’ takes place in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, and will be a unique experience for all your senses. This specifically designed workshop focuses on inclusion and education around the topic of visual impairment. Through their foundation the organisation supports children from disadvantaged family and children with a visual impairment. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialties of coffee and sachertorte.
  • Vienna: Visit a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Prague: Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.
  • Prague: Visit the imposing St Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.

Well-being

  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Travel Director

  • : "One thing I really love about showing guests Eastern Europe is the rich history and culture of places that have previously been impossible to visit due to political situations."

Authentic Dining

  • Vienna: Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.
  • Vienna: Visit a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte.
  • Kraków: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavour.
  • Budapest: Dine in elegance and savour Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially selected Hungarian wine during your Celebration Dinner at Gundel.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfast (B), and 4 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Top Rated Highlights

  • Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.
  • Vienna: Travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Cesky Krumlov: Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
  • Prague: Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.
  • Prague: Visit the imposing St Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.
  • Auschwitz: Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert. See the Auschwitz memorial and museum and stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
  • Kraków: The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy Grail.Cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to Podgórze and see the Ghetto Square.
  • 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: Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman's Bastion with a Local Expert. Drive along the beautiful Andrassy Avenue to Heroes' Square. Stand atop Gellert Hill where the colossal Liberty Statue stands in front of the Citadella watching over the city. Marvel at extensive panoramic views as you look out over the famous river dividing Buda and Pest - the two sides linked by the mighty Chain Bridge and the newer, elegant Elizabeth Bridge.

Make Travel Matter

  • Vienna: Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Unique to Insight Guests, ‘Dancing without Barriers’ takes place in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, and will be a unique experience for all your senses. This specifically designed workshop focuses on inclusion and education around the topic of visual impairment. Through their foundation the organisation supports children from disadvantaged family and children with a visual impairment. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialties of coffee and sachertorte.

Insight Experiences

  • Budapest: Enjoy a tour of the Liszt Music Academy with a student, followed by an enchanting recital. Producing incredible musical talent, the university was founded by piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt in 1875.

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
see above. My criticism was due to the management of rest stops between locales. Very stressful and unsatisfactory.
Thomas Beebe
Monday, September 17, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
See comments above for our thoughts son the purchase. Terrific!
Alba Parise
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
It was expensive however very memorable
Deborah Iemmiti
Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Always available and responsive to any questions and. Concerns.
Vacation
Great trip. Very fast paced. Beautiful cities.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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I think they could come up with places with better food for dinner.
Vacation
Good
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 17, 2016
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All good. Communications were clear and value was excellent
Vacation
Excellent vacation with an exceptional tour director. Would have like one more day of touring Vienna sites.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 13, 2016
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The team at Grand European Travel was extremely helpful and professional.
Vacation
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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