Central Europe (6070)

15 Day Tour from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

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This popular vacation takes you through the heart of Central Europe. Starting and ending in Frankfurt, spend two overnights each in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, and Prague. See Germany’s major cities, including the one-time intellectual hub of Weimar; reunified Berlin; and Munich, the lively Bavarian capital. From Germany, it’s on to the highlights of Poland: charming Poznan, magnificent Warsaw, the historic Jasna Góra monastery, the Auschwitz concentration camp, and romantic Kraków. As you travel to Hungary, admire the majestic Tatra Mountains and pass through some of the most scenic parts of Slovakia. The legendary Danube welcomes you to Budapest with Buda Castle, Fishermen’s Bastion, and Matthias Coronation Church. Austria’s capital of Vienna beckons next, the elegant city known for the waltz, delectable pastries, and awe-inspiring Habsburg palaces. On to Prague with its Charles Bridge, Jewish Quarter, and world-famous Astronomical Clock. Head through the Bohemian Forest into Bavarian Munich, and along the Romantic Road with the fairytale villages of Nördlingen and Rothenburg, medieval jewels with traditional 16th-century, half-timbered houses.

 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Visits to Weimar, Poznan, Munich, Nördlingen, Rothenburg

Scenic Highlights:
Tatra Mountains, Romantic Road

March 27 Departure – Easter Week
September 10, 11, 17 & 18 Departure – Oktoberfest
December 4 & 11 Departures – Visit Berlin, Budapest & Prague Christmas markets
December 14 Departure – Christmas lunch in Prague

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Palace and Gardens of Schönbrunn
  • Historic Centre of Prague
  • Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue
  • Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp
  • Historical Centre of Krakow
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines


Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach


 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Frankfurt, Germany

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Frankfurt–Weimar–Berlin

Northeast today using the Autobahn for a stop in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Journey past Jena, home to the world-famous Zeiss Optics Factory. Over the Elbe River for a few more miles into Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Berlin

On this morning's included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East side separated into two different worlds, since the fall of the wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and the Brandenburg Gate, its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden, and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, up-to-date architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe's most lively and interesting cities. In the afternoon, join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Berlin–Poznan, Poland–Warsaw

Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading centers and now an international marketplace during its industrial fairs. Continue to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Warsaw

The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today, its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section.

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Day 6 Warsaw–Jasna Góra–Auschwitz–Kraków

Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, JASNA GÓRA near Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the Auschwitz CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków.

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Day 7 Kraków

This is, they say, Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital, and today it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Optional morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and Wawel Cathedral. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals. Tonight’s optional folklore dinner might be the way to round off your stay in this city.

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Day 8 Kraków–Budapest, Hungary

A comfortable drive through three countries. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through a scenic part of Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the most lively of Eastern European capitals.

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Day 9 Budapest

Included sightseeing features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Also see Heroes’ Square, which typifies the modern capital, as well as the old inns along the riverbank, Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion and the Royal Castle.

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Day 10 Budapest–Vienna, Austria

Head for the Austrian border by way of Györ. You’ll be in Vienna in time to enjoy the afternoon and evening in this lively capital. Enjoy the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg and an inside visit of ST. STEPHEN'S CATHEDRAL.

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Day 11 Vienna–Prague, Czech Republic

Morning optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague.

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Day 12 Prague

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the Astronomical Clock. Your Tour Director may suggest an evening optional excursion with traditional Czech music and spectacular entertainment.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 Prague–Munich, Germany

Into the landscape of the Bohemian Forest before reaching the Czech-German border. Drive south, enjoying the Bavarian scenery, to Munich, the “Secret Capital,” for an orientation drive.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 14 Munich–Nördlingen–Rothenburg–Frankfurt Area

The highlight today is undoubtedly the Romantic Road, which runs north to south as far as the Alps. First to lovely medieval Nördlingen, then Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone streets, and 16th-century houses, before heading towards the Frankfurt area.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 15 Frankfurt Area

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Years of Experience: 13

Many people have ancestors from Central Europe. Maybe you do, as well! Come discover this unique part of the world. I love showing travelers the spirit of these countries-through history, culture, and lifestyle. Born in Hungary, I know this region well, and am sure you'll enjoy each moment. You'll return home with the greatest memories and a little piece of my heart!

Tour Director - TUNDE DALOS


FRANKFURT AREA Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure (ST) at Friedrichsdorf
BERLIN Abba (F) or NH Alexanderplatz (F) or Holiday Inn Express City Centre (ST)
WARSAW Golden Tulip Warsaw Centre (F) or Ibis Old Town (ST)
KRAKÓW Swing (F)
BUDAPEST Novotel Centrum (F) or Aquincum (F) or Leonardo (ST)
VIENNA Bellevue (F) or Kavalier (ST) or Star Inn Schönbrunn (ST)
PRAGUE Clarion Congress (F) or NH Praha (F)
MUNICH Tryp (F) or Ibis Parkstadt (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.




An Insight Into World War II and Cold War

Complete your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII. Stop by the Wannsee Conference House where the final solution was discussed, then move near the Allied Museum to see the world famous "Candy Bomber" Airlift. Finally visit the Nuclear Bomb Shelter built on 1974 to provide a defense to more than 3000 people in case of nuclear attack. A moving, thrilling and involving experience that cannot be missed!

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Ziko's Grill Dinner

Dine in a family run restaurant, conveniently located in the center of Western Berlin, which has been serving guests for over 40 years. The restaurant is well known in Berlin for its grilled meats, Serbian and German specialties, as well as international cuisine. There is a 3 course dinner with choice of soup and 5 choices of main course, plus dessert and coffee or tea. Also included are a good selection of 2 drinks per person. During the evening there is also live music to add to the atmosphere.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person



The Best of Chopin

Follow the great Polish composer's footsteps in Warsaw starting from the Kazimierzowski palace to the Holy Cross Church where Chopin's heart is preserved in a pillar. Later visit the Museum of Chopin at the Ostrogski Palace. Complete your insight into the composer's life by joining a recital of some of his most beautiful music in a local concert hall. During the interval enjoy a glass of champagne.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person


Wilanow Palace

Early afternoon departure for a drive out to Wilanow Palace and Museum, where upon arrival a local guide from the Palace will take care of you for a guided tour lasting approx. 2 hrs. The Palace was built at the end of the 17th century as a present by King Jan III Sobieski for his French wife and to make her feel more at home in her new country, as it was modelled on Versailles. Wilanow reached its heyday in the time of Stanislaw Potocki between 1799 and 1821 as he spent a considerable amount of time and effort in bringing the residence to top condition. In 1805 he opened the vast collection to the public thus creating Poland's first museum. Since 1945 the Palace has become state property. There will probably be time to look around the famous gardens with Baroque style garden, an English garden, a Chinese summerhouse, a Roman bridge and old pump house. Later in the afternoon drive back to Warsaw.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person



Folklore & Dinner

On this evening excursion you will be taken to enjoy the unique atmosphere of a 18th century wooden restaurant just outside Krakow. After a glass of vodka or wine or soft drink as an aperitif sit back and relax and enjoy a 4 course traditional Polish dinner with unlimited drinks, mineral water and coffee or tea. At the start of the meal there will be relaxing background music and singing followed by the first half of the folklore program. After a short break for you to enjoy the main course, the show will continue and people will be invited to dance with the members of the folk group if they wish. To round off the evening the band will play some well-known international hits. Return back to the hotel in Krakow around 11 pm.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person


Krakow Experience

With a local guide visit the lovely one-time capital of Poland, Krakow, on a sightseeing tour lasting approx. 2 hours. The tour is partly by coach and partly on foot (therefore comfortable shoes recommended). The guide will show you the Kazimierz - the medieval Jewish quarter where part of the film "Schindler's List" was filmed and also include an inside visit to Wawel Cathedral, where most of Poland's kings and queens were crowned and buried. The tour will then proceed on foot to visit the old town with an inside visit of St. Mary's church. As Krakow is probably the most beautiful city in Poland , the best way to see and appreciate it is on this sightseeing tour.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person


Wieliczka Salt Mines

This excursion lasts about 4 hours and takes you to Wieliczka salt mines, which are a UNESCO World cultural heritage. Wieliczka is an old mining town with a 14th century bastion remaining from the town walls and 16th/18th century churches. The visit of the mines will be with a local guide, and you will be taken down to the mines by a short elevator ride. The salt mines have been in operation continuously since the 13th century and are one of the oldest working mines in the world. The tourist route is about 3 kms long and on 3 levels going to a depth of 136 metres. The route leads through various chambers, passing small salt lakes and richly decorated with salt sculptures and leads into the chapel of the Blessed Kinga. This excursion is not recommended for anyone with walking difficulties and those participating are advised to wear suitable shoes and to bring a sweater or coat as it is quite chilly in the mines. At the end of the tour ride back to the surface by the elevator. Anyone wishing to take photos or videos will need to buy a special pass at the ticket office before going down into the mines.

Approximate value: €44 EUR per person



Artist Village Szentendre

Drive to the picturesque village of Szentendre, the home of many famous Hungarian artists at the turn of the century. Proceed with a visit to the Marzipan Museum. Finally enjoy coffee and cake at a typical inn.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person


Danube Cruise & Illuminations

Embark on a one-hour river cruise, accompanied by a local guide pointing out the main sights, along the Danube to see another perspective on the city's illuminated sights. Enjoy river views of the Castle District, the House of Parliament, Gellert Hill, and cruise under the Chain Bridge and around Margaret Island. At the start of the cruise you will be welcomed on board with a glass of sparkling wine and then during the cruise you will be offered a second drink (choice between a glass of wine, beer or soft drink).

Approximate value: €33 EUR per person


Hungarian Night

Treat yourself to a typical Hungarian evening in a traditional local restaurant situated in a beautiful forest among the hills just outside Budapest. At the entrance you will be welcomed with music and a homemade Hungarian spirit served in Miska jugs, which can then be taken home as souvenirs. This will be followed by a 3 course local specialties dinner with unlimited wine, mineral water and coffee. During the evening you will be entertained with live gipsy music and folk-show; the latter giving you an overall picture of the Hungarian folklore, starting from the dances of Kalocsa up to the gipsy dancing. At the end of the evening drive back to the hotel in Budapest.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person



Kursalon Waltz Show

The Salonorchester Alt Wien, one of the best-known interpreters of classical Viennese music, presents an evening full of charm with lilting sound of waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operetta and piano concert melodies. During the interval you will be offered a glass of sparkling wine or orange juice. Concerts normally take place at the Kursalon Wien but on rare occasions the concert could take place at Konzerthaus, Mozart Saal.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person


Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens

A guided tour lasting approx. 3 and a half hours with first a visit of the actual Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, where one can see approximately 35 of well over 1000 rooms of the Palace with all of them containing their original furniture. Afterwards a visit of the beautiful gardens will leave an unforgettable impression. Free time to explore the gardens on ones own.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person



Czech Dinner & Music

If you would like to experience a typical Slavic evening then join this excursion to be taken to a well-known restaurant where one can get both food, drink and at the same time enjoy dancing and singing show in a lovely atmosphere. The 3 course dinner lets you sample typical local dishes and an added plus is unlimited drinks (wine or beer or soft drinks), a glass of sparkling wine and also coffee or tea. During the evening there is folk music from all over the country with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia plus some gypsy music and dancing. Guests also have the opportunity to see some of the typical folk instruments such as the hammer-dulcimer, fujara and type of bagpipe. Towards the end of the evening there will be some international music - with the chance to dance if one wants to and to round off the evening one can listen to some soothing classical music.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person


The Best of Medieval Prague

An afternoon of architectural beauty and a chance to see around the castle district for an in-depth look at Prague's history. With a local guide you will be taken up the hill to Prague Castle to have a tour of the interior to see St. Vitus' Cathedral with the crypt of the Czech kings and perhaps the tower, plus the new part of the Cathedral, the old Royal Palace and St. Georges' Basilica. (As this is a walking tour please wear suitable shoes).

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

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