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Central Europe (6070)

15 Day Tour from Frankfurt to Frankfurt

2017 Tour Details View 2016 Tour Details »

Learn about Central Europe’s rich history and see its historical sights as you travel through the heart of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic

One of the highlights of this Central Europe tour is a drive along Germany’s Romantic Road with its charming villages, cobblestone streets, walled cities, and scenic countryside. You’ll stop in two of them: Nördlingen, a walled medieval town that sits in the valley created by a meteor, and picturesque Rothenburg, a walled town that has retained its medieval character. Another highlight is a visit to Jasna Góra, the monastery near Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot. Its Black Madonna, a painting of the Virgin Mary, is a symbol of the country and venerated as the "Queen of Poland." While in Poland, you'll also stop in Auschwitz to visit what is left of the concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust.

Sightseeing with a Local Guide—a local expert who knows the history, culture, and secrets of the city—is included in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Sights you’ll see during your sightseeing include Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, dating to 1791; Budapest’s Heroes' Square, representing 1,000 years of Hungarian history, Prague’s Charles Bridge, dating to 1357 and one of Europe’s oldest stone bridges, and the Astronomical Clock, built in 1410; and the Imperial city center of Vienna, the city of the Hapsburgs. . In Kraków, Poland’s most beautiful city and cultural capital, see the charming Market Square, and Wawel Cathedral, which houses the tombs of Poland’s royalty.

All of this and more—plus stops in Weimar and Poznan—are included on this fabulous, value-minded Central Europe tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Weimar, Poznan, Munich, Nördlingen, Rothenburg. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Jasna Góra monastery, Auschwitz, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Tatra Mountains, Danube Valley, Romantic Road

NOTES:
April 9 Departure – Easter
September 9, 10, 16 & 17 Departures – Oktoberfest
December 3 & 10 Departures – Visit Berlin, Budapest & Prague Christmas markets
December 29 Departure – New Year’s Eve in Berlin including reveillon dinner

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, banks of the Danube
  • Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp
  • Historic Centre of Krakow
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw
  • Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

 Itinerary

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

Our first stop today is 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.” Continue through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt all the way to 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 by a 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 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, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Berlin–Poznan, Poland–Warsaw

Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading centers and admire its renaissance market square. Continue to Warsaw, capital of Poland.

Breakfast Breakfast
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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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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; today, it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Join the included 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Kraków–Budapest, Hungary

Travel through three countries today. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through scenic 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 Buda Castle.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Budapest–Vienna, Austria

Head for the Austrian border to 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.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Vienna–Prague, Czech Republic

Morning at leisure or join an 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, Germany’s “Secret Capital,” where you will drive through the city and see the main highlights.

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, visit lovely medieval Nördlingen, then Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone streets, and 16th-century houses, before heading towards the Frankfurt area.

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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.

TUNDE DALOS

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

 Accommodations

FRANKFURT AREA Leonardo Royal (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 Hampton by Hilton (ST)
BUDAPEST Novotel Centrum (F) or Leonardo (ST)
VIENNA Kavalier (ST)
PRAGUE Clarion Congress (F) or NH Praha (F)
MUNICH Achat Premium South (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Berlin
Warsaw
Krakow
Budapest
Vienna
Prague

Berlin

Ziko's Grill Dinner
Ziko's Grill Dinner

Ziko's Grill Dinner

A fun evening at a local restaurant with good food, joyful atmosphere and musical entertainment.

Price Range: $

An Insight into World War II and Cold War
An Insight into World War II and Cold War

An Insight into World War II and Cold War

Enrich your Berlin experience with an insight into the recent historical events of WWII.

Price Range: $

Warsaw

Wilanow Palace
Wilanow Palace

Wilanow Palace

You can't miss this splendid baroque palace, residence of King John III Sobieski and nicknamed "Mini Versailles".

Price Range: $

Krakow

World Famous Wieliczka Salt Mines
World Famous Wieliczka Salt Mines

World Famous Wieliczka Salt Mines

A visit to this thousand-year-old salt "theme park" will be a memorable experience!

Price Range: $

Folklore and Dinner
Folklore and Dinner

Folklore and Dinner

Enjoy a typical Polish evening in the unique atmosphere of an 18th century wooden cottage.

Price Range: $$

Budapest

Danube River Cruise
Danube River Cruise

Danube River Cruise

Enjoy a cruise along Danube River

Price Range: $

Hungarian Night
Hungarian Night

Hungarian Night

A typical Hungarian evening. After an aperitif, enjoy dinner with some fine local specialties and unlimited wine, followed by a programme of Hungarian folklore and Gypsy music.

Price Range: $$

Vienna

Classical Concert
Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy an unforgettable concert in one of the city's elegant concert halls.

Price Range: $$

Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price Range: $

Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague
The Best of Medieval Prague

The Best of Medieval Prague

An afternoon full of history and architectural beauty in this intensive visit of the entire Castle District.

Price Range: $

Czech Dinner
Czech Dinner

Czech Dinner

A typical Czech meal in a famous wine restaurant to experience the real Prague atmosphere.

Price Range: $$

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