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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.
Visits to Weimar, Poznan, Munich, Nördlingen, Rothenburg.Guides:
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Jasna Góra monastery, Auschwitz, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague; professional Tour Director while touringScenic Highlights:
Tatra Mountains, Danube Valley, Romantic Road
September 15,16, 22 & 23 Departures – OktoberfestDecember 2 & 9 Departures – Visit Berlin, Budapest & Prague Christmas marketsDecember 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 the City of Salzburg
- 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 Warsaw
- Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin
- Wieliczka Salt Mines
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
Leonardo Royal Frankfurt (F) or Mercure Bad Homburg (ST) BERLIN
Abba Berlin (F) or NH Alexanderplatz (F) or City Hotel Berlin East (F) WARSAW
Ibis Warszawa Old Town (ST) or Golden Tulip Warsaw (ST) KRAKOW
Swing (ST) BUDAPEST
Novotel Centrum (F) or Mercure Budapest Buda (F) VIENNA
Novum Kavalier (ST) or Star Inn Schoenbrunn (ST) PRAGUE
Clarion Congress Hotel (F) or International (ST) MUNICH
Achat Premium Muenchen Sud (SF)
Good accommodations are vital to your enjoyment on tour, so we pre-screen before selecting. Hotels are as shown, although it may be necessary to substitute with an alternate hotel of equivalent standard.