A Touch of Central Europe

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Sep 26 (Thu). Depart Los Angeles to Vienna.

Day 2: Sep 27 (Fri). Arrive Vienna - Bratislava

Arrive in Vienna International Airport. Meet your tour escort and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Overnight at Bratislava. (D)

Day 3: Sep 28 (Sat). Bratislava - Vienna - Bratislava

Breakfast at the hotel. Gain an overall impression of the most significant historical sights of the city, and embark on the morning tour. Vienna is the capital city of Austria and one of the most astonishing cities in the world, a cultural highlight of Europe. Mozart and the Opera House for many are the first things that come to mind when talking about this city. But there are also magnificent monuments of architecture such as Imperial Palace Hofburg, Schonbrunn. Visit the St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs – “The Weeping Madonna”. Lunch is on your own. Free time at leisure to explore the “Imperial City” on your own pace. Return to Bratislava. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Bratislava (B, D)

Day 4: Sep 29 (Sun). Vienna - Heiligenkreuz - Pannonhalma - Budapest

After breakfast, check-out at the hotel and depart towards Hungary. Make a stop at Heiligenkreuz nestled in the Vienna woods where the European armies headed by Polish King Jan Sobieski III stopped the Ottoman advance into Europe which as result the Catholic World celebrates the feast of “Our Lady Victorious”. We visit the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz, second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and the oldest. Proceed to the next stop at the Benedictine Abbey in Hungary and enjoy the guided tour. The Pannonhalma Abbey was established in 996 and was visited by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of its 1000th anniversary celebration. The abbey is still home to 70 monks, a secondary school and a theological institute. Lunch is on your own. Transfer to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at he hotel in Budapest. (B, D)

Day 5: Sep 30 (Mon). Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel. Budapest is actually two cities: Buda which sits high on the western bank of the Danube and Pest, which extends from the eastern bank. Situated in one of the most Westernized of the former communist states, Budapest is a thriving city with a great history. Begin our guided tour with a visit to Gellert Hill, St Mathias Church, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Castle district of Buda, where many of Budapest’s sights are concentrated. Inside are reconstructed Royal Palace, as well as many shops, museums, and restaurants. You will explore the unbeatable views of the Danube and Pest with Hungary’s ornate Parliament Building, prominently situated on the opposite bank. Lunch is on your own. Enjoy afternoon at leisure for personal activities. (Optional: Danube River Cruise). Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Budapest. (B, D)

Day 6: Oct 01 (Tue). Budapest - Nitra - Krakow

After breakfast, check out at the hotel then depart for Poland. Stop en route in Nitra to visit St. Emmeran’s Cathedral. The entire cathedral is located in the Nitra Castle precinct, similarly to the Prague Castle. Built originally in the Gothic style, it later was expanded in different styles and is composed of many parts. The mail rotunda dates back to the 11th-12th century and houses a silver reliquary made in 1674. Another reliquary in the cathedral houses some relics of Saint Cyril. Lunch is on your own. Continue to Krakow. Check into the hotel upon arrival. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Krakow. (B, D)

Day 7: Oct 02 (Wed). Krakow

Day 8: Oct 03 (Thu). Krakow - Auschwitz - Wadowice - Krakow

After breakfast at the hotel, visit the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp, place of genocide in the World, where around 1.5 million victims were killed by the Nazis during World War II. Lunch is on your own. Drive to Wadowice, the hometown of Pope John Paul II, born here in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla. Visit his family house which exhibits Wojtyla family’s former possession. See also the parish church where young Karol Wojtyla was baptized, confirmed, served as an altar boy. Return back to Krakow for the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Krakow. (B,D)

Day 9: Oct 04 (Fri). Krakow - Olomouc - Prague

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. After breakfast depart for Czech Republic. En route to visit the Svaty Kopecek Sanctuary, the most famous pilgrimage shrine in the Eastern Czech Republic. Continue to Olomouc for short orientation tour of the city which has been one of the most important cities in the Kingdom of Bohemia. The historical heart of Olomouc, is one of the most important monumental zones in Czech Republic. The Holy Trinity Column represents the largest group of Baroque statues in one structure. Lunch is on your own. Transfer to Prague for check in at your hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Prague. (B, D)

Day 10: Oct 05 (Sat). PRAGUE

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a guided tour of Prague, starting with the castle district Hradcany. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, used for the inauguration of Presidents and where you can find the tomb of saint patron of Czech Republic. St. Wenceslas and former rulers of the Bohemian Kingdom. Continue on to the Basilica of St. George and a visit to Prague Castle. Then, stroll through Mala Strana with its amazing architectural buildings. Proceed to the Church of Our Lady of Victory to see the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Lunch is on your own. After lunch, cross the Charles Bridge to visit the Old Town, which is considered to be one of the best preserved historical city centers in Europe. Visit the Old Town Square, the Town Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock which comes alive when the hour strikes and the twelve disciples appear to bless the crowd. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Prague. (B, D)

Day 6: Oct 6 (Sun). Prague

After breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Transfer to the Prague International Airport for the flight back home. (B)

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Economy Class Ticket
  • Transfers in air-conditioned motor   coach
  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation in first class hotels
  • Services of Professional English-speaking tour escort
  • Entrance Fee: Austria: St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Heiligenkreuz Abbey; Hungary: Pannonhalma Abbey, Matyas Church, Fisherman’s; Slovakia: Nitra Castle district: Poland: Krakow HD, Auschwitz Concentration Camp: Czech Republic: Prague FD
  • WIFI on the bus
  • Hotels on HB basis (3-course dinner, excl. drinks)

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal Expenses; Lunches & Drinks at meals
  • Tour Director: $5 per day
  • Driver: $3 per day
  • Local Guide: $1 HD $2
  • FD per day; Waiter: $1 per meal
  • Porter: $1 per bag. Tips will be collected in advance during the trip.