A Touch of Central Europe

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Jul 27 (Mon). Depart Los Angeles to Budapest.

Day 2: Jul 28 (Tue). Arrive Budapest.

Arrive in Budapest International Airport. Meet your tour escort and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Budapest.

Day 3: Jul 29 (Wed). Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with the guided tour with a visit to Gellert Hill. Then continue to the Castle district of Buda, where many of Budapest's sights are concentrated, among them Mathias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion. Inside we will see reconstructed Royal Palace, as well as many shops, museums, and restaurants. We will have the chance to see the unbeatable views of the Danube and Pest with Hungary's ornate Parliament Building. Prominently situated on the opposite bank. Lunch on your own. After lunch enjoy the afternoon at leisure for your own activities. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Budapest. 

Day 4: Jul 30 (Thu). Budapest-Nitra-Vienna

Early breakfast at the hotel and check out. After breakfast depart for Austria. Stop en route in Nitra, located in the city of Slovakia, to visit St. Emeram'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 on your own. After lunch, continue to Vienna. Check into the hotel upon arrival. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Vienna.

Day 5: Jul 31 (Fri). Vienna

Breakfast at the hotel. Have a guided tour of Vienna - 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 (exterior views only). Visit the St. Stephen's Cathedral, famous for the Baroque altarpieces and the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs - "The Weeping Madonna". Lunch on your own. Time of leisure to explore the "Imperial City" on your own pace. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Vienna.

Day 6: Aug 01 (Sat). Vienna-Krakow.

Early breakfast at the hotel and check out. After breakfast depart for Poland. Lunch on your own en route. After lunch continue to Krakow. Check into the hotel upon arrival dinner and overnight at the hotel in Krakow.

Day 7: Aug 02 (Sun). Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast begin your day with a guided tour of the city. Firstly explore Wawel Hill to see Wawel Royal Castle which is one of the most beautiful Renaissance residences in Central Europe and served as the seat of power to Polish monarch for centuries (exterior views only). Visit also the Wawel Cathedral, one of the most important Catholic Shrines in Poland. Continue to Krakow's Market Square, which is the largest market place in Europe. Hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary's Tower. Visit the church, where we can see the extraordinary Europe's largest wooden altar the work of Wit Stwosz. Lunch on your own. Drive to Lagiewniki to enjoy the tour, guided by one of the sisters, of the nearby Convent of the Sisters of God's Mother of Mercy in Lagiewniki, where St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, live and died. The 19th century brick convent is part of the vast Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. A short distance from Divine Mercy, we visit the Sanctuary dedicated to St. John Paul II, which contains relics of the saint and the new center "Have no Fear" where we pray by the relic of St. John Paul II. Return to Krakow. Diner and overnight at the hotel in Krakow.

Day 8: Aug 03 (Mon). Krakow - Auschwitz - Wadowice - Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast visit the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp, most well-known former concentration camp and place of genocide in the World, where around 1.5 million victims were killed by the Nazis during World War II. Undoubtedly, it is a solemn place which impresses all visitors, and an important memorial to the victims of the extermination. Today's journey offers an opportunity for deep reflection as we continue with a guided tour of the camp. Time for independent lunch. Drive to Wadowice, the home town of Pope John Paul II, born here in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla. Visit his family house which has been turned into a museum of Wojtyla family's former possessions. See also the parish church where young Karol Wojtyla was baptized, confirmed, served as an altar boy and prayed daily before its miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Return back to Krakow. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Krakow. 

Day 9: Aug 04 (Tue). Krakow - Olomouc - Prague

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. After breakfast depart for Czech Republic. Stop en route in Olomouc for short orientation tour of city which has been one of the most important cities in the Kingdom of Bohemia. The historical heart of Olomouc in included in the UNESCO heritage list, 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 and overnight at the hotel in Prague.

Day 10: Aug 05 (Wed). PRAGUE

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning enjoy a guided tour of Prague, first visit 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. Continue to the Basilica of St. George and a visit to Prague Castle, according to the Guinness Book of Records the largest ancient castle in the world. Then, stroll through Mala Strana with its amazing architectural buildings (exterior views only). 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 (exterior views only). Farewell dinner at the a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Prague.

Day 6: Aug 6 (Thu). Prague Departure

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
  • Hotels on HB basis (3-course dinner, excl. drinks)

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal Expenses; Lunches & Drinks at meals
  • Tour Director: $6 per day
  • Driver: $4 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.