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Insight Vacations Harmony of Central Europe (Summer 2018) (G270)

14 Days from Prague to Warsaw Print
Tour Style: Luxury Gold
Luxury Gold 2018
Visits: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

Take a journey into the past, showcasing the grandest and most opulent cities of old Europe. From Prague to Budapest, marvel at the spirit of former empires and regal grandeur. We’ll show you destinations with histories dating back hundreds of years and iconic cities that have seen destruction, only to resiliently build themselves up again to their former glories. Europe’s Bohemian capitals delight with classical music, exquisite palaces and cathedrals, and rich heritage. Walk in the footsteps of 6-year-old Mozart at an after-hours visit to the baroque Schönbrunn Palace; indulge with dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants; and enjoy a private sparkling wine cruise on the glittering River Danube. Along the way, you’ll witness a private recital of Chopin's classic works, taste fine wines and stay in stately hotels. Step into a world of greatness, as you uncover some of Europe’s most revered capitals. See how you travel like a VIP with Luxury Gold

Additional Included Highlights

  • Prague: Visit the Castle, the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock. Ceský Krumlov: Meet a Local Expert for a walk through the tangled cobbled streets. Budapest: You will be chauffeured along elegant boulevards to visit the Budapest Opera House, one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe
  • Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for sweeping views of the city. Szentendre: Visit this interesting town. Krakow: See the Old Town.

Exceptional Dining

  • Kraków: Choose between a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for your customised dining experience.
  • Warsaw: Experience an exclusive, private Chopin recital before celebrating the culmination of your journey with a fine selection of local dishes and wine at a beautiful local restaurant.
  • Wachau Valley: Stop to taste the refreshing wines made from the local Grüner Veltliner and Riesling grapes.
  • Vienna: Experience an evening with sparkling wine and front row seats at a classical music concert, followed by dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Budapest: Dine on traditional Hungarian delicacies at elegant Gundel, one of Budapest’s most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.
  • Budapest: Savour a selection of Hungarian delicacies at the First Strudel House in Pest, with dough stretching artisans turning out paper thin pastries for dessert.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Journey Highlights

  • Auschwitz: Pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial and walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former prison blocks.
  • Kraków: Go to the factory immortalised in the film ‘Schindler’s List.’
  • Kraków: Ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to visit the cathedral.
  • Czestochowa: View the Black Madonna at the Monastery of Jasna Gora.
  • Warsaw: Visit the Chopin Monument and Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Prague: With a Local Expert, visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral.
  • Melk: Enjoy a guided walk through the baroque opulence of the monastery.
  • Vienna Woods: Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, before walking through the imperial spa-town of Baden.
  • Budapest: See the colourful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube.
  • Budapest: Step aboard a private cruise for an unforgettable voyage along the Danube. Enjoy sparkling wine and overlook the city’s grandest buildings lit-up at night.

Luxury Hotels

  • Prague: The luxurious Le Palais Art Hotel in Prague boasts beautifully designed rooms combining first-rate design, top-quality materials, warm colours and state-of-the-art equipment to form a harmonious stay.
  • Warsaw: Situated in the heart of Warsaw, the Hotel Bristol enchants with majestic neo-renaissance facade and romantic interiors, filled with art deco elegance. The exquisite guest rooms reflect an engaging mix of comfort and discreet elegance defined by subtle soothing colours, state-of-the-art technology, majestic high ceilings, and charming views.

VIP Experiences

  • Vienna: Indulge your senses during a special VIP after-hours visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. With a Local Expert, stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.

Additional five Star Services

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals)
Day: 2 Welcome to Prague.
On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for drinks, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its top-class views, cuisine and service.(Dinner with Wine)
Day: 3 The City of a Hundred Spires.
Join a Local Expert in the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, bathed in a lustrous patina of stained glass, before strolling on to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or join an included visit to Prague's Jewish Quarter.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 4 Prague to Český Krumlov.
A scenic drive through Bohemia brings you to Český Krumlov. Walk through the tangled cobblestone streets and meet your Local Expert for a visit of the famous castle, one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps heading back to your hotel for an indulgent treat at the wellness spa?(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 5 Melk Abbey and the Imperial Capital of Vienna.
Travel over the Austrian border, along the Danube past castle ruins, to Melk, for a guided walk to its famous abbey. Continue through the Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs and rolling vineyards. Stop to taste the refreshing wines made from the local Grüner, Veltliner and Riesling grapes. Arrive in Vienna, where the doors of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace open to you for a VIP after-hours exclusive visit. Chairman's Collection If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you will be privileged to a private reception with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the famous Habsburgs, at Artstetten Castle. This incredible experience will replace visiting Melk Abbey.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 6 Vienna Woods Excursion and Classical Concert.
Travel through Vienna Woods to Mayerling, the scene of the tragic death of Crown Prince Rudolph. Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, before walking through the imperial spa-town of Baden. Return along the wine road and spend some time at Kärntner Strasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Enjoy a highlight evening of sparkling wine and front-row seats at a classical music concert, followed by dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 7 Bratislava and Budapest, Grand Dames on the Danube.
Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the city, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle, with your Local Expert. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine at elegant Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant, and sample local dishes and wine with a backdrop of traditional folk music.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 8 The Jewel Box of Budapest and the Danube.
Wander along elegant boulevards with your Local Expert to see the Budapest Opera House, one of the most beautiful neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for sweeping views of the city. Continue through the medieval Castle District to visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. At the First Studel House of Pest, admire how dough-stretching artisans work paper-thin crusts into delicious pastries and sample the local specialty. Your evening is at leisure.(Buffet Breakfast / Afternoon Tea)
Day: 9 Szentendre.
In the morning, travel past the Roman remains of Aquincum to storybook Szentendre. Spend time exploring this riverside village with enchanting, brightly-coloured houses, quaint churches, art galleries, and lovely squares. Return to Budapest and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps stroll along the majestic River Danube or browse the Central Market Hall for traditional crafts and fare? In the evening, step aboard a private cruise for a voyage along the Danube complete with sparkling wine.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 10 Through the Low Tatra to Kraków.
Enjoy a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the small villages of the Low Tatra, characterised by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses. Continue past the Oravský Hrad Castle to Kraków, a city full of architectural wonder and legend. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps heading out for a traditional hunter’s stew? Your Travelling Concierge knows the best restaurants and can assist you with reservations.(Buffet Breakfast)
Day: 11 Kraków and Auschwitz.
Spend time reflecting on the past during a poignant visit to Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp of World War II. Pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial and walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums, housed in the former prison blocks. Later, join your Local Expert and cross the former Jewish Quarter to visit the factory immortalised in the film ‘Schindler's List.' You then ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. In the evening, you’re invited to choose between a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for your personalised dining experience.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 12 The Black Madonna and Warsaw.
Journey north to the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, famous for its Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the plains to Warsaw with its jumble of restored Gothic and communist architecture, tumultuous history and vibrant cafe culture. On arrival, your Travelling Concierge checks you into your luxury hotel, situated on the famous Royal Route. With the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoy a candle-lit dinner at your hotel or explore the nearby Old Town Market?(Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)
Day: 13 Chopin and the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw.
Join your Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw. Visit the Chopin Monument and the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Explore the Old Town, a miracle of reconstruction, conservation and home to the Royal Castle. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps head back to your hotel for afternoon tea or treat yourself to a massage at the spa? In the evening, witness an exclusive, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist, followed by an atmospheric finale Celebration Dinner hosted at Halka. Raise a glass of local wine, as you toast to new memories and friendships, and savour traditional dishes.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day: 14 Depart Warsaw.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Warsaw airport for your onward journey.(Buffet Breakfast)

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