Take OffEnjoy full meal service on your scheduled wide-bodied flight to Budapest.
Day2Arrive in Budapest
Meet Your GuideYou will be met at the airport by your tour manger/guide where we will board our own private coach and transfer to our hotel in the Budapest.
Boat TourUpon arrival we will take a Boat Tour on the Danube River, a relaxing and scenic introduction to Budapest. HighlightsofthetripwillincludeElizabethBridge,ChainBridge,St.Anne’sChurch,St.Elizabeth’sChurch, the Centenary Monument, Margaret Bridge and the spectacular Houses of Parliament.
St. Stephen's BasilicaOur afternoon begins with a visit toSt.StephensBasilica,thelargestchurchinthecountry,whichtookover50yearstobuild. Thebustabovethemain entrance is of King Stephen, Hungary's first Christian king. Inside the church, in the Chapel of the Holy Right, you can see Hungarian Catholicism's most cherished and bizarre holy relic, Stephen's preserved right hand.
Walking Tour through the Old TownThis morning we explore the hill town of Buda, which grew up around its castle; today this area is known as the Castle District. We begin with a Walking Tour through the Old Town, exploring the cobbled streets and squares. Highlights will include: the State Archives, Lord’s Street, Mihaly Tancsics Street, and Holy Trinity Square.
Matthias Church. Officially named the Church of Our Lady, it is the symbol of Buda's Castle District. The last two Hungarian kings (Habsburgs) were crowned in the church: Franz Joseph in 1867 and Charles IV in 1916. The church interior is decorated with works of two outstanding 19th-century Hungarian painters, Károly Lotz and Bertalan Székely.
Fisherman’s BastionWe continue our morning to nearby Fisherman’s Bastion, where we will view the Grand Equestrian Monument of King Stephen.
Heroes’ SquareOur afternoon commences in Heroes’ Square, where we will view the Millennium Monument, built in 1896 to commemorate the 1000-year anniversary of Hungary’s history.
Day4Budapest – Krakow
Old QuarterAfter making our way to Krakow today and checking into our hotel our sightseeing will begin in the Old Quarter, focusing on the huge market square filled with cafes, shops, antique dealers, and restaurants. On the square we will view City Hall Tower, Cloth Hall - a beautiful Renaissance building that is part of the National Museum - and the Churches of St. Barbara and St. Wojciech.
Church of St. MaryNext we will visit the Church of St. Mary an imposing church that was built by the citizens of Krakow to rival the Cathedral on the Wawel. It is highlighted by the Hejnal Tower, the Crucifix, the Altar of the Virgin and the Ciborium.
Wawel HillToday we make our way to Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and all of Europe. Our sightseeing begins as we explore Wawel Hill, which has been at the heart of Poland’s history since 1000 AD when the bishopric of Krakow was established.
Royal CastleWe begin with a visit to the Royal Castle, the seat of Poland's kings from the eleventh to the early seventeenth century. Our visit will include the Royal Chambers, the Crown Treasury and Armory, the Lost Wawel Exhibit, and the Dragon's Den.
Wawel CathedralTime permitting, we continue with a visit to the Gothic Wawel Cathedral, one of the most important churches in Poland and the burial place of almost all of Poland’s monarchs.
Day6Krakow – Auschwitz – Brno Area
Auschwitz and BirkenauThis morning we will take a tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau, the largest and most efficient of the Nazi death camps. Our tour will include the Museum and a Documentary Film, followed by a short shuttle to Birkenau, where we will view the remains of the death camp and the moving Memorial to all those who died in the Auschwitz system. We continue to our hotel in the Brno area, just over the border into the Czech Republic.
Day7Brno Area - Prague
Church of St. NicholasThis morning we travel to Prague, the magnificent and historic capital city of the Czech Republic. Our afternoon commences in the Little Quarter, where we begin with a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas, an 18th century Baroque masterpiece featuring statues, frescoes and paintings by the leading artists of the day.
Charles BridgeOur morning continues as we stroll across Charles Bridge on our way to the winding alleys of Old Town. Charles Bridge, Prague’s most familiar monument, is a haven for crafts and trinket stalls and features spectacular statues of the Saints lining each side.
Old Town Bridge TowerOurtour of the Bridge concludes with a visit to Old Town Bridge Tower, where we can ascend to the viewing gallery for magnificent views of Prague Castle and the Little Quarter.
Old Town SquareIn the Old Town Square, we will congregate in front of Old Town Hall's Astronomical Clock to watch the glockenspiel spectacle. In addition, we will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower for a panoramic view of the city.
Prague CastleOur morning begins as we explore the huge hilltop complex known collectively as Prague Castle; it encompasses dozens of houses, towers, churches, courtyards, and monuments.
St. Vitus CathedralWe begin with a visit to St. Vitus Cathedral, the dominant and the most historically important section of the castle complex. he massive Gothic cathedral features 21 chapels, with St. Wenceslas Chapel being the most important.
Golden LaneDuring our walk through the complex, we will stroll along the Golden Lane, a picturesque street of tiny 16th century houses built into the castle fortifications, and view Powder Tower, White Tower, Lobkowitz Palace, and St. George’s Convent.
Royal PalaceWe continue to Royal Palace, where for more than 700 years, beginning in the 9th century, Bohemian kings and princes resided. Our visit will include the Vaulted Vladislav Hall, where coronations were hosted and Václav Havel was inaugurated president. The adjacent Diet was where kings and queens met with their advisers and where the supreme court was held. From a window in the Ludwig Wing, where the Bohemia Chancellery met, the Second Defenestration took place.
Day9Departure from Prague
Fly HomeOur enjoyable and rewarding trip will come to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport for the return flight home.