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These stunning cities of the east reveal their medieval charm, among the sparkle of twinkling lights and the magic of Christmas, in a winter-wonderland fit for fairy tales.
Welcome to Kraków
Transfers for your tour hotel depart Kraków Airport at 10:30, 12:30 and 15:00. In the late afternoon, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and dinner. Afterwards, get your first taste of Polish old-world charm with a walk around the magnificent Cloth Hall in the Market Square. Wrapped in romantic gabled townhouses and Gothic spires, the festive Christmas Market stalls are a Disneyesque dream, offering all sorts of delicacies and delights - from Highland woollen slippers to amber jewellery from the Baltic. Maybe try the traditional ‘oscypek' cheese with cranberries, a delicacy from the Tatra mountains?
The Damsels & Dragons of Kraków
(Relaxed Start) Perhaps spend some reflective moments during your free time and visit Auschwitz concentration camp? Later, ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to see the Renaissance castle and visit the cathedral – the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. Then cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to ‘Old Podgórze' to see Ghetto Square and remains of the Ghetto Wall. The rest of the day is at leisure and allows you to explore the traditional Christmas Market located in the Old Town's historic district. You'll find yourself immersed in festive spirit as you shop for authentic Christmas decorations, gifts, toys and tasty treats.
Wrocaw, the Venice of Poland
(Relaxed Start) With the morning free, why not visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the morning? Later, continue to the city of Wrocław, the 'Venice of Poland', made up of five rivers, 12 islands and over 150 bridges. Rated as one of the finest in Europe, Wrocław’s Christmas Market offers a delightful, fairy-tale charm. Enjoy an orientation tour of the market, located in the historic main square ‘Rynek’, surrounded by Baroque splendour and adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Spend time exploring the vast array of stalls bursting with local crafts and tasty treats.
Macabre Kutná Hora and on to Prague
Cross the Czech border and head for Kutná Hora, a town that flourished during the Middle Ages thanks to vast deposits of silver. At the Sedlec Chapel, step into a macabre world of sculptures, coats of arms and even a chandelier, made entirely out of human bones! Next, venture on to the Czech capital of Prague.
Prague, City of a Hundred Spires
(Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, look upon the Vltava River from the heights of Prague Castle, dominated by the soaring spires of St. Vitus' Cathedral. Then, down at the Old Town Square, Prague’s colourful Christmas Market contrasts with the Gothic skyline. Beneath a giant Christmas tree, draped in a blaze of lights, locals browse the decorative wooden stalls. Meet a local stallholder and savour a glass of Svařák (mulled wine) along with the local ‘Trdelník’ pastry.
The German Cities of Dresden and Berlin
(Relaxed Start) Cross the German border to Dresden. Gaze up at the Frauenkirche, risen once again from wartime ashes. Your guided tour will continue past the colossal 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic, the cathedral, Semper Opera House and Zwinger Palace. Perhaps seek out the delicious Christstollen - a Christmas cake recipe dating back to medieval times, or shop for a traditional Christmas pyramid, before continuing on to Berlin.
The Spirit of Berlin
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert to see the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Unter den Linden, and the beautifully restored Reichstag Building. In the afternoon, feel free to soak up the Weihnachtszauber (Christmas magic) at the Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most magnificent square, or saunter through any of the Christmas Markets which are dotted around the city. For your farewell Celebration Dinner, enjoy delightful German cuisine and wine at a family-run restaurant, complete with music and Gemütlichkeit.
Auf Wiedersehen Berlin
Your tour draws to a close after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Berlin's Tegel Airport at 07:00 and 10:00.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.
Krakow (Central) - Poland
The Radisson Blu Hotel is centrally located and is perfect for exploring local attractions such as Wawel Castle, Florian's Gate and St Mary's Basilica.
Wrocaw (Central) - Poland
Radisson Blu Hotel, Wrocław
Prague (Central) - Czech Republic
The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.
Berlin (Central) - Germany
In the heart of West Berlin, right by Kurfuerstendamm, the stylish Swissotel Berlin features a remarkable collection of contemporary German art, state-of-the-art technology and exclusive, luxurious amenities.