The Bohemian - Insight Vacations

The Bohemian (Summer 2017)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary

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Walk in the footsteps of Prague’s Bohemian Kings and fall under the spell of Český Krumlov. Explore the legacy of the Habsburgs in Vienna and Budapest.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Vienna

    At Vienna Airport, transfers for your hotel will leave at 10:00, 13:00 & 15:00. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries so, why not stroll to a local café? Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague

    Once over the Czech border, head for picturesque Český Krumlov where you'll start with a brief orientation tour of this fairy-tale town, straight out of the Middle Ages. Enjoy some free time to explore and appreciate views of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Golden Prague.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

    (Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and take in amazing views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock's glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. Later, your Freestyle Evening offers you the ultimate in dining choices!

  4. Day 4

    Reflect on Auschwitz then on to Kraków

    Enjoy a gentle drive through the stunning Czech landscapes before crossing into Poland where you will stop at Oświęcim, better known by its German name of ‘Auschwitz'. A guided visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

  5. Day 5

    The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków

    Journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka salt mines. In a maze of tunnels deep below the surface, witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt by the miners themselves. Back in Kraków, join a Local Expert for a morning tour. Ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral. Walk past the courtyard of Jagiellonian University through the Old Town, to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary's Church (keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower). In the evening, choose from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

  6. Day 6

    Through Sleepy Slovakia to Budapest

    Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. See the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains. Cross into Hungary to arrive in Budapest. In the evening, dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Budapest, the Queen of the Danube

    (Relaxed Start) Venture into the heart of Buda's medieval Castle District with a Local Expert to visit Matthias Church and take in the vista from the Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes' Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard. Then enjoy time in the Central Market Hall - its three storeys packed with aromatic food stalls offering Hungarian salamis, spicy paprika and sweet Tokaji wines. In the evening, cruise the mighty Danube followed by a delicious dinner.

  8. Day 8

    Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs

    Cross the border and move on to stately Vienna to join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the ring road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, the magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence and Parliament building. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Vienna

    Your tour concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna Airport at 07:00 & 09:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.
  • Auschwitz: Experience a powerful and moving visit to the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and a stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
  • Kraków: The medieval heart of Kraków is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join an expert historian for an in-depth exploration of this historic 'Holy Grail'.
  • Kraków: Journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka salt mines.
  • Budapest: Visit the colourful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube to the giant domed Parliament from the heights of the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Vienna: Let the sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulge your senses. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cesky Krumlov: Explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
  • Prague: Visit the Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock.
  • Slovakia: See the picturesque Oravsky Hrad Castle.
  • Budapest: Visit Heroes' Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard.
  • Vienna: See St Charles' Church. Tour the Ring Road past the New Imperial Palace, Opera House, Parliament building.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, savour a delicious meal of Austrian fare with drinks included, while being entertained by acclaimed soloists and dancers.
  • Budapest: Dine at the elegant Gundel restaurant.
  • 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), 1 Freestyle Evening (FSD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vienna: Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna is one of Austria's premier hotels.
  • Budapest: The Corinthia blends classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Located in the heart of the city, its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

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.

Accommodation

 

Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.

Majestic Plaza Prague

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.

Andels Krakow

Krakow (Central) - Poland

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Budapest (Contemporary) - Hungary

Located in the heart of the city, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest blends classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning!

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7784 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 06 November, 2017

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    Trip: Itinerary was well planned out and the local guides were very good. Perhaps they only improvement could've been that the focus seemed to be on churches and palaces. Would have liked to see some more local things with the guide.

    Service: The trip was well planned, informative, and fun. Even though it was all inclusive we ate at local restaurants, not at hotels, which was important to us. It had the right balance of a scheduled tour time and the tendon time. The tour guide was very pleasant, approachable and knowledgeable. We will definitely book with this company again.

  • 26 October, 2017

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    Trip: Eastern Europe was a very interesting tour. Loved the Old Towns within the large cities. Highly recommend this tour.

    Service: A well planned out trip. Everything went flawlessly. Very personable tour directors - make the trip enjoyable. Love the flourishes!!

  • 24 October, 2017

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    Trip: Loved all the places where we visited.

    Service: Everything was very well organized. Great sights

  • 23 October, 2017

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    Trip: very disappointed that our local guide took us the long way down to Prague castle when there was a shorter way. I wanted to spend more time on the castle grounds and that would have happened if the guide hadnt stopped at every building.. plus there were 3 people who had some minor physical problems that the shorter way would have been better for. It wasn't suggested. I truthfully just felt rushed on this whole trip! I did enjoy having time to shop and eat at the little cafes in the town squares, but more time at the attractions please!

    Service: Entire booking of trip went very smoothly

  • 23 October, 2017

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    Trip: Would have preferred to cut some of the travel out. I would have liked to fly into Vienna, spend a day there and then at the end fly out of Budapest. Going back to Vienna seemed like a waste of time.

    Service: Overall, a good tour. The hotels in Prague and Krakow were not as luxury as I was expecting. But I would recommend this tour to others.

  • 23 October, 2017

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    Trip: The cities were beautiful and the local tour directors were very informative.

    Service: The trip was very organized. The bus driver and the tour director did their best to provide us with a vacation to remember.

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: Generally good but visits to more tourist site between longer traveling distances can be included eg between Prague & Budapest

    Service: * Professionally coordinated & organized * Professional & experienced tour director * Good Itinerary * Choiced hotels & location

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: Bought some suggested jewelry, garnet earrings.

    Service: Answered most questions well on the phone

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: I never thought I would ever go to all of these locations. I really enjoyed the itinerary.

    Service: Fantastic trip. Tour guide was great as well. We could never have seen what we did on our own. I would certainly recommend this.

  • 11 October, 2017

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    Trip: It was a simpler way to travel parts of Europe that use different languages and currencies. The places we visited were very interesting, and the tours were great. The headphone system provided was great, very easy to hear what was going on even when a few steps away from the guide.

    Service: Brianna was an excellent guide and was efficient and kind all the time.

  • 08 October, 2017

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    Trip: Overall good. Would have liked more free time and less structure.

    Service: Tour director was exceptional. Went the extra mile and handled little details.

  • 08 October, 2017

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    Trip: Everything was included, best sites of each City visited.

    Service: Excellent tour pace, places visited and accommodation. Our tour director was one of the best that we have had in our 6 tours with Insight Vacations.

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