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Welcome to Budapest
On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 & 15:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Delve into Budapest
(Relaxed Start) Stroll through the alleys of the old town of Buda with a Local Expert. Admire the incredible interior decoration of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion. A short drive following the Danube and you arrive at Gellert Hill. From the top, you share astounding panoramic views presided over by the Liberty Statue. Across the river, back in Pest, visit Heroes’ Square. The rest of the day is yours to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. Perhaps visit picturesque Szentendre, a town known for its art, culture, museums and galleries?
Through the Tatra Mountains to Kraków
Take a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. Stop for lunch at Donovaly, referred to as the Slovakian St Moritz as it is the most well-known winter resort in the country. Continue north to see the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before crossing into Poland and continuing to historic Kraków.
The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków
(Relaxed Start) Perhaps visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the morning? Later, join your Local Expert for a visit of Kraków – for centuries the seat of Poland’s kings. 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). Then have some free time to explore. Maybe visit the Renaissance Trading Hall, host to many merchant stalls, with the Gallery of the National Museum upstairs?
To Auschwitz, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa and Warsaw
Stop with a Local Expert in the city of Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz, the most infamous site of the Holocaust. Spend some reflective moments amid the remains of the concentration camp and the memorials to those who died. Travel north to Częstochowa to visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous for the Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the Polish plains to the country's capital, Warsaw for the night. Dumplings are an Eastern European tradition so in the evening, enjoy a dumpling demonstration and degustation at a local restaurant. Once this culinary high art has been mastered, you will be treated to a delicious dinner featuring succulent local dishes plus beer or wine, tea or coffee.
Exploring the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw
(Relaxed Start) Join a Local Expert in the morning to see the Old Town, Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park. Pay your respects at the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes and then the afternoon is free to enjoy at your own pace. Suggestions include a Chopin recital or visiting the Baroque Wilanów Palace.
Wielkopolska to Berlin
Your route leads westwards, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, past Poznań, the ‘cradle of the Polish State' and continuing over the Oder River to enter Germany. The end destination is the vibrant capital of Berlin where you can try traditional Berliner cuisine.
The Spirit of Berlin
(Relaxed Start) Prepare to embrace the rejuvenated spirit of Berlin. Join a Local Expert for a drive along the Ku'Damm, past the Memorial church. Continue through the leafy Tiergarten to the refurbished Reichstag building and see the Brandenburg Gate. On the eastern side, take the Unter den Linden past the State Opera House to the Alexanderplatz. Spend the afternoon at leisure, shopping in the KaDeWe Department Store or exploring the new vibrant Potsdamer Platz.
Baroque Dresden and on to Golden Prague
Journey south to Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by horrific air raids in 1945, Dresden has now risen again from the ashes in a blend of old and new. See the reconstructed Frauenkirche and walk past the colossal ‘Procession of the Dukes' on the wall of the Royal Palace. Venture around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered façades of the Opera and Baroque Zwinger Palace. After free time for lunch, head for the Czech border, high in the Ore Mountains and continue to the capital city of Prague.
Prague, City of a Hundred Spires
(Relaxed Start) Prague has blossomed since the ‘Velvet Revolution', but its unique character remains unchanged. In the morning, a Local Expert will show you the amazing St Vitus' Cathedral, which is set inside the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Later, cross the river to explore the vast cobblestoned expanse of the Old Town square and see its famous Astronomical Clock. As night falls, why not head for a local restaurant to sample tasty Czech cuisine, as well as the famous local beer?
The Bohemian Beauty of Český Krumlov
A journey through the green Bohemian countryside will bring you to České Budějovice. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery to sample the beer and discover the secrets of how this golden vintage is made. Continue on to Český Krumlov, a picturesque medieval town nestled on the banks of the Vltava. Walk the narrow cobbled streets and arch-covered footpaths, past colourful townhouses and centuries old inns. With a Local Expert, visit the fairytale red-roofed castle, considered by many to be the finest in the land. Your hotel is one of the most charming in the Czech Republic, set in a former 16th century Jesuit dormitory in the historic town centre. When all the day trippers have gone home, soak up the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your Dine-Around evening. You will be offered a selection of restaurants amid the tangle of streets, high-gabled houses and old squares.
Cross the border into Austria and enjoy a delightful drive to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital. In the evening, why not enjoy a delightful Austrian meal with the option to dine at a country mansion?
The Habsburgs of Vienna
Vienna owes much of its present-day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then, take some great photos on a circuit of the famous 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 and magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.
A transfer arrives at Budapest Airport early afternoon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the tour hotel in central Budapest.
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 trips. 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.
Berlin's eating establishments have enjoyed legendary status ever since the "Golden Twenties". This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit!
Adult Price: EUR 56.00
Explore the shadows of the past with our local expert. See the Soviet War Memorial and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, location of the tense stand-offs between U.S. & Soviet forces during the Cold War. Then a real highlight as we visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. The memorial contains the last section of the Berlin Wall with a guard tower and preserved grounds and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. Learn about this focal point of 20th-century history and of the fate of those who attempted to cross it.
Adult Price: EUR 31.00
Our evening takes us to Potsdam, the summer home and royal residence to the Kings of Prussia. Here we'll see the ‘Sanssouci’ palace of the most celebrated Prussian king, Frederick the Great. We'll enjoy time for photos in the gardens and then continue to the Glienicke Bridge, the famous 'Bridge of Spies'. The bridge was used for spy exchanges between East & West during the Cold War. We'll cross the bridge on foot before continuing to historic Wirsthaus Moorlake, nestled on the banks of the Havel river, for an evening of traditional German fare. n.b. This optional experience may be offered without dinner for €48.
Adult Price: EUR 63.00
The most leisurely way to discover this fairy-tale city is a private cruise on the Danube with a glass of fine Hungarian wine in hand. See Margaret Island, the Houses of Parliament, Castle Hill with its Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, the Citadel and the University. While cruising, enjoy a lavish, gourmet buffet meal of Hungarian specialties and unlimited drinks.
Adult Price: EUR 63.00
A fascinating excursion takes you past the remains of the Roman settlement of Aquincum and alongside the Danube, to the picturesque riverside village of Szentendre. An orientation walk through the cobbled streets leads to the main square – an excellent place from which to explore. Szentendre houses a delightful array of craft-shops, art museums and galleries. Included is a visit to the Micro Museum, where impossibly tiny sculptures can only be viewed under a microscope. Ever seen a camel go through the eye of a needle?
Adult Price: EUR 27.00
A visit to the 600 year old salt mines on the outskirts of Krakow, where we view an underground world of chambers filled with absolutely unique salt sculptures, sculpted by the miners themselves (placed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list).
Adult Price: EUR 55.00
Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and live band will entertain you with songs and dances and you might even get to join them for a polka or two! Don't miss this enjoyable evening.
Adult Price: EUR 59.00
Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbours, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local restaurant, enjoy a traditional Czech meal accompanied by the planet's most perfect pilsner. During dinner, lively musicians in traditional dress set the mood with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia.
Adult Price: EUR 58.00
Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!
Adult Price: EUR 62.00
A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the official residence of the Habsburg Empire for more then 600 years. Admire the beautiful baroque Church of St. Peter's and the Column of the Holy Trinity. See the most important House of Mozart, where "Marriage of Figaro" was composed. Finally, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral where your local expert explains its importance to Austrian culture and history.
Adult Price: EUR 30.00
To the Polish people, Wilanów is more than just a palace – it's a national treasure, the embodiment of an era from which much has been lost. Join a local expert for a guided visit to the ‘Polish Versailles’. Walk within the baroque royal residence to admire the stunning collection of furniture, portraits and china which forms part of the National Museum.
Adult Price: EUR 34.00
The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the centre of Warsaw, enjoy an exclusive private recital of his music performed by a celebrated Polish pianist. Champagne is served during the intermission.
Adult Price: EUR 46.00
Visit THE landmark of Warsaw - the imposing Palace of Culture with your local expert. An elevator takes you to the 30th floor of Stalin's skyscraper for impressive views. Next, explore the Praga district, where the spirit of Warsaw prior to WWII survives. We'll delve into everyday life during communism and visit a recreation of a typical urban flat from those times. Experience the paradoxes of the times and the absurdities of everyday life.
Adult Price: EUR 33.00
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!
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.
Warsaw (Traditional) - Poland
This modern hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to the Polish Parliament and the diplomatic district.
Berlin (Contemporary) - Germany
The Steigenberger Hotel Berlin is an eco-friendly hotel with carbon emission free energy and features untreated materials being used for the hotel's interiors.
Prague (Contemporary) - Czech Republic
Stay in the quiet and breathtakingly beautiful Castle district near the aristocrats and Heads of State. Next to the famous Strahov Monastry, the Linder Hotel Prague Castle is set in a historic building dating back to the 16th century.
Český Krumlov (Historic) - Czech Republic
The 5-star Hotel Růže is everything you expect in Český Krumlov - centrally located, historic and grand, beautifully restored and renovated with period furnishings and decor.
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.
26 November, 2017
Trip: Is was well planned and executed by Tim. Staying at the Linder again was nice but a hotel closer in would have been nicer. Plus in Budapest if this had been my first time there and not staying near Chain bridge (Sofitel or intercontinental) would have been disappointing
Service: Our tour was well planned out, the tour of the brewery could be missed as the cafe was lacking eg coffee on menu but not available. Tim Pendlebury was outstanding as a tour guide his knowledge and even though he was bought up in Australia, due him being married to a lovely polish lady gave us a varied, and how different their lifestyles are over there. He was able to relay and relate to us all exceptionally well which was both fantastic and refreshing. We would really enjoy having Tim as our tour director again, and is certainly a wonderful asset for insight tours.
12 November, 2017
Trip: Very satisfied and happy
Service: This is my 3rd vacation with Insight Vacations and continue doing so even though I have retired now and am financially disadvantaged due to our local currency depreciation. Our tour manager Karin and driver Gaber were God-sent . They were so helpful as I am 64 years old and have a knee problem . We did not have to worry about anything. We were met punctually at the airport and they made us feel so welcomed . The rest of the trip was just smooth sailing as all meals were carefully planned for us as we do not eat beef. Nightly dining was fantastic with good wines , beer and wide variety of food and local entertainment. Daily breakfast was too good and a wide variety of food was on offer daily. We had the right amount of rest between all our daily sight seeing. The local expert invited tour guides were very knowledgeable . Our hotels were very classy, posh and strategetically located so that we could move around easily. Insight Vacation Bus was so comfortable, new, clean and the leg-room was so spacious .We had to move two seats clockwise daily so all of us moved from back to front .Our driver was more of a pilot . Travelling daily was smooth and he could manouvre in any tight and difficult situation . Basically we had a wonderful trip with no problems and are having withdrawal symptoms still . We cannot afford to go next year as we have to save for 2019 when we want to go St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. This only draw-back of this tour was the abundance of slotted optional tours that cost nearly 1000 Euros per couple, which increased the total cost of the tour substantially.
12 November, 2017
Trip: Excellent see previous field Why you have put bad as the first star is beyond me because I presumed the first star was excellent, as so many other people answering this questionnaire would.
Service: Easter Europe tour was excellent. The brewery tour was unnecessary as most of us had been there and done that and those who didn't do it just sat around. A couple of the hotels and i can't remember may have been Poland were a bit John's knowledge of the battlefields and the history of the war was in depth,in need of a paint and new carpets, but overall very clean. interesting and his passion for the tour was outstanding. He accommodated everyone's wishes to find a family member and we saw other nations memorials which was very interesting. Excellent tour. Perhaps next time a suggestion would be to add a day and see Dunkirk. Both drivers were excellent, extremely well presented, courteous and had excellent driving skillls.
12 November, 2017
Trip: Please refer to feedback survey filled out at end or tour and given to tour dirctor
Service: Totally professional tour guide who guided 40 customers through Eastern Europe. His organisational skills, care and communication to each of us along with his knowledge made the trip so enjoyable and a trip that will provide lifetime memories. We will definitely book with Insight again and we thoroughly recommend them as the touring company to book with
10 November, 2017
Trip: It was everything and more than we expected.
Service: We had an excellent tour guide and bus driver, very comfortable bus, very good hotels and knowledgeable local tour guides. It was a very educational tour. I would highly recommend Insight to family and friends.
06 November, 2017
Trip: I looked at about 30 tour companies before finding all the cities I wanted to visit on one Insight Vacations tour. Everywhere we went was wonderful.
Service: Karin our TD and Gabor or driver were superb. The hotels were wonderful. The optional excursion worthwhile and fun. The places we visited were amazing.
03 November, 2017
Trip: Seemed too fast paced. I wanted to spend more time exploring.
Service: Our trip did not seem as relaxing as it could be, we felt rushed.
29 October, 2017
Trip: A long day of driving to Berlin. Would have liked to stay in Berlin another night. Otherwise itinerary was great.
Service: Very well organised, good communication and excellent tour director.
27 October, 2017
Trip: Got a taste of each country - maybe a couple of additional days to allow more time in perhaps Hungary or Czech Rep
Service: Clean coaches, gallant drivers, efficient and knowledgable tour guide
27 October, 2017
Trip: Very good and informative
Service: Excellent !
27 October, 2017
Trip: Quite tiring even though there were two nights at all except one of the destinations. Some of the walking tours were a bit too long
Service: Everything was good to excellent. We were most surprised not to have free wifi at the last hotel on the tour - the 5 star Hilton Hotel in Vienna. Not happy about that. ALso the fridge in the room locked itself on the last night and we weren't told by anyone that it would happen so my husband's medication was locked in the fridge and we had to phone reception twice at 11.15pm to get the fridge unlocked
27 October, 2017
Trip: the flights on time and we received our luggage...
Service: This is the best trip I had done with Insight Vacations, the hotels were great, the optional experiences were very good, the dinners were fabulous, but the best was the Tour Director Karin....she made this trip the best!!!! Karin was a excellent Tour Conductor by all means, very calm, funny, hard worker, very knowledgeable in all places, she was there for each one of us; all the experience was just enjoyable because of Karin !!!!
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