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Alps, Central & Eastern EuropeRegional Journey
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. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 and travel to the famous and elegant Gundel Restaurant. Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wine.
Delve into Budapest.
Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert. Admire the facade of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Enjoy a short drive following the Danube and arrive at Gellért Hill. From the top, appreciate 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. In the evening, perhaps choose an Optional Experience to see this fairy-tale city as you cruise along the Danube and enjoy a meal of Hungarian specialties, served with drinks?
The 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 at scenic Donovaly. Continue north to see the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before crossing into Poland and continuing to historic Kraków.
The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków.
Perhaps visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine in the morning? Later, join your Local Expert to explore 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 Sukiennice Cloth Hall and visit the 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica, the most important church in the city, keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower. Then enjoy free time to explore. Maybe visit the Renaissance Trading Hall, host to many merchant stalls, with the Gallery of the National Museum upstairs?
Auschwitz and Częstochowa.
Join a Local Expert at Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz, infamous for its role during the Holocaust. Spend 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 Halka restaurant in the Old Town. Once this culinary high art has been mastered, enjoy a delicious Highlight Dinner featuring succulent local dishes.
The Polish Capital of Warsaw.
Join a Local Expert in the morning to see the Old Town, Royal Castle, Palace of Culture. Visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park. Pay your respects at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and then enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps attend a Chopin recital or delve into Warsaw's communist past?
Wielkopolska to Berlin.
Your route leads westward, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, past Poznań known as the ‘cradle of the Polish State’ and continue over the Oder River to enter Germany. Your destination is the vibrant capital of Berlin where you can try traditional Berliner cuisine.
The Spirit of Berlin.
Prepare to embrace the rejuvenated spirit of Berlin. Join a Local Expert for a drive along the Ku’Damm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm 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 Museum Island. Spend the afternoon at leisure, shopping in the KaDeWe Department Store or exploring the new, vibrant Potsdamer Platz.
Dresden and 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 facades of the opera house, Semperoper, and the 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.
Prague has blossomed since the Velvet Revolution, but its unique character remains unchanged. A Local Expert will show you the amazing St. Vitus’ Cathedral inside the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Cross the Vltava 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?
Bohemian 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 fairy-tale, 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 left, 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 journey to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital and later 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 its 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, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. 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 in the early afternoon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the Corinthia Hotel 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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
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 drinks.
Adult Price: EUR 63.00
Discover the real treasures of Budapest, Queen of the Danube. With our local expert, we'll enjoy a tour of the neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, opened by Emperor Franz Josef I in 1884 during the golden age of the city and considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Then, we'll continue to the Basilica of St Stephen, whose treasures include the miraculous Holy Right hand of the first Christian King St Stephen, the most important relic in Hungary.
Adult Price: EUR 43.00
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
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
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
eatwith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand-selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture while meeting other travelers at your table and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience. €45 - €65
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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
Discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Strana district on foot, accompanied by our expert local. Continue over the famous Charles Bridge, built in 1357, before enjoying a private cruise on the Vlatava. Enjoy a drink as you glide past the magical sights of Prague.
Adult Price: EUR 41.00
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
Budapest (Heritage) - 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!
Kraków (Contemporary) - Poland
The stylish Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto is conveniently located at the heart of the city, just a 15 minute walk from the city's Old Town Square. Its trendy interiors are a reflection of how this historic city is evolving in modern times. Rooms are tastefully designed with a splash of colour, the perfect retreat after a day of exploring.
Warsaw (Traditional) - Poland
Berlin (Contemporary) - Germany
Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie places you at the heart of the fascinating and historic city of Berlin. Within a short walk you'll discover trendy shopping areas and key sights like Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie. Having been recently renovated, rooms are comfortable, and designed in a modern, minimalist style.
Prague (Traditional) - 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
In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Český Krumlov, you'll find the traditionally-styled Hotel Old Inn, nestled beside the city's main square.
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.
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11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.
04 December, 2018
Trip: The trip, while quite fast paced, was very well organised. The bus was very comfortable with good leg room, the hotels were of very high standard in very central positions, the included meals were very nice and the local guides in each city were friendly, had excellent English and certainly knew their history! I cannot fault this trip other than the cost of some of the optional dinners/tours, but they really were fun! Be prepared to be quite tired at the end of a trip like this, but you certainly see a lot of Europe in a short period of time, with nothing to do except be on the bus on time each morning!
Service: This trip went smoothly from the booking process until the day we got off the bus! The tour covered a lot of territory in a short time and nothing unscheduled occurred, which is amazing when there is such a diverse group of people travelling together. Our wonderful tour director, Karin Kollarova, was the highlight of the trip with her stories of her younger life living under communist rule. This really brought to life hat we were seeing along the way.
16 November, 2018
Trip: Well planned with 2 nights in most locations and a bonus staying in Cesky Krumlov
Service: Guided tour was well paced and Tour Director Karin made the trip even more enjoyable by sharing of her life stories. Great location of hotels and very informative local guides enhanced the optional tours.
16 November, 2018
Trip: Great intinerary and locations.
Service: Excellent customer service.
16 November, 2018
Trip: Good points: 1) itinerary great, local guides very good 2) all breakfast very good, enjoyed the local produce serve in breakfast 3) Karin Kollova very good so is our driver Garbo 4) coach very good spacious but lacking foot rest Bad points 1) Welcoming dinner and farewell dinners are let down, not good at all, though Gundel is very good restaurant but choice of food provided limited, not so good, would prefer have more choices of menu. 2) Farewell dinner at concert venue, very bad. 3) day visits to places too rush, almost like breeze through, would prefer longer visits with local guides 4) too many optional dinners and food not great very ordinary, big serve but not much quality, would much prefer smaller serve with good quality local authentic flavours 5) hotel rooms allocated to us not very good, lower floors with views of blank walls.
Service: Our Travel Director Karin Kallorova, she is fantastic, caring , helpful & very organised. Her explanations are clear and make sure we understand she goes round to each person to ask if we have further questions. She is commendable, we enjoyed her company and her knowledge of subjects and yet entertaining at the same time.
16 November, 2018
Trip: The Budweiser tour was unnecessary but all was otherwise good, compacting so much into little time.
Service: Karin was a great guide!
15 November, 2018
Trip: We had a fabulous time! Karin was so knowledgeable and shared with us all her personal experiences growing up during communism and after. It was a very enlightened tour.
Service: We really appreciated being added to the tour two days before it began. Our river cruise was cancelled at the last minute and our Switzerland tour guide was most helpful in finding this tour and contacting the London office to include us on this fabulous tour.
09 November, 2018
Trip: Great mix of modern history, medieval towns, cultural experiences, food and fun!
Service: From beginning to end, our experience was smooth and enjoyable. This was our second trip with Insight. Our tour guide was once again professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Hotel selection are well-vetted and we were always able to walk to key attractions from them. Transportation is comfortable, and this was important since my husband has had several back surgeries.
04 November, 2018
Trip: Too many churches were included in the tour and some you had to pay to see.
Service: Tour was very knowledgeable and very helpful.
03 November, 2018
Trip: Loved Poland, Budapest, Slovakia, Dresdan, Czech Republic. I liked Berlin and Vienna too but felt like more time to see the Reichstag and museums would have made it more memorable for first timers.
Service: The guide and driver and itinerary were excellent. Just wished for a few more hours to see art galleries and museums in Budapest, Berlin.
03 November, 2018
Trip: There was too much information.
Service: THe tour guide was very good and organized.
02 November, 2018
Trip: Budapest, krakow, Warsaw, Dresden, Prague, Cesky Krumlow, Vienna - great selection of places to visit with excellent interim stops.
Service: Great customer service. Superb travel director Karin. Well organized.
29 October, 2018
Trip: We were always fist for each event which then became very crowded. Our tour guide prepared the group well before disembarking. She remained with us and answered any questions that our guide could not. At each place the food, drink and service were fist class.
Service: Our guide, the food and the places we visited were exceptional. We have traveled extensively but have only used Insight the past 2 trips. We booked another trip with them in December and have agreed they are-by far-the ONLY company we will use. Thank you very much.