The Bohemian

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

Regional Journey

The Bohemian (Summer 2019)

Duration: 9 days Visiting: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, 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 to your hotel will leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. The Austrian capital is famous for coffee and delicious pastries, so why not stroll to a local cafe? At 17:30, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.

  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

    Prague, City of a Hundred Spires.

    Join a Local Expert for a tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Start with the historic Prague Castle where you'll admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and appreciate amazing views of the Old Town. Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

  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. Join a guided tour of the memorial and museum of Auschwitz and stop at Birkenau, which bore witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków.

    In the morning why not join an Optional Experience and 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. Alternatively, enjoy a morning at leisure before join a Local Expert to ascend Wawel Hill and 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. In the evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked local 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 where in the evening, you are treated to a Highlight Dinner at the elegant Gundel restaurant. Savour mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wine, as you dine in sophisticated style.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Budapest, the Queen of the Danube.

    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. Enjoy time in the foodie's paradise of the Central Market Hall. Wander across its three levels brimming with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika, Hungarian wines and an array of flavoured Pálinkas, a traditional Hungarian fruit brandy. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax by the Danube or browse the boutiques of Vaci Street.

  8. Day 8

    Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs.

    Cross the border, continuing to stately Vienna to join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and it's formal gardens. Be transported to a time of opulence and extravagance as you marvel at the intricacies of gilded Rococo frames, frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Then get your camera ready for a drive around the Ring Road, a grand boulevard built along the lines of the old city walls showcasing 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. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are complemented with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, accompanied with wine for your Celebration Dinner. This is an incredible way to toast your adventures with newfound friends.

  9. Day 9

    Depart Vienna.

    Your Bohemian journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07:00 and 09:00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Český Krumlov: Your Travel Director will lead you an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
  • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, this majestic city is where you’ll experience a private tour with a Local Expert, through the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle.
  • Prague: Led by your Local Expert, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers each hour.
  • Auschwitz: Accompanied by your Local Expert, 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 your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy Grail. Walk past Jagiellonian University, through the Old Town to the town square and see the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall.
  • Kraków: Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.
  • Kraków: Visit the 14th century St. Mary’s Basilica, the most important church in the city.
  • Budapest: Join a Local Expert and visit the colourful Matthias Church. From the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion, gaze out over the Danube to the beautiful facades of the giant-domed Hungarian Parliament Building.
  • Budapest:
    See Heroes' Square and Andrássy Boulevard. Spend time in the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci Utca and see the mighty Danube with its many bridges linking Buda and Pest.
  • Budapest: Visiting the Central Market Hall is a foodie's dream. Wander across three levels of stalls, brimming with mouthwatering salamis, spicy paprika, sumptuous Hungarian wines and a whole lot of Pálinka.
  • Vienna: Led by your Local Expert, indulge your senses at the Schönbrunn Palace as you stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Vienna: Travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Scenic Drives: Admire the passing scenery as you travel through the Vienna Woods, Bohemia, the Orava region and Low Tatra Mountains.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Krakow: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavour.
  • Budapest: Tonight you are in for a treat with your Highlight Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.
  • Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, savour a delicious meal of Austrian fare with drinks included, while being entertained by acclaimed soloists and dancers.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Krakow: The very trendy and centrally-located andel's by Vienna House Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.
  • Budapest: Located in the heart of the city, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest blends classic opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning!

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

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.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

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

Code: PRA0003

Magical Prague

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

Code: PRA0005

Danube Cruise Dinner & Drinks

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

Code: BUD0001

Treasures of Budapest Opera & St Stephens

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

Code: BUD0011

eatwith Experience

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

Adult Price: EUR

Code: BUD0014

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.

Hotel Royal Prague

Prague (Contemporary) - Czech Republic

The brand new, boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Vienna House Andel's Cracow, Kraków.

Kraków (Traditional) - Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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!

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11428 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 28 October, 2018

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    Trip: A bit rushed but a great part of the world

    Service: Everything was efficiently dealt with.

  • 21 October, 2018

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    Trip: We like the scenery and experience variety of foods and cultures shows.

    Service: The tour guide is very knowledgeable and helpful in any questions and issues raised and paid extremely care on the overall security of the group.

  • 18 October, 2018

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    Trip: Amazing trip! Enough time to spend on each location, and driving hrs was not too long

    Service: The trip itself was very good! However, in terms of reaching out to their customer service team, it was a challenge. They offen would direct us to their local partner who does not know a lot of information on their trips. They need to assign customer service reps direct from their end.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: It included so many interesting cities and attractions with just the right amount of free time in between.

    Service: Everything detail was taken care of and everything including the hotels, restaurants, local guides, attractions and overall trip itinerary was above and beyond our expectations! Mateja, our guide, was amazing. Very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and always available.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary though it could be done a little differently with no Vienna but starting in Prague and ending in Budapest with extra time to enjoy these cities and less driving by motorcoach.

    Service: Customer Service is very good. Itinerary is very good even though a little rough for seniors.

  • 15 October, 2018

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    Trip: Would have like to spend a day in Slovakia or at least toured that Castle we passed. Seems a pity just to have it pointed out as we drove by. Other than that, it was a good itinerary

    Service: great itinerary, flexible arrangements and proactive service by Tour Director Matt Woodworth.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Overall, the itinerary was very good. The late return to the hotel (nearly 11:00 PM) the night before our early morning departure to the airport (3:45 AM) was unexpected and challenging.

    Service: We worked through a travel agent at AAA. She resolved issues/questions with Insight.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: I would have appreciated a little bit more free time to still participate in all the activities but be able to stay a little longer on my own at each activity.

    Service: It was the first time we booked a tour as we previously arranged our own itinerary. The tour was well organised. The activities was outstanding, the hotels good value. Our tour director, Matt Woodworth was professional, excellent communicator, very helpful and an asset to your company. Our driver Bence was well liked by all.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Everything we wanted to see and more

    Service: Excellent tour director and guides. All extremely knowledgeable. Great hotels with great locations. Great extras. Numerous meals. Good hotel services. Great breakfasts. Great driver.

  • 14 October, 2018

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    Trip: Great service, very professional.

    Service: Great service, very professional.

  • 10 October, 2018

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    Trip: Would recommend this tour it is a must.

    Service: Excellent this is our 5th trip with Insight we have enjoyed each one and looking forward to our next we have never been disappointed.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: As said before, Coach Driver and Tour Director were terrific, Motels were great and sightseeing terrific

    Service: I had a wonderful trip, Tour Directors were fantastic, Coach Drivers were great Drivers, Coaches had plenty of leg room and it was great to be able to spend at a couple of nights in Motel before moving on each time.

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