Luxury Guided Tour - Poland and Hapsburg Cities ULEU02

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Personal Highlights: A recital of the music of Chopin at a palace in Warsaw Visiting the street in Krakow where “ Schindler’s List” was filmed A scenic drive through Slovakia from Krakow to Budapest Learning about Hungarian wines at the Royal House of Wines in Budapest A special dinner with
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Family, Hunting, Sightseeing, Relaxing & Wellness, Walking, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Masovia (Poland), Budapest City (Hungary), Poland, Vienna (Austria), Austria, Hungary, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Group size: 6 persons
  • Duration: 14 Day(s)

Your Tour

Personal Highlights:

  • A recital of the music of Chopin at a palace in Warsaw
  • Visiting the street in Krakow where “ Schindler’s List” was filmed
  • A scenic drive through Slovakia from Krakow to Budapest
  • Learning about Hungarian wines at the Royal House of Wines in Budapest
  • A special dinner with champagne and wine at world famous Gundel’s
  • Specially reserved seats at Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace for dinner and a concert of the music of Strauss and Mozart
Day 1 Depart USA

You board your aircraft for the overnight flight to Warsaw, the reconstructed and revitalized capital of Poland

Day 2 Welcome to Warsaw, City of Parks

You arrive in Warsaw in mid-morning. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and taken on an orientation tour of the city. Your first visit will be to Lazienki Park which was originally a hunting lodge converted into an English style park with Lazienki Palace built on the park's lake. Other sites will include the Orangery, the Observatory and Belvedere Palace. After lunch you will head for Wilanow Palace and Park which served as the summer residence of the Royal family. It has now been transformed into an art museum. It too is surrounded by an English style park and landscape gardens which you enjoy on the way to your hotel which is a former 18th Century palace located in the old town of the city. You have a chance to unwind before dinner in the hotel's excellent restaurant.

Day 3 The Old Town and the Legacy of Chopin

Since your hotel is located in old town it provides an ideal base for a walking tour with your guide. You will walk along Royal way seeing the key sights including St. John's Cathedral and the Royal Castle which was completely destroyed by the German army after the Warsaw uprising in 1944. Like most of the old town it was lovingly reconstructed and completed in 1974. You will visit Market Square created at the end of the 13th Century and until the 18th Century, the central point of the city. After your walking tour you meet up with your car and head west to the village of Zelazowa Wola located to the west of the city. This quant village is famous as the birthplace of Frederic Chopin and the town in which he lived. You will visit a museum that contains his original furniture and other personal items. This evening after returning to the city you enjoy a recital of Chopin's music in one of the city's palaces followed by a post-concert supper.

Day 4 Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow


After breakfast you will meet your guide who will escort you to the car for the drive to Krakow, the jewel of polish culture. You will be heading south but will take a detour to visit the Museum of Martyrdom located in the form concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. While certainly disturbing it will be a memorable lesson in modern European history. You will see a film showing the camp's liberation, the flower strewn death wall, the railway line and ramp and the hundreds of barracks putting into context the scenes of the Warsaw Ghetto previously seen and the Kazimierz area of Krakow still to come. While somber, it is also a moving tribute of man's ability to overcome injustice and adversity. After your visit your arrive in the charming city of Krakow and your deluxe hotel originally built in the 15th Century and located in the heart of old town. Tonight have dinner in a traditional Polish restaurant in Old Town.

Day 5 The Royal Way and the Salt Mines

This morning you will explore old town starting with a walk along Royal Way. Unlike Warsaw, Krakow avoided the destruction dealt upon Warsaw and so retains much of its historic charm. You will stand in Market Square, the biggest of its kind in Europe. You'll visit Cloth Hall now an art museum and St. Mary's Church famous for its altar carved by Veit Stoss. You follow the Royal way up to Wawel Hill where the royal Residence and Cathedral overlook the River Vistula. At noon exactly you will hear the Krakow Hejnal (bugle call) played by a fireman trumpeter from the tower of St. Mary's Church. You will then travel to the Kazimierz district which is the old Jewish quarter obliterated during World War II but now making resurgence with fashionable cafes and restaurants. You visit Szeroka Street where "Schindler's List" was filmed before having lunch in the area. After lunch your car is waiting to take you out to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, once described as "remarkable as the Pyramids and more useful". With a specialist guide you descend down two hundred feet and follow passages carved from salt over the centuries. You descend down to 400 feet through great chambers, an underground lake with is stunning colors and the amazing St Kinga's Cathedral an underground cathedral carved out of salt. On your way up you can even visit a post office made out of salt. You return to the city you have your choice of seafood specialties on the hotel's summer terrace or traditional polish dishes under the glass roof of Trzy Rybki.

Day 6 A Journey to Budapest through Slovakia

After breakfast you meet your guide and your driver for the trip between Krakow to Budapest. A good portion of the trip will be through the country of Slovakia giving you a chance to enjoy is charming scenery and enjoy lunch along the way. The journey is about 250 miles so even at a leisurely pace you will arrive in Budapest in the afternoon. This charming capital is bisected by the Danube River with hills and valleys on the Buda side and the flat, low-lying Pest on the other. The riverside panorama has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Upon arrival you are driven to your centrally located hotel where you have the chance to relax before dinner.

Day 7 Exploring Pest and Buda with Lunch in Between

In the morning you meet your guide who will provide a personalized opportunity for you explore Pest including Heroes' Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Andrassy Street, the Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica and the Parliament. You then board a boat for a cruise on the Danube to Marguerite Island. This is very reminiscent of Paris as you stroll among the tress and pathways in the middle of the river and the city. You then have a leisurely lunch with wine in a local restaurant. In the afternoon you start your visit on the Buda side with a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion, a neo-Romanesque edifice with seven towers built on the medieval walls and offering spectacular views of the city. You then go to the Castle district and a visit to Matthias church, Budapest's most famous church and dating back to the 13th Century. While in the Castle district you will be taken to the Royal House of Wines for an introduction to fine Hungarian wines. This evening your dinner at a restaurant is enhanced by atmospheric gypsy music.

Day 8 A Day on the Plains, a Night on the Town

After breakfast, you will depart the city for the Hortobagy Puszta, the most well known part of the Great Hungarian Plain (known as the Puszta). This national park allows you to become acquainted with the region's flora and fauna. You will visit the Museum of the Shepherd where you enjoy a carriage ride, a thrilling equestrian show and have a chance to view some of the unusual and indigenous animals including long-horned Hungarian Grey cattle, stud horses, spiral horned Racka sheep and buffalo herds. After the visit you will have a lunch with wine at a local Csarda restaurant before returning to the city where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening you will be taken to Gundel's the world famous restaurant located in a park setting. Your four course meal is accompanied by Champagne and white and red wine as you toast your visit to Hungary.

Day 9 The Morning Train to Vienna

In the morning you are transferred to the main railway station where 1st class seats are reserved for the morning train to Vienna. You arrive around noon time and are met by your guide who will take you to lunch in one of Vienna's famous coffee houses. After lunch, your guide will give you an overview of this Imperial City including the Ringstrasse, the main thoroughfare, the State Opera House and the Museum of Fine Arts, the repository of the priceless Hapsburg Art Treasures. You will also see Parliament, City Hall and the MuseumsQuartier which is the city's cultural district. After arriving at the hotel you have the rest of the day to relax and take a stroll around the elegant neighborhood. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

Day 10 An Exploration of Vienna

Today you have a chance to compare two aspects of the city from the regal presence of the Hapsburgs at the end of the 19th Century and the fictional life of Harry Line in Post World War II as immortalized by Orson Welles in "The Third Man". You meet your guide in the lobby and head to the Schonbrunn Palace which was the summer residence (along with Salzburg) for the Hapsburgs. With 1,400 rooms it was designed to rival Versailles and almost does. You then head to The Hofburg Palace which was the winter palace for the Hapsburgs and today is a multi-use facility accommodating the President of Austria and 5,000 bureaucrats, the Imperial apartments (which you will visit), the Spanish Riding School, home of the Lipizzaner stallions (which you will also visit) and the Cathedral where, for part of the year, the Vienna Boys' Choir performs at Sunday Mass. Over lunch your guide will tell you how all the things you have seen relate to the Hapsburg narrative. In the evening you will see another view of Vienna as your knowledgeable host takes you to the streets where, in 1949, Carol Reed filmed The Third Man famous for the Zither music theme and the famous Ferris wheel at Prater Park. You too will ride the Ferris wheel before enjoying a boisterous dinner at a wine tavern in Grinzing, a tad touristy but, when in Vienna...

Day 11 Wienerwald and the “Mayerling Incident”

After breakfast, your guide will be waiting to take you into the Wienerwald which we know as the Vienna Woods particularly the Strauss waltz. Your destination is the Hapsburg hunting lodge which is noted for its architecture but also for its notoriety since it was the scene of the largest Hapsburg scandal. At the end of the 19th Century, Crown Prince Rudolph was the only son and the heir to the throne of Emperor Franz Joseph. He was also the lover of Baroness Vetsera whom, needless to say, was not his wife. In 1889, both were found dead and though it was initially covered up it later came out that it was a suicide pact wherein Rudolph shot the Baroness and then later in the day, himself. The lodge has now been turned into a chapel in honor of Rudolph. You return to Vienna for some free time. In the evening you have specially reserved seats for dinner and a concert at Schonbrunn Palace where the works of both Strauss and Mozart will be performed.

Day 12 Prague, the “Heart of Europe”

Today you will fly to Prague located in the center of the Czech Republic and in the heart of Europe. Like Rome, Prague is built on seven hills along the banks of the River Vltava. The Czech Republic is made up of the provinces of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia and is known for both its culture and its beer. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and taken on an orientation tour of the city. On your way to the inner city you will see the famous Charles Bridge, 600 years old and made up of Gothic Towers and Baroque statues. Your first stop in the inner city will be Prague castle, symbol of the Czech nation and offering wonderful views of the city. Below the castle is Mala Strana or ‘"lesser town" which, despite its name has splendid buildings, Baroque palaces and gardens. Your next stop is New Town, the modern district of the city. Wenceslas Square, the hub of the whole city, is located here. More a bustling boulevard than a regular square is filled with shops restaurants and night clubs. You have lunch in the area before heading to your hotel which is a former palace located on the banks of the river close to Old Town. Tonight you have dinner at a restaurant near the hotel.

Day 13 A Picnic in Prague

Since your hotel is so conveniently located we have left this day open for you to explore the old town at your own pace. Life in this area revolves around the Old Town Square. Here you can find the old town hall with its astronomical clock, St. Nicolas Church, Tyn Church and the Charles University. Of special interest is the old Jewish town with its well-preserved Jewish cemetery, synagogues and museums. We have arranged for the hotel to prepare a picnic with wine for you that you can pick up at the hotel and enjoy in either a park or a quiet area in old town. After your picnic you are free to continue your exploration of old town or head over to Wenceslas Square for some shopping. Tonight be our guests for a farewell dinner at one of Prague's best restaurants.

Day 14 Return to USA

In the morning your driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your return flight to the USA where you arrive back later that same afternoon.


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Tour Location / Places Visiteds

Warsaw, Krakow, Poland, Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Prague, Czech Republic


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