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13 Day | Tour of Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, & Prague

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11 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1.5 days of walking tours (Prague) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Landmark tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 6 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW

  • Arrive at Krakow International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 6:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Evening walk to Krakow's Historical Market Square, with its medieval architecture, basilicas and sculptures. This UNESCO World Heritage site, once the capital of Poland, was not destroyed during WWII and bears witness to the rich history of the country.
  • Central Europe - Past, Present & Directions for the Future: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Three: Tuesday
KRAKOW - BETWEEN TRADITION & MODERNITY
 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit to one of Kraków's most famous landmarks, the Wawel Royal Castle. This Gothic style Castle, built by Prince Casimir the 3rd, holds beautiful grounds, a cathedral, the Crown treasury and armory.
  • Engage with the multifaceted and vibrant story of Jewish life in Krakow with a walk through the old Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, transformed into the local Jewish life cycle museum.
    • The Rema Synagogue and Cemetery.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum, which exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. Learn and explore the past, present and future through the unique photo exhibit which captures life through the still media.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Explore magnificent chambers chiseled out of rock salt, underground saline lakes and unique statues sculpted in salt.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Four: Wednesday
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In This Place: Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, reflecting on personal stories and texts. Walk through the Auschwitz Museum exhibits, built in the original blocks of the camp, see the original artifacts and footage, and witness the life and death of the prisoners of this work camp. A short drive will take you to the Auschwitz II death camp, better known as Birkenau. This camp was barely touched or renovated, allowing you a first-hand experience to understand the last moments of the prisoners of this camp.  
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Return to Krakow with free time to explore Krakow's Old Town.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Five: Thursday
FROM KRAKOW TO BUDAPEST: TRAVERSING MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Krakow and cross the border into Slovakia.
  • Drive through the Tatra Mountains and stop for lunch on own, en route.
  • Drive through Slovakia to Hungary and continue to Budapest.
  • An Introduction to Hungary with your tour educator.
  • Arrive in Budapest and meet your local guide at Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks. Relive 1,000 years of Hungarian history through the square's impressive statues of kings and leaders. 
  • Take a panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue en route to the hotel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy the spectacular views and lights of the city on a special dinner cruise on the Danube.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Six: Friday
EXPLORING BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Political Trends and Shifts in Modern Day Hungary: Dialogue with political analyst Gabor Gyori, a Senior Analyst at the Hungarian think tank Policy Solutions.
  • From Pest to Buda, drive through the city, cross the river and ascend Castle Hill - where among other historical sites, stands the first royal castle of the city. Enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest from the top of the Fisherman's Bastion, which commemorates the Fishermen who were guarding the city.
  • Visit the largest synagogue in Europe - the Dohany Street Synagogue. Built in 1859, the synagogue holds 3,000 seats and is home to one of the Neolog communities of Budapest.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Tour of the Hungarian State Opera House, dating from the 19th century, and one of Budapest's most well-known landmarks.
  • Take a guided walk through downtown Budapest, including Liberty Square, with its controversial WWII monument, Hungary's tribute to the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and a view of the Hungarian Parliament building.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy Budapest's vibrant nightlife on your own, with an option to:
    • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street) at night, enjoy people-watching and feel the vibe with its many local boutiques, shops, cafes and many local and international cuisine options.
    • See the Jewish Quarter come to life, with an international and current vibe. Enjoy Kazincy Street's restored and renovated warehouses, better known as the Ruin Pubs, transformed into fashionable bars and bistros. Explore Gozsdu Udvar, through its passages and courtyards, featuring a wide range of restaurants and bars. Good food, live music and dance club options are spread throughout the neighborhood.

Overnight: Budapest



Day Seven: Saturday
THE FOLKLORE OF HUNGARY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a drive along the Danube Bend to the picturesque town of Szentendre, whose name means "Saint Andrew," where you'll have a chance to wander through the different shops and coffee houses and visit the world's smallest synagogue. The town is known for its well-preserved houses and churches, many built in a Balkan-style, as the area was originally settled by Serb refugees. Today the town's best-known inhabitants are artists, and small galleries can be found on every street corner.
  • Return to Budapest by boat along the Danube River.
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the sites and scenes of Budapest on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), enjoy people watching and feel the vibe with its many local boutiques, shops and cafes.
    • Enjoy a romantic walk in Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube, overlooking the center of the city. Stroll along the medieval ruins, through a small zoo, a magical musical fountain, a water tower, pools and a water park, with the local residents. During the summer days you can enjoy a show in the open air theater and cinema.
    • Visit Budapest's urban City Park (Varosliget). Walk on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad Castle, the 120-year-old castle showcasing the architectural evolution through centuries and styles in Hungary. Stroll through the City Park Lake, which is great for rowing in summer and ice skating in winter, and spend some entertaining time in the Budapest Circus or the 100 year-old Municipal Zoo.
    • Visit the Széchenyi Bathhouse or Gellert Bathhouse, known for their healing waters. Inside and on the grounds of these beautiful palace compounds you can enjoy various styles of indoor and outdoor medicinal and natural pools.
    • Visit the Great Market Hall. This 3-level indoor complex includes vendors of local seasonal produce, spices and handcrafted gifts.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest



Day Eight: Sunday
ONWARD TO VIENNA - THE CITY OF MUSIC AND CULTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Budapest and drive to Vienna, the capital of Austria.
  • An Introduction to Vienna with your tour educator.
  • Faith and architecture - unlike no other: Arrive in Vienna and take a panoramic orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, the main avenue circling the city center, for a view of the city's main landmarks, including:
    • The ancient Hofburg Palace. This grand complex of a Capella and castles was once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
    • Prater Amusement Park. This 120-year-old park contains old and new attractions for all ages.
    • The impressive architecture of the UN Buildings, which are the 3rd built after New York and Geneva.
    • St. Peter's Cathedral, the oldest church in Vienna.
    • View St. Stephen's Cathedral (also known as Stephansdom), one of the city's most iconic symbols, located in the city's geographic center.
  • Visit the collection of Klimt paintings at the Belvedere Palace, an impressive baroque-style building which holds a remarkable collection of Austrian and International art.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Vienna

Day Nine: Monday
THE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs.
  • Enjoy the best of Vienna's delights, while strolling through the Naschmarket, the city's most popular food market.
  • Lunch on your own at the Naschmarket.
  • Walk through the halls of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the city's world renowned Museum of Fine Arts. This 120-year-old building houses the extensive collections of the imperial family. With its vast array of prestigious works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, it is considered one of the most eminent museums in the world.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vienna


Day Ten: Tuesday
FROM VIENNA TO PRAGUE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Vienna and drive to the Czech Republic.
  • Visit Cesky Krumlov, a fairytale town with a maze of narrow cobbled streets. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Explore the town and view the houses built in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to Prague.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • An Inside Look into the Czech Republic Today - Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with a local journalist, over dinner in Prague.

Overnight: Prague

Day Eleven: Wednesday
THE CITY OF 100 SPIRES | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Strahov Monastery, including a guided tour of the Strahov Library, founded in the 12th Century.
  • Continue to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle, an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Walking tour of the Old Town Square and its vicinity. View the famous 14th century Astronomical Clock and Prague's Art Nouveau architecture around you.
  • Walk along the Charles Bridge, a famous historic bridge crossing the Vltava River that was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


Day Twelve: Thursday
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which encompasses the Altneu Shul, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pincus Synagogue, the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Afternoon at leisure to explore Prague on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Bike along the river.
    • Take the funicular up to Petrín Hill for great views of the city from Petrín Tower and a stroll through the Rose Garden.
    • Visit art galleries.
    • Visit the Franz Kafka Museum.
    • Take a boat ride on the Vltava River.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Prague

Day Thirteen: Friday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Prague International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


Landmark Cultural Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.

Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Radisson Blu Hotel
Krakow

The Radisson SAS Krakow is located in the city center, just two minutes away from the largest market square in Europe. The five-star hotel is also close to the city's main tourist attractions, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, making it ideal for tourists.

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Zara Continental
Budapest

The hotel is located in the heart of Budapest (5th district, city centre), a few meters from the world famous Vaci pedestrianized shopping street (váci utca). 

MGallery Am Konzerthaus Image

MGallery Am Konzerthaus
Vienna

The hotel is just  5-minutes walk from the Karlsplatz and Stadtpark subway station. Many Art Nouveau attractions, such as Belvedere Palace with works by Gustav Klimt, the Stadtpark designed by Otto Wagner, and the Secession building are within a short walk of the Konzerthaus Hotel.

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Century Old Town
Prague

The Century Old Town hotel is located right in the centre of Prague, next to the old town square and the famous astronomical clock.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  
  • Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       
  • Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.