Performance Tour of Eastern Europe

  • Duration:11 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Highlights:Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow and Prague
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Munich- Prague/NYC
    • Accommodation in three star  hotels.
    • Meals as per itinerary. (B.D.)
    • Comprehensive touring and sightseeing as per itinerary
    • Professional English speaking guide throughout
    • Transportation by private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International travel portfolio
    • Organization and coordination of musical performance

 

DAY 1: DEPART USA

Today we depart from your gateway city on an overnight flight to Munich.

DAY 2: MUNICH- SALZBURG

Welcome to Germany! Upon arrival at Munich Airport, you will be greeted by our professional tour escort and transferred by motorcoach to Salzburg. One of the prettiest towns in Austria, situated on the river Salzach, Salzburg is surrounded by the Alps and abounds in cultural heritage. Wander down the Getriedgasse, one of the oldest thoroughfares with its quaint shops and attractive courtyards, as you become acclimated to a new time zone. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in Salzburg. (D.)

DAY 3: SALZBURG

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Salzburg including sights such as the Cathedral, St. Peter’s Abbey, Mirabell Gardens, the Getreidegasse where the charm is generated by the high, narrow houses tightly nestled together, the wrought iron guild signs and the romantic passageways. In Getreidegasse no. 9, is where the Leopold Mozart family lived from 1747 to 1773 and where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in 1756.  Visit Mozart’s House where he lived from 1773 to 1780.  Exhibits relating to the life of the Mozart Family and history of the building.  A visit to the Festung or Hohensalzburg Fortress is a must when in Salzburg. It is the chief landmark of Mozart’s city and is the largest, fully preserved fortress in central Europe.   Overnight in Salzburg. (B.D.)

DAY 4: VIENNA- MELK

We depart for Vienna. Your journey will take you through the scenic lake district of Austria.  Journey to the town of Melk with its amazing Benedictine monastery set high on a hill that dominates the skyline.  Continue your journey to Vienna. On arrival enjoy a panoramic tour of this beautiful city. Over the years, the greatest classical composers, Austrian or otherwise, graced Vienna with their presence and compositions. Grand opera houses and concert venues are entwined into the city landscape. Tonight we attend a classical music concert. Overnight in Vienna. (B.D.)

DAY 5: VIENNA- GRINSING

Enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour where you will see all the most important sights such as the State Opera House, Parliament, City Hall, the Imperial Palace and the Cathedral.Hofburg Palace – In the center of the old city, you can admire the splendor and magnificence of the daily life of the noblest family of the Habsburg monarchy when you visit the private apartments and state rooms.  Tonight you have a performance at  Karskirche or the Kunstlerhaus. Overnight in Vienna. (B.D.) We then visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral and have time to stop at the famous Sacher Hotel to taste the cake known all over the world, the Sacher Torte. Tonight you have a performance at  Karskirche or the Kunstlerhaus. Overnight in Vienna. (B.D.)

DAY 6:  BUDAPEST

Early morning departure on the Hydrofoil from Vienna to Budapest.  Your journey will take you past beautiful scenery as you wend your way along the Danube, past Bratislava and on to Budapest.  Upon arrival into Budapest meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.  Overnight in Budapest. (B.D.)

DAY 7: BUDAPEST

Meet your local guide for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Hungarian capital, actually two separate cities: historic, beautiful Buda, and bustling, lively Pest.  See Hero’s square, the Basilica and the Danube Embankment with a splendid view of the city. We visitFisherman’s Bastion, which offers unrivalled views of the stunning Gothic Parliament Building, and take a walk along the not so ‘Blue’ Danube.Afternoon at leisure for independent sightseeing. Evening performance in Budapest at St Gellert or another local church.(B.D.) Overnight in Budapest.

DAY 8: KRAKOW

Meet your coach and depart for your journey over the Tatras Mountains and on to Krakow. Enjoy the stunning scenery of Slovakia as you pass through. Krakow, former capital of Slovakia, is a city as beautiful and rich in history and culture as Prague or Vienna. UNESCO has declared the city, which escaped World War II miraculously unscathed, one of the 12 most significant historical sites in the world. Overnight in Krakow. (B.D.)

 DAY  9: KRAKOW

Meet your guide for a sightseeing tour of wonderful Krakow. See the Old Town Square, the largest in medieval Europe, flanked on all sides by magnificent townhouses, guildhalls and churches. Visit the Sukiennice, a vast Renaissance cloth hall surmounted with fabulous gargoyles, and the Mariacki Church, with its elaborate spires and beautiful Gothic interior. The adventurous can climb the 14thtower of St Adalbert’s, Krakow’s oldest church, for great views of the city. This afternoon you may like to head to Wawel Hill, where Poland’s rulers lived and governed for over 500 years. Visit the Gothic Cathedral, last resting place of 41 of Poland’s 45 monarchs. Tonight you have a performance in Krakow.  Overnight in Krakow. (B.D.)

DAY 10: PRAGUE

Today we depart for  Prague. En route  you may like to stop at one of the most moving and troubling sites in Europe, the concentration camp complex at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Nazis built many camps in Poland during World War II, but Auschwitz was the largest and most horrific, and today its name is still synonymous with the power of human evil. In 5 years, some 2 million people (90% of them Jews) died here, and they are commemorated in the Museum of Martyrdom, with its harrowing exhibits of camp life. A desperately upsetting but important place to visit, Auschwitz serves as a memorial, a reminder and a warning. Overnight in Prague. (B.D.)

The journey from Krakow to Prague is approximately 7 hours of driving.

DAY 11: PRAGUE

We have a full day walking tour of  Prague, including a walking tour of the Old Town and the historic Old Town Square where you will see the famous astronomical clock and the Church of St Nicholas as well as admire the amazing architecture.   Make your way over the Charles Bridge and on to Prague Castle. Free time to tour the castle and the beautiful gardens. Visit St Vitus’ Cathedral and walk along Golden Lane. Possible performance at the National House or in the Prague area. Overnight in Prague. (B.D.)

DAY 12: RETURN TO USA

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B.)

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