Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Don your walking shoes for a leisurely ramble across the cities of Bohemia, exploring historic city centers like Berlin, Warsaw and Vienna that have seamlessly merged the tradition of old and new. Follow in the footsteps of emperors, generals and composers, the colorful folklore of Central Europe, and tragedy of a war that left its mark on the Polish landscape.

When travelling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Insider and Sightseeing Experiences

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest: Join the Schieszl family for hearty Hungarian fare and the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution
  • Cultural Insight: Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360 degree views of the city
  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague
  • Orientation of Frankfurt and Leipzig
  • Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Poznan, the monastery of Jasna Gora, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the Baroque town center of Gyor, Tabor, St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague
  • View the famous Reichstag and Tiergarten in Berlin, Krakow Cathedral and the UNESCO listed Castle District in Budapest

Location:

Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany, Berlin, state of Berlin, Germany, Warsaw, Masovia, Poland, Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary, Prague, Czech Republic, Vienna, state of Vienna, Austria

16  Days | 14  nights
Call to book: 1-866-529-2079
Travelling as a group of 10 or more?  Request a group quote.

INCLUSIONS

  • Round-trip flights to Frankfurt (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 14 nights of accommodation
  • Transportation by Luxury air-conditioned Coaches
  • 21 meals (14 hot buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners (including 1 Be My Guest dinner)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director

ITINERARY

Day 1

Depart Canada

Fly to Frankfurt.

Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 2

Arrive Frankfurt

Old-world charm and modern sophistication await in the vibrant city of Frankfurt. Join your Travel Director for an orientation drive through the city to admire its Gothic and Renaissance façades, followed by a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s) : Welcome Reception
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 3

Frankfurt - Leipzig - Berlin

Journey through the lush landscapes of Saxony to Leipzig, the capital of cool, which for centuries has been at the crossroads of two ancient trade routes. The city was once home to such greats as Goethe, Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived in this music-loving city until his death. This afternoon, we travel to Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as a charismatic capital city.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES: Dinner and Berlin by Night (59 EUR): Tonight, join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 4

Berlin Sightseeing

Explore an iconic landmark of a unified Berlin and reunified Germany during a Cultural Insight experience at the Berlin TV Tower where you will enjoy inspiring 360-degree views of the city and meandering River Spree. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden Boulevard with a Local Specialist during your included sightseeing tour. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. Perhaps see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie and enjoy a Fassbrause on the Friedrichstrasse.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Berlin's Secret Past Revealed (29 EUR): Uncover secrets of Berlin's past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin's WWII and Cold War past.
  • Traditional Lake District Dinner (58 EUR): Admire the architecture of this vibrant city on a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Now an exclusive residential district, you'll dine in a charming chalet-style restaurant and enjoy an atmospheric dinner of German specialties.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 5

Berlin - Poznan - Warsaw

We travel through patchwork farm landscapes stopping in Poznań, before arriving in the elegant Polish capital, Warsaw, where we'll spend the next two nights. Embrace the youthful verve of a city that has triumphed over repeated conquests and the shackles of communism, and spend the evening at leisure exploring the sights.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 6

Warsaw Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore Warsaw's colorful historic center, including the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed in retailiation against the brave Warsaw Uprising. We'll also see the Warsaw Ghetto where hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews were imprisoned during German occupation, tragically immortalized in the poignant Roman Polanski film "The Pianist". Spend the rest of the day exploring the city's sights. Consider a visit to the Wilanow Palace, a priceless testimony to the splendor of Poland's past, and treat yourself to a Chopin recital before joining your travel companions this evening for a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Chopin's Warsaw (46 EUR): The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw's old summer palaces, if available, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
  • Wilanow Palace (34 EUR): This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit you'll see the collection of royal furniture, portraits and china that forms part of the National Museum, and discover the Museum of the Polish Poster in the palace grounds.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Regional Meal dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 7

Warsaw - Czestochowa - Auschwitz - Kraków

Rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims who for centuries have journeyed to pay homage to Czestochowa's Black Madonna at the Jasna GóraMonastery. Continue to Auschwitz Memorial Site for a poignant reminder of the greatest tragedies of World War II. We continue to the enchanting city of Kraków, our home for the next two nights, dining in our hotel.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 8

Kraków Sightseeing

We take to the beautiful streets of Kraków, joining Local Specialist for a walking tour of the medieval Old Town and its expansive town square. Visit the Renaissance Cloth Hall and Mariacki Church with its hourly trumpet call. See Wawel Castle, for centuries the residence of Polish royalty, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Wawel Hill. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, renowned as the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland and home to an entire chapel carved from rock salt as well as dozens of sculptures. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci on the Old Town Square, visit a traditional milk bar or enjoy an evening of Polish folklore.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party (56 EUR): Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of Polish specialties and beverages at our specially-selected venue.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration (54 EUR): Visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and setting of this 800-year old salt mine. See chambers, chapels and even salt chandeliers as we follow our guide 135 m (440 ft) underground.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 9

Kraków - Slovakia - Budapest

Drive south through the Carpathians and across the border into Slovakia with its green and golden rolling landscapes. We journey to Hungary and arrive later in the majestic capital of Budapest. Spend this evening exploring the Castle District with its centuries-old façades or perhaps consider a scenic river cruise along the beautiful Danube.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Danube Cruise with Dinner (61 EUR): Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You'll savour a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialties with drinks included and see Budapest's spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname 'The Paris of the East'.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 10

Budapest Sightseeing

Delve into a tale of two cities, unified only in the 19th century as bridges were built to straddle the waters of the Danube. We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, featuring views of the famous Chain Bridge, the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district and a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion to pay tribute to the Magyars chieftains who founded the Hungarian nation. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Soak up the sounds of the Great Market Hall, see the poignant iron shoes on the banks of the Danube or consider a trip to Szentendre, a lively riverside town renowned for its art life. This evening, we join the Schieszl family for a Be My Guest Hungarian dinner and the story of their winery that doubled as a hiding place during World War II for a Jewish friend fleeing Nazi persecution.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Szentendre and Light Lunch (49 EUR): Explore more of Hungary and follow our guide out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ancient walls, cobbled streets and beautiful vistas. Here we'll enjoy a Goulash cooking demonstration before sampling this essential Hungarian dish during lunch, which also includes cake and drinks. Afterwards, perhaps strike a bargain in the shops that sell beautiful Hungarian embroidery, ceramics and paprika.
  • Visit to the Hungarian Parliament and Gundel (58 EUR): Take a guided tour of this magnificent Gothic Revival building, the most ornate state parliament in Europe. You'll also have time to relax with a visit to the world famous Gundel restaurant for pancakes and drinks. When the Parliament is closed, we will visit the exquisite "Renaissance' Opera House and the optional will be offered at 43 EUR.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Be My Guest dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 11

Budapest - Győr - Vienna

Before leaving beautiful Budapest, perhaps take a guided tour of the imposing Gothic Parliament Building, the home of Hungary's Holy Crown. Cross the hilly Transdanubia region - its orchards and vineyards providing a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely drive to the roman town of Győr. Amble along the cobblestones of Baross Gábor út and admire the Baroque façades before departing to Vienna, your home for the next two nights.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment (61 EUR): Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe's most elegant cities.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 12

Vienna Sightseeing

Tread in the footsteps of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, admiring Vienna's imperial elegance on an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Parliament Building with its marble statues, the 13th century Hofburg Palace, State Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved landmarks. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the city on your terms. Indulge in Vienna's kafee culture, enjoying a slice or two of delicious sachertorte, ramble through the Gardens of Schoenbrunn or join an Optional Experience to a famous local hostelry for traditional Austrian cuisine and a musical performance.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:
  • Dinner and Viennese Concert (100 EUR): A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your "A Class" tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.
  • Schoenbrunn Palace and Gardens (42 EUR): The Imperial Summer Palace of Schoenbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you'll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.
Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 13

Vienna - Tabor - Prague

Travel north to the Czech Republic and visit Tabor, once a Hussite stronghold. This afternoon, arrive in the fairy-tale capital of Prague on the banks of the Vltava.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Beautiful Prague by Night (39 EUR): Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by tram or mini-bus and with a little strolling. You'll discover the magical Charles Bridge, enjoy a drink in one of the old town's quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, journey through the Old Town and gaze at the panoramic views of the city.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 14

Prague Sightseeing

Join a Local Specialist this morning for an exploration of the city's labyrinthine lanes, and beautiful squares. Visit the impressive St. Vitus' Cathedral, set within the 1,000 year-old Prague Castle, cross the Vltava to the cobblestoned Old Town Square and view the 14th century Astronomical Clock, with its magical hourly Walk of the Apostles. Spend the rest of the day wandering the charming streets of the Old Town or take a relaxing lunch cruise on the River Vltava.

Optional Activities ($):
OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES:

Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch (49 EUR): Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we'll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting city. During the cruise you'll enjoy a lunch of local specialties.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 15

Prague - Frankfurt

We leave the picture-perfect city of Prague behind and journey west across the German border today before arriving in cosmopolitan Frankfurt for your final night. Spend the last evening of your Bohemian adventure with your travel companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast and Farewell Dinner
Accommodation:
(1 night)
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

Day 16

Frankfurt - Return to Canada

Our time together has come to an end. We say farewell to our newfound friends at the end of a memorable vacation. Transfers are available to Frankfurt Airport. Conditions apply.

Meal(s) : Buffet breakfast
Bohemian Highlights - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

LOCATION
HOTEL
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Sheraton Offenbach(or similar)
Berlin, state of Berlin, Germany
Hilton(or similar)
Warsaw, Masovia, Poland
Leonardo Royal(or similar)
Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland
Golden Tulip Kazimierz(or similar)
Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
NH Budapest City(or similar)
Prague, Czech Republic
Hilton Danube(or similar)
Vienna, state of Vienna, Austria
Andels by Vienna House(or similar)
Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Sheraton Offenbach(or similar)
Berlin, state of Berlin, Germany
Hilton(or similar)
Warsaw, Masovia, Poland
Leonardo Royal(or similar)
Krakow, Lesser Poland, Poland
Golden Tulip Kazimierz(or similar)
Prague, Czech Republic
Hilton Danube(or similar)
Vienna, state of Vienna, Austria
Andels by Vienna House(or similar)

Room Specifications

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip. Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together. Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

IMPORTANT INFO

DEPARTURE DATES

October 12, 2019
November 16, 2019
December 7 & 21, 2019

2020 departure dates:

January 11*, 2020
April 5*, 12*, 19* & 26
May 3*, 10*, 17*, 24 & 31*
June 7*, 14*, 21* & 28*
July 5*, 12*, 19* & 26*
August 2*, 9, 16*, 23* & 30*
September 6*, 13, 20* & 27*
October 4* & 11*

*Non-definite departure dates

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your departure flight to arrive on or before the Tour Start Date.

MORE TO KNOW

Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $182 CAD per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

ACTIVITIES

Optional Experiences: Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.

TRANSPORTATION

Airport transfers: On arrival at Frankfurt Airport transfers will operate at 9:30am, 12pm, and 2:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 8am and 10am.

Pricing policies for this hotel

Non-Refundable

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Free Cancellation

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