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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Warsaw sightseeing
  • Guided visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines, Krakow
  • Comprehensive Budapest touring
  • Scenic Danube Bend
  • Vienna sightseeing and classical music performance
  • Old World Bratislava
  • Tour of elegant Prague, including Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Warsaw, Poland

Day 2: Arrive Warsaw After arriving in the Polish capital late this morning, we have free time before we gather for tonight’s welcome dinner at our hotel. D

Day 3: Warsaw Virtually destroyed during World War II, Warsaw was rebuilt in the decades that followed. With the fall of Communism, the city has become more dynamic and progressive while retaining much of its distinct character. We tour this phoenix city today, visiting the faithfully rebuilt Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the Royal Castle, whose origins date to the late 13th century. We also tour the area of the former Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Cemetery. This afternoon is free for independent exploration; before dinner on our own tonight we enjoy a private classical piano recital. B

Day 4: Warsaw/Auschwitz/Krakow Today we journey south to the industrial city of Oswiecim – Auschwitz in German – and the concentration camp that is now a museum chronicling the horrors of the Nazis’ Final Solution. We tour Auschwitz and also visit the vast camp at Birkenau before traveling on to Krakow, arriving late this afternoon. B,L,D

Day 5: Krakow A major center of Polish culture and education, Krakow survived World War II intact, leaving it with more historic buildings and monu­ments than anywhere else in the country. Its authen­tic Old Town is a UNESCO cultural site, and the Main Market Square the largest medieval square in Europe. This morning’s tour includes the historic area; St. Mary’s Church; the Royal Chambers of Wawel Castle, seat of royalty for more than 500 years; and Wawel Cathedral, the national church. The remainder of the day is free to explore this charming city independently. B

Day 6: Krakow This morning we tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon is at leisure. B

Day 7: Krakow/Slovakia/Budapest Heading south today we travel through the snowcapped Tatra Mountains into the country of Slovakia, where we stop for lunch. Continuing our journey, we reach our hotel in Buda’s elegant Castle District early this evening. B,L

Day 8: Budapest Today’s half-day tour of the Hungarian capital begins adjacent to our hotel with a visit to Matthias Church, the symbol of Buda’s Castle District, and a stroll around Fisher­man’s Bastion for outstanding views of the Pest side of the city across the river. Then we cross the Chain Bridge into Pest where we tour Dohány Synagogue, Europe’s largest. Following an afternoon at leisure, tonight we enjoy a typical Hungarian dinner at a local restaurant. B,D

Day 9: Budapest We’re free to discover the “Paris of the East” on our own today. With splendid architecture, a lively café culture, museums, and a royal castle, this city on the Danube offers endless opportunities for exploration and enjoyment. B

Day 10: Budapest/Danube Bend/Vienna Today we pass through the countryside of Western Trans­danubia as we travel by coach to Vienna. En route we visit Szentendre, a small town packed with artisans’ shops and a museum showcasing the work of ac­claimed ceramicist Margit Kovacs. We continue on to the ­village of Neszmely where we stop for lunch; we reach the Austrian capital late this afternoon. B,L

Day 11: Vienna A half-day tour of this jewel of the Habsburg Empire includes a visit to the ornate Vienna Opera House, one of Europe’s grandest; and an inside visit to majestic Schönbrunn Palace. The afternoon is at leisure. Following dinner at a local restaurant, we attend a concert of classical music in this most musical of all cities. B,D

Day 12: Vienna Woods This morning we en­joy a tour of the Vienna Woods, which gained renown during the heyday of the Austrian Empire. We visit the medieval abbey of Heiligenkreuz and the health spa town of Baden before returning to Vienna, where the remainder of the day is free to explore as we wish. B

Day 13: Vienna/Bratislava Mid-morning we depart for Bratislava, capital of the independent nation of Slovakia. Upon arrival we embark on a coach and walking tour of the historic Castle area, including a visit to the 18th-century classical-style Archbishop’s Palace. After checking in at our hotel, we have time to refresh before dinner tonight at the restaurant of a local family. B,D

Day 14: Bratislava/Prague We leave this morning for Prague, proud capital of the Czech Repub­lic. We reach Prague this afternoon and join our tour director for an informal walk through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. B,L

Day 15: Prague We spend the morning exploring the Hradcany (castle) district, home of the distinctive castle towering above the Vltava River. Dating to the 9th century, the castle today is the seat of the presi­dent of the Czech Republic. Among the highlights of our tour: a visit to Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral and a stroll along Golden Lane, with its picturesque artisans’ cottages. The remainder of the day is free to continue exploring this enchanting city as we wish. Restaurants abound for lunch and dinner on our own today. B

Day 16: Prague This morning’s visit to Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish ghetto, includes the Old Jewish Cemetery with its centuries-old headstones and generations buried atop one another, as well as several of the once-thriving synagogues now part of the Jewish Museum of Prague. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps to stroll through Old Town Square or visit Wenceslas Square, site of the demonstrations that led to the Velvet Revolution. Tonight we enjoy a special farewell dinner together. B,D

Day 17: Depart for U.S. We transfer to the airport early today for our connecting flights to the U.S. B

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 25 meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 11
Oct 13
Oct 2
Oct 4
Oct 6
May 5
May 10
Jul 10
Aug 2
Aug 14
Sep 22
Sep 25
May 12
Jun 5, 19
Aug 30
Sep 1, 4
Sep 13
Sep 15
Sep 18
Boston, New York$3,997$4,197$4,297$4,397
Phil, Wash, DC$4,197$4,397$4,497$4,597
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Chicago, Cinc,
Cleve, Detroit,
Miami, Orl, Tampa
Dallas, Den, Hou,
Los Ang, Minn,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $502, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,195. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: Business Class – $3,595 per person; Premium Economy – $895 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Polonia Palace, Warsaw / Days 2-3 / Superior First Class 

    Opened more than 90 years ago, the French-style Polonia Palace Hotel preserves the unique characteristics of early 20th-century architecture while incorporating many contemporary features. The conveniently located hotel stands near the Palace of Culture and Science and numerous shopping areas. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, and sauna. Each of the 206 air-conditioned rooms comes fully equipped with a private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Pod Roza, Krakow / Days 4-6 / Not rated 

    Located in the center of Old Town on beloved Florianska Street, this is Krakow’s oldest hotel. Indeed, the neo-classical building’s origins date to the 14th century as a private home; it became a hotel in the 17th century. The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, Internet access, fitness center with spa, laundry service, currency exchange, and safe deposit boxes. Your air-conditioned room features contemporary amenities, including private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hilton Budapest, Budapest / Days 7-9 / Deluxe 

    A Gothic building incorporating part of a 16th-century Jesuit college and a 13th-century monastery, the Budapest Hilton is located in the Castle District of Buda, near Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. Hotel amenities include two restaurants and a lounge, Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, casino, and elevator service. Your climate-controlled room has a private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone. Please note that while you may be expected to pay for Internet access at certain hotels throughout the course of your tour, Internet access at Hilton hotels is higher than most.

    Hilton Vienna Plaza, Vienna / Days 10-12 / Deluxe 

    The Vienna Plaza is located on the famous Ringstrasse, opposite the Vienna Stock Exchange and within walking distance of the city center. Among its facilities: a restaurant, bar, internet access, fitness center, sauna, massage treatments, whirlpool, solarium, and elevator and laundry service. Your air-conditioned room has a private bathroom with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone. Please note that while you may be expected to pay for internet access at certain hotels throughout the course of your tour, the cost for internet usage at Hilton hotels is higher than most.

    Hotel Devin, Bratislava / Day 13 / Superior First Class 

    Set overlooking the Danube in the heart of Bratislava, the elegant Hotel Devín offers modern comforts in a historic, traditional setting.  The hotel’s amenities include an upscale French restaurant, lobby bar, fitness center with heated indoor pool, full spa, traditional Thai massage service, squash court, laundry and dry cleaning service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms include private bath, in-room safe, coffee- and tea-making facilities, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Grand Bohemia Praha, Prague / Days 14-16 / Superior First Class 

    Ideally located in the center of Prague next to Powder Tower and within walking distance of Old Town Square and Old Town Hall, the 78-room Grand Bohemia Praha is just minutes from Wenceslas Square. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, laundry and dry cleaning services, and Internet access. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Hotel am Steinplatz, Berlin / Extension / Superior First Class 

    First opened in 1913, Hotel am Steinplatz has undergone a thorough renovation and was re-opened as a boutique hotel in 2013.  The distinctive Art Nouveau façade and desirable location in the center of Berlin have combined to make this hotel a landmark in Germany’s capital.  The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, spa and fitness center, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each of the 84 individually designed guest rooms feature private bath with hair dryer, coffee- and tea-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone. 

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Post-Tour Extension

Berlin – On Your Own

4 days/3 nights for $895 total price
Single Supplement: $275

Explore the cosmopolitan German capital – a city of art, culture, and history – as you wish.


Your Tour Price Includes
  • Rail transportation Prague/Berlin
  • 3 nights’ accommodations at Hotel am Steinplatz (Superior First Class)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Berlin city orientation tour with local guide
  • Transfer from rail station and to airport

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Irena Demsar

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Mateusz Drozdowski

“Mateusz was FANTASTIC! Could not have been better – wonderful in every way.”
Sandra Deutsch
New York, NY

Renata Guzera

“Renata was an outstanding ‘TD’ who far exceeded our expectations and past experience. She was always helpful, available, and knowledgeable. More importantly, she has a caring heart and fine character. She is a real asset!”
Charles & Eileen Friedstat
Wilmette, IL

Silvija Horsta

“Silvija went the extra mile for everyone, ensuring that all our needs were met and eliminating all concerns that would detract from a great trip … [she] deserves the highest accolades possible for her more than outstanding leadership.”
Barbara & Herman Ziegler
Charlotte, NC

Eva Koszeghy

“Eva was OUTSTANDING! She was knowledgeable, helpful, and caring. I wish every tour guide was like Eva Koszeghy.”
Judy Traub
Wellington, FL

Jolanta Koziol

“Jolanta was outstanding. She was informative, helpful, and provided us with material so we could explore in comfort in new cities.”
Amy Altson
Pomona, CA

Agnieszka Socha

“Agnes was outstanding in every way!! We could not have asked for a better tour director/friend. I miss her!!”
Norma Fjeldstad
Niwot, CO

Ania Szwajgier

“Ania was WONDERFUL! She was caring, friendly, helpful, and patient. She spent long hours showing us things of interest, answering questions, and helping with return plane reservations. She became a real friend. I would recommend her to anyone.”
William T. & Billie S. Strunk
Lexington, KY

Halina Woszczyk

“She was wonderful! Extremely warm and friendly with so many personal insights into the places we were visiting that she added immeasurably to the overall pleasure of the trip.”
Larry & Marcia Bartolf
Holmdel, NJ  

Andrea Zentai

“She is the best.”
Allen Warren
Boston, MA

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