Summary of The Day: Welcome to Munich! The first day of the tour is our arrivals day. Meet your fellow travelers, and depending on what time you arrive, head into Munich and see the sights ahead of the start of your tour. A city that exhibits both prosperity and a certain amount of comfort and coziness, Munich's apparent contradictions will delight the avid explorer. Along with modern high-powered industry, designer shopping districts and sleek BMWs, you’ll find a wealth of cultural hotspots in Munich. Even with all its smart sophistication, Munich has a certain charm that visitors find irresistible.
Tonight you will enjoy dinner in a traditional beerhall. Dishes include typical German favorites, such as a sausages with sauerkraut, chicken with potato salad, and potato dumplings with sauerkraut (vegetarian option).
Summary of The Day: On our way to Prague, we'll make a comfort stop in Nuremberg. You'll find incredible architecture here, painstakingly restored using original stone after the bombings of the Second World War. On arrival in Prague, we'll take a walking tour of this incredible city, which, since freeing itself from Communism, has taken its place along with other jewels like Paris, Rome and Amsterdam as one of Europe's most fascinating destinations. Famous for its art, architecture, cobbled lanes and ancient chapels, this is also home to some of Europe's finest beer. The Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square is a must see - the intricate puppetry and show performed on the hour, draws hundreds of people day and night.
Experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant on your first night in Prague. The history of this restaurant dates back hundreds of years. It is a favorite among locals as well as our tour groups. You will also have the option to try world-famous Czech Beer.
Summary of The Day: The day is yours to treat yourself to the fairytale magic of Prague - aptly described as the Jewel in the Crown of central Europe. Maybe revisit some of the places you saw on yesterday's walking tour. The majestic Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge (you need to also see the views from the bridge at night - simply stunning), Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. There is also a Secret Garden which leads to a man-made grotto - see if you can find it!
Prague's dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of the architecture of churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. There are numerous beer halls in which to sample a local brew, and for those who wish to put your stamp on the city, why not visit legendary Lennon wall, a tribute to John Lennon and words of peace, which is added to on a daily basis by the thousands of visitors to the city.
Did we mention fairytale city earlier? Maybe it is worth noting that Prague is the home of the green fairy: absinthe. Some say that Vincent Van Gogh's love affair with absinthe is considered to be he most famed in history and a possible cause of his madness.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Prague behind us, we'll continue on to Krakow. The royal capital of Poland for centuries, Krakow today is home to some of Europe's most impressive Gothic and Renaissance architecture, and over 2.3 million artworks to complement its historic buildings and monuments.
But before taking a walking tour of this treasure trove of a city, we take a look at a darker time in Krakow's history, with a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Originally constructed to hold Polish political prisoners in 1940, it went on to become a major site of the Nazi extermination of Jews transported to the camp from all over German-occupied Europe. At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, which is now a museum, a horrific reminder of the holocaust.
Summary of The Day: The day is yours to explore the city further if you wish. The renaissance cloth hall in the main market square, the Old Town, Kazimierz and the Wawel Castle, or maybe sample the local cuisine such as Zurek, a very traditional Polish soup with a distinctive sour taste that is dished up in a special hollowed out loaf of bread.
You may also take an optional excursion to the Krakow Salt Mine. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mine dates back to the Middle Ages and is a fascinating look at the area's history. Descending underground, you'll walk through 2km of tunnels, chapels, reliefs and freestanding sculptures carved from salt rock walls; along with underground lakes and archaeological displays. Alternatively, explore Krakow even further.
Summary of The Day: On our way to Budapest we'll stop briefly in Banska Bystrica in Slovakia, a picturesque town with beautiful buildings dating back to the late Middle Ages. Then it's off to Budapest, the Hungarian capital. Blessed with natural beauty as well as baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture, this is a city to behold. Get a good overview of it all with our Budapest driving tour when you arrive.
Starting on the Pest side of the Danube, head across the river and stop at the Fisherman's Bastion for spectacular views of the city and the river below. See the Houses of Parliament and drive along the river admiring the city – take note of spots to revisit tomorrow on your free day. Tonight's meal is at a local restaurant, so savor the chance to try some of the local cuisine!
Summary of The Day: With traces of the past evident in the interesting and unusual details, this is your chance to get up close and personal with Budapest. Look out for remnants of the conflicts of WWII and the uprising of 1956, try Hungarian cuisine (so much more to it than just goulash), sample world-renowned wines, and soak your weary rambler’s bones in one of the city’s bath-houses – something Budapest has been known for since the Roman times, with some 123 thermal and 400 mineral springs from 14 different sources. Some of the most popular ones are Szechenyi Medicinal Bath.
Summary of The Day: Heading for the Slovenian capital, we'll stop at Lake Balaton on the way for a photo stop. The largest lake in central Europe, it's also where most locals spend their summers. On arrival in Ljubljana, we'll take a walking tour of this little gem of a city. Despite its small size, you're sure to be entranced by the beauty of this city, which features a wealth of culture, activities and sights. Ljubljana Castle overlooks the city, and dates back to the 16th century. Tonight after dinner, explore a little more and take advantage of the fact that pretty much everything is just a stroll away!
Summary of The Day: Leaving Ljubljana behind, we'll head for the grandeur of Vienna, making a rest stop in Bratislava. You'll have time to explore for a while, taking in the sights and scenery. On arrival in Vienna we'll take a driving tour of the city – which ranks as one of the world's most livable cities. Few cities can show off such cultural and historical splendour and maintain a profile as an exciting, modern city, but Vienna does it well. Along with a musical past that includes luminaries like Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, and artworks by masters like Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, Vienna has a buzzing modern culinary scene, cheerful, bustling pubs and bars, and a host of clubs and music venues in which to dance the night away.
Summary of The Day: Leaving Vienna behind, we stop off in picture-perfect Salzburg. Featuring gorgeous architecture, a formidable cliff-top fortress and imposing cliffs in the distance, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a fairy-tale. This was also Mozart's hometown – see if a little of the genius rubs off! Shortly afterwards we press on for Munich. The evening is free for you to spend as you wish. Relax in your hotel, go for dinner in a local restaurant, or even visit another beer hall with your new found friends on the tour as a reminder of your first day.
Summary of The Day: Our Eastern European adventure concludes after breakfast. We hope you've loved every minute of your Eastern Highlights tour, and we wish you a safe onward journey!
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