BEST OF EASTERN EUROPE 12 DAYS 10 NIGHTS(2012)[RED]Tour Code:RED

Visiting:Frankfurt(1 nts) - Wurzburg - Munich(1 nts) - Salzburg(1 nts) - Bled(1 nts) - Ljubljana - Postojna - Plitvice(1 nts) - Budapest(1 nts) - Vienna(1 nts) - Prague(2 nts) - Karlovy Vary - Frankfurt(1 nts) 
Discover the timeless appeal of Eastern Europe on a grand tour that highlights its diverse landscapes, incredible natural scenery and extraordinary heritage. Explore fairytale castles along Germany’s Romantic Road, marvel at Croatia’s mystical lakes and enjoy the inspiring views of Budapest atop Buda Castle. From the breathtakingly scenic to age-old treasures, this journey delivers unforgettable sights and surroundings, along with a healthy dose of adventure.
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Day 1   |  USA-Frankfurt 

Our Eastern European voyage begins as we board our trans-Atlantic flight bound for Frankfurt.

Day 2   |  Arrive-Frankfurt 

Welcome to Frankfurt, Germany s most international city and the largest economic center in Europe. Located in the heart of Germany, Frankfurt is at once traditional and modern, boasting high rise skyscrapers and a host of historical sights. Upon arrival we meet our guide and embark on a brief city tour. Afterwards, we transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day free to relax or explore Frankfurt on our own. We may choose to take an optional cruise along the Rhine River.

Day 3   |  Frankfurt-Wurzburg-Munich  (B,D )

This morning we drive to Wurzburg, one of the loveliest baroque cities in the country and the starting point of the Romantic Road. This lively city on the River Main is renowned as the center of Franconian wine production. Upon arrival, we take a city tour which highlights the brilliant St. Kilian Dom (Cathedral), Alte Mainbruck (Old Bridge), Rathaus (City Hall) and a photo stop at the Residenz, one of Germany s most striking baroque palaces. Continue on to Munich. Known worldwide for its Oktoberfest, this Europe s most prosperous city is a place where age-old traditions coexist with designer shopping and high-powered industry. If time permits, our city tour of Munich will take us to the Old Town Hall, the 15th century Cathedral Church of Our Lady, and Marienplatz. Tonite, let us enjoy the local delicacies of a German Pork Knuckle dinner.

Day 4   |  Munich-Salzburg  (B,D )

We take a city tour of Munich this morning if it is not held yesterday and then we drive to Fussen, the enchanting city dedicating the end of Romantic Road, for a close view of the breathtaking Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the world s most famous castles. Created by King Ludwig II, this extravagant castle rests high atop a rock amid a fairytale alpine setting. Board our coach and drive to Salzburg, a beautiful town most famous as the birthplace of Mozart.

Day 5   |  Salzburg-Bled  (B,DH)

Our city tour begins at Mirabell Gardens. The world-famous gardens of Mirabell Palace were featured in The Sound of Music and are adorned with reflecting pools, marble statues and a natural theater. After strolling through the gardens, we cross the Salzach River and enter the Old Town, which we can explore at our leisure. Perhaps visit Mozart s birthplace, enjoy a panoramic city view from Hohensalzburg Fortress or take an optional tour to St. Gilgen and Lake Wolfgang, the “Sound of Music” site. Later on, we depart Salzburg for the breathtaking city of Bled, Slovenia s most popular alpine resort. A place of immense natural beauty, Bled is surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lake, stunning mountain ranges, an island church and a dramatic clifftop castle.

Day 6   |  Bled-Ljubljana-Postojna-Plitvice  (B,L,DH)

Depart Bled and drive southwest to Ljubljana, Slovenia s capital city. The charming city whose name means beloved is known for its relaxed atmosphere, natural beauty and its cultural treasures. We begin our city orientation tour with a view of the medieval Ljubljana Castle, the city s most striking landmark. Continue on to Old Town to tour the City Hall, Robba Fountain, Main Square, Triple Bridge and St. Nicholas Cathedral. After sightseeing, we drive to Postojna to visit the famous Postojna Caves, one of the world s largest karst cave systems. These otherworldly caves are over 2 million years old and are renowned for their unbelievable limestone rock formations. After visiting the caves, we transit to Plitvice, where we stay overnight.

Day 7   |  Plitvice-Budapest  (B,DS)

Today we visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is acclaimed as Croatia s greatest natural wonder. This breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its sixteen crystal-clear lakes, which are inter-connected by a series of cascading waterfalls. The majestic lakes are surrounded by dense forests, soaring rock formations, flowering meadows and are home to several animal species. After touring this unforgettable site, we depart to Budapest, Central Europe s most beautiful city, where we enjoy a traditional Hungarian Dinner complete with musical entertainment.

Day 8   |  Budapest-Vienna  (B,D )

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the Hungarian capital, which takes us to Matthias Church to admire the remarkable stained-glass windows, murals and frescoes. Continue on to view the Parliament building, the Royal Palace of Buda, then enjoy a cruise along the Danube River to the Pest District. Venture to the end of the World Heritage Boulevard and visit the majestic Heroes Square, which was built to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the arrival of the Magyar tribes. In the afternoon, we travel northwest to Vienna, where we have some free time to do some shopping or visit St. Stephen s Church. Tonight, we have the chance to attend an optional Mozart Concert.

Day 9   |  Vienna-Prague  (B,DH)

Few cities capture the past and present as effortlessly as Vienna. We begin our half-day city tour with a visit to Schonbrunn Palace. This palace is the former residence of Archduchess Maria Theresa and Empress Sisi, and is considered one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe. After touring the labyrinth of rooms and the enchanting gardens, we drive past historic landmarks: the Vienna Opera House, Ringstrasse Boulevard, City Hall, Parliament Building and the Hofburg, the former imperial residence. Later in the day we continue on our journey to the alluring city of Prague.

Day 10   |  Prague  (B,D )

This City of a Thousand Spires is blessed with a unique blend of architectural styles which creates one of Europe s most romantic skylines. We begin our exploration of this unique city with a visit to Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Continue on to tour the St. Vitus Cathedral, located inside Prague Castle, Old Town Square and the romantic Charles Bridge, Prague s most celebrated structure. After visiting the medieval Astronomical Clock and the Jewish Quarter, we can spend the day free at leisure.

Day 11   |  Prague-Karlovy Vary-Frankfurt  (B,D )

Arrive in Karlovy Vary, the most popular spa resort in the country. Located in the green valley of the River Tepla, this elegant town is renowned for its mineral springs and has been visited by Beethoven, Mozart and Casanova. Later on, we proceed to Frankfurt.

Day 12   |  Frankfurt-USA  (B)

Our journey draws to a close as we board our international flight, arriving in the US later the same day.