Eastern European Panorama 13 Days 12 Nights(2015)[RKN]Tour Code:RKN

Visiting:Vienna(2 nts) - Budapest(2 nts) - Krakow(2 nts) - Warsaw(2 nts) - Berlin(2 nts) - Prague(2 nts) 

Join us on our splendor-filled Eastern European Panorama tour and witness olden grandeur like never before. To journey through Austria, Hungary, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic is to take a trip through deep, dense and sometimes dark history. Hear the music of Mozart in the air of Vienna, wonder at the Danube in Budapest, feel the spiritual grace of Krakow and admire glorious Prague. Along with mighty Warsaw and iconic Berlin, this is an unforgettable 13-day vacation experience.

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Day 1   |  Arrive in Vienna, Austria  (D)

Arrive in Vienna, the stately capital of Austria, for your voyage through the lands of Eastern Europe. Meet your tour representative at the airport and enjoy a transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure and this evening, meet your fellow travelers at a special Welcome Dinner.

Day 2   |  Vienna  (B)

After breakfast, enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of this beautiful city’s top attractions. Called the “City of Music”, Vienna inspired Mozart, Strauss and Beethoven and was the seat of the Hapsburg Empire for centuries. See history unfold before your eyes as you visit the opulent Hofburg Palace*, once the residence of Austro-Hungarian emperors. See the Belvedere Palace, colorful Prater Amusement Park with its giant ferris wheel, and awe-inspiring St. Stephen's Cathedral*, among other sights. This afternoon is at leisure.

Day 3   |  Vienna – Budapest, Hungary  (B, D)

Following your hotel breakfast, join your coach for a drive eastward to the Austrian-Hungarian border. Soak in the scenery as you cross the border and journey through the mountainous Transdanubian region to Hungary’s capital, Budapest. Arrive in time to relax before dinner tonight.

Day 4   |  Budapest  (B)

Straddling the Danube River, Budapest is comprised of the two former cities Buda and Pest, which are now linked by seven bridges, including the famous Chain and Elisabeth Bridges. Marvel at its Old World splendors on a sightseeing tour. Popular attractions include the neo-Gothic Parliament standing imperiously on the riverbanks, the Royal Palace, and charming UNESCO-listed Castle Hill. Gaze in awe at the towers, columns and arches of the Fisherman's Bastion*, Matthias Church*, Heroes' Square and the Citadel atop Gellert Hill. Afterward, enjoy time at leisure to explore or unwind as you wish.

Day 5   |  Budapest – Krakow, Poland  (B, D)

After breakfast, set off for historic Krakow, formerly Poland’s capital for 500 years, and considered the jewel in its crown. Contemplate the passing views as we drive through scenic Slovakia and head, via the dramatic Tatras Mountains, onto the great plains of Poland. On arrival in Krakow, savor a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6   |  Krakow  (B)

Many visitors to this beautiful city fall in love with it instantly — everywhere you walk is steeped in fascinating lore and legend. Immerse yourself in its sights on our guided tour today. Start out at Wawel Hill on the River Vistula, to wonder at its hilltop Royal Castle and visit the Royal Cathedral*, site of many a king’s coronation. Reflect upon the 13th century beginnings of Krakow on a walking tour of the Old Town, with visits to the Main Market Square, the largest of Europe’s medieval marketplaces. Admire the Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church*, before enjoying free time this afternoon.

Day 7   |  Krakow – CzestochowaWarsaw  (B, D)

This morning, come with us to Auschwitz-Birkenau*, the infamous concentration camp complex of World War II and a UNESCO World Heritage site for serving as a terrible reminder of the evils of tyranny. After this poignant visit, continue to Czestochowa and the Yasna Gora Monastery*, home to the famously blackened image of the Virgin Mary known as the "Black Madonna." Late this afternoon, arrive in Poland's capital city, Warsaw.

Day 8   |  Warsaw  (B)

Be transported back 700 years on our sightseeing tour of Poland’s capital this morning. A vital expression of the Poles’ gallant will to survive, Warsaw is truly a phoenix risen from the ashes for being destroyed and restoring itself many times over, including most recently, in World War II. Follow the Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square and look for the peacocks in Lazienki Park before admiring Lazienki Palace, known as the “Palace on the Water.” Gaze at the Soviet-era Palace of Science and Culture and see the Saxon Gardens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Later, amble around the quaint Old Town with your guide, taking in charming Old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure or to enjoy an optional early evening Chopin concert.

Day 9   |  Warsaw – Poznan - Berlin, Germany  (B, D)

Today, leave Warsaw and continue your tour by traveling into Germany. Along the way, stop in the historic Polish city of Poznan and enjoy an orientation tour. Afterward, drive to Berlin, today's final destination.

Day 10   |  Berlin  (B)

This morning, explore the heavyweight that is Germany’s capital, Berlin. With its two cities – East and West—now reunited, this infectiously exciting city is now perhaps Europe’s grandest and greatest capital. Cutting-edge energy blends delightfully here with trophy landmarks of the past, creating a rich tapestry for visitors. On your morning sightseeing tour, bring your camera to capture the Reichstag, the Renaissance building that once housed Germany's Parliament; and the enchanting Schloss Charlottenburg. Keep it at hand, too, for other showpieces, including the Opera, Schiller Theater and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. This afternoon, walk the tree-lined avenues or visit other points of interest such as the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie.

Day 11   |  Berlin – Dresden - Prague, Czech Republic  (B, D)

Following breakfast, bid goodbye to Berlin and head to Dresden, Saxony’s Baroque gem, for an orientation tour to admire its Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House. Afterward, continue to Prague, the Czech Republic capital. In the evening, enjoy a special dinner .

Day 12   |  Prague  (B)

Dating back 1,000 years and spread over seven hills around the River Vltava, Prague retains Europe’s crown for its most beautiful city. Today, immerse yourself in its architectural glories and artistic treasures. Our sightseeing tour begins with a panoramic drive to bustling Wenceslas Square, the Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. Then, set off on foot to visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany, whose walls contain the Cathedral of St. Vitus*, Old Royal Palace*, St. George's Basilica* and Golden Lane with its Daliborka Tower*. Afterward, enjoy the vistas over the river as you cross the city’s statue-lined Charles Bridge and enter the old quarter to see the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and world-famous Astronomical Clock. Devote the rest of your day to exploring more of this wondrous city and perhaps join us to experience an optional cultural show as a finale.

Day 13   |  Depart Prague - USA  (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = International Buffet Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show