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Eastern Europe Past & Present

12 days,Berlin to Budapest

Being moved by the opera house in Vienna, Pulling back the now-fallen Iron Curtain and exploring the history of Central Europe, Wandering the cobbled lanes of medieval Český Krumlov and Prague, Retracing the rise and fall of communism, Discovering hidden courtyards in Budapest.


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Central Europe is the crossroads of a continent and has the castles, palaces and monuments to prove it. This 12-day tour offers the chance to get a buzz in contemporary Berlin and connect with history in medieval Český Krumlov. You'll visit marketplaces, grand opera houses and gothic cathedrals for a taste of culture that transcends eras. And while full of included activities, you have plenty of free time to make this region your own. Empires may rise and fall but the spirit of this region is immutable.

What's Included

  • Welcome gift - Visit the Jewish Museum Berlin - In Weimer visit Bauhaus museum, Goethe National museum and Goethe Haus - Train excursion to Wartburg Castle - Dresden orientation walk including a local market and Frauenkirche Church - Tour Prague's old town including the Jewish quarter, clock tower, charles bridge and wenceslas square - Visit the Communist Museum - Visit the Eggenberg Brewery to see how beer is made and enjoy a tasting - Evening ghost walk in Cesky Krumlov - Visit the Vienna State Opera House for a performance (when available) - Visit the historic Hotel Sacher for lunch and sample the Sacher Torte - Budapest city walk including a visit to the thermal bathhouse
  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch. (Allow EUR335-440 for meals not included)
  • Comfort Hotels/pensions (11 nts)
  • Train, bus, private van, local bus, walking.
  • Discovery Adventures tour guide, local guides
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12

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Day 1 Berlin

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Berlin (1B)

Visit the Jewish Museum Berlin, which covers two millennia of German Jewish history. Option to take a walking or river tour, or visit museums.

Day 3-4 Weimar (2B)

Take a high speed train to Weimar where we visit the Bauhaus Museum, Goethe National Museum and Goethe Haus. On Day 4, take an excursion by train to historic Wartburg Castle. Option to visit Buchenwald concentration camp, Liszt Haus and Schloss Museum.

Days 5 Dresden (1B)

Catch the train to Dresden where we take an orientation walk including a visit to a local market and Frauenkirche Church. Option to visit the opera house or take a paddle wheel steamer on the river.

Days 6-7 Prague (2B)

Today we head to the capital of Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. We also visit the Communist Museum. Option to visit the Convent of St George and museums.

Day 8 Český Krumlov (1B)

Travel by private vehicle to the charming town of Český Krumlov. Here we visit the 400 year-old Eggenberg Brewery, taste the local brew and learn what life was like for ordinary people and the nobility of yesteryear. This evening, embark on a guided ghost story walk through the old town. Option to visit the castle.

Day 9-10 Vienna (2B, 1L)

We drive across the border into Austria, where we visit the state opera house for a guided tour or performance (if available). We also visit the historic Hotel Sacher for lunch and a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte. It's a cultural experience as well as a delicious cake. In your leisure time, option to visit various museums, historic houses and the palace. Depending on the season, visit one of the many outdoor film and opera festivals in the Rathausplatz or Praterpark.

Day 11 Budapest (1B)

Catch a train to our last stop: Budapest. Embark on a city walk followed by an opportunity to 'take the waters' with the locals on a visit to the thermal bathhouse. Play chess on floating chessboards, relax in the whirlpools and explore the wonderful mosaic domes of the historic thermal steam rooms to understand this popular local tradition.

Day 12 Budapest (1B)

Depart at any time.