Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Bristol, Warsaw. A transfer is included from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport to your hotel, Hotel Bristol, Warsaw. We invite you to join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.
Explore Warsaw & enjoy the music of Chopin
Although more than 85% of Warsaw was destroyed or damaged in World War II, the city has been rebuilt into one of Europe's most vibrant capitals, using pre-war paintings and sketches to painstakingly reconstruct many historic buildings, restoring them to their former glory. See the results for yourself on a guided sightseeing tour including the Palace of Culture; Radziwill Palace, where the beloved composer Frederic Chopin gave his first concert; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Grand Theatre; and Constitution Square. Continue with a walking tour through 13th- and 14th-century Old Town (Stare Miasto), and a visit to the Jewish Ghetto Memorial honoring the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto and the heroes of the 1943 uprising. Chopin's music comes to life at a private piano recital in the early evening, followed by a dinner featuring typical Polish cuisine and folkloric entertainment at a local restaurant.
Across the heart of Poland to Cracow / Old Town
Traditional villages and farms dot the Polish countryside as you wind your way through the country's heart to Cracow, considered one of the finest medieval cities in Europe. A millennium ago, Cracow was the capital city of Poland; today, its historic center (Old Town) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, highlights of your guided walk through Old Town include the Jagiellonian University, one of the world's oldest; the Franciscan Church; and the Archbishop's Palace. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.
Kazimierz or Wawel & Cracow or Auschwitz
Take your choice of locally guided sightseeing in Cracow this morning. You may tour Kazimierz, the city's former Jewish Quarter (holidays permitting) or visit Wawel Hill with your local guide. View Wawel Castle, Poland's seat of power and royal residence for five centuries, and go inside Wawel Cathedral. The afternoon is also your choice - spend it at leisure, or journey to the poignant memorial and museum at Auschwitz, 40 miles southwest of the city, for a guided visit.
Through the Tatra Mountains to Budapest
Traverse dense forests and idyllic farmland as you depart Cracow and make your way into the scenic Tatra Mountains en route to Hungary, stopping for lunch in Slovakia. Arrive in Budapest, once two independent cities on opposite sides of the River Danube. Join us for dinner with wine included aboard a private Tauck cruise on the Danube. Spend the next three nights in the heart of the city.
Stunning architecture and more in Pest
Today, take a close-up look at fascinating Budapest as your Eastern Europe and Poland tour reveals landmarks in the city's Pest section, on the eastern side of the Danube. See the embassy district, City Park, Andrassy Avenue and Heroes' Square; visit the opulent State Opera House, St. Stephen's Basilica and Dohány Synagogue (holidays permitting). This evening, cross the Danube to the Buda side of the city for dinner at Jamie's Italian, Buda Castle, one of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's first restaurants in Central Europe.
Parliament, beautiful Buda and Castle Hill
Start today's Budapest sightseeing with a morning visit to Hungary's Parliament building in Pest, a neo-Gothic masterpiece. Then head over to Buda to admire the frescoes and stained glass windows inside the Gothic Matthias Church, where the final two Hungarian kings were crowned; see Fisherman's Bastion overlooking the Danube, with its neo-Romanesque design; and explore the cobblestone streets of Castle Hill, offering more splendid views of the city. After lunch at a local restaurant in Buda, enjoy a Tauck Exclusive: a private after-hours visit with a lecture and reception at the Imre Nagy Memorial House in Budapest, a museum in the restored home of Hungarian Prime Minister Imre Nagy, who was secretly tried and executed in 1958, after the Soviets put down the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
Spend the afternoon in Bratislava en route to Vienna
Make your way from Hungary to Slovakia's ancient capital city, Bratislava. Discover 17 centuries worth of history along the cobblestoned, vehicle-free streets of the city's Old Town, both on a walking tour with our local guide and during time on your own; see the 13th-century Old Town Hall and St. Martin's Cathedral. Your journey continues to Vienna, Austria, for a three-night stay at one of the most celebrated hotels in Europe, where you'll enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight.
Vienna's fine arts, Schönbrunn Palace & strüdel-making
Vienna inspires romantic visions of "Old Europe" at virtually every turn! Following a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and the Danube, view masterworks from the Imperial Habsburg art collections on a guided visit to the Kunsthistorisches (Museum of Fine Arts). Then it's on to Schönbrunn Palace - an architectural treasure built to rival Versailles, and the former summer residence of Austria's emperors - for a demonstration of the art of making Vienna's delectable strudel... with a tasting... as well as lunch and a tour of the grand State Apartments.
A day of treasures & a music-filled night in Vienna
Take a walking tour through medieval Vienna and its historic Jewish Quarter; return to your landmark hotel and spend the afternoon exploring more of Vienna as you please. This evening, enjoy dinner at the renowned Café Landtmann - the quintessential Viennese coffee house since 1873 - then attend a private concert featuring the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, held in a historic Viennese palace.
Goodbye, Vienna and on to Prague for an afternoon tour
Depart Vienna and travel to Prague - capital of the modern Czech Republic and one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities - for a three-night stay in the heart of Bohemia. Arrive in time for lunch, then join us for a guided walk that includes the Powder Tower and the Municipal House; Old Town, where you'll view the Astronomical Clock; and iconic Charles Bridge, lined with historic statues and alive with artists and street musicians.
Prague's Castle District & a Tauck Exclusive
A guided tour of Prague's Hradcany (Castle District) reveals magnificent palaces, museums and monasteries surrounding 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Explore its halls and courtyards; visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus; and enjoy a Tauck Exclusive - a private guided tour of the Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery. The rest of the day is free to spend as you like.
A choice in Prague & an exclusive palace evening
Join your local guide to explore Prague's Wenceslas Square, which figured prominently in the Velvet Revolution, and visit the Estates Theatre. A choice of sightseeing excursions includes a guided architectural tour viewing the Town Hall and the Art Nouveau Municipal House, or a guided tour of the Josefov District, Prague's Jewish Quarter; see the Jewish Cemetery and Old-New, Pinkus and Maisel synagogues (holidays permitting). Attend a special Tauck Exclusive evening at Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle hosted by a palace insider, where a welcome reception, a guided tour of the palace exhibition, "Princely Collections" and a gala farewell dinner makes you feel like royalty.
Tour ends: Prague. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Grand Mark Prague to Václav Havel International Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.