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Highlights of Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Warsaw

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,776

Explore Central Europe on this 11-day, tailor-made trip through Germany, Czechia, and Poland. Stay in first-class accommodations as you explore Berlin and the beautiful Sanssouci Palace, cruise the Vltava River in Prague, visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp near Krakow, and relax in the Polish capital Warsaw.


This 11-day Central European vacation takes you to Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Warsaw to explore some of Central Europe’s most beloved cities. It features first-class accommodations, a mix of private, small group, and shared tours, and is great for first-time visitors. 

Your journey begins in Berlin, the German capital and one of Europe’s great centres of history and culture. A city circle tour and boat trip will get you up to speed on some of the city’s highlights, including Checkpoint Charlie, where diplomats would pass between East and West Berlin, the KaDeWe shopping centre, and the Judisches Museum. You’ll also cruise along the River Spree to see the city from the water. While based in Berlin, you’ll also take a day to explore nearbly Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace. Meet your group at Kurfurstendamm and ride the bus to Potsdam, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the city that’ll take you along the Dutch Quarter and the Russian colony of Alexandrowka. You’ll also visit beautiful Sanssouci Palace to cap off the tour. 

Leave Berlin behind and connect to Prague, Czechia’s beautiful capital, which showcases marvellous medieval architecture. A three-hour night cruise along the Vltava River will show off many of the city’s historical monuments brilliantly lit up at night. The next day, enjoy a city tour that’ll take you through the Old Town to Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle in Europe, and across the Charles Bridge, the city’s most cherished landmark.

Cross the border into Poland and reach Krakow, the country’s medieval centre and most popular tourist site. Head to nearby Oswiecim for a somber tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, learning about the Holocaust and how this beautiful Polish town was transformed into one of the darkest places in human history. The next day, head on a city tour that will showcase Krakow, starting in the Market Square, which is one of Europe’s largest and home to the massive Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Cathedral, which is decorated with startling colours on the inside. Continue up Wawel Hill to explore Wawel Castle, which overlooks the river and is the unofficial centre of the city. 

Finally, connect north to Warsaw, the Polish capital and a city rebuilt from the ashes of World War II. Get a taste for the city’s fascinating history on a private city tour starting at the Palace of Culture and Science, a brutalist building leftover from the days of Soviet control. Continue to the Old Town, which was painstakingly rebuilt to capture its medieval past, and finally to the Royal Castle, where the former kings of Poland used to govern the nation. 

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to return home. 


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 3,776

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Day 1

Tegel Airport to Berlin Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Arcotel John F

Right in the heart of the capital city, located at its trendy cultural district of "Berlin-Mitte", welcomes you the design hotel ARCOTEL John F Berlin - an ideal starting point for city and business trips. This 4 star hotel is centrally located between the famous Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt, directly at the "Quartier am Auswartigen Amt", with walking distance to the famous Friedrichstrasse and the "Unter den Linden" boulevard.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Arcotel John F

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    Right in the heart of the capital city, located at its trendy cultural district of "Berlin-Mitte", welcomes you the design hotel ARCOTEL John F Berlin - an ideal starting point for city and business trips. This 4 star hotel is centrally located between the famous …

    Right in the heart of the capital city, located at its trendy cultural district of "Berlin-Mitte", welcomes you the design hotel ARCOTEL John F Berlin - an ideal starting point for city and business trips. This 4 star hotel is centrally located between the famous Museumsinsel and Gendarmenmarkt, directly at the "Quartier am Auswartigen Amt", with walking distance to the famous Friedrichstrasse and the "Unter den Linden" boulevard.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Conference Centre
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Full Service Spa
    • Health Club
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

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Day 2

Berlin City Circle Tour and Boat Trip Hop-On Hop-Off

The ever-popular Berlin Hop-on, Hop-off tour allows you to see the sites of this wonderful city at your own pace and create your perfect Berlin sightseeing itinerary with the choice of 2 different routes. Hop off at one of the stops and explore the area at your leisure then hop back on and be taken to the next famous landmark. Learn about the cities turbulent history at the Judisches Museum and Checkpoint Charlie or perhaps discover the buzzing art scene that rivals London and Paris at Kulturforum where galleries and museums are in abundance. For shopping explore one of Europe's largest shopping centers KaDeWe or the numerous markets such as Flohmarket. The Hop-on Hop-off bus assures you don't miss a thing. If you want to take in as much of the Berlin city as possible in just a day, then this Hop On Hop Off ticket is the perfect option. You can also see Berlin from a different perspective with a cruise on the River Spree.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam (ex. Berlin)

On your beautiful tour of Sanssouci, stroll past the grand buildings that were once the center point of Prussia's imperial grandeur. Take in the stunning gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace, and experience a true piece of history. After meeting at Kurfurstendamm, take a short bus ride and arrive in Potsdam for a guided tour of the city. Your guide will show you all of the city's best sights, and they're sure to tell you a fascinating story or two. Stroll through the Dutch Quarter to admire its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. The highlight of this tour is, of course, the visit to Sanssouci Palace. A walk through its beautiful park grounds, passing by magnificent Chinese teahouse or the New Palace, are sure to inspire.

Duration4 Hours
Day 4

Berlin Hotel to Train Station

Duration10 Minutes

Prague Hlavni Nadrazi Train Station to Prague Hotels

Duration30 Minutes

Rott Hotel

Hotel Rott is situated in the very heart of Prague, just a few steps from the Old Town Square, the main historical point of the city. All essential sights and monuments are within a walking distance of the hotel: Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Jewish town, Prague Castle with adjoining gardens and palaces of the Little Quarter. Hotel's location is convenient also for shopping: there are numerous large shops and shopping malls within an easy and short reach of the hotel.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Rott Hotel

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    Hotel Rott is situated in the very heart of Prague, just a few steps from the Old Town Square, the main historical point of the city. All essential sights and monuments are within a walking distance of the hotel: Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Jewish town, …

    Hotel Rott is situated in the very heart of Prague, just a few steps from the Old Town Square, the main historical point of the city. All essential sights and monuments are within a walking distance of the hotel: Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Jewish town, Prague Castle with adjoining gardens and palaces of the Little Quarter. Hotel's location is convenient also for shopping: there are numerous large shops and shopping malls within an easy and short reach of the hotel.

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Service
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Room Service

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Prague by Night Cruise

A bus will take you from the Powder Tower to the Vltava River where a boat awaits you. You will receive a welcome aperitif, and then enjoy a buffet dinner on board. The cruise is three hours along the Vltava, offering fantastic views of the river, lined by well-lit historic monuments. Vltava River is the longest in the Czech Republic, flowing 270 miles (435km). Both sides of the Prague, which is Vltava cutting through, are connected with 20 bridges. From the cruise a bus ride will take you past a final few romantic sites in Prague before your tour ends in Republic Square.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Prague Unlimited

This is a combined, comprehensive city tour of Prague. You will see our capital city from many perspectives. We will start our walk tour at the Old Town, which includes a unique Jewish part. Then we expect a 20 minutes minibus tour through the downtown to the Prague Castle, followed by a walking tour and a short break for lunch. The walk tour continues along Nerudova Street, through the Lesser Town to the Charles Bridge, where we can enjoy a short Vltava river cruise on a boat. After the boat cruise we will cross the Charles Bridge and will go back to the Old Town where the tour will finish.

Duration6 Hours
Day 6

Prague Hotels to Prague Hlavni Nadrazi Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Krakow Train Station to Krakow Hotel

Duration15 Minutes

Queen Boutique Hotel

The Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place where tradition meets modern, in the heart of Krakow. The hotel has stylish, yet comfortable interiors for guests. The hotel offers 30 elegant and spacious rooms that have been designed for comfort, rest and relaxation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Queen Boutique Hotel

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    The Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place where tradition meets modern, in the heart of Krakow. The hotel has stylish, yet comfortable interiors for guests. The hotel offers 30 elegant and spacious rooms that have been designed for comfort, rest and relaxation.

    The Queen Boutique Hotel is a unique place where tradition meets modern, in the heart of Krakow. The hotel has stylish, yet comfortable interiors for guests. The hotel offers 30 elegant and spacious rooms that have been designed for comfort, rest and relaxation.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Business Centre
    • Car Rental Available
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Porters
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Wakeup Calls Available

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Day 7

Tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Krakow is a beautiful city with a population that is characterized by its youth and dynamism, looking back on an illustrious past as a cultural center, bringing back its rich and artful facades that have recovered their pastel shades. Nevertheless, for those that choose to make the journey, the proximity of Auschwitz-Birkenau, 75 km away, is not only a stark reminder of horrific events in the recent past but also adds a profound sense of a raw and terrifying history that is difficult to confront emotionally or intellectually. On this privately guided tour, the struggle many travelers have with the question as to whether it is right to visit may not be fully answered to everyone's satisfaction. The, perhaps, most important point to remember is that those who survived the camps or saw family, friends or neighbors perish, were unwavering in their determination to ensure that Auschwitz should be preserved as a memorial for future generations. Many of the images will be haunting and, yes, nobody returns from this tour unaffected. It is, however, also true that the majority do not regret having done it. The area is well preserved and houses the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, originally constructed in the suburbs of the Polish city of Oswiecim, later renamed to Auschwitz. The first and oldest part of the camp became known as Auschwitz I, established on the grounds of prewar Polish barracks, where the number of prisoners fluctuated between 15,000 and 20,000. The second installation was the Birkenau camp, also known as Auschwitz II, the largest part of the Auschwitz complex, where over 90,000 prisoners were held in 1944. Your tour includes a visit to the brick-mortar barracks in Auschwitz I, and the extensive area of the large wooden buildings of the extermination camp at Auschwitz II - Birkenau. Please note that your driver-guide will only provide the private return transfers, and explanations about the history prior to entering the site. Due to local regulations, once inside Auschwitz -Birkenau, you will be joining a shared group tour led by an officially licensed local guide. This tour is not suitable for children under 14.

Duration6 Hours
Day 8

City Tour with Wawel Castle

Poland's former capital is, beyond question, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. On this privately guided tour, you'll experience many of its highlights after meeting your guide in the lobby of your hotel. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978, it is often compared to other medieval Central European cities but has always had a flair uniquely its own, combining a little bit of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. While avoiding the almost total destruction of Warsaw, it still suffered greatly during WWII and the post-war communist regime tried its best to eradicate the soul of the city which they considered middle-class and a hotbed for intellectuals. In the end, communist neglect protected it from modernity, allowing a revitalization effort which created a young city that regained its vibrant colors. Today's Krakowians are proud of their city, its heritage as well as its intellectual and artistic life, cultivating a wonderful nonchalance that some compare to an almost Viennese spirit.

On this half-day excursion, you'll start at the Market Square, one of the biggest in Europe, and a reminder of the power and wealth of medieval Krakow. With houses displaying Renaissance and Baroque facades, the famous Cloth Hall and oodles of pavement cafes, the Rynek, as it is known, is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Close by, it's the towering edifice of St. Mary's Cathedral - originally built in the early 13th Century - that awaits your visit. The exterior is impressive for sure, but the interior is, possibly, the most amazing you have ever seen. Virtually every square inch is ornately decorated, painted, carved, frescoed, or otherwise covered in the most fabulous colors imaginable, the piece de resistance being the 15th-century altar. Krakow's multicultural heritage and huge student population make it a vibrant city all year round, its Jagiellonian University, a research institution founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, is the second oldest university in Central Europe, and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world.

On your way to reach Wawel Hill, you'll pass the Planty, a vast leafy promenade that surrounds the historic center on the site of the city's old ramparts. Crowned by its royal castle and cathedral, Wawel is the crucible of Polish identity and a place that is highly symbolic since it was used for the coronation of kings. Built on the remains of a 10th-century settlement it features magnificent Renaissance interior spaces together with the famous Wawel Tapestries, considered by art historians to be a priceless and unparalleled collection of woven artworks. An important part of the historic structure is the Cathedral and you'll have a chance to see the Royal Chambers, the underground necropolis with tombs and sarcophagi, as well as the famous bell tower. The Royal Sigismund Bell is the largest of the five bells hanging in the Wawel Cathedral, named after its patron, Sigismund I, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, who commissioned it. It weighs 13 tons!

Finally, at the end of your tour, you'll come down to the Vistula River where you can admire the statue of a fearsome dragon from Polish folklore, not exactly well known around the world. Let your guide tell the story about Smok, the Wawel dragon.

Duration4 Hours
Day 9

Krakow Hotel to Krakow Train Station

Duration15 Minutes

Warsaw Train Station to Warsaw Hotel

Duration10 Minutes

Polonia Palace Hotel

Polonia Palace Hotel offers several accommodation options, which include a choice of rooms, suites and an exclusive English Apartment featuring a unique view of Warsaw and modern amenities.

Polonia Palace rooms are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. After a day of work or leisure in the Polish capital, treat yourself in the carefully designed and furnished rooms and suites of Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Polonia Palace Hotel

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    Polonia Palace Hotel offers several accommodation options, which include a choice of rooms, suites and an exclusive English Apartment featuring a unique view of Warsaw and modern amenities. Polonia Palace rooms are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. After a day of work or …

    Polonia Palace Hotel offers several accommodation options, which include a choice of rooms, suites and an exclusive English Apartment featuring a unique view of Warsaw and modern amenities.

    Polonia Palace rooms are the perfect blend of luxury and comfort. After a day of work or leisure in the Polish capital, treat yourself in the carefully designed and furnished rooms and suites of Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Restaurant

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Day 10

City Tour with Royal Castle

Enjoy an enlightening, privately guided tour of Warsaw, Poland's capital and the country's commercial center. A city with a stormy history, it felt the touch of Napoleon who officially created the Duchy of Warsaw on his way to Moscow, lived through national uprisings and tsarist repressions, and barely survived the Second World War. All these events left their individual imprints on the city. This includes the towering Palace of Culture and Science, a Stalinist behemoth built by Soviet architect Lev Rudnev, and a stark reminder of Warsaw's days under communist rule. Today, it is occupied by rather more sociable institutions such as two museums, a university, four theatres, a multiplex cinema, and a swimming pool. The city's Old Town, dating back to the 13th century, was almost entirely destroyed during WWII but has been meticulously reconstructed and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here, everywhere you go, are evocations of Warsaw's tempestuous past, as much as its reconstruction. Without abandoning its past, today's Old Town has also ushered in an exciting new era. It's a bustling hub with cobblestone alleys and medieval buildings, at the heart of which is the Old Town Market Place, a busy square lined with burgher houses, boutiques, bars, and upscale Polish eateries. Nearby, St. John's Arch cathedral dates to the 14th century and hosts all kinds of concerts during the summer while next to the manicured gardens of the Royal Castle, there are now many restored contemporary apartment buildings. The city's contemporary, creative and even quirky side has, quite naturally, led to the development of trendy neighborhoods, of which Praga, across from the historic center on the other side of the Vistula is, probably, the most popular. On a more curious note, outside some of downtown's subway stations and next to pedestrian crossings, street-sellers have established a thriving business selling, guess what, doughnuts. Your private guide can elaborate on many of the historical and current topics. One of the most fascinating stories is how Varsovians, the name for residents of Warsaw, reconstructed their city. Partially this was done based on cityscapes by the Venetian painter Bernardo Belloto, the nephew of the more famous Canaletto. Belloto had been appointed a court painter to the King of Poland and created very accurate scenes of Warsaw's buildings and squares in 1768. Since 1984 they have been exhibited in the Royal Castle's Canaletto room, which you will visit during your tour. During today's sightseeing, you'll also see the famous site of a row of buildings, cut in half by the war, near the former ghetto and the Presidential Palace where the Warsaw Pact was signed in 1955. The drive along the Royal Route culminates with a visit of the Royal Castle, once the residence of the Polish kings, seat of the Senate and the place where the Polish Constitution was signed.

Duration4 Hours
Day 11

Warsaw Hotel to Warsaw Airport

Duration20 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesday

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Private train station transfers
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Berlin
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Prague
  • 3 nights in first-class accommodations in Krakow
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Warsaw
  • Hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour pass and boat trip in Berlin
  • Shared coach and walking tour of Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam - max. 50 guests
  • Admission ticket to an evening cruise in Prague
  • Shared coach tour of Prague - max. 50 guests
  • Private tour of Krakow including Wawel Castle
  • Private tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp
  • Private tour of Warsaw including the Royal Palace

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Rail tickets
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Entrance fees not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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