This morning we board the coach and steer toward the sun, as we pass through the snow covered countryside on our way to one of Poland s oldest cities, Krakow. Upon arrival we have an orientation walk of this impressive cultural hub to highlight the numerous remarkable sights on offer. See the massive Main Market Square, try some of the delicious local pierogi and wash it all down with a shot of Zubrowka, the fiery local vodka. Tonight, sign up for our optional pub crawl and have an incredible night on the town in this spectacular winter wonderland.
Today you have the chance to explore some of Krakow s most impressive sights. Choose to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau to learn more of the history of WWII and the destruction of the Nazi regime on the Jewish and Gypsy communities of Europe. Alternatively, a tour of the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mine, a city built a mile underground with cavernous chapels carved out below the surface and littered with incredible statues and various intricate artworks carved directly into the walls is also a great option. Tonight, a visit to the Kazimierz for zapiekanka, a true Polish delicacy, is not to be missed!
Enjoy a sleep in, as we depart mid-morning for our first alpine destination, Zakopane. We arrive at the base of the Tatra Mountains around midday allowing you plenty of time to explore your scenic surroundings. Spend your afternoon on the slopes enjoying the myriad of winter sports on offer including snowmobiling, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowshoe walks, and plenty of slope side activities. If you d prefer to relax and indulge in some retail therapy head down to the ever popular Krupowki street and get lost in the maze of cafes, boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
After our evening in the mountains, we depart for one of the most beautiful drives of the trip on our way to the Paris of the East , Budapest. En route, we stop for lunch in the scenic ski resort of Donovaly with snow peaked mountains surrounding all sides. We arrive into Budapest this afternoon and after checking into our new digs we have an orientation walk to highlight all of the fantastic sights in the incredible capital city of Hungary. Budapest s nightlife is famous for a reason, so tonight, join your guide for a visit to some of the unique ruin bars.
Budapest is full of sights to check out today. Visit the Castle District and see the majestic spires or head down to the UNESCO-listed site of Andrassy and onward into Heroes Square. See the gargantuan neo-Gothic Parliament building, Hungary s biggest building, and its many sights within. For a different view of the city, sign up for an optional bicycle tour of the city to ensure you don t miss out on anything. Budapest is also home to Europe s largest ice-skating rink or for those looking to chill out, a few hours in the healing thermal waters of Szechenyi Baths is a great to meet some locals and soothe the soul.
After breakfast we board our trusty coach, so kick back and relax as we make our way through the lofty snow-capped peaks of the Austrian Alps to the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and scenic setting of The Sound of Music , Salzburg. Upon arrival we have an orientation walk to help you get your bearings, see the baroque towers of Old Town and grab a delicious traditional bite to eat. Tonight you can choose from a number of traditional restaurants for schnitzel and steins, or check out a game of ice hockey at the Eisarena!
For those of who grew up on Julie Andrews, you have the option of doing a Sound of Music tour to visit all of the beautiful locations used in this classic film. For the non-believers, a stroll along the Salzbach river for Instalicious shots of Salzburg is a great morning activity. This afternoon we re back on the coach as we continue through Austria s beautiful alpine scenery before arriving in the Bavarian capital of Munich. Join your guide for a stroll through the Gothic inspired Old Town, see the Marienplatz and Rathaus-Glockenspiel as well as the spires of the Frauenkirche. Bavarians are famous for beer and tonight you can join your fellow travellers for a stein and pork knuckle in one of Munich s most atmospheric beer halls.
Today is yours to explore the Bavarian capital. The sprawling greenery of the English Gardens (one of the largest parks in the world) is a Munich favourite, or you can climb the steps and see the impressive architecture of the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady. Today we offer an optional excursion to the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration behind the Disney Castle) or visit the sombre Dachau concentration camp and learn of the atrocious depths of human cruelty and the tremendous resolve of the human spirit during WWII.
We check out after breakfast. Hope to see you again soon!
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Trip Name: Eastern Winter Adventure
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: $746
Supplier Tour ID: IR7/166711
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