Swap beaches for snow-capped mountains, switch sunburns with cosy bars, and trade your frisbee for a pair of ice skates! Eastern Europe in winter is far cooler than your sand-ridden beach vacation. You can show off your sexy knitwear on a pub-crawl in Krakow, get steamy in the thermal baths of Budapest, and admire the beautifully fairy-light-lit town squares. Sleigh off the beaten track and learn why Eastern Europe is snow much more special during the winter season.
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, have 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! Tonight we recommend a visit to the Kazimierz, an area known for its rich Jewish heritage and cuisine. Don’t leave without trying Zapiekanka, a true Polish delicacy!
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. Tonight we have a traditional dinner in a local restaurant so join your group for a relaxing evening.
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. 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 that we know you’ve heard about!
Spend today checking out all the best local sights. 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 to ensure you don’t miss out on anything. Budapest is also home to Europe’s largest ice-skating rink! 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 the 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 we might be able to check out a game of ice hockey at the Eisarena!
For those of who grew up on Julie Andrews (don’t be shy now), you have the option of doing a “The Sound of Music” tour to visit all of the beautiful locations used in this classic film. For the non-believers, a stroll along the Salzach 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.
It’s time to get out and see 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. We hope to see you again!
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Trip Name: Eastern Winter Adventure
Duration: 9 Days
From Price: $829
Supplier Tour ID: IR7/166711
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