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Explore Central Europe

9 Days, Berlin to Budapest
Explore Central Europe

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Home to some of the world's most celebrated cultural touchstones, Central Europe was built for exploration. This nine-day adventure crosses four countries and mak read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 08 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel/pensions (8 nts)).
  • 8 breakfasts
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, bus, private van, local bus, walking).
  • Berlin historical wall walk.
  • Orientation walks in Berlin and Budapest.
  • Tour Prague's old town including the Jewish quarter, clock tower, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.
  • Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and sample the Sacher Torte.
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 425-555 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Berlin
Day 2 Berlin
Day 3 Berlin/Prague
Day 4 Prague
Day 5 Prague/Cesky Krumlov
Day 6 Cesky Krumlov/Vienna
Day 7 Vienna
Day 8 Vienna/Budapest
Day 9 Depart Budapest
Departures
  • Dec
    2017
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Dec
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Thu, 21 Dec '17
  • Fri, 29 Dec '17
  • Sat, 05 May '18
  • Sun, 13 May '18
  • Sat, 19 May '18
  • Sun, 27 May '18
  • Sat, 02 Jun '18
  • Sun, 10 Jun '18
  • Sat, 16 Jun '18
  • Sun, 24 Jun '18
  • Sat, 14 Jul '18
  • Sun, 22 Jul '18
  • Sat, 11 Aug '18
  • Sun, 19 Aug '18
  • Sat, 25 Aug '18
  • Sun, 02 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Sep '18
  • Sun, 09 Sep '18
  • Sat, 15 Sep '18
  • Sun, 23 Sep '18
  • Sat, 01 Dec '18
  • Sun, 09 Dec '18
  • Sat, 22 Dec '18
  • Sun, 30 Dec '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Berlin
  • Prague
  • Cesky Krumlov
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • DAY 1 Berlin

    Arrive at any time.

    Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

    We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

    Check-in time at hotel is approximately 3:00pm.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h 18:00
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Berlin

    Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO before exploring sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian and delving deeper into its political and social history. Opt to take a river tour or visit galleries and museums with free time.
    Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and is a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Walk the Berlin Wall with a Historian
    Berlin
    Walk sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian to discus the the barrier that divided a country between east and west. Examine the political, social and cultural aspects of the wall from its beginnings to the fall.

    Free Time
    Berlin Afternoon
    Opt to visit the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, world-class museums, the Reichstag, or the Berlin Television Tower for a sweeping view.

    Optional Activities

    East Side Gallery Visit Along Berlin Wall
    Berlin 1h-2h
    Free
    The very name Berlin conjures images of the famous Berlin Wall. Two sections of the original structure still remain on display; the East Side Gallery, where artists have decorated the remaining section of the wall, and the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer). View these remnants of history that once divided east from west.

    Berlin Wall Memorial
    Berlin
    Free
    Learn about the history of the "Iron Curtain," the physical, political and emotional barrier that once separated Berlin under the Communist Eastern Bloc and their neighbours to the west. At Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer), see a complete section of the wall, and look from the east side to see the remains of an electric fence in the so-called "death strip." Discover the stories of those who died trying to escape to the freedom of West Berlin.

    Checkpoint Charlie Museum Visit
    Berlin
    13EUR per person
    Down the street from the Berlin Wall is the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, a museum that documents the history of the wall, and interestingly, many of the different ways people tried to escape. From hot air balloons to one-man submarines, learn about the tenacity and creativity used by those desperate to cross from the east to western side.

    Brandenburg Gate Visit
    Berlin
    Free
    The Brandenburg Gate is a spot of great historical significance. Witness the spot where hundreds of thousands of people were finally able to cross from the east side to the west after the fall of the wall. Walk the cobblestones of the surrounding Pariser Platz and mingle with locals who continue to gather here to see stage shows and celebrate public events.

    Judisches Museum Visit
    Berlin 2h-4h
    8EUR per person
    The Judisches Museum is one of the largest Jewish museums in Europe. See how architect Daniel Libeskind's design evokes three important elements of the past two centuries; the intellectual, economic and cultural contributions of Jewish citizens in Berlin, the reality of the Holocaust, and the recognition of their absence from Berlin (and beyond) following the Second World War. See evocative collections and displays.

    Reichstag Visit
    Berlin
    For those interested in Berlin's government, past and present, visit the Reichstag, home to the German parliament. Climb the stairs to the glass dome for a 360-degree view of the city, or learn about the fascinating history of the building, restored following damage suffered during the bombing raids of the Battle of Berlin in 1945.

    Television Tower (Fernsehturm) Visit
    Berlin 2h-3h
    13-23EUR per person
    For an amazing view of Berlin, visit the famous Berlin Television Tower. Bring your camera and take panoramic photos from the viewing room, then grab a drink and snack at the cafe located 203m (666 ft) above ground. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Berlin/Prague

    Head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.

    A great way to spend the evening is watching the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden, where you can sample Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost.

    Train
    Berlin - Prague
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Prague Guided City Tour
    Prague 2h-3h
    Enjoy a guided tour of the old town including the Jewish quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square. Visit all the major sights of the Old Town and simply soak up the atmosphere of a unique community where every street, inn, or theatre tells a story.

    Optional Activities
    Letna Beer Garden Visit

    Prague 1h-2h
    Free-3EUR per person
    Watch the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden in Letna Park, along the banks of the Vltava River. Sample a pint of Gambrinus 10 degree Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost. Grab a grilled sausage and soak in the scenery. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Prague

    Opt to visit the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, or museums.

    Charles Bridge by day is packed with vendors and street musicians. At night, it is less crowded, and it's much easier to appreciate the scenery as well as the ever-so-slightly sinister quality of the statues looming overhead. Cross the bridge and you'll find yourself in Mala Strana, a far less crowded district that offers the perfect atmosphere for some introspective wandering.

    If you're in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place for it. You'll find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine like fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings.

    Free Time
    Prague Full Day
    Enjoy this lively city with a full free day to explore.

    Optional Activities
    Mala Strana Visit

    Prague
    Cross the Charles Bridge and find yourself in picture-perfect Lesser Town (Mala Strana). Browse small shops, explore cobblestone side streets, visit churches and then find a Czech pub or restaurant to relax and revel in the ambience of this ancient district.

    Prague Castle (HradCany) Visit
    Prague 2h-3h
    250-350CZK per person
    If you like a challenge, climb 200+ steps up to the famous Prague Castle (known as HradCany), the Castle of the Bohemian Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest castle complex in the world, and includes Roman-style buildings from the 10th century. Still got energy? Climb the lookout tower of St. Vitus Cathedral and be rewarded with a glorious view of the city.

    Petrin Hill Hike
    Prague 2h-3h
    Free-30CZK per person
    Prague certainly has no shortage of breathtaking views and Petrin Hill, near the Prague Castle, offers a less obstructed panoramic vista of the "city of spires." If you're not in the mood for hiking uphill you can always take a cable car all the way to the top.

    Letna Beer Garden Visit
    Prague 1h-2h
    Free-3EUR per person
    Watch the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden in Letna Park, along the banks of the Vltava River. Sample a pint of Gambrinus 10° Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost. Grab a grilled sausage and soak in the scenery. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Prague/Cesky Krumlov

    Travel to the charming town of Cesky Krumlov. Opt to embark on a guided ghost story walk or visit the castle.

    The inclusion of Cesky Krumlov on UNESCO's List of Natural and Cultural Heritage was undoubtedly a turning point in the modern history of the town. It sent a clear signal to the rest of the cultural world that South Bohemia has something unique to offer.

    Private Vehicle
    Prague - Cesky Krumlov 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Cesky Krumlov Afternoon
    Get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Guided Ghost Story Walk

    Cesky Krumlov 1h30m-2h
    250CZK per person
    The Old Town of Cesky Krumlov is a unique spiritual location and its ancient houses and historical figures are legendary. Hear the stories that have been passed down through many generations during this ghost walk.

    State Castle and Chateau Cesky Krumlov Tour
    Cesky Krumlov 2h-3h
    360CZK per person
    Tour the Cesky Krumlov State Castle and Chateau, complete with hidden passageways, a unique Baroque theatre, a hedge maze and beautiful gardens. The castle and surrounding complex is one of the largest in central Europe. Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, the well-preserved layout, structure, interior and architectural details earned it a spot on UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage Monuments. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Cesky Krumlov/Vienna

    Drive across the border into Austria, where we take an orientation walk with the CEO. Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and taste the world-famous Sacher Torte. Enjoy free time this evening to visit the opera house or simply enjoy a walk around the city.

    Private Vehicle
    Cesky Krumlov - Vienna 3h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Hotel Sacher Visit and dessert
    Vienna 2h
    Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and get a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte. It's a cultural experience as well as a delicious cake.

    Optional Activities
    Vienna Boys' Choir Visit

    Vienna 2h-3h
    35EUR per person
    Sit back and be transported by the sweet voices of the one of world's best known choirs. Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys' Choir is made up of boys aged 10-14 from Austria and around the world. Attend a live concert and learn what it means to be moved by music.

    Vienna State Opera House Visit
    Vienna
    8EUR per person
    Visit the famous Vienna Opera House and soak in its exceptional architecture. Opt for a guided tour to see the opera house's main features and learn about the history of the building. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Vienna

    Enjoy a full day to explore at your leisure. Wander the elegant streets, take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries, visit the stunning Lippizaner horses of the renowned Vienna Riding School, experience mass with the Vienna Boys Choir, or settle into a cafe and order a slice of mouth watering Viennese cake.

    Free Time
    Vienna Full Day
    Enjoy the city as you wish.

    Optional Activities
    Vienna State Opera House Visit

    Vienna
    8EUR per person
    Visit the famous Vienna Opera House and soak in its exceptional architecture. Opt for a guided tour to see the opera house's main features and learn about the history of the building.

    Vienna Boys' Choir Visit
    Vienna 2h-3h
    35EUR per person
    Sit back and be transported by the sweet voices of the one of world's best known choirs. Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys' Choir is made up of boys aged 10-14 from Austria and around the world. Attend a live concert and learn what it means to be moved by music.

    View Lipizzaner Horses at Spanish Riding School of Vienna
    Vienna
    14EUR per person
    Pay a visit to the gorgeous grey Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Witness the birthplace of "airs above the ground," or classical dressage, known for its highly controlled movements and jumps.

    Saint Stephen's Cathedral Visit
    Vienna
    Free
    St. Stephen's Cathedral is one of Vienna's main landmarks complete with a 343-step climb up a spiral staircase to look out over the city.

    Schonbrunn Palace Visit/Tour
    Vienna 30m-1h
    11-15EUR per person
    Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The palace gardens are free to all visitors. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Vienna/Budapest

    Catch a train to our last stop, Budapest, Hungary. Enjoy an orientation walk and opt to "take the waters" at a thermal bathhouse or visit the stunning castle.

    You might like to have an optional dinner at a local restaurant on Vaci Utca, which is the bustling main street of Budapest.

    Train
    Vienna - Budapest 3h
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    Budapest
    Enjoy some time to explore on your own.

    Optional Activities
    Thermal Baths Visit

    Budapest 1h-3h
    4200-5000HUF per person
    Bring two towels, your bathing suit and an aching body and prepare to be healed in the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Built in 1913, you can test the waters of 18 different pools (15 of which are spring fed) amidst stunning neo-Baroque architecture. Play chess on floating chessboards, relax in the whirlpools and explore the wonderful mosaic domes of these historic thermal steam rooms.

    Buda Castle Visit
    Budapest 3h-4h
    1500HUF per person
    Set on Castle Hill overlooking the Danube River and Pest, Buda Castle was once home to the Hungarian kings of Budapest. Admire the gorgeous architecture and visit its two museums; the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Permanent collections depict the past 500 yrs of Hungary's art history, including Medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wood sculptures, and Gothic altars. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Depart Budapest

    Depart at any time.
    We recommend staying a few extra days to experience all this city has to offer.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 425-555 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 15 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. YOUR CEO: It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places. Your CEO will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one.

  10. LUGGAGE: In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.


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