Day 01, Friday: Depart the U.S. for Vienna
Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Vienna, Austria.
Day 02, Saturday: arrive in Vienna
You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Plenty of time to relax before meeting your fellow travelers and your Tour Director at the welcome dinner.
Day 03, Sunday: in Vienna
On your morning sightseeing tour, visit the Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history. Afternoon is at leisure.
Day 04, Monday: to Budapest
Today, travel east and cross the border to Hungary. Continue through the Transdanubian region, reaching Budapest in time to relax before dinner.
Day 05, Tuesday: in Budapest
Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges. Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of the outstanding Parliament, the Royal Palace and Castle Hill area, the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, the Heroes' Square and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own.
Day 06, Wednesday: to Krakow
The road to Krakow winds through the lovely hills and countryside of Slovakia, past the Tatras Mountains and into the great plains of Poland. A relaxing dinner in Krakow is planned upon arrival.
Day 07, Thursday: in Krakow
Your sightseeing tour starts with a visit to the Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town where you will visit the Main Market Square, Renaissance Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Church. This afternoon free to stroll around the city independently.
Day 08, Friday: to Warsaw
This morning, join a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau,the infamous concentration camps from World War II. It is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Later, journey to Czestochowa and visit the Yasna Gora Monastery, known for the blackened picture of the Virgin Mary popularly called the "Black Madonna". In the afternoon, arrive in Poland's capital city, Warsaw.
Day 09, Saturday: in Warsaw
The 700-year-old capital is a symbol of Polish nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. A sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a "wedding cake"), the Saxon Gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Barbican. Continue with the walking tour of the Old Town, the Old Market Square and St. John's Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for relaxing, shopping, a stroll through the city or an optional late afternoon Chopin concert.
Day 10, Sunday: depart Warsaw
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.