The Best of Eastern Europe (RO) - 2016

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14 Day Tour from Berlin to Berlin

The Best of Eastern Europe
Prague located on the lovely River Vltava
Prague located on the lovely River Vltava
Overlooking the Golden City of Prague
The Chopin Monument in Warsaw
Dresden was long hailed as the Jewel Box because of its baroque city center overflowing with grand architecture
The historic centre of Warsaw
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic
The golden equestrian sculpture of King/Elector Augustus II the Strong in Dresden, Germany
The Czech capital of Prague
Visit the monumental Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

Excursion to Potsdam Stroll through the stunning gardens of Sanssouci Palace. Visit Cecilienhof Palace, the last palace built by the Hohenzollern dynasty, erected in the early 19th century for Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie von Mecklenburg-Schwerin, the architecture emulates the English Tudor style. This historical building was used by the allied heads of state US President Truman, the Soviet leader Stalin and British Prime ministers Churchill & Attlee in the summer of 1945, for the famous Potsdam Conference, where the victorious Allies of World War II discussed peace treaties and post-war order. There is also a chance to see the Glienicker Brücke, the bridge that connects the state capital of Potsdam with the federal capital of Berlin. This was one of the most renowned monuments of the Cold War up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Until the political change in 1989, the bridge also known as "The Bridge of Spies" was the location of the famous spy-swaps of FBI and KGB secret agents between the US and the Soviet Union.

Approximate value: €49 EUR per person

Royal Castle Together with your local guide, explore the beautiful Royal Castle. The history of this palace goes back to the 14th century when the Great Tower was erected. In the 16th and 17th century during the reign of Sigismund III Vasa, the Castle underwent large-scale expansion and was transformed into a 5-winged edifice with an inner country yard. In September 1939 the Castle was bombed by the Germans; however musicologists under the leadership of Prof. Stanislav Lorentz, managed to salvage some elements of the interiors and also some of the works of arts. In September 1944 the Castle was blown up by the Germany army and in 1984 the reconstructed interiors were opened to the general publics.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Polka Party with Dinner The Polka is a Central European dance originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia. Tonight, why not join your Tour Director and traveling companions for an authentic Polish evening? Savor a 4-course meal with coffee and wine included. Original home-style entertainment has been organized whilst dining. At the end of the show you will have the chance to join in the fun!

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

World Famous Wieliczka Salt Mines Europe's oldest salt mines and considered to be one of the world's wonders. The Wieliczka salt mine is still operative, reaching a depth of 327 meters (1,073 ft) and is over 300 kilometers (190 mi) long. The rock salt is naturally grey in various shades, resembling unpolished granite rather than the white crystalline look that many visitors may expect. The mine's attractions include dozens of impressive statues and an entire chapel that has been hand carved out of the rock salt by the miners. A visit to this thousand-year-old salt "theme park" will be a memorable experience!

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Danube Cruise and Dinner Cruise along the Danube River, and enjoy a typical Hungarian buffet dinner and drinks on board. Admire spectacular views such as Margaret Island, a green oasis in the middle of the river; the House of Parliament; Castle Hill with Fisherman's Bastion; the Royal Palace; the Citadel fortress set on the highest point in downtown Budapest; and the university.

Approximate value: €68 EUR per person

Hungarian Dinner The Hungarian cuisine is a prominent feature of the Hungarian culture, just like the art of hospitality. Tonight, spend a pleasant evening in a traditional restaurant and enjoy a typical 3-course dinner with coffee and two drinks. Join your Tour Director for this special evening ...this is your chance to try the famous goulash or to select a dish from the international menu.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Best of Mozart and Strauss Attend a concert in one of the most beautiful concert halls in Vienna. The costumed orchestra performs well-known arias composed by Mozart as well as famous pieces like The Blue Danube Waltz and The Radetzky March by Strauss. Opera singers and a soloist add to the ambiance of the evening.

Approximate value: €62 EUR per person

Excursion to Bratislava Drive to Bratislava, the economic and political center of the Slovakian Republic, and enjoy a beautiful panoramic view from the castle. Also, walk with a local expert through the streets of the medieval Old Town and visit gothic St. Martin's Cathedral or the Primate's Palace. Time at leisure to shop on the main square.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person

Heurigen Dinner Enjoy dinner with music and wine at one of the Heurigen (wine taverns) in the wine-growing area of the Vienna Woods. A Heuriger is a tavern that serves its own wine from the current harvest year and traditional fare such as Wienerschnitzel and Apfelstrudel.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Moldau Cruise with Lunch Enjoy an aperitif, buffet lunch with drinks, and live music as you cruise down the Moldau River. On your 1½- hour journey, glide past the historical center of Prague, admire 9th-century Prague Castle, former residence of Czech rulers; St. Vitus Cathedral; famous 14th-century Charles Bridge; Petrin with its Lookout Tower bearing a strong resemblance to the famed Eiffel Tower; the National Theater, built with donations from Prague residents; Vysehrad Castle; and Slavin Cemetery, where many famous Czech personalities are entombed.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person

Prague By Night On this evening guided tour, learn the legends of this fascinating city while enjoying spectacular views. Stroll along the cobblestone lanes in the Old Town, stopping at a local tavern to taste famous Czech beer and to listen to traditional melodies. The evening highlight is a walk across the illuminated 14th-century Charles Bridge, a popular spot for Czech artists and musicians, and from where you can admire a magnificent view of Prague Castle.

Approximate value: €37 EUR per person

Schoenbrunn Palace One of Europe's most impressive baroque palace complexes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and former summer residence of the imperial family, Schönbrunn was originally built in 1642 and later redesigned from the ground up by Empress Maria Theresa. The dazzling residential apartments and state rooms with their original furnishings and decorations, and the impressive park and gardens surrounding the palace, convey an authentic impression of the imperial lifestyle.

Approximate value: €48 EUR per person