The Best of Eastern Europe (RO) - 2014 / 2015

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14 Day Tour from Berlin to Berlin


The Best of Eastern Europe
Dresden, Germany, situated along the River Elbe
Dresden, Germany, situated along the River Elbe
The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube in Budapest
The Czech capital of Prague
Prague located on the lovely River Vltava
Overlooking the Golden City of Prague
Wawel Royal Castle
The historic centre of Warsaw
Visit the monumental Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest
The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague

Vacation Overview

This is the perfect vacation for those who really want to explore Central Europe in detail. Guided sightseeing in these main capitals is included: Berlin, with a picture stop at the Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and a visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (except on Sundays); Warsaw, with a visit to the Historical Museum to see a film of the city before and after wartime destruction; Budapest, with a visit to Matthias Coronation Church; Vienna, with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral; and Prague, with a visit to 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle grounds. On the way to Krakow, where during guided sightseeing you will see ancient Wawel Royal Castle, visit Jasna Góra Monastery and its Black Madonna near Czestochowa, and the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp. In Krakow, a special visit has been included to the Oskar Schindler Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. Also stop in the picturesque medieval town of Banská Bystrica, and upon arrival in Budapest, a private dinner cruise has been arranged as an introduction to this marvelous city. On the way to Prague, stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, Telc, where lunch with local specialties awaits. Enjoy a walking tour of the splendid city of Dresden, and back in Berlin, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation.

     

BERLIN
Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant

POZNAN
Stop in the historic river port

WARSAW
Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John and the Historical Museum

CZESTOCHOWA
Visit the Monastery of Jasna Góra and its Black Madonna

AUSCHWITZ
Visit the site of the former concentration camp

KRAKOW
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Mary’s Church and the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Oskar Schindler Factory

BANSKÁ BYSTICA
Orientation

BUDAPEST
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A private dinner cruise on the Danube River; guided sightseeing, panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion, visit Matthias Coronation Church

VIENNA
Guided sightseeing, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

TELC
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy an included lunch

PRAGUE
Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock, visit the Hradcany Castle grounds

DRESDEN
Walking tour

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


DAY 1Arrive in Berlin, Germany

Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Berlin The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city 
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DAY 2Berlin

Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis includes the Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, Charlottenburg Palace, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH (on Sunday, inside guided visit not possible), drive along Unter den Linden boulevard, and pass the German State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. To enhance your stay, exciting optional excursions are available to historic Potsdam, and to sample Berlin’s fine restaurants and nightlife! (Breakfast)

The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and a main symbol of Berlin Berlin The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin serves as a symbol of peace and reunification of the city 
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church


"During World War II, Americans soldiers in occupied Germany got a booklet called the “Pocket Guide to Germany” that explained the ins and outs of occupation. In 1944, it read: “Don’t forget that you’re ordered into Germany now partly because your fathers forgot so soon what the war was about last time.” The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district is the eternal reminder. It was an unremarkable late 19th Century church until the allies bombed it in 1943. After the war, Berliners protested plans to demolish it. Today, the ruins are a symbol of what Germany lost by letting itself be seduced by Nazism. They could have roped it off and slapped a plaque on it. Instead, they left it open, free to the city. You can walk through it, under it, look up at the shattered bell tower."
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie


"It’s just a white shed and a stack of sandbags filled with concrete, a replica of Checkpoint Charlie. Visitors to this traffic island on Friedrichstrasse pose from two directions – west and east – because they’re standing on the old symbolic border of the two Berlins. Checkpoint Charlie was for diplomats, Allied military and foreign tourists wanting to get into East Berlin, and that’s the source of its mystique. Today’s Cold War buffs have to be content with photos by the 1960s-era replica shed, a browse through the private collections of the nearby Haus am Checkpoint Charlie – and maybe a visit to the Allied Museum in Berlin’s Zehlendorf district, where the original Checkpoint Charlie building is on display. The huge portrait photographs over Checkpoint Charlie of two soldiers – one American, one Soviet – symbolize the Big Brother military presence of Cold War Berlin."
Potsdam – Sanssouci

Potsdam – Sanssouci


"There were drawbacks to being a European monarch. For Friedrich II the Great, philosopher, flute-player and Prussian soldier-king, the public scrutiny of his royal life got on his nerves. He sketched out his ideal summer home, a cozy little private palace he could reign from, tend his hunting dogs and entertain the likes of Voltaire and Goethe. He called it Sanssouci – “no worries.” One look at the terraced gardens and great stairway to Sanssouci in Potsdam and it’s hard to believe this was Old Fritz’s idea of cozy. The marble and gilding of the baroque interiors give you the urge to stand up straighter and tuck in your shirt."
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DAY 3Berlin–Poznan, Poland–Warsaw

Cross the Polish border, enjoy vistas of rural life in the fertile central plains, and take a break in the historic river port of Poznan on your way to Warsaw. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 4Warsaw

Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. In the HISTORICAL MUSEUM a moving film shows the city before and after wartime destruction. An optional excursion to Wilanow Castle is available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Warsaw–Czestochowa–Auschwitz–Krakow

A fascinating morning: visit JASNA GÓRA, the monastery near Czestochowa, and admire its BLACK MADONNA, which is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Next stop in Auschwitz to visit what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Krakow. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland 
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DAY 6Krakow

Morning guided sightseeing in ancient Krakow features the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. Take pictures of impressive Wawel Royal Castle, then enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special visit to the OSKAR SCHINDLER FACTORY, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List. How about tonight’s optional Polish dinner and folklore show? (Breakfast)

Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland Wawel Royal Castle 
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DAY 7Krakow–Banská Bystrica, Slovakia–Budapest, Hungary

A scenic drive through the heart of mountainous and densely wooded Slovakia, where brown bears still roam free, brings you to Banská Bystrica, a picturesque medieval town with fortifications. Arrive in Budapest, where a private Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DINNER CRUISE tonight is the perfect introduction to this fascinating city. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Budapest The Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the River Danube in Budapest Visit the monumental Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest 
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DAY 8Budapest

Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. (Breakfast)

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DAY 9Budapest–Vienna, Austria

Drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel. Then, drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. (Breakfast)

The Vienna City Hall Vienna View the Romanesque and Gothic architecture of St. Stephen’s Cathedral The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world 
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DAY 10At Leisure in Vienna

A whole day at leisure offers you the opportunity to join exciting optional excursions to the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, the Vienna Woods, a concert, or to just explore this magnificent city on your own. (Breakfast)

The Museum of Natural History in Vienna is one of the important museums of the world The Vienna City Hall Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire The Belvedere gardens in Vienna, Austria 
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DAY 11Vienna–Telc, Czech Republic–Prague

In the morning, an optional excursion to historic Schönbrunn Palace is available. Then, cross the Czech border and enter Moravia. Stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, Telc, where a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special lunch with local specialties awaits you. In the afternoon, drive through the rich farmlands of Moravia and Bohemia to Prague. Tonight is your chance to join an optional outing to explore Prague by night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock Czech capital of Prague Beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague 
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DAY 12Prague

Guided sightseeing includes a visit to HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS. Also see St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight you can try out traditional dishes at one of Prague’s fine restaurants. (Breakfast)

Czech capital of Prague Beautifully sculpted figures mounted on the Astronomical Clock Beautiful Prague in the Czech Republic The Vltava River spans the west bank of Prague 
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DAY 13Prague–Dresden, Germany–Berlin

Re-enter Germany and stop in Dresden, the former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your walking tour, admire the architecture of the Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera. Next, return to Berlin, where a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Berlin is the capital of Germany and also its largest city The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany Berlin The Reichstag building is a historical building in Berlin, Germany that was built in 1894 
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DAY 14Berlin

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private cruise



Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch in Telc; 6 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner, a private dinner cruise in Budapest, and a special farewell dinner


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ZDENKA MARIC

Years of Experience: 14 years

When you join me on a tour of Eastern Europe, you can discover our beautiful medieval towns and great national park, relax on the shores of the blue Adriatic while sipping a glass of wine from our vineyards, spend time with the friendly locals, and learn about our culture, hospitality, folklore, and lively music.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Best of Eastern Europe:

  • Historic Centre of Vienna
  • Historic Centre of Prague
  • Historic Centre of Telc
  • Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, and Andrássy Avenue
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Historical Centre of Krakow
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw