Imperial Cities

12 giorni / 11 notti


Arrival at Warsaw airport where you will be met by your local tour escort and transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

The sightseeing route leads through the marvellous Old Town that was completely destroyed during WWII and rebuilt so painstakingly that it in 1980 it was inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List. You will have opportunity to see the Old Town Market Square, the New Town, The Barbican, St. John’s Cathedral and the Royal Castle. You will not miss the poignant monument to the Warsaw Uprising and the Saxon Gardens with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You will see also Warsaw’s Great Theater with an interesting Apollonian Quadriga in its tympanum, and stroll along the Royal Route to the Holy Cross Church containing the urn with Chopin’s heart. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax or for personal visits. Overnight.

Drive to Krakow via Cz?stochowa, a religious and spiritual capital of Poland, where you will see the miraculous Black Madonna painting at the Jasna Góra Monastery and the Treasury Room with precious gifts given to the Pauline Monastery. The Black Madonna is world-renowned with more than 5 million pilgrims flocking to Czestochowa yearly to pay their respects. Original accounts of the numerous and spectacular miracles attributed to this icon are preserved in the archives at Jasna Gora. Continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

Krakow is the old capital of Poland and the historical seat of Polish kings, a city much different from Warsaw. You’ll explore Krakow’s historic Old Town, featuring Market Square, St. Mary’s Church, the university, and Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. You will also see the Wawel Cathedral, where Pope John Paul II once preached. This afternoon depart for O?wiecim for a tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a former Nazi concentration camp, a silent witness of human tragedy and the biggest factory of death in the history of humanity. An expert local guide will walk you through the officers’ barracks, the various prison cells and the famous entrance gate, as they discuss the history of the prison and many of the hardships that occurred within those walls. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast departure for Budapest. Drive through the magnificent Polish Tatra Mountains, then through Slovakia (Banska Bystrica) and the scenic countryside. After arrival, time to relax. Dinner and overnight.

One of Europe’s most fascinating, culture-packed cities, Budapest is split by the legendary Danube, with ancient Buda to the west and Pest, its modern centre to the east. Today our included tour includes all the must-see sights, starting with a drive past the Parliament and across the magnificent Margaret Bridge to Buda to see the Royal Castle and Fishermen’s Bastion before touring spectacular Matthias Church. After a photo stop at the Citadel, we return to Pest via the Elizabeth Bridge, viewing the splendid Heroes’ Square, State Opera House and St Stephen’s Basilica. As a taste of the city’s most famous attractions, the tour will fill you with exciting ideas for exploring the city on your own. Stroll along the Danube, browse for glass and porcelain souvenirs in the Vaci Utci shopping district and relax at one of the countless and congenial outdoor cafes and restaurants.

After breakfast, departure for the Czech Republic. Drive via Bratislava and Brno to Prague. In the afternoon enjoy an orientation walk of the “golden” and “incomparable” Prague, the city of the legendary Jewish personalities such as Rabbi Loew (“the Maharal”), David Gans and Rabbi Avigdor Kora. Dinner and overnight.

The city has a wealth of gothic and baroque architecture that perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included half day guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the National Theatre, Belvedere, Charles Bridge, and the old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock. This introduction will wet your appetite to see more of Prague on your own and explore places of particular interest to you.

After breakfast drive to Dresden the former capital of Saxony on the Elbe River. In the afternoon a local guide will show you the city known as the “Florence of the Elbe”. The historic centre of the city on the River Elbe will be explored on foot, from the Zwinger and the Semper Opera House to the Royal Palace, which is under reconstruction, on to the Frauenkirche and to Brühl’s Terrace. Badly damaged by the allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its former Baroque splendour. Dinner and overnight.

Arrive in Berlin and in the afternoon a guide will accompany you on sightseeing tour.You will see the cultural heart of West Berlin with the Philharmonic Hall, the Cultural Forum and the National Gallery, the historical centre of East Berlin with the State Opera House, Humboldt University and the Red City Hall. Drive along the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden” and pass the Brandenburg Gate as well as the Reichstag and Bellevue Palace, residence of the President of the Federal Republic. Pass the Potsdamer Platz where numerous new buildings have been created on Europe’s largest construction site in recent times. Drive through the Tiergarten, a big green park in the center of the city, passing the House of Cultures and see the Lehrter Bahnhof which opened in 2001 and is the biggest train station in Europe. Pass the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum of Modern Art. Dinner and overnight.

Full day at your leisure to know more about Berlin and its surroundings.

It’s time to fly home. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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