On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for drinks, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its world-class views, cuisine and service.
Join a Local Expert in the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, bathed in a lustrous patina of stained glass, before strolling on to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to continue exploring Prague on a guided walk through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert. Alternatively, relax in one of the oldest houses of the city and sample craft beers paired with Czech savoury specialities.
A scenic drive through Bohemia brings you to Český Krumlov. Walk through the tangled cobblestone streets and meet your Local Expert to visit the famous castle, one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps heading back to your hotel for an indulgent treat at the wellness spa?
Travel over the Austrian border, past the city of Linz to Melk, for a guided walk of its famous abbey. Continue past the Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs and rolling vineyards. Arrive in Vienna, where the doors of the magniﬁcent Schönbrunn Palace open to you for a VIP after-hours guided visit.
Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to visit the Imperial Treasury in the Hofburg Palace with a Local Expert and learn about Vienna's regal history. See the invaluable riches including the crown of Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne. Alternatively, head to the Baroque palaces of Belvedere, housing priceless art like Gustav Klimt's The Kiss. Later, enjoy a highlight evening of sparkling wine and front row seats at a Mozart and Strauss concert.
Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the city, dominated by its imposing ninth century castle, with your Local Expert. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine at elegant Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant. Sample local dishes and wine with a backdrop of traditional folk music. Continue your delightful evening as you step onboard a private cruise for a voyage along the Danube complete with sparkling wine.
With your Local Expert, visit the stunning, neo-Gothic Parliament Building - still the country's largest - and see the Holy Crown of Hungary. Take a stroll to the St Stephen's Basilica before exploring the medieval Castle District to visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. At the First Strudel House of Pest, admire how artisans work paper-thin crusts into delicious pastries and sample the local specialty. This evening, dine at Borkonyha Winekitchen, one of one of Budapest's amazing Michelin-starred restaurants. Enjoy the innovative and creative gourmet cuisine that combines French bistro style and contemporary Hungarian influence in an atmosphere of indulgence.
Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to take a trip outside Budapest to the storybook town of Szentendre. Travel past the Roman remains of Aquincum before spending time in the riverside town with enchanting, brightly coloured houses, quaint churches, galleries and lovely squares. Alternatively, take a plunge into Hungarian bath culture at one of the traditional spas and mingle with the locals as you soak up the healing properties of the mineral rich thermal waters. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Your Travelling Concierge will have some recommendations for you and can assist with your plans for the day. Perhaps stroll along the majestic River Danube or browse the Central Market Hall for traditional crafts and fare?
Enjoy a gentle drive into Slovakia, through the small villages of the Low Tatras, characterised by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses. Continue past the Orava Castle to Kraków, a city full of architectural wonder and legend. In the evening, you’re invited to choose from a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for a Your Choice Evening.
Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to explore Krakow’s steel district of Nowa Huta while discovering the vintage Trabant car, widely used in the Communist era. Alternatively, join your Local Expert and cross the former Jewish Quarter to see locations used in the ﬁlm ‘Schindler's List.' You'll then ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, the ﬁnal resting place of the Kings of Poland. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps heading out for a traditional hunter’s stew? Your Travelling Concierge knows the best restaurants and can assist you with reservations.
There will be time to pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial. Walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former prison blocks. Your journey continues north to the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, famous for its Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the plains to Warsaw with its jumble of restored Gothic and Communist architecture, tumultuous history and vibrant café culture. On arrival, your Travelling Concierge will check you into your luxury hotel, situated on the famous Royal Route. With the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoy a candle-lit dinner at your hotel or explore the nearby Old Town?
Your Journey, Your Way. Choose to join a Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw as you visit the Chopin Monument, the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and hear the tragic story of the Warsaw Uprising. Explore the reconstructed, colourful Old Town, the home to the Royal Castle. Alternatively, join a Local Expert to discover the progressive city and learn about where the traditionally minded country is heading in the 21st century. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps head back to your hotel for an afternoon tea or treat yourself to a massage at the spa? In the evening, witness a special, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist. At your Celebration Dinner, raise a glass and toast to new memories and friendships while savouring delicious local dishes.
After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Warsaw airport for your onward journey.