Central Europe

Central Europe

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Central Europe

15 Days Starting and ending in Frankfurt Area, Germany

Visiting: Frankfurt, Weimar, Berlin, Poznan, Warsaw, Czestochowa, Auschwitz, Kraków, Tatra Mountains, Čierny Balog, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, Nuremberg

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

6070-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, History

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Learn about Central Europe’s rich history and see its historical sites as you travel through the heart of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Starting from Germany, visit the eclectic capital Berlin and Weimar, where culture has been thriving through names like Goethe and Schiller, Bach and Liszt, Modernism and Bauhaus. In Poland, discover Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot. Visit Warsaw and Krakow, and stop in Auschwitz to see what is left of the concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Explore the Imperial city of Vienna, Austria, the city of waltz, elegant cafés and the Hapsburg heritage. Get to know Budapest, Hungary, with its predominantly Art Nouveau city center and imposing Parliament building. Prague, in the Czech Republic, boasts Charles Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest stone bridges, and Bratislava, Slovakia, built on the bank of the Danube, features a castle and a charming old town. Before returning to your starting point in Germany, spend some time in Nuremberg, the Bavarian city that, in spite of its troubled past, is keeping the best traditions alive, such as brewing beer, grilling sausages and enjoying life. Sightseeing with a Local Guide—a local expert who knows the history, culture, and secrets of the city—is included in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. This is a comprehensive Central Europe tour, ideal for smart travelers who want to turn their travel dreams into reality.

Highlights

  • Learn about Central Europe’s rich history and see its historical sites

  • Visit the eclectic capital Berlin and Weimar, where culture has been thriving through names like Goethe and Schiller, Bach and Liszt, Modernism and Bauhaus

  • Explore the Imperial city of Vienna, Austria, the city of waltz, elegant cafés and the Hapsburg heritage

  • In Poland, discover Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot

  • Get to know Budapest, Hungary, with its predominantly Art Nouveau city center and imposing Parliament building

  • Drive through the Tatra Mountains of Poland, scenic Slovakia, and into Hungary

  • Stop in Bratislava, Slovakia, to explore the medieval Old Town

  • Visit Prague's Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the astronomical clock

Places You'll See

Intercity Hotel Budapest

Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

Mercure Warszawa Airport

Star Inn Schoenbrunn

Conrad

Roomz - Vienna Gasometer

Mercure Eschborn Helfmann Park

B&B Berlin-Tiergarten

Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz

Hotel Duo Praha

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Frankfurt Area, Germany

Location: Frankfurt

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

Meals Included: None

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.

Day 2 : Frankfurt Area - Weimar - Berlin

Location: Weimar, Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: B&B Berlin-Tiergarten

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our first stop today is in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Martin Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Continue through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt all the way to Germany’s capital city, Berlin.
Today’s Distance: 357 mi/ 575 km

Day 3 : Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: B&B Berlin-Tiergarten

Meals Included: Breakfast

On this morning’s included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East side separated into two different worlds by a wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its Neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden. This is now complemented by brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities.

Day 4 : Berlin - Poznan, Poland - Warsaw

Location: Berlin, Poznan, Warsaw

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mercure Warszawa Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading districts, and admire its Renaissance market square. Continue to Warsaw, capital of Poland.
Today’s Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km

Day 5 : Warsaw

Location: Warsaw

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Mercure Warszawa Airport

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today, its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section.

Day 6 : Warsaw - Jasna Góra - Auschwitz - Kraków

Location: Warsaw, Czestochowa, Auschwitz, Kraków

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Conrad

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, Jasna Góra in Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków.
Today’s Distance: 289 mi/ 465 km

Day 7 : Kraków

Location: Kraków

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Conrad

Meals Included: Breakfast

This, they say, is Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital, and today, it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Join the included morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and visit Wawel Cathedral. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals.

Day 8 : Kraków - Budapest, Hungary

Location: Kraków, Tatra Mountains, Čierny Balog, Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Intercity Hotel Budapest

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through three countries today. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through scenic Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the liveliest Eastern European capital.
Today’s Distance: 245 mi/ 395 km

Day 9 : Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Intercity Hotel Budapest

Meals Included: Breakfast

Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque; Neoclassical to Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital, and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the included guided city tour.

Day 10 : Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria

Location: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Roomz - Vienna Gasometer

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey northwest and cross the border into nearby Slovakia. Stop in Bratislava, its intriguing capital on the banks of the Danube, to explore the medieval Old Town. Continue west and enter Austria, arriving in magical Vienna.
Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km

Day 11 : Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Roomz - Vienna Gasometer

Meals Included: Breakfast

Join the included city sightseeing tour for an introduction to the major sights: the State Opera, Parliament, the ornate Rathaus (Town Hall), and views of the Hofburg Imperial Palace from Heroes’ Square. You’ll have plenty of time to discover Vienna on your own.

Day 12 : Vienna - Prague, Czech Republic

Location: Vienna, Prague

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Duo Praha

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning at leisure or join an optional excursion. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague.
Today’s Distance: 208 mi/ 335 km

Day 13 : Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Duo Praha

Meals Included: Breakfast

The wealth of Gothic and Baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the astronomical clock. Your Tour Director may suggest an optional evening excursion with traditional Czech music and entertainment.

Day 14 : Prague - Nuremberg - Germany, Frankfurt Area

Location: Prague, Nuremberg, Frankfurt

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning visit Nuremberg with its pretty market square and Our Lady’s Church before heading towards the Frankfurt Area.
Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km

Day 15 : Frankfurt Area

Location: Frankfurt

Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Stay in a variety of comfortable and modern hotels including Leonardo Royal Frankfurt, B&B Berlin-Tiergarten, Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz, Mercure Warszawa Airport, Conrad, Intercity Hotel Budapest, Roomz - Vienna Gasometer, Star Inn Schoenbrunn, Hotel Duo Praha, and Mercure Eschborn Helfmann Park. Each hotel offers amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, and convenient locations near city centers and attractions.

  • Meals

    Buffet breakfasts daily and 5 dinners.

  • Fully Guided

    The tour includes a fully guided experience with a Tour Director.

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    Free Wi-Fi is available at all accommodations.

  • Transport

    Travel through Central Europe by coach, covering significant distances between cities such as Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Enjoy scenic drives through Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic, with stops at historical and cultural landmarks along the way.

  • Guided Tours

    Included guided tours in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

    Tipping and gratuities are not included.

  • International Travel

    International travel to and from the starting location is not included.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Airport transfers at the destination are not included.

UNESCO Sites

Auschwitz-Birkenau|Budapest (including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue)|Classical Weimar|Historic Centre of Krakow|Historic Centre of Prague|Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg|Historic Centre of Vienna|Historic Centre of Warsaw

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

Mode of Transport

Travel through Central Europe by coach, covering significant distances between cities such as Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Enjoy scenic drives through Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic, with stops at historical and cultural landmarks along the way.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in the tour package?

    No, airport transfers at the destination are not included in the tour package.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available at the accommodations?

    Yes, free Wi-Fi is available at all the accommodations listed in the tour.

  • What historical sites will we visit during the tour?

    The tour includes visits to several historical sites such as the Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa, the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and various UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Historic Centres of Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, and Budapest.

  • What is the starting and ending location of the tour?

    The tour starts and ends in the Frankfurt Area, Germany.

  • Are meals included in the tour package?

    Yes, the tour package includes daily buffet breakfasts and five dinners.

  • What type of transportation is used during the tour?

    The tour travels through Central Europe by coach, covering significant distances between cities such as Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. The journey includes scenic drives through Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic, with stops at historical and cultural landmarks along the way.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights of the tour include learning about Central Europe’s rich history, visiting Berlin and Weimar, exploring Vienna, discovering the Jasna Góra Monastery in Poland, and getting to know Budapest with its Art Nouveau city center and Parliament building.

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect on this tour?

    You will stay in a variety of comfortable and modern hotels including Leonardo Royal Frankfurt, B&B Berlin-Tiergarten, Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz, Mercure Warszawa Airport, Conrad, Intercity Hotel Budapest, Roomz - Vienna Gasometer, Star Inn Schoenbrunn, Hotel Duo Praha, and Mercure Eschborn Helfmann Park. Each hotel offers amenities such as free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, and convenient locations near city centers and attractions.

  • Will there be guided tours during the trip?

    Yes, the tour includes guided city tours in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague, providing insights into the history and culture of these cities.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

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I recently did a 2-week "best of Italy" tour with this company. Our guide, Daniella, was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and they catered for my rather difficult dietary requirements really well. Really happy and will certainly book with them again

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A wonderrful experience

09-Nov-2022

WE saw so much. The tour director Mladin was very knowledgeable and made the experience so enjoyable. The bus driver Paul was so nice and helpful. A couple of the hotels had no refrigerators to keep the water cold. We had to carry our own luggage to and from the rooms. There should have been porters to help us. Over all we had a great time.

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The tour director expertise and…

18-Dec-2022

The tour director expertise and personality made the trip all the more pleasant. No stress. The local guides as well added to the beauty of this trip. They were knowledgeable and personable. I also have to mention the travelers (the group of 21). The people were friendly an accommodating. This is my third trip with this tour company and I will continue to travel with this company due to excellent planning and customer service. Thank you

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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

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