Program proposal EUROPE TOUR
Day 1 – ATHENS
Landing in Athens international airport. Meet with the guide and departure to the hotel. On the way to the hotel stop for visit Syntagma Square – the centre of modern Athens and view the changing of the guard in front of the Parliament building. On the way to Acropolis, we will have a stop to the Panathenaic Stadium-made of white marble- where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. The impressive, work of Art, Stadium was the finish line of the Marathon Race of Athens 2004 Olympics. If the time permits, we will also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus – the largest Temple ever built in Greece. Afterwards, drive back to hotel, passing by the facilities of the Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events were held during the 2004 Olympic Games. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 ATHENS– SANTORINI
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Early departure to ferryboat to Santorini ( app. 6 hours ). Arriving in the evening. Check in and dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 3 – SANTORINI
Breakfast at the hotel and free time to relax in the resort. In the afternoon visit the Wine Museum and enjoy the beauty of the villages. Retur at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – SANTORINI – ATHENS
After breakfast, check out and departure to Athens via ferryboat. Arrive late in the afternoon in Athens. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 – ATHENS AIRPORT – BUCHAREST OTOPENI AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to the airport. If the time permits, stop on the way for shopping.
Arriving in Bucharest Otopeni International airport. Transfer to the hotel. On the way, panoramic city tour by bus of the city: Casa presei, Kiselef avenue, Arc of Triumph, Victoriei square and Vctoriei street, Revoutiei square. Check in and free time to relax. Dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Bucharest.
Day 6 – BUCHAREST – SINAIA – BRASOV – POIANA BRASOV
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure to the mountains area. Stop in Sinaia to visit Peles Castle. Optional lunch in Azuga with wine tasting. Continue to Brasov. Dinner and overnight in Poiana Brasov resort.
Day 7 – POIANA BRASOV – BRAN – SIBIU
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure to visit Bran Castle. Free time for shopping in the area. Lunch in Moeciu village. Continue to Sibiu. Walking tour in Sibiu old city center. Check in at the hotel and free time to relax. Transfer for traditional dinner in Sibiel village. Transfer back at the hotel for overnight.
Day 8 –SIBIU – ALBA IULIA – TIMISOARA
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure to Alba Iulia. Watching changing the guards in the citadel ( please note that this program is taking place only week-ends days). Visit the city including the cathedral. Departure to Timisoara. Check in at the hotel. Departure to visit the old city center. Return at the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 – TIMISOARA – BUDAPEST
After breakfast, we will leave Romania to Hungary, her spirited capital, Budapest, the “Paris of the East”. The Danube River runs right down the middle of this capital city with the Buda side to the West and the Pest side to the East of the river. Dinner at the hotel . departure for one hour on Danube river cruise with drinks included. Return to hotel for overnight.
DAY 10– BUDAPEST: VISIT OF THE CITY
After breakfast, this morning our visit to the twin cities of Buda and Pest includes views of the Parliament, the Gellért Hill, where we view a fantastic panorama of the city, the Royal Palace and a visit to the
13th century Church of Matthias. The Castle District in Buda is the ancient kernel of the capital’s right-bank settlement. Everything that surrounds it was once only suburbs. From whatever direction you reach the Castle District, you cross the ramparts which completely encircle Castle Hill. The whole area within theramparts is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and protected as an ancient monument: the lines ofthe streets and the foundations and architectural remains of the buildings retain the atmosphere and memories of the medieval and eighteenth and nineteenth-century capital.This afternoon we continue to Pest , visit the 100-year old Great Central Market, the pantry of Budapest, where we can sample the many delicacies that the Hungarian cuisine offers , visitBasilica of St. Stephan and the Heroes Monument. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 11 – BUDAPEST airport – PRAGUE airport
Meet with the guide in the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 12 – PRAGUE full day visits
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for full day visits in Prague.
Charles Bridge, is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and adjacent areas. This „solid-land” connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.
Castle District, is said to be the biggest castle in the world at about 570 metres (1,870 feet) in length and an average of about 130 metres (430 feet) wide. Its history stretches back to the 9th century. Most of the district consists of noble historical palaces. There are many other attractions for visitors: romantic nooks, peaceful places and beautiful lookouts
St Vitus Cathedral, is a favourite for many visitors to Prague due to its’ unique baroque architecture. The Cathedral looks particularly lust-worthy in the evenings when it lights the sky.
Day 13 – PRAGUE – KRAKOW
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure to Poland. A half day private tour with your personal, English speaking guide. We begin our tour of Krakow starting with a visit to the Gothic Royal Castle and Cathedral remodeled in the beginning of the 16th century according to the new Renaissance style. After the capital was moved to Warsaw in 1596, the importance of the town declined but Polish Kings were still crowned and buried here. Later we drive to the old town, where we see the ancient Market square and Cloth Hall built before 1349, and later altered in the 16th century. Inside the hall are many shopping stalls. Later we visit St. Mary’s church, where we see the wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. Overnight in Krakow. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 14 – KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ – KRAKOV
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to visit the Holocaust Museum in Auschwitz I which has unfortunately become a grim symbol of our civilization as well as the less frequently visited Auschwitz II – Birkenau, the extermination camp itself. Visit the Salt Mine. Return to Krakow. Free evening at disposal. Overnight in Krakow.
DAY 15 – KRAKOW – CZESTOCHOWA – WARSAW
Morning: After breakfast, drive to Czestochowa for visit to the sanctuary of our Lady of Czestochowa – Jasna Gora. Afternoon: Departure towards Warsaw. Check in in the designated hotel. Enjoy a three-hour introductory tour of Warsaw. It will include transfers and the very best of the city: the charming Old Town painstakingly rebuilt from scratch after WW II, the busy downtown, the elegant Royal Route and Łazienki Royal Gardens. Overnight in Warsaw. Recommended activities: viewing terrace on the 31st Floor of the Palace of Culture and Science or visit one of the following museums: Warsaw Uprising, Fryderyk Chopin Museum. Overnight in Warsaw
DAY 16 – WARSAW AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Departure to the airport. If time permits stop on the way to shopping.