Great Cities of Eastern Europe

PRAGUE, BUDAPEST, VIENNA, WARSAW, KRAKOW & HELSINKI

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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Eastern Europe. Reserve by November 6, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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smarTours’ Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour offers one of the most comprehensive glances into this amazing region! Visit extraordinary cathedrals, beautiful castles, and incredible citadels, among many other highlights during your trip. This six city tour takes you to the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the historic Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the Matthias Coronation Church, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s, among many other main attractions. And as with any smarTours trip, you’ll stay in superior hotels. Call now to book this amazing adventure!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Warsaw
  • 2 nights in Krakow
  • 3 nights in Budapest
  • 2 nights in Vienna
  • 3 nights in Prague
  • 1 night in Helsinki
  • Tomb of the Unknown Solider (Warsaw)
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
  • Danube Bend
  • Cathedral of St. Stephen’s (Vienna)
  • Charles Bridge (Prague)
  • Helsinki Tour
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair wide-body jet
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra- Europe ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 17 meals: 13 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 4 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Tour cost airfare included
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $679
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Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey to Eastern Europe begins this evening with an overnight flight to Warsaw.
Day 2
Arrive Warsaw (Poland).
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s capital and cultural center. You’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located deluxe hotel. This evening your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Sofitel Victoria Hotel (D)
Day 3
Learn about Warsaw’s rich history on a morning tour. Visit both banks of the Vistula River as well as the Old Town with its colorful market square. Drive along the Royal Route lined with beautiful palaces, famous statues and historic churches. See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 4
Warsaw/Auschwitz/Krakow.
Drive southbound to Czestochowa where you’ll visit the magnificent 14th century monastery at Jasna Gora, known as the home of the Black Madonna icon. This afternoon, a somber visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, arrive in ancient Krakow, former Royal capital. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Galaxy Hotel Krakow (B,D)
Day 5
Krakow, the residence of Polish kings for centuries, boasts fine medieval architecture, virtually untouched by war. On this morning’s tour, see the Royal Wawel Castle and visit St. Mary’s Church and splendid Market Square. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this charming and colorful town on your own. (B)
Day 6
Krakow/Budapest (Hungary).
Today enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia, down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital. Dinner tonight at your hotel, located in the heart of the city. NH Budapest Hotel (B,D)
Day 7
Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most lively cities. On your morning tour, your guide will introduce you to the history and sights of the city. Enjoy a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion located on Castle Hill. You’ll also see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely cruise on the romantic Danube River. (B) 
Day 8
Danube Bend Excursion.
Embark on a morning excursion to the scenic Hungarian countryside. Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre, a real gem at the gateway to the picturesque Danube Bend region. Free time to explore before returning to Budapest where you may revel in the fine arts and architecture at your own pace
Day 9
Budapest/Vienna (Austria).
Cross the border into Austria and drive to splendid Vienna, the center of the Hapsburg Empire. Experience the city’s glorious past on a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s. Hilton Stadtpark Vienna Hotel (B)
Day 10
A full day at leisure to explore on your own and relax in a charming Viennese cafe. A must see is the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence built for the Hapsburgs. (B)
Day 11
Vienna/Prague (Czech Republic).
Journey across the Czech border through rich farmlands to Moravia. Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities. Barcelo Praha Five (B)
Day 12
The beautiful city of Prague was built on seven hills and served as a former capital of the Roman Empire. On this morning’s tour, visit the impressive Hradcany Castle and the Old Royal Palace, former residence of Bohemian kings. See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 13
A day at leisure to relax at an outdoor cafe, shop the bustling markets or explore the fascinating Jewish Quarter on your own. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner. (B,D)
Day 14
Prague/Helsinki (Finland).
After breakfast, bid farewell to the glorious cities of Eastern Europe and board a short flight to Helsinki, the charming capital of Finland, situated on the Baltic Sea. Orientation tour is included on arrival. Scandic Hotel (B)
Day 15
Helsinki/New York.
Enjoy your leisure morning in Helsinki to explore on your own or try a real Finnish sauna! Later, transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to the USA. Your exciting journey ends as you touch down in New York. (B)

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Eastern Europe more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are approximate in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in cash (US dollars or euros are accepted). Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may therefore not be offered if this minimum is not met.  Some tours may not be available due to holiday schedules.

Warsaw
Frederic Chopin Recital ($37 per person)
Enjoy a private piano recital in a charming palace that is the seat of the Warsaw Musical Society. Here, a Chopin expert plays for your enjoyment an arrangement of some of the most beautiful melodies of this famous Polish composer. Champagne will be served. Transfers from/to your hotel are included.

Krakow
Afternoon Salt Mines Tour ($43 per person)
On this afternoon excursion visit the world renowned Wieliczka Salt Mines outside Krakow. The fascinating underground world in the mines was created by Polish miners over a 700 years period. You’ll see 20 excavated chambers on 3 levels, the rich interior decoration of the chapels and the underground salt lakes. You’ll also visit the Salt Works Museum before returning to Krakow.

Krakow
Krakow Jewish Quarter by Night ($42 per person)
Enjoy a unique experience as you visit the ancient Jewish Quarter. You’ll dine in a typical Jewish restaurant and enjoy Kleizmer music. A glass of wine and vodka is included!

Budapest
Folklore Dinner/Show ($47 per person)
Transfer from your hotel to a local restaurant where you are greeted with a welcome drink (Hungarian brandy) and Gypsy music. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of local specialties while being entertained by Hungarian folk dancers and listening to typical folk songs.

Budapest
Danube River Cruise ($31 per person)
Enjoy a one-hour cruise along the romantic Danube River. Two drinks per person are included.

Vienna
Morning Vienna Woods Excursion ($39 per person)
Drive outside the city to the Vienna Woods passing the Liechtenstein Castle. Visit the abbey of Heiligenkreuxz and the former Mayerling hunting lodge. Return to Vienna via Helenetal and Baden.

Vienna
Afternoon Excursion to Schoenbrunn Palace ($41 per person)
This afternoon’s tour includes an inside visit to the not to be missed Schoenbrunn Palace with an expert guide. Your entrance fees as well as transportation from/to your hotel are included.

Prague
Afternoon Tour of the Jewish Quarter ($33 per person)
On this afternoon tour, a local guide will show you around the fascinating and historic Jewish Quarter. Entrance fee to the Synagogue is included.

Prague
Lunch Cruise ($36 per person)
Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour mid-day cruise on the charming Vltava River enjoying Prague’s beauty from a unique vantage point. Lunch on board is included.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your departure flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Eastern Europe and back are on Finnair. Your flight is scheduled to depart at 5:30PM. We recommend that you check in at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to JFK at about 4:00PM. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Actual seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. You may call Finnair (800 950 5000) two weeks before your departure to provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airline! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

You may expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60’s in May and September, 70’s in June through August, 50’s in April and October and 40’s in March and November.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING

The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.

 BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (no more than 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.

 

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