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11 Days / 10 Days

Day 1 - Prague
With cathedral spires, cobbled streets and timeless market squares, Prague captivates from the moment you see it. After a stroll around this atmospheric city, we toast the start of our
adventure with beer tastings at local pubs. And to top it off, we sit down to a welcome dinner together. (D)
Overnight: Charles Bridge Hotel (or similar)

Day 2 - Prague-Adrspachteplice Rocks -Polanica Zdroj
Our trail takes us deep into Bohemia today, where we marvel at the otherworldly Adrspach-Teplice Rocks. Crossing into Poland, we visit the Czermna Skull Chapel-an eerie yet
extraordinary 18th century bone chapel and memorial to the fallen of the Thirty Years War. Finally we arrive in Polanica Zdroj, our home for the next two nights. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Bukowy Park (or similar)

Day 3 - Polanica Zdroj-Kletno-Ladek Zdroj-Polanica Zdroj

The Kletno Bear Cave, a system of tunnels dripping with stalactites, makes a jawdropping first stop. Then we swap raw nature for the refined Wojciech Spring thermal baths in Ladek Zdroj, an elegant spa town. Next, a 17th century mill sets the scene for learning about the historic craft of paper-making, before we return to Polanica Zdroj for a group dinner. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Bukowy Park (or similar)

Day 4 - Polanica Zdroj-Klodzko-Swidnica-Wroclaw
We go back to the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at Klodzko Fortress and embark on a guided tour of its long-foughtover defensive tunnels. From times of war to the Church of Peace-next on our list is the largest wooden church in the world and a chance to marvel at its ornate, baroque interior. From here we travel to Wroclaw, the gem of western Poland. We stroll around town, taking in market squares lined with brightly painted mansions as we listen to stories from the city's past. (B)
Overnight: Art Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 - Wroclaw-Auschwitz-Krakow
20th century events have left an indelible mark on this region-and few more so than World War II. We pay a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today, a sobering reminder of atrocities committed by the Nazis. We continue on to Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. Its perfectly preserved centre harks back to its medieval glory days-and we stay three nights in its heart. A warm welcome to this beautiful city comes courtesy of a traditional Polish dinner, accompanied by local Klezmer music. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Grodek (or similar)

Day 6 - Krakow

Today we give Krakow our full attention. Morning sees us visiting Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral where former Pope John Paul II was first ordained. Next, we're treated to a pierogimaking class, where we learn how to cook these classic Polish dumplings for our lunch. This afternoon is free for you to explore Krakow in your own time. (B, L)
Overnight: Hotel Grodek (or similar)

Day 7 - Krakow-Wieliczka-Krakow
With its extraordinary caverns, the UNESCO-protected Wieliczka Salt Mine is an unforgettable site. Dating back to the 13th century, this historic mine also houses enchanting chandelier-lit chambers and chapels, all carved from salt. Afternoon finds us at Oskar Schindler's Factory, where we take time to reflect over an exhibition dedicated to the Nazi occupation of Krakow. (B)
Overnight: Hotel Grodek (or similar)

Day 8 - Krakow-Szczawnica-Zakopane

We bid the city farewell to discover the soul-stirring countryside of Pieniny National Park. Here we swap our coach for traditional wooden rafts and a journey down the Dunajec River. This rafting route between the soaring cliffs of Dunajec Gorge has been sailed for centuries. Then we step back onto dry land and continue to Zakopane, a fashionable mountain resort and our haven for the night. (B, D)
Overnight: Grand Stamary (or similar)

Day 9 - Zakopane-spisska Sobota-banska Bystrica

Leaving Poland behind us, we cross into Slovakia, with its rugged mountain peaks and green hills. Our first port of call is Spisska Sobota, the fascinating historical centre of the city of Poprad. Then we continue through the Low Tatras National Park, a remote region of high ridges dusted with snow, and deep valleys carpeted in forest. Banska Bystrica is our final destination-with free time to explore. (B).
Overnight: Hotel Arcade (or similar)

Day 10 - Banska Bystrica-visegrad-budapest
Visegrad Citadel, an ancient site overlooking the Danube, offers us a grand introduction to Hungary. Then it's on to Budapest where we enjoy a culinary walking tour. A local guide lets us in on all the foodie favourites with visits to local places and traditional Hungarian food tastings. It's truly a finale to savour. (B, D)
Overnight: Boutique Hotel Budapest (or similar)

Day 11 - Budapest
Our trip may be ending today, but not before we visit Budapest's crowning glory: Castle Hill. This high perch above the city plays host to the Fishermen's Bastion and Matthias Church, which has a distinctive patterned roof. We take in panoramic views before saying goodbye. (B)

         
    2017    
         
    Departure: May to September, 2017    
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Jun 01, 15 $4,865 $5,825
    Jul 06 $4,865 $5,825
    Aug 24, 31 $4,865 $5,825
    Sep 07, 21 $4,865 $5,825
Inclusions:
  • 10 nights’ accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 5 x evening meals (D)
  • 1 x lunch (L)
  • Pierogi making class
  • Budapest Central Market Hall Food tour
  • Prague beer tour
  • Rafting through the Dunajec Gorge
  • Included Entrances: Adrspach-Teplice Rocks, Skull Chapel, Bear Cave, Wojciech Spring, Papermaking Museum, Klodzko Fortress, Church of Peace, Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Schindler Factory, Visegrad Citadel and Fishermen’s Bastion.
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