Heart of Europe Grand Tour

16-Day Capitals of Central Europe Tour

Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.

DAY 1 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Europe.

DAY 2 - Arrive at Frankfurt Airport. Meet your tour manager and transfer (2½ hrs) to your hotel in Eisenach in central Germany. In the afternoon, explore the old village of Eisenach. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - Motor (1¼ hr) to the town of Weimar, home of German luminaries Goethe and Schiller. After visiting Weimar, continue (2 hrs) to Leipzig for sightseeing and independent lunch. Then, motor (2¾ hrs), to Berlin. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - Full day in Berlin. Morning sightseeing tour by coach (3 hrs). Afternoon free for personal exploration. (Breakfast)

DAY 5 - Travel (2½ hrs) to Dresden for sightseeing and independent lunch. Continue (1½ hr) to the border and then travel (1½ hr) into Poland and on to your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6 - After breakfast, head east (2 hrs). After a morning stop, continue (2 hrs) to Krakow. Join the optional Krakow Salt Mines & Dinner excursion (½ hr transfer, each way). (Breakfast)

DAY 7 - Morning city tour by coach and on foot (2½ hrs). The rest of your day is free in Krakow or take the optional Auschwitz-Birkenau excursion (1½ hr transfer, each way). (Breakfast, Dinner )

DAY 8 - Today, traverse the small country of Slovakia, en-route to Hungary. Krakow to Slovak border (1½ hr). After a border stop, continue (2 hrs) to Banská Bystrica for a lunch stop. Banská Bystrica to Hungarian border (1¾ hr). Continue (½ hr) to the Hungarian capital of Budapest. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9 - Morning sightseeing tour (3 hrs) of Budapest. Free afternoon and evening. Optional Parliament Visit excursion and optional Danube Dinner Cruise excursion (½ hr transfer, each way). (Breakfast)

DAY 10 - Travel west (2 hrs). After the morning break, continue (1½ hr), across the border, to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. After an independent lunch, transfer (1½ hr) to your hotel in Vienna. Independent dinner or optional Schönbrunn Palace & Dinner excursion (¾ hr transfer, each way). (Breakfast)

DAY 11 - Morning sightseeing tour of Vienna (2½ hrs). Free time in the afternoon to pursue your own interests. (Breakfast)

DAY 12 - Drive along the banks for the Danube River (1½ hr transfer, each way) to visit Melk Abbey. Continue (2½ hrs) north, crossing int the Czech Republic and stopping for an independent lunch in Ceske Budejovice. In the afternoon, travel (2 hrs) to the Czech capital of Prague. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13 - Morning sightseeing tour of Prague on foot. Free afternoon and evening. Optional Traditional Czech Evening excursion at the castle of the Folklore Garden (½ hr transfer, each way). (Breakfast)

DAY 14 - Travel (1½ hr) and after your morning stop, continue (2 hrs) across the border to the German town of Nuremberg. There you will have an opportunity for sightseeing and leisure. Transfer (1½ hr) to hotel in the Franconian Wine Region. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 - Short ride (1 hr) to Würzburg. After sightseeing and independent lunch, proceed (2 hrs) to the Rudesheim hotel for a Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16 - Transfer (1 hr) to the Frankfurt Airport for the daytime flight back to the U.S.A. (Breakfast)