The Heart of Central Europe

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The Heart of Central Europe

Warsaw, Krakow, Prague, Vienna

Group trip dates: Three dates: From 25 May 2020 To 03 June 2020 | From 01 June 2020 To 10 June 2020 | From 06 July 2020 To 15 July 2020
Duration: 10 Days

10 days to see the four beautiful cities of Warsaw, Krakow, Prague & Vienna.

$1,890
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Day 1 Monday USA - WARSAW 

Depart today on an overnight jet flight to Warsaw (flight not included).

Day 2 Tuesday WARSAW 

Upon arrival in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, you are transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (D)

Day 3 Wednesday WARSAW 

There is a sightseeing tour today which includes the Chopin monument, the Warsaw Ghetto, Lazienki Park and other major landmarks. The rest of the day is for free time. (B)

Day 4 Thursday WARSAW - KRAKOW 

Captivating scenery unfolds before us on our journey to Krakow via Czestochowa, Poland’s pilgrimage center known for the blackened picture of St. Mary popularly called the "Black Madonna”. There is time for an optional side trip to one of the most somber memories of our past, the concentration camp at Auschwitz. (B,D)

Day 5 Friday KRAKOW 

Wawel Hill, St. Mary’s Church, the Renaissance Cloth Hall and other historic landmarks are included in our morning sightseeing tour. The afternoon is free for independent activities. (B)

Day 6 Saturday KRAKOW - PRAGUE 

After a drive through the Polish countryside, we cross into the Czech Republic. Then it’s on to Prague, with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls. (B,D)

Day 7 Sunday PRAGUE 

A morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Royal Castle of Hradcany and into the old part of the town to view the Jewish Ghetto, see the astrological clock and tour other sights of this captivating city. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional excursions or attending a cultural performance. (B)

Day 8 Monday PRAGUE - VIENNA 

Today’s destination is the "City of the Waltz”, Vienna, one of Europe’s loveliest capitals. (B)

Day 9 Tuesday VIENNA 

On our morning sightseeing tour, visit the Hofburg, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and view the Belvedere Palace, Prater amusement park, the UN building, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city’s imperial past. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 10 Wednesday VIENNA - USA 

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your home-bound flight. (B)

Abbreviations: Breakfast - B; Lunch - L; Dinner - D

Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It is located on the Vistula River, roughly 260 kilometres (160 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 kilometres (190 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains. Its population in 2012 was estimated at 1,802,398 residents with a greater metropolitan area of 2,631,902 residents, making Warsaw the 6th most populous city proper in the European Union. The area of the city covers 516.9 square kilometres (199.6 sq mi), while the city's agglomeration covers 6,100.43 square kilometres (2,355.39 sq mi).

Warsaw is an Alpha- global city, a major international tourist destination and an important economic hub in Central Europe. It is also known as the "phoenix city" because it has survived many wars throughout its history. Most notably, the city had to be painstakingly rebuilt after the extensive damage it suffered from World War II, during which 90% of its buildings were destroyed. On 9 November 1940 the city was awarded Poland's highest military decoration for heroism, the Virtuti Militari, for the Siege of Warsaw (1939).

Warsaw is the source for naming entities such as Warsaw Confederation, the Warsaw Pact, the Duchy of Warsaw, the Warsaw Convention, the Treaty of Warsaw, the Warsaw Uprising, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The Warszawianka is widely considered the unofficial anthem of the city.

Kraków

Kraków also Cracow, or Krakow, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła) in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs. It was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1569; the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1569 to 1596; the Grand Duchy of Kraków from 1846 to 1918; and Kraków Voivodeship from the 14th century to 1999. It is now the capital of the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.

The city has grown from a Stone Age settlement to Poland's second most important city. It began as a hamlet on Wawel Hill and was already being reported as a busy trading centre of Slavonic Europe in 965. With the establishment of new universities and cultural venues at the emergence of the Second Polish Republic and throughout the 20th century, Kraków reaffirmed its role as a major national academic and artistic centre. The city has a population of approximately 760,000 whereas about 8 million people live within a 100 km radius of its main square.

After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany at the start of World War II, Kraków was turned into the capital of Germany's General Government. The Jewish population of the city was moved into a walled zone known as the Kraków Ghetto, from which they were sent to extermination camps such as Auschwitz and the concentration camp at Płaszów.

In 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II – the first Slavic pope ever, and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. Also that year, UNESCO approved the first ever sites for its new World Heritage List, including the entire Old Town in inscribing Cracow's Historic Centre.

Vienna

Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.731 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austria's population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 9th-largest city by population in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was the largest German speaking city in the world, and before the first world war and the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian empire the city had 2 million inhabitants. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, Vienna is also said to be "The City of Dreams" because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst - Sigmund Freud. The City's roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is well known for playing an essential role as a leading European Music Centre, from the great age of Viennese Classicism through the early part of the 20th century. The Historic centre of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles, including Baroque castles and gardens, as well as the late-19th-century Ringstrasse lined with grand buildings, monuments and parks.

In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver, Canada) for quality of life (in the 2011 survey of 140 cities Vienna was ranked number two, behind Melbourne). For three consecutive years (2009–2011), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual "Quality of Living" survey of hundreds of cities around the world. Monocle's 2012 "Quality of Life Survey" ranked Vienna fourth on a list of the top 25 cities in the world "to make a base within" (up from sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2010).

Each year since 2005, Vienna has been the world's number one destination for international congresses and conventions. Vienna attracts about five million tourists a year.

Prague

Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and fourteenth-largest city in the European Union. It is also historical capital of Bohemia proper. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million. The city has a temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and chilly winters.

Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus then also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The city boasts more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. A modern public transportation system connects the city. Also, it is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including Charles University. Prague is classified as a Beta+ global city according to GaWC studies, comparable to Berlin, Rome, or Houston. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 4.1 million international visitors annually, as of 2009. In 2011, Prague was the sixth-most-visited city in Europe.

Cost: $1,890 

• Prices listed per person in 2-person room, min. 2 persons traveling
• Single supplement: $750

Included in price:

• 8 nights in DBL/TWIN rooms in 4* centrally located hotels (as listed below or their equivalents):
• Airport transfers
• Superior First (SF) & First (F) class hotels; rooms with private facilities
• 12 Meals: 8 breakfasts and 4 dinners
• Touring by modern motorcoach
• Sightseeing tours, as per itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout
• Luggage handling

Hotels:
• WARSAW– Holiday Inn (First Class)
• KRAKOW– Novotel Centrum (Superior First Class)
• PRAGUE– Diplomat (First Class)
• VIENNA– Renaissance (Superior First Class)

Price excludes:

• International flights. Airfares which can be booked at the time of booking. Call us for special rates.
• Tips for guide and driver
• Trip insurance    
• Lunches & dinners
• Services not mentioned in itinerary
• Optional tours

Additional comments:

• If you plan on taking part in this trip with a group of 10 or more friends/relatives and would need a connecting flight to reach the starting destination of the trip (NYC) there is the possibility of receiving group discounts on the connecting flight. Please contact as soon as possible if this is the case.
• In the event that there is an odd number of group participants, the person to last join the group will be required to buy a single supplement for the trip or, when possible, share a 3 person room.

 

Trip Reservation

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Trip Cancellation

Any cancellation by a client must be made in writing and be acknowledged by the company in writing (mail/email/fax). The date on which the request to cancel is received by the company or its agents will determine the cancellation fees applicable. The cancellation fees are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price, excluding insurance.

Cancellation 90 or more days before the trip: return of deposit, less $20 for office fees.
Cancellation 89-60 days before departure: Loss of entire deposit.
Cancellation 59-31 days before departure: 50% of cost of services booked.
Cancellation less than 30 days before departure: 100% of cost of services booked.

Cancellation of trip by Classic Travel

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When it comes to trip cancellation, the client has the following options:

Use the trip deposit payment towards another trip as a deposit or partial payment (if the amount is larger than $500).
Receive a full refund of the paid deposit for the canceled trip

Classic Travel is not responsible for any costs incurred to the clients in preparing for the trip.

Required Documentation

Trip participants must be in possession of a valid passport, any applicable visas, and their insurance policy. Passport must be valid 6 months past the return date. It is highly recommended that participants have at least three photocopies of these documents. The trip participant accepts full responsibility for obtaining all such documents and is responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from missing or defective documentation. At the time of booking Classic Travel will advise on what documents are required for your trip.

Travel Documents Issued by Classic Travel

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Travel Insurance

Insurance is not included in the cost of this trip. Medical insurance is mandatory for all trips and it is up to the trip participant to choose an insurance package that fits their needs. Prior to the commencement of the trip, Classic Travel will request all trip participants to provide a copy of their travel insurance certificate. Medical insurance should cover accident and sickness expenses and emergency evacuation.

We also highly recommend that cancellation insurance is purchased. This will allow you to recover your costs in case you must cancel the trip due to an unforeseen circumstance (sickness or death of yourself or a close family member, extreme weather conditions, terrorism, loss of employment, etc).

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