- From 30th December to 7th January
- Current price: from 460€
ITINERARY: (The schedule is subject to alterations due to logistic reasons)
MEETING POINT: PRAGUE
DAY 1: Prague
Welcome to the Czech Republic!
After spending Christmas with your loved ones, travel to Praue and join this group of young travellers on this tour around eastern europe. This is the first day and dependant on the time that you arrive in Prague, you will have most of the day to check into the hotel and go on a walk to get to know the city.
We will go from the Republic Square to the Gunpowder Tower and pass through the beautiful Municipal House of modernist style to Wenceslas Square, universally known for being the scene of the “Prague Spring”. The theater of the States, where they held severalpermiers of the operas of Mozart, and the Jewish quarter. Then you can stroll through the Clementinum, former Jesuit college, and then get to Charles Bridge with its 30 famous baroque sculptures. If there is time… we can go through the old market square, the”square of the old city” when the equally beautiful and famous astronomical clock is located.
DAY 2: Prague (NYE Party)
You have all day to explore the maginficent city of Prague!
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and the largest city in the region of Bohemia. It is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and you won’t wonder why! Its location in the center of Europe and its good communication with neighboring countries make it one of the most visited destinations on the European continent. During its history, the city has received many names, such as “The Golden City”, “City of a Hundred Spires” and “The Heart of Europe”.
Furthermore, Prague was born from the union of five ancient cities on the waters of the Vltava River and has traditionally been the political, economic and cultural center of the Czech Republic.
Let´s hope that you aren´t too tired today because we still of the New Years Eve dinner and party to attend. Every year loads of peple from all over the world come to Prague to celebrate NYE, due to its charm and the very cheap beer.
*Optional Activity: New Years Eve dinner and party
DAY 3: Prague – Kutna Hora* – Prague
After the crazy partying last night, today we will offer you the opportunity to explore another jewel of the Czech Republic: Kutna Hora. This is a world heritage city, due it its historical centre and its perculiar church of bones, which is located in the village cemetery.
*Optional Activity: Trip to Kutna Hora
Would you prefer to sleep all day? Don’t do it! Prague has so much to offer, from the Castle and the Golden Lane, to modern and very particular buildings such as dancing house.
Later we will return to Prague so we can continue to enjoy this magical city.
DAY 4: Prague – Dresde – Berlin
Today, we will travel in a northern direction and as a result the temperatures will decrease even more! Germany and its capital, Berlín are waiting for us.
But on the way, we will make a stop in Dresden, known as “Florence on river Elbe”. We will have a chance to try “wurst” , german sausage and to value the baroque architecture of this city.
Berlin, after being almost completely destroyed during the II World War, had to reinvent itself and was able to do so especially after the fall of the wall in ’89 and reunification of East and West side of the city. Since then, because of low cost of life, it attracted urban artists from all around Europe, and therefore we can admire here one of the best graffiti in Europe.
DAY 5: Berlin
“Ich bin ein Berliner”, which means “I am a Berliner” is what JFK said in ’63 to show support to the people who were separated from their families due to the construction of Berlin wall. Today, it’t time for you to repeat the phrase and spend a day as a Berliner.
You will be able to choose whether you want to spend the day with us learning more about the famous landmarks of Berlin, such as the Reichstag, the German Parliemnt, the Berlin Brandenburg Gate and the famous Holocaust monument, the work of Heisman.
*Optional Activity: Tour of Berlin
From here we will continue to Checkpoint Charlie, ending up at one section of the old Berlin wall that was destroyed in ´89, marking on of the most important politcal events in Germany over the past 50 years. If we have enough time we will go to the famous area of Alexanderplatz, where you can go up the Telecommunications Tower of Berlin.
DAY 6: Berlin – Wroclav - Krakow
Today is a travel day and we will cross the snowy plains of europe in order to arrive at our next location which was the setting for many battles and bombings during WW2: Poland. Almost every city in this country have been completely destroyed, and therefore very few have a historical centre that is still in one piece. One of these cities is Wroclaw, Wroclavin Polish, where, if time permits, we will stop to savor the atmosphere of this youthful city and go from island to island thanks to its more than 100 bridges.
From here we will continue travelling to the south of Poland where we will come across the cultural and touristic capital, Krakow.
DAY 7: Krakow – Auschwitz* – Krakow
Krakow, is the cultural landmark of Poland due to its history: here you can enjoy different areas developed in different eras that did not suffer significant damage throughout the Second World War. The historical center of medieval origin, is perfectly preserved and it is possible to go through the real road that goes from the north to the south of the city, starting at the Barbican square, passing the Market Square, the largest and most beautiful of the city where the Cathedral of St Maria stands out above anything else a even the legendary Wavel castle that dominates the Vistula river.
To the south of the castle, which was built in the nineteenth century, you will find the Jewish quarter, the most active and characteristic district of the city. This neighborhood turned into a ghetto throughout Nazi rule, and is where the famous Schindler acted, a German who saved thousands of Jews lying to the German authorities, a story which the famous film director, Steven Spielberg, took to the cinema.
Krakow also has a district characterised by comunist architecture, known by many urbanists all over the world as Nowa Huta, a highly developed industrial zone.
About an hour outside of central Krakow, you can find one of the only concentration camps that was saved from the self-destruction of the Germans, who tried to erase the evidence of the existence of these camps.
Auschwitz is a place for rememberance and reflexion, in which a spanish or english guide will teach us about the cruel nature of the Nazi regime and the mental, physical and moral destruction that the jews had to endure.
* Optional Activity:
- Guided tour of Auschwitz Concerntration Camp
As an alternative, it’s possible to independently visit salt mines that are on the outskirts of the city.
Wieliczka salt mines are impressive mines that have up to 300 metres of depth and have been exploited since the XIII. century. You can even find a church inside!
DAY 8: Krakow – Orava* - Budapest - 409km
Today is the last travel before the end of our Christmas adventure around Eastern Europe and we will begin by heading towards the impressive Tatra mountains that mark the border between Poland and Slovakia. The route along the national road is particularly enjoyable for nature lovers.
In Slovakia we will stop in small town Oravsky Podzamok, where, erected on top of a rock, one of the most beautiful castles of Europe: the Castle of Orava, is located (entrance optional).
- Visit to the Castle of Orava
After this visit, we will continue our tour in the direction of Hungary, to arrive, once again, in our beloved Budapest.
Let’s hope you still have some energy left, because today the farewell party awaits you!!!
DAY 9: Bye Bye Budapest
All good things have to end… and after this exciting adventure through the capitals of central Europe, it’s time to say goodbye…we hope you come back to another Euro-Adventure!
OPTIONAL: Extra Night in Budapest (+25€ per person, in a shared bedroom)
The program could suffer unforeseen changes due to weather conditions, traffic… or the ability of the group to respect meeting times.
The cities where we will sleep are subject to availability, depending on the flexibility of the hotels or hostels. The quality of the establishment will not change.
The suggested programme doesn’t include optional/extra activities. You will have opportunity to book some of them in the reservation form, while the others will be proposed by the tour leader along the tour.
We don’t guarantee the availibility of the optional activities, specially if the service is external to Unitrips. In case of the cancellation of the activity, paid amount will be reimbursed.