Best of Central Europe

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Experience the best of this Old World region on a journey through enchanting Central Europe. Immerse yourself in Austria's superb musical heritage and step through time in the castles of the Czech Republic. Wander Krakow's romantic Old Town and get active in Slovakia's Tatra Mountains. Conclude this classical adventure by taking the road less travelled to Budapest.

Itinerary

Days 1-3 Vienna/Bratislava

Soak up the splendour of Austria's capital on a stroll into the city centre. Pass the Gothic St Stephen's Cathedral and the enchanting Hofburg Palace before continuing around the Ringstrasse. Of course, there's always plenty of time to sample local delicacies like Sachertorte or a Wiener wurstel. Take a day trip to Bratislava to discover the history of this utterly captivating Slovakian capital.

Days 4-5 Cesky Krumlov

With its cobblestone alleys and beautiful old buildings, this picturesque town is straight out of a fairytale. Explore the surrounding countryside on a bicycle, then settle in the medieval town square in time for sunset.

Days 6-8 Prague

The 'City of a Hundred Spires' never fails to charm with its gorgeous architecture, crooked streets and buzzing nightlife. Walk through the Old Town for a tantalising glimpse of Bohemia - wander the courtyards of Prague Castle, cross the Charles Bridge and be sure to investigate the city's thriving jazz scene.

Day 9 Teplice

Gain insight into rural Czech life on a stay at a family-run pension. Pass the afternoon contemplating the weird and wonderful sandstone formations in the nearby rock forest. Feeling adventurous? Perhaps climb steep stairs and ladders to a spectacular lookout point.

Days 10-11 Krakow

Cross the border into Poland and stop for a sombre visit at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum before continuing on to Krakow. This city has much to offer - see St Mary's Church, listen for the hourly bugle call in the city's square and be sure to indulge in some delicious pierogi, a traditional Polish dish.

Days 12-13 Tatra Mountains

Limber up for trekking in the High Tatras, where the crisp mountain air and stunning views make for an unforgettable hike. Enjoy local hospitality at the Slovakian alpine resort of Tatranska Lomnica, staying in a pension.

Days 14-15 Budapest

The last stop is a city of two halves - literally. Buda, on the west bank, features rolling hills while Pest, on the east bank, has a grid-like layout. Linking the two is the Chain Bridge, spanning the sparkling River Danube. Take a moment to marvel at the Parliament Building and charming Castle District. With museums, galleries and thermal baths scattered all over the city, Budapest is the perfect place to wrap up this Central European adventure.

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