19 day Marvels of Russia and Central Europe (May 2019)

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Visiting:  Moscow, St Petersburg, Budapest, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Dresden, Bratislava

ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities.

If you are from another state, please let us know.

Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

 

B = breakfast provided , L = lunch provided , D = dinner provided

DAY 1. MELBOURNE / SINGAPORE  Are you ready for one of the most  exciting tours of your life? This afternoon, we depart for Singapore with Singapore Airlines.

Meals – As per flight

DAY 2. SINGAPORE/ MOSCOW We should arrive just after midnight into Singapore. After a short transit, we board our connecting flight for Moscow. For a long time, Moscow has claimed the title of “Third Rome”, regarding itself as a spiritual successor to the imperial Christian capitals of Rome and Constantinople. Historically, it was the capital of the former Soviet Union, Russian Empire, Tzardom of Russia and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. Today we visit the city of Sergiyev Posad. See the famous, most sacred and largest Russian monastery, established here by one of the most honoured Russian saints. The Trinity-St. Sergius Laura grounds contains the monastery necropolis; the Moscow Ecclesiastical Academy and Seminary. There remains a historical and architectural 15-19 century ensemble of churches, belfries and chambers. After lunch at the traditional restaurant, we stop by at the local folklore handicraft market. After back to the hotel for rest.

Meals – As per flight / L / D

Overnight Stay –  Katerina Park Hotel or similar

DAY 3. MOSCOW  After a hearty breakfast, we depart to take in the capital. Starting in Red Square, look up at the striped onion domes of St Basil’s Cathedral as you learn about the Russian Orthodox Church. We shall point out Lenin’s Mausoleum which also houses the tomb of the unknown soldiers. We pass by the bustling streets with modern hotels and cafe, GUM shopping mall and department stores. Then we stop to catch sight of its famous landmark – Kremlin Palace. Not too far away is the Belfry of Ivan the Great. Later today, a chance to admire the stunning architectural interiors of one of the world’s largest rapid transit systems. See stations like Kievskaya and Slavyansky Bulvar with their pompous halls and high stucco ceilings as we hop on a short ride on the Metro. Enjoy your final evening in the capital with a performance by the State Circus, promising to enrich your memory of this visit in future.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay –  Katerina Park Hotel or similar

DAY 4.MOSCOW/ ST PETERSBURG Very early this morning, we make our way from Moscow to St Petersburg via high speed train (4 hours). Sit back , relax and enjoy the view of passing coniferous evergreen mountains, rugged rivers and rushing streams. Upon arrival, our local guide will lead us to an elegant lunch serving traditional Russian cuisine. Soon our afternoon tour on coach for orientation drive about the city begins. The main highlights to cover where stops will be made include the Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospect, Kazan Cathedral,   Stroganov Palace, Admiralty, Palace Square, Peter and Paul Fortress, Naval Museum, St. Petersburg University, Menshikov Palace, Academy of Fine Arts, Senate Square, various important monuments and more depending on time.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – St Petersburg Holiday Inn Moskovskiye or similar

DAY 5. ST PETERSBURG/PETERHOF  After breakfast, discover Peterhof, St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial Estate. Located on the seashore, the Grand Palace and park complex of Peterhof with its unique a ray of 140 fountains working without pumps, is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Millions of tourists as yourself all over the world have waited to see this magnificent site. Afterwards, we relax our pace with a short stop at one of the finest markets in town the Kuznechny market.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay –  St Petersburg Holiday Inn Moskovskiye or similar

DAY 6. ST PETERSBURG Today will be a chance to enjoy a relaxing tour to cover the Palace Square and then we drop into the Grand State Hermitage Museum. After lunch we proceed to the Cathedral of Holy Virgin of Kazan and finish off today at the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Tonight we rest in preparation for our early flight tomorrow morning.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – St Petersburg Holiday Inn Moskovskiye or similar

DAY 7. ST PETERSBURG / BERLIN Very early in the morning, we will drive to St. Petersburg airport for our flight to Berlin (details to be confirmed). Upon arrival, we will organise an early lunch followed by a “Getting to know you Berliner” tour – Driving towards the boulevards of June 17, the Unter den Linden, one would enjoy the grander of the monuments such as the Parliament house, Bundes Kanzlefamt and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Cultural museums). At Check Point Charlie, take a picture for keep sake, before we drop of again at the Brandenburg Tor, the Arch de Triumph of Berlin. Continue further, we come to the New “Old” Berlin where Alexandra Platz shows off its TV tower, the Bebel Platz, Berliner Dom church, the War Memorial and the East Side Gallery with its colourful “graffiti”.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – NH Berlin City or similar

DAY 8. BERLIN/DRESDEN/PRAGUE Dresden, the “Florence of the North” symbolises the new era, as the wars had be a total destruction to its infrastructure. This “ Scarlet- Phoenix” has once again risen from her ashes, emerging from her depressive past into the most beautiful of German cities. We take a stroll for about an hour, enjoy its high rococo and baroque style city center. We then bid good bye in the afternoon after lunch heading towards the forest of Czech Republic, for the final destination of the day – the capital Prague awaits.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – NH Prague or similar

DAY 9. PRAGUE  Meet our Prague city expert for an insight to this wonderful city. See the following sights – the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), Rudolfinum, Municipal House, Powder Tower, Main Train Station, the Opera House, National Museum and others if time permits. A chance too, for us to stretch our feet as we stroll on to the Charles Bridge over the mighty river Danube. Later for our highlight, we walk up Prague Castle. Admire the Strahov Monastery; Loreta Church and the Castle ground. The Old Town Square’s most notable sights are the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Old Town Hall Tower has the most striking and impressive Astronomical Clock of Time and Death and the stunning St. Nicholas Church. Once here, put your feet up simply to soak up the atmosphere over a coffee at one of the many pavement cafes till dinner time. For the shoppers, walk back to Wenceslas Square.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay –  NH Prague or similar

DAY 10. PRAGUE/OLOMOUC/KRAKOW Today we bid farewell to Prague and stop into the ancient town of Olomouc in the afternoon. This fifth largest town in the country lies in the heart of the so-called Han region. It has the second most significant collection of historical monuments in the country after Prague. Stop at the city old square to view Trinity Column. Today the Holy Trinity Column listed as one of UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage sites. There is also the sight of St. Wenceslas Cathedral, the high Baroque Hradisko Monastery. If time permits, we visit the eight sided tower, culminating in a gilded onion dome with a cross, of which the Greek Orthodox church proudly owns. In the evening, arrival at Poland’s most touristic spot – Krakow city.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay –  Hotel Central or similar

DAY 11. KRAKOW Prepare yourself for one of the most impressive and memorial journeys this morning as we drive to Auschwitz. The world’s most notorious place of genocide and mass grave. Between 1940—1945 the Nazis killed about 1.5 million people here. As you stroll through this historical UNESCO ground, listen to the heart breaking stories and witness the solid evidence of the appalling and atrocious acts of the Nazis. After a short break continue to Birkenau, where you go up to the watchtower above the entrance gate to see the view of the biggest Nazi extermination camp. Later in the day, we visit Krakow and its old town. What is worth visiting is the remaining fragment of city fortifications. After a great day in this historic township, we return to enjoy our dinner at the hotel.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Hotel Central or similar

DAY 12. KRAKOW/BRATISLAVA Today we leave Poland and head into Bratislava – for a stroll to the historic old town, allowing a panoramic view from the high ground above the city outside her old castle ramparts. In the afternoon, we check into our hotel for our overnight rest.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Radisson Park Bratislava or similar

DAY 13. BUDAPEST  Budapest impresses everyone with its architecturally grand buildings and its natural beauty. Today, visit the Opera House, Hero’s Square, a major square of Budapest with two important buildings—The Museum of Fine Arts and The Palace of Art. Then a stop at Millennium Memorial where there are statues of the leaders of the seven tribes that founded Hungary. After we crossing Elizabeth bridge which offers a peerless panorama of the entire city. Nearby is the Matthias Church, one of the most interesting churches in the country located close to the Royal Palace and the Fisherman’s bastion. Not too far away, take in the Hungarian Parliament house, inspired in part by the British’s Palace of  Westminster. After a comprehensive orientation we settled down in our hotel for a good rest. This evening, a night out to enjoy a lively folklore dinner with performance to  entertain.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Achat Budapest or similar

DAY 14.BUDAPEST  We take you to the picturesque Artist’s Village, called Szentendre. We wander around the baroque settlement, built on medieval ruins and walk along the narrow streets. We invite you for a Lángos (fried Hungarian flat bread). Then you will have the opportunity to go shopping or to visit the Margit Kovács Ceramic Museum or the Confectionery Museum (marzipan figures). After a hearty dinner, one of the main highlights of your tour will be a beautiful night cruise on the Danube river.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Achat Budapest or similar

DAY 15. BUDAPEST/ VIENNA This morning after breakfast, we continue towards the capital of Austria. Orientation shows you 17th century Vienna wonderful buildings, churches and palaces. One round along the city’s Ringstrasse reveals more of its famous   historical buildings and monuments – the State Opera House; the Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Natural History, the House of Parliament, the Burgtheater and the City Hall, the University as well as the Votive Church. Later, we visit the world renowned – Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburg family. After dinner, return to hotel for a good rest.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Hotel Novotel West or similar

DAY 16. VIENNA/SALZBURG Today we make our way from Vienna and into Salzburg, the heart of the ever-green movie – the Sound of Music. One of the finest preserved medieval old towns in Europe, crisscrossed with winding streets and venerable market places and adorned with architectural monuments of the later baroque era. Walk about with your local expert to view the stunning Domkirche Cathedral, palaces, gardens, churches, monasteries. Finally, visit the breathtaking 900 year old fortress Festung Hohensalzburg, the magnificent edifice that dominates the city’s skyline.

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – Hotel Austria Trend or similar

DAY 17. SALZBURG/MUNICH After breakfast, proceed to the final destination of our tour– Munich. Prior to arriving we will also drop into the salt mines for a unique discovery tour. Once we arrive, discover sights such as the Pinakotheken art museums, the world famous Hofbrauhaus, the National Theater with the Royal Palace, Marienplatz and the Viktualien market with its colorful outdoor stalls. Our tour continues to offer an impression of modern Munich, you will visit the Olympic grounds where you will take lovely pictures of other  attractions like Sea Life, the BMW museum and the new BMW Car World. Later we will pass through the former artist quarter of Schwabing where you may stroll along Leopold street. After dinner, German Beer anyone?

Meals – B / L / D

Overnight Stay – NH Hotel Airport or similar

DAY 18. MUNICH/SINGAPORE  Good times inevitably come to an end and after breakfast, we bid farewell to our tour manager at Munich airport for our Singapore airlines which will leave just after 1pm.

Meals – B/ As per flight

DAY 19. ARRIVE HOME Our overnight flight arrives into Singapore in the morning and after a short transit, we board our connecting flight bound for Australia (Melbourne). Around 8pm, we finally arrive back into Melbourne and we hope you enjoyed your time abroad!

Meals –  As per flight

All in Pricing package price includes :

– Return economy flights with Singapore Airlines (including airport taxes)

– Accommodation as per itinerary

– Sumptuous meals as per itinerary

– Tour guide and bus services 

– Entries to places listed on itinerary including Shore excursions as mentioned in itinerary

-Daily bottle of water provided 

These groups are scheduled to depart on the 23 May 2019

May- All in price – $8,380* pp (twin share)

Please note, once tour is guaranteed a further $500 per person deposit is required

 ALL IN PRICE INCLUSIONS:

Price includes land and air content, airport taxes and gratuities. 

Russia single entry visa not included – $150 for AUD passport (subject to change and collected at time of full payment) 

If you are from another state, please let us know.

Please contact our Friendly staff for more information

DAY 1. MELBOURNE / SINGAPORE – N/A

DAY 2. SINGAPORE/ MOSCOW – Katerina Park Hotel or similar 

DAY 3. MOSCOW   Katerina Park Hotel or similar 

DAY 4.MOSCOW/ ST PETERSBURG St Petersburg Holiday Inn Moskovskiye or similar

DAY 5. ST PETERSBURG/PETERHOF   St Petersburg Holiday Inn Moskovskiye or similar

DAY 6. ST PETERSBURG St Petersburg Holiday Inn Moskovskiye or similar

DAY 7. ST PETERSBURG / BERLIN   NH Berlin City or similar

DAY 8. BERLIN/DRESDEN/PRAGUE NH Prague or similar

DAY 9. PRAGUE   NH Prague or similar

DAY 10. PRAGUE/OLOMOUC/KRAKOW   Hotel Central or similar

DAY 11. KRAKOW  Hotel Central or similar

DAY 12. KRAKOW/BRATISLAVA  Radisson Park Bratislava or similar 

DAY 13. BUDAPEST Achat Budapest or similar 

DAY 14.BUDAPEST Achat Budapest or similar    

DAY 15. BUDAPEST/VIENNA Hotel Novotel West or similar  

DAY 16. VIENNA/SALZBURG  Hotel Austria Trend or similar

DAY 17. SALZBURG/MUNICH  NH Hotel Airport or similar

DAY 18. MUNICH/SINGAPORE – N/A 

DAY 19. ARRIVE HOME – N/A

Moscow – Russia 

April – Average High – 15 degrees Celsius / Average Low 5 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 27 degrees Celsius / Average Low 21 degrees Celsius

St Petersburg – Russia 

April – Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

Munich – Germany 

April – Average High – 16 degrees Celsius / Average Low 5 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 17 degrees Celsius / Average Low 7 degrees Celsius

Berlin – Germany

April – Average High – 17 degrees Celsius / Average Low 7 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

Vienna – Austria 

April – Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 20 degrees Celsius / Average Low 9 degrees Celsius

Budapest – Hungary 

April – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 21 degrees Celsius / Average Low 11 degrees Celsius

Prague – Czech Republic 

April – Average High – 19 degrees Celsius / Average Low 7 degrees Celsius

May – Average High – 18 degrees Celsius / Average Low 8 degrees Celsius

Germany/Slovakia/Austria  – EURO

Russia – Russian Ruble

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Poland – Polish Zloty

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Hungary – Hungarian Florint A

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