Harmony of Central Europe

Harmony of Central Europe (Summer 2018)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia

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Take a journey into the past, showcasing the grandest and most opulent cities of old Europe. From Prague to Budapest, marvel at the spirit of former empires and regal grandeur. We’ll show you destinations with histories dating back hundreds of years and iconic cities that have seen destruction, only to resiliently build themselves up again to their former glories. Europe’s Bohemian capitals delight with classical music, exquisite palaces and cathedrals, and rich heritage. Walk in the footsteps of 6-year-old Mozart at an after-hours visit to the baroque Schönbrunn Palace; indulge with dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants; and enjoy a private sparkling wine cruise on the glittering River Danube. Along the way, you’ll witness a private recital of Chopin's classic works, taste fine wines and stay in stately hotels. Step into a world of greatness, as you uncover some of Europe’s most revered capitals.

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  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals)

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Prague.

    On arrival at Prague's Václav Havel Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. At 18:00 join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for drinks, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Bastion Restaurant, famous for its top-class views, cuisine and service.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    The City of a Hundred Spires.

    Join a Local Expert in the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Visit St. Vitus Cathedral, bathed in a lustrous patina of stained glass, before strolling on to the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or join an included visit to Prague's Jewish Quarter.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Prague to Český Krumlov.

    A scenic drive through Bohemia brings you to Český Krumlov. Walk through the tangled cobblestone streets and meet your Local Expert for a visit of the famous castle, one of the most important historic sites in Central Europe. Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps heading back to your hotel for an indulgent treat at the wellness spa? Take a short walk from your hotel to reach Restaurant Konvice, where the chefs are passionate about creating traditional Czech cuisine from locally-sourced, seasonal produce - even the game is supplied by the ranger and the fish from the local fisherman. Perhaps you will try the roast duck, served with a selection of dumplings, or maybe the roasted brown trout on parsley potatoes? Why not finish your meal with the traditional Czech desert of Livanze - small pancakes service with berries and whipped cream?

  5. Day 5

    Melk Abbey and the Imperial Capital of Vienna.

    Travel over the Austrian border, along the Danube past castle ruins, to Melk, for a guided walk to its famous abbey. Continue through the Wachau Valley, where the Danube meanders below forested cliffs and rolling vineyards. Stop to taste the refreshing wines made from the local Grüner, Veltliner and Riesling grapes. Arrive in Vienna, where the doors of the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace open to you for a VIP after-hours exclusive visit.

    Chairman's Collection

    If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, you will be privileged to a private reception with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a descendant of the famous Habsburgs, at Artstetten Castle. This incredible experience will replace visiting Melk Abbey.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Vienna Woods Excursion and Classical Concert.

    Travel through Vienna Woods to Mayerling, the scene of the tragic death of Crown Prince Rudolph. Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, before walking through the imperial spa-town of Baden. Return along the wine road and spend some time at Kärntner Strasse, Vienna’s most famous shopping street. Enjoy a highlight evening of sparkling wine and front-row seats at a classical music concert, followed by dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Bratislava and Budapest, Grand Dames on the Danube.

    Cross the border to reach the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. Explore the city, dominated by its imposing 9th century castle, with your Local Expert. Enjoy free time to take a leisurely walk through the Old Town to the Maximillian Fountain, before continuing to Hungary and the grand metropolis of Budapest. In the evening, dine at elegant Gundel, Hungary's most renowned restaurant, and sample local dishes and wine with a backdrop of traditional folk music.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Jewel Box of Budapest and the Danube.

    Wander along elegant boulevards with your Local Expert to see the Budapest Opera House, one of the most beautiful neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for sweeping views of the city. Continue through the medieval Castle District to visit the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. At the First Studel House of Pest, admire how dough-stretching artisans work paper-thin crusts into delicious pastries and sample the local specialty. Your evening is at leisure.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Szentendre.

    In the morning, travel past the Roman remains of Aquincum to storybook Szentendre. Spend time exploring this riverside village with enchanting, brightly-coloured houses, quaint churches, art galleries, and lovely squares. Return to Budapest and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Perhaps stroll along the majestic River Danube or browse the Central Market Hall for traditional crafts and fare? In the evening, step aboard a private cruise for a voyage along the Danube complete with sparkling wine.

  10. Day 10

    Through the Low Tatra to Kraków.

    Enjoy a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the small villages of the Low Tatra, characterised by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses. Continue past the Oravský Hrad Castle to Kraków, a city full of architectural wonder and legend. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps heading out for a traditional hunter’s stew? Your Travelling Concierge knows the best restaurants and can assist you with reservations.

  11. Day 11

    Kraków and Auschwitz.

    There will be time to pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial. Walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former prison blocks. Join your Local Expert and cross the former Jewish Quarter to visit the factory immortalised in the film ‘Schindler's List.' You then ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, the final resting place of the Kings of Poland. In the evening, you’re invited to choose between a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for your personalised dining experience.

  12. Day 12

    The Black Madonna and Warsaw.

    Journey north to the Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, famous for its Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the plains to Warsaw with its jumble of restored Gothic and communist architecture, tumultuous history and vibrant cafe culture. On arrival, your Travelling Concierge checks you into your luxury hotel, situated on the famous Royal Route. With the evening at leisure, perhaps enjoy a candle-lit dinner at your hotel or explore the nearby Old Town Market?

  13. Day 13

    Chopin and the Proud Polish Capital of Warsaw.

    Join your Local Expert for an in-depth look at Warsaw. Visit the Chopin Monument and the Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. Explore the Old Town, a miracle of reconstruction, conservation and home to the Royal Castle. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps head back to your hotel for afternoon tea or treat yourself to a massage at the spa? In the evening, witness an exclusive, private Chopin recital performed by a renowned pianist, followed by an atmospheric finale Celebration Dinner hosted at Halka. Raise a glass of local wine, as you toast to new memories and friendships, and savour traditional dishes.

  14. Day 14

    Depart Warsaw.

    After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to Warsaw airport for your onward journey.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Vienna: Indulge your senses during a special VIP after-hours visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace. With a Local Expert, stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prague: With a Local Expert, visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral.
  • Prague: In Old Town Square see the Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers every hour.
  • Ceský Krumlov: Meet a Local Expert and visit one of the most historic sites of Central Europe, Český Krumlov Castle.
  • Melk: Enjoy a guided walk through the baroque opulence of the monastery.
  • Vienna Woods: Visit the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, before walking through the imperial spa-town of Baden.
  • Budapest: With your Local Expert, you will be chauffeured along elegant boulevards to see the Budapest Opera House, one of the most beautiful Neo-Renaissance buildings in Europe. Cross the Danube to Gellért Hill for sweeping views of the city. You will then see the colourful Matthias Church and be able to gaze out over the Danube from Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Budapest: Step aboard a private cruise for an unforgettable voyage along the Danube. Enjoy sparkling wine and overlook the city’s grandest buildings lit-up at night.
  • Szentendre: Visit this storybook town to admire its brightly-coloured houses, quaint churches and lovely squares.
  • Auschwitz: Pay your respects at the Auschwitz memorial and walk beneath the infamous gateway to the museums housed in the former prison blocks.
  • Kraków: Go to the factory immortalised in the film ‘Schindler’s List.’
  • Kraków: Ascend Wawel Hill with a Local Expert to visit the cathedral.
  • Czestochowa: View the Black Madonna at the Monastery of Jasna Gora.
  • Warsaw: Visit the Chopin Monument and Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Český Krumlov: At Restaurant Konvice, the chefs are passionate about using locally-sourced, seasonal produce to create traditional Czech cuisine. They even use the local ranger to spply thier game and the local fisherman for their fish! In the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant, relax with a glass of wine or a beer and perhaps try the roast duck, served with a selection of dumplings, or maybe the roasted brown trout on parsley potatoes? To finish your meal why not indulge in a traditional Czech desert, Livanze, small pancakes served with berries and whipped cream?
  • Wachau Valley: Stop to taste the refreshing wines made from the local Grüner Veltliner and Riesling grapes.
  • Vienna: Experience an evening with sparkling wine and front row seats at a classical music concert, followed by dinner at one of Vienna’s amazing Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • Budapest: Dine on traditional Hungarian delicacies at elegant Gundel, one of Budapest’s most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.
  • Budapest: Savour a selection of Hungarian delicacies at the First Strudel House in Pest, with dough stretching artisans turning out paper thin pastries for dessert.
  • Kraków: Choose between a selection of local restaurants and authentic menus for your customised dining experience.
  • Warsaw: Experience an exclusive, private Chopin recital before celebrating the culmination of your journey with a fine selection of local dishes and wine at a beautiful local restaurant.
  • Dining Summary: 12 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 7 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Le Palais Art Hotel Prague

Prague (Heritage) - Czech Republic

The luxurious Le Palais Art Hotel in Prague boasts beautifully designed rooms combining first-rate design, top-quality materials, warm colours and state-of-the-art equipment to form a harmonious stay.

Hotel Ruze Cesky Krumlov

Český Krumlov (Historic) - Czech Republic

The 5-star Hotel Růže is everything you expect in Český Krumlov - centrally located, historic and grand, beautifully restored and renovated with period furnishings and decor.

Hilton Vienna Plaza

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Budapest Chain Bridge

Budapest (Traditional) - Hungary

Sheraton Grand Krakw

Kraków (Traditional) - Poland

Hotel Bristol Warsaw

Warsaw (Heritage) - Poland

Situated in the heart of Warsaw, the Hotel Bristol enchants with majestic neo-renaissance facade and romantic interiors, filled with art deco elegance. The exquisite guest rooms reflect an engaging mix of comfort and discreet elegance defined by subtle soothing colours, state-of-the-art technology, majestic high ceilings, and charming views.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
893 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: Fue un viaje muy bonito y tranquilo.

    Service: Estuvimos muy contentos con su servicio, están muy órganizados, el autobús muy cómodo y amplio, nuestra anfitriona muy amable y preparada, el chofer manejaba muy bien, la mayoría de las cenas y comidas incluidas bastante buenas, los tours y visitas en algunos sitios muy completas en otros les falto ver puntos importantes, pero en general bien.

  • 30 July, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was great, but the food options were limited.

    Service: Our tour Concierge, Brianna Dransfield was incredibly organized and made sure everyone on the tour was well taken care of. She was also very well knowledgeable about all the history in the countries that we travelled and made it very interesting. Would love to travel on one of her other tours in the future.

  • 29 July, 2018

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    Trip: I don't think visiting the following destinations is enjoyable: Ceskey Kuromlov Auschvittz Sghindler's factory Hotel Ruze is not good enough for Luxury Gold trip.

    Service: Pick up service to the airport and to our house is excellent. Also pick up service to the hotel and to the airport in the destination is also excellent. Concierge, Brianna, is excellent. I'd like to ask her to be our concierge again.

  • 29 July, 2018

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    Trip: Great trip 🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻

    Service: Excellent Travel Concierge . Very Knowledgeable and personable. Great Itinerary. Almost all hotels were were top notch.

  • 29 July, 2018

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    Trip: Schedule was not tight and relaxed.

    Service: Travel concierge Brianna was excellent.

  • 20 June, 2018

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    Trip: Great Itinerary. The after hours tour of Schonbrunn Palace was great !

    Service: Our tour guide Steve & our bus driver were both excellent. Everything was well planned for us. Wonderful dinners & beautiful hotels. I will recommend Luxury Gold to my friends.

  • 20 June, 2018

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    Trip: Amazing sights, amazing food, with great periods of free time to explore on your own. I only wish the trip was longer.

    Service: It was really amazing. Top of the line customer service from start to finish.

  • 19 June, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent, well planned and executed

    Service: Steve Ellison kept everything very organized yet relaxed, the excursions were well thought-out and relevant and the overall experience was great for our whole family.

  • 18 June, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was thoughtfully selected and beautifully executed. The balance between the beauty of the scenery, the exquisite hotels and restaurants, the music of the masters and the gorgeous old towns with their historical backdrops - with the accurate portrayal of the disharmony of past oppression and persecution was fascinating and illuminating. To witness the amazing restoration, the almost unfathomable overcoming by their strength of faith, personality and patriotism is a true source of inspiration. No amount of reading or hearing about the destructive forces of fascism, socialism or communism has impacted me like being in the midst of communities that have been liberated from hell on earth, are still recovering their economies, culture and dignity, and epitomize hospitality and respect. The harmony of Central Europe has been definitely been reborn!

    Service: It was personal, accommodating and expedient. From the suggestions of the travel agency, to the prompt answers to questions and delivery of necessary forms and itinerary details - the Customer Service was excellent. The personnel who guided and drove were also excellent.

  • 04 June, 2018

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    Trip: Great itinerary. Every aspect was well planned. So many great experiences (excursions, locations, admissions to historical sites, dining, etc.) were included. Personnel were all very knowledgeable and friendly.

    Service: Great customer service. Exceeded our expectations.

  • 04 June, 2018

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    Trip: Enjoyed attending the concerts, experiencing the Michelin dinner, enjoyed the dinner on the river boat cruise.

    Service: The itinerary was excellent. The accommodations were also great. The tour guide was knowledgeable.

  • 04 June, 2018

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    Trip: Sites were great. I learned a lot.

    Service: The trip was well planned and nicely paced. I felt well taken care of but the TC and the driver.

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