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Central Europe

Most popular

Price per person
from £1,535

Price based on
London Heathrow
2nd Dec 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 15 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

From Berlin’s contemporary allure and Hungary’s grandiose history to the architectural splendour of Prague and the imperial traditions of Vienna, this is a European voyage of discovery through some of its most interesting cities.

At a glance

  • Berlin Explore both the east and the west of this compelling city.
  • Auschwitz Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.
  • Krakow Discover Poland’s cultural capital.
  • Budapest Explore the impressive Buda Castle and Castle District which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest.
  • Vienna Tour the Austrian capital and see its State Opera Palace, Hofburg, and Parliament.
  • Prague Enjoy a treasure trove of Gothic and Baroque architecture.
  • Romantic Road Stop in charming medieval Nördlingen and then on to the ramparts and towers of Rothenburg.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

Some parts were better than others, we felt that if...

12th July 2018
Miss Elizabeth Morrell

Some parts were better than others, we felt that if you didn't book the additional excursions you were often left to more or less look after yourself., often having to make our own journey back to the hotel which involved more than one means of transport. Some of the hotels were too far from the city centre's with poor local amenities, especially places to eat which in some cases were very poor. Too much emphasis was put on time to get lunch each as most people were content to get a quick snack and see more of the cities. The amenities in the hotels varied quite a lot, with only a few having tea/coffee making facilities. The tour director did tend to repeat herself a lot going on about timings etc for future days instead of concentrating on the present one. Also the included dinners varied so much with only a couple being good.

Great holiday. Lots to see. Possibly too much travelling to...

3rd June 2018
Marie

Great holiday. Lots to see. Possibly too much travelling to get around everywhere, and a shame more "optional excursions" weren't included as that added to the cost of the holiday.

Really good tour, packed itinerary especially as we opted to...

25th October 2017
Trusted Customer

Really good tour, packed itinerary especially as we opted to do lots of optional extras. Great tour director in Sofia and good driver in Salvatore, always felt safe. Local guides were informative and answered any queries.

Lovely holiday, met lots of lovely people and had a...

15th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Lovely holiday, met lots of lovely people and had a great time. The only reason this failed on 5 stars is the Vienna hotel that was very poorly situated in a random suburb with no restaurant facility.

Some hotels too remote and some lack basic tea and...

23rd August 2017
Mr David Swift

Some hotels too remote and some lack basic tea and coffee making facilities in room. High level of walking needed to be notified in advance as a certain level of fitness was a prerequisite to complete the tour. The tour gave an excellent and rich experience, and a great opportunity to experience a wide-range of European destinations

Holiday was very well organised we saw lots of cities...

12th August 2017
Trusted Customer

Holiday was very well organised we saw lots of cities over the two weeks,our tour director Sandra was excellent as also was our driver Franco nothing was too much trouble for either of them. The only minor downside was that some of the hotels were quite a way out of the city .

A holiday which involved many experiences, learning of recent and...

2nd August 2017
Trusted Customer

A holiday which involved many experiences, learning of recent and more distant history, including much that was difficult and sad, yet moving on to beauty and the hope of human resilience. My only suggestion for improving the optional excursions would be to offer a variation for Schonnbrun Palace of just seeing the gardens. Otherwise all you get is a very brief taster.

Great tour covering several cities...

19th July 2017
Mr Nigel Best

Great tour covering several cities

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18th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Very good tour, with knowledgable tour director and excellent driver...

12th July 2017
Mrs Marlene Cockram

Very good tour, with knowledgable tour director and excellent driver

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

From Berlin’s contemporary allure and Hungary’s grandiose history to the architectural splendour of Prague and the imperial traditions of Vienna, this is a European voyage of discovery through some of its most interesting cities.

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Frankfurt

Day
1

Fly to Frankfurt where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in the Frankfurt area for one night.

Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Frankfurt - Weimar - Berlin

Day
2

Our first stop today is in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Continue through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt all the way to Germany’s capital city, Berlin.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin

Day
3

On this morning’s included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East side separated into two different worlds by a wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden; and it has created brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin - Poznan - Warsaw

Day
4

Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading centres and admire its renaissance market square. Continue to Warsaw, capital of Poland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Warsaw

Day
5

The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today, its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Warsaw - Jasna Gora - Auschwitz - Krakow

Day
6

Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, Jasna Gora near Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Krakow

Day
7

This is, they say, Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital; today, it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Join the included morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and Wawel Cathedral. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals. Tonight’s optional folklore dinner might be the way to round off your stay in this city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Krakow - Tatra Mountains - Budapest

Day
8

Travel through three countries today. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through scenic Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the most lively of Eastern European capitals.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Budapest

Day
9

Included sightseeing features Buda Castle, which dominates the twin cities of Buda and Pest, separated by the broad ribbon of the Danube. Also see Heroes’ Square, which typifies the modern capital, as well as the old inns along the riverbank, Parliament, Margaret Island, Fishermen’s Bastion, and the Buda Castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - Vienna

Day
10

Head for the Austrian border to Vienna in time to enjoy the afternoon and evening in this lively capital. Enjoy the included sightseeing tour with a Local Guide: the State Opera, Parliament, and the Town Hall. Stop for a stroll in Heroes’ Square to view the Hofburg.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vienna - Prague

Day
11

Morning at leisure or join an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Prague

Day
12

The wealth of gothic and baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the astronomical clock. Your Tour Director may suggest an evening optional excursion with traditional Czech music and spectacular entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Prague - Munich

Day
13

Into the landscape of the Bohemian Forest before reaching the Czech-German border. Drive south, enjoying the Bavarian scenery, to Munich, Germany’s “Secret Capital,” where you will drive through the city and see the main highlights.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Munich - Nördlingen - Rothenburg - Frankfurt area

Day
14

The highlight today is undoubtedly the Romantic Road, which runs north to south as far as the Alps. First, visit lovely medieval Nördlingen, then Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone streets, and 16th-century houses, before heading towards the Frankfurt area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Frankfurt area - UK

Day
15

Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to Frankfurt airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Special Departures: 

Oktoberfest: September 2019 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd (Guests have the opportunity to visit Oktoberfest during free time. Your tour director will provide you with information on how to get there)  

Christmas Markets: December 2018 2nd & 9th / December 2019 1st, 8th (Include a visit to Berlin, Budapest and Prague Christmas Markets

New Year in Berlin including Reveillon Dinner: 29th December 2018

 

 

 

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Frankfurt - Leonardo Royal Frankfurt

A 440 room hotel which is close to the airport and motorway A3 and A5. A Bus station is in front of the hotel and taxi station (to the city centre). Facilities include a Sportsbar and 3 Restaurants.

  • Location

    Mailänder Strasse 1, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Berlin - Abba Berlin

Contemporary designed hotel, combining elegance and sophistication with modern facilities, located in the centre of Berlin.

  • Location

    Lietzenburger Str. 89, Berlin, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Warsaw - MDM

Built in the typical socialist realist style, this 134-room hotel overlooks Warsaw's famous Constitution Square. The Upstairs Bar & Bistro offers a large variety of local and international dishes with charming above street level views, in the evenings a great selection of drinks and fun cocktails can be enjoyed at the separate bar.

  • Location

    plac Konstytucji 2, Warsaw, Poland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Krakow - Swing

Hotel Swing is situated in the northern part of Cracow. The hotel offers 148 single and double rooms.

  • Location

    Ul. Dobrego Pasterza 124, Krakow, Poland

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Budapest - Novotel Centrum

Secessionist style building with 2 new wings; located at Rakoczi St & Grand Blvd; on-site restaurant and bar; multilingual staff.

  • Location

    Rakoczi Ut 43/45, Budapest, Hungary

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room

Vienna - Star Inn Schoenbrunn

The Star Inn Hotel "Wien Schönbrunn" is conveniently situated near the west gateway of Vienna. The underground lines U4 and U6 can be accessed in the direct vicinity of the hotel. It will only take you 7 minutes to travel to Vienna's city centre and just 5 minutes to get to the world-renowned "Schloss Schönbrunn".

  • Location

    Linke Wienzeile, Vienna, Austria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Prague - Clarion Congress Hotel

The Hotel offers variable conference rooms with high-tech equipment in all spaces and guest rooms. It also offers various restaurants, bars, a wellness and fitness centre and a shopping mall right next to the Hotel.

  • Location

    Freyova 33, Praga 9, Czech Republic

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Munich - Achat Premium Muenchen Sud

Despite its quiet location in southern Munich-Obersendling, the 4-star ACHAT Premium offers easy access to the A95, A96 and A99. And it's just a few minutes on the metro to the city centre and central station.

  • Location

    Perchtinger Strasse 3, Munich, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board