Highlights of Central Europe
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- Wieliczka Salt Mine
- Visit Prague’s famous Wenceslas Square
- Discover the mediaeval town of Mikulov
- Explore Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace
- Marvel at glacial valleys and waterfalls
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- 16 to 80 year olds
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Start in Prague and end in Wieliczka Salt Mine! With the adventure tour Highlights of Central Europe, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Prague, Czech Republic and 18 other destinations in Europe. Highlights of Central Europe includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
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- AnonymousWritten on August 3, 20135.0 - ExcellentThe tour takes in five of Central Europe's historic capitals, allowing you to see as much as possible in the time available. Hotels and breakfasts are good. A few of the travelling days are longish, but by comfortable coach. An excellent mix of Culture (music everywhere in Prague and Vienna and assorted museums), superb Mountains, Castles and Fortresses, beautiful Cities and many lovely Villages and Towns passing through green farmland as well as the sombre Jewish quarters What a wonderful trip This was a really interesting, busy holiday that did exactly what it said in the brochure. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?My favourite stop was Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, whereÂ the view from our room was breath taking. Seeing the peaks and lakes and walking in the Tatra mountains was exhilarating.Â Â This trip is for people who enjoy visiting historical cities with revitalising breaks along the way.Â Visit to the wine tasting was fun..What did you think of your group leader?Peter was a charming guide, well informed and so pleased to pass on all the information about his country.He was very enthusiasticÂ overÂ all the activitiesÂ whether in cities, towns,Â or mountains. He catered for different interestsÂ Â while making the entire group gel. Â Peter spent all his time with the whole group and could not have been more helpful.Â He always found traditional restaurants for the whole group Â so that we could sample the local delicacies and at a cheaper price than in the main tourist areas.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it! Is there anything else you would like to add?Â Holasovic and Znojemska for me Â are quite frankly, not worth it. More time could have been spent in Cesky Krumlov, allowing a walk along the river.The small townÂ and mountain breaks contrasted with the walks through the cities, with the local guides giving us a potted history on our walking tours., Prague and Budapest were beautiful and could be revisited. ,Just a taster for Vienna and Krakow. .This trip is for people who enjoy visiting historical cities with revitalising breaks along the way. There is not much time for browsing or shopping on this trip Expanded trip notes with some city guides, details of the small stopping places and a road map of the bus journey would have been interesting to browse on the bus, perhaps from the day before . A sketch of the town showing the location of the most important buildings + other highlights + good cafes would have been useful: Peter gave us a map,marked with the hotelÂ when we arrived but it would have been nice to have had it earlier although it was impressive to just stroll, I would have preferred to have seen a map when doing so (e.g. Cesky Krumlov, Sopron, Mikulov). I also enjoyed 2 days in Prague before the trip began, the highlight being Ivan Lendl's poster collection of Mucha and attending a Prague chamber orchestra recital both in the Municipal House, an Art Nouveau building.Â
- AnonymousWritten on July 5, 20134.0 - GoodI enjoyed this trip very much. It was my third Exodus trip and I pretty well knew what to expect. We had a very good group, all very good to travel with. The trip is fairly fast paced. You visit 5 countries in 14 days so you are not in any country very long, but what a great opportunity to visit so many places. However, some of the small village stops did not seem like good uses of time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting Auschwitz was very meaningful for me personally.Â It is part of why I chose this itinerary.Â I have been to the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC and the Ann Frank house/museum in Amsterdam.Â If I was going to be in Krakow, I had to go to Auschwitz.Â What did you think of your group leader?Peter was very good.Â He is serious about his job, tries hard, and is very personable.Â He had not done this particular tour before, but he did a good job.Â He was not familiar with sending people to Auschwitz and we almost missed the bus, but they waited for the three of us and we made it.Â He did a good job arranging group meals when we wanted that, which was most nights.I wouldn't hesitate to travel with Peter again.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A big deal for me was the amount of walking involved.Â I am 68 years old, somewhat overweight and have back issues.Â The trip notes describe this as a leisurely trip with some walking involved on a few days but the walkingÂ is gentle and is optional.Â It is more correct to say walking is required everyday, some of it with longish uphill sections (several) and it is not optional, because the tour is a walking tour.Â If you opt out of walking, you opt out of the tour.Â Most people did not have any problems with the walking, about 3 or 4 did.Â I just think the material should more accurately describe the walking required.Dealing with currency was a chore.Â I continuously got too little because I didn't want to get stuck with it.Â When I left Poland, very early, I did not see a foreign exchange window so I brought home a little more foreign currency than I wanted to.Is there anything else you would like to add?Hotels were good, breakfasts were good.Â Most hotels had a bar or at least sold beer and wine at reception.Â I enjoyed having a single room to my self.The bus was perfect.Â Most people got 2 seats to themselves.Â The driver was excellent.All of the food that I had was good to excellent, beer always very good.The visit to the wine cellar was fun.Â Huge platters of sausage, cheese, olives and bread with plenty of wine.
- AnonymousWritten on June 19, 20134.0 - GoodAll in all a good trip. We covered a lot of ground in a short time. The pace was good but I did not like the late starts as we had so much to see. Most mornings started at 9:30 or 10, much too late. Definitely need an extra day in Vienna, Budapest and Krakow. Maybe make this a 16 day trip. Depending where you come from in N. America the Tatra Mountains could be missed. Most N. Americans visiting Europe are interested in the old cities, nature we can get at home. Good hotels.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing in the centre of Prague with the rain pelting down but still feeling the ambience of the city. The fact that most of the cities we were visiting were experiencing the worst floods of the century and it was raining in nearly every place we visited did not deter from the fantastic feeling of walking in history.Â What did you think of your group leader?Peter was good and tried very hard. His English was not so good. He "ummed and ahhed" too much especially when he got nervous. When asked a simple question, he would go into a long explanation instead of just answering the question. He needs to be a little more decisive as we wasted a lot of time making decisions which drove some of us to walk away from the group and go on our own. Lot of time wasted at hotels getting keys, couldn't this be ararranged ahead of time?Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you want a slow paced trip and not too much difficult walking, this trips for you. However, there is a lot of walking on cobble streets which makes for tired feet and backs. Pack light as most hotels do not have elevators.If you are a person who gets up early and wants to go, this trip is not for you.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the villages we visited were not worth it. I think it was Mikulov where nothing was open or it could have been Holasovice. Obviously since I can't remember the name, neither of them were memorable. I know it's hard on a trip like this to balance travelling time with visiting time but some of the sites were better left and give more time to the cities which were really interesting. Also, some of us really need a break for coffee and a snack in the morning and afternoon. Sometimes we went from breakfast till 1 or 2 without a break and for someone with low blood sugar this is not good. Some nights we didn't eat dinner till 10pm which is way too late. We don't need a sit down full course lunch; most people are happy with a sandwich and a coffee. This would also not waste so much time.
- AnonymousWritten on June 17, 20133.0 - AverageThe tour takes in five of Central/Eastern Europe's historic capitals, allowing you to see as much as possible in the time available. Hotels are good. A few of the travelling days are longish, though not excessive, by Exodus standards, and by comfortable coach. A few of the places visited between the cities are, quite frankly, not worth it, and in one instance quite badly planned. Were it not for this I would rate the trip higher. There were floods during our visit, forcing us to make a few amendments, so there are some things I am unable to comment on. The Exodus staff handled these changes very well.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I stayed an extra day in Krakow and was able to visit both Auschwitz and the museum that is now in what was Â Oskar Schindler's factory. Both were very moving, and the story of Schindler serves as something of an antidote to the horrors of Auschwitz. We were offered tickets to orchestral concerts in Vienna. These were of popular classics, designed primarily for those unused to classical music. Those who went enjoyed it, but I was able to find tickets for a string quartet who play in a particularly beautiful small musical salon where Mozart lived and played. Once again, light and popular, but a remarkable ambience. I include a link http://www.musicofvienna.com/mozart-ensemble.htmThe day in the High Tatras made a pleasant change. Some relatively easy walks can be reached by funicular. One of our group even saw a bear (and was able to confirm that that which is often alleged that bears do in the woods is indeed true)What did you think of your group leader?Pieter was considerate and helpful, and several times put himself out to help us. He slipped up once or twice, I think by taking on too much when some of went off on optional trips, though I got the feeling he learnt by the experiences. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and was very likeable.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trip notes imply that there is no advantage in taking local currency. I have to disagree. I was glad I did take all the currencies with me, and those who didn't did have problems. The practice of hotels changing money seems to have ended, and there are frequent changes of currency - sometimes several in a day as you go in and out of countries.Having a two day stop in Vienna in the middle of the trip might seem, as it did to several of us, the ideal place to get your laundry done. Unfortunately the Hotel Exe doesn't do laundry at weekends. There is a launderette a short distance up the road.All electrical plugs are round two pin type. All the hotels have free wifi.There was always an option for vegetarians, though once or twice the choice was a bit limited.If you can I would recommend spending extra time at the beginning and/or the end of the trip. Both Prague and Krakow are fascinating and worthy of more time. In both cases the hotels Exodus use are comfortable and in walking distance of the city centres.Is there anything else you would like to add?The visit to Holasovice (day 3) is a waste of time. Two restaurants (closed), a rather dingy museum and a frankly ludicrous copy of Stonehenge.Vikolinic (day 11) is worth a visit, but the trip notes do not point out that the bus cannot get all the way to the village, and the visit demands a half hour walk, on a road, steeply uphill. Some of our group coudn't do it.One of the worst bits of planning I have seen on any Exodus trip is the proposed visit to Szentendre on day 10. It means leaving Budapest and returning in the evening. All our group wanted the extra time in Budapest, and as we actually passed Szentendre the next day, en-route to the Tatras we visited it then. This was at Pieter's suggestion. Exodus would be foolish not alter the itinery.
- AnonymousWritten on January 3, 20135.0 - ExcellentI was a bit worried about being too long on the bus but the timings were so well organised and during these bleak rainy days of winter I think about how happy I was travelling through lovely scenery with a lovely group of people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I felt that the whole trip was inspirational and I would love to do it againWhat did you think of your group leader?He was brilliant, relaxed, helpful, lovely sense of humour and great at getting the group to gel so that everyone felt a part of the "family"Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Savour every momentIs there anything else you would like to add?I would like to have spent a bit more time in the smaller more picturesque places.If anyone, like myself travels there and back independently by train make sure you have a map of Prague before you visit and beware of rogue taxi drivers at the station - there are the honest yellow taxis and the rogue ones `
- AnonymousWritten on October 28, 20125.0 - ExcellentThis was our first trip with a group of people on a bus trip, and also the first with Exodus, and my husband and I had a really great holiday.The trip had a perfect mix of city sightseeing, picturesque UNESCO world heritage sites and a trip into the Tatra mountain range, with a hike down. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Our favourite stop was Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, where we had a fantastic view from our bedroom window across the river and the village.Â Second to this was our stop in the Tatra mountain range, where again the view from our room was breath taking. We also loved the walks through the cities, with the local guides giving us a potted history on our walking tours, with Prague and Krakow being our favourites. Budapest was also interesting, but the weather was rather hot for sightseeing, so a return trip to here is definitely on our â€˜to visitâ€™ list.What did you think of your group leader?The tour guide Erik was really good, keeping our interest and making sure that everyone was enjoying themselves.Â He always found traditional restaurants for the organised meals so that we could sample the local delicacies. Our coach driver was a very considerate and safe driver, and also joined in with little jokes, even though there was a language barrier.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My only advice would be to have some sensible shoes and a small amount of each local currency with you.Is there anything else you would like to add?Â The was a good mix of organised meals, and as the group got on so well many of us still went out for meals together on other occasions.Â There were also opportunities to do independent sightseeing and meals if you wanted to. All in all a very enjoyable holiday, and I would highly recommend this trip for anyone that enjoys visiting historical cities with revitalising breaks along the way.
- AnonymousWritten on October 4, 20125.0 - ExcellentHad a fantastic holiday. Well organised. Good company. Saw beautiful cities and countryside and did so much in two weeks thanks to Erik, our guide and Radek, our driver.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too many to mention really but here are a few:-Prague was beautiful,Â Cesky Krumlov stunning, walking in the Tatras mountains was lovely and the salt mines were breathtaking, but the most amusing was the impromptu wedding, in full national costume, at which my mother was the mother of the bride and Erik, the pastor conducting the ceremony.Â Thanks to all who took part in the spoof wedding and gave us an unforgettable memory.What did you think of your group leader?Erik was excellent.Â Very knowledgable, punctual, good fun.Â He kept us well informed and provided maps with our hotels marked to help us find our way about the cities.Â He gave good advice on how much money we were likely to require in each country and best places to exchange it.Â Recommended good, reasonably priced places to eat. Organised our optional extra trips and made sure we knew how to get to them and back using local transport. He was a great group leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you do all the optional extra trips, it makes the holidayÂ more hectic.Â Â Central Europe was very hot when we were there and so more tiring.Â Do not let this stop you doing them as they are all excellent.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip does exactly what it saysÂ 'Highlights of Central Europe'.Â I would thoroughly recommend it.
- AnonymousWritten on July 13, 20125.0 - Excellentit is a very well orgnized trip, good pace, nice combination of big cities, small towns and mountains. good guide too.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Prague is very beautiful, should spend one more day thereWhat did you think of your group leader?great, laid back but good amount of information, very helpful tooDo you have any advice for potential travellers?summer could be very hot in central Europe, bring some light clothes and sun blocks
- AnonymousWritten on August 26, 20114.0 - GoodI have just returned from this fantastic holiday travelling through the historic cities and towns of Central Europe. The hotels were excellent, more comfortable and centrally located than I expected. The trip covered so much ground that it represents great value for money. Thanks to Eric for keeping us well informed and unhurried in the busy schedule.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Such beautiful architecture in every location as well as striking scenery. I was glad that the cities were punctuated by a couple of days in the mountains, a chance to chill out and appreciate the mountain views and wonderful clear air. I particularly enjoyed the free open air cinema in front of the Rathaus in Vienna, mixing with the locals and enjoying a local brew on a warm August evening! Brilliant!What did you think of your group leader?Eric set a leisurely pace within a tightly structured timetable. He gave good advice on currency (imporant when travelling to 5 countries in 14 days) and recommendations for restaurants were sound. I followed all recommendations for additional activities and they were very worthwhile: concert in Vienna, evening cruise in Budapest, the visit to the glacier lake in the Tatras, the Salt Mines and Auschwitz in Krakow. Eric is easy going and relaxed.This tour was different from those I have taken in Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The guides there spent much more time with the whole group and meals were almost always taken as a whole group. On this tour, people split up and did their own thing in the cities so there much less of a 'group ambience'. And the guide was less prominent as each city had a specialist local guide to accompany the city tour. I enjoyed having the CD of additional photographs which Eric produced.
- AnonymousWritten on August 26, 20114.0 - GoodI have just returned from this fantastic holiday travelling through the historic cities and towns of Central Europe. The hotels were excellent, more comfortable and centrally located than I expected. The trip covered so much ground that it represents great value for money. Thanks to Eric for keeping us well informed and unhurried in the busy schedule.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Such beautiful architecture in every location as well as striking scenery. Â I was glad that the cities were punctuated by a couple of days in the mountains, a chance to chill out and appreciate the mountain views and wonderful clear air. Â I particularly enjoyed the free open air cinema in front of the Rathaus in Vienna, mixing with the locals and enjoying a local brew on a warm August evening! Â Brilliant!What did you think of your group leader?Eric set a leisurely pace within a tightly structured timetable. Â He gave good advice on currency (imporant when travelling to 5 countries in 14 days) and recommendations for restaurants were sound. Â I followed all recommendations for additional activities and they were very worthwhile: concert in Vienna, evening cruise in Budapest, the visit to the glacier lake in the Tatras, the Salt Mines and Auschwitz in Krakow. Â Eric is easy going and relaxed.This tour was different from those I have taken in Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Â The guides there spent much more time with the whole group and meals were almost always taken as a whole group. Â On this tour, people split up and did their own thing in the cities so there much less of a 'group ambience'. Â And the guide was less prominent as each city had a specialist local guide to accompany the city tour. Â I enjoyed having the CD of additional photographs which Eric produced.Â Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Fruit and vegetables are best consumed at breakfast! Â The menu for vegetarians was a bit limited but for 2 weeks it was OK. Â Most of the diet in restaurants consisted of meat with dumplings of various sorts. Â I took walking poles for the hike and these were useful to take the strain off my old knees! Â There is not much time for browsing or shopping on this trip - a wooden toy, paprika, some Polish pottery, a book of poetry from Auschwitz and finally some Baltic amber. Â Is there anything else you would like to add?The whole trip was well balanced and very interesting. Â I have waited a long time for a chance to visit these historic cities and the progression through the countries was a real immersion course in central european history. Â It was wonderful to visit the smaller UNESCO World Heritage towns, which I had never previously heard of but really appreciated.I would recommend this trip to friends, and would do it myself again without hesitation!Â So the following comments are just personal ideas to add that final gloss to an excellent travelling experience.I would have enjoyed more cultural insights; this could take the form of a collection of books to browse on the bus, or general information such as some big pictures books to browse through. Â I did have some printed material that I had downloaded but did not bring all the guide books due to packing realities! Â A road map to have a look at would also have been interesting.As some of the stops were very short, a sketch of the town showing the location of the most important buildings + other highlights + good cafes would have been useful: some stops were only 45 minutes and although it was impressive to just stroll, I would have preferred to have had a map when doing so (e.g. Sopron, Levoca, Szentendre). Â One photocopied A4 page, expanded from the trip notes, would not be too difficult to produce and would be very useful to maximise the interest in the visit to the town.The minibus from the Tatras to Krakow is rather cramped. Â There were a few taller people in the group and they could hardly fit into the seats. Â I am 5'3" tall and my knees were against the seat in front of me. Those sitting over the wheels also had even more restricted legroom. Â This is only for one afternoon, so was bearable, but only just!Â I was able to find a vegetarian restaurant very close to the hotel in Vienna, but otherwise I did not have any recommendations. Â A list with one or two vegetarian restaurants for each city would be useful but most restaurants do have some dishes to offer.... but do they use meat stock in the vegetable soup? Â Better not ask!
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- Day 1: Start Prague.
- Day 2: Full day in Prague, with guided sightseeing and free time.
- Day 3: Transfer to historic town of Cesky Krumlov, characterised by cobbled streets, fairy tale buildings and a beautiful castle.
- Day 4: Visit Telc with its Renaissance architecture; on to the cliff top castle at Znojmo; transfer to Mikulov in the wine growing area of Moravia.
- Day 5: Sightseeing in mediaeval Mikulov; to Lednice; visit the castle and beautiful gardens.
- Day 6: Visit the royal town of Skalica and the black kitchen of the Franciscan monastery; on to the village of Straznice, then Plze wine cellars for wine tasting; transfer to Bratislava.
- Day 7: Sightseeing in Bratislava; chance to visit the castle and old town; evening transfer to Vienna.
- Day 8: Full day sightseeing; optional evening concert.
- Day 9: Transfer to historic town of Sopron in Hungary for guided sightseeing; on to Budapest.
- Day 10: Guided tour of Budapest with some free time.
- Day 11: To the High Tatra Mountains, stopping en route at Banska Stiavnica and UNESCO village of Vlkolinec; visit Strbske Pleso Lake and on to Smokovec.
- Day 12: Free half day to explore the High Tatras National Park; afternoon transfer to Krakow.
- Day 13: Morning tour visiting Old Market, Mariacki Church and Jewish quarter.
- Day 14: End Krakow.
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Covering a total distance of approx 1,177 km.
- Prague (Czech Republic)
- 142 km
- Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic)
- 93 km
- Telc (Czech Republic)
- 57 km
- Znojmo (Czech Republic)
- 43 km
- Mikulov (Czech Republic)
- 12 km
- Lednice (Czech Republic)
- 12 km
- Mikulov (Czech Republic)
- 43 km
- Skalica (Slovakia)
- 9 km
- Straznice (Czech Republic)
- 86 km
- Bratislava (Slovakia)
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