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Baltic Treasures of Eastern Europe

18 Days  |  Departing Thursday 24th September 2020 and returning Saturday 10th October 2020

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Old World Fairy Tale Charm of Eastern Europe

Highlights

Guided Sightseeing in Bucharest
Visit to the Museum of the Romanian Peasant
Full Day Sightseeing Tour to Transylvania
Visit to Bran Castle (colloquially known as Dracula's Castle)
Visit to Brasov with a stop at the impressive Castle of Peles
Guided Sightseeing in Latvia
Visit to the Open Air Ethnographic Museum
Panaromic Views of Hill of Crosses at Siauliai and Paziaislis Monastery in Kaunas
Guided Sightseeing in Vilnius
Palace of the Grand Dukes and the Vilnius Cathedral
Funicular Ride to the top of Gediminas Hill
Visit the 14th Century Trakai Castle
Guided Sightseeing in Warsaw
Visit the Warsaw Rising Museum
Guided Sightseeing in UNESCO Listed Krakow including the picturesque square Rynek Glowny
Visit to the atmospheric Jewish neighbourhood of Kazmierz
Visit to Wieliczka Salt Mine one of the world's oldest Salt Mines
Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Visit to the cute town of Wroclaw in search of their famous Dwarves!
Visit to Raclawice Panaroma monumental cycloramic painting
Guided Sightseeing in Prague
Visit to Prague Castle
Full Day Sightseeing Tour to UNESCO Listed Cesky Krumlov
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Inclusions

Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Tour Hostess who is on hand to assist with making your Holiday a memorable one.
Return Economy Airfares and Taxes from Melbourne to Europe (Other Cities and Classes of Travel available on request)
Internal Airfare including taxes 
All 4 Star Accommodation with private facilities
Specialist Guides at Each Destination
All Transportation as Detailed in our Itinerary
All Sightseeing and Activities as Detailed in our Itinerary
All Meals as Detailed in our Itinerary
Willing to Share Option
Meet and Greet Documentation Distribution Day (Subject to Min Numbers Attending)
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday 24 September 2020

Melbourne - Bucharest (Meals Inflight)

Welcome to Sisterhood Womens Travel.  Meet your Sisterhood Tour Hostess and fellow travellers at Melbourne Airport for your flight to Bucharest, Romania.  Sit back relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment as we head towards our next adventure.

Day 2- Friday 25 September 2020

Welcome to Romania (WD)

Welcome to Romania!  Located in the south of Romania, vibrant Bucharest serves as the country’s capital, as well as a prime city break destination. The Old Town area (commonly referred to as Lipscani) contains an interesting collection of architectural styles, from Baroque to Art Nouveau, as well as an excellent selection of affordable cafes, bars and restaurants.

Upon arrival we'll be met by our Specialist Guide and transferred to our hotel. Time to settle in with the remainder of the afternoon free.  Tonight we'll regroup and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight - Cismigiu Hotel Bucharest (or similar)

Day 3 - Saturday 26 September 2020

Bucharest (B)

After breakfast we depart on a full day guided sightseeing tour of the city. We'll visit the huge Palace of the Parliament – the world’s third-largest administrative building by area but also the heaviest! At the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant we will have the chance to engage with age-old traditions and folk customs from the rural Romanian population.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Cismigiu Hotel Bucharest (or similar)

Day 4 - Sunday 27 September 2020

Bucharest - Transylvania (B)

Today is a full day excursion out of the city, heading north to the fabled Transylvania region, inspiration for Bram Stoker’s masterpiece Dracula.  As well as visiting Bran Castle (colloquially known as ‘Dracula Castle’) we will also have time to explore the picturesque nearby town of Brasov as well as stopping at the impressive Neo-Renaissance castle of Peleş.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Cismigiu Hotel Bucharest (or similar)

Day 5 - Monday 28 September 2020

Bucharest - Riga (B)

It is time to leave Romania this morning.  We'll spend some time at leisure before transferring to the airport for our flight to Riga, the capital of Latvia on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Considered the cultural centre of the country, this metropolis is home to a variety of wonderful theatres, fascinating museums, grand boulevards and traditional wooden buildings. A perfect blend of tradition and modernity, Riga is known for its impressive architecture and rich history. It boasts the world’s richest collections of art nouveau facades. There are many winding cobblestone alleyways, shops and restaurants of the medieval Old Town as well as beautiful art nouveau architecture lining the streets.

Upon arrival we'll be met by our Specialist Guide and tansferred to our hotel.  

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Opera Hotela and Spa (or similar)

Day 6 - Tuesday 29 September 2020

Riga (B,D)

Today will be spent enjoying the best of what the Latvian capital has to offer with our local guide. We start with a visit to the local open-air ethnographic museum then afterwards we'll enjoy a tasting of the infamous Riga Balsam liqueur. A traditional Latvian dinner is included this evening.

Overnight - Opera Hotel and Spa (or similar)

Day 7 - Wednesday 30 September 2020

Riga - Vilnius (B,D)

Today we head south into the neighbouring Baltic country of Lithuania. En route, we'll stop to view the impressive Hill of Crosses at Siauliai as well as the Pazaislis Monastery in Kaunas, Lithuania's second city.  We'll arrive into Vilnius where tonight we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant 

Sprawling along the banks of the Neris River the 14th-century town of Vilnius is Lithuania’s capital. It is renowned for its cultural heritage and complex history, its impressive Baroque architecture and is home to the largest baroque Old Town in Eastern Europe. Stroll the charming cobblestoned streets of the Unesco-listed medieval Old Town which boasts a collection of multicoloured buildings, view the Gothic St. Anne's Church and visit the 16th-century Gate of Dawn with its sacred Virgin of Mary icon. This quirky town boasts a rich cultural scene and offers a host of reasons to visit. Highlights include the Holocaust Museum, the spectacular panoramas from the Hill of Three Crosses, sampling the array of Lithuanian delights and browsing the traditional crafts and art of the Amber Museum.

Overnight - Hotel Congress (or similar)

Day 8 - Thursday 1 October 2020

Vilnius (B)

We spend this morning with a local guide taking in the sights including the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Cathedral followed by a funicular ride up Gediminas Hill to see the eponymous tower. This afternoon we have free to continue to explore.  

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Congress (or similar)

Day 9 - Friday 2 October 2020

Vilnius - Warsaw (B,D)

After breakfast and after check-out we head to nearby Trakai to visit its famous castle, a 14th century construction with a spectacular lake island setting. The remainder of the day is spent driving south into Poland and its capital city of Warsaw. Known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Warsaw is one of Europe’s most dynamic metropolitan cities. The city serves as the capital and largest city of Poland. It rose like a phoenix from the ashes after World War II which destroyed 85 percent of its buildings. Today, it features a wide array of interesting architectural styles from Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers to restored Gothic churches and Neoclassical palaces. Warsaw boasts a charming Old Town complete with cobblestoned streets fringed by pastel coloured buildings and open-air cafes.

Dinner will be included on arrival.

Overnight - Novotel Warszawa Centrum (or similar)

Day 10 - Saturday 3 October 2020

Warsaw (B)

This morning’s guided city tour will introduce us to the old heart of Warsaw. We then visit one of the most evocative museums in Europe, the Warsaw Rising Museum, which documents the 1944 resistance effort of the local military. The afternoon is free to explore.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Novotel Warszawa Centrum (or similar)

Day 11 - Sunday 4 October 2020

Warsaw - Krakow (B)

After breakfast we continue south to Krakow. Upon arrival we will meet our guide for a half day guided city tour. Resting on the banks of the Vistula River, near the border of the Czech Republic, Krakow is the second largest city in Poland. Dubbed the 'Magical City', it is best known for its impressive array of architectural styles exhibited in the Jewish quarter and in the well-preserved medieval heart of the city. Krakow, which served as the former royal capital, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and boasts a harmonious blend of past and present. It is popular with tourists seeking old-world fairytale charm. Highlights to enjoy are Rynek Glowny, the market square in the old town filled with countless restaurants, cafes and bars, ancient St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-century Gothic church and Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost. There's also Wawel Castle, the crown jewel of Krakow's architectural treasures as well as the atmospheric Jewish neighbourhood of Kazimierz. 

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Mercure Stare Miasto (or similar)

Day 12 - Monday 5 October 2020

Krakow (B,D)

Today we enjoy a full day excursion to visit two of the area’s top, albeit very different attractions. The Wieliczka Salt Mine was one of the world’s oldest operation salt mines until commercial mining was halted in 1996. Its attractions include the shafts and labyrinthine passageways, displays of historic salt-mining technology, an underground lake, four chapels and numerous statues carved by miners out of the rock salt and more recent sculptures by contemporary artists. Our second visit will be to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp memorial site, a confronting experience but a story that must be told. Dinner will be included on our return to Krakow.

Overnight - Mercure Stare Miasto (or similar)

Day 13 - Tuesday 6 October 2020

Krakow - Wroclaw (B

After a leisurely breakfast we head west to the less-visited smaller town of Wroclaw.  Resting on the banks of the spectacular Oder River, Wroclaw is the largest city in western Poland and the fourth largest in the entire country. Elegant houses line the streets of this picturesque city, which served as the historic capital of the medieval Silesia and Lower Silesia territories. This thriving multicultural centre serves as the commercial and cultural hub of the region. Wroclaw hosts a variety of popular musical and theatrical events each year.  We'll enjoy an afternoon city tour including panoramic views of the Gothic-style Old Town Hall which houses the Museum of Wroclaw; the large domed Centennial Hall, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique Expressionist architecture and the twelve islands which dot the river including Cathedral Island known for its Gothic architecture.  In addition to seeing some of the 163 famous dwarves of Wroclaw, we will visit the Raclawice Panorama, a monumental cycloramic paintng depicting the Battle of Racławice, during the Kościuszko Uprising.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Grand City (or similar)

Day 14 - Wednesday 7 October 2020

Wroclaw - Prague (B

Today we continue onto Prague in the Czech Republic.  When it comes to beauty and romance, Prague gives Paris a run for its money. With its idyllic riverside location, its lavish fairytale architecture and an unforgettable skyline dotted with medieval church spires and opulent domes, this beautifully preserved historical city manages to charm everyone who visits. Highlights of this city include the haunting Prague Castle, the spectacular Charles Bridge and the fascinating Franz Kafka Museum. We'll have the chance to get lost in the maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards filled with baroque chapels and unexpected gardens.  Enroute to Prague we'll stop in Sychrov to visit its impressive Castle set within lovely parklands.  

Upon arrival into Prague dinner will be at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Adria (or similar)

Day 15 - Thursday 8 October 2020

Prague (B,FD)

This morning we'll be introduced to the highlights of Prague on a half-day tour, including the Old Town Square, the distinctive Charles Bridge and entrance to the hilltop castle. The afternoon will be free to explore, before a farewell dinner in a local restaurant to celebrate great times with new friends.

Overnight - Hotel Adria (or similar)

Day 16 - Friday 9 October 2020

Prague - Czesky Krumlov (B)

Today we'll drive to the famous bohemian village of Cesky Krumlov.  Located in South Bohemia, near the Czech Republic’s southern border, Cesky Krumlov is a compact, photogenic town with obvious tourist appeal. Best explored on foot - we'll be able to traverse the town in under 30 minutes. Cesky Krumlov is packed full of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, as well as historic sights, lively bars and sidewalk cafes. A must-see is the 13th-century Cesky Krumlov Castle, which boasts a large and lovely garden and an original 17th-century Baroque theatre. We'll enjoy a guided city tour then free time to explore this magical town.

Returning early evening with time to pack and dinner at leisure.

Overnight - Hotel Adria (or similar)

Day 17 - Saturday 10 October 2020

Prague - Home (B)

Today we begin our journey home with a transfer to Prague Airport.  Sit back and reminicise about the amazing experience you have shared with new friends and enjoy the inflight entertainment.

Day 18 - Sunday 11 October 2020

Welcome Home!

Welcome Home!  Thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back!

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