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Story Land & Sea®

A Hand-Crafted "Off-Book" Tour by Story.

The Eastern Europe Tour


A Unique Off-Book Story Tour Experience

Your Adventure Begins in Krakow and ends in Prague.
Consider extending to Paris after Prague to soak in the city of light.

12 Days Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna & Prague

• Our Hotels are located in the Heart of the cities ~ No Taxi or Shuttles needed to get to heart of the city. 
• Daily Departures Available

Story Land & Sea® extends a personal invitation for you to join us on the Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna & Prague Tour.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Our Adventure Begins.

Mark Story and Story Tour Captain Jodie Hedrick hand-selected each aspect of this classic Eastern European itinerary. Join both of them in May and Jodie in the fall for this delightful tour.

Leave the Herd Behind.

  • Budapest Castle
  • Budapest and Danube River
  • Budapest Parliament
  • Prague & Charles Bridge
  • Prague Skyline
  • Vienna Skyline & Danube River
International Flight
Day 1: DEPART NORTH AMERICA ON YOUR OVERNIGHT FLIGHT

Depart Your Home Airport on your Trans-Atlantic flight to Krakow (arriving Day 2) ~ the flight is not included, but please inquire for special fares with our Air Service.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Venice) on time regardless of whether Story Land & Sea® has arranged your air.

  We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.




Krakow

Day 2: KRAKOW, POLAND

food icon   Dining: Enjoy our Included Welcome Dinner in Krakow this evening.

Welcome: Welcome to Poland. Krakow is the country's medieval capital and considered one of the finest medieval cities in Europe. Upon arrival, check-in, freshen up and then enjoy our Orientation Walkabout of the city's Old Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will see the Jagiellonian University, the Franciscan Church and the Archbishop's Palace, where Karol Wojtyla lived for two decades before becoming Pope John Paul II.

Krakow, Poland
Krakow, Poland

ORIENTATION: We'll enjoy a Story tradition with our Walkabout and a special reception with our guests.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Krakow with your Tour Captain.

ACCOMMODATION: Betmanowska Residence, Sheraton Grand, or Similar, 2 Nights

Note: The hotels selected are some of our preferred properties, however, some of our other preferred properties may be used. Your hotels will be finalized about 45 days prior to the tour and will be available in your Final Documents mailing.

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Experiencing Krakow

Day 3: WELCOME TO KRAKOW

food icon   Dining: Breakfast included. Optional Dinner with Tour Captain tonight.

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION: Historic Krakow Panoramic Tour
Today join our local Expert Guide for a wonderful tour of Krakok including the former Jewish Quarter, known as Kazimierz (holidays permitting) – and which was nearly destroyed in World War II but since has been restored and enjoying a Renaissance. Journey to Wawel Hill on the banks of the Vistula to see Wawel Castle, the seat of Polish kings from the 11th to 17th centuries, and visit inside iconic Wawel Cathedral, Poland's national sanctuary and historic royal coronation site.

In the afternoon, you're free to explore "Cracow" on your own or join an excursion to the poignant memorial and museum at Auschwitz, 40 miles from the city.

Option: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Experience - 1:15PM Departures available but must book early. $65 per person.
Inquire with reservations.

NOTE: Story recommends you consider coming in a day or 2 early to give yourself ample time in Krakow.

Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight or explore at leisure.

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Budapest

Day 4: BUDAPEST & THE DANUBE

food icon   Story Way®Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Budapest with your Tour Captain.

This morning we will travel from Poland through the scenic Tatra Mountains, stopping for lunch in Slovakia en route to Hungary. Arrive in Budapest, check-in, freshen up and enjoy an Orienation Walkabout with the Tour Captain.

Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

Story Exclusive Cruise on the Danube: Enjoy a unique perspective experience cruising with your Tour Captain on the Danube.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Budapest with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation: Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace, 3 Nights

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Budapest

Day 5: BUDAPEST

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION: Tour of Budapest
Today we meet our Local Expert Guide for a delightful tour of the city.

Our tour will feature in Pest:

• Andrassy Avenue - driving
• Heroes' Square - visit
• State Opera House - driving
• Dohány Synagogue - walking
• St. Stephen's Basilica - walking
• Buda: walking exploration including Castle Hill World Heritage Site featuring Gothic arches, eighteenth-century Baroque houses and cobblestone streets.
•  Trinity Square - walking
•  Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) - walking
•  Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) - walking

Connected by Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Pest is located on the eastern side of the Danube. The name Pest comes from a Slavic word meaning furnace or oven most likely in reference to a local cave where fire burned.

Tonight for dinner you may explore on your own, however, the Tour Captain will invite you to join them to a special restaurant for a unique dining experience.



 

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Budapest

Day 6: BUDAPEST

Today enjoy a day at leisure with several options to consider.

• Optionally, journey with the Tour Captain on an interesting walking tour this morning both above and below ground! Costs for this walk/ride will be nominal with an optional lunch at a very unique café.

• Budapest Szechenyi Spa Entrance with VIP Massage -Visiting Budapest is not complete without bathing in one of its world-famous thermal spring spas. Europe’s largest spa - Szechenyi Bath - with its 18 pools, offers 50 and 70 minutes VIP massages if you’re looking for more than the already amazing comfort brought to you by this prestigious Thermal Spa. $66 per person

•  Budapest Parliament House Tour - We will soak in the beauty of this architectural wonder on our night cruise on the Danube, but for those who want to experience it you may optionally enjoy this 90-minute tour. The architectural jewel of Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament Building, is home to the Holy Crown of Hungary. You will get to explore its impressive interior, including stops in the Session Room, the Great Vaulted Hall and at the central staircase. Soak up the history behind the walls of Hungary’s largest building as your guide provides historical and anecdotal commentary. $29 per person, inquire for reservations.

• Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour - Experience 360-degree views of Budapest as you travel aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus. Audio commentary is available as you pass through the rich history of the city’s streets. The 48-Hour sightseeing tour includes a Danube River cruise, an evening bus ride and two walking tours. With the 24-Hour ticket it is possible to enjoy the bus tour for 24 hours and join the panoramic evening bus ride. Valid for 48 or 24 hours, this ticket allows you to hop on and off at any of the 27 stops offered throughout Budapest while also enjoying the additional activities. $19 per person.

•  Budapest St Stephen's Basilica Organ Concert with Optional Danube River Dinner Cruise - Experience an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Basilica on your next trip to Budapest. The sound inside the dome of this neoclassical church makes it the perfect spot for Bach and Vivaldi, performed by some of Hungary’s most revered musicians. To continue the festivities, upgrade to a late-night dinner cruise on the Danube afterward, and toast to the beautiful view with a glass of Champagne. A traditional Hungarian meal is also available on board, served buffet-style. Along the way you’ll pass UNESCO World Heritage sights like the Buda Castle, lit up for the evening hours. $29 per person.

Tonight, optionally join your Tour Captain for dinner or explore on your own.



 

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Bratislava

Day 7: BRATISLAVA & ON TO VIENNA

food icon   Story Way® Included Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dining experience in Vienna with your Tour Captain.

We make our way to Bratislava, Slovakia's capital city for a tour with our expert guide. Officially, The Slovak Republic came into existence on January 1, 1993. Except for a brief period during World War II, during which Slovakia was a protectorate state of Nazi Germany, the Slovak people have been the subjects of stronger political entities, such as the Czechs of the Czechoslovak federation, the Magyars of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the sovereigns of the Habsburg Empire.

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION: Guided Experience in Bratislava
It is a city rich in history and we enjoy a walking tour visiting its very heart with our local guide.

We continue on to Vienna where we will enjoy an included welcome dinner.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Vienna with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation: The Ring Hotel, 2 Nights


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Vienna

Day 8: TOUR OF VIENNA

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION: Experiencing Vienna
Enjoy a special route through the Judenplatz, or Jewish Quarter. The square is lined with impressive Baroque and 19th century buildings. It was the heart of the Jewish ghetto from the 13th to the 15th centuries. It is now home to a Holocaust memorial designed to look like a stack of books in a library which represent the untold stories of Holocaust victims. The base of the monument is engraved with the names of the places in which Austrian Jews were put to death during the Nazi era. We also will visit the Ruprechtsplatz and the nearby Ruprechtskirche which is the oldest church in Vienna possibly dating back to 740 and Morzinplatz with its Monument to the Victims of Fascism. This monument stands on the former site of the Gestapo headquarters.

Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria

We return to the hotel for the balance of the afternoon free.

Option: This afternoon, you may optionally add a guided tour of the city of Vienna along the famous Ringstrasse and the Danube River to the Schonbrunn Palace, which was built to compete with the Palace of Versailles in Paris.

Optional Dining Tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.


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To Prague

Day 9: EXPLORING PRAGUE

food icon   Included Dining: Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dining experience in Vienna with your Tour Captain.

This morning we travel to Prague in the Czech Republic, one of our favorite cities in Europe.

Upon arrival in the early afternoon, we will check-in (drop bags, rooms ready later in the day), freshen up and enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your Tour Captain. Sights include Old Town, Powder Tower and the Municipal House, and of course, Charles Bridge with its street artists and musicians.

We also will take in the 'most beautiful library in the world' found in Prague, the Clementinum, based on availability that may be affected by local municipal challenges.

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

Story Exclusive: Enjoy a unique perspective experience today.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a special welcome dinner in Prague with your Tour Captain.

ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Paris, 3 Nights



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Prague's Hradcany Castle

Day 10: MORE OF PRAGUE

food icon Optional Dining Tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

The 1000 Year Old Castle in Prague's Castle District

SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION: Tour of Prague
After a great breakfast, we enjoy a walking tour of Prague with our local guide. A stroll in Prague takes us past Charles University on the way through the Jewish Quarter with views of the Old Jewish Cemetery and Synagogues. We continue across the Vltava River to arrive in the Castle District.

Hradcany Castle, Prague, Hungary
Hradcany Castle, Prague

We enjoy a guided tour of the 1000 year old Hradcany Castle, noted as the "largest castle in the world." It dates to the 9th century and the district boasts a cathedral (St Vitus) and many noble historical palaces. A full on immersion tour of the Castle and district before lunch.

INCLUDED SIGHTSEEING AND ADMISSION WITH LOCAL GUIDE Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING to:

Walking Tour of Prague featuring:

  • Jewish Quarter with views of Old Jewish Cemetery & Synagogues
  • Charles University and the Vltava River
  • Famed Charles Bridge
  • Admission and Guided Tour to Hradcany Castle
  • Guided Tour of the Castle

Walking Level: Light to Moderate, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light to Moderate


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Prague

Day 11: ANOTHER DAY TO DISCOVER MORE OF PRAGUE

food icon   Story Way® Dining: One of our favorite nights of fun and celebration as we toast one another to a wonderful trek together. The venue and the music make for the perfect ending to your European vacation. Tonight, enjoy our farewell dinner with your Tour Captain. It is a night of fun, great cuisine and vino, and memories! Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!

This morning meet our Expert Guide and enjoy our walking tour to Wenceslas Square, one of Prague's main city squares and the heart of the cultural communities in New Town Prague.

The square is named after the patron saint of the historical country of Bohemia, and is a World Heritage Site.

Prague's central boulevard and largest public square, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti) has been the social and political heart of the city for hundreds of years and is home to some of the city’s finest works of architecture.

The historic square has also played a key role in shaping the history of Prague – this was the location where the First Republic was declared in 1918, where the notorious 1969 protests took place against the Soviet occupation and where the 1989 protest marches kick-started the Velvet Revolution and ultimately the end of the Communist era.

This morning walk will end mid-morning for the balance of your day at leisure to explore.

Story Way® Dining: Tonight is a special time as you join the Tour Captain for an included Farewell to Prague Dinner with your new (and old) friends.

Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.

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Departure Day

Day 12: DEPARTURE DAY OR ESCAPE TO PARIS WITH STORY

DEPARTURE TRANSFER: Opt for a departure transfer to the airport: $59 per person, minimum two guests.

Does your flight leave too early for this departure? Elect to stay one more night in Prague at our hotel for a special discounted rate.

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Inquire with reservations for pricing and details.

To reach us by telephone, call toll free 1-877-865-6711
Story Land & Sea® | 12835 East Arapahoe Road, Tower 1, Suite 550, Centennial, CO 80112


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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Krakow Hotels - 2 Nights

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit. Classic Budget guests will enjoy a continental breakfast.



Budapest Hotels - 3 Night



Vienna, Italy - 2 Nights



Prague Hotels - 3 Nights


12 Days Eastern European True Small-Group® Tour


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Krakow
    $89 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Departure Transfers in Prague
    $94 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Full Hot Daily Breakfast Included
    1 Lunch Included
    5 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Upsell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® Tours provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • Daily Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 5 Unique Dinners (1 Dinner on Budget Option)
    Our dinners are at real restaurants (not buffets at the hotels).
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, SOME LUNCHES AND DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. Lunches and dinner included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants. Classic Budget includes welcome dinner in Edinburgh and breakfast, 1 lunch. 

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Land & Sea® vacation.

 

Our Eastern EuropeanTour
From $6,189 for 12 Days


Departures


2017
— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures. Inquire for your departure.

True Small-Group® Tours up to 16 Guests
Published Date Tour Size Price
Departures in May and October 2017
May 23 Max 16 Guests $6,189
Oct 15
Max 16 Guests $6,189


 

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