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Vienna to Prague in Winter
4 Nights
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Discover the cultures, cuisines and traditions of the festive period in Europe
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts and 4 lunches included. We have prebooked lunches in traditional taverns and restaurants in Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Pilsen and Prague. Each specializes in local food, in some cases prepared over an open fire. Dishes typically include meat such as chicken, pork and even wild game, as well as other traditional offerings such as goulash, and most are accompanied by cooked vegetables. More international cuisine is available for those that wish, though choice across Central Europe for vegetarians can be limited. Evening meals can be taken at a restaurant of your choice, though the leader may arrange group meals for those that wish.

Day 1
Lunch followed by sightseeing of the Old Town, St Stephen's Cathedral and Christmas market.
Political and musical history have been made in abundance in Vienna and to make the most of our time here we begin the trip mid morning. Grand buildings, museums and concert halls abound in a city that was the capital of the Austro Hungarian Empire but also very much the music capital of the world for years, hosting the likes of Mozart and Beethoven. Our tour includes a visit to St Stephen's Cathedral and lunch at a traditional restaurant. Visits to the Schonbrunn Palace and the Mozart Museum are optional. From mid November until Christmas Vienna is draped in lights and a number of traditional Christmas markets open in impressive settings, visited each year by around 3 million people. The highlights are numerous - choirs from around the world perform classic, folk and gospel music, and 150 stalls set up outside the Rathaus. Traditional wooden crafts sit alongside gingerbread creations, gluhwein, candied fruits and a variety of cakes and drinks. Overnight Vienna.
Day 2
Transfer to Cesky Krumlov visit Old Town, castle and Christmas Market
In the morning we leave Vienna and cross over the border into the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic to Cesky Krumlov. The historic centre of Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Vltava River winding through it and boasts some fascinating architecture, including the famous castle, which we visit. Here Advent is celebrated in many ways, with the market offering traditional Czech Christmas pastries and drinks as well as folk crafts. The backdrop of picturesque streets lit up by coloured lights and lanterns offers a truly traditional experience. We take in all of these elements, from the imposing Castle to the celebrated Old Town. Here the Christmas market takes place in Svrnosti Square, where performances of dancing, singing and traditional music are put on. You can also try traditional Czech Advent traditions such as lead melting, and candle making. Overnight Cesky Krumlov.
Day 3
To Pilsen, tour of the town including the famous brewery.
One of the Czech Republic's most successful exports is Pilsner Urquell, produced in the town of Pilsen (or Plzen) since 1842. This is our destination today (approx 2.5hrs drive). We of course take a tour (and taste!) of the fascinating brewery, followed by a hearty traditional lunch. There is however a great deal more to enjoy here. Indeed Pilsen will be the European Capital of Culture for 2015, with highlights including St Bartholomew's Cathedral on Namesty Republiky Square, in front of which the festive market is set every year. Pilsen embraces Advent wholeheartedly, and here variations include a bell tower that visitors ring for good luck, along with demonstrations of folk craft and taditions, glassware and wickerwork. Overnight Pilsen.
Day 4
Transfer to Prague for sightseeing and the Christmas Market.
The relatively short journey to Prague (approx 1hr 15mins) gives us a full day to enjoy this wonderful city that offers an array of magnificent buildings, museums, theatres and galleries, attesting to its fine history and importance going back through the Austro Hungarian Empire as far as the Roman domination of Europe. After a traditional luch we tour the most famous sites including Wenceslas Square and the Old Town, which also hold two of the most impressive Christmas markets. The Old Town plays host to choral performances and is where the magnificent Christmas tree is located. Brought in from the Sumava Mountains in the south of the country, this tradition literally illuminates the mediaeval surroundings. Alongside the grilled sausages and sweet 'mazenec' dough, the churches of Prague are also not to be missed as they are all elaborately decorated during this period. Overnight Prague.
Day 5
End Prague.
Our trip ends in Prague.
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