The Wushan Gorge

 

May 5-17, 2008

$3,495.00 per person

Contact Norma Joseph (309) 677-4747

- Day By Day Itinerary -

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May 5 – Chicago en Route

We depart Chicago/O’Hare Airport on a non-stop flight to Paris. Dinner and breakfast served on board.


May 6 – Paris/Warsaw

We arrive in Paris and connect with our flight to Warsaw, Poland. After arriving in Warsaw, we will proceed through Passport Control and Customs where we will meet our Tour Director who will be with us throughout our trip. We continue to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Dinner is included.


May 7 – Warsaw

This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, including Old Town, the tragic Warsaw Ghetto, the Royal Route, and Lazienki Palace built for the Polish King. We’ll also visit the Old Market Square and the Barbican—once Warsaw’s medieval defense walls, now a fun place filled with artists, performers and street vendors. The afternoon is at leisure.


May 8 – Warsaw

We’ll begin a full-day tour with a drive to Zelazowa Wola to visit the lovely Chopin family manor, the birthplace of the famous composer. We’ll continue to Lowicz, a charming center of folk art where attractions include a lovely open-air museum of country architecture. Then we’ll proceed to Nieborow to visit the Baroque Palace. Return to the hotel.


May 9 – Warsaw/Czestochowa/Auschwitz/Krakow

We’ll depart Warsaw via Czestochowa’s Jasna Gora Monastery and its famous "Black Madonna." We will also stop at Auschwitz Concentration Camp to see the moving memorials dedicated to the men, women, and children who perished there during World War II. We then arrive in the great city of Krakow, the seat of Polish kings for five centuries, the former see of Pope John Paul II, and the site of Europe’s oldest synagogue and equally old university. Dinner is included this evening.


May 10 – Krakow

Our morning tour visits Wavel Hill, a microcosm of Polish history and culture. It boasts the Royal Castle, home to Poland’s monarchs since the 11th century, Wavel Cathedral, Poland’s impressive national shrine, and Clothier’s Hall, the world’s oldest "shopping mall," where you’ll find dozens of native craft shops where you can buy folk art and souvenirs. The afternoon is free to explore this historic town at your own pace. Dinner and a Folklore Show are included this evening.


May 11 – Krakow/Budapest

We leave Krakow this morning for Budapest, Hungary—the "Queen of the Danube." The road to Budapest winds through the lovely hills and countryside of the c and past the Tatras Mountains. Lunch will be on our own en route. In Budapest, dinner and a Folklore Show are included.


May 12 – Budapest

This morning we’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour including the historic Buda Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion with its splendid view of Budapest. We’ll also see the Citadel on Mount Gellert, and the 13th century St. Matthias Church where Franz Liszt’s Coronation Mass had its world premiere when Emperor Franz Joseph was crowned King of Hungary. Then we’re off for a two-hour cruise on the "Beautiful Blue Danube" where we’ll have a panoramic view of all the impressive sights along the riverbanks, including the University, the Arpad Bridge, and Margaret Island, the most beautiful park in Budapest.


May 13 – Budapest/Vienna

We depart Budapest this morning and travel across the rolling Transdanubian Plain dotted with castles and villages. We cross into Austria in the early afternoon and arrive in Vienna, one of Europe’s most elegant cities. The afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city. Dinner is included.


May 14 – Vienna

Our delightful day in Vienna begins with a morning sightseeing tour that includes Prince Eugene’s Belvedere Palace, the stately Hofburg Palace, the beautiful State Opera and the lavish Ring Boulevard. The afternoon is at leisure to savor the captivating baroque elegance of Vienna. Be sure to stop at one of the cafes for fresh strudel and Viennese coffee!


May 15 – Vienna/Prague

Today we head north into the Czech Republic through a landscape of meadows, lakes, castles and the city of Brno. We’ll journey through the historic Bohemian countryside to the golden city of Prague. Farewell Dinner with show is included.


May 16 – Prague

Spanning the River Vitava, Prague ranks as one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe. A morning tour will feature Hradcany Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, and the famous Wenceslas Square. The afternoon is at leisure to visit one of the royal castles, shop for exquisite crystal, and enjoy the city as you like.


May 17 – Prague/Paris/Chicago

We bid farewell to our European escort today as we board our flight to Paris. We’ll meet our connecting flight to Chicago and return home with spectacular memories of our Crown Jewels of Europe holiday.


 

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