Join me for an amazing adventure April 26- May 6, 2018
This area of Europe is beautiful!! Medieval castles, culture, history, unique bath houses where you can enjoy spa treatments or thermal baths. This part of the world also offers great food, beer and wine. You will not be disappointed if you join in on this trip!
Thursday April 26th
Depart the U.S. for an overnight flight.
Friday April 27th -Welcome to Budapest
Join Travel by Erin in staying 1 night extra in Budapest. I will be treating everyone to dinner this evening. The pre night stay is optional of course. I prefer this option as arriving a day early will give everyone a chance to rest up then see things the following day that we would miss if we just showed up and started the tour. The cost for the additional night is $73 per person when sharing a room or $129 as a single.
Saturday April 28th- Budapest - Join in on an included day hosted by Travel by Erin for joining in on this fun trip. Itinerary to be determined as we get closer to travel.
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director--this is the start of the tour, a welcome dinner from Globus will be hosted with wine at a local restaurant. Meals included Breakfast and Dinner included
Sunday April 29th Budapest
Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, admire the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and HEROES’ SQUARE. Afternoon at leisure. Breakfast inlcuded
Monday April 30th Bratislava, Slovakia
Start the day in Esztergom, the capital of Hungary from the 10th through the mid-13th centuries and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary today. Your guided tour features a visit to the ESZTERGOM BASILICA AND TREASURY, the largest church in Hungary. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, and explore the historical center of Bratislava on foot with your Local Guide. Marvel at the medieval towers and fortifications, of which St. Michael’s Gate is the oldest, the medieval Town Hall, gothic ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH, and many palaces, like Grassalkovich Palace, built around 1760 and now residence of the Slovak president, and Archiepiscopal Palace, now seat of the Slovak government. Breakfast included
Tuesday May 1st Vienna, Austria
Cross the nearby Austrian border and stop in the Vienna Woods for a special included excursion: enjoy a BOAT CRUISE on Europe’s largest underground lake. Arrive in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Your guided sightseeing features a stop at the colorful and unusual Hundertwasserhaus, and a drive along the Ringstrasse. Pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous HELDENPLATZ, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. Breakfast inlcluded
Wednesday May 2nd Vienna, Austria
In the morning, join the locals at the historic Café Landtmann for Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Balance of the day at leisure or join our exciting optional excursion to splendid Schönbrunn Palace. Breakfast Included
Thursday May 3rd Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic–Hluboká nad Vltavou
Český Krumlov is a small town in southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, mainly for its fine architecture in gothic, renaissance, and baroque style, constructed during the 13th through the 17th centuries. A guided walking tour shows you the main sites, then continue to our hotel, beautifully located on the Hluboká Castle grounds, for dinner and an overnight stay. Breakfast and Dinner inlcuded
Friday May 4th České Budějovice–Prague
Start with a guided visit of the CASTLE, then continue to České Budějovice for an exciting visit to the BUDVAR (Budweiser) BREWERY. Arrive in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. An optional evening is available to explore Prague by night. Breakfast Dinner
Saturday May 5th Prague
Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the 1,000-year-old HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. This evening, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Prague’s fine restaurants. Breakfast and Dinner included.
Sunday May 6th Prague
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning Breakfast ( or you can extend your trip).
Post Nights in Prague are available if you would like to stay longer, the price is $75 per person per night when you have 2 people in a room, $129 per night as a single.
Optional add on nights in Prague
1 Night May 6th fly home on the May 7th
2 nights and fly home on May 8th.
I am sorry that I can not stay with you on the post nights, I will need to head home at the end of our tour as I have a son graduation high school the following week.
Interested in an optional extension to Berlin, Germany? How about taking a train to Germany with a 3 night luxury stay in Berlin at the end of the main tour? This must be done on the last day of the tour and in lieu of any extra nights in Prague. Sorry they can not be combined. This trip is done through Monograms, the independent version of the Globus brand. You would have a concierge to take you to and from the train station, 3 nights accomodation, a half of a day of sightseeing in Berlin. Breakfast is included each morning. There is also concierge to help you plan the rest of your stay. The hotel is scheduled to be the Intercontinental Berlin.
Price for the optional Berlin extension
An additional $789 per person when sharing a room or $1540 when booking as a single.
Dates for the extension
- May 6th Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class) to Berlin. Check in to the InterContinental Berlin.
- May 7th Morning guided sightseeing includes the restored Reichstag, Charlottenburg Palace, remains of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, and Museum Island. Time for a picture stop at the HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL and BRANDENBURG GATE.
- May 8th day at leisure. Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.
- May 9th – return to the US.
Accommodations for the tour- all of the hotels look very nice.
BUDAPEST COURTYARD BUDAPEST CITY CENTER
BRATISLAVA RADISSON BLU CARLTON
VIENNA HILTON VIENNA DANUBE WATERFRONT
HLUBOKÁ NAD VLTAVOU HOTEL STEKL
Park Inn Prague
1 pre-night is reserved for everyone that wants to take advantage of this option. All post nights and the Berlin extension will also be based on availability, this needs to be requested when you book. Globus can change the hotels and itinerary if needed but as of today all contracts are signed, this is where we are going and the hotels we will be staying at.
This trip is open to anyone that wants to join in, you can bring your friends or family members!!
I know that it will be an amazing experience, we will see some beautiful and historic places in Eastern Europe.
Please let me know if you have any questions. If you would like to join in please ask me to send you an electronic booking form. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 719-694-5454.
I hope to see all of you on the 2018 Bohemian Dream!!!
Things to know:
This is a much slower paced trip compared to the 2016 trip. On a scale of 1-4 with 4 being the most active we are at a level 2.
My Vegan and Vegetarian friends, plenty of vegan dining options in every city!!
I have started with the booking the whole coach for just our group. I am hopeful that we can get at least 30 people so we can keep the bus to ourselves. If we do this, we can adjust the schedule to our needs. If we do not fill the seats, no worries we will just enjoy the trip as Globus has it planned.
Rates- I locked in a promotional rate of $2039 plus we get a 10% discount making the total $1835 for the tour portion! Journeys members ( repeat Globus, Cosmos or Monograms clients) receive an additional 5% off of that rate. I am also asking everyone to fly for 1 pre-night in Budapest-optional of course. The rate for the extra pre-night is $73 per person plus the cost of transportation to the hotel.
Deposits- $250 deposit per person for the tour. A deposit of $300 is due if you want to book your airfare through Globus.
Final payment for the trip will be due February 20, 2018 unless a prior arrangement with Travel by Erin has been made.
Airfare- it is and additional cost that can be quoted upon request. Those not doing the extension will fly into Budapest and out of Prague. I would anticipate airfare being $900-$1500 per person, depending on your airport and dates of travel. The deposit for airfare booked with Globus will be $300, the remaining will be rolled into your final payment. If you have points and want to book air on your own, you may certainly do so.
Roommates- when you place your deposit and fill out the booking form, I will need you to tell me who your roommate will be. You will need to have a discussion with them because if they back out you will now have an increased single occupancy charge of $500 if you travel as a single. If you both buy the cancel for any reason insurance this will not happen, you will be price protected but you both must buy the plan.
Anyone that has traveled with Globus, Cosmos, Avalon or Monograms in the last 5 years, you can save an extra 5% off!!! When you have your journeys club number I can apply the 5% off of the tour portion.
Insurance- always highly recommend as life happens!! This will cover you for medical, missed connections, trip delays and more. The cancel for any reason through Globus is $229 each. Refunds would be in the form of a voucher for future travel, cash back or mix of both depending on when you cancel. It will also price protect you if your roommate cancels but both of you must purchase the plan.
Travel Documentation- each person will need a valid passport with at least 6 full months before the expiration date from our arrival date. US Passport holders do not require a Visa.
Staying connected while traveling- Free Wi-Fi is available on the motor coach. The wifi on the bus can be spotty. Wi-Fi will be available in most hotel lobbies and some hotel rooms.
I hope to see you on this 2018 trip!!!
Travel By Erin