Join me for an amazing adventure April 26- May 6, 2018
Things to know:
This area of Europe is beautiful!! Medieval castles, history, bath houses where you can spa, great food, beer and wine.
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 for the Bohemian Dream.
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- Globus anticipates the rates to be $2109 per person in 2018. We get a 10% discount making the total $1899 for the tour portion. Journeys members receive an additional 5% off of that rate. If the 2018 rates come in less when they publish their brochure, I will have the rates adjusted for everyone. I am also asking everyone to fly for 1 pre-night in Budapest. The rate for the extra pre-night is $82 per person plus the cost of transportation to the hotel $25 each. I will discuss this with each of you later as a private car may be the better way to go it is almost the same price and way more convenient. I will work on this detail and have more information once we get further into the summer.
Deposits- $250 deposit per person. Airfare will be out in June, I will start a calling you after June 19th for the airfare deposit of $300.
Final payment for the trip would be due February 20, 2018. A payment plan can be made for you if that is easier than paying the final balance all at once in February.
Airfare- it is and additional cost and not possible to tell what the prices will be. We need to fly into Budapest and out of Prague. I would anticipate airfare being $1050-$1450 per person. I am hopeful for the lesser since we are traveling off season but please be prepared for all scenarios to include airfare being higher. The deposit for airfare 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 in the last 5 years, you can save an extra 5% off!!! Please sign up here http://www.journeysclub.com/enroll. 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 cancel but both of you must purchase the plan. http://www.tripmate.com/plan/print_certificate/005E26DE-9C9A-4E37-BC54-B1AB891C0E02
I hope you can all join in on this amazing fun journey!!
Itinerary: These dates are tentative!! Globus and I have tried to get the dates line up correctly but the brochure, contracts and dates are not officially set so please know that the dates can shift a little, the offered excursions, hotels and inclusions could also vary but most likely will stay the same from what I have been told.
Thursday April 26th
Depart the U.S. for an overnight flight.
Friday April 27th Welcome to Budapest
Stay for a pre -night and join Travel by Erin for a hosted included dinner. I will not force anyone to come in for the pre-night but I think it only makes sense to come in 1 night early and the cost for the extra night is only $82 per person when sharing a room or $149 as a single. Arriving a day early will give everyone a chance to rest up and see things the following day that we would miss if we just showed up and started the tour.
Saturday April 28th- Budapest Enjoy a fun and included day out with Erin!!!
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director a welcome dinner from Globus with wine at a local restaurant. 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. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged. 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 $89 per person per night when you have 2 people in a room, $139 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 extension to Berlin, Germany anyone? There is an option to add on 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, your train ticket to Berlin, a half of a day of sightseeing and a concierge to help you plan the rest of your stay, which will be in a beautiful hotel. ( most likely be the Sofitel Berlin Kurfuerstendamm).
Prices for the Berlin extension are and additional $810 per person when sharing a room or $1570 when booking as a single.
Dates for the extension
- May 6th Travel by HIGH-SPEED TRAIN (first-class) to 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 trip tour and extension. They look nice! These are the contracted hotels for 2016 and 2017, there could always be a change for 2018 but they only have one hotel in each city so far- so let’s hope they just continue it that way for 2018. Free Wi-Fi available on your motor coach ( as we have leaned Wi-Fi on the coach can be spotty at best) Wi-Fi will be available in most hotel lobbies and some hotel rooms.
BUDAPEST COURTYARD BUDAPEST CITY CENTER
BRATISLAVA RADISSON BLU CARLTON
VIENNA HILTON VIENNA DANUBE WATERFRONT
HLUBOKÁ NAD VLTAVOU HOTEL STEKL
PRAGUE ANDEL'S BY VIENNA HOUSE PRAGUE
Please remember that the rates are locked in for the tour so they will not go up. However, if the brochure comes out and the rates are less I will make sure everyone gets that savings as well.
Everything is based on a first come. Pre-and post-nights will also be based on availability and need to be requested when you book.
This trip is open to anyone that wants to join in, you can bring your friends or family members!!
Please keep in mind that we are booking early so we need to be flexible and know that the dates may shift a little, the itinerary will be close but again things can change before the brochure and contracts are made for 2018. What I know for sure is 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.
I hope to see all of you on the 2018 Bohemian Dream!!!