Poland Boutique Travel Route

【Central Europe Tour 】

Budapest, Visegrád and Sopron in Hungary → Bratislava, Slovakia → Prague, the Czech Republic → Kraków, Auschwitz, Warsaw and Gdańsk in Poland → Berlin, Germany

In the 80s’, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union started the political reform to allow more autonomy to the members of the Soviet Union and its camp in Eastern Europe. The democratic movements in Eastern Europe sprang up like mushrooms. Poland held the very first democratic election and its counterparts in Eastern Europe reacted actively to it. For example, the Pan-European Picnic held by Hungary on the Austrian-Hungarian border and the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunion of East and West Germany followed was even deemed to be a success of democratisation in Eastern Europe . The four Central Europe countries that led the wave of democratisation are still working joined hands on international political occasions such as the European Union and the United Nations to advance and retreat together.

Day 1 Hong Kong—— Budapest, Hungary
Morning - Afternoon:

Flight from Hong Kong to Budapest, Hungary.

Night:

Enjoy nice dinner of Hungarian dishes by the riverside of Budapest.

Day 2 Budapest——Visegrád
Morning:

Go up to the Gellért Hill overlooking the city.

Afternoon:

Set off for the Upper Castle in Visegrád, where the Visegrád Group was established. Then, head back to Budapest to visit the Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) and the Hungarian Parliament Building.

Night:

Enjoy a nice dinner of Hungarian cuisine in a restaurant by the Széchenyi Chain Bridge with the beautiful night view of Danube River.

Day 3 Budapest——Sopron
Morning:

Visit the Fisherman's Bastion before taking the train to Sopron at the Austrian-Hungarian border.

Afternoon:

Have a picnic in Sopron to commemorate the Pan-European Picnic. Then visit the Goat Church (Kecske-templom).

Night:

Enjoy the Central European delicacies at the Central Square in downtown.

Day 4 Sopron——Bratislava, Slovakia
Morning:

Take the train to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. After arriving at the city, head to the Bratislava Castle for a visit.

Afternoon:

Stroll around the Old Town in the city and visit the Primate's Palace.

Night:

Have a nice dinner of Slovakian dishes at the Hviezdoslavovo námestie, the town square that witnessed history.

Day 5 Bratislava——Prague, the Czech Republic
Morning:

Take the train to the Czech Republic. You can choose to stop by Český Krumlov for a visit or head straight to Prague. After arriving at Prague, visit Prague Castle.

Afternoon:

Visit the St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane.

Night:

Walk through the famous Charles Bridge. Enjoy the night view of Prague and Czech dishes at Old Town Square.

Day 6 Prague
Morning:

Visit the Lennon Wall to admire the creativity of the Prague people, then spend a good morning at Letná Park.

Afternoon:

Head to Wenceslas Square, where the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution took place, and the National Museum (Národní Muzeum) nearby to learn more about the history of democratisation of the Czech Republic.

Night:

Shop at the Havel’s market and try out Czech delicacies.

Day 7 Prague——Kraków, Poland
Morning:

Take the train to Kraków, Poland. After arriving at the city, visit the Kraków Barbican.

Afternoon:

Visit the Wawel Royal Castle, the Cloth Hall and Saints Peter and Paul Church, Kraków.

Night:

Enjoy Polish cuisine at the Town Square.

Day 8 Kraków
Morning:

Visit the Jagiellonian University and the Wawel Cathedral to trace the steps of former Pope John Paul II.

Afternoon:

Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine and St. Mary's Basilica. Then head to the old Jewish Ghetto to commemorate the history of World War II.

Night:

Shop and dine at Floriańska Street. Then enjoy a drama performance at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre.

Day 9 Kraków——Auschwitz——Warsaw
Morning:

Take the bus to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum to commemorate the history.

Afternoon:

Set off for Warsaw. After arriving at the city, visit the Kazimierz Palace and the Royal Castle.

Night:

Stroll around the Old Town. Enjoy Polish dishes and nightlife at the Castle Square.

Day 10 Warsaw
Morning:

Visit the Holy Cross Church to learn more about the religious culture of Poland.

Afternoon:

Enjoy the city view at the Palace of Culture and Science. Then head to the Wilanów Palace and the Poster Museum for a visit. There you can learn more about the impact posters have on Polish people and the promotion of democratisation.

Night:

Enjoy a drama performance at the Grand Theatre and the Polish drama culture.

Day 11 Warsaw——Gdańsk
Morning:

Take to train to Gdańsk and visit the Gdansk History Museum.

Afternoon:

Visit the Solidarity, a Polish labour union, based at Gdańsk Shipyard to find out more about how it help push forward democratisation in Eastern Europe.

Night:

Enjoy local cuisine by the riverside.

Day 12 Gdańsk——Berlin, Germany
Morning:

Visit the Gdańsk Town Hall and the St. Mary's Church.

Afternoon:

Take the train to Berlin, Germany. After arriving at the city, visit the Glienicke Bridge lies between the East and West Germany in the old days and Charlottenburg Palace.

Night:

Enjoy the night view of the city at the Berliner Fernsehturm. Then have a nice dinner of German dishes before heading to Alexanderplatz, where the largest scale of demonstration in the history of East Germany took place, for a visit.

Day 13 Berlin
Morning:

Visit the Museum Island (Museumsinsel).

Afternoon:

Visit the Reichstag Building and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to commemorate the history. Then visit Berlin Cathedral and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

Night:

Enjoy the German beer culture at Potsdamer Platz.

Day 14 Berlin——Hong Kong
Morning:

Visit the Stasi Museum and the DDR Museum to learn more about the history of East Germany.

Afternoon:

Visit the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, Tränenpalast and Oberbaum Bridge to learn more about the history of East and West Germany.

Night:

Visit the Brandenburg Gate to learn more about the reunion of East and West Germany before taking the flight back to Hong Kong.

Last revision date: June 16, 2020