Day 1: Krakow
This morning we start the Trek with a day trip to Auschwitz and learn about one of the most tragic periods and events in recent history. In the evening there’s our Busabout welcome party, a night to remember in the heart of Krakow and a brilliant welcome to the tour.
Day 2: Krakow
Today we embrark on the famous Krakow walking tour to discover a city bursting at the seams with history, culture, adventure and good value shopping. Explore the castle district, the Jewish quarter and the historic old town and have a wander through the Christmas markets before some free time when you can visit the Royal Salt Mines. Tonight it's an evening in Kazimierz discovering the spirit and festive vibe of Krakow at Christmas.
Day 3: Krakow to Zakopane
We set off early to make the most of the day ahead. After checking into our cosy alpine lodge, check out the slopes of the Tatra Mountains, or simply soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the picturesque alpine town of Zakopane. Midnight mass is a must for the Polish; join the locals for this amazing spiritual experience and savour a truly central European Christmas Eve. Tonight we'll experience a typical Polish Christmas meal and have our secret Santa; a fun and delicious end to a perfect day.
Day 4: Zakopane
Food, wine and good company - experience a real 'white Christmas' in the heart of Eastern Europe! Christmas dinner is all included; an alpine highland fest, with lots of Christmas cheers, drinks and top cuisine. Spend the afternoon on the slopes, have a ski lesson or simply soak up the festive atmosphere before the celebrations tonight. Dinner is at 7pm and we'll party into the night, celebrating Christmas in true Busabout style.
Day 5: Zakopane to Budapest
It's time to head south to famous Budapest. Stop en-route in Donovally, one of Slovakia's most well-known ski regions, for lunch and a quick husky drawn sled ride! We arrive in Budapest in time for an evening of Boxing Day celebrations with an orientation drive and a night on board the good ship Budapest. Our night cruise is your chance to mingle and dance the night away on the Danube.
Day 6: Budapest
It's your day in Budapest to really get to know this magnificent town. Some of our favourite spots include the Ice-Skating Rink (the largest outdoor rink in Europe) or the Castle District and St Stephen's Cathedral. Melt away the evening in the cities' famous thermal baths (what better way to spend a cold European Winter's evening outside in the steaming hot waters!)
Day 7: Budapest to Vienna
Leaving Budapest, we slip back into Slovakia to visit the capital - Bratislava. Meander through the cobble stone streets and enjoy lunch at one of the many happening restaurants and cafes. Tonight is spent in Vienna, the gateway to the East. On arrival we'll visit the famous Schnapps museum and sample some Bulls blood, for a truly memorable first experience in this awesome city. You can also join our optional ‘Walk and Fork’, to get a full Viennese experience.
Day 8: Vienna
Today is yours to discover Vienna. Warm up with some Gluhwein at the Christmas markets, explore the old town in all its splendour, take your pick from the many museums or get up close and personal with Hundertwasser, Austria's very own Gaudi. For the cultured, there's even the opportunity to witness a famous Viennese concert. Vienna's 1st District is second to none for history and sights, so a nice cultured stop before the build-up to New Year begins.
Day 9: Vienna to Cesky Krumlov
En route to Cesky Krumlov, enjoy a detour to Melk Abbey, located by the stunning Wachau Valley. Then we continue on towards the Czech Republic, arriving in Cesky Krumlov in time for some sightseeing around this quaint UNESCO listed city and an evening of Czech specialities.
Day 10: Cesky Krumlov to Prague
New Year's Eve! We make a nice early start and head the short distance to Prague to get ready for the celebrations. We will orientate you around Prague, checking out all the highlights before our final night and a New Year's to remember with some amazing fireworks over the Vltava!
Day 11: Prague
Trek finishes after breakfast