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Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary & Poland
We put this trek together to bring friends and travelling orphans together over the festive period. You will eat and drink well on this trip! Start your Eastern Europe festive experience in stunning Prague, spend Christmas in an Austrian winery and go clubbing in uber-cool Krakow on New Year's Eve. Our original Festive trek was so popular this is the itinerary in reverse but just as brilliant an experience. Both treks meet in Budapest on Boxing Day for the party to end all parties!
- Your fantastic Busabout Guide
- 10 breakfasts
- 10 nights' accommodation
- Tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau
- Walking tour of Krakow
- Christmas dinner
- Christmas Eve dinner
- Vienna Schnapps museum
- FREE Lonely Planet guidebook
- Traditional Christmas markets in Prague
- Christmas dinner in a winery in the Viennese hills
- Soak in the thermal pools of Budapest
- The Bohemian gem of Cesky Krumlov
- New Years Eve in Krakow
- Cosy White Christmas atmosphere
Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Guide
- Welcome to Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise with Karaoke
- Skiing on the slopes of Zakopane
- Thermal pools, Budapest
Day 1: 22 December – Prague
We meet at 9am for an orientation walk around Prague. Get ready to see the sights before delving into the Christmas markets. The afternoon is free for you to visit a museum, shop for that secret Santa present before getting ready for the Welcome party and the chance to get to know your fellow trekkers and Guides.
Day 2: 23 December – Prague to Cesky Krumlov
We depart Prague and make the short journey to Cesky Krumlov, a Bohemian jewel looking great especially at Christmas time.. We'll do a walking tour before enjoying dinner in the old town. This is the last working day before Christmas so it's an opportunity to celebrate with the locals tonight.
Day 3: 24 December – Cesky Krumlov to Vienna
Journey east to the Austrian capital Vienna, where on arrival we'll sample schnapps at the Schnapps museum. The Bull's blood has a real kick. Austrians celebrate Christmas tonight so we'll do the same, with a delicious dinner included and a few drinks to celebrate Christmas Eve in style.
Day 4: Christmas Day – Vienna
Wake up to a Christmas in Vienna, a world city. This morning we wander through the 1st district sipping coffee in some of the best coffee houses in the world. In the afternoon we'll head to the Vienna hills for our Christmas celebrations, amongst the wine growing regions with excellent locally produced food and a cosy atmosphere. This is a real highlight, eating and drinking quality food and wine which you will never forget.
Day 5: Boxing Day - Vienna to Budapest
We leave Vienna and head further east to the Hungarian metropolis Budapest, stopping en route in Bratislava for some winter fun. Bratislava has an amazing castle district and old town so we'll have lunch there. We have good friends here that will make your Boxing Day one to remember, with an evening meal of goulash and some karaoke on board the Danube River night cruise.
Day 6: 27 December - Budapest
A chance to attack the Boxing Day Sales (Cheap Eastern Europe prices!) or melt the afternoon away in the cities' famous thermal baths (what better way to spend a cold European Winter's day outside than in the steaming hot therapeutic waters!). It's your day in Budapest to really get to know this magnificent town, so get onboard with caving tours, walking tours or our hop on, hop off coach tour to get the most out of this amazing city.
Day 7: 28 December - Budapest to Zakopane
We bid Budapest goodbye and head into the Polish Alps for some winter fun and revelry. Mountains, snow, skiing, horse and sleigh rides, it's all here. The highland BBQ food is a highlight. Zakopane is set in a rural setting and our chalet will provide you all with a cosy home in the Alps.
Day 8: 29 December - Zakopane
A day to enjoy the Alps and skiing is great value here. The town of Zakopane looks fabulous at this time and the pre New Year's atmosphere abounds throughout the huts that dot the slopes. Tonight we'll enjoy some hot wine and goulash around an open fire...
Day 9: 30 December - Zakopane to Krakow
We leave the Polish Alps as we head for one of Europe's most stunning cities - Krakow, our final stop on tour! First though we'll tour Auschwitz before arriving into Krakow pre New Year's ready to party in the best clubs in the East! Krakow's old city hosts one of the most elaborate New Years parties in Europe with the huge city square playing host to live acts, DJs and fireworks! The city is world famous for its nightlife with a labyrinth of underground clubs down secret little side streets with the world's best vodkas, pumping dancefloors full of beautiful people and a great music scene from the funky and chic to the cool and underground – the city has it all! Tonight we'll head to Kazimierz the old quirky Jewish quarter for some live music and real good food for a bit of a warm up!
Day 10: New Year's Eve - Krakow
We set off on the Krakow city walk seeing all the top sights. The afternoon is set as free time in preparation for a New Years to remember. Our friends at Diva club will provide the entertainment and this is one of the best clubs in the town with a good patronage. Dance the night away until the early hours.
Day 11: New Year's Day – Krakow
Trek finishes after breakfast