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Eastern Festive Trek (Krakow - Prague)

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Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria & Czech Republic
Our Festive Trek is now legendary and considered one of the best trips available to travellers wanting a proper celebration combined with a unique cultural experience. Have a white Christmas skiing in the Polish Alps, then an incredible firework display in Prague on New Year's Eve. So popular has this trek become, we are now running the original itinerary and another in reverse. Both treks meet in Budapest on Boxing Day for the party to end all parties!

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DAY 1: KRAKOW

This morning we start the Trek with the famous Krakow walking tour to discover a city bursting at the seams with history, culture, adventure and good value shopping. 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.

H: Traditional Christmas markets in Krakow
H: Busabout Welcome Party
H: Krakow walking tour

DAY 2: KRAKOW

Today is a free day to do as you wish. 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 or a half day trip to Auschwitz and learn about one of the most tragic periods and events in recent history.. Tonight it's an evening in Kazimierz discovering the spirit and festive vibe of Krakow at Christmas. (B)

F: Krakow salt mines
F: Tour of Auschwitz and Birkeanau

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. (B, D)

F: Christmas Eve Dinner

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. (B, D)

H: A Traditional Polish Christmas dinner
F: Skiing on Christmas Day

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. (B)

F: Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise

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!) (B)

F: Soak in the thermal pools of Budapest

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. (B)

H: Schnapps tasting in Vienna
F: Vienna walking tour

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. (B)

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. (B)

F: Enjoy mulled wine in the bohemian gem of Cesky Krumlov

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! (B)
>br/> F: New Year’s Eve fireworks in Prague

DAY 11: PRAGUE

Trek finishes after breakfast. (B)

H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
B=breakfast/L=lunch/D=dinner

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Your fantastic Busabout Guide
10 nights' accommodation
10 breakfasts
Walking tour of Krakow
Local traditional Christmas dinner
Christmas Eve dinner
Vienna Schnapps museum

FREE TIME

Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Guide
Welcome to Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise
Krakow Salt Mines
Skiing on the slopes of Zakopane
Vienna walking tour
Thermal pools, Budapest
Tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau

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