Cesky Krumlov is mainly dominated by a large 13th-century Bohemian castle along a natural crossing of the Vltava river, crooked cobblestone streets and brightly-coloured stucco facades.
In the morning, you will coach to Wroclaw, the fourth largest city in Poland that used to be a land frequently fought over by military administration of various countries. Fortunately, under different cultural influences, people values academic education more and more, which gave birth to the 11 national universities in the city today. Since the beginning of 1902, there have been 10 Nobel Prize winners in Wroclaw. The Market Square here is the largest market square in Poland and one of the most beautiful in Europe. There you will find many colourful Renaissance houses and classic gas lamps on the streets.
Accommodation: Park Hotel Diament Wroclaw or equivalent (3/4*)
After breakfast, we will depart to Poznan, which has a very important position in Polish history. Mieszko I made this place the first capital of Greater Poland after uniting the southern and northern territories. In 966, he introduced Catholicism as the state religion, which turned Poland to a predominantly Catholic nation since then. Nowadays it is an important trading, industrial, and education hub of the country, and also the fifth largest Polish city. You will visit the old town that witnesses the history of the city, and enjoy a guided walk tour to see the Old Market Square, City Hall and Parish Church of St. Stanislaus.
Accommodation: Puro Poznań Stare Miasto or equivalent (3/4*)
We will leave Poznan for the capital of Poland, Warsaw. During World War II, 80% of the buildings here were destroyed, but after years of reconstruction, the city looks flourishing again. Upon arrival you will visit top tourist attractions and landmarks like the Jewish Quarter Warsaw, Holy Cross Basilica, Presidential Palace, Piłsudski Square, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Mermaid of Warsaw (Syrena), Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum and Lazienki Park. Later you should also taste some Polish specialties in Warsaw.
Accommodation: Warsaw Plaza Hotel or equivalent (3/4*)
We will drive to Krakow this morning. It is an important tourist city, and the third largest city in Poland. The well-preserved historical Old Town here has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. Some of the main highlights here are the Krakow Main Square, Wawel and Jagiellonian University. Afterwards we will visit Wieliczka Salt Mine where you can witness hundreds of kilometers of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past. There are over 20 chapels in the mine, and the most famous and largest underground chapel in the world is the Chapel of St. Kinga.
Accommodation: Hotel Sympozjum or equivalent (3/4*)
This morning we will depart to Oswiecim to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. It was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. You will see the popular Nazi-era slogan “Arbeit macht frei”, a German phrase meaning "work sets you free" at the entrance here. However, the concentration camp has been converted into a museum since 1947 to commemorate the victims who died at the camps during World War II. In the afternoon, we will proceed our journey to Brno, the second largest city in Czech Republic. Here you will find many valuable historical and cultural remains like castles, churches and museums.
Accommodation: Grandhotel Brno or equivalent (3/4*)
After breakfast, we will coach to Cesky Krumlov from Brno. Located in Bohemia’s deep south, Cesky Krumlov is one of the most picturesque towns in Europe. It is a little like Prague in miniature – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a stunning castle above the Vltava River, an old town square, and lots of Renaissance and baroque architectures. There are also plenty of lively bars and riverside picnic spots that are perfect for a summer hang-out. Next, we will visit the famous home of lager beer “Budweiser”, Ceske Budejovice. You will enjoy a guided walking tour here to see Premysla Otakara II Square, Samson's Fountain, Town Hall, Church of St. Nicholas and Black Tower.
Accommodation: Hotel MalyPivovar or equivalent (3/4*)
In the morning, we will depart to Karlovy Vary. We will first pass by the most beautiful white castle in Bohemia, Hluboka Nad Vltavou Castle. It is a historic Gothic chateau located in the small town of Hluboká nad Vltavou. In the afternoon, we will arrive Karlovy Vary, a world-famous spa town with numerous thermal springs. It lies in a green valley of the river Teplá (meaning "Warm") and its setting alone gives it an atmosphere of beauty and peace. Lastly, we will transfer to Prague.