travel: eastern europe with contiki

you know when sometimes something TOTALLY AWESOME happens and you totally LOVE your life?!
that was me today.

I’m very very very excited to be heading off in a few weeks for my very first travel agent familiarity trip courtesy of Contiki.
I applied and really really hoped i’d be chosen and somehow all my happy thoughts panned out and it happened!

so, a mere 5 days after flying home from italy, i’ll be back on a plane to europe, with my destination as prague.

this is a very fast trip.  i am 6 nights in destination total… 2 nights in prague, 2 nights in vienna and 2 nights in budapest.
and i am absolutely losing my shit with excitement.

i booked my flights today (thank you KLM for the awesome deal!) and i am locked, cocked and ready to rock.

Day 1 – Friday 19th October Prague

Make your way to the hotel and meet up with your fellow travellers and Contiki team. This afternoon explore Prague on a relaxed city bike ride past Municipal Haus, National Theatre and stopping off in the iconic Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is yours to explore this medieval city’s maze of cobbled streets and Gothic architecture.

Tonight we will sample traditional Prague cuisine before kicking off the nights activities with the traditional Polka dance. (D)

Day 2 – Saturday 20th October Prague

This morning we start the day with a city tour. Our local guide will show us Hradcany castle, the Cathedral of St Vitus, Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square. This afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the city. A chance to taste the local beer or shop for Bohemian glass, the choice is yours! Dinner will be on your own, so you can experience the local culture and cuisine. (B)

Day 3 – Sunday 21st October Vienna

We start today travelling through the Czech countryside via small town Kutna Hora and onto Austria’s cultured capital, Vienna, home to Mozart’s music and of course Apple Strudel!

This afternoon take the time to stroll through this beautiful city – stopping for delicious pastries and coffee along the way.

Tonight we will cruise along the historic Ring Road in Vienna where you will be able to see the Hofburg Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral and the State Opera House. Dinner will be on your own, so you can experience the local culture and cuisine. (B)

Day 4 – Monday 22nd October Vienna

This morning start the day with the chance to stretch your legs with a walking tour in the city. See the various courtyards of the Hofburg Palace and the famous Kartnerstrasse – before stopping by at the iconic Swarovski Shop for the chance to view the fantastic world of crystal.

This afternoon we will stop by the Old Vienna Schnapps Museum, for a little insight into the tradition of the distillery craft and a chance to sample the product in true Austrian fashion!

After some Schnapps it’s back to the hotel to get glammed up for a night with Mozart. Dinner will be at the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace followed by a Mozart classical music concert in spectacular surroundings. A magical last night in stunning Vienna. (B, D)

Day 5 – Tuesday 23rd October Vienna

Departing Austria this morning we travel into Hungary and onto the Paris of the East – Budapest. On arrival our local guide will give you an insider’s perspective of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You will have the opportunity to see hilltop Buda, bustling Pest, The Royal Palace, the Church of St Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fishermans Bastion. Dinner will be at a restaurant where local cuisine will be served. (B, D)

Day 6 – Wednesday 24th October Budapest

This morning we will check out the Budapest Parliament Building at a leisurely pace – regarded as one of the most beautiful parliament buildings of the world. On the tour you will also have the chance to see the Holy Crown of the former Hungarian Kingdom up close.

A chance this afternoon for you to experience ‘bathing’ in this famous spa city. Your Tour Manager will show you the best baths to visit if you wish, where you can try the steam baths, saunas, massage services and other therapies. For those of you who don’t wish to try the spa, the afternoon is at leisure for you to explore this amazing city.

Tonight we enjoy the city by night with a traditional Hungarian dinner served while you are cruising down the Danube River, taking in evening views of Buda and Pest. (B, D)

Day 7 – Thursday 25th October Budapest

A final farewell to your new friends as we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. (B)