RYBAK EUROPE TOUR -- APRIL 8 - 22, 2018
RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
APRIL 8 - 22, 2018
AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND, GERMANY and
NORTH SEA CRUISE
(GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS)
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC by CHRIS RYBAK!!!
JOIN US FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME! ***8 European countries within 15 days ***
Sunday, April 8
Depart from Houston IAH airport and fly in direction of Europe, Austria, Vienna.
Monday, April 9
Arrival in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tour guide) will be waiting for you at the airport. We will drive straight to our first destination which is Roznov pod Radhostem in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. Enjoy nice inland European countryside on the way. Check-in our hotel and then PARTY IN THE EVENING at local Koliba Kordulka – an authentic old fashioned Wallachian restaurant!
Tuesday, April 10
We will drive to Ostrava, which is known for its heavy industry and black coal mines. We will visit this unique and largest mining exhibition in the Czech Republic. First coal was mined here over 200 years ago. You will experience miner's feelings from their arrival at the shaft to an authentic journey down the pit to the miner's workplaces. In mining corridors, experienced miners, as guides, will present physically demanding work in the mine, including a demonstration of manual and functional plowing and combined stoping. See the heavy mining equipment, history of mining transportation etc. Drive back to Roznov pod Radhostem. Stop en-route in Lichnov, and visit the Texas museum, consisting of records of the emigrants to Texas from this region. Have a rest at our hotel and finish the day with a nice party at Koliba Vlcina - Moravian wine, music and some of the BEST grilled chicken in the world - “Everyone´s favorite place!” You will always remember Vlčina. Do not miss the party!!
Wednesday, April 11
Leave for Krakow in Poland, stop en-route in Wadowice to visit the birthplace of the former Pope John Paul II. You can see the church where he was baptized and the museum devoted to his memory. Arrive in Krakow, the top tourist destination in Poland. Check-in our hotel. In the evening, you can enjoy typical Polish songs and dances performed by local band Lajkonik!
Thursday, April 12
In the morning, trip to Wieliczka, where we will have a guided tour of the wonderful salt mine which includes some 205 miles of galleries on nine levels. The immense salt deposit was first mined around 1290. You can see a number of chapels and chambers decorated with sculptures carved in salt. Drive back to the historical center of Krakow. Tour of the Royal Castle Wawel, being one of the largest in Poland, it represents nearly all European architectural styles of medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. You can spend rest of the day on the charming main square lined by many beer gardens, bars and shops!
Friday, April 13
Depart to Berlin, on the way we will stop and tour Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland. You will discover the wonderful old town of Wroclaw with its architecturally-impressive buildings that date back centuries. Visit Gothic Old Town Hall of Wroclaw, regarded as a landmark of the city and one of the most beautiful town halls in Poland, the old city prison, the famous Fontanna Szermierza fountain and the largest marketplace in the city, Wroclaw Cathedral and countless other architectural masterpieces from the 10th to 18th centuries. Arrive in the capital of Germany, Berlin in the evening and check-in our hotel.
Saturday, April 14
We will have a tour of Berlin with the local guide who will show us around and tell us all important details about the largest city of Germany and its capital – sights of former west and east Berlin – Brandenburg Gate (grand classical archway and city divide), Reichstag building (historic, glass-domed home of parliament), Berlin Wall (remnants of former division), Checkpoint Charlie (Cold war and east-west border landmark), Alexanderplatz (pedestrianized square with iconic tower), Museu island, Under the Linden tree avenue and much more including shopping opportunities at Kurfürstendamm avenue. Depart to Hamburg and embark our ship MSC Magnifica, check in our cabins with balcony, security training, tour the ship and then time to relax. Leaving the port at 9:00 pm is truly an unforgettable experience!
Sunday, April 15
Day at North Sea. Private party on the ship!
Monday, April 16
Southampton, London – UNITED KINGDOM – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
This thousand-year-old city of Southampton has retained some of its medieval charm in parts and reinvented itself as a twenty-first century shopping center in others. The Core of the modern town is the Civic Centre, a short walk east of the train station and home to the excellent Southampton City Art Gallery that’s particularly strong on contemporary British artists. There is also an opportunity to take an MSC Cruise excursion and discover the capital of England, London. See the capital’s great historical landmarks – Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and so many more wonderful sights – which draw in millions of tourists every year.
Tuesday, April 17
Le Havre – FRANCE – 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Le Havre is the country’s second-largest port, which takes up half the Seine estuary. However, the town itself, home to almost 200,000 people, is a place of pilgrimage for fans of contemporary architecture. Le Havre – “The Harbor” – is the principal trading post of northern France and a port of call of MSC Northern Europe cruises. Following its near-destruction during World War II, Le Havre was rebuilt by a single architect, Auguste Perret, between 1946 and 1964. Visit Rouen, the capital of Upper Normandy and one of France’s most ancient cities, or Paris, or choose from many other destinations offered by MSC.
Wednesday, April 18
Zeebrugge/Bruges – BELGIUM – 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM In the evening private party on the ship!
Crowds tend to overwhelm Bruges nowadays – its reputation as a perfectly preserved medieval city has made it the most popular tourist destination in Belgium. Bruges’ museums hold some of the country’s finest collections of Flemish art. Go and discover its intimate winding streets, woven around a skein of narrow canals and lined with gorgeous ancient buildings. Or take an MSC Cruise excursion to the capital of Belgium, Brussels, the seat of European Union.
Thursday, April 19
Amsterdam – NETHERLANDS – 9:00 AM – 7:00 AM (overnight stay)
Amsterdam deserves a proper visit with an excursion, as it has world famous tourist sites such as: the Anne Frank House, where Anne and her family lived in hiding during the World War II, the Van Gogh Museum, with its vast collection of paintings by Van Gogh, hosted in a purposely built modern gallery, and the Rijksmuseum, with its extraordinary collection of paintings by Rembrandt. And, after a pleasant cultural interval before returning to your MSC cruise ship, you can take a stroll in the nearby Vondelpark, the most beautiful of Amsterdam’s parks. The greatest attraction however are the canals, as you won’t fail to notice during your vacation in Holland: take a cruise of the Grachtengordel district and you will see why. You will find an incredible number of bars, clubs and coffee shops where you can have a drink and enjoy the Dutch atmosphere!
Friday, April 20
Departure from Amsterdam in the morning and spend the day at sea. Private party on the ship!
Saturday, April 21
Arrival in Hamburg at 7 am and disembark the ship. Located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Hamburg will fascinate you from the moment you first set eyes on its elegant and austere buildings looking onto the port, one of the largest in Europe. We will have a sightseeing tour of Hamburg. During a two hour tour, you will see the biggest highlights of this city such as the Old Town Hall, St. Nicholas' Church, explore the Mönckebergstraße shopping street. We will also visit Miniatur Wunderland, the world in miniature with the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany. Free time in the city & then check-in our hotel in the afternoon – and get ready for the trip home!
Sunday, April 22
Depart from Hamburg in the morning heading to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME!
* Itinerary subject to change depending on availability.
Mon, Tue April 9,10 Czech Republic Roznov p. Radhostem
Wed, Thu April 11,12 Poland Krakow
Fri April 13 Germany Berlin
Sat - Fri April 14-20 Western Europe Ship MSC MAGNIFICA
Sat April 21 Germany Hamburg
BUS TOUR includes program, hotel accommodations, flights, breakfast & dinner everyday, 2x lunch, drinks with group meals, luxury tour bus with restroom on board and snacks, soft drinks, water, juice & alcoholic drinks served while traveling, a professional European English speaking tour guide, music, and money exchanged on the bus.
MSC SHIP MAGNIFICA: Full board with Balcony Cabin, along with all inclusive drinks package & tips covered. Excursions are on your own.
Single supplement: Price available upon request (if rooming single)
KL 662 April 8 Houston 3:05 PM - Amsterdam 7:20 AM + 1 day
KL 1845 April 9 Amsterdam 11:45 AM - Vienna 1:30 PM
AF 1611 April 22 Hamburg 6:10 AM - Paris 7:45 AM
AF 636 April 22 Paris 10:10 AM - Houston 1:45 PM
Passports: Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip and/or have two to four blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if these requirements are not met.
For renewing or applying for a new passport as well as info, visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/
Travel insurance may be available upon request.
For more info on this tour, please contact: Edita Rybak at (512) 963-6660