Chris & Edita RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
SEPTEMBER 8 - 22, 2019
Czech Republic, Austria, Germany AND
Baltic Sea Cruise (Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Russia)
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC!!!
JOIN US FOR AN UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
7 European Countries within 14 days
Sunday, September 8
Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe, Austria, Vienna.
Monday, September 9
Arrival in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tourguide) will be waiting for you at the airport. We'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna, the former capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for more than six centuries (which left a definite mark on it). From the windows of your bus you will see the highlights of historical Vienna. The circle within the Ringroad is an unforgettable experience, constructed in 1857, 2.5 miles long, and is surrounded by the representative buildings (National Opera House, New Townhall, National Theater, Parliament, museums, universities, fancy hotels and shops). Have your cameras ready! We will then get off the bus close to the main square which can boast of the beautiful St. Stephen Church (largest in Austria) and shopping opportunities. In the afternoon continue on our way to the Czech Republic, check-in our hotel in Lednice, the southern part of Moravia.
Tuesday, September 10
This day we will spend in a beautiful region of Southern Moravia, known for the production of wine and beautiful landscape. We will start the day with a tour of Lednice Chateau, which is the jewel in the crown of the Lednice-Valtice Complex and, at the same time, one of the most beautiful complexes in the English Neo-Gothic style in all of Europe. Tour routes lead through the chateau interior, from representative halls, to the princely apartments, rooms of the small princes and princesses. Then we will move to chateau gardens which have been included in the UNESCO list to witness unique 1 hour show of birds of pray. In the afternoon visit the National Wine Salon, where you can try all the best Moravian Wines, accompanied with an expert explanation and a chance to buy some at the end! In the evening PARTY in a wine cellar with a local band!
Wednesday, September 11
Leave for Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. We will have an amazing walking tour with the most beautiful highlights of Prague - beginning with Prague Castle and then on to St. Vitus Cathedral, Hradcany quarter, walk across the famous 14th century Charles Bridge with a gorgeous view of the Prague Castle, and continue on to Old Town Square to see the Astronomical clock. We will end the tour at Wenceslas Square, which has historically been the sight of many events including the 1989 Velvet Revolution demonstrations. The other option is to check-in our well situated hotel right in the center of the Old Town of Prague, where you can wander and shop at the numerous stores around. In the evening, board the historical tram ride taking you through the downtown of Prague all the way to the Vltava River – And then we'll enjoy a 2-hour dinner cruise on the river Vltava including buffet dinner and viewing all the illuminated beauties of Prague along the river by night. We'll have a party with accordion music too … It's truly an unforgettable experience!!!
Thursday, September 12
In the morning, leave for the Krkonoše mountains in the north of Bohemia to get to the highest point in the Czech Republic! A modern cable car will take us on the top of mountain Snezka which is at 1,603 metres (5,259 ft), the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. The mountain lies on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic and is sought after for its great views to both countries. After lunch, we will continue on our way to Germany and the capital city Berlin. Check-in our hotel.
Friday, September 13
Today we take a tour of Potsdam, just a few miles away from Berlin. Most of Potsdam's many sights were built during the 18th and 19th centuries when the city was the residence of the Prussian kings. Potsdam is probably best known for its many castles. We will tour the downtown area of the city, including the Russian Colony of Alexandrowka. You can view the impressive Sanssouci Park which surrounds Sanssouci Palace since 1747. It was built as a residence for the Prussian kings and is probably the most famous. We will also see the Cecilienhof Palace which is famous for having been the location of the Potsdam Conference in 1945, in which the leaders of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States made important decisions affecting the shape of post World War II Europe and Asia. Leave for the downtown of Berlin, free time for shopping and to do whatever you desire. Or optional tour of Berlin in the afternoon with 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), Museum Island, Under the Linden Tree avenue and much more. In the evening you will enjoy a Dinner River Cruise of Berlin.
Saturday, September 14
In the morning leave for Kiel to embark the amazing ship MSC Meraviglia for a 7-day Nothern Europe Baltic Sea Cruise, check-in our balcony cabins, security training, tour of the ship and time to relax. Leaving the port of Kiel at 7:00 PM is truly an unforgettable experience!
Sunday, September 15
Copenhagen, Denmark - 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
An exciting and trendy city split by lakes and surrounded by sea. There's an energetic and hip waterside vibe that permeates Copenhagen, one of Northern Europe’s most user-friendly capitals. Copenhagen city center is waiting to be enjoyed on an excursion booked through MSC. It’s a welcoming, compact city with a center largely given over to pedestrians (and cyclists) and an emphasis by day on café culture and top-notch museums. The historic core of the city is Slotsholmen, originally the site of the twelfth-century castle and now home to the huge Christiansborg Complex.
Monday, September 16
Day at sea
Tuesday, September 17
Helsinki, Finland - 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Instantly lovable, Helsinki is remarkably different from the other Scandinavian Capitals, and closer both in mood and appearance to the major cities of Northern Europe. Today, cruisers will find a youthful buzz on the streets, where the boulevards, outdoor cafés and trendy restaurants are crowded with Finns taking full advantage of the short summer. Following a devastating fire in 1808, and the city’s designation as Finland’s capital in 1812, Helsinki was totally rebuilt in a style befitting its new status: a grid of wide streets and Neoclassical brick buildings modeled on the then Russian capital, St. Petersburg. Porvoo, one of the oldest towns on the south coast and one of Finland’s most charming, is one of the places you might want to explore on an excursion booked through MSC Meraviglia. Its narrow cobbled streets, lined by small colorful wooden buildings, give a sense of Finnish life before the capital’s bold squares and Neoclassical geometry.
Wednesday, September 18
St. Petersburg, Russia - 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
When you’re cruising the Baltic Sea with MSC Cruises, St. Petersburg is the port of call for you. A sophisticated capital of the Russian Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St. Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces. You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia. MSC Meraviglia offers excursions to the center of St Petersburg on the south bank of the Neva, with the curving River Fontanka marking its southern boundary.
Many of the city’s top sights are located on and around Nevsky Prospect, the backbone and heart of the city for the last three centuries, stretching from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery to Palace Square. Seated on the banks of the River Neva, the 200m-long Baroque Winter Palace is the city’s largest and most opulent, and was the official residence of the Tsars, their court and 1500 servants until the revolution of 1917. Today the building houses one of the world’s greatest museums, the Hermitage, launched as Russia’s first public art museum in 1852. The Hermitage collection embraces over three million treasures and works of art, from ancient Scythian gold and giant malachite urns to Cubist pieces.
Thursday, September 19
Tallinn, Estonia - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. A cruise of the Baltic Sea aboard MSC Meraviglia can take you to visit the heart of Tallinn, its Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls. At its center is the Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages. Raekoja plats, the cobbled market square at the heart of the Old Town, is as old as the city itself. On its southern side stands the fifteenth-century Town Hall (Raekoda), boasting elegant Gothic arches at ground level, and a delicate steeple at its northern end. The fourteenth-century Church of the Holy Ghost (Puhä Vaimu kirik) on Pühavaimu St. is the city’s oldest church, a small Gothic building with stuccoed limestone walls, stepped gables, a carved wooden interior, a tall, verdigris-coated spire and an ornate clock from 1680 – the oldest in Tallinn. Contrasting sharply is the late Gothic St. Nicholas’s Church (Niguliste kirik), south-west of Raekoja plats. It now serves as a museum of church art, including medieval burial stones and the haunting Danse Macabre (“Dance With Death”) by Bernt Notke.
Friday, September 20
Day at sea.
Saturday, September 21
After Disembarkation from the ship, our bus will be waiting for us and we will have a sightseeing tour of Kiel, an expanding urban center on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871, and when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world. Then we will leave for Hamburg area. Optional agenda for the rest of the day in Hamburg downtown - Free time for last shopping and wandering in the city or visit Hamburg Miniature Wunderland with the World's largest model railway and miniatures of buildings and landscapes from all over the world!
Sunday, September 22
Departure home from the airport in Hamburg on a flight to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME!
Itinerary subject to change depending on availability.
Mon, Tue September 9, 10 Czech Republic Lednice
Wed September 11 Czech Republic Prague
Thu, Fri September 12, 13 Germany Berlin
Sat - Fri September 14 - 20 Northern Europe MSC Meraviglia
Sat September 21 Germany Hamburg
TOUR INCLUDES: BUS TOUR includes program, hotel accommodations, flights, breakfast & dinner everyday, drinks with group meals, luxury climatically controlled 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. On MSC SHIP MERAVIGLIA: Full board with Balcony Cabin, along with all inclusive drinks package & tips covered. Excursions during the cruise are on your own and may be booked through the ship MSC MERAVIGLIA.
Single supplement: Price available upon request (if rooming single)
LH 441 Sept. 08 Houston 3:50 PM - Frankfurt 8:35 AM + 1 day
OS 134 Sept. 09 Frankfurt 10:50 AM - Vienna 12:10 PM
LH 007 Sept. 22 Hamburg 7:30 AM - Frankfurt 8:40 AM
LH 440 Sept. 22 Frankfurt 10:00 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/
Please send your check to the following address:
Edita Rybak (512) 963-6660 cell
603 N Texana St. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hallettsville, TX 77964 www.texasczechs.com
For more info on this tour, please contact:
Edita Rybak at (512) 963-6660