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Celebrate Christmas Day in Prague, New Year in Budapest

  1. 1. Eva’s European Tours E U The Magical European RO PEA N TO U White Christmas Tour PRAGUE ✤ CESKY KRUMLOV ✤ BUDAPEST ✤ BRATISLAVA ✤ VIENNA 24 Dec 2013 - 09 Jan 2014 17 Day Luxury Escorted Personalised Tour www.europeanspatours.com RS eva’s Ph: 61 2 9327 4757
  2. 2. Opera at the historic 19 century Prague State Opera ✤ Mesmerising Black Theatre in Prague ✤ Discover Cesky Krumlov – Central Europe’s most charming town ✤ Hot Thermal Pool in Budapest while watching snow through glass windows ✤ Mozart & Strauss Concert in Vienna ✤ Schonbrunn palace in Vienna ✤ Heiligenkreuz Abbey - Oldest Cistercian Monastery in the world ✤ Picturesque Baden Bei Wein ✤ Bratislava Coronation City to 11 Monarchs including Maria Theresa An extraordinary ✤ $6,790 pp twin share Allexperience Inclusive “The tour with you was a huge success. Not only did you organise a great tour because of your connections, expertise, language skills, your caring nature and attention to detail, but also the weather and the company! It was such a memorable tour, we learned so much and we got to know you and so many lovely people. You left me with a very deep impression. Zhuping Chen, NSW ” 1 1 www.europeanspatours.com
  3. 3. Welcome to Eva’s European Tours For 16 years we have been offering unique European experiences with our personalised, fully escorted tours. Born in former Czechoslovakia and fluent in the languages of the countries that we visit, I am able to show you the hidden beauties of the cities that to the individual traveller would remain unknown. I accompany each group and guarantee you a hassle free holiday. Europe in wintertime is truly magical. It’s an experience I’m delighted to share through my local knowledge and the special relationship we have developed with these magical cities and their people over the years! It gives me enormous satisfaction to see so many of our customers returning year after year. I welcome you to join us. Eva Santo Eva’s European Tours Tour Director & Tour Leader Ph. 61 2 93274757 email eva@spatours.com.au Eva Santo St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague “Eva, you cover all the bases with grace, a jump ahead of us all, anticipating our needs and reading us as a group, like an open book. What a wonderful 3 weeks. Thank you for a superbly rich & varied set of experiences.” Delle & Geoffrey Stivano, Eagle Heights, QLD 2
  4. 4. Itinerary “We have enjoyed it all immensely – good company and entertainment, excellent leadership” John Slim, Epping NSW Day 1 (Mon 23 Dec) Depart USA - own arrangements Day 2 (Tues 24 Dec) Prague, Czech Republic – the most festive day of Christmas for Czech people Hotel representative will be waiting for you at PRAGUE airport. Arrive 2 pm at Prague and transfer to our excellent 4-star centrally located KK Fenix hotel just a few metres from Wenceslas square, the city’s main and most fashionable boulevard. Informal introductions and early dinner at the restaurant. Day 3 (Wed 25 Dec) Christmas Day Prague 10 am meet our local guide for Grand Bus/ walk Tour of Prague. Uncover the rich history of this beautiful city. See 1000 year old Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Lesser Town, Charles Bridge, Astronomical clock, once the envy of all Europe. We’ll also visit the seat of the Senate in the Wallenstein palace now a government building - open to the public twice a year only. Lynne & Anthony Xmas at Prague Opera 6.45 pm Christmas Dinner; meet in the hotel lobby for a short stroll to a local restaurant off the main tourist route serving international and Czech cuisine. 3 Charles Bridge, Prague
  5. 5. Day 4 (Thur 26 Dec) Prague 10 am – We’ll continue to explore Prague, followed by a cruise. Visit the famous Jewish Quarter, stroll through the 15th century cemetery, visit the Spanish Synagogue built in 1868 often described as the most beautiful synagogue in Europe. From here we’ll walk to Vltava river to enjoy 90 minute cruise and admire scenic panoramic views of famous historical and cultural sites. 2 pm Late lunch early dinner - at the Novomestky Pivovar – Prague’s first microbrewery and the chance for you to sample the delights of its own brand light and dark wheat beer. Christmas markets, Prague 8 pm Black Light Theatre – enjoy poetry, humour and irony without using words. The show will capture your heart! Day 5 (Fri 27 Dec) Prague A full day at leisure. Enjoy the festive magic and the traditional Christmas markets full of stands where you can buy food, gifts and decorations. Stroll the city, enjoy the architecture and discover history dating back to Holy Roman Empire. Make sure to sample the Czech sausages & the local beer from one of many street vendors! 4.45 pm meet in the hotel lobby for a short walk to the stylish Como restaurant specializing in modern Czech cuisine before attending opera. 7 pm Tonight we attend the stunning Prague State Opera to enjoy Bizet’s opera Carmen Old Town Square, Prague Prague Castle & Charles Bridge 4
  6. 6. “It was one of the best, if not the best holidays and certainly the best tour I have been on. It offered so much more than the basic guided tour. The added night time entertainments, so varied and worthwhile just topped it off. I certainly can see why you have so many return passengers. ” Colin Wallis, Narara, NSW Day 6 (Sat 28 Dec) Prague - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic 10 am we depart Prague for 3 hour drive through the scenic Bohemian countryside, to the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia. This stunning village is one of the most perfectly restored in Central Europe. Afternoon at leisure. 6 pm Tonight’s Dinner at the Gothic dungeons of the old town prison Day 7 (Sun 29 Dec) Cesky Krumlov 10 am guided tour of this very unique town. Marvel at the 82% of the town’s building that are officially registered as cultural monuments. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. Afternoon at leisure. 6 pm Dinner Day 8 (Mon 30 Dec) Cesky Krumlov - Budapest, Hungary 9 am Today we travel through the farming Czech country into Hungary and on to Budapest. We’ll spend 4 nights at the luxury Spa Hotel Thermal located in the heart of Budapest, on Margaret Island on the river Danube. This tranquil, picturesque island is named after the daughter of King Bela IV, who lived in a Dominican convent on the island in the 13th century. The ruins of the convent still stand near the Franciscan 5 Cesky Krumlov
  7. 7. church. Explore the 100 year old park, the open air theatre and UNESCO listed water tower. After an orientation tour you can relax and unwind in one of the thermal pools. Budapest remains the only capital city in the world that is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities. Enjoy revitalizing massage or aromatic bath included in your package. Every night in Budapest we dine at one of the two hotel’s restaurants offering a superb buffet dinner - one with gypsy band and the other featuring a piano player. Day 9 (Tue 31 Dec) New Year’s Day Budapest 10 am meet in the lobby. Today we start with a 5 hour Grand City Tour of Budapest. We visit the famous sights of the Capital, Heroes’ Square, the Castle District, the Matthias Church, Fishermen’s Bastion, Royal Palace etc. We’ll have free time at the neo Gothic Central Market Hall and marvel at the variety of fresh produce, flowers & souvenirs. Later in the afternoon take time out to relax and get ready for the evening’s spectacular Gala dinner at our hotel. 8pm Traditional Hungarian New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner with entertainment Budapest Park Day 10 (Wed 1 Jan) Budapest - New Year’s Day Budapest Enjoy late breakfast and then day at leisure. Take advantage of the Hotel’s exceptional spa facilities, steam rooms, thermal bath and pool, spa treatment. Take a stroll around the island’s centuries-old trees, hidden statues and ruins. 12 noon Enjoy New Year’s Day concert at the hotel. Complimentary wine and drinks will be provided. 8 pm The day will finish with 1 hour spectacular Danube cruise with glass of champagne on the famous Danube River. Fisherman’s Bastian, Budapest 6
  8. 8. Budapest Parliament Day 11 (Thur 2 Jan) Budapest 10 am This morning we’ll drive 25km outside Budapest to the medieval baroque village of Szentendre. The village is famous for its colonies of artists, painters and sculptors both past and present. The crooked cobblestone streets abound in shops offer all sorts of souvenirs, embroidered tablecloths and shirts, pottery, wines and paprika that you can take home. Here you’ll have the chance to taste a real Hungarian goulash or the traditional Hungarian fish soup “Halaszle”. 2.30 pm Back in Budapest – enjoy free time in the pedestrian part of the city, the fashionable Vaci Street, that is also the most lively and elegant street full of shops, boutiques and cafes. Visit the 150 year old Gerbaud Café which is the most traditional Café house in Europe. Most of these charming narrow streets and traditional European buildings date from the 1800s. Bratislava 7
  9. 9. Day 12 (Fri 3 Jan) Budapest - Bratislava 10 am Today we depart on a 3 hour drive to Slovakia’s capital, the historic Bratislava, which was also capital of the Hungarian Empire for 200 years. We check into our luxury 5 star Radisson Carlton Hotel in the heart of the old town that is filled with beautifully restored baroque city palaces. Orientation tour. Free afternoon. 5 pm Dinner at the Hotel’s restaurant. 7 pm Tonight we’ll board the bus for the short drive to Bratislava opera for the performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto opera. Day 13 (Sat 4 Jan) Bratislava Bratislava 10 am meet in the lobby for 4 hour bus/ walk tour. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of historical and modern city with it’s winding streets of the pedestrian Old Town, see the Medieval Michael’s Gate and Tower, Bratislava Castle, St Martin Cathedral and some beautifully reconstructed palaces. We visit the Primate’s Palace and its most famous chamber, the Hall of Mirrors that has played host to many significant events. We’ll drive 13 km west of the city to Devin castle destroyed in 1809 by Napolean’s army, today lies in ruins and is one of the most important monuments in Slovakia. 7pm Dinner at our Radisson Hotel. Day 14 (Sun 5 Jan) Bratislava - Vienna 12 noon Enjoy free morning before we depart for 60 km drive to Vienna. No other 2 capital cities are as close together in the world! We check into Hotel City Central, ideally located in the heart of Vienna. Orientation tour then Free afternoon. 6 pm meet in the lobby and walk next door to the elegant Kronprinz Rudolph restaurant for dinner. Day 15 (Mon 6 Jan) Vienna 10 am meet in the lobby for 5 hour Grand City Tour of Vienna including inside visit of Shonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, considered one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. 7 pm short walk for Dinner to Vienna’s oldest restaurants the historical Griechenbeisl – favored by the famous personalities, whose framed autographed photos on the wall ensure that their presence lives on. Day 16 (Tue 7 Jan) Vienna - Vienna Woods 10 am meet in the lobby for a 5 hour tour of the most beautiful sights of the southern part of the Vienna Woods. Highlights include the medieval cloister of the Cistercian 8
  10. 10. Abbey at Heiligenkreuz, who maintained their monastic tradition continually from the 12th century to our times. We will also visit the former hunting lodge Mayerling, (where the only son of Emperor Franz Joseph, Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide with his mistress Baroness Vetchera) and finally, some free time in the delightfully compact, historical spa town of Baden. 6 pm we’ll meet in the lobby for a short bus drive to the City Park and the famous Kursalon –- where the first Johann Strauss’ concert took place in October 1868. Our dinner at the stylish Johann Restaurant is followed by a world class Mozart and Strauss concert in the Kursalon’s historical setting. Schonbrun Palace, Vienna Day 17 (Wed 8 Jan) Vienna Breakfast. A full day at leisure. Visit Belvedere gallery or Albertina (open daily) and enjoy their priceless art collection, The Spanish Riding School morning exercise at Strauss Monument, City Park Vienna the Hofburg Palace, explore the shops or just relax over an authentic Vienna coffee and cake in a sidewalk café. 7 pm Farewell Dinner at Kronprinz Rudolf restaurant – next door to our hotel. Vienna 9
  11. 11. Day 18 (Thur 9 Jan) Vienna - USA Transfer from the hotel to meet your flight at Vienna airport. Poland Prague Germany Cesky Krumlov THE MAGICAL WHITE XMAS TOUR: Czech Republic Bratislava Vienna Slovakia Budapest Austria Hungary One of our clients wrote an article about this tour for the editor Jana Italy Pearce at Mature Traveller, a leading senior’s publication. The editor was so impressed with our tour she headlined Croatia the article as The World’s Best Holiday! The editor had every reason to be impressed with our tour as we provide personalised service and ensure that every person in our group receives exceptional treatment wherever we go. Our tours are truly unique - we provide premium tickets to first class entertainment including opera, concert & theatre. We provide travel experience that is second to none. We have diversity of cultural activities in each city, which is also another reason for travellers returning again and again to travel with us on our tours to Europe. Bari Included in the 17 day european christmas tour: 24 December Transfers from Prague airport to Prague hotel. 9 January transfers to Vienna airport to meet your flight. 4 & 5 star centrally located hotels, European transfers on luxury coaches, entrance fees, porterage, tipping and tax. MEALS: Gree O D aily Full Buffet Breakfast Daily 3 course of Buffett Dinner, 5 course New Year’s Gala Dinner includes some drinks TOURS: Comprehensive sightseeing tours with local expert guides in each city. Private Vltava cruise in Prague. Private Danube cruise in Budapest. Optional: Opera in Budapest and Bratislava CULTURAL: remium tickets to Prague State Opera Bratislava Opera, Black P Light Theatre, New Year’s Day Concert in Budapest, Mozart/Strauss concert in Vienna, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Heiligenkreuz Abbey in Vienna Woods, Mayerling Hunting Lodge in Vienna Woods $6,790 PRICE: pp twin share Single Room Supplement: $1,450 * Booking conditions: Cancellations made 7 weeks prior to departure forfeit of deposit. Cancellation made 6 weeks prior to departure 50% of total cost. Cancellation 4 weeks prior to departure 100% of total cost. 10
  12. 12. What people say about us “After discussing our holiday with friends it was reinforced to us how seamless, trouble free and well organised the Xmas Tour was. Your years of experience, tireless tweaking and relationship building with your ‘suppliers’ ie hotels, guides (all extremely good), restaurants, etc. was very evident throughout. We appreciated your efforts to introduce us to the various cultures of the countries visited, the opportunity to attend opera, concerts, the theatre, and to so much European history.” Tom and Robyn Braun, Mt Waverley, VIC “Barbara and I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful tour. Such value for money, so friendly and warm (like being with family) but with all the pressure and worry removed. It was more than our expectations and personally you are marvelous and provide the very best you can. All this is enhanced by your personality and the way you join in like one of us.” Patricia Hamilton-Brett, Malvern, VIC “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit Eastern Europe. I have many enjoyable memorable memories. You have met all my expectations and your personality kept the group together in such a professional manner. Thank you for your effort and expertise.” Joylene Morgan, Kiama NSW “Thank you for the special experiences – cultural, historical, etc. Truly memorable which sets your Tour apart from the insipid and mundane! Wonderful, splendid and unforgettable.” Alma and Howard , Bondi Beach, NSW “Very good individual attention and attention to detail. Very good value. Very good guides and introduction to the countries and cities.” Alan Robertson, Mosman, NSW “For those who regard themselves as travellers rather than tourist, Eva’s European Tours will prove a Godsend.” Di Hall, Caloundra “Eva your efforts have given us pleasure and much satisfaction!” Moya Palmer, South Yarra, VIC “Wonderful trip, well beyond our expectations. It was Comfort, Class and Care from you, and what great shows you organized!”Anne Hans Hoffman, Cronulla, NSW “ I have been on 6 other Tours with different companies, but this one I enjoyed the most!”Ania and Marek Perelmuter, Caulfield, VIC eva’s U E Ph: 61 2 9327 4757 Mobile: 61 419 999 565 Email: eva@spatours.com.au www.europeanspatours.com RO RS Eva’s European Tours Organising and Escorting Groups to Europe since 1996 Licence No. 2TA5824 IATA #96-835163 PEA N TO U