Hello all! This will be a fairly short tour/trip report. If you have specific questions about anything please just PM me and I'll answer when I can. We were on the tour that started June 12th, and our guide was Peter from Budapest. First off, it was fantastic!!!
We flew O'Hare to Frankfurt, then Frankfurt to Prague on Lufthansa and everything went smoothly. We used our hotel's offer for a private driver which worked great. The front desk man gave us a great recommendation close to the hotel for dinner and we did a walk after that, then bed.
Tour Day 1 - before meeting our guide and mates we headed to Vysehrad Fortess as we had been in Prague after our GAS tour in 2018 to do something different. The Basilica was beautifully decorated I recommend visiting it. We met our wonderful group and guide and went on a walking tour with Theresa (a hoot!) and had dinner in the Little Town.
Tour Day 2 - With the group went up to the Castle complex and saw everything. After being let go for the afternoon we went to Lobkowitz Palace and really enjoyed their collection. We headed back to the hotel, freshened up, had dinner and then headed to the Rudolphinum for a classical concert. Fabulous! Then enjoyed a night walk.
Tour Day 3 - Travel day to Krakow
Tour Day 4 - As a group we did a local walking tour up to the Castle, through the Cathedral, and then back down to St. Mary's in the Square. We missed St. Mary's as we had reserved a driver to get us out to the Salt Mine and then back to Schindler's Factory Museum. After the museum we walked to Kazamierz and sat outdoors at a restaurant with Klezmer musicians playing.
Tour Day 5 - We had the morning free but nothing was open that we wanted to go to as it was Corpus Christi celebration. We were so disappointed but it turned out great because we were able to witness the locals celebrating and it was fantastic! Guess I'll have to go back to Krakow a 4th time to see the things I missed. The afternoon was spent at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was my 3rd visit and it was and is very important to go.
Tour Day 6 - Travel day to Eger.
Tour Day 7 - We had the morning free so we did the Camera Obscura, market, Cathedral and enjoyed a local music festival with a little picnic. Then we had a wine tasting just outside of Eger and it was fabulous! Watch out as they pour more than just tastings. Very fun though! Arrive in Budapest.
Tour Day 8 - Walking tour in the morning and free afternoon. 2 of us went to the House of Terror and 2 did a tour of the Opera House meeting back up for dinner. Then we had our group evening cruise on the Danube. FABULOUS!!!
Tour Day 9 - Group tour up to the Castle Hill going in the Church. You will not have enough time in this Church so I recommend going back, which we did. The tour ended at the Great Market Hall. We took our time there eating lunch trying different things and then buying some souvenirs. It was 100 degrees out and we originally planned to go out to Memento Park after but with the heat and our love of the Matthias Church and wanting to go back we decided to do the Church instead. Then the Holocaust memorial along the river and Dinner. The Folk dance evenings weren't running, a casualty of Covid, but maybe they'll be running when you are there.
Tour Day 10 - Travel day to Plitvice.
Tour Day 11 - We started first thing in the morning at Plitvice. Wow was this place amazing!! So incredibly beautiful! Then drove in the afternoon to Rovinj.
Tour Day 12 - If you want a relaxing day make sure to bring your swimsuit. You can see the town and relax. That isn't really our style so 3 of us headed to Pula for the Roman sights while the 4th stayed back and relaxed. Then upon getting back to Rovinj we enjoyed St. Euphemia's Church.
Tour Day 13 - Travel day to Lake Bled with a stop in Ljubliana.