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    • Duration12 Days
    • Departure DatesTBA
    • Departure FromKochi
    Tour Details

    Places Covered

    • POLAND
    • GERMANY
    • CZECH REPUBLIC
    • SLOVAKIA
    • HUNGARY
    • CROATIA
    • SLOVENIA

    Package Includes

    • Economy class Airfare from Cochin/Trivandrum
    • Baggage Allowance as per the airline policy
    • Professional, friendly and well experienced Malayalee Tour Manager from Soman's Leisure
    • All transfers and sightseeing by comfortable A/C coaches.
    • Entrance fees of all sightseeing venues to be visited from inside, as per the tour itinerary
    • Accommodation in comfortable and convenient 4-star hotels on twin sharing basis
    • All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner as mentioned in the itinerary
    • All Tips – Guide, Driver & Restaurants
    • Travel Insurance [valid for the tour period] up to 70 years of age]
    • 5% GST

    Price Excludes

    • 5% TCS (Tax Collected at Source), Finance Act 2020 has inserted a new sub-section (1G) in TCS (Tax Collected at Source) under Section 206C of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to collect tax out of foreign remittance transactions under Liberalized Remittance Scheme [LRS] as well as amount received from buyer by a seller for sale of an 'Overseas Tour Program Package' w.e.f. October 1, 2020.As per RBI guidelines an additional 5% TCS on invoice value is applicable for those passengers having PAN (permanent Account Number) or10% TCS is applicable forthose passengers does not have PAN
    • Tips of personal nature and any additional meals, other than specified in the itinerary
    • Any extra cost incurred on behalf of an individual due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any personal emergency.
    • Optional tours, If any
    • Anything which is not included in the tour cost inclusion
    • Cost ofRT-PCR in Europe, if required

    Cancellation policy

    A cancellation charge of 50% of the tour cost will be applicable for the passengers canceling before 15 days of departure and 100 % of the tour cost will be levied as the cancellation charge for the cancellations within 15 days prior to the departure

    Itinerary

    Day 1COCHIN - DOHA - WARSAW (POLAND)

    Welcome to Poland. Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodships, covering an area of 312,696 km². Poland has a population ofover38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union.

    Arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport Warsaw Chopin Airport is an international airport in the Wlochy district of Warsaw, Poland. It is Poland’s busiest airport with 18.9 million passengers in 2019, thus handling approximately40% of the country’s total air passenger traffic 

    After the Immigration and Customs, Proceed for Lunch. Later proceed to hotel and check in. Evening proceed for Guided city tour. Warsaw, officially the capital and largest city of Poland. The metropolis stands on the River Vistula in east-central Poland and its population is officially estimated at 1.8 million residents within a greater metropolitan area of 3.1 million residents, which makes Warsaw the 7th most-populous capital city in the European Union. Warsaw is a city full of contrasts and surprises. On the one hand, it is a constantly developing European capital, full of modern skyscrapers and on the other hand it is a city that has reborn like a phoenix from the ashes and is still affecting many with its complicated history. The inhabitants of Warsaw do not forget about past, therefore, while moving around the capital of Poland, you can find many relics of the past or initiatives combining history with modernity.

    Meals: Infight Meals, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Warsaw

    Day 2WARSAW - KRAKOW (POLAND)

    Highlights: Wieliczka Salt Mine

    Breakfast at hotel. Check out & transfer to Krakow. It is a southern Poland city near the border of the Czech Republic, is known forits well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter. Its old town – ringed by PlantyPark and remnants ofthe city’s medieval walls – is cantered on the stately, expansive Rynek Glowny (market square). This plaza is the site of the Cloth Hall, a Renaissance-era trading outpost, and St. Mary’s Basilica, a 14th-centuryGothic church.

    Visit The“Wieliczka” Salt Mine is an extraordinary place – hidden from the world, The Wieliczka Salt Mine, in the town of Wieliczka, southern Poland, lies within the Krakow metropolitan area. From Neolithic times, sodium chloride was produced there from the upwelling brine. The deposit of rock salt in Wieliczka and Bochnia has been mined since the 13th century. This major industrial undertaking has royal status and is the oldest ofits type in Europe. The site is a serial property consisting of Wieliczka and Bochnia salt mines and Wieliczka Salt works Castle. The Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines illustrate the historic stages of the development of mining techniques in Europe from the 13th to the 20th centuries: both mines have hundreds of kilometres of galleries with works of art, underground chapels and statues sculpted in the salt, making a fascinating pilgrimage into the past. The mines were administratively and technically run by Wieliczka Salt works Castle, which dates from the medieval period and has been rebuilt several times  in the course of its history. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at krakow

    Day 3KRAKOW - WROCLAW (POLAND)

    Highlights: Auschwitz concentration camp | Krakow guided city tour

    Post breakfast proceed to Auschwitz concentration camp. Also called Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp extermination camp. Located near the industrial town of Oswięcim in southern Poland (in a portion of the country that was annexed by Germany at the beginning of World War II), Auschwitz was actually three camps in one: a prison camp, an extermination camp, and a  slave-labour camp. As the most lethal of the Nazi extermination camps. Auschwitz has become the emblematic site of the “final solution ” a virtual synonym for the Holocaust. Between 1.1 and 1.5 million  people died at Auschwitz; 90 percent of them were Jews. Also among the dead were some 19,000 Roma who were held at the camp until the  Nazis gassed them on July 31, 1944—the only other victim group gassed in family units alongside the Jews. The Poles constituted the second largest victim group at Auschwitz, where some 83,000 were killed or died. Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. Visit still-standing parts of the original Nazi concentration camps along with artefacts from the prisoners who perished there during World War II. Learn about the murderous Nazi campaigns against Europe’s Jewish populations and other ‘undesirables’ as you tour the camps.

    After lunch proceed for Guided City tour of Krakow. Explore Krakow’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town to see attractions like the Barbican and the Cloth Hall, and then visit Jewish District Kazimierz. See royal splendour at Wawel Royal Castle and learn all about the fascinating history of Krakow.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Wroclaw

    Day 4WROCLAW - BERLIN (GERMANY)

    Highlights: Wroclaw guided city tour

    Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for guided walking tour of Wroclaw. This walking tour allows you to get to know the city at its fullest. You can walk in relaxed and easy way with your friendly and knowledgeable local guide in English, who is going to tell you the most important, interesting and intriguing stories about the city of Wroclaw. Wrocław is a city on the Oder River in western Poland. It’s known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a modern fountain. Also on the square is the Gothic Old Town Hall, with its large astronomical clock. Nearby is the Panorama of Racławice, a painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence. The Centennial Hall auditorium, with its giant dome and tall spire, lies across the river.

    After lunch transfer to Berlin.

    Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall’s graffiti remains. Divided during the Cold  War, its 18th-centuryBrandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The cities also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-coloured, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963. Berlin is best known for its historical associations as the German capital, internationalism and tolerance, lively nightlife, its many cafés, clubs, bars, street art, and numerous museums, palaces, and other sites of historic interest. Berlin’s architecture is quite varied. Although badly damaged in the final years of World War II and broken apart during the Cold War, Berlin has reconstructed itself greatly, especially with the reunification push affective fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Berlin

    Day 5BERLIN - POTSDAM - BERLIN (GERMANY)

    Highlights: Berlin Guided city tour | Berlin TV Tower | Potsdam Guided tour | Entrance to Sansoucci Palace

    Breakfast at hotel. Discover the city’s top sights, including Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Cathedral, Berlin Wall and much more. It is now possible to see representatives of many different historic periods in a short time within the city centre, from a few surviving medieval buildings near Alexanderplatz, to the ultra-modern glass and steel structures at Potsdamer Platz. Because of its tumultuous history, Berlin remains a city with many distinctive neighbourhoods. Branden burger Tor is a symbol of division during the world war, which now shows German reunification. It was built after the Acropolis in Athens and was completed in 1799 as the royal city-gate.

    Germany was later on divided into east and west, In August 13, 1961, East Germans permanently closed the border between East and West. The wall had 45,000 sections of reinforced concrete and included 79 miles of fencing, nearly 300 watchtowers and 250 guard dogs. Still more than 5,000 people escaped to freedom.

    Entrance to Berlin TV Tower. A bird’s eye view of Berlin – and beyond In just 40 seconds, the express elevator in the TV Tower whisks guests to the observation platform high above the city. The fantastic panorama of the cityscape from here includes many of the city’s well-known sights, from the Reichstag Parliament building to the Olympic Stadium or the decommissioned Tempelhof airport. Through the coin-operated telescopes, you can explore the city below in detail and even see the wind turbines turning out in the surrounding countryside. The display panels set around the observation platforms are marked with the key sights help you to identify buildings, parks and gardens.

    After lunch transfer to Postdam. Upon arrival Guided tour of Potsdam. Potsdam is a city on the border of Berlin, Germany. Sanssouci Palace was once the summer home of Frederick the Great, former King of Prussia. On the grounds oft he complex, the Renaissance Orangery Palace overlooks Italian-style gardens with fountains. Historic Mill offers city views. English gardens surround neoclassical Charlottenhof Palace. The 19th-centuryRoman Baths were built in several architectural styles.

    Entrance to Sansoucci Palace in Potsdam. Sanssouci is a historical building in Potsdam, near Berlin. Built by Prussian King Frederick the Great as his summer palace, it is often counted among the German rivals of Versailles. While Sanssouci is in the more intimate Rococo style and is far smaller than its French Baroque counterpart, it, too, is notable for the numerous temples and follies in the surrounding park. The palace was designed and built by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff between 1745 and 1747 to meet Frederick’s need for a private residence where he could escape the pomp and ceremony of the royal court. The palace’s name is a French phrase (sans souci) that translates as “without concerns”, meaning “without worries” or”carefree”, emphasising that the palace was meant as a place of relaxation, rather than a seat of power.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Overnight at Berlin

    Day 6BERLIN - KARLOVYVARY - PRAGUE (CZECH REPUBLIC)

    Highlights: Karlovy Vary Guided tour| Entrance to Moser glass factory in Karlovy Vary

    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Karlovy Vary. Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) is a spa town in the west Bohemia
    region of the Czech Republic. Its numerous thermal springs have made it a popular resort since the 19th century. The riverside spa district is home to several colonnades with columned walkways. The modern Hot Spring Colonnade houses the Pramen Vridlo geyser, which spouts up to 12 meters high. The name of this famous bathing town means “Charles Bath”, given to it by the King of Bohemia Charles IV. Who was convinced by the curative power of this place’s hot springs. According to the legend, Karlovy Vary was built around this miraculous spring. Another highlight of this city are the colonnades and the already mentioned hot springs, built under beautifully designed shelters. Let’s travel through time and be blown away by its impressive architecture, mostly featuring Baroque and Art Nouveau mansions and multiple monuments. Don’t forget to try the health-restoring hot spring waters, drunk from traditionally shaped porcelain cups.

    Entrance to Moser glass factory in Karlovy Vary. Live through the unforgettable experience of seeing Moser glassmakers at work at the Moser glassworks in Karlovy Vary! See the perfection with which products are crafted by hand, their high quality and the unique talent of master glassmakers. The magic atmosphere of glass being blown and shaped, the smell of wooden moulds smouldering with the heat and the beauty of molten glass are sure to leave a strong impression. Visitors are permitted to take photographs or videos during the tour, capturing a memento of their visit to the glassworks for ever. Tours are richened by a presentation of glassmaking raw material, tools and production techniques. Moser Visitors centre also offers glass museum with more than 1000 exhibits and sales gallery. We look forward to welcoming you.

    Transfer to Prague (Czech Republic).

    Overnight at Prague
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 7PRAGUE (CZECH REPUBLIC)

    Highlights: Prague Guided tour| Entrance to Prague Castle | Prague Vltava river cruise

    Post breakfast proceed for Half day guided tour of Prague. Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the Cityof a Hundred Spires,”it’s known for its Old Town  Square, the heart of its historic core, with colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints. Gain a deeper understanding of Prague’s rich Jewish heritage on a 1.5-hour walking tour through the city centre. In addition to offering historical and modern perspectives on the city’s history, your guide features landmarks often missed by visitors, including the Jewish Cemetery, the city’s main synagogues, and the old haunts of novelist Franz Kafka.

    Entrance to the Prague Castle. Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, built in the 9th century. It is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. Prague Castle is a castle complex occupying an area of nearly 70,000 square meters. The castle complex includes palaces, churches, chapels, towers, fortifications, offices, halls, courtyards, gardens.

    Enjoy Prague Vltava river cruise, Prague from the water on this river cruise on the Vltava. View landmarks like Kampa Island, Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge; be sure to bring your camera for photo ops from waterborne vantage points. Learn about the city’s history and culture through on-board English-language commentary. This tour is an easy option for those who want to see Prague’s sights without extensive walking. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Prague

    Day 8PRAGUE - BRATISLAVA (SLOVAKIA) - BUDAPEST (HUNGARY)

    Highlights: Bratislava Guided tour| Boat cruise on Danube River

    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bratislava. The capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian Mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. Let your local guide introduce you the Slovakian capital during Bratislava City Sightseeing Walking tour. Discover the historic monuments, handsome palaces and the charming old town. Learn more about Bratislava from an informative local guide on group walking tour. Uncover why this city is known as the Beauty on Danube as you see the old town, grand palaces, and historic monuments. Be greeted by your guide who will inform you about Bratislava’s past with facts and stories about the Hungarian empire, Slovak communism, the Velvet Revolution, and Slovakia’s 2004 membership in the European Union. 

    Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Budapest on a Danube River cruise, taking in the landmarks and monuments on both shores. View Budapest’s floodlit landmarks by boat on a Danube River evening cruise. Settle on the glass-enclosed vessel, and admire the cityscapes as you cruise by the UNESCO-listed riverbanks, glass in hand. Admire the Hungarian Parliament and Buda Castle district twinkling with lights, and sail under the illuminated Chain Bridge and other bridges.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Budapest

    Day 9BUDAPEST - ZAGREB (CROATIA)

    Highlights: Budapest Guided tour| Boat cruise on Danube River

    Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Guided City tour of Budapest. It is Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthians Church and the turrets ofthe Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views. Photo stop at Gellert Hill is the place to go for the best panoramic views of Budapest. From the top, you get unrivalled views the Danube River and both sides of the city-Buda and Pest.

    Transfer to Zagreb.

    Zagreb, Croatia’s north-western capital, is distinguished by its 18th- and 19th-centuryAustro-Hungarian architecture. At its centre, Upper Town is the site of the Gothic, twin-spired Zagreb Cathedral and 13th century St. Mark’s Church, with a colourfully tiled roof. Nearby is pedestrian friendly Tkalciceva Street, lined with outdoor cafes. Lower Town has the Main Square, Ban Jelacic, plus shops, museums and parks.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Zagreb

    Day 10ZAGREB - POSTOJNA (SLOVENIA) - ZAGREB

    Highlights: Predjama castle | Postojna Cave with Underground Train Ride

    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Postojna, it is a town in the traditional region of Inner Carniola, 35 kilometres from Trieste, in southwestern Slovenia. It is the seat of the Municipality of Postojna. Postojna, western Slovenia, on the Pivka River northeast of Trieste (Italy). Long a local market centre, it is on the rail line and road from Trieste to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Its prime importance is as a tourist centre for its Postojna Cave, an internationally famous cave system considered to be Europe’s best example of karst phenomena—heavily and irregularly eroded limestone structures and underground streams. References to the town date from the 13th century, and it became a borough in 1432. It became a city in 1909. Postojna is a regional educational and cultural centre and has light industry.

    En-route Photo-stop at Predjama castle, Predjama Castle is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in south-central Slovenia, in the historical region of Inner Carniola. It is located in the village of Predjama, approximately11 kilometers from the town of Postojna and 9 kilometers from Postojna Cave.

    Later enjoy Postojna Cave with Underground Train Ride. On this day we take you to the biggest and worldwide known Slovenian cave system – the Postojna caves. A two million years old and 21 km long system of subterranean caves is one of the most easily accessible network of underground caves in the world. A ride by electrical train will be followed by a guided walk through a series of cave halls with drop stones, pillars and translucent curtains that create unforgettable impressions. The underworld system is a home of the mysterious, unique and rare amphibian Proteus Anguinus, or human fish as it is popularly called here.

    The Pivka River has been carving the Postonja Cave for 2 million years. The water level has changed over time, so a beautiful “multi-level” cave filled with stalactites, columns, curtains and other gorgeous shapes was gradually created as the water left layers of limestone behind. Postojna Cave is the largest Karst cave in Slovenia with 24 km of fantastic webs of tunnels, passages, galleries and halls. The first visitors supposedly came to the cave as early as the 13th century, but the most beautiful parts of the cave were discovered in 1818. You will enter the cave by train. The train ride takes about 10 minutes, and then you will continue on foot. Walk up the Great Mountain (Calvary) which is an underground structure formed from the collapse of the ceiling. Stroll under the needle-thin transparent tubes hanging from the ceiling in the “Hall of Tubes”. Admire the White Hall of pure white stalactites and the reddish coloured Red Room. From under the Russian Bridge you will reach The Concert Hall where you can see a stalagmite structure called the white brilliant. Around 100 animal species live in the cave! The main attraction is the proteus, which was at first mistaken for a baby dragon. Take a break on the terrace of the country inn in front of the Predjama Castle and enjoy its stunning views. The castle is built in the mouth of a cavern halfway up a 123 m cliff. Enter the castle and see its many defensive and sinister eatures, such as holes in the ceiling of the entrance tower for pouring boiling oil on intruders, dark dungeons, and an eerie hiding place at the top called Erazem’s Nook.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Overnight at Zagreb

    Day 11ZAGREB - DOHA

    Highlights: Zagreb Guided Tour

    Post breakfast, check out & proceed for guided tour of Zagreb. It can be difficult to appreciate Zagreb’s historical and cultural significance on guided tour. Discover the city’s highlights and hear their stories on an intimate walking tour led by a local guide for a more personalized experience. Enjoy fine city views from the Strossmayer Promenade. Discover top attractions including the Lotrscak Tower, St Catherine’s Church, the Stone Gate and the seat of the Croatian Parliament. Then, descend via Tkalciceva Street to the Lower Town and head through Dolac Market to medieval Kaptol. Admire traditional architecture in Ban Jelacic Square, then finish in the pretty surroundings of Zrinjevac Park.

    After lunch transfer to airport to board your Return flight to Cochin via Doha. Complete your Airport departure formalities to board the flight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Inflight Meals

    Day 12DOHA - COCHIN

    Connect flight to Cochin. Arrive home with pleasant memories of your UK – IRELAND tour.