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DAY 2 (HB) - Venlo to Schindelbruch, Germany - Direct Route approx. 260 miles / Scenic Route approx. 270 miles
Departing Venlo and the hotel after breakfast, today the direct route takes you via Venlo, Duisburg and Dortmund to Schindelbruch. If you prefer a more scenic route then you can head a little further south via Meschede, Korbach and Kassel. Arrival at the Naturresort Scheindelbruch Hotel should be late afternoon/early evening with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 3 (HB) - Schindelbruch to Dresden via Colditz Castle - Mileage approx. 170 miles
Departing Schindelbruch and the hotel after breakfast, today you will have the opportunity to visit Colditz Castle, the World War II prisoner-of-war camp and the site of many daring escape attempts by Allied officers. The castle sits on a steep hill overlooking the Mulde River as it flows through the small Saxon town of Colditz, about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Leipzig. A former residence of the kings of Saxony, the castle was used in 1939 as a prisoner-of-war camp, and in 1940 it became a maximum security prison for escape-prone Allied officers. From Colditz you'll make the short journey to Dresden with arrival at the excellent Schloss Eckberg hotel late afternoon/early evening. Again after check-in and some free time to relax and freshen-up dinner is included at the hotel.
Meal Basis - BB = Bed & Breakfast / HB = Dinner, Bed & Breakfast / D = Dinner Only
DAY 8 (HB) - Warsaw to Lutsk, Ukraine - Mileage approx. 250 miles
Departing the hotel after breakfast, today your routing takes you east through Poland before crossing the border into Ukraine and to the baroque beauty of Lutsk, one of the most ancient, mysterious and charming cities in Ukraine. It is well known for its rich history, which determined the city’s appearance. Today, Lutsk manages to harmoniously combine the monumentality of Soviet architecture with the grace of ancient buildings that continue to preserve Kyivan Rus’ and Medieval Europe’s spirit. Arrival at the Noble Boutique Hotel should be late afternoon with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 7 (BB) - At leisure in Warsaw including a Half Day City Tour
Warsaw is different to other Polish cities, rather than being centred around an old market square it is spread across a broad area with diverse varying architecture. Warsaw suffered the worst history could throw at it, including virtual destruction at the end of World War II and survived. As a result, it’s a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and landmarks. Excellent museums interpret its complex story, from the joys of Chopin’s music to the tragedy of the Jewish ghetto. We have included a half day city sightseeing tour to ensure you don't miss any of the city's highlights. The evening is at leisure to explore Warsaw.
DAY 16 (BB) - The Day at Leisure in Prague
Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty and its history goes back a millennium. The 1989 Velvet Revolution that freed the Czechs from communism bequeathed to Europe a gem of a city to stand beside stalwarts such as Rome, Amsterdam and London. Not surprisingly, visitors from around the world have come in droves, and on a hot summer's day it can feel like you’re sharing Charles Bridge with half of humanity. But even the crowds can’t take away from the spectacle of a 14th-century stone bridge, a hilltop castle and a lovely, lazy river 'the Vltava', that inspired one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of 19th-century classical music, Smetana’s Moldau symphony. Prague's maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer, always beckoning you to explore a little further. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected gardens, cute cafes and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight.
DAY 17 (HB) - Krakow to Würzburg, Germany - Mileage approx. 240 miles
Departing Prague and the hotel after breakfast today you have the choice of taking the direct route to Würzburg via Pilsen, Amberg and Nuremberg, or if you would like a more scenic drive why not take the Romantic Road via the picture-postcard town of Rothenburg-ob-der Tauber. Arrival in Würzburg and the Melchior Park Hotel should be late afternoon/early evening with dinner included.
DAY 1 (D) - Calais to Venlo, Netherlands - Mileage approx. 210 miles
P&O Ferry Crossing - Dover / Calais (other crossings available on request) followed by the choice of taking a Scenic or direct drive through France, Belgium and the Netherlands to Venlo for your overnight stop at the Bilderberg Hotel De Bovenste where you'll have the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers with a welcome group dinner at the hotel.
DAY 9 (HB) - Lutsk to Kiev, Ukraine - Mileage approx. 250 miles
Departing Lutsk and the hotel after breakfast, today your routing continues east through Ukraine via Rivne, Novohrad-Volyns'kyi and Zhytomyr. Arrival in Kiev and the Mercure Kyiv Congress hotel should be late afternoon/early evening, again with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 12 (HB) - Kiev to Lutsk, Ukraine - Mileage approx. 250 miles
Today you have the choice of departing Kiev and the hotel after breakfast or, spending some time in Kiev before heading back through Ukraine to Lutsk and the the Noble Boutique Hotel with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 13 (HB) - Lutsk to Krakow, Poland - Mileage approx. 300 miles
Departing Lutsk and the hotel after breakfast, today you'll cross the border back into Poland as you make your way to Krakow. Your routing today takes you via Zhovkva, Jaroslaw and Tarnow with arrival at the Novotel Cenrum Hotel late afternoon/early evening with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 14 (HB) - The day at Leisure in Krakow with optional visits to Auschwitz & the Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Castle is a major drawcard, while the Old Town contains soaring churches, impressive museums and the vast Rynek Główny, Europe’s largest market square. In the former Jewish quarter, Kazimierz, remnant synagogues reflect the tragedy of the 20th century, just as its lively squares and backstreets symbolise the renewal of the 21st. Here and throughout the Old Town are hundreds of restaurants and bars. However, there’s more to the former royal capital than history. As you walk through the Old Town, you’ll sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by the harmony of a quiet back street, the ‘just so’ nature of the architecture and light. It’s at times like these that Kraków reveals its harmonious blend of past and present, an essential part of any visit to Poland. Auschwitz - was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here. The authentic Memorial consists of two parts of the former camp, Auschwitz and Birkenau. A visit with an educator allows better understanding of this unique place. The post-camp relics are protected by the Museum created in 1947. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland. Each year it is visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world. It is also a world class monument, featuring among twelve objects on the UNESCO’s World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.
DAY 6 - Wroclaw to Warsaw - Mileage approx. 215 miles
Departing Wroclaw and the hotel after breakfast, today your journey takes you through central Poland and via Lodz to the capital city of Warsaw. The city is spread across a broad area and includes an eye-catching range of architecture: restored baroque, Gothic, neoclassical and Renaissance in the Old and New Towns; gems of the post-WWII socialist realist period, such as the Palace of Culture & Science and the Marszałkowska Residential District (MDM); and contemporary beauties like the Copernicus Science Centre and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Arrival at Radisson Blu Sobieski Hote should be mid/late afternoon. Again after check-in and some free time to relax and freshen-up dinner is included at the hotel.
DAY 5 (HB) - Dresden to Wroclaw, Poland - Direct Route approx. 160 miles / Scenic Route approx. 175 miles
Departing Dresden and Schoss Eckberg after breakfast, today you'll cross the German border into Poland. Today you have the choice of taking the direct route to Wroclaw via Gorlitz, Duisburg and Dortmund, a scenic route via Krajobrazowy Doliny Bobru and Krajobrazowy Chelmy National Parks or you can make a slight detour north to Zagan, to visit Stalag Luft III, a Luftwaffe-run prisoner-of-war camp during World War II for captured allied airmen, best known for its two prisoner escapes that took place by tunnelling under the fences as portrayed in the film The Great Escape. Arrival at the Scandic Hotel, Wroclaw should be late afternoon/early evening with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 10 (HB) - Kiev to Chernobyl - Mileage approx. 85 miles
Departing Kiev and the hotel after breakfast, today you'll leave your car in the security of the hotel car park and depart on our escorted tour to Chernobyl. Our tour starts with a 2-hour drive to the Zone, en-route you will receive a complimentary newspaper from 1986 and watch a documentary about the Chernobyl disaster. Today you'll explore together the city of Chernobyl, the panorama of the infamous power plant and then head to the ghost town of Pripyat where you'll see the main square and abandoned playground with the still standing Ferris wheel and show you a radioactive hotspot, albeit from a safe distance. In the evening you'll enjoy a traditional Ukrainian dinner and later you can chat with your guide. local workers and the rest of the group. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy a skyline view or explore some places that will leave you with lasting memories that you will never never experience again. Overnight is at the Hotel Pripyat with dinner included.
DAY 11 (HB) - Chernobyl to Kiev - Mileage approx. 85 miles
A second day touring the area around Chernobyl, today the emotional highlight of the tour is a short visit to the self-settlers also known as the Chernobyl Babushkas, who will not just share their personal stories with you, but also gladly show you their living conditions (which still looks like it's from the Soviet era) and maybe even offer you some home-made goodies. Before leaving the zone late afternoon you'll pass the last of the 7 dosimetric controls. Arrival back in Kiev and the Mercure Kyiv Congress hotel should be late afternoon/early evening, again with dinner included at the hotel.
Safety Information - All of the guides on this tour are fully trained, Geiger-Muller counters (dosimeters) and Dosimetric control is implemented at least twice a day to ensure your safety throughout your time in Chernobyl.
The radiation level in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on average slightly higher than the natural background radiation, however the dose of radiation received in 2 days spent in Chernobyl and Pripyat won’t exceed 8 microsieverts, which equates to 4% the daily nuclear power plant safety norms in EU, which is the equivalent to around 7 hours on an intercontinental flight.
DAY 15 (HB) - Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic - Mileage approx. 320 miles
Departing Krakow and the hotel after breakfast today your journey takes you via Katowice and Jastrzebie-Zfroj before crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Continuing on via Ostrave and Olomouc arrival in Prague and the Kampa Hotel should be late afternoon/early evening with dinner included at the hotel.
DAY 18 (HB) - Würzburg to Verviers, Belgium - Mileage approx. 250 miles
Departing Würzburg and the hotel after breakfast again you have the choice of taking the direct route to Verviers via Frankfurt, Limburg and Cologne or if you would like a more scenic drive why not follow the Rhine Valley via Rudesheim, St Goarshausen, Boppard and Koblenz. Arrival in Verviers and the Van der Valk Hotel Hotel should be late afternoon/early evening with dinner included.
DAY 19 (BB) - Verviers to Calais - Mileage approx. 200 miles
Departing Verviers and the hotel after breakfast today you'll make the final journey cack to Calais for your ferry crossing back to the UK.
DAY 4 (BB) - The Day at Leisure in Dresden
There are few city silhouettes more striking than Dresden’s. The classic view from the Elbe’s northern bank takes in spires, towers and domes belonging to palaces, churches and stately buildings, and indeed it's hard to believe that the city was all but wiped off the map by Allied bombings in 1945. While the devastating 1945 allied firestorm levelled most of these treasures, their contents were safely removed before the bombings and now take pride of place in Dresden's rebuilt museums. Across the river from this treasure trove of classic art and architecture, Dresden's Neustadt has dozens of funky restaurants, shops and one of the liveliest nightlife scenes in Germany's east.