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NEW RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
& MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE 2023
NEW RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
& MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE 2023
RYBAK EUROPE TOUR 🌎 MAY 11 - 27, 2023
RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
MAY 11 - 27, 2023
FRANCE, MONACO, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC
& WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (ITALY, FRANCE, SPAIN)
& WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE (ITALY, FRANCE, SPAIN)
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC by CHRIS RYBAK!!!
7 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WITHIN 7 DAYS!
JOIN US FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
Thursday, May 11
Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe, France, Nice.
Friday, May 12
Arrival in Nice, France. The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tour guide) will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel in the area of Côte d'Azur. Beyond the coast, the region is also home to some spectacular hilltop villages and mountain scenery, along with vineyards, flower farms that feed the French perfume industry and more than its fair share of great art museums. Check- in our hotel, and then enjoy free time for yourselves to discover this lovely city on the French Riviera!
Saturday, May 13
Leave the hotel in the morning for a tour of the state of Monaco. The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign state whose territory covers only 0.75 sq miles. We will tour this little state, see the Cathedral of Monaco, Prince`s Palace in the Old Monaco-Ville which also offers a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. Of course, we cannot skip seeing the famous Monte Carlo Casino. In the afternoon we will continue on the way to Italy, port of Savona where we will embark COSTA SMERALDA, one of the newest and largest ships currently in the Mediterranean! Check-in our balcony cabins, security training, tour of the ship and time to relax and enjoy the view of the Italian Riviera!
Leaving the amazingly beautiful port of Savona is truly an unforgettable and magical experience!
Sunday, May 14
Marseille, FRANCE 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
When cruising southern France, you have to know that Marseille is the most renowned and populated metropolitan area in the country after Paris and Lyon. When you alight from your COSTA cruise ship, the cafés around the Vieux Port, where glistening fish are sold straight off the boats on quai des Belges, are wonderful spots to observe the city’s street life. A pleasant thing to do is simply sit down at one of the cafes overlooking the port of Marseilles and, sipping a Pastis, observe the landscape and the people who inhabit it. Also called the "Porpoise City ", Marseille is France’s sunniest town, charming with its gullies where you can swim, its history and culture and restaurants with cosmopolitan cuisine. You cannot leave without having first toured on the “Cours Julien”, the street for shopping!
Monday, May 15
Barcelona, SPAIN 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Spain’s second city, and the self-confident capital and port of Catalunya - vibrates with life, and there’s certainly not another city in the country to touch it for sheer style, looks or energy. A cruise excursion to Barcelona city center will take you to discover its world-class art museums and its fashionable designer restaurants, bars, galleries and shops. And in Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary church of the Sagrada Família and the world-famous boulevard that is the Ramblas, you have two Mediterranean sights that are high up on any list!
Tuesday, May 16
Palma de Mallorca, SPAIN 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
In Spain there is only one place that does holidays, leisure, shopping and culture at once: Palma de Mallorca! Upon arrival in Palma de Mallorca, you can focus on the Island’s various activities: shopping, medieval buildings, walks on the beach or mountain climbing, whatever you desire. Go downtown for a stroll to the port of Palma de Mallorca, while architecture lovers will know that many historic buildings in the city have an impressive courtyard inside, like the Museum of Contemporary Art. Get some "ensaïmadas" to eat on the way to the Cathedral or on one of the island’s beaches. Don’t forget to visit the “Paseo del Borne” to do some shopping!
Wednesday, May 17
Day at sea. RELAX & PARTY ON THE SHIP!
Thursday, May 18
Palermo, ITALY 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Port of Palermo is an ancient city with a history reaching back almost 3,000 years and holds an unrivalled display of Norman art and architecture and Baroque churches, combined with a warren of medieval streets and markets. With Sicily’s greatest concentration of sights, and the biggest historic center in Italy bar Rome, Palermo is a complex, multilayered port that can easily feel overwhelming if you try to do or see too much in one Mediterranean cruise visit. The best thing to do here is just to wander as the fancy takes you, sifting through Palermo’s jumbled layers of crumbling architecture, along deserted back alleys, then suddenly emerging in the midst of an ebullient street market!
Friday, May 19
Civitavecchia (near Rome), ITALY 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Civitavecchia, a former Etruscan port, is the seaport for Rome. And what about it? Everything here reflects the glorious power of people who ruled the world.
Located in cove, protected to the north by Mignone and south by the Marangone, the Civitavecchia port was built on the Tyrrhenian coast in Etruscan times and still preserves traces of this history. In particular, the Michelangelo fort and the old town with its 9th-century walls bear witness to the splendor of a medieval past.
On a shore excursion you book with COSTA, you can visit Rome (1.5 hour drive), the grandiose capital with its world-famous monuments: the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trajan's column, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps and so much more!
Saturday, May 20
Arrival to the port of Savona in the morning. Our bus will be waiting for us and take us to the city of Milan, located in Lombardy in Northern Italy. It´s the country’s financial and fashion capital. Home to designers like Prada, Armani and Versace, Milan’s impressive shopping centers attract nearly as many visitors as the city’s centuries-old cultural institutions. With attractions in Milan like the Duomo Cathedral, La Scala opera it’s no wonder that Milan is Italy’s third most visited city after Rome and Venice. We will have a short walking tour of Milan to see the main attractions: La Scala opera house, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – the oldest shopping mall with luxurious boutiques such as Versace, Prada and other famous brands. We will also see the Duomo Cathedral and Duomo square after which you will have some free time for yourselves and shopping in the city. Continue on our way and spend a night in the area of Lake Como.
Sunday, May 21
Departure to Tirano, where we get on the Bernina Express train for an unbelievably beautiful scenic ride! A particular high-point of the ride is the panoramic view as it passes mighty glaciers on its ascend from a land of swaying palms in Tirano. We will experience one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps. This winding mountain railway connects northern and southern Europe without the use of any toothed-wheel mechanism. The train crosses the Alps thru the Bernina Pass (elevation of 7,391 feet), past the Morteratsch Glacier and takes us to our stop which is St. Moritz – one of the most famous winter holiday destinations in the world! We will continue with our bus to Innsbruck, Austria, a beautiful Tyrolean town lying in the valley of river Inn. Check-in our hotel, then attend a show called Tyrolean Evening with typical Austrian music, dances, yodeling, and playing different special musical instruments, all while nestled in the foothills of the Alps!
Monday, May 22
Leave Innsbruck and drive through beautiful countryside of Austrian Alps. Stop enroute at one of the best holiday destinations in Austria – Wolfgangsee Lake, surrounded by forests, meadows, and mountains. On its shores you’ll find chocolate-box villages such as St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang, and Strobl. The boat will take us around the villages and drop us off in the biggest town St. Wolfgang where old town houses alternate with colorful shops and welcoming inns. As soon as you arrive in the town you will realize that folk culture and traditions play a big role in everyday life of the locals. In the afternoon leave the town and continue on our way, spending a night in Linz area.
Tuesday, May 23
Leave for the Czech Republic. On the way we will experience the region of Southern Moravia, known for the production of wine and beautiful landscape. Stop and tour the Lednice Chateau, which is 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. In the afternoon continue on our way to Roznov pod Radhostem. This is the area of probably the biggest emigration to Texas in the last century and a place where many Texas Czechs have their ancestry. In the evening PARTY and DANCE to typical Czech and Moravian music in the hotel restaurant!
Wednesday, May 24
Today we will enjoy the beauties of Wallachia. First, we will visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in this part of the country – the Wallachian Open-Air-Museum. The buildings from 18th century old stand here all originally furnished. The museum consists of two parts. You will have a choice to tour one of the parts. First is Wallachian Little Wooden Town including the church, convenient store, post office, mayor`s house and other period buildings. Or second option for those with technical interests will be to tour the Mill Valley with real and working examples of how people used the water power for different kinds of businesses between 17th and 19th centuries. In the barn are also all kinds of historical carriages pulled by horses and cattle on display. In the main building you can also visit an exposition devoted to the life in town Roznov pod Radhostem in the course of more than last seven centuries. Parts of buildings, rooms and businesses are equipped with original furnishings which will make you feel like you are walking through time. If weather permits, we will leave for mountain Pustevny after lunch. We will reach the peak by chairlift which is actually the oldest of its type in Europe. At the top, there are a few chalets, the most famous being the folk wooden buildings by the architect Dusan Jurkovic. If it’s a clear day, you can enjoy great views of the mountains and town in the valley. We will return to our hotel. In your free time you can use the wellness area with sauna and swimming pool or just rest before another party, this time at Koliba Kordulka – authentic Wallachian restaurant just across from our hotel.
Thursday, May 25
Today we will see where the national Czech drink Slivovice is being made. We will stop to see the factory of the biggest producer of this and other fruit spirits in the Czech Republic – Jelinek distillery. This distillery is based in little town of Vizovice, the so-called “Gate to Wallachia”. Vizovice is known for its tradition of Slivovice making and summer festival of plum harvesting. You will see the production; you will be told the history and you will get to taste a few samples as well! After lunch we will continue on our way to Prague, check-in our well-located hotel in the historical center. In the evening, we will be treated to a dinner and folklore show where you can enjoy a great program with examples of Czech typical dances, songs and playing different instruments – all while you enjoy cold pivo, Moravian vino, and wonderful Czech Cuisine!
Friday, May 26
This day we will tour the city of Prague! Guided walking tour of Prague begins with Prague Castle and then on to St. Vitus Cathedral, Hradcany quarter, and the Church of Our Lady Victorious which houses the famous wax statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. We will walk across the famous 14th century Charles Bridge and continue on to Old Town Square to see the Astronomical clock. After lunch in the restaurant serving traditional Czech cuisine, we will continue and end up the tour at Wenceslas Square, which has historically been the sight of many events including the 1989 Velvet Revolution demonstrations. Then you will have some free time for individual sightseeing and great shopping at the numerous stores lining the Wenceslas square.
The SECOND OPTION is to just enjoy Prague on your own as our hotel is situated in the heart of this majestic city, in the Old Town district and join us possibly for lunch by the Old Town Square.
In the evening, a historical tram will take us through old Prague just by the Vltava River where we will take a
2-hour buffet dinner boat cruise. You will be able to view the beautiful sights of Prague illuminated at night!
Saturday, May 27
Departure home from the airport in Prague on a flight to Houston. HOME SWEET HOME!