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RYBAK EUROPE TOUR -- APRIL 28 - MAY 13, 2019 - Itinerary

RYBAK EUROPE TOUR -- APRIL 28 - MAY 13, 2019 - Itinerary


April 28 – May 13, 2019
Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland,

Italy, Monaco, France AND
Western Mediterranean Cruise (Italy, Malta, Spain, France)
9 European Countries within 15 days

Sunday, April 28
Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe.

Monday, April 29
Arrival in Europe. The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tourguide) will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel in Roznov pod Radhostem, Wallachia, Czech Republic! 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.
Welcome PARTY and accordion music with dinner in the evening!

Tuesday, April 30
Today we will enjoy the beauties of the Wallachia region, the eastern part of central Moravia. Visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in this part of the country – the Wallachian Open-Air-Museum. The buildings more than 100 years old stand here all originally furnished …we will tour two of the 3 parts of this museum, which is the Wallachian Little Wooden Town including the church, convenient store, post office and restaurants. And Mill Valley with the real examples of how people used the water power for different kinds of businesses. In the afternoon you will have two options. Rest at the hotel, use the wellness area, book a massage and do whatever you desire. Or depart to Lichnov to view the one of a kind collection of records on emigration of locals to Texas. Then visit the town of Koprivnice where in 1853 a manufacture of carriages was set up.

It later became the Tatra Automobile Works. In 1897 the first car in the Austro-Hungarian Empire was produced here. You will visit the Technical Museum with a collection of more than 60 Tatra vehicles. Drive back to the hotel and get ready for a PARTY in the local Koliba – authentic old fashioned Wallachian restaurant.

Wednesday, May 1
Leave for Austria, Salzburg area. Stop enroute in Vienna, tha capital of Austria. This city used to be a capital of Austro-Hungarian Empire for more than six centuries which left a definite mark on it. From the windows of your bus you will see the highlights of historical Vienna. The circle within the Ringroad is an unforgettable experience, constructed in 1857, 2.5 miles long, and is surrounded by the representative buildings (National Opera House, New Townhall, National Theatre, Parliament, museums, universities, fancy hotels and shops). Have your cameras ready! We will then get off the bus close to the main square which can boast of beautiful St. Stephen Church and shopping opportunities. In the afternoon continue on our way to Salzburg area, check-in our hotel.

Thursday, May 2
In the morning, trip to Salzburg, city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You will have a guided tour of the historical city, see Mozart’s birthplace, Residenz Square, the Cathedral, and the fortress Hohensalzburg overlooking the city, spend some time in downtown. Drive back to our hotel and spend the afternoon at the romantic lake of Wolfgangsee. Have a boat cruise around the lake and admire Alpine Mountain tops. Dinner at the hotel.

Friday, May 3
In the morning leave for Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavaria region, Germany. A nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the Bavarian village in Germany. This palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures. Continue on our way to Innsbruck, Austria, where we check-in our hotel and in the evening enjoy a show called Tyrolean Evening with typical Austrian music, dances, yodeling, and playing different special music instruments, all while nestled in the foothills of the Alps!

Saturday, May 4
Departure to St. Moritz, Switzerland one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world. Located on the southern side of the Alps at 6,089 ft. above sea level – in between Zurich, Milan and Munich. This is where we will start the Bernina Express train ride. 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. A particular high-point of the ride is the panoramic view as it passes mighty glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms in Tirano, Italy. Arrive in the area of Lake Como, check-in our hotel.

Sunday, May 5
We will depart to Genoa, Italy to embark the amazing ship MSC BELLISSIMA for a 7-day Western Mediterranean cruise, check-in our balcony cabins, security training, tour of the ship and time to relax. Leaving the port of Genoa at 5:00 PM is truly an unforgettable experience!

Monday, May 6
Naples, Italy - 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Naples is a large, sprawling Mediterranean port, with a center that has many different focuses just waiting to be discovered on an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion. And no trip to Naples is complete without visiting the area between Piazza Garibaldi and Via Toledo, roughly corresponding to the ancient Roman town Neapolis (much of which is still unexcavated like in many other Italian cities).

The old part of Naples – the centro storico – is formed by the main streets of Via dei Tribunali and Via San Biagio dei Librai, which still follow the path of the ancient Roman roads. This is much the liveliest and most intriguing quarter, and a must-see on any cruise to Naples. The Duomo is a Gothic building from the early thirteenth-century (though with a late nineteenth-century neo-Gothic facade) dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Gennaro. MSC Mediterranean cruises also offer excursions to Pompeii, an ancient Roman resort city – which was nearly wiped out from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 - effectively freezing the town’s way of life as it stood at the time.

Tuesday, May 7
Messina, Italy – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Messina may well be your first sight of the island of Sicily, and – from your MSC holiday cruise ship – it’s a fine one, the glittering town spread up the hillside beyond its sickle-shaped Mediterranean harbour. On a shore excursion you book with MSC you can discover Messina’s most important monument, the Duomo, which epitomizes the city’s phoenix-like ability to re-create itself from the ashes of its last disaster. It’s the reconstruction of a twelfth-century cathedral erected by Roger II, and its bell tower claims to be the largest astronomical clock in the world, and puts on its best show at noon every day, when a bronze lion (Messina’s ancient emblem) unleashes a mighty roar over the city!

When you are cruising the Mediterranean Sea with MSC Cruises, a wonderful excursion from Messina would be to the almost too charming hill town of Taormina, spectacularly located on a rocky bluff between the Ionian Sea and the soaring peak of Mount Etna, whose summit with its bleak lava wilderness is one of the most memorable landscapes Italy has to offer … along with the famous ancient theatre, grand hotels and engaging small-town charm.

Wednesday, May 8
Valletta, Malta – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
A 16th century city, the UNESCO-protected port of Valletta, the capital of the island of Malta, is one of the must-see stops for every Mediterranean cruise of merit. You can admire this port, constructed in the second half of the 16th century by the Frenchman Jean de la Valette and moulded by the religious and military Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, from your MSC ship even before disembarking. The over 300 monuments rising in little more than half a square kilometre make this a place with one of the greatest density of historical attractions to visit during a cruise, not mentioning other attractions such as its beaches, seaside locales and restaurants.

There are a lot of excursions that MSC BELLISSIMA offers … where the cruise-goer can see famous Maltese balconies, or the St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the National Museum of Archaeology, underground passages of Auberge de Castille and the beautiful Baracca Gardens, which overlook the harbour.

A 16th century Palazzo now the residence of the 9th Marquis De Piro, it has period furnishings and has a bomb shelter built for protection against bombings during World War II. The set of the film Popeye can still be seen from Malta’s largest beach, as well as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mellieha with a fresco of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ.

Thursday, May 9
At Sea Day in the Mediterranean. Enjoy your time aboard the MSC Bellissima, which is the NEWEST and MOST MAGNIFICENT ship currently in the Mediterranean Sea! From Swarovski lined staircases, to the beautiful Promenade mall aboard, there's so much to do on MSC's flagship … or just have a massage at the onboard SPA area!

Friday, May 10
Barcelona, Spain – 8:00 AM – 6:00 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!

Saturday, May 11
Marseille, France – 8:00 AM – 6:00 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 MSC 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.

Particularly good in the afternoon is the north (Le Panier) side, where the terraces are sunnier and the views better. The best view of the Vieux Port is from the Palais du Pharo, on the headland beyond Fort St-Nicolas, or, for a wider angle, from Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, the city’s Second Empire landmark atop the La Garde hill. To the north of the Vieux Port is the oldest part of Marseille, Le Panier.

You can enjoy many MSC cruise excursions from the Vieux Port. Capital of the Catholic Church during the early Middle Ages and for centuries a major artistic centre, Avignon remains another unmissable excursion. Low medieval walls still encircle Avignon’s old center, as it nestles up against a ninety-degree bend in the Rhône river.

Sunday, May 12
Disembark from the ship in the morning. Our bus will be waiting for us in the port and take us to the country 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 Nice on the French Riviera. Check- in, dinner at our hotel!

Monday, May 13
Departure home from the airport in Nice on a flight to Houston. HOME SWEET HOME!

Itinerary subject to change depending on availability.


Mon, Tue   April 29, 30    Roznov pod Radhostem Czech Republic

Wed, Thu  May 1, 2         Salzburg area Austria

Fri             May 3             Innsbruck Austria

Sat            May 4             Lake Como area Italy

Sun – Sat  May 5 - 11      MSC BELLISSIMA Mediterranean Sea

Sun           May 12           Nice area France

ased on double occupancy: BUS TOUR includes program, hotel accommodations, flights, breakfast & dinner everyday, drinks with group meals, luxury climatically controlled tour bus with restroom on board and snacks, soft drinks, water, juice & alcoholic drinks served while traveling, a professional European English speaking tour guide, music, and money exchanged on the bus. On MSC SHIP BELLISSIMA: Full board with Balcony Cabin, along with all inclusive drinks package & tips covered. Excursions during the cruise are on your own and may be booked through the ship MSC BELLISSIMA.

Single supplement: Price available upon request (if rooming single)

KL 662   April 28 Houston         3:00 PM - Amsterdam 7:15 AM + 1 day
KL 1845 April 29 Amsterdam 1 1:45 AM - Vienna        1:30 PM

KL 1250 May 13  Nice              6:25 AM - Amsterdam  8:25 AM
KL 661   May 13  Amsterdam   9:50 AM - Houston       1:05 PM

LH 441  April 28  Houston         3:50 PM - Frankfurt     8:35 AM + 1 day
LH 1384 April 29 Frankfurt      10:25 AM - Krakow      11:55 AM

LH 1069 May 13  Nice               7:15 AM - Frankfurt     8:50 AM
LH 440   May 13  Frankfurt      10:00 AM - Houston      1:45 PM

Passports: Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip and/or have two to four blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if these requirements are not met. For renewing or applying for a new passport as well as info, visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/

For more info on this tour or price, please contact:
Edita Rybak at (512) 963-6660
603 N Texana St.     Hallettsville, TX  77964



 Sept. 10 - 23, 2018

Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Italy and
Mediterranean Cruise  
(Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia)



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