Chris & Edita RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
September 10 – 23, 2018
Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Italy and
Mediterranean Cruise (Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia)
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC!!!
JOIN US FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
Monday, September 10
Depart from Houston Airport and fly in the direction of Europe, Czech Republic, Prague.
Tuesday, September 11
Arrival in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tour guide) will be waiting for you at the
airport to take you to the hotel, where you can enjoy some rest. In the evening, we will take a 2-hour dinner cruise on the Vltava River with buffet
where you can see the sights of Prague beautifully illuminated at night! You will see Prague Castle, Vysehrad-Upper Castle, National Theatre and
other sights of Prague. We'll have a party with accordion music too … It's truly an unforgettable experience!!!
Wednesday September 12
Today we will tour the city of Prague. You can choose between two options of sightseeing tours.
FIRST OPTION is tour the traditional must see sights of Prague: Guided walking tour of Prague beginning 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.
SECOND OPTION is a tour which will start with Vysehrad (Upper Castle), original seat of the Premyslid Dynasty, the first ruling dynasty on the throne of the Czech country, Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Slavin - cemetery of honor where famous personalities of the Czech nation are buried. Then the bus will take us to the downtown area to start a walking tour with Wallenstein Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Prague. Then continue on to Bethlehem Chapel across the famous Charles Bridge. Bethlehem Chapel was founded in 1391 as a church where services could be held in the Czech language. Then continue on to Old Town Square to see the Astronomical clock.
The rest of the day agenda is same for both tours. We will end up the tour around lunchtime at Wenceslas Square, which has historically been the sight of many events including the 1989 Velvet Revolution demonstrations. In the afternoon departure to České Budějovice which is also home to famous Czech Budvar Beer brewery, check-in our hotel and dinner party with a local band in the evening.
Thursday, September 13
In the morning we will spend some time in the historical center of České Budějovice to see the major sights of the city. We will start the tour at the largest true square in the Czech Republic, Přemysl Otakar II. Square with the mix of arcaded buildings grouped around the 16th century Samson´s Fountain, 14th century Renaissance Town Hall as well as the dominating feature, the 14th century Black Tower. You can climb its 225 steps for some great views! Then we will depart to Český Krumlov, a picturesque town on the river Vltava. This beautiful walled city is the second most popular tourist attraction in the Czech Republic after Prague. The center of the city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a visit here is like stepping back in time to the 14th century as you stroll this perfectly preserved labyrinth of lanes with its many Renaissance homes and buildings. Highlights include not only the second largest castle in the country, but also a number of well-preserved religious sites, along with a number of interesting art galleries and museums. After lunch in the local brewery, we will leave for Salzburg, Austria. This beautiful city situated in the Austrian Alps is also well known because of beeing a birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Check-in our hotel in the evening.
Friday, September 14
In the morning we will depart for the Eagle’s Nest situated just a few miles from Salzburg in Germany. It was given to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday. There is currently a restaurant there where you can view the original tearoom with a fireplace made of Carrara marble – a gift from Mussolini. The view of the surrounding mountains with Salzburg in the background is unforgettable. In the afternoon we will enjoy the tour of one of the most beautiful cities of Europe seeing Mozart’s birthplace, Residenz Square, the Cathedral, and the fortress Hohensalzburg overlooking the city. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Saturday, September 15
Early in the morning we will depart to Venice, Italy to embark the ship MSC POESIA, check-in our cabins with balcony, security training, tour of the ship and time to relax. Leaving the port of Venice at 4:30 PM is truly an unforgettable experience!
Sunday, September 16
Bari, Italy – 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Bari is the capital city of the province of Bari and of the Apulia region, on the Adriatic Sea, in Italy. It´s the second most important economic center of mainland, and is well known as a port and university city as well as the city of Saint Nicholas. On arriving in the heart of Bari´s old city, you'll find the Basilica di San Nicola, consecrated in 1197 to house the relics of the saint plundered a century earlier from southern Turkey via Mediterranean Sea. It´s truly worth doing a trip to the city - you can choose from a number of excursions offered by MSC.
Monday, September 17
Katakolon, Greece – 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Katakolon is a tiny seaside town in Greece in the bay of Agios Andrea, a gateway to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, only 15 miles away from it. The historic associations are resonance of Olympia, which for over a millennium hosted the most important Panhellenic games, are rivaled only by Delphi or Mycenae. If you decide for the excursion of Olympia, you can see the ruins of a gymnasium and wrestling school and much more. If you decide to stay in the typical small-town port of Katakolon, you can enjoy cafes lace the waterfront, shops sell T-shirts, hats and jewelry, and a nice little beach to relax.
Tuesday, September 18
Mykonos, Greece – 8:00AM – 7:00PM
When sailing on an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, Mýkonos is the quintessential image of the Cyclades. In summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets. The labyrinthine design was supposed to confuse the pirates who plagued Mýkonos in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and it has the same effect on today’s visitors. When you alight from your MSC cruise, getting lost in its convoluted streets and alleys is half the fun of the place.
Wednesday, September 19
Piraeus, Greece – 7:30AM – 4:30PM
It has been the port of Athens since Classical times, when the so-called Long Walls, scattered remnants of which can still be seen, were built to connect it to the city. Do not miss the oportunity to visit Athens. The vestiges of the ancient Classical Greek city, most famously represented by the Parthenon and other remains that top the Acropolis, are an inevitable focus, along with the magnificent National Archaeological Museum. The rock of the Acropolis, crowned by the dramatic ruins of the Parthenon, dominates almost every view of Athens. Surrounded by pedestrianized streets, it can be appreciated from almost every angle. Entering via the monumental double gatehouse, the Propylaia, you’ll see the elegant, tiny Temple of Athena Nike on a precipitous platform to the right, overlooking Pireás and the Saronic Gulf.
Thursday, September 20
Sarande, Albania – 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Thanks to one of the most beautiful natural environments of the entire Albanian coast, with its beaches of small natural stones and a wonderful blue sea, Sarande – near the border with Greece, from its seaside you can see Corfù – has become one of the most appreciated tourist destinations in the Ionian Sea. This coastal city is one of the most modern in the entire region, and offers its visitors, in addition to the sea, many historical and environmental beauties to be admired. Among the most relevant points of interest are the ruins of ancient Onchesmos (as Sarande used to be called), the remains of the city of Foinike, the Roman archaeological site of Butrint that was recently renovated and restored to its former glory and the nineteenth-century Ali Pasha Tepeleni Castle, one of Albania's landmark buildings, an imposing square structure overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Friday, September 21
Dubrovník, Croatia – 9:00AM – 3:00PM
A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovník is Croatia´s most popular cruise destination. It´s medieval town was reshaped by Baroque planners after a disastrous earthquake of 1667, however its core seems to have been suspended in time ever since. You can walk through the city and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, Rector´s Palace, former seat of the Ragusan government, fourteenth century Franciscan monastery. Or for those who would like to enjoy the sun and the beach, St. Jacobs beach would be the option as well as many other excursions organized by MSC.
Saturday, September 22
Arrive in Venice, at approx. 9:00AM, disembark the ship. Tour of Venice and its main attractions such as the Basilica di San Marco, the mausoleum of the city´s patron saint and Palazzo Ducale, the home of the doge and all the governing councils, both situated at the most beautiful and only square in Venice, St. Mark´s square. You can even enjoy a gondola ride optionally as well as shopping for typical gifts and souvenirs from Italy. Our bus will pick us up again here and take us to our hotel in the nearby town of San Dona di Piave. Check-in, dinner and prepare for the flight back home the next day.
Sunday, September 23
Departure from Venice airport early in the morning heading to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME!
Itinerary subject to change depending on availability.
Tue September 11 Prague Czech Republic
Wed September 12 České Budějovice Czech Republic
Thu, Fri September 13,14 Salzburg Austria
Sat - Fri September 15 – 22 Ship MSC POESIA Mediterranean Sea
Sat September 23 San Dona di Piave Italy
BUS TOUR includes program, hotel accommodations, flights, breakfast & dinner everyday, 2x lunch, 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 POESIA: 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 POESIA.
Single supplement: Price available upon request (if rooming single)
KL 662 Sept. 10 Houston 3:05 PM - Amsterdam 7:15 AM + 1 day
KL 1355 Sept. 11 Amsterdam 12:10 PM - Prague 1:40 PM
KL 1650 Sept. 23 Venice 6:00 AM - Amsterdam 8:00 AM
KL 661 Sept. 23 Amsterdam 9:50 AM - Houston 1:10 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/