France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic
Western Mediterranean Cruise
(Italy, France, Spain)
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC!!!
JOIN US FOR AN UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME
TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
7 European Countries within 17 days
Email Edita Rybak for more info: email@example.com
Thursday, April 2 Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe, France, Nice.
Friday, April 3 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 Nice. Check- in our hotel, and then enjoy free time for yourselves to discover this lovely city on the French Riviera!
Saturday, April 4 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 the Brand New Flagship of Costa Cruises – Costa Smeralda, the newest and largest ship 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 at 6:00 PM is truly an unforgettable and magical experience!
Sunday, April 5 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. 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 COSTA 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.
Monday, April 6 Barcelona, SPAIN 8:00 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, April 7 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 theCathedral or on one of the island’s beaches. Don’t forget to visit the “Paseo del Borne” to do some shopping.
Wednesday, April 8 Day at sea. RELAX & PARTY ON THE SHIP!
Thursday, April 9 Civitavecchia (near Rome), ITALY 8:00 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 splendour 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 Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, Trajan's column, St Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, the Spanish Steps and so much more!
Friday, April 10 La Spezia, ITALY 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM The small port of La Spezia, an impressively sweeping panorama of islands in the Italian Riviera, is located between Genoa and Pisa. It is south of Liguria, on a mountainous coast at the bottom of the Gulf of Poets. The port of La Spezia is very famous for its military arsenal. A stop at this port will allow you to visit several museums, including the Amedeo Lia inside the monastery of San Francesco di Paola. A shore excursion booked with COSTA can take you to visit the Cinque Terre(Five Lands) - named for five tiny villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore – wedged into a series of coves between sheer cliffs, whose comparative remoteness and dramatic positions make the region the principal scenic highlight of the whole Riviera. Or other excursion options can bring you to beautiful Florence or take you to the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa, an imposing structure that appears almost weightless thanks to story after story of graceful arches.
Saturday, April 11 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, April 12 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. We will end up at one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world - located in Engadin on the southern side of the Alps at 6,089 ft. above sea level – in between Zurich, Milan and Munich. 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, April 13 We will start the day with one of the highest points of Innsbruck for a spectacular view of the city and surrounding mountains from the top of ski-jump which was featured in the winter Olympics. Then drive to Wattens just outside of Innsbruck which is known for the production of world known Swarovski jewelery. We will view the permanent exhibition of Swarovski Crystal World, famous producer of crystal items like figurines, optics and jewelry. You can shop in the largest Swarovski store in the world for reasonable prices. Then leave for Salzburg, city of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. You will have a guided tour of the historical city, see Mozart’s birthplace, famous boulevard Getreidegasse, Residenz Square, the Salzburg Cathedral, and the fortressHohensalzburg overlooking the city. You will also have some free time in the historical downtown. Check-in our hotel and then enjoy dinner as we wind down from another amazing day in Europe!
Tuesday, April 14 Leave for the Czech Republic. Stop en route in Vienna, the capital of Austria. This city used to be a capital of the 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, surrounded by the representative buildings (National OperaHouse, New Town Hall, 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 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. Welcome PARTY with dinner in the evening at Koliba Kordulka – authentic Vallachian restaurant.
Wednesday, April 15 Today we will enjoy the beauties of 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 the Wallachian Little Wooden Village including the church, convenience store, post office, mayor`s house and other period buildings. Then the bus will take us to neighboring town Frenstat pod Radhostem where our group will be officially welcome at the town hall. We will also see the permanent exhibition of local museum which is called There Behind the Sea and which explains the reason of emigration to Texas from this area, conditions for emigration and represents at many times the distressful journey across the ocean. Describes uneasy creation of Czech settlements in Texas, life in Czech communities and speaks about important personalities from public life. In the afternoon, you will have TWO OPTIONS: You can rest at the hotel, use the wellness area, book a massage and do whatever you desire OR you candepart to Lichnov to view one of a kind collection of records on emigration of locals to Texas. In the evening PARTY and DANCE to typical Czech and Wallachian music in the hotel restaurant.
Thursday, April 16 In the morning leave for Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic. We will stop en route at Moravian Karst to tour caves. You will walk through mighty underground spaces and passages decorated with stalactites and stalagmites, as far as the bottom of the world-famous Macocha (Step Mother) Abyss. The foot walk is followed by a motor boat ride along the underground river Punkva. The ride includes the visit of the Masaryk´s Dome, one of the most beautiful caves of the Moravian Karst. The Punkva Caves are an extension of the longest cave system in the Czech Republic, the Amateur´s Cave, whose passages are over 21 miles long. 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, April 17 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, April 18 Departure home from the airport in Prague on a flight to Houston. HOME SWEET HOME!
Itinerary subject to change depending on availability.
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RYBAK CHRISTMAS MARKET EUROPE TOUR DECEMBER 2 - 11, 2019
AUSTRIA, SLOVAKIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC by CHRIS RYBAK!!!
JOIN US FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
Monday, December 2 Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe, Vienna, Austria.
Tuesday, December 3 Arrival in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tour guide) will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to the first destination which is Vienna downtown. We will do a short sightseeing tour of Vienna by bus. Then we will step into the joy of Christmas as we visit the amazingly magical Vienna Christmas Markets with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Hot wine and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods. The Christmas Markets in Vienna truly are an age-old tradition! Check-in our hotel. Leisure time for you to relax!
Wednesday, December 4 Leave for the Czech Republic. Stop en-route in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and the country's largest city with a rich and colorful history. It was an important European hub due to its proximity to the advanced cultures of the Mediterranean and the Orient as well as its link to the rest of Europe, made possible by the Danube River. We'll have a chance to tour the local Slovak Christmas Markets and also enjoy a mini cruise on the enchanting Danube river accompanied by live music from Chris Rybak. Then continue on our way to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Czech Republic. Check in and then party in the evening at a local koliba – old fashioned Wallachian restaurant!
Thursday, December 5 In the morning we will visit one of the 3 parts of the Wallachian open-air museum established in 1925. The Wallachian Village occupies the largest part of the museum, encompassing farmsteads, wells, bell towers, windmills and gardens, and other related structures, all set among the jagged landscape, roads and clusters of trees to faithfully copy the character of traditional Wallachian villages. You will be able to see an exhibition of traditional winter labors and traditions, and rituals in the Christmas time back in those times. Lunch in open-air museum. In the afternoon, we can go up on one of the peaks of Beskydy mountains for beautiful view of the area in winter! Come back to our hotel to rest for a while and then finish the day with a nice party at Koliba Vlcina - moravian wine, music and the world's best grilled chicken -“Everyone´s favorite place”! You will always remember Vlčina! Don't miss this party!!
Friday, December 6 Leave for Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. We will stop in Olomouc for traditional Christmas markets, where you can try all kinds of drinks, buy little handmade gifts, eat traditional street foods (sausages, snacks, etc.) and have fun listening to the nice Czech Christmas Carols right at the historical square. Continue on our way, check in at our hotel. In the evening enjoy the boat cruise on Vltava River, including a buffet dinner! See the beauties of the capital – beautifully illuminated Prague Castle, Vyšehrad-Upper Castle, National Theatre and other sights of Prague.
Saturday, December 7 In the morning, we will have a guided walking tour of Prague - beginning with Prague Castle and then on to St. Vitus Cathedral, Hradčany 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 and also admire the tallest Christmas tree in the Czech Republic. Spend some time at the Christmas markets. Lunch in this area. We will end the tour at Wenceslas Square, which has historically been the sight of many events, including the 1989 Velvet Revolution demonstrations. You will have free time for individual sightseeing and great shopping at the numerous stores lining the square.In the evening, you will be treated to dinner at U Marcanu, where you can enjoy a great program with examples of typical dances and playing different instruments, as well as enjoy the wonderful atmosphere and unforgettable wine experience!
Sunday, December 8 Leave for Germany, stop en-route in Chodova Plana, tour the local brewery where you will be shown the production of beer and will be told all about it. Of course, you will be tasting it at the end of the tour. Lunch at the brewery. Departure to Nuremberg, one of the major cities of Germany.
Monday, December 9 We will have a guided tour of the modern part of Nuremberg, the Nazi center. We will view the unfinished Coliseum that Hitler ordered to be built as a grandiose copy of the Coliseum in Rome, as well as Zeppelin Field where Nazi parades took place. We will round out today’s tour in the medieval part of Nuremberg where we will see the ancient castle overlooking the city, the Church of Our Lady on the main market square. Spend the rest of the day in this area at the well known Christmas markets in Germany. Enjoy delicious Nuremberg sausages (Bratwurst), try iconic Nuremberg gingerbread, meet Nuremberg's Christkind – a German symbol of Christmas. And much more!
Tuesday, December 10 Drive to Munich, the center of economic and cultural activity in southern Germany - it's one of Germany’s most attractive cities where every year the largest beer festival Oktoberfest takes place. Walking tour of the historic core of Munich – the main square Marienplatz with a new town hall built in the Neo-Gothic style and possessing an animated carillon, Church of Our Lady, the vast Late Gothic hall-church which has become the symbol of the city. Stop also in the famous beer house – Hofbräuhaus which dates from 1589. This is the favorite place where every day 17500 mugs of beer in 1 liter tankards are served. Spend the rest of the day in the historical center of Munich, shop for last Christmas gifts and souvenirs or just enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Check-in.
Wednesday, December 11
Depart from Munich airport early in the morning heading back to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME!
* Itinerary subject to change depending on availability. *
Tue December 3 Austria Vienna
Wed, Thu December 4, 5 Czech Republic Roznov p. Radhostem
Fri, Sat December 6, 7 Czech Republic Prague
Sun, Mon December 8, 9 Germany Nuremberg
Tue December 10 Germany Munich
TOUR: Includes program, hotel accommodations, flights, breakfast & dinner everyday, 5x 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, and money exchanged on the bus. AND ACCORDION MUSIC AND PARTIES!
For more info on this tour, please contact: EDITA RYBAK at (512) 963-6660
Chris & Edita RYBAK EUROPE TOUR
SEPTEMBER 8 - 22, 2019 Czech Republic, Austria, Germany AND Baltic Sea Cruise (Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Russia) FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC!!!
JOIN US FOR AN UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME TRIP OF A LIFETIME! 7 European Countries within 14 days
Sunday, September 8 Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe, Austria, Vienna.
Monday, September 9 Arrival in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The luxury bus with attendant team (including your tourguide) will be waiting for you at the airport.We'll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna, the former capital of the 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 Theater, 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 the beautiful St. Stephen Church (largest in Austria) and shopping opportunities. In the afternoon continue on our way to the Czech Republic, check-in our hotel in Lednice, the southern part of Moravia.
Tuesday, September 10 This day we will spend in a beautiful region of Southern Moravia, known for the production of wine and beautiful landscape. We will start the day with a tour of Lednice Chateau, which is the jewel in the crown of the Lednice-Valtice Complex and, at the same time, 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. Then we will move to chateau gardens which have been included in the UNESCO list to witness unique 1 hour show of birds of pray. In the afternoon visit the National Wine Salon, where you can try all the best Moravian Wines, accompanied with an expert explanation and a chance to buy some at the end! In the evening PARTY in a wine cellar with a local band!
Wednesday, September 11 Leave for Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. We will have an amazing walking tour with the most beautiful highlights of Prague - beginning with Prague Castle and then on to St. Vitus Cathedral, Hradcany quarter, walk across the famous 14th century Charles Bridge with a gorgeous view of the Prague Castle, and continue on to Old Town Square to see the Astronomical clock. We will end the tour at Wenceslas Square, which has historically been the sight of many events including the 1989 Velvet Revolution demonstrations. The other option is to check-in our well situated hotel right in the center of the Old Town of Prague, where you can wander and shop at the numerous stores around. In the evening, board the historical tram ride taking you through the downtown of Prague all the way to the Vltava River – And then we'll enjoy a 2-hour dinner cruise on the river Vltava including buffet dinner and viewing all the illuminated beauties of Prague along the river by night. We'll have a party with accordion music too … It's truly an unforgettable experience!!!
Thursday, September 12 In the morning, leave for the Krkonoše mountains in the north of Bohemia to get to the highest point in the Czech Republic! A modern cable car will take us on the top of mountain Snezka which is at 1,603 metres (5,259 ft), the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. The mountain lies on the border between Poland and the Czech Republic and is sought after for its great views to both countries. After lunch, we will continue on our way to Germany and the capital city Berlin. Check-in our hotel.
Friday, September 13 Today we take a tour of Potsdam, just a few miles away from Berlin. Most of Potsdam's many sights were built during the 18th and 19th centuries when the city was the residence of the Prussian kings. Potsdam is probably best known for its many castles. We will tour the downtown area of the city, including the Russian Colony of Alexandrowka. You can view the impressive Sanssouci Park which surrounds Sanssouci Palace since 1747. It was built as a residence for the Prussian kings and is probably the most famous. We will also see the Cecilienhof Palace which is famous for having been the location of the Potsdam Conference in 1945, in which the leaders of the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States made important decisions affecting the shape of post World War II Europe and Asia. Leave for the downtown of Berlin, free time for shopping and to do whatever you desire. Or optional tour of Berlin in the afternoon with local guide who will show us around and tell us all important details about the largest city of Germany and its capital – sights of former west and east Berlin – Brandenburg Gate (grand classical archway and city divide), Reichstag Building (historic, glass-domed home of parliament), Berlin Wall (remnants of former division), Checkpoint Charlie (Cold war and east-west border landmark), Alexanderplatz (pedestrianized square with iconic tower), Museum Island, Under the Linden Tree avenue and much more. In the evening you will enjoy a Dinner River Cruise of Berlin.
Saturday, September 14 In the morning leave for Kiel to embark the amazing ship MSC Meraviglia for a 7-day Nothern Europe Baltic Sea Cruise, check-in our balcony cabins, security training, tour of the ship and time to relax. Leaving the port of Kiel at 7:00 PM is truly an unforgettable experience!
Sunday, September 15 Copenhagen, Denmark - 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM An exciting and trendy city split by lakes and surrounded by sea. There's an energetic and hip waterside vibe that permeates Copenhagen, one of Northern Europe’s most user-friendly capitals. Copenhagen city center is waiting to be enjoyed on an excursion booked through MSC. It’s a welcoming, compact city with a center largely given over to pedestrians (and cyclists) and an emphasis by day on café culture and top-notch museums. The historic core of the city is Slotsholmen, originally the site of the twelfth-century castle and now home to the huge Christiansborg Complex.
Monday, September 16 Day at sea
Tuesday, September 17 Helsinki, Finland - 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Instantly lovable, Helsinki is remarkably different from the other Scandinavian Capitals, and closer both in mood and appearance to the major cities of Northern Europe. Today, cruisers will find a youthful buzz on the streets, where the boulevards, outdoor cafés and trendy restaurants are crowded with Finns taking full advantage of the short summer. Following a devastating fire in 1808, and the city’s designation as Finland’s capital in 1812, Helsinki was totally rebuilt in a style befitting its new status: a grid of wide streetsand Neoclassical brick buildings modeled on the then Russian capital, St. Petersburg. Porvoo, one of the oldest towns on the south coast and one of Finland’s most charming, is one of the places you might want to explore on an excursion booked through MSC Meraviglia. Its narrow cobbled streets, lined by small colorful wooden buildings, give a sense of Finnish life before the capital’s bold squares and Neoclassical geometry.
Wednesday, September 18 St. Petersburg, Russia - 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM When you’re cruising the Baltic Sea with MSC Cruises, St. Petersburg is the port of call for you. A sophisticated capital of the Russian Empire, the cradle of the Communist Revolution of 1917, and a symbol of Russian stoicism due to the city’s heroic endurance of a three-year Nazi siege during World War II, present-day St. Petersburg has eased into modernity without sacrificing any of its old-world magnificence and charm, with shopping malls sitting alongside opulent palaces. You’ll find a great city when you step ashore from your MSC cruise ship, maybe the most beautiful in the whole of Russia. MSC Meraviglia offers excursions to the center of St Petersburg on the south bank of the Neva, with the curving River Fontanka marking its southern boundary. Many of the city’s top sights are located on and around Nevsky Prospect, the backbone and heart of the city for the last three centuries, stretching from the Alexander Nevsky Monastery to Palace Square. Seated on the banks of the River Neva, the 200m-long Baroque Winter Palace is the city’s largest and most opulent, and was the official residence of the Tsars, their court and 1500 servants until the revolution of 1917. Today the building houses one of the world’s greatest museums, the Hermitage, launched as Russia’s first public art museum in 1852. The Hermitage collection embraces over three million treasures and works of art, from ancient Scythian gold and giant malachite urns to Cubist pieces.
Thursday, September 19 Tallinn, Estonia - 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Tallinn, Estonia’s compact, buzzing capital, with its enchanting heart surrounded by medieval walls, has been shaped by nearly a millennium of outside influence. A cruise of the Baltic Sea aboard MSC Meraviglia can take you to visit the heart of Tallinn, its Old Town, still largely enclosed by the city’s medieval walls.At its center is the Raekoja plats, the historic marketplace, above which looms Toompea, the hilltop stronghold of the German knights who controlled the city during the Middle Ages. Raekoja plats, the cobbled market square at the heart of the Old Town, is as old as the city itself. On its southern side stands the fifteenth-century Town Hall (Raekoda), boasting elegant Gothic arches at ground level, and a delicate steeple at its northern end. The fourteenth-century Church of the Holy Ghost (Puhä Vaimu kirik) on Pühavaimu St. is the city’s oldest church, a small Gothic building with stuccoed limestone walls, stepped gables, a carved wooden interior, a tall, verdigris-coated spire and an ornate clock from 1680 – the oldest in Tallinn. Contrasting sharply is the late Gothic St. Nicholas’s Church (Niguliste kirik), south-west of Raekoja plats. It now serves as a museum of church art, including medieval burial stones and the haunting Danse Macabre (“Dance With Death”) by Bernt Notke.
Friday, September 20 Day at sea.
Saturday, September 21 After Disembarkation from the ship, our bus will be waiting for us and we will have a sightseeing tour of Kiel, an expanding urban center on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871, and when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world. Then we will leave for Hamburg area. Optional agenda for the rest of the day in Hamburg downtown - Free time for last shopping and wandering in the city or visit Hamburg Miniature Wunderland with the World's largest model railway and miniatures of buildings and landscapes from all over the world!
Sunday, September 22 Departure home from the airport in Hamburg on a flight to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME! Itinerary subject to change depending on availability.
ACCOMODATIONS Mon, Tue September 9, 10 Czech Republic Lednice
Wed September 11 Czech Republic Prague
Thu, Fri September 12, 13 Germany Berlin
Sat - Fri September 14 - 20 Northern Europe MSC Meraviglia
Sat September 21 Germany Hamburg
TOUR INCLUDES: 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 MERAVIGLIA: 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 MERAVIGLIA.
Single supplement: Price available upon request (if rooming single)
FLIGHTS: LH 441 Sept. 08 Houston 3:50 PM - Frankfurt 8:35 AM + 1 day OS 134 Sept. 09 Frankfurt 10:50 AM - Vienna 12:10 PM
LH 007 Sept. 22 Hamburg 7:30 AM - Frankfurt 8:40 AM LH 440 Sept. 22 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/
Please send your check to the following address:
Edita Rybak(512) 963-6660 cell 603 N Texana St. email@example.com
Hallettsville, TX 77964 www.texasczechs.com
For more info on this tour, please contact: Edita Rybak at (512) 963-6660 www.chrisrybak.com
" Chris & Edita, the trip couldn't have been better. Thanks for putting it together."
Adolph A. Kremel
"What an everlasting memory we have of the last 12 days. I hope you and your family made it back to Hallettsville all safe and sound. Hope we can recover in a timely manner! BTW, I am listening to your Grand March CD and Texas Our Texas CD right now. You did one hell of a good job on these two CDs! I could listen to these over and over and over again ... I'll probably wear a hole in the CD!"
Rybak Europe Tour September 16 - 28, 2017
For More Info: CONTACT EDITA RYBAK TODAY AT 512-963-6660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For More Info: CONTACT EDITA RYBAK TODAY AT 512-963-6660 or email@example.com
"Chris & Edita - I said it once and I will say it again, I had more fun with this group of Texans than all 5 of my past international trips combined. Thank you to everyone!"
"The entertainment never stopped, nor did the slivo! I had a fabulous time!"
Edita & Chris, Thank you for a wonderful vacation!!! This was the best ever!! Our favorites ... Edita's Mom's house and Dad's house, the school children in Lenka's hometown, the visit to the cows, seeing the old mill work, riding in the beautiful countryside, the fantastic food (reminded me of my Grandma's cooking...luv sauerkraut!), parties at the truck stops, and of course Tomas serving our medicine! Thanks to all for giving us so many memories that make us smile.
Europe Tour September 11 - 23, 2016
RYBAK EUROPE TOUR -- DECEMBER 11 - 21, 2017
"Dear Chris & Edita, thank you so much for the lovely reunion. I was so happy to see everyone again and thanks again for the wonderful trip to Europe. I'm waiting anxiously for the DVD. My love and prayers."
Chris and Edita, Vonda and I had a wonderful time in Europe. It was a trip of a lifetime for us. We had always hoped to visit the Czech Republic together. Thanks for this opportunity. And, once again we got to visit Robert's family.
If you are interested in a Europe Tour (land and cruise), check out this group. They definitely keep you busy and you won't be disappointed, well worth every penny spent. Sightseeing, food, partying, great music, best tour guides and the friendships you make.