Monday, May 1
Depart from Houston airport and fly in direction of Europe, Prague, Czech Republic.
Tuesday, May 2
Arrive in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic; the bus with the tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to the hotel, where you can enjoy some rest and then local food as part of the buffet dinner on the Vltava River Cruise. You can enjoy the sounds and sights of Prague by night while listening to accordion music and drinking wonderful Czech pivo or víno! You will see Prague Castle, Vysehrad-Upper Castle, National Theatre, Charles Bridge and other major sights of Prague situated along the river.
Wednesday, May 3
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, 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.
SECOND OPTION is tour the well known castle outside of Prague, named Karlstejn, one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the country founded in 1348 by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures. Both groups will then have some free time for individual sightseeing and great shopping at the numerous stores lining the Wenceslas 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. (or Krizik´s fountain water and light show or the oldest beer joint in Prague – U Fleku).
Thursday, May 4
Departure to Munich, Germany. It´s one of Germany’s most attractive cities where every year the largest beer festival Munich 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 porter house – Hofbräuhaus which dates from 1589. This is the favorite place where every day 17500 pints of beer in 1 ¾ pint tankards is served….and we will have lunch here as well. Leave Munich for Innsbruck, Austria in the late afternoon. Check-in our hotel in Innsbruck for 1 night.
Friday, May 5
Today we will drive to Wattens, just outside of Innsbruck known for the production of world known Swarovski jewelry. We will view the permanent exhibition on 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. Drive back to Innsbruck downtown, to one of the highest points of the city for a spectacular view of the city and the surrounding mountains from the top of the ski-jump which featured in the winter Olympics. We will get back to our hotel and in the evening attend a show called Tyrolean Evening with typical Austrian music, dances, playing different special musical instruments.
Saturday, May 6
Departure to St. Moritz, 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. 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 from the Bernina Express, as it passes mighty glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms in Tirano in Italy. Arrive in the area of the lake Como, check-in our hotel.
Sunday, May 7
Leave for Genoa, ITALY to board the ship MSC Orchestra for a 7-day Mediterranean cruise.
Monday, May 8
Cannes, the symbol of the Riviera - FRANCE
With its immaculate seafront hotels and exclusive beach concessions, glamorous yachts and designer boutiques, Cannes is in many ways the definitive Riviera resort, a place where appearances count, especially during the film festival in May. The seafront Palais des Festivals is the heart of the film festival but also hosts conferences, tournaments and trade shows. The old town, known as Le Suquet after the hill on which it stands, provides a great panorama of the curve of Cannes’ bay.
Tuesday, May 9
Palma de Mallorca - SPAIN
The obvious landmark to see in Palma on your cruise holiday is the Cathedral, which dominates the Mediterranean Sea waterfront and backs onto the oldest part of the city, a cluster of alleys and narrow lanes whose northern and eastern limits are marked by the zigzag of avenues built beside – or in place of – the city walls.
Wednesday, May 10
Barcelona - SPAIN
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!
Thursday, May 11
Ajjacio, Corsica - FRANCE
Ajaccio is a relaxed and good-looking place for a visit to Corsica, with an exceptionally mild climate, and a wealth of smart cafés, restaurants and shops. The core of the old town of Ajaccio – a cluster of ancient streets spreading north and south of place Foch, which opens out to the seafront by the port and the marina – holds the most interest.
Friday, May 12
Civitavecchia, Rome - ITALY
The port of Civitavecchia is one of the largest in Italy and is, of course, a destination of MSC Cruises in the Mediterranean. Civitavecchia enjoys a millenary history due to its coves along the coast, which offered a perfect shelter for vessels, making it a natural port long before cruise ships sailed the seas, and in fact the port was known to the Romans as Centumcellae. Or you can take one of the excursions to the ancient Rome which is only 1.5 hour drive.
Saturday, May 13
La Spezia, Cinque Terre - ITALY
The port at the head of the majestic Gulf of La Spezia, an impressively sweeping panorama of islands and rough headlands renamed the Gulf of the Poets, is workaday La Spezia. A major naval and shipbuilding centre, it has a fine art gallery, the Museo Amedeo Lia, probably the finest collection of medieval and Renaissance art you can enjoy on a holiday to Liguria. You have to stop off at the breathtaking folded coastline of the Cinque Terre (Five Lands) that stretches between the beach resort of Levanto and the port of La Spezia. It’s 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.
Sunday, May 14
Embark the ship in the morning, tour of Milano, 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 and Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”, it’s no wonder that Milan is Italy’s third most visited city after Rome and Venice. Check-in our hotel.
Monday, May 15
Depart from Milan airport early in the morning heading to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME!