RYBAK CHRISTMAS MARKET
DECEMBER 13 - 22, 2022
GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, POLAND
FUN & ADVENTUROUS TOUR, WITH PARTIES, CRUISES, SLIVOVICE & ACCORDION MUSIC by CHRIS RYBAK!!!
JOIN US FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
Tuesday, December 13
Depart from Houston
airport and fly in direction of Europe, Germany, Dresden
Wednesday, December 14
Arrival in Dresden
, Germany. 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 the downtown area in Dresden. Dresden has the largest number of Christmas Markets
in the eastern part of the country and is one of the cities that are able to lay claim to the title of being the oldest seasonal event in Germany.
Certainly, it is one of the most traditional, with many of the customs surrounding the main city market stemming from local industries like mining, woodworking and pottery. After checking-in our hotel, you will have leisure time to relax and enjoy the magical Christmas atmosphere
Thursday, December 15
On this day we will explore the city of Dresden
, the capital of the eastern German state of Saxony which is distinguished by the celebrated art museums
and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. The historical buildings of Dresden’s baroque center
are world famous – for example the Frauenkirche, Dresden Cathedral, Dresden Castle and the buildings that line Bruehl’s Terrace
– have been restored to their former glory and create an unmistakable skyline that is beautifully reflected in the water of the Elbe River.
Besides these wonderful monuments, we will also see Zwinger Palace
, an elegant example of baroque architecture
which is famous for housing a range of world-class art collections,
Saxon State Opera known better as Semper Opera House
and many more during our sightseeing tour. We will end up our tour at the biggest and most famous Christmas Market
in Dresden – at the Striezelmarkt
which originally started back in the 15th century.
The word 'Striezel'
actually refers to a cake made at this time of year called a 'Stollen', which is also found in other parts of Germany, but in this area is reputed to represent the entrance to the mines in the nearby Erzgebirge range. In the afternoon we will leave Germany for Prague,
the capital of the Czech Republic. 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 & an unforgettable wine experience
Friday, December 16
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, enjoy the beautiful boat cruise on Vltava River, including a buffet dinner! See the beauties of the capital – beautifully illuminated Prague Castle, Vyšehrad-Upper Castle, National Theater and other amazing sights of Prague!
Saturday, December 17
Leave for the Moravian part of the country, more accurately the Wallachian region, which lies in a hilly country in the eastern part of Moravia. This region is known for its specific culture. But for many Texans it is a place where their ancestors came from as it is a region with the biggest emigration to Texas from the whole Moravia. We will arrive in the town of Roznov pod Radhostem in the afternoon, check-in our hotel and have a PARTY IN THE EVENING with Czech music at the local Koliba (with special guest 'Accordion Cowboy' Chris Rybak) – at an authentic Wallachian restaurant!
Sunday, December 18
Leave for Slovakia. On the way to the city of Košice (Edita's hometown) in the eastern part, we will have a stop in the High Tatra Mountains, the highest Slovakian mountain range! If weather permits, we will take a cable car which operates in the lower section from Tatranská Lomnica (2963 ft above sea level) to Skalnaté Pleso (5745 ft above sea level). Skalnaté Pleso is one of the most popular locations in the Tatras and a good starting point for several hiking trips. You can also view the beautiful mountain lake situated right under the cliff of Lomnický Štít, the second highest peak of Slovakia and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley below. Be ready for some cold and snow!
Continue on the way through this magical and beautiful winter wonderland to Košice and check-in our hotel.
Monday, December 19
Tour the beautiful city of Košice
which is the second most important city in the country situated not far from the borders of Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. The historical core of Košice represents the biggest reservoir of historical monuments
in Slovakia. In terms of art and history, the most valuable buildings are situated around the original Middle Age Square
– present Main Square. View the most important sights including St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral
built in the Gothic style
. Leisure time in the afternoon to spend the day at charming Christmas Markets on the square!
Shop in numerous stores or just relax at hotel situated in the city center. And then PARTY in the evening!
Tuesday, December 20
Departure to Poland,
stop enroute in Zakopane. Zakopane
is a resort town
in southern Poland, at the base of the Tatra Mountains
. It’s a popular departure point for winter sports and summertime mountain climbing and hiking. The town is also known for its turn-of-the-20th-century wooden chalets
, symbols of Zakopane-style architecture, one of the most famous streets in Poland - Krupowki street -
the main pedestrian zone of Zakopane full of shops along with many amazing restaurants and banks. Filled with tourists, horse carriages
and street performers,
it's always bustling with life and especially in the Christmas Time!
Continue on the way to Krakow
, one of the largest and most attractive cities
in Poland! Check-in our hotel.
Wednesday, December 21
We will start the day with a guided tour of the wonderful Wieliczka Salt Mine
located just short distance from Krakow and which includes some 205 miles of galleries
on nine levels. The immense salt deposit was first mined around 1290. You can see a number of chapels and chambers decorated with sculptures carved in salt. Then we will take you back to the main square of the Old Town of Krakow
which dates back to the 13th century, and at (9.4 acres) is the largest medieval town square in Europe!
The main square is a square space surrounded by historic townhouses and churches. The center of the square is dominated by the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice),
rebuilt in 1555
in the Renaissance style,
topped by a beautiful attic or Polish parapet decorated with carved masks. Rising above the square are the Gothic towers of St. Mary's Basilica.
Besides other historical monuments on the square you can admire beautiful Christmas Markets
with medieval atmosphere for the rest of the afternoon or rest and get ready for the flight back home. Dinner at the hotel in the evening.
Thursday, December 22
Depart from Krakow airport early in the morning heading back to Houston, HOME SWEET HOME!