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Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague 2015

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Pre-trip: Highlights of Poland: Warsaw & Krakow

Immerse yourself among the highlights of Poland, and discover all that Warsaw and Krakow have to offer. Explore the history and charm of Warsaw’s Old Town on an included city tour, discover Krakow’s rich architecture and culture with your expert Program Director at your side, and with your fellow travelers, pay a memorable—and moving—visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Auschwitz.

It's Included:
Accommodations: for 2 nights in Warsaw at the Deluxe Westin Warsaw Hotel or similar and 3 nights in Krakow at the Park Inn Krakow or similar
7 meals: 5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
Included tours: Warsaw, Czestochowa Shrine, Krakow, Auschwitz
Exclusive services of a resident Grand Circle Program Director
All transfers
Now included for 2015
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers on your extension and all optional tours
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    Fly to Warsaw, Poland today.

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    Arriving in Warsaw today, you’ll be met at the airport and assisted to your hotel. Later, enjoy a Welcome Drink.

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    Explore the capital of Poland on today’s included city tour. Visit the reconstructed Old Town and the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial in the Muranow quarter.

    After lunch on your own, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Or, this evening, take in an optional piano recital, featuring the works of the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin, followed by dinner.

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    You’ll ride to Krakow via Czestochowa, stopping for an included tour of the 14th-century Jasna Gora Monastery, home of the famous Black Madonna shrine. You’ll also enjoy an included lunch before continuing toward Krakow. Upon arrival at your hotel this afternoon, settle in and then stroll the neighborhood with your Program Director.

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    Krakow is a showcase of seven centuries of architecture, as you’ll see during an included tour that spotlights the Wawel Royal Castle Hill, site of the cathedral where the former Cardinal Wojtyla (the late Pope John Paul II) once preached. Enjoy lunch on your own, followed by time at leisure.

    Or join this afternoon’s optional tour, which descends 250 feet underground to visit the eleventh-century Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with sculptures and chandeliers carved from salt.

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    Today’s tour may be an emotional one, as you visit the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grand Circle Foundation supports the expansion of the Auschwitz Education Center. Later, back in Krakow, enjoy time at leisure to unwind or explore more of the city before dinner on your own.

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    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, transfer by motorcoach to Prague, where you'll begin your Essence of the Elbe River Cruise Tour.