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One more sleep!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

In just over 12 hours we will be going to the airport to fly to Prague, Czech Republic for the start of our Magical European White Christmas Tour!
Today was a hot day here, 38 deg.C/ 100F! Wonder how cold it's gonna be on Christmas Day when we arrive in Prague?
I think I have enough warm clothes, hopefully. It never gets below 3-5 deg C in the morning here in the middle of winter.

We are spending 3 days in Prague. Never been there, so will enjoy uncovering the rich history of this beautiful city. Will be seeing the 1000 year old Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and the Astronomical clock, once the envy of all Europe. In the evening we attend the stunning Prague State Opera to enjoy Verdi's Aida.
And that's just Day 1!
Next day we have a 2 hour cruise on Vltava river in the morning and in the evening we go to Black Light Theatre.

We then drive through the scenic Bohemian countryside to the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia. We spend 2 days in this stunning village where 82% of the buildings are officially registered as cultural monuments.

From there we travel through the farming Czech country into Hungary and on to Budapest. We'll spend 5 nights at the luxury Spa Hotel Thermal located in the heart of Budapest, on Margaret Island on the river Danube.
In the evening we have a traditional Hungarian New Year's Eve Gala Dinner with entertainment. emoticon
Next day at noon we enjoy New Year's Day concert. The day will end with 1 hour spectacular Danube cruise with emoticonon the famous Danube River.
Next day we'll take an excursion into Hungary's history. We will also be indulging in a spa treatment & relaxing in the thermal pool.

On Fri 4th Jan we cross the border into Poland and visit the medieval city of Krakow dating back to 7th century. It was country's capital for over 500 years and birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Saturday is our free day so I invited my cousin who lives in Warsaw to come and see us. We'll be spending the day with her and after dinner she'll get back on the train and go home. I saw her last year in August when her niece was married, so it will be fun to see her again. Don't know when we get another chance!

On Mon 7th Jan we travel across the border to Slovakia's capital, the historic Bratislava, which was also capital of the Hungarian Empire for 200 years. After dinner we go to Bratislava Opera to see Bizet's Carmen! emoticon

After 2 days in Bratislava we depart for Vienna, where we spend another 3 full days!

This is really a luxury tour. Daily breakfasts and dinners included, sighseeing tours in each city, 2 river cruises with champagne & wine plus 2 operas, theatre and concerts in Krakow, Vienna and Budapest!

I am really looking forward to having lots of fun!
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  • INFLATED
    I have never been out of the United States. This sounds wonderful!!!!!
    1354 days ago
  • MARYELLEN301
    I missed that you were on the road again. Your trip sounds wonderful! Hope you enjoyed the visit with your cousin in Poland. I just love Poland! And Vienna is where I walked my feet off! Wished I had had a pedometer back then! Enjoy your trip. You'll need a vacation to recover from the itinerary! That's my favorite kind of trip. I can rest when I get back home. When I'm traveling I want to see it all!
    1356 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    Nice, what a gorgeous trip! Happy New Year
    1358 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    emoticon I hope you post details and photos afterwards! I love to travel vicariously through others. emoticon
    1359 days ago
  • GOANNA2
    I am waiting to hea all about it and photos. You are so
    lucky to have such a wonderful trip. Enjoy. emoticon
    1369 days ago
  • JHOPPER
    OH MY GOODNESS Ania - what a spectacular trip this is!!! Can't wait to hear all about it when you've done it all. It just sounds magical! Enjoy every moment! Hugs, Joyce
    1372 days ago
  • NUMD97
    What a trip! Hope you get your beauty sleep in before you go, because it sounds like you're not going to sleep for about two weeks.

    Enjoy and Happy New Year!

    Nu
    1372 days ago
  • LIBBYL1
    it sounds like a magical trip...
    1372 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Sounds absolutely wonderful!!!!! Have a great time!!!!

    (And if it's really cold, you could do what we did on Guy Fawkes Day - just wear EVERYTHING you brought on the trip!)

    See you next year!
    1372 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    what a wonderful holiday!!!
    enjoy !! enjoy!!!
    is there room in your suitcase for one more????
    blessings and hugs.......lita

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    1372 days ago
  • FITKAT62
    Your vacation sounds wonderful. I love discovering new places and experiencing different cultures.

    Enjoy!
    1373 days ago
  • OPALMOON
    That sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas and beyond. I think it would be lovely to experience a white Christmas - and very different to our heat (42 degrees here today in Adelaide!!) I hope you have a wonderful time and safe travels, Ania. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year and 2013!
    Hugs and blessings, Nattacia

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    1373 days ago
  • LITTLEWIND53
    Wow, what an event packed itenary. Have FUN!
    1373 days ago
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