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Tour Itinerary

Learn about Central Europe’s rich history and see its historical sites as you travel through the heart of Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Starting from Germany, visit the eclectic capital Berlin and Weimar, where culture has been thriving through names like Goethe and Schiller, Bach and Liszt, Modernism and Bauhaus. In Poland, discover Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage spot. Visit Warsaw and Krakow, and stop in Auschwitz to see what is left of the concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Explore the Imperial city of Vienna, Austria, the city of waltz, elegant cafés and the Hapsburg heritage. Get to know Budapest, Hungary, with its predominantly Art Nouveau city center and imposing Parliament building. Prague, in the Czech Republic, boasts Charles Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest stone bridges, and Bratislava, Slovakia, built on the bank of the Danube, features a castle and a charming old town. Before returning to your starting point in Germany, spend some time in Nuremberg, the Bavarian city that, in spite of its troubled past, is keeping the best traditions alive, such as brewing beer, grilling sausages and enjoying life. Sightseeing with a Local Guide—a local expert who knows the history, culture, and secrets of the city—is included in Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. This is a comprehensive Central Europe tour, ideal for smart travelers who want to turn their travel dreams into reality.

Countries Visited

Austria , Czech Republic , Germany , Hungary , Poland , Slovakia

  1. Day 1
    Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions.
  2. Day 2
    Our first stop today is in Weimar, one-time intellectual heart of Germany and host to such luminaries as Martin Luther, Cranach, Bach, Liszt, Schiller, and, of course, Goethe himself. It was at one time rightly known as the “Athens of Germany.” Continue through Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt all the way to Germany’s capital city, Berlin.
    Today’s Distance: 357 mi/ 575 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    On this morning’s included guided tour, learn how the city is no longer divided but every bit as fascinating. Once the city of contrasts with its West and East side separated into two different worlds by a wall, Berlin has developed into a harmonious blend of old and new. It has preserved the old buildings, such as the State Opera House and Brandenburg Gate; its Neoclassic-style boulevards, such as the Kurfürstendamm and Unter den Linden. This is now complemented by brand new buildings in the most daring, contemporary architectural styles. It is once again Germany’s capital and one of Europe’s most lively and interesting cities. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Drive east to Poznan, one of Poland’s oldest trading districts, and admire its Renaissance market square. Continue to Warsaw, capital of Poland.
    Today’s Distance: 367 mi/ 590 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    The included sightseeing tour is an excellent introduction to Warsaw, magnificently reconstructed after wartime destruction. Today, its wide avenues contrast strikingly with the narrow lanes of the old section. (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Two encounters with history on your southbound journey today. First, Jasna Góra in Czestochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then, its Black Madonna has become the country’s national symbol. In the afternoon, visit what is left of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Kraków.
    Today’s Distance: 289 mi/ 465 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    This, they say, is Poland’s most beautiful city. For almost 500 years it was the country’s capital, and today, it is without a doubt its cultural capital. Join the included morning sightseeing in ancient Kraków, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See the Market Square, the Jewish Quarter, St. Mary’s Church, and visit Wawel Cathedral. Free time later to explore this interesting town at your own pace and mingle with the locals. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Travel through three countries today. First, south to the Tatra Mountains of Poland, then through scenic Slovakia, and finally into Hungary. Your destination is Budapest, the liveliest Eastern European capital.
    Today’s Distance: 245 mi/ 395 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Budapest is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, from Gothic to Baroque; Neoclassical to Art Nouveau, but also full of history, a food capital, and surprisingly rich in thermal waters. Discover all of this and more during the included guided city tour. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Journey northwest and cross the border into nearby Slovakia. Stop in Bratislava, its intriguing capital on the banks of the Danube, to explore the medieval Old Town. Continue west and enter Austria, arriving in magical Vienna.
    Today’s Distance: 174 mi/ 280 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Join the included city sightseeing tour for an introduction to the major sights: the State Opera, Parliament, the ornate Rathaus (Town Hall), and views of the Hofburg Imperial Palace from Heroes’ Square. You’ll have plenty of time to discover Vienna on your own. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    Morning at leisure or join an optional excursion. This afternoon, cross the Czech border into Moravia, then through the rich farmlands of Bohemia to Prague.
    Today’s Distance: 208 mi/ 335 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    The wealth of Gothic and Baroque architecture perhaps inspired Dvorak and Smetana, both Prague composers. The included guided sightseeing features landmarks such as the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and the Old Town Square with the astronomical clock. Your Tour Director may suggest an optional evening excursion with traditional Czech music and entertainment. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    This morning visit Nuremberg with its pretty market square and Our Lady’s Church before heading towards the Frankfurt Area.
    Today’s Distance: 323 mi/ 520 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Buffet breakfasts daily; 5 dinners

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Health and Safety Protocols for Cosmos Tours

The world is waiting to be rediscovered! And Cosmos helps you reunite with your favorite destinations through our ongoing commitment to travel with the ease and confidence travelers have come to expect on tour with us. No matter where you travel, our global network of travel experts has you ready to reconnect.

And along the way, we’re step-for step with you to remove the worries and hassles that might make aspiring globetrotters hesitate when taking that first step in discovering dream destinations once again. With exceptional health and safety protocols and on-trip contingency plans for unexpected surprises, Cosmos travelers see more of the world with more peace of mind.


We will conduct tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start and peace of mind throughout the journey. This includes proof of vaccination for all guests. See our complete Health & Safety Pre-Trip Screening Instructions on our website for full details.


There may be times on tour or on the motorcoach when social distancing is required. We will take care in assuring any local guidelines are followed in a safe and comfortable way for our guests. For any cases where masks are required due to local guidelines, we ask that guests bring their own approved N95 (FFP2) masks for their own comfort and safety. Our wireless listening technology enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers during excursions.


To ensure a healthy environment for each of our guests and our team, our Tour Directors, Local Hosts, and motorcoach drivers are fully vaccinated, and we are also requiring that all travelers are fully vaccinated before joining our trips. Additionally, we will conduct regular guest checks, and, when required by local guidelines, masks will be worn by our guests and by our team when accompanying guests. In all other cases, masks are optional for guests.


Traveling with Cosmos removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Cosmos are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Cosmos will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.


As a part of Cosmos' commitment to clean, Cosmos is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures. And our motorcoaches are equipped with air filters that clean the air as well as provide constant ventilation.


Cosmos has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Frankfurt Area: Leonardo Royal Frankfurt
Berlin: Abba Berlin
Warsaw: Moxy Warsaw Praga
Krakow: Swing
Budapest: Intercity Hotel Budapest
Vienna: Star Inn Schoenbrunn
Vienna: Roomz - Vienna Gasometer
Prague: Clarion Congress Hotel

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 108 reviews - currently showing 25 reviews with comments only

The Central Europe tour was everything we hope it would be and it even exceeded our expectations.

After trying out first several other companies for my tours, I and my sisters have decided to stick it out with Cosmos/Affordable Tours. We have been with them since 2010, so that means something. Arranging our tours with them were so easy as they have experienced, professional and very accommodating Travel Consultants and one of them is Kevin. if all your employees were like Kevin, your company are in good hands.

We especially enjoyed our tour director. Vivien from Budapest. She was a delight and made everyone feel comfortable.

Cosmos did not meet our expectations but as far as booking the trip we're satisfied, but the booking agency has little to do with the actual trip.

Although we're have traveled with Trafalgar 2 times and were not sure about Cosmos in comparison, this Cosmos tour is the best tour we have been on. The price is lower, the guide and driver were fantastic and the routing was great. Will definitely book with them again.

Great trip. I would recommend that Cosmos schedule roadside stops where sights are located instead of having tourists stand around at a roadside stop with nothing to do

We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Anita was amazing. Our driver Salvatore was awesome. We were given so much information about where we were at each stop. This trip allowed us to leave the details to someone else so that we could just enjoy.

The trip was amazing The tour director was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. The only issue I had was with my airport transfer at the end of the trip Cosmos booked a taxi to take me to airport. The taxi would arrive about 1.5 hours before my scheduled flight, too close for my comfort. No one would change the cab pick up time for me. I ended up having to pay an additional 45 Euros to take an earlier taxi when I had already paid Cosmos for transfer. The ride arranged by Cosmos was cancelled and I should be reimbursed the fee I paid.

Wonderful trip! Sofia, the Tour Director was excellent. She was courteous, funny, witty, well researched, intellectually aware, and left the impression of a native in every area visited. The accommodations were so-so. they were ;mostly away from city center but most had either a mll or large supermarket (bigger than Walmart) around. the only true disappointment was Golden Tulip Warsaw, which was dark, creeping, and scary with old chipped furniture. The 2 drivers were also excellent.

The tour was wonderful. The guide, Simona, was excellent! The tour had just 16 travelers and it was ideal. It would have been an ordeal to have a full bus at some of the stops. Local guides were good and the coach was new with an excellent driver, Salvatore.

We were very happy with our tours in Ireland and Central Europe.

Your service was excellent. Cosmos is not an operator who cares for the standard of accommodation as it is inconcistant

Since this was my first tour I have nothing to compare it with. I feel that I had a good experience.

The Tour Manager's performance was phenomenal. I never seen a tour manager worked as hard as she did. I enjoyed the trip more because of her much concern about everybody especially the group of 48 people.

We loved everything about our tour, from the Tour Director, coach driver, hotel rooms, optional tours, it was all great! We would certainly recommend Cosmos Tours to anyone.

Cosmos has really improved over the last time I traveled with them! The hotels were much better and so were the breakfasts- except for the Leonardo Royal I Frankfurt . Hotel was nice there but the breakfast was sub- par. Our tour guide was exceptional!

The hotels had NO AC,,,,, After several complaints and misleading comments from tour director & hotel staff we were told that the AC was in "Winter mode" It WAS 80 degrees F at the time. 2 Hotels only had radiator.... NO FANS or AC! After problems in 1st hotel... The tour guide assured us she called ahead and ALL other hotels had the AC on! NONE DID! COSMOS LIED!

It was an excellent experience I have a lot of fun especially at the dinner parties. I was part of an outstanding group of different nationalities. Everybody look after the other and we make friends. No complaints of any kind. I already told many of my friends about your Company. My sister wants to go. She will contact your site when she is ready. Lovely itinerary..beautiful countries.

The only advise I would suggest is to include more tours as at the end you end spending more money with all the additional tours offered that are excluded from the total price we paid. Adding more sightseeing tours to the trip would be a plus as there is so much to see in this trip. The accomodations were good. The whole trip was excellent.

The Central Europe tour was very interesting and enjoyable. Our tour director and driver were both excellent -- gracious, helpful and very knowledgeable. Despite the full disclosure of the itinerary information, the time spent on the bus was longer than I was able to anticipate and disproportionate to the time actually spent visiting the cities on the tour. Also, most of the hotels were much too far from the city centers to allow for any independent activities such as concerts, visits to museums, etc. in the evenings. In the future, I will look for tours with all tips included and more centrally located hotels.

It would have been valuable information to realize how far the distances were. We were on the bus a very long time from one destination to the next. 2500 miles....We thought that all city tours should be included in the price. Krakow was an optional. This was disappointing. All tour directors had heavy accents that made it difficult to understand. Those were the negatives. For the positives...we had a wonderful group and the sites were excellent. Thank you..

Hi, I would like to add a comment about our tour guide and bus driver. I found the tour guide to be superb. She was very knowledgeable throughout the whole tour, adding personal experiences made it very real for us. I was impressed how she genuinely looked after and made sure everyones needs were catered for. Safety and security was an aspect that she made sure we understood. Likewise our driver was competent and personable who assisted us at all times and related well to everyone. We thoroughly enjoyed our first trip with Cosmos and would definitely look at travellin with our tour guide again. Thanks

Our tour was much better than we had expected. The guide was very informed and very organized. The driver was very professional and our coach was very confortable with a smooth ride. And our accomodations way exceeded our expectations. And the included tours and meals were very good. We will be doing this type of tour again with this company and will recommend this exact tour to friends and family. This was a good experience and a great value.

One of the best vacations I've been on. The tour guide and driver were both experienced and fun to be around. Would love to do another trip with them again!

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