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2020 Agricultural Tour
Agriculture and history in Eastern Europe
Visit farms across Poland, Ukraine, and Romania and learn how agriculture operates in these unique countries. Along the way discover history and culture, picturesque cities and towns and the dark history at Auschwitz. Cruise on the Danube, enjoy the history and architecture in Bucharest.
$12,990Per person twin share
Departs: 25th July 2020 - Sydney/Melbourne/Adelaide/Brisbane/Perth
- Bucharest - Paris of the East
- Agricultural Touring
- 9 day Balkan Cruise
- World War II history
- 17 nights’ accommodation
- All touring and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Local guides
- Buffet breakfast daily, lunch and dinners as per itinerary
- Fully escorted by a Jeromy Nolan
- All Train/Coach/Cruise travel as per itinerary
- Cruise Gratuities and Port Charges – Based on Avalon Cruise Cat E (Upgrades available)
Welcome to Poland and the capital Warsaw, after clearing customs and collecting our bags we are transferred to our centrally located hotel. Afternoon free to relax.
This afternoon we relax at a local bar for a Champagne welcome.
Today we enjoy the sprawling capital of Poland. Its' widely varied architecture reflects the city's long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neo-classical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers. The city's Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII; it was completely destroyed by Nazis in 1939 and 1944 with only two houses surviving. During reconstruction many original bricks and architecture pieces were used, its heart is Market Square, with pastel buildings and open-air cafes.
The Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid at its centre is the city’s symbol, we also see the Royal Castle, the Praga district and the Royal Park.
The afternoon is free to wonder the streets of Warsaw; tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant featuring local produce.
Warsaw - Krakow
After a leisurely morning we are transferred to central railway station to take our train to Krakow, on arrival into Krakow our luggage will be taken to our hotel, whilst we enjoy a lovely city walking tour of Krakow the Royal Capital of Poland for Over 500 years, and is without a doubt the most picturesque town in Poland.
Afternoon is free to enjoy and wonder around this beautiful city. Tonight enjoy dinner at one of the many local restaurants or maybe join your guide for dinner at the local Brewery to sample traditional Polish food.
Todays excursion is by coach to visit the local Polish countryside. Our first visit is to a local polish Agriculture Supplier; we then visit a Dairy and cropping farm typical for the area around Krakow and discuss Agriculture with the local farmer.
After lunch we continue by coach to visit the Oskar Schindler Factory, the most interesting Museum in Poland, after we visit the world famous Salt Mines of Poland before heading back to Krakow.
Krakow - Auschwitz - Brno
This day is dedicated to visiting Auschwitz/Birkenau, located 70km from Krakow. It is estimated that over one million people perished in Auschwitz between June 1941 and January 1945. This infamous concentration camp remains a symbol of terror, genocide, and the Holocaust and was added as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979, a humbling experience, our 3 hour guided tour tells the story of Auschwitz.
After lunch in a local Polish village we continue by coach to the Czech Republic visiting the UNESCO town of Olomouc before travelling through the agriculture area to Brno.
Tonight’s dinner reflects the local food of this agriculture area in the Czech Republic.
Generally, Czech farms are larger and better equipped than in Poland, our first visit is to a 20,000Ha Grain and Cattle farm (US owned). Here we meet with the farm manager for a tour and discussion.
After lunch at the village of Kromeriz we visit the Zetor Tractor Factory and a Czech-owned local farming family who farm of 1,000Ha property.
Afternoon visit to a local Brewery for afternoon beer tasting before we coach back to Brno.
Tonight’s Dinner is at a local Winery, which includes wine tasting and a special dinner in a wine cellar with folklore entertainment.
Brno - Bratislava
Departing by coach we cross the countryside travelling through the Czeck Republic to Slovakia where we visit a large local farming operation of 4,500Ha, cropping Wheat, Barley, Maize, Canola, Poppy seed, Sugar Beet and Cattle.
We then continue to the Slovakian Capital Bratislava located on the banks of the Danube River and the Carpathian Mountains with its rich vineyards. Bratislava has a 2,000-year history dating back to the Celtic times. The city has been part of the Roman Empire and over the centuries attracted royal families such as the Hasburgs and seen coronations of Hungarian Kings. However, the last century was not kind to Bratislava, its multi-culturalism and charm was destroyed during world War II, followed by 40 years of Communism and in the course of the these years many have forgotten Bratislava's legendary past. Recently the city has undergone a great reconstruction and cultural reawakening and made an amazing comeback, our city tour features the freshly renovated Old Town.
Tonight free to enjoy the many stylish restaurants and inviting cafes.
Bratislava - Budapest
After a leisurely morning we depart Slovakia for a Sunday drive to Budapest, Hungary’s capital, which is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. A funicular runs up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times onward. Trinity Square is home to 13th-century Matthias Church and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which offer sweeping views.
Afternoon city tour and free time to soak up the atmosphere.
Budapest - Szeged - Budapest
Today board our coach to travel into the Hungarian countryside through the plains and farmland to Szeged; we visit Lazlo Czeggged who is currently conducting a EU funded programme on Drought tolerant Wheat. We then visit a local Flour mill and a local family farm growing grain. After lunch we visit Hungarian Dept. Of Agriculture Institute that conducts many trails on grain varieties. We then continue by coach back to the Hungarian Capital Budapest.
Budapest - 9 Day Avalon Cruise “Balkan Discovery“
This afternoon we board our Avalon, luxurious state-of-the-art river cruise vessel for our 9 day River Cruise to Bucharest, once on board and settled into our rooms we relax as our ship departs Budapest at 5:00pm, cruising overnight to Mohacs.
Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner whilst we cruise along the Danube.
*Please note that whilst on our Avalon cruise all meals are included and drinks are free during all meals.
Avalon Cruise - Mohacs
Archaeology, Architecture, and an Ancient Watermill - Join a morning Guided Sightseeing Tour of Mohacs, the quiet Danube harbour town with its historical memorial parks, statues, and distinctive churches. Tour the remarkable medieval St. Nicholas Watermill, one of only a few remaining watermills performing stone-ground grain processing.
CLASSIC - Take a Guided Tour of nearby Pecs to see its 4th-century Christian underground tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fascinating murals. You'll also enjoy an organ concert on your tour.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OSIJEK
Avalon Cruise - Osijek, Croatia
History and Culture of Croatia
CLASSIC - Join a morning Guided Walking Tour of the city of Osijek, located at the confluence of the Danube and Drava Rivers. Visit Tvra, the most well preserved fortress of Croatia, home of many educational institutions.
DISCOVERY - Attend a musical concert performed by the talented young artists of the music school of Osijek at Franjo Kuhac.
This afternoon you might join a Guided Optional Excursion to the famous marshland area of Kopaki rit, where you can choose among multiple activities such as fishing, biking or canoeing.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BELGRADE
Avalon Cruise - Belgrade, Serbia
Fortresses and Folklore of Serbia Past and Present
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Belgrade-where the Danube and Sava Rivers converge and see the city's many fascinating sights, including Saint Sava-one of the world's largest Orthodox churches.
DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Lecture to learn about the rich history, destinations, and culture of the Balkan states. Spend your free time exploring the city on your own this afternoon on Knez Mihailova Street-Belgrade's central pedestrian thoroughfare with many lively cafes, shops, and cultural spots. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship before dinner.
This evening, you might like to join an Optional authentic Bohemian Dinner in the Quarter of Skadarlija.
Please note today will be an afternoon Agriculture Tour from Belgrade to visit a local farm and look at agriculture in Serbia.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO DONJI MILANOVAC
Avalon Cruise - Donji Milanovac
Ancient Art, Archaeological Artifacts, and Gauntlet of the Iron Gates
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour to Lepenski Vir-an important Mesolithic archaeological site chronicling prehistoric cultures, settlements, and art. Marvel at the ancient discoveries and artifacts, as well as the unique views the site affords of the Danube Gorge.
After lunch on board, you'll sail through the spectacular and narrow Iron Gates Gorge-a natural border between Serbia and Romania.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VIDIN
Avalon Cruise- Vidin, Bulgaria
Rocks and Ruins - Things of Beauty in Bulgaria
CLASSIC - Join Guided Sightseeing in Vidin, followed by a Guided Tour of Belogradchik. Marvel at the remarkable rock formations on the western slopes of the Balkan Mountains, sculpted by 200 million years of natural elements.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO ROUSSE
Avalon Cruise- Rousse
Cliff Houses, Castle Ruins, Fortresses, and Folklore
CLASSIC - Join a full-day Guided Tour to the former Bulgarian capital of Veliko Tarnovo-with its ancient stone houses clinging to the cliffs above the Yantra River. Discover one of the oldest towns in Bulgaria (circa 4300 BC), as well as the Bulgarian Revival architecture in the 15th-century town of Arbanassi.
CLASSIC - Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Bulgaria's largest inland port and visit its impressive Holy Trinity Church.
ACTIVE - Join a Jog through the park with your Avalon Adventure Host.
Later, enjoy live entertainment on board with a Bulgarian folklore show.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO OLTENITA
Avalon Cruise - Oltenita, Romania (Disembarkation) - Bucharest
This morning we disembark our cruise boat and enjoy a scenic coach transfer through the Romanian countryside to the capital, Bucharest - “THE PARIS OF THE EAST”.
On arrival we enjoy a guided city tour of Bucharest with its tree-lined boulevards and Arc de Triomphe - honoring WWI Romanian soldiers. See the Royal Palace Square-the scene of the city's 1989 riots to overthrow the communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Spend some free time exploring this fascinating city on your own to discover its trendy shops, cafes, museums, beautiful homes, and churches along Victory Avenue.
We then check into our centrally located hotel in Bucharest.
Bucharest - End of tour
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.
$12,990Per person twin share
Departs: 25th July 2020 - Sydney/Melbourne/Adelaide/Brisbane/PerthBook now
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