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European Trio: Ljubljana, Warsaw and Vienna

European Trio: Ljubljana, Warsaw and Vienna

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30/10/2020 01/11/2020

Ljubljana

About the city

At first glance, Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, seems almost too good to be true. Tucked up against the town’s e-topped hill, the baroque and folk-painted buildings of the old town are like something out of a fairytale. In fact, Ljubljana is very much a part of the real world; industry and the arts flourish here, and commerce is booming lively, lovely, and oh-so-easy for the foreign visitor, modern, sophisticated Ljubljana may well be one of the most pleasant city in Europe. Ljubljana has plenty of places to visit whether they be the city's castle which offers great views over the area from its hill top position, the fine museums and art galleries or taking in the local culture with good local food and drinks, especially beer. The hill with Ljubljana castle is situated in the city centre and narrow river Ljubljanica is slowly circulating around it. The old city centre is situated below this hill on the banks of Ljubljanica River. The focus of the city is Preseren square with its 3 bridges, Tromostovje. From there walk down Stritarjeva street to reach old Ljubljana and Ljubljana castle. Stroll down Copova street to reach Tivoli Park, a gorgeous park, famous for its boulevards, its flower garden and lake. Inside the park we have the International Centre of Graphic Arts. But to really enjoy Ljubljana walk along the Ljubljanica river banks in the evening, listen to the street music, sit in one of the numerous restaurants and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

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InterContinental Ljubljana

90%
  • At 0.3 km from the center
  • Slovenska cesta 59, Ljubljana 1000
With a stay at InterContinental Ljubljana, you'll be centrally located in Ljubljana, within a 15-minute drive of Ljubljana Castle and Tivoli Hall. This 5-star hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Franciscan Church of the Annunciation and 0.6 mi (1 km) from...
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  • SUITE EXECUTIVE (1)

  • BED AND BREAKFAST

  • 2 Accommodation nights

4 Activities
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Best of Ljubljana old town private guided walk with private boat ride and lunch

day 1 - English speaking guide - English speaking guide

During the tour you will see most of Ljubljana's top attractions. Your private guide will explain Ljubljana's history and outline distinctively some of the finest corners of Slovenia's capital: The Town Hall, a walking tour of Plecnik's architectural master- pieces, Krizanke open-air theatre, the Napoleon monument, Central Food market, Pres ern square, Congress Square, Three Bridges, Dragon bridge and all the other prominent Ljubljana's bridges in the old part of Ljubljana. The old city centre of Ljubljana is remarkable for its unique architecture, owes its appearance to Baroque and Art Nouveau masters and, most of all, the architect Joze Plecnik.


No trip to Ljubljana is complete without taking a boat ride, and the handmade wooden boat operated by the young team at Laker Craft is easily the most attractive of all the crafts plying the waters of the Ljubljanica. A ride lasts just under an hour, and offers views of most of the old town's major sights from a unique vantage point.


Ljubljana castle's new restaurants overlooks the city from a grand position. A combination of the Roman Emona, Medieval and modern in terms of both cuisine and ambiance; the menu was created with the help of top ethnology professor Dr. Janez Bogataj. Historically reminiscent dishes of slick gourmet modernity are crafted with ingredients from Ljubljana's famed market.

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Ljubljana Castle all inclusive ticket with funicular ride

day 1 - 14:30 - Default

Ljubljana Castle, a mighty medieval fortress located on Castle Hill has been overlooking Ljubljana for centuries. It was built in the 15th century and stands as a symbol of Ljubljana and thus a popular tourist point, that can be reached by a short hike or a more leisurely funicular railway. Besides the Viewing Tower, boasting with a spectacular view of Ljubljana, the castle also offers many cultural, historic and entertaining events throughout the year such as art exhibitions, workshops, concerts and more.


Highlights:

• Discover the history of Ljubljana castle with a professional guide

• View the Estates Hall, the Palatium, Erasmus’ Dungeon, Frederick’s Tower, Pentagonal Tower, St. George Chapel

• Climb the Viewing Tower and enjoy the views

• Descend into the castle’s penitentiary, and explore the darker side of the building’s history

• Visit the Permanent Exhibition of Slovenian History

 

What you can expect:

To fully embrace the idyllic atmosphere, sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with cake, or a proper meal in any of the two restaurants in the castle courtyard. A visit to the castle shop Experience2GO where you can buy unique souvenirs, and Galerija Rustika shop, selling traditional Slovenian hand-made products is also not to be missed, while discovering the castle and its premises.


Inclusions:

• Return funicular ride with castle railway

• All entrance fees for all castle content

• Nexto audio guide application (available in Slovenian, English, Hungarian, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Croatian, Dutch and Japanese.)


Exclusions:

• Gratuities (optional)

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Slovenian Wine Degustation (5 samples)

day 1 - 17:00 - 5 samples

The Kristančič family's intention is to introduce the highest standards of quality and responsible wine consumption in Slovenia. Therefore, they have opened a specialised wine bar and shop in Ljubljana's Town Hall building, a place where both the wine and the people who drink it feel at ease. The select furnishings of their wine bar contribute to the outstanding atmosphere for the wine tastings and it is not surprising that this venue has quickly become a popular spot for the demanding clientele in Ljubljana.

 

Highlights:

• Sample one of the most prestigious wines (5 samples)

• Learn all there is to learn about wines


Wines of Slovenia: Primorska region’s most typical wine is kraški teran (Terrano Carsico), a red wine made from Refosco grapes. Its varietal, produced in the Koper district, is called refošk. The sun-bathed slopes of Koper district are also famous for malvazija (Malvasia) and other wines. The Vipava Valley is home to exquisite wines, such as zelen, pinela, grganja and klarnica, while Goriška Brda is most known for its rebula. The champion of Dolenjska and the Posavje wine-producing region is the ruby cviček, while Bela Krajina boasts metliška črnina and modra frankinja (Blue Franconian). The pride of the Bizeljsko wine-growing district are the white and red bizeljčan blends. The Podravje region has the best laški rizling (Italian Riesling) and renski rizling (Rhine Riesling), while šipon (Furmint) is the most appreciated wine from Prlekija. Among all the wine-growing regions, Jeruzalem is the most famous one.


Inclusions:

• 5 MOVIA premium wine samples degustation

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Traditional 6-course dinner in JB restaurant with wine accompaniment

day 1 - 20:00 Traditional Menu with wine accompaniment

JB restaurant in downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia, is S.Pellegrino's Top 100 World's Best Restaurant. In 2013 as well listed among top 10 The Daily Meal Best Restaurants in Europe. As well they got GaultMillau 2 haubes. It’s the closest interpretation of a sophisticated pallet you'll ever experience in this region. Welcome to the world of culinary art of world renowned chef Janez Bratovz. His menu is based on the relationship between the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, representing four tastes – sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Your dinner experience includes traditional tasting menu with 6 courses and wine accompaniment with five (5) glasses.

 

Transfer from accommodation to airport

Private Premium (Car)
01/11/2020 BUSINESS
Ljubljana
Warsaw
Slovenia
Ljubljana / 17:10
LOT Polish Airlines LO 618 LOT Polish Airlines
1h 40m 0 PC Nonstop
Poland
18:50 Warsaw Okecie
01/11/2020 03/11/2020

Warsaw

About the city

The image of Warsaw as a grey concrete jungle, a wasteland of homes in the Soviet era, does not correspond with the reality of the last 15 years of this vibrant city. This metropolis has much more to offer, many things to visit, an impressive cultural scene and a lively nightlife. Warsaw is looking ahead leaving its Soviet past in the past where it belongs. At the end of World War II, 85% of the city was in ruins and the city had to undergo a major reconstruction. The successful reconstruction received recognition in 1980 when UNESCO declared the Old Town of Warsaw World Heritage Site. Located in the Mazowieckie province, in central-eastern Poland, the city is unevenly divided by the Vistula River. Most tourist attractions are on the left bank of the river, while on the right bank we have the up and coming elegant district of Prague. The epicentre of Warsaw for visitors is the so-called Royal Route (Trakt Królewski), which runs north-south from the New and Old Towns, past the elegant Nowy Swiat shops, palaces that survived the war and the royal gardens Lazienki Park, before arriving at the Wilanów Palace, to the south of the city centre. The city also has many green spaces with lush lakeside parks where rowing boats sail during the sunny summer days and where visitors can find plenty of al-fresco cafes. In the parks, free classical music concerts are also held, with big audiences, a scene that is far from the somber images of communist-era Warsaw. Today the city offers an amazing nightlife, young locals dress elegantly to head to the cool bars and groovy clubs in the city. It is definitely a city that vibrates as soon as the sun goes down. Although some people claim that Krakow has the beauty, Warsaw has the culture, the energy and the action.

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Raffles Europejski Warsaw

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  • At 1.4 km from the center
  • Ul. krakowskie przedmiescie, 13 - 00-071, Warsaw 00-071
A stay at Raffles Europejski Warsaw places you in the heart of Warsaw, within a 10-minute walk of University of Warsaw and Royal Castle. This 5-star hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Old Town Market Place and 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Old Town Square. Relax...
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  • Premier Suite (1 King Bed) (1)

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  • 2 Accommodation nights

5 Activities
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Table Reservation at the Soul Kitchen

day 2 - Table Reservation (20:00) - Menu Ala Carte

Soul Kitchen's aim is to stir emotions and touch souls with their cooking. Corny? Indeed. But tasting is believing, and this straightforward menu makes a good case for the power of simple cooking. Don't skip the soup, which is where we first fell in love, and from there it's impossible to go wrong as the seasonal menu changes often and indicatively.

Try mouthwatering beef tartar, slow cooked beef cheeks and roasted duck to form your opinion about Soul Kitchen. Do not go away without enjoying good meringues, pancakes and Pavlova. It might be nice to enjoy delicious prosecco, craft beer or ale. Get your meal started with great espresso, lemonade or tea.

The interior is a stark chic that will initially strike diners as cold, but a spot in the garden quickly cures that assessment.

The great location of this place makes it easy to reach by any transport. Visitors feel relaxed at this spot because of the knowledgeable staff and the fabulous service. Attractive prices are what you are to pay for your meal. At this restaurant, visitors can enjoy the enjoyable atmosphere and divine decor. Google users awarded Soul Kitchen 4.7.

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Neon Museum Visit

day 2 - General - Ticket (14:00)

A brilliantly illuminating (ha!) private initiative by London-based photographer Ilona Karwińska and graphic designer David S. Hill to salvage Poland’s culturally significant neon signs of the 1960’s-70’s from the dustbin of history.

During the post-Stalin years these neons were seen as symbols of economic success and the strive towards a more open and culturally relaxed society. The glowing signs, designed by some of Poland’s top architects and designers, advertised products, cinemas, dancehalls, restaurants and cocktail bars and also served as local landmarks. The post-communist years saw a scant disregard for anything connected to that era, many buildings were demolished and the beautiful neons were simply tossed into skips or left in states of disrepair to rot away. Luckily, Karwińska and Hill saw the significance of these artefacts and have managed to save over 200 neons and around 500 letterforms from certain destruction. The museum is also home to a huge archive of documentation, blueprints, photographs and original plans relating to the history of these signs.

The permanent collection contains hundreds of fully restored and dazzling neon signs, as well as other electro-graphic artefacts; many of which were designed by the great graphic artists of the age – many of whom were responsible for the world-famous Polish Poster School. When you visit the Neon Museum you will be astonished by the sheer inventiveness and unique characteristics of a hitherto unknown art form – which was born from revolution, served as state propaganda, and were ubiquitous in Poland's post-war period.

Housed in the super cool Soho Factory complex, the museum is certainly a one of a kind experience and well worth a visit for anyone interested in design history and Poland’s past. Remember to keep your eye out for some of the remaining old neons which are still ‘in-situ’ around Warsaw - for example the brilliant ‘Netball Player’ on Plac Konstytucji, the ‘Dancing’ sign on Nowy Świat or the 'Miło Cię Widzieć' (nice to see you) neon on Gdański Bridge over the River Vistula.

We invite you to visit the Neon Muzeum – one of the most popular destinations in Warsaw – and marvel at these brilliant and rare cold war era neon signs !

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The world’s first Polish Vodka Museum with tasting

day 2 - Ticket - English guide (16:30)

Embark a 70-minute tour as you learn about the history of Polish Vodka presented by a qualified guide. Discover 5 interactive galleries in the Vodka Museum in Warsaw's Praga district. Enjoy a 20-minute vodka-tasting lesson at the Vodka Academy.

Poland’s new museum of vodka, the world’s first, is fast becoming one the country’s go-to destinations. Hosted within the grounds of the former Koneser distillery at the heart of Warsaw’s Praga-Północ district, the museum will celebrate more than 500 years of vodka history in the country.

Vodka distilling from both cereals and potatoes has a proud tradition in Poland, and is on the EU’s list of Protected Geographical Indications. The museum’s multimedia exhibition rooms showcase several aspects of the country’s vodka heritage, celebrating the local manufacturing tradition through the ages and exploring aspects of the distilling craft such as the raw materials used, as well as shining a light on some of the ways in which vodka has shaped local culture. The museum also hosts a Vodka Academy Bar offering tastings and training workshops, and a lounge bar where visitors can sample cocktails.

The post-industrial, red brick Koneser distillery complex, once home to flagship Polish vodka brands Wyborowa and Luksusowa, is being redeveloped to feature a mix of apartments, offices and art galleries, as well as bars, restaurants and shops.

The concept for the interior and the exhibition was designed by renowned Polish designer Mirosław Nizio’s architectural studio (Nizio Design International). The Museum, which opened to the public in June 2018, was led by The Polish Vodka Foundation is part funded by the European Union. A general investor of commercial part of the building is Pernod Ricard, the global producer of distilled beverages.

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Meet & Greet with M&Ms

day 2 - Invitation - VIP (18:00)

Meet with Matej & Matej for welcome drinks.

The Steam Bar is the only cocktail bar in Poland that fully reflects the spirit of steampunk! The interior design and atmosphere will make you forget about the modern capital and move you into the middle of the era of the technical revolution!

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Table Reservation at the Roots Bar & More

day 3 - Table Reservation (19:00) - Menu Ala Carte

The Roots bar & more is not only a unique place located in the very heart of Warsaw. It is also over 200 years of world bar tending told and presented by bar tending champions, a history encapsulated in cocktails inspired by the atmosphere and taste of iconic bars in London, Sydney, New York and mixed with polish temperament, creativity and regionalism.

The Roots is not only a cocktail bar, but also a world’s unique collection of historic exhibits connected with the art of bar tending. Here you can see first editions of bartender’s handbooks, including the original edition of world’s very first bartender’s handbook from 1862, “the bartender's guide”, signed by it’s iconic author, Jerry Thomas. The collection also includes antique shakers, coolers, jiggers well as Poland’s biggest collection of long discontinued a Starka vodkas.

Still, these artefacts are just one of many reasons for which it’s worth travelling hundreds or even thousands of kilometres to visit this one and only cocktail place.

Abut the chef Michał Szcześniak

One of the most talented chefs of the young generation. He began his adventure with gastronomy at the prestigious Hotel Bristol, then successfully ran a kitchen at the newly established Warsaw superior restaurant. He developed his skills at numerous trainings, such chefs as Bruno Goussault, Anne Alvarado, and professor Harve this. As a member of the national polish representation, he represented our country at the gastronomic culinary Olympics in Erfurt and at the world cup in Luxembourg, from where he returned with a total of three bronze medals.

In 2015, as the deputy chef, he took up the challenge of co-creating the innovative elixir restaurant in the house of vodka, based on the idea of food & vodka pairing. After less than two years, he took the position of the chef in the house of vodka, and the elixir restaurant was awarded for the third time in a row by Michelin.

 

Transfer from accommodation to airport

Private Premium (Minivan Extra Luggage)
03/11/2020 BUSINESS
Warsaw
Vienna
Poland
Warsaw Okecie / 17:30
LOT Polish Airlines LO 225 LOT Polish Airlines
1h 25m 0 PC Nonstop
Austria
18:55 Wien Schwechat
03/11/2020 05/11/2020

Vienna

About the city

Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria. It is a beautiful romantic city and famous for its coffee culture and cafes, classical music and concert halls, historical buildings, horse-drawn carriages, and its charming streets. There is a rich cultural diversity in Vienna, and its location at the very heart of Europe makes it also an excellent starting point for travelling around Europe. Vienna an impressing city to visit, the city is dominated by the Ringstrasse, a four kilometer long boulevard which encircles the center of the city. The city is filled with modern conveniences and attractions but blanketed as well with reminders of a great historical and cultural heritage. Excellent museums, palaces, gardens, architectural triumphs, remnants of ancient inhabitants, statuary, and grand cafes blend with trendy shops, excellent restaurants, accessible musical venues, modern museums and sculpture, and upscale hotels to make Vienna a very attractive. The extensive pedestrianized streets of the old city are a delight, lined by beautiful old buildings, populated by the young and old, filled with local shops, boutiques and cafes, and with the unexpected around every turn. The center city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna is history and music, poetry and culture, modernism and tradition, nostalgia and grandeur.

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Transfer from airport to accommodation

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Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna

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  • At 1.0 km from the center
  • Schottenring 24, Viena 1010
With a stay at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, you'll be centrally located in Vienna, within a 10-minute walk of Sigmund Freud Museum and Judenplatz. This 5-star hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from St. Stephen's Cathedral and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Museum o...
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  • 2 Accommodation nights

2 Activities
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Treasures of the Habsburgs

day 5 - General admission
Come with us on this glittering tour that takes you back in time to the days when emperors and kings amassed fabulous collections of great art and exquisite jewels. On this trip you have the opportunity to view the sumptuous treasures of the House of Habsburg when you visit the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace as well as the outstanding collection in the Kunstkammer, a museum situated within the Kunsthistorisches Museum.

The Kunstkammer collection is considered one of the most important of its kind in the world and has only recently been reopened for public viewing in 2013. The 2,200 piece collection is mainly based on the Habsburgs long and passionate tradition of collecting the fabulous and exotic, the rare and the curious. This truly impressive collection which contains such masterpieces as Cellini’s Saliera – a golden crafted salt cellar centre piece, and imperial works of art by the great Rubens, Rembrandt, Raphael, Velazquez, Titian and Durer is sure to capture your imagination and stay with you forever.

Our quest for treasure continues when we visit the world’s most valuable collection of imperial artefacts belonging to the House of Habsburg. This magnificent collection of secular and ecclesiastical treasures contains the majestic Austrian crown jewels including the Imperial Crown of Austria, the Holy Lance and Imperial sword and the chain of The Order of the Golden Fleece. Among ecclesiastical contains many devotional images and alters mainly from the Baroque period as well as sumptuous jewels and the largest cut emerald in the world.


Start/opening time:
KHM – Treasures of the Habsburgs: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna - Daily except Monday 10am – 6pm, Thursday 10am – 9pm. June to August: daily 10am – 6pm, Thursday 10am – 9pm.
Imperial Treasury Vienna, Daily except Tuesday 9am – 5:30pm.
Neue Burg : Wednesday -Sunday, 10am – 6pm.

Languages
Audio guides available in German, English, Italian, French and Russian.

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Voucher type: Printed
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Location
Start point:
Kunsthistorisches Museum
You can collect the tickets at any of the 3 above museums.
Neue Burg
Imperial Treasury, Vienna
If your hotel is located out of the pick-up area, please go to the above location.

End point: Same as the starting point

Schedule
Duration: 3 Hours

Requirements
Please note that Imperial Treasury is closed from February 12th until February 23rd due to annual spring cleaning.
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Boat trip in Vienna Downtown

day 5 - At 2:30pm
The route starts at the city center port Schwedenplatz, it is next to the Urania Observatory.

We start cruising and see many monuments like the "Schützenhaus" by Otto Wagner. After that we will enjoy the "historic Vienna" sights and its interesting architecture: the Roßauer barracks, Tower Ring and the Zaha-Hadid-House…

Then we will watch the thermal plant Spittelau designed by the famous austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The trip will end at the starting point.

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Location
Start point:
Schwedenplatz

End point: Same as the starting point

Schedule
Opening dates
01/01/2020 - 31/12/2020, 14:30 - 15:15

Duration: 45 Minutes

Guide options
Guide type: Not included\n

Summary

European Trio: Ljubljana, Warsaw and Vienna
European Trio: Ljubljana, Warsaw and Vienna