At 9.30pm on Thursday night, Melbourne time, Maggie and I will hop into a private taxi and begin our latest travel adventure. At around 9.30pm on Friday night, Paris time, we will arrive at our hotel in Le Marais district.
Here is a brief outline of what we will be doing over the following 31 days.
We will be in Paris for just three nights and two days. We have had two previous extended visits to Paris but we have drawn up a short list of new experiences, as well as a repeat restaurant experience and a repeat visit to a Fragonard shop to replenish Maggie’s supply of her favourite perfume.
On the third morning, we will board a very fast train at Gare du Lyon, bound for Dijon, the capital of Bourgogne (Burgundy). We have booked a rental car and will spend five days exploring this famous region, spending three nights in Beaune and two in Dijon.
Another train journey will take us to Salzburg, via Zurich. After three nights in this beautiful city, famed as the childhood home of Mozart, we will hire another car and drive slowly to Vienna through some of the beautiful Austrian countryside, including the Vienna Woods.
We will devote the next four evenings and three days to exploring the many and varied delights of Vienna before we make our way to Vienna Airport to connect with our land transfer to Budapest for the beginning of the Insight Vacations Tour “Highlights of Central & Eastern Europe”
The tours itinerary is built around two nights in each of Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague, one night in Cesky Krumlov and two nights in Vienna. (Our independent time in Vienna will take account of what we will visit and experience on the Insight tour.)
I won’t take up time and space now with the details of the tour of Central & Eastern Europe, as I will be posting regular stories and some photos as we go. I trust that you will enjoy them.
When the tour is completed, we will spend a further day in Vienna before flying to Dubai for a 48 hour stopover, before flying home to Melbourne, arriving early on the morning of 27 May.