My (Updated) Central Europe Itinerary

posted in: Central Europe 2019, Plans | 0

(Update to a version originally published July 23, 2018)
Today I sent in my final payment for my upcoming trip. I had most of the general itinerary locked in last July, and now I have added a lot of activities, local tours, and day trips. Some stuff I’ll still be leaving up to chance; serendipity is a great tour guide! But there’s so much I want to see and do, and sometimes advance planning and guided tours make things more efficient.

After I finalized the dates and cities for my trip, JayWay came up with several options for lodging in each city. But I was not really pleased with many of the options. I was really hoping for apartment-style lodging, but in most every instance they offered only hotels.
So I asked them to come up with some different choices, and after a few days, they updated the list. This time, I was very happy, and I made my selections.
And now the countdown is on: 36 days until departure!

Lodging

Prague (4 nights)U Kapra “One Bedroom Cozy Apartment”
Dresden (5 nights)Aparthotel Neumarkt
Berlin (5 nights)OTA Berlin apartment
Warsaw (3 nights)Chopin Boutique B&B
Krakow (4 nights)Antique Apartments
Wrocław (2 nights)Europeum Hotel
Toruń (1 night)Hotel Spichrz
Gdańsk (3 nights)Gotyk House

Detailed Itinerary

Here’s everything I have scheduled. Where there’s a blank, well, that’s an opportunity for serendipity to take me on an adventure!

 MorningAfternoonEvening
March 30 Depart SEA 
March 31Arrive FRA
Depart FRA
Arrive PRGPrague Castle At Night Tour
April 1Prague Private Walking Tour Dvořák’s Stabat Mater
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rudolfinum
April 2Possible day trip to Kutná Hora or TáborDon Giovanni
National Marionette Theater
April 3 Jewish Quarter Private Walking TourMahler Symphony No. 9
Czech Philharmonic
Rudolfinum
April 4 Train from Prague to Dresden 
April 5 Dresden Group Walking Tour 
April 6Possible day trip to Leipzig or GörlitzPlatée by Rameau
Semperoper
April 7Best of Bohemian and Saxon Switzerland National Park Day Trip
April 8Possible day trip to Leipzig or Görlitz
April 9Train from Dresden to BerlinWithLocals tour: Kickstart Berlin, Rainbow Gay Tour and Street Art
April 10  Grigory Sokolov, pianist
Berliner Philharmonie
April 11Original Berlin Walks “Discover Potsdam” 
April 12Jewish Berlin Group Walking TourDer Zwerg by Zemlinsky
Deutsche Oper Berlin
April 13Reichstag/Bundestag Guided Tour  
April 14  Train from Berlin to Warsaw
April 15Behind the Scenes City Tour by Communist Minibus 
April 16  Billy Budd by Britten
Teatr Wielki — Polish National Opera
April 17 Train from Warsaw to Krakow 
April 18Krakow Grand TourKlezmer Concert 
April 19Auschwitz-Birkenau Group TourPassover Seder at Jewish Community Centre of Krakow
April 20 Ghetto and Schindler’s Factory Private Tour 
April 21 Train from Krakow to Wrocław 
April 22Wrocław Private Walking Tour  
April 23Train from Wrocław to Toruń  
April 24 Train from Toruń to Gdańsk 
April 25Gdańsk Private Walking Tour  
April 26Possible day trip to Malbork Castle
April 27Depart GDN
Arrive FRA
Depart FRA
Arrive SEA
  

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