Highlights of Eastern Europe

17 Days Starting and ending in Vienna

Visiting: Vienna, Lake Bled, Zagreb, Budapest, Kraków, Oświęcim, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague

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Trafalgar

Tour code:

CHEEZM19

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Fully Guided

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Eastern Europe, where history and culture intertwine in the vibrant cities of Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The "Highlights of Eastern Europe" tour invites you to explore the enchanting streets of Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw, Berlin, and Prague with a Local Specialist. Discover the beauty of Lake Bled, the historic Castle Hill District in Budapest, and the poignant former concentration camp at Auschwitz. Marvel at architectural wonders like the Berlin TV Tower and Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral. With luxury air-conditioned coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a plethora of included meals and sightseeing experiences, this tour promises a deep dive into the rich tapestry of Eastern European heritage, making every moment an extraordinary adventure.

Highlights

  • Explore Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Dresden

  • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Castle Hill District in Budapest, Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków, the former concentration camp at Auschwitz, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor

  • View Lake Balaton, the Archbishop's Palace and the Opera House in Zagreb, Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Vienna Stays With Stories

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launch pad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. Check in to your Stays With Stories accommodation, the Hilton Danube Waterfront, a renovated grain silo built in 1916. Then join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Town Vienna, revealing insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and the beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday.

Day 2 : Journey To Ljubljana

Location: Lake Bled

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: One66 Hotel Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains and into the lush green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake's edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Day 3: Journey To Lake Bled And Ljubljana

Location: Lake Bled

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: One66 Hotel Ljubljana

Meals Included: Breakfast

Arrive at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake's edge.


Day 4 : Discover Historic Zagreb

Location: Zagreb

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Zonar Zagreb

Meals Included: Breakfast

We cross into Croatia and travel to its capital, Zagreb – our home for the next two nights. Join a Local Specialist who will share the landmarks of the city's Lower and Upper Town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Visit a Licitar studio on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, for a discovery of the colourful Croatian heart shaped cookies. You'll have a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to enjoy the lively evening atmosphere.

Day 5 : Zagreb Your Way

Location: Zagreb

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Zonar Zagreb

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take time to explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb's scenic cityscape, to this day lit by gas lamps in the Upper Town. Spend the day on your own, paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre.


Day 6: Onwards To Lake Balaton And Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ensana Thermal Margaret Island Health Spa Hotel Budapest

Meals Included: Breakfast

Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and affectionately known by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest – our home for the next two nights. Perhaps, sail along the Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy a dinner of traditional Hungarian dishes and breath-taking views, or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets.

Day 7: Explore Architectural Budapest

Location: Budapest

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ensana Thermal Margaret Island Health Spa Hotel Budapest

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, we join a Local Specialist for a walking tour of the Castle district to admire picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion. Cross the Danube to continue your sightseeing in Pest, seeing the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. This evening we Make Travel Matter as we support a local family of winemakers, who pride themselves on their organic production. Enjoy their home smoked Mangalica ham and hear their unique family story at our BMG Experience.

Day 8: Off To Slovakia And On To Kraków

Location: Kraków

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Novotel Kraków Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast

The exquisite natural landscape of Slovakia provides a scenic backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wódka Bar.

Day 9: Admire Kraków’S Charms

Location: Kraków

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Novotel Kraków Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków today with our Local Specialist will include such highlights as the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the Old Town to hear the bugle warning from St. Mary's Church and view of the Cloth Hall. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or consider visiting a traditional milk bar. Enjoy a slice of Polish sernik babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Day 10 : On To Auschwitz And Warsaw

Location: Oświęcim

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal Hotel Warsaw

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Our journey this morning takes us to the former concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw, where we will dine at our hotel.

Day 11: See The Sights Of Warsaw

Location: Warsaw

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Leonardo Royal Hotel Warsaw

Meals Included: Breakfast

Connect with the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning, we join a Local Specialist visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the Warsaw Uprising. You'll also see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film – 'The Pianist'. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own, or celebrate the talents of Chopin during a private recital of Chopin's works.

Day 12: Journey To Bustling Berlin

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Moevenpick

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey across Poland's patchwork countryside along the Autostrada Wolności (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Continue west into Germany and arrive in Berlin, a capital city with an enviable youthful verve and charisma. Here you’ll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the city your way, or join us for a truly memorable optional evening in former West Berlin.

Day 13: Uncover Berlin’S Secrets

Location: Berlin

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Moevenpick

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, witness spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Then join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the city's great landmarks, including the Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover Berlin’s turbulent past.

Day 14: Onwards To Dresden And Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vienna House Diplomat Prague

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden - its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you stroll through its streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in glorious Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15: Discover Colourful Prague

Location: Prague

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Vienna House Diplomat Prague

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the ancient streets of Prague with your Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's centuries-old history. Marvel at Prague Castle and the Cathedral of St Vitus, then pass the Old New Synagogue on our way to the Old Town Square. Don't miss the hourly walk of the Apostles at the famous Astronomical Clock during your free time exploring. Perhaps indulge in some delicious sweet pastry Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admire the view from Petřín Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.

Day 16: Through Southern Bohemia To Vienna

Location: Vienna

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later, we travel to the imperial city of Vienna, where we'll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

Day 17: Farewell Vienna

Location: Vienna

Meals Included: Breakfast

Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through eastern Europe.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    International airfare to and from the start and end of your tour is not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered, providing you the opportunity to explore local cuisines on your own.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs for optional experiences not included in the tour package.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, room service, and other discretionary spending are excluded.

  • Visa Fees

    Any required visa fees are not included and are the responsibility of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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