Best of Eastern Europe


  • 14 days

  • Europe

  • Comfortable pace

Tour : RO

From

£1,960 pp

Tour only

Based on 2nd Sep 2019

From

£2,309 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London City

Overview

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When you think of an escorted Eastern Europe holiday, what comes to mind? Perhaps it's visiting old churches and seeing historic sites that have been standing for many centuries. Perhaps you think of visiting cities bombed in World War II and restored to their former splendor. Or maybe you think of learning about the counties’ rich histories. If so, this Best of Eastern Europe guided tour includes all of that and more with overnights in Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.

Your guided sightseeing in the capitals includes the must-see attractions. Visit Berlin’s Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, today a symbol of reconciliation; the medieval Old Quarter and the 14th-century Cathedral of St. John in Warsaw; St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna; the Hradčany Castle grounds and Astronomical Clock, built in 1410, in Prague; the Kazimierz Quarter and St Mary’s Church in Krakow; and Budapest’s 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church, coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs.

You'll also visit Jasna Góra, the monastery near Czestochowa, an important pilgrimage site. Its Black Madonna, a painting of the Virgin Mary, is a symbol of the country and venerated as the "Queen of Poland." You'll stop in Auschwitz to observe what is left of its concentration camp.

You’ll also have special experiences in some of the smaller towns as well. You'll enjoy a special lunch in Telc, one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, and taste a Trdelnik rolled pastry in Prague.

All of this and more—including a private Chopin concert in his hometown of Warsaw—are included on this fabulous Eastern Europe guided tour.

Highlights

Berlin Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, take pictures of Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church; farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Poznan Stop in the historic city

Warsaw Guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John; attend a private Chopin concert

Czestochowa Visit the Monastery of Jasna Góra and its Black Madonna

Auschwitz Visit the site of the former concentration camp

Krakow Guided sightseeing, walking tour of the Kazimierz Quarter, see Wawel Castle, visit St. Mary’s Church

Donovaly Stop in this picturesque ski resort

Budapest Guided sightseeing, panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion, visit Matthias Coronation Church

Vienna Guided sightseeing, visit Heldenplatz and St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Telc Enjoy an included lunch

Prague Guided sightseeing, Astronomical Clock, visit the Hradčany Castle grounds; taste a Trdelnik rolled pastry

Dresden Walking tour

Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Berlin, Germany

Day
1

Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Berlin

Day
2

Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once divided metropolis includes the fabulous boulevard Unter den Linden with its historical buildings like the Berlin Cathedral and State Opera House. See Museum Island, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate, the restored Reichstag, the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg Palace, and the elegant Ku-Damm. Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged bell-tower, have a picture stop at the Holocaust Memorial, and pass the former Allied Checkpoint Charlie. Why not join an optional excursion to historic Potsdam?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Berlin - Poznan, Poland - Warsaw

Day
3

Cross the Polish border, enjoy vistas of rural life in the fertile central plains, and take a break in historic Poznan on your way to Warsaw, capital of Poland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Warsaw

Day
4

Your Local Guide will tell you about the tormented, often tragic history of this important gateway city between East and West. See the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. Later, a special treat: attend a PRIVATE CHOPIN CONCERT.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Warsaw - Czestochowa - Auschwitz - Krakow

Day
5

A fascinating morning: visit JASNA GÓRA, the monastery near Czestochowa, and admire its BLACK MADONNA, which is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. In Auschwitz, visit what is left of the CONCENTRATION CAMP, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Krakow.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Krakow

Day
6

In the morning, an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines is available. Later, guided sightseeing of ancient Krakow features a walking tour of the KAZIMIERZ QUARTER, with its cosy art cafes, antique shops, and galleries. Also stop for pictures at the impressive Wawel Castle, and visit the 14th-century ST. MARY’S CHURCH with its uneven towers. Tonight, why not join an optional Polish dinner and folklore show?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Krakow - Donovaly, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary

Day
7

Drive through the scenic heart of mountainous and densely wooded Slovakia, where brown bears still roam free, via Donovaly, a popular skiing resort in the Tatra Mountains, to Budapest, proud capital of Hungary. This evening, you may wish to join an optional private dinner cruise on the Danube River, the perfect introduction to this fascinating city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest

Day
8

Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city comes to life during your guided sightseeing. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and Heroes’ Square. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can be arranged.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Budapest - Vienna, Austria

Day
9

Drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater park with its giant Ferris wheel. Drive along the elegant Ringstrasse past the impressive State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards and famous HELDENPLATZ, and visit awesome ST. STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

At Leisure in Vienna

Day
10

A whole day at leisure offers you the opportunity to join exciting optional excursions to the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, and a concert in one of Vienna’s concert halls, or to just wander around the city at your own pace.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vienna - Telc, Czech Republic - Prague

Day
11

Cross the Czech border and enter Moravia. Stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic, Telc, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where a light lunch with local specialties has been prepared. Enjoy views of the rich farmlands of Moravia and Bohemia on your way to Prague. Tonight is your chance to join an optional outing to explore Prague by night.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Prague

Day
12

Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the HRADČANY CASTLE GROUNDS, which afford lovely views of St. Vitus Cathedral and the castle’s walls and bastions. Originally laid out in the 16th-century, the grounds reached the present park-like form in the early 20th-century. Also see the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. And of course, you will taste a Trdelnik, the famous rolled pastry topped with sugar and walnut mix. Balance of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Prague - Dresden, Germany - Berlin

Day
13

Re-enter Germany and stop in Dresden, the former capital of Saxony. Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since been restored to its baroque splendor. During your walking tour, admire the architecture of the Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera. Return to Berlin, where a farewell dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Berlin

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,960 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system

Tour with flights

From

£2,309 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • Individual audio system

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