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Highlights of Eastern Europe

Budapest & The Danube
18 Days from $2,966 per person

Eastern Europe reveals its colorful side on this elaborate encounter with familiar favorites and lesser known gems like Slovenia's Lake Bled and the charming Polish city of Poznan. 

Explore ‘east' and ‘west' in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea and pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Vienna. After check-in, your Local Specialist will take you on a walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen's Cathedral and ‘Am Hof'. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Hilton Danube
  3. Cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, a beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps and your home for the next two nights. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  4. Spend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.
  5. In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist where you see the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and Three Bridges Square. Later cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  6. A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Specialist shows you the landmarks in the lower and upper town including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice.
  7. Across the border in Hungary pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea'. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay.
  8. Admire the city's sights with your Local Specialist during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fisherman's Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  9. Travel north through Slovakia into Poland and arrive in the picturesque city of Kraków. This evening perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.
  10. View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. Visit the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an Optional Experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  11. Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz which is a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw where you dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:The Westin
  12. Visit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. This afternoon enjoy free time or consider a trip to the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski III. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital.
  13. Cross Poland's central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, one of Europe's most exciting cities.
    hotel:Steigenberger Am Kanzleramt
  14. This morning enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city’s great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and Unter den Linden Boulevard. Relax or take an Optional Experience to discover the secret past of this magnificent city.
  15. Travel to Dresden and hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour which includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera House and 18th century Cathedral. Cross into the Czech Republic arriving later in Prague - the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech state for over 1,100 years. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, RM
    hotel:Andels by Vienna House Prague
  16. Your Local Specialist gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs.
  17. Drive through Southern Bohemia and stop in Tábor once a Hussite stronghold. Later continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, FD
    hotel:Hilton Danube
  18. Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful vacation. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
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  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
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Meal Summary

16 nights, 16 hot buffet breakfasts, 8 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join the Schieszl family for hearty Hungarian fare and the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution

Cultural Insight

  • Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague
  • Orientation of Dresden
  • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora Monastery, Poznan in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, Tábor
  • View Lake Balaton - central Europe's largest lake
Definite Departure
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20 Apr 17 7 May 17 checkmark $3,295$2,966pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,295 $2,966 pp
27 Apr 17 14 May 17 $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
4 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
11 May 17 28 May 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
18 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
25 May 17 11 Jun 17 $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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1 Jun 17 18 Jun 17 $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
8 Jun 17 25 Jun 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
15 Jun 17 2 Jul 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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22 Jun 17 9 Jul 17 $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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29 Jun 17 16 Jul 17 checkmark $3,325$2,993pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,325 $2,993 pp
6 Jul 17 23 Jul 17 checkmark $3,325$2,993pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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13 Jul 17 30 Jul 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
20 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 checkmark $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
27 Jul 17 13 Aug 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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3 Aug 17 20 Aug 17 checkmark $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
10 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
17 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
24 Aug 17 10 Sep 17 checkmark $3,350$3,015pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,350 $3,015 pp
31 Aug 17 17 Sep 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
7 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
14 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
21 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $3,375$3,038pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,375 $3,038 pp
28 Sep 17 15 Oct 17 $3,325$2,993pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,325 $2,993 pp
5 Oct 17 22 Oct 17 checkmark $3,325$2,993pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,325 $2,993 pp

Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $830 p.p.

Triple Discount: $30 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $121 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, and Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in Austria, Germany and Slovenia is the Euro (€) and in Croatia is the Kuna (kn). The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna, in Hungary is the Forint, and in Poland is the Zloty.  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • If you like meat and potatoes, chances are you’ll love the food in the Czech Republic.  The country is also known for its long-standing tradition for beer.  Most towns have at least one brewery, so it’s no surprise that the Czech consume more beer per capita than any other country. 

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as gulasch (goulash) and apfelstrudel (apple strudel).

     Slovenian cuisine is greatly influenced by neighboring countries. You’ll find everything from Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, gnocchi and risotto to Hungarian specialties like goulash and beef stew.

    In Hungary you’ll find hearty specialties including goulash, winter salami, pork stew, and chicken paprikash. Poland offers even more rich and hearty. Be sure to sample the variety of delicious Pierogi dumplings stuffed with potatoes and cheese, mushrooms, meat, and even fruit.  And in Germany, don’t miss the variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle, potato dumplings, and black forest cake. 

    Croatian cuisine is hearty, fresh, and flavorful, and is a mix of local traditions and neighboring influences. Meals often begin with bread, cured meats and cheese.  Along the Dalmatian coast you’ll find a variety of seafood dishes and Mediterranean flavors like rosemary, oregano, sage, lemon, and olive oil. For an authentic coastal meal try octopus peka and scampi na buzaru (scampi cooked in garlic, tomato and white wine). Further inland you might like to try the rich Štrukli (baked cheese in pastry dough). Pizza and pasta dishes are also ubiquitous. For dessert, try palačinka, a kind of crêpe served with jam, chocolate sauce, and other decadent fillings. Croatia also produces high quality lagers and a selection of good wine.




  • We suggest that you pack a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List

  • When dining out it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service at restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

     If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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