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14 Days
5 Countries

Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic

10 Cities

Berlin, Poznan, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Győr, Vienna, Tábor, Prague, Frankfurt

20 Meals

7 Dinners, 13 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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A jam-packed Bohemian trip showcasing the stories of central Europe. Learn about its colorful folklore and the tragedies of war as you visit the heart of Old Town Kraków, slice through the Carpathians and see all the highlights of Prague, Budapest and Vienna.

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Day 1

Welcome to Berlin

Start your Central European adventure in Berlin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers, spend time exploring this remarkable city before enjoying a Welcome Reception.

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Hilton Berlin
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Explore Bustling Berlin

Explore an iconic landmark of Berlin during an experience at the Berlin TV Tower, you'll enjoy inspiring 360° views of the city and Spree River. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, the Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden with a Local Specialist during your included sightseeing tour. Enjoy some free time this afternoon exploring the city on your own and watch the sun go down and the lights come up in this vibrant town, or perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore Berlin's past with your Local Specialist. 

TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Hilton Berlin
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences View the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Come along for a fun night of hearty food, wine, beer and music before we drive through the city as the sun goes down and the landmarks of this imp...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional dinner in Bavaria, Germany
Traditional Lake District Dinner

Admire the architecture of this vibrant city on a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Now an ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Poznań and on to Warsaw

We travel through patchwork farm landscapes stopping in Poznań, before arriving in the modern Polish capital, Warsaw, where we'll spend the next two nights. Embrace the youthful verve of a city that has triumphed over repeated conquests and the shackles of communism, then spend the evening at leisure exploring the sights, or perhaps join an Optional Experience exploring Warsaw's past. 

Town Centre of Poznan, Poland
Accommodation Leonardo Royal Hotel Warsaw
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Poznan old town, Poland
Poznan Orientation

Discover the landscapes of Poznan.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Explore Warsaw's historic and famous sites in Poland
Through the Looking Glass

Step back in time to see the Warsaw of a bygone era, bear witness to its broken past, hear stories of survival, friendship and camaraderie that tog...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Discover Historic Warsaw

Join a Local Specialist this morning to explore Warsaw's colorful historic center, including the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed in retaliation for the brave Warsaw Uprising. We'll also see the former Warsaw Ghetto, where hundreds of thousands of Polish Jews were imprisoned during the German occupation, tragically immortalized in the poignant Roman Polanski film 'The Pianist'. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city's sights on your own. Consider a visit to the Wilanów Palace, a priceless testimony to the splendor of Poland's royal past, or treat yourself to a Chopin recital, before joining your travel companions this evening for a delicious Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Street in Old Town in Warsaw, Poland
Accommodation Leonardo Royal Hotel Warsaw
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Statue of Saint Anne in Main Square of Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw City Tour

See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland
Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit, led by our Local Speciali...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Attend a Chopin Concert in Warsaw, Poland
Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This enchanting recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianis...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Onwards to Auschwitz and Kraków

Today we journey south from Warsaw to the Auschwitz Memorial Site of the former Concentration Camp,  a poignant reminder of one of the greatest tragedies and crimes of human history. Our visit includes a guided tour of Auschwitz. We then continue to the enchanting city of Kraków.

Gate at Auschwitz, Poland
Accommodation Qubus Hotel Krakow
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience The Auschwitz memorial in Auschwitz, Poland
Auschwitz Visit

Bear witness to the horrors/atrocities of the Holocaust at Auschwitz.

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

See the Sights of Kraków

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. The rest of the day is yours to explore the sights on your own. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, renowned as the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland and home to an entire chapel carved from rock salt, as well as dozens of sculptures. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci on the Old Town Square or visit a traditional milk bar. This evening, perhaps join your fellow travel companions for delicious home cooked Polish food and a night of dance and music at the Farmhouse Dinner and Polka Party.

Market Square in Krakow, Poland
Accommodation Qubus Hotel Krakow
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Market Square in Krakow, Poland
Krakow City Tour

Walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Wieliczka Salt Mine Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Farmhouse dinner and polka party in Krakow, Poland
Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of P...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Venture through Slovakia to Budapest

Today we travel through three countries from Poland, through Slovakia's Tatra mountains, and into Hungary as we arrive in beautiful Budapest later this afternoon. This evening, perhaps consider a scenic river cruise with dinner along the beautiful Danube.

View of Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise with dinner in Danube, Hungary
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of the delicious food for which Hungary is famous. Szegedin Goulash (goulash stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage), ch...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Uncover the Treasures of Budapest

We join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own or consider a trip to Szentendre, a lively riverside town renowned for its art life. This evening, we Connect With Locals and join the Schieszl family for dinner and hear the story of their winery at our Be My Guest experience.

Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Chain Bridge over the Danube Budapest, Hungary
Budapest City Tour

Spend the day basking in the iconic views of Budapest. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Be My Guest Join the Schieszl family for a Hungarian dinner at their winery in Budapest
Enjoy a Hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl Family

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner and the story of their winery.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Explore Szentendre in Budapest, Hungary
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks o...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Off to Vienna

Today, leave beautiful Budapest, cross the hilly Transdanubia region – its orchards and vineyards providing a picturesque backdrop as we continue along the path of the Danube and stop in the former trade-route town of Győr. Amble along Baross Gábor Street and admire the Baroque façades, before departing to Vienna, your home for the next two nights. On Arrival, meet the winemakers at Cobenzl, for a tasting for their high quality sustainable wines, on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience.

St. Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Gyor Orientation, Gyor, Hungary
Györ Orientation

Absorb the medieval atmosphere of Györ.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Chateau wine tasting on the Cote d’Azur in Nice, France
Wine Tasting at Cobenzl Winery

Sustainable viticulture has been running in the soil of the Cobenzl estate for many generations, from solar power to integrated waste management an...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant with drinks and traditional musical entertainment Vienna Austria.
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit the Hungarian Parliament and Gundel restaurant in Budapest, Hungary
Guided Visit of the Hungarian Parliament and Danube Shoe Memorial

Visit the magnificent Hungarian Parliament Building and discover the spectacular interior, learn about its history and understand why it is one of ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Admire Vibrant Vienna

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche. Spend the rest of the day discovering the city at your own pace. Consider joining an Optional Experience to a palace for traditional Austrian cuisine and a musical performance.

Sacher Cake in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Admire Vienna’s imperial elegance during an off-the-beaten-tracks guided tour of Vienna addressing climate protection, the environment, sustainabil...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Optional Experiences

Day 11

Venture to Prague

Travel north to the Czech Republic and visit Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. This afternoon, arrive in the remarkable city of Prague.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation NH Prague City
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Discover the landscapes of Tábor, Czech Republic
Stop in Tábor

Enjoy a brief stroll through Tábor and perhaps visit Žižkovo Square to admire the Gothic and Renaissance details of the town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Beautiful Prague by Night

Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city on private transport and with a little strolling. Gaze at the panoram...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

The Old Town and More in Prague

Join a Local Specialist this morning for an exploration of the city's labyrinthine lanes, and beautiful squares. Admire the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, set within the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, cross the Vltava to the Old Town Square and view the 14th-century Astronomical Clock, with its magical hourly Walk of the Apostles. Spend the rest of the day wandering the streets of the Old Town or take a relaxing lunch cruise on the Vltava.

Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation NH Prague City
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Old Town Square, Prague, Czech_Republic
Prague City Tour

Led by your Local Specialist, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that attracts onlookers each hour.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise on River Vltava in Prague, Czech Republic
Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we’ll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting cit...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional Dinner, great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favourite local restaurants Prague, Czech Republic.
Traditional Dinner In Prague

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to get to know glorious Prague.

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Optional Experiences

Day 13

Journey to Frankfurt

We leave the picture-perfect city of Prague behind and journey west across the German border today, before arriving in cosmopolitan Frankfurt for your final night. Spend the last evening of your Bohemian adventure with your travel companions and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

The Eiserner Steg in Frankfurt, Germany
Accommodation Sheraton Offenbach Frankfurt
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14

Farewell Frankfurt

Our time together has come to an end. We say farewell to our newfound friends at the end of a memorable holiday.

Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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Berlin TV Tower Visit

Take in panoramic views of the city from the observation platform of the Berlin TV Tower.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Berlin City Tour

During a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist, admire Berlin landmarks like the Tiergarten and the neo- Renaissance Reichstag.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Poznan Orientation

Discover the landscapes of Poznan.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Warsaw City Tour

See the Old Town, Palace of Culture and visit the Chopin Memorial in the Lazienki Park before paying your respects at the Ghetto Heroes Memorial.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Auschwitz Visit

Bear witness to the horrors/atrocities of the Holocaust at Auschwitz.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Krakow City Tour

Walk around the beautiful town square, Rynek Glówny. See the famous Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Basilica and the many historic townhouses, palaces and churches.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Budapest City Tour

Spend the day basking in the iconic views of Budapest. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl Family

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner and the story of their winery.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Györ Orientation

Absorb the medieval atmosphere of Györ.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Wine Tasting at Cobenzl Winery

Sustainable viticulture has been running in the soil of the Cobenzl estate for many generations, from solar power to integrated waste management an...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Vienna City Tour

Admire Vienna’s imperial elegance during an off-the-beaten-tracks guided tour of Vienna addressing climate protection, the environment, sustainabil...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stop in Tábor

Enjoy a brief stroll through Tábor and perhaps visit Žižkovo Square to admire the Gothic and Renaissance details of the town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Prague City Tour

Led by your Local Specialist, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that attracts onlookers each hour.

Included in Trip

About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Berlin, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Vienna and Prague with a Local Specialist
Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Poznań, the former concentration camp at Auschwitz, St. Mary's Church and the Cloth Hall in Kraków, Győr, Tábor, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague
View the famous Reichstag and Tiergarten in Berlin, Kraków Cathedral and Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków and the Castle District in Budapest
See Hofburg Palace and the Opera House in Vienna

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Come along for a fun night of hearty food, wine, beer and music before we drive through the city as the sun goes down and the landmarks of this imp...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Lake District Dinner

Admire the architecture of this vibrant city on a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Now an ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Through the Looking Glass

Step back in time to see the Warsaw of a bygone era, bear witness to its broken past, hear stories of survival, friendship and camaraderie that tog...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wilanow Palace

This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit, led by our Local Speciali...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This enchanting recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianis...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wieliczka Salt Mine Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

Tonight, you'll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland's rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of P...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of the delicious food for which Hungary is famous. Szegedin Goulash (goulash stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage), ch...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Guided Visit of the Hungarian Parliament and Danube Shoe Memorial

Visit the magnificent Hungarian Parliament Building and discover the spectacular interior, learn about its history and understand why it is one of ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Beautiful Prague by Night

Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city on private transport and with a little strolling. Gaze at the panoram...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we’ll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting cit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner In Prague

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to get to know glorious Prague.

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) used across in Eastern Europe: Polish is the official language of Poland, Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, Slovak is the official language of Slovakia, Serbian is the official language of Serbia, Romanian is the official language of Romania, Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria, Lithuanian is the official language of Lithuania; Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian are the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian is the official of Croatia, and Latvian is the official language of Latvia.
  • Currency used in Balkans: The Hungarian Forint (HUF) is used in Hungary, the Polish Złoty is used in Poland, the Euro (€) is used in Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia, the Serbian Dinar is used in Serbia, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is used in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian Lev (BGN) is used in Bosnia, and the Romanian Leu (RON) is used in Romania, and the Croatian Kuna (HRK) is used in Croatia.
  • Capital Cites: Warsaw (Portland), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Belgrade (Serbia), Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Vilnius (Lithuania), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zagreb (Croatia), and Riga (Latvia)
  • Time Zone(s) in Balkans: Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Bulgaria and Romania use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Eastern Europe passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Balkans
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Poland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F). Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common, especially in the eastern regions. Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter months during the summer. Poland's climate can vary across regions, with the Baltic coast experiencing maritime influences, while the southern areas have a more continental climate with greater temperature fluctuations.

Hungary has a temperate continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot, with average temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F), and occasional heatwaves can lead to higher temperatures. Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and frosty conditions are common. Spring and autumn offer mild and pleasant temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly more precipitation in the summer months. Hungary also experiences occasional thunderstorms during the summer season.

Slovakia has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm with temperatures averaging around 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, especially in the mountainous regions. Snowfall is common during the winter months, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) bring mild and pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 15°C (50 to 59°F). Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter summers. The mountainous terrain can influence local microclimates, with variations in temperature and precipitation across different regions of the country.

Serbia has a moderate continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing, especially in the northern regions. Snowfall is common during the winter months, particularly in the mountainous areas. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and moderate rainfall. The climate varies across the country due to its diverse geographical features, with the southern regions experiencing a more Mediterranean influence and the northern areas having a stronger continental climate.

Romania's climate is predominantly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snowfall in many regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and occasional rainfall. The Carpathian Mountains influence the climate, bringing cooler temperatures and more precipitation to the central and western parts of the country. The coastal regions along the Black Sea experience a more moderate maritime climate with milder winters and hotter summers compared to the inland areas.

Bulgaria has a diverse climate influenced by its location between the Black Sea and the Balkan Mountains. The climate is mainly continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Coastal regions have a milder maritime climate with cooler summers compared to the inland areas. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing, and snowfall is common, especially in the mountainous regions. Summers are generally dry and sunny, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The country experiences moderate precipitation, with more rain in the spring and autumn months.

Lithuania has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 16°C to 22°C (61°F to 72°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transition seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The country's proximity to the Baltic Sea moderates the climate, leading to milder winters and cooler summers compared to other inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can vary from year to year due to the influence of weather systems coming from both the sea and the continent.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a diverse climate due to its varied geography. In the northern regions, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters, experiencing occasional snowfall. In the southern areas, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The central regions have a mixture of these two climates. Spring and autumn are generally mild and pleasant throughout the country. Rainfall patterns vary, with more precipitation in the mountainous areas and less in the lowlands.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Latvia has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The proximity of the Baltic Sea influences the climate, leading to cooler summers and milder winters compared to inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can be variable and are affected by both maritime and continental air masses.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Susan Takach
Review date: Saturday, August 20, 2022
Service
My husband handled the booking of our trip. We found the travel specialist to be efficient and knowledgeable about the current travel restrictions and assisted us with booking our flights. Any and all questions we asked were answered or addressed in a timely fashion. We were very satisfied with all arrangements and would highly recommend Grand European Travel to our friends and family.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had an absolutely fabulous time exploring Bohemia! We're excited to hear your trip went so well. Thank you for letting us help you plan and book your vacation. Your positive comments are so appreciated. Thank you for recommending us to friends and family--that is the biggest compliment we could ask for. Take care!
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Vacation
This vacation was fabulous. We have not traveled anywhere for the last three years because of Covid. I was afraid to travel but felt safe and well cared for. Having the wellness specialist was a nice touch. Our tour guide Roderick is a gem. He was always available and truly did his best to see that everyone had a great time. All of the tour specialist in each town were remarkable with their knowledge and willingness to share all they knew. Their pride for their country was evident . I took notes every evening and plan to do a bit more research on all I’ve seen and witnessed.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Service
Tour director Steve Fowler was excellent! Organized, humorous and kept us all in line.
Vacation
Loved all the cities we went to. Some of the local guides were better than others. Some overwhelmed us with history while others talked more about day to day life which was more interesting as I had read up on the history.Most of the hotels were very good which makes a huge difference. Our tour director enhanced the trip and added to the enjoyment.The evening entertainments were all excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like it was a great trip overall. Thank you for sharing your feedback!
Friday, October 25, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Service
Overall the tour was great. Jon, and the driver did a excellent job. The dinner at Saxon Gardens in Warsaw, Poland was bad with both food and service. On our tour we had a husband and wife that brought their very large retarded son with them. The son was very disruptive and rude. Always interrupting tour guides with dumb comments and always, using his 300 plus size, to barge ahead of others in any line for any event. There should be some way to not have this type of behavior on an expensive tour. I don't know if you can do anything to screen against this type of behavior but thought you should know of this problem on our tour.
Vacation
This was not a vacation but a tour. Nothing relaxing about a tour. If I want a relaxing vacation I go on a cruise.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Service
The specialist was good in explaining available discounts. She also found a good choice for the airfare.
Vacation
From the hotels to the excursions, everything was of a high standard. The tour director was knowledgeable and courteous.
John Kirtley
Review date: Saturday, August 24, 2019
Service
Booking experience was fine. In reality, there was minimal contact with the Travel Specialist, and he was never available when I called back, but I always got my questions answered.
Vacation
The itinerary (choice of cities visited) was very good, but 2 nights per city was not enough for us. The staff (tour director and driver) were friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The motorcoach was clean and comfortable. The hotels were high quality, but some were located farther from the interesting sections than I would like, i.e., not within walking distance. Hotel location was the primary reason I picked Trafalgar over Cost Saver (and paid double in the process), so this was a bit disappointing. Local guides ranged from OK to outstanding. Biggest issue was communication, which should be improved. Optional tours were described in minimal detail and we were not told far in advance what time of day they covered and how they meshed with the included tours. Clearly, all this info was available to GET well in advance of departure - why not share it with the customers? Also, I had not expected to spend so many hours a day travelling between cities, although I suppose I could have researched this on my own. But lunch stops and rest stops were well-planned. Good experience overall, just need work on communicating daily schedule well in advance.
Judith Carmer
Review date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
Great service and friendly staff.
Vacation
The trip was wonderful and just what I hoped it would be.
Barbara Lutz
Review date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Service
Rob was very informative and helpful, and gave us lots of insights from his own experience on this same tour.
Vacation
Our travel director and driver were pleasant, professional and helpful. The local specialists were exceedingly knowledgeable and informative. I would suggest something like a flight-attendant call button or intercom on the bus so that we can ask questions of the travel director while en route as we pass interesting or unusual sights.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Fantastic idea! We will pass that on to our teams overseas. Thank you!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Service
The tour and the cities it covered was accurately described in the ad and covered professionally. We had comfortable transportation and high end accommodations.
Vacation
The price was great however, many excursions were added as extras!!
John Ruger
Review date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Service
The tour went like clockwork. I loved the hotel and meals. As a person who has celiac disease, I was apprehensive about the meals. The tour guide and the restaurants bent over backwards to prepare special meals.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That's wonderful to hear. We do try our best to accommodate our guests with special diet requirements and we're so happy that it worked out well for you. Thank you for choosing GET!
Friday, September 28, 2018
Vacation
Enjoyed the tour director and the local guides
Mary Frank
Review date: Saturday, July 21, 2018
Service
Everything went smoothly, from booking the trip, to calling them with questions about the trip.They were a pleasure to work with and I will surely book my next trip with Grand European.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It was our pleasure to help make this trip worry free for you. So happy you enjoyed it.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Vacation
From booking the trip to calling with questions about the trip, the people at Grand European were a pleasure to deal with.
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