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Highlights of Bohemia

15 Day Tour to Germany, Poland, Budapest & Vienna

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15 Days
6 Countries

Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic

12 Cities

Frankfurt, Berlin, Poznan, Warsaw, Kraków, Banská Bystrica, Budapest, Győr, Vienna, Brno, Prague, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

19 Meals

14 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

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The historic cultural hubs and colorful folklore of Bohemia take center stage on this 15-day encounter with Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. You’ll witness the triumph of the human spirit, explore the medieval history of enchanting towns, and uncover myths and legends of this multicultural crossroads.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Frankfurt

Don’t let the glass and steel skyscrapers deceive you. At its heart, Frankfurt’s high-powered business hub communes with a warm medieval center where half-timbered buildings and tiny taverns line cobbled lanes and the aroma of apple cider lingers around every turn. Here ‘Mainhattan’ meets medieval charm. This afternoon, your Travel Director will lead an orientation tour around the city’s dynamic financial center and medieval Römerberg. See the Römer, which has served as Frankfurt’s city hall since the 15th century and admire the architecture that has been lovingly restored after World War II.

The Eiserner Steg in Frankfurt, Germany

Day 2

Frankfurt – Berlin

Leaving the high-rises behind, you’ll journey across the North German Plain to the dynamic and energetic capital that is Berlin. This bold capital wears its grittiness for all to see – edgy street art adorns the city’s ever-evolving façades and street food markets reveal a cosmopolitan line-up of cultures and cuisines that make Berlin an exhilaratingly diverse city to explore. Consider this evening to join an Optional Experience with good food, wine, beer and music followed by a twilight tour of some of Berlin's beautiful illuminations.

TV Tower in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Amber Econtel Berlin-Charlottenburg
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Twilight dinner in Berlin, Germany
Berlin by Twilight with Dinner

Berlin in the evening is a city transformed! Explore the German capital as twilight descends, driving through the city streets to scope out impress...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Berlin sightseeing and free time

There's never a dull moment in Berlin. This city has endured more over the past century than most and yet you can almost feel its characteristic philosophy of ‘let the good times roll' as you see the many iconic sites on Unter den Linden. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city your way or join an Optional Experience to uncover the secrets of the city's World War II and Cold War past. You could even choose to venture beyond the city for a dinner of German specialties in the countryside.

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany
Accommodation Amber Econtel Berlin-Charlottenburg
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences View the Holocaust Memorial, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover the secrets of Berlin’s history on a guided tour of the city, led by our knowledgeable Local Specialist. Explore the significant Holocaust ...

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Optional Experiences

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

Admire the architecture of this vibrant city as we take a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, formerly used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centur...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Berlin – Poznań – Warsaw

Close the curtain on your spirited encounter with Berlin and head east into Poland. Stop first in Poznań, one of the oldest cities in Poland and birthplace of the Polish nation. View its colorful market square and town hall. Then head to Poland’s modern metropolis of Warsaw which has risen with all the invigorating spirit of a phoenix after a recent tragic past.

Statue of Saint Anne in Main Square of Warsaw, Poland
Accommodation Ibis Hotel Warsaw Centrum
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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, making this experience a must as you travel through the Polish city. This enchanting ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 5

Warsaw sightseeing and free time

This morning, perhaps enjoy an optional visit to the 17th-century Baroque Wilanów Palace, once the summer home of King Jan Sobieski III. Then, dive into Warsaw's turbulent past with a Local Guide. Your sightseeing tour across this historic capital will reveal how the resilient Poles rebuilt their city after the destruction of World War II. Among others you'll see St. John's Cathedral and the Royal Palace in the Old Town as well as the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. With the rest of the afternoon free to explore your way, why not embark on an exploration of the Praga-Północ district, one of Europe's coolest neighborhoods, including a visit to Poland's first vodka museum.

Street in Old Town in Warsaw, Poland
Accommodation Ibis Hotel Warsaw Centrum
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, Poland
Wilanow Palace

Join us for a tour of this splendid baroque palace, built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. With spectacular déc...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Praga walking tour and vodka museum in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Five Senses Tour

Journey to the bohemian district of Praga, voted among the 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe by the Independent, where our Local Specialist will s...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Explore Warsaw's historic and famous sites in Poland
Warsaw 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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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Warsaw – Auschwitz – Kraków

Today we travel south towards the former Royal Capital of Krakow. We pay our respects to the survivors and victims of the Holocaust by visiting the memorial site of the former concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Gate at Auschwitz, Poland
Accommodation Ibis Krakow Stare Miasto
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Kraków sightseeing and free time

Today is all about uncovering the legendary history of this beautiful city. You’ll kick things off with a sightseeing tour with your Local Guide who will share the thrilling tale of the city’s origins as you trace its medieval walls and see Wawel Castle where the dragon once roamed in its dungeons. You’ll have the rest of the day to yourself and perhaps you’d like to spend the afternoon wandering the UNESCO-listed Old Town, or choose an optional experience that would see you exploring the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mines, often referred to as the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland. This evening, why not enjoy a night out with an optional farmhouse dinner and Polka party where you'll swing around the dance floor after a meal of Polish specialties.

Market Square in Krakow, Poland
Accommodation Ibis Krakow Stare Miasto
Included Meals Breakfast
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

Take your tour of Krakow to the next level, immersing yourself in the authentic culture of Poland with an evening of lively music, dance and dinner...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Kraków – Budapest

Head south through Poland, then travel through the pastoral heart of Slovakia bound for Hungary. Your final destination is Budapest, which sits straddled on either side of the beautiful Danube – two halves shaped by a captivating mix of Magyar, German, Slav, Jewish, Roma and Turkish settlers that have made Budapest into the cultural capital it is today. Begin your exploration of this 'Pearl of the Danube' on the water with an optional scenic cruise on a private boat along the Danube. Against an enchanting illuminated backdrop, you'll enjoy a dinner of Hungarian specialties while you sail underneath the famous Chain Bridge and past Budapest's majestic Parliament building.

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Ibis Styles Budapest City
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise with dinner in Danube, Hungary
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube, with spectacular views of Budapest’s breathtaking cityscape. You’ll savor a tasty...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Budapest sightseeing and free time

Like all great capitals, Budapest's story begins with a legend, and your Local Guide will share all the exciting tales during your sightseeing. Then there's time to explore the 1000-year history of Budapest on your own or perhaps join an Optional Experience, including a goulash cooking demonstration, to the medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube.

Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Ibis Styles Budapest City
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Explore Szentendre in Budapest, Hungary
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Budapest – Győr – Vienna

All that glitters certainly is gold in Budapest. You'll see this first-hand during an optional visit to the Hungarian Parliament. The highlights of Bohemia just keep on coming as we continue our trip across the hilly landscapes of Transdanubia to Győr, a charming city which sits at the crossroads of Central Europe, midway between Budapest and Vienna. Wander the historic streets then continue across the Austrian border arriving in Vienna later today, a city where music literally surrounds you. 

Horse-Drawn Carriage in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Ibis Wien Mariahilf
Included Meals Breakfast
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

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Viennese Concert

Take in the classical sounds of Austria with a wonderful Viennese concert, where you'll enjoy the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performe...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Vienna sightseeing and free time

Meet your Local Guide, who will reveal the secrets and stories of this imperial city. See the Parliament, the Vienna Opera House, the Hofburg and the City Hall, before heading out on your own. It’s entirely up to you how to explore this musical capital of the world. You could spend hours wandering the streets when you visit Vienna, or perhaps take a guided trip to Schönbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Habsburgs, one of the most influential royal families of Europe. You'll need no excuse to embrace the locals' love of the good life as you indulge in the city's coffee house culture with a heavenly slice of Sachertorte to tame your chocoholic tendencies. This evening, the melodies of a musical Vienna are the order of the day if you join an optional dinner followed by a concert of Strauss and Mozart masterpieces.

Sacher Cake in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Ibis Wien Mariahilf
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Immerse yourself in the striking palatial rooms and gardens of the Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn, with a Local Guide to bring the historic r...

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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

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

As the cultural capital of Austria, Vienna is the home of unique travel experiences. Take your tour to the next level with dinner in an atmospheric...

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Optional Experiences

Day 12

Vienna – Brno – Prague

Today we’ll say goodbye to Vienna's enchanting symphony and travel north to the Czech Republic on your Bohemia value tour. First stop is the medieval town of Brno and we'll pass through gorgeous green and gold landscapes, before arriving in Prague later today. The City of a Hundred Spires shines even brighter at night, so it’s only fitting to join an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city. Hit the town and try a local brew to quench your thirst, discovering the dry-hopped goodness for which Prague is renowned.

Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square Prague
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Evening Panorama

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

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 13

Prague sightseeing and free time

While the rest of Europe's capitals smouldered, Prague was saved from a similar fate during World War II. You'll see why when you head out on a sightseeing tour with your Local Guide, with stops to see highlights including Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the Old Town Square. With the rest of the afternoon free to explore Prague your way, why not see other beautiful sides of the city from the water, with an optional lunch cruise along the Vltava that will reveal the legends, myths and hidden secrets of this enchanting city.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square Prague
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Cruise on River Vltava in Prague, Czech Republic
Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Step inside a hidden world of scintillating secrets, legends and myths of Prague with a relaxing cruise on the River Vltava. Offering insight to en...

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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

Top your day off with an evening of great food and music, with an evening out in one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 14

Prague – Rothenburg – Frankfurt

Take a step back in time during your stop in Rothenburg ob der Tauber along Bavaria’s Romantic Road this morning. Your orientation tour will reveal an exquisite medieval center encircled by a fortified town wall that was built in the 13th century. Continue to Frankfurt, where we will enjoy a final toast and a farewell dinner to reminisce over an epic journey across the Bohemian countryside and capital cities.

Little Square in Rothenburg, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15

Depart Frankfurt

Great empires created the enchanting land which you’ve explored over the past 15 days. You’ve encountered legends, tales of bravery and unforgettable masterpieces that span the centuries. All that’s left is to bid your new friends a fond farewell as you prepare to close the curtain on an exhilarating encounter with Central Europe. 

Fountain of Justice in Frankfurt, Germany
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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 by Twilight with Dinner

Berlin in the evening is a city transformed! Explore the German capital as twilight descends, driving through the city streets to scope out impress...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

Uncover the secrets of Berlin’s history on a guided tour of the city, led by our knowledgeable Local Specialist. Explore the significant Holocaust ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Lake District Dinner

Admire the architecture of this vibrant city as we take a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, formerly used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centur...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand, making this experience a must as you travel through the Polish city. This enchanting ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wilanow Palace

Join us for a tour of this splendid baroque palace, built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. With spectacular déc...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Warsaw Five Senses Tour

Journey to the bohemian district of Praga, voted among the 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe by the Independent, where our Local Specialist will s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Warsaw 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
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

Take your tour of Krakow to the next level, immersing yourself in the authentic culture of Poland with an evening of lively music, dance and dinner...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube, with spectacular views of Budapest’s breathtaking cityscape. You’ll savor a tasty...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ...

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
Viennese Concert

Take in the classical sounds of Austria with a wonderful Viennese concert, where you'll enjoy the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performe...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

Immerse yourself in the striking palatial rooms and gardens of the Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn, with a Local Guide to bring the historic r...

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
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

As the cultural capital of Austria, Vienna is the home of unique travel experiences. Take your tour to the next level with dinner in an atmospheric...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Prague Evening Panorama

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

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

Step inside a hidden world of scintillating secrets, legends and myths of Prague with a relaxing cruise on the River Vltava. Offering insight to en...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner In Prague

Top your day off with an evening of great food and music, with an evening out in one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to ...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Multi DE/CZ/AT/HU/PL

  • Official Language(s) across Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland: Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, German is the official language of Germany, Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic, Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, Polish is the official language of Poland
  • Currency used in Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Netherlands and Germany, the Czech Koruna is the currency used in the Czech Republic, Hungarian Forint is used in Hungary, and the Polish Złoty is used in Poland
  • Capital City: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Berlin (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), and Warsaw (Poland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland 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 Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland
  • 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.

The weather in the Netherlands is influenced by its maritime location and prevailing westerly winds. It experiences mild, wet winters with temperatures averaging around 2-6°C (36-43°F) and cool summers with temperatures averaging around 17-20°C (63-68°F). Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly drier months in spring and early autumn. The coastal areas are often slightly milder than inland regions due to the moderating effect of the North Sea. The country occasionally experiences strong winds and storms during the winter months, with the possibility of snowfall, particularly in the eastern regions.

Germany experiences a temperate seasonal climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°C (68° to 86°F). Winters can be cold, especially in the northern and eastern regions, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and occasional snowfall. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, although the summer months tend to be wetter. The coastal areas, such as Hamburg and Bremen, have a maritime climate with milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland regions.

The Czech Republic has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally warm, with average temperatures around 20-25°C (68-77°F), but can sometimes reach higher. Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common. 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. The climate can vary across the country due to its diverse topography, with the western regions being generally milder and wetter, while the eastern areas experience more continental influences.

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.

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.

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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Glenn Dobos
Review date: Saturday, July 22, 2023
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THE TOUR GUIDE MADE THE TRIP HE WAS EXCELLENT AND THE DRIVER WAS VERY SAFE
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THE ROOMSS WERE VERY SMAKK
Pablo Torres
Review date: Wednesday, July 19, 2023
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Covid Deferred travel
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History, Culture, food and optional experiences were great. Met new friends!
Nancy Jones
Review date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
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I had no problem booking my reservation and air flights with Grand European Travel. However, it wasn’t until I got there that I found out I was actually on a Cost Saver tour. That should have been made clear to me, but it wasn’t.
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Our tour director, Rob Early, made this tour so much extra special. In addition, we saw beautiful, exciting iconic places such as the Berlin Wall, Auschwitz, Warsaw, Budapest, and other places. We had fantastic entertainment in places like Vienna. It was a wonderful tour.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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I would recommend the Costsaver trip to others. We had a great group of people, saw a lot of countries, and had an overall wonderful experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your Bohemian Highlights tour. It sounds like you had a fun group of fellow travelers! Thanks for letting us help you plan and book your vacation. We appreciate your feedback. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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I loved the trip and had a great experience. The only downfall was the number of hours spent on the bus. I knew it would be that way because we were crunching so many countries into so few days. We had a great guide and wonderful, lively, humorous people with us on the trip!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022
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We originally booked this trip in 2020, but due to covid, we didn't get to go until 2022. We dealt with two or three people who were all helpful available, even when working from home.
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We missed 1 1/2 days, and the weather was very cool and wet.
Sydney Hummer
Review date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
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I had perfect customer service from all the agents I talked to. They very informative and professional.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for letting us know you had "perfect customer service" from our Travel Specialists. That is our number one goal, so we are glad you had a great experience with them. It sounds like your trip to Bohemia was exceptional--so thrilled to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your kind words!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
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The cities and experiences I visited were fabulous. The guides were so knowledgeable and knew their history. Loved the whole experience.
Deborah Pascua
Review date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
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Booking experience was seamless Tour guide Sarah was perfection Trip details superb considering right after a pandemic
Response from Grand European Travel:
Well, you can't beat every day being memorable and spectacular! It sounds like your Bohemia trip was amazing. We are so glad to hear that! Thank you for your kind words and awesome photos. We truly appreciate your feedback. Take care!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
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One of the most amazing vacations ever! Everyday was memorable and spectacular!
Gabriel Mora
Review date: Saturday, July 2, 2022
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The customer service specialist was very accurate and responded all our questions in a professional way
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great time exploring many cities on this Highlights of Bohemia tour. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and so happy to have helped you plan it. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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Warsaw, Budapest, Viena, Prague and Berlin are just soectacular
Sandra
Review date: Sunday, June 12, 2022
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Everyone we talked to was knowledgeable and professional. They were patient with our endless questions and listened to our concerns. Transition between agents was flawless (although we really liked working with Michelle best maybe because she was our original contact and we talked with her several times).
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to have helped you plan your Highlights of Bohemia trip (and we think Michelle is quite a gem, too)! Eastern Europe is filled with so much unique history, we are glad you enjoyed learning about it. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your kind words. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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We have never been to Eastern Europe before. This trip gave us a wonderful taste of so many wonderful cities. I also appreciate that they didn’t shy away from their sad horrific past either.
Jane Gorli
Review date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Alyssa Rucker was my agent when I telephoned to book the Bohemia Highlights tour for my husband, myself and another couple. She made the entire process seamless.
Vacation
Our tour director Maria Holzamer was so much fun, efficient, and knowledgeable. The additional experiences made our cost saver tour enriched and she added to the entire experience with personal touches like recreating the spy swap on the bridge near Potsdam, showing us the movie The Bridge of Spys, recounting the history of every spot we toured, etc. I also thought our hotels were completely adequate and comfortable. My husband and I enjoyed every meal we ate on the trip and we are cooks and are used to good cuisine. We will definitely book with Cost Saver again and try to have Maria as a tour director again. We appreciated her intelligence, efficiency, and humor.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your memories! We are so happy to hear about how much you enjoyed your trip and that you are already looking forward to the next one.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
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