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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Budapest & The Danube
Tour Style: First Class
18 Days from $3,285 per person

Eastern Europe reveals its colorful side on this elaborate encounter with familiar favorites and lesser known gems like Slovenia's Lake Bled and the charming Polish city of Poznan. Explore ‘east' and ‘west' in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea and pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna. On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, Am Hof Square and the beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral in the company of a Local Specialist. This evening we join our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting vacation.

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    hotel:Hilton Danube
  3. Journey through the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the lush green hills of Slovenia, arriving later in Lake Bled. This evening, we dine at our hotel.
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    hotel:Park
  4. Spend the day at leisure soaking up the romantic atmosphere of this alpine lake setting. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.
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  5. We arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle. We cross into Croatia and arrive in its capital, Zagreb.
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    hotel:The Westin
  6. Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb's charming cobblestone lanes and squares, to this day lit by gas lamps. Join a Local Specialist who will share the landmarks of the city's lower and upper town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church.
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  7. Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest – our home for the next two nights.
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    hotel:Danubius Margitsziget
  8. Today we join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of the Castle district, admiring picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Later, we join the Schieszl family for a traditional Be My Guest dinner and hear the story of their winery which once sheltered a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution.
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  9. The pristine natural landscape of Slovakia provides a picturesque backdrop for our journey to Poland. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków where we enjoy time at leisure.
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    hotel:Qubus
  10. We amble through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our Local Specialist for views of the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill. Our walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon exploring the city or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine. This evening, we dine at our hotel
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  11. Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Traveling to Jasna Gora Monastery, we see the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw where we will dine tonight at our hotel.
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    hotel:Leonardo Royal
  12. This morning we join a Local Specialist visiting the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights.
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  13. Cross Poland's patchwork countryside to the charming city of Poznań – its Old Town Square a riot of colorful façades rebuilt after the devastation of World War II. View the Renaissance town hall and see the city's impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, a capital city with enviable youthful verve and charisma.
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    hotel:Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz
  14. Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the city's great landmarks, including the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building. Spend the afternoon at leisure or join an Optional Experience to discover the turbulent past of this magnificent city.
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  15. Travel through the picturesque Spreewald Forest to Dresden where you'll hear about the city's restoration during your orientation tour as you amble through its charming streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We arrive later in the glorious fairy-tale city of Prague. Spend your first evening savouring hearty Czech flavors during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
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    hotel:Andels by Vienna House
  16. Walk through the cobblestone streets of Prague with your Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's fascinating history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax.
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  17. Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of Southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later we travel to the Imperial city of Vienna, where we'll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together.
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    hotel:Hilton Danube
  18. Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through Eastern Europe. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am and 9.30am. Conditions apply.

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Single Room Supplement: from $820 p.p.

Triple Room Discount: $40 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $165 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.

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Meal Summary

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

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

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

Cultural Insight

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

Local Specialist

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

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague
  • Orientation of Dresden
  • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora Monastery, Poznan in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, Tábor
  • View Lake Balaton - central Europe's largest lake

Reviews

Thursday, November 9, 2017
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Service rating : Our tour guide, Petula, was incredible. We had 2 mishaps and she helped solve both. One was tragic with lost passports, credit cards and money. She did all the work to insure that they had been found and helped us by getting us on a train back to the city where they had been lost. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and extras made this one of our favorite trips. My only complaint is that not enough time was given in the Atlanta airport to transfer. We only had 2 hours. The only reason we made our connection by literally minutes, was because I begged probably over 100 people in line if we could go ahead of them. The airport personal could have cared less. Not your fault but in the future I will opt for a later fight to avoid the trauma. We loved everything we did on the extra tours and really loved Petula Shaw-Dennis.
Vacation : Time was well thought out with free time vs. scheduled time. Extras were well worth it. We were tired but felt like our time was used to the max.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Service rating : this was my 10th trip with GEtours and before I left for this vacation I booked my 11th trip. everything they do from the booking to dropping us off at the airport at the end of the trip is excellent. The hotels are amazing with all the amenities, close to the center city so you are able to walk to the attractions. The dinners outdo each other, they show food that is what the locals eat and plenty of it, nobody went home with an empty stomach. the tour director on this trip was Carolyn, she knew her stuff, had a great personality and added many extras. The driver, Soltan, got us there safely and on time, he was always there when we came out of an attraction. The local tour guides were very informative. I have no complaints, I call I book my trip and they take care of everything, I don't have to worry about anything. Thank You
Vacation : This was a trip that I was not planning on going on, but I am glad I did, i saw things I would never have thought to see, very historical to remind us of these countries history. It showed what exactly did happen back then.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, and Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

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 the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.

Dinner And Berlin By Night

Tonight, join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

Bled

Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional "Pletna" boat across the lake. We'll visit the Church of St. Mary's with its wishing bell and then visit 1,000-year-old Bled Castle to explore its ancient interior and experience spectacular aerial views of the region.

Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj

A half-day visit with our Local Specialist to Slovenia’s largest glacier lake. We'll see mountain villages and photo-worthy vistas along the way before taking a cable car up Mt Vogel (1600mt/ 5200f) for spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. We'll continue along the shores of Lake Bohinj, where we'll admire the stunning views and see the 13th-Century frescoes of St John's Church.

Postojna Caves Experience

Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this UNESCO World Heritage site is visited by thousands every year. During your 90 minute guided tour, you’ll travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot.

Budapest

Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You’ll savor a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialties with drinks included and see Budapest's spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname 'The Paris of the East'.

Wonders Of Budapest

Immerse yourself in the wonders of this spectacular city. Enjoy a tour of the magnificent Hungarian Parliament building and spend time visiting the ornate St Stephen’s Basilica. Then, a light lunch at the world-famous Gundel Restaurant to refuel with soup, pancakes & a drink before we complete our Budapest exploration with a visit to the amazing Market Hall to shop for Hungarian embroidery and paprika.

Krakow

Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration

Visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and setting of this 800-year old salt mine. See chambers, chapels and even salt chandeliers as we follow our guide 135 m (440 ft) underground.

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 Polish specialties and beverages at our specially-selected venue.

Prague

Beautiful Prague By Night

Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by tram or mini-bus and with a little strolling. You’ll discover the magical Charles Bridge, enjoy a drink in one of the old town’s quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, journey through the Old Town and gaze at the panoramic views of the city.

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 city. During the cruise you’ll enjoy a lunch of local specialties.

Vienna

Viennese Concert

You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval.

Warsaw

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 you’ll see the collection of royal furniture, portraits and china that forms part of the National Museum, and discover the Museum of the Polish Poster in the palace grounds.

Chopin’s Warsaw

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s old summer palaces, if available, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.

Zagreb

Kumrovec with Food and Drinks

A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll see his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later, share a meal of delicious regional specialties in a picturesque restaurant with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

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