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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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17 Days from $3,353 per person
Danube River bridge and Parliament Building at dusk, Budapest, Hungary

Countries Visited

Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic ...more Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic

Locations Visited

Vienna, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Bratislava, Warsaw, Auschwitz, Berlin, Pozna, Prague, Tabor ...more Vienna, Bled, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Bratislava, Warsaw, Auschwitz, Berlin, Pozna, Prague, Tabor
  1. Day 1 Arrive Vienna

    Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launch pad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After checking in, join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Town Vienna, revealing insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and the beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront
  2. Day 2 Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)

    We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains and into the lush green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake's edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Park
  3. Day 3 Lake Bled Free Day

    Spend the day at your leisure, up the romantic atmosphere of this Alpine lake setting. Perhaps take a boat ride along the lake's tranquil waters, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)

    We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and 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 travel to its capital, Zagreb - our home for the next two nights. You'll have a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel International
  5. Day 5 Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time

    Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb's scenic cityscape, to this day lit by gas lamps in the Upper Town. 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, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day on your own, paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)

    Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and affectionately known by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest - our home for the next two nights. Perhaps, sail along the Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Danubius Margitsziget
  7. Day 7 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time

    Today, we join a 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour of the Castle district to admire picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes who formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we meet the Schieszl family and 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  8. Day 8 Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków (2 Nights)

    The exquisite natural landscape of Slovakia provides a scenic backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wódka Bar.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Qubus
  9. Day 9 Kraków Sightseeing and Free Time

    A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning 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 with a visit to the Mariacki Church and view of the Cloth Hall. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or consider visiting a traditional milk bar. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Kraków – Auschwitz – Częstochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)

    Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Travelling to Jasna Góra Monastery, we 'Dive Into Culture' and rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who have journeyed to the famous shrine for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw, where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Leonardo Royal
  11. Day 11 Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time

    Connect with the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning, we join a 'Local Specialist' visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the Warsaw Uprising. You'll also see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film - The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own, or celebrate the talents of Chopin during a private recital of Chopin's works.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Warsaw – Berlin (2 Nights)

    Journey across Poland's patchwork countryside along the Autostrada Wolnośki (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Continue west into Germany and arrive in Berlin, a capital city with an enviable youthful verve and charisma. Here you'll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the city your way.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz
  13. Day 13 Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

    Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you witness spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Then join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour through the city's great landmarks, including the Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover Berlin's turbulent past.

    meals Breakfast
  14. Day 14 Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)

    Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden - its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you stroll through its streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in glorious Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Vienna House Diplomat
  15. Day 15 Prague Sightseeing and Free Time

    Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the ancient streets of Prague with your 'Local Specialist' who will share insights into the city's centuries-old history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th-century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax. Perhaps indulge with some delicious sweet pastry Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admire the view from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.

    meals Breakfast
  16. Day 16 Prague – Tábor – Vienna

    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 with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront
  17. Day 17 Depart Vienna

    Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through eastern Europe. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Eastern Europe
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 16 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Dresden
  • VISIT Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Góra Monastery, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor
  • VIEW Lake Balaton

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Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Service
The booking was easy and met our expectations.
Vacation
The tour guide and bus driver were excellent. Both were very professional. The guide was very knowledgeable and was helpful to all the clients by answering questions and taking care of the day to day issues.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Service
Would travel with them again. Would recommend to others. Most included dinners were less than average. The wines were terrible. Extra excursions were way over priced.
Vacation
Price was a bit high for a large group type travel.
Thomas Bubp
Monday, September 3, 2018
Service
We had some very great experiences. Food and hotels were just average. Pace of walking was too fast for many people. We are concerned about the optional experiences. On one day we had no covered experiences but 2 optional. Too many options and too expensive.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. These trips are designed to have a balance between free time or optional excursions to allow guests to customize their overall experience. We are sorry you felt that there was not enough included in your package. We do hope that overall you enjoyed the trip.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Vacation
Food and hotels were average. We had some very good experiences on the trip. Pace of walking was too fast. Too many options. On one day we had no included experience but two options.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Service
if it was just booking the tour and receiving all daocuments it was excellent
Vacation
the cost off taking all optional tours greatly increased the price
Floyd Taylor
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Service
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.
Catherine Munro
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Service
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.
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