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Highlights of Eastern Europe (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

14 Days from $3,353 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Aerial view of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Budapest, Oravsky Podzamok, Kraków, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Częstochowa, Warsaw, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Ceske Budejovice, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna ...more Budapest, Oravsky Podzamok, Kraków, Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Częstochowa, Warsaw, Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Ceske Budejovice, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Budapest

    On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:30.Join your Travel Director at 18:00 and travel to a local restaurant. Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialities, accompanied by specially selected wine.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest., Hilton Budapest.
  2. Day 2 Delve into Budapest Relaxed Start

    Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert. Enjoy a tour of the Liszt Music Academy with a student, followed by an enchanting recital. The university was founded by the piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt in 1875.In the evening, perhaps choose an Optional Experience to see this fairy-tale city as you cruise along the Danube and enjoy a meal of Hungarian specialties, served with drinks?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
  3. Day 3 The Mountains to Kraków

    Take a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses. Stop at scenic Donovaly. Continue north to see the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before crossing into Poland and continuing to historic Kraków.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto.
  4. Day 4 The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków Relaxed Start

    Join a Local Expert to ascend Wawel Hill and visit the cathedral. Walk past the former residence of Pope John Paul II through the Old Town, to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall and visit the 14th-century St. Mary's Basilica, the most important church in the city. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower.This afternoon, why not join an Optional Experience and journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines? In a maze of tunnels deep below the surface, witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt by the miners. Alternatively, enjoy time at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto.
  5. Day 5 Auschwitz and Częstochowa

    Join a Local Expert at Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz, infamous for its role during the Holocaust. Spend reflective moments amid the remains of the concentration camp and the memorials to those who died. Travel north to Częstochowa to visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous for the Black Madonna, said to have been painted by St. Luke. Continue across the Polish plains to the country’s capital, Warsaw for the night. Dumplings are an Eastern European tradition, so in the evening enjoy a dumpling demonstration and delightful Highlight Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The Westin Warsaw.
  6. Day 6 The Polish Capital of Warsaw Relaxed Start

    Join a Local Expert in the morning to see the Old Town, Royal Castle and Palace of Culture. Visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park.Pay your respects at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes and then enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps attend a Chopin recital or delve into Warsaw's inspirational past?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Westin Warsaw.
  7. Day 7 Wielkopolska to Berlin

    Your route leads westward, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, over the Oder River to enter Germany. Your destination is the vibrant capital of Berlin where you can try traditional Berliner cuisine.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin.
  8. Day 8 The Spirit of Berlin Relaxed Start

    Prepare to embrace the rejuvenated spirit of Berlin. Join a Local Expert for a drive through the leafy Tiergarten to the refurbished Reichstag building and see the Brandenburg Gate. On the eastern side, take the Unter den Linden past the State Opera House to Museum Island.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin.
  9. Day 9 Dresden and Golden Prague

    Journey south to Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by horrific air raids in 1945, Dresden has now risen again from the ashes in a blend of old and new. See the reconstructed Frauenkirche and walk past the colossal ‘Procession of the Princes' on the wall of the Royal Palace. Explore around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered facades of the opera house and the Baroque Zwinger Palace. After free time for lunch, head for the Czech border, high in the Ore Mountains and continue to the capital city of Prague.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  10. Day 10 Prague, City of a Hundred Spires

    Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to walk the courtyards of the Castle and visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral. Alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the Jewish Quarter and learn about a different side of the history of Prague.The city is then yours to explore. Perhaps walk in the footsteps of kings along the Royal Route? Czechs are passionate about their beer, so be sure to try the local pilsners, alongside the Czech cuisine.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  11. Day 11 Bohemian Český Krumlov Relaxed Start

    A journey through the green Bohemian countryside will bring you to České Budějovice. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery to sample the beer and discover the secrets of how this golden vintage is made. Continue on to Český Krumlov, a picturesque medieval town nestled on the banks of the Vltava. Walk the narrow cobbled streets and arch-covered footpaths, past colourful townhouses and centuries-old inns. With a Local Expert, visit the fairy-tale, red-roofed castle, considered by many to be the finest in the land. After the day trippers have left, soak up the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site at a local restaurant. Enjoy a traditional Czech Highlight Dinner of local specialities.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Old Inn, Český Krumlov.
  12. Day 12 Stately Vienna Relaxed Start

    Cross the border into Austria and enjoy a delightful journey to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital and later why not enjoy a delightful Austrian meal with the option to dine at a country mansion?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Vienna Park.
  13. Day 13 The Habsburgs of Vienna

    Vienna owes much of its present-day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then, take some great photos on a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and Sachertorte or alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during an inclusive workshop and take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare with drinks at a local restaurant, before sitting down to an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Vienna Park.
  14. Day 14 Depart Vienna

    A transfer arrives at Vienna airport at 08:00.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 6 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Prague: Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.
  • Prague: Visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Vienna: Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Unique to Insight Guests, ‘Dancing without Barriers’ takes place in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, and will be a unique experience for all your senses. This specifically designed workshop focuses on inclusion and education around the topic of visual impairment. Through their foundation the organisation supports children from disadvantaged family and children with a visual impairment. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialties of coffee and sachertorte.
  • Vienna: Visit a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • : If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Warsaw: Enjoy a demonstration of the traditional techniques of dumpling-making with an expert chef. Then enjoy a hearty Polish Highlight Dinner with a variety of local delicacies and drinks.
  • Ceske Budejovice: Tour a local brewery to discover the secrets of how the golden vintage of beer is made, followed by a sampling.
  • Cesky Krumlov: For your Dine-Around Evening, choose your own style of ambience and cuisine from a fine selection of restaurants in the atmospheric centre.
  • Vienna: Visit a traditional coffeehouse to enjoy Viennese specialities of coffee and Sachertorte.
  • Vienna: Your Imperial Viennese Celebration Dinner is regal splendour on a plate. Enjoy a delicious traditional meal with drinks at a local restaurant, before a concert of classical music that pays homage to the genius of Strauss and Mozart.

Insight Experiences

  • Budapest: Enjoy a tour of the Liszt Music Academy with a student, followed by an enchanting recital. Producing incredible musical talent, the university was founded by piano virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt in 1875.

Make Travel Matter

  • Vienna: Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Unique to Insight Guests, ‘Dancing without Barriers’ takes place in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, and will be a unique experience for all your senses. This specifically designed workshop focuses on inclusion and education around the topic of visual impairment. Through their foundation the organisation supports children from disadvantaged family and children with a visual impairment. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities. Alternatively, visit a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialties of coffee and sachertorte.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Budapest: Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert.
  • Kraków: The medieval heart of Krakow is rich in legend, a kind of Polish Camelot. Join your Local Expert for an in-depth exploration of this historic Holy Grail.Cross the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz to Podgórze and see the Ghetto Square.
  • Kraków: Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.
  • Kraków: Visit the 14th-century St. Mary's Basilica, the most important church in the city.
  • Auschwitz: Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert. See the Auschwitz memorial and museum and stop at Birkenau, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.
  • Częstochowa: Visit the 14th century Monastery of Jasna Góra, famous for the Black Madonna supposedly to have been painted by St. Luke.
  • Warsaw: Your Local Expert will show you the city's highlights. 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.
  • Berlin: You Local Expert provides a tour of this vibrant city. Drive along the Ku'Damm, passing the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and through Tiergarten to the Reichstag building. See the Brandenburg Gate, State Opera House and visit Alexanderplatz.
  • Dresden: During your orientation with your Travel Director, take a moment to admire the 'Procession of the Princes' mosaic on the Saxon wall of the castle. You'll also see Frauenkirche, Zwinger Palace and the opera house, Semperoper.
  • Prague: Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.
  • Prague: Visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.
  • Cesky Krumlov: Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.
  • Cesky Krumlov: Visit the fairytale castle considered to be the finest in the land. Let a Local Expert lead you through a medieval labyrinth of private chambers, courtyards, kitchens and dungeons of the castle, so rich in history.
  • Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.
  • Vienna: Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Expert reveals why this is the historic core of the city. You will also tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.

Travel Director

  • : "One thing I really love about showing guests Eastern Europe is the rich history and culture of places that have previously been impossible to visit due to political situations."

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

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Trusted Customer
Friday, September 30, 2022
Service
I would buy through them again. All my questions were answered through phone calls. They kept me well informed through emails on all the the information pertaining to our trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow! It sounds like you had an awesome time experiencing Eastern Europe. We truly appreciate your business and would love to help you plan and book your next adventure. Thank you for leaving a review. It's great to hear about your booking experience as well as your time on tour. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Excurions with the local guide was very informative. The different foods we had from the countries we were in was great. Sight seeing of the different cities we visited was awesome.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Service
They are always willing to help. Our flight was delayed and our travel guide was so helpful imaking sure our transfer person was contacted and notified of our late arrival. They are also always willing to answer any questions or concerns we may have had.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to hear your trip to Eastern Europe went so well. It sounds like you had a great time and will have lasting memories. We would love to help you plan and book your next adventure when you are ready to travel again. Thank you for leaving your feedback. We appreciate it!
Monday, September 26, 2022
Vacation
We did the Eastern Europe Trip and it was amazing.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Very thorough. Attention to all aspects of our vacation. Good follow up
Vacation
Enjoyed ourselves. Very good travel guide and knowledgeable. Few little quirks but nothing that wasn’t fixable. We are flexible
Guy Harkness
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Service
Michelle Gumringer is/was outstanding.
Vacation
Tour Director, Irina Cerar was outstanding, & the entire itinerary was fantastic.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad that you enjoyed Eastern Europe. Thank you for your comments and your business which we greatly appreciate!
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 30, 2019
Service
It is possible, depends about longer and better included .
Vacation
Because of the very short and not good included sightseeing !
Trusted Customer
Friday, August 2, 2019
Service
Easy and flexible; very good communication.
Vacation
Excellent on all counts: knowledgeable, personable, helpful tour director; very good accommodations in good locations; excellent coverage of the region and major sights in each location; knowledgeable local guides; interesting dining with a local flavor; nice range of optional experiences.
Trusted Customer
Friday, May 3, 2019
Service
Our experience was wonderful and seamless. We would travel with them again.
Vacation
Loved seeing all the sites and learning history.
Trusted Customer
Monday, October 22, 2018
Service
Very satisfied with the assistance I received when booking this particular trip. This was my fourth booking with Grand European Travel. I have recommended Grand European to my friends/acquaintances.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your comments, recommendation and loyalty! We are delighted that you enjoyed your Highlights of Eastern Europe tour. It is such an interesting part of the world with so much history. We look forward to helping you plan and book your 5th Grand European vacation!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
Great Tour Director. Enjoyed every location scheduled, especially Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.
Patricia Mott
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Service
I enjoyed the tour. The accommodations were excellent, and the trip was very good. I wish I had known how many miles we were going to cover. Sharon T. was a excellent tour director. She was very caring, and had to deal with several unusual situations.
Vacation
It was a premium tour, so I guess the cost goes with that even though it was costly. Also additional dinners I felt were a bit expensive.
William Stewart
Friday, May 18, 2018
Service
Our travel agent was careless, unresponsive and not very thorough. We will never work with her again if we can help it.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are terribly sorry to hear about your experience. It looks like you were part of a large group traveling together and we tried to make sure everyone's needs were attended to.  Please accept our apologies for falling short of your expectations.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Vacation
Our tour director (Sharon) and bus driver (Joe) were excellent, as were the tours and accommodations during the entire trip.
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