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Highlights of Eastern Europe (Premium)

14 Days from $3,308 per person

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Discover the majestic cities of the east and explore the medieval charms and tumultuous history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Discover the majestic cities of the east and explore the medieval charms and tumultuous history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm. Join your Travel Director in the evening and travel to the famous and elegant Gundel Restaurant. Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wine. 

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Corinthia Hotel
  2. Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert. Admire the façade of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion. Atop Gellért Hill, appreciate astounding views presided over by the Liberty Statue and visit Heroes’ Square in Pest. The rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Corinthia Hotel
  3. Travel through Slovakia, passing the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains. Stop at Donovaly, known as the Slovakian St. Moritz. Continue north to see Oravský Hrad Castle before continuing to historic Kraków.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Mercure Krakow Stare Miastro
  4. Join a Local Expert to explore Kraków and ascend Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral. Walk through the Old Town to Europe’s largest and most beautiful town square and see the medieval Cloth Hall. Visit the 14th-century St. Mary’s Basilica. Then enjoy free time to explore.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Mercure Krakow Stare Miastro
  5. Join a Local Expert for a visit to 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. Continue across the Polish plains to the country’s capital, Warsaw. Enjoy a dumpling demonstration and tasting at Zapiecek restaurant in the Old Town. You are treated to a delicious Highlight Dinner of local dishes.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Westin Warsaw
  6. 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 Heroes of Warsaw and then enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps attend a Chopin recital or delve into Warsaw’s communist past.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Westin Warsaw
  7. Your route leads westward, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, past Poznań and over the Oder River to enter Germany. Your destination is the vibrant capital of Berlin.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie
  8. Join a Local Expert for a drive along the Ku’Damm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Continue 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. Spend the afternoon at leisure.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie
  9. In Dresden, see the reconstructed Frauenkirche and walk past the 'Procession of the Dukes' on the wall of the Royal Palace. Venture around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered façades of the opera house, Semperoper, and the Baroque Zwinger Palace. Continue on to Prague.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Lindner Hotel Prague Castle
  10. A Local Expert will show you the amazing St. Vitus Cathedral inside the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle. Cross the Vltava River to explore the vast cobblestoned expanse of the Old Town Square and see its famous Astronomical Clock.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Lindner Hotel Prague Castle
  11. At 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 the medieval town of Český Krumlov to walk the narrow, cobbled streets and arch-covered footpaths and visit the fairy-tale, red-roofed castle with your Local Expert. After the day-trippers have left, soak up the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on your Dine-Around Evening. You will be offered a selection of restaurants amid the tangle of streets.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Old Inn
  12. Cross the border into Austria and enjoy a delightful journey to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Vienna
  13. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Take some great photos on a circuit of the famous Ring Road that showcases architectural masterpieces, such as the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. Experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare, with drinks included.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hilton Vienna
  14. A transfer arrives at Vienna airport at 8 am and continues to Budapest airport, arriving early afternoon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Single Room Supplement: from $1,080 per person

Triple Room Supplement $120 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $162 per person

Airport transfers: On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport transfers will operate at 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm. A return transfer will arrive at Vienna airport at 8 am and continue to Budapest airport, arriving early afternoon.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Included Quality Dining

13 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee. 

Insight Experiences

  • 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

Top Rated Highlights

  • Visit Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica in Kraków • Auschwitz • Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa • St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague • Český Krumlov Castle • Schönbrunn Palace
  • City tours of Budapest, Kraków, Warsaw, Berlin, Prague and Vienna, all with Local Experts.
  • See Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion, Hungarian Parliament Building and the Liberty Statue in Budapest • Jagiellonian University, Old Town and Sukiennice Cloth Hall in Kraków • Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and Chopin Memorial Warsaw • Tiergarten, Reichstag building and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin • 'Procession of the Dukes' mosaic on Dresden Castle, Zwinger Palace and opera house in Dresden • Prague Castle, Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock in Prague • Český Krumlov • Hofburg Imperial Residence and Opera House in Vienna
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Reviews

Monday, October 22, 2018
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Service rating : 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
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Service rating : 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
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Service rating : Our travel agent was careless, unresponsive and not very thorough. We will never work with her again if we can help it.
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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.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Ginny Carpenter
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Service rating : All hotels and transportation was good
Vacation : Great trip and great tour guide
Friday, October 20, 2017
Leah Gibbs
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Service rating : Generally well-organized and efficient. One day was too long (Krakow to Warsaw, with dinner before hotel). Too long a day. Change the dinner. Need the guides to wait until all passengers have gotten off the bus before they start walking and talking. It's slower getting off the back, and those people are left to catch up the entire time.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions.  We will be sure to pass them on to the planning team at Insight Vacations.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Vacation : I'm generally not a fan of add-on dinners with entertainment. The piano concert in Warsaw and the final night in Vienna were good.
Friday, October 6, 2017
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Service rating : The insight tour director was excellent. He was informative and had a good sense of humor.
Vacation : The tour director Brian Ridley was excellent the hotels very good and optional ex. very good overall .enjoyed everything including injuring my foot dancing ! and having to hobble around on cobble stone streets for the remainder of the tour.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Armida Schneir
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Service rating : The overall service was above board very good planning and very well received. The tour deserves most of the credit (Brian Ridgley) for a very well planned trip.
Vacation : Good value for the money.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Mava Wingate
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Service rating : Grand European consistently delivers good value for the price. They are not gimmicky, their tours are just as described and they don't play games with pricing.
Vacation : I purchased the tour, that's what I received. Don't understand this question.
Friday, September 29, 2017
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Service rating : The trip ran smoothly and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
Vacation : Exceeded our expectations.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Frances
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Service rating : I would recommend Grand European Travel and buy thru them again. Rob was my contact agent and answered all my questions in a prompt and courteous manner. This was my first Insight tour and I will know more questions to ask next time. Would have been helpful to know the optional experiences in advance.
Vacation : Tour guide Stephen Ellison was superb as was our driver Atilla. There were 13 optional experiences at a cost of 603 Euro each. Danube Cruise, Salt Mine, Berliner Dinner and Prague Folklore were fun. Disappointed that Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie were optional. Hotels were very nice and service was excellent. Hotel locations were near major city areas and the breakfast buffets were outstanding. Celebration Dinner concert was excellent but dinner has much room for improvement. The bus was first class with nice roomy seating, wifi and stereo. Overall we covered a large area with many wonderful sights and can recommend this trip. I will add that my husband and I walked about 52 miles so it is an active tour.
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Service rating : The tour guide and bus driver were exceptional. I use a cane and they were always looking for ways to assist me. I thought the choices and locations of hotels were excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review.  We're glad to hear you felt well looked after.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation : I thought the tour was well organized and mixtures of scheduled activities good
Henry Diniz
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Service rating : Local guide at Auswich was totally unacceptable. This ruined our whole trip because visit to Auswich was the primary reason for this trip.
Vacation : Local guide at Awswich was UNACCE$PTABLE. This ruined our whole trip because visit to Auswich was our primary reason for selecting this itinerary. Terrible disappointment. We're rebooking trip with another agency.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Service rating : Very responsive in a positive manner to requests, concerns and such.
Vacation : It was the unexpected pluses that added to the tour. One such was the showing of Bridge of Spies on a long bus ride that tied into our soon-to-be visit there. Another was the tasty lunch prepared by our excellent tour guide's wife that offered us additional visiting time at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Service rating : GET handled our complications caused by the company changing the dates of our trip very fairly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry about the change in dates. It's an inevitable fact that all tour operators must face. We're happy that you were able to find another date that worked for you and that you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for sharing your comments. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Vacation : It was an excellent trip though in retrospect I wish we had spent 3 nights most places instead of 2 even if it meant visiting fewer cities.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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Service rating : Would take again great guide , Sofia and our driver
Vacation : Enjoyed the tours.i saw everything tharpt I wanted to see.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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Service rating : The tour guide was wonderful. She was informative and very caring. Our hotels were beautiful. The meals planned by Insight were so, so.
Vacation : I would have liked to see more of Krakow,,,it is called the most beautiful city in Poland and Eastern Europe and we did not see enough of it to tell. I would also suggest small flashlights on the night walk in Prague
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Service rating : I would like to have more group activities. Too much free time on this trip.
Vacation : The vacation was good.
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Service rating : The tour was the way it was described and then some. Personnel was kind and helpful.
Vacation : Hotels were centrally located and excellent. Karyn, our guide, knowledgeable and very nice. She truly made the tour special.
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Service rating : Insight Vacations provides a first-class tour! The meals, accommodations, coach, porter service, and the itinerary were all excellent. We particularly appreciated our Tour Director, Karin.
Vacation : Our tour director, Karin, could not have been more organized, educational, and professional. We would love to travel with her again. Our meals, accommodations, and special excursions were all well-planned and enjoyable. We particularly appreciated the porter service with our luggage. With one exception, the local guides were also very good. We enjoyed our trip, met new friends, and learned a great deal about Eastern Europe. We would travel with Insight Vacations again.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
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Service rating : kari my travel consultant has always been very helpful,trustworthy, knowledgeable,accommodating ever since I join GET on some of my travels, I think this is the main reason an excellent travel consultant is a great asset for GET to bring in more customers.
Vacation : very good & lovely travel group, good hotel accommodations, excellent services from our tour guide Gregory & bus driver alex. everyone was always punctual & caring. sunny nice weather all through the trip...lucky group!!!
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Service rating : Our guide Petra was amazing! And the various local guides were too, with the exception of Vienna, who was average. This trip, as well as our Italy trip, was more than we expected. However, we were very disappointed and very confused when we kept receiving info from Insight Vacations and also that our bus said "Insight Vacations" on it and the other travelers said they were with Insight. We felt you should have explained that Grand European was bought out, etc. Another thing, we requested a queen/king bed but we received single beds for all of the hotels. My husband had called to double check on this and everything and was assured we would have queen/king beds. Lastly, there were two last-minute hotel changes. The first one caused quite an inconvenience as we arrived early in Vienna and booked a hotel for our early days before the tour at a hotel two blocks away from the tour hotel. Then the tour hotel was changed and it was a mile and a half from the original location. We had to walk with our luggage all of this way! And then, the other hotel change was 40 minutes from Cesky Krumlov, the castle town we were told we were staying in. So, even though I think the company is excellent, on this trip, we did have some issues that could have been addressed better and with a discount or something.
Response from Grand European Travel:
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Vacation : The guides were superb! (Austria was the weak one, but all others were top notch). The stops planned were great as well. Some of the extra dinners weren't worth the money, but the signature events were great, especially the last night with the concert. The hotel changes were difficult and I don't understand how we could be displaced from the castle when we had reservations way in advance. It seems whoever required the hotel and stole our reservations should pay us a refund. I hope someone actually reads this and fixes it so that future trips don't fast the same frustrations. Out of three Grand European trips, this is the first for me with these issues, but I would downgrade my evaluation next time if it happens again. But overall, Grand European or Insight or whoever planned the itinerary did an excellent job, even with breaking up the travel day with highlights such as the Madonna of Częstochowa, the Budvar brewery, Dresden, in Slovakia to see the thatch roof houses and take pictures, etc. It would be nice to have double the internet to 200 mgs on the long travel days as most of us ran out. Electrical outlets on the bus would be nice too. Getting a free photo of the group was a very nice touch as was the candy to help us get through long travel days. The videos on the coach to prepare us for each stop was also a nice added touch from my prior trips.
Friday, January 8, 2016
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
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Service rating : This was our first guided tour, and we are extremely pleased with our experience in every regard.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We hope to see you on another trip very soon. Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Vacation : Among our best, which includes several international ventures over 40 years.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Service rating : Tour director & driver were awesome! Tour director was highly knowledgeable of history of each region, had useful tips about food, money exchange & was always on time. Her directions were easy to follow & she kept the daily bulletin updated. Driver was friendly & drove very safely.
Vacation : Loved the tour; wished fir an extra day in Prague.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
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Service rating : We had an excellent guide to lead our group through some fascinating cities in Eastern Europe. We particularly enjoyed a night time river cruise in Budapest, a pierogie-making demonstration with hands on participation from some group members at a restaurant, and our final evening dinner and concert in a palace in Vienna.. Our guide, Neira, was energetic, had an impressive knowledge of history and culture, was adept at troubleshooting and spoke several languages. Our main driver's ability to maneuver the tour bus on 2 lane country roads and through congested city traffic was amazing!
Vacation : I am giving this a "good" rating solely because the "comfortable" pace advertised was too rapid for us at this point in our lives. Although the experience was definitely worthwhile, we discovered that we can no longer handle the "new city every 2 days" format. That said, this trip offers an excellent overview of key cities in this part of the world. We could have skipped a brewery tour, but I'm sure the many beer lovers in our group would disagree.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Service rating : We have traveled to Europe eleven times and this was the best experience of all the tours.
Vacation : The Highlights of Eastern Europe Vacation was well conducted. Emma Chipperfield was the tour coordinator and she was the best we have encountered.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
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Service rating : Booking was easy and efficient. The trip date was guaranteed so we could book our own airlines well in advance.
Vacation : The tour guide was very good, from the region but with very good english and kept us informed with interesting stories on local history and customs. We do wish that a list of tour members' names and cities would have been provided at the trip start in order to better meet and befriend them.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
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Service rating : Having the hotels in the city center was really great as free allowed you time to do some excellent sight seeing and exploring
Response from Grand European Travel:
I'm glad that you enjoyed your tour of Eastern Europe. Thank you for your feedback. Liz, Grand European Travel
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Vacation : Excellent tour guide and the sites were well thought out and also provided a steady flow of exciting stops
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Service rating : Everything was well explained and coordinated. The staff is very courteous and knowledgeable so all went smoothly, all our paperwork was in order and timely.
Response from Grand European Travel:
The Highlights of Eastern Europe is packed full of wonderful sights and activities. Good for you for taking it all in. If you are interested, we do offer a nice selection of more leisurely paced vacations. Something to keep in mind for your next trip. Thank you for sharing your experience. Grand European Travel
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Vacation : It was a wonderful trip. The tour director and all the local guides were excellent. The trip was rather demanding, as we covered so much territory, but the itinerary was well worth the effort. We learned a lot, experienced a lot, and were very pleased that we made this choice.
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Service rating : The trip itinerary was excellent. Our tour director, Piotr Golabek, was one of the best we have ever had. He was very knowledgeable, informative, and extremely helpful.
Vacation : I would recommend this trip to anyone. The cities and sites we saw were outstanding. The tour gave me a better understanding of the culture and history of the area. Auschwitz and Birkenau were two places I will never forget, and I hope the world never does either. They were the personification of evil. Fantastic trip overall.
Monday, November 17, 2014
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Service rating : Selina Nutley was an excellent guide.....very knowledgeable and entertaining. You really felt she cared about her job and the persons on the tour. Selina went far beyond the call of duty to help with arrangements and/or problems. Really enjoyed talking with her about the wonderful cities/counties we visited. Also, the driver, George, was one of the best bus drivers I've encountered. Extremely professional as well as courteous and pleasant to be around.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful vacation and that your Travel Director Selina, and Coach Driver George, were able to enhance your overall experience. Thank you for taking the time to share your comments. Dee-Grand European Travel
Monday, November 17, 2014
Vacation : Wonderful itinerary - there is no way we could have seen so much on our own. For the most part the city guides were well informed and engaging. The added tours were well worth the money....great experiences.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Service rating : We were placed on an Insight tour, which had the best tour director ever (Selina Nutley) and driver, George, who really made the trip outstanding. Our accomodations were all A+, except for the monastery at Cresky Kumlov and thePalace Hotel in Prague.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Good to hear that you had a great time on your trip to Eastern Europe. I will share your compliments with Selina and George. I appreciate the feedback as it helps us to continuously improve our products. Thank you for choosing Grand European Travel to arrange your vacation. Liz, Grand European Travel
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Vacation : Loved all the cities, but found the pace exhausting. Enjoyed the excursions for the most part.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
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Service rating : Karen was a great tour director
Vacation : Unforgettable experience!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, September 12, 2014
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Service rating : We were especially pleased with our guide Karin Kollarova who made every effort to ensure each phase of our tour went smoothly. She kept us informed, arranged our schedule to be ahead of many local tours, and willingly answered any questions we had. Additionally our driver, Attila Dibusz, worked diligently to keep our bus clean and keep us on schedule.
Vacation : We loved the opportunity to see so many countries. Traveling the backroads was as enjoyable as the unique cities and towns we visited. Visiting Auschwitz and the Berlin wall sites was both emotional and heart wrenching. These are important parts of history that should not be forgotten.
Monday, September 8, 2014
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Service rating : They've always done a tremendous job for us.
Vacation : Our tour director Beata was fantastic!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
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Service rating : Really between good and poor. What was advertised and what happened weren't really the same. I would not recommend Grand European Travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your disappointment with your tour. We do try to provide a well rounded itinerary with equal and ample time devoted to sightseeing, meals, leisure time and general history about the region. We appreciate your honesty and for taking the time to write. We will review this tour and take necessary action based on your valuable feedback. Grand European Travel-Guest Relations
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Vacation : Really between good and poor. Mediocre as compared with other European vacations. Still glad to have visited the cities. A lot of money, not a lot of fun. Very 'tour' like. SOME political history and current issues were needful and interesting. We would have enjoyed more shopping and eating time, less time rehearsing political history over and over and over and over from local guides as well as on the bus. The bus was pretty comfortable, we were not very welcomed to use the on board facilities until week 2, when I just HAD to use them, then it seemed others felt comfortable as well.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria, 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 the Czech Republic is the Koruna, in Hungary is the Forint, and in Poland is the Zloty. Austria and Germany use the Euro. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, 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 in the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Germany. 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.  In Austria you’ll find more hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel. 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. 

  • We suggest packing 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. 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 24 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.

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

Budapest

Treasures of Budapest Opera & St Stephens

Adult Price: € 43.00

Discover the real treasures of Budapest, Queen of the Danube. With our local expert, we'll enjoy a tour of the neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, opened by Emperor Franz Josef I in 1884 during the golden age of the city and considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Then, we'll continue to the Basilica of St Stephen, whose treasures include the miraculous Holy Right hand of the first Christian King St Stephen, the most important relic in Hungary.

Budapest

Danube Cruise Dinner & Drinks

Adult Price: € 63.00

The most leisurely way to discover this fairy-tale city is a private cruise on the Danube with a glass of fine Hungarian wine in hand. See Margaret Island, the Houses of Parliament, Castle Hill with its Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, the Citadel and the University. While cruising, enjoy a lavish, gourmet buffet meal of Hungarian specialties and unlimited drinks.

Krakow

Salt Mines Excursion

Adult Price: € 54.00

A visit to the 600 year old salt mines on the outskirts of Krakow, where we view an underground world of chambers filled with absolutely unique salt sculptures, sculpted by the miners themselves (placed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list).

Krakow

Polish Karczma Dinner & Polka Party

Adult Price: € 59.00

Enjoy a generous selection of traditional Polish cuisine and drinks in the countryside outside Krakow. A local, beautifully-dressed folk group and live band will entertain you with songs and dances and you might even get to join them for a polka or two! Don't miss this enjoyable evening.

Warsaw

Chopin Concert

Adult Price: € 46.00

The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. In a concert venue located in the centre of Warsaw, enjoy an exclusive private recital of his music performed by a celebrated Polish pianist. Champagne is served during the intermission.

Warsaw

Warsaw as it Once Was

Adult Price: € 33.00

Visit THE landmark of Warsaw - the imposing Palace of Culture with your local expert. An elevator takes you to the 30th floor of Stalin's skyscraper for impressive views. Next, explore the Praga district, where the spirit of Warsaw prior to WWII survives. We'll delve into everyday life during communism and visit a recreation of a typical urban flat from those times. Experience the paradoxes of the times and the absurdities of everyday life.

Berlin

Berliner Dinner & Entertainment

Adult Price: € 56.00

Berlin's eating establishments have enjoyed legendary status ever since the "Golden Twenties". This evening you are treated to traditional Berliner cuisine in a lively local restaurant with live music and drinks. Guten Appetit!

Berlin

eatwith Experience

eatwith is the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand-selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture while meeting other travelers at your table and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience. €45 - €65

Berlin

Highlights of Former East Berlin

Adult Price: € 31.00

Explore the shadows of the past with our local expert. See the Soviet War Memorial and visit the staggering Holocaust Memorial. Stop for a photo at ‘Checkpoint Charlie’, location of the tense stand-offs between U.S. & Soviet forces during the Cold War. Then a real highlight as we visit the Berlin Wall Memorial. The memorial contains the last section of the Berlin Wall with a guard tower and preserved grounds and is thus able to convey an impression of how the border fortifications developed until the end of the 1980s. Learn about this focal point of 20th-century history and of the fate of those who attempted to cross it.

Berlin

Bridge of Spies, Sanssouci & Dinner

Adult Price: € 63.00

Our evening takes us to Potsdam, the summer home and royal residence to the Kings of Prussia. Here we'll see the ‘Sanssouci’ palace of the most celebrated Prussian king, Frederick the Great. We'll enjoy time for photos in the gardens and then continue to the Glienicke Bridge, the famous 'Bridge of Spies'. The bridge was used for spy exchanges between East & West during the Cold War. We'll cross the bridge on foot before continuing to historic Wirsthaus Moorlake, nestled on the banks of the Havel river, for an evening of traditional German fare. n.b. This optional experience may be offered without dinner for €48.

Prague

Magical Prague

Adult Price: € 41.00

Discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Strana district on foot, accompanied by our expert local. Continue over the famous Charles Bridge, built in 1357, before enjoying a private cruise on the Vlatava. Enjoy a drink as you glide past the magical sights of Prague.

Prague

Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Adult Price: € 58.00

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbours, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local restaurant, enjoy a traditional Czech meal accompanied by the planet's most perfect pilsner. During dinner, lively musicians in traditional dress set the mood with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia.

Vienna

Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

Adult Price: € 30.00

A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the official residence of the Habsburg Empire for more then 600 years. Admire the beautiful baroque Church of St. Peter's and the Column of the Holy Trinity. See the most important House of Mozart, where "Marriage of Figaro" was composed. Finally, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral where your local expert explains its importance to Austrian culture and history.

Vienna

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Adult Price: € 62.00

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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