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Prague, Vienna and Budapest

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Charles Bridge over the Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic
10 Days
4 Countries

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary

5 Cities

Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Esztergom, Budapest

12 Meals

3 Dinners, 9 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 40-45
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Imperial capitals and their captivating history are the highlights on this exciting Prague, Vienna and Budapest trip. You’ll also join a local Hungarian family in their winery for a hearty meal and be spellbound by the stunning views of Charles Bridge and Prague’s Old Town.

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Day 1

Welcome to Prague

The gleaming spires of Prague shine brightly on this sojourn through the imperial capitals of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Join your Travel Director and travel companions this afternoon and admire some of the beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades before enjoying an unforgettable Welcome Reception to kick off your holiday.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Prague
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover Historic Prague

Delve into centuries of history, joining your Local Specialist for a guided walk past the city's iconic sights. Visit the final resting place of Bohemian kings, St. Vitus Cathedral, set within the precincts of Prague Castle. Then, admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. Spend the afternoon admiring the spectacular cityscape on your own.

Astronomical Clock in Prague, Czech Republic
Accommodation Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Prague
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Old Town Square, Prague, Czech_Republic
Prague City Tour

Led by your Local Specialist, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that attracts onlookers each hour.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise on River Vltava in Prague, Czech Republic
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 cit...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Beautiful Prague by Night

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

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Prague Your Way

Today is yours to explore the legends, castles and palaces of Prague. Follow the 'Royal Route', discover historic treasures and admire picturesque views of the city from Petřín Hill, or join an Optional Experience to Kutná Hora, with its bone-bedecked chapel and five-nave St. Barbara Church. Spend your evening at leisure, enjoying some of the local beer for which the country is famous, or join a traditional dinner to bid farewell to this beautiful city with newly acquired friends.

Old Town Square, Prague, Czech_Republic
Accommodation Vienna House by Wyndham Andel's Prague
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Kutna Hora Museum and Ossuary with lunch in Prague, Czech Republic
Kutna Hora Bohemian Experience

Visit one of the most fascinating locations in the Czech Republic, Kutna Hora. First, our Local Specialist takes us to the engaging Silver Museum a...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traditional Dinner, great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favourite local restaurants Prague, Czech Republic.
Traditional Dinner In Prague

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to get to know to ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Journey to Slovak Bratislava and on to Vienna

Travel south from Prague through lush Moravian landscapes to Bratislava. In the quaint Old Town, stop for a pick-me-up and unique MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at a social business café providing employment opportunities for vulnerable women. Continue your journey to Vienna - our home for the next three nights.

Alley and houses in Bratislava, Slovakia
Accommodation Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava Orientation

Explore Bratislava's city center. Take a walk through the charming squares and see the iconic Michael Tower.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Bratislava Inclusive Café

Meet the resilient women of Mareena café over coffee and freshly baked goods. This organization provides employment opportunities to migrant women ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

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Day 5

Explore Vibrant Vienna

The heritage of one of Europe's most influential royal families is explored this morning as we Dive Into Culture during a Small Group Sightseeing guided visit to the spectacular Kunstkammer. Admire the valuable objects collected by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg over the centuries before the doors are open to the general public. Later, we join an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist to view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty. We'll see such sights as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral with its geometrically tiled roof. Spend the afternoon on your own, indulging in the city's kaffee culture with a slice or two of Sachertorte.

View of Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Discover the Royal Collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in Austria, to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience The Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner with music in Vienna, Austria
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Vienna Your Way

Today is yours to explore the 'City of Music' on your terms. Tread in the footsteps of the great sons of Vienna – Mozart, Haydn and Strauss – as you delve into the city's rich musical heritage nurtured by aristocrats throughout the centuries. Consider a visit to the beautiful Baroque Schönbrunn Palace to see the former imperial summer residence.

Horse-Drawn Carriage in Vienna, Austria
Accommodation Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Schonbrunn Palace and gardens in Vienna, Austria
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Cistercian Heiligenkreuz Monastery Abbey in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Woods Excursion

Accompanied by your Local Specialist, you’ll travel through charming wine villages to visit the Romanesque Abbey of the Holy Cross at Heiligenkreuz...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences State Opera House Vienna, Austria
A Very Viennese Afternoon

Skip the queues and enjoy a tour of the stunning interior of the Vienna State Opera with our private guide. Learn about the history of this epicent...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Onwards to Budapest

Journey along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin, stopping in Esztergom to view its Castle Hill, domed Cathedral, and St. Thomas Hill. We follow the scenic landscape to the romantic city of Budapest where we will spend the next three nights. Enjoy a free evening sipping Hungarian wines or consider cruising along the Danube.

Aerial view of the Esztergom Basilica in Esztergom, Hungary
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Budapest
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Esztergom Basilica, Hungary
Esztergom Orientation

Spend the day enjoying the scenic landscapes of Esztergom. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience View of Castle Ruin on the Danube, Austria
Danube Bend Scenic Drive

Take in the wonderful views along the Danube Bend. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Cruise with dinner in Danube, Hungary
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of the delicious food for which Hungary is famous. Szegedin Goulash (goulash stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage), ch...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

See the Sights of Budapest

Join a Local Specialist this morning for a walking tour. Visit the Fisherman's Bastion, view the Matthias Church and drive to Pest to see the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. We pay tribute to the seven chieftains of the Magyars in Heroes' Square before enjoying time at leisure in the Jewish Quarter or shop for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight's Be My Guest experience will see us Connect With Locals over dinner with the Schieszl family and hear the story of their winery.

Fishermen's Bastion in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Budapest
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Join the Schieszl family for a Hungarian dinner at their winery in Budapest
Enjoy a Hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl Family

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner and the story of their winery.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Chain Bridge over the Danube Budapest, Hungary
Budapest City Tour

Spend the day basking in the iconic views of Budapest. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Budapest with Gundel lunch
Budapest's Heritage

Enjoy a delicious light lunch before visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica, an impressive neo-classical landmark where the “incorruptible” right hand of ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Budapest Your Way

Venture up Gellert Hill for spectacular views of the Budapest skyline, relax in the Szechenyi Baths or consider an Optional Experience to Szentendre, a riverside village popular with artists and craftworkers. On our last evening together, we toast to a magnificent journey to the imperial capitals of Europe and enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Budapest
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit the Hungarian Parliament and Gundel restaurant in Budapest, Hungary
Hungarian Parliament Visit

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit this magnificent Gothic Revival building, the most ornate state parliament in Europe. Overlooking the river ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Explore Szentendre in Budapest, Hungary
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks o...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Farewell Budapest

We say a fond farewell to our companions and Travel Director today after an unforgettable trip.

Street and restaurants in Budapest, Hungary
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Prague City Tour

Led by your Local Specialist, explore the delightful Old Town Square and see the detailed Astronomical Clock that attracts onlookers each hour.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Bratislava Orientation

Explore Bratislava's city center. Take a walk through the charming squares and see the iconic Michael Tower.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Bratislava Inclusive Café

Meet the resilient women of Mareena café over coffee and freshly baked goods. This organization provides employment opportunities to migrant women ...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the Royal Collection at the Kunsthistorisches Museum

Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in Austria, to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Vienna City Tour

Walk through the first district, Inner Stadt, as your Local Specialist reveals the historic core of the city. Tour the Ring Road to see the Hofburg...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Esztergom Orientation

Spend the day enjoying the scenic landscapes of Esztergom. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Danube Bend Scenic Drive

Take in the wonderful views along the Danube Bend. 

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl Family

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner and the story of their winery.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Budapest City Tour

Spend the day basking in the iconic views of Budapest. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

VIP Admission to the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
Explore Prague, Vienna and Budapest with a Local Specialist
Visit St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, and the old Hungarian capital of Esztergom
View the Castle and Old Town of Bratislava, the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna and the Parliament Building in Budapest
See St. Stephen's Cathedral and the Opera House in Vienna

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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 cit...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Beautiful Prague by Night

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

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Kutna Hora Bohemian Experience

Visit one of the most fascinating locations in the Czech Republic, Kutna Hora. First, our Local Specialist takes us to the engaging Silver Museum a...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner In Prague

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favorite local restaurants. A wonderful opportunity to get to know to ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner And Viennese Concert

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! We'll enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. With your '...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Habsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly dec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Vienna Woods Excursion

Accompanied by your Local Specialist, you’ll travel through charming wine villages to visit the Romanesque Abbey of the Holy Cross at Heiligenkreuz...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Very Viennese Afternoon

Skip the queues and enjoy a tour of the stunning interior of the Vienna State Opera with our private guide. Learn about the history of this epicent...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Danube Cruise With Dinner

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet of the delicious food for which Hungary is famous. Szegedin Goulash (goulash stew), Töltött Káposzta (stuffed cabbage), ch...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Budapest's Heritage

Enjoy a delicious light lunch before visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica, an impressive neo-classical landmark where the “incorruptible” right hand of ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Hungarian Parliament Visit

With our Local Specialist, we'll visit this magnificent Gothic Revival building, the most ornate state parliament in Europe. Overlooking the river ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Szentendre and Light Lunch

Explore more of Hungary and follow our Local Specialist out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) used across in Eastern Europe: Polish is the official language of Poland, Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, Slovak is the official language of Slovakia, Serbian is the official language of Serbia, Romanian is the official language of Romania, Bulgarian is the official language of Bulgaria, Lithuanian is the official language of Lithuania; Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian are the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatian is the official of Croatia, and Latvian is the official language of Latvia.
  • Currency used in Balkans: The Hungarian Forint (HUF) is used in Hungary, the Polish Złoty is used in Poland, the Euro (€) is used in Slovakia, Lithuania and Latvia, the Serbian Dinar is used in Serbia, the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM) is used in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian Lev (BGN) is used in Bosnia, and the Romanian Leu (RON) is used in Romania, and the Croatian Kuna (HRK) is used in Croatia.
  • Capital Cites: Warsaw (Portland), Budapest (Hungary), Bratislava (Slovakia), Belgrade (Serbia), Bucharest (Romania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Vilnius (Lithuania), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Zagreb (Croatia), and Riga (Latvia)
  • Time Zone(s) in Balkans: Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST) and Bulgaria and Romania use Eastern European Time (EET), Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

 

Eastern Europe passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Balkans
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Poland has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are generally mild to warm, with average temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F). Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and snowfall is common, especially in the eastern regions. Spring and autumn offer mild temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter months during the summer. Poland's climate can vary across regions, with the Baltic coast experiencing maritime influences, while the southern areas have a more continental climate with greater temperature fluctuations.

Hungary has a temperate continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers are warm to hot, with average temperatures around 25-30°C (77-86°F), and occasional heatwaves can lead to higher temperatures. Winters are cold, with temperatures averaging around 0 to -5°C (32 to 23°F), and frosty conditions are common. Spring and autumn offer mild and pleasant temperatures, with blooming flowers in spring and colorful foliage in autumn. Rainfall is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly more precipitation in the summer months. Hungary also experiences occasional thunderstorms during the summer season.

Slovakia has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm with temperatures averaging around 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F). Winters (December to February) are cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, especially in the mountainous regions. Snowfall is common during the winter months, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) bring mild and pleasant weather, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 15°C (50 to 59°F). Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly wetter summers. The mountainous terrain can influence local microclimates, with variations in temperature and precipitation across different regions of the country.

Serbia has a moderate continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing, especially in the northern regions. Snowfall is common during the winter months, particularly in the mountainous areas. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and moderate rainfall. The climate varies across the country due to its diverse geographical features, with the southern regions experiencing a more Mediterranean influence and the northern areas having a stronger continental climate.

Romania's climate is predominantly temperate, with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snowfall in many regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are mild and pleasant, with fluctuating temperatures and occasional rainfall. The Carpathian Mountains influence the climate, bringing cooler temperatures and more precipitation to the central and western parts of the country. The coastal regions along the Black Sea experience a more moderate maritime climate with milder winters and hotter summers compared to the inland areas.

Bulgaria has a diverse climate influenced by its location between the Black Sea and the Balkan Mountains. The climate is mainly continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Coastal regions have a milder maritime climate with cooler summers compared to the inland areas. Winter temperatures can drop below freezing, and snowfall is common, especially in the mountainous regions. Summers are generally dry and sunny, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). The country experiences moderate precipitation, with more rain in the spring and autumn months.

Lithuania has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are mild and pleasant, with average temperatures ranging from 16°C to 22°C (61°F to 72°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transition seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The country's proximity to the Baltic Sea moderates the climate, leading to milder winters and cooler summers compared to other inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can vary from year to year due to the influence of weather systems coming from both the sea and the continent.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has a diverse climate due to its varied geography. In the northern regions, the climate is continental with hot summers and cold winters, experiencing occasional snowfall. In the southern areas, the climate is Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, dry summers. The central regions have a mixture of these two climates. Spring and autumn are generally mild and pleasant throughout the country. Rainfall patterns vary, with more precipitation in the mountainous areas and less in the lowlands.

Croatia has a diverse climate, with three main regions: coastal, inland, and mountainous. The coastal regions, including cities like Dubrovnik and Split, have a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F), and mild winters averaging around 10°C (50°F). Inland areas, such as Zagreb, have a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Summer temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) or higher, while winter temperatures can drop below freezing. The mountainous regions, like the Dinaric Alps, experience colder and harsher winters with heavy snowfall, making them ideal for winter sports. Rainfall is generally higher along the coast and decreases inland, with the wettest months being October and November.

Latvia has a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. Summers (June to August) are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F). Winters (December to February) can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing, and snowfall is common. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are transitional seasons with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall. The proximity of the Baltic Sea influences the climate, leading to cooler summers and milder winters compared to inland areas at similar latitudes. However, weather conditions can be variable and are affected by both maritime and continental air masses.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Martha S. Tabio
Review date: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Service
Micheal was great. Extremely helpful and responsive with all our needs, particularly in setting up the plane reservations.Beau
Vacation
Beautiful cities with a lot of history. Elegance, prices for souvenirs were reasonable. Meals great in general
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 15, 2023
Service
They handled the airline booking; tried to request for another airline (Delta) but I don't think they do not have a contract with them. I ended up with another airline, Canadian/Swiss Airlines and I have two layovers. It would be best if GET can give us the information of the travel booking and coordinate with us if we are agreeable or not. I think the travel agent was in a hurry to do the booking. It would be nice we can be given options and time to think it over. It seemed like I am rushed to do the booking.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry that the Delta flights you requested were not available at the time you booked your tour. Our Air Department is always happy to book the most direct and cost efficient flights available and work with guests closely on their preferences. However, we are limited to the rules and restrictions of our contracts with the airlines.
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Vacation
The Travel Director was knowledgeable and helpful. She aided us from the beginning to the end. I asked if we may be able to visit the Infant Jesus Shrine which not really part of the tour, but still she accompanied and showed us how to get there. Also she even went all the way to see us to the airport. The choice of hotel was really good. The tour operator considered also the hotel that we were booked; a place where we can get rest before starting a new day of experience. The only thing that I do not like are the added cost of the Optional Experiences. It would be best if we get the total price (including the optional experiences and pay beforehand) before the tour starts. GET will provide the tour price but actually that is not really the price of the tour.
Carol Edwards
Review date: Monday, October 3, 2022
Service
Yes, I would use GET again. This trip was postponed due to Covid, and GET kept me on Trafalgar, and it was an excellent tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Thanks for sticking with us through the pandemic. It sounds like the wait was worth it! We appreciate your review and feedback.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
Trafalgar tour was excellent. Tour guide was excellent. Meals were very good. Lots of wine with meals. I had two hospital trips, and tour guide and wellness person went with me to help. Driver was also good and friendly. Hotels were first class. GET got me good airline reservations from Dulles. Flights were on time and no lost luggage. I don't know how to put photos on computer. I'm old and techno challenged.
Viola Mahan
Review date: Monday, October 14, 2019
Service
Too many expensive optionals in what was supposed to be I thought part of the tour.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry for your disappointment. Our brochure and web site does list all the sightseeing that is included for each individual tour. We d apologize if there was a misunderstanding or if this was not effectively communicated to you when booking.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
Service
Fun efficient management , shared relevant background info of each country and site, always patient, clear and most helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled to see how much you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we hope to be able to help you plan another trip very soon.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Service
Made booking arrangements easy along with discount offer. Also took the time to get best airline reservations for trip.
Vacation
Fabulous itinerary and just the right amount of free time providing flexibility. Tours and guides were wonderful.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Service
Everything was handled efficiently and accurately.
Vacation
Great trip. Lots of new, interesting and unique places to see and things to do.
Helen Turnquist
Review date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Service
Welcoming social and supper was a disaster. Hotel changed plans at last minute and it turned into a disorganized mess. Plans should have been cemented down, type of drinks were not inclusive of simple beer, have meal at same hotel meeting room so introductions of tour guests could be made. Have enough paper itineraries for everyone. Enough chairs for people to sit down.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We do apologize for the shortcomings at the Welcome Reception and the condition of some of the hotels. We will be sharing your comments with Trafalgar's quality control team so they can take a closer look.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Vacation
The hotels in Prague and Vienna were less than great. Small, shower head kept falling off holder, shower flooded bathroom, no bath tub in Vienna, Metal plug in Vienna didn’t work. Hotel luggage workers were not careful with luggage as they ran into wall and laughed as stacked luggage on cart fell to floor. Meals were not that great in Prague and Vienna— including the fly in my wine. Budapest was awesome. I would rather spend more for vacation deal and have great food! Better explainaton of how to get around by train, taxi, etc would have been helpful.n
Bonnie Jones
Review date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Service
Best tour ever! Had a fun, knowledgeable tour guide in Craig, respectful and safe bus driver in Gabor. We saw and learned so much! Would repeat the tour in a heartbeat! We really saw the highlights!!
Vacation
Worth every penny! Got to see and learn so much. Great places, great tour choices and so much fun!
Joanne Damelio
Review date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Service
The trip was beautiful. Tour guides were great. Only negative, some of the optional trips could have been eliminated
Vacation
Countries were beautiful and hotels were good
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