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9 Days
5 Countries

Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary

6 Cities

Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague, Kraków, Oravsky Podzamok, Budapest

12 Meals

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 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 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Experience the best Europe has to offer with an abundance of Vienna sightseeing and a serving of spicy Polish sausage in Kraków. Fall in love with the fairy tale town of Český Krumlov before an exciting Insight Choice in the Czech capital—touring the thousand-year-old castle courtyards or joining a Local Expert for a walk through the Old Town square, to the fortune telling astronomical clock. Journey through Slovakia and across the Tatra Mountains to Budapest. Explore the Old Town of Buda, separated from Pest by the Danube River, and admire the spectacular views from the Fisherman’s Bastion before feasting on the finest local delicacies paired with select Hungarian wines.

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Day 1

Welcome to Vienna

Welcome to Vienna! Enjoy your afternoon before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers to enjoy a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant.

The rooftop of St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
Hilton Vienna Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner with Wine

Hilton Vienna Park

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels. Set in the heart of the city, you are just moments away from the sights. Elegant and comfy rooms, combined with excellent service ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Authentic Dining Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers in Vienna, Austria
Vienna Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. 

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Stately Vienna and the Habsburgs

Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa's magnificent Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Be transported to a time of opulence and extravagance, as you marvel at the intricacies of gilded Rococo frames, frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Get your camera ready for a drive around the Ring Road, a grand boulevard built along the lines of the old city walls, showcasing many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. Explore Vienna by joining a unique MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience, take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance workshop and support the visually impaired community. Dancing in the dark, in a specially designed sensory studio, will be a unique experience for all your senses. 

Explore the Schonbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria
Hilton Vienna Park View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hilton Vienna Park

About the Hotel

Vienna, Austria

The award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels. Set in the heart of the city, you are just moments away from the sights. Elegant and comfy rooms, combined with excellent service ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Guests and Local Expert at Schonbrunn Palace Vienna Austria
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Vienna Opera House Vienna, Austria
Scenic Drive Along Vienna's Ring Road

Travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Make Travel Matter Learn to waltz at dance lesson Vienna, Austria
Viennese Waltz Dance Lesson

Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired commun...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Optional Experiences
Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Viennese Concert & Glass of Champagne, Vienna, Austria
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague

Once over the Czech border, head for picturesque Český Krumlov, where you'll start with a brief orientation tour of this fairy-tale town, straight out of the Middle Ages. Enjoy some free time to explore and appreciate views of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colorful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Golden Prague.

Panoramic view of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Hotel Royal Prague View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Royal Prague

About the Hotel

Prague, Czech Republic

The boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights View of Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic​
Český Krumlov Orientation

Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague by Day

A wonderful further look into the “Golden City”. Accompanied by our Local Expert, we will begin to discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Stran...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

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. Continue to Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure.

Prague, the city of a thousand spires Prague, Czech Republic
Hotel Royal Prague View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Hotel Royal Prague

About the Hotel

Prague, Czech Republic

The boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Cervena street in Jewish quarter of Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights St. Vitus's Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague Castle District Walking Tour

Visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Traditional Dinner in Prague with Entertainment, Prague, Czech Republic
Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbors, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Reflect on Auschwitz then onto Kraków

Enjoy a drive through the rolling Czech countryside before crossing into Poland where you will stop at Oświęcim, better known by its German name of Auschwitz. Join a guided tour of the memorial and museum, which bore witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

Wawel Basilica, Krakow, Poland
Vienna House Andel's Cracow View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Vienna House Andel's Cracow

About the Hotel

Kraków, Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The Auschwitz memorial in Auschwitz, Poland
Auschwitz Concentration Camp Visit

Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert. See the Auschwitz memorial and museum, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 6

The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków

In the morning why not join an Optional Experience and journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine? 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 a morning at leisure before joining your fellow travelers to ascend Wawel Hill and visit the cathedral, with your Local Expert. 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. In the evening, choose from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.

Kazimierz, the old Jewish District, Krakow Poland
Vienna House Andel's Cracow View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Vienna House Andel's Cracow

About the Hotel

Kraków, Poland

The very trendy and centrally-located Vienna House Andel's Cracow is designed to provide luxury comforts with a home-away-from-home feel.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Krakow market square, Poland
Kraków City Tour

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 ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland
Kraków Wawel Hill Cathedral Visit

Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights St Marys Basilica Krakow, Poland
Kraków St. Mary's Basilica Visit

Visit the 14th-century St. Mary's Basilica, the most important church in the city.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Dine at your chosen restaurant in Krakow, Poland
Krakow Dine-Around Evening

For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavor.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Salt Mine Excursion

Visit the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed salt mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow. On a guided tour, learn about the mine’s long hi...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Through Sleepy Slovakia to Budapest

Journey into the Slovakian region of Orava and see the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle before continuing through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains to arrive in Budapest.

Oravsky Castle in Oravsky Podzamok, Slovakia
Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center

About the Hotel

Budapest, Hungary

Just steps from museums, shops, restaurants and the historic Jewish Quarter, the Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center offers a comfortable stay in the heart of the city. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Budapest, the Queen of the Danube

Explore Budapest with a Local Expert. Cross the Danube to the Pest district to visit Heroes’ Square and drive down elegant Andrássy Boulevard.
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. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax by the Danube or browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. For your Celebration Dinner, you are treated to mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially selected wines.

View of the Parliament, Budapest Hungary
Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center

About the Hotel

Budapest, Hungary

Just steps from museums, shops, restaurants and the historic Jewish Quarter, the Courtyard by Marriott Budapest City Center offers a comfortable stay in the heart of the city. 

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Views from the Gellert Hill​ Budapest, Hungary​
Budapest City Tour

Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences The Liszt Academy of Music​ piano player in Budapest, Hungary
Private Recital at Budapest's Liszt Academy of Music

Enjoy a tour of the Liszt Music Academy with a student, followed by an enchanting recital. Producing incredible musical talent, the university was ...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit the Hungarian Parliament and Gundel restaurant in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Parliament Visit

Join your Local Expert for a tour of the Hungarian Parliament building, one of the largest and most ornate parliamentary buildings in the world. Th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Depart Vienna

Your Bohemian journey concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Budapest airport at 07:00 and 11:00. The 07:00 transfer continues to Vienna airport, arriving at midday, and offers a final stop at the post-trip hotel.

The Parliament building in Vienna, Austria
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top Rated Highlights
Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private Tour

A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gil...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Scenic Drive Along Vienna's Ring Road

Travel along the Ring Road to see the Hofburg Imperial Residence, Opera House, Parliament Building and Karlskirche.

Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Viennese Waltz Dance Lesson

Listen to the musical masterpiece of Mozart and learn the Viennese Waltz, in an inclusive workshop designed to support the visually impaired commun...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Český Krumlov Orientation

Your Travel Director will lead you on an orientation of the city as you explore the medieval streets of this fairy-tale town.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Prague Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Stroll through the Jewish Quarter with your Local Expert to hear how the Jewish community has shaped the history of Prague.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Prague Castle District Walking Tour

Visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral and explore the atmospheric courtyards of the historic Prague Castle with your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Auschwitz Concentration Camp Visit

Experience a powerful and moving visit, with a Local Expert. See the Auschwitz memorial and museum, which bears witness to the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków City Tour

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 ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków Wawel Hill Cathedral Visit

Visit the cathedral atop Wawel Hill, see the castle and look for the iconic dragon, accompanied by your Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kraków St. Mary's Basilica Visit

Visit the 14th-century St. Mary's Basilica, the most important church in the city.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Budapest City Tour

Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Private Recital at Budapest's Liszt Academy of Music

Enjoy a tour of the Liszt Music Academy with a student, followed by an enchanting recital. Producing incredible musical talent, the university was ...

See More
Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
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.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
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

4 Dinner with Wines, 8 Breakfasts

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Vienna Welcome Dinner

Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a drink, followed by a pleasant Welcome Dinner served with wine at a local restaurant. 

Krakow Dine-Around Evening

For your Dine-Around Evening, choose you style of dining from a selection of hand-picked local restaurants, unique in Polish flavor.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Hilton Vienna Park
Hotel Royal Prague
Vienna House Andel's Cracow

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
Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glas...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Prague by Day

A wonderful further look into the “Golden City”. Accompanied by our Local Expert, we will begin to discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Stran...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbors, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Salt Mine Excursion

Visit the 700-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed salt mine, located on the outskirts of Krakow. On a guided tour, learn about the mine’s long hi...

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 Parliament Visit

Join your Local Expert for a tour of the Hungarian Parliament building, one of the largest and most ornate parliamentary buildings in the world. Th...

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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Michael Malone
Review date: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
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Whenever a question arose, agents were quick to respond and resolve any issues.
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When the original tour guide was unable to make the trip, a substitute was guven 24 hours to fill in. He had never done the tour before. His commitment to addressing all issues and resolving problems was extraordinary. Well done.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Service
I think they did a marvellous job and the Tour Guides and Local Experts were very informative and helpful. The BIG issue was the distance between bathroom stops and the crowds at each stop. Also, I suggest the Tour Guides have exact moneys to distribute to passengers who don't have the change. I found it extremely stressful trying to get change at various places and hurrying through turn stiles in time allotted. A petty cash box for such emergencies should be provided and no more than one hour between rest stops. Or, passengers should be made comfortable using the bus bathroom, if needed. We were told only for emergencies and everyone felt obliged to not use it.
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see above. My criticism was due to the management of rest stops between locales. Very stressful and unsatisfactory.
Thomas Beebe
Review date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Service
We had a great trip. It was well organized, wonderful trip guide (Judith Surjan), 1st class accommodations, terrific supplemental excursions, just a wonderful experience. The bus was clean and comfortable. The driver (John) was very good, safe and courteous. The included meals and activities were also very good. The meals were largely to sample the "local cuisine", but included several wonderful special meals. The night with the Vienna House Orchestra was a real treat to top off a wonderful trip. My wife and I will certainly use Grand European Travel again.
Vacation
See comments above for our thoughts son the purchase. Terrific!
Alba Parise
Review date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Service
Everything was perfect for our Eastern European Tour. It was informative and fun we learned and appreciated the different cultures and countries by learning about their history. Amazing scenery and food along the way.
Vacation
It was expensive however very memorable
Deborah Iemmiti
Review date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Service
Always available and responsive to any questions and. Concerns.
Vacation
Great trip. Very fast paced. Beautiful cities.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Service
I think they could come up with places with better food for dinner.
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Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, June 17, 2016
Service
All good. Communications were clear and value was excellent
Vacation
Excellent vacation with an exceptional tour director. Would have like one more day of touring Vienna sites.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Service
The team at Grand European Travel was extremely helpful and professional.
Vacation
The hotels were first rate and the tour guide kept the trip interesting with excellent commentary. I was pleased that we were able to visit so many places.
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