Tour through 5 different countries on this 9 day tour with Insight Vacations, beginning and ending your journey in Vienna.
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May 2018 to Oct 2018 Countries Visited:
Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary
Tipping – Eastern Europe is a patchwork of different cultures and etiquettes and there is no steadfast rule for tipping. Check with your local guide what is appropriate, however, a good rule of thumb is to tip roughly 10% of your bill (give or take depending on the level of service). Power Plugs – The majority of Eastern Europe is configured to accommodate two round prongs, and an adapter will be required for Australian and New Zealand appliances. Check the requirements for the items you are taking on your holiday. Currency – While much of Eastern Europe uses the Euro, some countries have independent currencies. In Russia you will find the use of the Ruble, in the Czech Republic the Czech Koruna, and in Hungary the Forint. Check with your bank what options are available, and any fees involved.
What should I bring?
Weatherproof Shoes & Clothing – Make sure you are comfortable throughout your tour with waterproof shoes and a weatherproof outer layer to shield you from the wind and rain. Layers – Regardless of the season you are travelling in, it is best to have layers that can be worn together. Even in summer the evenings may get quite cool, and in winter the heating indoors will warrant packing some lighter layers. Scarf – Not only will a scarf add warmth, it is also great to have on hand to make sure your shoulders are covered and you are dressed respectfully when entering one of the many holy sites you will visit in Eastern Europe.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Goulash – You will come across this meat and vegetable soup throughout Central and Eastern Europe, and as it hails originally from Hungary, give this one a try in a local Hungarian pub if you get the chance. Ruin Bars of Budapest – The Ruin Bars of Budapest are re-vamped previously-abandoned buildings that are becoming more popular for locals and tourists alike. It is the perfect setting to try a traditional drop – for a local experience try Palinka (a customary fruit brandy) or Unicum (a traditional Hungarian liqueur). Swiss Chocolate – The chocolates of Switzerland have a reputation around the world for being one of the best. You be the judge and give these a try on your holiday. Russian Vodka – While running the risk of making Eastern Europe sound like a predominantly alcoholic venture, it would be remiss not to mention a Vodka tasting in Russia. Make sure you line your stomach beforehand, maybe with one of the most traditional Russian dishes – Borscht (a beet soup, often served with meat and sour cream).