Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 13 Day Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe. A blend of world history and fairy-tale charm comes to life in the culturally rich cities of Central & Eastern Europe. Enjoy multi-night stays, guided tours and local restaurants in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Krakow. Make the most of your adventure with a perfect balance of included sightseeing excursions and leisure time. Choose your dining experience in Prague. Take a tour through the lavish Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna....read more Take in the picturesque Hungarian countryside.
In Budapest, choose to visit the House of Terror Museum to learn about Hungarian history or visit the Great Market Hall to taste Hungarian products. Discover Krakow on a walking tour through the Old Town. Embark on a poignant journey through history at Auschwitz. Explore some of Europe’s most magnificent and legendary cities.
Arrive in Germany's capital city of Berlin, a blend of deep-rooted history, modern flare and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) Stay: Hotel Riu Plaza (2 Nights)
This morning, explore Berlin with your local guide. Come to know Berlin's rich history through the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Schoenberg City Hall, Kurfürstendamm and the Reichstag Building. Finish your city tour by walking through the area that was once “Checkpoint Charlie” and see what remains of the Berlin Wall. This afternoon you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Cecilienhof Palace. (B)
Depart Berlin for Prague, the “City of a Thousand Spires.” En route, make a stop in Dresden, the capital of Saxony. Enjoy time on your own to explore this lovely town on the banks of the River Elbe. After arriving in Prague, personalize your evening with Diner's Choice, choosing from a selection of different venues. Perhaps you'll enjoy traditional cuisine at a folklore show, discover the city through its craft beer and food scene, or opt for a more quiet dinner at the hotel. (B/D) Stay: Grandior Hotel (2 Nights)
Your introduction to this fairy-tale city opens with a visit to the remarkable Hradcany Castle and the haunting St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue with a leisurely walking tour through the Old Town, showcasing the Golden Lane, the unique Astronomical Clock and the statue-lined Charles Bridge. The afternoon is yours. Perhaps you'll choose to join an optional excursion highlighting the poignant history held in Prague's Old Jewish Quarter. (B)
This morning, hop on a train and depart for your next adventure to Vienna, the “musical city.” After a short orientation drive through the city, your afternoon is at leisure. Later, enjoy an evening in one of Vienna's most beloved restaurants where dinner mixes with local cultural flavor to create an unforgettable night. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Erzherzog Rainer (2 Nights)
This morning, experience the city of Vienna on a tour highlighting some of its architectural marvels, including the lavish Schönbrunn Palace, a summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty. The remainder of the day is yours to explore independently. Perhaps you will visit one of the famous museums, sip a Viennese coffee at a local coffee house, or simply relax in the capital of Austria. Tonight you may choose to join an optional Mozart concert and dinner in the city. (B)
Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque Hungarian countryside en route to Budapest. Connect with the villagers of Dunaalmas and join local residents for a community-hosted lunch. Learn how to make a traditional strudel, a favorite in this region. Upon arrival in historic Budapest, a local expert provides an informative city tour featuring Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Old Buda, the New Parliament and Gellert Hill with a special stop at Heroes' Square, a unique monument to the many diverse leaders of Hungary. (B/L) Stay: Up Hotel (3 Nights)
The beautiful city of Budapest is often referred to as "the Queen of the Danube.” Today is yours to discover this city divided by the Danube with historic Buda on one side and cosmopolitan Pest on the opposite bank. This evening, perhaps you'll take in the essence of the region during an optional dinner followed by a cruise to view Budapest's stunning night skyline. (B)
It's your choice! Choose to visit the House of Terror Museum and Memorial and gain an important perspective of 20th century Hungarian history, -OR- get lost in the beautiful Great Market Hall and taste some of the amazing Hungarian local products. This afternoon is yours to uncover Budapest further. Perhaps you will visit Szechenyi Baths – the oldest European baths with hot springs. (B)
Take in the picturesque landscapes en route to Poland. Make a stop in the village of Donovaly, nestled in the Low Tatras mountain range of Slovakia. Your home for the next two nights is the lively city of Krakow, a historic city offering old world charm. This evening, get to know traditional Polish culture during a folklore show and dinner featuring local cuisine. (B/D) Stay: Holiday Inn City Center (3 Nights)
Discover Krakow's historic Old Town on a city tour complete with stops at the Market Square, St. Mary's Church, and the university. You'll also view Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the city on your own. Consider joining an optional excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B)
Embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to the camps of Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp, where you will learn about the terrors and the resilience of the human spirit. Tonight, toast to the end of this memorable trip as you sit down for your farewell dinner at a Jewish restaurant, feeling connected to the cultures and traditions of Central & Eastern Europe. (B/D)
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Experience the cultures of Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Poland.
Take a poignant journey through history at the camps of Auschwitz.
Discover the 2 sides of Hungary's capital, Buda and Pest, alongside a local expert.
Visit Schönbrunn Palace, a summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty.
Come to know the lively nature of Krakow's well-preserved Old Town.
Discover the remarkable Hradcany Castle in the fairy-tale city of Prague.
Choose from a selection of different venues in Prague for Diner's Choice.
Join local residents for a community hosted lunch in Dunaalmas.
Expertly crafted itineraries
Skilled and engaging tour managers
Expert local guides with insider knowledge
Attraction entrance fees
Many meals full of local flavour
Enriching cultural experiences
Comfortable on-tour transportation
Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Krakow (KRK) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day
Private, chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.
Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
Trip Optionals These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip price.
Location: Prague. Cost: $76.
Prague’s Jewish quarter, the historic Josefov, tells the moving and powerful stories of a community with roots in Prague dating back to the 10th century. This history comes alive on a guided tour of the neighborhood where Jewish residency was confined by law in the 13th century. Hear stories of success, heartbreak, perseverance and persecution. Learn about the golom, the automaton of ancient Jewish legends which protected 16th-century Jews. Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, where the more than 12,000 graves are carefully fit into the tiny space, the oldest dating back to 1439. Explore the Jewish Museum and its synagogues and learn of their significance. Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
Location: Budapest. Cost: $145.
Local culinary specialties await as you start a fantastic evening out in Budapest at one of the most popular local restaurants. Sit down to a dinner of creative Hungarian cuisine in a traditional Hungarian setting. After dinner, embark on a romantic evening cruise on the Danube. Discover the beauty of Budapest’s beautiful landmarks illuminated by the evening sky, sipping on a glass of wine as you glide down the river's beautiful waters. A selection of beverages is included on board. Duration approximately 3.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
Location: Krakow. Cost: $107.
Venture outside of Krakow to one of Poland's most fascinating locations, the magical Wieliczka Salt Mines. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the only mining site in the world that has been functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. Lying on nine levels, its original excavations (longitudinals, traverses, chambers, lakes, as well as minor and major shafts) stretch for an incredible 300 kilometers. Meet a miner guide who will take you down into this spectacular maze of unique rooms, tunnels, chapels and salt statues. It's an adventure unlike any other. Duration approximately 4 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Please note that this excursion requires an extensive amount of walking.
Location: Berlin. Cost: $130.
Leave the city behind and make your way to Potsdam, the former home of Prussian kings. Pause along the way to hear stories of the exchange of prisoners between the former East Germany and Western Germany at the Glienicke Bridge, dubbed “the Bridge of Spies.” Next, you’ll arrive at Sanssouci. Stand in awe of this magnificent former palace of Frederick the Great and UNESCO World Heritage site. Join your guide for a stroll through the perfectly manicured, tiered gardens that will take your breath away. Make your way to Cecilienhof Palace, the site where the main Allies of World War II decided on the shape of post-war Europe. Discover the palace with a guide, venturing through the historical photographs, memorabilia, and the legendary Conference Hall. In addition to its wartime past, get a glimpse into the lives of the former royal residents of the palace. On the way back to the city, sit back and take in the sights of Potsdam while you hear stories of the city’s rich history. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
Magnificent Cities of Central & Eastern Europe 5Lynette, QLD, Australia, Jul 2019
Overall the tour was OK. Hotels and locations of the hotels were good. However some of the coach journeys were long, especially from Budapest to Krakow and Krakow to Warsaw. Could have cut out going to Donaly in Slovakia as we only stopped for lunch there. Seemed a bit of a waste of time as we were then caught up in road works all the way to Warsaw ...read more which made the journey very slow. The coach driver and Tour Manager would have been aware of the road works and the day could have been better planned.
Collette tour of Eastern European Capitals 22Janet, QLD, Australia, May 2017
The Collette tour went well. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see a little more of Eastern Europe. I think it was good value for the money, Eastern Europe seems to be quite a bit cheaper than other parts of Europe (excluding Berlin and Vienna which are more expensive).
Prague was really crowded at the major destinations eg the castle ...read more and Charles Bridge, it's a trendy youth destination it seems. I enjoyed all the other destinations however, especially Berlin which has its own vibe, Budapest (fabulous hotel overlooking the Danube), Krakow (less fast-paced, more quaint) and Warsaw (interesting, friendly and diverse).
It is a quite fast-paced tour, but the attractions and options they include are all good, as are the hotels, mostly excellent in fact. The only hotel I did not like was the Mecure Grand Biedermeier in Vienna, because I had a single bed with a particularly hard mattress. All the hotels were located very close to the "Old Town" parts of the cities which made getting around on your own very easy.
There were only a few Australians on the trip, it was mostly Americans but all lovely people and a nice group of only about 22. One elderly gentleman struggled quite a lot with walking distances, steps etc so probably not a tour recommended for less mobile travellers. There was quite a good variety in locations and activities, plus free time included.There were other singles and we did some things together which was nice.
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