Highlights of Eastern Europe

17 Day Guided Tour from Vienna to Vienna with Trafalgar

Read 23 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 17 Day Highlights of Eastern Europe. Explore 'east' and 'west' in the Croatian city of Zagreb, visit the Hungarian Sea and pay homage to those who lost their lives at Auschwitz, a reminder of the horrors of the ...read more

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Guided Tour Starts In
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Vienna
Guided Tour Ends In
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Vienna
Accomodation
Accomodation
4 Star
52
Max Group Size
52
Guided Tour
Trip Style
Guided Tour
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic
Trip Operated By:
Trafalgar
Trafalgar
863 Reviews
Trip Reviews:
4.7 out of 5
23 Reviews
Trip Code:
CHEE

Itinerary

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1 Arrive Vienna
Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launch pad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After checking in, join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Town Vienna, revealing insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and the beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday. (WR) Stay: Hilton Danube Waterfront
2 Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)
We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains and into the lush green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later at Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. During your free time, you could consider taking a boat trip on its crystal clear waters to admire the castle, which clings dramatically to a cliff rising up from the lake's edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Park
3 Lake Bled Free Day
Spend the day at your leisure, up the romantic atmosphere of this Alpine lake setting. Perhaps take a boat ride along the lake's tranquil waters, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. (B)
4 Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)
We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle. We cross into Croatia and travel to its capital, Zagreb - our home for the next two nights. You'll have a free evening to spend as you wish. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy. (B/D) Stay: International
5 Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time
Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb's scenic cityscape, to this day lit by gas lamps in the Upper Town. Join a 'Local Specialist' who will share the landmarks of the city's Lower and Upper Town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day on your own, paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre. (B)
6 Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)
Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and affectionately known by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest - our home for the next two nights. Perhaps, sail along the Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets. (B) Stay: Danubius Margitsziget
7 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time
Today, we join a 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour of the Castle district to admire picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes who formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we meet the Schieszl family and 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner. (B/BMG)
8 Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków (2 Nights)
The exquisite natural landscape of Slovakia provides a scenic backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wódka Bar. (B) Stay: Qubus
9 Kraków Sightseeing and Free Time
A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our 'Local Specialist' will include such highlights as the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the Old Town with a visit to the Mariacki Church and view of the Cloth Hall. Spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own or consider visiting a traditional milk bar. Enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel. (B/D)
10 Kraków – Auschwitz – Częstochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)
Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Travelling to Jasna Góra Monastery, we 'Dive Into Culture' and rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims, who have journeyed to the famous shrine for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Częstochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw, where we will dine tonight at our hotel. (B/D) Stay: Leonardo Royal
11 Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time
Connect with the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning, we join a 'Local Specialist' visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the Warsaw Uprising. You'll also see the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film - The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights on your own, or celebrate the talents of Chopin during a private recital of Chopin's works. (B)
12 Warsaw – Berlin (2 Nights)
Journey across Poland's patchwork countryside along the Autostrada Wolnośki (Motorway of Freedom) which was first initiated by Nazi Germany to connect Berlin with Poland and left unfinished for decades after World War II. Continue west into Germany and arrive in Berlin, a capital city with an enviable youthful verve and charisma. Here you'll enjoy an evening at leisure to explore the city your way. (B) Stay: Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz
13 Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time
Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you witness spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Then join a 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour through the city's great landmarks, including the Neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover Berlin's turbulent past. (B)
14 Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)
Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden - its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you stroll through its streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in glorious Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant. (B/RD) Stay: Vienna House Diplomat
15 Prague Sightseeing and Free Time
Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the ancient streets of Prague with your 'Local Specialist' who will share insights into the city's centuries-old history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th-century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax. Perhaps indulge with some delicious sweet pastry Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admire the view from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava. (B)
16 Prague – Tábor – Vienna
Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later, we travel to the imperial city of Vienna, where we'll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together with our fellow travellers and Travel Director. (B/FD) Stay: Hilton Danube Waterfront
17 Depart Vienna
Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through eastern Europe. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

Trafalgar Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • Orientation of Dresden
  • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Góra Monastery, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor
  • View Lake Balaton
Trip Inclusions
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences (Additional Cost) and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
Included Meals
  • 16 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners (Including Be My Guest)
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

Reviews (23)

17 Day Highlights of Eastern Europe reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

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“Wonderful experience travelling through eastern europe”
- VIC, Australia Sep 2019 1 Helpful Vote View Photo

Travelled with trafalgar and right from the moment of meeting the travel director it was obvious it was going to be fabulous. We had a mixed age range of fellow guests mainly from Aus, Can and USA and everyone got on like a house on fire and bonded quickly. I cant recommend this trip highly enough. Slovenia was a bonus and a surprise package for us. Loved everything we did.

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“Highlights of Eastern Europe Trip August-September 2019”
- TAS, Australia Aug 2019 1 Helpful Vote

This was our second trip with Trafalgar. The tour was as expected and with the 2 night stopovers there was no real rush, although you can be a the coach for some hours. The places we visited were really good with lots to see and do. Granted you can't see all that's in a particular place but we were given enough time to see the main bits with and without the local guides.
The hotels were good, breakfasts were mostly pretty good and the dinners, when included, for the...read more

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“Fascinating journey through Eastern Europe.”
- New Zealand Jul 2019

This tour had it all - history in abundance from former Communist countries, world wars and the Holocaust, amazing architecture, spectacular natural scenery especially in Slovenia, regional food, art, music. Every stop was for 2 nights which made for a more relaxed pace. The weather in July was perfect - not too hot. The hotels were very comfortable and mainly centrally located. The spa hotel in Budapest was especially delightful.
Our tour director was amazing displaying...read more

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“The Best Tour Ever ”
- VIC, Australia Jun 2019 1 Helpful Vote

We had the most amazing time on this Trafalgar tour made more great by our guide Kate. Her knowledge, generosity and experience made this tour our best ever. Everything from the food to the sights to the hotels was excellent.

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“Fabulous and thought provoking”
- WA, Australia May 2019 3 Helpful Votes

This was a wonderful trip with a great group of people and a fantastic guide. I was not fully prepared for the emotional journey I was about to undertake, visiting Hungary, Poland and Berlin in Germany was particularly enlightening. I think everyone should make the journey to Eastern Europe at some stage, to learn about the horrors of the holocaust and the difficulties of communism. It certainly made us appreciate our blissful lives in Australia, having never had to deal with such terrible pain....read more

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