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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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From R 46 200 per person
Austria, Germany, Poland & More

Eastern Europe reveals its colourful side on this elaborate encounter with familiar favourites and lesser known gems like Slovenia’s Lake Bled and the charming Polish city of Poznan. 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 Holocaust.

DINING

  • 16 HOT BUFFET BREAKFASTS
  • 8 DINNERS

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague
  • Orientation of Dresden
  • View Lake Balaton – central Europe’s largest lake
  • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora Monastery, Poznan in Poland, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tábor
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

BE MY GUEST
Join the Schieszl family for hearty Hungarian fare and the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution

CULTURAL INSIGHTS
Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city

HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

LOCAL SPECIALISTS
For included sightseeing in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague

Day 1
Arrive Vienna

Day 2
Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)

Day 3
Lake Bled

Day 4
Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)

Day 5
Zagreb Sightseeing
Budapest, Hungary

Day 6
Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)
Fishermans Bastion, Budapest, Hungary

Day 7
Budapest Sightseeing

Day 8
Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków (2 Nights)

Day 9
Kraków Sightseeing

Day 10
Kraków – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)

Day 11
Warsaw Sightseeing
Berlin, Germany

Day 12
Warsaw – Poznań – Berlin (2 Nights)
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Day 13
Berlin Sightseeing
Prague, Czech Republic

Day 14
Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)
Old Town Square, Prague, Czech Republic

Day 15
Prague Sightseeing
Vienna Opera House, Austria

Day 16
Prague – Tábor – Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Day 17
Depart Vienna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1
Arrive Vienna Day 1 – Arrive Vienna
Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launchpad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After check-in, join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Vienna, revealing fascinating insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, Am Hof Square 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.

Hotel
Hilton Danube

Meals
Welcome Reception

 

 

Day 2
Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights) Day 2 – Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)
We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains into the lush green hills of Slovenia, arriving later in Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. Why not admire its crystal clear waters from the comfort of a boat and gaze in wonder at the fairy-tale castle clinging dramatically to a cliff that rises up from the lake’s edge? This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Hotel
Park

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

Optional Experiences
Lake Bled And Castle Exploration
With our Local Specialist, we’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled, learn Slovenian history and traditions and take a traditional “Pletna” boat across the lake. We’ll visit the Church of St. Mary’s with its wishing bell and then visit 1,000-year-old Bled Castle to explore its ancient interior and experience spectacular aerial views of the region.
Adult Price: €55.00

 

Day 3
Lake Bled Day 3 – Lake Bled
Spend the day at leisure soaking up the romantic atmosphere of this alpine lake setting. Perhaps visit the ruins on Bled Island, navigate the lake’s tranquil waters from a canoe, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj
A half-day visit with our Local Specialist to Slovenia’s largest glacier lake. We’ll see mountain villages and photo-worthy vistas along the way before taking a cable car up Mt Vogel (1600mt/ 5200f) for spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. We’ll continue along the shores of Lake Bohinj, where we’ll admire the stunning views and see the 13th-Century frescoes of St John’s Church.
Adult Price: €52.00

Postojna Caves Experience
Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this unique site is visited by thousands every year. During your 90-minute guided tour, you’ll travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot.
Adult Price: €52.00

 

Day 4
Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights) Day 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, enjoying magnificent views of the city. We cross into Croatia and arrive in its capital, Zagreb – our home for the next two nights where we will spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy.

Hotel
The Westin

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

 

Day 5
Zagreb Sightseeing Day 5 – Zagreb Sightseeing
Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb’s charming cobblestone lanes and squares, to this day lit by gas lamps. 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 at leisure paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences
Kumrovec with Food and Drinks
A scenic drive out of Zagreb with our Local Specialist brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll see his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later, share a meal of delicious regional specialities in a picturesque restaurant with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.
Adult Price: €60.00

 

Day 6
Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights) Day 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 known affectionately by locals as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest – our home for the next two nights. Meander along the romantic 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.

Hotel
Danubius Margitsziget

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences
Danube Cruise With Dinner
Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You’ll savour a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialities with drinks included and see Budapest’s spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname ‘The Paris of the East’.
Adult Price: €63.00

 

Day 7
Budapest Sightseeing Day 7 – Budapest Sightseeing
We join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of the Castle district today, admiring picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman’s Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes that formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we join the Schieszl family for a traditional Be My Guest dinner and hear the story of their winery that once sheltered a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Wonders Of Budapest
Immersing ourselves in the wonders of this spectacular city, We’ll enjoy a tour of the magnificent Hungarian Parliament building. We’ll also spend time visiting the beautiful, ornate St Stephen’s Basilica. Then, we’ll enjoy a light lunch at the world-famous Gundel Restaurant to refuel with soup, pancakes & a drink.
Adult Price: €74.00

 

Day 8
Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków (2 Nights) Day 8 – Budapest – Slovakia – Kraków (2 Nights)
The pristine natural landscape of Slovakia provides a picturesque backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków where we enjoy time at leisure. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wodka Bar.

Hotel
Qubus

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences
Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party
Tonight, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the typical Polka music and traditional dance of Poland’s rich culture, while savoring a delicious meal of Polish specialties and beverages at our specially-selected venue.
Adult Price: €59.00

 

Day 9
Kraków Sightseeing Day 9 – Kraków Sightseeing
A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our Local Specialist showcases the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the charming Old Town with a visit to the Renaissance Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon exploring the city 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 unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

Optional Experiences
Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration
Visit this amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed site just outside Krakow and marvel at the unique sculptures and setting of this 800-year old salt mine. See chambers, chapels and even salt chandeliers as we follow our guide 135 m (440 ft) underground.
Adult Price: €55.00

 

Day 10
Kraków – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights) Day 10 – Kraków – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – 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 and more than a million lives lost. Travelling to Jasna Gora Monastery, we rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the famous shrine to the Virgin Mary for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw where we will dine tonight at our hotel.

Hotel
Leonardo Royal

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

 

Day 11
Warsaw Sightseeing Day 11 – Warsaw Sightseeing
Soak up 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 brave Warsaw Uprising, and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film – The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights – visit the 14th century Royal Castle or celebrate the talents of Chopin and perhaps enjoy a private recital of Chopin’s works.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Chopin’s Warsaw
The spirit of Warsaw and the music of Chopin go hand in hand. This exclusive private recital of his music, performed for you by a celebrated Polish pianist in one of Warsaw’s historic buildings, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
Adult Price: €46.00

Wilanow Palace
This splendid baroque palace was built in the late 17th century as a summer home for King Jan Sobieski III. On our visit you’ll see the collection of royal furniture, portraits and china that forms part of the National Museum.
Adult Price: €34.00

 

Day 12
Warsaw – Poznań – Berlin (2 Nights) Day 12 – Warsaw – Poznań – Berlin (2 Nights)
Cross Poland’s patchwork countryside to the charming city of Poznań – its Old Town Square a riot of colourful façades rebuilt after the devastation of World War II. View the Renaissance town hall and see the city’s impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, a capital city with enviable youthful verve and charisma.

Hotel
Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

 

Day 13
Berlin Sightseeing Day 13 – Berlin Sightseeing
Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. 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 the turbulent past of this magnificent city.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Berlin By Night
Tonight join us as we enjoy great food, wine, beer, music and company before discovering the stunning illuminated landmarks of the German capital.
Adult Price: €60.00

Berlin’s Secret Past Revealed
Uncover secrets of Berlin’s past with your Local Specialist on a guided tour of the city. View the Holocaust Memorial, touch a remaining section of the Berlin Wall, see the site of Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about Berlin’s WWII and Cold War past.
Adult Price: €31.00

Traditional Lake District Dinner
Admire the architecture of this vibrant city on a scenic drive to the rural outskirts, used as the Royal Hunting grounds in centuries past. Now an exclusive residential district, you’ll dine in a charming chalet-style restaurant and enjoy an atmospheric dinner of German specialities.
Adult Price: €59.00

 

Day 14
Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights) Day 14 – Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)
Travel through the picturesque 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 amble through its charming 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 the glorious fairy-tale city of Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your first evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

Hotel
Andels by Vienna House

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

 

 

Day 15
Prague Sightseeing Day 15 – Prague Sightseeing
Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the cobblestone streets of Prague with your Local Specialist who will share insights into the city’s fascinating 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 in the delicious chocolate flavours of Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admiring the picturesque cityscape from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

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. You’ll discover the magical Charles Bridge, enjoy a drink in one of the old town’s quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, journey through the Old Town and gaze at the panoramic views of the city.
Adult Price: €39.00

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 city. During the cruise you’ll enjoy a lunch of local specialities.
Adult Price: €49.00

 

 

Day 16
Prague – Tábor – Vienna Day 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.

Hotel
Hilton Danube

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

 

Optional Experiences

Viennese Concert
You’ll enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese classical music including some of the most famous works of Strauss and Mozart, performed by some of the most highly acclaimed soloists and dancers in Austria. You’ll receive ‘A Class’ tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine during the interval.
Adult Price: €58.00

 

Day 17
Depart Vienna Day 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.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

Additional Info

  • Duration :
    17 Days
  • Countries :
    7 Countries
  • Cities :
    8 Cities
  • Price From :
    R46 200 per person
  • Location :
    Austria, Germany, Poland & More
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