Highlights of Eastern Europe 2014

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Hofburg Palace
Astronomical Clock, Prague
Fishermen's Bastion
  • Duration: 18 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The major capitals of Eastern Europe are encountered on this multi-country trip – showing you the contrasts and nuances between the places that once lay either side of the Iron Curtain. It's Insider moments like… being welcomed into the capital cities you stay in (or visit) by people who live there. Hopping onto your coach or taking you for a walk around their neighbourhood, you suddenly feel like you could have lived there for years yourself. When asked, they readily share their tips for where to shop, eat or just stroll with the locals, so you can seamlessly fit in as you explore in your free time. And you experience European rural life too, returning to nature for two nights in Slovenia's scenic Lake Bled.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Vienna.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE VIENNA

    Welcome to Vienna! After check-in, your Local Expert gives a superb historical account of the Hapsburg dynasty during your sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, St. Stephen's Cathedral and 'Am Hof'. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Hilton Danube

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  • Day 3

    VIENNA – LAKE BLED (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains to the green hills of Slovenia. Arrive later in Lake Bled, an earthly paradise and your home for the next two nights. A beautiful glacial lake in the Julian Alps, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape set amid forests and mountains. There is time this afternoon to explore the medieval castle or take a boat ride on the lake. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Park/Golf

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  • Day 4

    LAKE BLED FREE TIME

    Spend the day as you wish. Relax or consider joining an optional excursion to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 5

    LAKE BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB (2 NIGHTS)

    In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert includes the Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Castle and the Three Bridges Square. Later, cross the border into Croatia and arrive in Zagreb. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: The Westin

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  • Day 6

    ZAGREB SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Expert shows you all the landmarks in the lower and upper town, including the majestic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, St. Mark's Church and the Opera House. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    ZAGREB – LAKE BALATON – BUDAPEST (2 NIGHTS)

    Across the border in Hungary, pause for photos on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. Continue to the capital Budapest on the banks of the romantic River Danube for your two-night stay.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Centre/Danubius Astoria

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  • Day 8

    BUDAPEST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire the city's sights with your Local Expert during a walking tour of the city, featuring stunning views over the river from the Fishermen's Bastion. See Parliament and the Great Synagogue. Join your companions this evening for a delicious Hungarian Be My Guest dining experience.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 9

    BUDAPEST – SLOVAKIA – KRAKOW (2 NIGHTS)

    Travelling north through Slovakia, into Poland and past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains, you arrive in the picturesque city of Krakow. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Puro

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  • Day 10

    KRAKOW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Expert. Your walking tour through the Old Town includes a visit to the Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Consider an optional experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt! This evening, perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    KRAKOW – AUSCHWITZ – CZESTOCHOWA – WARSAW (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a permanent reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust. Afterwards, visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland's most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary featuring the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Finish the day in Warsaw, where you dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Westin

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  • Day 12

    WARSAW SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Visit the Old Town and the site of the Warsaw ghetto during your morning sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. Admire the Palace of Culture and Science. Later, don't miss a trip to the Wilanow Palace, the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 13

    WARSAW – POZNAN – BERLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross Poland's central plains to Poznan. Stop to view the charming City Hall and see impressive Gothic churches. Continue west to the border town of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder and into Germany. Arrive in the capital, Berlin, one of Europe's most exciting cities.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton

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  • Day 14

    BERLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning enjoy a Unique Insight experience with fantastic 360° views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Marvel at the city's great landmarks during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Unter den Linden Boulevard, and the German State Opera House. Relax or take an optional experience to discover the secret past of this magnificent city. Tonight, discover Berlin's lively nightlife!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 15

    BERLIN – DRESDEN – PRAGUE (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel through the Spreewald Forest to Dresden. Hear about the restoration of the city during your orientation tour, which includes the Saxon Wall, Semper Opera and 18th century Cathedral. Cross into the Czech Republic, arriving later in the magnificent city of Prague - the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for over 1100 years. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

    Hotel: Andels/Angelo

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  • Day 16

    PRAGUE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert gives a comprehensive history of Prague during your sightseeing tour. Marvel at Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, the Old Town square. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then spend free time exploring or shopping for souvenirs.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 17

    PRAGUE – TABOR – VIENNA

    Visit Tabor, former headquarters of the 15th century religious reformer, John Huss. Drive through Southern Bohemia, past the town of Horn and continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Hilton Danube

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  • Day 18

    VIENNA - USA

    Say farewell to your newfound friends at the end of a wonderful vacation! Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Receive a warm welcome from a local family who have lived on the outskirts of Budapest for many generations. Involved in the production of wine, the family will share some of their history and you will be served delicious food and enjoy fantastic hospitality.
  • Local Expert in Vienna, Ljublijana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague.
  • Unique Insight Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours in Vienna, Ljublijana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague.
  • Orientations of Dresden.
  • Visit Lake Bled, Berlin TV Tower, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, the Jasna Gora monastery, Fishermans Bastion in Budapest, Poznan, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tabor.
  • View Lake Balaton, central Europe's largest lake.

Dining

  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 8 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 4 three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.

Airport Transfers

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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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