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Highlights of Eastern Europe

17 Days 8 Countries 9 Cities

Explore the capitals of Eastern Europe on this multi-country trip. Visit Austria, Germany, Poland and more.

"A wonderful experience"

Janet, Australia

About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... being welcomed into Europe's capital cities by people who live there – and experiencing its traditional rural life, by returning to nature for two nights at Slovenia's scenic Lake Bled.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: CHEE

16 Nights

accommodation

24 Meals
  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest).

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

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St Stephens, Austria, Vienna

Day 1

Arrive Vienna

Day 2

Vienna – Lake Bled (2 Nights)

Day 3

Lake Bled Free Time

Day 4

Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)

Day 5

Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time

Budapest, Hungary

Day 6

Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)

Budapest Parliament, Hungary

Day 7

Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 8

Budapest – Slovakia – Krakow (2 Nights)

Day 9

Krakow Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 10

Krakow – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)

Day 11

Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time

Berlin, Germany

Day 12

Warsaw – Poznan – Berlin (2 Nights)

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Day 13

Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

Prague, Czech Republic

Day 14

Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)

St Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

Day 15

Prague Sightseeing and Free Time

Vienna, Austria

Day 16

Prague – Bratislava – Vienna

Day 17

Depart Vienna

Day 1

Arrive Vienna

Welcome to Vienna. After check-in, your Local Specialist gives a superb historical account of the Habsburg 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.

Hotel

Hilton Danube

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
St Stephens, Austria, Vienna

Day 1

Day 2

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.

Hotel

Park

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 2

Day 3

Lake Bled Free Time

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)

In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist where you see 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.

Hotel

The Westin Zagreb

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Zagreb Sightseeing and Free Time

A fascinating city, Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe. Your Local Specialist 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.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

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.

Hotel

Marriott Courtyard Center

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Budapest, Hungary

Day 6

Day 7

Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
Budapest Parliament, Hungary

Day 7

Day 8

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. This evening perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.

Hotel

Qubus

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Krakow Sightseeing and Free Time

View the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill during a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. 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. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

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.

Hotel

The Westin Warsaw

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Warsaw Sightseeing and Free Time

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 11

Day 12

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 past the border town of Frankfurt-an-der-Oder and into Germany. Arrive in the capital Berlin, one of Europe's most exciting cities. Tonight discover the city’s lively nightlife.

Hotel

Hilton

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Berlin, Germany

Day 12

Day 13

Berlin Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning enjoy a Cultural 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 Specialist including the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and Unter den Linden Boulevard. Relax or take an Optional Experience to discover the secret past of this magnificent city.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Day 13

Day 14

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 House 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 1,100 years. This evening enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.

Hotel

andel's by Vienna House Prague

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal
Prague, Czech Republic

Day 14

Day 15

Prague Sightseeing and Free Time

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
St Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

Day 15

Day 16

Prague – Bratislava – Vienna

Drive through Southern Bohemia and stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia for your lunch stop. Later continue to the Imperial city of Vienna. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Hilton Danube

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner
Vienna, Austria

Day 16

Day 17

Depart Vienna

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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 17

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague.

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.

  • 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.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague

    • Orientation of Dresden

    • Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia, Fishermans 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 the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava

    • View Lake Balaton, central Europe's largest lake


What's Included

Dining

    • 16 hot buffet breakfasts.

    • 8 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


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Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 75 Reviews

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    Knowledgeable tour director, excellent and courteous driver, above standard accommodation. Very well organised

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    Service rating : Excellent service from travel director, coach driver and all local tour guides! We enjoyed every minute of the trip because of their efficient service!Product : Fantastic trip! Massive room for improvement with chosen hotels in Zagreb and Prague. Worst hotel was in Prague,

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    Service rating : Throughout we found the experience above expectation. Trafalgar is simply the best.Product : The trip in all aspects was truly memorable.

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    Service rating : The tour we took was not our first choice as that one was cancelled two months before our departure.We were not offered any compensation or special discount on another tour only a refund of what we had paid. We booked and paid early for our first choice so if we had switched to

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    Service rating : Overall I thought the service was very good. I did not have any special requests, though.Product : I liked the itinerary with regard to the cities visited. I would prefer to see more places of interest in a day - many morning and afternoon coffee breaks were too long and I feel

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