Highlights of Eastern Europe - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

17 days

from €2695 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"The vacation of our life"
Jeffrey , Jul 2014

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 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
Trip code:
CHEE

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE VIENNA

    Welcome to Vienna! After check-in, your Local Specialist 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

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Park

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 4.

    LAKE BLED – LJUBLJANA – ZAGREB (2 NIGHTS)

    In the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist 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

    Westin

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Marriott Courtyard Center/Danubius Astoria

  • 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 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

  • 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. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Qubus

  • 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! This evening, perhaps sample some lively Polish entertainment with dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Westin

  • 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. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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 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

  • 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. Tonight, discover Berlin's lively nightlife!

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 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 1100 years. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal of Czech cuisine at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Andels/Angelo

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 16.

    PRAGUE – TABOR – VIENNA

    North into Czech Republic, visit Tabor, once a Hussite stronghold. 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

  • 17.

    DEPART VIENNA

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • 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.
  • Cultural Insights

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

    in Vienna, Ljublijana, Zagreb, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

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, Fishermans Bastion in Budapest, the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Jasna Gora monastery, Poznan, Berlin TV Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague and Tabor

Dining

  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts.

  • 8 dinners

    (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, Regional Meal, 4 three course dinner and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 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

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Bled

  • Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

    Adult Price: €46.00 You’ll enjoy magnificent views of Lake Bled before entering the 1000-year-old castle to explore its ancient interior. Later we’ll take a traditional 'Pletna' boat for a short cruise to the only island in the lake, where you’ll visit the Church of St. Mary's with its wishing bell.
  • Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj

    Adult Price: €43.00 A half-day visit to Slovenia’s largest glacier lake, we'll see mountain villages and make a photo stop in Studor, before reaching Lake Bohinj. There you’ll take a cable car up Mt Vogel (1600m) to see the beautiful mountain scenery. Later, there’s time to relax beside the lake and visit St John's Church, adorned with 13th century frescoes.
  • Postojna Caves Experience

    Adult Price: €47.00 Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this UNESCO World Heritage 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.

Zagreb

  • Kumrovec And Lunch

    Adult Price: €54.00 A scenic drive out of Zagreb brings us to the Croatian village of Kumrovec, birthplace of the late President of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. You’ll explore his house, now a museum, and share a lunch of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Budapest

  • Danube Cruise With Dinner

    Adult Price: €58.00 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'.
  • Wonders Of Budapest

    Adult Price: €68.00 Immerse yourself in the wonders of this spectacular city. Our experience includes a tour of the magnificent symbol of the city, the Hungarian Parliament building and time to visit the interior of the ornate St Stephen’s Basilica. Then, a light lunch stop at the world-famous and elegant Gundel Restaurant to refuel with soup, pancakes & a drink before we complete our Budapest exploration with a visit to the amazing Market Hall to wander through the produce stalls and perhaps shop for Hungarian embroidery and paprika.

Krakow

  • Farmhouse Dinner And Polka Party

    Adult Price: €54.00 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.
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines Exploration

    Adult Price: €47.00 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.

Warsaw

  • Chopin’s Warsaw

    Adult Price: €44.00 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 old summer palaces, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.
  • Wilanow Palace

    Adult Price: €32.00 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, and discover the Museum of the Polish Poster in the palace grounds.

Berlin

  • Berlin's Secret Past Revealed

    Adult Price: €26.00 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.
  • Dinner And Berlin By Night

    Adult Price: €57.00 Tonight join us as we enjoy hearty German food, wine, beer and traditional music, before discovering the illuminated landmarks of the German capital.

Prague

  • Beautiful Prague By Night

    Adult Price: €36.00 Join your Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by mini-bus, tram or on foot. You’ll discover the magical Old Town Square, enjoy a drink and snack in one of the old town’s quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, and see a panoramic view over the city. Optional may be operated in reverse, starting with the viewpoint.
  • Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch Or Dinner

    Adult Price: €46.00 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 or dinner of local specialities.
  • Prague By Night - Walking Tour

    Adult Price: €30.00 Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour and evening introduction to this fairy-tale city. We’ll meander through the magical old city, then explore the old town, where you’ll enjoy drinks and music in one of the quaint restaurants.

Vienna

  • Viennese Concert

    Adult Price: €52.00 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 local champagne during the interval.
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