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The 8 natural wonders in Eastern Europe you should visit this summer

Recently updated on December 1st, 2023 at 06:01 pm

Whether you’re hiking through national parks, wandering along lakeside paths, or simply enjoying scenic drives, summer in Eastern Europe offers the perfect blend of favorable weather, vibrant landscapes, and outdoor fun. We scoured our Eastern Europe tours to find the best natural wonders worth seeing, from expansive lakes to majestic mountains, and pristine bays to ancient forests. Summer is the best time to explore these unique natural sights. With warmer weather and longer daylight hours, these nature destinations come alive. 

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

When it comes to your summer vacation, Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor could be at the top of your travel list. This idyllic destination offers the perfect combination of sun, sea, and stunning landscapes. With its Mediterranean climate, summer in Montenegro means long days filled with warm weather, ideal for exploring the beauty of the Bay of Kotor.

Picture yourself sailing along the fjord-like bay, surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas and azure waters. Dive into the refreshing sea or relax on one of the picturesque beaches dotting the coastline. Wander through the enchanting streets of Kotor’s medieval old town, adorned with charming cafes, lively markets, and ancient architecture. Hiking enthusiasts can conquer the challenging trails leading to panoramic viewpoints, rewarding their efforts with awe-inspiring vistas. 

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Mljet National Park, Croatia

Summer is the best time to explore the islands off the coast of Croatia. When you join Trafalgar’s Pearls of the Adriatic cruise, you’ll find a tranquil and nature-filled summer vacation at Mljet National Park. This lesser-known island gem near Dubrovnik is a haven of untouched beauty and serene landscapes where you can connect with nature and experience the true essence of summer.

Summer brings out the best of Mljet, with its warm weather and longer daylight hours. On our Eastern Europe tours you could explore the park’s lush forests with trails winding through ancient pine trees and fragrant Mediterranean vegetation. The highlight of the park is the mesmerizing saltwater lakes—Veliko and Malo Jezero—where you can swim, kayak, or simply relax on the secluded sandy beaches. Visit the islet of St. Mary in the middle of Veliko Jezero, where a 12th-century Benedictine monastery stands surrounded by lush greenery.

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Lake Sevan, Armenia

Your reward for an early start to the day is the tranquil beauty of Lake Sevan. Situated amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Armenian Highlands, Lake Sevan is a true natural wonder. Summer is the ideal time to visit the “Blue Pearl of Armenia”. In the warm months the region comes alive with vibrant colors. The cool waters offer a refreshing escape from the summer heat on Eastern European tours. 

Here, you can soak in the panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains while delving into Armenia‘s rich cultural heritage. Stop in the lakeside village of Noratus, with its impressive collection of Armenian cross-stones. Then head to Yeghegnadzor spectacularly surrounded by the Zangezur Mountains before savoring a homemade lunch of local Armenian specialties. 

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Plitviče Lakes National Park, Croatia

Few experiences match exploring the captivating natural wonderland of Plitviče Lakes National Park. When you explore this Eastern Europe wonder on tours with Trafalgar, a Local Specialist will lead a guided tour through the UNESCO-listed park. It’s one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. Immerse yourself in a world of cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes, and lush greenery as you wander through a network of wooden walkways and hiking trails.

Summer unveils the park’s splendor in all its glory. The cascading lake waters shift from azure to green, grey to blue depending on how the sun hits the water. The park’s mesmerizing beauty is accentuated further by the vibrant colors of the surrounding flora and fauna. Capture breathtaking photographs of the park’s iconic Veliki Slap, the largest waterfall in Croatia, as it crashes down into the crystal-clear lakes below. 

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Cappadocia, Turkey

The surreal landscape of Cappadocia, dotted with fairy-tale-like rock formations and ancient cave dwellings, is a unique and magical summer destination. This extraordinary region of Turkey is a true feast for the senses. Warm weather and clear skies make summer the perfect time to visit. Wake early to witness hundreds of hot air balloons floating high in the sky. Then explore an intricate network of underground cities, carved into the soft volcanic rock.

With Trafalgar’s Eastern Europe tours you’ll wander through the Göreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at the beautifully painted frescoes adorning the ancient rock-cut churches. Explore the stunning Rose Valley or Love Valley, and embrace the magic of Cappadocia at sunset when captivating colors and shadows are cast upon the unique landscape.

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Lake Bled, Slovenia

When it comes to summer destinations that exude natural beauty and enchantment, Lake Bled in Slovenia is a must-visit. This idyllic lake, nestled amidst the Julian Alps, presents a picturesque setting that seems straight out of a fairytale. Summer is the perfect time to experience the magic of Lake Bled. It’s when the weather is warm, and the surrounding landscapes come alive with lush greenery. 

Take a leisurely stroll around the lake, or rent a rowboat to explore its tranquil waters at your own pace. Ascend the iconic Bled Island by traditional Pletna boat, and visit the charming church perched atop the island, ringing its bell for good luck. Don’t miss the opportunity to hike up to Bled Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the lake. From the castle’s terrace, marvel at the panoramic views of the shimmering lake, the emerald-green forests, and the majestic peaks of the Julian Alps. 

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Postojna Cave, Slovenia

Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. For something different on any Eastern Europe tours, venture beneath when you explore Postojna Cave in Slovenia on your summer vacation. Step into a subterranean world filled with magnificent stalactites, stalagmites, and other breathtaking formations, crafted over millions of years. 

Travel by electric mini-train through a maze of mysterious corridors before exploring the vast limestone caverns by foot with a Local Specialist. You’ll go deep into the cave’s vast chambers, where you’ll marvel at the mesmerizing rock formations. Admire the sheer size and intricacy of this geological masterpiece. 

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Lake Balaton, Hungary

A summer vacation in landlocked countries looks a little different. Lake Balaton is known as the “Hungarian Sea”. Come summer this expansive freshwater lake in Hungary offers a delightful escape for sun-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. In the warmer months you’ll find a lively resort atmosphere with outdoor fun and events. 

Picture yourself lounging on one of the sandy beaches, basking in the warm sun and enjoying the refreshing breeze off the lake. Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming, kayaking, or even trying your hand at windsurfing. 

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Are you planning to join any Eastern Europe tours for your summer vacation? Let us know where you’re going to travel in summer below…

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