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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.

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About this trip

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.


Trip type: Regional Explorer i

Trip code: CHEE

16 Nights

accommodation

24 Meals
  • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

  • 8 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

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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

Day 4

Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)

Day 5

Zagreb Sightseeing

Lake Balaton, Hungary

Day 6

Zagreb – Lake Balaton – Budapest (2 Nights)

Budapest Synagogue, Hungary

Day 7

Budapest Sightseeing

Day 8

Budapest – Slovakia – Krakow (2 Nights)

Day 9

Krakow Sightseeing

Day 10

Krakow – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)

Day 11

Warsaw Sightseeing

Day 12

Warsaw – Poznan – Berlin (2 Nights)

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

Day 13

Berlin Sightseeing

Dresden Opera House, Germany

Day 14

Berlin – Dresden – Prague (2 Nights)

St Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic

Day 15

Prague Sightseeing

Day 16

Prague – Tábor – Vienna

Vienna, Austria

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

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

Optional Experiences

Lake Bled And Castle Exploration

With our Local Specialist, we’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.

Adult Price: €48.00

Day 2

Day 3

Lake Bled

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

Optional Experiences

Alpine Jewels And Lake Bohinj

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

Adult Price: €45.00

Postojna Caves Experience

Deep beneath the Slovenian Karst lies a magnificent underground world of limestone caves. Shaped by nature over millions of years, this 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.

Adult Price: €48.00

Day 3

Day 4

Lake Bled – Ljubljana – Zagreb (2 Nights)

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

Hotel

Westin

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Zagreb Sightseeing

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

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 explore his house, now a museum, and have time to explore the museum village. Later share a meal of local specialities in a picturesque restaurant, with magnificent views of the Croatian countryside.

Adult Price: €55.00

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

Aquincum

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: €59.00

Day 6

Day 7

Budapest Sightseeing

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

Optional Experiences

Wonders Of Budapest

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.

Adult Price: €70.00

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

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

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: €56.00

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: €48.00

Day 9

Day 10

Krakow – Auschwitz – Czestochowa – Warsaw (2 Nights)

Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz which is 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

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Warsaw Sightseeing

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. This afternoon enjoy free time or consider a trip to the residence of Polish King Jan Sobieski III. Tonight you might like to attend a classical music recital.

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 old summer palaces, if available, is one of the unforgettable memories of this trip. Sparkling wine will be served during the intermission.

Adult Price: €45.00

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, and discover the Museum of the Polish Poster in the palace grounds.

Adult Price: €33.00

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 into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, one of Europe's most exciting cities.

Hotel

Steigenberger Am Kanzleramt

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 12

Day 13

Berlin Sightseeing

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

Optional Experiences

Dinner And Berlin By Night

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

Adult Price: €59.00

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: €27.00

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

Andels by Vienna House Prague

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 14

Day 15

Prague Sightseeing

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

Optional Experiences

Prague By Night - Walking Tour

Join your Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by tram or mini-bus and on foot. You'll enjoy a drink and snack in one of the town's quaint restaurants while being entertained by musicians. Then, we'll take in panoramic views of the city. (n.b. Optional may be operated in reverse)

Adult Price: €31.00

Beautiful Prague By Night

Join your Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by mini-bus, tram or on foot. Enjoy a drink in one of the town’s quaint restaurants while a musician entertains and then experience a panoramic view over the city. Optional may be operated in reverse, starting with the viewpoint.

Adult Price: €37.00

Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch Or Dinner

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.

Adult Price: €47.00

Day 15

Day 16

Prague – Tábor – Vienna

Drive through Southern Bohemia and stop in Tábor once a Hussite stronghold. 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

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 local champagne during the interval.

Adult Price: €54.00

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

  • 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

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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


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Dining

    • 16 hot buffet breakfasts

    • 8 dinners
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Travel Highlights

    • 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


    Airport Transfers

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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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