Classic: Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans (EDLT)
Countries Visited: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 27 breakfasts
Accommodations: Hotels/pensions (28 nts).
Wander beautiful medieval cities, opt for a soak in a thermal bath in Budapest, kayak the Bay of Kotor, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split
This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europes castles and romantic squares with the Balkans own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isnt a cobweb-enshrouded history tour - youll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres, and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 29 days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.
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|Day 1||Berlin||Day 1 Berlin|
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Berlin||Day 2 Berlin (1B)|
Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.
|Day 3||Warsaw||Day 3 Berlin/Warsaw (1B)|
Take a train to Warsaw before a guided tour of the city. Take in the remarkably rebuilt Old Town and the castle and learn about the history of the Warsaw Uprising. Included Activities: Warsaw City Guided Tour Transport: Train (6.00 hour(s))
|Day 4||Krakow||Day 4 Warsaw/Krakow (1B)|
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Polands cultural hub. Opt to explore the different neighbourhoods like the Jewish section and main square. Dip into a local milk bar for a real Polish meal. Transport: Train (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Days 5-6||Krakow||Days 5-6 Krakow|
You may want to end your day embracing Polish social traditions in one of Krakow's many cellar restaurants and pubs. Dive into the thriving social scene over a few vodkas in one of these cheerful establishments, Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka) is a must! Included Activities: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Visit
|Day 7||Prague||Day 7 Krakow/Prague (1B)|
If youre in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs, which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place to find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine such as fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings. Transport: Local train (7.00-10.00 hours, 534km)
|Days 8-9||Prague||Days 8-9 Prague|
Enjoy all Prague has to offer. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or a traditional Czech beer hall with serious helpings of meat and potatoes.
|Day 10||Cesky Krumlov||Day 10 Prague/Cesky Krumlov (1B)|
Travel to Cesky Krumlov. Spend time wandering the small city, visiting the castle or choose to spend an afternoon rafting on the Vltava River. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
|Day 11||Cesky Krumlov||Day 11 Cesky Krumlov (1B)|
Opt to have lunch in one of the many pretty restaurants offering fantastic local cuisine, sitting on a terrace overlooking this fairytale medieval town.
|Day 12||Vienna||Day 12 Cesky Krumlov/Vienna (1B)|
Theres plenty of time here to visit world-famous museums, the opera house or indulge in typical Austrian desserts like strudel or Sacher Torte. Included Activities: Vienna Walking Tour Magdas Hotel Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 13||Vienna||Day 13 Vienna (1B)|
Wander the elegant streets a little more, take in some of Europes most distinguished art galleries or just settle yourself on a cafE terrace, order up a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake and watch the world go by over coffee.
|Day 14||Budapest||Day 14 Vienna/Budapest (1B)|
With the Danube River dividing old town, Buda, from the newer area, Pest, there is plenty to see and do. Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 15||Budapest||Day 15 Budapest|
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 16||Novi Sad||Day 16 Budapest/Novi Sad (1B)|
Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub. Transport: Cross into Serbia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Train (5.00 hour(s))
|Day 17||Belgrade||Day 17 Novi Sad/Belgrade (1B)|
Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade. Included Activities: Petrovaradin Fortress Visit Transport: Train (1.50 hour(s))
|Day 18||Belgrade||Day 18 Belgrade (1B)|
Opt to visit the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum. Learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history. Included Activities: Kalemegdan Fortress Visit
|Day 19||Sarajevo||Day 19 Belgrade/Sarajevo (1B)|
Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 20||Sarajevo||Day 20 Sarajevo (1B)|
Take an included tour of the Tunnel of Life to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for Sarajevo Roses. Included Activities: Tunnel of Life Tour
|Day 21||Mostar||Day 21 Sarajevo/Mostar (1B)|
After visiting the bridge, wander through the small streets and opt to sit in a cafE, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere. For a sobering look into the citys recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war. Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
|Day 22||Kotor||Day 22 Mostar/Kotor (1B)|
Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area. If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the areas sand. Transport: Cross into Montenegro. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 190km)
|Day 23||Kotor||Day 23 Kotor (1B)|
Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas. Included Activities: Sea Kayaking
|Day 24||Dubrovnik||Day 24 Kotor/Dubrovnik (1B)|
The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside caFes serve up tasty seafood. Transport: Cross into Croatia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 100km)
|Day 25||Dubrovnik||Day 25 Dubrovnik (1B)|
Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.
|Day 26||Hvar||Day 26 Dubrovnik/Hvar (1B)|
Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns. Transport: Hop on a ferry from Dubrovnik to beautiful Hvar. Ferry (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 27||Hvar||Day 27 Hvar (1B)|
Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands. Included Activities: Pakleni Islands Boat Ride
|Day 28||Split||Day 28 Hvar/Split (1B)|
Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjans peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area. Included Activities: Diocletians Palace Guided Walk Transport: Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 29||Split||Day 29 Split (1B)|
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.
Local Flights: If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.