Highlights of Eastern Europe - Leisure Holidays

Highlights of Eastern EuropeAustria

From RM14,860 / per person for 16 nights
Explore the capitals of Eastern Europe on this multi-country trip. Visit Austria, Germany, Poland and more.

Perfect for:

Summary

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.


Map
Itinerary

Transfer

On arrival at Vienna Airport transfers will operate at 10am, 12.30pm, and 2.30pm. Guest arriving later should make their own way to the hotel .

Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Vienna Airport at 8am and 9.30am.

Accommodation

Day 1: Hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 2 & 3: Hotel Park

Day 4 & 5: Hotel Westin

Day 6 & 7: Hotel Danubius Margitsziget

Day 8 & 9: Hotel Qubus

Day 10 & 11: Hotel Leonardo Royal

Day 12 & 13: Hotel Hampton by Hilton City Centre Alexanderplatz

Day 14 & 15: Hotel Andels by Vienna House

Day 16: Hotel Hilton Danube Waterfront

Day 17: Depart Vienna

Sightseeing

Day 1: Arrive Vienna
Tune into the enchanting musical heritage of Vienna, your launchpad to a grand adventure through the highlights of Eastern Europe. After check-in, join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing walking tour of Old Vienna, revealing fascinating insights into the Habsburg dynasty, once one of the most influential royal houses of Europe. Admire the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards, Am Hof Square and the beloved St. Stephen's Cathedral, with its colourful tiled roof. This evening we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick off our exciting holiday. 


Day 2: Vienna - Lake Bled
We cross the Loibl Pass in the Karawanken Mountains into the lush green hills of Slovenia, arriving later in Lake Bled, an exquisite natural retreat set against the backdrop of forests and mountains. Admire its crystal clear waters from the comfort of a boat and gaze in wonder at the fairy-tale castle clinging dramatically to a cliff that rises up from the lake's edge. This evening, we dine at our hotel. 


Day 3: Lake Bled
Spend the day at leisure soaking up the romantic atmosphere of this alpine lake setting. Perhaps visit the ruins on Bled Island, navigate the lake's tranquil waters from a canoe, or consider joining an Optional Experience to the extensive maze of underground caves at Postojna. 


Day 4: Lake Bled - Ljubljana - Zagreb (2 Nights)
We leave the emerald waters of Bled behind and arrive in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, where we will join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see its Opera House, Cathedral, National Museum, Three Bridges Square and Castle, enjoying magnificent views of the city. We cross into Croatia and arrive in its capital, Zagreb - our home for the next two nights where we will spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Consider heading to Tkalčićeva Street to indulge in the flavours of traditional fruit brandy. 


Day 5: Zagreb Sightseeing
Explore a tale of two hilltop settlements and Zagreb's charming cobblestone lanes and squares, to this day lit by gas lamps. Join a Local Specialist who will share the landmarks of the city's lower and upper town, including the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, the Opera House and St. Mark's Church, with its exquisitely coloured roof. Spend the rest of the day at leisure paying homage to the patron saint of Zagreb at its Stone Gate, or enjoying the city views from Strossmartre. 


Day 6: Zagreb - Lake Balaton - Budapest (2 Nights)
Crossing the border into Hungary, we enjoy a photo stop on the shores of Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe and known affectionately by locals as the 'Hungarian Sea'. We continue to the romantic capital of Budapest - our home for the next two nights. Meander along the romantic Danube on a scenic river cruise, enjoy an evening of Hungarian wine tasting or relax in the healing waters of the Szecheyni Spa Bath as the sun sets.


Day 7: Budapest Sightseeing
We join a Local Specialist for a fascinating walking tour of the Castle district today, admiring picture-perfect views of the Danube and Fisherman's Bastion with its towers representing the seven Magyar tribes that formed the Hungarian nation. See the imposing Parliament and the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Later we join the Schieszl family for a traditional Be My Guest dinner and hear the story of their winery that once sheltered a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution.


Day 8: Budapest - Slovakia - Krakow (2 Nights)
The pristine natural landscape of Slovakia provides a picturesque backdrop for our journey to Poland, past the foothills of the Tatra Mountains. We arrive in the enchanting city of Kraków where we enjoy time at leisure. Consider an evening of lively Polish entertainment with dinner, or perhaps visit a traditional Polish Wodka Bar.


Day 9: Krakow Sightseeing
A leisurely walk through the beautiful streets of Kraków this morning with our Local Specialist showcases the Royal Castle and Cathedral on Wawel Hill, recognised as the most historically and culturally significant site in Poland. We continue through the charming Old Town with a visit to the Renaissance Cloth Hall and the Mariacki Church. Spend the afternoon exploring the city or consider visiting a traditional milk bar, enjoy a slice of Polish Sernik Babci in the Old Town Square or join an Optional Experience to the unique Wieliczka Salt Mine, where underground chambers are hewn out of rock salt. This evening, we dine at our hotel.


Day 10: Krakow - Auschwitz - Czestochowa - Warsaw (2 Nights)
Our journey this morning takes us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, a poignant reminder of the horrors perpetrated during the Holocaust and more than a million lives lost. Travelling to Jasna Gora Monastery, we rub shoulders with Catholic pilgrims who have journeyed to the famous shrine to the Virgin Mary for centuries to see the iconic Black Madonna of Czestochowa. This evening, we arrive in the elegant Polish capital of Warsaw where we will dine tonight at our hotel.


Day 11: Warsaw Sightseeing
Soak up the youthful energy of Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over the tragedy of war and the shackles of communism. This morning we join a Local Specialist visiting the Old Town, which the Nazis destroyed to retaliate against the brave Warsaw Uprising, and the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, immortalised in the Roman Polanski film - The Pianist. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights - visit the 14th century Royal Castle or celebrate the talents of Chopin and perhaps enjoy a private recital of Chopin's works.


Day 12: Warsaw - Poznan - Berlin (2 Nights)
Cross Poland's patchwork countryside to the charming city of Poznań - its Old Town Square a riot of colourful façades rebuilt after the devastation of World War II. View the Renaissance town hall and see the city's impressive Gothic churches. Continue west into Germany and arrive in the capital Berlin, a capital city with enviable youthful verve and charisma.


Day 13: Berlin Sightseeing
Ascend an icon of reunification this morning as you enjoy a Cultural Insight experience with spectacular panoramic views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower. Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour through the city's great landmarks, including the neoclassical Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the Reichstag Building, lovingly restored after it fell into disuse after World War II. Spend the afternoon people-watching on Friederichstrasse with an Fassbrause or join an Optional Experience to discover the turbulent past of this magnificent city.


Day 14: Berlin - Dresden - Prague (2 Nights)
Travel through the picturesque Spreewald Forest to Dresden - its iconic domes and spires almost entirely rebuilt after the Allied Forces left their deep scars on the city during World War II. Hear about its restoration during your orientation tour as you amble through its charming streets to see the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. We leave Germany behind and travel to the Czech Republic, arriving later in the glorious fairy-tale city of Prague, straddling the mighty Vltava. Spend your first evening savouring hearty Czech flavours during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.


Day 15: Prague Sightseeing
Explore exquisite Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque façades as you ramble through the cobblestone streets of Prague with your Local Specialist who will share insights into the city's fascinating history. Marvel at Prague Castle, the 14th century Charles Bridge and Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock and hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the Cathedral of St. Vitus, then enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax. Perhaps indulge in the delicious chocolate flavours of Trdelník in the Old Town Square, admiring the picturesque cityscape from Petrin Hill or consider a relaxing cruise on the Vltava.


Day 16: Prague - Tabor - Vienna
Journey through the lush green and golden landscapes of Southern Bohemia, stopping in Tábor, once a Hussite stronghold. Later we travel to the Imperial city of Vienna, where we'll enjoy a final Farewell Dinner together with our fellow travellers and Travel Director.


Day 17: Depart Vienna
Say a fond farewell to your newfound friends and an epic adventure together through Eastern Europe. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned

Meals

24 Meals as per itinerary - 16 buffet breakfast, 8 dinners (Including Be My Guest),

Local Specialist

Local specialist to bring locations alive

Tour Director

An expert Tour Director & separate driver

Charges & Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges & local taxes

Connect with Locals

Join the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner and the story of their winery. (Day 7)

Dive into Culture

Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360º views of the city. (Day 13)

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

/per person

Unable to progress as there are currently no step options for this tour
Continue