Highlights of Eastern Europe

14 days from £945pp.


Warsaw

Visit: Warsaw, Poland

Charles Bridge

Visit: Charles Bridge, Czech Republic

Berlin

Visit: Berlin, Germany

Krakow

Visit: Krakow, Poland

Chain Bridge

Visit: Chain Bridge, Hungary

Vienna Parliament Building

Visit: Vienna Parliament Building, Austria

About the Tour

A fascinating grand tour of the great eastern European cities; Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna & Prague. We begin in the cosmopolitan city of Berlin, where we take a tour of the most famous sights, including Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall. Crossing the border into Poland, we visit Warsaw, where you can join a guided tour of this gem of a city. In Krakow we see the famous old town and Wawel Castle and whilst in Poland we also pay a moving remembrance visit to Auschwitz. Crossing the border into Hungary, we spend a full day exploring the capital city of Budapest, see the Royal Palace and Parliament square. On to Austria where we visit Vienna, take in the famous sights from Hofburg Palace to the Parliament buildings. Our holiday comes to an end in the ‘Golden Town’ of Prague, where we take you on a tour of the splendid architecture of the many historic buildings. This truly is a holiday you will not forget in a hurry. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


  • 13 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 9 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
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Your Itinerary

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

    Mohne Dam

    Mohne Dam

    This morning we travel across the border into Germany and include a stop at the Mohne Dam in the Ruhr Valley, heroically breached by the Lancasters of 617 Squadron (Dambusters) in 1943. At Mohne you can walk on top of the dam and still see where the breach was made. Of the 20 massive dams constructed in the Ruhr Valley, six dams were selected as targets with three of these being the primary targets - the Möhne, the Eder and the Sorpe dams. Between the Möhne and Sorpe, they held back 76% of the total water available to the industrial valley, one of the main reasons they were two of the primary targets. If breached, these dams would bring the whole industrial valley to a standstill, causing massive damage to the steel industry devastating production of tanks, aircraft, guns and locomotives which were all vital to Germany's war effort. After our visit we continue through the states of Lower Saxony to our hotel in Berlin for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Berlin Cathedral

    Berlin Cathedral

    This morning we travel in to the centre of Berlin on our included excursion. Having re-gained its pre-war status as the capital of Germany, Berlin now thrives on its exciting new architecture, youthful vibrancy and rich cultural diversity. The city has a cosmopolitan buzz that makes it one of Europe’s top city destinations. Berlin is a city with something for everyone, from fantastic gastronomic experiences, art, shopping, culture, history and much more. Why not take the optional sightseeing tour to introduce you to the city’s array of famous sights. During the “cold war” period the city was divided between east and west but is once again the flourishing capital of the unified Germany. Our guide will explain about the changes that have taken place since the unification of the city as well as pointing out and explaining the interesting stories behind many of the buildings. We see the sights of former West Berlin including the famous street of the Kurfurstendamm with its cafes, theatres, cinemas and art galleries and amongst others the newly refurbished Reichstag building, the home of the German Parliament. We pass by the Brandenburg Gate and continue into former East Berlin where we see the famous Unter den Linden Street with the Cathedral and Humboldt University. The remainder of the day is at leisure, and with such a chequered past there is plenty for you to see and explore.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We depart our hotel early this morning as we make our way east towards Poland, and the capital city of Warsaw. During our journey we will pass the city of Poznan, where the first Polish state was created over a thousand years ago. We reach Warsaw this evening for a two-night stay. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en route

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Warsaw

    Warsaw

    Today we travel into the centre of Warsaw for free time. Although the beginnings of Warsaw go as far back as the 12th and 13th century, the city was forced to completely rebuild after its near-total destruction during World War II. The symbol of the capital’s rebirth was an unprecedented post-war re-creation of the Old Town, which in 1980 was put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. To introduce you to the sights why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour (included on Silver Service & Luxuria). You will see the “Royal Route” with its aristocratic residences, statues and historic churches before visiting the Old Town, the Castle Square the Barbican and such historical sites as the Ghetto Memorial, the Chopin Monument and the Belvedere Palace. Our local guide will provide an informative commentary, and reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped the often-tragic history of this fascinating city. The remainder of the day is at leisure in this remarkable city. Explore the streets of the Old Town with atmospheric alleys, squares and cosy cafes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Auschwitz

    Auschwitz

    Today we drive south to the old Polish capital of Krakow. En route we spend time at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex. A site of great importance to the Holocaust story, Auschwitz will forever be seen as the centre of a vast plan to exterminate a whole race of people. Rudolph Hess was given the assignment of expanding the camp to accommodate 30,000 prisoners. In this process he built an annex that would hold 100,000 prisoners of war. As the prisoners arrived, approximately 25 percent were then and there determined to be “fit for work” and allowed to live a bit longer. The great majority of Jews, however, who were deported to Auschwitz - men, women and children - were immediately sent to their deaths in the gas chambers of Auschwitz II - Birkenau. When the SS realized that the end of the war was near, they attempted to remove all evidence of the atrocities committed there. They dismantled the gas chambers, crematoriums and other buildings. They burned documents and evacuated all the prisoners who could walk to the interior of Germany. The number of victims was approximately one million, only 667 prisoners escaped; 270 were recaptured and executed. Those who were not evacuated where liberated by the Red Army on January 27, 1945. Auschwitz is an emotive symbol of terror and genocide; we stop here to pay a remembrance visit where so many needlessly lost their lives. We arrive at our hotel in Krakow this evening for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Krakow

    Krakow

    We start our day with an included guided sightseeing tour of Krakow. As the ancient capital of Poland, the city was the royal residence for centuries, and the only major city in the country to escape major damage during World War 2. Its assembly of monuments are listed by UNESCO as one of the world's twelve most significant historic sites. During the tour we will see the magnificent Wawel castle, (entrance at extra cost), impressively situated on a hill-top overlooking the Vistula river. The rest of the day can be spent exploring the city at your leisure. Alternatively, why not join our afternoon optional excursion to the town of Wieliczka and the oldest salt mine in Europe. The mines are an impressive underground world of salt lakes and galleries extending to a depth of 327m with approximately 300km of tunnels stretching over an area some 10km wide. They are a masterpiece of generations of miners who have created a subterraneous world of chambers and lakes, where galleries, halls, chapels and numerous sculptures have been carved in the salt rock. The mine is beautifully maintained and this is a visit not to be missed. The journey starts at the Danilowicz Shaft where we meet our guide and then descend via some 380 steps to 64 meters below ground. Our guide takes us on a fascinating journey through the magnificent chambers revealing the history and the secrets of the mine. At the end of our visit we return to the surface by the miners lift.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Budapest

    Budapest

    We leave Poland this morning and head south into Slovakia. Our scenic journey will take us through the Tatra Mountains, the central, highest and most beautiful section of the Carpathian mountain range. We continue into Hungary and to its capital, Budapest arriving early evening for a two-night stay. Budapest is one of Europe’s most delightful and enjoyable cities. Due to its scenic setting and its architecture it is nicknamed 'Paris of the East'. To introduce you to this beautiful city, why not join our optional Budapest by Night excursion? In the company of our guide we take a tour of Budapest for a chance to see the famous sights of the city by night. We start with a walk through the park to the castle where we enjoy a short Organ Concert and a glass of champagne in the chapel. From here we continue to Heroes Square for a photo stop and then see the medieval castle wall before joining the coach for an illumination drive on the Pest side of the city.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Budapest

    Budapest

    Today you will have the full day to discover the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The city is composed of two historically independent communities, Buda and Pest, separated by the majestic River Danube. Our optional guided sightseeing tour (included on Silver Service & Luxuria), will introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights. We start with a panoramic view of the city from the top of the Gellert Hill and then continue by foot to the Liberty Statue, built in remembrance of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from Nazi forces during World War II. We re-join our coach and travel to the Pest side of the city to see the City Park and Heroes Square. We drive down Andrassy Avenue where we see the grand State Opera House and the beautiful St. Stephens Basilica. Our next stop is Castle Hill on the Buda side of the city where we leave our coach and visit the old medieval city. To further enhance your day, why not join the optional Danube Lunch Cruise this afternoon? The Danube is the second longest river in Europe after the Volga, which flows through central Russia. Classified as an international waterway, the Danube originates in the town of Donaueschingen in the Black Forest of Germany. It then flows southeast for almost 3,000 km passing through four central European capitals before emptying into the Black Sea. Our cruise, during which commentary will be provided, will take you along the majestic Danube River allowing you to take in the spectacular views of Budapest. A sumptuous lunch of traditional Hungarian dishes is provided, alongside a complimentary drink from the bar. Alternatively, spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city at your own pace. Maybe take a stroll by the river or visit the tempting stores of the Vaci Utca Street, ensuring that your time in this wonderful city is certainly something to remember.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Vienna

    Vienna

    We leave Budapest today and head over the border into Austria, reaching Vienna at approximately midday. The Imperial City of Vienna is without question one of Europe’s great cities, and as the home of the former Habsburg monarchy and the present day capital of Austria, it has much to charm the visitor. There is a lot of walking involved to see all the sights, so why not let us introduce you to Vienna on our optional guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot. Our guided tour will begin by coach, where we will be taken along the Imperial Boulevard known as the Ringstrasse. Here you will see the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament building, the Opera House, National Theatre and City Hall. During our tour we will also see the majestic Danube River, and later as we pass by the Prater amusement park a chance to view the famous “Giant Wheel” built over 100 years ago, and today one of the most well-known landmarks of the city. There will be frequent stops during the drive, where you will have photo opportunities and the chance to admire Vienna at its very best. Our guide will provide commentary throughout, revealing the history; culture and stories of without question one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. Following the tour you will have time at leisure to explore independently before travelling to our overnight hotel. This evening an optional Vienna Supreme Concert will be available. The Vienna Supreme Orchestra and its soloists will offer you a truly magical evening where you can experience the happiness, optimism and flair of this wonderful city. Immerse yourself in the delightful Viennese music, be enchanted by its elegant waltzes, refreshing folk polkas and its many romantic arias and duets. Experience works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and, of course, the Strauss Dynasty, the masters of operetta all within a wonderful, intimate venue. A complementary CD will be yours to take home as a souvenir of this delightful evening.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Prague

    Prague

    This morning we begin our journey towards the Czech Republic, reaching Prague at approximately lunchtime. There will be free time this afternoon for you to explore the centre before we continue to our hotel where we will stay for the next two nights. This evening why not join our optional evening in Prague excursion? Accompanied by our local guide we travel by coach to Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle in Europe. We take a stroll through the courtyards viewing the exterior of the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral. We walk to the main parade entrance where the soldiers stand guard and take in the lovely views of the city. We then continue by coach to the Strahov Monastery for the best views of the Old Town and also to sample a glass of special beer from the monk’s own brewery.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Prague

    Prague

    Today we travel into the centre of Prague where we have an included morning walking tour to introduce you to this beautiful capital, affectionately known as the ‘Golden Town’. The many historic buildings, grand squares and elegant landmarks such as Wenceslas Square, the famous astronomical clock and Charles Bridge make it a lovely place to explore on foot, and our local guides informative commentary will reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities which have shaped the history of this magnificent city. Afterwards why not join an optional cruise on the Vltava River with lunch included. Lasting for approximately two hours, the cruise, during which a commentary will be provided, will take you along the majestic Vltava River past spectacular views of the famous sights of the city. Lunch will be served on board with a selection of warm and cold Czech specialties for you to enjoy. So sit back on the sundeck and admire the outstanding views of the city of a hundred spires. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights further at your leisure. This evening we offer you the opportunity to join our fantastic optional Tram Tour, a perfect way to spend your final night in Prague. We will travel through the city at a leisurely pace so settle back in your seat with a glass of sparkling wine and watch the many monuments of the glittering Golden City drift by the window.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We have an early start this morning as we leave Prague and make our way past the Czech town of Pilzen, the official capital of West Bohemia, and cross the border into Germany. During the day we will cross Germany, bypassing places such as Nuremburg and Charlemagne’s Aachen. We cross the border into Belgium and arrive at our overnight hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Berlin - Amazing history
    • Warsaw - Poland’s rebuilt capital
    • Auschwitz/Birkenau Complex - Remembrance visit
    • Krakow Sightseeing - Medieval Old Town
    • Budapest - Grand imperial capital city
    • Vienna - Fabulous buildings and sophisticated atmosphere
    • Prague with Guided Tour - The ‘Golden Town’

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Berlin Sightseeing Tour
    • Guided Sightseeing Tours - Warsaw & Budapest (included on Silver Service & Luxuria)
    • Wieliczka Salt Mines - Famous salt mines
    • Budapest by Night
    • Danube Lunch Cruise
    • Vienna Sightseeing Tour
    • Viennese Concert
    • Evening in Prague
    • Vltava River Cruise with Lunch
    • Evening Tram Tour

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £349.00 (14 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for two nights at the 4-star Park Inn Alexanderplatz or the 4-star Hotel Grünau in Berlin; two nights at the 4-star Radisson Blu Sobieski, or similar, in Warsaw; two nights at the 4-star Novotel Krakow West, or similar, in Krakow; two nights in Budapest at the 4-star Novotel City or Mercure Buda; overnight at a minimum 3-star hotel in the Stockerau or Vienna Woods area; and two nights at the 3-star Ibis Mala Strana, or similar, in Prague. 

    Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels.

    Germany

    Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz

    Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz

    Belgium

    Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport

    Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport

    Hungary

    Mercure Budapest Buda

    Mercure Budapest Buda

    Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz


    The Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz is adjacent to the Alexanderplatz public square and its in the heart of the city near to famous landmarks like the TV Tower and Brandenburg Gate. The hotels facilities include three restaurant, bar, lounge, fitness centre including spa services (fee) and sauna, terrace, 24 hr reception and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature flat screen T.V with Satellite, air conditioning, In-room safe, telephone, hairdryer, Wi-Fi/Internet access (payable) and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport


    The 4 Star Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport is a stylish and modern hotel located a short drive away from the airport and Brussels city centre. The hotel facilities include fitness and wellness centre, a restaurant, a bar, lounge, on site spa (available on request with additional charges), sauna, steam room and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, telephone and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Mercure Budapest Buda


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Germany

    Grünau Hotel

    Grunau

    Austria

    City Hotel Stockerau

    City Hotel Stockerau

    Czech Republic

    Ibis Prague Mala Strana

    Ibis Prague Mala Strana

    Grunau


    The 4-tar family-run Grunau hotel is located the wooded and lake-rich surrounding of Berlin and is also close to the Berlin Schonefeld airport. The hotel's facilities include bicycle rental, a restaurant, a bar, mini ten-pin bowling lane, terrace, sauna and wi-fi/internet access. All bedrooms feature bright and friendly rooms with desk, telephone, seating corner, safe, flat screen T.V, wi-fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    City Hotel Stockerau


    The 4 star City Hotel Stockerau is located in the town centre and just outside of Vienna. The family run hotel has lots to offer with facilities include restaurant, lounge, bar, life and Wi-Fi/Internet access is available. All bedrooms feature cable T.V, radio, telephone, mini-bar, desk, room safe, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ibis Prague Mala Strana


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Poland

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw

    Czech Republic

    International

    International

    Radisson Blu Sobieski Warsaw


    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    International


    The 4-star International Hotel is located on the outskirts of Prague called the Prague-Dejvice near to the Vaclav Havel Airport and Prague Castle. The hotel is also classed as one of the many Czech national landmarks and has good links to the highway and public transport. The hotel's facilities include garden, currency exchange, lounge, a bar, a restaurant and wi-fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee-making facilities, iron, safe, T.V with international channels, air conditioning and mini fridge. Dry-cleaning/laundry services and room service are available.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the U.K. interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are between £1/1.25 Euros and £3/3.75 Euros per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and air holidays, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services near Folkestone. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express, operate to and from the U.K. interchange. You will join your main tour coach at the interchange.
    One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
    It could be either - this will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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