Central and Eastern Europe is the crossroads of a continent, and it has the castles, palaces, and monuments to prove it. This 12-day tour crosses four countries and makes stops in many of the biggest cities in Europe – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest among them. You’ll have the chance to connect with history in medieval Český Krumlov and visit marketplaces, castles, and gothic cathedrals for a taste of culture that transcends eras. With orientation walks and various included activities, you’ll have plenty of free time to make this region your own. Empires may rise and fall, but the spirit of this region is immutable.
Pull back the now-fallen Iron Curtain and explore the history of Central and eastern Europe, explore an historic brewery and sample the local ale, wander the cobbled lanes of medieval Český Krumlov and Prague, taste the world famous Sacher Torte in an historic hotel.
Days : 12
Price : From AED 9,986*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Comfort
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 2 - Light
Please make your own way to the joining hotel. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city. Additional Notes: Check-in time at hotel is approximately 3:00pm. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and is a melting pot of different cultures and flavours. Included Activities: Orientation Walk
Weimar is perfect for those interested in German culture and history, and is spotted with numerous museums and historic sites. Transport: Train (2.50 hour(s))
Dresden is a stunning and historic city filled with churches, palaces, and stately buildings - which is amazing considering that on the night of 13 February, 1945, the Allied forces bombed it to bits. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Visit Church of our Lady Frauenkirche Transport: Train (1.00 hour(s))
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Opt to visit the opera house or take a paddle wheel steamer on the river.
A great way to spend the evening is watching the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden, where you can sample Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost, on a warm summer evening. Included Activities: Prague Guided City Tour Transport: Train (2.50 hour(s))
Charles Bridge by day is packed with vendors and street musicians. At night, it is less crowded, and it's much easier to appreciate the scenery as well as the ever-so-slightly sinister quality of the statues looming overhead. Cross the bridge and you'll find yourself in Mala Strana, a far less crowded district that offers the perfect atmosphere for some introspective wandering. If you're 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.
The inclusion of Ceský Krumlov on UNESCO's List of Natural and Cultural Heritage was undoubtedly a turning point in the modern history of the town. It sent a clear signal to the rest of the cultural world that South Bohemia has something unique to offer. Included Activities: Eggenberg Brewery Visit and Beer Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Drive across the border into Austria, where we take an orientation walk with the CEO. Visit the historic Hotel Sacher for lunch and a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte. Enjoy free time this evening to visit the opera house, or simply enjoy a walk around the city. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Hotel Sacher Visit and dessert Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a full day to explore at your leisure. Wander the elegant streets some more, take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries, visit the stunning Lippizaner horses of the renowned Vienna Riding School, experience mass with the Vienna Boys Choir, or settle into a café and order a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake.
You might like to have an optional dinner at a local restaurant on Váci Utca, which is the bustling main street of Budapest. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (4.00 hour(s))
We recommend booking post-accommodation to experience all this city has to offer. Included Activities: Departure Day
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)
It is important to note that accommodations in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in some small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of larger cities, which can be larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, known as a CEO (Chief Experience Officer). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Suggested Items: •Light fleece top •Light windproof/waterproof jacket •Small towel and swimwear •Sun hat -Weather-appropriate clothing •comfortable walking shoes •Flashlight/torch •Sport sandals •Sunblock •Sunglasses •Toiletries •Watch or alarm clock •Money belt -First-aid kit -Rehydration powder -Insect Repellent Optional Items: -Day pack -Camera with extra memory cards and batteries -Personal Entertainment -Binoculars -Waterproof backpack cover Documents: •Passport (with photocopies) •Travel insurance (with photocopies) •Airline tickets (with photocopies) •EUR/USD cash •Credit or debit card (see personal spending money) •G Adventures/G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier •Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights