Eastern Europe- Best of Eastern Europe tour- XEBN2L
Number of Days: 11
Experience the highlights of eastern Europe over 11 incredible days on our Best of Eastern Europe Rome to London coach tour. Starting in the Italian capital, the first destination you'll visit is the beautiful islands of the Venetian Lagoon. We'll then make our way into Eastern Europe, visiting many of the regions capital cities; Ljubljana in Slovenia, Zagreb in Croatia, Budapest in Hungary, Bratislava in Slovakia, Vienna in Austria, Prague in the Czech Republic, Berlin in Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands!
DAY 1: Arrive in Rome- Venice
This morning meet your tour leader and other travellers for the start of your tour. Leaving the churches and basilicas of Rome behind, today we head to the canals of Venice! On arrival we’ll take an orientation walking tour with your tour leader, who will show you the sights including the Rialto Bridge and St Marks Square. You’ll also have the option to explore Venice the traditional way - from the canals on a gondola ride, which gives you a completely different perspective and appreciation for the amazing structure of this unique destination.
DAY 2: Ljubljana- Zagreb
Our first destination of the day is a comfort stop in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Often thought of as a hidden gem of Europe, its castles, stunning architecture and natural beauty mean it packs a punch more powerful than its small size would suggest. We then drive on to Zagreb; Croatia’s capital offers an interesting mix of Hapsburg and Communist architecture. We'll check into the hotel and have some time to freshen up before the included dinner this evening.
DAY 3: Zagreb- Budapest
Today we’ll cross into Hungary and head for the capital, Budapest. Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it straddles the historic Danube River and boasts numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites - its natural geo-thermal springs are a highlight. Enjoy a driving tour of the city, and then use your free time this evening to explore, or join our optional excursion to the Széchenyi Medicinal Bath, one of the most famous icons of the city and Europe’s largest medicinal bath.
DAY 4: Bratislava - Vienna
Moving on to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava! Located in a country dominated by mountains, vineyards, ski runs and wilderness, Bratislava is a charming city. Here you’ll find medieval castles overlooking the old town, along with more recent Socialist-era architecture. Early afternoon we’ll make our way to Vienna, where a local guide will take us on a walking and driving tour of the Austrian capital. As a centre for art and culture in Europe for centuries, Vienna was host to some of the world’s leading musical minds at one time or another – including luminaries like Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. But along with its classical heritage, magnificent concert halls, palaces and museums, Vienna is also a modern city, with a vibrant café, restaurant and nightlife culture.
DAY 5: Vienna - Free day
Enjoy a free day to explore Vienna! Awash with imperial splendour, Vienna was once the centre of the powerful Habsburg monarchy, which dominated central Europe from the 16th-18th centuries. History fans should check out the incredible palaces of the era - Schönbrunn Palace and the Belvedere.
DAY 6: Prague
Today we’re off to the Czech Republic! Prague is a beautiful city, boasting elaborate baroque, gothic, art nouveau and cubist architecture, and rewarding those who explore it with quirky bars, cobbled lanes and secluded courtyards. Known for its brilliant beer and abundance of history, any exploration of Prague will be a rewarding one. On arrival we’ll enjoy a special lunch. before a local guide takes us on a walking tour and introduces us to the must-see sights including the Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge.
DAY 7: Dresden - Berlin
Our first destination today is a lunch stop in the German city of Dresden. Virtually rebuilt from the ground up after bombing attacks in WW2 destroyed the city centre, Dresden is immaculate and stylish. Try some of the local German food - such as Bratwurst, and have a wander around the beautifully paved streets. We’ll then carry on to the capital of Germany, Berlin. A local guide will introduce you to the city on a walking tour - visiting such poignant locations as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s former bunker and Checkpoint Charlie.
DAY 8: Berlin - Free day
Enjoy a free day to further explore the history of the German capital. The Berlin Wall stands as a sombre reminder of the controls imposed on Berlin during and after WW2, however the bright street art that adorns it today seems to give it a peaceful purpose. Berlin also offers numerous free museums and galleries to visit, which all contribute to the understanding of this city's modern history.
DAY 9: Berlin - Amsterdam
This morning, we’ll say our goodbyes to Germany as we journey on to the Netherlands, where you will notice the landscape change to windmills and waterways, as you approach the city of Amsterdam. This evening we’ll enjoy a canal cruise, which includes dinner and is accompanied by interesting commentary about the cities development and history. After seeing the bridges and city from the waterside it’s time for your Expat Explore tour leader to take you on an included walking tour of the infamous Red Light District. Afterwards, you are free to hit the cafés, bars and coffee shops!
DAY 10: Amsterdam - Free day
There is so much to see and do in Amsterdam! The city is very picturesque but also bohemian in nature. The streets are full of museums, shopping, and unusual architecture. Take notice of the older, slender canal-side buildings which lean forward - this is so that furniture can be hoisted on a pulley up to the top window because the buildings are too narrow to carry it up the stairs! The Anne Frank Museum and original house is a favorite amongst tourists, and other recommended sights include the Oude Kerk (Old Church - located in the Red Light District) and Waterlooplein, which is a permanent market renown for unusual second hand goods, jewellery and art. Alternatively, wander the canals and enjoy the local cafes. Just watch out for the bicycles - they rule the streets!
DAY 11: Bruges - London
After your Amsterdam adventure, you have one more stop before you set off for the UK. The Belgian city of Bruges is small but picturesque, with breathtaking architecture and a wonderful personality. Described as the ‘Venice of the North’, take some time to stretch your legs and indulge in a spot of sightseeing. After your visit, you will then be on your way back to London, crossing the English Channel on the way. This is the perfect time to exchange contact details with new friends and travel buddies as you prepare to disembark in the capital. Make sure you upload the highlights of your Best of Europe tour onto our Facebook page, and we look forward to having you on tour with us again soon.
- 10 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- 10 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- 13 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
Optional excursions are payable in cash currency to your tour leader whilst on tour.
- Gondola Ride
- Amsterdam Dungeon
- Heineken Experience
- Madame Tussauds
- Traditional Folk Music & Dance Evening
- From $2129. Single supplement +$765