Eastern Europe - Best Tours & Trips 2019

803 Eastern Europe tours from 138 tour companies. 1,119 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
“Eastern Europe” is as much a political designation as a geographic one: the 22 countries normally included in the category were almost all within the sphere of the former Soviet Union bloc, and range from the Baltic to the Balkans, with some in central Europe as well. Many are now emerging democracies and share centuries of cultural history and other similarities. While less visited than Western Europe, Eastern Europe is a tr ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Eastern Adventure

Topdeck
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30 days
$ 126 / day
$ 3,779
From : $ 5,102
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Walking tour of Amsterdam
  • Driving tour of Berlin
  • Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Driving tour of Vienna
  • Canal dinner cruise in Amsterdam
  • Walking tour of Bratislava
  • Driving tour of Copenhagen
  • Walking tour of the restored city of Dresden
  • Walking tour of Prague
  • Walking tour of Dubrovnik with a local guide
  • Walking tour of Sarajevo
  • Walking tour of Kraków
  • Driving tour of Budapest
  • Visit Budva
  • Driving tour of Tirana with a local guide
  • Visit the Srebrenica Memorial
  • Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included)
  • Driving tour of Belgrade
Visits:
Amsterdam, Athens, Auschwitz, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dresden, Dubrovnik, London, Meteora , Mykonos, Prague, Sarajevo, Tirana, Vienna, Vienne, Hamburg, Santorini, Krakow, Montenegro, Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia
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Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

SmarTours
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14 days
$ 229 / day
$ 3,199
From : $ 7,947
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore historic Zagreb
  • Visit Lake Bled
  • Enjoy a short scenic boat ride in lakes of Plitvice Lake National Park
  • Explore Roman Ruins (Split)
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Dubrovnik
  • Visit Montenegro
  • Enjoy a sight of beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe.
Visits:
Dalmatian Coast, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Montenegro, Plitvice Lakes National park, Split, Zagreb, Croatia, Slovenia
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European Jewels

16 days
$ 500 / day
$ 7,999
From : $ 9,839
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Bamberg, Bavaria, Budapest, Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Passau, Vienna, Wachau, Hungary, Netherlands
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The Danube Flow

8 days
$ 262 / day
$ 2,099
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Germany, Hungary
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Trans Tyrol - Garmisch to Innsbruck

UTracks
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7 days
$ 151 / day
$ 1,059
From : $ 1,483
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wetterstein & Karwendel ranges
  • Explore Schachen Castle
  • Stay in charming mountain hotels and cabins brimming with warm hospitality
  • Enjoy some of the best hiking in the alps including through impressive gorges and along balcony paths
Visits:
Innsbruck, Austria, Germany
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Headwater - Passau to Vienna Self-Guided Cycling

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 250 / day
$ 2,749
From : $ 3,706
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Gentle cycling on dedicated cycle paths alongside the Danube, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe
  • Hilltop castles, Baroque palaces, historic abbeys, ornate monasteries
  • Sunflower fields, vineyards, peach and apricot orchards
  • Masses of culture: art galleries, Roman remains, 23,000-year-old sculptures
  • Eclectic mix of hotels from C15 convents to riverfront mansions
Visits:
Austria, Germany
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Hungary & Romania Highlights

G Adventures
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8 days
$ 237 / day
$ 1,899
From : $ 2,336
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover budapest's historic highlights and hidden gems on a guided walk
  • Select ingredients at a transylvanian market and prepare a traditional meal with a local chef
  • Immerse yourself in the haunting history of transylvania's bran castle
  • View splendid medieval frescoes inside bucharest's snagov monastery
Visits:
Brasov, Bucharest, Budapest, Transylvania, Hungary, Romania
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Jizerska 50 Ski Marathon

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 252 / day
$ 2,015
From : $ 2,720
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Enter the famous Jizerská 50km ski race
    • Stay in a comfortable hotel in great location
    • Great tracks profile for classic technique
    Visits:
    Czech Republic, Poland
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    Highlights of Bulgaria by Bicycle

    10 days
    $ 235 / day
    $ 2,350
    From : $ 3,173
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Bulgaria
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    Pilgrimage to Poland

    Collette
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 194 / day
    $ 1,749
    From : $ 2,151
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
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    • See the charming wooden Jaszczurówka Chapel and sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.
    • Spend time in worship where Saint Faustina lived and died.
    • Travel to Zakopane, Poland’s most popular resort town and where Saint Pope John Paul II spent time in reflection.
    • Visit the Jasna Góra Monastery to gaze upon the world-famous Black Madonna.
    • Learn about the young life of the beloved Saint Pope John Paul II in Wadowice.
    • Celebrate mass in Warsaw and Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland.
    Visits:
    Auschwitz, Krakow, Warsaw, Poland
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    Transylvania Castles & Mountains Guided Walk

    UTracks
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    8 days
    $ 119 / day
    $ 950
    From : $ 1,330
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Exploring Bran Castle and hearing the legends of Dracula
    • Discovering unique villages with your expert local guide
    • Walking along limestone ridges to take in the stunning landscapes of Piatra Craiului
    • Experiencing genuine cultural exchange with the local people
    Visits:
    Brasov, Bucharest, Romania
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    10 Days Baltic Capitals Tour: Tallinn, Riga & ...

    10 days
    $ 198 / day
    $ 1,975
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Visit Tallinn the oldest capital city in Northern Europe
    • Enjoy lovely Riga city that takes art and culture seriously, with a packed classical music calendar
    • Visit Lahemaa National Park which is most popular day trips from Tallinn, as it combines the beautiful Estonian countryside with some incredible cultural sites
    • Explore the impressive and decadent Rundale Palace, in Latvia
    • Explore Vilnius one of the oldest and the historic town of Trakai
    Visits:
    Accra, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
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    Great Cities of Eastern Europe

    SmarTours
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    15 days
    $ 213 / day
    $ 3,199
    From : $ 4,319
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Visit the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust
    • See the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert.
    • See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    • Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre
    • Enjoy a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s
    • Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague
    • See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town in Prague
    • Helsinki Tour
    • Danube Bend
    Visits:
    Auschwitz, Budapest, Helsinki, Krakow, Matthias Church, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland
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    Danube Discovery Cruise

    SmarTours
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    15 days
    $ 233 / day
    $ 3,499
    From : $ 4,724
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Hofburg Palace (Vienna)
    • St. Martin’s Cathedral (Bratislava)
    • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
    • Gypsy Concert (On Board – Budapest)
    • Old Town with Concert (Osijek)
    • Petrovaradin Fortress (Novi Sad)
    • Kalemegdan Fortress (Belgrade)
    • Iron Gates Gorge
    • Baba Vida Fortress (Vidin)
    • Palace of Parliament (Bucharest)
    • Optional Dracula’s Castle Extension
    Visits:
    Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Croatia, Lucerne, Munich, Prague, Romania, Vienna, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia
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    Beauty of the Baltic States

    SmarTours
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    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    11 days
    $ 218 / day
    $ 2,399
    From : $ 5,547
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • View impressive Baroque Architecture in Vilnius
    • Visit Trakai Castle, an enchanting medieval style castle
    • Visit splendid Rundale Palace, a baroque-style palace filled with opulent rococo furnishings
    • View the magnificent Dome Cathedral 
    • Visit the ornate Russian Orthodox Dome Church 
    • See the remains of the Berlin Wall
    • Enjoy as a local expert leads you on a sightseeing tour of former East-Berlin.
    Visits:
    Berlin, Helsinki, Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
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    Top Eastern Europe Experiences and Attractions

    Top Eastern Europe Experiences

    • Walking the old city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia, for unforgettable views overlooking the medieval heart of the city and the Adriatic Sea beyond.
    • Enjoying the palaces, art works, and other splendors of St. Petersburg, Russia, at the end of a river cruise starting in Moscow.
    • Gazing at the extravagant show performed by the centuries-old astronomical clock in Old Town square in Prague, Czech Republic
    • Relaxing in the variety of thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary, considered the hottest and most rejuvenating in all of Eastern Europe.
    • Sailing down the Danube on a river cruise and encountering the Iron Gate cliffs of Romania, one of Europe’s most dramatic natural wonders.  
    • Wandering the backstreets of Old Town Krakow, Poland, a fount of striking medieval architecture.
    • Discovering one of Europe’s most enchanting medieval cities, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.
    • Touring the backcountry of Albania, once one of the most-isolated nations on earth despite its location on the Adriatic coast.
    • Marveling at the scenery in little Montenegro, another gem on the Adriatic Sea.
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    Eastern Europe Trip Reviews

    1,119 Eastern Europe Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 791
    Great 291
    Average 28
    Disappointing 4
    Terrible 5
    Value
    4.7
    Guide
    4.7
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.7
    Meals
    4.7

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    Eastern Europe top trip with great company!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Did a long break trip (or fall break) with Euroadventures on their "Best of the East" adventure. I had always wanted to travel to the destinations (especially Prague, Krakow & Budapest) and the trip and organization did not disappoint. Everything really was top notch from the itinerary and pace of the trip to the accommodations to the trip leader. By the end of the trip our group went from strangers (there were some traveling together as groups of friends) to all great friends. Highly recommend this trip, especially for those looking for something slightly off the beaten path (especially Krakow) and this company.

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    Operator Euroadventures LLC

    Surprisingly charming and delightful!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    I recently returned from the 11 day Classic Poland trip which I took with my cousin. We were pleasantly surprised with just how whimsical and charming much of Poland is. Our guide, Jolanta Postrzygacz, was fabulous. She consistently went the extra mile to make everyone happy including offering "treats" representative of Poland during longer coach rides. While the hotels weren't super deluxe, they were pretty comfortable and most of the included meals were wonderful. The tours were very informative and enjoyable. It was an excellent trip and I highly recommend it!

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    Operator Gate 1

    Stunning views, good hikes and great hospitality

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    It was my first ever trip with Hiking the Balkans, so I had no expectations. I was pleasently surprised by the professionalism, the choice of accommodation, trails and restaurants on this trip.
    The combination of hiking and visiting thermal spas and wineries was ideal for an active, yet relaxing holiday.
    I am planning to explore the Balkans more and I would definitely go with Hiking the Balkans again, they have good local knowledge of all Balkan countries, great contacts and are very good at recommending the best spots off the beaten track.

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    Operator Hiking the Balkans

    Very enjoyable and interesting experience

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Magda was a very energetic, enthusiastic, helpful and competent Tour Leader (Guide) and all tour members were very fond of her.

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    Operator On The Go Tours

    1000% recommend traveling with EF

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    I traveled solo for the first time ever to Berlin, Munich, and Prague. I had an amazing time. I met so many incredible people, from my fellow travelers to all of our tour guides.
    We started in Berlin; we stayed at a boutique hostel which had a bar right across the courtyard, which is where we ended most of our nights. I got to play beer pong in a courtyard in Berlin, how surreal is that?! Our tour guide in Berlin was very knowledgeable, answered all questions well, and gave great advice on seeing the city in addition to/away from all the typical tourist traps. We had a great walking tour guide in Prague, who gave great information on the tour and was entertaining to boot. Prague was so pretty, much like everyone says. Definitely go to the Lennon Wall and Charles Bridge! My tour guide told us to avoid eating/drinking in Old City Square, which was excellent advice. He definitely saved us money with that tidbit. Our guide in Munich was similarly knowledgeable, and gave solid information about where to go. Munich was a little disappointing, solely because we were there on a Sunday and then Monday was a Catholic holiday. In a very Catholic area such as Munich, this means that most businesses were closed. I did, however, get to explore a couple museums, which I loved! I took some of my favorite photos in Munich; the architecture was incredible.
    My tour guide Fillips was great. He added a lot to our trip. He was never overbearing, never over-scheduled or demanded too much, but he kept us on a great schedule, had great advice for bars and food, and was available to answer any and all questions. I 1000% recommend traveling with EF, and with Filippos if possible!!

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    Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

    Amazing Europe Trip

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    There are so many great things to say about my European trip of a lifetime. The people that made it was my fellow topdeckers and of course the Fab Tour guide Matt Stewart. This is a trip that I will never forget, so many lovely memories I will cherish forever. We was very lucky with Matt because he really took time to talk to us and make us all feel relaxed with each other and asked us what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgable about all the places we went to, I remember thinking to myself this guy is pretty cool the fact he knows so well about the history and culture of each place especially the amount of cities we travelled to. Matt made the trip fun, interesting, exciting and I hope that if I was to ever do a top deck again one day he would be the tour guide or I think I would be disappointed. Have recommended top deck to so many people, memories I will have for a lifetime.

    Georgina staines

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    Eastern Europe Tours and Travel Guide

    Eastern Europe Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    “Eastern Europe” is as much a political designation as a geographic one: the 22 countries normally included in the category were almost all within the sphere of the former Soviet Union bloc, and range from the Baltic to the Balkans, with some in central Europe as well. Many are now emerging democracies and share centuries of cultural history and other similarities. While less visited than Western Europe, Eastern Europe is a treasure trove of architecture, art, and scenic wonders waiting to be discovered.

    While the term “Eastern Europe” could include, say, Finland and Greece, which lie farther east than several Eastern European countries, it’s generally applied to the 22 former Communist nations of the region, extending from the Baltics to the Balkans and east into Russia and the Caucasus Mountains. (Greece and Finland are considered part of Western Europe.)  

    A number were republics in the former Soviet Union (Russia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), while several others – most notably Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria -- were Soviet satellite states. The former nations of Yugoslavia (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina) as well as Albania enjoyed a bit more independence, if not freedom.

    Despite sharing a good deal of political history from World War II until the fall of the Soviet Union and European communism in the early 1990s ,the countries of Eastern Europe are by no means cookie-cutter in culture. The northern Baltic countries bear little resemblance to the southern Balkan nations, while the countries of East Central Europe are quite different from the other regions.

    So for travelers looking to narrow down their choices a bit, it’s helpful to group them into separate categories:

    Touring the Baltics: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

    The three Baltic nations are small and can easily be toured at one time. The Estonian capital Tallinn – a truly beautiful medieval city – and the hip Latvian capital, Riga, both enjoy settings on the Baltic coast, while Lithuania’s Baroque capital, Vilnius, lies inland.

    While the cities offer a mix of castles, churches, and medieval, modern and Baroque architecture – as well as, yes, some Stalinist buildings, too; the countryside is rich in natural treasures, including forests, lakes, beaches, and national parks. It’s easy to combine a visit to the Baltic states with one to Poland to the east or Finland to the north.

    Touring Central Eastern Europe

    Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia

    Of all the Eastern European countries, with the possible exceptions of Croatia and Russia, the Central European nations are the most “discovered” by travelers. The crowds gathering in Old Town Prague, Czech Republic, and the lovely city of Budapest, Hungary, attest to that.

    As beautiful as medieval Prague is, don’t miss fairy tale Czech villages like Český Krumlov and Kroměříz. And if you’re a beer fan, you’ll love the pilsner in the land where it was invented. Slovakia – the other half of the former Czechoslovakia – is less visited but its capital, Bratislava, has its own medieval core, and the rolling hills of the countryside are well worth seeing.

    Budapest, for its part, enjoys a beautiful setting on the Danube and lots of ornate bath houses to soak in thermal waters. Poland is less discovered, yet reigns as the “sleeper” destination of Eastern Europe: Krakow is magnificently medieval, while the Wieliczka Salt Mine amazes with its vast underground tunnels.

    Touring the former Yugoslav Republics

    Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Lying along the Adriatic Sea, Croatia has become one of Europe‘s prime destinations.  Besides the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik – which serves as the setting for many Game of Thrones scenes – the cities of Split (where the city walls are built right  into the ruins of Roman Emperor Diocletian’s’ Palace) and Pula (site of a huge Roman amphitheater) are can’t-miss spots. The coast is also dotted with islands like jewel-like Trogir and Korcula and scenic Hvar. Inland, the fabulous Plitvice Lakes National Park and the old town of Zagreb are among the highlights.

    Nearby, the tiny country of Montenegro is gaining fame for its coastal and inland scenery, as is Slovenia, a patch of green just east of Italy. The romance of the East begins to blossom in Serbia, which boasts not just the newly hip capital of Belgrade but a mix of Ottoman and Byzantine cultures. Bosnia is known for its mosques and Turkish features as well.

    Touring Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Ukraine

    Romania and Bulgaria share a border on the Danube River, and a river cruise can provide an excellent introduction lo both countries. (Look for cruises that offer shore excursions to Romania’s capital, Bucharest, and to some Bulgarian destinations.)  Romania is also known for Transylvania (aka Dracula country), its Byzantine churches and mosaics, and the hiking opportunities in the Carpathian Mountains. Bulgaria has mountains with plenty of hiking as well, along with an ancient melting pot culture of Byzantine, Greek, and Persian influences.

    Bulgaria also offers a coastline on the Black Sea, as does huge Ukraine. Albania may be best known as the land that only recently opened to visitors, but that comes with the benefit of visiting an Adriatic coast country that hasn’t changed much in decades.

    Touring Russia

    European, as opposed to Asian, Russia, is dominated by its two main cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, and by the Volga River and connecting waterways. Fortunately you can take them all in on a river cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg, which includes views of the rustic countryside, historic villages, traditional wooden architecture, and vast lakes. Tours of Moscow and St. Petersburg are included on either end, so you won’t miss the architectural and artistic highlights of Red Square, the Kremlin, and the Hermitage.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Who will enjoy traveling in Eastern Europe?

    Each Eastern European country has something to offer every traveler regardless of age or mobility level. A traveler looking forward to lots of physical activity can delight in the abundance of natural wonders present in Eastern Europe’s diverse ecosystem. Go hiking through one of the many national parks, do water sports along the southern coast, or explore ancient underground caves.

    For a more relaxed visit, take in the traditional squares central to many major cities, and enjoy the unique culinary landscape of each country. The culturally minded can soak in the ancient history of the dozens of churches and cathedrals across the region. No matter your vision, Eastern Europe has something for you.

    When is the best time to visit Eastern Europe?

    Eastern Europe’s tourism season is from May through September, with July and August being the peak months. For a summer visit that avoids the largest of the crowds, plan to visit in May or June. Travelers may also want to visit in September or October, although the weather will be cooler and the hours of attractions may be limited.

    Be sure to check the hours of your top attractions before planning a trip in the off-season. The winter months are, of course, the best for snow sports, but areas outside of mountain ranges tend to shut down for the season so don’t plan your visit for the winter if you won’t be doing winter sports.

    Common Eastern Europe Tour Routes

    Eastern European tours range from multi-week tours that travel to most of the countries in the region, to shorter tours that focus on just a couple countries. Spend a month traveling all the way from Greece to Amsterdam along an Eastern European route, spend two weeks exploring Croatia and Slovenia, or spend a week just discovering Albania.

    Many travelers choose to cruise down the Danube River in order to visit eight Eastern European countries it travels through without straying from one route. Eastern European tours often stick to one region such as the Balkans or the Baltics, so it is helpful to decide which regions you would like to visit while choosing your tour.

    Is Eastern Europe Safe?

    Eastern Europe is as safe as most developed countries. If you use good judgement while traveling, you won’t likely find yourself in a dangerous situation. Some common sense tips include keeping your valuables close, don’t pay bribes to government officials, stay on established hiking paths, and only ride in taxis with working meters.

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