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Eastern Europe in 1 Week

One week in Eastern Europe isn’t nearly enough time to explore the entire region, but it is enough time to get a good taste of a few countries. Exploring the Baltic countries is a great introduction to Eastern European culture and history.

Day 1, Tallinn, Estonia: Spend your first day in the Baltics exploring Tallinn’s Town Hall Square and Old Town. Check out the handicrafts market in the Square during summer, or walk along the ancient city wall bordering the city.  

Days 2 and 3, Riga, Latvia: Walk around Riga admiring the art-nouveau architecture. Stop by the Three Brother, a set of three houses on Mazā Pils Street dating back to the 15th century.

Days 4 and 5, Vilnius, Lithuania: Visit some of the 28 catholic churches in Riga. Climb up to the campanile of St. John’s church for the highest point in town, and a stunning view of the city below. Rent a boat to explore the green lakes of Verkiai Regional Park.

Days 6 and 7, Warsaw, Poland: Stroll through Old Town, stopping to shop artisanal goods from stalls in the town square before heading the the Royal Castle. If the season is right, take in a free concert on the banks of the Vistula River.

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Eastern Europe in 2 weeks

Two weeks in Eastern Europe gives you more time to explore more countries in this diverse region. This two week itinerary will take you through the top destinations in Eastern Europe.

Days 1 and 2, Budapest, Hungary: Spend your first days in Eastern Europe soaking up the cultural and political history of Budapest. Visit the Hungarian Parliament building, an architectural jewel on the banks of the Danube.  

Days 3 and 4, Bucharest, Romania: Rent a bike to ride through Herăstrău Park (free for those over 65) or take a stroll along the lake. Take a tour through the Palace of Parliament, the biggest parliamentary building in the world.

Days 5 and 6, Sofia, Bulgaria: Visit St. George Rotunda, the oldest building in Sofia built in the 300s. Soak up some local history in the National Historical Museum. Watch a free concert in Borisova Gradina on a summer evening.

Day 7, Belgrade: Head to Nikola Pašić Square, then to the Belgrade Design District to shop unique local designs. Enjoy an afternoon in Kalemegdan Forest then watch the sunset from the fortress walls.

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Danube River Cruise Itinerary

A Danube River cruise tour is the perfect way to visit many countries in a short period of time with an easy physical level.

Days 1-2, Romania: Start your cruise in Romania, visiting the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest before heading to the port of Giurgiu to meet your ship.

Days 3-4, Bulgaria: Sail down the Danube to Bulgaria. Spend the day at two cave monasteries in the hills just outside Rousse.

Days 5-6, Serbia: Continue into Serbia, stopping in the port of Golubac. Visit the Golubac Fortress and Tuman Monastery.

Days 7-8, Croatia: Float into Croatia’s biggest port on the Danube, Vukovar, for your final days. Visit the Vučedol Culture Museum and the Vukovar water tower to learn about the Battle of Vukovar.

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Reviews of Eastern Europe Tours
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 705 Great 262 Average 24 Disappointing 3 Terrible 4
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals



Beauiful Croatia July 2019


Jewels of the Adriatic: Croatia & Slovenia

This was our first Bus Tour. While we did enjopy the spots we visited, we felt that there were too many towns and not enough time in each, necessitating more time on the bus. Nevertheless the value of the tour is undeniable. The Tour director Jon, was extremely professional and he was a huge positive on the trip. The topography of Croatia was spectacular, the Sea and mountain views were gorgeous. Lake Bled, the Postojna Caves, Opatija/Plitvice Lakes, Debrovnik, the Roman Ruins, Zagreb were wonderful. The hotels were all clean and rooms were comfortable. Unfortunately my partner Barbara fell and injured her face and broke her glasses on the way to Debrovnik. Jon was extremely concerned offered to find a doctor ()which Barbara declined) but Jon took the broken glasses to an occulist who temporarliy repaired the frames. Two of our fellow travelors who were Nurses took care of Barbara after the accident. Read more

Operator SmarTours


Does Not Recommend



Balkans & Ski

Worst tour of my life. Unprofessional, disorganised. Whoever designed this intinary should be sacked. Things closed on the day all trip dates visit. No food stops in serbia and croatia.

Operator Topdeck



Eastern Europe top trip with great company! January 2019


Best of the East

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. Read more

Operator Euroadventures LLC


Does Not Recommend

Misleading and often just plain dishonest. October 2018


European sojourn

We paid for a 3 week luxury river cruise but received a large group bus trip across Europe with many days of packing and unpacking. I called our Viking representative when we received an email message just 2 days prior to departure that mentioned a possibility of problems with low river levels. I was assured that everything was "normal" In reality, as we learned later from ship personnel, nothing has been normal for at least 3 months. About 2 weeks prior to departure, we received by mail, lovely personalized booklets describing all the details of our voyage on the Viking Lif, which we were to board in Russe, Romania. Instead, we boarded the Viking Aegir but not at Russe, because the Danube was too low. Instead we rode buses upstream to a port on the Romanian side directly opposite our first scheduled stop at Nikopol, Bulgaria. We had a beautiful cruise through the Iron gate gorge, but after three more scheduled stops in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia, our voyage was terminated in Mohacs, Hungary, an unscheduled place two days short of reaching Budapest. So we were herded into buses for a 1.8 hour ride each way to our scheduled stop at Kalocsa. The next day we retraced the journey to Kalocsa and continued an extra 1.5 hours to reach Budapest. We lost the entire morning in Budapest and spent the night at the Marriott hotel. The next day we lost the entire afternoon in that city because we had to take a 4 hour bus ride to Vienna. Where we were put aboard the Viking Embla. Our voyage on that ship ended two steps later at Passau Germany. After a day in Passau we went upriver for a short distance and it seemed that we had entered the canal to take us to the Main river. But much to our surprise, it was a dead end channel for an industrial port. We spent two days there with our balcony room moored tightly against another Viking ship so there was nothing to look at but the scenery at that site was even worse than looking at someone else's window and the balcony was unusable anyway due to the unpleasant odors at that site. The pattern continued with a long round trip bus ride the next day to our scheduled stop at Regensburg and a 3 plus hour trip the following day to Nuremberg where we finally boarded the Viking Lif. A crew member told us that the Lif had not traveled east of Nuremberg for 3 months. We sailed from Nuremberg to scheduled stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Werthiem and then our voyage terminated for good at an unscheduled port in Mainz. Once again we endured a long round trip journey to our next scheduled stop at Koblenz, followed by a 10 plus hour bus trip (with lunch and a walking tour in Cologne) to Amsterdam and a night in a hotel. Despite a promise that our bags would be in our rooms (they did take great care to provide us with tags so they could easily keep our bags organized) all the baggage was dumped in the hotel garage and it took a good 15 minutes of searching to find it and then take it to our rooms ourselves. There is much more, but it would only be more descriptive of the misery of this trip. We know Viking didn't cause the low river levels, but they did not need to lie to us and make us suffer because of it. Read more

Operator Viking River Cruises



A wonderfully authentic Bulgarian experience; interesting walks, comfortable accommodation and a lovely group October 2018


Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

This trip provides a great introduction to a very special, unspoilt part of
Europe which maintains traditional practices in agriculture and food
production. Yagodina is a real find and I hope its uniqueness can be
retained; the local people were friendly and the Yagodina Family Hotel
offers a genuinely homely atmosphere, including comfortable accommodation and
plenty of interesting and well presented food. Maria, the proprietor, runs
an impressive operation and is always available to ensure that guests' needs
are met.

The walks were well chosen and the week's itinerary gave an excellent
overview of the Rodopi mountains, including insights into the history,
culture, flora and fauna of the area.
Lunch most days was in beautiful meadows with masses of colourful Spring
flowers and great views of the mountains - a real joy!

The traditional Bulgarian singing and dancing on our final night was very
enjoyable - Maria's mother and her team were an inspiration, and it was nice
to see three generations of the family joining in the fun.

Svetla is excellent, and her passion and affection for the area were
infectious. She is very well organised, always cheerful and positive, and
has a great sense of humour.

Her style in leading the walks was relaxed, whilst highly professional and
she always ensured that all members of the group were comfortable with the

If you have time, stay an extra night or two in Sofia but make sure you join
the group at the airport for the transfer to Yagodina - this can be arranged
via the Exodus Office when you book. Sofia is an interesting and historic
city, with impressive Roman ruins, a thriving music and cultural scene and
some excellent restaurants. It is compact and easy to get round with a
modern metro system.

There are free city walking tours, which are highly recommended - tips for
the local, well-informed, English-speaking guides are optional but well

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Operator Exodus Travels



If you go down in the woods today.... October 2018


Bulgaria: Rodopi Mountains

A superb holiday in beautiful countryside, staying in an excellent local
hotel with walks that make the most of what the region has to offer.
Realising that bears were probably within a kilometre or so of us as we
walked through the forest. Julian's enthusiasm about all things 'bear' was
catching. His expertise was not, however, limited to bears.
The most photographed moment was on the last night when a small group of
ladies from the village came to share traditional songs and dances. Seeing
fellow walkers joining in with enthusiasm was a special moment.

Julian is a superbly knowledgeable leader. His long association with the
region makes him an expert in the area's cultural heritage, as well as in
local flora and fauna. His extensive knowledge of the mountain tracks and
paths meant that there was always an alternative possible if weather
conditions dictated a change of route.

Be prepared for changes in the daily routes - the mountain weather is
unpredictable and thunderstorms meant we had to abandon one climb for a more
sheltered walk. Late snow also meant we did not reach the highest point
described in the trip notes. The alternative were always carefully explained
and fascinating. Bring waterproofs.
Delicious four course meals can become a habit. Be prepared either to keep
up the strenuous walking routine at home or suffer hunger pangs for the first
few days at home.

This is a great way to visit Bulgaria. You could add on a day or so to see
Sofia but the mountains are sufficient to justify the trip. The orchids were
plentiful and the traces of bears were a wonderful reminder of the varied
wildlife that makes its home in the region.

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Operator Exodus Travels

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