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Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour

Great Cities of Eastern Europe

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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
15 days
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Overview

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

Short Description

Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour offers one of the most comprehensive glances into this amazing region! Visit extraordinary cathedrals, beautiful castles, and incredible citadels, among many other highlights during your trip. This six city tour takes you to the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the historic Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the Matthias Coronation Church, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s, among many other main attractions.

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.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Warsaw
End City Helsinki

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair wide-body jet
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra- Europe ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 13 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating Eastern European tours begin this evening with an overnight flight to Warsaw.

Day 2: Arrive Warsaw (Poland).

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Sofitel Victoria Hotel

Arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s capital and cultural center. You’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located deluxe hotel. This evening your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast

Learn about Warsaw’s rich history on a morning tour. Visit both banks of the Vistula River as well as the Old Town with its colorful market square. Drive along the Royal Route lined with beautiful palaces, famous statues and historic churches. See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Day 4: Warsaw/Auschwitz/Krakow.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Mercure Krakow Old Town Hotel or similar

Drive southbound to Czestochowa where you’ll visit the magnificent 14th century monastery at Jasna Gora, known as the home of the Black Madonna icon. This afternoon, a somber visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, arrive in ancient Krakow, former Royal capital. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast

Krakow, the residence of Polish kings for centuries, boasts fine medieval architecture, virtually untouched by war. On this morning’s tour, see the Royal Wawel Castle and visit St. Mary’s Church and splendid Market Square. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this charming and colorful town on your own.

Day 6: Krakow/Budapest (Hungary).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Beke or similar

Today enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia, down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital. Dinner tonight at your hotel, located in the heart of the city.

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast

Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most lively cities. On your morning tour, your guide will introduce you to the history and sights of the city. Enjoy a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion located on Castle Hill. You’ll also see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely cruise on the romantic Danube River.

Day 8: Danube Bend Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Embark on a morning excursion to the scenic Hungarian countryside. Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre, a real gem at the gateway to the picturesque Danube Bend region. Free time to explore before returning to Budapest where you may revel in the fine arts and architecture at your own pace

Day 9: Budapest/Vienna (Austria).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel or Parkhotel Schönbrunn or similar

Cross the border into Austria and drive to splendid Vienna, the center of the Hapsburg Empire. Experience the city’s glorious past on 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.

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast

A full day at leisure to explore on your own and relax in a charming Viennese cafe. A must see is the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence built for the Hapsburgs.

Day 11: Vienna/Prague (Czech Republic).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Occidental Praha Five or similar

Journey across the Czech border through rich farmlands to Moravia. Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities.

Day 12:

Meals: Breakfast

The beautiful city of Prague was built on seven hills and served as a former capital of the Roman Empire. On this morning’s tour, visit the impressive Hradcany Castle and the Old Royal Palace, former residence of Bohemian kings. See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town.

Day 13:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

A day at leisure to relax at an outdoor cafe, shop the bustling markets or explore the fascinating Jewish Quarter on your own. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner.

Day 14: Prague/Helsinki (Finland).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scandic Grand Marina Hotel

After breakfast, bid farewell to the glorious cities of Eastern Europe and board a short flight to Helsinki, the charming capital of Finland, situated on the Baltic Sea. Orientation tour is included on arrival.

Day 15: Helsinki/New York.

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy your leisure morning in Helsinki to explore on your own or try a real Finnish sauna! Later, transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to the USA. Your exciting Eastern European tours end as you touch down in New York.

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What a wonderful experience this was. Renata, our tour director, was exceptional, she is a knowledgeable, PATIENT, kind, funny and passionate lady who made this trip great! I can only hope that future smarTours trips I plan to take will be this good. We had a large group, 44 people, but everything ran smoothly. The local guides and our bus driver, Irek, were fantastic as well. I heard about smarTours from a friend and I'm glad we chose this company. The hotels were top-notch, food was great and they accommodated vegetarian guests as well. Only recommendation I would make is that they provide name badges for guests, it would be so helpful. Other than that it was a great tour visiting great places!
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We throughly enjoyed our Sept. 15 tour with Renata. It was like walking through the pages of a history book. One of the best tours we have taken and Renata and the local were wonderful. Anyone who loves history will enjoy this tour especially.
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Renata, our guide, was outstanding. She went beyond what guides normaly do to make this tour unforgettable.

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I just returned from this trip a few days ago. The food, guides, history and scenery was wonderful throughout the tour. What a lovely surprise Poland was with its beautiful buildings and interesting history. I took all the optional tours which added greatly to the overall tour and they were a good value for the money. Overall it was a great trip.
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What a fabulous tour...great tour guide(s), great accommodations, wonderful food and lovely people on the tour!

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Thank you for organizing such a variety of experiences for the great cities tour. Renata, our guide, was brilliant, organized, interesting, and made our journey memorable. She gave us many tips to elevate our enjoyment and keep us safe. This is my second trip with Smartours and I'll continue to use your company....a great value, thoroughly educational, and a quality adventure!
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Optional Activities

Customize your trip with these optional tours.

  • Frederic Chopin Recital: $52 per person
  • Afternoon Salt Mines Tour: $62 per person
  • Krakow Jewish Quarter by Night: $51 per person
  • Folklore Dinner/Show: $54 per person
  • Danube River Cruise: $41 per person
  • Morning Vienna Woods Excursion: $54 per person
  • Afternoon Excursion To Schönbrunn Palace: from approx. $51 per person
  • Afternoon Tour Of The Jewish Quarter: from approx. $41 per person
  • Lunch cruise: from approx. $50 per person

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Cancellation Policy:

Charges per person are:

Up to 90 days before departure: $300

89-60 days before departure: $1000

59-45 days before departure: $1500

44-30 days before departure: $2000

29 days or fewer before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature

Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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