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The Great Eastern 2018 (17 Days, Athens to Prague)

Join us as we travel from Ancient Greece, where the Olympics were first held, to modern-day Prague. We'll follow the torch on this incredible tour of Europe's greatest cities and most spectacular scenery. From the island paradise of Mykonos and rugged beauty of Croatia, the cobbled streets of Budapest and spires of Prague, this is the gold-medal standard of Europe tours!

Inclusions

Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
Local guides in Tirana & Dubrovnik
Sun, sea & party on Mykonos
Driving tour of Budapest
Tour of Sarajevo
16 Breakfasts
16 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $2,456
Start Location
Athens, Greece
End Location
Athens, Greece
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Athens
It dsn’t get much feta than this! Orient yourself before you meet the group today - exciting times ahead. Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Athens to Mykonos
Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that island with the cute windmills’). Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife. What's not to love? Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 3: Mykonos
Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it? We hope so! Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 4: Mykonos
Another day of loving life (and the turquoise water). Get used to a backdrop of chalky villages, sky blue churches and laze-worthy beaches. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 5: Mykonos to Athens
Another ferry returns us to Athens for a second dose of ancient vibes. Pay attention as we take you on a driving tour. Included today: -Driving tour of Athens Meals: -Breakfast
Day 6: Athens to Meteora
Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it). Later, round up the day with good friends, good food and some FaceTiming. Included today: -Visit the cliffside monasteries of Meteora (entry not included) Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 7: Meteora to Tirana, Albania
Next stop, Albania for a glimpse of life in the former hard line communist state. Listen closely as a local guide clues us in on a tour. Included today: -Driving tour of Tirana with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 8: Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro
Pit stop at Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning scenery gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe (see: Game of Thrones). Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the nightlife. Included today: -Visit to Budva -Walking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 15: Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic
On to the cobblestone streets of Prague. But first, a sobering visit to the former concentration camp, Mauthausen. Included today: -Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen -Walking tour of Prague Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 14: Budapest to Vienna, Austria
On to Vienna for some opera, apple strudel and possibly the best coffee in Europe. FYI, roughly seven square kilometres of vineyards surround Vienna. Vienna fo' sure knows how to bottle those grapes. You can't argue with that. Included today: -Driving tour of Vienna Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -A night at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra (dinner optional at an additional expense)
Day 13: Budapest
Free day to explore this gem of a city. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of 'Hungary'. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Dinner cruise on the Danube
Day 9: Dubrovnik
Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today, you can do both. Later, explore King's Lan... sorry, Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Sea kayaking around the Dubrovnik walls -Game of Thrones tour
Day 11: Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia
Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sober reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. Included today: -Walking tour of Belgrade -Visit the Srebrenica memorial Meals: -Breakfast
Day 10: Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Roll out of Dubrovnik and into to Sarajevo, a city that’s still shaking off its tragic past. Make the most of historic Mostar – known for its iconic, medieval Stari Most (Old Bridge) – with a scenic pitstop. Then, explore one of Europe's most underrated cities on a guided tour, and round off your day with Sarajevo's best, food-wise. Included today: -Walking tour of Sarajevo Meals: -Breakfast -Dinner
Day 16: Prague
You may have heard that the Czechs love a pint. Prepare yourself for some of the freshest liquid gold around. Not a fan? No stress, plenty of medieval finds and gothic spires to keep you entertained. A full day for street food, quirky charms and the most beautiful Old Town in Europe. Then, pocket a pork knuckle on your way home. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Local beer tasting in Prague
Day 12: Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary
Rock around Budapest with an included driving tour. Check out Hers' Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. A bustling melting pot of history and modern innovation, Budapest is fast becoming a favourite European destination. Pro tip: when night falls, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Included today: -Budapest driving tour Meals: -Breakfast
Day 17: Prague
All good things come to an end. Number swap and prepare for the next adventure. Meals: -Breakfast