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Eastern Europe

Through verdant forest and past rolling hills, we wind our way between the historic, grand cities of Eastern Europe. From avant-garde Berlin, to charming Krakow and elegant Vienna, we'll explore opulent palaces, taste local delicacies and see moving reminders of the region's turbulent past.Cosmopolitan BerlinOur tour kicks off in Germany's largest city with a thriving culture & nightlife. Sightseeing includes the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the infamous Berlin Wall and Schloss Sanssouci - the spectacular 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great.Poignant HistoryAs we cross the border into Poland and journey to Warsaw, we enjoy rolling hills & thick forests then take time to reflect on Poland's past as we visit the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial & Chopin's Monument. We also stop to visit Auschwitz enroute to Krakow before exploring the 13th century UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines.Bridges & PalacesWe continue to Budapest in Hungary set against the Danube River and its series of beautiful bridges then head to Europe's bastion of imperial grandeur and culture, Vienna. Here we stroll through the opulent Sch nbrunn Palace and enjoy time to discover the cities endless sights. It's then on to the picture-book town of Cesky Krumlov before visiting the beautiful city of Prague with its majestic Renaissance buildings, famous Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp prepaid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts and group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

The contrasts of Berlin

  • Be reminded of the city's turbulent 20th century history visiting the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the remains of the Berlin Wall.
  • Enjoy 360 views from the top of the Berlin Fernsehturm, the city's highest building.
  • Tour Schloss Sanscoucci, the 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great, known as the Versailles of Berlin.

The charm and history of Poland

  • Explore the Old Town of Warsaw and drive along the Royal Route to see the city's beautiful palaces, residences and churches.
  • Learn about WWII history at the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising.
  • Pause to reflect on the horrors of war at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wieliczka Salt Mines, dating back to the late 13th century.
  • Discover Krakow's Old Town on a walking tour, characterised by its famous medieval town square and St Mary's Church.

The treasures of Hungary

  • Enjoy an extensive tour of Budapest including Castle Hill's beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets, the famous Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, and Heroes Square & Gellert Hill with its Citadel.

The splendour of Austria

  • Stop to enjoy some free time in Bratislava en route to Vienna.
  • Drive along Vienna's famed Ringstrasse and see the Vienna State Opera, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rathaus.
  • Visit opulent Sch nbrunn Palace and enjoy a walk through the perfectly manicured gardens.
  • Take a break in one of the famous Viennese coffeehouses and indulge in some cake and coffee.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Vienna at your own pace.
  • Travel through the Danube Valley and see the baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey.

The beauty of the Czech Republic

  • Tour the beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov and it's spectacular castle complex.
  • Be fascinated by the Bone Church of Kutna Hora in Bohemia, where the bones of more than 40,000 people decorate the Sedlec Ossuary.
  • Explore Hradcany, Prague's castle district, and visit Prague Castle which dominates the city's skyline and is the largest castle complex in the world.
  • Walk through Prague's Jewish Quarter and the magnificent Old Town Square, home to the Astronomical clock.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
21
Price From
AUD $9,895
Start Location
End Location
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Relaxing
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 May 201816 Jun 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,310 
17 Jun 201807 Jul 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,210 
05 Aug 201825 Aug 2018Fully BookedAUD $9,110 
09 Sep 201829 Sep 2018Guaranteed DepartureAUD $9,410
Itinerary
Eastern Europe

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Berlin

Welcome to the avant-garde German capital of Berlin! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Berlin

Our tour of Berlin today includes reminders of the city's turbulent 20th century history. We'll visit the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the remains of the Berlin Wall. End the morning at the top of the Berliner Fernsehturm, the highest building in the city, with 360 views. The afternoon is at leisure before we meet in the evening for a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Berlin

Special Experience: Today we visit Schloss Sanssouci, the 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great, known as the Versailles of Berlin. [B]

Day 5. Berlin - Warsaw

Travelling east, we cross the border into Poland. We'll stop in the historic town of Poznan, known for its colourful architecture and Old World charm. Then sit back and take in the rolling hills and forests as we make our way to Warsaw. [B]

Day 6. Warsaw

Our morning tour of the city includes the reconstructed Old Town, a drive along a portion of the Royal Route to see the city's beautiful palaces, residences and churches, a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and a stop at the Chopin Monument. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 7. Warsaw - Krakow

We continue to charming Krakow, a city rich in history. En route we'll pay a moving visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which stands as a poignant reminder of the horrors of World War II. [B]

Day 8. Krakow

Special Experience: This morning we'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the world's oldest operating mines, dating back to the 13th century.

In the afternoon we tour Krakow. At its heart is the colourful and historic Old Town Square - make sure you look up when we enter St Mary's Church, the interior is unexpectedly breathtaking. [B]

Day 9. Krakow - Budapest

Today we cross the border and drive through the Slovakian countryside to Hungary and the grand city of Budapest, lining the banks of the Danube. [B]

Day 10. Budapest

Facing each other across the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of beautiful bridges. Today we'll tour the Castle Hill area and its intricate buildings, the Fisherman's Bastion, famous Matthias Church, the Hers' Square and Gellert Hill. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover the magnificent city view and nature trail of the Sas-Hill Visitor centre, a living museum in the heart of the city. Learn more

Day 11. Budapest - Vienna

Today we make our way to Vienna, Europe's bastion of imperial grandeur and culture. Along the way we'll have some free time in Bratislava, Slovakia's capital city, situated on the Danube at the border of Austria and Hungary. [B]

Day 12. Vienna

Our sightseeing in Vienna begins with the impressive baroque Imperial Palace complex of Sch nbrunn. We'll stroll through the perfectly manicured 18th century gardens and wonder at the sheer opulence of the rooms of the Residential Palace. We will also drive along the famous Ringstrasse to see Belvedere Palace and Hofburg Palace, and then visit St Stephen's Cathedral. [B]

Special Experience: We'll visit a traditional Viennese coffee house for incredible coffee and cake.

Day 13. Vienna

Spend the day at leisure, enjoying this glorious city at your own pace. Why not discover its buzzing restaurant scene, catch a ferry across town or rent a Citybike for a couple of Euros and cycle around the elegant streets? [B]

Day 14. Vienna - Cesky Krumlov

Today we cross the border into the Czech Republic and make our way to the fairytale village of Cesky Krumlov. Along the way we'll take some time to stroll through the pretty streets of D rnstein and visit Melk to explore its remarkable Benedictine abbey. [B]

Day 15. Cesky Krumlov

Dating back to 1240, Cesky Krumlov's red roof castle is straight out of the pages of a storybook! We'll learn about its fascinating history and explore the picturesque town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 16. Cesky Krumlov - Prague

Special Experience: Today we visit the fascinating Bone Church of Kutna Hora, in the centre of Bohemia. Here the bones of more than 40,000 people decorate the Sedlec Ossuary.

We then travel north to stunning Prague, one of the world's most beautiful cities. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Why not visit Charles Bridge as the sun sets? [B]

Day 17. Prague

Set on the banks of the River Vltava and spanned by more than 30 bridges, Prague is a visual delight. Romanesque chapels stand alongside baroque palaces and majestic Renaissance buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. We take an in-depth tour. We'll visit the Castle District of Hradcany and walk through Prague Castle and its iconic St Vitus' Cathedral. There are also some spectacular views over the city from the castle's entrance. We'll then wander the charming streets of the Old Town, taking in the Jewish Quarter, the Old Town Square including the Astronomical Clock, and finish the tour at Wenceslas Square. [B]

Day 18. Prague

Today is at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Prague at your own pace. Tonight we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Prague

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. In Transit
Day 21. Arrive Australia

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