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12 Day Luxury Small Group Czech Poland Slovakia and Hungary

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12 Day Luxury Small Group Czech Poland Slovakia and Hungary

A land of ancient cities, time-honoured culinary customs and ever-changing landscapes, Eastern Europe rewards those ready to explore. Discover the highlights of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary on a diverse tour of this beautifully varied region. Visit Prague, Krakow, Banska Bystrica, Budapest and more

Our adventure map

Map of Explore Eastern Europe | 2017

Day by day

First Day welcome to Prague

Arrive into Prague and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Hotel:    Charles Bridge Palace Hotel 

Second Day we tour Prague

With Cathedral spires, cobbled streets and timeless market squares, Prague captivates from the moment you see it. After a stroll around this atmospheric city, we toast the start of our adventure with beer tastings at local pubs. And to top it off, we sit down to a welcome dinner together. (D)

Hotel:    Charles Bridge Palace Hotel 

Third Day we head to the Adrspachteplice Rocks then Polanica Zdroj

Our trail takes us deep into Bohemia today, where we marvel at the otherworldly Adrspach-Teplice Rocks. Crossing into Poland, we visit the Czermna Skull Chapel – an eerie yet extraordinary 18th century bone chapel and memorial to the fallen of the Thirty Years War. Finally we arrive in Polanica Zdroj, our home for the next two nights. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Bukowy Park 

Fourth Day see the sights of Kletno then Ladek Zdroj and return to Polanica Zdroj 

The Kletno Bear Cave, a system of tunnels dripping with stalactites, makes a jaw-dropping first stop. Then we swap raw nature for the refined Wojciech Spring thermal baths in Ladek Zdroj, an elegant spa town. Next, a 17th century mill sets the scene for learning about the historic craft of paper-making, before we return to Polanica Zdroj for a group dinner. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Bukowy Park 

Fifth Day we travel to Klodzko then Swidnica and then Wroclaw

We go back to the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at Klodzko Fortress and embark on a guided tour of its long-fought-over defensive tunnels. From times of war to the Church of Peace – next on our list is the largest wooden church in the world and a chance to marvel at its ornate, baroque interior. From here we travel to Wroclaw, the gem of western Poland. We stroll around town, taking in market squares lined with brightly painted mansions as we listen to stories from the city’s past. (B)

Hotel:   Art Hotel

Sixth Day historic Auschwitz and Krakow 

20th century events have left an indelible mark on this region – and few more so than World War II. We pay a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today, a sobering reminder of atrocities committed by the Nazis. We continue on to Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. Its perfectly preserved centre harks back to its medieval glory days – and we stay three nights in its heart. A warm welcome to this beautiful city comes courtesy of a traditional Polish dinner, accompanied by local Klezmer music. (B, D)

Hotel:    Hotel Grodek 

Seventh day we sample Krakow

Today we give Krakow our full attention. Morning sees us visiting Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral where former Pope John Paul II was first ordained. Next, we’re treated to a pierogi making class, where we learn how to cook these classic Polish dumplings for our lunch. This afternoon is free for you to explore Krakow in your own time. (B, L)

Hotel:    Hotel Grodek 

Eight Day its onto Wieliczka then Krakow 

With its extraordinary caverns, the UNESCO-protected Wieliczka Salt Mine is an unforgettable site. Dating back to the 13th century, this historic mine also houses enchanting chandelier-lit chambers and chapels, all carved from salt. Afternoon finds us at Oskar Schindler’s Factory, where we take time to reflect over an exhibition dedicated to the Nazi occupation of Krakow. (B)

Hotel:    Hotel Grodek 

Ninth Day we journey to Szczawnica then Zakopane

 We bid the cakopane ity farewell to discover the soul-stirring countryside of Pieniny National Park. Here we swap our coach for traditional wooden rafts and a journey down the Dunajec River. This rafting route between the soaring cliffs of Dunajec Gorge has been sailed for centuries. Then we step back onto dry land and continue to Zakopane, a fashionable mountain resort and our haven for the night. (B, D)

Hotel:    Grand Stamary 

Tenth Day tour Spisska Sobota then Banska Bystrica

Leaving Poland behind us, we cross into Slovakia, with its rugged mountain peaks and green hills. Our first port of call is Spisska Sobota, the fascinating historical centre of the city of Poprad. Then we continue through the Low Tatras National Park, a remote region of high ridges dusted with snow, and deep valleys carpeted in forest. Banska Bystrica is our final destination – with free time to explore. (B).

Hotel:    Hotel Arcade 

Eleventh Day we're off to Visegrad then Budapest 

Visegrad Citadel, an ancient site overlooking the Danube, offers us a grand introduction to Hungary. Then it’s on to Budapest where we enjoy a culinary walking tour. A local guide lets us in on all the foodie favourites with visits to local places and traditional Hungarian food tastings. It’s truly a finale to savour. (B, D)

Hotel:    Boutique Hotel Budapest 

Eleventh Day take in the sights of Budapest 

Our trip may be ending today, but not before we visit Budapest’s crowning glory: Castle Hill. This high perch above the city plays host to the Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church, which has a distinctive patterned roof. We take in panoramic views before saying goodbye.(B)

Travel Highlights

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Experienced Tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 5 x evening meals (D)
  • 1 x lunch (L)
  • Pierogi making class
  • Budapest Central Market Hall Food tour
  • Prague beer tour
  • Rafting through the Dunajec Gorge
  • Included Entrances: Adrspach-Teplice Rocks, Skull Chapel, Bear Cave, Wojciech Spring, Paper-making Museum, Klodzko Fortress, Church of Peace, Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, Wieliczka Salt  Mine, Schindler Factory, Visegrad Citadel and Fishermen’s Bastion.

The Difference

Take part in a traditional Polish Pierogi making class

Sample Czech beer culture on a tour of Prague’s local pubs

Travel by traditional, wooden rafts through the Dunajec Gorge

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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