Explore Eastern Europe 2022

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : May, July - September
Start: Budapest, Hungary
End: Prague, Czech Republic

Explore Eastern Europe: 1nt Budapest, 1 nt Eger, 2 nts Vysoke Tatry, 2 nts Krakow, 1 nt Olomouc, 2 nts Cesky Krumlov

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book. 

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, Hungary and Poland on this memorable tour of this beautifully varied region.

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Make authentic Polish pierogi dumplings at a cookery class in Kraków
– Enjoy a scenic cable car ride in the picturesque High Tatras region
– Take a sobering tour of Auschwitz Birkenau: a former concentration camp

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Marmara (Budapest)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

Grand Hotel Bohemia (Prague) (Google Map)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 8 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Holloko Women's Choir performance and lunch. Scenic cable car ride in the High Tatras
  • Cheese tasting session at a farm in the High Tatras region - Pierogi making class in Krakow
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: Wawel Royal Castle and Cathedral, Wieliczka Salt Mines, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Cesky Krumlov Castle and the Chocolate and Marzipan Museum

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Budapest

A city filled with vibrance and culture – we’ll meet the group in grand Budapest. After settling into our accommodation, we’ll get to know our travel companions better over a sumptuous welcome dinner. Here’s to the historic adventure ahead! (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Marmara (or similar)

Day 2Budapest – Holloko – Eger

After breakfast, we’ll make our way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Holloko. Here, we’ll be welcomed by members of the Holloko Women’s Choir and enjoy a traditional folk performance. Following the atmospheric experience, we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some Hungarian hospitality and sit down to a delicious home-made lunch with a local family. Later this afternoon, we’ll move on to enchanting Eger – where we’ll have the rest of the evening free to wander through the cobbled streets past beautiful Baroque buildings, quaint wine cellars and preserved Ottoman minarets. (B,L)

Accommodation: Hotel Korona (or similar)

Day 3Eger – Tokaj – Košice – High Tatras

Today our road will carry us to Tokaj, where we’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the region’s world-famous wines. This relatively small wine region in north-eastern Hungary has been producing Tokaji Aszú for centuries – earning it a UNESCO World Heritage listing since 2002. Following our visit, we’ll move on to the city of Košice in Slovakia. After a photo stop at the grand Spiš Castle, we’ll set a course for our hotel in the heart of the magnificent High Tatras region. Tonight will be free to enjoy relaxing at our hotel or exploring the surrounding area at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Praha (or similar)

Day 4High Tatras

After breakfast it’s onwards to the mountain slopes, where we’ll take in some marvellous views on a morning cable car ride. The High Tatras is the tallest range in the Carpathian Mountains and we’ll enjoy the panoramic return journey to its second highest peak – Lomnický štít, with incredible views from the summit of course. When we’re back on terra firma, we’ll hit the road to a local farm – where a homemade cheese tasting session and light lunch await us. Then: it’s back to the hotel for an evening spent at our leisure. (B,L)

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Praha (or similar)

Day 5High Tatras – Wieliczka – Kraków

Today, we’ll visit Wieliczka Salt Mines. Dating back to the 13th-century, these historic mines house enchanting chandelier-lit chambers and chapels, all carved from salt. After emerging back into the daylight, our final stop for the day will be Kraków: our home for the next two days. A city filled with magnificent architecture and culinary delights; you’ll have the evening to explore this historic city at your leisure – perhaps seeking out a local restaurant serving up steaming plates of kielbasa (sausage) or sampling a tipple of Polish vodka at a Gothic cellar. (B)

Accommodation: Francuski Hotel Kraków (or similar)

Day 6Kraków

Today we’ll give Kraków our full attention on a locally guided city tour – taking in the likes of Wawel Royal Castle, the medieval St Mary’s Basilica and the historic Cloth Hall. Heads full of newfound knowledge – we’ll have the afternoon to explore at our own pace and lunch at a restaurant of our choosing. This evening, we’ll be treated to a pierogi making class, where we’ll learn how to cook classic Polish dumplings – and sample our creations for this evening’s dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Francuski Hotel Kraków (or similar)

Day 7Kraków – Auschwitz-Birkenau – Olomouc

We’ll take a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today – a sobering reminder of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in WWII. After a moving visit, we’ll move on to the Czech city of Olomouc – a majestic city dotted with Baroque fountains, 18th-century religious sculptures and remarkable historic buildings. We’ll have the evening free to explore the city’s highlights including, the Romanesque Bishop’s Palace, St Wenceslas Cathedral and Town Hall – before seeking out a local restaurant for dinner at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Trinity (or similar)

Day 8Olomouc – Brno – Trebon – Ceský Krumlov

This morning we’ll continue our journey to Brno, the Czech Republic’s second largest city – where our Tour Leader will show us the sights. Following that, we’ll move on to charming Trebon – a town that’s home to a 17th-century Renaissance château complex. We’ll round off the day in the picturesque town of Ceský Krumlov – where we’ll have the evening to explore at our own pace or enjoy some relaxation time back at our hotel. (B)

Accommodation: The Old Inn (or similar)

Day 9Ceský Krumlov

This morning we’ll explore Ceský Krumlov’s cobbled streets on a walking tour with a local guide – taking in the vast Castle and its spectacular interiors as we go. Built in the 13th-century, the castle has a stunning mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture – as well as panoramic views over the Old Town and Vltava River below. Following our in-depth tour, we’ll have the afternoon to take in the town’s historic sites at our own pace. This evening, we’ll come together for our last hurrah – a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. What better way to toast our incredible tour? (B,D)

Accommodation: The Old Inn (or similar)

Day 10Ceský Krumlov – Tábor – Prague

The last day of the tour will begin with a visit to Tábor – where a decadent tasting at the Museum of Chocolate and Marzipan awaits. We’ll have the opportunity to observe the confectioners at work and create our very own gourmet souvenir, before we move on to captivating Prague – where we’ll say our goodbyes this afternoon. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2022
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: May 5 $4,899 $6,179
2022: June 1, 29 $4,899 $6,179
2022: July 27 $4,899 $6,179
2022: August 24 $4,899 $6,179
2022: September 21 $4,899 $6,179
2022: October 5 $4,899 $6,179

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departure.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

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Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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