The Best of Eastern Europe
They say you can’t stop time. Prague is intricate and theatrical Astronomical Clock, striking every hour for the past 600 years, is ticking proof. Yet when you travel to the “City of a Hundred Spires” as well as the beguiling cities of Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, and Vienna on this six-country tour of Eastern Europe, it can also feel like time has stood still. Centuries-old palaces, castles, and cathedrals transport you to another era, as do beautifully reconstructed war-damaged cities. Tracing the steps of kings, queens, emperors, presidents, generals, soldiers, and prisoners, history buffs will relish revisiting the most gripping chapters of the past. In addition, with a whole day at leisure in harmonious Vienna and a private Chopin concert in the maestro’s hometown of architecturally alluring Warsaw, music lovers will be equally elated.
Highlights of The Best of Eastern Europe
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
6 guests in a party: $2,923*18 guests in a party: $720*
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.
The Best of Eastern Europe
Auschwitz|Budapest (including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue)|Historic Centre of Krakow|Historic Centre of Prague|Historic Centre of Telc|Historic Centre of Vienna|Historic Centre of Warsaw
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch; 5 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
BERLIN Historic Berlin BERLIN Join a guided sightseeing tour of the city’s historic sites. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC SPOTS Explore the historic city of Berlin. Stops at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the symbolic heart of West Berlin, its towers rising as a symbol of peace between nations. See the vast Holocaust Memorial the sombre site dedicated to the remembrance of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Take photos of the symbolic monument to peace and unity at the Brandenburg Gate – Berlin's most famous landmark.
BERLIN–POZNAN, POLAND–WARSAW Polish Treasures POZNAN Stop in the historic city en route to Warsaw. (B,D) 373 mi / 600 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEM The university town of Poznań sits on the Warta River with beautiful Renaissance-style buildings in its Old Market Square. Every day at noon, visitors are amused by the Town Hall clock, featuring mechanical goats who butt heads!
WARSAW Classical Notes in Warsaw WARSAW Guided sightseeing includes the Cathedral of St. John. Attend a [LF] private Chopin concert. (B)LOCAL FAVORITE GREAT PERFORMANCES Enjoy a wonderful performance of passionate compositions by Frédéric Chopin in an elegant hall in Warsaw. Hear the moving music created by the legendary Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period.
WARSAW–CZESTOCHOWA–AUSCHWITZ–KRAKOW The Shining Mountain CZESTOCHOWA Visit the Monastery of Jasna Góra famous for its Black Madonna.AUSCHWITZ Visit the site of the former concentration camp en route to Krakow. (B,D)217 mi / 350 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Founded in the 13th century, the city of Czestochowa merged with Jasna Góra (meaning “Shining Mountain”). Here, the beautiful Jasna Góra monastery is a global pilgrimage site, home to stunning frescoes and the famed painting, Our Lady of Czestochowa – also known as the Black Madonna.
KRAKOW Eastern Gem KRAKOW Enjoy free time this morning before a guided walking tour of Kazimierz, the Old Jewish Quarter, and a visit to St. Mary’s Church. Free time this late afternoon and evening. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Since its beginnings in the 7th century, Krakow has been a vital cultural city. The whole of Krakow has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible history and its ancient architecture which has remained virtually unscathed before its liberation from World War II. Today, you’ll revel in its large market square, vibrant streets, historic sites, and restaurants.
KRAKOW–DONOVALY, SLOVAKIA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Take a scenic drive through Slovakia DONOVALY Stop at the beautiful ski resort. (B) 261 mi / 420 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTPHOTO OPP Admire the vistas of this alpine haven in the heart of Slovakia. Located near two National Parks, the lovely ski resort of Donovaly offers the perfect photo opportunity.
BUDAPEST The Pearl of the Danube BUDAPEST Follow a guided sightseeing tour, including Matthias Coronation Church and a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE PERFECT Since the wedding of King Matthias I, the church bearing his name has continued to host royal weddings and coronation ceremonies within its grand Neo-Gothic walls. From Matthias Coronation Church, you’ll also take in the perfect view of Fisherman’s Bastion with its seven towers overlooking the Danube River.
BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA The City of Music VIENNA Free time for lunch. Guided sightseeing features a drive along the famous Ringstrasse and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. (B) 174 mi / 280 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT ART & ARCHITECTURE Visit St. Stephen's Cathedral, the magnificent mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. A sight to behold, the cathedral features the massive Romanesque “Giant's Door” – adorned with dragons, birds, lions, monks, and demons.
VIENNA City of Dreams VIENNA Enjoy a free day in beautiful Vienna. (B)TOUR HIGHLIGHTCULTURE & TRADITION Fall in love with the Austrian city that has played an important role throughout history. It is easy to see how musical geniuses such as Mozart and Strauss were inspired by this captivating city.
VIENNA–TELC, CZECH REPUBLIC–PRAGUE Bohemian Beauties TELC [LF] Stop in one of the most beautiful towns in the Czech Republic for a light lunch with local specialties. Scenic drive through Moravia and Bohemia. (B,L,D) 205 mi / 330 kmLOCAL FAVORITE CULTURAL GEM Discover the beauty of Telc, with the beautiful pastels and bold hues of its Renaissance and Baroque town homes. Then indulge in local specialties served for lunch.
PRAGUE The Golden City PRAGUE Guided sightseeing includes the Astronomical Clock and the Hradcany Castle grounds. [LF] Taste a traditional trdelník pastry. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)LOCAL FAVORITE LOCAL TASTES After seeing the gorgeous sights of Prague, we’ll treat you to a traditional trdelník. This delicious, rolled pastry dough is topped with sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts – then fire-cooked for a warm confection you can’t resist. A staple in Prague’s Christmas markets, trdelník is a tempting treat all year round on the streets of the Golden City.
PRAGUE–DRESDEN, GERMANY–BERLIN Auf Wiedersehen, Berlin! DRESDEN Enjoy free time for lunch, followed by an orientation walk featuring the Zwinger Palace Courtyard.BERLIN Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 211 mi / 340 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURAL GEM Explore the heart of Dresden with a walk to Zwinger Palace courtyard. Revered for its stunning Baroque architecture and beautiful gardens, this spectacular palace complex is the most famous building in Dresden.
BERLIN Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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|1||NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse||This contemporary styled 268 room hotel enjoys a prime location on the world-famous Friedrichstrasse, close to Berlin's best-known sights and shopping areas. Amenities include Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout, a small fitness room, a bright glass roof topped breakfast and International buffet restaurant and a Taste Bar serving everything from street food snacks to delicious haute cuisine and cocktails.||Berlin||Friedrichstrasse 96||Superior First-Class|
|2||Mercure Warsaw Centrum||Mercure Warsaw Centrum is located in the city center, right next to the Golden Terraces, the largest shopping center in Warsaw.||Warsaw||Ul.Zlota 48/54||First-Class|
|3||INX Design||This unique 118-room hotel reflects the Art Deco style of the Kazimierz district in which it is located and offers Free Wi-Fi access throughout. Dishes from around the world are served in the Kitchen restaurant while drinks can be enjoyed in the informal atmosphere of the colorful bar, there is also a gym and Finnish sauna.||Krakow||Starowislna Str. 91||First-Class|
|4||Crowne Plaza Budapest||This contemporary 230 room property offers modern luxury. Free Wi-Fi access is available in the hotel lobby and café. For relaxation there is a top floor fitness centre with panoramic views and a sauna. The main restaurant serves international food and Hungarian specialties and the cosmopolitan café has an outdoor terrace on which drinks and snacks can be enjoyed. The informal hotel bar has a good selection of beverages and cocktails.||Budapest||Vaci Ut 1-3||Superior First-Class|
|5||Zeitgeist Hauptbahnof||The Zeitgeist hotel in Vienna perfectly combines its central location, just 300 meters away from the main train station with top quality overnight stays. The 254 air conditioned rooms offer large windows and Free Wi-Fi access, there is an on-site fitness room, a restaurant-café-bar as well as 24 hour vending machines for snacks & drinks.||Vienna||15 Sonnwendgasse||First-Class|
|6||Hermitage Hotel Prague||Originally built in 1907, the hotel's exterior shows impressive Art Deco design, while the interior offers all modern comforts. Situated just a short distance from the Vltava river and Vysehrad Castle, Prague's historic and artistic attractions, including the National Theatre and Charles Bridge, are all within walking distance. Keep up with your exercise routine at the well-equipped fitness center on the rooftop, then indulge in flavorful grilled fare and international favorites at the Restaurant & Bar. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property. The 210 modern guestrooms are fully equipped with individual climate control, flat screen televisions, safe, minibar and spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers or bathtubs.||Prague||Svobodova 1961/1||Superior First-Class|