Eastern Europe History Tour
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Our Eastern Europe History Tour, is the ideal trip to explore the most fascinating cities and towns of Germany, Czech, Poland, Austria, Slovenia & Croatia.
Eastern Europe History Tour
Fly into Frankfurt and out on Dubrovnik. Travel to Berlin, Munich, Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Lujublijan seeing all the paces of interest, historical value and soak in the culture and invaluable lessons that travel affords us.
Eastern Europe is a region full of history, that encompasses many different cultures, ethnicity and languages. It’s important to note that the countries broadly classified as being a part of Eastern Europe have one thing in common: they were all behind the Iron Curtain before its fall, and this political boundary of the last century helps us define a region whose development, especially until the 1990’s, has been very different from that of Western Europe.
DAY 1 (23 June) BERLIN GERMANY
Welcome to Europe and particularly welcome to Berlin. We arrive in the morning and meet your Trip Leader and Driver at the airport. A city once divided by the infamous wall, it is now a vibrant, exciting city with plenty going on. In the afternoon we have a driving city tour, taking in all the major sights, including the Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and part of the remains of the Berlin Wall. In the evening we head out for a welcome dinner. (Dinner included)
DAY 2 BERLIN GERMANY
This morning you visit the Topography of Terror museum and then in the afternoon there is an optional “Third Reich” walking tour with a local guide which brings to life the history of the city. The rest of the evening is free to experience the nightlife. (Breakfast included)
DAY 3 MUNICH GERMANY
On the way to Munich you will visit perhaps the most famous castle in Europe. Said to be the one that Walt Disney fashioned the iconic Disney castle on, in the heart of Baveria you will visit the almost magical castle of Ludwig II at Neuschwanstein. You travel on to Munich where you take a walk through the Olympic Stadium complex, and then in the evening you’ll have a walking tour of the city centre. You’ll see the Marienplatz, Church of our Lady, the Glockenspiel and old Town Hall. (Breakfast included)
DAY 4 PRAGUE CZECH
Heading north you’ll cross the border into the Czech Republic to Prague, one of Europe’s most popular destinations. (Breakfast included)
DAY 5 PRAGUE CZECH
Prague is made for walking and your walking tour takes in all the sights from Wenceslas Square, The Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and the imposing Hradcany Castle. After dark the streets come to life and the lights show the city and the river at its best. (Breakfast included)
DAY 6 KRAKOW POLAND
Heading East you head to Poland, a country decimated in World War II but now one of the most exciting and affordable destinations in Europe.
You arrive in the ancient town of Krakow. The city miraculously escaped the worst of the War, and remains as the cultural heart of the country. The Old Town is a delightful step back in time to the glory days of the Middle Ages, whilst the great souvenir shopping shows just how well this charming city has blended the old and new so delicately. (Breakfast included)
DAY 7 KRAKOW POLAND
A free day to explore the intriguing, mysterious streets of Krakow. You can see the highlights on an orientation tour, before there is plenty of free time to perhaps visit Wawel Castle or the Cloth Hall, which has some of the best markets in the city nearby. You could also head to the nearby Wieliczka Salt Mine, a 13th Century mine which now houses some incredible sculptures cut straight from the rock salt! Also available is a ‘Schindler’ tour of the old Jewish ghettoes, where you can be educated about the terrible fate of Poland’s Jews during the War.
This evening, you will get the opportunity to find some delicious local cuisine. (Breakfast included)
DAY 8 VIENNA AUSTRIA
An early start today as there is a lot to see. First stop is the very thought provoking visit to Auschwitz Concentration Camp where a guided tour explains the hardships and persecution suffered during the Nazi era. A drive through the Czech countryside and cross over to Slovakia and stop for a short visit in Bratislava. Then, crossing into Austria we visit Vienna, home of the Waltz, Vienna Boys Choir, and the most gorgeous Chocolate Gateaux! (Breakfast included)
DAY 9 VIENNA AUSTRIA
Austria’s capital, Vienna, is a gorgeous city dripping in culture, with impressive sights such as the Hofburg Palace, St Stephen’s Cathedral and the majestic Vienna Opera House to be seen on a driving tour.On one night you can pay a visit to Prater Park, the oldest amusement park in the world! More roller coasters and fairground games than you can shake a candyfloss stick at… just make sure you have room in your luggage for that giant teddy! (Breakfast included)
DAY 10 LUJUBLIJANA SLOVENIA
After breakfast depart for Slovenia. Always underestimated, this beautiful land has a charmingly quaint capital in Ljubljana. An orientation tour with your Trip Leader will give you the chance to wander the streets of this delightful ancient city, above which Ljubljana Castle sits proudly, guarding over the Old Town. A short funicular ride to the top can give you some spectacular views, before you get the opportunity to sample some local cuisine for dinner – horse steak, anyone?? (Breakfast included)
DAY 11 DUBROVNIK CROATIA
Continue our journey through the Balkans region, an area of the world shut off for many years by various Communist regimes, and one which suffered terribly during some horrific conflicts in the early 1990s. Thankfully, this beautiful corner of the globe has put the past firmly behind it, and the enthralling coastline of Montenegro provides some stunning viewing as we head for the quaint coastal
city of Dubrovnik, nestled at the foot of towering hills at the southern tip of Croatia. (Breakfast included)
DAY 12 DUBROVNIK CROATIA
This gorgeous walled city at one stage found itself under siege for seven months during the Yugoslav wars of the early 1990s. The physical scars can still be seen on some buildings, but many people have laboured long and hard to restore the city to its former glory, and it now stands as undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities anywhere in the world.
Today is a free day for you to explore, perhaps taking a tour of the city walls, visiting one of the numerous courtyard cafes and restaurants, or finding an exhibition in one of the winding backstreets of this terrific town. Find out why the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw was moved to proclaim; “Those who seek paradise on Earth, should come to Dubrovnik”! (Breakfast & Dinner included)
DAY 13 (03 July) DEPART
Sadly all things come to an end as you say farewell and depart for home (Breakfast included)