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Highlights of Eastern Europe

15 days
Imperial palaces, World War II sites, vibrant cafes—you can find it all in Eastern Europe. Journey along the Danube from the two-sided city of Budapest to Vienna, unrivaled for its beauty and majesty. Then, visit the castles and cathedrals of Prague and explore medieval Kraków before ending in modern Warsaw.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Explore festive Christmas markets on a special winter departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest.

Budapest 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Budapest

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Hungary! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest in the city that straddles east and west.

• Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes Square

• Tour the lavishly decorated Hungarian Parliament building

• Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill

• Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion

• Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations 

Enjoy a free evening in Budapest or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Unicum Liqueur & Wine Tasting with Dinner $95pp* Details

Go right to the source to take a taste of Hungary's national drink, Unicum liqueur. A secret formula of more than 40 herbs, the recipe has been protected by the Zwack family since 1790 and it's story follows the turbulent history of the area. When the family escaped communism and lived in exile in the U.S., a trusted friend in Milan kept up production. You'll learn more about this fascinating legacy at the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre in Budapest, where you can sample the apéritif and view the museum's staggering collection of miniature bottles. Then, enjoy a Hungarian dinner accompanied by wine pairings chosen by a local sommelier who'll be on hand to tell you about each selection.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 4: Free day in Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Budapest on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain $69pp* Details

Discover the turbulent, tragic and heroic history of the communist period in Budapest on today’s excursion. Your guided sightseeing tour passes the Parliament building, which was the starting place of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and still shows signs of damage from the Soviet invasion. Visit the nearby statue of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s Prime Minister during the revolution, who is an enduring symbol of freedom. Liberty Square is just a stroll away, home to the U.S. Embassy, a statue of Ronald Reagan and the only remaining monument to communist troops. From St. Stephen’s Basilica, take the historic Metro Line 1 up the iconic Andrassy Ave. Stop for an included coffee and piece of cake amidst the Neo-Renaissance splendor of Book Café, the regular meeting place of the intelligentsia during the Soviet occupation. End the day at the House of Terror, where you will take a guided tour through this chilling museum and view the moving monument to the victims of communism and fascism in Hungary.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Vienna via Szentendre

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel west through the Danube basin, stopping in Szentendre en route to Vienna, home of chocolates, cafes, parks and pastries.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna. 

• Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare 

• See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99pp* Details

After a brief drive, your first stop is Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. Take a breezy ride to the top, which offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Next, continue to the picturesque village of Grinzing. At a local restaurant, you’ll indulge in a festive night of music, food and entertainment. Dinner will feature dishes typical of traditional Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to try some of the tavern’s own locally made wine—the perfect addition to your cozy Old-World setting.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 7: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise & Bratislava $99pp* Details

Cruise down the Danube from Vienna to Bratislava in a high-speed boat, passing through scenic Donau-Auen National Park along the way. In Bratislava, follow a local guide through the charming Old Town to see the well-preserved city center and pass by the regal castle. Stop at the neoclassical Primate’s Palace, the seat of the mayor of Bratislava, to enter the historic Hall of Mirrors. Then, enjoy free time in the city for lunch and exploration before driving back to Vienna. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Prague 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

• Stop in Moravia to enter Lednice Palace, a gorgeous chateau on the Austrian border

• Enjoy free time to explore the medieval city of Mikulov

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as the “City of One Hundred Spires” on a guided tour. 

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Ride a historic tram from Castle Hill down to the Vltava River

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter $79pp* Details

Follow a local guide on a walking tour of Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, nestled between the Vltava River and Old Town Square. Discover the Quarter’s remains, which survived devastation during World War II and oppression during the Communist era. Afterward, pay a visit to the Jewish Museum of Prague, housed in a collection of former synagogues, one of which displays the names of all the Czechs sent to concentration camps. Along your tour, learn about the Golem myth, a story forever entwined with Prague’s Jewish history. You’ll also see sights once frequented by Franz Kafka, the enigmatic author of The Trial and Metamorphosis, who made his home in Prague. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 10: Free day in Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Prague on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chateau Sychrov $139pp* Details

Chateau Sychrov

Visit Chateau Sychrov, a 17th-century Baroque estate north of Prague. Take a guided tour through the estate, paying special attention to the elaborate carvings along the stairway, in the chapel and in the dining room. Then, tour the gallery of French kings and the chateau’s manicured grounds. Later, attend a private recital of classic Czech music and an included dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $149)

Kraków 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Travel to Kraków

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pass through the dramatic landscapes of Moravia before reaching the historic Polish city of Kraków.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Kraków

  Included meals: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for a tour of Kraków, Poland’s former royal capital.

• Discover Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River

• Visit Wawel Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned

• Stroll through Glowny Square

• Pass beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Jagiellonian University and Oskar Schindler’s factory

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Auschwitz $39pp* Details

This excursion takes you to some of the most chilling sites in Europe: the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. More than 4 million people were systematically exterminated in these camps by the Third Reich during World War II. Liberated by the Red Army in 1945, Auschwitz has been turned into a poignant memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Take a guided tour which includes views of chambers and prisoner buildings. Afterward, drive to nearby Birkenau, the second portion of the larger Auschwitz concentration camp complex. Embark on a guided tour before returning to Kraków.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Warsaw 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Travel to Warsaw

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning to explore Kraków before setting off for Warsaw, Poland’s capital city.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw

  Included meals: Breakfast

On a guided tour, get to know Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt since 1944.

• Enter the Palace of Culture and Science, Poland’s tallest building, and take in sweeping views of the surrounding city

• Behold the Chopin monument at Lazienki Park

• Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial

• Walk through the Old Town

• Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses

Get to know Warsaw on your own this afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Chopin Recital & Dinner $99pp* Details

This evening, enjoy an exclusive private recital featuring the music of Frédéric-François Chopin. Born in 1810, Chopin is widely considered the world's best composer for piano, an instrument that's featured prominently in his compositions. Tonight, experience Chopin’s genius firsthand as a pianist plays some of his greatest masterpieces. Then, sample local specialties at one of Warsaw’s finest restaurants during an included dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Berlin.

Add Berlin Starting from $399 pp

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Berlin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Travel to Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board your train to Berlin, once the gateway to Eastern Europe and now capital of reunified Germany.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery

• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island 

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour $59pp* Details

Take a walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II, detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich. You’ll start in the Wilhelmstrasse area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You’ll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 17: Free day in Berlin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Berlin on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Potsdam $69pp* Details

Travel to Potsdam, the residence of Prussian Kings and German Kaisers until 1918. Once the royal playground of Prussian King Frederick the Great, Potsdam was also the location where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. A local guide will escort you through Cecilienhof Palace, built by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany in the early 1900s and the site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photograph of Truman, Churchill and Stalin. After exploring the palace and gardens, your guide will introduce you to the historic center of Potsdam.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 18: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Kraków, Poland
  • Warsaw, Poland
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Passport & visa requirements

This tour includes the following countries: Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Germany (on the extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary or Germany. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

In Austria, thick soups of paprika and onion, veal, beef and venison with cranberries are popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish lovers will find excellent wild trout, carp and crayfish. But perhaps the most memorable aspect of Austrian cuisine are the desserts—strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts, soufflés and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte. Hungary boasts goulash as its national dish, but also is known for its excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish and preserved fruits. Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils. German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are rich dumpling stews and sauerkraut cabbage, tasty thick sausages and smoked cheeses, dark breads and tempting chocolate cakes. Germany also produces some of the world’s finest and purest beers, while white German wines are exceptionally good.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Budapest and depart from Warsaw. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach (and by train on the extension to Berlin). In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. Budapest has an all-inclusive transportation system, with links between the metro, “green trains,” yellow trams and red trolley buses. Purchase tickets from newspaper stands, vending machines or metro entrances. Vienna has a similar system and is even more efficient. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk for S-bahn (above ground), Ubahn (underground), tram and bus lines. The waiting time for trains and subways is usually no more than five to 10 minutes. Prague, Warsaw and Kraków are all well-served by trams, local buses and taxis, if you need to explore beyond the main attractions. Otherwise, they’re best accessed on foot. In Berlin, an extensive system of S-bahn, Ubahn, tram, train and bus lines serve every corner of the city. One ticket covers all types of transportation.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

These countries are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6 p.m. on tour.

Currency

The euro (in Austria, as well as Germany on extension), Polish zloty, Czech crown and Hungarian forint are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and ATM/bank cards. All are widely accepted in the major cities, with some exceptions. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/ CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Time of My LIfe!

I absolutely LOVED this trip! I didn't expect much from Budapest, but it blew me away! Vienna was absolutely gorgeous and Prague was super fun. Krakow, however, was my absolute favorite. I only wish we could have spent more than two nights in Krakow. We arrived in the evening so we only really got to spend one day in Krakow. Go Ahead really does an amazing job - every single thing is arranged for you and it really took the worry out of it. That was really important to me as a single traveler. Also, arrival in each city begins with a city tour duriing which you see the local sites, but you also learn where other ones are and how to get there. That really helped us use our free time well becuase we didn't have to spend a ton of time figuring out how to get to different locations within the cities. The friends that I made on this trip will be life long friends - I'm so grateful that I met each of them! Paul V. was the most amazing tour guide that we could have asked for. While in Warsaw, I got sick and not only did Paul arrange for a doctor to come see me in my hotel room, but he also personally walked me to the pharmacy to get my medication and made sure that I completely understood how/when to take it. He really does go above and beyond and I could not have been more grateful for him. The only suggestions that I would have to improve the trip would be a) more time in Krakow, b) make sure that all hotels are within walking distance to the city center. Some of the hotels required us to take a bus from the hotel into the city center but the hotels that were centrally located were my favorites.

 

Hi Anna! We’re thrilled that you loved this tour! It’s great to know that Budapest was a pleasant surprise for you and that Krakow turned out to be your favorite city. We appreciate your suggestion to include more time in Krakow and will be sure to pass it along to our Product Development team. We’re glad that you felt prepared for and taken care of throughout your tour. It also makes us very happy to learn that you made lifelong friends in your tour group. That’s incredible! Thank you for the lovely feedback on your Tour Director. It sounds like his care and concern really shone through in all of his actions and we’re glad to hear it. Regarding accommodations, we will be sure to share your suggestion with our Operations team. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Toour

My tour of Eastern Europe was phenomenal. The tour director added some extra side tours that were wonderful. I highly recommend going on this tour.

 

Hi Brenda! We're so glad you had a phenomenal time on tour. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Never To Be Forgotten

We had to scrimp and save in order to take this trip and we are so glad that we did as we saw things that we had only dreamed about and seen in pictures but pictures can not show the true architectural magnificence of cities like Budapest, Prague and Krakow and the history behind them. Paul, our tour director had a wonderful sense of humor and was a delight and caring the entire time.

 

Hi Ralph! We are so thrilled to hear that this tour brought your dreams to life. You are completely right that pictures don't do justice to destinations, such as Budapest, Prague, and Krakow. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spectacular Trip!

Highlights of Eastern Europe, our seventh tour with Go Ahead, like the others was spectacular. Lala, our tour guide, was knowledgeable, energetic and always in control. We hope to have her again on a future trip. We did seven of the optional excursions and recommend them all. Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps are indeed sad places to experience, but I think it is important that people do go there to make sure this terrible chapter in history is never forgotten. Chateau Sychrov, which we almost skipped, turned out to be one of our favorite excursions. Lala arranged two extra excursions, Danube River Dinner Cruise and Wieliczka Salt Mine; both were great. We really enjoyed visiting the beautiful Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Prague Castle and the Jewish Quarter in Warsaw. We enjoyed trying foods we never had before such as pork knuckle, venison stew, pork goulash and pierogi. We also like the beer offered in each country. If you take all the excursions like we did, you can expect to walk an average about 5 miles a day. The hotels were very nice, beyond what I expected. All in all, this was a very good trip.

 

Hi Janice! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your tour, Highlights of Eastern Europe. It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director enhanced your experience with her knowledge and enthusiasm. We are also pleased to learn that you enjoyed the optional excursions you chose to include, as well as a couple extra ones your Tour Director was able to arrange. Thank you for your feedback on the hotels. We’re glad they exceeded your expectations! We appreciate you taking the time to review your tour, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Wake-Up Call

My husband and I had no real agenda for this trip except to see Auschwitz for ourselves. We had been told of the beauty and cultural richness of Vienna and Prague but we got so much more than we expected. The people were wonderful, the food fantastic, the architecture amazing and the history very disturbing. To hear and see what these countries have endured through WWII and communist control and eventually coming to an independence they have waited centuries to acquire--truly remarkable. I was touched by how many people spoke English when I had no clue how to speak or pronounce any other their languages. Go Ahead made sure that we had a guide that was comfortable in all four countries; he kept us safe and informed and on time! In spite of the dreary weather, we had the best of experiences; every day was a treat for the senses. Loved it. And Auschwitz is something that all people should have to confront so we can love and appreciate our neighbors as ourselves.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

eastern europe

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour. We like smaller groups and 35 or less makes it more enjoyable. Paul, our guide for the entire trip was excellent. His knowledge, passion for history, and the fact that he grew up under communism made for compelling commentary. One of our city guides (Budapest) was fair, three (Prague, Krakow, Warsaw,) were good, and one (Vienna) excellent. The guides for the Salt Mine and Auschwitz/Birkenau were very good. The bus was excellent as was Robert, the driver. Four of the hotels were very good and one was excellent (Polonia-Warsaw). The location of our hotel in Prague was not particularly good.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour

It was truly a wonderful tour. We had such a great tour guide named Paul. It enriched all of our lives so much. We learned so much about the history of Eastern Europe, WW2, and Jewish history. Paul really went the extra mile every day and made history come alive for us. I enjoyed the tour so much. We all did. I went to a lot of art museums also. Vienna was my favorite city.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well organized and executed tour

Of first importance is the tour director -- Paul was outstanding! His shared his knowledge and person experience and gave historical background before we arrived in each city. In addition, on long travel days he entertained us with historical movies appropriate to where we were going. The tour was organized so that we always had a planned day followed by a free day to explore on our own -- unless an optional tour was chosen. Hotels were excellent and breakfasts had a variety that would more than satisfy every taste. The group was very congenial and Paul kept us all on time -- no small job but he did it with humor and was effective!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Educational and Enjoyable Trip

Our tour director, Paul, was the best part of the trip. He was full of energy, kept us on track and provided a great amount of historical perspective. Overall it was a great trip. Most of the cities included a three-day stay, which might have been a day too long in some cases. The one thing I would change is the number of group meals. The first night at every venue included a group dinner (many of the add-on trips included group dinners, as well). For these meals we were usually given two menu choices and a vegetarian meal (usually pasta). We had A LOT of schnitzel. I would have preferred more opportunities to try the local dishes. I understand that if 30+ people order from a full menu it will take forever to get through a meal, so group meals have to have limited choices. The solution is to have fewer group meals on the tour. Since travelers are together on the bus heading to a new city any information that travelers need about the new locale can be given on the bus. Upon arrival, travelers can choose where and what to eat. If the number of group meals isn't reduced, I would suggest that future travelers not sign up for add-on trips which include meals. Overall, I am very happy I that I took the trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FUN & EDUCATIONAL TRIP

My wife and I found the Highlights of Eastern Europe Tour with Berlin extension fun and educational. Our tour guide, Paul, did an excellent job. Three optionals that he organized during the trip were all outstanding (Mozart/Strauss Concert, Dinner/Folk Music night and Salt Mines). The Go Ahead optional trip to Bratislava we DO NOT recommend - expensive trip to see a minor city and had an unsatisfactory lunch. Fun highlights - Budapest/Szechenyi Baths, Market Hall - and Danube River night cruise - Vienna /House of Music Museum - Prague/ Astronomical Clock, Mucha Museum and Mucha Slavic Museum - Krakow/salt mines - Warsaw/Amber shopping - Berlin/KaDaWe Department Store and Sony German Film Museum. The trip was a real eye opener regarding World War II history and the atrocities that occurred and the effect it had on the cities that we visited. The movies that Paul showed on the bus when we were transferring to a new city were great background for what we saw. This was a long trip with a lot of walking, often on uneven surfaces. So glad we went and ready to start planning our next trip!

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