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Highlights of Eastern Europe

15 days |  18 days with Berlin extension
Group size1538 travelers
belvedere palace in vienna austria
close up of the prague astronomical clock in prague czech republic
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    Experience Eastern Europe in all its complexity.

    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.

    Your tour package includes

    • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 13 breakfasts
    • 5 dinners with beer or wine
    • 6 guided sightseeing tours
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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    Included highlights

    • Hungarian Parliament Building
    • Matthias Church
    • Bratislava
    • Belvedere Palace
    • Ringstrasse
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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Budapest today.

    Budapest3 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Budapest
    Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Budapest
    Included meal: 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 free time in Budapest or add an excursion.

    Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Liqueur Tasting

    From $99 per person

    Day 4: Free day in Budapest
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Budapest or add an excursion.

    Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain

    From $75 per person

    Vienna3 nights
    Day 5: Vienna via Bratislava
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Make several stops as you travel west through the Danube basin en route to Vienna, Austria.

    • Visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia
    • Enjoy free time to stroll through the charming Old Town and eat lunch
    • Cross into Austria and make a photo stop at Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home

    Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
    Included meal: Breakfast

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

    • Step inside Belvedere Palace, home to the world's largest collection of paintings by artist Gustav Klimt, and admire the palace's impressive gardens
    • Travel down the Ringstrasse, passing the Parliament building, Vienna State Opera, and Kunsthistorisches Museum
    • See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence

    Enjoy a free evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

    Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening

    From $99 per person

    Day 7: Free day in Vienna
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

    Danube River Cruise & Melk Abbey

    From $125 per person

    Prague3 nights
    Day 8: Prague via Lednice Castle
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. En route, stop in Moravia to enter Chateau Lednice, a gorgeous castle on the Austrian border.

    Continue on to Prague and sit down for an included dinner.

    Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Prague
    Included meal: 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
    • Walk down to the Malá Strana district to sip a coffee at a local cafe
    • 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 in Prague or add an excursion.

    Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter

    From $89 per person

    Day 10: Free day in Prague
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Prague or add an excursion.

    Château Sychrov

    From $149 per person

    Kraków2 nights
    Day 11: Transfer to Kraków
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

    Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Kraków
    Included meal: 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 Enamel Factory

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Kraków or add an excursion.


    From $50 per person

    Warsaw2 nights
    Day 13: Transfer to Warsaw
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Travel to Warsaw today.

    Then, enjoy free time in Poland’s capital city or add an excursion.

    Chopin Recital & Dinner

    From $105 per person

    Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

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

    • See the Chopin Monument at Łazienki Park
    • Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial
    • Walk through the Old Town
    • Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses
    • Enter the Museum of Warsaw to learn about the city’s history

    Celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner this evening.

    Flight Home
    Day 15: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

    Extension to Berlin
    Inviting markets, cobbled streets, trendy restaurants—find all this and more in the German capital. This reinvigorated cultural center buzzes with life, and you’ll spot all the city’s highlights during a guided sightseeing tour.
    Berlin3 nights
    Day 15: Berlin via Poznań
    Included meal: Breakfast

    En route to Berlin, Germany, stop in the Polish city of Poznań to enjoy free time.

    Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
    Included meal: 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 the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery
    • Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

    World War II Walking Tour

    From $59 per person

    Day 17: Free day in Berlin
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Berlin or add an excursion.

    This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. Then, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

    Berlin Home-Hosted Dinner

    From $75 per person


    From $79 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 18: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    Overall rating 4.6 out of 5
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      My experience on the Highlights of Eastern Europe tour
      09/03/19 by 4th-time traveler Mary

      It was a very well planned and informative tour. Our tour guide was exceptional in his knowledge of the countries and his interaction with all of us. For me, it was too fast paced but I understand that's how it was planned - to give us a little insight into each place. i'm not in a hurry to go on...

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      03/26/19 by 1st-time traveler Vivian Virginia
      Great trip
      09/23/19 by 2nd-time traveler Phyllis

      We had a wonderful time on this trip. Our guide was Chris Karl and she was personable and very knowledgeable. Our bus drivers were very professional and kept us safe on some long highway drives and construction. This tour gave a great overview of what it was like behind the Iron Curtain. The added e...

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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      Radisson Blu Beke Hotel
      Radisson Blu Beke Hotel

      This elegant, traditional hotel is located in Terézváros. Guests enjoy an indoor swimming pool, laundry services, and a restaurant. Nearby, you'll fin...

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      MAXX by Steigenberger Hotel Vienna
      MAXX by Steigenberger Hotel Vienna

      This convenient hotel is located in the city center of Vienna, Austria. Guests enjoy the fitness area, on-site bar and restaurant, and spa. Nearby you...

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      NH Prague City
      NH Prague City

      This modern hotel is located in the Smíchov district of Prague. Guests enjoy a gym and sauna, restaurants with terraces, and tennis court. Nearby, you...

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      Qubus Hotel Kraków
      Qubus Hotel Kraków

      This modern hotel is located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow. Guests enjoy a jazz club, Turkish bath, and boat cruises. Nearby, you’ll find the Gh...

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      Mercure Warszawa Grand
      Mercure Warszawa Grand

      This contemporary hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy two on-site restaurants, a gym, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find the Fryderyk C...

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      Abba Berlin Hotel
      Abba Berlin Hotel

      This contemporary hotel is located in Berlin center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lounge-bar, and fitness room. Nearby, you'll find exclusive boutiques ...

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      Local weather

      Vienna, Austria
      Weather averages
      High 64 °FLow 48 °F
      Prague, Czech Republic
      Weather averages
      High 58 °FLow 50 °F
      Poznan, Poland
      Weather averages
      High 59 °FLow 49 °F
      Budapest, Hungary
      Weather averages
      High 61 °FLow 51 °F
      Krakow, Poland
      Weather averages
      High 53 °FLow 48 °F
      Warsaw, Poland
      Weather averages
      High 47 °FLow 45 °F
      Berlin, Germany
      Weather averages
      High 58 °FLow 53 °F


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      Passport, visa & entry requirements
      • This tour visits Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland (plus Germany on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
      • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
      • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
      • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code EEU.
      Tour pacing & mobility
      • You will walk for at least 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
      • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
      • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
      • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
      • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
      Transportation & arrival information
      • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Budapest and depart from Warsaw (or Berlin on the tour extension).A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
      • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go AheadTours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
      • A train ride from Warsaw to Berlin is included in the price of your tour extension.
      • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
      Baggage allowance
      • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
      • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
      • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
      • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
      Clothing & packing tips
      • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
      • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
      • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
      • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
      • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
      • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
      • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code EEU.
      • Hungary claims goulash as its national dish, but also is known for excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish, and preserved fruits.
      • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
      • 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.
      • When in Poland, fill up on favorites like kielbasa and pierogi. Don't miss out on trying the bagels—they were born here.
      • German food, on the tour extension, is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
      Electricity & air conditioning
      • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
      • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
      • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
      • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
      • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
      • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
      • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
      Time zones
      • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
      • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
      • You will use the Hungarian forint in Hungary, the euro in Austria (and Germany on the tour extension), the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic, and the Polish złoty in Poland.
      • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
      • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
      • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
      • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
      • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
      • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency or USD. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
      • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
      • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
      • Tips can only be paid in cash.
      Purchasing excursions on tour
      • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
      • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
      • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
      • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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