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Summary

Awe-inspiring architecture, fascinating historical attractions and lively local culture. This Eastern European tour has it all! Drink a toast to life in a German beer hall. Eat just like the locals do and taste authentic Czech cuisine. Experience a sobering tour of Auschwitz concentration camp. Walk along the Danube River in Budapest at dusk. Drink in the glamour and historical splendour of Vienna. Take immersive walking tours with local guides and enjoy free days in Prague, Krakow, and Budapest. Explore at a steady pace. Make new friends. Start ticking off your bucket list! This is Eastern Europe at its finest.

Highlights

  • Join the locals in a German beer hall in Munich 
  • Enjoy free days to explore Prague, Krakow and Budapest
  • Honour history at Auschwitz concentration camp 
  • Choose to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the oldest in the world!
  • Experience the charm of Ljubljana on a guided tour

Start Point

Hotel in Munich | 10:00 AM

End Point

Hotel in Munich | 10:00 AM
DAY 1: Start of tour in Munich

Welcome to Munich! Check into your hotel this morning and meet up with your tour guide who will brief you on the upcoming itinerary. Then, head into Munich and see the sights on an orientation tour! Munich will delight the avid explorer. It’s a city that is a great combination of old and new. In Munich, you’ll find a captivating old town and wealth of cultural hotspots alongside modern high-powered industry, designer shopping districts and sleek BMW. This evening, get to know your fellow passengers and tour leader over dinner in a traditional German beer hall and enjoy a taste of German culture and cuisine.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 1: Start of tour in Munich

Welcome to Munich! Check into your hotel this morning and meet up with your tour guide who will brief you on the upcoming itinerary. Then, head into Munich and see the sights on an orientation tour! Munich will delight the avid explorer. It’s a city that is a great combination of old and new. In Munich, you’ll find a captivating old town and wealth of cultural hotspots alongside modern high-powered industry, designer shopping districts and sleek BMW. This evening, get to know your fellow passengers and tour leader over dinner in a traditional German beer hall and enjoy a taste of German culture and cuisine.

Experiences

Munich orientation tour: Your tour leader will take you on an orientation of Munich to get you acquainted with this wonderful German city.

German beer hall: Tonight we’ll take you to a traditional German Beer Hall. Sample German beer, along with traditional German cuisine. Prost!

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DAY 2: Nuremberg - Prague

En route to Prague, visit Nuremberg and enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Bavaria’s second-largest city, Nuremberg is famous for its art, architecture, ancient chapels and great beer! Next, we make our way to Prague. A beautiful city boasting elaborate Baroque, Gothic, Art Nouveau and Cubist architecture. Explore the streets to find quirky bars, cobbled lanes and courtyards. Known for its brilliant beer and abundance of art, any exploration of Prague is a rewarding one. After getting your bearings on a walking tour of the city with a local guide, experience authentic Czech cuisine at our local restaurant for dinner on your first night in Prague.

Experiences

Orientation tour of Nuremberg: Join your tour leader and see the medieval castle in Nuremberg and get a chance to explore the old town and shop at the markets in the town square. Nuremberg is home to incredible architecture, painstakingly restored using original stone after the bombings of the Second World War.

Prague guided tour: Enjoy a guided tour of the “City of a Hundred Spires” with a local guide. See highlights including the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.

Prague dinner: Experience authentic Czech cuisine at a local restaurant on your first night in Prague. You will also have the option to try some famous Czech beer!

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DAY 3: Prague: Free Day

The day is yours to enjoy the fairytale magic of Prague! Join the Prague+ excursion for deeper insight into the city. Choose to visit the magnificent Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge, the ‘Old Town’ and the Jewish Quarter. Find the ‘Secret Garden’ which leads to a man-made grotto. Prague's dramatic history is reflected in the beauty of the churches, opera houses, concert halls and parks. Try some local brew in a beerhouse and visit the John Lennon Wall. Prague is also the home of absinthe. Some say that Vincent Van Gogh’s love affair with this drink is considered to be the most famed in history!

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DAY 4: Prague - Krakow

Leaving Prague behind, continue on the journey to Krakow. En route, spend time visiting the harrowing grounds of Auschwitz concentration camp. Learn more about this tragic period of European history on a guided tour. After the tour of Auschwitz, travel on to Krakow. The royal capital of Poland for centuries, Krakow today is home to some of Europe’s most impressive Gothic and Renaissance architecture – and over 2,3 million artworks to complement its historic buildings and monuments. Arrive in Krakow, check into tonight’s accommodation and enjoy an included dinner at the hotel.

Experiences

Auschwitz concentration camp guided tour: Visit the concentration camp which was operated by Nazi Germany during WW2. Learn the history and see the sites of one of history’s most harrowing events.

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DAY 5: Krakow: Free Day

The day is yours to explore Krakow further. Start the day with a guided walking tour. Learn all about the history and significance of Krakow’s top sights as you explore. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish! There is also the chance to take an optional excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the mine dates back to the Middle Ages and is a fascinating look at the area’s history. Descending underground, you’ll walk through 2km of tunnels, chapels, reliefs and freestanding sculptures carved from salt rock walls; along with underground lakes and archaeological displays.

Experiences

Krakow walking tour: Take in some of Europe’s most impressive Gothic and Renaissance architecture, learn about the history and explore the iconic landmarks including the Old town square, views of St. Mary's Basilica, Grodzka street, Krakow Castle, Wawel Cathedral, Kazimierz (Jewish district) and the Old Synagogue.

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DAY 6: Banska Bystrica - Budapest

Today, enjoy a visit to Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. Embark on an orientation tour of this picturesque town, home to beautiful buildings dating back to the late Middle Ages. Next up is Budapest, the Hungarian capital! Blessed with natural beauty as well as Baroque, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architecture, this city is beautiful to discover. Arrive and get an overview of Budapest with a driving tour. See the Houses of Parliament and drive along the riverside admiring the city – take note of spots to revisit tomorrow on your free day. Tonight’s meal is at a local restaurant- a great chance to try the local cuisine!

Experiences

Orientation tour of Banska Bystrica: Explore this beautiful Slovakian city with your tour leader. Surrounded by mountains, this beautiful city has a lot to offer visitors in the form of history and unique architecture.

Driving tour of Budapest: Meet up with a local guide who will accompany us on a driving tour of the city and point out all the best-loved sights. See both sides of Buda and Pest. This is a great way to learn more about Hungarian culture and language and the city's fascinating history. Drink in incredible views from atop Gellert Hill and the Citadel, take a stop at Heroes Square and get an eyeful of other must-see attractions like Budapest Parliament, St Stephen's Basilica, the state opera, the castle district, and more.

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DAY 7: Budapest: Free Day

Make the most of a free day in this incredible city. Budapest has traces of the past evident in the interesting and unusual details. Be sure to look out for remnants of historic conflicts such as WWII and the uprising of 1956. Sample Hungarian cuisine, taste world-renowned wines, and take a dip in the thermal waters at one of the city’s bath-houses – something Budapest is famous for! Two of the most popular bath houses are Szechenyi Baths and Gellert Baths. Finish off your free day with an optional evening cruise along the Danube and see the city illuminated at night!

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DAY 8: Bratislava - Vienna

Today, the grandeur of Vienna is calling! Visit Bratislava in Slovakia en route and enjoy a driving and walking tour with your tour leader. See some of the capital city’s main sights and see if you can spot Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the city. On arrival in Vienna, enjoy a driving tour. Few cities can show off such cultural and historical splendour and maintain a profile as an exciting, modern city, but Vienna does it well! After the driving tour, enjoy a delicious included dinner. The perfect ending to your time in Vienna is a Mozart Concert in one of the great music halls!

Experiences

Orientation tour of Bratislava: Join your tour leader on a driving and walking tour of Slovakia’s capital city. See the top sights and don’t miss a chance to get a photo at the Bratislava Castle! 

Guided tour of Vienna: On the drive into Vienna, Austria’s capital city, you will see the Schonbrunn Palace before reaching the Inner City and one of the best vistas from Belvedere Hill. Vienna is known as the 'City of Music’ due to its classical heritage and the prodigies that worked there including Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms to name a few as your local guide on your walking tour will tell you. The tour starts at the Golden Mile on the Ring Strasse (Parliament, City Hall, Burgtheater). Then discover the courtyards and passages around the Hofburg (Imperial Castle) and St. Stephen’s Cathedral which is Vienna’s geographic and historic centre.

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DAY 9: Graz - Ljubljana

Leaving Vienna behind, head for the charming city of Ljubljana, making a stop in the beautiful city of Graz to enjoy an orientation tour on the way. Arrive in Ljubljana and enjoy a walking tour of this little gem of a city. Despite its small size, you’re sure to be entranced by the beauty of this city, which features a wealth of cultures, activities and sights. Ljubljana Castle overlooks the city and dates back several centuries. Tonight, explore a little more and take advantage of the fact that pretty much everything is just a short stroll away! Opt-in for an evening of Slovenian food, music and dancing!

Experiences

Orientation tour of Graz: Visit this bustling city and enjoy an orientation tour of Austria’s second-largest city with your tour leader. Graz is home to a charming Old Town, palaces and forts coupled with intriguing contemporary art. 

Guided tour of Ljubljana: Meet up with an expert local guide who will accompany us on a walking tour of the city. On foot, we'll encounter the inimitable scenery of the medieval old town, Preseren Square, City Centre, the Riverfront, Dragon Bridge and Cobblers Bridge. When the formal tour is done, there will still be some time to explore on your own. We recommend that you make your way to the 13th-century St. Nicholas Church - it's Baroque architecture is truly spectacular.

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DAY 10: Lake Bled - Salzburg - Munich

Depart Ljubljana and travel towards the last destination for this Eastern Europe tour - Munich. Along the way, enjoy a photo stop at beautiful Lake Bled and perhaps take the time to enjoy the iconic Bled Cream Cake. Next up, stopover in picture-perfect Salzburg, Austria. Featuring gorgeous architecture, a formidable cliff-top fortress and impressive mountain ranges in the distance, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in a fairytale! This was also Mozart’s home-town – see if a little of the genius rubs off! Shortly afterwards travel onwards to Munich. This evening is yours to spend as you wish!

Experiences

Visit Salzburg: Experience this wonderful city which was once home to Mozart! Divided by the Salzach River, the west side of Salzberg’s centre is characterised by the medieval and baroque architecture of the World Heritage Listed Old City (Altstadt), which faces the 19th century New City (Neustadt). A fairytale castle overlooks the city upon a steep hill and against a background of scenic Alpine mountains.

Visit Lake Bled: This beautiful lake in Slovenia is situated in the Julian Alps and surrounds Bled Island in the middle of the lake, and is overlooked by the medieval Bled Castle on the north shore.

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DAY 11: End of tour in Munich

After 11 incredible, experience-filled days, this Eastern European adventure concludes after breakfast. Make sure you have exchanged contact details with your new-found travel friends, and share your amazing tour memories with us online using the hashtags #ExpatExplore and #BetterTogether. We hope you've loved every minute of your Eastern Highlights tour, and we wish you a safe onward journey!

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 10 nights in 2, 3 & 4* hotel accommodation in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room (subject to availability)

Meals

  • 10 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners 
    *Vegetarian options available for all meals on request

Transport

  • Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and toilet onboard 
  • Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days) 

Tour Leader

  • Fully guided tour with experienced tour leader
  • Tour leader will accompany group throughout and manage all logistical details

15 Experiences!

  • Explore Munich; capital of Bavaria
  • Welcome dinner in a traditional German beer hall
  • Orientation tour of Nuremberg
  • Discover Prague on a guided tour
  • Taste authentic Czech cuisine in Prague
  • Guided tour of Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Explore Krakow on a walking tour
  • Orientation tour of Banska Bystrica
  • Discover Budapest with a local guide
  • Explore Bratislava; Slovakia’s capital city
  • See the highlights of Vienna on a guided tour
  • Experience an orientation tour of Graz
  • Discover the magic of Ljubljana on a guided tour
  • Experience picture-perfect Salzburg
  • Visit beautiful Lake Bled

Accommodation

Hotels are chosen closer to departure date. We do use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here.

Munich

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Prague+

Discover the many fairytale sights within the magical city of Prague! Tour the impressive Prague Castle complex with a local guide and learn about its regal history before exploring the charming Mala Strana neighbourhood nestled at the foot of the castle. Then, take a cruise down the Vltava River and marvel at Prague’s enchanting buildings and bridges from the water. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet of Czech dishes while on board plus one included drink!

Optional Excursions

Unless marked as “Pre-Book”, all optional excursions can be booked on tour and paid for in cash (in the stated currency) to your tour leader.
Prices and availability are subject to change

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Sheryl Verified Buyer 2023-10-11
Intense yet satisfying experience
11 packed days of go-go-go! So many things to see, but well worth it to find those places that you may want to go back and spend more time. A ton of walking (we logged about 75 miles). Optional activities were wonderful. Tour guides were incredibly knowledgeable.
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Maria Verified Buyer 2023-09-13
Eastern Highlights with Rachelle
This was our first time tour with Expat Explore. This tour was our birthday celebration for our sister's birthday. We had a great time exploring. The most exciting part of the tour was the independence and exposure in public transport. We never had this kind of exposure with other tour groups. Our tour director Rachelle was very patient, approachable and precise in giving us directions. I would love to have her again in our next explore tour.
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Laurie Verified Buyer 2023-08-31
Eastern Highlights - great tour!
I would highly recommend eastern highlights to anyone looking for a super fast paced tour that explores multiple countries. In 11 days we were able to see the hearts of several countries, exploring capital cities, eating local foods, learning about the countries from local tour guides and making lifelong memories. The hotels were above expectations and the meals provided for both breakfasts (buffet style) and dinners were exceptional. The tour guide rachelle and driver frank were both enthusiastic, hard working and very knowledgeable. The tour was very good value for money. The tour is very fast paced, so not for those looking for a relaxing holiday. The tour is predominantly older people - however still lots of opportunities to head into town for partying if your a young traveller like myself.
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Abby Verified Buyer 2023-08-31
Amazing value for money! Great tour! Great tour guide!
We had a wonderful tour, extremely good value for money. You see and do so much - great way to "get a taste" of each country. We had 6 dinners and all breakfast included which was delicious and very convenient. The hotels are nice and comfortable and most in great locations to city centre. Our tour leader Rachelle was absolutely incredible! She is very organised and made everything completely stress free. It was very well planned and smooth. Rachelle taught us so much about each destination and was very knowledgeable.
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Jules Verified Buyer 2023-08-26
Fantastic experience! Would definitely recommend!
Amazing tour leader and driver who took care of us for the whole trip! Packed with many sites to see, facts to learn, fun optional excursions, local guides, bonding on the bus and great food experiences. Great memories created! Thank you!

Why this tour?

Tour Eastern Europe with Expat Explore to see the region’s highlights and more! The Eastern Highlights tour showcases seven countries in 11 days. It’s a definite must-do for history and culture enthusiasts! It combines rich history, top attractions, popular cities, captivating local culture and a few off-the-beaten-track destinations. 

Begin and end this east European tour in Munich, a charmingly historic yet modern German city with many things to see and do. Overall, the tour features a number of highlights:

  • Get familiar with world-famous cities like Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Ljubljana on locally guided tours. Locals offer unique insight into their cities and the tours give you a chance to see the highlights and famous sites when touring Eastern Europe! Chat to the local guides for more information you are specifically interested in.
  • Make the most of three full free days in Budapest, Krakow and Prague. This is time you can spend completely as you wish. Choose to join optional excursions or explore solo. It’s up to you!
  • Enjoy tastes of local cuisine - from German beer halls to traditional Czech dishes. One of the best ways to get to know a new destination on Eastern Europe tours is through its food and drinks! 
  • Embrace history: from the beauty of Eastern Europe’s art and architecture in cities like Budapest, Prague, Nuremberg, Salzburg and Vienna, to the sombre tones of a guided tour of Auschwitz concentration camp. Seeing all sides of history allows travellers to truly appreciate the past, present and future.
  • Experience the natural splendour of Lake Bled in Slovenia and the quaint historic beauty of Banska Bystrica in Slovakia.   
  • Make stops in Bratislava in Slovakia and Graz in Austria.

Other great optional activities include a Mozart concert (a wonderful way to complete Vienna tours) and an evening cruise along the Danube river in Budapest!

Is this the right tour for me? 

What will the accommodation be like on tour?
Twin-share rooms in quality hotels selected by our team will be used on these tours of Eastern Europe. Travellers will be roomed with people of the same gender and a single supplement is available for purchase if you would prefer more privacy. 

How do I plan a trip to Eastern Europe?
Decide what you would like to see and experience, find an itinerary that matches your wishlist and go for it! This tour is a great combination of history, culture, bucket-list sites and fun! 

What is the best time to visit Eastern Europe?
Eastern Europe tours can be enjoyed year-round - just decide on the type of holiday you would prefer. The weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds in spring and autumn. Summer brings lots of people and warm weather - great for basking in the sun and spending time outdoors. Winter is chilly and festive in Eastern Europe - there is a great atmosphere during Christmas and New Year!

If you enjoy history, exploring new cities, experiencing a country’s culture and local cuisine, this tour is sure to tick all of your boxes. If you prefer lots of time outdoors or perhaps a slow paced getaway, a beach holiday may be more enjoyable. 

This Eastern Europe itinerary balances an activity-filled 11-days with ample amounts of free time to explore at your own pace. Enjoy it all with the accommodation, transport, most meals, and experiences included in the tour price! This tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Eastern Europe.