Eastern Europe Tour

 

Services needed:

· Airport transfer
· Transfer between cities
· Day Trips
· Local guides

Recommended travel period: Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November)


1. Day - Arrival

Pick up at Krakow airport – flying in from TBA.

Driver will wait for you at the arrival hall with your name on a board and help you to fit the luggage in the vehicle.


2. Day – Local Guide tour in Krakow

Pick up at your accommodation and meet up with the Local Guide.

The city of Krakow, which lies on the banks of the Vistula River, was for centuries the capital of Poland, and has accumulated a quarter of Poland’s total number of museum artefacts.

After Versailles, the tour continues in the Paris city center. A visit to Krakow is a meeting with the most glorious
era in Polish history. Krakow’s Old Town, along with Wawel Castle and the city’s Kazimierz district were placed on the First World Heritage List, created by UNESCO in 1978. At that time, such prestigious recognition had been awarded to only 12 of the world’s most famous heritage sites, including the Egyptian pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Today, the list contains more than 900 sites worldwide.

Recommended tour duration: 3 – 4 hours


3. Day – Day trip from Krakow to Częstochowa and Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camp

Morning pick-up at your accommodation. The driver will take you to the beautiful town of Wroclaw.

With its 12 islands and over 100 bridges, Wroclaw is without a doubt one of the most attractive cities in Poland.
There are two essential places that you shouldn’t allow yourself to miss while in this wondrous city of exceptional beauty and rich history.
The first one is the Market Square, which features the Wroclaw City Hall, which is considered to be one of the most splendid Gothic-Renaissance buildings in Central Europe.
The second place to visit is the Centennial Hall, which is an exceptional piece of architecture and the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the city.
After you finish with your exploration of Wroclaw, on the way back you will be visiting Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II -Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camp.
Auschwitz I is where the Nazis opened the first Auschwitz camps for men and women, where they carried out the first experiments at using Zyklon B to put people to death, where they murdered the first mass transports of Jews, where they conducted the first criminal experiments on prisoners, where they carried out most of the executions by shooting, where the central jail for prisoners from all over the camp complex was located in Block No. 11, and where the camp commandant's office and most of the SS offices were located. From here, the camp administration directed the further expansion of the camp complex.
Birkenau is where the Nazis erected most of the machinery of mass extermination in which they murdered approximately one million European Jews. At the same time, Birkenau was the largest concentration camp (with nearly 300 primitive barracks, most of them wooden). Over a hundred thousand prisoners were here in 1944: Jews, Poles, Roma, and others. The nearly 200 hectares of grounds include the ruins of the gas chambers and crematoria and places filled with human ashes. There are primitive prisoner barracks and kilometers of fences and roads.

Day trip duration: 9 – 10 hours

Arrival to the accommodation in Krakow in the evening hours


Czestochowa                                                                Auschwitz I                                                             Auschwitz II Birkenau

4. Day – Transfer from Krakow to Kosice (with stopover at Spissky Castle)

 Morining pick-up at your accommodation. While driving towards Kosice, a stopover at Spissky Castle is recommended and optional.

With its mix of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the castle is often compared with more contemporary castles found in Britain and France rather than those typical of Central and Eastern Europe. Located on a countryside hilltop, the views of the castle as it is approached are as impressive as those from the battlements. It is easy to image the castle in all its pomp and glory, repelling invaders with ease. Part of the complex has been renovated and contains a small museum with plenty of information available while there are pottery and blacksmith shops selling souvenirs. The castle has many excellent viewing points and to make the most of the excellent photo opportunities at hand, then head up the steep winding stairs to the top of the tower for the money shot. It will come as no surprise to learn that the castle has been featured in many Czech and Slovak movies over the years.

Recommended stop time: 1 – 2 hours

Arrival at Kosice and your accommodation can be expected in the afternoon hours.


5.  Day - Local Guide tour in Kosice

 For this day we recommend taking a walking tour of Kosice with our local guide who will meet with you at your accommodation.
After the tour you can take the rest of the day exploring the city by yourself with some tips you will get from our guide.

Kosice is situated on the river Hornad in the valley. This diverse city is a center for culture, industry, science, and commerce. Nearly all of Kosice’s monuments are gathered in the compact city center, Hlavne Namestie Square. The cobblestone streets are pedestrianized, making it easy to get around on foot. The main sight in the square is St. Elisabeth Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Slovakia. The 11th century cathedral is regarded as one of the most dazzling Gothic structures in the world. St. Michael’s Chapel (the second oldest building in Kosice) and the State Theater can also be found in the old town.
Kosice has a vast cafe culture and many restaurants with excellent wine selections. Enjoy a glass of wine while wandering the cobblestone streets and taking in all that Kosice has to offer.

Recommended tour duration: 2 - 3 hour walking tour


6.  Day – Transfer from Kosice to Budapest (recommended stopover at Miskolc)

Morning pick-up at your accommodation. The trip continues towards the hungarian capital city of Budapest.
As a rest stop we recommend a sightseeing stop at the town of Miskolc.

An industrial city in northeastern Hungary, Miskolc has endless beech-clad mountains in its backyard at the Bükk National Park.
In Medieval times, Diósgyőr Castle, now inside Miskolc, was an retreat for the Kings and Queens of Hungary, and the newly restored monument puts on Medieval fairs and re-enactments in summer.
Further west, the resort of Lillafüred is couched between tall hills in the national park and has a plush lakeside hotel from the 1920s at the top of hanging gardens.
Back in the heart of the city are art museums and Orthodox and Gothic Medieval churches, while the Miskolctapolca spa resort in the suburbs has thermal pools inside a real limestone cave.

Recommended stop time: 2 – 3 hours

Arrival at your accommodation in Budapest in the afternoon hours.


7. Day – Local guide tour in Budapest

Our guide will meet you at your accommodation from where the exploration of Budapest begins.

The Celts formed the first settlement on the territory of Budapest.
Shortly after them, the Romans formed a settlement called Aquincum in 106 AD which occupied a territory corresponding to today's Óbuda district.
It was only in the 10th century that Budapest began to take on its present form, thanks to the Magyar tribes led by Árpád,head of the Hungarian tribes confederation, who were forced out of their original homeland north of Bulgaria and settled in the territory, displacing the founding Bulgarian settlers of the towns of Buda and Pest,and officially founding the Kingdom of Hungary.
In 1873 the three cities, of Buda, Pest and Obuda, finally united, which lead to a remarkable development and rise.
During World War 2 and in the course of the 1956 revolution, a great part of the original buildings was destroyed.
Despite that, the city miraculously rose up again but left with bullet holes and scars of many battles which can still be seen on the walls of some of Budapest’s buildings.

Today, the city of Budapest stands as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, ranked as "the world's second best city" by Condé Nast Traveler.
Beautiful Danube river divides the city into a romantic part, Buda, and a vibrant cultural centre, Pest.
The historical thermal baths, the Royal Palace, the Matthias Church and the zigzagging alleys enveloping the Castle District are just some of the historical treasures of Buda.
Pest on the other side offers you a chance to admire the Parliament, the Great Market Hall, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the exciting atmosphere of the ‘Jewish quarter’.
The banks of the Danube and the Buda Castle district, as well as Andrássy Avenue and its historic vicinity, are two parts of Budapest which have been recognized by UNESCO as having World Heritage status.
Budapest has everything to offer, from tense history and flashy architecture to healing thermal waters and exciting nightlife, so don't hesitate to pick Budapest as your next destination.

Recomended tour duration: 4 hours walking tour


8. Day – Transfer from Budapest to Timisoara(with a stopover at Szeged)

The day starts with the pick-up at your accommodation and the ride towards Romania and the city of Timisoara.
The ride is aproximately 3,5 hours long which is why we suggest a rest stop at the town called Szeged.

Being one of the largest cities in Hungary, Szeged is a spot that’s pretty well-known in Hungary but often not as familiar to travellers from outside of Hungary.
Once here, make sure to pop into the; Votive Church, the Bridge of Sighs, see the stunning Szeged Synagogue and explore Szechenyi Square. If it’s art you’re after, head straight over to Reök Palace for some of the best in the region. After all that exploring, pop over to Tiszavirag which is easily one of the best restaurants in the city.

Recommended stop duration: 2 - 3 hours

Arrival at your accommodation in Timisoara can be expected in the afternoon hours.


9. Day – Local guide tour in Timisoara

The day starts with your meet-up with our local guide at your accommodation. From there you will start discovering Timisoara.

Located in western Romania close to the Serbian and Hungarian borders, Timisoara has long been at the crossroads of a number of different civilisations. Over the centuries the city has come under the auspices of the Romans, Ottomans and Austro-Hungarian Empire, the latter of which has left strong Hungarian, German and Serbian cultural links which are clearly seen in the architecture, art galleries and museums. Famous for its churches, grand municipal squares, parks and gardens, Romania’s third largest city is popularly known as ‘Little Vienna’ and there is plenty to see and do. Highlights include Union Square with its Roman Catholic and Serbian Orthodox cathedrals, the Habsburg-era architecture of Freedom Square, the grand Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and three beautiful Jewish synagogues.

Recommended tour duration: 4 hour walking tour


10.  Day – Transfer from Timisoara to Sofia (with a stopover at Smederevo Fortress)

After your morning pick-up, on the way to the Bulgarian town of Sofia, as a perfect rest point, along the route comes the Fortress of Smederevo.

Having been built as a temporary capital of Serbia in the Middle Ages, this medieval fortified city has emerged in 1430.
After the Hungarian forces took over Belgrade, Despot Đurađ Branković, then ruler, as the new center of Serbia, chose an uninhabited place at the mouth of the river Jeza in the Danube.
Many workers were exhausted to death, all with the intention of a faster completion of the fort.
Archaeological excavations in this area are still ongoing, and you will, as you get closer to the fort, feel that history is revealing right there in front of you.
The Smederevo fortress is one of the largest lowland medieval fortresses in Europe and the last major masterpiece of Serbian architecture from this period.

Recommended stop time: 2 – 3 hours

Arrival at Sofia in the evening hours.


11.  Day – Local Guide Tour in Sofia

Meet with your local guide at your accommodation at the agreed time and start exploring the beauties of Sofia.

At first sight Bulgaria’s largest city just seems like another busy and modern capital, but there are layers of history that are still being uncovered. The latest discovery happened between 2010 and 2012 when a whole part of the ancient city of Serdica was found during excavation works for one of the metro stations.
Some of the most famous attractions in the city include the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Saint Sofia Church with its subterranean museum and the necropolis, the 4th-century Church of St. George, and the UNESCO-awarded Boyana Church. For the museum lovers, Sofia is home to the National History Museum where you can see some of the most famous ancient gold treasures in the world, the National Museum of Natural History, the National Archeology Museum, the National Art Gallery which is housed in the former royal palace, and the Museum of Socialist Art.
The nature lovers won’t be disappointed either, as Sofia is located at the foot of the Vitosha Mountain, where you can go hiking and skiing. You’ll find everything from exciting nightlife to lovely boutiques and charming cobblestone streets when you visit Sofia.

Recommended tour duration: 4 hours walking tour