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Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkans' own historic towns and wondrous landscapes. But this trip isn't a cobweb-enshrouded history tour you'll connect with village life, immerse yourself in urban centres, and get active with outdoor pursuits, including kayaking in Montenegro and hiking through diverse country. With 28 days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.

  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Boating, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sea Kayaking, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: EDLT.B/201596
  • Starts: Berlin, Germany
  • Finishes: Split, Croatia
You will Visit
  • Berlin
  • Kraków
  • Prague
  • Český Krumlov
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Novi Sad
  • Belgrade
  • Sarajevo
  • Mostar
  • Kotor
  • Dubrovnik
  • Hvar
  • Split

Itinerary

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Day 1: Berlin

Arrive at any time.
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

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Day 2: Berlin

Explore this amazing city. Opt to visit the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, world-class museums, the Reichstag or the Berlin Television Tower for a sweeping view of the area.
Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.

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Day 3: Berlin/Kraków

Travel to Krakow, Poland's cultural hub and take an orientation walk upon arrival. Take the evening to explore this lively city.
Watch the scenery go by as you journey by train to Krakow via Warsaw. Opt to explore the different neighbourhoods like the Jewish section and main square. Dip into a local milk bar for a real Polish meal.

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Day 4: Kraków

Visit Auschwitz for a sobering look at the region's history. Spend the rest of the day exploring charming Krakow.
You may want to end your day embracing Polish social traditions in one of Krakow's many cellar restaurants and pubs. Dive into the thriving social scene over a few vodkas in one of these cheerful establishments, Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka) is a must!

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Day 5: Kraków

Take a free day to explore.
Opt to visit Rynek Główny - Europe's largest medieval market square; savour a traditional Polish breakfast (kielbasa, yum), or sit back with a coffee and a slice of Poland's famous cheesecake (sernik babci) at one of the many cafes in the area. Then, walk it off with a stroll uphill to marvel at the impressive Wawel Royal Castle.


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Day 6: Kraków/Prague

Take a scenic day train into Czech Republic. Soak up the atmosphere of Prague, a unique community where every street, ghetto, inn and theatre tells a story.
If you're in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs, which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place to find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine such as fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings.

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Day 7: Prague

Enjoy all Prague has to offer. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or a traditional Czech beer hall with serious helpings of meat and potatoes.

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Day 8: Prague

Enjoy all Prague has to offer. Opt to visit the famous Charles Bridge, the clock tower in the main square or a traditional Czech beer hall with serious helpings of meat and potatoes.

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Day 9: Prague/Český Krumlov

Travel to Český Krumlov. Spend time wandering the small city, visiting the castle or choose to spend an afternoon rafting on the Vltava River.

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Day 10: Český Krumlov/Vienna

Take private van to Austria in time for a walking tour of Vienna's most beautiful sights, including the Hofburg and St Stephen's Cathedral. Later, check in to your accommodation in Vienna, a G Adventures supported hotel stay.
There's plenty of time here to visit world-famous museums, the opera house or indulge in typical Austrian desserts like strudel or Sacher Torte.

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Day 11: Vienna

Wander the elegant streets a little more, take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries or just settle yourself on a café terrace, order up a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake and watch the world go by over coffee.

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Day 12: Vienna/Budapest

Travel to Hungary to explore the beautiful city of Budapest. Opt to visit Buda Castle, window shop in Pest or soak in the city's famous thermal baths.
With the Danube River dividing old town, Buda, from the newer area, Pest, there is plenty to see and do.

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Day 13: Budapest

Spend a free day exploring this charming and historic city. Opt to take a boat trip down the Danube, or travel further afield to the Etyek wine country.

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Day 14: Budapest

Spend a free day exploring this charming city.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

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Day 15: Budapest/Novi Sad

After a full day's train journey, arrive in Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity to try some Serbian cuisine.
Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub.

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Day 16: Novi Sad/Belgrade

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and, with time, check out the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade.

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Day 17: Belgrade

Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress then spend a free day floating down the Danube or shopping in one of the many bustling markets.
Opt to visit the National Theater or National Museum. The city offers a wealth of churches and cathedrals as well as an interesting Ethnographic Museum. Learn more about Serbian culture, traditions, costumes, and tools used throughout history.

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Day 18: Belgrade/Sarajevo

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful and diverse cities in the region. Walk around the cobblestone streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge, and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.
Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship.

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Day 19: Sarajevo

Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Spend some free time exploring the Stari Grad section and looking for 'Sarajevo Roses'.

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Day 20: Sarajevo/Mostar

Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, taking in the many reminders of what the people of this region have survived.
After visiting the bridge, wander through the small streets and opt to sit in a café, enjoying the laid-back atmosphere.

For a sobering look into the city's recent history, wander through town, passing buildings still riddled with bullet holes. Visit a bank that was completely destroyed during the war and past houses in shambles. While life continues and progress is made, these sights remain as reminders of the evils of war.

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Day 21: Mostar/Kotor

Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore as desired.
Arrive in time to start exploring this gorgeous area.

If relaxing is more your style, the beaches of Herceg Novi offer a great escape. There are also local mud therapy spas nearby to test the natural healing properties of the area's sand.

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Day 22: Kotor

Enjoy a sea kayaking tour before free time to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, relax on picturesque beaches, or visit the local mud spas.

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Day 23: Kotor/Dubrovnik

Travel to Croatia and experience the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Dubrovnik. Choose to relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town fortifications, or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands.
The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood.

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Day 24: Dubrovnik

Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.

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Day 25: Dubrovnik/Hvar

Head to the island of Hvar. Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife, and water sports.
Filled with sunshine, the beautiful island is known for its lavender fields and vineyards in the interior and detailed Venetian-inspired architecture in the towns.

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Day 26: Hvar

Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

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Day 27: Hvar/Split

Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town.
Opt to visit the local market and gobble up some Croatian delicacies. For a little more activity, visit Marjan's peak with gorgeous views over the city or hit up some of the hiking and biking trails in the area.

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Day 28: Split

Depart at any time.
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Orientation walk of Krakow
    • Auschwitz entrance and guided tour (Krakow)
    • Vienna walking tour
    • Petrovaradin Fortress visit
    • Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade)
    • "Tunnel of Life" tour (Sarajevo)
    • Mostar stay
    • Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor)
    • Beach time in Hvar
    • Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands
    • Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/pensions (28 nts)
    • 27 breakfasts, 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, long-distance bus, local bus, boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide in Auschwitz
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander beautiful medieval cities
  • Opt for a soak in a thermal bath in Budapest
  • Kayak the Bay of Kotor
  • Marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split