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 29 days devoted to this journey, this is your chance to discover what still feels like a well-kept secret.
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.
Take a train to Warsaw before a guided tour of the city. Take in the remarkably rebuilt Old Town and the castle and learn about the history of the Warsaw Uprising.
Warsaw City Guided Tour
Train (6.00 hour(s))
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Poland's cultural hub. Opt to explore the different neighbourhoods like the Jewish section and main square. Dip into a local milk bar for a real Polish meal.
Train (3.00-4.00 hours)
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!
Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Visit
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.
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.
Travel to Český Krumlov. Spend time wandering the small city, visiting the castle or choose to spend an afternoon rafting on the Vltava River.
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Opt to have lunch in one of the many pretty restaurants offering fantastic local cuisine, sitting on a terrace overlooking this fairytale medieval town.
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.
Vienna Walking Tour
Magdas Hotel Stay
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
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.
With the Danube River dividing old town, Buda, from the newer area, Pest, there is plenty to see and do.
Train (4.00 hour(s))
We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Cross into Serbia and enjoy time in the second largest city. Spend an evening wandering this cultural hub.
Cross into Serbia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.
Train (5.00 hour(s))
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.
Petrovaradin Fortress Visit
Train (1.50 hour(s))
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.
Kalemegdan Fortress Visit
Walk around the cobblestone streets of the Old Town while taking in the architecture of its diverse places of worship.
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
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'.
Tunnel of Life Tour
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.
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
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.
Cross into Montenegro. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 190km)
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.
The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood.
Cross into Croatia. Border crossings in the Balkans are typically pretty easy but there can be some delays. Ensure you have any necessary visas to speed up the process.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 100km)
Enjoy a free day to explore the Dalmatian Coast.
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.
Hop on a ferry from Dubrovnik to beautiful Hvar.
Ferry (3.00 hour(s))
Soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.
Pakleni Islands Boat Ride
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.
Diocletian's Palace Guided Walk
Ferry (1.00 hour(s))
We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.
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Trip Name: Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans
Duration: 29 Days
From Price: 5191
Trip Code: 133048
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