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Highlights of Eastern Europe

with Berlin extension
  • Duration: 15 or 18 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 140
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
Included highlights
  • Hungarian Parliament Building
  • Matthias Church
  • Szentendre
  • Schönbrunn Palace
  • Ringstrasse
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest.

Budapest3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Budapest
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Hungary! Meet your 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 a free evening in Budapest or add an excursion.

Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Liqueur Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Budapest on your own or add an excursion.

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain
Excursion (additional cost)
Vienna3 nights
Day 5: Vienna via Szentendre
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel west through the Danube basin, stopping in Szentendre en route to Vienna, home of chocolates, cafes, parks and pastries.

In Vienna, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare

• See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera, and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence

Enjoy a free evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Free day in Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Vienna on your own or add an excursion.

Danube River Cruise & Bratislava
Excursion (additional cost)
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.

In Prague, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

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 or add an excursion.

Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Free day in Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Prague on your own or add an excursion.

Château Sychrov
Excursion (additional cost)
Kraków2 nights
Day 11: Travel to Kraków
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

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 or add an excursion.

Auschwitz
Excursion (additional cost)
Warsaw2 nights
Day 13: Travel to Warsaw
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free morning to explore Kraków before setting off for Warsaw, Poland’s capital city.

Sit down to an included dinner with your group this evening.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• Enter the Palace of Culture and Science, Poland’s tallest building, and take in sweeping views of the surrounding city

• See the Chopin monument at Lazienki Park• Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial

• Walk through the Old Town

• Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses

This afternoon, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Then, spend free time in Warsaw or add an excursion.

Chopin Recital & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
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.

Extension to Berlin

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots, and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Berlin3 nights
Day 15: Travel to Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Berlin, once the gateway to Eastern Europe and now capital of reunified Germany. En route, stop in the Polish city of Poznan for 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 or add an excursion.

World War II Walking Tour
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 17: Free day in Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Berlin on your own or add excursions.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Potsdam
Excursion (additional cost)
Berlin Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Full Day1 night
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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Traveling Amigos
by 5th time traveler 

Not too many happy travelers in the group, we were not the only ones upset about the changes made during the tour. Go Head cancelled 3out 4 Excursions while on the trip. In addition replacement excursions were offered to replace cancelled excursions which we were only able to book if we paid cash ou...

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Highlights of Eastern Europe
by 2nd time traveler 

Great accommodations, great food; nice and easy itinerary to follow. Everybody in the group liked it and enjoyed it. Thank you!

Fantastic trip
by 2nd time traveler 

Fantastic trip. Mary, wife, and I had a wonderful time on the trip. The food, transportation, sites, and hotels were all great. Go Ahead tours is first class!

Old world charm and history
by 4th time traveler 

The tour was in general excellent in large part due to the efforts of Paul our primary tour guide. The tour allowed a vision into old world and more recent politics and economics with the constant reminder of the factors that can lead to further war and strife. These persist today .

Highlights of Eastern Europe
by 4th time traveler 

I participated in this tour in September 2018-the tour was excellent and very educational. Our Tour Director Paul was awesome, adding extra options such as the Wieliczka Salt Mine outside Krakow and evening Danube Cruise in Budapest to make our experience more memorable. He arranged to show us movie...

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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.

Hotels

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.

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...

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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FAQ
Passport & visa 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.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 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.
  • 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
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • 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).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • 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.
Cuisine
  • 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.
  • On the tour extension, German food 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.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • 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.
Currency
  • 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.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. 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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24 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Jun 3–Jun 17, 2019
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Nov 4–Nov 18, 2019
$2,849$2,599
Feb 24–Mar 9, 2020
$2,799$2,549
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Sep 21–Oct 5, 2020
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