Check out Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic at their snowy best on this week-long trip through the best of Eastern Europe. Go bar hopping in Budapest, hunt for dragons in Kraków, sample sweets in Prague and visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau on this eye-opening adventure. With so many one-off experiences, it's time to get out there and explore!
6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi, including power points for charging electronics.
6 nights in hostels
Room types: Multi-Share (Female), Multi-Share (Male)
Hungary - Budapest
Dinner cruise on the Danube river in Budapest: from €35
Please note: prices are subject to change.
Our trip will begin this evening in Hungary's grand capital, Budapest. Get to know your Trip Leader and fellow travellers over a Hungarian feast in a local restaurant, then kick your feet up at your comfy hotel.
Free day! Indulge in a spa treatment at the world-famous Gellért Baths, or visit Buda Castle or the House of Terror Museum. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars. Tonight, opt in for a dinner cruise on the river for some epic sightseeing and selfie sessions.
Optional activities: Dinner cruise on the Danube river in Budapest
Legend has it a dragon had to be slain in order for Kraków to be built. Bit tougher than the usual council approvals, no? Today we’ll meet Poland's beating heart – and the largest medieval town square in Europe – on a walking tour. Buff up on history at Wawel Castle, feed the ducks on the banks of the Wisla, then try a few glasses of mead after dinner.
Included activities: Walking tour of Kraków
Get all up in the streets of Kraków today and let the statement ‘Whoever saves one life saves the world entire’ really sink in at Oskar Schindler's factory.Alternatively, you could go 327 metres underground to see hundreds of shades of rock salt in the Wieliczka Salt Mine, visit a centuries-old synagogue in the Jewish district OR shop for amber in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cloth Hall. Your day, your choice!
First today, we’ll pay a sobering visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before we meet Prague on a walking tour. In this beautiful city, you can check out the largest ancient castle in the world, cross the medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old. After dinner, get cosy in a café with a hot chocolate.
- Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
- Walking tour of Prague
Meals: ● Breakfast● Dinner
You’ve got a free day! What’s it gonna be? Seek out the John Lennon wall and grab yourself a new cover photo, soak up some Czech history at the National or Communist Museum, or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it). Don’t forget to eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square – and, obviously, drink some beer. Really. Good. Beer.
Our trip is ending, but that doesn’t mean your time in Prague has to! Why not stay a little bit longer?