Eastern Europe

  • days: 21
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Countries Visited:

  • Germany
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic

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6 countries
11 cities

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11 UNESCO World 
Heritage-listed sites

Through verdant forests and past rolling hills, we wind our way between the historic, grand cities of Eastern Europe. From avant-garde Berlin, to charming Krakow and elegant Vienna, we’ll explore opulent palaces, taste local delicacies and see moving reminders of the region’s turbulent past.

Cosmopolitan Berlin

Our tour kicks off in Germany's largest city with a thriving culture & nightlife. Sightseeing includes the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the infamous Berlin Wall and Schloss Sanssouci - the spectacular 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great.

Poignant History

As we cross the border into Poland and journey to Warsaw, we enjoy rolling hills & thick forests then take time to reflect on Poland's past as we visit the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial & Chopin’s Monument. We also stop to visit Auschwitz enroute to Krakow before exploring the 13th century UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines.

Bridges & Palaces

We continue to Budapest in Hungary set against the Danube River and its series of beautiful bridges then head to Europe’s bastion of imperial grandeur and culture, Vienna. Here we stroll through the opulent Schönbrunn Palace and enjoy time to discover the cities endless sights. It's then on to the picture-book town of Cesky Krumlov before visiting the beautiful city of Prague with its majestic Renaissance buildings, famous Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Berlin

Welcome to the avant-garde German capital of Berlin! Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director this evening for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Berlin

Our tour of Berlin today includes reminders of the city’s turbulent 20th century history. We’ll visit the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the remains of the Berlin Wall. End the morning at the top of the Berliner Fernsehturm, the highest building in the city, with 360° views. The afternoon is at leisure before we meet in the evening for a group welcome dinner. [B,D]

Day 4. Berlin

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Special Experience:  Today we visit Schloss Sanssouci, the 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great, known as the Versailles of Berlin. [B]

Day 5. Berlin - Warsaw

Travelling east, we cross the border into Poland. We’ll stop in the historic town of Poznań, known for its colourful architecture and Old World charm. Then sit back and take in the rolling hills and forests as we make our way to Warsaw. [B]

Day 6. Warsaw

Our morning tour of the city includes the reconstructed Old Town, a drive along a portion of the Royal Route to see the city's beautiful palaces, residences and churches, a visit to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and a stop at the Chopin Monument. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 7. Warsaw - Krakow

Today we sit back and enjoy the scenery on a relaxing train ride to Krakow, a harmonious and elegant city, rich in history. Here we will take a tour of the highlights. At its heart is the historic Old Town Square - make sure you look up when we enter St Mary’s Church, the interior is unexpectedly breathtaking! [B]

Day 8. Krakow

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Special Experience: This morning we’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine - one of the world’s oldest operating mines, dating back to the 13th century.

In the afternoon we pay a moving visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp, which stands as a poignant reminder of the horrors of World War II. [B]

Day 9. Krakow - Budapest

Today we cross the border and drive through the Slovakian countryside to Hungary and the grand city of Budapest, lining the banks of the Danube. [B]

Day 10. Budapest

Facing each other across the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of beautiful bridges. Today we’ll tour the Castle Hill area and its intricate buildings, the Fisherman’s Bastion, famous Matthias Church, the Heroes’ Square and Gellert Hill. [B]

Optional Walking Discovery: Discover the magnificent city view and nature trail of the Sas-Hill Visitor centre, a living museum in the heart of the city. Learn more

Day 11. Budapest - Vienna

This morning we head to Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city, situated on the Danube at the border of Austria and Hungary. Here we enjoy some free time to explore. Next we take a boat to Vienna, Europe’s bastion of imperial grandeur and culture. [B]

Day 12. Vienna

Our sightseeing in Vienna begins with the impressive baroque Imperial Palace complex of Schönbrunn. We’ll stroll through the perfectly manicured 18th century gardens and wonder at the sheer opulence of the rooms of the Residential Palace. We will also drive along the famous Ringstrasse to see Belvedere Palace and Hofburg Palace, and then see St Stephen’s Cathedral. [B]

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Special Experience: We’ll visit a traditional Viennese coffee house for incredible coffee and cake.

 

Day 13. Vienna

Spend the day at leisure, enjoying this glorious city at your own pace. Why not discover its buzzing restaurant scene, catch a ferry across town or rent a Citybike and cycle around the elegant streets? [B]

Day 14. Vienna - Cesky Krumlov

Today we cross the border into the Czech Republic and make our way to the fairytale village of Cesky Krumlov. Along the way we’ll take some time to stroll through the pretty streets of Dürnstein and visit Melk to explore its remarkable Benedictine abbey. [B]

Day 15. Cesky Krumlov

Dating back to 1240, Cesky Krumlov’s red-roofed castle is straight out of the pages of a storybook! We’ll learn about its fascinating history and explore the picturesque town. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 16. Cesky Krumlov - Prague

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Special Experience: Today we visit the fascinating Bone Church of Kutna Hora, in the centre of Bohemia. Here the bones of more than 40,000 people decorate the Sedlec Ossuary.

We then travel north to stunning Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Why not visit Charles Bridge as the sun sets? [B]

Day 17. Prague

Set on the banks of the River Vltava and spanned by more than 30 bridges, Prague is a visual delight. Romanesque chapels stand alongside baroque palaces and majestic Renaissance buildings in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre. Today we take an in-depth city tour. We'll visit the Castle District of Hradcany and walk through Prague Castle and its iconic St Vitus’ Cathedral. There are also some spectacular views over the city from the castle’s entrance. We’ll then wander the charming streets of the Old Town, taking in the Jewish Quarter, the Old Town Square including the Astronomical Clock, and finish the tour at Wenceslas Square. [B]

Day 18. Prague

Today is at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Prague at your own pace. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Prague

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. In Transit

Day 21. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Train journey from Warsaw to Krakow
  • Boat journey from Bratislava to Vienna
  • Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts and group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

The contrasts of Berlin

  • Be reminded of the city’s turbulent 20th century history visiting the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the remains of the Berlin Wall.
  • Enjoy 360° views from the top of the Berlin Fernsehturm, the city's highest building.
  • Tour Schloss Sanscoucci, the 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great, known as the Versailles of Berlin.

The charm and history of Poland

  • Explore the Old Town of Warsaw and drive along the Royal Route to see the city's beautiful palaces, residences and churches.
  • Learn about WWII history at the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial and the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising.
  • Discover Krakow's Old Town on a walking tour, characterised by its famous medieval town square and St Mary's Church.
  • Watch to Polish countryside pass by aboard the train from Warsaw to Krakow.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wieliczka Salt Mines, dating back to the late 13th century.
  • Pause to reflect on the horrors of war at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The treasures of Hungary

  • Enjoy an extensive tour of Budapest including Castle Hill's beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets, the famous Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, and Heroes Square & Gellert Hill with its Citadel.
  • Discover the magnificent city view and nature trail of the Sas-Hill Visitor centre, a living museum in the heart of the city.

The splendour of Austria

  • Stop to enjoy some free time in Bratislava en route to Vienna.
  • Sit back a relax on-board the boat from Bratislava to Vienna.
  • Drive along Vienna's famed Ringstrasse and see the Vienna State Opera, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Rathaus. 
  • Visit opulent Schönbrunn Palace and enjoy a walk through the perfectly manicured gardens.
  • Take a break in one of the famous Viennese coffeehouses and indulge in some cake and coffee.
  • Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Vienna at your own pace.
  • Travel through the Danube Valley and see the baroque Benedictine monastery, Melk Abbey.

The beauty of the Czech Republic

  • Tour the beautiful town of Cesky Krumlov and it's spectacular castle complex.
  • Be fascinated by the Bone Church of Kutna Hora in Bohemia, where the bones of more than 40,000 people decorate the Sedlec Ossuary.
  • Explore Hradcany, Prague's castle district, and visit Prague Castle which dominates the city's skyline and is the largest castle complex in the world. 
  • Walk through Prague's Jewish Quarter and the magnificent Old Town Square, home to the Astronomical clock.

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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Poland

Jewish Quarter with English speaking guide & entrance at Schindlers museum - 3hrs - Euro €40 pp (minimum 8 Pax)
Visit the Jewish Quarter in Kazmirizh district which was described in Australian author's Thomas Keneally book ‘Schindler's Ark’ and later produced into a film.

Chopin Recital - 1hr - Euro €60pp (minimum 10 Pax)
Enjoy a recital of Chopin's music performed by celebrated Polish pianists.  The concert consists of two parts with intermission when a glass of sparkling wine is served.

Please Note: All tours are based on minimum numbers (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours and price are a guide only and are subject to change without notice. Optional tours should be booked directly with your Tour Director, cash only.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

ARCOTEL John F, Berlin

Located centrally and a short walk from Museum Island and Berlin’s famous Unter den Linden Boulevard, this 4-star hotel offers rooms with flat-screen TV and free wifi.

Facilities: free wifi; fitness centre; air-conditioning 

Polonia Palace, Warsaw

Award-winning 4-star hotel that is centrally located and opposite the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw. 

Facilities: air-conditioner; heater bathroom; minibar; free wifi

Andel’s Hotel, Cracow

Andel’s is a contemporary 4-star hotel, located in the very heart of the city, just off the Main Railway Station and Galeria Krakowska, Kraków’s main shopping centre, and just a short walk from the Main Market Square in Kraków.

All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and the hotel has a wide range of conveniences including a restaurant, hotel bar, 24/7 reception, room service, spa and fitness centre.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; tea & coffee making facilities; flat-screen satellite TV; safe deposit box

Museum Hotel, Budapest

The Hotel Museum Budapest is situated in the heart of the city, close to National Museum and just a few steps from Váci street, the St. Steven’s Basilica and the Jewish Synagogue.
Spend peaceful nights in the soundproof standard and superior rooms, which have the newest design. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; minibar; safe deposit box

Austria Trend Parkhotel Schönbrunn Wien, Vienna

The former guesthouse of Emperor Francis Joseph, this 4-star hotel is a short walk to Schönbrunn Palace and Vienna Zoo. It offers a restaurant and private garden, and free wifi access.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; 24-hour front desk

Hotel Zlaty Andel, Cesky Krumlov

The Hotel Zlaty Andel is located within easy walking distance of the main attractions of Cesky Krumlov. Nearby is the Museum of Wax, the Church of St. Vitus and the castle. The hotel restaurants are stylish, spacious with a pleasant atmosphere. In the restaurant Don Julius, you can taste Czech and international cuisine and relax with a glass of Czech beer or Moravian wine.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; satellite TV

Hotel Adria, Prague

Located in the centre of Prague, its excellent location not far from the Old Town, but also in close vicinity to the evergreen Franciscan Garden provides a peaceful base. The Adria Hotel in Prague offers comfortable rooms with a view of the vibrant Wenceslas Square or the serene Franciscan Garden, as well as a lobby bar with the option of being seated directly on Wenceslas Square. The pride and joy of the Adria Hotel is the renowned Triton Restaurant – an Art Nouveau stalactite cave with the original 1912 interior.

Facilities: free wifi; fridge/minibar; air-conditioning; safe deposit box

Weather

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Berlin

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Currency

Currency

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Zloty

The official currency of Poland is the Zloty (PLN; zł).

  • 1 Zloty = 100 groszey
  • Notes are in denominations of zł500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10
  • Coins are in denominations of zł5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 groszey

Hungarian Forint

The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF; Ft).

  • 1 Forint = 100 Fillér
  • Notes are in denominations of Ft20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500
  • Coins are in denominations of Ft200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5

Please Note: Euro is now accepted at most hotels within Hungary and some of the restaurants and shops. Make sure you check the exchange rate though as most will exchange at unrealistic rates. You can also use major credit cards in major shops and larger restaurants, but never assume without checking first. Smaller establishments cannot afford to handle cards. ATMs are available even in small cities and the coverage is good.

Koruna

The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Koruna (CZK; Kč).

  • 1 Koruna = 100 haléřu
  • Notes are in denominations of Kč5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, and 100
  • Coins are in denominations of Kč50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1

Reviews for Eastern Europe

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 5 reviews.

Here's what others have had to say about this tour.

Eastern Europe I loved learning about the history and culture 4
The trip got better with time! Budapest, Vienna and Prague all excelled! Penny Kempler - June 2017
Eastern Europe Very comprehensive tour 4
Highlights: Budapest; Salt Mine Krakow; Vienna Concert & Vienna in general; Cesky Krumlov concert and town; Prague Jeffret Kukura - May 2017
Eastern Europe Love the pace - not rushed at all 4
Fondest memories were the piano recital in Warsaw, the Strauss concert in Vienna and the salt mine in Krakow. Susan Slade - June 2016
Eastern Europe Magnificent sights, great guides and bus driver, good hotels 5
Highlights ..Too many to mention! I love visiting new places and I see something wonderful wherever I visit. Also, I enjoy speaking to the local people Anne Bentley - September 2014
Eastern Europe I thoroughly enjoyed both my tours with Bunnik 5
The places we visited in eastern Europe totally enthralled me as a first time traveler, and I learnt a lot, also had my mouth hanging open in surprise and pleasure a lot too. Although the experiences just kept on getting better all the way round, when I thought I had seen the most amazing thing, another one came up the next day even better. I was gob smacked as they say from start to finish. Carol Byfield - September 2014

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Special Experiences!

  • Visit Schloss Sanssouci, the 17th century summer residence of Frederick the Great, known as the Versailles of Berlin.
  • Experience the UNESCO World Heritage Wieliczka Salt Mines, one of the world’s oldest operating mines dating back to the 13th century.
  • Visit a Viennese coffee house for coffee and cake.
  • Visit the Bone Church of Kutna Hora, where the bones of more than 40,000 people decorate the Sedlec Ossuary beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, train & boat

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $200pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Experience the contrasts of Berlin • Visit the stunning Schloss Sanssouci and Schloss Schönbrunn • See poignant reminders of the region’s turbulent past in Warsaw and Auschwitz • Enjoy two of Europe’s most beautiful cities - Prague and Krakow • Admire elegant Vienna • Explore picturesque Cesky Krumlov and bohemian Kutna Hora

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Eastern Europe

This tour has a rating of 4 stars based on 5 reviews.