XEEU WALKING THE WONDERS OF EASTERN EUROPE TOUR

Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, & Poland

XEEU WALKING THE WONDERS OF EASTERN EUROPE TOUR
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Gentle city/town walking-based sightseeing through five diverse and fascinating Eastern European countries; local cuisines, charming small hotels, expert leadership. Stretch your legs exploring some of the prettiest corners of Europe!

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 18 Sep 2021Sun 03 Oct 2021 $4680 USD
Fri 03 Jun 2022Sat 18 Jun 2022 $4680 USD
Sat 17 Sep 2022Sun 02 Oct 2022 $4680 USD

Optional Single Supplement: $800 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


The variety on this busy trip is truly astounding, and on this "Category 3" adventure we explore the delights of this part of the world the best way possible - on foot! Though many/most of our "active" tours feature walking in natural settings, this tour is definitely town/city-oriented, with a couple of Tatras mountain walks thrown in for good measure. If you like full itineraries and plenty of chances to get out a stretch your legs as opposed to a typical bus tour, this is the journey for you!

Regions visited: Western Europe and Central And Eastern Europe
Countries visited: Germany; Czech Republic; Austria; Slovakia and Poland


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Berlin
Welcome to Berlin!

As Germany's capital and cultural heart, Berlin not only bears witness to much of the 20th century's turbulent history but also symbolizes the much-welcomed reunification of Germany after the Cold War. This most-populous city in the European Union boasts countless world-class treasures and serves as the launching pad for our 5-country adventure in Eastern Europe.

Overnight in Berlin.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Berlin: Historic Walking Tour
A full but relaxed day of walking in Berlin introduces us to some of Germany's most iconic sights. Beginning near the hard-to-miss Berlin TV Tower in Alexanderplatz, our guided journey crosses the Spree River and meanders through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, displaying a wealth of art treasures in five different museums. Continuing our city walk, we enter the esteemed grounds of Humboldt University and cross Bebelplatz, the infamous site of the 1933 Nazi book burning. Continuing past the architectural wonders of the Gendarmenmarkt, with its impressive Konzerthaus flanked by the German and French Churches, our stroll brings us to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the Cold War's most notorious symbols. More reminders of the Iron Curtain era await us as we view remnants of the Berlin Wall on our way to a midday break near Potsdamer Platz, a bustling hub of activity and the site of Europe's first traffic light.

After a break for lunch, we visit the famed Brandenburg Gate, an 18th-century monument better known by most of us as a symbol of division turned to unity after the collapse of Communism. A short distance away is the equally well-known Reichstag building, the glass-domed meeting place of the Bundestag (Federal Assembly), the lower house of Germany's legislature. Following this rich introduction to Berlin, our walk concludes down the tree-lined boulevard of Unter den Linden, or you can finish your afternoon with a more relaxed and meandering stroll along the south bank of the Spree River. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to explore the many accessible sights near our hotel, where many great dining opportunities await. Because of our busy day, full day tomorrow, and due to the linger effects of jetlag, dinner on your own this evening.

Walk summary: 4-5 hours of relaxed city walking with several breaks; distance of 10-11 km (6-7 mi) for the day; terrain is flat and walk is mostly on sidewalks.

Overnight in Berlin.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3 Berlin - Potsdam - Dresden
Departing Berlin this morning, our less direct route offers us the chance to enjoy a few more of the city's highlights by bus, including the East Side Gallery, a series of interesting murals painted on a nearly mile-long remnant of the Berlin Wall, and Kurfurstendamm, a celebrated broad avenue known for its exquisite shops. Approaching Potsdam via the Glienenke Bridge (made famous in the movie "Bridge of Spies"), we enter a pleasant landscape that has long been a favourite residence for kings of Prussia and German emperors through the ages. A very pleasant morning walk begins near the New Palace and takes us through the lush grounds and fountains of Sanssouci Park to its namesake palace built by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in the mid-18th century.

Following a lunch break in the nearby Dutch Quarter, the second half of our Potsdam walk explores the New Garden and historically significant Cecilienhof, a chateau where in 1945 the leaders of World War II's three main Allies (Churchill, Truman, and Stalin) met to discuss the reorganization of Europe. Driving south from Potsdam, our mid-afternoon focuses on Martin Luther and the significant impact of the Protestant Reformation that got its start in the little town of Wittenberg. A relatively short and relaxing walking tour here will connect us with a few sites closely connected to Luther's life, including his home and Schlosskirche (Castle Church), where Luther is said to have lodged his protest by nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door in 1517. We wrap up our full day of exploring in the heart of Dresden.

Walk Summary: About 4 hours of relaxed walking, mostly in park-like settings and small towns; distance of about 8 km (5 mi) for the day; terrain is flat and walk is mostly on sidewalks, with a bit of cobblestone and just a few stairs.

Overnight in Dresden.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Dresden: Guided Walking Tour
Beautifully set along the River Elbe, Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony. While the city was decimated by Allied bombing toward the end of World War II, its former glory has been restored, and our guided walk this morning will introduce us to many of its architectural and historical treasures. Known as the "Jewel Box" for its baroque and rococo themes, Dresden is home of the Frauenkirche, Germany's most important Protestant church. After the infamous bombing, some of the charred bricks from the rubble were used in the rebuilding of the church and can be clearly seen on the exterior. Our stroll also takes in such lovely sights as Bruhlsche Terrace and Royal Castle, as well as the melodic chimes of the bell tower at Dresdner Zwinger, a rococo style palace.

Following free time to explore more delights in Dresden, we depart the city center by bus for the nearby town of Meissen, the home of one of the most famous porcelain manufacturers in the world. A special lunch on this fine china will be followed by a fascinating tour of the factory, giving you an immense appreciation for the craftsmanship and precision that goes into this age-old process. Our return to Dresden gives you an evening free to enjoy dinner and to explore more of this charming city.

Walk Summary: About 2-3 hours of relatively flat, easy city walking; distance of about 3-4 km (2-2.5 mi) for the day with option for additional 2 km walking in the afternoon; terrain is mostly on sidewalks with occasional cobblestone and very few stairs.

Overnight in Dresden.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 Dresden, Germany - Prague, Czech Republic
This morning takes us into a more rural and natural experience amongst the emerald forests and strange sandstone formations of the Elbe Mountains, a region also known as Saxon Switzerland. This fascinating landscape near the border of Germany and the Czech Republic gives us a chance to soak up some stellar views of the Elbe River on a short but satisfying downhill hike to the quaint little village of Rathen, where we board a ferry and meet our bus on the other side of the river.

Following a lunch break in the pleasant little town of Pirna, Germany, we venture south, crossing the border into the Czech Republic and make our way to Prague, one of Europe's most incredible cities. Our mid-afternoon arrival into this picturesque Bohemian destination gives us time to check in to our hotel and perhaps enjoy a brief orientation walk before savouring a dinner together.

Walk Summary: About 1-1.5 hours of walking in the morning that is mostly downhill but includes nearly 275 meters (900 ft) of elevation loss involving many stairs, and perhaps 1 hour of easy walking in Prague on orientation walk; distance of about 3-4 km (2-2.5 mi) in the morning with additional 1-2 km possible on afternoon orientation walk in Prague; terrain in the morning is mostly on paved and natural surfaces with stone and wooden stairs, while Prague orientation walk is mostly on paved sidewalk with a few stairs.

Overnight in Prague.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Prague Walking Tour & Cruise
Occupying both banks of the Vltava River, Prague is an absolute gem of a town, and today's full-day walk experience aims to show you several sparkling facets, starting with Hradcany, the largest ancient castle in the world. Home to the Bohemian Crown Jewels, this impressive complex also contains the towering St. Vitus Cathedral, Royal Palace, and the colourful houses of Golden Lane. Descending from the lofty Hradcany, our journey continues through a set of lovely terraces and into the unexpected surprise of the Valdstenjnska Gardens. Arriving at the city's iconic Charles Bridge, you'll have bit of free time to explore this medieval statue-lined span before we board our boat for a relaxing lunch cruise on the Vltava, where you can kick up your feet for a while and enjoy the moving postcard scenes.

More Prague delights await us in the afternoon, as our walk continues through the heart of the Jewish Quarter and into the bustling wonders of Town Hall Square, one of Europe's prettiest and home to the oldest astronomical clock still in operation, dating back to 1410. Continuing on to Wenceslas Square, we encounter not only a site named for "Good King Wenceslas" of Christmas carol fame, but also the square where the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution took place in 1968 as a protest to oppressive Communist control. Our walk concludes with one more crossing of the Vltava and a funicular ride up Petrin Hill, where wonderful park paths and grand city views await us.

Walk Summary: About 6 hours of relaxed city walking with about 100 meters (300 ft) of elevation gain/loss throughout the day; distance of about 9-10 km (5-6 mi) throughout the day; terrain is mostly paved sidewalk and cobblestone, with occasional stairs.

Overnight in Prague.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Prague - Cesky Krumlov
Bidding farewell to Prague this morning, we board our bus and journey south through beautiful Bohemia, arriving around noon at the gorgeous medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, nestled on a U-shaped bend in the Vltava River. This special place looks like it's been ripped from the pages of a fairy tale! Our walk in this charming city will include a stop along the way to enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch as we ascend to the manicured gardens near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cesky Krumlov Castle. Stunning vistas await us from this lofty vantage point, showing off a sea of red-tile roofs and a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture. Winding our way through the rest of the town should give you a wonderful overview of this compact but captivating place and give you plenty of time to enjoy the late afternoon and evening doing some personalized exploring.

Walk Summary: 2-3 hours of relatively easy small town walking with about 100 meters (300 ft) of elevation gain/loss throughout the walk; distance of about 5 km (3 mi) for the walk; terrain is a mix of paved sidewalk, some cobblestone and several stairs.

Overnight in Cesky Krumlov.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Vienna, Austria
Bidding a fond farewell to the Czech Republic this morning, we cross the border into Austria, our third country of the adventure. The inviting Danube River serves as a backdrop for a gentle and easy morning stroll between the towns of Schonbuhel and Spielberg, which is followed by a brief visit to Melk Abbey, a Benedictine behemoth located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube. The cute little town nestled at the base of the abbey serves as a great place to enjoy a quick lunch on your own before we continue downstream past more wonderful Austrian scenes. In the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley, a gorgeous stretch of the Danube that is full of castles, vineyards, and monasteries, we savour a brief stop at Durnstein before completing our journey for the day in Vienna, Austria's dynamic and dazzling capital city.

Walk Summary: 2-3 hours of mostly flat walking with about 30 meters (100 ft) elevation gain/loss in Melk; distance of about 5-7 km (3-4 mi) for the day; terrain is a mix of paved sidewalks with some cobblestone and a few stairs.

Overnight in Vienna.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Vienna Walk & Schonbrunn Palace
Vienna was once the heart of the Habsburg Dynasty and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but its light still shines brightly today, offering many outstanding venues to discover. Vienna's wonderful Old Town is a feast for the eyes and is best explored on foot. Our morning route will include several highlights, including the world-renowned State Opera House, Parliament, Hofburg Palace, Burgtheatre, and the majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral, just to name a few.

After a lunch break, we depart the city center, bound for the regal and resplendent Schonbrunn Palace, former home of the Habsburg rulers such as Franz Joseph and Maria Theresa. One of Europe's largest palaces, the 1,441-rooms in this immense Rococo dwelling are impressive enough, but the gardens of Schonbrunn are equally admirable. Enjoy the manicured beauty of these royal grounds on a walk up to the Gloriette, one of the best places to enjoy a picture of this unforgettable place.

Vienna is also known as the "City of Music" thanks to its rich musical heritage and for the fact that legendary composers such as Beethoven and Mozart called this city home. It may be possible for us to arrange an optional classical concert this evening if you'd like to experience a sampling of this stellar musical legacy. Returning to our hotel, the remainder of the evening is free for you to enjoy dinner at a nice selection of nearby restaurants.

Walk Summary: About 4 hours of easy and relatively flat city walking along with about 60m (200 feet) of elevation gain/loss at Schonbrunn; distance of about 6-8 km (4-5 mi) for the day; terrain is mostly paved sidewalk with some cobblestone and occasional stairs.

Overnight in Vienna.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 10 Vienna, Austria - Trencin, Slovakia
Our fourth country awaits this morning as we transition from Austria to the landlocked but lovely country of Slovakia, formerly connected to the Czech Republic until the two countries split in 1993. The capital of Bratislava (formerly known as Pressburg) boasts a really charming and compact Old Town, which we explore on foot this morning, taking in highlights such as St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, Main Square, Old Town Hall, the Slovak National Theatre and Bratislava Castle, an imposing rectangular landmark with outstanding views of the Danube below.

Following lunch in Bratislava, we leave Slovakia's urban center in search of quaint and quieter corners of the country, arriving mid-afternoon in Trencin, an ancient town that dates back to the 11th century. A strategic crossroads near three mountain passes in the Carpathians, this historic commercial trading post is dominated by Trencin Castle, the third largest in Slovakia, which we will visit before descending the stairs and winding side streets to witness the main square and large baroque church. This evening's dinner will be near the rock upon which the castle resides!

Walk Summary: About 2-2.5 hours of city walking in Bratislava with about 70m (230 ft) of elevation gain/loss. About 1-2 hours of walking in Trencin, with about 70 meters elevation gain/loss up to the castle and back; distance of about 6-8 km (4-5 mi) for the day; terrain is mostly paved sidewalk, cobblestone and some stairs.

Overnight in Trencin.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Trencin - Zdiar
Today we increase the elevation a bit and experience a couple of high points for our adventure, both literally and metaphorically, as we drive up to the Tatras, the highest and westernmost range of the Carpathian Mountains. While we won't be bringing our skis today, the area we are walking in is quite popular for skiing in the winter. At just under a mile high, our gentle stroll around picture perfect Strbske Pleso won't leave you too out of breath due to the mostly flat path we travel. The fresh mountain air here will provide us a great setting for a lunch break.

In the afternoon, a metaphorical high point awaits us at lower elevations as we journey to the pleasant and petite village of Zdiar, home to indigenous highlanders known as Gorals. Once settled in to our hotel, our gentle 30-minute walk to the fun little town museum brings us face to face with the rich traditions and music of the region and provides us a deeper understanding of this distinct and colourful community. Many cultural surprises await us this evening as we return to our hotel by horse and carriage for a memorable meal amidst the mountain views.

Walk Summary: About 1-1.5 hours of relaxed alpine walking at higher altitudes (1300 meters / 4,000 ft above sea level) in Strbske Pleso and 30 minutes of walking gently downhill to the Zdiar Museum on pavement; distance of about 6-7 km (3-4 mi) for the day; terrain is mostly paved sidewalk and dedicated paved hiking paths with some natural surfaces.

Overnight in Zdiar.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Zdiar, Slovakia - Wieliczka, Poland - Krakow
Before we depart from the idyllic serenity of Zdiar, we have one last morning treat for you as we ascend by chairlift and soak up the Tatras views, followed by a short leg-stretcher of a hike down to a little pond. If the weather is clear, the views should be fantastic! After a short drive, we cross the border from Slovakia into Poland, our final country of the adventure.

Our plan is to arrive at Wieliczka for a lunch break before an afternoon guided tour of the mind-boggling and UNESCO-listed Salt Mines which share a name with the city. Salt, while still very important in modern life, was once so precious that it was traded as currency. The people of Wieliczka have been excavating sodium chloride here since the 13th century, and the amazing array of caverns and support structures they've created must be seen to be believed! You'll want to be ready for a very active tour, as it involves at least 2-3 km of walking and about 800 stairs throughout the experience. But it is worth every step! You'll witness countless salt-carved sculptures and a few chapels (including salt chandeliers) among other unforgettable highlights. We finish our day in the storied city of Krakow, on the edge of Old Town.

Walk Summary: About 1 hour of relaxed alpine walking in Zdiar that is mostly downhill and about 2.5 hours of walking inside the salt mines with many flat paths but nearly 800 stairs throughout; distance of about 6-7 km (3-4 mi) for the day; terrain is mostly natural path and grass in Zdiar and salt-paved paths and stairs in Wieliczka.

Overnight in Krakow.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Historic Krakow Walk
While Warsaw is Poland's capital, it is Krakow that has traditionally been the cultural, religious, and historical heart of the country. It is a very underrated European destination! Our guided walk begins near Wawel Hill, where the city's roots go all the way back to the 7th century, and where Polish royalty once resided. Also in this regal complex is the Wawel Cathedral, where a young Karol Wojtyla (later to become Pope John Paul II) gave his first Mass after being ordained into the priesthood. Descending to the Main Square of Krakow, we gaze in wonder at Rynek Glowny, the largest medieval town square in Europe, in the center of which is the Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Other highlights of our morning walk include the pleasant pedestrian paths of Planty Park and the bell tower of St. Mary's Basilica, where an hourly trumpet call reminds listeners of a 13th century Mongol attack on the city.

A special lunch is in store for us today in Kazimierz, a district in Krakow with a rich and thriving Jewish community that was decimated during World War II. In addition to very tasty and traditional foods, you will enjoy the melodic sounds of klezmer music, which draws upon the traditions of Ashkenazi Judaism and Eastern European folk traditions. After this memorable meal, the second half of our walk today focuses on the somber history of the Holocaust and its impact on the Jews of Krakow. Strolling the streets of Kazmierz and interacting with the stories of Remuh Synagogue and the Temple Synagogue makes your heart ache for what was lost in this community. Just a short distance away, across the Vistula River, lies the Schindler Factory Museum, a testament to one man's attempt to make a positive difference in the face of this inhumanity. If time allows, you can consider visiting this very moving museum on an optional basis. Our walk concludes at our Old Town hotel where the remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to enjoy, with many restaurants close by.

Walk Summary: About 5-6 hours of relaxed city walking that is mostly flat with a short ascent and descent at Wawel Hill; distance of about 10-11 km (6-7 mi) for the day; terrain is almost exclusively paved sidewalk with some cobblestone and a few stairs.

Overnight in Krakow.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 Krakow - Auschwitz - Czestochowa - Warsaw
One of the most powerful reasons for travelling is the chance to be touched by history and to learn vital lessons. Today's morning visit to Auschwitz provides just such a critical reminder. This most prolific of the Nazi death camps was chosen as a location due to its close proximity to Krakow, where Germany's General Government in Poland was established after the invasion. Often called "the saddest place on earth," Auschwitz is well worth exploring because it so powerfully reminds us of the horrors that humans have been capable of and sharpens our resolve in never allowing this to happen again.

After a lunch break, our journey takes us north to Warsaw for our final two-night stay of the tour. Along the way, we stop briefly at Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, a very important pilgrimage site for Polish Catholics, as it houses a famous and purported miraculous painting of the Virgin Mary, known as Black Madonna.

Walk Summary: A very light walking day with only about 1-2 hours of relatively flat walking at Auschwitz and Czestochowa; distance of about 2-4 km for the day; terrain is almost exclusively paved sidewalk with some natural paths and a few stairs.

Overnight in Warsaw.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Warsaw: Historic Walking Tour
Warsaw is an inspirational city that speaks highly of the strong character of the Polish people and their resilience after the devastation of World War II and the Communist era. Today's guided walk provides a wonderful overview, starting in the gorgeous green space of Lazienki Park, with its beautifully situated Water Palace as one of many endearing features. Passing by the National Museum of Warsaw, we enter the pedestrian-friendly area of Nowy Swiat, where a tempting pastry shop may lure you away from the group if you're not careful! Monuments to a couple of Warsaw's favorite sons, Nicolas Copernicus and Frederic Chopin, greet us on our way to Pilsudski Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After passing the Presidential Palace, where the Warsaw Pact was signed in 1955, we arrive at Old Town for a chance to enjoy a lunch break. Consider finding a good pierogi restaurant!

After lunch, our walk continues past the Sigismund Column through the rebuilt splendors of Old Town. What makes this colourful district all the more impressive is that it was painstakingly and accurately rebuilt after being leveled by the Germans in World War II, a true phoenix rising from the ashes! Strolling through the Old Town Square and the Barbicon leads us to the conclusion of this historic walk at separate memorials to both the Jewish Ghetto Uprising of 1943 and the wider Warsaw Uprising of 1944, both testaments to the unbreakable spirit of the people who were oppressed here. After a short bus ride back to our hotel, we take a brief rest and prepare for a farewell dinner together and a special Chopin-themed concert at a nearby salon.

Walk Summary: About 4-5 hours of relaxed city walking that is mostly flat with just a few stairs here and there; distance of about 9-10 km (5-6 mi) for the day; terrain is almost exclusively paved sidewalk with some cobblestone and a few stairs.

Overnight in Warsaw.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 16 Departure
Departure from Warsaw.

BON VOYAGE!!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Orea Hotel Pyramida

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Prague
Country: Czech Republic

Rooms: Hotel Pyramida offers 344 rooms, all of which are comfortably furnished and equipped with bathroom and toilet, direct phone
... SAT TV and safe. The rooms were refurbished and refurnished in the second half of the year 1999.


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Hotel Zlaty Andel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Cesky Krumlov
Country: Czech Republic

All rooms (28 luxury rooms, 8 suites) on an international standard are equipped with bathroom (bath/shower), WC, satellite TV, minibar,
... Services: Restaurant Petr Vok (with view of the castle), restaurant, terrace, coffeehouse, music, dance and cocktail bar, exchange-office, antique shop and gallery.



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Parkhotel Schoenbrunn

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Vienna
Country: Austria

Schloss Schönbrunn palace is just around the corner from Parkhotel Schönbrunn, and the Vienna zoo is practically the hotel’s front
... This deluxe hotel is a unique combination of Viennese flair, influences from imperial times and modern comfort.

Guests of Emperor Franz Joseph used to reside and dine at Parkhotel Schönbrunn when they had to wait for an audience with the Emperor. After two years of renovation work, the hotel today offers a top-quality experience, beautifully “packaged” in a castle-like hotel.

Its excellent location next to Schloss Schönbrunn and vicinity to the underground station as well as its distinctive imperial atmosphere make this hotel unique in Vienna.

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Hotel Elizabeth

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Trencin
Country: Slovakia

Set against the cliff beneath Trenciansky hrad castle, this refined, Art Nouveau hotel established in 1902 is a 1-minute walk
... the Trencianske muzeum’s history exhibits and a 6-minute walk from Trencín train station. Sophisticated rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars; room service is available.
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Hotel Ascot Premium

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Krakow
Country: Poland

The modern hotel is located in the heart of Krakow. Standard room equipment includes: Cable TV and radio, free wireless
... telephone, safe, bathroom with shower, hairdryer, air- conditioning.



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Radisson SAS Warsaw

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Warsaw
Country: Poland

Conveniently located in the heart of the business district and tourist quarter of Warsaw, Radisson SAS Centrum Hotel welcomes both
... and leisure travellers. The hotel is close to the Palace of Science and Culture and the Warsaw Central Station, and just a 20-minute drive from the airport.


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Trip Information


Inclusions

Hotel breakfast daily, some lunches, and most dinners*. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. "Whisper" guides where appropriate/available. Gratuities for driver/s, local guides, restaurant staff, and porters (if available). Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who also book their extra hotel nights through us.

* Due to the busy nature of Category 3 tours and our full days of on-foot exploration and travel, we have chosen to include lunch instead of dinner on some days, and on some days breakfast only. These free evenings are so-placed to build in some enhanced rest-and-recovery opportunities in an otherwise busy and active program. Please see the full trip itinerary for details on each days' meal plan.

Exclusions

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, most lunches & some dinners (see tour itinerary), drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers are not included. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and other local costs.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is timed with the ideal time to visit the region, outside the busy and humid summer months and the dreary cold of late fall/winter. Though weather here is changeable and mixed at any time of year, we should expect mostly fine warm days with the possibility of passing showers and some cool mornings and overnights.

Our June departure features green landscapes, lots of flowers, early season crops and mild temperatures.

We've timed our September departure to coincide with harvest season when local fruit and vegetables feature prominently on local menus, and when the weather is generally warm and agreeable.

Eastern Europe, though increasingly popular as a destination, still retains much of its old world charm, with compact town centres, cozy hotels, spectacular views, and an intriguing array of fresh and innovative farm-to-table cuisines and wines, all at a relatively attractive value.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Most transport is by private air-conditioned vehicle; we may use public transport for some quick hops within towns and cities. Due to the winding roads and lack of accessibility on narrow streets in small towns and villages, we will endeavour to avoid the large motor-coaches more typical of large group touring.

This is a busy program with lots of moving around and one- and two-night stays. While the trip is well-paced overall, we will have some full days of travel with sightseeing/comfort stops along the way.

Our difficulty rating "Level 3" refers to our sightseeing activities in towns and cities, most of which will be on-foot with little-to-no vehicular support. Though this particular itinerary mostly features walking in urban areas, we will also have some walks that occur, at least partly, on "natural" surfaces in addition to the usual pavement or cobblestones typical of Europe. Some of our routes also feature some modest elevation gain/loss in addition to flat terrain; most walks are at low elevations except one day when we walk at 1300m/4000ft. Our walks are leisurely with plenty of stops along the way, but they are of a greater duration and frequency than that of our European tours that fall under Category #2. For a general overview of all four of our rating categories, please click/tap on the "Activity Level 3" button located on this page.

For details specific to each days' activities on this tour, please refer to the "Walk Summary" included on each day of the full itinerary. Our walks can vary widely, but generally range from 2km (1.5 mi) to 10km (7 mi) and may be done in segments for the sake of variety and opportunities for breaks and sightseeing. Our pace is leisurely but steady, and you should be comfortable walking about 3km (2 mi) per hour, and up to 10km (6 mi) in approximately 2.5 hours, depending on photo/refreshment stops and guide commentary. Because some walks can/may be adjusted at the discretion of your Tour Leader depending on things like weather and group interest, the final distances/durations of our hikes as indicated in our itinerary should be taken as guidance only.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

Most hotels used on this tour are modern, 3-4 star properties full of ambiance and character (this region still provides great value relative to the rest of Europe!). Please note that single rooms may be smaller than twin-beaded rooms, as is typical of Europe. Though porters should be available, you should still be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.

Click on the "Map & Hotels" tab on this page to view some of our preferred properties at various location on our route.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver(s), local step-on guides in various locales. Most hotels will provide baggage service, though you should be independent with your luggage in the event that porters are not available.

Group Size

Maximum 16 plus Tour Leader

XEEU TRIP DETAILS

DURATION16 days

TOUR STARTBerlin

TOUR ENDWarsaw

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