Eastern Europe, Croatia & the Balkans

29 days,Berlin to Split

Wander beautiful medieval cities, opt for a soak in a thermal bath in Budapest, kayak the Bay of Kotor, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split

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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.

What's Included

  • Guided tour of Warsaw. Auschwitz entrance and guided tour (Krakow). Vienna walking tour. Petrovaradin Fortress visit. Kalemegdan Fortress visit (Belgrade). 'Tunnel of Life' tour (Sarajevo). Mostar stay. Sea kayaking trip (Bay of Kotor). Beach time in Hvar. Scenic boat ride around Pakleni islands. Diocletian's Palace guided tour (Split). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 28 breakfasts. (Allow EUR650-800 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels/pensions (28 nts).
  • Train, long-distance bus, local bus, boat, walking
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide in Auschwitz.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 Berlin

Arrive at any time. We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

Day 2 Berlin (1B)

Explore this amazing city with tangible historical importance and a melting pot of different cultures and flavours. Opt to visit the East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie, world-class museums, a visit to the Reichstag or the Berlin Television Tower for a sweeping view.

Day 3 Warsaw (1B)

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.

Days 4-6 Krakow (3B)

Have some time to visit more of Warsaw in the morning before a day train to Krakow, one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Poland's cultural hub and visit Auschwitz for a sobering look at the region's history. Opt to explore the different neighbourhoods like the Jewish section and main square. Dip into a local milk bar for a real Polish meal.

Days 7-9 Prague (3B)

Take a scenic day train into Czech Republic. Soak up the atmosphere of Prague, a unique community where every street, ghetto, inn and theatre tells a story. 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.

Days 10-11 Český Krumlov (2B)

Travel to Český Krumlov. Spend your time wandering the small city, visiting the castle or choose to spend an afternoon rafting on the Vltava river.

Day 12-13 Vienna (2B)

Take private van to Austria in time for a walking tour of Vienna's most beautiful sights, including the Hofburg and St Stephen's Cathedral. 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.

Days 14-15 Budapest (2B)

Travel to Hungary to explore the beautiful city of Budapest. With the Danube River dividing old town, Buda, from the newer area, Pest, there is plenty to see and do. Opt to visit Buda Castle, window shop in Pest or soak in the city's famous thermal baths. For a different view, explore the city on a bike tour.

Day 16 Novi Sad (1B)

After a full day's train journey, arrive to Novi Sad. Enjoy the first opportunity for Serbian cuisine.

Days 17-18 Belgrade (2B)

Spend the morning exploring Novi Sad, the ancient capital of Serbia. Visit the famous Petrovaradin Fortress and with time, visit the charming old town, or Stari Grad. In the afternoon, hop a train for a short ride to Belgrade. Visit the Kalemegdan Fortress and opt to float down the Danube or shop in one of the many bustling markets.

Days 19-20 Sarajevo (2B)

Travel to Sarajevo, one of the most beautiful, diverse cities in the region. Take an included tour of the 'Tunnel of Life' to get a better understanding of the tragic recent history of this captivating city. Walk around the cobblestoned streets, visit the famous Latin Bridge and soak in the bustling atmosphere of this resilient place.

Day 21 Mostar (1B)

Travel through beautiful countryside to reach charming Mostar. The city's symbol, a beautiful reconstructed Ottoman-style bridge, is a reminder of the tenacity of Bosnians in recent times. Wander the old city and visit the new, with reminders all over of what the people of the region have survived.

Days 22-23 Herceg Novi (Bay of Kotor) (2B)

Continue on to Montenegro and arrive to the Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage-listed region. There is free time here to relax or explore. Wander the streets of the walled city of Kotor, float through the lush landscape by sea kayak or visit the local mud spas to heal what ails you.

Days 24-25 Dubrovnik (2B)

Travel to Croatia and experience the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' in Dubrovnik. Choose to relax in one of the many cafés, explore the old town fortifications or take a boat trip to one of the nearby islands. The red roofs of the old city make for spectacular photos and the seaside cafés serve up tasty seafood.

Days 26-27 Hvar (2B)

Enjoy amazing beaches, nightlife and water sports on this beautiful island. On Day 27, soak in the scenery and relish the calm on a boat ride around the Pakleni Islands.

Day 28 Split (1B)

Ferry back to the mainland and arrive to Split. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO site at Diocletian's Palace. Enjoy free time to explore this charming seaside town, 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.

Day 29 Split (1B)

Depart at any time. We recommend staying an extra day or two to fully experience all this lively city has to offer.

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