After decades of Nazi and Soviet rule, it seems Poland has finally arisen. The largest of the former Eastern European states, Poland's vast countryside is characterized by ancient cities and numerous parks; in summer it seems the whole country heads to the lakes of Masuria or the Baltic Sea beaches. Medieval Krakow's copious churches and impressive mix of architecture escaped destruction in WWII; although Warsaw wasn't so lucky, its historic centre has today been completely rebuilt and the city becomes more cosmopolitan daily. Many find Poland a travel gem: back on its feet (it joined the EU in 2004), stuffed with history, authentic, cheap for Europe yet off the beaten path. You can even ski - just don't expect state of the art equipment!
The Best of Eastern Europe (EABE)
From fairytale Czech towns to Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, experience the unique culture, food and history of Eastern Europe. This 2-week trip through six Eastern European countries offers an intriguing combination of urban centres, village life and outdoor pursuits. Visit castles, churches and romantic town squares. Indulge in Berlin’s café culture and Prague’s beer, explore a village in the Tatra Mountains and float down river on a raft.
Highlights: Wander beautiful medieval cities, hike in the High Tatra Mountains, explore world-class museums, savor the café culture, soak in Budapest's famous baths, experience Krakow's eastern charm
This epic cross-European adventure offers an intriguing combination of Central Europe's castles and romantic squares with the Balkan's 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.
Highlights: Wander beautiful medieval cities, hike in the Carpathian Mountains, kayak the Bay of Kotor, hike to an undersea winery on the Dalmatian island of Hvar, marvel at the ancient Roman palace of Diocletian in Split