The Czech Republic's somewhat less famous sister, young Slovakia lacks the big tourist draws of its neighbours. Slovakia's charm lays in its colourful folk culture, traditional villages, spectacular High Tatra mountains and ancient stone castles, the latter a legacy of its medieval history of invasion and conflict. (Slovakia boasts highest number of fortified castles per capita in the world.) Like its neighbours, natural spa towns have been popular for centuries, while the capital Bratislava, on the banks of the Danube and edge of the Carpathian mountains, could be a metaphor for the country and its history: a medieval core with winding narrow streets surrounded by the colossal Soviet architecture of concrete panelak apartment housing estates.
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