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Great Cities of Eastern Europe

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WARSAW, KRAKÓW, BUDAPEST, VIENNA, PRAGUE & HELSINKI

Join us for this escorted Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour package from the U.S. with airfare included. It showcases some of the best Eastern European countries to visit and the most beautiful cities and towns within them. Captivating capitals. Charming towns. Ample opportunities to experience places that are UNESCO World Heritage designated. Questions about where you’re headed and additional sightseeing and dining tips while traveling? Ask away! Your knowledgeable smarTours® guide has the answers and ensures your trip runs smoothly, so that you can just focus on being immersed in these atmospheric destinations.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2019 Departures:

  • Overnight international flight to Warsaw
  • 2 nights in Warsaw
  • 2 nights in Kraków
  • 3 nights in Budapest
  • 2 nights in Vienna
  • 3 nights in Prague
  • 1 night in Helsinki (only included when you book package with air)
  • Return flight to the U.S.

2020 Departures:

  • Overnight international flight to Warsaw
  • 2 nights in Warsaw
  • 2 nights in Kraków
  • 3 nights in Budapest
  • 3 nights in Vienna
  • 3 nights in Prague
  • Return flight to the U.S.

Tour
Highlights

  • Warsaw city tour – Vistula River, Old Town, Royal Route
  • Częstochowa – Jasna Góra Monastery
  • Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Kraków city tour – Wawel Royal Castle, St. Mary’s Church, Market Square
  • Budapest city tour – Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle Hill, Matthias Church, Citadel
  • Danube Bend river region, Szentendre (Hungary)
  • Vienna city tour – Ring Boulevard, Hofburg, Vienna State Opera, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Moravia (Czech Republic)
  • Dürnstein (Austria)
  • Telč (Czech Republic)
  • Prague city tour – Hradčany castle, Old Royal Palace, Charles Bridge, Old Town historic core

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip flight from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at superior, first-class hotels
  • 18 meals: 13 full buffet breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director and local guides
  • Intra-Europe ground transportation

2019 Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Your extraordinary Great Cities of Eastern Europe Tour begins this evening with an overnight flight to Warsaw, Poland.

Arrive in Warsaw, Poland

Land in Warsaw, Poland’s historic capital city. You’ll be met and escorted to our centrally located, deluxe hotel. This evening, your tour director will host a welcome dinner and briefing about your tour.

Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel (or similar) | Dinner

Warsaw City Tour and Warsaw at Leisure

This morning, join your guide through a grand tour of Warsaw. Visit both banks of the Vistula River, Poland’s longest and largest river, and walk around Old Town and Market Square, a UNESCO World Heritage that blends old-world charm and modern culture. Then, drive along the Royal Route, lined with enchanting palaces, famous statues, and historic churches. See significant sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel (or similar) | Breakfast

Warsaw/Częstochowa/Auschwitz/Kraków

Today, we’ll drive you southbound to Częstochowa and the 14th-century Jasna Góra Monastery, known as the home of the Black Madonna, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon, pay a poignant visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, travel to Kraków, Poland’s academic and cultural center and former royal capital. End the day with a lovely dinner at a local restaurant.

Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town) (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Kraków City Tour and Kraków at Leisure

The residence of Polish kings for centuries, Kraków boasts fine medieval architecture, virtually untouched by war. On this morning’s tour, view the majestic Wawel Royal Castle, situated on a hilltop where people have lived since at least the Paleolithic Age. Visit St. Mary’s Church, a stunning example of Polish Gothic architecture, and wander the medieval Market Square. The balance of your day is at leisure to discover whatever piques your interest!

Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town) (or similar) | Breakfast

Kraków/Slovakia/Budapest, Hungary

Today, delight in a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia and down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the captivating Hungarian capital. Later in the day, check into your hotel, located in the heart of the city. You will also have a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Budapest City Tour and Budapest at Leisure

This morning, your guide will introduce you to Budapest’s fascinating history and sights. Enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic view from the lookout terraces of the Fisherman’s Bastion, located on Castle Hill. We’ll also see the Citadel on Gellért Hill and Matthias Church, which was used for centuries for the coronations of Hungarian kings. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a relaxing cruise on the romantic Danube River. See Optional Tours for details.

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar) | Breakfast

Danube Bend Excursion and Budapest at Leisure

Embark on a morning excursion to the scenic Hungarian countryside. We’ll journey to the artist’s town of Szentendre, a gem at the gateway to the picturesque Danube Bend river region. You’ll have free time to explore its cobblestoned streets and Baroque charms. Then, return to Budapest, where you can revel in its fine arts and architecture at your own pace.

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar) | Breakfast

Budapest/Vienna, Austria

Next, we bring you across the border into Austria and drive to Vienna for sightseeing in the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Tour along the Ring Boulevard, encircling the city center, past the Hofburg (official residence of the President of Austria), Vienna State Opera, and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Finish your day with dinner at the hotel.

Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Vienna at Leisure

Embrace a full day of free time in Vienna. Spend it discovering more of its renowned attractions and activities, or purely relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere of an authentic Viennese coffee house. You might consider a visit to the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence built for the Habsburgs. See Optional Tours for details.

Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar) | Breakfast

Vienna/Prague, Czech Republic

Today, take a leisurely scenic drive through rich farmlands to the rolling hills of Moravia. You’ll first visit the quaint town of Dürnstein before continuing over the Czech Republic border, stopping to see the charming buildings and beautiful surroundings of Telč along the way. Later in the day, we’ll reach Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities.

Occidental Praha Five (or similar) | Breakfast

Prague City Tour and Prague at Leisure

Beautiful Prague, the “City of a Hundred Spires,” once served as capital of the Holy Roman Empire and is now the Czech Republic capital. This morning, tour the impressive Hradčany castle and the Old Royal Palace, one of the oldest parts of Prague Castle, dating from 1135. You’ll also see the 14th-century Charles Bridge and the Old Town historic core. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore more.

Occidental Praha Five (or similar) | Breakfast

Prague at Leisure

Enjoy a day of free time to unwind at an outdoor cafe, shop the bustling markets, or delve into more of Prague’s intriguing sights. You might also opt to book a tour of the fascinating Jewish Quarter. See Optional Tours for details. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner.

Occidental Praha Five (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Prague/Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast, bid farewell to Prague and board a short flight to Helsinki, the magnificent capital of Finland, situated on the Baltic Sea. Get acquainted with the city on an orientation tour upon arrival.

Scandic Grand Marina (or similar) | Breakfast

(For the Land-Only package, the tour ends on this day in Prague. The flight to Helsinki and the Helsinki hotel are NOT included.)

Helsinki at Leisure/Depart Helsinki/Arrive in the U.S.

After breakfast, end this captivating European adventure with a transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to the U.S.

Breakfast

2020 Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Your extraordinary Great Cities of Eastern Europe Tour begins this evening with an overnight flight to Warsaw, Poland.

Arrive in Warsaw, Poland

Land in Warsaw, Poland’s historic capital city. You’ll be met and escorted to our centrally located, deluxe hotel. This evening, your tour director will host a welcome dinner and briefing about your tour.

Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel (or similar) | Dinner

Warsaw City Tour and Warsaw at Leisure

This morning, join your guide through a grand tour of Warsaw. Visit both banks of the Vistula River, Poland’s longest and largest river, and walk around Old Town and Market Square, a UNESCO World Heritage that blends old-world charm and modern culture. Then, drive along the Royal Route, lined with enchanting palaces, famous statues, and historic churches. See significant sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel (or similar) | Breakfast

Warsaw/Częstochowa/Auschwitz/Kraków

Today, we’ll drive you southbound to Częstochowa and the 14th-century Jasna Góra Monastery, known as the home of the Black Madonna, a revered icon of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon, pay a poignant visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, travel to Kraków, Poland’s academic and cultural center and former royal capital. End the day with a lovely dinner at a local restaurant.

Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town) (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Kraków City Tour and Kraków at Leisure

The residence of Polish kings for centuries, Kraków boasts fine medieval architecture, virtually untouched by war. On this morning’s tour, view the majestic Wawel Royal Castle, situated on a hilltop where people have lived since at least the Paleolithic Age. Visit St. Mary’s Church, a stunning example of Polish Gothic architecture, and wander the medieval Market Square. The balance of your day is at leisure to discover whatever piques your interest!

Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town) (or similar) | Breakfast

Kraków/Slovakia/Budapest, Hungary

Today, delight in a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia and down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the captivating Hungarian capital. Later in the day, check into your hotel, located in the heart of the city. You will also have a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Budapest City Tour and Budapest at Leisure

This morning, your guide will introduce you to Budapest’s fascinating history and sights. Enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic view from the lookout terraces of the Fisherman’s Bastion, located on Castle Hill. We’ll also see the Citadel on Gellért Hill and Matthias Church, which was used for centuries for the coronations of Hungarian kings. In the afternoon, set sail with a leisurely 1-hour cruise on the romantic Danube River to take in city views from the water. Two drinks per person included.

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar) | Breakfast

Danube Bend Excursion and Budapest at Leisure

Embark on a morning excursion to the scenic Hungarian countryside. We’ll journey to the artist’s town of Szentendre, a gem at the gateway to the picturesque Danube Bend river region. You’ll have free time to explore its cobblestoned streets and Baroque charms. Then, return to Budapest, where you can revel in its fine arts and architecture at your own pace.

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar) | Breakfast

Budapest/Vienna, Austria

Next, we bring you across the border into Austria and drive to Vienna for sightseeing in the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Tour along the Ring Boulevard, encircling the city center, past the Hofburg (official residence of the President of Austria), Vienna State Opera, and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Finish your day with dinner at the hotel.

Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Vienna

Today brings us to the Imperial Palace of Schönbrunn—with its 18th-century architecture, interiors, and vast gardens, it’s among the most impressive baroque structures in Europe. In the afternoon, Vienna is yours to explore with some free time.

Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar) | Breakfast

Vienna

Embrace all the Vienna has to offer with a full day of independent exploration—you can discover more popular attractions and even take in some of the culture with stops at cafes and shops along the way.

Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar) | Breakfast

Vienna/Prague, Czech Republic

Today, take a leisurely scenic drive through rich farmlands to the rolling hills of Moravia. You’ll first visit the quaint town of Dürnstein before continuing over the Czech Republic border, stopping to see the charming buildings and beautiful surroundings of Telč along the way. Later in the day, we’ll reach Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities.

Occidental Praha Five (or similar) | Breakfast

Prague

Beautiful Prague, the “City of a Hundred Spires,” once served as the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and is now the Czech Republic capital. This morning, tour the impressive Hradčany castle and the Old Royal Palace, one of the oldest parts of Prague Castle, dating from 1135. You’ll also see the 14th-century Charles Bridge, Old Town, and more. The afternoon is at leisure to explore more.

Occidental Praha Five (or similar) | Breakfast

Prague

Enjoy a day of free time to unwind at an outdoor cafe, shop the bustling markets, or delve into more of Prague’s intriguing sights. You might also opt to book a tour of the fascinating Jewish Quarter. See Optional Tours for details. Tonight, celebrate this great trip with your fellow travelers at a festive farewell dinner.

Occidental Praha Five (or similar) | Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Prague/Arrive in the U.S.

After breakfast, end this captivating European adventure with a transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to the U.S.

Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available on request.)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $699.

Business Class Upgrade:
JFK-Helsinki-JFK add $3695.

Land Only package starts in Warsaw on Day-2 & ends in Prague on Day-14. The flight to Helsinki and the Helsinki hotel is NOT included for Land Only

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations for tours of Eastern Europe can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash (US Dollars or Euros). Subject to minimum number of participants and availability.

Frederic Chopin Recital

  • Warsaw
  • From approx. $52 Per Person

Enjoy a private piano recital in a charming palace that’s the seat of the Warsaw Musical Society. Here, a Chopin expert plays an arrangement of some of this famous Polish composer’s most exquisite melodies. Sparkling wine will be served. Transfers from/to your hotel are included.

Afternoon Salt Mines Tour

  • Kraków
  • From approx. $62 Per Person

Head outside Kraków to the renowned Wieliczka Salt Mine, a fascinating, subterranean world created by Polish miners over a 700-year period. See 20 excavated chambers on three levels, the rich interior decoration of the chapels, the underground salt lakes and the Salt Works Museum.

Kraków Jewish Quarter by Night

  • Kraków
  • From approx. $51 Per Person

Expect an unforgettable experience in the ancient Kraków Jewish Quarter. We’ll dine in a typical Jewish restaurant and enjoy Klezmer music. A glass of wine and vodka are included.

Folklore Dinner/Show

  • Budapest
  • From approx. $54 Per Person

Transfer from your hotel to a local restaurant, where you are greeted with a welcome drink (Hungarian brandy) and Gypsy music. Savor a sumptuous dinner of local specialties while being entertained by Hungarian folk dancers and listening to typical folk songs.

Danube River Cruise

  • Budapest
  • From approx. $41 Per Person

Embark on a one-hour cruise along the romantic Danube River. Glide along this legendary waterway, which flows through ten countries, more than any other river in the world. Two drinks per person are included.

Morning Vienna Woods Excursion

  • Vienna
  • From approx. $54 Per Person

Drive outside the city to the Vienna Woods, passing the Liechtenstein Castle, family seat of the Prince of Liechtenstein. Visit the Heiligenkreuz Abbey (the oldest continuously active and inhabited Cistercian monastery) and the former Mayerling hunting lodge (where Austrian crown prince Rudolf executed a murder-suicide with his lover that set off a chain of events, changing Europe’s fate). Return to Vienna via Helenental and Baden.

Afternoon Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace

  • Vienna
  • From approx. $51 Per Person

Experience an inside visit to the not-to-be-missed Schönbrunn Palace with an expert guide. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Austria’s most important cultural assets. Your entrance fees as well as transportation from/to your hotel are included.

Afternoon Tour of the Jewish Quarter

  • Prague
  • From approx. $41 Per Person

A local guide will show you around Prague’s Jewish Quarter, also known as Josefov. Characterized by a dramatic, centuries-long heritage, today it remains an evocative testimony to the history of Jews in Prague. Your entrance fee to the Jewish Museum is included.

Lunch Cruise

  • Prague
  • From approx. $50 Per Person

Unwind during a two-hour, mid-day cruise on the scenic Vltava River, luxuriating in Prague’s beauty from a unique vantage point. Lunch on board is included.

Reviews

Susan G

I am never sure is SmarTours can take credit for the group on their tours. I travel alone; yet I never feel that way. This group was wonderful; the best from the three tours I have taken. And I know that I have made many new friends with whom I would love to meet on future destinations.Our Tour Manager was Renata Mikulovska. She was sublime. Professional, patient, organized, funny, compassionate. And most important, she shared her knowledge as if it was her first tour… she imparted information to a group of adults who were seeing the treasures of each city as novices. I am sure that she’s done this trip tens of times; yet her delivery was never stale. A true talent.For the actual tour itself: hotels good, food good. For me, I was unhappy that we spent a day each to travel from one capital to the other. It meant that we had less time in each city. This was particularly evident in Vienna, where were really had only one full day, so I had little time to see the museums. [I would suggest travelling at night and arriving in each city in the morning].

Jack A

Another great SmarTours adventure. The hotels were great, the people we traveled with became friends quickly and our Tour Director, Renata, made the whole trip educational and entertaining. Could not have asked for more (maybe better weather) Food was to die for, and the architecture superb. Well done!

Jack A

Just another of Smartours fantastic adventures. From start to finish, an amazing trip. Renata, our tour director, was so compassionate, so personable, and abpove all so knowledgable about our destinations. Our 5th trip with Smartours...can't wait for the next one.

Dorna

The trip was wonderful. Renata our guide was excellent The Hotels in some countries could have been a little closer to the "action. The trip home from Prague to Helsinki and then to New York was complicated. The flight from New York to Baltimore did not give us enough time to catch our flight to Baltimore so we had to take a cab into the city and take a train home, an extra added expense. D. Remenick

Anonymous

Mostly, competent, interesting guides. We covered a lot of territory in 13 days, and always had support when anything untoward happened. It was also fun having time on our own. We go over our photographs with fond memories.

Anne

I recently participated in the Great Cities of Eastern Europe SmarTours. The scheduled tour as is planned is well done with a tour guide in each city. Our tour director, Renata, enhanced our experience with her first hand knowledge of each area as well as the historical background she shared. Renata made the trip exceptional. We enjoyed the SmarTours Optional Excursions that gave us an additional experience in the countryside around the Cities. We enjoyed a very compatible group of travelers which made the motorcoach travel and our meals together very enjoyable. The hotels in Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest were great hotels and were all within walking distance of the Old Towns. It was disappointing in Vienna and especially Prague that the hotels were both long distances from the City Center. There was an underground line relatively close to both hotels. Overall this was a fantastic glimpse of Eastern Europe. I look forward to returning to this area as well as experiencing another part of our world with SmarTours!

Jacqueline O

We throughly enjoyed our Sept. 15 tour with Renata. It was like walking through the pages of a history book. One of the best tours we have taken and Renata and the local were wonderful. Anyone who loves history will enjoy this tour especially.

Laurel P

What a wonderful experience this was. Renata, our tour director, was exceptional, she is a knowledgeable, PATIENT, kind, funny and passionate lady who made this trip great! I can only hope that future smarTours trips I plan to take will be this good. We had a large group, 44 people, but everything ran smoothly. The local guides and our bus driver, Irek, were fantastic as well. I heard about smarTours from a friend and I'm glad we chose this company. The hotels were top-notch, food was great and they accommodated vegetarian guests as well. Only recommendation I would make is that they provide name badges for guests, it would be so helpful. Other than that it was a great tour visiting great places!

john s

Renata, our guide, was outstanding. She went beyond what guides normaly do to make this tour unforgettable.

Rose N

I just returned from this trip a few days ago. The food, guides, history and scenery was wonderful throughout the tour. What a lovely surprise Poland was with its beautiful buildings and interesting history. I took all the optional tours which added greatly to the overall tour and they were a good value for the money. Overall it was a great trip.

Kay K

Thank you for organizing such a variety of experiences for the great cities tour. Renata, our guide, was brilliant, organized, interesting, and made our journey memorable. She gave us many tips to elevate our enjoyment and keep us safe. This is my second trip with Smartours and I'll continue to use your company....a great value, thoroughly educational, and a quality adventure!

janet r

What a fabulous tour...great tour guide(s), great accommodations, wonderful food and lovely people on the tour!

Allan Z

The tour was great as usual, guide was excellent, group was all wonderful and we made some new friends. What more would you want?

Howard C

This trip was excellent. The cities visited, while different, had much history in common. Our tour guide was outstanding. She had a great amount of knowledge and, on a daily basis, really showed she cared about each tour member. Money exchange was a snap and I came home with no foreign currency, a task rarely achieved.

HelliTaskila

Renata our tour guide was exceptional and very attentive. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip which was quite fast paced encompassing so many sites and considerable history
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