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.
- 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.
- 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
- Helsinki city tour
- Round-trip flight from the U.S.
- 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
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 capital city. We’ll be met and escorted to our centrally located, deluxe hotel. This evening, our Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. D Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel (or similar)
Warsaw City Tour and Warsaw at Leisure
This morning, our guide will show us unique and surprising Warsaw. Visit both banks of the Vistula River as well as the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its distinctive Market Square. 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. Your afternoon is at leisure. B Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel (or similar)
Drive 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 to which miracles are attributed and pilgrims journey. This afternoon: a somber visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, we’ll travel to ancient Kraków, Poland’s academic and cultural center and former royal capital. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner. B/D Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town) (or similar)
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 marvelously medieval Market Square. The balance of your day is at leisure to discover this dynamic town on your own. B Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town) (or similar)
Today, delight in a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia, down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the captivating Hungarian capital. Dinner tonight is at our hotel, located in the heart of the city. B/D Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar)
Budapest City Tour and Budapest at Leisure
This morning, our guide will introduce us to lively Budapest’s 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 Matthias Church, which was used for centuries for the coronations of Hungarian kings, and the Citadel on Gellért Hill. Your afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely cruise on the romantic Danube River. See Optional Tours for details. B Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar)
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 genuine 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 may revel in its fine arts and architecture at your own pace. B Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar)
We’ll cross the border into Austria and drive to start splendid Vienna sightseeing, in the heart of the Habsburg Empire. Tour along the Ring Boulevard, encircling the city center, past the Hofburg (former imperial palace, now official residence of the President of Austria) and the ornate Vienna State Opera, to Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. B/D Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar)
Vienna at Leisure
A full day of free time in Vienna. Spend it discovering more of its renowned attractions and activities on your own, 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. B Parkhotel Schönbrunn (or similar)
Vienna/Prague, Czech Republic
Today we’ll take a leisurely, scenic drive through rich farmlands to the rolling hills of Moravia. We’ll first visit the quaint town of Dürnstein before continuing over the Czech Republic border, stopping in picturesque Telč along the way. Later in the day, we’ll reach Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities. B Occidental Praha Five (or similar)
Prague City Tour and Prague at Leisure
Beautiful Prague, “City of a Hundred Spires,” once served as capital of the Holy Roman Empire and is now the Czech Republic capital. On this morning’s tour: the impressive Hradčany castle and the Old Royal Palace, one of the oldest parts of Prague Castle, dating from 1135. We’ll see the 14th-century Charles Bridge and the Old Town historic core. Your afternoon is at leisure. B Occidental Praha Five (or similar)
Prague at Leisure
A day of free time to unwind at an outdoor cafe, shop the bustling markets or delve into more of Prague’s intriguing stops. You might also book a tour of the fascinating Jewish Quarter. See Optional Tours for details. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner. B/D Occidental Praha Five (or similar)
After breakfast, bid farewell to Prague and board a short flight to Helsinki, the magnificent capital of Finland, situated on the Baltic Sea. An orientation tour is included on arrival. B Scandic Grand Marina (or similar)
(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.
Enjoy free time this morning in Helsinki to explore on your own or sample coffee at a local café. Later, transfer to the airport for your nonstop flight back to the U.S. Your exciting journey concludes as you touch down. B
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
- 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. Champagne will be served. Transfers from/to your hotel are included.
Afternoon Salt Mines Tour
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria Hotel
Close to the Old Town, your Warsaw hotel provides comfortable and elegant guest spaces, a heated indoor pool, a fitness center and excellent places to dine and drink.
Krolewska 11 • 00-065 Warsaw, Poland
Mercure Krakow Stare Miasto (Old Town)
Located between the Kraków Communication Center and the Old Town, your stylish Kraków hotel offers modern yet cozy rooms, as well as amenities including a fitness center and a restaurant and bar.
Pawia 18 B • 31154 Kraków, Poland
Mercure Budapest Korona
Situated in the heart of the city with such lovely surroundings as the Danube River, your Budapest hotel features on-site dining in its restaurants and lounges.
Kecskemeti utca 14 • 1053 Budapest, Hungary
Experience imperial Vienna on a truly personal level: The hotel is located in the restored former guest house of Emperor Franz Joseph I. Among its amenities are restaurants, a café and a bar.
Hietzinger Hauptstrasse 10-14 • 1130 Vienna, Austria
Occidental Praha Five
Modernity and comfort go hand in hand in this cosmopolitan Prague hotel. Take advantage of amenities like the restaurant, bar, fitness area, sauna and massage room.
Radlická 46/3276 150 00 Praha 5 • Smíchov, Czech Republic
Scandic Grand Marina
Your Helsinki hotel offers stylish spaces, as well as a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna, 24-hour shop and more, in a peaceful atmosphere.
Katajanokanlaituri 7 • 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Your flights between the U.S. and Eastern Europe will be on Finnair.
Departing from the U.S., your flight is scheduled to leave at 7:00PM. We recommend that you check-in at least three-and-a-half hours before the scheduled departure.
Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back in the U.S. at about 2:30PM.
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
2019: Apr. – Sep.
2019: Oct. 19
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Finnair does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check-in for your flight as early as possible.
You may call Finnair (800-950-5000) two weeks before your departure to provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at your Warsaw hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary and end after breakfast at your Prague hotel on Day 14. The flight to Helsinki and the Helsinki hotel are NOT included for Land-Only travelers.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required for U.S. passport holders. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
You may expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60s in May and September, the 70s from June through August, the 50s in April and October and the 40s in March and November.
CULTURE AND DRESS
Certain religious sites require a dress code—specifically, long-sleeve shirts and long pants or floor-length skirts.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour offer several dining choices, ranging from coffee shops to specialty restaurants. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal, per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping,” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash for local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18″x10″x8″. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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