WARSAW, KRAKÓW, BUDAPEST, VIENNA, & PRAGUE
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
- 3 nights in Vienna
- 3 nights in Prague
- 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
- 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
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.
Sheraton Grand Warsaw 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.
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!
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.
Up Hotel Budapest 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Vienna House Diplomat or similar | Breakfast
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.
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 at a local restaurant.
| 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.
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.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $949.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations 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 at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. 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 (Euros). Subject to a minimum number of participants and availability.
Frederic Chopin Recital
- From approx. 50 Euro 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.
Krakow Salt Mines Tour
- From approx. 60 Euro 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. 50 Euro 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. 55 Euro 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.
Morning Vienna Woods Excursion
- From approx. 45 Euro 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.
Terezín Memorial Tour
- From approx. 65 Euro Per Person
Step into a tragic time in Czech history with a 5-hour, guided tour of the Terezín Memorial from Prague, and explore the legacy of Nazi occupation in a former concentration camp. Learn the history of the area through personal memories and experiences and get a glimpse of life inside the Terezín ghetto at a remarkable museum. Remember the victims of Nazi persecution, visit the memorials to their lives and hear inspiring stories of local resistance, courage and self-sacrifice.
- From approx. 40 Euro 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.
Sheraton Grand Warsaw
Ul. B. Prusa 2, Warsaw 00-493 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
Up Hotel Budapest
Csengery Street 31.
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
Vienna House Diplomat
Evropská 370/15, 160 41 Praha 6, Czechia
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following schedules. 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.
|2021: May||KLM Airlines / Delta Airlines||6:30PM||2:30PM|
|2021: Jun. – Oct.||KLM Airlines / Delta Airlines||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do 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.
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 15.
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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