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Eastern Europe Tours

Eastern Europe tours cover this vast region made up of many contrasting countries, each with their own proud history and story to tell. Visit Bulgaria in the heart of the breathtaking Balkans, Hungary with its intriguing capital of Budapest, the medieval cities of Poland, and the densely forested mountains and folklore of Romania.

Eastern Europe

Discover Eastern Europe

Tours to Eastern Europe showcase the history, culture and outstanding natural beauty of this diverse region, with fascinating guided excursions designed to enrich each holiday.

History lovers will enjoy delving into the region's fascinating past. Over the centuries, many empires have ruled Bulgaria, including the Romans and the Ottomans. The country initially struggled following the fall of the Communist regime, but today it is fast becoming one of Eastern Europe's most popular tourist destinations. Bulgaria offers an intriguing mix of architectural styles, from the stunning neo-Renaissance National Assembly Building in the capital of Sofia, to the impressive Roman amphitheatre in Serdica, discovered in 2004.

Without a doubt Budapest's waterfront is iconic, with the spectacular Hungarian Parliament taking centre stage. Just a stone's throw from the Danube river is Buda, home to the ornate Fisherman's Bastion and grand Buda Castle. The Romanian capital of Bucharest, founded by Vlad the Impaler, is also renowned for its architecture, including the neo-classical Opera House and Romanian Orthodox Church of St Stavropoleos. Another stunning capital is Prague, which straddles the Vltava river. The medieval centre is a maze of cobbled lanes and ancient courtyards, and there are five historical districts linked by the landmark Charles Bridge.

Known as the 'Cradle of the Balkans', Albania and Macedonia offer incredible UNESCO-listed sites and well-preserved churches. Located on the shores of picturesque Lake Ohrid, the UNESCO-listed city of Ohrid has an array of beautiful churches including the Church of St. Sophia, while UNESCO-listed Butrint in southern Albania is renowned for its impressive Roman ruins.

Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and the Ukraine, is a hidden gem bursting with architectural treasures. The capital, Chisinau has an impressive Triumphal Arch commemorating Russia's victory over the Ottoman Empire during the 19th century. Further south is the republic of Transnistria which has retained a strong Soviet character.

Novi Sad straddles the legendary River Danube and is Serbia's second largest city. It is a treasure trove, with the magnificent Petrovaradin Fortress dominating the skyline and the historic Stari Grand offering a plethora of museums. The diverse capital of Bratislava also has interesting museums, including the Slovak National Museum, with exhibits documenting Slovakia's interesting past.

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes connecting the East with the West. It passed through Armenia, a country with a turbulent past, and Azerbaijan, a fusion of cultures as a result of being frequented by traders and travellers. Its capital, exotic Baku, has a charming 10th-century UNESCO-listed Old City with narrow alleyways and caravanserais.

Eastern Europe is renowned for its architecturally-rich cities, but it also has stunning mountain ranges and an array of hiking trails, just waiting to be explored. Northern Bulgaria is dominated by the flat Danube Valley, with the south being occupied by highlands and plains. The Balkan Mountains cut through the centre of this intriguing country and offer avid hikers endless walking opportunities. The beaches along the Black Sea coast are perfect for a gentle stroll and the ski resorts cater for adrenaline-fuelled holidays.

Georgia is one of the world's oldest Christian nations and boasts rolling green valleys, vast vineyards and incredible natural wonders. Martvili Canyon in the Samegrelo region has stunning cascading waterfalls and was once a bathing spot for the Dadiani aristocracy. Slovakia is just a stone's throw from the beautiful Small Carpathians mountain range, perfect for a ramble, while a climb up Sighisoara's Clock Tower in Romania promises spectacular panoramic views, but it's not for the faint hearted! Last but not least is Poland. From rugged mountains to the sandy beaches on the Baltic coast, and the stunning wilderness of the Bialowieza National Park, the country is perfect for outdoor pursuits.

In addition to a rich history, myriad of architectural styles, and stunning scenery, Eastern Europe has been the inspiration for greats works of literature. North of the Romanian capital of Bucharest, high in the breathtaking mountains, is the famous Bran Castle, known as Dracula's Castle. Its striking orange spires emerge from verdant forest. It has long been associated with Dracula as it is the only castle in Transylvania which fits Bram Stoker's description of Dracula's Castle.


Featured Eastern Europe Tours

Bulgaria, the Balkans’ Hidden Treasure

Bulgaria is astonishing for its varied landscapes but perhaps more so for its unique blend of ancient history and contemporary culture. Visitors adore its fine-sand beaches and ski resorts, but one of Europe’s oldest countries holds many more surprises waiting to be unearthed.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Transylvania & Bucharest

Transylvania evokes visions of towering Gothic castles set in densely forested mountains, but this atmospheric ‘land beyond the forest’, deep in the heart of Romania, holds countless wonders waiting to be discovered. In contrast is the bustling capital city, Bucharest, which proudly bears the scars of a communist past – just one of the many intriguing chapters of the nation’s rich and lengthy history.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct
From £719pp
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Albania: Land of the Eagle

Known as the ‘Cradle of the Balkans’, Albania and Macedonia are home to a wealth of natural and historic sites, from Lake Ohrid and the well-preserved Ottoman town of Gjirokastër to the important but lesser-known Roman ruins at Butrint and Apollonia. Travelling through spectacular mountain and coastal scenery, explore these two countries that are emerging after years of relative isolation.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Albania Uncovered

The covers are off and Albania is dusting itself down and emerging as one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

2019 - May
From £1209pp
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Timeless Romania

With its wealth of folkloric heritage, picturesque villages and wonderful scenery, Romania is fascinating to explore. This tour discovers the country’s highlights, including Transylvania’s fortified Saxon churches, Bucovina’s exquisite painted monasteries, dramatic castles and palaces, medieval towns and the beautiful Carpathian mountains.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Bucharest and Castles of Transylvania

History, intrigue and legend accompany you on this fascinating tour of Romania's wonderful highlights. Transylvanian castles, medieval villages, forested landscapes and ancient monasteries all have a tale to tell as you take a round trip from its capital, Bucharest.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Transylvania and Monasteries of Bucovina

Grand, sweeping landscapes, Gothic castles and medieval towns: Romania is full of intrigue and unexpected beauty. Join us on a Discovery tour through the legendary province of Transylvania, Dracula's home country.

2019 - Aug
From £1336pp
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Christmas Markets of Poland and Prague

These stunning cities of the east reveal their medieval charm, among the sparkle of twinkling lights and the magic of Christmas.

2019 - Nov, Dec
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Ancient and Modern Bulgaria

From frescoed domes to cubist concrete horseman, Bulgaria is a nation where ancient and modern collides in a truly dramatic way.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep
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Polish Highlights

Poland reverently respects its history while marching forward in hope. Exploring its spiritual side, we head to the ‘Jasna Góra’ (Bright Hill) Monastery in Częstochowa, a hugely prominent place of pilgrimage.

2019 - May, Jun
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Warsaw and Baltic States

Set out from Warsaw to explore the Baltic States, including the capitals Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Discover stylish, vibrant cafe societies with fascinating history.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
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Romanian Explorer

Taking in a wealth of cultural attractions and magnificent mountain scenery, this group tour for solo travellers centres around the region of Transylvania and its neighbouring states. Highlights include visits to royal palaces, fortified churches, monasteries and a bear sanctuary.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Waltz Along the Danube

This cruise on MS Bellejour is a whirlwind of Viennese waltzing, baroque buildings and historic abbeys. It begins in the cobblestone streets of Prague, before setting sail along the Danube.

2019 - Jun, Sep, Oct
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Best of Poland

The resilience of Poland is revealed on this exploration of a land marred by a tragic war, but restored with enviable verve. Explore the rebuilt centre of Warsaw, the medieval Old Towns of Gdansk, Wroclaw and Kraków, and Auschwitz.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Cradle of the Balkans

Travel to Albania and Macedonia with expert Dr William Taylor to discover a rich variety of archaeological and historical sites, along with spectacular mountain scenery.

2019 - Mar, Sep
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Highlights of Poland

Poland today is probably Europe's best kept secret. Appreciate the wealth of medieval fairy-tale cities and scenic wonders on this enthralling journey, and enjoy the warm-hearted hospitality of the Polish people themselves.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
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Pilgrimage to Poland

The resilience of Poland is revealed on this exploration of a land marred by a tragic war, but restored with enviable verve. Homeland of St.

2019 - Jul, Sep
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Balkans off the Beaten Track

Unlock the beauty of the Balkans as you make your way through the dramatic landscapes and culture-rich communities of Albania and Macedonia. Relatively undiscovered by UK visitors, you’ll be veering off the well-worn tourist trail - and your reward will be spectacular national parks, World Heritage Sites and centuries-old mosques, churches and monasteries.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep
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Moldova and Ukraine Journey

Discover one of the least visited regions of Europe on this exciting new group tour.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct
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Undiscovered Georgia

​Nestled between Russia and Azerbaijan, Georgia's natural wonders beckon. Mysterious illuminated caves, lush countryside vineyards and vast snow-capped mountains are just waiting to be discovered.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Mountains and Monasteries of Romania

Visit Transylvania and Bucovina, two of the most beautiful areas in Romania. This tour focuses on the country’s wonderful architectural tradition, exemplified in the baroque town squares, palaces, fortified Saxon churches and medieval Orthodox monasteries with vivid exterior frescoes.

2019 - May, Aug
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Cultural Crossroads of Azerbaijan and Georgia

Journey through the diverse landscapes of Azerbaijan and picturesque Georgia, where historical old towns and monasteries sit comfortably alongside towering skyscrapers. Join us as we visit unique cave towns, admire fantastic Caucasus Mountain scenery, walk through the gardens of a local Kakheti family and chat about provincial life over a hearty lunch!

2019 - May
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Armenia and Georgia

Armenia and Georgia have been forging their own identities following the era of the Soviet Union, making this a fascinating time to explore these countries as they transition. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion back in AD 301, and has some of the earliest churches and art depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

2019 - Mar, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Across the Southern Caucasus

Take an exciting journey across all three states of the southern Caucasus. Beginning in the oil-rich Muslim nation of Azerbaijan on the shores of the Caspian Sea, you will travel through Georgia, famous for its ancient monasteries and viticulture, and finish in the small, proud nation of Armenia, one of the oldest Christian countries in the world.

2019 - May, Jun, Sep, Oct
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Bulgaria: Balkan & Thracian Treasures

Discover Bulgaria's history and scenery with experts Rowena Loverance, John Osborne or Dr William Taylor. Begin in Sofia, visiting the National Historical Museum and its prehistoric Thracian treasures. Continue to the citadel of Veliko Tarnovo, Plovdiv Roman theatre and Rila and Bachkovo monasteries.

2019 - May, Oct
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Voyage to the Black Sea

Discover Eastern Europe through the fascinating gateway of the Danube River, visiting five different countries aboard the stylish MS Bellejour. Visit medieval villages and tour the captivating cities of Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Constanta on the Black Sea coast.

2019 - Jul, Sep
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Armenia & Georgia

Explore the spectacular highland countries of Armenia and Georgia, the world’s oldest Christian nations, with expert Dr William Taylor. Both countries contain a treasure trove of ancient ruins, churches and monasteries together with centuries-old folk traditions.

2019 - May, Sep
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Highlights of the Danube

This fascinating cruise takes you from Hungary’s capital of Budapest to the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, by way of the Rhine and Danube - gliding elegantly between cities that brim with architectural wonders, history and musical heritage. See the national monuments of Budapest, learn about Vienna’s famous composers, and view the magnificent abbeys of Melk and Weltenburg.

2019 - Sep
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Beauty of the Elbe

The landscapes of the Elbe and the cities and monuments that overlook its banks have changed little in centuries. After a night in Berlin, we’ll set sail towards Prague.

2019 - Apr
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Bucharest and Black Sea Voyage

Discover Eastern Europe from the beautiful River Danube, visiting the medieval villages and captivating cities of five countries. Sail from monumental Budapest, through the dramatic natural wonder of the Iron Gates gorge towards the Black Sea; and spend two nights in Bucharest, where unbridled communism gave rise to the gargantuan Palace of Parliament, but the capital’s ever-changing story has brought modern touches to streets of 17th century Orthodox churches and art-nouveau villas.

2019 - Jul, Sep
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Solo - Armenia and Georgia

Armenia and Georgia have been forging their own identities following the era of the Soviet Union, making this a fascinating time to explore these countries as they transition. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion back in AD 301, and has some of the earliest churches and art depicting Jesus and the Virgin Mary.

2019 - Jun
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Journey to the Black Sea

Sailing from Budapest, travel along the Danube River as it reveals its remarkable natural landscapes, diverse architecture and the bright futures of the furthest reaches of Europe. This holiday includes the capital cities of Budapest, Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest and Vienna and on a tour to Constanta, you reach the Black Sea Coast.

2019 - May
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Russia, Warsaw and Baltic

From a resurgent Warsaw, head to the thriving Baltic capitals. Your journey reaches its zenith with seven nights in Russia's two imperial cities.

2019 - Apr, Aug, Sep
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Highlights of Eastern Europe

How many memorable moments can you experience on a river cruise through five wonderful countries? Gliding along the Danube, we begin in Hungary’s architecturally fascinating capital, Budapest, then perhaps tour a buzzing Croatian university town.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
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Treasures of the Balkans

This is where the sway of the Mediterranean meets Central Europe and blends with the exotic East. From the Danube to Dracula's castle, there is history at every turn.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
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Black Sea Explorer

Set sail along the scenic banks of the Danube, stopping in fascinating destinations once hidden behind the Iron Curtain. Amble along the elegant streets and admire the grand 19th century buildings of Osijek; sip sundowners and take in the monumental scenes as you glide through the narrow gorge known as the Iron Gates; and uncover a wealth of historical treasures in the Byzantine gem of Veliko Tarnovo.

2019 - Apr
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Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Westbound

Selected as one of the "10 Best River Cruises" by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of "Top River Cruise Line" for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! See the Old World through new eyes on our Tauck Bridges Danube River tour - a family-friendly 7-night Danube riverboat cruise filled with fun, adventure and surprises in some of Europe's greatest cities.

2019 - Jul
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Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure - Westbound

Selected as one of the "10 Best River Cruises" by Fodor's Travel! And a two-time winner of "Top River Cruise Line" for families, as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure! See the Old World through new eyes on our Tauck Bridges Danube River tour - a family-friendly 7-night Danube riverboat cruise filled with fun, adventure and surprises in some of Europe's greatest cities.

2019 - Jul
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The Blue Danube - Westbound

Wind your way past medieval landscapes as you cruise the Danube River aboard Tauck's ms Savor or ms Joy to explore five European countries, visit castles and cathedrals, embark on locally guided sightseeing and spend special evenings in two private palaces. Enjoy two nights each at centrally located hotels in Budapest and Prague.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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The Blue Danube - Eastbound

Wind your way past medieval landscapes on a Blue Danube River cruise aboard Tauck's ms Savor or ms Joy to explore five European countries, visit castles and cathedrals, embark on locally guided sightseeing and spend special evenings in two private palaces. Enjoy two nights each at centrally located hotels in Prague and Budapest.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Black Sea to Budapest - Westbound

Explore Central Europe's ancient heart on one of Tauck's popular cruises along the Danube River's lower reaches between Budapest and the Black Sea. Discover dramatic castles, centuries-old monasteries, and myriad cultural treasures as you sail aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats, and enjoy two-night stays at city-center hotels in Budapest and Bucharest.

2019 - May, Jul, Aug
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Budapest to the Black Sea

Explore Central Europe's ancient heart on one of Tauck's popular cruises along the Danube River's lower reaches between Budapest and the Black Sea. Discover dramatic castles, centuries-old monasteries, and myriad cultural treasures as you sail aboard one of Tauck's premium riverboats, and enjoy two-night stays at city-center hotels in Budapest and Bucharest.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug
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Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna & Prague

Our two-week Eastern Europe and Poland journey includes visits to medieval Cracow and the memorial at Auschwitz; private events including a Chopin recital in Warsaw, Danube dinner cruise in Budapest and palace concert in Vienna; a special Tauck Exclusive evening at a palace in Prague, and much more.

2019 - Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna & Prague

On our special Jewish Heritage tour, explore and reflect on poignant sites throughout Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague - including the Warsaw Ghetto memorial; Plaszów concentration camp in Crakow; the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau; Dohány, Kazinczy and Frankel synagogues in Budapest; the Jewish Museum in Vienna; Terezin concentration camp near Prague; and Josefov, Prague's historic Jewish Quarter.

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
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Danube with Berlin and Krakow

Our 14-day Danube cultural odyssey includes three nights at city-center hotels in both Berlin and Kraków along with seven nights cruising the River Danube from Nürnberg to Vienna. Enjoy a Tauck Exclusive gala evening with entertainment at a Viennese palace, a special dinner in the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Kraków and a ride aboard the new bullet train from Berlin to Nürnberg.

2019 - Apr, Jun, Jul, Sep
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Musical Magic Along The Blue Danube

Join Tauck's "maestros" to walk in the footsteps of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartók and others on a melody-filled 12-day Budapest-to-Prague trip including a 7-night Danube cruise aboard Tauck's ms Savor or ms Joy - visiting homes they lived in, concert halls where they performed and much more - on this most musical of Danube River tours.

2019 - May, Aug, Oct
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Budapest to Amsterdam by Riverboat

Tauck's two-week Budapest to Amsterdam river cruise takes you along the Danube, Main, and Rhine, transporting you on an amazing journey past ancient castles and soaring cathedrals, taking in great cities including Vienna, Köln, Nürnberg and Bratislava - and revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Schönbrunn Palace and Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral).

2019 - May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
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Prague, Vienna & the Danube

The heart of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, medieval, baroque and fin de siècle showpieces blend with the precision of the Spanish Riding School and the romance of the great composers

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The Crossroads of Europe and Asia

Our eye-opening tour of the highlights of Georgia explores the fascinating current and ancient capitals of Tbilisi and Mtskheta, dramatic mountain scenery along the renowned Georgian Military Road, ancient citadels and churches in breathtaking locations, the unbelievable cave-city of Vardzia, the fruitful Kakheti wine region where ancient techniques are still used with modern methods, and so much more.

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Highlights of Eastern Europe

  • Sofia, Bulgaria

    Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and has a superb mix of museums, art galleries and parks. There is definitely something for everyone in this fascinating city, steeped in history. Onion-domed churches and Ottoman mosques dominate the skyline, alongside the impressive National Assembly Building, used by the Bulgarian Parliament. Excavations have unearthed incredible Roman ruins, dating back almost 200 years, from when the city was called Serdica. These include an impressive Roman amphitheatre, which was one of the largest in the Roman Empire.

  • Budapest, Hungary

    The Hungarian capital of Budapest straddles the River Danube, with historic Buda on one side and modern Pest on the other, connected by the famous Chain Bridge. Buda is hilly and where you’ll find the ornate Fisherman’s Bastion and beautiful Matthias Church. Pest is the lively, urban centre and home to the Hungarian Parliament, which forms part of Budapest’s iconic waterfront. On the outskirts of Budapest is Memento Park, an open-air museum with statues from the Cold War era. After the Communist regime collapsed, statues were removed from the city and placed in the park.

  • Sighisoara, Romania

    The medieval city of Sighisoara is the birthplace of the infamous Prince Vlad, also known as Vlad the Impaler. His former home can still be seen today as it survived the 1676 fire. Sighisoara has traditional cobbled streets, an array of colourful buildings and a pretty UNESCO-listed Old Town. Magnificent fortified walls encircle the city’s former merchant houses, which are now occupied by cafes and craft shops.

  • Bucharest, Romania

    The Romanian capital of Bucharest has earned the nickname of “Paris on the Danube” due to its pretty tree-lined boulevards and ornate 19th-century architecture. There is even a Triumphal Arch and a boulevard which is actually longer than the Champs Elysees in Paris. The city was founded by Vlad the Impaler and the ruins of his 15th-century Old Court Palace and Church are still visible. Other sights include the Church of St Stavropoleos and the opulent neo-classical Opera House.

  • Brasov, Romania

    The fortified city of Brasov, ringed by the verdant Carpathian Mountains, is an architectural treasure trove, with gothic, baroque and renaissance styles on display. The cobbled old town known as Piata Sfatului is encircled by splendid baroque buildings and where you’ll find the magnificent Casa Sfatului. Overlooking the city is the breathtaking Mt Tampa which can be ascended via cable car for panoramic views.

  • Sinaia, Romania

    North of Bucharest is the alpine resort of Sinaia, home to the fairytale Peles Castle and the spectacular 17th-century Sinaia Monastery, where it is possible to meet the monks. Deep in the mountains on the Transylvanian border is Bran Castle, believed to be the castle depicted in Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.

  • Belgrade, Serbia

    Belgrade, known as the ‘White City’, is undoubtedly one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. The Serbian capital has the pedestrianised Skadarska street lined with restaurants and cafes, while in the south, walls are decorated with brilliant ‘trompe-L’oeil’ paintings. Top sights include the impressive Belgrade Fortress built in 535 BCE, the Byzantine Church of Saint Sava, and the large Kalemegdan Park.

  • Novi Sad, Serbia

    Novi Sad is Serbia’s second largest city and straddles the legendary River Danube. The Petrovaradin Fortress dominates the skyline and dates back to the 17th century. On the other side of the river is the historic old quarter, Stari Grand, lined with museums, cafes and shops. It is also home to the stunning neo-Renaissance City Hall. During the summer months, tourists flock to the Strand, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Danube.

  • Bratislava, Slovakia

    Bratislava is the fascinating capital of Slovakia. Learn about Slovakia’s history, archaeology and music at the Slovak National Museum, or for lovers of art, the Slovak National Gallery is well worth a visit. The Small Carpathians mountain range is just a stone’s throw from the city and offers numerous hiking and biking trails. The mountains are also known for their wine growing with several wine cellars dotted amongst the gorgeous scenery.

  • Butrint, Albania

    Butrint is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in southern Albania. The incredible ruins, which showcase several time periods, are set against a stunning backdrop of verdant forests in Butrint National Park. The theatre of Butrint houses the statue of Apollo and the marble heads of Zeus, while the magnificent Venetian tower was built during the time when Venetians were in charge of the area.

  • Baku, Azerbaijan

    Baku, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, is the beautiful capital of Azerbaijan, a country with a wealth of natural resources including natural gas. Dubai-style skyscrapers provide a stark contrast to the lovingly-restored UNESCO-listed old town with its alleyways and caravanserais in the city of Baku. Beyond the city is semi-desert and mud volcanoes, while further inland is verdant farmland and dense forests.

  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and has a beautiful medieval centre featuring a maze of cobbled lanes, ancient courtyards and stunning churches, overlooked by the impressive 9th-century castle. The city straddles the Vltava river and has five historical districts – Hradcany, Mala Strana, Stare Mestro, Josefov and the new town, all linked by the iconic Charles bridge which is lined with statues of Catholic saints.

  • Tbilisi, Georgia

    Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia and located on the banks of the Mtkvari River, set against a backdrop of rolling hills and majestic mountains. The city was once part of the Greek and Roman trade network serving the east. Today it is a fascinating city with a wealth of cultural sights, including the impressive 4th-century Narikala Fortress and the magnificent 12th-century Armenian Cathedral of St George. There is also the State Museum of Georgia which houses exhibits of gold and jewellery dating back to pre-Christian times.

  • Ohrid, Macedonia

    UNESCO-listed Ohrid is located on the shores of Lake Ohrid. It has a lot of beautiful churches which has given it the nickname of the ‘Macedonian Jerusalem’. Due to its location, it has been ruled by several empires over the years including Roman and Ottoman. Highlights include the Gallery of Icons which houses the largest collection of icons in the world, the impressive amphitheatre, and the spectacular Ohrid fortress. There is also the four-story House of Robev.

  • Chisinau, Moldova

    Capital of Moldova, Chisinau offers impressive architecture, including the neoclassical Nativity Cathedral and Cathedral Park, complete with a Triumphal Arch which commemorates Russia’s victory over the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century.

  • Krakow, Poland

    Krakow is the former capital of Poland and was relatively unscathed during World War II. Wawel Hill is home to the magnificent Wawel Castle, once the seat of Poland’s rulers, and a beautiful Cathedral. The old town has plenty of Gothic churches and a large Market Square, surrounded by medieval townhouses and the 14th-century Cloth Hall.

Eastern Europe Tour Offers

  • Grand European Cruise - Westbound

    23 days Bucharest, Romania to Amsterdam
    From £9686pp

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