EASTERN EUROPE EXPEDITION
Unlock the lesser-known, picturesque side of Europe with this expedition combing cityscapes, national parks, and rolling countryside, while writing about them along the way. Discuss the complicated history of Eastern Europe while sampling delicious local cuisine and exploring pristine national parks.
Trip Summary: Eastern Europe | 12 Days
Next Group Trip: 7 - 19 July 2017
Group Size: Capped at 16
Price From: $4200 per person
- Travel by train through the countries of Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary while stopping along the way to explore pristine mountains, traditional castles, and wineries.
- Enjoy food and wine tours through Prague, Slovakia, and Hungary as we dine on delicious Eastern European food.
- Explore the lesser-known Tatra Mountains in Slovakia as we explore and coe to understand the developing eco-tourism in the area.
- Enjoy daily discussions with local artisans who will help you engage with a new place and new traditions and turn them into memories, stories, and photos that will last a lifetime.
Itinerary | 12 Days
Days 1-3, Prague: Arrive in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic - and one of the most architecturally beautiful and culturally interesting cities in all of Europe. We will explore the unique architecture and revolutionary history of Prague as we wander its streets looking for local delicacies before taking a tram to the historic Prague Castle, a baroque structure built in the 9th century which houses the Bohemian Crown Jewels. Enjoy delicious dinners in the evening as you sit down with locals to learn more about their culture - including how authentic Slovakian dishes are prepared. Accommodation: Prague Boutique Hotel (4-star / 5-star)
Day 4, Vienna: After a delicious breakfast and a relaxing morning, we will check out of our hotel and enjoy a scenic train ride from Prague to Vienna, spending the rest of the day relaxing in Austria’s idyllic capital city. Our daily tours will take us past the many promenades, markets, cathedrals, and palaces of this must see European city. Talk to locals, take notes, and come back to the hotel ready for another delicious dinner (Austrian-style) and discussion about the cities and history we’ve encountered thus far. Accommodation: Vienna Boutique Hotel (4-star / 5-star)
Day 5 and 6, Bratislava: Once again we will travel on a short train journey to unlock one of Europe’s most mysterious capital cities that rests quietly along the Danube River - Bratislava, Slovakia. Spend the day exploring the Old Town, with its medieval architecture, visit the “Small Carpathians” mountain range just outside the city, and enjoy the intricate castles and caves of the conservation area. A walking food tour of Bratislava will unlock the unique gastronomical and farming traditions of this Eastern European city that reflects the ecological, historical, and political changes. Enjoy dinner each evening at your hotel. Accommodation: Bratislava Boutique Hotel (4-star / 5-star)
Day 7-9, Low and High Tatras National Park: As we journey deeper into Slovakia, we will explore the nearly untouched Tatras mountain ranges in Slovakia as trained guides take us on treks through the national park. Options include walking, hiking, cycling, or even introductions to rock climbing as we stay in beautiful mountainside lodges at the base of the range. In the evening, we will all gather together for delicious Slovakian Meals. Accommodation: Tatras National Park Lodge
Day 10, Kosice & Tokaj Wine Tour: We head to the other side of the Tatras to the villages of Kosice and Tokaj to learn about local traditions of food, farming, and wine production in the rural region. Traveling from Kosice, the second largest town in Slovakia, to the Tokaj Valley, we will taste wines in a 13th century wine cellar and talk about its history and production. We will spend the day in Kosice before heading onwards to Budapest. Accommodation: Budapest Boutique Hotel (4-star / 5-star)
Day 11 and 12, Budapest Hungary: In the morning, we will take the train to Budapest, Hungary, and enjoy a day of wandering the city streets to visit the Buda Castle, Szechenyi thermal baths, and St. Stephen’s Basilica before debriefing in the evening and comparing notes. The next day, enjoy a local food and wine tour as we explore this Eastern European hideaway before wrapping up and finishing our trip. Depart from Budapest or continue onto Slovenia. Accommodation: Budapest Boutique Hotel (4-star / 5-star)
Optional Extension, Slovenia (4 days): Enjoy a fun trip extension to Slovenia, a Central European country known for its outdoor recreation and ski resorts. Travel to Bled, a town set on a glacial lake fed by thermal springs and visit medieval castles. Continue onto Triglav National Park to trek in the Julian Alps and raft after the Soca River.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between luxury & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with locals, while experiencing all the historical and culinary highlights along the way.
This is an all-inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, all in-country transport, instruction from our expert guides, & all meals and activities as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included, but we do offer assistance.
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