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  • Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, Albania
  • Belvedere Palace in Vienna, Austria
  • The old town and city walls of Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • The Vltava River and Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
  • The Chain Bridge in Budapest, Hungary
  • Church of St. John at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
  • Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, Poland
  • The Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Hiking in the High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia
  • A statue of Ibrahim Rugova in Pristina, Kosovo
Route:
Warsaw to Dubrovnik
Days:
25
Style: Worldwide Adventures
Code: EEEB
From:

US$2,660

New for 2017 Discover a diverse selection of Europe on this 25 day long adventure. Travelling through 11 countries from Warsaw to Dubrovnik, this tour includes the chance to see beautiful mountain landscapes, ancient fortresses, spectacular lakes and historical citadels.

About this tour

What you need to know

  • Europe has an extensive public transport system that we make full use of on this tour. You will be responsible for carrying your luggage on and off trains and buses.
  • We will visit the High Tatras mountains where you will need a basic level of fitness if you want to enjoy the optional hiking trails. Please remember appropriate footwear for this.

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Warsaw

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Warsaw, Poland's capital, has been revitalised as a tourist destination. The city was almost entirely destroyed in World War II but a lot of effort has gone into its rebuilding. Since the fall of communism many old buildings have given way to modern skyscrapers, the dilapidated old town has been brightened up, and entertainment and services transformed to match that of other western capitals.

Home to various palaces, castles and citadels, Warsaw is noted for the Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science, as well as the marketplace at the 10th Anniversary Stadium, a converted festival site where you can buy all sorts of interesting items. Also recommended is a visit to the Old Town, which was rebuilt between 1949 and 1963 after being destroyed in World War II in the Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles of architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. You can visit the Historical Museum of Warsaw and Royal Castle at nearby Old Town Square.

Optional Excursions

Warsaw Uprising Museum - 18 PLN • Palace of Culture and Science Observation Deck - 20 PLN • Museum of the History of Polish Jews - 30 PLN • Lazienki Park and Palace - 40 PLN • Royal Castle Tour - 23 PLN • Walking Tour - Free • Wilanow Palace - 20 PLN

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at HIT Hotel or similar

Day 2 to 3 - Kraków

Poland's more famous and cultural city is Kraków, which has managed to preserve centuries of amazing architecture and artistic traditions as most of the historic buildings and monuments emerged unscathed from World War II. Kraków was the royal capital for 500 years so a must-see is the royal Wawel Castle, a beautiful renaissance palace which now houses a museum. During the evening the cosmopolitan city offers a wild nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, music clubs and bars to explore.

Kraków is our base to visit the UNESCO listed Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, a sobering tribute to the people that perished there during the Holocaust. Situated close to the Polish town of O?wi?cim, the camp was originally designed for Polish political prisoners but became the most notorious camp of World War II because an estimated 1.6 million people of 27 nationalities, including 1.1 million Jews, 150,000 Poles and 23,000 Roma were killed by the Nazis.

Included Excursions

Guided Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Optional Excursions

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour - 130 PLN • Oskar Schindler's Factory - 21 PLN • Saint Mary’s Basilica - 10 PLN • Galicia Jewish Museum - 15 PLN • Wawel Royal Castle - 25 PLN • Walking Tour – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hostel Abel or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 4 to 4 - High Tatras Mountains

The High Tatras constitutes of a large mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland and is the highest mountain range of the Carpathians. The tallest mountain is Gerlach at 2,655 metres, located in Slovakia just north of Poprad.

After making our way to Starý Smokovec (Nový Smokovec) we have time to relax and unwind. For the energetic there is an opportunity to go to the nearby mountains for some hiking. There are various paths ranging from gentle to highly demanding, winding among spectacular peaks and rock walls. Alternatively you can admire some of the beautiful natural sites of the region, such as the glacial lake of Strebske Pleso.

Optional Excursions

Summer Toboggan (Tatrabob) - 3 EUR • Hiking - Free • Water Park - 22 EUR • Bike Hire - from 12 EUR • Solisko Chairlift - 13 EUR • Furnicular ride - 9 EUR

Accommodation

1 night(s) in a guesthouse at Pension Pol'ana or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 5 - Overnight train to Prague

After getting our fill of the crisp mountain air we board an overnight train to Prague.

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 7 - Prague

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and you will have plenty of free time to visit the stunning City of 1,000 Spires, including the bustling Old Town Square where you can find a beautiful astronomical clock, the enchanting Charles Bridge where you can watch artists and buskers at work and Wenceslas Square. There is also time to wander the lofty heights of Hradčany Castle and St Vitus Cathedral for magical views over the city.

Prague is a town that loves to party so you may also want to experience the nightlife as there are many great bars and restaurants and plenty of pulsating night clubs to enjoy. Czechs have been brewing beer since the 9th century and invented the world's first Pilsner, so Prague offers a great opportunity to sample some of the world's finest beers.

Optional Excursions

Kutna Hora Day Trip - 990 CZK • Brewery Tour - 1200 CZK • Beer Tasting - 590 CZK • Hradcany Castle - 350 CZK • Jewish Museum - 300 CZK • Town Hall Clock Tower - 120 CZK • Boat Tour - 260 CZK • Mucha Museum - 240 CZK • City of Prague Museum - 120 CZK • Karlstejn Castle - 270 CZK

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Merlin or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 8 to 9 - Vienna

Welcome to Austria! Birthplace of some of the greatest classical musical compositions, Vienna charms with its cultural history and opulent beauty. Known as the 'city of music' many composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss were born or worked here and you can learn all about their works in places such as Haus der Musik and Mozarthaus, Mozart's main apartment in Vienna which holds an insight into his celebrated life.

Perhaps you would like to catch a jaw-dropping orchestra performance at the Vienna Philharmonic, or watch a ballet or opera performance at the Wiener Staatsoper? You may also choose to visit the Schloss Schönbrunn, the palace of the Habsburg family, and discover the Baroque grandeur of the Austrian dynasty. Once you have delighted in the culture and beauty of Vienna, there are a host of a lively restaurants, cafes and bars to soak up as you watch the world go by in this vibrant city.

Optional Excursions

Albertina Museum - 13 EUR • Schoenbrunn Palace - 13 EUR • Spanish Riding School Morning Exercise - 35 EUR • Belvedere Palace - 14 EUR • Sigmund Freud Museum - 10 EUR • City Bike Tour - 29 EUR • Vienna Mozart Concert - from 49 EUR

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Kolbeck or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 10 to 11 - Budapest

Budapest, Hungary's stylish capital is known as the 'City of Spas' for its abundance of natural thermal springs.

Straddling the Danube River, the city is comprised of two very different historic cities, Buda on the west bank and Pest on the east bank. Highlights here include Castle Hill, Matthius Church, Fisherman's Bastion, the Liberation Monument, the fabulous St Stephen's Basilica and the much photographed Parliament Building.

Sample some Hungarian cuisine in a local restaurant. Goulash is the most popular Hungarian meat dish. It is a delicious stew made from meat and vegetables with Hungarian paprika powder as the main spice.

Optional Excursions

Budapest Parliament Tour - 5200 HUF • Szechenyi Thermal Baths - 4900 HUF • House of Terror - 2000 HUF • Great Synagogue - 3000 HUF • Danube Cruise - 3900 HUF • Hungarian National Museum - 1600 HUF • Memento Park - 1500 HUF • Buda Castle - 1700 HUF • Fisherman's Bastion - 700 HUF • Walking Tour - Free • Hop on Hop off Bus - from 5000 HUF

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 12 to 12 - Novi Sad

Serbia's cultural centre, Novi Sad, is overlooked by the magnificent Petrovaradin Fortress. Built during the 18th century, the fortress was repeatedly attacked but never taken by an enemy. Although it has long since lost its strategic military value, since 1951 it has been an important cultural centre and one of the largest art colonies in the world with over 88 art studios. Visitors can buy art, talk with the artists and feel the atmosphere of studios while works of art are created. There are also three interesting restaurants, a museum, catacombs, great views of the Danube. Novi Sad is also known for its international music festivals, underground military galleries and above ground, such as the International Street Musicians' Festival in September offering diverse music genres, funny instruments, jugglers, street shows and acrobatics.

Optional Excursions

Museum of Vojvodina - 200 RSD • City of Novi Sad Museum - 300 RSD • Foreign Art Gallery - 100 RSD

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Restoran Fontana or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 13 to 14 - Belgrade

Located at the crossing point of the Sava and Danube rivers is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, where you will have plenty of time to explore. In the course of its long history, Belgrade has been captured 60 times, burned down around 40 times, and has risen like a phoenix from the ashes every time.

We have the opportunity to explore the military museum inside the fortress. The view of the city from the fortress is fantastic and not to be missed. If time allows it is definitely worth a visit to St Sava Church, one of the largest Orthodox churches in world. The city itself offers excellent shopping opportunities, from luxurious upscale boutiques through to an enormous bazaar and a Saturday farmer's market at Zeleni Venac selling an assortment of seasonal produce.

When you're ready for a break, you can relax on the beach at 'Belgrade Hawaii', Ada Ciganlija, an island in the middle of the Sava River. During the summer the island attracts hundreds of thousands of people looking for a place to cool down, so it can be crowded on hot days. Belgrade is very well known for its nightlife and is a major draw card for Europeans looking for a party. There are countless nightclubs, bars, and cafes that stay lively into the wee hours of the night, many of which are located on river barges.

Included Excursions

Petrovaradin Fortress guided tunnel tour

Optional Excursions

Military Museum - 150 RSD • Ethnographic Museum - 150 RSD • Tito's Mausoleum (House of Flowers) - 400 RSD • Walking Tour - Free • Church of Saint Sava - Free • River Cruise - 500 RSD

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Villa Forever or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 15 to 16 - Pristina

Today we are travelling to Pristina, Kosovo but first we visit Devil's Town in Serbia. The natural phenomenon, whose real name is Djavolja varos, got it's unique name to the strange formation of soil pyramids. Wander amongst the stone-capped pillars, whose appearance is due to a rare from of erosion.

We then continue our journey to Pristina. Europe's youngest capital, it has a buzzing energy and a small but fascinating number of attractions to see. Visit the Ethnographic Museum for exhibits on life in Kosovo between the 15th and 20th century and marvel at the iconic design of the National Library. Wander down Bill Clinton Boulevard and wave back at the 3m-tall bronze statue of the former president, before stopping for one of Pristina's famous coffees in any one of the number of cafes found here.

Included Excursions

Visit Devil's Town

Optional Excursions

Day trip to Prizren - 8 EUR return bus • Ethnographic Museum - Donation • Museum of Kosovo - 2 EUR • Germia Park - Free • Tomb of Sultan Murad I – Donation

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Begoli or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 17 to 18 - Skopje

Before heading to Skopje we can enjoy a visit to the Matka Canyon. Cruise down the river admiring the large rock walls towering beside the water. Keep an eye out for the fascinating caves that are found within the canyon. In Skopje, Macedonia's capital, you can enjoy 2,000 years of history spanning Oriental and Western cultures, neatly divided by the Vardar River through the centre of the city. Skopje has many historical monuments including the Kale Fortress dating back to the 6th century and the Daud Pasha Amam, a 15th century bathhouse now converted into the city art gallery. You can also see the Mustafa-pasha's mosque, the 16th century Clock Tower and the Kamen Most (Stone Bridge) over the Vardar River.

Included Excursions

Matka Canyon boat ride

Optional Excursions

Kale Fortress - Free • Wine Tasting - 13 EUR • Museum of Macedonian Struggle - 50 MKD • Mount Vodno Cable Car to Millennium Cross - 100 MKD • City Museum – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Ambasador or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 19 to 20 - Lake Ohrid

Today we travel on to the gorgeous lake side town of Ohrid, perched on the border of Macedonia and Albania. This unassuming, picturesque settlement has been the setting of thousands of years of human history and the ancient churches, fortress walls, bazaars and old quarters are testimony to its past.

Lake Ohrid itself is Europe's oldest lake having formed over three millions years ago. Wander the streets and squares of its compact centre before hiking up to the ancient walled fortress that overlooks the day to day life of the city and explore the famous old churches, monasteries and basilicas.

Included Excursions

,Free time at Lake Ohrid

Optional Excursions

Lake Ohrid Boat Ride - from 300MKD • Tsar Samuil's Fortress - 30 MKD • St. Jovan Kaneo Church - Free • St. Naum Monastery Boat Ride - from 600MKD • National Museum of Ohrid - 100 MKD • St. Pantelejmon Church – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in apartments at Luccia Apartments or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 21 to 21 - Tirana

Today we head to Tirana, the trendy capital and largest city of Albania, which has transformed from a grey, dismal ex-communist city, isolated by the regime until the 1990s, to a colourful capital buzzing with life. While the city has a long history, you can enjoy its modern outlook, with fashionable bars, and wander boulevards lined with relics of the city's Ottoman, clubs and boutiques, Italian and communist past. Tirana's massive main square, Skanderbeg Square, is bordered by the National History Museum, the Palace of Culture, the National Bank, the Et'hem Bey Mosque and Skanderbeg's statue. A short bus ride from the centre city, the Martyr's Cemetery offers marvellous panoramic views over the city.

Optional Excursions

Walking Tour - Free • National Art Gallery - 200 ALL • National History Museum - 200 ALL • Dajti Mountain Cable Car - 700 ALL

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Idea or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 22 to 23 - Kotor

On the way to Kotor we stop off at the small town of Kruja. Built on a mountainside, you can discover the old town and explore Kruja Castle where we include entry to the Skanderbeg Museum located inside. Skanderbeg was a war hero of Albania, helping defeat the Ottomans, and this museum focuses on his bravery and importance to Albania.

After spending the morning exploring Kruja, our group will move onward to our next destination - the picturesque town of Kotor in Montenegro. It is a walled city nestled at the bottom of Europe’s deepest fjord. Experience Stari Grad, the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with it’s tricky labyrinth of cobbled alleys, squares and ancient churches, including St Tryphon's Cathedral built in 1166.

The steep mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to this beautiful town and you can admire them from the waterfront. You could spend the day drinking espresso in the shade of the medieval walls watching people go by, or if you are feeling more adventurous try climbing the walls of the ancient fort of Sveti Ivan which spans some 4.5 kilometres above the city on almost vertical cliffs. Your efforts will be rewarded by an excellent view of Kotor and the bay.

Included Excursions

Visit to Kruja (Entry to City Walls and Skanderbeg Museum),Guided tour of Kotor Old Town

Optional Excursions

Hike to Kotor Fortress - 3 EUR • Maritime Museum - 4 EUR • St Tryphon's Cathedral 2.50 EUR

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Marija II or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s)

Day 24 to 24 - Dubrovnik

With a paved town centre enclosed in fortress-like 13th century stone walls, the city is easy to explore on foot and is full of character. A great start to your exploration of Dubrovnik is with an included walk around the city walls. Stretching almost 2 kilometres around the old town, the walls offer stunning rooftop and city views out to the turquoise blue Adriatic Sea. Founded in the 7th century, for a time in its glorious past the city was a serious rival for Venice in terms of maritime trade. It is hard to believe now but in 1991, two out of every three buildings were damaged during the bombardment of the Yugoslav War. Since then the buildings and walls have been painstakingly restored to pristine condition and represents one of the most beautiful and solid fortress systems on the Mediterranean. There are several other historic attractions worth a visit near the main street (Stradun), such as the 14th century Franciscan monastery which houses a treasury full of sacred art and artefacts, as well as one of the oldest continually working pharmacies in the world, dating back to 1317.

Included Excursions

Entry on to Dubrovnik City Wall

Optional Excursions

Dominican Monastery - 30 HRK • Cable Car to view point - 120 HRK • Lokrum Island Boat Trip - 80 HRK • Rector’s Palace - 100 HRK • Synagogue and Jewish Museum - 35 HRK • Kayaking Half Day - 250 HRK

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels at Hotel Sumratin or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 25 to 25 - Depart Dubrovnik

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • Guided Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Petrovaradin Fortress guided tunnel tour
  • Visit Devil's Town
  • Matka Canyon boat ride
  • Free time at Lake Ohrid
  • Visit to Kruja (Entry to City Walls and Skanderbeg Museum)
  • Guided tour of Kotor Old Town
  • Entry on to Dubrovnik City Wall

Accommodation

20 night(s) in hotels, 1 night(s) in a guesthouse, 1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains, 2 night(s) in apartments

Transportation

Overnight Train, Public Bus, Taxi, Foot, Train, Private Vehicle, Ferry, Metro

Meals

23 Breakfast(s)

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader

What's Not Included

  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation

Group

Group Size: Maximum 16. Average 10-14

Tour Suitability: This tour is recommended for people aged 18-65. For more information on what to expect, click here.

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