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Eastern Europe & the Balkans

Hit the rails in Eastern Europe

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Group Size: Avg 4-20

Trip code: EUEE

Duration: 8-21 days

Sectional group tour through Europe
Travel through Eastern Europe & the Balkans
Low-carbon & rail travel

Fancy the freedom of Interrailing without any of the stress? This epic group trip takes in the highlights of Eastern Europe by rail, with a tour guide, additional activities and all accommodation included. Choose from 8, 13 and 21 days to suit your budget and availability. From street art in Berlin and fairy-tale cityscapes in Vienna, to thermal baths in Budapest, next-level beer in Prague and baroque buildings in Dubrovnik (AKA King’s Landing), it’s a trip you won’t forget in a hurry (and it’s low-carbon too)!

Trip highlights

  • Discover Berlin’s street art on the longest remaining stretch of the Wall
  • Sip some of the world’s best beer in Prague
  • Soak in Budapest’s grand thermal pools
  • Take a ‘siege tour’ in Sarajevo
  • See where Game of Thrones was filmed in beautiful Dubrovnik and Split
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What's included
  • 7, 12 or 20 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfasts in some hostels (availability dependant)
  • Tour guide
  • All train travel between first and last city on the trip
  • Seat reservations on high-speed rail and night trains
  • Transfers to and from hostels
  • Free drink in every hostel with a bar
  • Berlin East Side Gallery trip (options 1 & 3)
  • Sunset cruise on the Vltava River (options 1 & 3)
  • Prater Park or Paddleboarding (options 1 & 3)
  • Szechenyi Baths  (options 1 & 3)
  • Belgrade bus and walking tour (options 2 & 3)
  • Sarajevo total siege tour (options 2 & 3)
  • Mostar Bridge visit (options 2 & 3)
  • Kotor boat trip (options 2 & 3)
  • Dubrovnik visit (options 2 & 3)
  • Sea kayaking (options 2 & 3)
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Most meals
  • Extra nights’ accommodation
  • Additional activities
Further trip information

Explore the wonders of Eastern Europe by rail. Take the whole 21 day trip, or if your time or budget is tight, take one of the shorter stand-alone options - it’s totally up to you!

Option 1: Eastern Europe only (8 days)

Option 2: The Balkans only (13 days)

Option 3: Eastern Europe & the Balkans (option 1 + option 2) (21 days)

Option 1: Eastern Europe (8 days)

Berlin, Germany (2 nights). Kick off your amazing adventure in Germany’s capital of cool. We’ll take you to the East Side Gallery then leave you to explore. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, climb the Reichstag, tuck into some currywurst and join our optional activities from a bar crawl to a trip up the TV Tower.

Prague, Czech Republic (2 nights). Prague is as pretty as Paris, but the beer is MUCH cheaper! We’ve included an atmospheric sunset cruise on the river, but the rest of the time is yours. Don’t miss the astronomical clock, Charles Bridge and the Jewish Quarter. Optionals include a tour of Prague Castle and a pub crawl – cheers!

Vienna, Austria (1 night). Vienna is almost impossibly gorgeous. Take in the splendour of Hoffsberg Palace, channel Mozart at a classical concert, and tuck into some strudel at a grand coffee house. Weather permitting, we’ll take you paddle boarding (we'll head to Prater Park in the winter!).

Budapest, Hungary (2 nights). Budapest is like a fairy-tale. Cycle the banks of the Danube, explore the markets and drink craft beer in a ruin bar. Optional activities include a Castle tour, party cruise and a tour of the Parliament building. We’ve also included a visit to the Szechenyi Baths. Option 1 travellers, your trip ends after 2 nights in Budapest.  Option 3 travellers – you’ve got another night to enjoy the city.

Option 2: The Balkans (13 days)

Budapest, Hungary (1 night). If you’re joining us for option 2, welcome to beautiful Budapest! If you’ve taken option 3, you’ve already enjoyed two nights here, and guess what? You’ve got another – yay!  

Belgrade, Serbia (2 nights). What Belgrade lacks in looks in looks it makes up for with cool, and the party scene is next-level. There’s plenty of historical interest here as well. We’ve included a bus and walking tour, then you’re free to explore. Optional activities include a river tour and a ghost walking tour!

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (3 nights). Sarajevo is a fascinating place. Spend an afternoon strolling round the Turkish bazaars, take a cable-car up Mount Trebevi? and grab a Bosnian coffee and baklava. We’ve also included a ‘total siege’ tour. Optionals include a visit to Kravice Waterfalls, rafting, and a ‘scars and smiles’ tour.

Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina (1 night).  Mostar is ridiculously picturesque, with steep cobbled streets lining the turquoise waters of the Neretva River. Visit the mosque, pick up souvenirs in the bazaar, and visit the War Photo Exhibition. We’ll also take you to the famous Old Bridge.

Kotor, Montenegro (2 nights). Kotor is in a spectacular setting with soaring mountains and a dazzling bay. While you’re here, climb the town walls, visit the Cathedral, take a day trip to the stunning Lovecen National Park, or visit the Cat Museum. We’ve included a boat trip too – pack your camera!

Dubrovbnik, Croatia (day only). Dubrovnik really is a gem – it’s easy to see why it was chosen as a film location for Game of Thrones. We’ll take you on a guided tour of the highlights before continuing on to Split, where we’ll spend the night.

Split, Croatia (4 nights). Our last stop is a corker. Explore the Diocletian’s Palace, stroll along the waterfront and chill on Ba?vice Beach. We’ve included a sea kayaking experience, and there are optionals including Krka National Park, Hvar and a Split pub crawl. After four nights, your amazing trip comes to an end.

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Arrival information

You’ll need to arrive into your starting city, whether that’s by plane or another mode of transport on the first day of the tour. If you’re joining us for option 3 (the whole Eastern Europe Train Adventure) or just option 1 (Eastern Europe), your starting city is Berlin, Germany. If you’ve booked option 2 (the Balkans) you’ll be joining the group in Budapest, Hungary.

The final stop for option 1 is Budapest. If you’ve booked options 2 or 3, your final stop is Split, Croatia. You’ll need to make your own way home from here.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation                  

This trip includes 7, 12 or 20 nights of accommodation, depending on which trip options you choose. All accommodation is in top-rated local hostels, in central locations and within easy reach of public transport. All our hostels are modern, sociable places with free WiFi and lockers. Breakfast is often free and there are usually lots of activities put on by the hostels such as pub crawls and city tours. Rooms are on a multi-share basis.

Meals

Breakfast is included in some hostels, depending on availability. You’ll need to buy all other meals, snacks and drinks yourself. This gives you plenty of flexibility to experience the cuisine of the various countries we visit on this trip.

Minimum age & eligibility

You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip.

British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit any of the countries on this trip. Your passport will need to be valid for a minimum of 90 days from your exit from Bosnia and Herzegovina. All other countries only require validity for the duration of your trip. Visa and passport restrictions can be subject to change. Please check before you travel. Please note, visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.

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