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Eastern Road

4.6
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The one that gives the ultimate Eastern European experience with 6 countries in 13 days

Duration
13 Days
Countries
6 Countries

Visiting Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Dresden, Kutna Hora, Bratislava, Banska Bystrica, Częstochowa

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

12 nights accommodation

12 nights in Hotel

For 12 whole nights you'll be living it up in hotels and hotels only, because ballers gonna ball. You can choose between a twin or triple-share set up.

16 Meals

4 Dinner, 12 Breakfast

Prepare to have your taste buds screaming an audible 'wow' as we take you for 4 of our favourite dinner haunts including a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, a taverna in Prague, & Polish feast in Warsaw. All this occurs on top of 12 continental breakfasts and some free time for DIY culinary adventures.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport across Europe on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

16 included, 9 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Take in commemorative artwork & remains of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery
- See Hradčany Bohemian castle & the gothic cathedral of St Vitus in a walking tour of Prague
- Get inside an old nuclear bunker for a locally guided tour & Cold War throwback, Prague*
- Taste test the local liqueur at the family-run Old Vienna Schnaps Museum, Austria*
- Soak in the famous outdoor thermal pools set amongst Art Nouveau architecture in Budapest*
- Entrance & a guided tour of the haunting Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camp memorials, Poland

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
The ultimate collision of history and modernity happen here in the arms of Eastern Europe. Commencing in Berlin with the option to loop back around or end in Warsaw, you will flutter from traditional meals and royal castles, to eclectic clubs filled with well-dressed locals. 

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Eastern Road

16 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • Take in commemorative artwork and the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • See Hradčany Castle and the Cathedral of St. Vitus
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • Visit the richly historical city of Dresden that was decimated in WW2 and then reborn
  • Explore the cobbled streets of Prague on two wheels with a city bike tour
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
  • Sightseeing walking tour of Vienna
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge & Fisherman's Bastion
  • Orientation of Bratislava Old Town
  • Guided sightseeing of the cathedral & Royal Castle on Wawel Hill
  • Take a moment to reflect on the tragedies of the 20th century at Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • See the Black Madonna (famous painting) at Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa
  • Take a locally guided tour of the richly historical city of Warsaw, Poland

9 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Discover Berlin's tumultuous past on a historical walking tour including the site of Hitler's bunker EUR 10.00
  • Take an alternative walking tour and uncover a different side to Berlin EUR 25.00
  • Enjoy an authentic Czech evening with traditional music, dancing & dinner EUR 32.00
  • Experience Austria’s cultural heritage with a Mozart & Strauss concert EUR 32.00
  • Group photo EUR 11.00
  • River cruise with lunch EUR 40.00
  • Take a step back into Budapest’s dark history with a guided tour of the WW2 sites (St Stephen's Basilica, shoes on promenade, House of Terror) EUR 22.00
  • Head 200 metres underground & explore the massive galleries & chapels of Wieliczka Salt Mines, Krakow EUR 30.00
  • Learn how to make traditional Pierogi (Polish dumplings) followed by dinner, Krakow EUR 32.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
2
2 nights
Berlin
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Dresden
2
2 nights
Prague
via
via
Kutna Hora
2
2 nights
Vienna
via
via
Bratislava
2
2 nights
Budapest
via
via
Banska Bystrica
2
2 nights
Krakow
via
via
Częstochowa
2
2 nights
Warsaw
Berlin
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain European trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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