Suffering from a case of wanderlust? These 6 Eastern Europe holidays may just prove to be the perfect solution!
Journeying into Eastern Europe, each of these fantastic holiday packages whisk holidaymakers off to some truly spectacular parts of the world including renowned historic cities, lovely countryside ripe for exploration, and some of the continents most famous tourist attractions.
1. Bucharest & Transylvania
A wondrous and exciting tour taking holidaymakers deep into Transylvania presents the chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in Eastern Europe.
A memorable escorted itinerary, the holiday begins with holidaymakers landing in Bucharest, your base for the two nights.
Resting up, the Romanian capital is your oyster, particularly its great selection of restaurants where you can get an early taste of some local delicacies.
Planned on the second day, a guided walking tour shows off the best of the capital, including its pretty Old Town and key landmarks.
Travelling into the countryside, stops include Bran Castle, part inspiration for the famed horror character Dracula, and the beautiful medieval town of Brasov.
Included tours guide holidaymakers to the birthplace of key historical figure Vlad the Impaler to the former fortress villages of Harman and Prejmer.
An optional excursion for travellers looking to make the most of their time, the city of Sibiu is one of the largest historic former Saxon towns in all of Romania.
Returning to the capital, the concluding chapter of the holiday includes time spent in the mountain resort of Sinaia with time allocated for holidaymakers to enjoy tours of two historic local landmarks – Peles Castle and Pelisor Castle.
Spending the final night back in the capital, celebrate this memorable holiday with a last look around in one of Europe’s most historic cities.
2. Romania – Transylvanian Alps & Bucharest
A lovely walking holiday offering the chance to explore the romantic Romanian countryside, Transylvania is a rather beautiful part of Romania.
Sharing many of the same traits enjoyed in more famous holiday destinations like the Austrian Alps, Transylvania’s mountain scenery complimented by beautiful small lakes, offers plenty of memorable walking country.
As well as offering tours of the capital Bucharest, visiting the Palace of Parliament, and the iconic Bran Castle, the holiday centres around three expertly crafted walks showcasing the very best of this idyllic part of the continent.
Starting with a small introductory tour of the capital, the first main walk begins with an 8-mile journey on foot to the medieval village of Viscri.
Walking through rolling countryside, the village has some strong Anglo connections with Prince Charles helping to save a number of villages including Viscri.
A key landmark saved from the threat of bull-dozing, the UNESCO-listed church in Viscri is a striking white painting resting amongst lovely greenery in the warmer months.
The second walk is a rewarding commitment, transferred by coach to Balea Waterfall, the road here is often cited as one of the most scenic in Europe.
Taking a cable car journey up to Lake Balea, the walk continues up on to the main ridge of Fagaras mountain.
Climbing to such heights, the views throughout the walk are stunning.
The third and final included walk explores the Bucegi Mountains.
Taking another cable car to Babele Station, holidaymakers are expertly guided through a scenic mountain valley where a cable car journey then connects holidaymakers to transfer back to their hotel.
3. Lithuania – Vilnius, Kaunas & Klapeida
Journeying to charming Lithuania, holidaymakers get to experience one of the oldest countries in the world.
This wonderfully crafted multi-centre holiday sees travellers stay in the capital Vilnius, Klaipeda and Kaunas.
During each stay, guided tours take holidaymakers on a wonderful journey through the history and mythology of the country.
Key holiday moments include a half-day excursion to Trakai Castle and a full-day tour of the Curonian Split.
A true natural wonder, Curonian Spit stretches over 60 miles offering plenty of coastline, complete with sand dunes, to explore.
Along the way from Klaipeda to Kaunas, stops at major local attractions Palanga Botanical Gardens and the Hill of Crosses (home to thousands of religious statues and monuments) offer further experiences sure to live long in the memory!
4. Krakow, Zakopane & the High Tatras
Among Poland’s most popular destinations each offering their own distinct experiences, this wonderful 8-day holiday explores Krakow – one of the most important historical cities in the world.
Between free-time and an included walking tour of the city, exploring Krakow sees visitors delve into thousands of years of history and culture.
During any visit, we thoroughly recommend visiting key city landmarks including Wawel Castle, Krakow’s Town Square and Old Town.
Dating back to the 15th century, the old gateway known as Krakow Barbican is one of the most photographed spots in the city.
Optional excursions available that are popular with holidaymakers include a journey underground to the Wieliczka Salt Mine and a reminder of the atrocities of WWII – the former concentration camp Auschwitz.
On Day 4, the holiday moves on, heading for Zakopane.
First, holidaymakers take to the water and travel through the beauty of Dunajec River Gorge resting within Pienniski National Park.
Arriving in Zakopane, visitors are welcomed by the spectacular sight of the famed Tatra Mountains.
Home to picturesque lakes, peaks and valleys, Tatra National Park is one of the world’s greatest.
An option for holidaymakers, an excursion is available travelling to Stary Smokovec where you climb up during a cable car journey into the mountains.
5. Poland – Krakow & the High Tatras
A tremendous walking itinerary journeying into some of Europe’s best-known walking country, the High Tatras, this essential departure includes a raft trip through the mesmerising Dunajec Gorge and a walking tour of Krakow.
Three included walks, guided by experts harnessing their knowledge about the area, ensure that holidaymakers get more than just a flavour of the area.
Following a tour of Krakow, the first included walk sees holidaymakers transferred to Ojcowski National Park.
Small yet beautiful, the park is the ideal setting for an 8-mile scenic walk.
The second walk is perhaps the best of the bunch included during the holiday.
Walking through Koscieliska Valley, Przyslop Mietusi Pass and Malej Laki Valley up to Grzybowiec Pass, the walk offers plenty of cinematic moments where you gaze for miles around and admire some of the best countryside in Poland.
The final walk leaves Zakopane, following the serene Hala Gasienicowa alpine meadow before heading back to Zakopane – a fitting calming final walk before staying in beautiful Poland for one more final night.
Whilst staying in Zakopane, holidaymakers can opt to go an excursion taking a cable car from Stary Smokovec into the mountains.
6. Best of the Baltics – Riga, Tallinn, Latvia & Estonia
Staying three nights in the Latvian capital Riga before spending four nights in Tallinn, the excellent Eastern European getaway explores great Baltic cities and steps into wild beauty with visits to both Gauja National Park and Lahemaa National Park.
During guided walking tours of both cities, holidaymakers will be able to fully experience the historic charm of important and listed Riga Old Town and the ancient heart of Tallinn.
Old Riga, complete with lovely cobbled streets has a number of important landmarks including the House of the Blackheads and St. Peter’s Church.
Conveniently close by, St. Peter’s Church is another wonderful attraction dating all the way back to medieval times.
Experiencing the Estonian capital, Tallinn is a real gem of a city. Notable sights include charming Toompea Castle, the narrow and winding St Catherine’s Passage and Tallinn Old Town.
Going on excursions to both Gauja and Lahemaa National Parks, each offers landscape rich in wildlife and home to a variety of local flora and fauna, offering a pleasant change of scenery away from the cities.