Eastern Highlights

15 days from £979

Trip Highlights

  • Visiting  countries: Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Bicycle tour of Amsterdam
  • Local guide Dubrovnik
  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen

Trip Summary

Croatia and Hungary are amongst the most up-and-coming destinations in Europe, and you will see precisely why on this fabulous tour of Eastern Europe.

From gorgeous Dubrovnik we travel up the stunning Adriatic Coast to the Plitvice Lakes national park, en route to Budapest, the picturesque capital of Hungary. Continuing on through Germany and the Netherlands with a group of like-minded young companions makes Eastern Pathways a great and affordable way to tour Eastern Europe and beyond.

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Trip Info

Day 1  - Dubrovnik, Croatia

We'll meet you in the land of epic sunsets. Let's get this show on the road.

Included Activities: Meet your Trip Leader

Meals: Dinner

Days 2 -  Dubrovnik

Free day in King's Lan... sorry, Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective. Then: a cold beer on the wall as the sun sets over the Adriatic. This is the good life.

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:

-The word for the local currency 'kuna' is also Croatian for 'marten', a ferret-like animal prized for its luxurious fur.

-Apparently 23 people is enough to sustain a small town in Croatia. The smallest in the world in fact. It's called Hum. Hmm.

Days 3 - Dubrovnik to Plitvice Lakes

Travel Day: Dubrovnik, Croatia to Plitvice Lakes, Croatia (via Zadar).

Listen to the ocean play an instrument in Zadar. The Sea Organ is a quirky art installation that sits amongst the city's eclectic mix of Roman ruins and public art. More cool facts await you on a guided city tour with your Topdeck TL. Next up: bliss and waterfalls at the Plitvice Lakes National Park to catch some z's.

Included today:

-Guided tour of Zadar

-Scenic drive along the Dalmation coast

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:

-Zadar has the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Well, according to Alfred Hitchcock at least.

-Zadar's local sea organ sings the songs of the sea by taking in water through pipes underneath and pushing out air through a series of slots in the marble staircase frontage. Vrlo opuštanje (or, very relaxing).

Days 4 - Plitvice Lakes

Today is brought to you by Mother Nature. Made up of 16 lakes connected by streams and waterfalls and surrounded by 300 square kilometres of national park, Plitvice Lakes didn't make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list without reason. Hike up to see the tallest waterfall in Croatia or glide across the crystal blue lakes in a rowboat. Mindfulness just got a whole new meaning.

Included today:

-Transfer to and from Plitvice Lakes

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Optional activities:

-Entrance into Plitvice Lakes

Did you know:

-Plitvice Lakes is mostly made of chalk, created after years of sedimentation, and has a blue-green colour due to the limestone of the surrounding rocks.

Days 5 - Plitvice Lakes to Budapest, Hungary

Travel Day: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia to Budapest, Hungary.

Your house in Budapest awaits. Meet your Trip Leader and set off on a driving tour to get down and Danube (that be the river) with twin cities, Buda and Pest. Check out Hero's Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. Then it's time to meet the major food groups: goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings, oh my!

Included today:

-Guided tour of Budapest

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Optional activities:

-Entrance into Plitvice Lakes

Days 6 - Budapest

Free day = Put down your Rubik's Cube and take on a city with enough baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture to keep you puzzled for hours. Take to the waters at the art nouveau Gellert Baths and don't leave til you're pruny.

There are 80+ thermal springs in Budapest but this is its most famous. Wave pool, anyone?! Indulge in a spa treatment then visit the Buda Castle or House of Terror Museum. Tonight, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at Szimpla Kertmozi - the original ruin bar.

Included today:

-Free day

Meals: Breakfast.

Did you know:

-Keen to improve your writing? Rock up to the main gate of the Vajdahunyad Castle in the City Park and touch the pen held by the Statue of Anonymous Rock. It's supposed to help.

-Both the noiseless match and Rubik's cube were invented by Hungarians.

Days 7 - Budapest to Vienna, Austria

Travel Day: Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria (via Bratislava).

So long Budapest, we're off to strudel town. Pick your Baroque from Rococo as we slide into The City of Dreams (kudos, Freud). The Vienna Orchestra provides the soundtrack while we check out Europe's classiest capital on a driving tour.

Wave hello to the President as we go past the Hofburg Palace. And because one palace isn't enough, we also take peek at the Schönbrunn. Top off your day with a schnitzel and apple strudel at Cafe Central, the regular hangout of Freud, Trotsky and Lenin.

Included today:

-Visit to Bratislava en route

-Guided tour of Vienna

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:

-Josip Broz Tito, Freud, Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, and Trotsky were all patrons of the same Viennese cafe (Café Central) in January 1913.

#somethinginthecoffee?

-Vienna has a cat cafe, so if you want some real-life LOL cats in your life, grab a coffee and cake at Cafe Neko while stroking the oh-socute felines (and making the most of the free WiFi).

-When asked why they were taking Finnish as a language, 97% of students at the University of Vienna answered so that they could understand heavy metal music.

Days 8 - Vienna

Vienna is yours for the day. Walk the grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace, see the Spanish Riding School train (if it's in town) or feed your brain exploring the Museum Quarter. Primp your pinkie for an optional Schnapps Museum visit to taste the local aperitif. Classical music fans, opt in for a night out to hear the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Strauss at the Viennese Chamber Orchestra. #adulting

Included today:

-Free day

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Optional activities:

-Schnapps Museum Excursion

-Viennese Chamber Orchestra

Days 9 - Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic

Travel Day: Vienna, Austria to Prague, Czech Republic.

Bohemia's cobblestones are calling but first, a visit to Mauthausen concentration camp for a lesson in the resilience of humanity. Then, fuel up on trdelník (pastry deliciousness) before a walking tour amongst spires and cobblestone streets of Prague.

Suss out the castle deemed worthy by Guinness World Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world, cross medieval Charles Bridge and watch 'Death' toll the hour on an astronomical clock that's over 600 years old.

Included today:

-Mauthausen concentration camp

-Prague walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Did you know:

-The monasteries of Prague brewed the first beer in the Czech Republic and it was so good the King paid his tithe in hops.

-Five steps to a successful "cheers" in Czech: raise your glass, make eye contact, say "Nazdravi", touch your glass to the table, then drink.

Day 10 - Prague

Another free day for the win. Channel your inner bohemian and seek out the John Lennon memorial wall, then soak up some more Czech history at the National or Communist Museum or get a taste of the quirky local culture at a marionette puppet opera (you gotta see it to believe it).

Snap a selfie at Prague's own Eiffel Tower, visit a miniatures museum, eat roast pork from one of the street vendors lining Old Town Square and drink beer. Good beer.

Included Activities:

-Free day

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional activities:

-Traditional marionette puppet opera show

Did you know:

-There's a bar in Prague where your beer is delivered on a miniature train. #efficiency

-The act of throwing someone out of a window is known as defenestration. It caused a thirty year war to break out after two Catholic officials were thrown out of a window in Prague Castle in 1618.

-In black light theatres scattered throughout the city performers put on shows in pitch black spaces with fluoro clothing and props. Daft Punk, eat your heart out.

Day 11 - Prague to Berlin, Germany

Travel Day: Prague to Berlin, Germany.

Get acquainted with 800 year-old Dresden - a city virtually destroyed in WWII and then rebuilt - and ogle the Frauenkirche before making your beard all the more ironic in Berlin. Prep yourself for currywurst, absinthe and more hipsters per capita than anywhere else. We'll drive you around to see (what's left of) the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building before making your food baby sing with a hearty German meal.

Included today:

-Dresden walking tour

-Berlin driving tour

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Did you know:

-The Doner Kebab was invented in 1972 by the Turkish immigrant, Kadir Nurman, in West Berlin, obviously knowing it would make an ideal midnight snack.

-Berlin is said to have more museums than rainy days, boasting an impressive 175 to choose from.

-Ein berliner is, in fact, a local donut-like pastry. Not, as JFK mistakenly assumed, what you call a citizen of the city.

Day 12 - Berlin

Shake off last night with a wander around the German capital. Optional: Third Reich walking tour and local insight into what the city was like under Nazi rule during World War II. Hackescher Markt is a hit for lunch. Afternoon suggestion? Have a picnic at the historic Tempelhof airport turned public park #picniconthetarmac. Tonight: hit the hot spots on an optional nightlife tour.

Meals: Breakfast.

Optional Activities:

-Third Reich walking tour

-Berlin nightlife tour

Did you know:

-101 artists across 21 countries have contributed to the East Side Gallery. Spanning 1.3km, it's the longest open air gallery in the world.

-Michael Jackson dangled his son 'Prince Michael II" out of one of the windows of the luxurious Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, just steps away from the Brandenburg Gate.

-Germany has a hotline specifically set up for people who needs to let off some steam and swear at a real person.

Day 13 - Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands

Travel Day: Berlin to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Cheese lovers, rejoice. Your next stop is a local Dutch farm to see how cheddar (and clogs) gets made. Next: Amsterdam, mayo-dipped fries and red lights. Get your bearings on a walking tour of the vibrant capital and see the Dam Square, Royal Palace and National Monument. Then: explore all that this notoriously liberal city has to offer.

Included today:

-Dutch cheese and clogs demonstration

-Guided Amsterdam walking tour

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Day 14 - Amsterdam

Join the 881,000 bicycles and get local on a city bike tour of Amsterdam's iconic canals, bridges and parks. Culture fiends, delve deeper with a visit to Anne Frank House, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum. Still thirsty for more? Check out the Heineken Experience for an interactive visit and tasting at the brewery. Top it off with a dinner cruise on the canal. #imonaboat

Included today:

-Farewell dinner

Meals: Breakfast, dinner.

Optional Activities:

-Amsterdam bike tour

-Canal cruise

Did you know:

-The city is built on stilts, much like most of Venice, but lays claim to having more canals than Venice. Stick that in your gondola and smoke it!

-Amsterdam residents slug down an average of 3.2 cups of coffee every single day, putting them just behind Finland in coffee consumption per capita.

-Every year, 12-15,000 bikes are pulled out of Amsterdam's canals. Scrap metal, anyone?

Day 15 - Amsterdam to London

Travel Day: Amsterdam to London.

Today it's back on the ferry to ol' Blighty to start planning your next adventure. Facebook friends?

Meals: Breakfast.

 

 

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Accommodation & Meals

Your trip will mainly stay in campsites. the tour provides comfortable, twin-share dome tents to sleep in and every passenger will have an inflatable air mattress to sleep on. If you are travelling alone, you will be paired with a tent partner of the same sex. The tents have ventilation windows, zipped-up fronts and sewn-in ground sheets. They are light and easy to erect and you will be given a demonstration at the start of the trip. You and your tent partner will be responsible for pitching your own tent, and you will generally have the same tent for the entire trip. Our camping trips encourage passenger participation in all activities – social and otherwise!

The Camping trips feature some included accommodation upgrades in certain locations. On such occasions, the number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. Rooms in hostels usually four to six. When staying in multishare accommodation, our Camping trips operate a single sex policy and therefore couples should not expect to sleep together. 

Campsites

Some European camping grounds are like small cities with supermarkets, bars, restaurants, swimming pools, hot showers and newsagents. Others, mainly in Eastern and Southern Europe, are of a more basic standard. Clothes washing facilities are usually adequate but don’t expect machines and dryers in all campsites. Hot showers are sometimes free and sometimes not, where not, you will have to pay a small amount to use them. On rare occasions some campsites do not supply toilet paper in the toilet blocks, so it is useful to carry a small toilet roll or pack of tissues with you, which can be easily purchased throughout Europe.

On this trip there is a compulsory Food Fund, which we have included in the package price. 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners are included in this price. 

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise us when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs, particularly in Eastern Europe. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age is 18 years old. Maximum age is 39 years old.

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Whats Included

  • 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 11 nights in European campsites in spacious twin-share dome style tents with air mattresses & 4 nights multi-share hostel upgrade
  • Modern air-conditioned coach
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Trip Leader + Driver + Chef
  • Dutch cheese & clogs demonstration
  • Bicycle tour of Amsterdam
  • Local guide Dubrovnik
  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Optional activities
  • Airport transfers

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Flights

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

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Kayaking between islands in Croatia Clubbing nights in Budapest & Berlin Sightseeing across all the countries & tourist attractions

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Pillow Hair dryer Liquids to clean clothes Line to hang up wet clothing

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-Don't be afraid to ask for help/directions -Keep your passport somewhere safe at all time (I found that on the coach was best) -have a day bag prepared & clothes ready for early mornings/getting into bed

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