2019 Eastern Europe’s Historic Capitals Tour
22 days – Great Trains and Luxury Hotels through Eastern Europe’s Historic Capitals
Explore Eastern Europe’s Capitals with 3 nights in: Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest, Krakow, Prague & Berlin
Day visits to: Dracula’s Castle, Warsaw, Dresden. Departs Bucharest 21 August 2019.
Optional Pre-Tour: Russia’s Capitals ›
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August 2019
September 2019

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the tearing down of the Iron Curtain. Our tour – 5 star hotels and First Class rail – visits 7 of the Eastern Europe’s historic capitals, with the option of a pre-tour to Russia’s two capitals, St Petersburg and Moscow.


Day 1, Wednesday, Aug 21st  

Our tour commences with check-in at our 5 star hotel in the Romanian capital. Those joining the tour from the Russia’s Capitals pre-tour › arrive in the afternoon. Our Welcome Dinner is tonight. [D]


Day 2, Thursday, Aug 22nd  

Our Bucharest city sightseeing commences at the magnificent Palace of the Parliament, renowned for being the largest administrative building in the world by weight and size, coming in ahead of the United States Pentagon. The Romanian communist dictator, Nicolae Ceaușescu, in an act of supreme irony called it “The People’s Palace”. [B]


Day 3, Friday, Aug 23rd  

A visit out of Bucharest today, to Bran Castle, one time home of Vlad the Impaler, universally recognised (perhaps erroneously) as Dracula. Back to Bucharest this evening. Garlic for dinner? [B]


Day 4, Saturday, Aug 24th  

We cannot travel by train from Bucharest to our next capital, Sofia, so today we transfer to the airport for the one hour flight, arriving early afternoon. On arrival we check-in at our 5 star hotel in the Bulgarian capital, which Bill Bryson called “the most European of all cities”. [B] [D]


Day 5, Sunday, Aug 25th  ^ Top ^

Our sightseeing this morning is on foot, as the old city heart is very compact. Highlights will include the National Archaeological Museum, the National Theatre, the Russian Church of St. Nikola, the Parliament Square, and Alexander Nevski Memorial Cathedral with the most valuable collection of Bulgarian icons. Bulgars have Slavic origins, they use the Cyrillic script, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity is strong here. [B]


Day 6, Monday, Aug 26th  

A visit today to a UNESCO listed cultural treasure - the Rila Monastery - the most famous and fascinating monastery in Bulgaria, given its architecture, wall paintings and ancient history, and its location at 1,147 meters above sea level. The monastery offers great views. Back to Sofia this evening. [B] [D]


Day 7, Tuesday, Aug 27th  

We commence our love affair with the great trains of Europe. A EuroCity train has us across the Bulgarian – Serbian frontier and into the Serbian (and former Yugoslavian) capital of Belgrade by early evening. Today’s rail journey (and the next one in 3 days) follows the route of the historic Orient Express. Move over Agatha today. [B] [D]


Day 8, Wednesday, Aug 28th  

Belgrade was a target of conquerors for centuries. It was ruined and rebuilt almost 40 times. Today we have a unique opportunity to compare variations in culture and architecture in different parts of Belgrade under Austro-Hungarian Empire, with those under the rule of Turkish Ottoman Empire. [B]


Day 9, Thursday, Aug 29th  

Belgrade is one of four European capitals on the Danube River, and today we take a river cruise to the municipality of Zemun, situated along the right bank of the Danube. It has Hapsburg architecture and a feel identifiably different from Belgrade’s. [B]


Day 10, Friday, Aug 30th  ^ Top ^

As our luggage is taken on ahead, we join our Our EuroCity train to Budapest, the second Hapsburg capital for much of the 19th and the early 20th centuries. Like Prague in 1968, Budapest rose in revolution against the Communists in 1956, but were crushed mercilessly. [B] [D]


Day 11, Saturday, Aug 31st  

Budapest is made up of two cities: hilly Buda with its castle on the Western Bank of the Danube, overlooking the stately buildings and broad boulevards of Pest on the Eastern Bank. Our 5 star hotel is situated on the Pest side in a pedestrian shopping area. This morning’s sightseeing takes us to the Buda side, to the Fisherman’s Bastion and St Matthias Church, then back to Heroes’ Square and St Stephen’s. [B]


Day 12, Sunday, Sep 1st  

St Sebastian’s and the Gothic Parliament Building (the largest in Europe) are both close by our hotel. The Budapest Opera House is, in my humble opinion, one of the grandest in the world. Then the day is yours for a leisurely lunch and the galleries or the shops. Budapest has many fine coffee houses, testament to more than a century of Turkish occupation. Another quirky Turkish touch continues – the thermal spa baths! [B]


Day 13, Monday, Sep 2nd  

Our Eurocity train today passes through Slovakia and into Poland to our base for the next 3 days, the old city of Krakow. Okay, Krakow wasn’t the capital of Communist Poland, but it is Poland’s cultural cradle and was its historical capital from 1038 until 1791. It still stands substantially intact from the 13th century, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. [B] [D]


Day 14, Tuesday, Sep 3rd  

Our city sightseeing tour includes the historic Market Square and Wawel Hill with its palace and tiny cathedral, and the graves of Polish kings. This is where Pope John Paul II served as archbishop. Lunch in one of the many restaurants on Market Square? It is possible to visit nearby Auschwitz – not fun, but possibly we owe it to humanity to visit. [B]


Day 15, Wednesday, Sep 4th  ^ Top ^

There is an excursion today to Warsaw. Our sightseeing includes the reconstructed ancient centre, the Market Square, the monument to the Warsaw Uprising and the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto. Home to Krakow tonight. [B]


Day 16, Thursday, Sep 5th  

After a short EuroCity rail journey today we arrive in the early afternoon in magical Prague. Our luggage awaits our arrival in our luxury hotel, located in the historic heart, which is ‘pedestrians only’ and traffic-free. An afternoon stroll includes the nearby Old Town Square which has a building from each century from the 14th to the 20th. Enjoy the view over afternoon coffee in an outdoor café. [B] [D]


Day 17, Friday, Sep 6th  

This morning we begin to discover this magnificent city: the Castle, the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, and the Jewish Quarter feature in our sightseeing. [B]


Day 18, Saturday, Sep 7th  

There is no planned sightseeing today, but your Tour Leader is on hand to advise. Enjoy your free day in this beautiful city, shopping or enjoying the music. Prague is rich in Mozart associations and is the centre for world famous Bohemian crystal. There may be an opera performance. [B]


Day 19, Sunday, Sep 8th  

En route to Berlin today we break our journey in the historic Saxon capital of Dresden, to explore this stately city which is still being rebuilt from its near-total destruction one night in February 1945. We arrive in Berlin in the late afternoon and cross to our 5 star hotel on the Ku’Damm the main shopping street of old West Berlin. [B]


Day 20, Monday, Sep 9th  ^ Top ^

Today’s sightseeing introduces us to the city which divided Europe for 45 years - the Brandenberg Gate, the Reichstag, Unter den Linden. Will the Berlin Philharmonic be in town? [B]


Day 21, Tuesday, Sep 10th  

A free day for more sightseeing today in the city with a greater concentration of museums than London, and one of the world’s great zoos. Visit the greatest department store in the world [in your Tour Director’s humble opinion] – KaDeWe, a short walk from our hotel. Our farewell dinner tonight. [B] [D]


Day 22, Wednesday, Sep 11th  

Our tour ends after breakfast this morning [B]

Tour costs: 22 days  

By, The Currency Site

$AUD 15,950 Land Content only (join in Bucharest, leave in Berlin. Enquire about our competitive airfares) per person twin share. Single room supplement $ 2,000

Earlybird Special: Single room without supplement for bookings before September 1st 2018.

What’s included?  

  • First class rail travel in reserved seats
  • Economy Class flight Bucharest to Sofia
  • 21 nights in 5 star luxury city centre hotels with buffet breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • Full luggage handling
  • Local expert guides
  • Full time Australian Tour Director who is the tour company principal

Pre-Tour Russia’s Capitals Add-on: 

Commences 14 August, 2019

St Petersburg

Day 1, Wednesday, Aug 14th  

Our tour commences on arrival in St Petersburg, the Imperial capital of the Czars. You are transferred to our luxury 5 star hotel. Meet your fellow explorers over welcome drinks and dinner. [D]

St Petersburg

Day 2, Thursday, Aug 15th  

This morning’s city sightseeing includes the Winter Palace, St Isaac’s, the Admiralty and the Peter and Paul Fortress. In the afternoon we visit the fabled Amber Room in the Catherine Palace just outside St Petersburg. [B]

St Petersburg

Day 3, Friday, Aug 16th  

Today we visit one of the world’s greatest art galleries, the Hermitage. Its collection, from Old Masters to the Impressionists and Moderns, is widely considered to be among the world’s best. [B]

St Petersburg

Day 4, Saturday, Aug 17th  

The Hofburg Palace and its fabulous gardens are half an hour by hydrofoil down the Gulf of Finland. We visit it today. [B]


Day 5, Sunday, Aug 18th  ^ Top ^

Today we take one of Europe’s great rail journeys on the new 200kph Sapsan train (lunch on board) to Moscow, the Russian capital, until the time of Peter the Great and again since 1918. We move to our 5 star hotel near the Kremlin. [B] [D]


Day 6, Monday, Aug 19th  

Our city sightseeing tour this morning focuses on Red Square, once the site of executions and Soviet military parades, but still the focal point of Moscow life. We visit both Lenin’s tomb and St Basil’s cathedral. The afternoon is free to explore, to shop, or to ride the world famous Moscow Metro. [B]


Day 7, Tuesday, Aug 20th  

Today’s sightseeing is dedicated entirely to the Kremlin, Moscow’s fortress dating from the fifteenth century and containing cathedrals, palaces, museums (Faberge eggs) and the 200 ton Tsar bell. [B]

To Bucharest

Day 8, Wednesday, Aug 21st  

We join our flight today to Bucharest to commence the Eastern European Capitals Tour. [B]

Pre-Tour Russia’s Capitals Add-on includes:

  • First class rail travel in reserved seats
  • 7 nights in 5 star luxury city centre hotels with buffet breakfasts
  • 2 dinners
  • Economy class flight Moscow to Bucharest to join Eastern European Capitals Tour
  • Local expert guides
  • Full time Australian Tour Director who is the tour company principal

Pre-Tour Add-On Cost: $AUD$5,900 Land Content only - join in St Petersburg per person twin share. Single supplement $AUD700

Earlybird Special: Single room without supplement for bookings before September 1st 2018.

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