Tallinn to Prague

On this short tour you will get to visit the historic old towns of five distinct Eastern-European capitals. Many being so well preserved, there are countless cathedrals, marketplaces, plazas and cobbled streets to be explored and European charm in abundance. You will also explore the harrowing but historically-significant Auschwitz concentration camp.

Day 1 to 1 – Arrive Tallinn

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, is a picturesque town located on the Gulf of Finland. It is famous for its enchanting historic centre, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Roam the cobbled streets and explore scenic ruins or climb the hill of Toompea, which is filled with medieval buildings, 14th century churches, turrets, spires and enticing alleyways.

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Tallinn also offers alluring boutique shopping similar to that found in Swiss cities. The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2011, and the city is full of artists and artisans so you may also find wonderfully made glass, weaving and pottery here. The cafe scene is thriving and you can find everything from sunlit street cafes to Art Deco style bakeries. Within the walls of the Old Town there are lots of excellent restaurants to enjoy and a thriving nightlife, with clubs open until the wee hours. Estonians are true beer lovers so you might like to try an authentic local brew.

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Optional Excursions

Kadriorg Palace & Park – 5.50 EUR • Lahemaa National Park Day Tour – 55 EUR • Coastal Cliffs & Soviet Paldiski Day Tour – 45 EUR • Tallinn City Museum – 4 EUR • Estonian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum – 8 EUR • TV Tower – 10 EUR • St. Olav’s Church & Viewing Deck – 2 EUR • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Free • Walking Tour – Free

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Day 2 to 3 – Riga

Riga is more than 800 years old and its clever blend of medieval centre and modern city infrastructure will enchant you. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town has its own particular charm, while the city is also famous for its fascinating Art Nouveau architectural heritage which you can discover as you wander the streets of this ‘Paris of the East’. A must-do is a visit to Riga’s most famous Gothic church, St Peter’s, thought to be about 800 years old. Its famous spire has been rebuilt three times in the same form since 1667, with its latest rebuild completed in 1973. Climb the spire and enjoy spectacular views over the city.

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Optional Excursions

Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum – 2.50 EUR • St Peter’s Church Tower – 9 EUR • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia – Free • Walking Tour – Free • The Dome Cathedral – Free • Museum Art Nouveau – 6 EUR • Academy of Sciences Observation Deck – 3.50 EUR

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 4 to 5 – Vilnius

The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius boasts an attractive baroque Old Town that is the largest in Eastern Europe and is praised as the ‘New Prague’. Located on the edge of the Neris River, with its pine covered hills, friendly people, and blend of old and new, this is a picturesque city well worth exploring. You will have time to explore the main sights of the city including Gediminas Castle on the top of Gediminas Hill and Cathedral Square at the base of the hill, which is dominated by Vilnius Cathedral and its 57 metre-tall belfry.

While you’re exploring the square between the cathedral and the tower you should hunt for the secret stebuklas (miracle) tile. The tile marks the southern end of the 2 million person, 650 kilometre long human chain between Tallinn and Vilnius, which was formed in protest against Soviet occupation in 1989. Local legend has it that if you find the pretty mosaic-covered tile you should stand on it and turn around three times clockwise while making a wish, which shall then be granted.

Included Excursions

Entry & Guided tour of the KGB Museum

Optional Excursions

Trakai Castle – 6 EUR • Grutas Park – 6.5 EUR • Walking Tour – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 6 to 7 – Warsaw

Warsaw, Poland’s capital, has been revitalised as a tourist destination. The city was almost entirely destroyed in World War II but a lot of effort has gone into its rebuilding. Since the fall of communism many old buildings have given way to modern skyscrapers, the dilapidated old town has been brightened up, and entertainment and services transformed to match that of other western capitals.

Home to various palaces, castles and citadels, Warsaw is noted for the Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science, as well as the marketplace at the 10th Anniversary Stadium, a converted festival site where you can buy all sorts of interesting items. Also recommended is a visit to the Old Town, which was rebuilt between 1949 and 1963 after being destroyed in World War II in the Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles of architecture from the 17th and 18th centuries. You can visit the Historical Museum of Warsaw and Royal Castle at nearby Old Town Square.

Optional Excursions

Warsaw Uprising Museum – 18 PLN • Palace of Culture and Science Observation Deck – 20 PLN • Museum of the History of Polish Jews – 30 PLN • Lazienki Park and Palace – 40 PLN • Royal Castle Tour – 23 PLN • Walking Tour – Free • Wilanow Palace – 20 PLN

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 8 to 9 – Kraków

Poland’s more famous and cultural city is Kraków, which has managed to preserve centuries of amazing architecture and artistic traditions as most of the historic buildings and monuments emerged unscathed from World War II. Kraków was the royal capital for 500 years so a must-see is the royal Wawel Castle, a beautiful renaissance palace which now houses a museum. During the evening the cosmopolitan city offers a wild nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, music clubs and bars to explore.

Kraków is our base to visit the UNESCO listed Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp, a sobering tribute to the people that perished there during the Holocaust. Situated close to the Polish town of O?wi?cim, the camp was originally designed for Polish political prisoners but became the most notorious camp of World War II because an estimated 1.6 million people of 27 nationalities, including 1.1 million Jews, 150,000 Poles and 23,000 Roma were killed by the Nazis.

Optional Excursions

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour – 130 PLN • Oskar Schindler’s Factory – 21 PLN • Saint Mary’s Basilica – 10 PLN • Galicia Jewish Museum – 15 PLN • Wawel Royal Castle – 25 PLN • Walking Tour – Free

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hotels

Meals

2 Breakfast

Day 10 to 10 – High Tatras Mountains

The High Tatras constitutes of a large mountain range which forms a natural border between Slovakia and Poland and is the highest mountain range of the Carpathians. The tallest mountain is Gerlach at 2,655 metres, located in Slovakia just north of Poprad.

After making our way to Starý Smokovec (Nový Smokovec) we have time to relax and unwind. For the energetic there is an opportunity to go to the nearby mountains for some hiking. There are various paths ranging from gentle to highly demanding, winding among spectacular peaks and rock walls. Alternatively you can admire some of the beautiful natural sites of the region, such as the glacial lake of Strebske Pleso.

Optional Excursions

Summer Toboggan (Tatrabob) – 3 EUR • Hiking – Free • Water Park – 22 EUR • Bike Hire – from 12 EUR • Solisko Chairlift – 13 EUR • Furnicular ride – 7 EUR

Accommodation

1 night(s) in a guesthouse. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 11 to 11 – Overnight train to Prague

After getting our fill of the crisp mountain air we board an overnight train to Prague.

Included Excursions

Guided Tour of Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Accommodation

1 night(s) on overnight sleeper trains. No single room upgrade available.

Meals

1 Breakfast

Day 12 to 12 – Prague

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and you will have plenty of free time to visit the stunning City of 1,000 Spires, including the bustling Old Town Square where you can find a beautiful astronomical clock, the enchanting Charles Bridge where you can watch artists and buskers at work and Wenceslas Square. There is also time to wander the lofty heights of Hradčany Castle and St Vitus Cathedral for magical views over the city.

Prague is a town that loves to party so you may also want to experience the nightlife as there are many great bars and restaurants and plenty of pulsating night clubs to enjoy. Czechs have been brewing beer since the 9th century and invented the world’s first Pilsner, so Prague offers a great opportunity to sample some of the world’s finest beers.

Optional Excursions

Kutna Hora Day Trip – 700 CZK • Brewery Tour – 1200 CZK • Beer Tasting – 590 CZK • Hradcany Castle – 350 CZK • Jewish Museum – 300 CZK • Town Hall Clock Tower – 120 CZK • Boat Tour – 260 CZK • Mucha Museum – 240 CZK • City of Prague Museum – 120 CZK • Karlstejn Castle – 270 CZK

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hotels

Day 13 to 13 – Depart Prague

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast

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