National Geographic Journeys

Discover Central & Eastern Europe

  • Duration 16 Days | Berlin to Bucharest
  • Group Size Small Group
  • From $5,199 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview

Combine iconic cities with destinations off the tourist trail on this 16-day tour which satiates travellers looking for fascinating cultural history, archaeological marvels, and little-known gems. Sample some of Vienna's finest eats with a culinary expert, go deep underground into a salt museum previously used as a bomb shelter, and relax along Lake Snagov, where Romanians go on holiday. Trusted local chefs, historians, and cultural experts help enrich this experience in a way that no audio tour or guidebook could ever achieve.

Trip Highlights

Explore Prague's Old Town and the charming medieval gem of Ceský Krumlov, Visit the Berlin Wall with a local historian, Take a dip in soothing waters at a thermal bathhouse in Budapest, Prepare a traditional Transylvanian meal with a local chef.

Itinerary - 16 Days

Day 1 Berlin

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Berlin (1B)

Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO before exploring sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian and delving deeper into its political and social history. Opt to take a river tour or visit galleries and museums with free time.

Day 3 Berlin/Prague (1B)

Head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.

Day 4 Prague (1B)

The day is free to explore. Wander the quarters to shop or relax at a local café. Opt to visit Prague Castle, museums, and galleries. For a truly local experience, join a beer tour and explore the world beyond pilsners. Pre-book the Czech Craft Beer & Food Tasting Tour on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour.

Day 5 Prague/Ceský Krumlov (1B)

Travel to the charming town of Ceský Krumlov. Opt to visit the castle.

Day 6 Ceský Krumlov/Vienna (1B)

Drive across the border into Austria, where we take an orientation walk with the CEO. Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and taste the world-famous Sacher Torte. Enjoy free time this evening to visit the opera house or simply enjoy a walk around the city.

Day 7 Vienna (1B)

This morning, visit the famed Naschmarkt with a culinary expert, exploring the stalls and lanes to sample some of Vienna's finest treats. This afternoon is free to wander the elegant streets. Take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries, visit the stunning Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Vienna Riding School, experience mass with the Vienna Boys Choir, or settle into a café and order a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake.

Day 8 Vienna/Budapest (1B)

Catch a train to our last stop, Budapest. Head out for an orientation walk, then visit a G Adventures-supported café whose proceeds assist Hungarians living with a disability. With some free time, opt to "take the waters" at a thermal bathhouse or visit the stunning castle. To gain deeper insight on local history, opt for a guided walk. Pre-book the "Budapest History Walking Tour" on the checkout page to include this optional activity.

Day 9 Budapest (1B)

Enjoy a full day for exploration in Budapest. Opt to visit Buda Castle, the famous thermal baths or take a bike tour of the city.

Day 10 Budapest (1B, 1L)

Explore Budapest by embarking on a guided historic tour of the city. Start at Heroes Square and hop on the metro to learn the history of Europe's second oldest underground transportation system. Discover the Opera House, Liberty Square and Chain Bridge, ending at the Great Market Hall with a typical Hungarian lunch. The afternoon is free to explore.

Day 11 Budapest/Cluj-Napoca (1B)

Embark on a full-day transfer from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca. Along the way, stop in Egerszalók to visit the Salt Hill terraces. These rare salt springs and water terraces are a great place to stretch our legs or enjoy a picnic.

Day 12 Cluj-Napoca/Sighi?oara (1B)

Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine, the world's deepest underground salt museum and marvel at 2,000 years of history and highly preserved galleries. Learn about all the purposes of the mine over the years, from being used as a World War II bomb shelter to becoming a warehouse for storing cheese. From here, head to Sighi?oara and enjoy an orientation walk of the old town on arrival.

Day 13 Sighi?oara/Brasov (1B, 1L)

Transfer to the small medieval village of Medias. Together with a local chef, visit the market to pick out fresh ingredients for your Transylvanian cooking class and learn about the cultural and gastronomical influences found in Transylvanian cuisine. In the afternoon, head to the town of Brasov to visit the famous Black Church.

Day 14 Brasov (1B)

Enjoy a free morning to explore Brasov's baroque architecture and beautiful squares. Later, visit the haunting Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle, for a guided visit. Afterwards, head to the castle's tea house for an afternoon tea accompanied by the on-site historian and learn about the castle's eerie past and connection with Dracula.

Day 15 Brasov/Bucharest (1B)

Travel back to Bucharest, stopping to visit Snagov Monastery and its intricately painted walls. Dating back to the 14th century, the monastery is believed to hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler. Once in Bucharest, enjoy a walking tour. Opt for a final night out on the town.

Day 16 Bucharest (1B)

Depart at any time.

Discover Central & Eastern Europe

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