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Central Europe

Often considered "Eastern Europe" since most were part of the former Eastern Bloc under the Soviet Union, we prefer classifying Poland, Czechia, Austria & Hungary as Central Europe: there are countries which are eastern. 

Packed with mesmerizing cities once capitals to very powerful kingdoms and charming towns on former prosperous trading routes, this region is full of cultural heritage to delight history and city lovers. Below are some inspirations - speak to us to design your own personalized journey!

AUSTRIA

CZECHIA

POLAND

HUNGARY

 

AUSTRIA

Culture & History

Vienna, capital of the once dominant Austro-Hungarian Empire, is a cultural and historical treasure trove with numerous great museums, several splendid palaces and the old town is studded with outstanding historical buildings.

Despite being much smaller, Salzburg is no lass fascinating, the whitewashed old town is pleasant to wander in and has several noteworthy museums.

Capital of the Alps, Innsbruck, home to one of the three most important Habsburg imperial palaces, is also a lovely city break after days in the mountains.

Scenic Drives

Austria might not have mountains as high as Switzerland, yet its portion of the Alps are holds it own charm too and conveniently reached from Salzburg. Pretty villages from the busy Hallstatt to quiet ones with hardly any tourists can be found all over the Austrian Alps. 

 

The rolling hills, quaint towns and vineyards of the Wachau Valley also make for a very pleasant drive and perhaps a night's stop as an alternative to travelling between Vienna and Salzburg by train. 

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Suggested Duration:

From 07 days depending on how in depth you wish to discover Austria, with more days if you will like to combine with other countries. 

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.

 

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CZECHIA

Culture & History

In spite of the country's relative small size, it features high on many travelers' bucket list thanks to iconic Prague as well as the charming small town of Cesky Krumlov.

Beyond these popular places, beer lovers may love Pilsen and castle fanatics can hop between castles, such as Karlštejn Castle with the imperial jewels, Konopiste Castle, former residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the romantic Hluboka Castle and more.

Natural Scenery

As the country is relatively flat, the mostly forested landscape is generally not dramatic, one interesting option is the pretty Bohemian Switzerland National Park which is increasingly popular.

Suggested Duration:

As Czechia can be easily covered in under 05 days, it is ideal to combine with other nearby destinations - Bavaria, Austria, Poland or even Hungary.

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.

 

POLAND

Culture & History

Spared from damage during World War II, Krakow's atmospheric medieval old town is an impressive highlight increasingly on travellers' radar. The spectacular royal buildings on Wawel Hill is worthwhile to spend at least a half day to marvel at Poland's former wealth and power.

Bored of the medieval buildings? There are numerous interesting options out of Krakow for a change from sobering Auschwitz to fascinating Wieliczska Salt Mine

With only its relatively smaller old town core and a few other districts rebuilt to their pre-war look after the city's horrific destruction in 1944, Warsaw's biggest draw is the numerous excellent museums telling the various aspects of the city's history from Chopin to Polish Jews to WWII.

In Krakow & Warsaw, there are also various museums documenting the hard times under Nazi occupation and the Communist regime where visitors will also come to recognize and admire Poland's indomitable spirit to be a strong and independent nation.

For a more in depth understanding of Poland's complex history, journey to lesser known cities such as Gdansk and Wrocław.

Scenic Drives

The countryside of southern Poland may not be impressive, yet it is very pleasant to drive through, particularly to visit one or two or more of the tiny remote castles dotting the region and be away from the cities and tourist crowds. It is also possible to even overnight in a converted castle!

Nature Hikes

Not too far from Krakow is Zakopane, gateway to the Tatra Mountains on the border with Slovakia. Trails of varying difficulty are available to enjoy this rugged region. 

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Suggested Duration:

About 06 days to simply uncover the best of Krakow and Warsaw, more if you wish to visit elsewhere in Poland and/or other countries in the region. 

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.

 

HUNGARY

Similar to Czechia, Hungary requires little introduction, for Budapest is no less a charming city than Vienna and Prague, and often a great combination to dazzle those seeking a grand tour of European imperial capitals.

A fantastic day trip option is the small cities and towns along the Danube Bend, EsztergomVisegrád and Szentendre, each with their own draw factors from fortresses to colorful houses.

Most of Hungary is relatively flat with little remarkable scenery and highlights, but there can be interesting little gems we are in the midst of finding out.

Suggested Duration:

At least 3 to 4 nights to fully savour all that Budapest can offer, ideal to combine with other countries.

Indicative Costs:

Sample programs coming soon, for now please contact us for more details.