Bulgaria is a land of intriguing contrasts, where east flirts with west. Join us as we marvel at Bulgaria's beautiful and diverse topography, from rustic mountain villages to rugged farmland to sleek seaside resorts.
Sunny Croatia and alpine Slovenia offer contrasting but equally inviting ways to taste the eastern Adriatic. We'll meander from Alpine lakes to the Italian-flavored Istrian peninsula to sun-soaked islands on the Dalmatian coast, with stops along the way at the pristine Plitvice Lakes and the fascinating cities of Ljubljana, Split, and Dubrovnik.
This trio of Eastern Europe's most accessible and enjoyable countries combine well for a fascinating and variety-packed trip. We'll explore bohemian Prague, charming Kraków, gorgeous Gdańsk, bustling Budapest, and some lesser-known stops in between.
Quirky Hungary is home to a still-vibrant café culture and even older rural traditions. We'll take a tour through the land of the Magyars, focusing on the dynamic capital city, Budapest, with its opulent architecture, fascinating museums, and relaxing thermal baths. We'll also ogle Esztergom's gigantic basilica, learn a little Hungarian history in Eger and Ottoman history in Pécs, and relax in sleepy Sopron.
We'll focus on Poland's three largest cities — Kraków, Warsaw, and Gdańsk. We'll start with romantic Kraków: famous for its giant medieval square, Jewish district, and salt mines. Then visit the capital, Warsaw, a modern city with a booming international food scene and Gdańsk, a proud Hanseatic city with excellent museums and nearby beach resorts.
Few cities can match Prague's over-the-top romance and evocative Old World charm. We'll learn why bohemian Prague is known for the best beer and Art Nouveau in Europe, get a feel for its year-round music-festival atmosphere, and revel in its abundance of beautifully preserved facades from every architectural era.
In this formerly forbidden corner of Europe, a blend of east and west has created a region unlike any other. We'll visit the treasure-packed city of St. Petersburg, where we'll marvel at the masterpieces in the Hermitage and other Tsarist treasures; then it's on to Tallinn — the charmingly Germanic capital of Estonia — and finally to Helsinki, Finland's fast-growing, prosperous capital.