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, at the crossroads of Europe, 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, relaxing thermal baths, and top-notch cafés. We'll also ogle Esztergom's gigantic basilica, learn a little Hungarian history in Eger, gaze at colorful tile roofs and ponder Ottoman history in Pécs, and relax in sleepy Sopron.
We'll focus on Poland's three largest cities — Kraków, Warsaw, and Gdańsk — as the top spots for enjoying this increasinly popular nation's remarkable history and culture. We'll start with romantic Kraków: famous for its giant medieval square, Jewish district, and rich salt mines. Then it's on to the capital, Warsaw, a modern city with a booming international food scene. And up on the northern coast is Gdańsk, a proud Hanseatic city with excellent museums, nearby beach resorts, and one of the largest brick castles in the world.
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.