The Eastern Loop
The rumors you've heard about Eastern Europe are true - all of them. Castles, Communism, beer, beauty, irresistibly unique, massive nightlife, and even the opportunity to write Mom and Dad about all the history you'll learn. Spend 10 days exploring Eastern Europe’s most fascinating cities; cruising the Danube River and relaxing in the thermal baths of Budapest, writing a page in the newfound originality of Krakow, signing the John Lennon Wall in Prague, and getting medieval in Ljubljana. The East is the most fascinating, rapidly changing region in Europe, hosting the greatest parties and best atmosphere at the cheapest prices!
- Round trip transportation by private luxury coach with DVD, A/C, & bathroom
- Top rated accommodation with your friends
- Walking tours in Prague, Budapest, Krakow, and Ljubljana
- Exclusive Bus2alps discounts on additional tours and pub crawls
- Bus2alps Trip Leader
- Bus2alps Destination Guide
Please note: This trip is designed to meet in Ljubljana on Thursday after 16:00 and depart from Prague on the following Sunday. You also have the option to depart from Florence or Rome and end in Prague. If you choose to join us in Florence, you must be at the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station prior to 20:00. If you choose to join us in Rome, you must be at the Roma Termini Station prior to 16:00. Plan flights accordingly.
A BudapestB KrakowC PragueD LjubljanaE The Eastern Loop
This trip meets in Ljubljana anytime after 16:00.
Friday morning we will depart on a walking tour of historic Ljubljana. Afterwards you will have free time to explore this beautiful, historic city. We will have an optional local dinner followed by drinks at a local bar.
Saturday morning will be free to explore Ljublana's sites. We will depart at 10:00* for Lake Bled. Located a short distance away, Lake Bled is a beautiful Alpine Lake with lots of activities, and home to the magnificent Bled Castle. We will depart Bled at approximately 15:00. Travel time to Budapest is approximately 5 hours. After checking into our accommodation in Budapest, you will have the option to join us on a pub crawl.
Sunday morning we meet at 11:00* for a 3.5 hour walking tour of Budapest with a professional Hungarian guide who grew up in Communist Hungary. Breakfast will be served prior to the walking tour, and until 10:30 on each subsequent day. The walking tour is a great introduction to the city and Magyar history and culture. Major sights on the tour include St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge, Parliament building, Castle Hill/Royal Palace, and the Fisherman’s Bastion. The tour is subject to arrival time and may be switched to Saturday. If it is switched, your trip leader will show those interested to the Great Market Hall or one of the thermal bath houses. The afternoon is free to explore Budapest and its many activities. Bus2alps recommends going Caving (available Friday only), joining the Communist Walking Tour (available Friday only), visiting the thermal baths, or going on a Danube River Cruise. The Caving tour starts at 15:45. Your trip leader will show you to the Caving meeting point at 15:15. The Communist Walking Tour departs at 15:30 from the same meeting point as the Budapest Walking Tour.
Sunday night we will go out for a traditional Hungarian dinner. Meet in reception of our hostel at 21:00. Afterwards, you can join your trip leader to check out some of the great bars and underground clubs that Budapest is known for.
You are free to explore Budapest today. We recommend a visit to the Great Market Hall to try its great local cuisine and do some souvenir shopping. Get there early as the Hall closes down at 14:00. Saturday is the perfect day to visit one of the many fantastic thermal baths. Bus2alps recommends checking out the opulent Gellert Baths, located across the Danube from the Market Hall or the Szechenyi Baths, located near Heroes Square. Those of you looking to take in more of the city, your trip leader will lead you down Andrassy Utca, Budapest’s version of the Champs- Elysees, to the impressive Heroes Square.
From Heroes Square you can access the city park, and the Szechenyi Baths. Saturday you are free to try one of the many restaurants in the area. Meet at the hostel at 23:00 to check out Murphy’s Music Bar, a large party complex with many diverse rooms playing different music genres.
We will depart Budapest for Krakow at 10:00. Estimated travel time to Krakow is 8 hours**. We will arrive in Krakow at approximately 18:00 and check into our accommodation. Krakow is one of Eastern Europe’s most beautiful cities, with Europe’s largest market square, incredibly cheap and delicious food, and Europe’s highest concentration of bars (300 located near the town square). Sunday night we will head to a typical Polish meal of pierogies, stuffed cabbage, and other assorted treats. We will then head on a Pub Crawl to enjoy many of these over 300 bars.
Wednesday morning we will head out on a walking tour of Krakow at 10:00. The walking tour will explore the home of Pope John Paul II, visiting Europe’s largest market square, Krakow Castle, and other various points. The afternoon is free to visit many of Krakow’s up and coming museums, art galleries, or take a day trip out to the incredible Salt Mines. Tonight there will be an optional group dinner at a local Polish restaurant. Afterwards will be free to check out the night scene, or to wander around the beautiful medieval streets.
We will check out of our accommodation and depart Krakow at 10:00 for Prague. En route to Prague we will make a stop at the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. The most known of World War II, we will spend several hours at the site. You will have the option of a guided tour. We will depart Auschwitz-Birkenau at 15:00*. Estimated travel time to Prague is 6 hours**. We will arrive in Prague at approximately 21:00*. After check-in, you will have the option to go out to one of Prague’s raging nightlife spots.
Friday morning, after some time for breakfast and to freshen up, we hook up with the best walking tour in the city, Sandemans New Prague Walking Tour. Our 3-hour tour will cover all the main sites and stories of Prague’s fascinating history while we explore Old Town, New Town, and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is yours to explore Prague at your own pace. Options are endless: shopping sprees, monuments and museums, sipping on the local brew, and heaps more! If you’re looking for a great meal, your trip leader can point you in the direction of the Czech Kitchen, the best place to try traditional Czech cuisine at a really cheap price.
Wednesday night we take you out for a night on the town with the Clocktower Bar Crawl, the biggest bar crawl in Prague. We skip the tourist traps and hit Prague’s best local bars and clubs, and end up at an underground club that is open until dawn.
Saturday morning your trip leader will take you across the river to Mala Strana so that you can visit the Castle, Kafka Museum, the John Lennon Wall, and Charles Bridge. For a further in depth look at the Prague Castle, you can join the New Europe Castle tour. Thursday afternoon after the Bus2alps Walking Tour your trip leader will take you to U Fleku, Prague’s most famous beer hall, for a 3-course Czech meal complete with a half liter of U Fleku’s home brewed beer! After lunch, you are free to visit the rest of this magnificent city, shop at the Palladium or pick of some souvenirs at the Old Town. Thursday we will head to one of Prague’s incredible underground clubs.
Tour ends in Prague.