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!
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The trip departs Rome from the Termini train station. The meeting point is in front of the Nike store at the front of the train station. Please meet your trip leader 20 minutes prior to departure. Travel to Budapest is by private luxury coach with A/C, DVD, and bathroom. We make one 45 minute stop. Upon arrival to Ljubljana, we will immediately check into our accommodation.
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 before departing 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 that evening for Budapest. After checking into our accommodation in Budapest, you will have the option to join us on a pub crawl.
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 this morning. We will check into our accommodation upon arrival. 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 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 for Prague. 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.
Sunday we will depart Prague for Rome. We will check out of our accommodation when we depart. We will make one stop en route for food. We arrive back in Rome after 3,000 miles, 7 countries, 4 incredible cities, and the best vacation of your life.
Walking Tours: There will be a walking tour of the highlights of each city on this tour. The tours are geared towards young travelers and use comedy and popular analgoies to relate how incredible these cities are to you. The walking tours help connect these well connected cities, and will help you better understand the significance of European history on present day society.
New Europe Tours: New Europe offers several specialized tours in each city on this tour that supplement the overall city tour. Everyone with Bus2alps receives a big discount on the tours.
Clock Tower Pub Crawl: The top Pub Crawl in Prague, and one of the best in Europe, all Bus2alps group members get a Free T-Shirt, VIP and priority entrance for each bar, and a champagne toast at the start.
Auschwitz Guided Tour: Somber, chilling, but a very important part of Europe history.
Wieliczka Salt Mine: One of the world’s oldest companies, the salt mines stretch for 3.5 km below the town of Wieliczka, and is one of the coolest day trips from Krakow.
Caving: Get a little dirty exploring the labyrinth of the Matyas cave system of Budapest. During this 3-hour tour you get to climb on walls, crawl through narrow passages, and see just what is going underneath the city. Be sure to bring boots or tennis shoes.
Bike rentals: In all cities on this tour it is possible to rent bikes, or even join an organized bike tour. Bus2alps is able to organize discounted rentals in certain cities. Check with your trip leader.
Danube River Cruise: A beautiful and fun way to see the city of Budapest.