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Worldwide Discovery at Extraordinary Value

2018 Enhanced! Eastern Europe to the Black Sea

Hungary: Budapest • Croatia: Batina, Osijek, Vukovar • Serbia: Novi Sad, Belgrade • Bulgaria: Vidin, Ruse • Romania: Constanta, Bucharest

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14 Days from only $2995 including international airfare

Activity Level:

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Courtesy Small World Productions
Prague and Budapest

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa to discover the Old World splendor on display in Prague and Budapest.

Courtesy Titus-Armand Napirlica
The Egg Painter

See the artistry behind the art in this special look into Romanian egg painting.

Courtesy David Conover and Compass Light productions
The Starogradska Music of Serbia

Sing along to Starogradska music—the traditional songs of love and longing that warm the hearts of Belgrade’s tavern patrons.

Courtesy Kirsten Horne
The Missing Lynx

Travel through the wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains in search of wolves, bears, and the elusive lynx.

Courtesy Anika Pilnei and Ian Cross
Great Railway Journeys of Europe: Budapest to Warsaw

Follow historian Julian Davison on a railroad journey that unveils this region’s complex history.

including international airfare
13 DAYS FROM $2195 River Cruise Only
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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Pre-trip: Prague, Czech Republic

4 nights from: $845 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Prague

Watch travelers sample local beer and visit ninth-century Prague Castle on their optional extension.

Discover the “City of 100 Spires,” the name given to Prague for its many hilltop neighborhoods, where rows of steeples stand out against the city’s skyline. An ancient city and new cultural capital for Eastern Europe, Prague exudes Old World character and a modern, vibrant spirit. Wander about the city’s twisting cobblestone streets and old neighborhoods, where ancient houses crowd each other along narrow lanes. Experience the museums and cathedrals that make Prague stand out as one of Europe’s finest cities.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 4 nights
Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Included tours: Prague • Bratislava
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • Depart the U.S. today on your flight to Prague.

  • Arrive today in Prague. You are met at the airport by a Grand Circle representative and transferred to your hotel. Your Program Director will advise you of our check-in status and activity schedule for the day when you arrive.

    You have the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to relax after your overseas flight, or venture out for your own explorations. During the afternoon, you can join your Program Director for a walk to get acquainted with the vicinity around your hotel.

    Prague’s regal beauty spreads on both sides of the winding Vltava River, connected by 16 picturesque bridges. Like Rome and San Francisco, the city is built over a series of hills, and its varied architecture spans many centuries.

    Get better acquainted with your Program Director and traveling companions over a Welcome Drink. You can ask your Program Director for suggestions as to where to dine on your own.

  • After breakfast and an orientation briefing, enjoy a tour of the city—a great way to get acclimated and identify the places you may wish to revisit on your own.

    You'll discover the Stare Mesto, Prague's Old Town, with its many wonderful Gothic and Baroque buildings. See the famous 15th-century astronomical clock at the Old Town Hall. Every hour, crowds assemble below to watch Christ and the twelve Apostles appear at two little windows above the clock face, followed by the skeleton of Death tolling the bell. 

    After lunch on your own, you can return to your hotel—joining your Program Director on Prague's subway system—or spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring Prague at your own pace. Perhaps you'll return to Wenceslas Square to take in the collections of the National Museum.

    Or late this afternoon, join an optional excursion to the Czech countryside. Settled since the Middle Ages, the Kokorinsko region is perhaps best known for its hops fields and small breweries (in the nation with the highest beer consumption per capita in the world). The town of Cicovice, a historical village in Bohemia, will transport you back in time with the largest collection of genuine 17th- and 18th-century timber architecture in the Czech Republic.

  • Perhaps you'll contrast your discoveries of historic Prague from the previous day with more modern aspects such as the Dancing House, whose unusual contemporary architecture is framed by the Vltava River. Or visit the Mala Strana, the eighth-century market town that today is a quaint neighborhood of cobbled streets, boutiques, and Baroque churches and palaces.

    As it was during the zenith of the Bohemian kingdom, Prague still ranks as the thriving center of the country, with an artistic community reminiscent of Paris in the 1920s. This evening, you might seek out some of Europe's best jazz venues, excellent opera, or innovative theater groups.

    Or, join am optional tour of Sychrov Castle, the 18th-century residence of a noble family returned to its former glory by an extensive reconstruction and restoration of the manor house's exteriors and interiors, as well as of the nearby park.

  • Continue your independent explorations of Prague this morning. You might take in St. George's Church, with its tenth-century towers and the elegant Royal Gardens with their marble monuments.

    Or join our optional tour for a sobering visit to Terezin, site of the World War II concentration camp of Theresienstadt. Located less than 40 miles northwest of Prague, this entire town, bordered by an 18th-century fortress, was turned into a concentration camp by the Nazis. This powerful experience also includes a visit to the Ghetto Museum.

    This evening, join us for dinner at one of Prague's local restaurants.

    • Meals included:

    Today you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the variety of scenery and the changing landscapes as you ride for most of the day in a comfortable motorcoach on your way to Budapest. Along your route, add another country to your list with a stop for lunch in Slovakia's quirky and charming capital, Bratislava. Afterward, enjoy a neighborhood walk with your Program Director.

    You'll arrive in Budapest in the early evening to begin your Eastern Europe to the Black Sea River Cruise Tour. Dinner will be onboard your river ship.

Please note: Prague is a pre-trip extension on the Budapest to Bucharest itinerary and a post-trip extension on the Bucharest to Budapest itinerary. This extension may not be available for all departures. Additional taxes and fees will apply. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.

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