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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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Easy

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Prague and Budapest

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

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The Egg Painter

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

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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.

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The Missing Lynx

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

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Great Railway Journeys of Europe: Budapest to Warsaw

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

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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

Easy

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

Moderate

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:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

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: Vienna, Austria

3 nights from: $695 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Vienna

Visit the famed Spanish Riding School and sample local flavors on this optional extension.

Explore Vienna, Austria—a magnificent, culture-rich hub that retains the grace and charm that has helped it stand out among great European cities for centuries, and walk the streets where Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and Freud strolled. Once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna came to symbolize the splendor of an age, one recaptured by wandering among the city’s Baroque palaces and other stunning architecture.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights
Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Included tour: Vienna • Schoenbrun Palace
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • Fly overnight to Vienna.

  • Arrive in Vienna, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport and you'll be transferred to your hotel. You'll have the opportunity to relax after your international flight and join an orientation walk with your Program Director this afternoon. You'll also receive a 24-hour public transit pass to facilitate you independent discoveries in this romantic city. This evening, gather for a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers, followed by dinner in a local restaurant.

  • After breakfast, you'll enjoy a tour of Vienna, including the Ringstrasse, one of the many achievements of the Emperor Franz Joseph. In 1857, the Emperor ordered the demolition of the ancient city walls, which were no longer needed as fortifications and which were impeding the growth of the city. In their place was constructed an elegant 2.5-mile-long boulevard, encircling the Innere Stadt. The Neo-classical buildings along the Ringstrasse bring together all the greatest architectural styles in an exuberant celebration of all that seemed possible during the Industrial Revolution.

    Your stroll continues along the city sidewalks, passing by the well-known Imperial Palace, home to many generations of the Habsburg family, and the renowned Spanish Riding School.

    The balance of the day is free to relax or explore more on your own.

  • You have the day at leisure to relax or travel as the locals do and take public transportation to the majestic Schoenbrun Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for an audio-guided tour. Explore this regal 16th-century estate, which is owned by the Habsburg family, to trace its vast history.

    Today, you'll have lunch in a local restaurant and then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore this unique city on your own, Vienna has served as home and inspiration to some of the world's greatest artists, thinkers, and musicians. You'll see statues of Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mahler throughout the city, and see how music is such an integral part of Viennese life. The numerous performances of the Vienna State Opera House are the constant talk of the town, and its performers are treated like celebrities. The strains of waltz music emanate from the many cafes, and the entertainment moves outdoors to the sidewalks in good weather.

    Dinner is on your own. Spend this evening as you wish.

    Or, join us for an optional Musical Vienna tour. Sit back and let the strains of classical composers carry you off to the former glory of this imperial city.

    • Meals included:

    Enjoy more time to make discoveries at your own pace in Vienna. You might want to visit the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg Palace. Formerly the residence of the Habsburg rulers, the Hofburg contains the 19-room state and residential apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth, which are open to the public. In an impressively staged exhibition, the Sissi Museum seeks to give the visitor an understanding of the myths and reality surrounding the figure of Empress Elisabeth. The Imperial Silver Collection is a fascinating museum containing the porcelain, glass, and silverware once used at the imperial table.

    Or, you may choose to join us for our Best of Vienna optional tour to get to know three completely different faces of Vienna.

    This afternoon, you'll transfer via coach to Budapest to join your Eastern Europe to the Black Sea River Cruise Tour.

Please note: Vienna 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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