Highlights of Eastern Europe - End Budapest, Classic Group

Delight your senses on the Highlights of Eastern Europe tour as you travel through Budapest, Warsaw and Vienna alongside Local Experts. In the German capital, a robust Berlin sightseeing itinerary meanders through the leafy Tiergarten of the Reichstag building, to the Brandenburg Gate and along the Unter den Linden to the State Opera House, and Museum Island. In Vienna, see, hear and taste the city from a local perspective at the Mozart & Strauss Concert dinner—with a menu composed of traditional Austrian delicacies and classical music masterpieces. Across the border in the Polish Capital, enjoy the Warsaw Cooking of an expert chef with a demonstration of traditional dumpling making techniques.
Tour details
Tour Provider Insight Vacations
Price From
Number of Days
Start Location
Budapest, Hungary
End Location
Budapest, Hungary
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
30 to 40
Tour Style
Tour Themes
No specific theme
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Welcome to Budapest
Budapest sets the scene for a memorable journey around Eastern Europe. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a local restaurant. Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialities, accompanied by specially selected wine.
Delve into Budapest Relaxed Start
Visit the *Liszt Academy of Music for a guided tour followed by an enchanting recital. Stroll through the alleys of the Old Town of Buda with a local expert to admire the façade of Matthias Church and take in the views from the Fisherman's Bastion. In the evening, perhaps choose an optional experience to see this fairy-tale city as you cruise along the Danube and enjoy a meal of Hungarian specialities? (*on occasions the Liszt Academy will be replaced by an organ recital at the Matthias Church).
The Mountains to Kraków
Take a gentle drive into Slovakia and through the breathtaking Low Tatra Mountains. Stop at scenic Donovaly. Continue north to see the picturesque Oravský Hrad Castle, where villagers still live in traditional wooden houses, before crossing into Poland and continuing to historic Kraków.
The Damsels and Dragons of Kraków Relaxed Start
Join a Local Expert to ascend Wawel Hill and visit the cathedral. Walk past the former residence of Pope John Paul II through the Old Town, to Europe's largest and most beautiful town square. See the medieval Sukiennice Cloth Hall and visit the 14th-century St. Mary's Basilica, the most important church in the city. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the trumpeter in the tower. Why not join an Optional Experience and journey into a glistening subterranean world at the 600-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mines? In a maze of tunnels deep below the surface, witness unique salt sculptures, sunken lakes and even a glorious cathedral carved entirely out of rock salt by the miners. Alternatively, enjoy time at leisure.
Auschwitz and on to Warsaw
Join a Local Expert at Oświęcim, better known throughout the world by its German name, Auschwitz, infamous for its role during the Holocaust. Spend reflective moments amid the remains of the concentration camp and the memorials to those who died. Continue across the Polish plains to the country’s capital, Warsaw for the night. Dumplings are an Eastern European tradition, so in the evening enjoy a dumpling demonstration and delightful Highlight Dinner.
The Polish Capital of Warsaw Relaxed Start
Join a Local Expert in the morning to see the Old Town, Royal Castle and Palace of Culture. Visit the Chopin Memorial in the Łazienki Park. Pay your respects at the Monument to the Ghetto Hers and then enjoy a free afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps attend a Chopin recital or delve into Warsaw's inspirational past?
Wielkopolska to Berlin
Your route leads westward, across the rolling farmlands of the central plains, over the Oder River to enter Germany. Your destination is the vibrant capital of Berlin where you can try traditional Berliner cuisine.
The Spirit of Berlin Relaxed Start
Prepare to embrace the rejuvenated spirit of Berlin. Join a Local Expert for a drive through the leafy Tiergarten to the refurbished Reichstag building and see the Brandenburg Gate. On the eastern side, take the Unter den Linden past the State Opera House to Museum Island.
Dresden and Golden Prague
Journey south to Dresden. Almost totally destroyed by horrific air raids in 1945, Dresden has now risen again from the ashes in a blend of old and new. See the reconstructed Frauenkirche and walk past the colossal ‘Procession of the Princes' on the wall of the Royal Palace. Explore around the Catholic cathedral to view the tiered facades of the opera house and the Baroque Zwinger Palace. After free time for lunch, head for the Czech border, high in the Ore Mountains and continue to the capital city of Prague.
Prague, City of a Hundred Spires
Explore Prague with Insight Choice. Choose to walk the courtyards of the Castle and visit the imposing St. Vitus Cathedral. Alternatively, join your Local Expert for a walk through the Jewish Quarter and learn about a different side of the history of Prague. The city is then yours to explore. Perhaps walk in the footsteps of kings along the Royal Route? Czechs are passionate about their beer, so be sure to try the local pilsners, alongside the Czech cuisine.
Bohemian Český Krumlov Relaxed Start
A journey through the green Bohemian countryside will bring you to České Budějovice. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery to sample the beer and discover the secrets of how this golden vintage is made. Continue on to Český Krumlov, a picturesque medieval town nestled on the banks of the Vltava. Walk the narrow cobbled streets and arch-covered footpaths, past colourful townhouses and centuries-old inns. With a Castle Guide, visit the fairy-tale, red-roofed castle, considered by many to be the finest in the land. After the day trippers have left, soak up the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site at a local restaurant. Enjoy a traditional Czech Highlight Dinner of local specialities.
Stately Vienna Relaxed Start
Cross the border into Austria and enjoy a delightful journey to Vienna. The afternoon is free for you to explore this stately capital and later why not enjoy a delightful Austrian meal with the option to dine at a country mansion?
The Habsburgs of Vienna
Vienna owes much of its present-day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then, take some great photos on a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. Explore Vienna with Insight Choice. Choose between a visit to a traditional Viennese café to enjoy local specialities of coffee and Sachertorte or alternatively, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience during an inclusive workshop and take to the floor in a Viennese Waltz dance workshop designed to support the visually impaired community. Enjoy a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare with drinks at a local restaurant, before sitting down to an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music.
Depart Budapest
A transfer arrives at Budapest airport in the early afternoon. For those extending their stay, a stop is also made at the Kempinski Hotel Budapest.
  • 6 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
27 Apr 2024 10 May 2024 Available $7,750
11 May 2024 24 May 2024 Available $8,175
18 May 2024 31 May 2024 Available $6,540
01 Jun 2024 14 Jun 2024 Available $6,760
08 Jun 2024 21 Jun 2024 onRequest $8,750
22 Jun 2024 05 Jul 2024 Available $6,956
29 Jun 2024 12 Jul 2024 Available $6,740
13 Jul 2024 26 Jul 2024 onRequest $7,525
27 Jul 2024 09 Aug 2024 Available $6,020
03 Aug 2024 16 Aug 2024 Available $6,020
10 Aug 2024 23 Aug 2024 Available $6,020
17 Aug 2024 30 Aug 2024 Available $6,020
31 Aug 2024 13 Sep 2024 Available $6,280
14 Sep 2024 27 Sep 2024 Available $8,195
21 Sep 2024 04 Oct 2024 Available $6,556
28 Sep 2024 11 Oct 2024 Available $6,280
12 Oct 2024 25 Oct 2024 Available $6,280
12 Apr 2025 25 Apr 2025 Available $8,539
26 Apr 2025 09 May 2025 Available $8,683
03 May 2025 16 May 2025 Available $9,194
10 May 2025 23 May 2025 Available $9,194
17 May 2025 30 May 2025 Available $9,194
31 May 2025 13 Jun 2025 Available $9,539
07 Jun 2025 20 Jun 2025 Available $9,948
21 Jun 2025 04 Jul 2025 Available $9,861
28 Jun 2025 11 Jul 2025 Available $9,516
05 Jul 2025 18 Jul 2025 Available $9,459
12 Jul 2025 25 Jul 2025 Available $8,389
26 Jul 2025 08 Aug 2025 Available $8,389
02 Aug 2025 15 Aug 2025 Available $8,389
09 Aug 2025 22 Aug 2025 Available $8,389
16 Aug 2025 29 Aug 2025 Available $8,389
25 Aug 2025 07 Sep 2025 Available $8,798
30 Aug 2025 12 Sep 2025 Available $8,798
01 Sep 2025 14 Sep 2025 Available $8,826
06 Sep 2025 19 Sep 2025 Available $8,826
08 Sep 2025 21 Sep 2025 Available $8,826
13 Sep 2025 26 Sep 2025 Available $9,229
15 Sep 2025 28 Sep 2025 Available $9,229
20 Sep 2025 03 Oct 2025 Available $9,229
27 Sep 2025 10 Oct 2025 Available $8,798
04 Oct 2025 17 Oct 2025 Available $8,798
11 Oct 2025 24 Oct 2025 Available $8,798