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17 Day Eastern Europe Explorer

  • Discover the history & beauty of Eastern Europe
  • Tour Austria, Poland, Czech Republic & More
Includes Return International Flights

Discover the myths, the legends, and the castles seemingly dreamt up in fairytales on this Eastern Europe Explorer package. No longer overshadowed by the west, Eastern Europe has become the new go-to destination for travellers seeking out a different side of Europe - and this 17-day package showcases it all!

Experience the history, culture, landscapes and cuisine of six remarkable countries - Czech Republic (Czechia), Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. Enjoy free time to explore the evocative streets of Prague, Krakow, Bucharest and Vienna at leisure, then tick off the most iconic sights on guided tours. Visit the lively Slovakian capital of Bratislava, and explore the city of Budapest - often called the ‘Paris of the East’ - on the beautiful Danube River. Visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp, travel through the stunning Transylvania region, and even discover the village of Brasov in the Carparthian Mountain.

With return flights, 14 nights hotel accommodation, English-speaking tour leader and guides, return airport transfers and more, this trip is the perfect way to experience the cultural resurgence of Eastern Europe first hand.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from Auckland, *Christchurch or *Wellington for Vienna, Austria. Fly with airlines such as Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways or Swiss Airlines to name a few (subject to availability).

Please note due to flight scheduling, some customers will depart day 2 and arrive day 2. Flight schedules will be confirmed approximately 6 weeks from departure.


Meals included: In-Flight

Welcome to Vienna! Upon arrival, be met by a tour representative and transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Ibis Styles Messe Prater or similar, Vienna, Austria
Meals included: None

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a half day guided tour of the city (entrances not included). You will follow the Ringstrasse, the central area where the Opera, the historic Art Museum, Parliament, the City Hall, University, and National Theatre are located. You will also see the Prater neighbourhood with its panoramic ferris wheel, and perhaps Vienna’s most famous attraction – St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in the imperial capital city of Austria.

Overnight: Ibis Styles Messe Prater or similar, Vienna, Austria
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart for Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and upon arrival enjoy an orientation tour. See the Gothic Cathedral, the Archbishop Palace, the Opera, the Tower of St. Michael and more. Afterwards walk through the main square before continuing to Bratislava Castle, perched atop a hill with beautiful views of the city below. This afternoon continue to Prague where you will stay the night.

Overnight: Hotel Royal Prague or similar, Prague, Czech Republic
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel, join your local guide for a half day tour of the city (entrances not included). Visit the Hradcany Borough (the Castle district) where you will see the Royal Castle “Hrad”, the “Zlata Ulicka” (Golden Street) and the Gothic Cathedral of St Vitius. Afterwards, visit Mala Strana (Lesser Town) where you will see St Nicholas Church, a masterpiece of baroque art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to discover the ‘City of the Hundred Spires’. Perhaps try some of the Czech Republic’s famous beer at one of the many traditional pubs serving a variety of different ales and local gastronomy.

Overnight: Hotel Royal Prague or similar, Prague, Czech Republic
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue your journey to Wroclaw, a city on the Oder River in western Poland. It’s known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a beautiful fountain. In the afternoon enjoy a panoramic tour with your tour leader of the historical centre of Wroclaw (entrances not included). See Market Square in the Old Town, City Hall and the Gothic Church of Our Lady.

Overnight: Q Hotel Plus or similar, Wroclaw, Poland
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast depart to the capital of Poland, Warsaw. Rising from the destruction caused by WWII, the city has been completely rebuilt using old paintings, maps and even people’s memories. Upon arrival enjoy a panoramic tour with your tour leader of the Old Town’s Market Square, Krakowsskie Przedmiescie Boulevard, Chopin’s Monument and the Belvedere Palace.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Styles Warsaw City or similar, Warsaw, Poland
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a day at leisure in the beautiful city of Warsaw. Today Warsaw is considered an “Alpha” global city, a major international tourist destination and significant cultural, political and economic hub. The diverse architecture reflects the city’s long, turbulent history, from Gothic churches and neoclassical palaces to Soviet-era blocks and modern skyscrapers.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Styles Warsaw City or similar, Warsaw, Poland
Meals included: Breakfast

This morning continue to Czestochowa. The city is known for the famous Pauline Monastery of Jasna Góra (entrance and local tour guide included), which is home to the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Częstochowa to see it. Afterwards depart to Krakow for the night.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Krakow Centrum or similar, Krakow, Poland
Meals included: Breakfast

Today explore Krakow at leisure. The city's medieval old town is one of the finest in Europe. Check out the youthful restaurants, bars and cultural hangouts. Take a walk through the historic Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz and walk along Wisla River or discover Krakow's Main Square, St Mary’s Basilica, St Florian's Gate and much more.

Overnight: Hotel Ibis Krakow Centrum or similar, Krakow, Poland
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast at the hotel travel to Auschwitz for a guided tour of the largest Nazi concentration camp, built and operated during World War II. Afterwards, continue to Budapest, the capital of Hungary for the night.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure Budapest Buda or similar, Budapest, Hungary
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a half day tour with a local guide of Budapest, starting in the Buda side of the city (entrances not included). See the Buda Castle, Saint Mathias Church, the Fishermen’s Bastion and more. Afterwards visit the Pest side of the city. Here you will see the stunning Royal Palace and the Citadel. Enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure Budapest Buda or similar, Budapest, Hungary
Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart to Romania’s Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. It's home to universities, vibrant nightlife and an energetic multicultural environment. Upon arrival enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Ramada or similar, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast before leaving Cluj-Napoca for Brasov in the Carpathian Mountains of southern Transylvania. The city is home to Bran Castle, better known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’ (entrance not included). Enjoy a walking tour with your tour leader of the main attractions of this medieval city. See the narrow Rope Street, The Black Church, The First Romanian School and the District of Schei (the old Romanian district).

Overnight: Hotel Ramada or similar, Brasov, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast continue to Bucharest the capital of Romania, which used to be called ‘Little Paris’. Upon arrival meet a local guide for a half day tour of this amazing city. The panoramic tour includes the University Square, the Patriarchal Church, the Stravropoleos Monastery and the Parliament building (entrances not included). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You may like to visit the Arcul de Triumf (identical to the Arc de Triomphe from Paris) or Lipscani, the old town of Bucharest.

Overnight: Hotel Mercure Bucharest or similar, Bucharest, Romania
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight back to New Zealand. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 days.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania
  • Visit Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Warsaw, Kraków, Budapest, Bucharest and more
  • Admire the Baroque streetscapes of Vienna on a city tour
  • See the Ringstrasse, the Prater neighbourhood and more
  • Discover Bratislava, the buzzing capital of Slovakia
  • See the Gothic Catherdral, Bratislava Castle and more
  • Explore Prague, the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ on a guided tour
  • Wander through Prague’s beautiful Hradčany Castle District
  • Explore the historical city of Wroclaw on the Oder River
  • See Market Square in the Old Town, City Hall and more
  • Experience a panoramic tour of Warsaw, the beautiful Polish capital
  • See Chopin’s Monument, Belvedere Palace and more
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in historic Warsaw
  • See the Black Madonna painting in Częstochowa
  • Discover the myths & legends of medieval Kraków on a day free at leisure
  • Visit Auschwitz concentration camp on a guided tour
  • Experience the wonders of Budapest on a guided tour
  • See Buda Castle, Saint Mathias Church, the Royal Palace and more
  • Stay in Cluj Napoca the unofficial capital of Transylvania
  • Travel through Romania’s stunning Transylvania region
  • Wander around the lively village of Brasov in the Carpathian Mountains
  • See The Black Church, the old Romanian district and more
  • Discover Bucharest on a guided tour; Romania’s ‘Little Paris’
  • See the Patriarchal Church, the Stravropoleos Monastery and more
  • Return international flights (economy class) departing AKL/*CHC/*WLG
  • 14 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour leader and local guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Parking and toll fees
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
  
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: All additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).


Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 29th October 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement of $1250 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2020)
Winter / Autumn
March: 10 
October: 29
 
Spring / Summer
May: 12, ^28
August: *10
September: ^1
 
Surcharges
Please note:
- Dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $350 per person.
- Dates/months with a ^ incur a flight shoulder season surcharge of $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Auckland, *Christchurch or *Wellington
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Christchurch or *Wellington: $100 per person.



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, Royal Brunei, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Air France, KLM, Finnair, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Oman Air, Garuda Indonesia, Vietnam Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, Malindo Airlines plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One-way flights cannot be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Vienna, Austria
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
* 14th December 2019 – 20th January 2020
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 20th June – 19th July 2020
* 17th September – 11th October 2020
 
Stay behind in Bucharest, Romania
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
* 14th December 2019 – 20th January 2020
* 28th March – 27th April 2020
* 20th June – 19th July 2020
* 17th September – 11th October 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $500 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
* Singapore
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers
Please note:
- Singapore stopover is not available during the Singapore Grand Prix (2020 dates yet to be released).
- An outbound and inbound stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
Not available.



Accommodation Used


3-4 Star (self-rated)

- Vienna, Austria: Ibis Styles Messe Prater or similar

- Prague, Czech Republic: Hotel Royal Prague or similar

- Wroclaw, Poland: Q Hotel Plus or similar

- Warsaw, Poland: Hotel Ibis Styles Warsaw City or similar

- Krakow, Poland: Hotel Ibis Krakow Centrum or similar

- Budapest, Hungary: Hotel Mercure Budapest Buda or similar

- Cluj Napoca, Romania: Hotel Ramada or similar

- Brasov, Romania: Hotel Ramada Brasov or similar

- Bucharest, Romania: Hotel Mercure Bucharest or similar

Please note: Rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Vienna, Austria (Pre Tour): $225 per room including breakfast.
- Bucharest, Romania (Post Tour): $225 per room including breakfast.
Please note: Extra nights are subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 people (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability.
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotel's discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 30, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.


- Visa fees and requirements (Not required for Europe if travelling on a New Zealand passport for stays up to 90 days)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: €5 per person, per day
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however, they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Eastern Europe:
March in Eastern Europe begins the springtime travel season. Easter markets, springtime festivals, landscaped old towns, and traditional farewell rituals to winter can be enjoyed during this hopeful, colourful month. While winter temperatures may linger, particularly in the northern countries, this time of year is good for those who prefer lower prices and thinner crowds
 
May is known for mild temperatures that are ideal for sightseeing, with highs climbing to 21°C, however it is still a good idea to bring a lightweight rain coat.
 
August is the middle of summer, so expect hot and humid days with temperatures averaging 26°C.
 
October in Eastern Europe brings an array of brilliant autumn colours. Expect a few crisp mornings, and be prepared to dress in layers.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance, customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately, our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is €5 per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
 
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


A tourist visa is not required in Europe for stays of up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand passport.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may, in turn, affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.