Highlights of Central Europe

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Trip code: 
AVU
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Multi-country
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–18

Enjoy the cultures and landscapes of the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia

Few places in the world can rival the sheer diversity of cultural and natural heritage of Central Europe. From the hugely significant sites on the UNESCO list to small fairytale villages, this trip will show you just what makes this region so special, including historic capitals and cities of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Poland. The landscape is equally varied, with the dramatic Tatra Mountains and the beautiful parks and scenery of Moravia. These landscapes provide impressive backdrop to the towns, castles and villages we visit on this absorbing journey.

Highlights

  • Five countries and many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in two weeks
  • Europe's historic capitals and cities- Prague, Bratislava ,Vienna, Budapest and Krakow
  • Scenic landscapes in Moravia and in the Tatra Mountains
  • Optional activities such as a Danube boat cruise, or a visit to Auschwitz

Key information

  • 13 nights hotels and pensions, all rooms en suite
  • Group normally 5 to 18 plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • Travel by air-conditioned private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Prague.

    Start Prague, where we stay overnight.
    Hotel Lunik or similar

  • Day 2

    Full day in Prague, with guided sightseeing and free time.

    A full day to explore the wealth of attractions Prague has to offer, with guided sightseeing in the morning followed by free time. We will explore the Old Town, with the famous Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square that houses the impressive concert hall Lucerna (designed by Vaclav Havel's father), the Jewish Quarter and Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Entrance fees are not included and payable locally if you wish to enter any attractions or museums. We then spend our second evening in the Czech capital.
    Hotel Lunik or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Transfer to historic town of Cesky Krumlov, characterised by cobbled streets, fairy tale buildings and a beautiful castle.

    We transfer ( approx. 2.5-3 hours) to the historic town of Cesky Krumlov, with its small squares, narrow cobbled streets, open air theatre with revolving auditorium and beautfiul chateau that overlooks the town. The early evening and morning are particularly good times to see this fairy tale town, as the light reflects off the red roofs and the surrounding hills. Overnight Cesky Krumlov.
    Penzion Prelat or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit Telc with its Renaissance architecture; on to the cliff top castle at Znojmo; transfer to Mikulov in the wine growing area of Moravia.

    After breakfast we transfer (approx. 2 hours) to the Czech town of Telc; a great example of Renaissance architecture that has changed little over the past century. The Renaissance chateau in Telc is the most poular chateau for film makers in Czech Republic. More than 50 films have been made there.The town square is flanked by traditional houses and buildings, many of which proudly display coats of arms that will immerse you in a bygone era.

    The next stop is Znojmo (approx. 1 hour), a town with a number of fascinating places to visit. The castle perched on a rocky cliff offers wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, and of particular interest is the Znojemska Rotunda Chapel. The Ducal Rotunda of the Virgin Mary and St Catherine houses the oldest fresco gallery of the Czech statehood.

    We end our day with a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the wine growing town of Mikulov, where we stay for two nights. Here there is a chance to explore Znojmo Catacombs, the most famous cellar system of the Czech Republic.
    Hotel Galant or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Sightseeing in mediaeval Mikulov; to Lednice; visit the castle and beautiful gardens.

    This morning we tour Mikulov's mediaeval old town; with its varied history, influenced much by its location on the border with Austria, including 300 years under the Liechtenstein family. The town has also been influenced by the large Jewish community that began following their expulsion from Lower Austria in 1421. Today it is at the centre of the wine growing production in Moravia. Leaving Mikulov we take a short transfer (approx. 20 min) to Lednice-Valtice where we have the opportunity to visit the most romantic castle in the Czech Republic, a true highlight of the region including the beautifully landscaped garden and park. At the end of the day we return to Mikulov for our second night.
    Hotel Galant or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit the royal town of Skalica and the black kitchen of the Franciscan monastery; on to village of Straznice, then Plze wine cellars for wine tasting; transfer to Bratislava.

    After breakfast we cross the border into Slovakia to the royal town of Skalica (approx. 1 hour). Skalica has a great deal to offer; of special interest is our visit to the former Franciscan monastery to see how the traditional Trdelnik cake is made, including of course the chance to try some!

    We take a short transfer (15 min) to Straznice, an outdoor museum, where we can have lunch before being taken through this unique village that showcases the way of life in the mountains from centuries ago. Our last stop today is at the Plze wine cellars where we sample some local wines in the company of a local producer.

    We then transfer (approx. 1-1.5 hours) to the Slovakian capital of Bratislava where we stay the night.
    Hotel Falkensteiner or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Sightseeing in Bratislava; chance to visit the castle and old town; evening transfer to Vienna.

    Bratislava may be one of Europe's youngest capitals but it has a long and rich history. It has been the coronation town of the Hapsburgs, and was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. Bratislava is also home to two castles; Devin Castle, destroyed by Napoleon's troops in 1809 and Bratislava Castle with its distinctive four towers and wonderful views over the Danube.

    After lunch we visit the old town, the picturesque streets and Baroque buildings, including the Grassalkovichov Palace, the presidential residence.

    In the evening we transfer (approx. 1-1.5 hours) across to the Austrian capital of Vienna.
    Hotel Boltzmann or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full day sightseeing; optional evening concert.

    Full day's sightseeing in the beautiful and former imperial city of Vienna, including some guided sightseeing. There will then be free time to visit impressive sites such as St. Stephen's Cathedral, the majestic Schoenbrunn Palace (summer palace of the Hapsburgs), the popular Kunsthistoriches Museum and Hundertwasser Hause or a visit to to the Mozart Museum (all entrances payable locally).

    No visit to Vienna is complete without a visit to one of it's many famous cafés for coffee and cake or soaking up all the culture this city has to offer in one of Vienna's many parks or beer gardens.

    There will also be an optional visit to an evening concert (this will need to be pre-booked and will be explained by your leader on Day 1).
    Hotel Boltzmann or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Transfer to historic town of Sopron in Hungary for guided sightseeing; on to Budapest.

    Today we drive (approx. 1- 1.5 hours) to the town of Sopron in Hungary; where the prolific 19th Century Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt had his residence and home to the second largest concentration of romantic style buildings in the country. Our visit to Sorpron will include a walk in the historic part of town before driving (approx. 3 hours) to the Hungarian capital of Budapest, our base for the next two nights.
    Lion's Garden Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Guided tour of Budapest with some free time.

    The mighty Danube literally splits this great city into two halves, Buda, dominated by the Castle Hill Palace complex high above the river, and Pest, the bustling and more cosmopolitan centre of trade. The morning is spent visiting the Castle Hill area, perched above the Danube and inner city area. In the afternoon or evening there is an optional boat cruise on the Danube, offering close-up views of the spectacular Neo-Gothic Parliament building on the waterfront. There also may be the chance to visit Budapest Great Market Hall.
    Lion's Garden Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    To the High Tatra Mountains, stopping en route at Banska Stiavnica and UNESCO village of Vlkolinec; visit Strbske Pleso Lake and on to Smokovec.

    Leaving Hungary behind we journey to the imperious Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. We stop en route (2.5 hours transfer) in Banska Stiavnica, now on the UNESCO World Heritage list thanks to its rich history and once prolific mines. The mediaeval town is spread across a steep valley and in the Middle Ages was the main supplier of gold and silver to the Kingdom of Hungary. It boasts a number of beautifully preserved buildings such as the 14th century chateau and the Church of St Catherine, and numerous small picturesque squares.

    We then proceed (approx. 1.5 hours) to Vlkolinec in the Velka Fatra Mountains. Vlkolinec is something akin to a 'living museum' with 45 wooden vernacular buildings dating back to 1372, set in a remarkable natural environment. The village has permanent residents, however remains untouched and is today a Folk Architecture Monument Reserve. We continue (approx. 1 hour) to the highest settlement in the Tatras, Strbske Pleso lake (1346m) a popular spot for summer and winter sports enthusiasts and a great place to sample high-mountain atmosphere. In the evening we transfer (20 min) to our nearby accommodation in Smokovec.
    Hotel Villa Siesta or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free half day to explore the High Tatras National Park; afternoon transfer to Krakow.

    The High Tatras National Park is among the best in Europe, with glacial valleys, mountain lakes and waterfalls and populated by Brown bears, chamois, marmots and wolves. There are many activities and attractions to choose from on your free day here; the leader will be on hand to advise. In the evening we transfer (approx. 2.5- 3 hours) to the cultural gem of Krakow in Poland, where we spend our final two nights.
    Hotel Poleski or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Morning tour visiting Old Market, Mariacki Church and Jewish quarter.

    We take a short tour on foot of the main sights of the old city, including the Mariacki church, Old Market Square, Collegium Majus (the oldest part of the Jagiellonian University), the Jewish quarter and Wawel Hill. Wawel Castle is renowned as the best example of a Renaissance style castle on the north side of the Alps. The afternoon is free to explore, or an optional visit to the impressive and labyrinthine Wieliczka Salt Mine. This vast network of tunnels and rooms now covers 9 levels to a depth of 327m and was described by an eighteenth-century visitor as being 'as remarkable as the Pyramids and more useful'. This huge mediaeval underground salt mine contains chambers, chapels and even concert halls all excavated from salt by hand. There is also the possibility to arrange an optional trip to Auschwitz in the afternoon.
    Hotel Poleski or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Krakow.

    The trip ends this morning after breakfast. If you wish to explore this fascinating city in more detail we recommend booking an extra night post tour, please ask our sales team for details.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Czech Republic

No visa required for British passport holders.

Slovakia

No visa required for British passport holders.

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Hungary

No visa required for British passport holders.

Poland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Czech Republic

There are no specific health risks.

Slovakia

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Hungary

There are no specific health risks.

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

The cuisines of Central European countries possess many similarities yet still retain their own strong gastronomic traditions and dishes. Hearty soups, noodles, dumplings made from wheat or potato, meat dishes consisting of pork, beef and game are all staples across the region. You will also find a large variety of sausages and vegetables such as mushrooms, potatoes and peppers featuring prominently in many dishes. Dairy products such as cheeses and creams are heavily used in the region too. Desserts are plentiful and varied with each country having their own unique sweets and cakes. And of course the Czech beer is world renowned for it's quality and taste. Many of the countries visited on the trip also offer good quality wines and local spirits that are worth tasting along the way!

The breakfasts during the trip are usually continental with a choice of eggs.

Lunches are the main meal of the day in Central Europe and the leader will usually recommend or stop for a hot lunch at a restaurant or café.

The leader will accompany the group to a restaurant each evening, but will provide recommendations for those wishing to explore separately.

Vegetarians can be catered for, as are other dietary requirements although there may not be the same choice or variety as you have at home. Please advise us upon booking.

Weather

From June to September the weather should be good, especially in Hungary, which is of course a little further south. Nevertheless it is important to be prepared for rain at any time. Temperature variation is quite wide between day and night; in June-July temperatures range between 20-30ºC in the day and 3ºC at night, and in September between 25ºC and 5ºC. April, May and October tend to be much wetter, with an average of 15 days rain in Krakow in April. Average temperatures in April are 8-12ºC, May 14-16ºC and in October 8-10ºC.

Prague

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 1 - Leisurely.

This is a relaxed cultural discovery itinerary but with a few long driving days due to the amount of distance that we cover on this trip. There is some walking involved on a few days, but this is gentle and not like mountain hiking (it is also optional). Travel is by private bus, generally on good roads. 

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Accommodation

Hotels & Pensions

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

We use a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels and small pensions during our trip, chosen for comfort and convenience. All hotels have en suite facilities and offer free Wi-Fi. 

Hotel Lunik- Prague

Penzion Prelat- Cesky Krumlov

Hotel Galant- Mikulov

Hotel Falkensteiner- Bratislava

Hotel Boltzmann- Vienna

Lion's Garden Hotel- Budapest

Hotel Villa Siesta- Smokovec

Hotel Poleski- Krakow

Single supplements are available upon request.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2016
    Catherine Ellwood

    Highlights of Central Europe

    A great tour around really interesting capital cities and some lesser-known parts of the countries.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Prague, Budapest and Vienna in particular were really lovely, especially the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, cruising down the Danube and going to a classical concert in Vienna. Cesky Krumlow in Czech Republic is also beautiful, as is the Znojemska Rotunda Chapel and Szentendre in Hungary. You see a lot of castles!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was a really good leader, helping us out with activities on our free afternoons and making sure a restaurant was always booked for dinner, for those who wanted to go. He obviously has so much knowledge about all the countries that he wanted to share with us, although this sometimes made his explanations a little convoluted!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Temperatures varied (July) from really hot in Prague to raining in Bratislava, so take the right clothing! You can change money to the different currencies as you go along; I took Czech koruna and Euro, then changed the leftover Czech money into forint and that into Euro again. In Hungary most places advertised that you could pay in Euro although they would give change in forint. It might be worth getting some zloty in advance as you don't get to Poland until the evening of day 12 and banks are closed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really interesting trip, do go.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Paul Treece

    Highlights of Central Europe

    We picked this trip to pack the best of five countries we had never previously visited into two weeks, and were not disappointed. The tour gave us a taste of everything from grand palaces and capital cities to pretty market towns and high mountains. Our guide and driver were excellent, as were the hotels, and most of the food too. It was a hectic schedule with so much to see, but very enjoyable, and highly recommended if you appreciate discovering history and architecture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Highlights for us were the excellent and entertaining concert in Vienna, the hugely impressive Schonbrunn Palace, and our visit to the High Tatras National Park (helped by the beautiful weather).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was very knowledgeable, friendly and extremely dedicated to making the tour the best it could be for all of the group, some of whom often wanted to do their own thing. He tried hard to accommodate the different personal interests and attitudes within the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ready to pay most of your food and entrance fees in cash - and take some of each of the four currencies. Four wallets would be a good idea for this tour. Also take shoes that are comfortable as there is lots of walking.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our second very successful trip with Exodus. There is so much to see around the world, but all the best of central Europe in one trip is good going by anyone's standards.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Gyan Fernando

    Fast-Tracking Central Europe

    We all met up in Prague, a lovely city, and very soon (too soon!) found ourselves in Bratislava. Supposed to be the smallest of the capital cities that we saw, Bratislava was never-the-less surprisingly nice. We then moved on to the Fairy-Tale town of Cesky-Krumlov....Ahhhhh! Then we got to Vienna and first sailed down the Danube before listening to "Sailing Down The Beautiful Danube" by Strauss as the finale at an evening concert (optional extra). Then there was the spectacular Schonbrunn Palace (optional extra) Rapidly moving on to Buda-Pest we found the Danube again. Our time in this lovely city seemed to be too short! We then moved into Slovakia again but this time to the striking Tatra Mountains with mountain railways, funicular railways, treks and even a waterfall. Our final city was Krakow, Poland. What a nice city! I was glad that I had booked an extra two nights in this lovely city.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I suppose sailing down the Danube and later in the day listening to "Blue Danube" and in Vienna was probably the most inspirational moment!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Apart from being a group leader, Peter Gbur also happens to be a ski instructor and a keen photographer. Being a Slovak and from the Tatra Mountain region, he was enthusiastic about his country. Although he could have left us to our own devices on the free afternoons, he always organised somethings for us and also accompanied the majority sub-group. Most of us were very grateful to him for this as it was beyond his remit, particularly because different people had different ideas. He always had his meals with us explaining the menu and sorting out difficulties with our bills caused by our ignorance! He was very considerate about the weaker members of the group and tolerant of the boisterous!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to walk for a long time on the walking tours of the cities. In the Tatra Mountains, although it is a leisurely walk, it is best to wear suitable footwear. If you have the time and the money, do book extra nights at the start and at the end of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As mentioned before, some of the walking tours in some cities (Prague) was strenuous. Knowing this, our leader Peter suggested that we buy 24 hr Metro tickets. That helped us a lot.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Maureen Honeyman

    Highlights of Central Europe

    Great trip, gave an overview of several capitals and could not fit much more in really. Wished I had visited this part of the world long before now. Hotels better than expected and well situated for sightseeing. Happy and interesting trip with nice group of fellow travellers. Plenty of activity too and a superb walking day in the Tatras.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Impossible to say as architechture, sights and scenery all rich in history and scenic - lights at night gave a different dimension to cities and camera buffs in group loved this.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really spot on! Well organised. Understanding of individual preferences regarding options and meals. He made the trip really because he was so knowledgeable, reliable and competent in several ways - spoke local languages, fit physically and also made me a walking pole for going downhill. Got on with everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Trip good but not restful! Too much to see and do.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Catherine Bryan

    Highlights of Central Europe

    This tour has it all, palaces, castles, stunning cities, incredible scenery and amazing food, wine and beer! You pack a lot in, however it never felt rushed, and it has left me with a great desire to go back and investigate further. The hotels were good with those in Cesky Krumlov and Krakow really standing out for their fabulous views. I'm so glad I did this trip. Central Europe has so much to offer and it gave me a real insight into the region.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is probably a three way split between the concert in Vienna, listening to Strauss and Mozart, the walk in the high Tatra mountains and standing at the top of the Petrln Tower in Prague with it's amazing views out over the city.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our tour leader was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the region and combined this with the ability to accommodate requests for additional sightseeing in a seamless manner. He also had a great ability to find fabulous restaurants with amazing food that captured the flavour of the countries and cities that we visited.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Please remember that you will need four different currencies and to order this in advance of your trip as this really helps the trip to go smoothly. ATM's and banks are plentiful but not always available when you really want them and the exchange rate can be less favourable!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only other thing to be aware of is that central Europe not only has fabulous food and amazing beer but also no portion control, servings are generous and dessert can be a stretch!!!!
  • Reviewed August 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

    The tour takes in five of Central Europe's historic capitals, allowing you to see as much as possible in the time available. Hotels and breakfasts are good. A few of the travelling days are longish, but by comfortable coach. An excellent mix of Culture (music everywhere in Prague and Vienna and assorted museums), superb Mountains, Castles and Fortresses, beautiful Cities and many lovely Villages and Towns passing through green farmland as well as the sombre Jewish quarters What a wonderful trip This was a really interesting, busy holiday that did exactly what it said in the brochure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My favourite stop was Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, where  the view from our room was breath taking. Seeing the peaks and lakes and walking in the Tatra mountains was exhilarating.   This trip is for people who enjoy visiting historical cities with revitalising breaks along the way.  Visit to the wine tasting was fun..

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was a charming guide, well informed and so pleased to pass on all the information about his country.He was very enthusiastic over all the activities  whether in cities, towns, or mountains. He catered for different interests  while making the entire group gel.  Peter spent all his time with the whole group and could not have been more helpful.  He always found traditional restaurants for the whole group  so that we could sample the local delicacies and at a cheaper price than in the main tourist areas.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

      Holasovic and Znojemska for me  are quite frankly, not worth it. More time could have been spent in Cesky Krumlov, allowing a walk along the river.The small town and mountain breaks contrasted with the walks through the cities, with the local guides giving us a potted history on our walking tours., Prague and Budapest were beautiful and could be revisited. ,Just a taster for Vienna and Krakow. .This trip is for people who enjoy visiting historical cities with revitalising breaks along the way. There is not much time for browsing or shopping on this trip Expanded trip notes with some city guides, details of the small stopping places and a road map of the bus journey would have been interesting to browse on the bus, perhaps from the day before . A sketch of the town showing the location of the most important buildings + other highlights + good cafes would have been useful: Peter gave us a map,marked with the hotel when we arrived but it would have been nice to have had it earlier although it was impressive to just stroll, I would have preferred to have seen a map when doing so (e.g. Cesky Krumlov, Sopron, Mikulov). I also enjoyed 2 days in Prague before the trip began, the highlight being Ivan Lendl's poster collection of Mucha and attending a Prague chamber orchestra recital both in the Municipal House, an Art Nouveau building. 
  • Reviewed July 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

    I enjoyed this trip very much.  It was my third Exodus trip and I pretty well knew what to expect.  We had a very good group, all very good to travel with.  The trip is fairly fast paced.  You visit 5 countries in 14 days so you are not in any country very long, but what a great opportunity to visit so many places.  However, some of the small village stops did not seem like good uses of time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Auschwitz was very meaningful for me personally.  It is part of why I chose this itinerary.  I have been to the Holocaust museum in Washington, DC and the Ann Frank house/museum in Amsterdam.  If I was going to be in Krakow, I had to go to Auschwitz. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was very good.  He is serious about his job, tries hard, and is very personable.  He had not done this particular tour before, but he did a good job.  He was not familiar with sending people to Auschwitz and we almost missed the bus, but they waited for the three of us and we made it.  He did a good job arranging group meals when we wanted that, which was most nights.I wouldn't hesitate to travel with Peter again.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A big deal for me was the amount of walking involved.  I am 68 years old, somewhat overweight and have back issues.  The trip notes describe this as a leisurely trip with some walking involved on a few days but the walking is gentle and is optional.  It is more correct to say walking is required everyday, some of it with longish uphill sections (several) and it is not optional, because the tour is a walking tour.  If you opt out of walking, you opt out of the tour.  Most people did not have any problems with the walking, about 3 or 4 did.  I just think the material should more accurately describe the walking required.Dealing with currency was a chore.  I continuously got too little because I didn't want to get stuck with it.  When I left Poland, very early, I did not see a foreign exchange window so I brought home a little more foreign currency than I wanted to.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hotels were good, breakfasts were good.  Most hotels had a bar or at least sold beer and wine at reception.  I enjoyed having a single room to my self.The bus was perfect.  Most people got 2 seats to themselves.  The driver was excellent.All of the food that I had was good to excellent, beer always very good.The visit to the wine cellar was fun.  Huge platters of sausage, cheese, olives and bread with plenty of wine.
  • Reviewed June 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

    All in all a good trip. We covered a lot of ground in a short time. The pace was good but I did not like the late starts as we had so much to see. Most mornings started at 9:30 or 10, much too late. Definitely need an extra day in Vienna, Budapest and Krakow. Maybe make this a 16 day trip. Depending where you come from in N. America the Tatra Mountains could be missed. Most N. Americans visiting Europe are interested in the old cities, nature we can get at home. Good hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing in the centre of Prague with the rain pelting down but still feeling the ambience of the city. The fact that most of the cities we were visiting were experiencing the worst floods of the century and it was raining in nearly every place we visited did not deter from the fantastic feeling of walking in history. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was good and tried very hard. His English was not so good. He "ummed and ahhed" too much especially when he got nervous. When asked a simple question, he would go into a long explanation instead of just answering the question. He needs to be a little more decisive as we wasted a lot of time making decisions which drove some of us to walk away from the group and go on our own. Lot of time wasted at hotels getting keys, couldn't this be ararranged ahead of time?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a slow paced trip and not too much difficult walking, this trips for you. However, there is a lot of walking on cobble streets which makes for tired feet and backs. Pack light as most hotels do not have elevators.If you are a person who gets up early and wants to go, this trip is not for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some of the villages we visited were not worth it. I think it was Mikulov where nothing was open or it could have been Holasovice. Obviously since I can't remember the name, neither of them were memorable. I know it's hard on a trip like this to balance travelling time with visiting time but some of the sites were better left and give more time to the cities which were really interesting. Also, some of us really need a break for coffee and a snack in the morning and afternoon. Sometimes we went from breakfast till 1 or 2 without a break and for someone with low blood sugar this is not good. Some nights we didn't eat dinner till 10pm which is way too late. We don't need a sit down full course lunch; most people are happy with a sandwich and a coffee. This would also not waste so much time.
  • Reviewed June 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

    The tour takes in five of Central/Eastern Europe's historic capitals, allowing you to see as much as possible in the  time available. Hotels are good. A few of the travelling days are longish, though not excessive, by Exodus standards, and by comfortable coach. A few of the places visited between the cities are, quite frankly, not worth it, and in one instance quite badly planned. Were it not for this I would rate the trip higher. There were floods during our visit, forcing us to make a few amendments, so there are some things I am unable to comment on. The Exodus staff handled these changes very well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I stayed an extra day in Krakow and was able to visit both Auschwitz and the museum that is now in what was  Oskar Schindler's factory. Both were very moving, and the story of Schindler serves as something of an antidote to the horrors of Auschwitz. We were offered tickets to orchestral concerts in Vienna. These were of popular classics, designed primarily for those unused to classical music. Those who went enjoyed it, but I was able to find tickets for a string quartet who play in a particularly beautiful small musical salon where Mozart lived and played. Once again, light and popular, but a remarkable ambience. I include a link http://www.musicofvienna.com/mozart-ensemble.htmThe day in the High Tatras made a pleasant change. Some relatively easy walks can be reached by funicular. One of our group even saw a bear (and was able to confirm that that which is often alleged that bears do in the woods is indeed true)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pieter was considerate and helpful, and several times put himself out to help us. He slipped up once or twice, I think by taking on too much when some of went off on optional trips, though I got the feeling he learnt by the experiences. He takes his responsibilities very seriously and was very likeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes imply that there is no advantage in taking local currency. I have to disagree. I was glad I did take all the currencies with me, and those who didn't did have problems. The practice of hotels changing money seems to have ended, and there are frequent changes of currency - sometimes several in a day as you go in and out of countries.Having a two day stop in Vienna in the middle of the trip might seem, as it did to several of us, the ideal place to get your laundry done. Unfortunately the Hotel Exe doesn't do laundry at weekends. There is a launderette a short distance up the road.All electrical plugs are round two pin type. All the hotels have free wifi.There was always an option for vegetarians, though once or twice the choice was a bit limited.If you can I would recommend spending extra time at the beginning and/or the end of the trip. Both Prague and Krakow are fascinating and worthy of more time. In both cases the hotels Exodus use are comfortable and in walking distance of the city centres.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The visit to Holasovice (day 3) is a waste of time. Two restaurants (closed), a rather dingy museum and a frankly ludicrous copy of Stonehenge.Vikolinic (day 11) is worth a visit, but the trip notes do not point out that the bus cannot get all the way to the village, and the visit demands a half hour walk, on a road, steeply uphill. Some of our group coudn't do it.One of the worst bits of planning I have seen on any Exodus trip is the proposed visit to Szentendre on day 10. It means leaving Budapest and returning in the evening. All our group wanted the extra time in Budapest, and as we actually passed Szentendre the next day, en-route to the Tatras we visited it then. This was at Pieter's suggestion. Exodus would be foolish not alter the itinery. 
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    HIGHLIGHTS OF CENTRAL EUROPE

    I was a bit worried about being too long on the bus but the timings were so well organised and during these bleak rainy days of winter I think about how happy I was travelling through lovely scenery with a lovely group of people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I felt that the whole trip was inspirational and I would love to do it again

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was brilliant, relaxed, helpful, lovely sense of humour and great at getting the group to gel so that everyone felt a part of the "family"

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Savour every moment

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would like to have spent a bit more time in the smaller more picturesque places.If anyone, like myself travels there and back independently by train make sure you have a map of Prague before you visit and beware of rogue taxi drivers at the station - there are the honest yellow taxis and the rogue ones `

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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