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The Great Eastern 2017

From US$ 2,088 US$ 1,686
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highlights
  • Local guide Tirana
  • Local guide Dubrovnik
  • Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
  • Sun, sea & party on Mykonos
The Great Eastern 2017 tour starts in Athens and ends in Prague. The Great Eastern 2017 is an Explorer tour that takes 17 days taking you from Athens to Prague and 9 other destinations in Europe. The Great Eastern 2017 includes trip leader, accommodation, meals, transport and some activities. Please see the Includes section for details.

The Balkans region went through more than its fair share of hardships in the 20th century, but it has since emerged as one of the most exciting and fascinating corners of Europe to travel in! Our trip takes us from classical antiquity in Athens via the island paradise of Mykonos, stunning Dubrovnik, vibrant Belgrade, romantic Budapest and so much more before we finish amidst the Gothic glory of Prague. Enjoy discovering the history and exploring the scenery as you travel Eastern Europe’s final frontier!
Day 1 Athens, Greece

It doesn't get much feta than this! Orient yourself before you meet the group today - exciting times ahead.

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2 Athens to Mykonos

Ferry over to Mykonos (aka 'that-island-with-the-cute-windmills'). Epic beaches, sinfully good local restaurants and a bustling nightlife, what's not to love?

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 3 Mykonos

Free day in para-para-paradise. Loving it up? Good, we hope so. Soak up those rays and make the most of 50 shades of blue.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 4 Mykonos

Another day of loving life. And loving the turquoise water. Loving more swimming. More chalky villages, skyblue churches and laze-worthy beaches on the horizon. Pro tip: grub it up in Parikia Town for the best restaurants and bars.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5 Mykonos to Athens

Another ferry returns us to Athens for a second dose of ancient vibes. Pay attention as we take you on a driving tour through Athens.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Athens

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 6 Athens to Meteora

Leave your fear of heights in Athens. We're driving to Meteora, a city perched on the nail biting cliffs of Thessaly (Google it) then round up the day with good friends, good food and some face-timing.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 7 Meteora to Tirana, Albania

Next stop Albania for a glimpse of life in the former hard line communist state. Listen closely as a local guide shows us the ropes of Tirana.

Included today:
-Tour of Tirana with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 8 Tirana to Dubrovnik, Croatia via Budva, Montenegro

Pit stop via Montenegro en route to Dubrovnik. Lots more stunning gets pushed past the window as we head up the gorgeous coast and make for the most famous walled city in Europe (nope, not history. See: Game of Thrones). Wander Dubrovnik's tiny cobblestoned streets and explore hidden cafés and shops before grabbing some dinner and checking out the glitzy nightlife.

Included today:
-Visit to Budva en route
-Waking tour of Dubrovnik with local guide

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 9 Dubrovnik

Are you a kayaker or a wall sitter? Today - you can do both. Optional visit to Lokrum Island where you can strut with the peacocks and go snorkelling. Later, explore King's Lan... sorry, Dubrovnik. Check out the residential homes further up in the old town for awesome views and a local perspective.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Sea kayaking
-Game of Thrones tour

Day 10 Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Roll out of Dubrovnik and into Sarajevo, a city that's still shaking off its tragic past. Make the most of historic Mostar - known for its iconic, medieval Stari Most (Old Bridge) - with a scenic pitstop. Explore one of Europe's most underrated cities on a guided tour, and then round off your day with Sarajevo's best, food-wise.

Included today:
-Guided tour of Sarajevo

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 11 Sarajevo Belgrade, Serbia

Gritty but charming Belgrade is up next. Remains of chaos still linger in the city, see for yourself a unique mix of glasnost and capitalism. Honour the victims of the 1995 genocide at the haunting Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, a sober reminder of the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.

Included today:
-Guided tour of Belgrade
-Visit the Srebrenica memorial

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 12 Belgrade to Budapest, Hungary

Out of Belgrade and hello, twin cities: Buda and Pest. Rock around Budapest with an included driving tour. Check out Heroes' Square, Parliament House, the National Palace, Fisherman's Bastion and swanky Andrássy Ave. A bustling melting pot of opulent history and modern innovation, Budapest is fast becoming a favourite destination for nightlife in Europe. See for yourself tonight or roll into bed (we won't judge). Pro tip: when night falls, hang with the hipsters and drink local fruit brandy at one of the original ruin bars.

Included today:
-Budapest driving tour

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 13 Budapest

Free day to explore this gem of a city. Top tip: goulash is a MUST. Hot and dangerous (in a good way) this dish is the definition of ‘Hungary’. Slurp your way through a big ol’ bowl of slow-cooked meat and spiced goodness. Did we mention it’s ah-maze?

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Danube river cruise

Day 14 Budapest to Vienna, Austria

On to Vienna for some opera, apple strudel and possibly the best coffee in Europe. FYI - roughly seven square kilometres of vineyards surround Vienna - keep this in mind when sampling the local wines. Vienna fo' sure know how to bottle those grapes. You can't argue with that.

Included today:
-Driving tour of Vienna

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Viennese Chamber Orchestra
-Orchestra with dinner

Day 15 Vienna to Prague, Czech Republic

On to the cobblestone streets of Prague. But first a sobering visit to a former concentration camp.

Included today:
-Visit former concentration camp Mauthausen
-Walking tour of Prague

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 16 Prague

You may have heard that the Czechs love a pint. Prepare yourself for some of the freshest liquid gold going around. Not a fan? No stress, plenty of medieval finds and gothic spires to keep you entertained. A full day for street food, quirky charms and the most beautiful Old Town in Europe. Then, pocket a pork knuckle on your way home.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Beer tasting

Day 17 Prague

All good things come to an end, today we say goodbye. Number swap and prepare for the next adventure.

Meals:
-Breakfast

what’s included
  • 16 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • 6 nights in hostels, 7 nights in hotels, 3 nights in canvas cabins
  • Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours of all major cities
  • Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
  • Other services as per the itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Athens and from Prague are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this The Great Eastern 2017 tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 17 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 18-39 yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Athens, Greece/Prague, Czech Republic
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A deposit of 84 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 06 August 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Great Eastern 2017 tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this The Great Eastern 2017 tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Great Eastern 2017 tour. You can cancel the tour up to 43 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 43 days of departure.
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