Central and Eastern Europe is rich in history, fascinating culture and great city life year round. There is something for everyone whether you are traveling with family, researching your ancestry, enjoying a luxury romantic holiday, or a self-drive with a difference.
Our Simply Exeter programs feature the top highlights of each destination are ideal for the more independent traveler who still wants Exeter's 24-hour on-the- ground support. Alternatively, use our Ultimate sample itineraries as inspiration for a full service, completely personalized program for the ultimate in luxury travel to Central and Eastern Europe.
Beyond the Berlin Wall, there lay an untouched legacy of indescribable beauty and elegance. Within the stark Soviet cocoon were derelict jewels of many an empire just waiting to burst forth into the limelight. Fairy-tale palaces, magnificent theaters, and an artistic heritage encompassed some of the finest artists in the world. But with the fall of the wall, a new world order took shape in this region, and a fierce pride and energy ignited the people of Central and Eastern Europe to restore their national treasures. Today, Exeter International’s experts can open doors to luxury travel in Central and Eastern Europe to reveal the regions secrets and mysteries to you.
Berlin is where it all begins, and today, “East Berlin” is a vibrant historic district full of exquisite museums filled with treasures from near and far. Potsdam, Dresden, Leipzig and Munich pave the pathway to Bavaria and the mystical Black Forest. Enter Vienna, a city vibrant to its core, resonating with music, history, art, architecture, Vienna restaurants, culture and so much more. The former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a formidable dynasty upon which some believed that the sun would never set. Salzburg with its quaint Alpine beauty and legacy to Mozart, has epic charm, that carries in the air like the notes of his melodies.
Cross over into Poland and its dichotomy of ancient and modern. Warsaw, completely rebuilt and restored from the ground up post World War II, is a city on the move. Krakow, on the other hand, is mired in its medieval splendor – untouched since the 12th century, the old castle, cloth hall, and magnificent cathedral stand as testaments to Poland’s rich heritage. Delve into the Tatra Mountain biosphere with its quaint villages, where hand crafted treasures like hand-made lace can be found. Explore the rich biodiversity of one of Europe’s oldest forests, which divides Poland from its neighbor, the Czech Republic, and the road to Prague.
Prague, with its cursive bridges across the Vltava River, its towering spires, and ancient clocks that have stood the test of time, is a study in romance. Culture creeps up on you at every corner, with its stunning theaters, castle complexes, and cobblestoned squares that hark by to a different era. Meander into the Czech countryside with a stein of beer and discover its medieval history, beautifully preserved and restored in tiny towns and villages.
Follow the path of the Danube River as it takes you into Hungary. Wind through wine growing regions, dine on mouthwatering local cuisine, and explore the beauty of Lake Balaton, until you arrive in bustling Budapest. Buda with its fairy tale castles peers down upon the busy streets of Pest – where there’s a surprise at every corner - a local bakery known for its strudel or the magnificent memorial to World War II. Gregarious, warm and lively, the Hungarians love their music, food and wine. We recommend tasting some as you pass through the vineyards of Tokaj towards the frontier with Romania.
One of our top three best selling trips is the classic combination of Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Travel between the three cities by train, or alternatively read about our White Glove Self-Drive options. For the ultimate luxury we can arrange for a private car and driver. For more inspiration, read our blog, with 27 European vacation ideas.
Open the gates to Romania’s stunning landscape – both natural and cultural, with one toe rooted in the past and another one pointed towards the future. Romania takes you into a folk tale of ancient myth and legend in Transylvania and Maramures, beautiful castles, witch-hat monasteries, and the kind of scenery that is the subject of artistic masterpieces. Head south into the Carpathian hinterland and cross into Bulgaria. Sofia – well named for the Greek goddess of Wisdom – is a city of quiet charm and an old world aura. With its archaeological ruins dating back to the Romans, and sleepy coastal villages, Bulgaria is ancient history relived.
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