Why not divert from the beaten track and check some of the amazing cities of Eastern Europe. Good train connections allow you to sit back and enjoy the trip!
Day 1-2: Prague
Prague has so much to offer: starting from the amazing hearty cuisine and the famous Czech beer, to the fascinating architecture and rich history of the city. Even though the trip to the castle may feel too much like a hike for some, the view from above is definitely worth it! Wander around the Old town and the little markets around it and soak in the amazing atmosphere of Prague. Insider tip: trdelník is undoubtedly one of the best baked goods that Central Europe has to offer!
Day 3-4: Budapest
Take a direct train to Budapest and see the Renaissance delights on Castle Hill, a UNESCO Heritage Site. If you feel like doing a small (or a big) shopping tour, why don’t you visit Vaci utca and Andrássy út? There you can definitely find something for everybody!
Day 5-6: Braşov
One of Romania’s highlights is the historic town of Braşov and the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. The town itself is set within medieval walls and has a lively atmosphere. The key attraction in the area is Bran Castle – the setting of Stoker’s legendary vampire tale. Perched up on a mountain-side, the castle looks every bit as mysterious as you would expect. Bran Castle can be reached by bus from Braşov (about 40min).
Day 7-8: Split
No wander Split is called “The Mecca of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast” – the palm trees, the sun, the beaches…what more can one want from life? Moreover, there are regular sailings to the amazing islands of Croatia, for example Brač and its mesmerising Zlatni Rat! In addition to the sandy beaches, the city itself has lots to offer: take an evening stroll around the ancient city centre housed within the Diocletian Palace walls and admire the Venetian architecture of white façades.
Day 9-10: Bled
Lake Bled is the ideal place to explore Slovenia’s rich and natural cultural heritage. The enchanting beauty of Bled and its surrounding mountainous landscape can best be enjoyed aboard a ‘pletna’ water taxi – a traditional wooden boat resembling a large gondola. You’ll be whisked around the mesmerising glacial lake and taken to Slovenia’s only island, Bled Island. Alternatively hire a mounain bike and take your time exploring the tranquil lakeside.
Day 11-12: Vienna
From Ringstrasse to the Opera, Vienna is full of imperial grandeur. Explore the maze-like streets of Innere Stadt and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Don’t forget to try the famous Sacher cake and a latte at one of the numerous coffee places in Vienna! Spend at lleast a day exploring the Schönbrunn Palace, full of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments.
Prices starting at 600 Euro (outside of Europe)