East Europe

Customized East Europe Holiday Trip

Eastern Europe is a fairly untouched region. It is an ideal place to visit if you’re looking for the off beaten path experience. Eastern Europe is packed with natural wonders. Its beaches, mountains, forests, national parks, natural reserves and lakes make it every nature lover’s paradise.  There are many activities and festivals to attend making sure you get to know about the traditions and culture. The country also has a rich history and is also home to many World Heritage Sites. The best time to visit Eastern Europe is during the months of spring which lasts from March to May and the months of autumn which lasts from September to November. The cuisine varies from region to region and is a must try and the people are very warm and hospitable.

About the wonderful countries of East Europe

The charming countries that you must visit during your East Europe tour from India are:

  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary

 

The countries that are perfect to visit for your Eastern Europe trip are:

i) Poland

Poland is a country in Eastern Europe filled with big castles and ancient museums. It is a country which is rich in history and culture. Poland offers unspoilt natural beauty in the form of lakes, wooded areas, rivers and hills. For the people who are looking for some adventure, Poland also has hiking and canoeing opportunities.

The beautiful cities of Poland that offers different flavors to its visitors are:

a) Warsaw

Known as the “Hub of Architecture and History”, Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. The city is the blend of traditional and modern architecture. The city is full of surprises and offers sparkling skylines, tall skyscrapers, bustling streets, green lawns and gardens, old palaces and Gothic architecture. Warsaw is steeped in culture and history and is evident in their places of attraction.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Warsaw is between June and August.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Warsaw. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Dubai, Moscow etc.

Things to do in Warsaw

  • Chopin Museum- Explore the collection of a famous musician’s work.
     
  • Wilanow Palace- The most famous palace of Warsaw.
     
  • Old Town Square-The building boasts of styles like Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance etc.
     
  • Royal Castle- Visit to take in the beauty of the structure.
     
  • Lazienki Park-The largest and most beautiful park in Warsaw.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Warsaw

  • Pierogi Ruskie- Poland’s must eat food; it’s a little packet of dough that’s filled to the brim with cream cheese and potato.
     
  • Zapiekanka- A fast food filling treat, half baguette that’s topped with mounds of cheese, mushrooms and chives.
     
  • Bigos- Top national food, packed in red cabbage, sauerkraut, cured ham, pork shoulder, bacon bits, bay leaves, juniper berries and onions, the whole thing is heartwarming belly filler.
     
  • Paczki- This sugar topped bun is packed with a whole host of possible flavors like rose, custard, chocolate and strawberry jam.
     
  • Golabki- A favorite dish of Christmas period, one soft boiled cabbage leaf is taken and packed up with a medley of pork, fried onions, rice barley and herbs. Its then wrapped and boiled. It’s served with a creamy tomato sauce.

 

b) Krakow

The oldest and second largest city in Poland, Krakow is stunning to the core and has a fantastic atmosphere. Krakow is famous for its rich history and world class monuments. You can opt for walking tour of the old Town of Krakow. The architecture is a blend of the present and golden past which contributes in the top attractions of the city.

Best Time to Visit

The two best times to visit Krakow are from March to May and between September and November.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Krakow. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Helsinki, London and Amsterdam.

Things to do in Krakow

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine- It’s the World’s oldest salt mine.
     
  • Zamek Krniewski Royal Castle- The most important historical and cultural site of Poland.
     
  • Main Square- Stroll around the square and explore the historic townhouses and churches.
     
  • Kazimierz- It is a Jewish district with a lot of old buildings and has great food joints.
     
  • Polish Aviation Museum- It consists of some very old aircrafts.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Krakow

  • Barszcz- It’s a beetroot soup which is served with potatoes and veggies tossed in with a croquette or miniature pierogi floating on it.
     
  • Golonka- It’s a pork knuckle or hock, as in pig’s thigh boiled, braised or generally roasted.
     
  • Kaszanka- This is a Polish variation of blood sausage, in this case pig’s blood is mixed with groats and is generally served fried with onions.
     
  • Kietbasa- It’s a thin, dry sausage flavored with caraway seed and seasoned with pepper and garlic.
     
  • Zurek- A unique sour rye soup with sausage, potatoes and hard boiled eggs chucked in.

 

ii) Czech Republic

The most popular tourist destination of Europe, this country exhibits its rich culture through its castles, museums, cathedrals, medieval towns and the capital city Prague. Czech Republic leaves no chance to entertain its visitors, be it through stylish spa resorts or the picturesque national parks. The country also has some of the finest beer in the world.

The famous city to visit in Czech Republic is:

a) Prague

Prague is renowned for being one of the well preserved cities in Europe. Prague is adorned with incredible architecture, rustic cobblestone streets, noteworthy churches and medieval bridges. The city is also a haunt for night birds, offering fine dining, old breweries, clubs and markets. With art spilling all around and the strings of classical music vibrating through the air, Prague will enchant you with its beauty.

Best Time to visit

The best months to visit Prague are May, June and September.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Prague. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Dubai, Doha etc.

Things to do in Prague

  • Prague Castle- A structure of Prague displaying the city’s skyline.
     
  • Charles Bridge-The most iconic and famous structure of Prague.
     
  • The Clementinum and the National Library-Visit the remarkable historic buildings of Prague.
     
  • The Old Town Square-An area where most of the historic sites are situated.
     
  • The Church of Our Lady before Tyn-An impressive Church with touches of Gothic architecture.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Prague

  • Svickova na smetane- This popular dish consists of braised beef covered with a thick, creamy sauce of parsley root and carrots. It’s usually served with a side of cranberry sauce and whipped cream.
     
  • Vepro knedlo zelo- It is basically roasted pork served with dumplings and a side of pickled cabbage.
     
  • Rizek- They can be made using a number of different meats covered in both flour and breadcrumbs before frying and served with a side of potato salad.
     
  • Sekana pecene- A meatloaf which is made combining half pork and half beef mince and then adding slices of bacon, onions and garlic and a number of specific herbs including marjoram and parsley.
     
  • Cesnecka- It contains a raw egg and small pieces of sausage, pork or cheese are sometimes added to it. The soup is served with croutons.

 

iii) Austria

Austria is one of the most prominent attractions boasting of its old world charm. It has a rich culture and scenic beauty but it offers much more beyond this. It offers neo classical architecture, the craze for music, popular cafes and thrill sports like skiing.

Tourist places to visit in Austria are:

a) Salzburg

It’s an ideal holiday destination to take a break from the busy life and stroll along the streets. Mozart and the Sound of Music are two main attractions in Salzburg. It offers the ever growing art scenes, picturesque parks and numerous concert halls. The country also has a lot to offer about the history and architecture which makes it a wonderful place to visit.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Salzburg is September and October.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Salzburg. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai are available via Istanbul, Dubai etc.

Things to do in Salzburg

  • Altstadt- The old town which contains the most popular attractions like Mozarts Geburtshaus, the Salzburg Museum etc.
     
  • Mirabell Palace and Gardens- Visit the palace which is famous for the architecture.
     
  • Hohensalzburg Fortress- It is the biggest fortification and holds major importance.
     
  • Hellbrunn Palace- A palatial size villa which is a famous tourist attraction.
     
  • Mozart’s Residence- A must visit for people who are a big fan of Mozart’s music.
     
  • Salzburg Cathedral-It is renowned for its baroque architecture and its vastness.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Salzburg

  • Schnitzel- A dish made with pork and it is served with a lemon wedge and parsley potatoes.
     
  • Strudel-It is a filled layered pastry which is accompanied with ice cream, vanilla sauce and cream.
     
  • Mozart Balls-These are made with layers of flavored filling, pistachio marzipan in the middle, surrounded by nougat and a smooth round shell of quality chocolate on the outside.

 

b) Vienna

Vienna is Europe’s one of the most gorgeous capitals. Vienna is a city packed with architectural wonders, melodious music, and streets with famous restaurants and cafes. It has a beauty and charm of its own. It also offers some remarkable historic sights, museums, live events and entertainment along with making it a city worth visiting with unforgettable memories.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Vienna is from April to May or September to October.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Vienna. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are available via Sharjah, Istanbul etc.

Things to do in Vienna

  • Belvedere Palace- A palace full of brilliant artwork and masterpieces.
     
  • Spanish Riding School-Witness the exercises exhibited by the horses.
     
  • St.Stephen’s Cathedral- One of the landmark structures of Vienna famous for its brightly colored roof tiles.
     
  • Albertina- It’s a museum exhibiting some of the masterpieces in field of artwork.
     
  • Prater- It’s the largest public park in the city of Vienna.
     
  • Naschmarkt- It’s a popular local flea market in Vienna.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Vienna

  • Wiener Schnitzel- It is made from a very thinly cut piece of veal. It is then coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. It is served with a slice of lemon and potato salad or fries.
     
  • Tafelspitz-It is a tender lean cut beef and is served with different toppings like apples mixed with horse radish, spinach cream and potatoes.
     
  • Gulasch- It is a hearty dish made with beef chunks, potatoes and seasoned with delicious paprika salt.
     
  • Zwiebelrostbraten- It is a delicious roasted beef coupled with gravy made from red wine and caramelized onion. It is served with either sautéed potatoes or mashed potatoes.
     
  • Apfelstrudel- Usually served warm, the dessert consists of a delicious puff pastry, filled with sugary and sweet slices of cooked apples in a sauce and topped off with whipped cream.

 

iv) Slovenia

Slovenia is a country in Central Europe, which is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes. It’s a paradise of snowcapped peaks and turquoise green rivers. The country also boasts of its architecture, rich culture and exotic cuisine.

Tourist place to visit in Slovenia are:

a) Lake Bled

It’s a fairy tale location surrounded by mountains, a Church rising from the middle of the lake and there’s a castle balancing on the edge of a cliff. In this destination, you can have a peaceful holiday and relax and soak it all. In winter the snowy mountains and cold days add romanticism to the place or just out of season you can enjoy the sun.

Best Time to Visit

You can visit in summer from the months of June to August. The next best time is spring time from the months of March to May. You can also visit in winters from the months of September to February.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Lake Bled. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi are available.

Things to do in Lake Bled

  • Bled Island- One of the best experiences to have in Lake Bled.
     
  • Water Sports-You can rent a rowboat and pletna and enjoy the ride.
     
  • Walk- Take a stroll around Lake Bled.
     
  • Lake Bled Castle-Enjoy a spectacular view of the lake from the terrace, tour the museum, you can go for wine tasting and have lunch or dinner at the castle restaurant.
     
  • Mala Osojnica-Hike to Mala Osojnica and capture iconic view of the lake.
     
  • Vintgar Gorge-Visit the gorgeous river and it’s a must place to visit in Lake Bled.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Lake Bled

  • Kranjska Klobasa- One of the most popular dish, it is made from the best coarsely ground pork meat, bacon, and a few basic seasonings. It is accompanied by sauerkraut or bread, mustard and horseradish.
     
  • Prekmurska Gibanica-It’s a pastry made from several layers of apple, walnut, cottage cheese and poppy seed fillings.
     
  • Struklji-These are baked or boiled rolls of wheat or buckwheat dough and a sweet or savory filling. It can be served as the salty side dish or as dessert.
     
  • Bograc- The dish combines pork, beef and game, potatoes, sweet paprika, and wine and it’s prepared in a cauldron on an open fire.
     
  • IdrijskiZlikrofi-These small dough pockets are stuffed with potatoes, onion, seasoned pork fat, smoked ham, and spices. They’re normally served either with a mutton or rabbit sauce or on their own seasoned with cracklings, butter and cheese.

 

v) Slovakia

Slovakia is a landlocked country in Europe. Even in such a small area, you’ll find everything from national treasures to historical monuments to rich culture and entertainment in busy cities. Explore the beauty and unique atmosphere, its splendid natural scenery, rich history, culture and traditions.

The tourist place to visit in Slovakia is:

a) Bratislava

Bratislava is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It is the country’s most visited city. It offers natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns and architecture. If you are looking for a city break full of culture, cuisine, exclusive experiences and unique atmosphere, Bratislava is the place to be.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bratislava is from April to September.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Bratislava. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi are available via Dubai, Moscow etc.

Things to do in Bratislava

  • Slavin War Memorial- Tourists make their way to the terrace to get the ultimate view of the Bratislava skyline.
     
  • St. Elizabeth’s Church- The Church is a blend of Romanesque, Baroque and oriental design.
     
  • Bratislava Castle- The interiors has exhibitions for the National Museum.
     
  • Historic Center of Bratislava-Visit the historic sites like the University Library Building, baroque places, little monuments and plaques
     
  • Old Town Hall-Its Bratislava’s most venerable landmarks.
     
  • Slovak National Gallery-Admire the most cherished Gothic and Baroque art and artifacts.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Bratislava

  • Bryndzove Halusky- Bryndzove refers to the high quality, creamy, soft, locally produced sheep cheese. The cheese is served on top of potato dumplings. Then pieces of smoked bacon and sausage are typically sprinkled on top.
     
  • Kapustnica- It’s a cabbage soup where sauerkraut is mixed into a creamy base with boiled potatoes, mushrooms, chopped ham, paprika, black pepper and garlic. The soup is served warm, and together with freshly baked bread.
     
  • Gulasova Polievka- It consists of beef, onions, potatoes, pepper, tomatoes, garlic and a spice mixture. It is cooked in a cauldron in an open fire.
     
  • Schnitzel- A thin slice of pork is first tenderized and then fried with bread crumbs. A mayonnaise based potato salad is often served as the side dish.
     
  • Slovak pancakes-The doughy crepes are thin and melt in your mouth when served warm and layered with homemade apricot jam. Strawberry jam, hazelnut spread, powdered sugar, and cinnamon are other popular accompaniments.

 

vi) Hungary

Hungary is a blend of traditional and modern culture of Europe. Here you can visit the rural villages and enjoy a fantastic nightlife in the capital city of Budapest. It is home to several World Heritage Sites, Thermal Lake and third largest church in Europe.

The tourist place to visit in Hungary is:

a) Budapest

Budapest has a rich history and culture and offers activities for the history, food and party enthusiasts. It has a diverse range of tourist attractions from museums, galleries, churches, ruin pubs, thermal baths and spas. You might love Budapest for different reasons but you will definitely love Budapest.

Best time to visit

The best times to visit Budapest are from March to May and from September through November.

Flight Connectivity

There are no direct flights to Budapest. Connecting flights from major cities like Kolkata, Mumbai and Delhi are available via Istanbul, Abu Dhabi etc.

Things to do in Budapest

  • Szechenyi Chain Bridge- Take a walking tour across the picturesque stone bridge connecting Buda and Pest.
     
  • Thermal Baths- Enjoy thermal baths at some of the famous ones like Szechenyi Bath, Gellrt Bath and Rudas Bath.
     
  • Buda Castle- Visit the largest Gothic Palace of the Middle Ages.
     
  • Margaret Island- Spend your weekend in the wonderful island.
     
  • Szimpla Kert-The number one rated ruin pub in Budapest.
     
  • St. Stephen’s Basilica- Seek blessings at the largest church of Budapest.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Budapest

  • Langos- Made with potato, it’s a deep fried doughly flatbread that’s eaten warm and slathered with sour cream and grated cheese or with garlicky butter. It is served with sausages on top.
     
  • Kurtoskalacs- These sweets are made from long strips of sugary dough wrapped around cone shaped spits that are brushed with butter and roasted over charcoal. They are usually dusted with toppings like cinnamon and ground walnuts.
     
  • Toltott Kaposzta- Cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with ground pork and beef, rice, tomatoes and sauerkraut. It is then flavored with paprika.
     
  • Gulyas- A thin broth made from chunks of beef cooked with onions, paprika, tomatoes and pepper. It’s usually served with fresh white bread and chopped paprika on the side.

 

An ideal East Europe travel itinerary

Here’s a handcrafted Eastern Europe package for your tour:

Day 1: Arrival at Warsaw. Check in to the hotel. Evening at leisure.Dinner.Overnight in Warsaw.

Day 2: Sightseeing includes Royal Palace Square and more. Proceed to Krakow. Dinner.Overnight in Krakow.

Day 3: Visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the morning. Krakow city tour includes the Old Town, Market Square and more. Dinner.Overnight in Krakow.

Day 4: Arrival at Prague. Vltava river cruise in the evening. Dinner and overnight in Prague.

Day 5: City tour includes Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and more. Dinner.Overnight in Prague.

Day 6: Transfer to Salzburg with stop at CeskyKrumlov. Check in to the hotel. Dinner.Overnight in Salzburg.

Day 7: Enjoy Sound Of Music Tour. Dinner.Overnight in Salzburg.

Day 8: Salzburg city tour. Proceed to Vienna. Dinner.Overnight in Vienna.

Day 9: City tour and Schonbrunn palace tour. Dinner.Overnight in Vienna.

Day 10: Transfer to Budapest. Stop at Bratislava Danube river boat cruise. Dinner.Overnight in Budapest.

Day 11: Budapest city tour. Dinner.Overnight in Budapest.

Day 12: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for fly back home.

 

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