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16 days

from $5,299 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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Expedition Overview

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Trip Details
EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Walk along the Berlin Wall with a local historian.
  • Delve into the history of Transylvania, exploring the Black Church, Bran Castle, and Snagov Monastery in Brasov.
  • Explore the medieval town of Český Krumlov, and opt to take a guided ghost story walk or visit the castle.
  • Set off on a guided tour of Budapest and enjoy a traditional Hungarian lunch.
Itinerary

Combine iconic cities with destinations off the tourist trail on this 16-day tour which satiates travellers looking for fascinating cultural history, archaeological marvels, and little-known gems. Sample some of Vienna's finest eats with a culinary expert, go deep underground into a salt museum previously used as a bomb shelter, and visit Peleș Castle, one of Europe's most impressive castles. Trusted local chefs, historians, and cultural experts help enrich this experience in a way that no audio tour or guidebook could ever achieve.

Day 1: Berlin

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Berlin

Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO before exploring sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian and delving deeper into its political and social history. Opt to take a river tour or visit galleries and museums with free time.

Day 3: Berlin/Prague

Head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.

Day 4: Prague

The day is free to explore. Wander the quarters to shop or relax at a local café. Opt to visit Prague Castle, museums, and galleries.

Day 5: Prague/Český Krumlov

Travel to the charming town of Český Krumlov. Opt to visit the castle.

Day 6: Český Krumlov/Vienna

Drive across the border into Austria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO. Stop by a Viennese café for a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte - an elegant confection historically linked to Vienna's distinguished coffee houses. Enjoy free time this evening to visit the opera house or simply enjoy a walk around the city.

Day 7: Vienna

This morning, visit the famed Naschmarkt with a culinary expert, exploring the stalls and lanes to sample some of Vienna's finest treats. This afternoon is free to wander the elegant streets. Take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries, visit the stunning Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Vienna Riding School, experience mass with the Vienna Boys Choir, or settle into a café.

Day 8: Vienna/Budapest

Catch a train to our last stop, Budapest. Head out for an orientation walk, then visit a G Adventures-supported café whose proceeds assist Hungarians living with a disability. With some free time, opt to "take the waters" at a thermal bathhouse or visit the stunning castle.

Day 9: Budapest

Enjoy a full day for exploration in Budapest. Opt to visit Buda Castle, the famous thermal baths or take a bike tour of the city.

Day 10: Budapest

Explore Budapest by embarking on a guided historic tour of the city. Start at Heroes Square and hop on the metro to learn the history of Europe's second oldest underground transportation system. Discover the Opera House, Liberty Square and Chain Bridge, ending at the Great Market Hall with a typical Hungarian lunch. The afternoon is free to explore.

Day 11: Budapest/Cluj-Napoca

Embark on a full-day transfer from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca. Enjoy watching the graceful countryside of Hungary and Romania roll by from the comfort of a train.

Day 12: Cluj-Napoca/Sighișoara

Visit Salina Turda Salt Mine, the world's deepest underground salt museum and marvel at 2,000 years of history and highly preserved galleries. Learn about all the purposes of the mine over the years, from being used as a World War II bomb shelter to becoming a warehouse for storing cheese. From here, head to Sighișoara and enjoy an orientation walk of the old town on arrival.

Day 13: Sighișoara/Braşov

Transfer to the small medieval village of Medias. Together with a local chef, visit the market to pick out fresh ingredients for your Transylvanian cooking class and learn about the cultural and gastronomical influences found in Transylvanian cuisine. In the afternoon, head to the town of Brasov to visit the famous Black Church.

Day 14: Braşov

Enjoy a free morning to explore Brasov's baroque architecture and beautiful squares. Later, visit the haunting Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle, for a guided visit. Afterwards, head to the castle's tea house for an afternoon tea accompanied by the on-site historian and learn about the castle's eerie past and connection with Dracula.

Day 15: Braşov/Bucharest

Travel to Bucharest, stopping to visit the fairytale-like Peleș Castle. Commissioned by King Carol I as a summer home in the late 1800s, Peleș Castle offers visitors the opportunity to admire the ornate interior of the castle as well as breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Once in Bucharest, enjoy a walking tour. Opt for a final night out on the town.

Day 16: Bucharest

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 13 Jun 2020 - 28 Jun 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Aug 2020 - 23 Aug 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,048 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 May 2021 - 23 May 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 22 May 2021 - 06 Jun 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,788 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jul 2021 - 25 Jul 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,048 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Aug 2021 - 22 Aug 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,048 AUD Per Person

  • date 04 Sep 2021 - 19 Sep 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,048 AUD Per Person

  • date 18 Sep 2021 - 03 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,559 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $8,048 AUD Per Person

  • date 16 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $5,299 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $7,788 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotel/pensions (15 nts).
  • Meals: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Transport: Train, bus, private van, local bus.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Walk the Berlin Wall with a Historian, Berlin
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Naschmarkt Walk, Vienna
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Transylvanian Foodie Experience, Sighișoara
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Afternoon Tea at Bran Castle, Bran
  • Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest
  • Your Foodie Moment: Sacher Torte Tasting, Vienna
  • Tour Prague's old town including the Jewish quarter, clock tower, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square
  • Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and sample the Sacher Torte
  • Guided historic tour of Budapest
  • Visit to the Salt Mine terraces in Egerszalok
  • Guided visit of Salina Turda Salt Mine
  • Sighisoara old Town Visit
  • Black Church visit in Brasov
  • Guided tour of Bran Castle
  • Snagov Monastery visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $5,828

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.