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Venture east where rich history meets a vibrant present
Distinctive and intriguing, Eastern Europe casts an alluring spell with its dramatic landscapes and cities plucked from a fairytale.
Choose an Insight Vacations tour to unlock the best Eastern Europe sightseeing experiences. Discover Budapest, Queen of the Danube, with its diverse architecture and famous bathhouses. Join a Local Expert in the medieval heart of Krakow. Or join a local family for a traditional Bosnian meal in Sarajevo.
On an Insight Vacations tour, you’ll experience all that Scandinavia and Northern Europe have to offer. Here are a few of the highlights that our guests remember for years after they’ve returned home.
Highlights of Poland
Join a Local Expert to discover the history of Malbork Castle, a fortified monastery built by the Teutonic Order in 1274.
Treasures of the Balkans
Take a private after-hours tour of Bran Castle and hear the bone- chilling tale of the infamous Count Dracula.
Warsaw and the Baltic States
Follow your Local Expert as they guide you through the old town of Tallinn and hear about traditional Estonian arts and crafts.
If you enjoy exploring on foot, you’ll love Sofia, Bulgaria’s compact capital. But small size doesn’t mean a lack of things to see. Museums, art galleries, parkland, bars, cafes, and a multitude of places to shop and dine can be found here.
When to go: May-September for the warmest climates; a chance to see the unique architecture Bulgaria offers cannot be missed.
Tallinn’s medieval Old Town is not to be missed and one of the main reasons many people visit Estonia. Here you’ll find narrow cobbled streets, medieval churches, and enough charm to keep you snapping pictures for hours.
When to go: June-August for the best temperatures which allows the unexpected beauty of this Baltic country to shine through.
Latvia has been steadily gaining acclaim as a destination worth seeking out. Its compact size means you can experience a lot of it in a short time, and there’s much to see and do. Get your culture fix in the capital of Riga, soak up the sun along the 500 km of beaches along the Baltic Sea, or get active in one of the Latvia’s national parks.
When to go: The best time to visit is late spring or summer, when there’s usually enough fine weather to allow you to stroll around the cities and make significant forays into the great outdoors.
Discover the Old Town of Vilnius, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can see an array of well-preserved Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Classical buildings.
When to go: The preferable time to visit Lithuania is summer, from June to August: the temperatures are pleasant, sometimes even hot.
In a nutshell, Macedonia is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries to add to your list, both naturally and architecturally.
When to go: Located so far south in Europe, Macedonia is great to visit most of the year round. It is particularly welcoming during spring and autumn, outside the high tourist seasons and when the weather is at its most pleasant.
Arguably one of Europe’s best kept secrets, Poland offers miles and miles of sandy white beaches, picturesque hills and primeval forests. Delve into its storybook cities and historic attractions as you learn more about its fascinating culture.
When to go: For the warmest temperatures head to Poland between June and August. Winters are chilly so make sure you wrap up warm if you’re heading there December-February.
In the Balkans, in Southern Europe, lies Serbia. Sitting at the crossroads of Europe’s history, this land-locked nation is a fusion of cultures and religions, resulting in a wealth of joie de vivre. Enjoy the national parks and quirky festivals in the summer, and when the snow settles in winter, take to the mountains’ ski resorts.
When to go: July is the hottest month, and August has the most sun.
The capital of Bratislava is a must-see destination in its own right. Make sure to explore the Old Town’s cobbled squares, visit the 19th century Slovak National Museum, and gaze at the landmark four-towered castle overlooking the city.
When to go: June-September for the highest temperatures which allows more comfortable viewing of this mountainous country.
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