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Great Cities of Eastern Europe



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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on these remarkable  Eastern European Tours. Reserve by July 31, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Budget Travel

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your Europe tour includes
  • 2 nights in Warsaw
  • 2 nights in Krakow
  • 3 nights in Budapest
  • 2 nights in Vienna
  • 3 nights in Prague
  • 1 night in Helsinki (Not included for Land Only package)
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Warsaw)
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp
  • Matthias Coronation Church (Budapest)
  • Danube Bend
  • Cathedral of St. Stephen’s (Vienna)
  • Charles Bridge (Prague)
  • Helsinki Tour
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair wide-body jet
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra- Europe ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 18 meals: 13 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guides

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(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
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2018 Departures: JFK-Helsinki-JFK add $3495.
Land Only package starts in Warsaw on Day-2 & ends in Prague on Day-14. The flight to Helsinki and the Helsinki hotel is NOT included for Land Only
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations for tours of Eastern Europe can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating Eastern European tours begin this evening with an overnight flight to Warsaw.
Day 2
Arrive Warsaw (Poland).
Arrive in Warsaw, Poland’s capital and cultural center. You’ll be met and escorted to your centrally located deluxe hotel. This evening your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Sofitel Victoria Hotel or similar (D)
Day 3
Learn about Warsaw’s rich history on a morning tour. Visit both banks of the Vistula River as well as the Old Town with its colorful market square. Drive along the Royal Route lined with beautiful palaces, famous statues and historic churches. See historical sights including the Monument of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 4
Drive southbound to Czestochowa where you’ll visit the magnificent 14th century monastery at Jasna Gora, known as the home of the Black Madonna icon. This afternoon, a somber visit to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, now a museum honoring the victims of the Holocaust. Later, arrive in ancient Krakow, former Royal capital. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Mercure Krakow Old Town Hotel or similar  (B,D)
Day 5
Krakow, the residence of Polish kings for centuries, boasts fine medieval architecture, virtually untouched by war. On this morning’s tour, see the Royal Wawel Castle and visit St. Mary’s Church and splendid Market Square. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this charming and colorful town on your own. (B)
Day 6
Krakow/Budapest (Hungary).
Today enjoy a scenic drive through the wooded mountains of Slovakia, down the Danube River Valley to Budapest, the delightful Hungarian capital. Dinner tonight at your hotel, located in the heart of the city. Radisson Blu Beke or similar  (B,D)
Day 7
Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s most lively cities. On your morning tour, your guide will introduce you to the history and sights of the city. Enjoy a panoramic view from Fishermen’s Bastion located on Castle Hill. You’ll also see the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church and the Citadel on Mount Gellert. Afternoon at leisure. Perhaps take a leisurely cruise on the romantic Danube River. (B) 
Day 8
Danube Bend Excursion.
Embark on a morning excursion to the scenic Hungarian countryside. Voyage to the charming artist’s town of Szentendre, a real gem at the gateway to the picturesque Danube Bend region. Free time to explore before returning to Budapest where you may revel in the fine arts and architecture at your own pace. (B)
Day 9
Budapest/Vienna (Austria).
Cross the border into Austria and drive to splendid Vienna, the center of the Hapsburg Empire. Experience the city’s glorious past on a panoramic tour taking you along the Ring Boulevard, past Emperor Franz Josef’s Hofburg Palace and the ornate State Opera to a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the Cathedral of St. Stephen’s. Dinner tonight at your hotel. Radisson Blu Park Royal Palace Hotel or Parkhotel Schönbrunn or similar (B,D)
Day 10
A full day at leisure to explore on your own and relax in a charming Viennese cafe. A must see is the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the baroque summer residence built for the Hapsburgs. (B)
Day 11
Vienna/Prague (Czech Republic).
Journey across the Czech border through rich farmlands to Moravia. Visit the quaint towns of Duernstein and Telc en route to Prague, one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities. Occidental Praha Five or similar  (B)
Day 12
The beautiful city of Prague was built on seven hills and served as a former capital of the Roman Empire. On this morning’s tour, visit the impressive Hradcany Castle and the Old Royal Palace, former residence of Bohemian kings. See the 14th-century Charles Bridge and explore the charming Old Town. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Day 13
A day at leisure to relax at an outdoor cafe, shop the bustling markets or explore the fascinating Jewish Quarter on your own. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a festive dinner. (B,D)
Day 14
Prague/Helsinki (Finland).
After breakfast, bid farewell to the glorious cities of Eastern Europe and board a short flight to Helsinki, the charming capital of Finland, situated on the Baltic Sea. Orientation tour is included on arrival. Scandic Hotel or similar  (B)
(For Land Only package, tour ends on this day in Prague. The flight to Helsinki and the Helsinki hotel is NOT included. )
Day 15
Helsinki/New York.
Enjoy your leisure morning in Helsinki to explore on your own or try a real Finnish sauna! Later, transfer to the airport for your non-stop flight back to the USA. Your exciting Eastern European tours end as you touch down in New York. (B)

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Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Eastern Europe more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are approximate in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in cash (US dollars or euros are accepted). Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may therefore not be offered if this minimum is not met.  Some tours may not be available due to holiday schedules. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Frederic Chopin Recital ($49 per person)
Enjoy a private piano recital in a charming palace that is the seat of the Warsaw Musical Society. Here, a Chopin expert plays for your enjoyment an arrangement of some of the most beautiful melodies of this famous Polish composer. Champagne will be served. Transfers from/to your hotel are included.

Afternoon Salt Mines Tour ($56 per person)
On this afternoon excursion visit the world renowned Wieliczka Salt Mines outside Krakow. The fascinating underground world in the mines was created by Polish miners over a 700 years period. You’ll see 20 excavated chambers on 3 levels, the rich interior decoration of the chapels and the underground salt lakes. You’ll also visit the Salt Works Museum before returning to Krakow.

Krakow Jewish Quarter by Night ($49 per person)
Enjoy a unique experience as you visit the ancient Jewish Quarter. You’ll dine in a typical Jewish restaurant and enjoy Kleizmer music. A glass of wine and vodka is included!

Folklore Dinner/Show ($51 per person)
Transfer from your hotel to a local restaurant where you are greeted with a welcome drink (Hungarian brandy) and Gypsy music. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner of local specialties while being entertained by Hungarian folk dancers and listening to typical folk songs.

Danube River Cruise ($39 per person)
Enjoy a one-hour cruise along the romantic Danube River. Two drinks per person are included.

Morning Vienna Woods Excursion ($52 per person)
Drive outside the city to the Vienna Woods passing the Liechtenstein Castle. Visit the abbey of Heiligenkreuxz and the former Mayerling hunting lodge. Return to Vienna via Helenetal and Baden.

Afternoon Excursion to Schoenbrunn Palace ($49 per person)
This afternoon’s tour includes an inside visit to the not to be missed Schoenbrunn Palace with an expert guide. Your entrance fees as well as transportation from/to your hotel are included.

Afternoon Tour of the Jewish Quarter ($38 per person)
On this afternoon tour, a local guide will show you around the fascinating and historic Jewish Quarter. Entrance fee to the Synagogue is included.

Lunch Cruise ($48 per person)
Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour mid-day cruise on the charming Vltava River enjoying Prague’s beauty from a unique vantage point. Lunch on board is included.

Trip Preparation


Your departure flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Eastern Europe and back are on Finnair. Your flight is scheduled to depart at 5:30PM. We recommend that you check in at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to JFK at about 4:00PM. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.


Actual seat assignment can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport. You may call Finnair (800 950 5000) two weeks before your departure to provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airline! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.


Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


You may expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60’s in May and September, 70’s in June through August, 50’s in April and October and 40’s in March and November.


The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants.  Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20-25 per meal per person.  Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (no more than 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.


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by Laurel Palmer on smarTours
Great Cities of Eastern Europe tour, September 2017

What a wonderful experience this was. Renata, our tour director, was exceptional, she is a knowledgeable, PATIENT, kind, funny and passionate lady who made this trip great! I can only hope that future smarTours trips I plan to take will be this good. We had a large group, 44 people, but everything ran smoothly. The local guides and our bus driver, Irek, were fantastic as well. I heard about smarTours from a friend and I'm glad we chose this company. The hotels were top-notch, food was great and they accommodated vegetarian guests as well. Only recommendation I would make is that they provide name badges for guests, it would be so helpful. Other than that it was a great tour visiting great places!

by Jacqueline O'Donnell on smarTours

We throughly enjoyed our Sept. 15 tour with Renata. It was like walking through the pages of a history book. One of the best tours we have taken and Renata and the local were wonderful. Anyone who loves history will enjoy this tour especially.

by john sullivan on smarTours
eastern europe

Renata, our guide, was outstanding. She went beyond what guides normaly do to make this tour unforgettable.

by Rose Neal on smarTours
A great trip

I just returned from this trip a few days ago. The food, guides, history and scenery was wonderful throughout the tour. What a lovely surprise Poland was with its beautiful buildings and interesting history. I took all the optional tours which added greatly to the overall tour and they were a good value for the money. Overall it was a great trip.

by janet rashes on smarTours
Great Tour

What a fabulous tour...great tour guide(s), great accommodations, wonderful food and lovely people on the tour!

by Kay Khayat on smarTours
Five Star Cities

Thank you for organizing such a variety of experiences for the great cities tour. Renata, our guide, was brilliant, organized, interesting, and made our journey memorable. She gave us many tips to elevate our enjoyment and keep us safe. This is my second trip with Smartours and I'll continue to use your company....a great value, thoroughly educational, and a quality adventure!

by Allan Zaug on smarTours
Great Cities of Eastern Europe

The tour was great as usual, guide was excellent, group was all wonderful and we made some new friends. What more would you want?

by Howard Chud on smarTours

This trip was excellent. The cities visited, while different, had much history in common. Our tour guide was outstanding. She had a great amount of knowledge and, on a daily basis, really showed she cared about each tour member. Money exchange was a snap and I came home with no foreign currency, a task rarely achieved.

by HelliTaskila on smarTours
Cities of Eastern Europe

Renata our tour guide was exceptional and very attentive. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip which was quite fast paced encompassing so many sites and considerable history

by Dale Moglin on smarTours

This was our fifth trip (and definitely not our last) with Smartours. The hotels and local tour operators were great. Only wish we had more time in Vienna.

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