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The Classic Rhapsody Trek

Trip Type: Backpacker Tour
Tour Cost: $1019US+ (students $985+)
Departs from: Prague
Duration: 9 days

Tags: $500-$1000 Tours, 8-13 days, Eastern Europe Tours, Eastern Trekker, Small Group Tour

The Ultimate Eastern European tour experience, from the Bohemian capital to the Croatian coastline. This tour was created, for you to enjoy classic off the beaten track destinations along with the iconic cities of the east. You will enjoy great local food, revel in some of the top clubs in Europe, learn lots about famous people and local cultures and most importantly get the opportunity to meet future friends aboard this adventure.

Day: 1 | Location: Prague - Kutna Hora - Olomouc

After breakfast the group will drive across the Czech Republic to reach UNESCO listed Kutna Hora, where you'll discover the famous church made from human bones! After lunch you'll travel to the Moravian capital Olomouc. It's a pre-touristy hidden gem, a university town of pubs, churches, castles, no tourists and amazingly cheap prices. Tonight is the aeroplane party, a great chance to really get to know your guide and fellow travellers.

Day: 2 | Location: Olomouc - Auschwitz - Krakow

Today you visit Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp, an eerie experience. Eastern Trekker has set up a guided tour of both Auschwitz and Birkenau camps for you. Take your time here, it is important to learn about such places as learning is understanding. You then head on to Krakow and your first evening in this Polish Gem of a city. Your guide will escort you on a memorable night out in Krakow

Day: 3 | Location: Krakow

Start the day with a bike tour covering the complete Schindler's list and the beauty of Krakow; the castle district, the Jewish quarter, its bustling markets, the historic old town of course with a local guide. They are really great at bringing the city to life, there’s so much to see before an afternoon at leisure and an evening meal of Polish specialties and cracking nightlife.

Day: 4 | Location: Krakow - Zakopane

After breakfast in Krakow you then drive to the stunning Tatra Mountains for some alpine revelry in Zakopane. A hike to the top of Eastern Europe awaits, or just kick back in the village touring all the sights. You will certainly get a kick out of the homes that were built with one tree! In the evening you will be immersed in the traditions of Zakopane in one of the many traditional taverns.

Day: 5 | Location: Zakopane - Budapest

After a hearty breakfast, it’s onto Budapest, with a stop in the mountains of the Donovally area, Slovakia, for a picnic lunch. Budapest, the party capital of the east lays waiting, so what better way to familiarise you with this great city, than with a night out eating and clubbing Budapest style.

Day: 6 | Location: Budapest

Enjoy a free day in buzzing Budapest. Go caving under Budapest, or stroll the regal castle district. Maybe an evening thermal bath or a spot of good retail therapy along the many, Paris styled boulevards of this fascinating city. Your guide will set you up with all the good info to make the most of your free day.

Day: 7 | Location: Budapest – Plitvice

Head south out of Budapest onto the UNESCO listed Plitvice National Park, via Lake Balaton, where the group will stop for a swim. It's then onto the Balkan open air war museum, which is stunningly real in its appraisal of the Balkan war of the early 90's. You arrive into the national park at sunset ready for dinner in the middle of this aqua wonderland. Accommodation is in bungalows in the national park so you will wake up to amazing scenery and clean crisp fresh air.

Day: 8 | Location: Plitvice – Split

Your group is the first in the park in the morning which means you get to wander through this amazing aqua wonderland before the crowds descend. The cascading waterfalls and aqua green lakes will leave you ready for the Croatian coast. You will spend the whole morning in the national park and then set off on a memorable drive to the Croatian coast and a night out in the cosmopolitan town of Split.

Day: 9 | Location: Split

You are free to travel on. Please don't forget Eastern Trekker's One Way Sail Croatia or the Balkan Trek. Both depart Split on Saturday.

This tour departs every May 4 and 18 AND every Friday from June 8 to September 21, 2012

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Bike tour of Krakow
  • Auschwitz (official Auschwitz guided tour)
  • Orientation tour of Budapest
  • Orientation tour of Split
  • All transport with Guide

Tour Options

Take time out with one of Eastern Trekker's Optional Extras. Full details from your Guide

  • Walking tour of Budapest, bike hire Budapest, Caving tours under Budapest
  • Adventure activities in Zakopane (rafting, hiking, paragliding, horse-riding, quad biking)

WHAT ARE WE ABOUT? We love the East! For 4 years now we have been developing our unique trips throughout Eastern Europe. Don’t get us wrong, we love the West too, it’s just that the East is where it is really happening – where you can genuinely get off the beaten track, discover amazing cities and experience genuine diversity.

OUR BACKYARD. Our tours are all about unlocking the secrets of places that you have only ever heard of – Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro. We’ll unravel their histories and their cultures both past and present to bring Europe’s backyard closer to you than ever before.

BANG FOR YOUR BUCK. What’s more, Eastern Europe with its amazingly low prices, offers the budget traveller exceptional value for money. This means your money goes a lot further, so whether it is castles, mosques, churches... mountains, lakes or National Parks… or pubs, clubs, beer (and a little Vodka) you’re
into, here you’ll get more bang for your buck.

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Tour Highlights

  • Church of human bones in UNESCO listed town Kutna Hora
  • Olomouc city walk
  • Bike tour Krakow
  • Infamous Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Budapest! Thermal bath under the stars
  • Stunning Tatra Mountains, Zakopane
  • The great value food and drink
  • Plitvice National Park, an aqua wonderland
  • Scenic drive to Split, Croatia

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