Central European tours

“Discover five countries in two weeks on this fascinating small group tour of central Europe, taking in capitals, culture and regional curiosities, too.”

Highlights

Czech Republic | Prague | Cesky Krumlov | Telc | Znojmo | wine growing town of Mikulov | Znojmo Catacombs | Lednice-Valtice | Slovakia | Skalica | Straznice, an outdoor museum | Plze wine cellars | Bratislava | Austria | Vienna | Hungary | Sopron | Budapest | Banska Stiavnica | Tatra Mountains | Poland | Krakow | optional: Wieliczka Salt Mine; Auschwitz

Description of Central European tours

There’s so much cultural heritage and beautiful scenery to explore in Central Europe, and this two week Central European tour takes a comprehensive look at this diverse part of the world. Taking in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland, the tour travels to pretty old villages, ancient castles, wine cellars, catacombs and, of course, the historic capital cities of each country.

This tour is biaised towards the region’s cultural highlights, from Prague Castle and Renaissance architecture in Telc, to the Mozart Museum in Vienna and Krakow Jewish Quarter, but there is also time to explore the landscapes of this region, with a few days in the Tatra Mountains, where brown bears and wolves still roam. To satisfy your appetite as well as your curiosity, you’ll be able to sample regional treats, too, from the traditional Trdelnik cake made at a former Franciscan monastery and the wine from the cellars at Plze.

Travel in a small group of no more than 16 people and outside of the big cities, accommodation is in locally-run and locally staffed accommodation.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Local Craft and Culture:
There is a heavy influence of culture on our itinerary throughout the trip, from Prague Castle and Renaissance architecture in Telc, to the Mozart Museum in Vienna and Krakow Jewish Quarter. Our entrance fees for the duration contribute to the upkeep of these important historical, artistic and cultural resources. In terms of local production, we are able to visit a former Franciscan monastery to see how traditional Trdelnik cake is made. At the Plze wine cellars, we are also able to sample locally made wine.

A Fair Deal:
We have established a long term partnership with a local operator, who is committed to promoting tourism as a means of income throughout Central Europe, in particular to the rural communities of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Your guides are native Central Europeans and in exchange for their local expertise, they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

Accommodation and Meals:
Outside of big cities we stay in locally-run and locally staffed accommodation. The main destinations on the tour are well known to international tourism; however the more rural areas, particularly of Slovakia and Hungary, are not on the regular tourist map. Supporting these smaller businesses in rural locations not only boosts economy by gives the client a more authentic experience. All breakfasts are provided and ingredients will be locally sourced where possible. Where meals are not provided, your guide will be able to point out some independent cafes and restaurants serving delicious cuisine typical of that area.

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