Enter a world of fairy-tale castles, symphonic concerts and lavish architecture and prepare to be forever changed. Stroll an alluring maze of cobbled lanes, marvel at centuries-old cathedrals and unravel local secrets along the way. As you immerse yourself in history that changed the world, you’ll see Eastern Europe’s finest cities – Budapest, Warsaw and Prague – as true cultural masterpieces.
Hungary is a land of thermal springs, and Budapest remains the only metropolis in the world that is rich in thermal waters with healing qualities. Pamper your body and soul in traditional Turkish baths dating back to 16th and 17th centuries. Cruise down the Danube River for tantalizing views of the traditional ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides of this captivating city, and take the funicular up Castle Hill for impeccable views.
Prague is one of Europe’s best-preserved cities and its extravagant, dream-like architecture never fails to charm its visitors. In 2016 Prague marks the 700th anniversary of the birth of the king and emperor Charles IV, and the entire city is celebrating with historical-themed festivities and themed tours and walks. Feel the romantic pull of Prague’s historic Old Town, the haunting Prague Castle and the exquisite Charles Bridge. Be sure to experience the city’s emerging gastronomic scene – the food and beer here are to die for.
Poland’s ever-evolving capital entices travellers with its thriving arts scene, fashionable boutiques and renewed sense of optimism. Visitors to Warsaw are often surprised by its restored Gothic architecture, impressive city beaches, gourmet restaurants and upmarket shops. After a tumultuous history, Warsaw has reinvented itself to sit comfortably in the ranks of impressive European capitals. Feel like getting away from it all? Warsaw’s expansive parks will have you feeling like you’ve entered a calm rural oasis.
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