Discover the grand palaces of Vienna, the fairy tale architecture of Krakow and the ancient Old Town of Split.
This is a trip for those who truly appreciate beauty. Over two weeks, you’ll have more jaw-dropping photo ops than you can shake a stick at and induce some serious jealousy from those unlucky enough to be stuck back at home. The grand palaces of Vienna, the fairy tale architecture of Krakow, the sunrise over Budapest, the crystal-clear waters and ancient Old Town of Split; throw all that together with some epic nights of revelry in the hippest bars and clubs, and you get one hell of an adventure!
We spend 14 days exploring Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Croatia. We visit Munich, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb, Split.
What Is Included...
Your legendary Busabout crew
13 nights’ accommodation
13 breakfasts and 2 dinners
All coach transport
Public Transport tickets in Vienna and Rome
1 GB Free WIFI on coach transport
Budapest City Bike Tour
Orientation walks in Munich, Krakow and Budapest
- Take a Winery Bike Tour in the Austrian countryside
- Visit the thermal baths and ruin bars in Budapest
- Sample the local food and nightlife in Krakow
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions in place globally, we will not be running any trips in 2021. Get more information on why this decision was made or see below for similar trips being run by our sister brands, Contiki and CostSaver.
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14 Day Itinerary
Eastern Wanderer 14 day full itinerary breakdown and route map
Your epic 14-day adventure will blast off from Munich this afternoon! After checking in at the hostel, head out to explore the city. Alternatively, why not sneak in a brew or two at the historic Hofbrauhaus beer hall or surf an intense river’s wave? Later, get to know your fellow passengers over a drink before heading out for an optional dinner in a traditional Bavarian beer hall!
Munich to Vienna
Kick off today with an included breakfast before embarking on an early departure to Vienna. Along the way we’ll be passing through Mozart’s homeland. Musical fans may recognise the scenery from The Sound of Music. We’ll be taking a short break for lunch in Grunau atop the Austrian Alps, where you’ll marvel at breathtaking views and dine on mouth-watering lasagne! We’ll arrive in Vienna in the early evening. Tonight, enjoy an included traditional Austrian dinner, then explore Vienna’s pumping nightlife! - Breakfast and dinner included
It’s your free day to go sightseeing in this magnificent capital city. We recommend a visit to the Habsburg Imperial Crypt to see the final resting place of 143 Habsburg royals. Afterwards, why not gather yourself up a picnic and enjoy it on the grassy hill looking over Schonbrunn? Tonight, hunt down a traditional Austrian eatery for a truly filling meal. Alternatively, join your group for an optional dinner at the city’s night markets! Later, join us for a song or two at a backpackers’ karaoke bar or discover this vibrant city’s nightlife on your own terms. - Breakfast included
You’ve got another day in beautiful Vienna, and the chance to sign up for an incredible optional excursion: the Winery Bike Tour! On this ride you’ll visit the picture-perfect town of Durnstein, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll enjoy wine tastings in traditional family-owned taverns, cycle along a beautiful stretch of the Danube River, see the former prison of King Richard the Lionheart, and discover century-old terraced vineyards. However you choose to spend the day, make the most of it! - Breakfast included
Vienna to Krakow
Fill up on breakfast this morning before we depart for Krakow. Once the home of the Polish kings and queens, this fairy tale city is steeped in historical diversity. Krakow is made up of Gothic and Renaissance buildings, the UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town, and the alternative student district of Kazimierz. The food in Krakow is unique and the pierogis are not to be missed. After you’ve checked in, hit the streets and absorb all the lesser known sights like Rynek Podgorski for its Gothic church, the Bones of the Wawel Dragon, or the Rynek Underground. We hope you’re hungry, because tonight you’re invited to an optional pierogi dinner! - Breakfast included
Day two in Krakow and you’re free to explore to your heart’s content. Check out the hidden gems, like the Liban Quarry: a creepily forgotten labour camp used in the height of the Nazi’s rule. Or the Kosciuszko mound: an artificial mound modelled after Krakow’s ancient mounds of Krak and Wanda. Tonight, join us as we explore Kazimierz, Krakow’s historic Jewish quarter which is now a jumble of indie galleries, quirky shops, vintage clothing stores and bars that range from hip cocktail dens to shabby-chic spaces. The area is rich in Jewish heritage and there are many traditional restaurants, so we’ll grab a tasty dinner in one of them! - Breakfast included
Delve a little deeper with an excursion to Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mines today. If you’d rather wander, Krakow still has plenty of underground spots for the travelling veteran to uncover. Nowa Huta, for example, is an old Communist district within the city and the perfect place to explore Poland’s turbulent past. Or why not hire a bike and cycle along the Vistula river with the historic village of Tyniec as your destination? Tonight, join us for a local feed on traditional polish cuisine and portion sizes, of course with a beer. - Breakfast included
Krakow to Budapest
Rise and shine! This morning we’ll depart bright and early and enjoy a scenic drive through the Polish Tatra mountains. Our destination for today? Budapest! There’s so much to see here! The Vajdahunyad Castle, Margaret Island surrounded by the Danube River, the iconic outdoor thermal baths, the Dohany Street Synagogue, and of course the quirky ruin bars! We’ll arrive this evening and check in, before you’re free to head out and explore the city. Tonight, grab some dinner in a caravan-style food market. Make sure you try langos (fried dough topped with sour cream and cheese) and palinka (traditional alcoholic fruit brandy). If you’re ready to kick off the night, join us to party at the ruin bars, built in the abandoned buildings of Budapest's old district. - Breakfast included
Get ready for an epic day in Budapest! We hope you feel nice and rested this morning, because you can begin the day with an included city bike tour. On this ride you’ll see the Castle District, the Royal Palace, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Chain Bridge, just to name a few! If the tour proves too mainstream, be sure to check out the Ervin Szabo library for a slice of quiet contemplation. Tonight is your chance to discover some of the great eats that are littered all through Budapest. Why not have a drink at Fisherman’s Bastion after dinner and soak in the yellow lights that stretch along the riverbanks of Budapest. - Breakfast included
Enjoy another full day of exploration around this alternative city today! Relax at the thermal baths, catch an opera show, and wander the great food market. For any history lovers, we recommend finding your way to the Shoes on the Danube Promenade. These chilling, iron shoes stand in monument to the thousands executed along the riverbank during WWII. Anyone looking for a quick way up to Castle Hill should consider taking the funicular. Built in 1870, this incline railway is a spectacular attraction in itself! Hopefully you’ve worked up an appetite because tonight you get to enjoy a tasty included dinner in a traditional Hungarian restaurant. - Breakfast and dinner included
Budapest to Zagreb
Farewell Budapest! Today we’ll make our way to Croatia. We’ll journey through the Medvednica Mountain Nature Park and make our arrival in Zagreb mid-afternoon. Zagreb is full of quirky museums and ancient architecture and is perfectly located for day trips to Plitvice Lakes National Park. After hopping off the coach and checking in, head out to explore. Take a stroll to the Zagreb Eye for unbeatable views of the city or, for the more macabre traveller, visit the Tortureum for exhibitions on execution and torture devices. Later, wander the streets of the Upper Town in search of a traditional eatery. We recommend taking it easy tonight, so relax and prepare for a day of active exploring tomorrow! - Breakfast included
Today we highly recommend taking a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes National Park, known for a chain of 16 terraced lakes joined by waterfalls, which extend into a limestone canyon. Walkways and hiking trails wind around and across the water. Alternatively, stay in town and check out Gric Tunnel or the Church of St. Catherine. Coffee culture is massive here, so why not enjoy an afternoon coffee with the locals at Strossmayer? This is Zagreb’s most picturesque promenade, which stretches between the Upper and Lower Towns. Of course if you need a reason for a stronger drink why not visit the Museum of Broken Relationships for encouragement and some endearing, sad and sometimes funny love stories before a glass of Croatian wine. - Breakfast included
Zagreb to Split
Make the most of the morning here in Zagreb and visit any last-minute spots before enjoying some lunch! We’ll climb back aboard the coach early this afternoon and begin the scenic drive to Split, cruising along the beautiful Adriatic coast. We’ll arrive in Split tonight and it’s your chance to gorge on a delicious dinner of Dalmatian delicacies such as seafood, lamb peka, and cevapcici, washed down with a glass of local wine. Since this is the last night of the adventure, we’re going out to celebrate in style. Join us as we visit a couple of popular Croatian bars or seek out your own Split experience! - Breakfast included
Exchange your travel stories from the last two weeks over breakfast this morning as the time has come to wrap up the adventure. Say farewell to your Busabout family - we hope to see you again! - Breakfast included