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 Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Poland. We visit Split, Munich, Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, Zagreb.
What Is Included...
Your fantastic Busabout guide
All coach transport (Hop on Hop off network)
13 nights’ accommodation
13 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Budapest City Bike Tour
Orientation walks in Munich, Krakow, Budapest
Trip starts at 2:00pm at Wombats City Hostel, Munich
Trip ends at 10:00am at Design Hostel Goli & Bosi, Split
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14 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Munich
Your epic, 14-day adventure will blast off from Munich this afternoon! After checking in at the hostel, head out to explore the city. Fancy a dip? Make your way to Muller’sches Volksbad for the classiest swim of your life. If you’re looking for some quality time with a good book, there’s no better place to sit and relax than the Hofgarten. Alternatively, why not sneak a brew or two at the historic Hofbrauhaus beer hall or surf the 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!
Day 2: 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 a mouth-watering lasagne! We’ll arrive in Vienna in the early evening where you’re free to explore. Stray from the beaten path to uncover the hidden gems of this vibrant city; marvel at the cubist Wotruba Church, visit the Flak Towers that defended Vienna during WWII, or take a stroll through the Windows of Peace - a monument to history’s peace-orientated heroes. Tonight, enjoy an included traditional Austrian dinner, then explore Vienna’s pumping nightlife! Breakfast included Dinner included
Day 3: Vienna
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 tour for an optional dinner where you’ll feast on pork schnitzel and potato salad! 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
Day 4: Vienna
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
Day 5: Vienna to Krakow
Fill up on breakfast this morning before we depart and cross the Slovakian border for a brief stop in Bratislava. Later we’ll drive through the Polish countryside on the way to 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 pierogies 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 included pierogi dinner! Breakfast included Dinner included
Day 6: Krakow
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 modeled 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
Day 7: Krakow
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 as we visit Krakow’s largest multi-tap brewery located in a former-abandoned tobacco factory, now transformed into an alternative culture centre and creative hub. Breakfast included
Day 8: Krakow to Budapest
Rise and shine! This morning we’ll depart bright and early and have a scenic drive through the Polish Tatra mountains. Our destination for today? Budapest! But first, you’ll have a brief stop in the alpine town of Zakopane. After we’ve had a quick stretch, we’ll continue onwards to the incredible city of 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 to 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
Day 9: Budapest
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, the 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, join us for an optional excursion (and trip highlight for many): the boat dinner cruise! This fantastic value-for-money river cruise allows you to glide past major attractions such as the Parliament Building, Gellert Hill, the Buda Castle District and Margaret Island, all while tucking in to a buffet dinner of local Hungarian specialties. Raise your glass with your fellow travellers with an included drink on arrival, and get the camera ready for some awesome snaps of the buildings lighting up. With live music on board, this 2-hour cruise is the perfect way to see the magical city of Budapest. Breakfast included
Day 10: Budapest
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 and of itself. Hopefully you’ve worked up an appetite because tonight you get to enjoy a tasty included dinner in a traditional Hungarian restaurant! Breakfast included Dinner included
Day 11: 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, relax and prepare for a day of active exploring tomorrow! Breakfast included
Day 12: Zagreb
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. When the sun starts to set, make it your mission to catch the Lamplighter. This man travels through the streets of Kaptol and Upper Town and hand lights over 200 gas lanterns. He won’t be easy to spot, so keep your eyes peeled! Breakfast included
Day 13: 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 through the Dinaric Alps mountain range, followed by a drive along the beautiful Adriatic coast. Closer to your arrival you’ll pass by Klis - a hilltop fortress dating back to the third century, and a landmark site in the TV series Game of Thrones. Tonight we’ll arrive in Split, 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
Day 14: Split
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
Frequently Asked Questions about the Eastern Wanderer
Tour starts from:
Wombats City Hostel, Munich at 2:00pm
Tour ends in:
Design Hostel Goli & Bosi, Split at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in Included – Hostel Dorm share.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Visit Prater Park in Vienna
- Winery bike tour along Danube river
- Visit the thermal baths and ruin bars in Budapest
- Take a day trip to Auschwitz or the Wieliczka Salt Mines
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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