New Year’s in Berlin: Highlights of Eastern Europe17 Days • 6 Cities New Year’s in Berlin: Highlights of Eastern Europe
Set your sights eastward and ring in the New Year in Berlin, one of Europe’s top celebration cities. Beer halls come to life in Budapest and history peers around every corner of Prague and Warsaw. From once-in-a-lifetime celebrations to solemn, thought-provoking experiences, Highlights of Eastern Europe is the perfect start to a New Year.
What are the top highlights?
- Celebrate New Year's Eve in Berlin
- Discover the fairytale magic of Prague’s Old Town
- Wash down hearty Bohemian food with an authentic Pilsner. Or three
- Check out the eerie Bone Church in Kutná Hora
- Wander off the beaten path in scenic Warsaw
- Party in Budapest’s eclectic ruin bar scene
- Experience Classical music in classical Vienna
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private deluxe motorcoach
- 15 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Metro passes in each city
- Entrance to Wieliczka Salt Mines, Kutná Hora and other select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
Day 2: Introduction to Berlin
Your tour director will take you on a quick walk to get to know the area.
Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
Free Time in Berlin (Night)
Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
1. Potsdamer Platz – Check out the scene in Berlin's most popular area for bars, clubs, and restaurants.
2. English Theatre Berlin – This courtyard theater has shows in English (and only English) all year round.
3. Matrix – Get dancing at this huge (and hugely popular) club located underneath a train bridge on Warschauer Platz.
***4. White Trash Fast Food ***– Despite the unappealing name, people love this place; it has live bands or DJs almost every night.
5. Prater Biergarten – Visit Berlin's oldest biergarten and have a couple pints of tasty German brew in the open air.
For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Berlin.
Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Berlin + Optional Graffiti Workshop
See Berlin’s can’t-miss sights with a local guide. Ride down the Kurfürstendamm, a very lively and very glittery street. Then pass the Rathaus Schönberg, where JFK gave his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in 1963. Also see the famed Brandenburg Gate, a major symbol of division during the Cold War and the site of a giant party after the Wall fell in 1989. Today the Gate is still a proud symbol of Germany’s reunification.
New Year's Eve in Berlin
Tonight, celebrate New Year's Eve in Berlin! Party with fellow travelers and locals as you count down to the best year yet.
Graffiti Workshop at the Berlin Wall(extra cost)
Breathe some color into your life with an art class unlike any other. Start by meeting up with a local graffiti artist—no need to be sneaky, it’s legal here. Then head to their studio: Berlin’s famous East Side Gallery. This is no stuffy art gallery. This is a nearly mile-long outdoor stretch of the Berlin Wall, completely covered in graffiti, and is the perfect outlet for artists to express themselves. Learn the basics from a pro, design your own masterpiece, then spray paint the Wall with it. By the end of today, you’ll basically be the Berlin Banksy.
Day 4: Free Time in Berlin
Free Time Suggestions
East Side Gallery – This 1.3-km-long stretch of the Berlin Wall is both an outdoor memorial and a pretty amazing collection of street art.
Schönhauser Allee – Relax, explore and shop in this area of second-hand clothing stores and bars.
***Alexanderplatz TV Tower ***– At 1,100 feet, this is the second-tallest structure in Europe; take an elevator to the observation platform for amazing views.
For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Berlin.
Day 5: Travel to Warsaw
Make your way to the bustling capital city of Warsaw. Old Town, destroyed by German troops in the war, is home to the Royal Castle and the Gothic, cobblestone alleyways and baroque palaces now masterfully reconstructed.
Day 6: Sightseeing Tour of Warsaw (Local Guide)
Explore this completely rebuilt city that was nearly destroyed during World War II. At Lazienki Park, see the Chopin monument and the palace of Stanislaw Poniatowski, Poland’s last king. A guided walk through the Old Town brings you to Starego Miasta Square, lined with baroque townhouses.
Day 7: Travel to Krakow via Wieliczka Salt Mine
En route to Krakow, stop for a guided sightseeing tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Described as “an underground metropolis”, this centuries-old monument is a result of generations upon generations of work, and is integral to the history and culture of Poland. More than a simple mine, the underground caverns host a series of corridors, statues, an underground lake and even an entire chapel adorned with chandeliers and vaulted ceilings.
Day 8: Sightseeing Tour of Krakow (Local Guide)
See the best parts of Krakow today with a local guide. Reach the top of Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River. Visit Wawel Cathedral, where Pope John Paul II once served as archbishop. Stroll through Glowny Square, passing beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Jagiellonian University. Learn how World War II impacted this city at Schindler’s Factory of the famous “Schindler's List,” which is now a museum.
Day 9: Optional Excursion: Auschwitz Concentration Camp
Auschwitz Concentration Camp(extra cost)
Take a half-day trip to Auschwitz, the most infamous Nazi concentration camp in Europe. Also continue to the nearby Birkenau Concentration camp and see the existing structures and ruins. Get an up-close look at one of the darkest spots on the world's history.
Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 21 days prior to tour departure.
Day 10: Travel to Prague via Wroclaw
Pack up your things and head to the Czech Republic! Your ride will be a long one, but the views are beautiful. On your way, stop in Wroclaw, a city with a mix of Bohemian, Austrian, and Prussian influences. You’ll have a chance to walk around Market Square at the heart of the city. Get a feel for the local culture, listen to street musicians, and grab something to eat. Your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to find as many of the 250 tiny dwarf statues hidden throughout the city.
Introduction to Prague
Your tour director will show you around the city to get your bearings. The city itself is the highlight here, with its Gothic architecture, underground pubs, and winding cobblestone streets. Fun, atmospheric, and still relatively cheap, Prague is a city you never get tired of exploring.
Day 11: Sightseeing Tour of Prague (Local Guide)
See Prague Castle perched on Hradcany Hill, visit the impressive stained glass at St. Vitus Cathedral, and end at the famed Charles Bridge for a view of the Old Town across the way.
Day 12: Free time in Prague + Czech Yourself (Optional)
Enjoy a full free day in Prague. If it’s a nice day, visit Letna Park for a great view of the city and an even better beer garden. For a more historical perspective, visit the Communist Museum to see what life was like in Czechoslovakia during its communist years.
Czech Yourself: Beer Flights & Bohemian Feast(extra cost)
Did you know that Czech Republic is the #1 beer-drinking country in the world? As they say: When in Czech, do as the Czechs do! Start with several samples of local beer as a guide teaches you about the subtle flavors, history and culture around this nectar of the gods. Then, it’s a short walk to your traditional feast, consisting of hearty, meaty dishes to compliment your perfect Pilsner.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 13: Travel to Vienna via Kutna Hora
Continue on through the countryside towards Vienna. Along the way, you’ll make a stop at Kutna Hora, home to the famed Sedlec Ossuary, AKA "The Bone Church". Read more about Kutna Hora’s Bone Church here.
Day 14: Sightseeing Tour of Vienna (Local Guide)
A local guide will show you around the city today. Feel like a royal while inside the Schönbrunn Palace. You’ll also pass stop by the Hofburg, the winter palace of the Hapsburg dynasty.
Day 15: Travel to Budapest + Optional Thermal Baths & Spa Visit
Follow the Danube as you continue on towards Budapest, a city separated into two sections, Buda and Pest. Once you arrive, the day is yours to explore, take a dip in the famous Baths or chow down on a hearty Hungarian meal.
Thermal Bath & Spa Visit(extra cost)
From the makers of “hit the showers!” comes: easing blissfully into Europe’s largest medicinal baths. Fed by deep underground hot springs, the ancient Romans and, later, the Ottomans, loved lounging in the mineral-rich waters of Budapest. Today, locals and visitors alike beat the summer heat—and warm up in the winter—in these massive pools. With exclusive access to spa facilities, saunas, steam rooms, and 18 indoor and outdoor baths of varying temperatures; this is the place to be in Budapest to turn up, chill out, or just take a pic of one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Seriously, Google “Szechenyi Baths,” we’ll wait. Still not sold? There’s beer.
Day 16: Sightseeing Tour of Budapest
See Budapest’s highlights and major landmarks, beginning in Pest on the west bank of the river. Learn about the stormy history of this independent nation on your stop at Heroes’ Square. Then cross the Danube and arrive in Buda, where you will climb the imposing Castle Hill. Since its completion in 1265, Buda Castle has witnessed several invasions and reconstructions. Later, you’ll visit the medieval Matthias Church, located in the heart of the Castle District.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 17: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
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