In this blog post, we present some of the most interesting destinations that are considered to belong to Eastern Europe. There are different definitions of which countries belong to Eastern Europe. Even though some of these countries are considered Central and Southeast European countries today, based on the Cold War east–the west division in Europe, all of the listed destinations were considered as Eastern Europe in the past so such a geographical and cultural division remains ingrained to these days.
We have selected the best destinations that could be booked through the Eastern Europe travel packages so check what we have prepared for you:
The Best Eastern Europe Tours
Bulgaria is one of the oldest countries in Europe with the main capital Sofia. The country is remarkable for its variety of scenery, its rugged mountains, and relaxing Black Sea resorts attracting many visitors. Like other nations of the Balkan Peninsula, Bulgaria claims a mix of Eastern and Western cultures, and the mingling is evident in its cuisine, its architecture, and its religious heritage. The capital Sofia is neatly positioned near the geographic center of the Balkan region, and in nearly every other respect it occupies the central position within Bulgaria.
Bulgaria is one of the few countries that can surprise you not only with beautiful scenery but also with rare animal and plant species. Some of them have long vanished in other parts of Europe.
Bulgaria’s natural border to the East, the Black Sea coastline famous for it’s long sandy beaches dotted with hotels, traditional fishing villages, and historical sites.
The Czech Republic belongs to both the east and the west. It is considered part of Eastern Europe, but Prague is further west than Vienna, which is in Central Europe.
Brimming with history and natural beauty, the Czech Republic is home to a host of awesome national parks, stunning small towns and medieval castles straight out a fairy tale.
The first association to the Czech Republic is most often good beer and impressive century-old architecture rich in castles and lavish buildings. Prague is the main and most popular city to visit with its hundred of towers and places that enchants regardless of the season.
Almost the entire country is completely surrounded by mountains. The mountains also form the natural borders with Poland and Germany.
Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe with a fascinating history and rich cultural tradition.
Budapest is the capital city located on both sides of the Danube River and has three parts, grown over the centuries from three cities: Buda, Pest, and Óbuda. Taking a cruise along the Danube is a fantastic way to see many of the best sites from a different perspective.
The largest lake is Lake Balaton, popular with watersports enthusiasts and surfers. Hungary has one of the most important thermal spring cultures in Europe, about 1,500 spas, typically featuring Roman, Greek, and Turkish architecture. Lake Héviz is the largest thermal lake in the world.
Tokaj is the most famous wine-making region in the whole of Hungary. Wine has been produced in the area for over 1000 years, and Tokaji sweet wine is well known around the world. The Buda Hills are in the western half of the city, the greenest, cleanest areas of the city, with numerous biking and hiking trails.
With a mixture of natural, historical and cultural sites to visit, tourists are certain to be able to find something to peak their interest.
Poland is a country full of misconceptions. A popular image of it is as a small country, situated in Eastern Europe, with a mixture of interesting stories, remarkable monuments, and delicious dishes. With its medieval architecture, troubled WWII history, and many villages that seem to be stuck in time, Poland is the perfect destination for history buffs and architecture lovers.
There are many Polish curious facts and adorable places with very diverse nature, almost 800 km of the seashore, and a few mountain chains. Poland has an impressive 16 World Heritage Sites and among them the biggest castle in the world, Malbork.
Vodka is traditional Polish alcohol and nowadays, around 260 millions litres of vodka are produced in Poland each year.
You can also visit camp Auschwitz-Birkenau led by Nazis where over a million people from around Europe have been killed. Much of the camp has been preserved as it was during the war, allowing visitors to learn, reflect and resolve that this can never happen again.
The Parliament Palace in Romania’s capital of Bucharest is the second largest building in the world, 84 meters high, behind only the Pentagon.
Romania is the wealthiest country in Europe in terms of gold resources with a museum dedicated to gold. Also, Romania has the second-largest open-air museum, the Astra Museum, where you can see works of traditions of pre-industrial folk civilization.
Maybe the most known fact about Romania is the famous novel, Dracula, living in the Bran Castle, which can still be visited.
Romanians are known for facing troubled times by making fun of themselves and the situation, so you can also visit the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures County, cemetery known for its brightly colored tombstones with naive paintings describing the people who are buried.
Slovakia is increasingly infiltrated by modern infrastructure, with breathtaking views of picturesque castles, historical sites and wine-growing valleys.
The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, lies on the borders with Austria and Hungary. That makes the city the only one capital in the world that borders two independent countries.
No trip to Slovakia would be complete without a visiting the wonderful mountains of High Tatras with peaks over 2500 m and glacier lakes that have been formed thousands of years ago.
Slovakia has a unique active geyser in Herl’any that spouts water to a height of 15 meters every one and a half-day. Similar geysers are located only in Iceland. Also, it has over natural 6000 caves discovered by today and counting.
Ukraine is the largest country in Europe and with such a large area, it has a lot to offer. You can find so many cities and villages to explore, waterfalls, hiking to beautiful mountains, enormous ski resorts such as Bukovel, wine regions, and see beautiful landscapes.
Ukraine has the world’s deepest metro station at 105.5 meters below the ground, Arsenalna, along Kyiv’s Sviatoshynsko-Brovarska train line.
Ukraine was at the heart of one of the biggest catastrophes of the 20th century. Chornobyl Nuclear Powerplant exploded in 1986, leaving a once-thriving community of Ukrainians completely destroyed and the effects of the explosion were felt far and wide. Tourists can book their tour to Chornobyl.
Ukrainians are the fifth most drinking nation in the world. Try to guess what’s their favorite drink!
The geographical center of Europe is located in Ukraine right next to the small town of Rahov and who wouldn’t want to go to the center of Europe!
Albanians don’t call their country Albania, they call themselves Shqiptar and the country Shqipëri – “land of eagles”. So to Albanians, the eagle encapsulates their national flag and identity.
With a fascinating history, natural beauty, Mediterranean cuisine you can say Albania is Europe’s unpolished diamond.
Albania has a mountainous geography. About three-fourths of its territory consists of mountains and hills. It is known for bunkers all over the country, over then 750 000, but never used and today some of them are turned into museums.
Albania is home to Europe’s oldest lake, Ohrid. There are many fossils at the bottom and it has a UNESCO tag for protection.
The most common souvenir to take home from Albania is a pair of opinga. This is the traditional Albanian shoe worn by both genders. If you want to Visit Albania you may consider our 14 days Former Yugoslavia tour which starts in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, BiH
BiH is located on the Balkan peninsula. The country is nicknamed the “Heart-Shaped Land” due to the country’s slight heart shape. With an abundance of medieval ruins, unique towns and cities, stunning mountains, waterfalls, and rivers, Bosnia and Herzegovina has plenty of major drawcards for all travelers.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has a very complicated history. A Bosnian can either be a Bosniak, Croat or Serb based on his or her religious affiliations as a Muslim, Catholic or Orthodox Christian respectively.
The capital city Sarajevo is at the very top of the list of European capitals where visitors get great value for money. But if there’s one thing Sarajevo is known for, it’s the hospitality and kindness of its residents, and don’t be surprised if you come to Sarajevo as a tourist and leave as a Sarajevan!
You can check our city break Sarajevo and find out more about Bosnia and Herzegovina and its charming capital.
Eastern Europe Tours – Guided Tours in Croatia
Croatia is one of the most famous and known European countries for summer vacation. Most of the visitors fell in love with its coast and sea, thrilled about the Croatian food and inspired by its cultural and natural heritage. Croatia has 1246 islands, isles, and islets for you to sail through.
Croatia is a small country but made of 11 nature parks and 8 national parks. Thanks to Croats, the whole world wears ties on suits, the whole world is writing with a mechanical pen. In Croatia was born Nikola Tesla who made the first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls, invented the remote control, the radio, the electric motor, and many things we use every day. Once in Croatia don’t miss to visit Nikola Tesla memorial center and find out more about this remarkably brilliant scientist.
Dubrovnik was the main filming location in Croatia for King’s Landing. You can check other locations in Croatia in our blog Filming locations GOT in real life.
So for more beautiful sunsets, beaches, delicious traditional food, and so much more, you are welcome to visit Croatia, on the following link you can find some of our proposed Croatia tour packages.
Montenegro is country in South East Europe, part of our EX-Yugoslavia tour as well. Although known as a stunning summer destination because of its sun-drenched beaches, named for its mountains.
Montenegro has the deepest canyon in Europe the Canyon of the river Tara, the second in the world after the Grand Canyon of Colorado In Colorado, USA.
According to local residents, there is a unique river in the world, the river Bojana, which flows in opposite directions. The fact is that the river bed in several places is below sea level and with the south wind the water from the sea gets into the river.
Just south of the capital Podgorica lies Lake Skadar, a lovely expanse of mountain-fringed water that stretches into Albania, which you can explore by foot, bike or on foot.
One of the most iconic images associated with Montenegro is the small islet of Sveti Stefan. The amazingly picturesque island is perched on an outcrop of rock and joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus that arcs out into two perfectly formed sandy beaches.
Serbia is landlocked country on South East Europe with beautiful nature, five national parks, with really welcoming and hospitable people.
The capital city Belgrade is located at the confluence of the Sava and the Danube. It is one of the most beautiful places in the whole of Belgrade, a place where you can see a clear difference in the colors of the two rivers.
The most famous tourist guide “Lonely Planet” once placed the capital of Serbia at the top of the list of the 10 most exciting world cities for nightlife.
Belgrade has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and gastronomy, with its beauty and rich historical heritage with numerous museums, various events, and historical locations allow you to peek into the turbulent past of the city, which has been at the crossroads of time for almost 2,500 years.
You should definitely try ”rakija”, a cure for everything. Rakija is an alcoholic drink that doesn`t give you a headache tomorrow, made out of fruit, mostly plum, but it is also very popular from an apricot, pear, quince, etc.
Explore Serbia and Belgrade via our Belgrade city break tour.
Today Slovenia is small country in Central Europe.
There are more than 10,000 caves in Slovenia. The best known, Postojna, runs for around 20 kilometers and World Heritage-listed Krizna Jama Cave has a reputation as one of Europe’s underground natural wonders. The country has almost 27,000 kilometers of rivers, streams, and other waterways.
Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. The name Ljubljana comes from the word “beloved”. After boasting a friendly cafe culture by day, and a vibrant nightlife after the sunsets, you will find out why the word beloved belongs to this city. Ljubljana is one of the greenest cities in Europe and in 2016 it was awarded the title of Green Capital of Europe. Slovenia is one the most visited countries and included in many of East Europe tour packages, some of the proposed itineraries you can find in our Croatia and Slovenia group tour.
Lake Bled and lake Bohinj have been attracting visitors with their breathtaking beauties for centuries, perfect for water activities all year round, boat riding, windsurfing, kayaking or canoeing, fishing, diving, and swimming in warmer months.
Traveling around Slovenia can be full of interesting experiences. Pleasant cities, countryside and mountains, relaxation at thermal spas or discovering exceptional culinary delights.
Republic of North Macedonia is country of South East Europe, located in Balkan Peninsular with beautiful scenery, great food and warm people.
Macedonia is an Orthodox Christian country that’s home to more than 1,000 churches and town Ohrid has 365 churches.
Ohrid Lake is the deepest lake in Europe, but it’s also one of the world’s oldest ones. According to most scientists, the lake is estimated to be more than 4 million years old.
Trpejca, a small sleepy town on the banks of Lake Ohrid, is known as the St Tropez of Macedonia.
Another interesting feature of this country is that it has a higher number of mountains and mountain peaks than any other country in the world. The country has 34 mountain peaks, each with a height of more than 2,000 meters above the sea-level, and most of the peaks have never been visited by people.
Eastern Europe Tours – Conclusion.
We have several proposed itineraries for you, and if you are looking for a customized tour let’s get in touch, and our team will help you make the most out of your trip by choosing accommodation and experiences that perfectly suit you and your budget.