Warsaw, Poland

Travelers delight in springtime festivals, holidays and celebrations

TORONTO, CANADA — Celebrate the arrival of warmer weather with the abundance of spring festivals in Eastern Europe with Trafalgar (www.trafalgar.com), the Insider of guided vacations. As the weather turns to balmier temperatures, calendars become filled with religious celebrations, art and cultural festivals and holidays. It’s a time when Europe awakens from the cold and dreary days of winter and travelers can partake in the many celebrations as the flowers bloom and days become longer.

Fishermen's Bastion

“Spring in Eastern Europe is truly a beautiful time of year to explore these historical destinations and major capitols with our exclusive Insider experiences,” says Doug Patterson, President of Trafalgar Canada.  “Our knowledgeable Travel Directors will reveal the essence of each place and facilitate wonderful interactions with the locals.”

Highlights of Eastern Europe

The18-day Highlights of Eastern Europe begins in the elegant city of Vienna with two nights each in Lake Bled, Zagreb,Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague. Guests will learn all about the Hapsburg dynasty with a Local Expert during their sightseeing and walking tour of Old Vienna with visits to Hofburg Palace, Imperial Boulevards and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A Local Expert will show guests how Zagreb combines the best of Eastern and Western Europe with visits to the majestic Cathedral, Archbishop’s Palace and Opera House. Then it’s off to the romantic city of Budapest where travellers will admire the stunning views over the River Danube From the Fisherman’s Bastion. Tonight, they will enjoy a memorable Be My Guest dining experience of traditional and delicious Hungarian fare. Onto Poland where guests will visit the picturesque city of Krakaw and Warsaw, known as the city of palaces, royal gardens and grand parks. In Berlin, travellers will love the Unique Insight experience of the wonderful 360°views of the city from the Berlin TV Tower and visits to the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building and German State Opera House will show guests why Berlin is one of Europe’s most exciting cities. In the magnificent city of Prague, A Local Guide will give guests a profound account of the city’s rich history and also take them to see cobble stoned OldTown Square and St. Vitus Cathedral set inside the 1,00 year old Prague Castle.The journey ends in Vienna where guests can bid their new travel friends, “Auf Wiedersehen.”

Highlights of Austria,Slovenia and Croatia

This At Leisure 15-day Highlights of Austria,Slovenia and Croatia trip will take guests to some of Europe’s prettiest towns and cities. Beginning in Vienna, a Local Expert will take guests around this magical city to see the Opera House, Parliament and Hofburg Palace. Setamid forests and mountains, Lake Bled is a picturesque and serene escape and spring is the perfect time to visit. Travellers will have the opportunity to explore this earthly paradise on their own or perhaps they might enjoy a cruise on the glassy lake. The journey continues in Plitvice Lakes where guests will admire the waterfalls and lakes of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site that features 16 lakes of crystal clear water in beautiful shades of green,grey and blue. In Hvar, guests will enjoy a Be My Guest dining experience in a rustic shepherd’s village with a meal cooked under a clay bell. On the way to Dubrovnik, guests will love the spectacular scenery as they drive along the coast and delight in the stunning medieval city. The journey ends in medieval city of Zagreb where highlights include visits to the upper and lower town, the majestic Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace.

Austrian Parliament Building at dusk in Vienna, Austria

Best of Finland, Russia and the Baltic States

Guests will visit six countries in this 16-day Best of Finland, Russia and the Baltic States trip. The perfect blend of included sightseeing and At Leisure time will give guests the experience of a lifetime. The journey begins in the capital of Finland, Helsinki where guests will enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening orientation drive around the city. Driving along the Gulf of Finland coast, guests will cross the border into Russia where they’ll spend three nights in St. Petersburg. A Local Expert will take travellers to see all the city’s sights including Tsar’s Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Guests will love travelling by high-speed train to Moscow where they’ll visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and the magnificent Kremlin. Following in the footsteps of Napoleon’s retreating army of 1812, guests will continue on to Minsk where they’ll have a full day to explore this Belarusian capital city. In the evening, guests will enjoy homemade vodka and local delicacies at a Be My Guest dinner on a family farm.

For more information on these two itineraries andbooking, please contact your local travel agent or visit www.trafalgar.com and follow us on Twitter at @TrafalgarCanada and Facebook.

Venice, Italy

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