Known for its famous musical composers, the Czech Republic is proud to be a “symphony for the senses,” boasting everything from castles to caves and religious sites to spas. While in the region, uncover the distinctiveness of Hungary, known for its great hospitality, beautiful cities, historic monuments and therapeutic mineral springs. Neighboring country Croatia is the land of a thousand islands. It is here that the Mediterranean, the mountains and the Pannonian plains come together to create a magical landscape. A country experiencing a rise in tourism, Poland takes visitors back in time with sightseeing tours of notable cities including Warsaw and Krakow as well as numerous historical monuments. Let EuroBound put together a package that captures the best of each of these striking countries.
- Built by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV as a place for safekeeping the royal treasures, especially Charles' collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire, Hrad Karlštejn is a Gothic castle that has been standing in the Czech Republic since 1348.
- Surrounded by a romantic countryside at the foothills of Krušné hory, Carlsbad is the Czech Republic's best known and largest spa, famous for its mineral hot springs.
- On Karmelitská Street in the quaint district of Prague stands the Church of Our Lady of Victorious, significant not only for of its architecture and artistic decoration, but because in it stands the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.
- Explore the Punkevní Caves, the longest cave system in the Czech Republic, sprawling from the subterranean river Punkva, between Pusty zlab and the Macocha abyss.
- Český Krumlov is a small city in the South Bohemian region that is well-known for its architecture, art, historic old town (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and is home to the Ceský Krumlov Castle.
- The 19th century Hungarian Parliament Building, in Budapest on Pest's riverbank, is a magnificent structure that is a symbol of the country's independence.
- The largest continual grassland in Europe, Hortobagy National Park is a protected 82,000 acre area consisting of natural habitats, alkaline grasslands, meadows and marshes.
- The historic complex of the Hungarian Kings in Budapest, Buda Castle is part of the Buda Castle Quarter that includes the city's medieval sites as well as remains of the original Roman town Aquincum.
- With its name derived from the Hungarian word for "lightening," Villány is a town in Baranya County where it is famous for its wine.
- World Heritage sites located on the border between southern Slovakia and northeastern Hungary, the Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst consist of 712 identified caves, displaying an extremely rare combination of tropical and glacial climatic effects.
- The Pearl of the Adriatic', the Old City of Dubrovnik was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667 yet managed to preserve its beautiful gothic, renaissance and baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains.
- Situated in the mountainous region of Lika, Plitvice Lakes National Park consists of16 bodies of water lying at different altitudes, separated by travertine barriers and linked by foamy waterfalls and cascades.
- With a history dating back to the ancient Roman period when it was known as "Aquae Isae," the town, health resort and spa of Varazdinske Toplice is known for its dedication to the treatment of orthopedic and rheumatic diseases.
- Located on the located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, the city of Split is large and bustling, offering a variety of day trip options to Adriatic islands or Roman ruins.
- Croatia's largest peninsula, Istria, boasts a landscape consisting of lagoons, islands and the Cicarija and Ucka Mountains, plus a history that includes traces of human life as far back as prehistoric times.
- A paradise for romantics, lovers of nature and those just passing through, the Bieszczady Mountains are lined with traditional wooden churches, vast wildlife and picturesque landscapes that make it one of the most secluded areas in Europe.
- The humble town of Oswiecim, best known as “Auschwitz,” was a place of unthinkable horrors that took the lives of 1.5 million during World War II, an atrocity that today is relayed to visitors through a shocking exhibition.
- Lying in a region known for its striking Jurassic rocks, the city of Czestochowa is an important pilgrimage destination for Poles because of the Marian sanctuary, Jasna Gora Monastery, which houses the famous Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary.
- A favorite holiday destination, the Masurian Lakes consist of 3,000 bodies of water, and are lined with castles in Reszel, Nidzica and Gizycko, the beautiful Baroque church in Swieta Lipka and Hitler's wartime headquarters in the forests near Ketrzyn.
With a temperate climate, beautiful beaches and a famous seaside resort, the pleasant maritime city of Gdansk also boasts a rich history including the birth of the Solidarity moment which brought an end to Communism in 1980.