Hello! Please indulge me in my travel plans for 2017. Tonight I’m hopping on a plane and jetting off to Eastern Europe! Read on to find out exactly where I’m going and what I’m planning to do and see (and buy) on my trip.
I would have loved to write this post months in advance, and a couple more posts as time grew closer, to keep you all updated with my travel plans, like interesting facts and cool places and experiences that I come across while doing research for my tip. But unfortunately time is money and I seem to be lacking in both departments lately. Anyways, I’ve finally gotten round to this post, so let’s get on with it.
Both my parents and I will be joining C The World for their Eastern European tour this April/May. The tour is a full two weeks and we will be visiting 6 countries. One of the main reasons I’m over the moon about this tour, is that I’ve only been to two of the countries we’ll be visiting, namely Germany and Austria. Highlights of the tour include Munich, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Auschwitz and Krakow. *heavy breathing*
We have decided to fly to Amsterdam a few days before the tour starts, and on the 26th of April we’ll meet up with the tour group at Schipol Airport, where we will depart for Munich – the first destination of our tour. I think I am actually most excited about visiting Amsterdam, as I’ve wanted to go there for a really long time, and it’s not even part of the tour! What makes it even better, is that my parents have both been to Amsterdam a couple of times, so they already know the ropes.
Once we’ve settled in Munich we will officially start the tour by visiting Marienplatz, and enjoy dinner afterwards at Lowenbrau.
From Munich, we depart to Austria where we visit Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. I briefly passed through Innsbruck on a different tour way back in 2010, and I doubt that I’ll see any more of this stunning city on this tour. From Innsbruck we will depart to the home of Mozart, Salzburg, where we spend the night.
The next morning we depart to glorious Vienna, where we will be spending two nights, which means more time to explore on our own.
The next stop on our tour is the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. This is one of the stops I am most looking forward to, even though we will only be there for a few hours. After a guided tour to the Danube river and the main sites of the city, we head off to Hungary for a two night stay in bustling Budapest. *eeek*
Budapest is definitely the number two on my most excited to visit list for this tour. One thing I never knew about Budapest, until I started doing some research, is that the city is actually divided into two parts – Buda and Pest. According to my research, Buda is situated on rolling hills with walking networks and rambling woods, whereas Pest, flat as a prairie, is where you want to be after dark.
From Budapest we head to Krakow, and from Krakow we head to Wroclaw, but not before visiting Auschwitz (which I have extreme mixed emotions about).
Next we depart Poland and drive back into Germany to the capital city, Berlin.
From Berlin we head to Prague *panting*
And that just about wraps up the tour. From Prague we travel to Landshut for one last night, and depart from Munich back to Johannesburg.
I’M SO EXCITED!
Check my Instagram for updates of my trip, and please feel free to leave any tips or suggestions of places to visit/things to see on my trip!
Once I’m back I’ll write a detailed post about everything I got up to in Eastern Europe.
What are your travel plans for 2017?