To put it in the words of St. Augustine, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page!” Our earth is a mesmerizing planet with snow clad mountains, palm-fringed beaches, undulating topography, cackling rivers, roaring waterfalls and breath-taking scenery. The continent of Europe has been specially endowed with such beauties.
Here is a list of five places that you can’t afford to miss if you decide to book Eastern Europe Tour:
Kotor is a medieval town ensconced in the defensive walls that were built between the 9th and 18th century. It exudes a fairy tale aura with winding cobbled streets, centuries-old buildings and bustling piazzas. Situated on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovcen, this city enjoys the captivating views of both the mountains and the seas. It would be of particular interest to those interested in ancient architecture as the city hosts several Romanesque churches. The fortified city has also been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A great time to visit the magnificent city would be the summer. Apart from the scenic beauty and the medieval ambiance, one will also get to witness the various summer events (such as the Summer Carnival) that the city hosts.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague is often called “the city of a hundred spires “. The Gothic style cathedrals, beautiful towers and the towering spires make it a popular tourist attraction. This city offers an amalgamation of art, music, dance, film, food and architecture. The peaceful rides in the riverboats, the serene atmosphere coupled with awe-inspiring views and gardens calm the mind and rejuvenate the senses. The Charles bridge, the old town square and the Prague castle are a treat for the traveler’s eye.
Prague is an ideal place for a weekend getaway. Apart from the architecture, the beer is also well known. The myriad flavors of the Czech food are also a great attribute that makes Prague an amazing destination.
TATRA MOUNTAINS, POLAND
This mountain range is a part of the larger chain of the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe. The Tatra mountains act as a natural border between the states of Slovakia and Poland. The scenic beauty of these mountains is stunning. A diverse variety of flora and fauna, towering mountain slopes and dizzyingly deep valleys make it an amazing destination both during summer and winter months. The main areas of interest include the sea eye lake for hiking, Kasprowy peak for a cable car, great views and skiing and the Eagle Ridge trail for an adrenaline invoking climb.
The place gets pretty crowded during winters, especially during the Christmas time. So, a good Eastern Europe Tour package would include early planning and booking. The mountains get especially slippery during the October to April period so skiing is advisable during the months from May to September.
The capital city Tallin rests on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It is divided into four major parts- the Toompea (or the upper town), the All Lin (the lower town), the Kadriorgand the Pirita- all rife with their own attractions. The upper town has the Toompea castle which is a site of enchanting grandeur apart from the Dome church and the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The lower town is replete with medieval churches. The art museum is housed in the Kadriorg. It has on display a plethora of Estonian art including paintings by famous painters.
The Pirita is a coastal district that boasts of the boat rides along the Pirita River that flows through it.
A lot of festivals and music events are organized throughout the year in Tallin and one great idea would be to check our festival of interests and then book Eastern Europe Tour packages accordingly so as to witness the fun of the festival along with the beauty around.
Skopje is a historian’s delight as this city has witnessed the confluence of both the Islamic as well as the Christian culture. It has been under the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman rule which is why this city boasts of a dynamic culture. It lies in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula and is famous for being the birthplace of Mother Teresa. The Stone Bridge, the Millenium cross, the house of Mother Teresa are among the very popular tourist places.
Though not widely talked about. Skopje has the largest bazaar in Balkans outside of Istanbul. This is something many tourists miss out on while visiting it.
These were some of the many places that are worthy of our visit. They are a sure shot way to beat the monotony and a great respite from the humdrum. Every once in a while, we need to step away from all the material aspirations we have and set out on a journey that makes us appreciate the truly valuable things in life again. So, take a break this approaching holiday season, Book an Eastern Europe Group trip!