Eastern Europe

Is A Melting Pot Of Exciting Culture

From Prague Castle across the famous Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square, the Czech capital offers history and architecture that rivals any European city. Visit top sights like St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Astronomical Clock, then wander through the Jewish Quarter to see the historic synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery of its kind. Prague is also about 60 miles northwest of Pilsen, the birthplace of pilsner-style beer, so you'll find pints in bars on every corner.


The magic of Budapest lies in is its stunning historical architecture. You'll find fairy-tale-like structures, such as the neo-Gothic Fisherman's Bastion, the medieval Buda Castle, the neo-Renaissance St. Stephen's Basilica and the second-largest synagogue in the world, the Moorish Revival Dohány Street Synagogue. Plus, the "City of Spas" sits on top of 118 thermal springs and features several thermal baths, including the Széchenyi Baths and the Gellért Baths, making it an excellent destination for a relaxing vacation. Another bonus: Prices for flights and lodging are a fraction of what you'll pay to visit cities like Rome and Paris.


Eastern Europe With its sparkling blue water and ancient sights and streets, the seaside Croatian city of Split mixes stunning scenery with old-world charm. Visitors can stroll up and down Old Town's cobblestone streets, passing by fourth-century sights like the Cathedral of St. Domnius and Diocletian's Palace as they go. The palace, which was originally built to be the Roman emperor Diocletian's retirement home, is now one of the liveliest places in the city, with restaurants, bars and shops.


Estonia's capital city might not fit your typical idea of a vacation destination, but dig a little deeper and you'll be delighted by the beautiful Russian Orthodox architecture found at St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the pink Toompea Castle (where parliament meets) and the regal Kadriorg Palace, which houses the Kadriorg Art Museum. Other can't-miss sights include the lower Old Town area and Lahemaa National Park. Before leaving, make sure you try some of the delicious chocolates made by Kalev, the largest and oldest confectionary in Estonia.