Classic Rhapsody with Busabout

In the UK we're really lucky and get 28 days a year holiday (and if you're lucky you can really stretch that- but that's for another post) but even that isn't a lot to fit in as much travelling as I'd like. I looked at the Hop on Hop off loops Busabout offer, and also at their Eastern Treks. After lots of playing around looking at different treks I decided on the Classic Rhapsody, through Eastern Europe. It visits 5 countries over 9 days, and some of them were places I've wanted to go to forever. Other's were places that I wasn't sure I'd enjoy as much, but still it looked like a great trip.

The trip starts at Plus Prague Hostel, early in the morning. If you wish to see any of the city I'd advise arriving a couple of days before. I landed around 9,30pm and as we left around 8am the following morning, all I've seen of Prague is their underground system! Our first stop was in the town of Kutna Hora, where we visited the Sedlec Ossuary (aka The Creepy Bone Church). The first night is spent in the uni town of Olomouc, though it is a pretty quiet place to get to know each other.

Sedlec Ossuary





Astronomical Clock, Olomouc

After Czech Republic you move into Poland stopping at Auschwitz- Birkenau and then spend two nights in Krakow, where there's a pub crawl on the first evening and the following day there is a bike tour and the option of going to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. The third night in Poland is spent in the mountain town of Zakopane, a ski resort in the winter.

Wawel Castle 

The Dragon of Krakow

 
Bazylika Mariacka

Tatra Mountains, Zakopane

From Zakopane you drive via Slovakia, with a quick stop to ride an old Soviet tank, to Budapest in Hungary, where you spend another two nights. Whilst in Budapest you get the opportunity to go on a river cruise down the Danube followed by a traditional Hungarian meal and then out to one of the Ruin bars. On the second day there is a walking tour and a trip to the thermal baths available.

Our entire group ready for the tank ride, Slovakia

Parlament, Budapest Hungary

St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest

From Budapest you're driven down to Croatia with a lunch stop in the Soviet holiday spot of Lake Balaton. As well as a stop at the Balkan Open Air War Museum. You spend a night in Plitvice National Park, before spending the following day walking around exploring the beautiful waterfalls.

Me, at a cloudy Lake Balaton

Balkan Open Air War Museum 

Plitvice National Park, Croatia

And suddenly it's your last night, which you spend in Split. Partying the night away in front of the beautiful Diocletian's Palace. And it's time you realised precisely how much you packed into 9 days.

Hattrick, Split, Croatia.


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  1. I'm considering doing the same tour and your review is certainly a good quick preview of what to expect. Thank you so much for a good write-up.

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    1. Hi there, great choice! Busabout are a great company (and no, I don't get paid to say that)! I haven't had a bad experience with them & am doing 3 more tours with them this summer. I definitely recommend the Rhapsody tour, the only thing I will say is that if you do both the bike tour and the salt mines in Krakow, your only full day there becomes fairly full- but if you don't mind that then do both :)
      This summer I am also doing the Bohemian tour- which is Split- Prague (the opposite way from this tour) which I am also really looking forward to.

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  2. Hey! What currency would you suggest I bring along as each country seems to have a different currency? Do I need to bring all the 5 different currencies or do they accept Euros at all places ?

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    1. Hi Thomas, you can indeed bring Euros but expect to pay an exorbitant exchange rate. If you are travelling with Busabout then you can change your currency as you cross borders, as they tend to make a stop for this. I took Czech kronas and €'s- or use a travel credit card that won't charge you exchange fees at ATMs.

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