Eastern Europe & Middle East

Eastern Europe and Middle East regions are rich in history, fascinating culture, natural beauty, and great city life year round. There is something for everyone whether you are traveling with family, researching your ancestry, looking for adventure, or enjoying a luxurious romantic holiday.

Popular

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Petra, Jordan
  • Tel Aviv, Israel

Authentic and Undiscovered

  • Krakow, Poland
  • The Baltic States
  • Bled, Slovenia
  • Aphrodisias, Turkey

Highlights

Magical Turkey – a country on two continents

Densely layered cityscape, stunningly still standing classical ruins, chaotic bazaars, and rich but complex cuisine, testify to the country’s unique position at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. Turkey provides such a rich blend of cultural diversity, natural beauty, and friendly hospitality. Stroll along the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul and admire the mosaics, domes and minarets. Step into the warren of underground caves in Cappadocia, whirl with the dervishes in Konya, or follow in the footsteps of Saint Paul. If history’s not your thing, then Turkey’s sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife and colourful bazaars are terrific fun. Foodies delight in the abundance of fresh seafood, succulent kebabs and the tangy Mediterranean flavours.

Incredible archaeological heritage and fascinating stories in the Baltics

The tiny northern frontiers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania make up the Baltics, each of them with a fascinating story to share. The Estonians are extremely charming, full of warmth and generous hospitality. Aside from being the commercial hub of the Baltics, Latvia has also produced some fine artists and philosophers in its time. Lithuania was once a hub for some of the greatest thinkers and artists of Europe, and is a country full of immense history with a rich heritage from its checkered past. The Baltics offer a blend of culture, history, the outdoors and relaxation. Ancient castles and fortresses, give way to thick forests and wild, beautiful coastlines. The Tallinn Opera House is a treat to visit while Rundale Castle between Riga and Vilnius takes you back to another era, while the tiny islands off the Estonian coast are full of delightful secrets, like fine cuisine and a world class spa!

Russia – Experience the delicate balance between ancient and avant-garde

From medieval history to haute cuisine; incense filled churches to roof-top bars; and Pskov masonry to chrome high-rises – Russia is in a constant state of evolution. Russia’s extravagance is a result of the larger than life characters who have created her story – Russian art, politics, literature, music, dance, drama, and even architecture have an intense flamboyance unlike anywhere else.

In Moscow, visit the Red Square and the Kremlin, where you can see the largest bell in the world – as well as the largest cannon. In St. Petersburg visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, and walk along the famous Nevsky Prospect. With Terraficionados, there’s even an opportunity to be among the few ever allowed into the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, or to be invited into the Russian Ballet School in St. Petersburg.

Experience the energy and diversity of this tiny country – Israel

Although Israel is a tiny country, the energy and diversity that is contained within its small footprint is remarkable. Israel offers a world in one country. If you are hankering for the Alps, you can ski in the north; swim with the dolphins; or float at one of the earth’s most spectacular wonders, the Dead Sea, in the south. It will feel like you have toured several different countries thanks to the mix of cultures and personalities of the cities of Israel. Each city has a very distinct vibe. Jerusalem will appeal to your spiritual side, while Tel Aviv throbs with energy and excitement, and other cities like Haifa or Safed are more laid back.

Israel is where ancient meets modern –  you can walk in the same footprints as King David, Jesus or the prophets and at the same time marvel at modern architectural buildings like the Azrieli Towers with their three distinct shapes in Tel Aviv? Israel is home to the three monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam were born in this region. Where else in the world can you pray (and slip a note) into the Wailing Wall while hearing the Imam call the Muslim faithful to prayer and the church bells peal all at the same time? Whether exploring religion, spirituality, history, or natural and man-made wonders — Israel will amaze you with its incredible depth and breadth!

Sample Itineraries

Honeymoon in Turkey (13 days)

Turkey is truly a beautiful place. Enjoy the scenery of this country and new experiences on this 13-day trip. Go on a hot air balloon ride, visit the historical sights, and eat great Turkish cuisine. Designed for honeymooners, there’s plenty of time for relaxation and romance woven throughout the journey!

Private-guided Honeymoon in Greece (11 days)

This 11-day honeymoon in Greece features custom, private-guided tours around Athens, and the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Honeymooners get to enjoy the beautiful sights of Greece in romantic and luxurious settings.

Ultimate Russia Experience (10 days)

On this trip, experience VIP tours and services as we take you to rare and unique places. Come back stage, on multiple private tours, of world famous theaters and gain elite access to some of Russia's most private exhibits and buildings. Experience a 360 degree view of Moscow from the top of Christ the Holy Redeemer Cathedral and sit in on a rehearsal by the famous Russian Ballet. This is a journey you will not want to miss!

Israel Food and Wine Tour (10 days)

On this 10-day tour through Israel, you will experience it all - food, wine, history and culture! With cooking classes from famous chefs, wine tastings, and dining at world renowned restaurants, Israel's culinary world is at your finger tips. In addition, learn about this country's rich, long history and diverse cultures. Leave this journey packed with knowledge, memories, and of course a full stomach!

Israel & Jordan World Heritage Site Exploration (10 days)

Israel is a country rich in history and culture. On this 10-day trip, learn about all Israel has to offer, and explore its various World Heritage Sites in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the surrounding regions! In addition, journey into Jordan to visit Amman, the capital city, as well as the ancient, breathtaking city of Petra. This trip packs it in - From magnificent temples and cathedrals, to beautiful architecture and landscapes, Israel and Jordan will leave you breathless!

A Journey to the Capitals of Hungary, Austria, Czech (10 days)

This 10-day trip features amazing historical and cultural experiences in the capital cities of Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. From the magnificent House of Parliament in Budapest to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the humbling Castle District in Prague, you will have the chance to delve deep into these countries' pasts and see some of their most sought after treasures. Leave this journey with knowledge, understanding, and a new found love for Europe.

Journey through Magnificent Turkey (10 days)

Begin in Istanbul and discover some of the most unique and exciting sites of the city, including the Blue Mosque, a cruise along Bosphorus waterway, and the Grand Covered Bazaar. Move on to the famous Cappadocia, where you will have the chance to explore the underground city at Kaymakli, take a Hot Air Balloon ride over the landscape and participate in a traditional cooking class. Finish your trip with a 4-day cruise starting in Bodrum where you will visit the city of Ephesus and swim in crystal blue waters.

Mainland City Hopping in Greece (12 days)

This 12-day itinerary will take you across mainland Greece on a city hopping tour. This is a trip you can do all year-round to get a deeper knowledge of Greece's culture, art, incredible museums, and great food! The tour includes two world-class European cities - Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as several smaller towns, such as Nafplio, Laconia, Olympia, Delphi, and Kalambaka. Enjoy in-depth city tours, and well-appointed accommodation along the way. 

Luxury Island Hopping in Greece ‘Off-the-beaten-path’ (13 days)

Many of the Cyclades islands in Greece are popular holiday destinations, however more 'off-the-beaten-path' choices are abundant. This 13-day itinerary takes you to these less discovered islands of Greece where you will indulge in luxury accommodations and enjoy the beautiful beaches on Milos, Folegandros, Ios, and Santorini Islands.  Before setting off on your luxury island hopping tour, you will spend a day getting oriented with a walking tour of the capital, Athens.

Discover the Emirates (8 Days)

On this 8-day trip, we cover all the highlights of the United Arab Emirates. Be fascinated by Dubai's rich history and tradition; explore the sights and landmarks of Abu Dhabi, a fascinating mix of tradition and progression; take a day to explore the picturesque East Coast, from quaint fishing villages to mountain canyons and beautiful beaches; and enjoy a magical and memorable evening as you watch the sun go down through the dunes and indulge in a delicious dinner at a traditional Bedouin style camp. Finally, with some leisure time included, we can help you select additional unique adventures to complete your trip.  

Croatia Active Family Adventure (20 days)

This 20-day active itinerary exploits all that Croatia has to offer as an ideal adventure destination. Explore Croatia's beautiful National Parks and mountains, clear untouched rivers, dislocated canyons, and rural households hidden in the beautiful Croatian hinterland.

Ultimate Baltics (11 Days)

On this 11-day Ultimate Baltics journey, stay in the finest accommodations and experience all of the Baltics’ finest attractions! On this trip you will journey through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, where you will walk the narrow, medieval streets; take in the UNESCO sites; immerse yourself in the culture and history of the region; and relax as everything is taken care of by your private guide.

Eastern Europe & Middle East