Explore the History of Central & Eastern Europe
It’s hard to get more historic than the Old World, and we’ll be happy to help you delve thousands of years into the past. We cover many of the world’s best preserved ancient Roman and Greek sites from the Valley of the Temples in Sicily to the Garni Temple in Armenia. We can get you off the beaten path to unique and memorable sights, such as the world’s first cathedral (built when Rome was pagan and still standing near Yerevan). We also excel in more recent history, with tours of World War II landmarks (such as Auschwitz near Krakow, the Warsaw Ghetto, and Kyiv’s astounding Motherland monument and neighboring Great Patriotic War museum) to places connected to the Cold War, such as the Berlin Wall (and its neighboring Soviet monuments), and the KGB and Occupation Museums in Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. We even cover more recent events, such as Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution, and naturally offer tours of Chernobyl.
Our historically focused tours have licensed guides with historic backgrounds who are happy to discuss topics such as the role of official memory in how Budapest’s monuments treat the 1940s, or the clash of viewpoints in Tallinn. The Estonian capital is home to neighboring memorials to German, Estonian, and Soviet soldiers lost when the city was retaken by the Red Army in WWII, Estonian victims of Soviet repression, and a garden for Soviet monuments. Our expert guides go beneath the surface (sometimes literally, like in our Colosseum underground tour in Rome, catacombs tour in Odessa, or our urban exploration tour in Kyiv). If you’re interested in a particular niche, chances are we know a guide knowledgeable in that topic and happy to show you around.