Six Reasons To Visit Central And Eastern Europe

by Jay Ternavan


It’s safe; it offers great value; and best of all, it’s beautiful and unique and fun. Here are six reasons to consider Central and Eastern Europe as a destination for your clients.

1. Excellent value for money.
Prices for travel services, from accommodations to transport to tours, are significantly less than those in Western Europe. A private walking tour, for example, might cost $100 or less; a nice meal for two with wine might cost $40.

2. Food glorious food.
This area is rich in gastronomic choices that will make any foodie drool—and some of the best beers, wines and liquors in the world. Generally these smaller countries don't produce enough to export so they keep the best for themselves.

3. Variety is the spice of life.
Within a small area you can experience so many unique and different cultures; from Finland to Albania is not a long distance but their cultures are worlds apart. Everything is within easy driving distance and no more than a couple of hours by plane, so you can visit multiple countries in a single week.

4. Strong traditions and authentic experiences.
While catching up with modern times, cities like Prague and Krakow still are steeped in tradition, and their people still celebrate local customs and festivals throughout the year. Cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways are fun and easy to navigate, with something unique around every corner. There are still places where the main form of transport is horse and carriage.

5. Landscapes and vistas abound.
The region provides so many different settings that cater to every type of traveler, from breathtaking nature with a variety national parks, mountains, lakes and seaside to countryside villages and cosmopolitan cities.

6. Tourist-friendly is the motto.
These once-closed countries now welcome visitors with open arms, and are as interested in getting to know us as we are in getting to know them. The countries here are some of the friendliest and safest in the world; it is rare to find areas that are off limits even late at night, and this area is not the target of any terrorist activities.

So why hesitate? Suggest a vacation in Eastern and central Europe to your customers—and they will certainly thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

Jay Ternavan is the owner and CEO of JayWay Travel Inc. in New Rochelle, NY.

  0
  0
TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Tauck-Ken Burns Country Music Event Could Drive Travel Trends

A Nashville-based, themed event was announced while the PBS “Country Music” film series aired, another collaboration of the Burns-Duncan vision of America and cinematic experience with the tour experience.

Fallout from Thomas Cook Collapse Ripples Through the Industry

Spain, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt are among the destinations that were the hardest hit by the closure.

Cultural Cuba’s David Lee Talks About the Magic of Selling Cuba

Lee gives advice to travel advisors interested in selling the destination.

‘A Sad Day in the Travel Community’: Fallout from Thomas Cook’s Collapse Continues

The travel industry has been reacting to the news of the collapse of the 178-year-old British travel company.

Delta Vacations University in Detroit is a Hit with Travel Advisors

The airline vacation packager attracted thousands of travel agents to its first Motor City educational event.

British Travel Giant Thomas Cook Collapses, Leaving Thousands Stranded

The 178-year-old Thomas Cook Group has confirmed that all the UK companies in its group have ceased trading.

News Briefs
Tip of the Day

"The travel industry is ever-growing and ever-changing. You want someone who keeps updated on all of its trends, as well as its travails, and can offer you handcrafted, personalized and professional service all the way from the moment of a trip’s inspiration to the journey’s end."

Mary Ann Anderson

Forbes

Daily Top List

Oldest Castles in England

  1. Berkhamsted Castle
  2. Norwich Castle
  3. Warwick Castle
  4. Lincoln Castle

Source: World Atlas

TMR Outlooks