The countries which make up Eastern Europe offer the destinations and cultural diversity for whatever type of break you want, whether you enjoy bustling city streets and café culture or simply relaxing on a beach.
With vibrant, cosmopolitan capital cities such as Bucharest, Prague, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Sofia and Warsaw waiting for you to discover, you really are spoilt for choice. For a change of pace, why not enjoy the mountain air in Bulgaria's ski resorts.
With a fascinating mix of culture and cuisine, this region offers something new to experience around every corner.
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At the heart of Sofia, Bulgaria's impressive capital, you'll discover an enthralling mix of architecture, restaurants and nightspots.
Bulgaria's largely undiscovered capital is a well-kept Balkan secret, bustling with youthful energy. Walk down vibrant boulevards and dine at cosy wooden taverns where folk dancers surround your table. Gaze at the massive Orthodox church and the Soviet-style palace, then buy home-made halva sweets at the endlessly charming, street markets.
There's a host of museums and galleries waiting too, and plenty for the sightseer - including the 14th century church of St Petka Samardjiiska, Vitosha Boulevard, one of Sofia's most fashionable avenues, and South Park, a beautiful natural area to relax.
On the outskirts of the city is the popular skiing resort of Vitosha Mountain. And even if you're not a skier, the chairlift experience remains one of the best ways to take in the fantastic mountain views.
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- Hilton Sofia
Many people believe that Croatia is one of Europe's most beautiful countries, with Dubrovnik the jewel in its crown.
As one of the finest walled cities in Europe, and characterized by beautiful buildings, Dubrovnik is a fascinating destination. Overlooking the turquoise waters of the Adriatic, this sun-baked city is full of character.
In the Old Town the marble-paved streets are lined with restaurants; around the Placa promenade, you can hear troubadours and jazz musicians, and buy fresh olives from the early-morning market.
Explore Dubrovnik's cathedral and museum, visit the Marin Dzric theatre and walk the medieval walls. And after the bustle of the morning's markets, enjoy a seafood lunch and later, a glass of chilled local wine as the sunset turns the Adriatic a fiery orange.
The Lapad Peninsula, to the west of Dubrovnik's Old Town, is dotted with beaches. The largest of these, Copacabana, is situated at the western end of the peninsula. Lokrum Island is a pleasant ten minute boat trip from the old harbour. It's a natural resort protected by the Croatian Academy of Art and Science and is as popular today as it has been since the Middle Ages.
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Staying in this country can be as eventful or relaxing as you want.
Prague, the small but perfectly formed capital, immediately envelops you with its exquisite architecture, spanning several eras.
There's so much to explore - from the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and Prague Castle to the Jewish Museum. The historic Old Town, with its famous medieval Astronomical Clock, is not to be missed. Here you can sample local specialities such as corn on the cob and hot wine.
And dont forget the quirky areas not always found in a guidebook. In places outside the centre such as Zizkov and Vinohrady, you'll discover some of the world's best beers and wines.
Romantic weekend, family getaway or a celebration with friends - Prague lives up to its promise.
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- Hilton Prague Old Town
Budapest, the stunning capital of Hungary, has one of the most beautiful cityskapes in Europe. The 'Pearl of the Danube' is a lively city, which has long been a haven for writers, artists and musicians.
It's a tale of two cities - on one bank of the Danube sit the rolling hills of Buda; on the other is the bustling Pest. Its ancient history and modern culture sit comfortably together - a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, Turkish baths and basilicas blend in with the opera house, theatres and exciting nightlife. Thrusting Budapest into the 21st century, the Palace of Arts houses two cutting-edge performing arts venues: the National Concert Hall and the Festival Theatre.
Discover the joys of Hungarian goulash and continue the fine tradition of enjoying some rest and relaxation in Budapest's healing spas.
The Castle District has many elegant restaurants and bars. Dine al fresco in one of the many restaurants in the Buda Hills, as well as around City Park and on Danube Promenade in Pest, where you can take in the hilly Buda skyline.
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- Hilton Budapest
As a bridge between East and West, Poland blends the best of old and new. Warsaw is Poland's most cosmopolitan city, with its historic precincts now meticulously reconstructed.
The astonishing Palace of Culture and Science is still the tallest building in Poland. The 'Royal Route' takes in fashionable shops as well as the royal gardens of the landmark Lazienki Park: an 18th century complex best known for its 'Palace upon the Water', amongst gardens, pavilions and the Chopin monument.
The Old Town of Warsaw even features on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. While at night, countless bars and outdoor cafes come alive to provide the city's welcoming feel and atmospheric buzz.
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- Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre
- Hilton Garden Inn Krakow
- Hampton by Hilton Swinoujscie
Known as the 'Paris of the Balkans', Romania's range of architecture is simply astonishing. Bucharest is no exception, with its array of exquisite galleries, museums, churches and architecture.
Take the magnificently opulent Royal Palace (where The National Museum of Art is located), the People's Palace and the 16th-century Old Court Church with its stunningly preserved frescoes; while the Parliament Palace is famous for being the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon.
The city's nightlife is certainly buzzing - the jazz bars and lively nightclubs will keep you dancing into the night. On a different note, renowned orchestras, conductors and soloists perform in the intimate atmosphere of the domed Athenaeum, a hall with acoustics comparable to Milan's La Scala. And when the music stops, how about pulling up a chair and sampling the national drink, a delicious plum brandy called 'Tuica'.
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