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Eastern Europe on Our Own, Or on a Tour?

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DH and I would like to travel to eastern Europe in 2015 and are trying to decide if we should take a tour or travel on our own.

This trip would be to celebrate my 50th birthday. DH is a little older than I am.
We are experienced travelers having been to Europe several times on our own. We enjoy planning our trips and researching our destinations on the internet to find unique places to stay, dine, etc.
We've traveled to Asia & Australia as well.

This would be a three week trip covering Prague, Krakow, Budapest, and Croatia (Plitivice Park, Lake Bled & Split).

Our concerns are: language & cultural barriers. And medical. While we are both in good health, on our last two trips (France in 2010 and Australia in 2013) each of us ended up in the hospital.

In France DH was taken by ambulance to the emergency room with food poisoning (France!). And in Australia I spent Christmas morning in the ER with a sinus infection, and later saw a private doctor for a second infection.

Would we be able to navigate hospitals and doctors in Eastern Europe? I would want to rent a car to drive from Budapest to Croatia. How is it driving with the language barrier?

Usually we are adventurous, but given our last two trips, have some concerns about doing this trip without the protection of a guided tour.

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