Since emerging from under the cloak of communism, the old Eastern Bloc has been enjoying a cultural and social renaissance. First to edge their way onto the international tourist radar were the cities – oases of unspoiled medieval architecture such as Prague, Budapest and Kraków. Then the spotlight turned to Croatia’s glorious sandy beaches, and finally fledgling ski resorts began to open in the mountains of Bulgaria, Poland and the Czech Republic. Despite a rapidly rising profile, however, much of Eastern Europe is still something of an enigma. Discovering the region’s remaining secrets is one of the greatest thrills in modern travel.