On the last leg on his journey, Michael travels through Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany. In the Tatra mountains of Slovakia, he skins a pig and learns how to make sausages; then he's off to Brno to visit Tibor Turba's mime school; flies in a DC3 used during the Berlin airlift; and visits the island of Rügen, built by Hitler for his KDF (Strength Through Joy) program.
Michael Palin travels through Poland, arriving in Gdansk, where he meets Lech Walesa; then on to Warsaw to the Palace of Culture and Science, Stalin's controversial gift to Varsovians. Also: a personal pilgrimage to Auschwitz.
Michael visits Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Included: sailing into the Baltic from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, formerly East Prussia. Also: touring a pyramid house; learning about the medicinal properties of leeches; and visiting one of the most secretive places of the Communist-era, the astronomical telescope.
Palin visits Hungary and Ukraine, traveling by road, rail and water to the Black Sea resort of Yalta. Also: Budapest's "House of Terror"; a national park in Hortobagy; and a Leeds market trader who married the Ukrainian prime minister's daughter.
Michael Palin journeys from Transdniester, a state broken away from the Republic of Moldova, to the Vaser Valley in Romania, where he joins 80 lumberjacks aboard a steam train, traveling to Bran Castle in Transylvania, the ancestral home of Vlad the Impaler.