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- from $4,044 PP
- 11 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 2.5hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC
This 11-nights itinerary covers a lot, beginning in Budapest, travelling to Vienna, Prague and Krakow, an ideal sampler of Central Europe. While each of these cities is similar in some ways, they all have their own unique architecture and ambience. You’ll get to experience it with a mix of private and shared walking tours, a special culinary experience, concerts and more. Visit castles and other historic sites, romantic bridges, and enticing squares. A few highlights include going underground on a salt mine tour in Krakow, a Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna, and marvelling at the world’s largest ancient castle in Prague.
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- 11 nights 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Private airport departure and arrival transfers
- All domestic transfers as per the itinerary
- Private walking tour in Budapest
- Budapest culinary experience/walking tour
- Vienna group walking tour
- Vienna concert
- Prague private walking tour
- Day trip to Bohemia from Prague
- Private walking tour of Krakow
- Krakow salt mine group tour
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- Expert trip planning advice
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Budapest: Arrival into Ferenc Liszt Airport
After landing at Ferenc Liszt Airport in Budapest, you’ll be greeted by your private driver and taken to your accommodation, centrally located in the “City of the Water.” Budapest was two separate cities throughout much of its history with Buda and Pest separated by the Danube River. Take time to get settled in, relax and refresh, and this evening you’ll enjoy a sightseeing cruise. Glide along the Danube, unwinding with a drink while marvelling at the Palace of the Arts, Parliament Building, Fisherman’s Bastion, Buda Castle and more. You’ll learn more about the history of what you’re seeing via an audio guide.
Day 2 Budapest: Private Walking Tour of Pest
A private walking tour through the Hungarian capital will reveal a glimpse of the locals’ daily lives and everything you’d like to know about the city through the insight of your knowledgeable, local guide. Enjoy exploring what you’d like to see while getting suggestions from someone who lives here and experiences everyday life. A few of the top spots include the National Parliament, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Central Market Hall. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure – if you want to get to know the “Buda” side, another walking tour can be arranged, or opt for a private tour of Buda Castle
Day 3 Budapest: Culinary Experience/Walking Tour
One of the best ways to truly get to know a city is through its food. Today you’ll do just that by joining a small group walking food tour through Budapest. Your local guide will bring you to some of the top local spots for sampling the culinary delights. Some you might try, include sweet treats like kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, sausages, and goulash. With the rest of the day at your leisure, we suggest experience the famous local baths, like the Szechenyi Baths in Pest’s City Park with its neo-baroque architecture, or the art deco-style Geller Baths on the city’s Buda side.
Day 4 Vienna: Travel by Train from Budapest
It’s time to say farewell to Budapest, with your private driver bringing you to the train station for the three-hour journey to Vienna, Austria. Upon your arrival to Hauptbahnhof Train Station, you’ll be greeted by your drive for private transfer to your hotel in this grand city that has a layout similar to Paris. After checking in, wander the excellent system of avenues and boulevards that make it difficult it to get lost, discovering one of the enticing traditional taverns known as heurigers. Here you can enjoy the local wine with classic local fare and perhaps live music too.
Day 5 Vienna: Group Walking Tour + Evening Concert
You’ll get a more in-depth look at Vienna today. With its location in the heart of Europe, the city has long attracted people from a diverse array of cultures, resulting in a melting pot that’s fascination for enthusiasts of not only culture, but history, art and design. On this group walking tour, you’ll have the chance to meet like-minded travellers while exploring impressive historic sites like the Hofburg, Jewish Quarter and St. Stephan’s Cathedral. This evening is a special highlight: a Mozart and Strauss concert in the Kursalon, a historic venue that first hosted a Johann Strauss directed concert in 1868.
Day 6 Prague: Travel by Train from Vienna
Continuing to your next destination, Prague, you’ll travel by train, with the ride travelling through the Austrian and Czech countryside taking a little less than five hours. Upon your arrival to the station in Prague, your private driver will be there to welcome you into the city and bring you to your hotel. After checking in, we recommend taking a stroll through the side streets in the city center. You might climb up to the top of one of the lookout towers that open after sunset, like the Old Town Bridge Tower, or enjoy a refreshing drink from one of the many rooftop bars.
Day 7 Prague: Private Walking Tour
Get to know Prague with a private three-hour walking tour. You’ll follow your expert local guide along the Royal Route which was originally used for the king’s coronation procession. Travel through the Old Town Center where you can marvel at all the famous sights while learning more about Prague’s intriguing history like the Old Town Square, established in the 12th century as the original marketplace, and immense Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, covering 750,000 square feet. You’ll cross the romantic Charles Bridge while listening to your guide tell stories from the past, before concluding in Lesser Town.
Day 8 Prague: Bohemia Day Trip
A day trip into Bohemia will bring you to Kuta Hora, built atop a rich silver deposit that made the city one of the richest in the nation, something that can be seen in its huge palace, churches and other magnificent architecture. You can tour the silver mine if you’re here during any month other than December, and also visit St. Barbara’s Cathedral. This massive baroque/gothic building is devoted to the patron saint of miners, with some of its standout features including three peaks and flying buttresses, along with well-preserved medieval frescoes. You’ll also see the famous Bone Church with its 70,000 skeletons.
Day 9 Krakow: Private Transfer from Prague
The historic capital of Poland, Krakow is next on your itinerary. Depending on your preferred departure time, we’ll have a driver pick you up at your accommodation in Prague and drive you to Krakow. Upon your arrival, you’ll be met by your driver there, taken to your accommodation, centrally located in the city. You’ll have the remainder of the day to enjoy it at your leisure. Some ideas include visiting the Renaissance Cloth Hall, the central feature of the main market square and one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks. Europe’s “oldest shopping center” is the perfect place to sip coffee with a view.
Day 10 Krakow: Private Walking Tour
This morning you’ll join a local expert for a private walking tour of Krakow, traversing the famous Royal Route that runs through the heart of the city. Your guide will reveal interesting historical facts as you wander through everything from the Barbican and St. Florian’s Gate to the magnificent hilltop Wawel Castle. Along the way you’ll stop at the main square to visit Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica. We highly recommend enjoying an optional concert tonight. Chopin is one of the most renowned Polish composers and a recital of his music can be enjoyed at Chopin Concert Hall in the Old Town.
Day 11 Krakow: Salt Mine Group Tour
The Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of the top attractions in Poland. Visit this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site on a tour of the passageways, underground lakes and caverns lined with chandeliers and salt sculptures while learning about the devotion that the miners had to create their remarkable works. The underground chapel is especially unique. Devoted to Hungarian princess Saint Kinga, she was said to have turned down a marriage proposal from the Polish king by tossing his engagement ring into a Transylvanian salt mine. You’ll visit the souvenir shop and snack bar before returning to the surface by elevator.
Day 12 Departure
With your 11 nights through Central Europe coming to an end this morning, it’s time to get ready for your departure. Your driver will provide private transfer to Krakow Airport so that you can catch your departing flight. If you’d like to see more of Europe, or head elsewhere, be sure to contact our travel experts who can help make it happen.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise that all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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