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- from $2,694 PP
- 10 Nights
- Apr - Oct
- 2.5hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC
Look forward to 11 days and 10 nights of gorgeous scenery, culinary delights, fascinating private and shared guided tours as you explore the four jewels of the Austro-Hungarian starting in Prague, continuing to Salzburg and Vienna before ending in Budapest. Enjoy Old World charms and plenty of modern luxuries, along with some of Europe’s best Christmas markets, bringing opportunities to sip mulled wine and grog, while browsing unique items like hand carved wooden toys. You’ll stroll cobbled streets, cruise old Prague’s waterways, marvel at grand castles and palaces, enjoy a Viennese concert and so much more.
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- 10 nights 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis
- Private airport departure and arrival transfers
- All domestic transfers as detailed on the itinerary
- Private walking tour of Prague
- Prague sightseeing cruise
- Cesky Krumlov tour
- Group walking tour in Salzburg
- Group walking tour in Vienna
- Private walking tour in Budapest
- Budapest culinary experience
- Expert trip planning advice
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Prague: Arrival into Václav Havel Airport Prague
Upon your arrival into Prague’s international airport you’ll be greeted by your private driver and transferred to your accommodation, centrally located in the city. Enjoy the rest of the day to yourself. During the holiday season there’s no other city like it, with Christmas markets and their beautifully decorated huts overflowing with festive treats, garnet jewelry, Bohemian crystal, and carved wooden toys. The food and drink are a definite highlight, with tasty beverages like mulled wine, grog and warm mead. Try them with Czech gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, or sausages. The Old Town Square hosts a stable with a traditional nativity, sheep, donkeys, and goats.
Day 2 Prague: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing Cruise
Get to know Prague’s magnificent historic center on a three-hour walking tour. You’ll follow the Royal Route that was originally used for the king’s coronation process, travelling through the Old Town and its most popular sights. Your guide will provide an insider’s look at what you’re seeing along the way, continuing across the Charles Bridge and into Lesser Town. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a 45-minute boat excursion, cruising through the waterways of old Prague, bringing the opportunity to see the city from the perspective of the water. The dock is next to the Charles Bridge Museum where you can learn more about the city’s history.
Day 3 Prague: Day of Leisure
You’ll have the day to explore on your own. If you like museums, there are many here, from the museum in the Old Town Mala Strana district dedicated to Franz Kafka to the National Museum on Wenceslas Square and the Museum of Communism which tells the story of five decades of totalitarian rule. The Strahov Monastery boasts some of the most impressive interiors, including the halls of the library that were featured in a number of Hollywood films. At the monastery brewery you can also enjoy some of the beer that’s brewed right on-site, along with classic Czech fare.
Day 4 Salzburg: Transfer from Prague with a stop in Cesky Krumlov
This morning you’ll say goodbye to Prague, with your next stop Salzburg, Austria. Private transfer will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation, but along the way you’ll get to stop in Cesky Krumlov, a medieval UNESCO-listed town. Looking as if it stepped from the pages of a storybook, it’s filled with narrow cobbled streets and home with an enchanting 13th-century castle with gothic, Renaissance and baroque elements. If you prefer, your itinerary can be rearranged to spend a night here before staying in Salzburg so you can enjoy it during the less-crowded evening and morning hours.
Day 5 Salzburg: Group Walking Tour
A 90-minutes group walking tour through Salzburg will reveal the city’s top charms, while getting you oriented to the streets, including Mirabell Palace, the Mozarteum and Mozart’s Residence. You’ll cross the Staatsbrücke into the heart of the baroque Old Town, exploring impressive sights like St. Peter’s and the Salzburg Cathedral, along with the Houses of Festival, St. Peter’s and the Salzburg Cathedral. Be sure to take advantage of your evening here to enjoy a concert at the magnificent baroque-style Marble Hall in Mirabell Palace. It hosts the talents of ensembles and soloists who perform the classics, from Mozart and Beethoven to Vivaldi and Schubert.
Day 6 Vienna: Travel by Train
Leaving Salzburg, your private driver will bring you to the train station to catch a ride to Vienna, about three hours away. Upon your arrival, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Vienna’s Christmas-market tradition dates from the 13th-century. Today, there are over 20 Advent Markets to explore, with the most popular found in front of the neo-gothic city hall. It features more than 150 stalls offering woollen hats, puppets, leather clothing, wooden houses and more. Visit the Christmas Village in front of Belvedere Palace, which offers a Baroque atmosphere, festively decorated stalls with traditional handcrafted items and special culinary delights.
Day 7 Vienna: Group Walking Tour
Enjoy a group walking tour in Austria’s capital today. Located in the heart of Europe, it’s long-been a diverse melting point of culture, drawing many who appreciate culture, history, art and design. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other travellers while exploring major historic sites on foot, like Hofburg, the former Imperial Palace, the Jewish Quarter and the Romanesque-gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral (officially known as Stephansdom), the symbol of historical Vienna. Along the way you’ll learn about the 600-year-long Habsburg period while picking up local insider tips from your expert guide, allowing to discover more on your own afterwards.
Day 8 Budapest: Travel by Train Via Bratislava
Hopping on the train once again, this time you’ll head to Budapest, by way of Bratislava. You’ll be able to spend a few hours touring the Slovakian capital with your guide and will have free time to enjoy lunch on your own. After arriving into Budapest, you’ll be met by your driver who will take you to your hotel in the city center. This evening you’re invited to embark on a panoramic boat ride. After dark, the city will be beautifully illuminated, bringing out all its glory. Enjoy wine or cocktails, sipping as you gaze out at the Royal Palace, bridges, Parliament and more.
Day 9 Budapest: Private Walking Tour
A private walking tour of Budapest is on the agenda today. Your guide is a knowledgeable local who can tell you everything you’d like to know while providing insight into the daily life of residents here. Buda Castle is one of the top attractions, dating back to the 11th century when its defensive walls were built to keep Mongolian invaders out. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it towers over the Danube and includes 200 rooms as well as being home to the Budapest History Museum and Hungarian National Gallery. Located on Castle Hill, there are other iconic landmarks like Matthias Church here too.
Day 10 Budapest: Culinary Experience
Discover Budapest’s hidden streets, sampling the local fare and enjoying drinks along the way. This culinary tour will bring you to the top local bars, restaurants and other eateries, providing a flavorful look at the gastronomic scene. You’ll have the rest of the day to yourself, but we highly recommend visiting one of the famous baths. There are more hot springs here than any other capital, including the historic Turkish Rudas Baths, the art nouveau Gellert Baths and neo-baroque Szechenyi Baths which include a huge outdoor pool in Pest’s City Park. These are baths where the locals go, and not your typical luxury spa.
Day 11 Departure Day
With your 10 night trip through Central Europe and its magnificent Christmas markets coming to an end this morning, your driver will pick you up at your accommodation for private transfer to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey home. Not ready to return just yet? We understand. Our travel experts will be happy to create a bespoke addition to your itinerary.
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 all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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