Christmas Markets of Central Europe
- Duration10 Nights
- StylePrivate Tour
- When to GoNov-Jan
- Price GuideFrom $4,024 Per Person
At a Glance
- Arrival into Prague & transfer to hotel
- Private Half-Day City Tour
- Optional sightseeing cruise
- Day at leisure to enjoy the markets
- Private transfer via Cesky Krumlov
- Private Half-Day City Tour
- 1st Class Train to Vienna
- Private transfer to Vienna hotel
- Private City Tour
- Private transfer via Bratislava
- Private walking tour in Bratislava
- Private Half-Day City Tour
- Culinary experience in Budapest
- Optional tour to Memento Park
- Private transfer departure to Budapest Airport
Meet Our Expert
- 10 nights in 4 or 5-star accommodation
- Daily breakfast at all hotels
- Private arrival and departure airport transfers
- 1st Class rail
- All mentioned tours and sightseeing on a private basis with private driver and English-speaking local guides
- Entrance fees for any mentioned sightseeing, permits, local taxes, etc
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
- Flexible, personalized itinerary based on your interests
What's not Included
- International flights from your country of origin
- Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
- Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
- Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
- Travel visas. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them
- Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip
Day by Day Itinerary
- Day 1
Prague: Private transfer from the airport
Upon your arrival into Prague, 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 Medovina – honey wine or grog made with rum. Try them with Czech gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, or sausages.
- Day 2
Prague: Private walking tour; optional river cruise
Get to know Prague’s magnificent historic center on a 3-hour walking tour. You’ll follow the Royal Route that was originally used for the king’s coronation process, traveling 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. Afterward, you’ll enjoy an optional 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 at 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 being beautiful Salzburg. A 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 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: Private walking tour
A 2.5-hour private 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 1st-class train
Morning at leisure. Leaving Salzburg, your private driver will bring you to the train station to for your journey to Vienna, taking approximately 3 hours and seated in 1st-class. 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 woolen 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: Private walking tour; free afternoon
Enjoy a 3-hour private 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 travelers 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 afterward.
- Day 8
Budapest: Travel by private vehicle and train via Bratislava with 2hr tour
This morning you will enjoy a private transfer to Slovakia’s compact capital – Bratislava, just one hour from Vienna. Here, you will enjoy a short private walking tour followed by some free time to enjoy the market. Continue by train to Budapest. After arriving in Budapest, Hungary’s grand capital, you’ll be met by your driver who will take you to your hotel. This evening is free, but you might choose to embark on a panoramic boat ride on the Danube to enjoy the iconic sites along this mighty waterway of Europe.
- Day 9
Budapest: Private walking tour
A private 3-hour 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.
The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the city’s Christmas Market, or you might choose to visit the city’s iconic Memento Park home to many of the region’s enormous communist statues.
- 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
Budapest: 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.
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