Board your flight from the United States to Budapest, Hungary.
Days 2 and 3:
Arrive in Budapest.
Two nights in Budapest. Breakfast provided.
Days 4 and 5:
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and make your way to Budapest-Keleti Station. (Please double check the exact station listed on your tickets as Budapest has three rail stations.) Catch the train to Vienna. Upon arrival to Vienna, make your way to your hotel.
Two nights in Vienna. Breakfast provided.
Days 6 and 7:
After breakfast in the hotel, check out and make your way to Vienna’s Wien Westbahnhof station. (Please double check the exact station listed on your tickets as Vienna has several rail stations.) Catch the train to Prague. Upon arrival to Prague, make your way to your hotel.
Two nights in Prague. Breakfast provided.
Bid farewell to the Czech Republic as you board your return flight to the United States.
Hotel notes: Check-in times are generally at 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Should you arrive beforehand, the hotel’s reception staff would be happy to store your baggage for you so you can set out and begin exploring.
Transportation notes: To reach the city center from Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt International Airport, take a taxi, public shuttle bus, a combo of bus, train and metro, or one of our stress-free airport transfers. Your train to Vienna will likely depart from the Budapest-Keleti Train Station, which can be reached by metro, taxi or with one of our station transfers, but please double check your ticket to be sure. To travel from Vienna’s Wien Westbahnhof Train Station to your hotel, take a taxi, public transport or one of our station transfers. Do the reverse to travel from your hotel to Vienna’s Meidling Station on the day you travel to Prague (and please double check the exact departure station on your ticket). Upon arrival to Prague, take a taxi, the metro, the tram or a go-today transfer to reach your hotel.
Our suggestions of things to do and see in:
As Budapest was three separate cities – Buda, Pest and Óbuda – until 1873, it’s best to tackle the Hungarian capital’s many sights by neighborhood. Remarkably, almost the entire city center is a World Heritage Site. In peaceful, hilly Buda, located on the western bank of the Danube, see the Gellért Hill fortress, the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and Buda Castle, which houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Just across the river in lively Pest, you’ll see more of everyday life in Budapest as well as many top attractions including the elegant Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square, the Dohány Street Synagogue, City Park, the Hungarian State Opera House and the Hungarian Parliament Building. In addition to guided city tours, we also off guided excursions to the nearby towns of Gödöllo, Visegrád, Esztergom and Szentendre and to Lake Balaton. Visitors often say that the star of Budapest is really the Danube. For the best possible views, be sure to take one of our sightseeing or dinner cruises, and once you’ve wrapped up your sightseeing, relax in one of Budapest’s legendary thermal spas.
Vienna or “the City of Music” lies at the eastern edge of Austria near the borders with Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Austria’s monarchy once ruled almost all of Central Europe, and wars with the nearby Ottoman Turks were frequent. As a result, today Vienna truly is a melting pot of interesting cultures, traditions and cuisines - and their wines are excellent! Vienna offers the very best in art, culture, outstanding architecture, great museums, theaters, opera houses, grand palaces, balls and old-fashioned coffeehouses. Popular sightseeing include touring the Hofburg Palace complex and the impressive Schönbrunn Palace, which was the Hapsburgs’ summer residence, as well as visiting a traditional heuriger (wine tavern) in the district of Grinzing to try local wines and Viennese delicacies. Once you’ve finished sightseeing in Vienna, attend a performance at the renowned Vienna State Opera or take one of our guided day trips to see the magnificent Melk Abbey, the Vienna Woods, or Salzburg - a musical mecca found just north of the Alps.
Seemingly straight out of a fairytale, the Czech Republic’s romantic capital is Central European splendor come to life. After centuries of patronage by Bohemian kings, Prague is one of Europe’s loveliest cities. Crowned with a gorgeous hilltop castle complex made up of palaces, gardens and several churches, Prague Castle is one of Europe’s oldest citadels. To really learn about Prague’s fascinating past, we recommend you roam its medieval cobblestoned streets on one of our guided tours. Check out the spire-topped architecture of Prague’s most charming neighborhoods, cross the 600-year-old Charles Bridge, and visit Staré Mesto’s (the Old Town) best sights like the Old Town Square, the 15th-century Astronomical Clock and the former Jewish quarter. In addition to our walking tours in Prague, we also offer a variety of bus and boat sightseeing tours. As Prague is often associated with classical music and puppetry, many visitors opt to attend a performance or take our “Following Mozart’s Steps” tour. We can also help you make day trips from Prague to the medieval Karlstejn Castle, the gorgeous world heritage city of Ceský Krumlov, and the Czech Republic’s best known spa town: Karlovy Vary.
Our suggestions of things to do and see” are not included in the package price and may be at an additional cost. To make the most of your trip and avoid the disappointment of “sold out” tours, contact our travel experts at (800) 227-3235 up to two weeks prior to departure to add transfers and sightseeing.