Palace-studded cities with magnificent history

Stunning Baroque and Gothic architecture is woven together with culture, history and beauty. This is Eastern Europe. Explore, discover and taste your way through the cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

Highlights

  • Get local with Czech beer and tapas

  • Enjoy a ghost tour of Cesky Krumlov

  • Taste Hungarian wines with a local sommelier

  • Visit Vienna's Naschmarkt for a picnic lunch

Itinerary for Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary

Day 1: Prague

Our adventure begins in Prague. Arrive anytime today and make your way to our hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers and discuss the days ahead. Our welcome dinner is at one of our Local Leader’s favorite spots. (d)

  • Arrival transfers are not included, but are available for purchase
  • Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant, walking distance from the hotel
  • Our hotel in Prague: Myo Hotel Wenceslas

Day 2: Prague

Explore Prague with our Insider Expert, who leads us through a treasure trove of culture and 1,000-year history. Walk the Jewish neighborhood, visit the Prague Jewish Museum and connect with the stories from the Medieval Ages to today. The afternoon is yours to explore as you choose. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Prague: Myo Hotel Wenceslas

Day 3: Prague

After breakfast, we’ll spend some time at Prague Castle — the biggest castle in the Czech Republic — and the largest castle complex in the world. The famous St. Vitus Cathedral and the colorful Golden Lane will have you imagining what life was like centuries ago. Gather this evening to experience one of Prague’s notable exports — beer! Enjoy a tasting tour through favorite beer halls, sampling traditional Czech beer and local tapas in different pubs along the way. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Dinner will be at a variety of local restaurants where we’ll try many different regional dishes
  • Our hotel in Prague: Myo Hotel Wenceslas

Day 4: Prague > Český Krumlov

This morning travel to the town of České Budějovice, which is home to the Budweiser factory. For over 100 years there has been a trademark dispute over the name Budweiser. On a tour of the brewery, you will learn more about the process of making beer, as well as taste some of the Czech Budweiser. Decide for yourself which beer is best! Next, we head to Český Krumlov. This Bohemian town’s name translates roughly to “crooked meadow,” which is most likely linked to the town’s location in a sharp bend in the Vltava River. Tonight, a ghost tour makes the city’s history and legends come alive. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Cesky Krumlov: Hotel Familia
  • Please note that single room accommodation is not available in Český Krumlov. Any solo travelers will be paired with another same-gender traveler for the one night

Day 5: Český Krumlov > Vienna

Enjoy a free morning in the charming town of Český Krumlov. Wander to Barber’s Bridge to listen to local musicians or grab a coffee at a local café. After lunch, we travel across the border into Austria and arrive in Vienna. Arrive at the hotel and take some time to relax before heading out to taste some traditional Viennese cuisine. (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Dinner will be at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Vienna: Hotel Bellevue

Day 6: Vienna

Vienna awaits us today! With the help of our Insider Expert, we’ll uncover some gems of the city. Wind through the Gothic splendor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben. We will then head to Hofburg Palace, where Habsburg emperors once resided in winter. After the walking tour, we’ll head to the Naschmarkt to gather ingredients for a relaxing picnic lunch. This afternoon, we’ll see the Hundertwasserhaus, which is one of Austria’s architectural highlights. The house, designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is an expressionist landmark of Vienna. The evening is yours. (b, l)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Vienna: Hotel Bellevue

Day 7: Vienna > Budapest

Hop the train to Budapest today. Choose how you’d like to explore this great city — by bike or on foot. Either way, you’ll have an Insider Expert to help you uncover the evolution of the great cities of Buda and Pest. Let your adventure unfold this afternoon. (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Budapest: Atrium Fashion Hotel

Day 8: Budapest

The day is yours in Budapest! Take the opportunity to visit one of the city’s renowned thermal spas, or head to Buda Castle and visit the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias church. Head underground beneath the Buda Castle to the wine cellar. With the help of a local sommelier, we’ll taste a variety of Hungarian wines. Our final night concludes with a lively dinner at a local restaurant.  (b, d)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Dinner will be at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Budapest: Atrium Fashion Hotel

Day 9: Budapest

Our adventure ends today.  (b)

  • Breakfast this morning is full buffet
  • Departure transfers are not included in the price of your tour, but are available for purchase at time of booking

Things to know before traveling to Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary

The local currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna (CZK).

The local currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF)

The local currency in Austria is the Euro (EUR).

The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.

In many Central European cities streets are made of cobblestones. On this trip this is the case in Czech Republic and Hungary especially. It is recommended that you leave any wheelie bags/case at home and bring a backpack instead.

Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 100°F), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

Accommodation we intend to use in Cesky Krumlov is full of charm and character and it perfectly represents the spirit of medieval central European town. The rustic charm though means the comfort may be slightly lower to the rest of accommodation we use on this trip.

Please note that single accommodation is not available for the one night in Cesky Krumlov.

Food in Europe is varied and differs significantly between countries and regions. Expect to sample delicious local meals in almost every location you’ll visit on this trip. However, if you do not feel like having a local delicacy, world type food is also widely available, especially in bigger cities. European diet is mostly meat based; vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and choices may be limited to soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets will find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

Some of the transportation on this trip is done by train. European trains are comfortable and often decked out with air-conditioning. Toilets are always available. Some of the trains have snack bars (or vending machines) and power outlets next to the seats but that cannot be guaranteed on every journey. Train travel is a fast way to traverse long distances, allowing you to avoid traffic jams and arrive right into the city center. Please note that you will have to carry your own luggage on and off the train, and also up or down few flights of stairs as unfortunately some of the stations may not have lifts. Make sure the luggage doesn’t exceed our weight and size recommendations.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary

Pre-Night Add-ons

Pre-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Post-Night Add-ons

Post-night accommodation is on request only for this product. Please ask a Club Adventures representative for more details.


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

9 days, from $2,499 USD