Introduction
Celebrate the warmth, colorful tradition and shimmering sense of expectation that can only be found in Europe’s most legendary Christmas markets. This remarkable trip takes you to the finest ones in Prague, Vienna and Budapest and, en route, it offers a lovely, more intimate contrast with smaller-town fairs in Cesky Krumlov and České Budějovice in the Czech Republic. You’ll almost feel like you’re time traveling as you explore cities that have remained remarkably unchanged over the centuries. And with your friendly local guides, you’ll learn about the vivid history, experience rich cultural traditions, and get just the kind of advice you want if you’re shopping the stalls or looking for the perfect wooden toys, Bohemian crystal or even fresh-baked holiday pastry. There’s no more perfect way to capture the season’s spirit…and immerse yourself in a holiday shopping expedition like no other!
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - PRAGUE
Imperial Prague (1 night) is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and after meeting we’ll spend an easy afternoon discovering its bridges, cobblestone alleyways and magnificent Old Town. Of course, we will enjoy our first Christmas Market this evening!

DAYS 2-3 - CESKY KRUMLOV
The next day we visit with artisans at a local brewery for a tasting.  Cesky Krumlov (2 nights) is a remarkably preserved village now recognized as a historic site. We’ll explore both Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budweiss during one of the most beautiful times of year.

DAYS 4-5 - VIENNA
There is no finer expression of the power and glory of Imperial Vienna that Schönbrunn Palace, and it is the spectacular centerpiece of a day full of memorable activities. Enjoy a privately guided tour of the 22-room apartments of Emperor Franz Joseph and his charming wife, Elisabeth, known as Sisi. It’s truly one of the world’s most remarkable residences, the ultimate expression of the Habsburgs who ruled a vast swath of Europe for six centuries.
The most romantic of all of the Viennese holiday markets happens right here in front of the palace. A giant Christmas tree is silhouetted against the baroque palace façade. Usually, there are 60 stalls or so and in keeping with the setting, the offerings are especially opulent.

DAYS 6-7 - BUDAPEST
We proceed to Budapest (1 night) where the day ends with a promenade along the Danube. In a fascinating daylong exploration, we ramble from the Royal Palace in Buda to Europe’s largest synagogue and a district overflowing with cafes and musicians in Pest. On our final morning, we part company after breakfast with time for you to shop or explore on your own.
Picture Yourself...
  • Strolling through the imperial capitals of Prague, Vienna and Budapest
  • Watching the Danube flow by from the comfort of your cozy room
  • Enjoying a packet of roasted chestnuts as you roam the holiday markets
Christmas Markets of Prague, Vienna & Budapest
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Prague, Czech Republic - Lobby of Hotel Pariz 1:00 pm

Ending Point: Budapest, Hungary - 9:00 am


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Guest Reviews
“I enjoyed every aspect of the trip! I felt a part of the culture. The restaurants were extremely good and allowed me to try local cusine.”
Amy S., Powell, OH

“Loved the cities and the small towns and could not imagine better guides. Great people on the trip.”
Brad L., Westbury, NY

“Enjoyed staying out in the small historic towns/villages. Learning the history of the region put everything in context and the guides did a great job with the group.”
Liane F., Santa Clara, CA

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
December 16-22, 2018$4695.00$595.00
December 15-21, 2019$4795.00$595.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Perfect Pairings Dinners
    A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Christmas Markets of Prague, Vienna & Budapest
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Bohemia and northern Austria have a temperate climate. The temperature is generally very comfortable and does not have very significant temperature extremes during the summer months. Temperatures in Hungary are warmer during the peak summer months due to the hot and arid Pannonian climate in the central Hungarian plains.


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Hotels
Hotel Paris Prague

A landmark Art Nouveau structure, this beautifully restored hotel is located in the heart of Prague's Old Town. From the generously proportioned rooms, guests are just steps away from the gothic Powder Tower and the premier arts and shopping district.

Hotel Bellevue

Set in the medieval heart of Cesky Krumlov, this fine property was created by combining several historic buildings. The cozy rooms are steps away from some of Europe’s most scenic streets. There’s also a fine restaurant as well as sauna and spa.

The Harmonie Vienna

The Harmonie Vienna boutique hotel is a hotel that marches to a different tune. At the heart of the hotel’s design is a visionary art concept that combines dance and art in a unique way.

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Behind its distinguished façade in the heart of Budapest, this 5-star hotel is one of the finest in the city. Newly renovated, it offers spacious guest rooms as well as a wealth of architectural detailing in the lobby.

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