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Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary: Prague to Budapest

8 DaysStarting at $4,995

Overview

If you’ve ever wondered how it would be to time-travel, this compact visit to the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary is for you. In Prague, Vienna and Budapest, you’ll enjoy expertly guided walking tours that explore these one-time capitals of the Habsburg Empire whose spires and castles create the continent’s most inspiring skylines. Out in the countryside, the sights are just as amazing. Powder-blue cathedrals leap up from the heart of valley towns. Incredibly intact villages are so perfectly preserved that the U.N. recognizes them as World Heritage Sites. Strolling through wide-open farmland, you’ll be forgiven if you feel you’ve stepped back into feudal times. Whether you’re sipping wine from the terraced vineyards along the Danube valley or hitching a ride on a friendly farmer’s tractor, you’ll marvel that these places still exist. And you’ll bring home with you a rich slice of Europe’s life and history that most travelers never see.

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Highlights

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.

DAYS 2-3 - CESKY KRUMLOV
The next day we visit with artisans at a local brewery for a tasting. Telc and Cesky Krumlov (2 nights) are remarkably preserved villages now recognized as historic sites. We’ll explore both and take a beautiful walk through the rolling grasslands to Rozmberk Castle.

DAYS 4-5 - DURNSTEIN
Following the old Habsburg trade routes we enter Austria and the lush Wachau region along the Danube River. Through fields of flax, we walk to a paper mill and the serene monastery of Zwettl. The castle where Richard the Lionhearted was held hostage during the Crusades towers over baroque Durnstein (2 nights), one of Austria’s finest villages. Of course we explore the ruins. After enjoying the Austrian countryside on a vineyard walk, we cruise the beautiful Danube.

DAYS 6-8 - BUDAPEST
Passing through fertile farmland, we arrive in Vienna. Our guide loves showing off its great sights like the circular boulevard known as the Ring and colorful, flavorful Naschmarkt where you can graze through the food and produce stands to construct a typical lunch. Later, we proceed to Budapest (2 nights) 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.
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Map

  • Starting Point:

    Prague – 1:00 pm – Lobby of Hotel Pariz
  • Ending Point:

    Budapest – 9:00 am – Lobby of Corinthia Hotel Budapest

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Family Departure

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Accommodations

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.

Richard Lowenherz Hotel

On the banks of the Danube, this hotel is nestled between an ancient monastery and a soaring, sky blue Rococo church. The hotel, known for its extremely hospitable hosts, is just one quiet block from the village center.

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.

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.

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners
  •  Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  •  Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

Wine on Us

  • In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Perfect Pairings Dinners

  • A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.