Highlights of Central Europe

Dive into the history & culture of Central Europe: charming Budapest, Austria’s imperial capital of Vienna & Prague, the Heart of Europe


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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 16 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes History & CultureGrand Tours
Activity Level Moderate
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking and requires an average level of physical fitness Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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From Austria’s sweeping alpine meadows dotted with wildflowers and imperial architecture in its urban cities to the rich history in Budapest, Hungary and Czech Republic’s charming & timeless castles, Central Europe captures the hearts of travelers from all over the world. Your magical 11-day adventure starts in the picturesque city of Budapest in Hungary, known as one of the most photogenic cities in all of Europe with its flowing Danube River and unique, medieval churches. Sway to the classic music of Mozart and Strauss as you travel to Austria. Explore the imperial capital of Vienna and dive into the world of delicious strudels before ending your journey in Prague, the Heart of Europe. Tour Prague Castle (the largest castle complex in the world!), try your hand at traditional glass-blowing, and wrap up your trip dining on staple Czech dishes, surrounded by folk songs, dancing, and fun!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK or EWR) including taxes & fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • 9 nights accommodations in first class hotels
  • 13 meals: 9 breakfasts & 4 dinners including welcome and farewell dinners
  • Professional English-speaking tour director and local guides
  • Comprehensive touring program and entrance fees

Optional add-ons

  • Private Budapest Jewish Quarter tour with lunch
  • Private guided tour of the Vienna Hofburg Museums
  • Private guided tour of the Belvedere Palace Museums
  • Private café culture tour in Vienna

Why you'll love it

  • Visit one of Budapest's most famous sites, the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Feast on traditional Hungarian cuisine at home-hosted dinner with locals in Budapest.
  • Dive into classical music and attend a Strauss & Mozart concert.
  • Learn the secret to making a luscious classic strudel in Vienna.
  • Explore Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world.
  • Try your hand at creating your own glass masterpiece during a glass blowing workshop.
  • Meet with a local from Prague's Jewish Quarter.
  • End your adventure in a 5-star hotel in an excellent location off Wenceslas Square.

Itinerary at a Glance

Highlights of Central Europe map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart the United States on your overnight flight to Budapest, Hungary

Day 2 Arrive Budapest, Hungary

  • Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
  • This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant

Hotel Nemzeti Budapest Dinner

Full Day Itinerary

Arrive at Budapest airport, where after completing immigration and customs formalities, you will meet our representative and transfer to your hotel for check-in. This evening join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner, with drinks, at a local restaurant!

Day 3 Budapest

  • Explore the Buda side of the city
  • See Fisherman's Bastion & Matthias Church
  • Enjoy a home hosted dinner

Hotel Nemzeti Budapest Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest

This morning, meet your guide to depart on a walking tour of the Buda side of the city. Visit the Fisherman's Bastion, one of the most well-known attractions in the city. From this vantage point, experience the most breathtaking view of the city and Danube river below. Be sure to snap a picture as this is one of Budapest's most photographed spots! Continue through the Buda Castle area to the beautiful, Neo-Gothic Matthias Church, in operation since 1015 and founded by the first Hungarian king. Bask in the breathtaking interior of the church, and learn about the rich history of one of Europe's most unique medieval churches.

Tonight, feast on Hungarian classics at a home-hosted dinner. This three- course meal will feature traditional soups, Paprikas, wine and Palinka.

Day 4 Budapest

  • Walking tour of the Pest side of the city
  • Afternoon & evening at leisure, or join an optional excursion

Hotel Nemzeti Budapest Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Hungarian Parliament Building, Budapest

Your second day of exploration begins with a walking tour of the Pest side of the city. Stroll along the bank of the Danube River, which splits the hills of the Buda side from the flat Pest side. View St. Stephen's Basilica, named after the first king of Hungary and the Hungarian Parliament Building, a stunning Budapest landmark. Encounter other interesting sights along the way, such as the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau and Liberty Square. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Optional Excursion: Private Budapest's Jewish Quarter Tour with Lunch, $160
Restaurant in Budapest's  Jewish District Photo by Petr Sevcovic on Unsplash

After enjoying lunch at a kosher restaurant, explore the vibrant Jewish Quarter of Budapest, where Jewish life has been revived after World War II.  Join a local guide for a walking tour of the Hungarian Jewish Museum, which houses a unique collection of sacred and everyday objects of the Jewish religion and communities.  Next, visit the Dohany Street Synagogue, also known as The Great Synagogue. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and second largest in the world. Pass the Martyrs' Cemetery, where thousands of people were laid to rest after WWII. See Raoul Wallenberg Park and the Tree of Life, which commemorates all the Hungarian Jews who lost their lives in WWII.  View the Heroes' Temple, now an integral part of the Dohany Street Synagogue, built in 1931 to commemorate the 10,000 Hungarian Jewish soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. 

Continue through the Jewish Quarter as you become acquainted with past and present locations. In the area of the former ghetto, see the Rumback Street Synagogue, Carl Lutz Memorial, and the famous Gozsdu courtyard. Finally, visit the center of the Orthodox Jewish community and view the Kazinczy Street Synagogue.

Note: This private tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 5 Gyor, Bratislava & Vienna, Austria

  • Depart for Vienna, stopping en-route for free time in Gyor
  • Discover Bratislava on a walking tour
  • This evening, enjoy a Strauss and Mozart musical performance

Max Brown 7th District or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Bratislava, Slovakia Photo by Martin Katler on Unsplash

Say goodbye to Budapest and begin your journey to Vienna! Stop halfway between both cities, in Gyor. Stretch your legs during a bit of free time to discover this charming Hungarian city. Later, enjoy a guided tour in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Your day-long journey ends upon arrival in Vienna where you can check in to your hotel to relax and freshen up.

Tonight, attend a Strauss and Mozart concert in historic Kursalon Hall, built in the Italian Renaissance style and a must-do for anyone visiting this classical city.

Day 6 Vienna

  • City tour of Vienna
  • Guided visit of Schönbrunn Palace
  • Viennese Strudel demonstration & tasting
  • Traditional Tafelspitz dinner with drinks

Max Brown 7th District or similar Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens, Vienna Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash

After breakfast, begin your first full day in Vienna with a city tour, including the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the royal family, the Habsburgs. The palace has a total of 1,441 rooms and allows public visits to 45 of them. Later, learn the secret to making a classic Viennese apple strudel and sample the delicious pastry for yourself.

Tonight, enjoy a delicious meal of the Viennese favorite, Tafelspitz, with drinks, at a local restaurant.

Optional Excursion: Private Guided Tour of the Vienna Hofburg Museums, $135

Visit Hofburg, or the Imperial Palace, which was the royal seat of the Habsburg family. Today, Hofburg Palace is the official residence of the Austrian President. This complex is one of the largest in the world and houses the Imperial Apartments, the Sisi Museum, and Silver Collection.

Note: This private tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 7 Vienna

  • Free day to explore on your own, or join one or two optional excursions!

Max Brown 7th District or similar Breakfast

Optional Excursion: Private Guided Tour of the Belvedere Palace Museums, $100
Belvedere Palace, Vienna

Visit Belvedere Palace, which is situated on a UNESCO World Heritage park and features two Baroque palaces that are only an eight-minute walk from one another. They house over 800 years of art, spanning from the Middle Ages to contemporary, modern day.

Note: This private tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Optional Excursion: Private Viennese Café Culture Tour, $100
Viennese coffee and cake Photo by Alisa Anton on Unsplash

A staple of Viennese culture is the coffee house. On this tour, taste a traditional Viennese cake, sip rich Viennese coffee, and learn about the "Café House" where famous Austrian writers and artists have gathered through the ages.

Note: This private tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to operate.

Day 8 Cesky Krumlov & Prague, Czech Republic

  • Depart for Prague with a stop en-route including a guided tour of Cesky Krumlov
  • Arrive in Prague

Hotel Ambassador Zlatá Husa Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Český Krumlov

This morning, check-out of the hotel and depart for Prague. Along the way, stop for a guided tour in Český Krumlov, a town built along the banks of the Vlatva River. The historic center of the town is the Český Krumlov Castle which was built in the 13th century, offering a glimpse into the medieval heritage of Central Europe. Later in the afternoon, arrive in Prague and spend the evening at leisure. 

Day 9 Prague

  • City tour of Prague including Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Learn about the art of glass blowing during a hands-on workshop

Hotel Ambassador Zlatá Husa Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
St. Vitus Cathedral Photo by Fabien Jolicoeur on Unsplash

After breakfast, depart for a city tour of Prague including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Prague Castle. It is the largest castle complex in the world and is among the most important historical and cultural sites in the Czech Republic. Within the castle complex, visit St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest in the Czech Republic, which took centuries to build to completion. Learn the vast history of Prague through these special monuments.

Later, attend a glass blowing workshop. Begin by observing unique pieces made by both Czech and foreign artists. Watch masters of glass craft demonstrate their art before taking a try at blowing your own piece of glass while learning glass making techniques! Reward yourself for your craftsmanship with a beer specifically made for glassworkers in original glasses.

Day 10 Prague

  • Learn about the history of the Jews during a tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter and its cemeteries
  • Visit the Jewish Museum and meet a local member of the community
  • Farewell dinner and folklore show

Hotel Ambassador Zlatá Husa Breakfast & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague Photo by Massimo Catarinella on Wikipedia

Today, discover Prague's Jewish Quarter. Admire the world's oldest synagogue, the Old New Synagogue, and learn about the mythical Golem, whose body is rumored to lie in the attic. Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, where hundreds of thousands of Prague residents have been laid to rest. Meet a local from the community to learn about the history of Jews in Prague.

End your day experiencing the folk traditions of the Czech Republic. Enjoy a delicious dinner of traditional Czech dishes with beer or wine while basking in the atmosphere filled with Czech folk songs in a local restaurant.

Day 11 Depart Prague/Arrive USA

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today with memories that will last a lifetime



Hotel Nemzeti Budapest
First Class

The historical Hotel Nemzeti offers guests a glimpse into the artistic soul of Budapest. Located in the heart of the city, guests are steps from the metro station, shopping areas, and restaurants, including the famed New York Cafe. The Danube River, Madach Theater, and the Hungarian Parliament Building are all within the vicinity.

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Max Brown 7th District
First Class

The Max Brown Hotel is situated in Vienna's 7th district, which is considered the city's creative heart. The hotel is designed to show off the young and vibrant spirit of the city. It is located within walking distance to some of Vienna's cultural points of interest, such as the Austrian Parliament Building.

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Hotel Ambassador Zlatá Husa

Located on the famous Wenceslas Square, Hotel Ambassador Zlatá Husa is a five-star, luxury property in the center of Prague. The hotel is within walking distance of Prague highlights such as Old Town Square, The National Museum, and Charles Bridge. The hotel also features the Ambassador Thai & Wellness Club offering Thai massages and other wellness and beauty treatments.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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