Prague, Vienna, & Budapest Full Itinerary

Day 1

Day 1: Welcome to Prague!

Morning/Afternoon

  • Arrive at Václav Havel Prague International Airport by 3:00 p.m., where your Trip Leader will greet you.
  • Take a private shuttle from the airport to your boutique hotel located in the heart of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. 
  • After settling into your hotel, meet with your group as your Trip Leader lays out the plan for an exciting week ahead.

Evening

  • Have your opening dinner at the local restaurant with your group and get to know the other like-minded travelers on your trip.

Day 2

Day 2: Discover Prague

Morning

  • Wake up in Prague and enjoy breakfast at your boutique hotel.
  • Visit Prague Castle with your group and explore the neighborhood of St. Vitus Cathedral and the colorful Golden Lane.
  • After the morning tour, your Trip Leader will recommend a few places to eat lunch in the local neighborhood.  

Afternoon

  • Enjoy some free time to explore Prague. Perhaps you’d like to discover the neighborhood of Mala Strana, which is home to Prague’s narrowest street.
  • Other areas of interest include John Lennon’s wall and the Dancing House on the river bank.

Other suggestions: Jewish Quarter, Town Hall Clock Tower, Museum of Communism, Kafka Museum.

Evening

  • Join a beer-tasting tour with a visit to a local Czech microbrewery, where you’ll learn everything about brewing processes, including a taste test! 
  • Tonight’s included dinner is at the microbrewery with your group where you can combine tasty beers with delicious cuisine.

Day 3

Day 3: Prague Immersion

Morning

  • Have breakfast at your boutique hotel.
  • Take the funicular, incline railway up to Petrin Hill, where you will see the Petrin Tower, built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition and known for being a mini version of the Eiffel Tower. 
  • Opt to climb the 299 steps to the top of the Tower, where you will see the beautiful panorama of Prague.

Afternoon

  • After lunch in the city, enjoy some free time to explore even more of Prague.

Suggestions: Stroll through the landscaped gardens, visit Stefanik Observatory, or explore the Mucha Museum.

Evening

  • Join your group for an included dinner in Prague and prepare for a new destination tomorrow: Vienna, Austria! 

Day 4

Day 4: Arrival in Vienna

Morning

  • After breakfast, head to the train station and jump on a public train that will take you to the capital of Austria...Vienna! (~4.5 hours travel time)
  • Though there is a snack cart on the train, we recommend purchasing snacks and beverages before the journey.
  • Get settled in your boutique hotel in the city center. 

Afternoon

  • Join your Trip Leader for a city walk to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. 
  • If you’re visiting Vienna during November and December, don’t miss out on the iconic Christmas markets! 
  • When the trip is not operating during the Christmas markets, your group will visit Naschmarkt for a snack and market tour.
  • After you visit the markets, we suggest you take to the streets to taste some coffee and Sacacher torte, Viennese chocolate cake, in one of the city's coffee shops.

Evening

  • Tonight’s dinner is not included, but your Trip Leader will provide a few local recommendations and where you can find some of the famous Viennese Schnitzel.
  • Since this evening is free, it is a great night to watch a performance at a local opera house. Tickets must be purchased beforehand.
  • After enjoying your first dinner in Austria, explore the city under the lights.

Day 5

Day 5: Vienna Immersion

Morning

  • Wake up in Vienna and enjoy breakfast at your boutique hotel. 
  • Go on a walking tour with a local guide to learn about this beautiful city.
  • This walking tour will take you to view St. Stephens Cathedral, the city square known as the Graben, and then to Hofburg Palace, where Habsburg emperors once resided in winter. The tour will end at the State Opera House. Important: No entrance fees are included in the tour to these sites. Entering these places is entirely optional.

Afternoon

  • Spend the afternoon exploring Vienna. There’s so much to do and see! 

Suggestions: Sissi Museum, Hofburg Palace, Schoenbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Belvedere Gallery.

  • Be sure to try one of the local snacks called Langos or treat yourself to Apfelstrudel. 

Evening

  • Enjoy an included dinner with your group in a local restaurant while you share stories of the day’s activities in Austria with your fellow travelers.

Day 6

Day 6: Welcome to Budapest!

Morning

  • This morning, you will travel by train (~3 hours) to your adventure's third and final destination in Central Europe: Budapest, Hungary! 
  • Fun Fact: Budapest is divided into two sides by the Danube River: Buda on the west river bank and Pest on the east.

Afternoon

  • Explore Budapest with your Trip Leader. 
  • Explore parts of the Jewish Quarter and Blaha Lujza tér, Budapest’s busiest intersections, and central transportation hub.
  • Take in the view of St. Stephen's Basilica as you walk along the Danube River and see the Parliament, one of the most significant buildings in Hungary. 
  • Finish the walk at Deak Ferenc ter, from where you can head to the nearby shopping streets, head over to the main market hall or cross the river to explore the Buda side of the city.
  • Budapest has recently become famous for its “ruin bars,” first opening in 2001 in the ruins of old buildings.  
  • If time permits, opt to hike up Freedom Hill (Gellért Hill) and visit the Liberty Statue, a monument that commemorates those who sacrificed their lives for Hungary's independence, freedom, and prosperity.

Evening

  • Tonight’s dinner is not included so you will have free time to explore Budapest.
  • Opt to join a river cruise and take in the sites lit up at night.
  • Feeling adventurous? Why not try one of the local culinary specialties: Goulash Soup or Paprikash.

Day 7

Day 7: Szentendre on the Danube

Morning

  • After breakfast at your hotel, you will head out to spend a half-day outside the city in the village of Szentendre, located on the Danube River. Join your Trip Leader for an orientation walk through this village known for its baroque architecture, churches, colorful houses, and narrow, cobbled streets.
  • Travel time to Szentendre is approximately 40 minutes each way. Expect about 2 hours to explore the village and then return to Budapest.

Afternoon

  • Get back to Budapest and keep exploring the city and its architecture or relax at one of the thermal baths. 

Suggestions: Heroes’ Square; Margaret Island; House of Terror; Andrassy Street; Gellert Baths, Széchenyi Baths... 

Evening

  • Gather with your group in the evening for your final farewell dinner and reminisce on the last week together in Central Europe.

Day 8

Day 8: Departure

Morning

  • Say goodbye to your new friends and depart at any time of the day. Your Trip Leader will give you instructions on how to take taxis, buses, or local transportation to the airport. 
  • Be sure to ask your trip leader for suggestions on what to do if you choose to spend more time in Budapest.

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