Day 1: Prague
Arrival to Prague airport and transfer you to hotel in Prague, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Take some time to rest after a long flight.
Day 2: Prague
Guided tour of Prague: In the morning, you look out over Prague and immediately understand its nickname “city of 1,000 spires.” The skyline contains 1,100 years of history, filled with domed churches and old towers. A blend of architectural styles decorates the entire city, from its narrow Gothic lanes to its Baroque palaces, Renaissance bridges, and Art Nouveau cafes. On the opposite side of the Vltava River, you can see Prague Castle casting a dramatic image overlooking the cityscape. Your guide meets you at the hotel and leads you through the meandering cobblestone alleyways of the old city.
Discover the delights of Prague, stroll around the Jewish Quarter and Old Town to see the Astronomical Clock and many other highlights. Later, sightseeing of Prague Castle and walk to Golden Street on right River bank.
What you can do in the afternoon & evening:
– DINNER CRUISE ON VLTAVA RIVER: Enjoy the most beautiful sights in Prague – Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum, Prague Castle, etc. from the boat and relax with live music on-board. During the cruise enjoy a fabulous menu with a wide selection of delicacies of Czech and international cuisine at a buffet dinner. Duration: 3 hours
– SELECTION OF BEST MUSEUMS & GALLERIES IN PRAGUE: Prague National Gallery and National Museum, Prague City Gallery (the second most significant art institution in the Czech Republic after the National Gallery with large collection of Czech art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries), Czech Museum of Fine Arts, National Technical Museum, Magical Cavern Museum, Prague Jewish Museum and many others.
Day 3: Prague – Terezin – Prague
Day trip to Terezin: On this day-trip to the former ghetto, concentration camp and GESTAPO prison just one hour from Prague, we focus on Czech-Jewish history, World War II and the Holocaust. A sleepy town in the Bohemian countryside today, our expert guides will help see through its pretty facade. We visit Terezíns monuments, memorials and museums and find hidden traces of its dark past while discussing present-day attitudes towards Terezín. You will learn about its history, from its times as a Habsburg Empire garnison town to the visit of the Red Cross and the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and her children’s paintings.
Day 4: Prague
Free day. Check tip of the day to see what you can do on this day.
Tip of the day – optionally:
– HALF-DAY TOUR TO KUTNA HORA: Kutna Hora is one of the 12 places in the Czech Republic on UNESCO’s world heritage list, but is most famous for its bone church; a cemetery chapel decorated with the bones of up to 40,000 people.
– CULINARY TOUR OF PRAGUE: From its ancient beginnings to the fall of communism, Prague is one of the most culturally exciting cities you’ll visit. Taste the best apple strudel, the tastiest Prague ham, and Napoleon’s favorite dessert.
– PRAGUE FOOD TOUR: Our 4-hour walking food tour of this glorious city takes in plenty of authentic food tastings from amazing, locally loved food stops. You’ll taste some incredible Czech desserts, get a real understanding of why Prague is famous for its open-faced sandwiches, and soak up some serious history in a café that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and has played host to dozens of famous historical figures. Take a break from being a tourist and experience the real Prague with us.
– TRIP TO BOHEMIAN PARADISE: A unique combination of outlandish rock formations, dense pine forests, lordly castles and chateaux, countless lofty viewing points, hiking and cycling trails through the heart of the idyllic sandstone rocks, trips in the footsteps of Albrecht von Wallenstein and the chateau at Hrubá Skála as well as the Gold Route from the Bohemian Paradise area to Trosky Castle – you’ll find it all, and more, in Bohemian Paradise.
Day 5: Prague – Karlovy Vary – Prague
Day trip from Prague to Karlovy Vary: Sample the delights of the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary on this full-day trip from Prague. Admire the Bohemian landscapes as you travel by coach from Prague to Karlovy Vary, and discover the many attractions of the town, sometimes known by the German name of Karlsbad or Carlsbad. Visit the Moser glass factory, where beautiful crystal ware is made; admire the elegant spa colonnades and fountains, and sample some of the reputedly curative waters, light spa wafers and some of Karlovy’s legendary herbal liqueur. Return back to Prague in the late afternoon or early evening hours.
Evening at leisure.
Day 6: Prague – Cesky Krumlov – Vienna
Private transfer to Vienna.
En route stop in Cesky Krumlov for a guided tour of the city: Situated on the banks of the Vltava river, the town was built around a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. It is an outstanding example of a small central European medieval town whose architectural heritage has remained intact thanks to its peaceful evolution over more than five centuries.
Continue to Vienna, check in the hotel and at leisure.
Suggestion for the evening:
– VIENNER STEAK AT FIGLMÜLLER: Try original Vienner steak in the restaurant where it was “born”. In Viennese cuisine, there is probably no dish more characteristic of Vienna than Wiener Schnitzel. Its origin is the subject of numerous legends and continues to be a lighting rod for controversy. There is consensus, however: Only premium veal fried golden brown in lard will do.
– TOP RESTAURANT SUGGESTIONS IN VIENNA:
– *Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald: Awarded with Michelin Star. Creative cuisine with unusual combinations of taste, an excellent, out of the ordinary wine list. It combines elements of the classic French cuisine with Austrian accents.
– *Loca. Unique concept that combines different ways of eating in a tasty way. They offer: Low carb food, low fat food and stylish traditional Austrian cuisine. They don’t offer junk food which includes sugar, industrial fats, flavor enhancers, preservatives.
Day 7: Vienna
Vienna City Highlights Tour: Take to a tour of all main cultural and historical attractions along the famous Ringstrasse to see the Vienna Rathaus, Vienna’s historical center, St Stephen’s Cathedral. Pass the multi-hued Hundertwasserhaus and the opulent grounds of the Schönbrunn Palace.
In the afternoon:
– DANUBE TOWER: The Danube Tower is a Viennese landmark and an engineering masterpiece. It now stands resplendent in a stylish reinterpretation of the 1960s. The express lift will take you to a viewing terrace 150 metres up in the air, with an unforgettable 360° panorama. That’s what makes the Danube Tower a popular destination – and the perfect starting point for all those who want to discover the city.
– SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL GUIDED TOUR: The Spanish Riding School in Vienna with its famous Lipizzaner ballet can be experienced live in the baroque ambiance of the Imperial Palace.
– PRATER- THE OLDEST AMUSEMENT PARK& VIENNA GIANT FERRIS WHEEL: The Prater is a popular public park and green space in the city, and is home to one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Used for centuries as the imperial hunting grounds, Vienna’s Prater was opened to the public in 1766. In 1895 the amusement park, Wurstelprater, was opened, of which many of the original attractions have been perfectly preserved, contributing to the charming historic feel of the park.
– WINE TASTING IN WACHAU VALLEY
– FREUD MUSEUM: In the former living quarters and office of Sigmund Freud in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna’s ninth district, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 until 1938, when on 4 June he was forced by the National Socialists to flee with his family into exile in England.
– VISIT BELVEDERE PALACES: The two Belvedere palaces were built in the early eighteenth century by the famous Baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt to be used as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663–1736). One of Europe’s most stunning Baroque landmarks, this ensemble – comprising the Upper and Lower Belvedere and an extensive garden – is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 8: Vienna
Visit Schönbrunn Palace & Gardens – highly recommended: Play royalty for a day in Vienna by visiting the summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its elegant gardens, fountains, fake Roman ruins, a hilltop café, and Europe’s oldest zoo.
Grand Tour: Forty rooms and forty fascinating stories spanning three centuries.
– THE ALBERTINA MUSEUM: one of Vienna’s most impressive art galleries houses one of the largest print rooms in the world and covers most works of art from photography through modern graphic and impressionism. If you’re a fan of Monet, Cézanne, Klimt and Picasso then the Albertina is one to visit.
– VIENNA OPERA TOUR: Take a glimpse behind the scenes of the world’s largest repertoire theatre and discover many things that remain hidden from the evening audience. On this approximately 40-minute tour, you will hear many interesting facts about the building’s history, its architecture and how an opera house is run.
– MOZART& STRAUSS CONCERTS WITH DINNER IN THE KURSALON: Enjoy the musical delights of the concert in the Lanner Hall of the Kursalon with an Austrian dinner in the stylish surroundings of the Restaurant Johann.
– THE OLDEST ZOO IN THE WORLD IN VICINITY OF SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE: Part of the imperial summer residence of Schönbrunn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world’s oldest zoo is indeed an unforgettable experience, and one that no visitor to Vienna should miss. More than 700 animal species, some of them threatened, have found a home here and a chance for survival as a species.
Day 9: Vienna
Free day. Check tip of the day to see what you can do on this day.
Tip of the day – optionally:
– WINE TOUR & ESTERHAZY PALACE IN EISENSTADT: Visit stunning wine region of the Austro-Hungarian border. Try local wines, admire the beautiful waters of Lake Neusiedl and explore the charming towns of Eisenstadt and Rust. Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt is one of the most beautiful baroque palaces in Europe and must-see attraction.
– DAY TRIP TO BRATISLAVA: Slovakia’s capital is love at first sight and oozes style, culture and history. Until 1919 Bratislava was known as Pressburg and up to that point it had been part of Hungary in some form for more than 1000 years. From the 16th century the Hungarian crown jewels were kept at the castle, and eleven kings and queens of Hungary were crowned in the city’s cathedral.
– WINE TASTING DAY IN THE AREA OF NEUSIEDLERSEE LAKE: If you think you tried everything, visit couple of top wine producers in this region, such as Velich winery (with stunning Chardonnays and exceptional sweet wines) or Weinlaubenhof Kracher or Weingut Nittnaus.
– WINE TASTING IN WACHAU VALLEY: If you want to try specific regions in Austrian wine area, visit two wineries: FX Pichler & Domain Wachau. In Domain Wachau you can taste wide collection of wine from this region. Combine this area with Durnstein.
– And you can end up your day on the top of – Wachau Valley with lunch in the restaurant of Göttweig Abbey – Wachau with stunning view.
Day 10: Vienna – Budapest
Train transfer from Vienna to Budapest. Check in the hotel and at leisure.
In the evening you can do:
– STRUDEL HOUSE: Strudel preparation in Hungary is a tradition and art that dates back to the 15th century. This delicacy, regarded as a Hungaricum used to be a festive meal. For those wishing to indulge themselves in Hungarian traditions we offer our special Hungaricum Program: 12 minute movie about Hungary, Budapest and an authentic Strudel story and Interactive strudel stretching presentation involving guests.
– HUNGARIAN DINNER WITH FOLK SHOW: If you are in Hungary, you need to get acquainted with the country’s culture and also taste its culinary delicacies while immersing yourself in its traditional folk music. Enjoy a festive nighttime culture of the capital city, and spend an evening in a traditional restaurant in the Paris of Eastern Europe. After the delicious 3-course dinner and the live folk show, admire the breathtaking panorama from a hilltop citadel.
– BUDAPEST COOKING CLASS: Dive into the world of Hungarian cuisine with this 4-hour cooking class and market tour in Budapest. After walking through the city’s Central Market Hall with your guide (and enjoying an optional hearty breakfast at the market), head to a professional kitchen for a hands-on cooking class. Learn how to prepare traditional Hungarian dishes and then sit down to enjoy a three-course feast with your fellow chefs and food lovers.
– VISIT HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT: Did you know that the Hungarian Parliament is the 3rd biggest parliament in the World, and the biggest, most expensive building in Hungary? This is not only an architectural visit of the interior of Parliament, but you’ll be also able to see the 1000 years old Hungarian Holy Crown (worn by the very first king of Hungary: St Stephen), the splendid session room and the impressive staircase. Due to high demand tickets need to be reserved way in advance and availability depend on the date of booking!
Day 11: Budapest
4-hours private guided tour of Budapest. Visit Castle Hill, one of the undisputed must-see attraction in Budapest. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the 700-year-old Matthias Church, houses from the Middle Ages, and the Royal Palace, Fishermen’s Bastion. Stroll along the cobblestone streets between colorful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque facades, and don’t miss the amazing views of the city from Gellért Hill (Photostop). Crossing Margaret-Bridge (Margaret-Island), then get acquainted with busy Pest: the inner city of Pest passing by St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Parliament Building, Heroes’ Square, Opera, Central Market hall and Váci Street, a pedestrian precinct and perhaps the most famous street in Budapest.
Suggestions for the afternoon:
– SZECHENYI SPA BUDAPEST: Szechenyi Baths (built in 1913) is the most visited and much praised attraction in Budapest: relaxing, fun, affordable and, at night, romantic. In addition to the marvelous medicinal natural hot spring waters in the 18 pools, there are 10 saunas / steam cabins, several massage therapies, facial treatments, and more.
– DISCOVER CITY ON BIKES: Budapest is very busy city and therefore driving by bike around the city is much more convenient and faster. You can explore on your own or join one of many guided tours.
– OPTIONS IN BUDAPEST FOR YOUR OWN EXPLORING: You can visit Dohány street Synagogue and Hungarian Jewish Museum, Great Central Market Hall, or you can take an inside walking tour of Parliament or walk to the top of Gellert Hill (with the Cave and Statue of Libery) and below the hill to the Gellert Bath Palace Spa (book tickets in advance for Spa).
Day 12: Budapest
Day at leisure.
See options below:
Tip of the day
– TRIP TO ESZTERGROM, SEAT OF CATHOLICISM: Esztergom Cathedral is the largest church in Hungary and the seat of Catholicism. The views from the church over the river and Slovakia are amazing. Walking around the narrow streets of Vizivaros, along Kis Duna, Prímás Sziget and by the Danube river and enjoy some quality restaurants and this is a good place for lunch.
– UNIQUE EXPIRIENCE – CAVE BATH OF MISKOLCTAPOLCA: Has nothing in common with the usual pools. Some existing caves are used for taking you in a water journey inside the mountain. Every corner of it is very natural. Human touch is neglectable.
– DAY TRIP TO BALATON LAKE WITH TAPOLCA AND TIHANY: Stroll by the Balaton Lake, Hungarian sea. Visit pristine and authentic village of Tihany, get their home-made produced beer and visit paprika house and numerous ceramic houses. Continue to underground cave lakes of Tapolca and drive by boat on cave lakes. Besides that, Balaton Lake is famous for its wine there are also plenty of spas which you can combine with sightseeing, cruising around by boat on Balaton Lake.
– BUDAPEST DINNER CRUISE ON DANUBE RIVER. Enjoying a Budapest dinner cruise is a real treat to the eyes, the mind and the palate. Enjoy an hour long Hungarian Folk Show on the river Danube in Budapest on an evening cruise. The Folk Show Cruise program is available with an optional 4 course dinner served at your very own table. The length of the cruise is 3 hours, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.
Day 13: Budapest
Etyek Wine Tour and Meal with Chocolate Tastings: Departing from Budapest, you’ll be driven to the picturesque wine region of Etyek with an artisanal workshop to sample rich regional wines and learn the process behind making cheese or chocolate. You’ll then travel to three additional wine cellars to learn how the wine is cultivated, pairing the last visit with a 2-course meal. Duration around 5 hours.
Day 14: Budapest
Private transfer from hotel to Budapest airport for your flight back home.