Day 1: Prague
Arrival to Prague airport, meet our private driver.
Private transfer to the hotel, check in at the hotel and free time.
Tip of the day:
– HAVE DINNER IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MICHELIN RESTAURANTS IN PRAGUE:
– *FIELD RESTAURANT: In the stubborn cooking of Chef Radek Kašpárek, under the infinitely variable ceiling, everything can manifest in its raw, non-beautified form. The seasonal menus do not hide their natural origin – and sometimes literally the return to the roots. The field is essential. Everything else is open.
– *ALCRON RESTAURANT: With its gourmet dishes, beautiful surroundings and courteous staff The Alcron truly promises an unforgettable evening. It is listed between years 2012 – 2017 to the Michelin Star guide and gourmet Maurer ́s Choice Grand Restaurant.
– *and for more adventurous tastes: LA DEGUSTATION BOHEME BOURGEOISE: menus have been created as a degustation-tasting menus which presents you with a choice of seasonal products from local farmers and hunters.
Day 2: 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. Sightseeing of Prague Castle and walk through Golden Street. In the afternoon enjoy private Prague Food Tour: Your 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.
Tip of the day – ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS:
– PRAGUE COOKING CLASSES: The cooking classes are held in the morning hours and will present you with the best of the traditional Czech cuisine. Every class is held by chef, who will lead you through the whole food preparation / cooking (in English). As a result of joint efforts, you will enjoy the best possible lunch at the end of the class.
– NUCLEAR BUNKER TOUR: Ex-Soviet bunker, made during the Cold War, is located five stories under the ground. It is crammed with paraphernalia including gas masks, medical kits, and uniforms. The ambience is evocative of the paranoia and violence of the Cold War years and it is bound to send a chill down your spine.
Day 3: Prague
Private day trip to UNESCO Cesky Krumlov: Magical and magnificent Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that could easily provide the setting for a fairytale. Situated in South Bohemia, Český Krumlov lies either side of the Vltava River and the focal point is Český Krumlov Castle. Originally built in the 13th-Century the castle features influences from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque designers. The gardens span and impressive 11-hectares and are immaculately kept. Art lovers should find time to visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum which houses contemporary pieces of art in a historic building.
Other options for this day:
– 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
– MUCHA MUSEUM: The world ́s first Mucha Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the world-acclaimed Czech ART NOUVEAU artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), is housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace in the very heart of Prague. A selection of over 100 exhibits comprising paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia provides a privileged view into the universe of the artist who is most widely known for the posters he executed for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-siècle Paris.
– 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.
– VISIT KGB MUSEUM: For the first time in the word the things, which belonged to the first persons of the Soviet state, the heads of the Cheka-NKVD-GPU-OGPU-MGB-KGB, the senior functionaries of the soviet state security, are collected in one place. Quite unusual pieces, such as the death mask of Lenin, Trotsky murder weapon, the radio from Beria’s cabinet, the equipment from the laboratories of the KGB and many other things are in this collection in KGB Museum in Prague.
– Beer Gardens Selection in Prague: Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden, Prague’s Premier Beer Garden with Zemský On Tap; Pivovar Národní, A New Microbrewery in Central Prague; Pivovar Hostivar: From the first sip of a bottle bought at a local beer shop; Pivovar Hostivar struck our taste buds as a must visit. The beer is incredibly fresh.; Letná Beer Garden: With arguably the best view
– of Prague, Letná Beer Garden is a green, leafy oasis perfect for enjoying a beer in nice weather.
Day 4: Prague, Kutna Hora
Private 6-hrs trip to Kutna Hora, former silver mining city: Its 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. There are at least three of these ‘bone chapels’ (or ‘ossuaries’) in the Czech Republic and many more scattered across Europe, but the creative arrangements of the bones in Kutná Hora make it more memorable than most.
We will also visit the well-preserved town center and famous Church of St. Barbara.
Tip of the day – ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS (if you do not want to visit Kutna Hora):
– GLASS & BREWERY DAY: Morning drive to Plzen and visit one of the biggest brewery in the world, Pilsner Urquell Brewery. Visit brewery’s museum & learn the history of Pilsner Brewery. Continue the tour in Nizbor with Bohemia glass factory, learn the history of Bohemian glassware and purchase glassware at discounted prices.
– BOHEMIAN VINEYARDS WITH WINE TASTING & CULINARY TOUR (PRIVATE): Volcanic landscape, dazzling vineyards, local food and wine tasting. Bohemian experience can’t get any better. Escape touristy Prague and get to know the real Czech countryside. Explore volcanic landscape, which gives local wine its signature taste and bouquet, drive through the vineyards in our off-road car, enjoy a romantic picnic in a vineyard and taste this potion of gods in a local winery.
– TRIP TO TEREZIN: A former 18th century fortress with a dark and terrible history, the former military town served as a temporary shelter for the Czechs escaping Hitler’s annexation of the Sudentenland. Terezín’s story is an emotional mixture of life and death: the horrible tragedy of the Holocaust contrasts with the prisoner’s secret cultural masterpieces and faith. Nowadays, Terezín is a little town that hardly seems to have once been one of the most important links in the Final Solution.
– DAY TRIP 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 from Prague to Karlovy Vary, and discover the many attractions of the town. 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.
Day 5: Prague – Bratislava – Budapest
Private transfer to Budapest. Check-in hotel and at leisure.
En route stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Guided tour of Bratislava: Our local guide will show you the highlights of the historical center on a 2- hour private walking tour. While strolling past the historic landmarks of St Michael’s Gate, the Primate’s Palace and the Main Square, you’ll learn just as much about the strange Man at Work statue decorating Bratislava sidewalk as you’ll admire the famous coronation site of St Martin’s Cathedral. But even on this tour, we won’t leave you without a taste experience! Must-tries are Bratislava’s traditional dessert – pastry filled with poppy seeds or walnuts – and delicious honey wine.
Tip of the day in Budapest:
– 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.
– TOP RESTRAURANT SUGGESTIONS IN BUDAPEST:
– *Costes Downtown (Michelin-starred restaurant, International cuisine with Hungarian influence)
– *Borkonyha Winekithcen (Michelin-starred, best Hungarian cuisine, offering 200 different wines from well-known wineries)
– *La Perle Noire (Michelin Guide, traditional Hungarian dishes to gourmet French food)
– *Tigris restaurant and wine bar (Michelin Guide, Hungarian cuisine with highest quality ingredients)
– *Kollazs (Collage of French and Hungarian dishes)
Day 6: Budapest
Guided tour of Budapest: Our guide will pick you up at the reception desk of your hotel and take you for a 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. 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.
Tip of the day – ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS:
– 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).
– 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 7: Budapest
Private Danube bend day trip from Budapest: Discover the dreamy landscapes of the Danube Bend, the most scenic stretch of the Danube River, on this full-day tour from Budapest. Escape the capital for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to explore the medieval fortress of Visegrad, admire the neoclassical cathedral of Esztergom and browse the handicrafts shops of Szentendre. After hop aboard for a romantic cruise along the Danube River and sail back to the capital by boat.
Tip of the day – instead of Danube Bend:
– 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.
– 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.
– SISI TOUR: Just 30 minutes outside of Budapest, set in the lush Hungarian countryside, is the beautiful Royal Palace of Gödöllő, one of the extravagant residences of the former Austrian Emperors. Visit this stunning Baroque palace and former royal residence of Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.
– VISIT HOUSE OF TERROR: The House of Terror holds exhibitions about the successive Fascist and Communist regimes which ruled Hungary during the 20th Century. The building itself was the former headquarters of the Fascist Arrow Cross party, and the building was subsequently used as a prison and torture venue by the State Security services of Hungary. There is the opportunity to tour some of the prison area in the basement.
– VISIT RUIN PUBS: Budapest is famous for its “ruin pubs”, in which shabby-chic is the order of the day. The best ruin pubs are set up in sprawling, deserted buildings, which have been filled with comfortable, but slightly worn out furniture.
– RELAX ON MARGARET ISLAND: Surely Budapest’s most impressive green space, Margaret Island is a 2.5km- long island of quiet parkland on the Danube, linked to Buda and Pest by bridges at either end. It’s tranquil, secluded and mainly free to explore. Grab a book and chill in the rose garden, or sun yourself by the waterfall in the Japanese garden. There’s also a spectacular musical fountain near Margaret Bridge, which comes alive four times a day, plus a small zoo and a few cafes.
– HOSPITAL IN THE ROCK: The Hospital in the Rock was built into a 10km-long (6mi-long) underground cave system situated directly beneath the Buda Castle District. Built as a secret military and hospital bunker during the 1930s in preparation for the Second World War, the hospital was used to full capacity during the siege of Budapest in 1944-45, with both civilians and soldiers treated there.
Day 8: Budapest
Private transfer to Budapest Airport and flight back home. Overnight: Budapest