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Highlights of Central Europe

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Highlights of Central Europe

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Travel through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary and experience some of the best bits of Central Europe. From the sleekness of Vienna, and from the architectural triumphs of Prague to the contrasting twin cities of Budapest, see how history, folklore and tradition are threaded through the fabric of modern life. Visit centuries-old castles, be spoilt by greenery in urban jungles, fall in love with Bohemian fairytale towns, marvel at the artistic talents of European masters and dig into a Hungarian feast cooked by a local family, especially for you. This adventure has it all.

Trip Name
Highlights of Central Europe
Last Updated
2024-04-30
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Hit three of Central Europe’s big cities; Prague, Vienna and Budapest. With your locally-based leader on hand and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, you'll get to know all of the best spots and learn plenty of locals-only knowledge.
  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Czechia capital city of Prague. Experience Prague Castle – the largest castle complex in the world – and be awed by its 9th-century architecture.
  • Toast to your epic adventure with a home-cooked Hungarian feast on your final evening. You'll be invited into a local family's home where they'll teach you traditional recipes and you'll get a chance to taste your creations at dinner.
  • Join a local guide in the south Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov and learn about the town’s history and thriving folk culture. After all, there’s no one better to show you around than the people that live there.
  • Be treated to sweet delicacies just like grandma would make at Vollpension café in Vienna, where elderly grandparents bake the best cakes and share the best hospitality with their visitors. More than just a cafe, the team here are working to bridge the age gap and provide extra income for seniors.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Many sites, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes Tuesdays). We recommend checking the opening times of anywhere you're interested to visit and making reservations where required/possible.

Day 1 - Prague
Vítejte v Praze! Welcome to Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires and the capital of the Czech Republic. Meet your new travel buddies and group leader at 6 pm for a welcome meeting. Afterwards, you might like to head out for a special welcome dinner together. You could tuck into a delicious meal at a Czech pub and enjoy traditional food like sausages, dumplings and salads, and fresh, crisp beer straight from the tank – just like a local. Did you know that the beer in the Czech Republic has three colours? Gold, amber and black – we recommend you try them all to see which one you like best.
Day 2 - Prague
Head to Prague Castle this morning and spend time exploring the Old Royal Palace, St Vitus’ Cathedral, St George’s Basilica and the colourful Golden Lane. Then, get a taste for Czech cuisine as you tuck into lunch at a local canteen that proudly serves up traditional dishes. There'll be plenty of lunching locals if you want to copy their order for the best dishes on offer. The rest of the day is free to do as you wish. You could wander the countless museums, or stroll the cobblestone streets, perhaps, café-hopping as you go. In the evening, maybe grab dinner with your new travel companions or hit the town solo. Your leader will have some great recommendations, no matter what you feel like.
Day 3 - Cesky Krumlov
Depart Prague today and travel by local bus to the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov. This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and is like something out of a fairy-tale. Cesky Krumlov (pronounced 'Chess-kee Kroom-love') means 'crooked meadow', which is befitting of a town that's nestled in a sharp bend of the Vltava River. Today, join a local guide for a walking tour of the town and hear tales of the mysteries that lie behind every shopfront and house on the crooked little streets. Later you might like to visit the town's castle or art gallery, or head out on an optional cycling or canoeing excursion.
Day 4 - Vienna
Depart Cesky Krumlov by private minivan this morning and cross the border into Austria, continuing to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna. Join your leader for a walk through the city's compact centre. Stop at the gothic-style St Stephens Cathedral, wander past the grand neo-classical Graben and onwards to the Hofburg Palace. Stop by Vollpension, where you can be treated to sweet eats just like your grandma made. This café aims to bridge the generation gap and bring people together through food by employing baking masters who happen to be ‘grandmas and grandpas’ to bake the freshest cakes in all of Vienna. Then, finish your orientation of the city at the State Opera House, one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. Art lovers have a vast choice of museums, from the Albertina to those located in the Museum Quarter. In the evening, perhaps head out for some Viennese cuisine.
Day 5 - Vienna
Wake up without an alarm today as you have the whole of today to explore Vienna and its surrounds at your leisure. You might like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the summer palace, designed by Empress Maria Theresa. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna and the palace gardens are free to all visitors, although there is a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Vienna is a beautiful city, so try to capture its essence as best you can while you're here.
Day 6 - Budapest
Today, you’ll take a scenic train journey across the border into Hungary to reach Budapest. Since the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy everything Budapest has to offer. It's the spa capital of the world so if you want to do nothing more than soak all day, you won't be judged here. In the evening, enjoy a home-cooked Hungarian meal with a local family. You'll be invited into their family home to enjoy a drink and snack on fresh vegetables, cheese, bread and homemade sausages in the garden. After whetting your appetite, you'll get a chance to roll up your sleeves and join the family in the kitchen to learn some of their Hungarian cooking specialties with a cooking masterclass. Then, tuck into your freshly prepared meal and enjoy dinner with your new-found friends and host family. Toast your Hungarian arrival with a taste of palinka, Hungarian fruit brandy.Perhaps rejoin the group for a farewell dinner.
Day 7 - Budapest
Dive deeper into Budapest with a walking tour with a local guide to explore some of the city’s most interesting sights. There's no one better to show you all of the best spots and give you local insights like someone who lives here so be sure to follow closely and ask your local guide any of your burning questions about Budapest. You'll see the Hungarian State Opera House, St. Stephen's Church and The Chain Bridge. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. You’ll enjoy views of the Freedom Statute and the Citadel, Gellért spa baths and Buda castle along your walk today. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy. 
Day 8 - Budapest
Your adventure comes to an end today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there's not much time in Budapest, it's recommended that you stay an extra few nights so you can truly experience this beautiful city. If you need help booking additional accommodation, our reservations team can help (subject to availability).

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-05-202403-06-2024AUD $ 3,319-
03-06-202410-06-2024AUD $ 3,315-
24-06-202401-07-2024AUD $ 3,349-
29-07-202405-08-2024AUD $ 3,039-
19-08-202426-08-2024AUD $ 3,162-
26-08-202402-09-2024AUD $ 3,417-
02-09-202409-09-2024AUD $ 3,285-
09-09-202416-09-2024AUD $ 3,285-
16-09-202423-09-2024AUD $ 3,349-
23-09-202430-09-2024AUD $ 3,162-
30-09-202407-10-2024AUD $ 3,162-
07-10-202414-10-2024AUD $ 3,222-
14-10-202421-10-2024AUD $ 3,039-
21-10-202428-10-2024AUD $ 3,039-
09-12-202416-12-2024AUD $ 3,039-
16-03-202523-03-2025AUD $ 3,222-
06-04-202513-04-2025AUD $ 3,790-
20-04-202527-04-2025AUD $ 3,790-
04-05-202511-05-2025AUD $ 3,790-
18-05-202525-05-2025AUD $ 3,940-
25-05-202501-06-2025AUD $ 3,940-
01-06-202508-06-2025AUD $ 3,940-
15-06-202522-06-2025AUD $ 3,940-
29-06-202506-07-2025AUD $ 3,940-
13-07-202520-07-2025AUD $ 3,940-
27-07-202503-08-2025AUD $ 3,940-
03-08-202510-08-2025AUD $ 3,940-
10-08-202517-08-2025AUD $ 4,095-
17-08-202524-08-2025AUD $ 4,095-
24-08-202531-08-2025AUD $ 4,095-
31-08-202507-09-2025AUD $ 4,095-
07-09-202514-09-2025AUD $ 4,095-
14-09-202521-09-2025AUD $ 4,095-
21-09-202528-09-2025AUD $ 4,095-
28-09-202505-10-2025AUD $ 4,095-
12-10-202519-10-2025AUD $ 3,790-
26-10-202502-11-2025AUD $ 3,790-
16-11-202523-11-2025AUD $ 3,790-
07-12-202514-12-2025AUD $ 3,790-

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Transport

Train,Public bus,Private vehicle,Metro,Taxi,Tram

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