Experience the incredible highlights of Central Europe on a journey through the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Hungary.
Home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural touchstones, Central Europe was built for exploration. This nine-day adventure crosses four countries and makes stops in four of Europe’s most fascinating cities — Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. 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 sip wine splashed with romance in an atmospheric underground cellar.
There are no other activities planned for today, but why not get to know your new travel crew a bit better after this important meeting and head out for currywurst (hot dogs covered in a mixture of ketchup, Worcester sauce and curry powder) and a stein. If you arrive early, make sure to get out and explore this dynamic city.
Enjoy an orientation walk with your tour leader before exploring sections of the Berlin Wall with a local expert and delving deeper into its political and social history.
Walk sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian to discuss the barrier that divided a country between east and west. Examine the political, social and cultural aspects of the wall from its beginnings to the fall. Opt to take a river tour or visit galleries and museums with free time.
Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and is a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.
Head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train or bus. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.
A great way to spend the evening is watching the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden, where you can sample Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost.
The day is free to explore. Wander the quarters to shop or relax at a local café. Opt to visit Prague Castle, museums, and galleries.
Charles Bridge by day is packed with vendors and street musicians. At night, it is less crowded, and it’s much easier to appreciate the scenery as well as the ever-so-slightly sinister quality of the statues looming overhead. Cross the bridge and you’ll find yourself in Mala Strana, a far less crowded district that offers the perfect atmosphere for some introspective wandering.
If you’re in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place for it. You’ll find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine like fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings.
Bid farewell to Prague and travel about four hours south to the fairytale-like town of Cesky Krumlov. Dating back to the 13th-century, this tiny town actually closely resembles Prague: it has an old town square, a gorgeous castle across the river and a pretty mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. And it’s extremely walkable.
The inclusion of Ceský Krumlov on UNESCO’s List of Natural and Cultural Heritage was undoubtedly a turning point in the modern history of the town. It sent a clear signal to the rest of the cultural world that South Bohemia has something unique to offer.
Hop into a minivan and travel across the border into Austria. Your destination: the Baroque city of Vienna. A perennial favourite for world’s most liveable city, Vienna is also a dream for starry-eyed travellers looking for delicious Viennese coffee and pastries (sachertorte, in particular), classical music and ultra-grand palaces. Get acquainted with the city on a leader-led walking tour before free time to explore on your own.
Catch a train to our last stop, Budapest, Hungary. Enjoy an orientation walk and opt to “take the waters” at a thermal bathhouse or visit the stunning castle.
Discover the dark side of Budapest on this night time walking tour around Buda Castle and the castle district, where Hungarian kings once ruled and the country’s vampire legends were born. Soak up the city’s mystical atmosphere after the sun goes down as you explore empty streets, hearing stories about Budapest’s landmarks, folklore and superstition.
Enjoy a free day to further explore the Pearl of the Danube. Visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, the 13th-century Buda Castle is a must-see. Imagine how Hungarian kings used to live while touring the palace complex, which houses the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Head to Fisherman’s Bastion for the best view of the city before taking a leisurely stroll along the cobbled streets of the Castle District. Another option is a boat trip along the Danube River where you’ll get a different view of the Parliament buildings, the Castle District and the bridges that link Buda and Pest. In the evening, why not discover the city’s love affair with paprika while chowing down on a bowl of hearty goulash before checking out a ruin bar or two.
The trip comes to an end today after breakfast. As there is much to see here, you may want to book an extra couple of days in Budapest to give yourself more time to explore. Our reservations team can help (subject to availability).
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