Prague, Vienna & Budapest Winter 2016-2017

Old Town's Christmas Market, Prague
11 Days

This relaxing look at three historic riverside cities gives you time to get an authentic inside view of their culture and traditions – an alternative to more obvious European capitals. 

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... exploring Vienna's masterpiece-filled Museum of Fine Arts before it opens to the general public, on an exclusive private visit to admire works by the old masters.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to the Golden city of Prague, renowned for its gleaming spires. Relax or take a leisurely stroll through this magnificent metropolis. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception and evening drive with your traveling companions and Travel Director.
    hotel:Angelo by Vienna House/Vienna House Diplomat
  3. Explore Prague's rich cultural and economic history during your Small Group Sightseeing guided walk with a Local Specialist. Visit the monumental St. Vitus' Cathedral in the precincts of Prague Castle. Admire the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square. See the atmospheric Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues. Discover the city at your own pace this afternoon.
  4. Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to spend time exploring the cobbled streets of the Old Town or shop for Bohemian crystal. In the evening you may want to consider dinner with traditional music or a theater show.
  5. Travel south from Prague past Brno, which was the site of Napoleon's headquarters for the Battle of Austerlitz, his greatest victory. Pass the Presidential Palace and the quaint Old Town in Bratislava, capital of the Slovak Republic. Crossing into Austria you arrive in the imperial city of Vienna. Tonight you might consider a visit to a Viennese concert.
    hotel:Hilton Danube
  6. This morning enjoy an exclusive Cultural Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburgs royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty, on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See other sights such as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Spend the afternoon exploring this beautiful city.
  7. Today is free for you to explore your interests. Consider visiting the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace, or splash out on the Kärntnerstrasse, Vienna's most famous shopping street. Don't forget to treat yourself to coffee and Sachertorte in a typical Viennese coffee house.

  8. Drive along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin. View the Cathedral, Castle Hill and St. Thomas Hill in Esztergom before you follow the river to Budapest. Tonight why not experience a scenic cruise with views of the city?
    hotel:Marriott Courtyard City Center
  9. Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating walking tour of the Castle District in Buda. Visit the Fisherman's Bastion. View the Matthias Church. Drive to Pest see the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. Visit Heroes' Square featuring the Millennium Memorial. Enjoy free time shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner of authentic cuisine at a local family-run restaurant and winery.
    meal(s):BB, BG
  10. Arrange your free day to suit yourself. Laze in one of the city's thermal pools or take a leisurely lunch in the town square. This evening celebrate the end of your trip with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  11. Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Budapest airport. Conditions apply.

30 Day Refund Guarantee

We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

9 nights' accommodations, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners.

Your included sights

  • City tour in Prague, Vienna and Budapest.
  • Visit St. Vitus' Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna for a private visit, the old Hungarian capital of Esztergom, the UNESCO listed Castle District and Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest.
  • View the Presidential Palace and Old Town of Bratislava and the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna.

Your Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Vienna and Budapest. Small Group Sightseeing in Prague, enjoy an expert guided walking tour with a group size of no more than 25 guests.
  • Cultural Insight: Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum to view the Royal Collection before the general public has access.
  • Be My Guest: You are welcomed into the home of a local family involved in the production of wine on the outskirts of Budapest, enjoy fantastic hospitality.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
27 Oct 16 6 Nov 16 checkmark $1,795pp
8 Dec 16 18 Dec 16 checkmark $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
16 Dec 16 26 Dec 16 checkmark $1,795pp
$1,795 pp
22 Dec 16 1 Jan 17 checkmark $1,975$1,876pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,975 $1,876 pp
12 Jan 17 22 Jan 17 $1,575$1,496pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,575 $1,496 pp
9 Feb 17 19 Feb 17 $1,575$1,496pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,575 $1,496 pp
23 Feb 17 5 Mar 17 $1,675$1,591pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,675 $1,591 pp
9 Mar 17 19 Mar 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
16 Mar 17 26 Mar 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
23 Mar 17 2 Apr 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
30 Mar 17 9 Apr 17 $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp
6 Apr 17 16 Apr 17 checkmark $1,795$1,705pp Early PaymentPay by Oct 27
$1,795 $1,705 pp

Christmas Market Departures: Please note that guests on departures during Advent (which starts November 27th, 2016 and ends December 24th, 2016) will experience the festivities of the Christmas Markets in Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

undefinedSpecial Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement. 

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $110.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $77 per person.

Christmas & New Year's Eve Highlights: The December 17th, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Budapest. The December 23rd, 2016 departure will celebrate Christmas in Prague. The December 28th, 2016 departure will toast New Year's Eve in Vienna. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.

Airport Transfers: On arrival to Prague Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11am and 1:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Budapest Airport at 7am and 11am.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation..

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna, in Austria is the Euro, and in Hungary is the Forint. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive on your trip, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • If you like meat and potatoes, chances are you’ll love the food in the Czech Republic.  The country is also known for its long-standing tradition for beer.  Most towns have at least one brewery, so it’s no surprise that the Czech consume more beer per capita than any other country.  In Austria you’ll find more hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel. In Hungary you’ll find hearty specialties including goulash, winter salami, pork stew, and chicken paprikash.

  • We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out it’s appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity for good service at restaurants.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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