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Easy Pace Budapest, Vienna & Prague

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $2,485 per person
Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Countries Visited

Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic

Locations Visited

Budapest, Szentendre, Vienna, Prague
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Budapest.

    On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Welcome Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially selected Hungarian wine.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
  2. Day 2 Budapest, Queen of the Danube.

    Drive along the elegant boulevards en route to Heroes’ Square. Across the river in Buda, walk with your Local Expert along the medieval cobblestone streets of the Castle district to visit Matthias Church and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building. Make your way to a traditional strudel house to see pastry chefs at work, as they prepare delicious sweet strudel by stretching the dough and readying fillings. Enjoy a delectable taste of this famous delicacy paired with a rich aromatic coffee. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure. This evening, perhaps you could stop for an aperitif of Hungarian Pálinka in and elegant cafe in the old city or maybe opt for a glittering dinner cruise along the Danube?(Breakfast / Morning Tea)

    meals Breakfast, Morning Tea
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
  3. Day 3 Free Time in Budapest and Dinner with the Locals.

    The day is at leisure to immerse yourself in Budapest's history, culture and gastronomy. Perhaps, visit a thermal bath (an institution in Budapest), spend time browsing the boutiques on Vaci Street or relax in a sidewalk cafe. In the evening, you are invited by your EatWith host to a Dine-at-Home experience. Sit down to a hearty Hungarian meal and learn about life in this enchanting city.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Corinthia Hotel Budapest.
  4. Day 4 Along the Danube to Szentendre and on to Stately Vienna.

    Travel past the remains of the Roman settlement of Aquincum and along the Danube to the picturesque riverside village of Szentendre. This community has long been the haunt of artists, enchanted by its brightly coloured houses and quaint churches. Then, journey westward for a stop in the pretty town of Győr, located on the confluence of the Danube, Rába and Rábca rivers. Cross the border and continue to stately Vienna, known for its elegant coffee houses and lavish architecture steeped in history. This evening, enjoy a Dine-Around experience from you choice of specially selected restaurants.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel.
  5. Day 5 Vienna and the Habsburgs.

    Much of Vienna’s present-day charm is due to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join a Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then ready your camera for a dazzling drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. The afternoon is at your leisure.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel.
  6. Day 6 Vienna at Leisure.

    Discover the regal grandeur of Vienna, as you explore at your own pace. Perhaps start at St. Stephen’s Cathedral - one of Europe’s great Gothic structures - or browse the shops of the bustling Kärntnerstrasse? You may wish to add another capital to your travels with a visit across the Slovakian border to Bratislava. Ask your Travel Director to recommend local attractions and restaurants, as you appreciate the long, warm summer evening in European style.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel, Vienna.
  7. Day 7 Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague.

    Once over the Czech border, continue to picturesque Český Krumlov where you'll start with a brief orientation tour of this fairy-tale town, straight out of the Middle Ages. Enjoy some free time to explore and appreciate views of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Prague.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Royal Prague/Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  8. Day 8 Prague, City of a Hundred Spires.

    Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and spectacular views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The city is then yours to explore. Maybe take a river cruise through the heart of the city or walk in the footsteps of kings along the Royal Route? Czechs are passionate about their beer, so be sure to try the local lagers, alongside Czech the cuisine.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Royal Prague/Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  9. Day 9 Prague at Leisure.

    Wind along cobbled lanes and discover a treasure-trove of hidden gems, as you explore Prague at your own pace. Perhaps cross the river to the castle district and experience the real Prague, away from the hustle and bustle of the city? This evening, tantalise your taste buds with a rousing Celebration Dinner of local specialties at a restaurant offering magnificent views over the city. Dobrou chuť!(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hotel Royal Prague/Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  10. Day 10 Depart Prague.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Prague airport at 08:00 and 10:00.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Budapest: Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially selected Hungarian wine, as you dine at the famous and elegant Gundel Restaurant.
  • Budapest: Visit a traditional strudel house for a taste of sweet strudel and learn about the art of making this Hungarian delicacy.
  • Budapest: Enjoy a Dine-at-Home experience as you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly-prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family for dinner and learn more about their life.
  • Vienna: Enjoy a choice of specially selected restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.
  • Prague: Your Celebration Dinner at a specially selected Prague restaurant, encapsulates the very essence of the Golden City.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B), 1 Morning Tea (MT) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

Stay in Style

  • Budapest: Located in the heart of the city, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest blends classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning!
  • Vienna: Decorated in the style of Viennese Art Nouveau, the elegant Hotel am Konzerthaus is located in Vienna’s embassy quarter with the Ringstraße boulevard just a few steps away.
  • Prague: The brand new, boutique-style Hotel Royal Prague is a short drive from Old Town Square, set across from the Vltava River.
  • Prague: Stay in the quiet and breathtakingly beautiful Castle district near the aristocrats and Heads of State. Next to the famous Strahov Monastry, the Linder Hotel Prague Castle is set in a historic building dating back to the 16th century.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Budapest: In new town Pest, visit Heroes’ Square and spend some time in the popular pedestrian shopping street of Váci utca.
  • Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church in the heart of Budapest's Castle District.
  • Budapest: Gaze out over the Danube and giant domed Hungarian Parliament Building from the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Szentendre: Explore the maze of lanes, churches and colourful houses in this pleasant riverside village.
  • Győr: Stop in this pretty town known for its Baroque charm.
  • Vienna: The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulges your senses. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Vienna: Tour the Ring Road seeing the Hofburg Imperial Palace, Opera House, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche.
  • Český Krumlov: Roam the cobbled streets of the picture-postcard town as you discover views of the famous castle.
  • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour with a local historian through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.
  • Prague: Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers every hour.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and admire the scenery as you travel through the Vienna Woods and Bohemia.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Budapest

Danube Cruise Dinner & Drinks

The most leisurely way to discover this fairy-tale city is a private cruise on the Danube with a glass of fine Hungarian wine in hand. See Margaret Island, the Houses of Parliament, Castle Hill with its Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, the Citadel and the University. While cruising, enjoy a lavish, gourmet buffet meal of Hungarian specialties and drinks.
Adult Price: €63

Sissi's Gödöllő Palace

Venture northeast of Budapest to visit the 18th-century baroque treasure that is Gödöllö Palace! From the Grassalkovich family to its golden age with the Habsburgs, we delve back to its glorious past to see and hear about what made this imperial residence so special. It is here, that the much-loved and enigmatic Queen Elisabeth, or Sissi, invested much of her time, and huge amounts of wealth to tailor the palace to her tastes, making Gödöllö her favourite summer retreat!
Adult Price: €36

Revolution Walk & St Stephens

Venture back in time to learn of the incredible journey Budapest has taken to once again become the Queen of the Danube. With our local expert, we’ll begin with the moving memorial; “Shoes on the Danube Bank” before discovering Kossuth Lajos Square, situated next to the jaw-dropping Parliament building. We’ll visit the 1956 Underground Museum to hear about the local populace facing off against the might of the Soviet Union during the famous uprising of that year. From darker days to the golden age, we’ll stop in one of the city's many cafes before completing our historic stroll with a visit to the Basilica of St Stephen, whose treasures include the most important relic in Hungary, the miraculous Holy Right Hand of the country’s first King, St Stephen.
Adult Price: €38

Vienna

Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the official residence of the Habsburg Empire for more then 600 years. Admire the beautiful baroque Church of St. Peter's and the Column of the Holy Trinity. See the most important House of Mozart, where "Marriage of Figaro" was composed. Finally, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral where your local expert explains its importance to Austrian culture and history.
Adult Price: €30

Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 103)
Adult Price: €58

Excursion To Bratislava

The Slovakian capital of Bratislava is only a short drive from Vienna. During its long history, the city has belonged to Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia - in fact, it was even the Hungarian capital for a time. Our local expert will take us for a leisurely walk through the old town showing you all its fascinating sites. Then some free time before we head back to Vienna.
Adult Price: €43

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!
Adult Price: €63

Heurigen Dinner & Kahlenberg

A short drive takes us through the edge of Vienna Woods to the Kahlenberg Mountain for spectacular views over Vienna and its surround. Then we head to the characteristic Wine village of Grinzing for a traditional 'heurigen Dinner' with the locals and Schrammel music. This optional will occasionally be offered without dinner for €30.
Adult Price: €58

Prague

Magical Prague

Discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Strana district on foot, accompanied by our expert local. Continue to the famous Charles Bridge, built in 1357, before enjoying a private cruise on the Vlatava. Enjoy a drink as you glide past the magical sights of Prague.
Adult Price: €42

Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbours, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local restaurant, enjoy a traditional Czech meal accompanied by the planet's most perfect pilsner. During dinner, lively musicians in traditional dress set the mood with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia.
Adult Price: €59

Day Trip To Dresden

Cross into Germany to explore the beautiful baroque city of Dresden, known as the “Florence on the Elbe” due to its artistic and architectural jewels. A local expert shows you the Cathedral, Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace and the extraordinary treasures collected over the centuries by the Saxon rulers in the Green Vault. There is free time for lunch and shopping before returning to Prague.
Adult Price: €64

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Steven Leahy
Travel date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Service
Excellent customer service from start to finish. Our hotel & flight reservations we're handled perfectly. The trip itself was fascinating & our Travel Director was warm, knowledgeable and fun.
Vacation
Excellent service & friendly & professional staff.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Service
Promotion was good and booking was smooth. Agent was thorough and responsive. Tour guide was very personable, knowledgeable and organized. Driver was outstanding, Some hotels were better than others, group dinners were very good. Overall very satisfied with GET product and personnel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to Budapest, Vienna & Prague. Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback. We appreciate your comments.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Vacation
Cities were interesting, local guides were great, tour guide was very reliable and personable. Crowds were large and sometimes hampered enjoyment, but scheduling was adjusted to try to mitigate impact.
Laura Dolfi Butler
Travel date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Service
Trip started out wonderful....hotel beautiful dining experience great. Our second hotel was nothing in comparison to the first. The in home dining was ok but nothing to write home about. Our last hotel while clean and modern was "Goth" in style with black dark walls poor lighting and was not close to downtown. Everything was supposed to be premium and only the time in Budapest was. Our tour guide INSISTED on keeping the air conditioning cold on the bus to the point that we were putting on whatever coat or jacket we had. As a result I was thrown into a horrific upper respiratory asthma attack which has not subsided two weeks at home and I've had to see the doctor twice already. The dining experiences were interesting but the meal was virtually the same menu every time.
Vacation
See the comments in the first section.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Service
This was my 5th trip in 6 years and while the locations we visited delivered all the “WOW” I expected, the tour “director” sadly missed some key opportunities for our group to become cohesive. Name tags were not available at the welcome event which is where we first meet each other...actually I believe it was day 2 or 3 when we got them and were not enthusiastically encouraged to wear them, so the next day some did and some didn’t and he didn’t even know our names by the end of the tour. We did not rotate coach seats so people stayed in their little groups and same seats, it was just not the same as previous tours. The accommodations in city #1 were fabulous as usual, city #2 were satisfactory, and city #3 were dark and way out of town, not up to par with what I’ve come to know with your trips. The weather was wonderful and the places we saw were historic and memorable. We arranged for ourselves a trip to Melk Abbey and it remains the most outstanding memory for me, but we did that on our own. If the trip were reversed, beginning in Prague and ending in Budapest, I would have left the tour happier. I have more thoughts on the TD but this is not the place to post them.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your feedback and suggestions. We will be sure to share them with Insight Vacations for immediate review. Happy to see that the trip was memorable overall.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Vacation
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Marilyn Faber
Travel date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Service
The trip over all was wonderful and the 5th time we have used insight travel (GET) Our disappointment was with the tour guide Peter DeVrise. It took 3 days to get name tags and he was not interested in starting on the bus a seat rotation so we could get to know everyone better. Therefore some people we never spoke to even though we are outgoing people by nature. He seemed burned out and repeated non essentials frequently on his opinion of things.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your feedback. We understand that the Travel Director often sets the mood for the entire trip and we are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. We will be sure to share this information with Insight Vacations for immediate review
Monday, October 1, 2018
Vacation
cites we wanted to see and the leisure time to do part of our exploring on our own.
Robert Bergad
Travel date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Service
First time we used the service. Booking was flawless. Liked the fact that we had ample free time to do what we wanted to do and not be bound to the group for the whole trip.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so happy to hear that our booking process was "flawless", that's what we aim for! We'll pass on your comment about the hotel in Prague, our team strives to give you the best possible experience and will be glad for your input. Thank you for sharing!
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation
Choice of hotel in Prague was a bummer.
Lorraine Cox
Travel date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Service
Didn"t inform us of the hotels we stayed in. Two out of three of the Hotels were just to small and accomodations were lacking.
Vacation
They should have brought us to see museums and art galleries . The tour got to be boring at times and the endless walking and mostly passing places I would have loved to see.The hotels were atrocious to say the least. The people on this tour could not stand the hotels we stayed in esp Prague and Vienna. I couldn't believe the amount paid for this trip and to tell us we stayed in 4 or 5 star hotels was a bad joke. The people in all the cities we stayed in worked hard and were friendly to our tour group. Another concern was having to buy bottled water to brush our teeth. The cost of that added on to our bill was just to much for me. Grand European should tell its customers the truth about these hotels before any other people book this trip or change hotels to the Hilton,which I thought we would be in.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your honest feedback. We strive to provide clean, comfortable and convenient accommodations for all our trips, and appreciate hearing when these expectations are not met. We will share this with our Quality Control team for immediate review and improvement. Unfortunately, hotels are always subject to change which is why we do not guarantee specific hotels for any departure. We hope there were some happy memories made despite the issues you mention.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Service
Kaitlin was great. We tried to join in with relatives on an already set up tour. There was still space. Kaitlin got us into the same tour group and better round trip air fare than we could find on our own.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your kind words! We're so happy to know we could be there for you to help make your trip go as smoothly as possible (if we could control the weather, we would!). We'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Kaitlin, we're very glad to have her as a part of our team. Thank you again for sharing your experience and happy travels!
Monday, July 16, 2018
Vacation
Perfect in every way including the weather, which of course is out of the control of GET.
Igor Kolker
Travel date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Service
Well organized and well directed.
Vacation
We saw beautiful towns and service was very good.
Jeffrey Van Keuren
Travel date: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Service
Our Tour Guide, Steve Ellison, was perfect; well-informed and approachable. When a fellow traveler had her passport stolen, Steve was instrumental in getting her to the US Embassy in Prague so it could be replaced. We could not have asked for a better guide through these cities!
Vacation
Everything wonderful until the flight home, where we were not able to sit together, even though the flight had been booked far in advance. This we attribute to the airline. Our accommodations were great, and the special activities and add-ons were all first-rate. And Steve, our tour guide couldn't have been better!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your kind words! We are sorry to hear about the seating on your flight home. You are correct that the airlines have ultimate control over seat assignments and they may change at any time. We are glad that you are home safely and brought back some wonderful memories of your trip.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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