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These three capitals, lush with magnificent cathedrals, imperial palaces and majestic castles, stand at the geographical heart of mainland Europe, their history and culture intertwined by the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, there are complimentary transfers to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 & 15:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Art'otel Budapest (3 nights).
  3. You will be chauffeured along elegant boulevards to Heroes' Square. 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. The rest of the day is free. In the evening, perhaps opt for a glittering dinner cruise along the Danube.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Art'otel Budapest.
  4. In the morning head for a Strudel House to see pastry chefs at work stretching the dough and filling the delicious treats that are yours to taste with a rich aromatic coffee. The remainder of the day is at leisure to immerse yourself into the city's history, culture and gastronomy. You could do that literally with a visit to a thermal bath - an institution in Budapest! Or perhaps spend time browsing the boutiques of Vaci Street or relax in sidewalk café. In the evening, you could stop for an aperitif at a typical ‘Pálinka' bar in the old city.
    meal(s):BB, MT
    hotel:Art'otel Budapest.
  5. Set out 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 eastward for a stop in the pretty town of Győr, located on the confluence of the Danube, Rába and Rábca rivers. Cross the border and move on to stately Vienna. The Austrian capital boasts a varied culinary landscape so in the evening, you can choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.
    meal(s):BB, DA
    hotel:Hotel Am Konzerthaus, Vienna (3 nights).
  6. Much of Vienna's present day charm is due to the long reign of the Habsburgs, so in the morning, join a Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa's Schönbrunn Palace and formal gardens. Then get your camera ready for a 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 and Parliament Building. The afternoon is at leisure.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Am Konzerthaus, Vienna.
  7. Take the day to discover the regal grandeur of Vienna at your own pace. Perhaps start with St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of Europe's great Gothic structures? Or browse the shops of the bustling Kärntnerstrasse? Long, warm summer nights offer something for everyone too and your Tour Director will be able to assist with information and ideas. You might like to venture out to the Vienna Woods for for a delicious dinner with local wine. Another alternative is a night at the theatre, attending the opera, to simply have a drink amid the Gemütlich aura of a local tavern.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Am Konzerthaus, Vienna.
  8. Once over the Czech border, continue to picturesque Český Krumlov. Get your bearings with an included orientation before having free time to explore this fairytale vision from the Middle Ages, nestled amid a loop in 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.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Lindner Hotel Prague Castle (3 nights).
  9. Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of the most beautiful and intact historical centres in Europe. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St Vitus Cathedral and enjoy amazing 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 all 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, along with the Czech cuisine.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  10. No doubt you've anticipated spending quality time among the winding, cobbled lanes so your penultimate day is completely free. With your hotel located in the castle district, enjoy time to experience the real Prague, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the evening, tantalise your taste buds with a rousing Celebration Dinner of local specialties at a prized Prague restaurant. Dobrou chuť!
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
  11. Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Prague Airport at 08:00 & 10:00.
    meal(s):BB
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Preview itineraries and content are based on selected vacations featured in our 2017 Collection, however, items such as (but not limited to), hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, trip destinations, transfers and transportation, are subject to change. The final composition of your trip will be published in our 2018 Collection due out in September. By paying your deposit, you are agreeing to accept the finalized version of your trip itinerary.

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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 1 Morning Tea (MT); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Budapest:

  • With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube and giant domed Parliament from the heights of the Fisherman's Bastion.

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.

Prague:

  • Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.
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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 $670 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $88 per person.

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  • 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.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 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.

Reviews

Monday, July 31, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Fabulous tour. The expert tour guides in each country were wonderful and very informative. Our tour guide for the entire trip was also very knowledgeable and addressed all issues that arose with a high degree of professionalism.
Vacation : All the extra tours were very good except the traditional dinner and folklore show in Prague. The entertainment was delightful, but the food was awful.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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Service rating : Purchased airfare through you for a higher price than we could have booked it on our own. The only reason we bought it from you was that it was covered in the insurance policy. We landed in Budapest and no one was there to greet us. We were 15 min. late for the shuttle. The tour guide knew when we were landing and seems like they could have waited. The hotels were fine but we felt they were just a bit removed from the heart of each city. We had to take taxis or trams to return to our hotels. We enjoyed the dine around program and felt the food was excellent at our restaurant. Many of your add-on trips should have been included! There was always a big sell to purchase these add-ons. I'd rather have paid a little more up front than to keep being asked and shelling out more money. The tour guide really knew his history but not so much, but not so much the everyday workings of each country. Ex. apt. rental prices, education, taxes, etc. We've had other guides who have been very informative and that could be because they were from that country.
Vacation : We enjoyed the trip very much!
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Prompt and accurate information, patience in answering questions, clarifications and updates always readily available, willingness to accommodate our needs and interests, positive and polite service
Vacation : I really enjoyed the pace of the trip. Three days in each city allowed enough time to get a flavor of the place and offered the convenience of packing and unpacking fewer times during the vacation.
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Vacation:
Service rating : Not what they did right, it's what they did wrong. Hotels, 2 out of 3, where far from the down town and a long walk!
Vacation : Hotels too far from town. First hotel had dirty linens!
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Vacation:
Service rating : they could have told me of their relation with Insight instead of me being stuck at the Budapest airport for 4 hours
Vacation : I only bought a t-shirt for my youngest grandson
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Service rating : Insight Tours was great. But when I had to contact GET I could never talk to the same person twice. I like to book with someone and then stick with that person for the details. Airline connections were tight. In Amsterdam we made our flight to Budapest with no problem, but coming back in Paris it was tighter than it was in Amsterdam going over. We barely made it in time. They were on final call and we were the last to board. Also, Air France is not a pleasant way to fly.
Vacation : Insight Tours was a very good group to travel with. Everything was well planned. Our tour director, Stephen Ellison, was attentive to our needs and was able to explain what we were doing in an understandable way. I would be happy to travel with them again, but would book with them directly, not through GET.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write.  We do have a team of excellent tour specialists that can help all of our guests with any questions that arise. However, if you prefer to work with the same person exclusively, we can absolutely do that as well.Just let the person know who answers the phone that you prefer to speak with your booking agent. 
As for your flights, we are sorry to hear that you were rushed for your international connections. We do reserve the most direct flights available at the time of booking, but it appears as if there were several time and routing changes made by the airlines on your flights.
Monday, May 8, 2017

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

Adult Price: € 61.00

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 unlimited drinks.

Hungarian Sparkling Wine and Dinner

Adult Price: € 59.00

Journeying south of Budapest takes us through one of the main wine growing regions of Hungary, to the small village of Etyek. With a climate similar to Bordeaux in France, this region is a great producer of excellent sparkling wines. Be the guest of a small family stone cellar dating back to the 19th century. Learn about how they make the best product on the market, Etyeki sparkling wine, while tasting local specialities, including Gulyas soup washed down with local wines.

The Opera House, Market Hall and Gellert Hill

Adult Price: € 35.00

The Hungarian State Opera House has survived untouched since its grand opening in 1884 and is well worth a visit. After a guided tour through the impressive interior, we'll head for central Market Hall. Its three stories are packed with aromatic food stalls offering delicious salamis, spicy paprika and great Hungarian wines. Later we drive up to Gellert Hill to enjoy the most spectacular viewpoint in this stunning city.

Vienna

Gala Viennese Concert

Adult Price: € 54.00

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 99)

Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

Adult Price: € 30.00

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.

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Adult Price: € 62.00

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!

Excursion To Bratislava

Adult Price: € 43.00

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.

Heurigen Dinner & Kahlenberg

Adult Price: € 58.00

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.

Prague

Magical Prague

Adult Price: € 38.00

Enjoy as sights of Prague glide by during a private cruise on The Vltava River. Next discover on foot the hidden world of Prague's Malá Strana district accompanied by our expert local guide. Continue over famous Charles Bridge. A refreshment is included.

Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Adult Price: € 55.00

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.

Day Trip To Dresden

Adult Price: € 62.00

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 you witness the treasures assembled by Saxon princes over the centuries in the Green Vault.  There is free time for lunch and shopping before returning via the Ore Mountains.

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