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Prague, Vienna & Budapest (Winter Season)

11 Days from $1,475 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Explore Central Europe's centers of culture and arts leisurely—three riverside cities straddling mighty rivers and promising centuries of tradition and an exhilarating youthful energy. See Prague's Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square, treat yourself to a slice of 'Sachertorte' and visit Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Follow the Danube to Budapest, visiting Buda's Castle District and the Fisherman's Bastion.

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Overview

Explore Central Europe's centers of culture and arts leisurely—three riverside cities straddling mighty rivers and promising centuries of tradition and an exhilarating youthful energy. See Prague's Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square, treat yourself to a slice of 'Sachertorte' and visit Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Follow the Danube to Budapest, visiting Buda's Castle District and the Fisherman's Bastion.

This page shows Winter Season departures and itinerary; click here to see the main season version of this tour!

  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. On arrival at Prague Airport, transfers will operate at 11am and 2:30pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. The gleaming spires of Prague shine brightly on this At Leisure sojourn through the Imperial capitals of Prague, Vienna and Budapest, the springboard to an unforgettable trip. Admire the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque faҫades along its cobblestone streets before joining your Travel Director and travel companions for an unforgettable Welcome Reception to kick off your vacation.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Angelo
  3. Delve into centuries of heritage joining your Local Specialist for a Small Group Sightseeing guided walk past the city's iconic sights. Visit the final resting place of Bohemian kings, St. Vitus' Cathedral, set within the precincts of Prague Castle, and admire the Astronomical Clock in the charming Old Town Square with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. See the 14th-century Charles Bridge, lined with Baroque statues of saints before spending the afternoon admiring the spectacular cityscape on your terms.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Plan your day and see the sights of your choice. You might like to take an Optional Experience to the historical German city of Dresden. Alternatively, take time to explore the small streets and shops of Prague and spend the evening at your leisure.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Travel south from Prague through lush Moravian landscapes to Bratislava, passing its Presidential Palace and quaint Old Town before continuing your journey to Austria and the Imperial city of Vienna—our home for the next three nights. Admire the city's musical talents and consider attending a Viennese Concert.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Danube Waterfront
  6. The heritage of one of Europe's most influential royal families is explored this morning during an exclusive Cultural Insight and guided visit to the Habsburgs royal collection of art and wonders before the doors are open to the general public. Visit the spectacular Kunstkammer in this private insider visit and see a treasure trove of valuable objects collected by the emperors and archdukes of Habsburg over the centuries. Later, we join an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist to view the Hofburg Palace, the official residence of the President of Austria and former home of the Habsburg Dynasty. We'll see sights such as the Parliament Building, the magnificent Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral with its geometrically tiled roof. Spend the afternoon at leisure soaking up the city's 'kaffee' culture with a slice or two of 'Sachertorte.'

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. Today is yours to explore the City of Music on your terms. Tread in the footsteps of the great sons of Vienna—Mozart, Haydn and Strauss—as you delve into the city's rich musical heritage nurtured by aristocrats throughout the centuries. Consider a visit to the beautiful Baroque Schönbrunn Palace or see the elegant Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School—the choice is yours.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. Meander along the Danube Bend, a narrow twisting valley in the pretty Carpathian Basin, stopping in Esztergom to view its Castle Hill, domed Cathedral, and St. Tamás Hill. We follow the scenic riverine landscape to the romantic city of Budapest where we will spend the next three nights. Enjoy the evening at leisure sipping Hungarian wines or consider gliding along the Danube on a scenic river cruise.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Art'otel
  9. Join a Local Expert this morning for a fascinating walking tour through the winding cobblestone lanes of Buda's Castle District in Buda. Visit the Fisherman's Bastion, view the Matthias Church and drive to Pest to see the Great Synagogue, the largest in Europe. We pay tribute to the seven chieftains of the Magyars in Heroes' Square before enjoying time at leisure to indulge in coffee and 'krémes' in the charming Jewish Quarter or shopping for Hungarian embroidery and fine porcelain. Tonight enjoy a Be My Guest dinner with the Schieszl family and hear the story of their winery which once sheltered a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
  10. Venture up Gellert Hill for spectacular views of the Budapest skyline, relax in the Szechenyi Baths or consider an Optional Experience to Szentendre, a charming riverside village popular with artists and craftworkers. On our last evening together, we toast to a magnificent journey to the Imperial capitals and enjoy a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. We say a fond farewell to our companions and Travel Director today after an unforgettable At Leisure trip. Return transfers will arrive at Budapest Airport at 7am and 11am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Festive Celebrations: Christmas and/or New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.
  • Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include a discount on 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.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Prague Airport transfers will operate at 11:00 am, 2:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Budapest Airport at 7:00 am and 11:00 am.

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  • 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
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

12 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Join the Schieszl family for hearty Hungarian fare and the story of their winery, which doubled as a hiding place during WWII for a Jewish friend who was fleeing Nazi persecution

Cultural Insight

  • Enjoy a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the largest art museum in Austria, to view the Royal Collection before the general public have access

Small Group Sightseeing

  • Enjoy an expert guided walking tour in Prague with a group size of no more than 25 guests

Local Expert

  • For included sightseeing in Vienna and Budapest

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Prague, Vienna, 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, Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest
  • View the Presidential Palace and Old Town of Bratislava, the Hofburg Palace and Imperial Boulevards of Vienna

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 With Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

Enjoy a scenic cruise on our private boat on the romantic Danube. You’ll savour a tasty dinner selection of Hungarian specialities with drinks included and see Budapest's spectacular illuminations, which give it the nickname 'The Paris of the East'.

Budapest's Heritage

Adult Price: € 52

Enjoy a delicious light lunch at the renowned Gundel restaurant before visiting St. Stephen’s Basilica, an impressive neo-classical landmark where the “incorruptible” right hand of Hungary’s first king is kept. We'll also visit the enchanting Moorish synagogue, the largest in Europe, with a Local Specialist.

Hungarian Parliament Visit

Adult Price: € 41

Take a guided tour of this magnificent Gothic Revival building, the most ornate state parliament in Europe. When the Parliament is closed, we’ll visit the exquisite 'Renaissance' Opera House and the optional will be offered at €31.

Szentendre And Light Lunch

Adult Price: € 49

Explore more of Hungary and follow our guide out of bustling Budapest to the picturesque medieval town of Szentendre, set on the banks of the Danube and awash with ancient walls, cobbled streets and beautiful vistas. Here we'll enjoy a Goulash cooking demonstration before sampling this essential Hungarian dish during lunch, which also includes cake and drinks. Afterwards, perhaps strike a bargain in the shops that sell beautiful Hungarian embroidery, ceramics and paprika.

Prague

Beautiful Prague By Night

Adult Price: € 39

Join our Local Specialist for an evening introduction to this fairy-tale city by tram or mini-bus and with a little strolling. You’ll discover the magical Charles Bridge, enjoy a drink in one of the old town’s quaint restaurants while a musician entertains, journey through the Old Town and gaze at the panoramic views of the city.

Scenic Vltava Cruise with Lunch

Adult Price: € 49

Take a relaxing cruise on the beautiful River Vltava and we’ll tell you about the legends, myths, culture and hidden secrets of this enchanting city. During the cruise you’ll enjoy a lunch of local specialities.

Kutna Hora Bohemian Experience

Adult Price: € 48

Visit one of the most fascinating locations in the Czech Republic, Kutna Hora. First, our Local Specialist takes us to the engaging Silver Museum and the castle, where we'll learn the history of this unique town. Then, enjoy the spectacular Gothic church of St. Barbara and the Sedlec Ossuary, both UNESCO listed, before time to enjoy lunch in this Bohemian Town.

Traditional Dinner In Prague

Adult Price: € 58

If you appreciate great food and music, join us for an evening at one of our favourite local restaurants where the rich and famous also dine. A wonderful opportunity to say goodbye to glorious Prague.

Vienna

Viennese Dinner with Musical Entertainment

Adult Price: € 61

Enjoy dinner in an atmospheric Viennese restaurant, with drinks and traditional musical entertainment included. A unique experience in one of Europe’s most elegant cities.

Vienna Woods Excursion

Adult Price: € 45

Accompanied by your Local Specialist, you’ll travel through charming wine villages to visit the Romanesque Abbey of the Holy Cross at Heiligenkreuz, before stopping at Mayerling and the Carmelite convent, which marks the spot where the tragic events of 1889 took place. This and much more will be revealed on this fascinating tour.

Schönbrunn Palace And Gardens

Adult Price: € 42

The Imperial Summer Palace of Schönbrunn offers an amazing journey through the centuries of Hapsburg rule. It is perfectly preserved and richly decorated with treasures from around the globe. Each room has a story to tell, so of course, you’ll have a Local Specialist to bring it to life and VIP entrance to make the most of your time.

Dinner And Viennese Concert

Adult Price: € 100

A wonderful evening of all things Viennese! Enjoy a superb dinner with drinks, followed by a concert of Viennese classical music. Works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed and your 'A Class' tickets and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or juice during the interval will only enhance the experience.

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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.

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Reviews

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : It was great! Our tour director, Matt Bauer was amazing as was our driver, Kamal Acs. All were very professional, easy to work with and accommodating. Matt has a great sense of humor which added to the. Local specialists added an amazing touch and knowledge to each city. Would certainly book through GET-Trafalger again!
Vacation : All went smoothly! Staff was very easy to work with. Would certainly book through them again.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Joshua, once again, helped me work all the details of this trip, leaving no questions. Everything went as planned. GET remains my preferred tour coordinators. Thank you.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for such a glowing review of our services. Joshua is most certainly is a wonderful asset to our team and we'll be sure to pass along your compliment! As well, we'll share your comments on the trip itself to the Quality and Planning teams for future Prague, Vienna & Budapest trips. We're glad to have you as a part of our travel family. \nHappy travels!\n
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Vacation : Just some little things that I noticed thru the trip, lowered the rating for 5 to 4 stars. Checking in to the hotel in Prague, the schedule had not been posted and the hotel desk staff gave out the wrong info about the welcome dinner, I almost missed it. In Vienna, the hotel shower stall was about the size of a phone booth, and as a big and tall man, made that process a bit confining. And in Budapest, the hotel elevators were the slowest ones I'd seen in a long time, due to one of three being down for parts of each day, and the number of other tour groups in the hotel. Stairs became the best option when not moving luggage. And, it would be nice if someone could teach the Europeans that American breakfast buffets should include scrambled eggs cooked firm - not soupy. These are small pet peeves, the trip was great, but the little things tend to add up.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Suresh Bhat
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : They did everything well.
Vacation : Had a great time on this tour..
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Lynne Rosewater
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : We loved lots of things, but were very disappointed tha two of our travel days were holidays where everything was shut down. What you offered were your extra excursions. Two days is a big part of a ten day trip that includes lots of traveling time. We also felt the pitch on excursions was way too much. Once okay, over and over, not so okay. Finally we were disappointed to be so far from a Vienna, since one day here was one of the holidays. If it weren’t for these things we would have given the trip a higher rating.
Vacation : For the price we paid we anticipated more! Disappointed to not know travel was Trafalger. Very unhappy with outgoing flights. We paid extra to in an airline of choice and still had no status.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Warren Dearment
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Only comments: STOP allowing children below teens to accompany adults. And choose hotels even more central in cities, even if they lack some luxuries and amenities.
Vacation : Good guides, most of the important sites, good food.
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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 24 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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    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.

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