Budapest, Vienna & Prague with Cindy with Art Class Curator

Jul 12-22, 2019 / 11 DAYS

Spire-studded skylines and fascinating histories are just the beginning.

Dotted with hilltop castles, ornate cathedrals, and imperial palaces, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague will captivate you. Spend a few days getting to kno…

Your package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Hungarian Parliament Building, Matthias Church, Danube River, Bratislava, Schönbrunn Palace, Ringstrasse, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for at least 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain with some cobblestone streets, hills, and stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jul 12: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest today.

Budapest / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 13: Arrival in Budapest

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Hungary! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jul 14: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest in the city that straddles east and west. • Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes’ Square • Tour the lavishly decorated Hungarian Parliament building • Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill • Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion • Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations  Enjoy a free evening in Budapest or add an excursion.  (Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain may be offered on day 4, depending on the day of the week.)

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Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain
4 hours
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Discover the turbulent, tragic, and heroic history of the Communist period in Budapest on today’s excursion. Your guided sightseeing tour passes the Parliament building, which was the starting place of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and still shows signs of damage from the Soviet invasion. Visit the nearby statue of Imre Nagy, Hungary’s Prime Minister during the revolution, who is an enduring symbol of freedom. Liberty Square is just a stroll away, home to the U.S. Embassy, a statue of Ronald Reagan, and the only remaining monument to Communist troops. From St. Stephen’s Basilica, take the historic Metro Line 1 up the iconic Andrássy Avenue. Stop for an included coffee and piece of cake amidst the Neo-Renaissance splendor of a historic cafe. End the day at the House of Terror, where you will take a guided tour through this chilling museum and view the moving monument to the victims of Communism and Fascism in Hungary.4 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 15: Free day in Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Budapest or add excursions.  (Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Liqueur Tasting may be offered on day 3, depending on the day of the week.)

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Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Liqueur Tasting
5 hours
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Go right to the source to take a taste of Hungary's national drink, Unicum liqueur. A secret formula of more than 40 herbs, the recipe has been protected by the Zwack family since 1790 and its story follows the turbulent history of the area—when the family escaped communism and lived in exile in the U.S., a trusted friend in Milan kept up production. You'll learn more about this fascinating legacy at the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre in Budapest, where you can sample a few varieties of the apertif and view the museum's staggering collection of miniature bottles. Then, head to a nearby wine cellar to enjoy a Hungarian dinner accompanied by wine pairings chosen by a local sommelier who'll be on hand to tell you about each selection. One of the wines you'll have the opportunity to taste is Tokaji, a hard-to-find varietal that's deeply rooted within the Kingdom of Hungary. The wine is so closely tied to the country that it's even mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem.5 hours and departs in the afternoon with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Vienna / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 16: Vienna via Bratislava

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Vienna, stop in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital city, for free time to explore on your own. In Vienna, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Jul 17: Sightseeing tour of Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.  • Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens • Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare  • See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera, and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence Enjoy a free afternoon in Vienna or add an excursion.

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Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
4 hours
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After a brief drive, your first stop is Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. Take a breezy ride to the top, which offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Next, continue to the picturesque village of Grinzing. At a local restaurant, you’ll indulge in a festive night of music, food, and entertainment. Dinner will feature dishes typical of traditional Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to try some of the tavern’s own locally made wine—the perfect addition to your cozy, Old-World setting.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 18: Free day in Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

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Danube River Cruise
9 hours
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Travel to Melk for a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque monasteries, an architectural wonder perched high atop a cliff. Then, enjoy some free time in the charming, red-roofed town before embarking on a leisurely cruise down the Danube River. Your ship will take you by age-old castles and picturesque villages. Disembark in Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive, and enjoy free time for lunch. En route to Vienna, stop in the Wachau Valley for a wine tasting of regional vintages. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.9 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Prague / 3 NIGHTS

Jul 19: Travel to Prague

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Jul 20: Sightseeing tour of Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as "The City of One Hundred Spires" on a guided tour. • Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire • Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral • Walk down to the Malá Strana district to sip a coffee at a local cafe • Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city • Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Jul 21: Free day in Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Prague or add excursions.  (Please note: Depending on the departure, the Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter excursion may be moved to the afternoon of day 9.)  This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Chateau Sychrov
Château Sychrov
6 hours
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Built in the classic Neo-Gothic style, the 17th-century Château Sychrov is an aristocratic residence that cannot be missed. Soak in the beauty of the castle on a private tour, admiring the colorful walls, intricate wood carvings on the ceilings, and built-in furniture as you make your way through the rooms. From the beds to the bureaus, each area of the castle has perfectly preserved pieces of 19th-century decor on display. See famous paintings of French royalty and the former residents, the Rohan family, while learning about their daring escape from persecution in France. After you finish touring the manicured grounds, attend a private recital of classic Czech music performed by some of Prague's most cherished musicians. Then, conclude the magical evening by enjoying a private dinner at an on-site restaurant featuring regional specialties and local beer or wine. Please note: The château does not have heat or air conditioning, therefore we recommend dressing accordingly based on the season.6 hours and departs in the afternoon, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

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Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
3.5 hours
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Head to Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, nestled between the Vltava River and Old Town Square. You’ll enjoy a lunch of regional specialties at a nearby restaurant and join a local guide for a walking tour of the Quarter’s remains, which survived devastation during World War II and oppression during the Communist era. Afterward, pay a visit to the Jewish Museum of Prague, housed in a collection of former synagogues, one of which displays the names of all the Czechs sent to concentration camps. You’ll learn about the Golem myth, a story forever entwined with Prague’s Jewish history, and see sites once frequented by Franz Kafka, the enigmatic author of "The Trial" and "Metamorphosis." Please note: This excursion involves a significant amount of walking and standing. On some departures, this excursion will begin with the walking tour of the Jewish Quarter and end with lunch at a local restaurant.3.5 hours and departs in the afternoon, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jul 22: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit Salzburg.

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