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Budapest, Vienna & Prague

11 days
Dotted with hilltop castles, ornate cathedrals and imperial palaces, Vienna, Budapest and Prague will captivate your eyes and stimulate your mind. Spend a few days getting to know each of these dynamic cities­—you’ll discover their vivid World War II history, radical art movements and nonstop street life.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain with some cobblestone streets, hills and stairs.

Visit the Budapest International Wine Festival on a special fall departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest today.

Budapest 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Budapest

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: 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.

Optional Excursion - Unicum Liqueur & Wine Tasting with Dinner $95pp* Details

Take a taste of one of Hungary's favorite drinks, the herbal Unicum, at the source. You'll visit the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre in Budapest to sample the apertif and view the museum's staggering collection of miniature bottles. Then, enjoy a Hungarian dinner and wine tasting a local wine cellar with a reputation for fantastic food and a lively atmosphere.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 4: Free day in Budapest

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain $69pp* Details

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 Andrassy Ave. Stop for an included coffee and piece of cake amidst the Neo-Renaissance splendor of Book Café, the regular meeting place of the intelligentsia during the Soviet occupation. 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Vienna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Vienna via Szentendre

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel west through the Danube basin, stopping in Szentendre en route to Vienna, home of chocolates, cafes, parks and pastries.

Day 6: 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.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99pp* Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Day 7: Free day in Vienna

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise $115pp* Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Prague 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: 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.

Day 9: 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

• Ride a historic tram from Castle Hill down to the Vltava River

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Enjoy a free evening in Prague or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter $79pp* Details

Follow a local guide on a walking tour of Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, nestled between the Vltava River and Old Town Square. Discover 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. Along your tour, learn about the Golem myth, a story forever entwined with Prague’s Jewish history. You’ll also see sights once frequented by Franz Kafka, the enigmatic author of The Trial and Metamorphosis, who made his home in Prague. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 10: Free day in Prague

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Chateau Sychrov $139pp* Details

Chateau Sychrov

Visit Chateau Sychrov, a 17th-century Baroque estate north of Prague. Take a guided tour through the estate, paying special attention to the elaborate carvings along the stairway, in the chapel and in the dining room. Then, tour the gallery of French kings and the chateau’s manicured grounds. Later, attend a private recital of classic Czech music and an included dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $149)

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Salzburg $549 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Dubbed the “Rome of the North”, Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with museums, mansions, parks and churches. The birthplace of Mozart and the setting for the Sound of Music, lovers and music-lovers will delight in this romantic destination.

Salzburg 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Salzburg via Český Krumlov

  Included meals: Breakfast

On the way to Salzburg, stop in the village of Český Krumlov for a tour of its UNESCO World Heritage-protected medieval quarter.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head to Salzburg, a city famed for its churches and musical history, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town.

• View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter

• See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and age Market, in the city's Old Town

• Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style

• Pass through scenery from the beloved film "The Sound of Music"

• Take the funicular to the hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress, one of Europe's Largest Medieval Castles

Enjoy a free afternoon in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner $109pp* Details

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, located within St. Peter’s Abbey. Enjoy an evening of fine dining and music. Mozart composed over 600 works in his short life, and tonight, you’ll hear his masterpieces accompanied by opera singing as you sample local delicacies.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 13: Free day in Salzburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105pp* Details

Drive through the Bavarian Alps to the mountain village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll tour the 450-year-old salt mines that brought wealth to Bavaria and Salzburg. Take an underground boat ride on Mirror Lake before enjoying free time for lunch. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps. Enter the Dokumentation Obersalzberg, a museum with an exhibition on the history of Nazi dictatorship. Then, take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. On your way back down, stop at a distillery to sample a liqueur made from Alpine flowers. Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 5,500 feet, which may not be advisable for travelers with heart/lung problems or other altitude-related limitations. This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-May through late October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to airport for your flight home Munich.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

This itinerary includes the following countries: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.¬Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights.¬One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).¬ Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. However, it’s always advisable to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

The popularity of Hungarian wine dates back to the Roman times, with a white dessert wine called Tokaji the most popular varietal. Hungary’s national dish is hearty goulash, but also is known for its excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, fresh-water fish and preserved fruits. It is perhaps desserts for which Austrian cuisine is most famous: From strudels made with all kinds of fruit and nuts to soufflés and elegant chocolate cakes such as the world-famous Sachertorte. Thick soups of veal, beef and venison flavored with cranberries, onion and paprika are popular, as is the renowned Wiener Schnitzel. Fish-lovers will find abundant options of wild trout, roast carp and crayfish. Czech food is typically large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Budapest and depart from Prague (or Munich on extension). Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. Budapest also has an all-inclusive transportation system with links between the metro, “green trains,” yellow trams and red trolleybuses. Purchase tickets from newspaper stands, vending machines or metro entrances. Vienna has a top-notch transportation system. You can purchase tickets in singles or in bulk for Sbahn (above ground), U-bahn (underground), tram and bus lines. The waiting time for trains and subways is usually no more than five to 10 minutes. Prague is best explored on foot, but if you need to access the suburbs or transport to a hotel, trams and local buses are readily available.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

The Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Vienna, Budapest and Prague.

Currency

The euro (in Austria), Hungarian forint and Czech crown are the currencies you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The director was very knowledgeable in his presentations of the history and culture about the countries we toured.

My trip was amazing. It was more than I expected. I enjoyed Prague the most because of the energy and the warmth of the citizens. I will definitely return to Prague and Budapest.

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Hi Joan! Thank you for your review. We're so glad your tour exceeded your expectations! Prague is indeed an incredible place, and we're happy you were able to explore it. Let us know when you'd like to return!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Wonderful Revisit

I had done this same itinerary three years ago at Christmas with another tour company. Where the first trip was all about the Christmas Markers and shopping this Go Ahead tour was about education. This was a fantastic trip with Go Ahead. The optionals were super. I learned so much! Our tour director Paula was superb! Don't change a thing!

 

Hi Lou Ann! We’re so glad you enjoyed the educational aspect of this tour. We try to maintain an educational focus, as we are a company rooted in education. We’re also happy to learn that your Tour Director made a positive impact on your time abroad and that you wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you for your great review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Tour Director

Paul added so much to this trip. As he is from this part of the world, his knowledge and humor was fantastic. The experience was wonderful and I would consider taking another tour in this part of the world if I knew he was going to be the Director!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Must see cities!

An awesome tour director who had lived behind the Iron Curtain, Paul certainly added a dimension to this trip that was unparalleled! His insider tips helped to make this a memorable tour. Castles, churches and palaces were the highlights of this trip as well as beer and traditional foods. The hotels in Budapest and Prague were centrally located. The city guides were funny and informative.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WONDERFUL TIME!

We had a wonderful time! Go Ahead took very good care of us - we did not have to worry about anything! Alex, our guide, was wonderful, and was always available for any assistance, even down to our departure. Vienna, Budapest and Prague are 3 of the most beautiful cities and I highly recommend it!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

GREAT YOUR!!!

We loved our tour of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague!!! Our tour guide was wonderful!!! She had all kinds of tips to share and special things to do. We really had a wonderful time!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/26/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Budapest Vienna Prague Tour 2015

The tour was led by Paula. Paula is a highly experienced, knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guide. She provided a good mixture of history, current politics and anecdotes which brought the sites to life. For example, on the road from Vienna to Prague (several hour trip), Paula showed "The Third Man", the 1940s classic which was largely filmed in Vienna. We were able to recognize many of the locations in the film and it was a treat. The tour nicely blended organized sightseeing with free time. This allowed for personalized touring experiences within the context of an organized tour. In other words, the tour is geared towards people who want an organized tour with a certain amount of flexibility and free time. This worked quite well because in addition to the "major" must see attractions, each of these cities has many other attractions that appealed to some and not others. I recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Unforgettable Budapest!

We enjoyed Prague and Vienna, but Budapest was the best. Our tour director, Lala, helped us get our bearings and the local guide, Andrea, was very knowledgeable. Budapest is a beautiful city full of history and very easy to get around on foot, by subway and tram. The hotel was very nice and the tour of the Hungarian parliament building was a highlight of the trip. Thanks to Lala, we also enjoyed an unforgettable evening cruise on the Danube and had the pleasure of seeing Budapest lit up at night.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: TX

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great cities to Explore

Although I would suggest that this tour be booked at a time that is not high tourist season, I loved the free time we had and the location of the hotels. All hotels on this trip are located so you can easily explore Vienna Budapest and Prague by foot. The best hotel-the Lindel in Prague , was so nice! The tourists were elbows to toes in Prague but not as dense in the other two locations. Lot's of selfie sticks and not so considerate groups wandering the streets of Prague.Our tour director seemed tired of the job after 20 years of providing service to Go Ahead, he seemed overbooked,however the local guides and bus driver were spot on for assistance and energy

 

Dear Lisa, Thank you for your thoughtful review of your time in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague! It sounds like you enjoyed exploring these amazing European cities. You are right that the summer is a very busy time to travel in Europe, and we are happy to remind customers that we do run many of our tours year round. We are disappointed to learn that you felt that your Tour Director did not meet your expectations. We are a company that takes great pride in the quality and experience of our guides, and are constantly monitoring their performance based on customer evaluations. We thank you for your on-tour insight, and hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 30, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Magical tour

I was truly not prepared to be as stunned by the beauty of this part of the world and learned so much! Tour director Thomas was very organized and informative and he was good fun to travel with. I highly recommend this tour and Thomas.

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