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Vienna, Budapest & 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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Handpicked hotels

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Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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

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 $69*pp 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 historical 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 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 $99*pp 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 $109*pp Details

After a short drive to Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive, embark on a leisurely cruise on the Danube. Your ship will take you through the Wachau Valley, home to age-old castles and picturesque villages. After the cruise, stop in Melk for a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque monastery, an architectural wonder perched high atop a cliff. Please note: This excursion runs from mid-April through October.

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

Prague 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

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

• 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 - Château Sychrov $139*pp Details

Visit Château 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 château’s manicured grounds. Later, attend a private recital of classic Czech music and an included dinner.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 10: Free day in Prague

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter $79*pp 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 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 $499 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 and the churchyard of St. Peter

• See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town

• Enter Salzburg Cathedral and the home where Mozart was born 

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

• End your tour in the immaculate Mirabell Palace Gardens

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

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

Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Europe located within St. Peter’s Abbey, for an evening of fine dining and Mozart. 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. Let the music carry you late into the night.

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 a full free day exploring Salzburg on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105*pp 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. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped Alps. Here, you’ll take a gilded elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday. 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 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 Munich airport for your flight home.

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  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Salzburg, Austria
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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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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.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Disappointment

As stated before, I was extremely disappointed with my tour. I do not have any other tour to compare it with except an EF tour. At this point in time, I don’t think I will be considering another Go Ahead Tour. • All my optional excursions were cancelled. Two of them were no big deal to me. The Danube River cruise in Vienna was the one I was most looking forward to. The tour guide said he would ask everyone again, which he did, but he made it sound like it would be a huge waste of time. As it turned out, it was extremely hot (100 degrees in Vienna that day) and it would have been nice to be on the water. Six people ended up signing up for that tour but the tour guide insisted it had to be ten. • I did not realize that there was a possibility that my optionals would be cancelled. I realize that if there are only one or two people signed up, it probably isn’t worth it. I wish I were informed that there probably would not be enough people before I left for my trip. • Since I signed up for optional excursions, I didn’t buy tour books as I thought I thought I would be very busy and it would be apparent the things I wanted to see in the other free time we had. • I feel like there is entirely too much free time on the tour as a whole. The city tours were only 3.5 – 4 hours so that left us with ½ day after we traveled to the city, ½ day after the city tour and one whole free day, which equals 2 free days out of 3. I don’t feel like there was that much value based on the price that I paid. • According to other tour participants, the tour guide was not as accessible as guides on other tours. I don’t have anything to compare that to. He was only available to us on our free day from 9 to 10 a.m. He did not offer many suggestions on what to see, however, he would answer questions and give directions. I didn’t go to everything I had thought I wanted to see because I couldn’t remember the directions. I wish he would have drawn the route on my map. I could see him favoring some participants over others and becoming frustrated with other participants, which I consider unprofessional. However, we did have some annoying people on our tour, but if I can treat them with kindness … • The tour guide did offer some optional activities. He assured us that the prices were good, but I had no way of knowing. I did participate in those. The best one was the evening Danube cruise in Budapest. The lighted buildings were beautiful. The other two were just a way for me to get out of the hotel at night. Other travelers told me it was unusual for a guide to set up these type of events. • The tour guide on the Budapest tour kept cutting in and out on the “whisper.” She held it in her hand instead of putting it on her lapel. I missed a lot of her commentary because of that. • My hotel room in Vienna did not have AC the first night. Thanks to Facebook, I was able to post my frustration and one of your staff replied. It was fixed first thing the next morning but I did not get much sleep that night. The hotel seemed very old, outdated and obviously not kept up very well. • The bus driver we had in Budapest and Vienna and took us to Prague was very professional, friendly and helpful. The bus driver in the Czech Republic was not. He wore shorts and a plaid shirt that was not even tucked in. He looked totally unprofessional and not as personable as the previous driver. • My airline experience was okay. The layover times are kind of short but I was able to make them. I thought I would be fine getting the connection from JFK to Austin but the flight out of Prague was 2 hours late and I barely made my flight to Austin. I did, but my bag did not. Fortunately that has all been sorted out. For some reason, they took off my green Go Ahead Tours luggage tag. I was looking forward to using that in the coming years. Several other travelers told me that I should not judge your tour company based on this experience. I will have to think long and hard about that. I don’t know if I want to risk my vacation money on a tour that might be like this again. I was able to enjoy it and learned a lot, but I really expected more.

 

Dear Karla, Thank you very much for your detailed and insightful review, and for taking the time to discuss your concerns with us here at Go Ahead. Our Quality Control Team works diligently in cooperation with our Operations Team to act on feedback we receive from customers in a concerted effort to improve on-tour experience. We closely monitor traveler feedback to identify where changes may be necessary. We look forward to working with you to ameliorate your concerns. Thank you again for your thoughtful review, and we hope that you will travel with Go Ahead again in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 03, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Discovered Prague!

This tour was extraordinary. I chose it to see Austria (Vienna, Salzberg, Mozart), but I discovered Prague! I LOVED that city! I also loved Budapest. Margaret Island was beautiful and peaceful. Couldn't get enough of the goulash soup. I'd forgotten what unadulterated fruits and vegetables tasted like...all organic...all the time. Mega flavor. Even the cows are grass fed. Yay! Our Tour Director, Paula, was FABulous! She was very chill and quite knowledgeable about the history of these areas. She even knew about my great X10 grandfather who fought for the Holy Roman Empire! Prague buildings were gorgeous. Even the Charles Bridge was fund AND had character. Vienna was pretty and Salzberg quaint. Discovered "Furst" Mozart Chocolates...the best. Thoroughly enjoyed the Mozart concert/dinner. Closed my eyes and imagined I was there four or five hundred years ago. Highly recommend this tour!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What An Amazibg Tour Director!

Paula was an amazing tour director! I loved that she was laid back but kept us punctual for appointments with local guides. Of course I also appreciated her great recommendations for places to shop and eat. I would love to travel with her again!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

The tour director was excellent

Budapest, Vienna and Salsburg were great. I had to be very careful with walking in Prague as old town consists of cobblestones and in many areas the grout did not make the level of the cobblestone. Vienna's hotel food was fair to poor.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Good Tour, Interesting Places

This tour provides a great opportunity to explore and learn the history of several European cities that hold their places in the history books. Budapest and its history under the Nazis and the Soviets and how it has developed as a cosmopolitan city. Prague and its present day tourism and hustle and bustle. Vienna with the Hapsburg's, Sisi, and its pedestrian plaza's. We also added on Salzburg for its "Sound of Music" vibe and an opportunity to see more of Austria. We had an excellent tour guide that had grown up behind the "Iron Curtain", and had many tales to tell. The hotels were very good, though not centrally located. All were located close to public transportation so getting around was no problem. We did take some side excursions which were also very well done. All in all, I would recommend this trip for people interested in getting a taste of Eastern Europe. Just remember, it is a tour, not a vacation.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

I had an awesome time overall. Our tour director Juan-F was such a proffesional tour guide. He always reminded us of what we need in a nice (kind) way. He was detail oriented, patient and cares about everyone in his group tour.

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