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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

Sightseeing with local guides

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 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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Guide

As usual with Go Ahead, we had a delightful tour guide. Otto (sp?) was great!! From the moment he met us at the airport in Budapest I knew he would be fun. Definitely got my money's worth on this tour. But I have never been disappointed with a Go Ahead tour. Best tour guides, great traveling companions and wonderful itinerary! Thanks!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Non-stop action

We really didn't know what to expect. But we were pleasantly surprised from the very beginning. Everything from our hotels, the breakfasts and the amazing sites will be in our memories forever. And a special thanks to our tour director who worked tirelessly to keep everything moving and on track. Thank You Paul.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Weather brutal

Vienna, Budapest, Prague tour was nice but weather was brutal. Too hot that it quickly drained me and spoiled my mood a bit. Prices when shopping were higher than expected although better in Hungary. Overall a good experience. Recommend tour but best in off season...less crowds and more pleasant weather. Appreciated tour director's (Paul) personal perspective of life in Europe...very insightful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

very historical tour

We loved our second tour with Go Ahead! We enjoy having free time to explore on our own. There is just the right balance between structured time and free time. Having all our transportation and accomadations taken care of relieves the stress of going on an overseas vacation!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best tour director!

Paula was fabulous and gave us practical and historical info over the entire tour. We also made some stops in charming little villages near the large city stops- it was awesome.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: PA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Salzburg not a disappoitment

I will make this brief, 1] Budapest was good, given it was an experince under Communism- not as prtey as other cities 2] Vienna setting was too comercial, but lots o do 3] Prague is beautiful 4] Salzburg the gem of the trip- breath taking. The hotels were nice, staff friendly. Tour director was very helful Disappointments the food served at the included dinners and that Mozarts 3 house saw were bascially poor museums with some exceptions. I would highly recommend this tour since there is a great fun experinces over the few disappointments. My Background I take two trips/year and now hace been on more than 30 tours

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FIRST GO AHEAD TOUR

My first tour with Go Ahead. They were recommended by a neighbor and friend who had taken about 6 with them. Went with my brother, and it certainly got us off to a good start with your company. Our director was knowledgable, most helpful , and welcoming to our large group(I think we had 44! ). Before it was over, we found ourselves wanting to do another one.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing trip

Our guide was the absolute best. I enjoyed it all. The only thing (not ur fault) the weather was horrible and cold and windy. Still kept us moving regardless of the weather. Hotels were good. Breakfast awesome. Explanation at every step. Loved it all

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour

Our tour director Paul was a gem. From day one (Budapest) Paul took our small group under his wing and guided us through beautiful cities packed with history. Paul is a walking history book and as such was very much appreciated by all. The cities visited, Budapest (a dream come through for me), Vienna, a cultural hot spot in Europe, and the dark and mysterious Prague, were all highlighted by interesting landscapes, castles, chateaus and entertaining folk shows. Concerts featuring the timeless music of Mozart, Strauss, and Dvorak cannot be missed. In addition we met people who made this trip special. My memories will not fade quickly.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 15

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WOW...great tour

I am honestly very surprised at how much I enjoyed this tour. Our group was only 11, which is very unusual and very lucky for us. Budapest was the hidden gem on this trip...what a great city...totally enjoyed the time spent there. Vienna is as expected, a very classy city. You must attend a Mozart/Strauss concert and ride the Ferris wheel!! Prague was very nice but extremely crowded. Our hotel was not in the midst of all the people so it was very nice. Our tour director, Paul, was the consummate tour director. Due to our small size group, he made sure we had experiences similar to the optionals and offered us some other one of a kind opportunities to enjoy the best of what these cities offered. The hotels were all very nice and not miles away from the city center. I was very fortunate to enjoy spending time with all the great people in my group and shared some memorable experiences with them...it was like spending time with family. One thing you cannot miss on this tour is the optional to Chateau (as in palace) Sychrov. The guided tour is fascinating and the private concert by Trio75 is breathtaking!! This tour is fantastic and you will surely get more than your moneys worth.

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