Vienna, Budapest & Prague 11 days
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About This Experience
The spire-studded skylines and impressive architecture only hint at the energy on the streets in these dynamic cities. Dotted with hilltop castles, ornate cathedrals and imperial palaces, these three cities will captivate your eyes and stimulate your mind. But that’s only the beginning of the story in Vienna, Budapest and Prague. You’ll also discover vivid World War II history, radical art movements and non-stop street life.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
9 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Austrian wine & Czech beer
The beauty of Budapest by night
Artists & artistry on the Charles Bridge
The opulent Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna
The whimsy of Art Nouveau architecture
Dark coffee & flaky pastries in bohemian cafes
Overnight Flight1 night
Budapest3 nights - hotel info
Make your landing in the two-sided city of Budapest
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to Budapest, a city divided by the Danube River into its old and new sections, Buda and Pest. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs to escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with the Hungarian capital. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.
Explore the city’s highs and lows, from Castle Hill to Heroes Square
Hungarian Parliament Building, Matthias Church
This morning’s included tour highlights the major landmarks, beginning in Pest on the west bank of the river. Trace the stormy history of this fiercely independent nation on your stop at Heroes’ Square. Tour the lavishly decorated interior of the Hungarian Parliament Building, modeled on London’s Palace of Westminster. Then cross the Danube and arrive in Buda, where you will ascend the imposing Castle Hill. Since its completion in 1265, Buda Castle has witnessed several invasions and reconstructions, and features many works of art within its walls and gardens. Later, you’ll take in the breathtaking views from the riverside terrace of Fisherman’s Bastion and visit the medieval Matthias Church. Once the site of Hungarian coronations, the church is located in the heart of the Castle District.
Take a walk behind the Iron Curtain
Optional Excursion - Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain
During a free day in Budapest, continue your personal exploration of the city. You might browse through the shops on Budapest’s sophisticated pedestrian shopping streets, take a short journey to the scenic Buda Hills or tour the Jewish Museum. Or, explore Budapest’s Communist legacy on an optional Walk Behind the Iron Curtain.
Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain $69* pp
Discover the turbulent, tragic and heroic history of the communist period in Budapest on A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain. The first stop is the Parliament building, starting place of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, where damage from the Soviet invasion is still visible. 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 amidst the 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.
Vienna3 nights - hotel info
Travel down the river to the artsy outpost of Szentendre
Journey west through the countryside on today’s transfer to Vienna. Along the way, stop in Szentendre, a picturesque artists’ colony nestled on the banks of the Danube, for a walking tour lead by your Tour Director. Arrive in Vienna late this afternoon and take the rest of the day to relax before an included dinner.
Experience delightful, delicious Vienna in all of its imperial majesty
Optional Excursion - Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
On today’s guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, you’ll tour the ornate interior of Schönbrunn Palace. Once the summer home of Empress Maria Theresa, the Rococco residence features beautifully landscaped gardens in the surrounding estate. Continue your tour of this brilliant city, as you travel along the Ringstraße and pass the Hofburg, the winter palace of the long ruling Hapsburg dynasty. This afternoon is free at leisure. This evening, opt for a ride on the Prater Ferris Wheel and dinner in a heurigan, a traditional Austrian wine tavern featuring locally produced wine.
Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening $99* pp
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 and food. 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.
Take a cruise on the blue Danube
Optional Excursion - Danube River Cruise
Spend the day at your leisure. You might wish to take a stroll through Vienna’s pedestrian zone, stopping at the Hotel Sacher for a taste of its worldfamous Sachertorte, or view the elegant Lipizzaner horses in the Spanish Riding School. Or, choose to join an optional riverboat cruise along the scenic banks of the Danube including a stop in Dürnstein en route to Melk.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Danube River Cruise $95* pp
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.
Prague3 nights - hotel info
Wander the City of 100 Spires, from Hradcany Castle to St. Vitus Cathedral
Optional Excursion - Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral
On this morning’s guided sightseeing tour, discover why Prague is known as the City of One Hundred Spires—the pinnacles of the city’s churches and palaces create one of Europe’s most majestic skylines. Visit the spectacular Prague Castle from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire and Vaclav Havel restored democracy. Later, admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral. During your free time this afternoon, you may choose to wander through the medieval lanes of the Old Town. Discover Wenceslas Square, Prague’s cosmopolitan heart, or cross elegant Charles Bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of the city. Alternatively, join our optional walking tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter that features a visit to Europe’s oldest synagogue.
Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter $79* pp
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.
Imagine yourself an exiled French aristocrat at Chateau Sychrov
Optional Excursion - Château Sychrov
Enjoy a day in Prague at leisure. You can journey inside St. James Church and its evocative Gothic interior or check out the Rococo facade of Kinsky Palace. This evening, join an optional excursion to Château Sychrov for a concert and dinner.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Château Sychrov $135* pp
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 gardens. Later, attend a private concert of classic Czech music and an included dinner.
Extend Your Stay
Add Salzburg $499*
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.
Salzburg3 nights - hotel info
Absorb the ancient castle and atmospheric Old Town at Cesky Krumlov
Stop in Cesky Krumlov, one of the Czech Republic’s most delightful villages, for a guided tour of the impeccably maintained 13th-century castle once inhabited by the Rosenbergs. Arrive later in Salzburg to spend a free afternoon.
Sing along to the Sound of Music in Salzburg
Optional Excursion - Mozart Concert & Dinner
On today’s guided walking tour, discover the highlights of Salzburg, including the Mirabell Gardens and Mozart’s House. Tonight, join our optional Mozart Concert & Dinner.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Mozart Concert & Dinner $115* pp
Step inside the 1,200-year-old St. Peter Stiftstkellar, 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.
Ascend into the Bavarian Alps for stunning scenery
Optional Excursion - Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines
Discover more of Salzburg on your own today or join an optional excursion Salzburg’s salt mines and the Eagle’s Nest, a mountaintop retreat built as a birthday gift for Adolf Hitler.
Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines $105* pp
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 visit the Eagle’s Nest, built as an Alpine retreat for Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday. Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 4,500 feet, which may not be advisable for travelers with heart/lung problems or other altitude-related limitations. This optional is seasonal from mid-May through late October.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.
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.
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.
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.
93.5% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
What a fantastic trip! Budapest is such a lovely city with such a rich (if often tragic) history. The people were lovely, and it was so easy to get around. Vienna was very posh and impressive, and Prague, as always, was dark and mysterious and gorgeous. Tim, our director was fantastic! I couldn't have been more pleased with his guidance and information! The food (especially the cake!!) was memorable each meal too. I was so happy to spend my 40th Birthday in this part of the world!
More Than Just a Tour
The best tour with EF There are no words to describe the emotion and the experiences lived in this beautiful and excellent tour. A great diversity of activities: the music, museums, the food, concerts, landscape, architecture, and the people made this trip unforgettable. I can mention the excellent job of the tour director, he overcame our expectations. The group whom we share our tour became like a family. Definitively, I will like to repeat it.
Three Beautiful Cities!
We wanted a tour to introduce us to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague and this tour did exactly that. Our visit to each city started with a tour to help us see some of the most interesting sights and get a feel for the area. Then we could either choose from a list of optional tours or have free time on our own. My husband and I mostly chose the free time because there was so much we wanted to see in each city. We loved each city and will probably return to all three some day. In Budapest we had dinner one night in a local restaurant and were treated to some music by a visiting men's choir from Norway. In Vienna we entered a small, crowded, local restaurant and were seated with two lovely Viennese ladies with whom we shared a wonderful evening meal. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see Budapest, Vienna, and Prague!
Great first time tour
Never did a tour before, always did it on our own, this was very much like that. We did our own flights using our frequent flyer miles but once we met up with the tour every thing was taken care of. O waiting to check in, room keys were waiting for us. Our tour director was great. Half day acclamation in each city is usually wha t we did anyway and then Paul had lots of suggestions for our free time, the local guides were very knowledgable especially the Prague guide. For a non Jew she really knew her stuff during the afternoon walk through the old Jewish quarter and museum. One suggestion, the welcoming dinners were not up to standards. My friend who recommended go ahead had told me not to eat in the hotels now I see why. In Budapest we ate at the hotel on our own and the food was womderful but the welcoming dinner was awful as was the wine. In Prague they ran out of food for the buffet. Not a good sign . Also marissa told us she would, get emails and forward to us. To date we do not have that
Not for an independant traveler
The tour is city hopping. Not enough time to appreciate the beauty of the cities. The city guides were poor and not informative enough of the history surrounding the landscapes or city. The programmed itinerary was rushed and the guides did not provide enough information. I now would have preferred to be allowed to use the audioguides which you could purchase with an individual entrance fee. eg Mattias Church and Fisherman's Bastion, Schronbrunn Palace, and Prague Castle all need at the very least a few hours to appreciate and not the maximum of 90 minutes allowed. If you haven't travelled or are elderly and need extra help in your travels this may be alright but for anyone looking for more Go Ahead is not it.
Best Tour Director - Beautiful Cities
Every country/city has something mysterious and unique about them, so as result I have nothing that is a favorite, it was all wonderful. Go Ahead offered something for everyone, with a lot of leisure time to do your own thing. As with all the Go Ahead tour directors I've had to date, Ildie is super. This was a big group and she handled everything with ease! Loved the blah-blah machines, they kept us in constant contact. Also, in Budapest, I recommend the "Walk Behind the Iron Curtain". Very informative, captures the beauty of the city on foot. I'm not a history buff and I loved it. A bit emotional? Yes, but it's the history of the land! Lots of walking on European streets (cobblestone) bring really good shoes! You'll love this trip. I've been back a week and I'm still raving about it. Tip - download a lot of stuff on your smartphone, bring it with you, use it on airplane mode. That phone takes better pics at night than the big digital cameras. The cruise on the Danube in Budapest at night is magnificent, as is a stroll on the Charles Bridge in Prague at dusk, use that phone to take your pics!
I would say that our tour director could have added more value to the trip if she had spent time with each of the groups traveling and gotten to know something personal about them. It seemed that she spent the majority of her time at group events with the same groups of people-most of whom were repeat Go Ahead customers-and who had signed up for extra excursions. The people that I was traveling with and I have traveled extensively but this was our first tour. Perhaps our expectations were too high, but I work in a service industry and I felt that there were several things that could have been done differently by our tour guide to give some "personal" experience to our overall experience. She was very knowledgeable about the areas were traveled to and through so that was the good side. I would say that the convenience of having travel, lodging and the first day "city tour" already arranged was the best part of taking a tour. However, I don't think that I would take a Go Ahead Tour again.
Wonderful Tour Director
I had never been an a Tour and was pleasantly surprised. My tour Director was well informed, very organized, had everything running smoothly, and made it a wonderful first experience for me Have recommended Go Ahead to other people and will take another tour this year Thank You
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in combining a love of history with overall beauty. The time spent in each location was just enough to participate in planned tours, while also allowing you free time to get out and explore on your own. Our tour director, Paula, was outstanding! She was there every step of the way to answer questions, provide great insights into each location and ensure any issues/needs were addressed as quickly as possible; she made this trip an amazing experience!
Tour was more strenuous than I expected. Lots of walking and many steps with which to contend. Would suggest that it be classified as strenuous. Group was way too large (47 people). Hotel in Vienna was very isolated - no nearby restaurants or shops. A bit of a walk to the metro but using it got us into the center of Vienna. The tour guide went out of his way in Prague to help us get into the town center via the metro and that was very useful as, once again, the hotel was outside of the central area.