Christmas Markets of Budapest, Vienna & Prague

11 days Special Event, Multi-country
Head to Eastern Europe’s popular and festive Christmas markets to peruse stall-upon-stall of handmade, heartfelt crafts perfect for everyone on your list. When you’re not shopping, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the streets of ancient Buda and modern Pest, get a taste for the Viennese cafe culture and scan artsy Prague’s spire-studded skyline.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

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

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 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 on a guided tour. Then, take time to wander through the city’s Christmas markets on your own.

• 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

Go right to the source to take a taste of Hungary's national drink, Unicum liqueur. A secret formula of more than 40 herbs, the recipe has been protected by the Zwack family since 1790 and it's story follows the turbulent history of the area. When the family escaped communism and lived in exile in the U.S., a trusted friend in Milan kept up production. You'll learn more about this fascinating legacy at the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre in Budapest, where you can sample the apéritif and view the museum's staggering collection of miniature bottles. Then, enjoy a Hungarian dinner accompanied by wine pairings chosen by a local sommelier who'll be on hand to tell you about each selection.

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

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain

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, filled with bright holiday lights and seasonal specialties at its many Christmas markets.

• 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

• Visit the city’s festive Christmas market and sample glühwein, heated sweet wine

• Peruse stalls of handmade crafts in search of gifts perfect for everyone on your list

Enjoy a free evening 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.

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 continue on to Salzburg.

Add Salzburg Starting from $549 pp

Dubbed the 'Rome of the North' because of its many churches, Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with museums, mansions, parks and churches. It also has a renowned musical culture and history, which is well worth exploring.

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 Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town

• Enter Salzburg Cathedral and the home where Mozart was born

• Pass through scenery from The Sound of Music

• Take a funicular ride up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress

Enjoy a free evening 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 a full free day exploring Salzburg on your own.

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Prague, Czech Republic
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa 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.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain with some cobblestone streets, hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Budapest and depart from Prague (or Munich on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. (Please note that on the extension, the travel time between Salzburg and Munich is approximately two hours, and should be considered for travelers purchasing their own airfare.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

   

Clothing & packing tips

  • Winters in Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic are generally cold. To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a coat, hat and gloves, as well as rainwear. 
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes, sneakers or winter boots is recommended for sightseeing. 
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

   

Cuisine

  • Hungary claims goulash as its national dish, but also is known for excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish and preserved fruits. 
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.   

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

   

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

   

Time zones

  • All destinations visited on this tour 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 on tour.

   

Currency

  • You will use the Hungarian forint in Hungary, the euro in Austria and the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic.
  • 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

   

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I really enjoyed this tour!

This was my 3rd tour with Go Ahead and I was not disappointed! The itinerary was great and I highly recommend the House of Terror optional. I was expecting to spend the trip just shopping in Christmas markets but there is so much more in this trip. While there was plenty of shopping, the amount of history I was able to learn on this trip was amazing. My tour director, Ildi, was phenomenal and was always available to help point me in the right direction when I was going somewhere alone. This is important to me since I am a young woman (in my 20s) traveling in a foreign country, it is helpful to have someone to point me in the right direction so I'm not wondering the streets for hours trying to get somewhere. The hotels were nice, clean, and comfortable. The hotels were not located in the city center but were always located near a tram/subway station and it never took more than 10 minutes to ride into the city center (only 2-4 stops to get to city center in each city). If you stay at the Lindner Hotel Castle Prague, there is a restaurant/bar in the monastery next door underground in a 13th century wine cellar where the monks brew beer, I highly recommend going here. This became a daily meeting place for friends I met on my tour! The included meals were 3 course with 1 glass of wine as advertised. I thought all of the meals were tasty however there was not an option of something else to eat if you did not like what was served. (They do offer vegetarian options.) This was a great tour and I am glad I went on it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

best tour guide

Our guide was great and went above and beyond her job. Ildi was so kind to everyone. She was a person you would want as a best friend. Our tour had a bunch of great people and no one complained about anything. It was a great tour.

 

Hi Janette! Thank you for your glowing review. It’s wonderful to hear you felt a connection with your Tour Director. Our Operations Team carefully select each member of our network of professional Tour Directors around the world taking into account their knowledge of a destination as well as their people skills. We are so pleased you enjoyed your group and that your tour was a success! We hope to see you on another Go Ahead tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Christmas Markets

Just came back from this tour - wonderful trip! Tiring but worth it. I highly recommend the Christmas Markets. Definetly pack light, pack layers to wear and comfortable shoes. Lots of uneven cobblestones in every city. Dress for function, not fashion! Have earmuffs, scarf, coat, etc. Suggest a small backpack instead of a purse or inside pockets on your coat. We were warned about pickpocketers in each city but I never did experience or see anyone unsavory looking. I always felt safe in each place. Be prepared to walk a lot! My tracker tracked over 10 miles on one day excursion. I surprised myself, I was able to do it. We are 61-62 years old and kept up with the group. Worst part is the jet lag upon arrival but you adjust. Our tour director was great, very knowledgeable. You see so much, make sure you have your phone or camera. I took pics of all the food, it was all so good. I would do a tour again. I highly recommend this one.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

I've taken many trips, but this stands out as one of the best. Superb guide (Ildi), excellent itinerary, and a valuable history about these cities during Nazi and Soviet occupation. I came home humbled and inspired. A dinner cruise on the Danube wasn't on the itinerary, but when our guide suggested it, we signed up and loved it. This is a great time to visit because of fewer tourists and the festive atmosphere. There's plenty of walking, so warm coats, hats, and scarves are recommended, as are rubber-soled boots or shoes for hilly, cobblestone streets. I appreciated having a full free day in each city as well as an unexpected visit to Bratislava, Slovakia. Bus rides through the countryside offered more views of this special area.

1 / 6
 

Hi Beverly! Welcome home, and thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic time on tour. We’re glad your guide was able to suggest some extra activities for you, such as a dinner cruise on the Danube. How fun! We agree this is a great time to visit Central Europe, and we also agree that it’s smart to bundle up and wear comfortable shoes. We’re glad you enjoyed your free time in each city. We try to keep a balance between structured time and free time so that you have the opportunity to explore as you wish. We thank you again for your review, and we hope to travel with you again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Adventure

This is the first tour my husband and I have taken as we normally drive ourselves. It was an amazing experience and we enjoyed our time very much. We had such an excellent guide with lots of energy and enthusiasm. We also really enjoyed our fellow tourists! The choices of stops, adventures, and city excursions were great and because our guide was so knowledgeable the history she was able to share was fantastic. We were so well taken care of that we are definitely going to book another tour. Thanks goahead for making our Christmas in Europe a dream vacation!

1 / 1
 

Hi Rhonda! Sounds like you had a fantastic trip, we’re so happy to hear that! This tour certainly gives you a very special Christmas experience! Also, it’s great to hear you enjoyed your expert Tour Director. We are proud to work with such amazing and knowledgeable people. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next Go Ahead tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 29, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour with a tour

The trip itself was fabulous. Paul is an excellent tour guide his insight and patience were outstanding. The only thing that marred the trip was the group within the group. there were 15 people from the New Orleans area who had a very loud tour leader. She often talked over Paul and was generally disruptive. If go ahead allows Tours within their tour they should make it clear that the go-ahead director is in charge

1 / 1
 

Dear Maureen, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Here at Go Ahead, we are happy to offer a dynamic and extensive group travel program to help more people than ever explore and experience the world. This does mean that on some occasions you may find yourself traveling with a group of alumni, a family, a group of co-workers, you name it! Regardless of the composure of the group, the Tour Director is always the leader of the overall group and should be viewed as such. We regret to hear your feelings about the dynamic in your group, and we are sorry it affected your overall experience. We were happy to have had the opportunity to speak with you today, and thank you for discussing it with us further. We are very happy to hear that, despite this matter, you had a fabulous time on tour, and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Leader

The tour director was most knowledgeable, helpful and dependable.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A wonderful Experience

I was very interested in seeing these 3 historic cities: Budapest, Vienna and Prague, but I never imagined how much fun the festivities of the Christmas markets would be. They were a delightful surprise everywhere we went. I was impressed with how beautiful Budapest was even after the devastation of the war. The people were lovely and generous. And there were many great deals to be had. It was the least expensive city and there were great buys and crafts. Of course Vienna offered history, beauty, music, great food and the most elaborate markets of all. There were several markets all over the city and it was a delight trying to visit them all. The most inspiring site was Prague and it's 500+ towers and spires. The city was exquisitely beautiful. There was so much to see and experience. Our guide, Paul was knowledgeable and experienced and advised us well. He even arranged outing when there were small and separate groups. I can't say enough about the professionalism of all those involved. I would recommend this trip to anyone, even if you are not a big shopper. The spirit of joy and celebration is infectious and the history and beauty is well worth the trip.

 

Hi Joyce! We're so glad the delights of this tour exceeded your imagination. Budapest is indeed an incredible destination offering a deep and fascinating history. We're so glad you were impressed by it! Of course, Vienna and Prague are lovely and unique in their own ways. We're so glad to hear that your Tour Director enhanced your experience and provided you with great suggestions along the way. Thank you for your recommendation, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in September!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour and Director

Touring these cities at Christmas when they are lighted for the holidays was so special. Our Tour Director, IIdi, made the trip one to remember by personalizing it with stories, tips, and experiences. She took interested groups on additional walks in these beautiful cities; with the lights and architecture, especially at night, the tour was more of a wonderful dream than a real experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Director was great

Tour ran smooth and small challenges were handled smoothly and with almost no negative impact to us travelers. She was fun, knowledgeable and entertaining.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/4/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Old World Christmas Markets - I Highly Recommend

We took this city tour trip (Budapest, Prague & Vienna) in December for a number reasons - 1.) it wasn't going to be hot (nor was it unpleasantly cold), 2.) less tourists clogging the sites, and 3.) the idea of "Christmas Markets" intrigued us. All three cities and all three reasons were right on. Actually we had no idea what to expect with the Christmas Market thing and I'm happy to report that it was something we had never seen before. Anywhere there was a flat spot - vendors set up shop in small 8' X 10" Home Deport-like sheds and sold their Christmas themed wares and crafts. This could range from 20 booths in a square to a couple hundred on the lawn of the Vienna city hall. While yes there was a lot of mass produced type items - about every fifth booth featured a hand crafted / home made item not found anywhere else. Potters, jewelers, toy makers, weavers, ornament makers - if Christmas could be celebrated in a physical object - you could find it in the markets. As a special added bonus - about every 10th booth featured some sort of food item - we often picked our lunch or dinner up as we hop-scotched from food booth to food booth. And as an EXTRA added attraction - hot, mulled wine was sold at the end of each booth line in a decorated mug specially made for that particular market. The cities all beautiful, the people friendly and almost everyone spoke enough English that we NEVER had any kind of a problem getting around. The trolley system is delightful and helps maintain that "old world air" in all three cities. The night views with all the cathedrals and castles lighted up are spectacular. I very highly recommend this tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/4/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Very nice tour....

It was beautiful. Christmas in Europe is something to be experienced. The hotels were nice, but the location of the hotel in Vienna was lousy. The only way to get anywhere was by subway. So, it was not possible to go out for a walk anywhere. It was on a boring and desolate street. There was however a grocery store just one block up. NO place else to go though. The airline flights were rediculous. The transfer from the Paris airport to catch our plane to NY was almost impossible. Had the flight not left late, we would have missed our plane. With that said, the Xmas markets were lovely and I'm glad I was able to experience it. There was a lot to see, but did not overwhelm the senses. I would recommend this tour to couples or friends traveling together.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/4/2011

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: OH

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Christmas markets of Budapest, Vienna, Prague

We had a great time. The lowest note was the food that was organized for the group as a whole. The hotel food, and the food the last night on the hunting lodge tour was generally just that, hotel food.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/5/2010

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing!

If you like shopping, then the Christmas Markets tour is for you! What a great way to get in the Holiday spirit and see some amazing cities all in one trip!