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A Week in Eastern Europe: Prague, Kraków & Budapest

9 days |  11 days with Budapest extension
9 days |  11 days with Budapest extension
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Spend a week tracing the shared history of four distinct nations.

Eastern Europe was at the center of many of the 20th century’s most significant political movements. Travel to Prague, Kraków, Budapest, the rural High Tatras mountains, and the Tokaj wine region to understand how the area’s complex past has shaped each destination’s culture. As you venture from city to countryside, learn about the local traditions from the resilient people who call this region home.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
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Included highlights

  • Prague Castle
  • Wawel Cathedral
  • Slovakian cheesemaking demonstration
  • Kežmarok
  • Tokaj wine tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Prague today.

Prague2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Prague
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to the Czech Republic! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meal: 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
  • Walk down to the Malá Strana district to sip a coffee at a local cafe
  • Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city
  • Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Enjoy free time in Prague or add an excursion.

Evening in Prague: River Cruise & Dinner

From $99 per person

Kraków2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Kraków
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Kraków, Poland and spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Polish Cooking Demonstration & Dinner

From $109 per person

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Kraków
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for a tour of Kraków, Poland’s former royal capital.

  • Pass Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory and visit the old Jewish ghetto
  • Discover Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River
  • Visit Wawel Cathedral to see where Polish kings were crowned
  • Stroll past beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall and the Jagiellonian University, arriving in Glowny Square

Enjoy free time in Kraków or add an excursion.

Auschwitz

From $65 per person

High Tatras Region1 night
Day 6: High Tatras Region via Ždiar, cheesemaking demonstration & Kežmarok
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Dinner

Travel to the High Tatras region to soak in the mountain views and experience the culture of the Slovakian countryside.

  • Stop in the tiny village of Ždiar to view the painted wooden houses the area is known for
  • Visit a Slovakian farm to meet a cheesemaker at their workshop and see how they make ornate egg-shaped cheese blocks
  • Enjoy a tasting of Salash cheese paired with a glass of wine
  • Visit Kežmarok and enter the town’s UNESCO-listed wooden articular church to learn about its fascinating history

Continue on to your hotel in the High Tatras region and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: The order of today’s activities is subject to change.

Budapest 2 nights
Day 7: Budapest via Tokaj wine region
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Pass through the rolling hills of the Slovakian countryside and cross into Hungary to visit the Tokaj wine region.

  • Discover the history of Europe’s first appellation, or controlled wine region
  • Learn about the regulations winemakers must follow in order to create a true Tokaj wine and how these rules inspired the designation of other appellations including Champagne, Chianti, and Burgundy
  • Tour the vineyard and wine cellar to hear about the characteristics of the wine
  • Sample four types of Tokaj wine, including the famous sweet dessert varietal
  • Sit down to enjoy a lunch of Hungarian specialties at the winery

After, continue on to Budapest.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Budapest
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover the major landmarks of the city that straddles east and west.

  • Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes' Square
  • View the Gothic Hungarian Parliament Building located on the banks of the Danube
  • Step inside the recently restored Hungarian State Opera House for a guided tour of the incredible new-Renaissance style masterpiece
  • Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill and take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations

Celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner this evening.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to Budapest
What’s not to love about seeing stunning Art Nouveau architecture, or sipping really (really) good coffee inside historic coffee houses pretty enough to be palaces? Extend your adventure in the Pearl of the Danube to savor moments like this with your Tour Director’s expert guidance.
Budapest2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Budapest or add and excursion.

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain

From $99 per person

Day 10: Free day in Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Budapest or add an excursion.

Raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

Budapest Cooking Class & Lunch

From $169 per person

Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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    3 out of 5 stars

    High Tatra
    4/20/24 by 1st-time traveler Ilisa

    This was a unique tour that covered Krakow, Budapest, Prague, and the High Tatra's. The tour covered too many areas and we had 2 full days on a bus with not enough time any where. The hotels were not centrally located. We got in very late at night and left early in the morning. The food was j...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/21/24

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Surreal
    4/20/24 by 2nd-time traveler Michelle

    Being where so much history happened in my lifetime was surreal. The personal stories from our guides brought history to life.

    4 out of 5 stars

    beautiful unique cities
    4/20/24 by 4th-time traveler Diane

    Each city we visited had so much history The buildings were still beautiful with all the architecture The big clock was so cool when it chimed especially when the blue windows opened A riverboat cruise down the Danube at dusk is a must. The lighting on buildings is beautiful The statues along t...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    NH Prague City
    NH Prague City

    This modern hotel is located in the Smíchov district of Prague. Guests enjoy a gym and sauna, restaurants with terraces, and a tennis court. Nearby, y...

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    Qubus Hotel Kraków
    Qubus Hotel Kraków

    This modern hotel is located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow. Guests enjoy a jazz club, Turkish bath, and boat cruises. Nearby, you’ll find the Gh...

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    Grand Hotel Praha
    Grand Hotel Praha

    This historic hotel is located in the Old Town. Guests enjoy a cafe, lounge, and sauna. Nearby you’ll find the Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall, and ...

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    Radisson Blu Beke Hotel
    Radisson Blu Beke Hotel

    This elegant, traditional hotel is located in Terézváros. Guests enjoy an indoor swimming pool, laundry services, and a restaurant. Nearby, you'll fin...

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