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Christmas Markets of Budapest, Vienna & Prague

11 days |  14 days with Salzburg extension
11 days |  14 days with Salzburg extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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Kick off the holiday season a little differently this year.

Head to Eastern Europe’s popular and festive Christmas markets to peruse stalls of handmade 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.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Traditional Christmas markets from Budapest to Prague
  • Hungarian State Opera House
  • Matthias Church
  • Danube River
  • Belvedere Palace
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest today.

Budapest3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Budapest
Included meal: Welcome dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Enjoy free time in Budapest or add an excursion.

Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Liqueur Tasting

From $135 per person

Day 4: Free day in Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Budapest or add an excursion.

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain

From $99 per person

Vienna3 nights
Day 5: Transfer to Vienna & Christmas market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel west through the Danube basin en route to Vienna, Austria where you'll have a free afternoon to visit the Christmas markets and enjoy a tasting of traditional mulled wine and cookies.

Sit down for an included dinner later this evening with your group.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna & Christmas market visit
Included meal: 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.

  • Step inside Belvedere Palace, home to the world's largest collection of paintings by artist Gustav Klimt, and admire the palace's impressive gardens
  • Travel down the Ringstrasse, passing the Parliament building, Vienna State Opera, and Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence
  • 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.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening

From $119 per person

Day 7: Free day in Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Vienna.

Prague3 nights
Day 8: Transfer to Prague
Included meal: 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 & Christmas market visit
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
  • End at the city's Christmas markets, where you'll enjoy traditional mulled wine and cookies

Enjoy free time in Prague or add an excursion.

Brandýs Castle & Concert

From $189 per person

Day 10: Free day in Prague
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Spend a free day in Prague or add an excursion.

Then, celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner this evening.

Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter

From $115 per person

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Salzburg, Austria.

Extension to Salzburg
It’s the birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music, but that’s not all that makes Salzburg sing. Join your Tour Director and spend a couple days exploring this Austrian city, where Baroque churches and a UNESCO-listed old town will leave you in awe.
Salzburg3 nights
Day 11: Salzburg via Český Krumlov
Included meal: 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 meal: 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 age Market, in the city's Old Town
  • Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style
  • Pass through scenery from the beloved film The Sound of Music
  • Enter the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, built in the Baroque style
  • Spend free time visiting the city’s Christmas markets

Enjoy a free evening in Salzburg or add an excursion.

Mozart Concert & Dinner

From $149 per person

Day 13: Free day in Salzburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Salzburg on your own.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful experience
    12/3/23 by 1st-time traveler Caroline

    As a solo traveler and an introvert, I was hesitant to join a tour group, but it was amazing. The other travelers were very friendly and our incredible Tour Director, Jürgen, made sure that everyone had a wonderful time. He took care of all the details and made the entire trip run so smoothly. The l...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Great tour
    12/10/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    Great tour for my first time in Europe. It’s was a great group of people , nice hotels and tour guide was amazing.

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Trip
    12/10/23 by 1st-time traveler Anonymous

    This was my first solo trip and it did not disappoint. I met the most wonderful, like minded women. Our tour director Paula went above and beyond for all of us. She even added a side trip to Bratislava! An amazing treat! The trip was well organized. It exceeded my expectations. I came away with s...

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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.


    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.
    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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    Mercure Hotel Raphael Wien
    Mercure Hotel Raphael Wien

    This modern hotel is located in the Mariahilf neighborhood of Vienna. Guests enjoy a fitness center, sauna, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find the Ziegler...

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    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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    NH Collection Salzburg City
    NH Collection Salzburg City

    This chic hotel is located a 10 minute walk from Salzburg's Old Town. Guests enjoy bicycle rentals, outdoor terrace, and on-site restaurant. Nearby yo...

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