Central Europe Christmas Markets Tour
3 Nights in Prague
|Duration : 3 Hours|
Activity level : Light
Included in your
|Duration : 9 Hours|
Activity level : Light
|Duration : 5 Hours|
Activity level : Moderate
|Duration : 2,5 Hours|
Activity level : Light
A little about Prague
“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities”... Prague has no shortage of nicknames, and they all pay homage to the city’s charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, its gorgeous architecture and its atmospheric bridges are fabled, and with good reason: this is a city like no other. From exploring the history and modern culture on foot, to traveling farther afield to take in the picturesque countryside and fairytale villages, you’ll have an itinerary full of adventure and relaxation. This is a very walkable city surrounded by easy-to-reach destinations in the surrounding regions. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, a rich program awaits. There will be plenty of time to sample the famous Bohemian beer, as we can offer several delightful gastronomic experiences, including a romantic dinner cruise on the Vltava river, and a relaxing afternoon at an actual beer spa! Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and the Renaissance village of Cesky Krumlov. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor. No matter what your interests, you’ll find yourself intrigued by the inviting magic of the Czech capital in the heart of Europe.
2 Nights in Salzburg
|Duration : 1 Hour|
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
A little about Salzburg
With its perfectly preserved UNESCO-listed Old Town, Salzburg is renowned internationally for its baroque architecture. Add the backdrop of the Alps and you’ve got a city that makes for an unforgettable holiday. The imposing Salzburg Cathedral and the Hohensalzburg Fortress dominate the skyline, and in the center you’ll find plenty of grand cafes and fine restaurants. Salzburg’s two biggest claims to fame are that it was the birthplace of Mozart and the stage for the timeless musical The Sound of Music. But there’s more than just history here. Today the city is a vibrant destination for travelers looking for a mix of classic culture and modern flair. Strolling through Salzburg is one of the great pleasures of Europe. The local cuisine is hearty and there are more than enough restaurants, bars and cafes to keep you busy. Beer lovers shouldn’t miss sampling a stein or two of delicious local brew at the Augustiner brewery. But there is so much to see in the surrounding region that no visit to the city is complete without a day trip or two. You could tour through the pristine countryside to visit the stunning Hellbrunn Palace. History buffs will want to venture farther afield to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest perched high in the Alps in Berchtesgaden.
2 Nights in Vienna
|Duration : 1 Hour|
Activity level : Easy
Included in your
A little about Vienna
Vienna is a timeless city of high culture, grand cafes, breathtaking architecture and more, all set on the banks of the majestic Danube River. The moment you set foot in the city you’ll see why Vienna’s center is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Often regarded as the world capital of music, Vienna is the place where Beethoven and Mozart made history. Even today a visit to the opera or a classical music performance at one of the city’s sublime concert halls is an unforgettable experience. The center of Vienna, St. Stephen’s Square, is dominated by the impressive gothic cathedral of the same name. Inside you’ll find a rich collection of artistic treasures, and the view from the tower is well worth the climb, offering amazing views over the city. But the cathedral is only one of the most visible attractions in Vienna. You won’t want to miss the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace and the imperial Hofburg. Explore the city on foot, in a car, or by bike: the choice is yours. If you’d like to go farther afield you can even take a river cruise to nearby Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, or a bike trip to local wineries. But you don’t have to leave Vienna to have a wonderful time. Simply strolling through the pedestrian zones in the city center and stopping for a coffee and a slice of cake make for a truly enjoyable holiday.
3 Nights in Budapest
|Duration : 3 hours|
Activity level : Moderate
Included in your
|Duration : 4 hours|
Activity level : Light
You're invited for a panoramic boat ride at night, when the city will be beautifully lit up for your pleasure. Glass in hand, you will be able to experience how the legends of Budapest come alive. Look behind the walls of the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the bridges, and other splendid sights all bathed in light. It's a wonderful way to experience the special ambience of the city at night. See everything from a new point of view and just sit back and relax as the sights all float your way.
|Duration : 1 hour|
Activity level : Easy
A little about Budapest
The Paris of Central Europe, Budapest is the Queen of the Danube, a sprawling, regal city split in two halves by the mighty river. The city’s two UNESCO-listed halves, ancient Buda and modern Pest both have their charms and are linked by numerous picturesque bridges. From the Buda Castle to the Danube Embankment and the sprawling Andrassy Avenue, with its impressive architecture, there is plenty to keep you busy here, exploring and discovering this atmospheric city. It’s a little too big to explore only on foot, but the Pest side of the city is well laid out with broad avenues of the Parisian system, so it’s hard to get lost, and there is also comprehensive public transport. Budapest has all the charm of Western Europe at a fraction of the price. Here you can taste excellent wines produced throughout the region, and even enjoy Michelin-star dining. We can offer you more than enough exciting activities in the city, from a visit to the incredible Parliament building to a boat cruise with dinner, or an exploration of Budapest’s communist past. The city also has a rich Jewish heritage, so you’ll find the perfect balance of history and modern culture here. Voted Best City in Europe in 2013 by Condé Nast Traveler readers and a regular in their top 3, Budapest really is a special city with activities to cater to every interest.
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The services included in this package are as follows:
- 3 Nights Accommodation in Prague
- Prague Airport Transfer
- Prague Private Walking TourDuration : 3 HoursIncludes : Private English-speaking guide, pick-up from hotelExcludes : Entrance fees, Tip for the Guide
- Prague - Salzburg with stop in Cesky Krumlov
- 2 Nights Accommodation in Salzburg
- Classical Salzburg City Group TourDuration : 1 HourIncludes : English-speaking guide, 8-seater minivan or large coachExcludes : Entrance fees, tip for the guide
- Salzburg Train Station Transfer
- Salzburg - Vienna Train
- 2 Nights Accommodation in Vienna
- Vienna Train Station Transfer
- Vienna Group Walking TourDuration : 1 HourIncludes : English-speaking Guide, Full-day tickets for hop on/off busExcludes : Entrance fees, Tip for the guide
- Vienna Train Station Transfer
- Vienna - Budapest Train
- 3 Nights Accommodation in Budapest
- Budapest Train Station Transfer
- Budapest Private Walking TourDuration : 3 hoursIncludes : Private Guide, Hotel pick-up, Public transportation ticketsExcludes : Entry fees to sights and museums, Tip for the guide
- Budapest Airport Transfer
- Pre-trip assistance of the JayWay Destination Manager
- On-trip assistance from local JayWay Representatives
- A pre-paid local cell phone for all destinations
- Excursion booking advice and assistance
- Access to your personalized Guest Page, with detailed destination information and tips on the best these cities can offer
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