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The Central European Grand Tour

This sample 15-day (14 nights) itinerary covers Berlin, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Budapest and Krakow. These are some of the most beautiful and historical cities in Central Europe, and each will charm you in its own way. You'll experience the artistic vibrance of Berlin, the fairy tale beauty of Prague and Cesky Krumlov, Vienna with its magisterial architecture, Budapest, known as "Paris on the Danube," and finally Krakow, a magical city of cobblestones and towers. All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea for what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you during and leading up to the trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon arrival we will provide you with a local cell phone that you can use to contact our employee (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 accommodation options, including boutique hotels, charming B&Bs, and spacious apartments. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambience.

3 Nights in Berlin

3 Nights in Berlin

3 Nights in Berlin

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is a place that is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always emerged intact. The largest city in Germany and the capital of the country, this is a sprawling city that fortunately has excellent public transportation, both above and below ground. You’ll find a little of everything here, from history to high gastronomy, art museums to palaces, and plenty lively bars. The nightlife here is world-class, but there’s more than enough to see during the day. Berlin is made up of distinctive neighborhoods, and each of them has a different character. We recommend several ways of exploring the city, from a Cold War walking tour to a bike tour to see all the must-see sights in a simple and easy way. An exploration of the long and volatile history of Jewish culture in the city is eye-opening as Jewish life in Berlin has been meticulously documented. Many of the city’s art and culture museums offer unforgettable glimpses into history. Potsdam offers the perfect diversion for an afternoon, and Sanssouci Palace, with its well-tended gardens, is a beautiful reminder of the city’s impressive past. The past comes alive in Berlin, but the present is very much alive as well.

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is a place that is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always emerged intact. The largest city in Germany and the capital of the country, this is a sprawling city that fortunately has excellent public transportation, both above and below ground. You’ll find a little of everything here, from history to high gastronomy, art museums to palaces, and plenty lively bars. The nightlife here is world-class, but there’s more than enough to see during the day. Berlin is made up of distinctive neighborhoods, and each of them has a different character. We recommend several ways of exploring the city, from a Cold War walking tour to a bike tour to see all the must-see sights in a simple and easy way. An exploration of the long and volatile history of Jewish culture in the city is eye-opening as Jewish life in Berlin has been meticulously documented. Many of the city’s art and culture museums offer unforgettable glimpses into history. Potsdam offers the perfect diversion for an afternoon, and Sanssouci Palace, with its well-tended gardens, is a beautiful reminder of the city’s impressive past. The past comes alive in Berlin, but the present is very much alive as well.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Berlin

Welcome to Berlin! You will be met at the airport and have transport arranged to your centrally located accommodation.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Berlin

City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be taking a group walking tour. You’ll stroll down Berlin's royal boulevard and retrace the city's evolution from a pagan fishing village into the capital of Prussia, a centre of the Enlightenment under Frederick the Great, the scene of occupation by Napoleon, and the capital of Bismarck's German empire. Your guide will help you discover the brilliant memorial for the Nazi book burning close to where Marx studied and Albert Einstein taught. Walk across the final battlefield of WWII and find out how the peculiar events surrounding the Reichstag fire led to the Nazis' rise to power in 1933. Stand at the site of Hitler's bunker: an in-depth account of the claustrophobic last days spent inside, Hitler's suicide, the fate of his remains and what became of the bunker itself. Explore the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and get the inside story behind the incredible controversy surrounding it. For extra fee we can also arrange a private tour for you.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Berlin

20th Century Berlin History Day

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin is full of museums of art and history but there are two we recommend highly, the Berlin Wall Museum and the German History Museum. Why not explore their very informative exhibitions today? The Berlin Wall Memorial is an open-air stretch of 1.4 kilometers of the wall. At Bernauer Strasse, you’ll find the graffiti-covered wall as well as a proper museum that’s full of historical insight. The German History Museum, on the gorgeous and historical avenue Unter den Linden is the most impressive authority on the history of the German nation. You’ll find an incredible collection of art and artefacts from throughout history but the most resonant for most visitors is the section devoted to the 20th century. The permanent collection is huge, and there are also regular exhibitions.

Potsdam Bus Tour

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Potsdam is a cultural and architectural epicenter that’s well worth a visit. So today we recommend a 4.5-hour bus tour to explore the best that Potsdam has to offer. You’ll see the historic sections of the city and enjoy a walk through the impressive gardens of Sanssouci, where there are plenty of places to relax and areas to explore. The bus departs at 10am from Kurfuerstendamm 216.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4.5 Hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Prague by Train

Sit back and relax as we whisk you from Berlin to Prague by train. You'll glide through the picturesque German countryside, and the journey moves riverside once you enter the Czech Republic. Regular train connections between the two cities means departure times are flexible. The journey takes about four and a half hours. Your hotel reception will be able to arrange a taxi for you, much more economically than a transfer service, so we haven’t included that in your package but can do should you wish. Your package includes second class tickets with seat reservations, upgrades to first are available but are much more expensive. For the chance to visit another city on your journey, choose our private transfer option. Your driver will pick you up in Berlin and deliver you to your centrally located Prague accommodation. Along the way however, you'll enjoy a stop in the beautiful and historic city of Dresden, about halfway between Prague and Berlin.

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Prague by Private Transfer with a Stop in Dresden

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We also offer the following excursions in Berlin

Beer and Breweries Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Berlin Food Crawl Private Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
Berlin Private City Tour by Car
Easy3 hours
Berlin Private Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities,” Prague has no shortage of nicknames paying homage to its charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and atmospheric bridges are fabled. Get up early and stroll across the statue-lined Charles Bridge. Soak it all in standing in the magnificent Old Town Square and admiring the craftsmanship of its 600-year old astronomical clock. 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. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, you can delve into the city’s gastronomy. You can literally dive into some of Europe’s best beers by visiting a beer spa, or explore its beloved breweries with walking tours, or enjoy a dinner cruise. Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and Kutna Hora with its “bone church” and gothic cathedral. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor, no matter their interests.

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities,” Prague has no shortage of nicknames paying homage to its charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and atmospheric bridges are fabled. Get up early and stroll across the statue-lined Charles Bridge. Soak it all in standing in the magnificent Old Town Square and admiring the craftsmanship of its 600-year old astronomical clock. 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. Besides the city’s history, which is evident on every street, including the beautifully preserved former Jewish Quarter, you can delve into the city’s gastronomy. You can literally dive into some of Europe’s best beers by visiting a beer spa, or explore its beloved breweries with walking tours, or enjoy a dinner cruise. Day-trip destinations include scenic castles, the perfect spa town, and Kutna Hora with its “bone church” and gothic cathedral. Prague is a city of history that comes to life for every visitor, no matter their interests.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Prague

When you arrive at Prague's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Prague

Get to Know Prague on a City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Prague's main historic sights are situated on the so-called Royal Route between the Old Town and Prague Castle, crossing the river on the Charles Bridge. To make the most of your visit, we will book a private walking tour to put you in touch with all the history and romanticism of this wonderful city. As the tour ends in the courtyard of Prague Castle, you might want to continue the day by following one of the tour routes in the castle.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Experience the Life Monastic

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One of the most breathtaking interiors in the city is to be found at the Strahov Monastery. The halls of the library here have featured in several Hollywood films. After feasting your eyes you'll have the chance to feast on some Czech classics and brewed on-site beer at the monastery brewery.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Explore Bohemia on a Day Trip from Prague

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Take a break from the city and get out into the Bohemian countryside. Head east or west on your pick of two very different day trips. Two hours to the north, close to the German border is the ornate spa town of Karlovy Vary, or Carlsbad to its neighbors. With elegant colonnades, luxury and medicinal spas, a local herbal liquor distillery and a crystal factory, there's plenty to fill your day here! If you'd prefer a shorter journey and a more traditional Bohemian town then we'd recommend UNESCO-listed Kutna Hora. It's best-known for its "bone church," the Sedlec Ossuary, but is actually listed for its beautiful historic Old Town, St. Barbara's cathedral and the Italian court, once the royal mint, due to the now-exhausted silver mines in the area.

Karlovy Vary Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a trip to the legendary spa town Karlovy Vary. Hot springs were discovered here in 14th century by King Charles IV. Your private driver and tour guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Prague and drive you about two hours to Karlovy Vary. On the way to Karlovy Vary you will stop in a nearby castle Loket, which was built in 13th century and where Casino Royale was filmed. At the end of the day you'll be driven back to Prague.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Take a trip to Kutna Hora, the medieval center of silver-mining and once the second richest town in the Czech Kingdom. The variety of architectural monuments and its well-preserved town center reflects its ancient fame and wealth. During your walk you will visit the gothic cathedral of St. Barbara and also one of the most interesting burial places in the world. Kutna Hora has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995 and on this excursion you'll see why.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Cesky Krumlov by Bus

You'll be seeing more of the Bohemian countryside today and ending up in the picture perfect town of Cesky Krumlov. We'll arrange for seats on a shared shuttle service that includes door-to-door service. The journey takes about 3 hours. If you'd like a little more comfort and flexibility, we can also arrange a private driver for the day. This also allows for some extra sightseeing, you might enjoy exploring the region's largest city, Ceske Budejovice, home of the original Budweiser beer or touring the massively ornate castle in Hluboka.

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Cesky Krumlov by Private Transfer

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We also offer the following excursions in Prague

A la Carte Dinner Cruise
Light3 hours
Beer Spa Private Experience
Light1 hour
Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour
Light4 hours
Bohemian Flavors and Neighborhoods Small Group Tour
Light4 hours

1 Night in Cesky Krumlov

1 Night in Cesky Krumlov

1 Night in Cesky Krumlov

UNESCO-listed Cesky Krumlov is the second most visited place in the Czech Republic and for good reason. A 2.5 hour drive south of Prague, it is a prime example of Bohemian village life. The town is highlighted by a castle which houses more than 300 rooms and is the second largest in the Czech Republic. The Vltava river flows through the old town, which is a labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways with delightful shops. No matter where you are, all the town's highlights are no more than five minute walk away. Cesky Krumlov is surrounded by verdant hills, making it an ideal place for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, or even golfing. A canoe or rafting trip on the Vltava should not be missed. It is also a city of culture and art, with seven museums and four galleries as well as medieval, music and theater festivals taking place year round. The castle gardens even have a unique rotating stage. For beer lovers, the city has its own brewery. The local brew is served around town in traditional taverns and restaurants where you can enjoy typical hearty Czech dishes in a unique classic setting.

UNESCO-listed Cesky Krumlov is the second most visited place in the Czech Republic and for good reason. A 2.5 hour drive south of Prague, it is a prime example of Bohemian village life. The town is highlighted by a castle which houses more than 300 rooms and is the second largest in the Czech Republic. The Vltava river flows through the old town, which is a labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways with delightful shops. No matter where you are, all the town's highlights are no more than five minute walk away. Cesky Krumlov is surrounded by verdant hills, making it an ideal place for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, or even golfing. A canoe or rafting trip on the Vltava should not be missed. It is also a city of culture and art, with seven museums and four galleries as well as medieval, music and theater festivals taking place year round. The castle gardens even have a unique rotating stage. For beer lovers, the city has its own brewery. The local brew is served around town in traditional taverns and restaurants where you can enjoy typical hearty Czech dishes in a unique classic setting.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Cesky Krumlov

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation upon arriving in Cesky Krumlov.

Get in Touch with History in Cesky Krumlov

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Cesky Krumlov is easy to explore on your own but to get that special local insight, we can arrange a private expert guide to show you the sights and tell you the stories of the town and its famous past residents on a one-and-half-hour walking tour of the city. Afterwards if you have the time and inclination, we recommend joining one of the castle interior tours. Your guide will show you where to buy tickets during the walking tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Vienna by Bus

Today you exchange small town attraction for stately majesty as you move from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna. A minivan will pick you up around 9 AM from your accommodation and bring you directly to the Austrian capital, arriving around midday.

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Vienna Private Transfer

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We also offer the following excursions in Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Private Scenic Hike Tour
Moderate2 hours
Cesky Krumlov Private Tour with Castle Group Tour
Light3 hours
Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour and Monastery Visit
Light2.5 hours
Experience Cesky Krumlov on a Small River Cruise
Easy50 minutes

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights in 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. Stephansplatz, Vienna's main square, is dominated by the impressive eponymous gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. 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 Palace. 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 vacation.

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. Stephansplatz, Vienna's main square, is dominated by the impressive eponymous gothic St. Stephen's Cathedral. 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 Palace. 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 vacation.

Day 8

Day 8 - Arrival in Vienna

Your driver will bring you directly to your accommodation upon arriving in Vienna.

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

Get to know Vienna on a walking tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be enjoying an all-in-one group Vienna walking tour of Vienna's historical old town, covering all the best sights and stories. Your guide will recount a wide range of stories spanning from Vienna's medieval, renaissance, WWII, and modern day Vienna on this entertaining & interactive stress free walking tour exposing the city's best kept secrets.


For additional fee, we can also arrange for a private walking or driving tour.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 Hour

Baroque Beauty: Visiting Schonbrunn Palace

Suggestion to explore on your own

Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture lover, or you’re just trying to get a full experience of Vienna, a visit to Schonbrunn Palace is a must. From the palatial gardens to the stunning Baroque architecture, this has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vienna. You can get there simply on public transport, then arrange for a group tour, or explore on your own. The castle also hosts numerous short-term exhibitions and classical music concerts throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule.

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Budapest by Train

From one imperial city to another today, via train. Your next stop is bewitching Budapest. There are a number of trains daily between Vienna and Budapest so we'll book second class tickets with seat reservations based on your preferred departure time. First class tickets are also possible for an additional fee. A driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Vienna and take you to the train station. If you'd prefer the comfort of a door to door service as well as the opportunity to see another capital city along the way we can arrange a private driver to take you instead and on the way stop for a few hours in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. You would have a tour of the city by our driver guide and then some free time to enjoy lunch on your own. In the mid afternoon you would continue on to Budapest.

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Budapest by Private Transfer with a Stop in Bratislava

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We also offer the following excursions in Vienna

Art Nouveau in Vienna Private Tour
Light2 hours 30 minutes
City Bike Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Concert in the Kursalon
Easy1 hour 30 minutes
Countryside Winery Tour with Dinner
Easy5 hours

3 Nights in Budapest

3 Nights in Budapest

3 Nights in 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 the public transportation, including the world's second oldest subway system, works well. 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.

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 the public transportation, including the world's second oldest subway system, works well. 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.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Budapest

Once you arrive at Budapest’s Keleti Train Station, there will be a driver there to meet you and bring you to your accommodation located in Budapest's city center.

Evening Sightseeing Cruise

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.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Budapest

See Budapest with an Expert Guide, Get Educated and Oriented

Included in your vacation package price.

Your private guide will meet you at your accommodation, then take you on a three-hour walking (and metro) tour to show you the highlights of both the Buda and Pest sides of the city. You'll start by hopping on the metro to the Opera House, Heroes' Square and City Park at the far end of Andrassy Blvd. Then you'll return to the center, where St. Stephen’s Basilica awaits. From there you'll get a closer look at the Buda side of the city, where your guide will point out Gellert Hill, the Citadel and the Royal Palace before leading you up through the old cobblestone streets to Fisherman’s Bastion and St. Matthias Church, where your tour will conclude.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Go inside Budapest’s Signature Sights or Explore a Green Oasis in the City

Suggestion to explore on your own

Although a walking tour of the city will show you its highlights, there’s just not enough time to go inside all the buildings. Our favorites to explore are the Great Market Hall, the Parliament and the Opera House. The latter two can be visited on guided tours, available most days. If you’ve already taken in all of central Budapest’s sights, why not spend some time on the Danube, either on land or by boat. Margaret Island is often overlooked by travellers but is right in the middle of the city, just off Margaret Bridge. Consisting mostly of landscaped parks, it features the occasional medieval ruin too. There were several monasteries and convents here. The island is popular with locals as a place for recreation, with swimming pools, jogging paths, four-person bikes to rent and a fun singing fountain to watch from the many seats around it.

Day 12

Day 12 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Sample Hungarian Food and Wine with an Expert, or on Your Own

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The Hungarians have always placed a lot of importance on food, and their cuisine is probably the most interesting in Central Europe. Get familiar with the aromas and flavors of Hungarian cuisine on our Gastro-Budapest Tour, which will introduce you to classic local dishes, wines and spirits as well as show you some of the best places to shop, eat and drink in the city. You can follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, with lunch in the same butcher's shop, before finishing the tour with a Hungarian wine tasting.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Mix with the Locals

Suggestion to explore on your own

Is there anything more quintessentially Budapest than a visit to one of the legendary baths? With more hot springs than any other capital, the city lets you take your pick of various styles, from the old school Turkish Rudas Baths to the Art Nouveau Gellert Baths on the Buda side of the city, or even the Neo-Baroque Szechenyi Baths with a large outdoor pool in Pest’s City Park.

Day 13

Day 13 - Traveling to Krakow by Bus

The rolling countryside of Hungary gives way to the more verdant look of Poland by way of the mountains of Slovakia today as you take a bus to Krakow. We will first arrange a transfer to the bus station, where we will have reserved seats for you on the bus service that connects Budapest and Krakow. You will arrive in Krakow in the early evening, the journey takes a little over 6 hours. If you need more comfort and flexibility on departure time as well as a speedier journey we recommend a private transfer. For an extra fee we will arrange for a driver to pick you up at your accommodation in Budapest and take you directly to your accommodation in Krakow. This gives you the option of adding a short stop around the midpoint of your journey somewhere in Slovakia. If you just want a lunch stop then a true slice of Slovak life can be sampled at a sheep farm or for a longer stop there are plenty of UNESCO-listed sites, such as the preserved village of wooden houses at Vlkolinec or the medieval town with a silver-mining museum and not one but two castles, Banska Stiavnica. Taking a somewhat longer route you could visit another medieval town, Levoca which was UNESCO listed in 2009, or the nearby 12th century Spis Castle, one of the largest castle complexes in Europe.

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Private Transfer to Krakow

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We also offer the following excursions in Budapest

Alternative Budapest Small Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Buda Castle Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Budapest Private City Tour by Car
Light3 hours
Budapest Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Easy2 hours 30 minutes

2 Nights in Krakow

2 Nights in Krakow

2 Nights in Krakow

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

Day 13

Day 13 - Arrival in Krakow

A driver will be waiting to greet you and bring you from the Krakow bus station to your city center accommodation.

Krakow Classics: The Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) shopping, Wierzynek Restaurant, Horse Carriage Rides

Suggestion to explore on your own

Today we recommend exploring the center of Krakow to see the rich panoply of sites and experiences the city has to offer. The Cloth Hall, in the main market square in Old Town, is the city’s most recognizable building. This iconic hall is packed with cloth and dry goods merchants. It’s a great place to pick up unique souvenirs. Wierzynek Restaurant, located in Old Town, is one of the city’s most impressive restaurants. The dining room is decorated with original 14th century interiors, knights’ armor and sabres and stained glass. Expect high class twists on Polish cuisine. On the main square you’ll see plenty of horse drawn carriages available for hire. This is a magical way to see the city. The routes depend on what you want to see and can be agreed with the driver as can the length of the tour. Don’t forget to ask the driver to take your picture!

Day 14

Day 14 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Exploring Krakow: Private City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you’ll be getting a feel for the story of the city with a private tour hosted by a local tour guide. This is the best way to discover little known historical facts and anecdotes while wandering around the heart of the Krakow. You will begin your tour by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz. The next stop is a short walk up to the Wawel Hill. Atop it is the Royal Castle and a 14th-century cathedral. Having descended the hill, you’ll stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka Streets to reach Collegium Maius (Great College). The tour continues to the Main Market Square, making for the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall. The tour is completed with a visit to St. Mary’s Church. Your guide knows all the secrets of the city and will give you insight into the historical events that have made Krakow the special place it is today. The guide will pick you up at your accommodation and will drop you off there after the tour, or can provide suggestions for further exploration.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Quirky Quarter: Exploring Kazimierz

Suggestion to explore on your own

Kazimierz is Krakow’s most unique neighborhood, combining its heritage as the Jewish Quarter with a more recent reinvention as the city’s bohemian headquarters, with great cafes and galleries, markets, museums and more. Today we recommend exploring the neighborhood at your leisure. The historical side of Kazimierz includes five synagogues and the New Jewish Cemetery. We definitely recommend visiting the Old Synagogue, one of the country’s oldest surviving examples of Jewish religious architecture. Beyond that, you should plan to explore the neighborhood’s hipper enclaves, especially the cafes and bars around the square called Plac Nowy, where you’ll also find numerous markets. Excellent restaurants also abound, including the kosher restaurant Olive Tree, French bistro Zazie and the delicious restaurant Szara Kazimierz.

Day 15

Day 15 - Departure Day

Today, a driver will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the Krakow airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine Group Tour
Light10 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour
Light6-7 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Chopin Music Concert
Easy1 hour

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Breakfast (hotels only)
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Berlin Group City Tour
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Prague Train Station Transfer
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Breakfast (hotels only)
Krakow Bus Station Transfer
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Krakow Airport Transfer
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Barbara, Nadine, Mary, David, Evan, Lexington, Mason & Nancy

Florida

Our experience with JayWay Travel was outstanding in every way. They are professional and personal and planned exactly what we wanted.

Our experience with JayWay Travel was outstanding in every way. They are professional and personal and planned exactly what we wanted.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5

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Pennsylvania

It was a VERY personalized experience - which began the day we started planning and lasted throughout the entire trip. JayWay Travel thought about every detail and worked with us to plan the perfect vacation, which allowed us to visit the cities and see the sites that we wanted.

It was a VERY personalized experience - which began the day we started planning and lasted throughout the entire trip. JayWay Travel thought about every detail and worked with us to plan the perfect vacation, which allowed us to visit the cities and see the sites that we wanted.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

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Illinois

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Effortless and great attention to detail. JayWay Travel was very responsive to our personal needs and desires. We would not have been able to plan such a great trip by ourselves. We wish JayWay Travel could include other regions of the world because their travel model really works!

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5

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