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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.
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3 Nights in Berlin

3 Nights in Berlin

4 days in Berlin

3 Nights in Berlin

A vibrant cosmopolitan city that’s rich in history and contemporary culture, Berlin is constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always managed to rebuild. Germany's largest city, this sprawling (by European standards) metropolis has excellent public transportation, from subways to an official rowboat ferry. 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, each with 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 constantly evolving. From the ruins of World War II to the Cold War division of the Berlin wall, Berlin has always managed to rebuild. Germany's largest city, this sprawling (by European standards) metropolis has excellent public transportation, from subways to an official rowboat ferry. 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, each with 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 Berlin TXL airport and have transport arranged to your centrally located accommodation.

Where to Wander on Day One?

Suggestion to explore on your own

It can be hard to decide how to spend your first hours in Berlin, since the city offers so much for every personal preference. If you’d like to see the city’s more artistic and hip side, we recommend focusing on the district of Kreuzberg, southeast of the city’s Mitte (“middle”) district. If you’d prefer to stay within walking distance of your hotel, we suggest focusing on the area around Hackescher Markt, north of Museum Island, or heading to Alexanderplatz, where you’ll find the city’s best view from atop its signature TV tower.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Berlin

Berlin City Group Tour

Berlin City Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Enjoy a three hour walking tour of Berlin as part of a group. Your guide will introduce you to this surprisingly diverse capital, share some interesting facts and stories and give you further recommendations if asked. Being part of the group will also give you the chance to learn more about the fellow participants suggestions for Berlin.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

A Museum Paradise

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin’s past as an imperial capital, and current status as a global cultural hotspot are made clear by its sheer variety of museums, which will spoil you for choice. If you have any interest in art and archaeology, you need to visit Museum Island, home to a UNESCO-listed museum complex that contains one of the world’s great art collections, stretching across seven museums. Next door, on the site of a failed assassination attempt against Hitler, the German History Museum covers German history from its first settlement to today, making it the best way to get an overview of German history, from kings to peasants.

The mile-long Berlin Wall Memorial explains the wall with plaques, art, museums, and a rebuilt section of the wall complete with a viewing platform (it is distant from the East Side Gallery, which has the wall's most famous murals). At the memorial you'll find excavations of buildings destroyed by the wall’s construction, giant murals, and a modern church built on the grounds of an older temple destroyed for the wall. This stretch featured more escape tunnels than any other area, and their routes are traced on the ground, next to plaques giving their history. The route ends near Mauerpark, a “Wall Park” that turns into one of the city’s most popular spots every Sunday, when crowds flock to its flea market, grassy lawns, and karaoke amphitheater.

Berlin's Role in WWII

Suggestion to explore on your own

We all know what an important role Berlin had played during WWII. If you walk on the streets of this well-known capital, you can still find shell holes and shrapnel scars from the war's last major battle in Europe. The city has become a center of memorializing WWII, especially at the memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, or the Reichstag building. We recommend visiting the small museum beneath the Jewish Holocaust memorial, reserving a free ticket to climb the glass dome atop the Reichstag. If you have a bit more time, visit the German History Museum, or the Topography of Terror. Located next to one of the longest remaining segments of the Berlin Wall, by Checkpoint Charlie, the latter is a free museum and archive devoted to understanding Nazism and its victims. The Topography of Terror is located on the grounds of the SS' main security office, the headquarters of the Gestapo, and other infamous organizations, such as the Einsatzgruppen death squads. This sobering museum is especially effective in showing the rise of Nazism, and its very earliest days in power.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Berlin

Potsdam Group Tour by Train

Potsdam Group Tour by Train

Included in your vacation package price.

Just a short train ride from Berlin, Potsdam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will impress you with its marvellous charm and grandeur. On this tour with an expert local guide you'll see everything Potsdam has to offer, starting with the stunning Sanssouci Palace, the favorite residence of Frederick the Great. Set amongst beautiful parkland scattered with temples, churches and grottoes, it is a sight to behold. From lovely gardens to amazing architecture, there is an amazing diversity of royal opulence in Potsdam, making it one of our favorite day trips from Berlin.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Varied Districts and Green Spaces

Suggestion to explore on your own

Berlin's a vast and sprawling city with some very diverse neighborhoods. You definitely couldn't explore all of our suggestions in a day so we feel it's best to pick one that fits your interests, from artsy Kreuzburg, bustling Mitte or leafy Prenzlauer Berg and more besides, Berlin's a city with something for everyone. Get some inspiration from our blog post about six of Berlin's distinct districts or pick a cafe to hang out in.


Berlin in the summer is a real treat, as you have the combination of the rich history and a spectrum of outdoor entertainment. Today we suggest exploring some of the city’s outdoor life. The Tiergarten is the city’s largest park and is centered around The Victory Column, which offers incredible views over the city. Many neighborhoods throughout the city also have beer gardens, where you can enjoy a cold pilsner in classic summer style. Areas such as Kreuzberg are also great places to wander when it’s warm. You’ll find outdoor dining and drinking, markets, and more.

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.

You can upgrade your transfer

Private Transfer to Prague with a Stop in Meissen

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We also offer the following excursions in Berlin

Beer and Brewing Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Berlin Food Crawl Private Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
Moderate3 hours
Berlin Private City Tour by Car
Easy3 hours

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

4 days 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 from the magnificent Old Town Square with its 600-year old astronomical clock. From exploring 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, evident on every street, especially in 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 from the magnificent Old Town Square with its 600-year old astronomical clock. From exploring 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, evident on every street, especially in 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.

Our representative will then meet with you to answer any questions you have and to get you settled for the rest of your trip.

Get Lost on Medieval Streets

Suggestion to explore on your own

On your first night in Prague we recommend strolling around the center's side streets. It's easy to get lost here, but the river and signage make it easy to find your way home. Prague's city center side streets. With so many buildings lit up, we think this romantic walk will help you fall in love with Prague right away. There are many rooftops bars open in the summer, for which your local JayWay contact will provide some recommendations. If you don't feel like having a drink, climb up one of the lookout towers open after sunset, especially the Old Town Bridge Tower and Powder Tower.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Prague

Prague Private Walking Tour

Prague Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

This three-hour walking tour of the Golden City is the ideal way to get to know the beautiful historic center of Prague. You will walk the Royal Route, originally used for the king's coronation procession. The walk takes you through the center of Old Town, where you'll see all of the most famous sights, and also learn about the fascinating history that has made Prague a unique destination throughout the ages. Crossing Charles Bridge, your guide will tell you all the stories of the past as you head up to Lesser Town, where the tour finishes.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors

Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors

This tour of Prague Castle is the best way to quickly and easily take in the main star of the city's skyline. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the castle by tram. Once inside the castle grounds, you'll see the most impressive sites while your guide fills you in on the vibrant history of the area and its importance for the Czech nation. Highlights of the tour include the Basilica of St. George, the Golden Lane, Daliborka Tower, the Royal Gardens and the Old Royal Palace, to name just a few. In three hours you'll take in all the must-sees at the castle, as well as a few hidden gems.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour

Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour

It doesn't matter which language you say it in, beer could just be the official drink of choice for the travelers. Unite with other beer lovers on this Prague tour to sip local ales, and learn why Prague is arguably the best city in the world for drinking beer. During the tour you will visit less touristy districts outside of the city center. Along the way you'll try several tasty Czech tapas dishes as well. It's a fun tour that will show you another side of the city!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Kutna Hora Group Tour

Kutna Hora Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Kutna Hora was the second richest, and one of the most significant, towns in Medieval Bohemia. This tour will help you discover St. Barbara’s Cathedral - one of the most famous gothic churches in Central Europe, but will also take you to many beautiful gothic, renaissance and baroque townhouses in this little medieval town. You will also visit one of the most interesting burial grounds in the world: the Sedlec Ossuary, a chapel decorated with more than 40,000 human bones.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 5 hours 30 minutes

Strahov Library and New World Private Tour

Experience the Life Monastic

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

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, then head to New World, a charming, quiet part of Prague Castle.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Cesky Krumlov by Private Car

You'll be exploring more of the Bohemian countryside today and ending up in the picture-perfect town of Cesky Krumlov. A driver will pick you up in Prague based on your chosen departure time and take you on the 2.5 hour journey, ending at your Cesky Krumlov accommodation. For an additional fee, we can also arrange some extra sightseeing. You might enjoy exploring the South Bohemia region's largest city, Ceske Budejovice, home to the original Budweiser beer (brewery tours take place most days at 2pm), or touring the ornate castle in Hluboka. To escape the crowds, 13th century Zvikov Castle, on a spit of land at the confluence of the Otava and Vltava rivers, would be our choice. All are on the way. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

We also offer the following excursions in Prague

(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Kutna Hora Private Day Trip
Light6 hours
(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Prague Dinner
Light2 hours
(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Prague Full Day Walking and Driving Tour
Moderate7 hours
A La Carte Dinner Cruise
Light3 hours

1 Night in Cesky Krumlov

1 Night in Cesky Krumlov

2 days in Cesky Krumlov

1 Night in Cesky Krumlov

UNESCO-listed Cesky Krumlov (pronounced CHES-kee KROOM-lohv) 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 (pronounced CHES-kee KROOM-lohv) 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 as close as possible to your accommodation in Cesky Krumlov. Please note that Old Town is car-free and you will either need to walk to your hotel from the drop-off point or take a taxi, which is not included in the price (only taxis are allowed to enter Old Town).

Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour

Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Cesky Krumlov is the second most popular tourist attraction in the Czech Republic, bested only by Prague. Avoid getting lost in the crowds by putting yourself in the hands of a born-and-bred Cesky Krumlov native who will make sure you make the most of your visit here. This 1.5-hour tour will get you familiar with the history of the town, its famous past residents and introduce you to all the most impressive spots in this gem of an old town, with architecture that spans many centuries and styles.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 8

Day 8 - Traveling to Vienna by Private Car

Today you'll be picked up from your accommodation in Cesky Krumlov and driven to Vienna. The departure time is up to you. The van will pick you up at your Cesky Krumlov accommodation and bring you to your centrally located Vienna accommodation. For a small additional fee, you might want to consider a couple stops along the way, perhaps the youthful city of Linz or Wachau Valley, a renowned Austrian wine region. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

We also offer the following excursions in Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Private Scenic Hike Tour
Moderate2 hours
Cesky Krumlov Private Tour and Castle Group Tour Combo
Light3 hours
Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour and Monastery Visit
Light2 hours 30 minutes
Experience Cesky Krumlov on a Small River Cruise
Easy50 minutes

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

3 days 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.

Mozart and Strauss Concert in the Kursalon

Experience the Viennese Music Scene

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

Enthusiasts of Mozart and Strauss should crown their stay in Vienna by attending a classic concert in the fantastic Italian Renaissance style building, the Kursalon. Right at the edge of the City Park, the Kursalon is not only a music venue, but part of a thoughtful city design. Enjoy your concert with great seating and fill your heart with amazing tunes.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

Vienna Group Walking Tour

Vienna Group Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Lively, vibrant Vienna is waiting for you! The capital of Austria in the heart of Europe has always been a melting point for cultures and stayed in the focus of people with liking for history, culture, art and design. Vienna Group Walking tour was created for you if you like to mingle with fellow-travelers and walk the distance meanwhile discovering major historical sights like the Stephansdom, the Jewish Quarter or the former Imperial Palace, the Hofburg. Get to know history buffs and important facts about the 600 years long Habsburg era, collect local hints from you knowledgeable tour guide and never stop exploring!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

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

You'll go from one imperial city to another today by 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 door-to-door service as well as the opportunity to see another capital city along the way we can arrange for a private driver to take you instead. On the way you can 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 afternoon you would continue on to Budapest.

You can upgrade your transfer

Budapest by Private Transfer with a Stop and Guided Tour in Bratislava

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We also offer the following excursions in Vienna

(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Vienna Dinner
Light2 hours
(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Vienna Full Day Walking and Driving Tour with a Visit to Schönbrunn Palace
Moderate6-7 hours
Art Nouveau in Vienna Private Tour
Light2 hours 30 minutes
Countryside Winery Tour with Dinner
Easy5 hours

3 Nights in Budapest

3 Nights in Budapest

4 days 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 in various locations. 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 in various locations. 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

When 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 Group Cruise

I'm Checked-in, Now What?

Included in your vacation package price.

Budapest is known as the "City of Water" for a reason. For most of its history, the city was actually two separate cities, Buda and Pest, separated by the beautiful Danube River. If you would like to spend an unforgettable hour taking in its scenic views, we'll be happy to offer an evening sightseeing cruise. You'll see the Parliament Building, Buda Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, Palace of the Arts, and more, while sipping a drink and listening to an audioguide. We suggest showing up a bit early for the best seats.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in Budapest

Pest Private Walking Tour

Pest Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Getting introduced to a completely unfamiliar capital city, is probably the best when you have a knowledgeable local person who speaks your language. Your guide will tell you everything you would like to know about Budapest and let you have an insight to how the everyday life of the locals looks like.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Buda Private Tour

Walk on the Buda Side

Please ask your travel advisor for the cost to add this to your package

If you have seen enough of the Pest side of the city and discovered all of its hidden parts, cross one of the bridges and explore the Buda side of the amazing capital of Hungary. The first thing you will notice is that the Buda side more calm than Pest as it is rather a residential area, but still rich in must see sights as it is the oldest part of the city. In the hilly part of Buda you will find a couple of amazing baths, such as the famous Gellert Baths or the more hidden and local Kiraly Baths, the Liberty Statue, the Buda Castle Funicular, which was the first public transportation in the city and the recently renovated Castle Garden Bazaar. In case you are looking for a truly local area, we recommend you to walk by the famous Bartok Bela street, starting from the Liberty Bridge; This the perfect place to go for a couple of drinks, a nice cup of coffee or a delicious meal. We can arrange a Buda Castle Private Tour for you in case you would like to have a deeper insight into the history and everyday life or would just simply like to have the best recommendations from a local person. Our guides have plenty of exciting stories for you.


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

Budapest Culinary Experience Small Group Walking Tour

Culinary Experience in Budapest - Small Group Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Discovering the hidden streets of Budapest, tasting various local food, having a couple of drinks and amazing company - luckily there is not anything else you will need in order to have a fantastic food tour of Budapest. Join a small group tour and just follow your guide to some of the best local places, bars and restaurants.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours 30 minutes

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.

Bathe with the Locals

From Streets to Museums - The Artists of Budapest

Suggestion to explore on your own

Budapest has the rich art scene you'd expect of a large capital city. Fortunately, you don't have to visit museums to quench your thirst for excellent art. If you walk through the Seventh and parts of the Eighth districts, you'll find that the local street art scene is quite vibrant. If you prefer museums, we recommend the Koller Art Gallery near Buda Castle, or the Deak Erika Gallery, which focuses on the best works of modern and contemporary Hungarian artists.

Day 13

Day 13 - Traveling to Krakow by Private Car

A lovely and comfortable drive awaits you today. A private driver will pick you up in Budapest and bring you to your accommodation in Krakow. The journey will be scenic as you'll go through the beautiful countryside of Slovakia, including the Tatra mountains. The advantage of taking a private transfer is that for a small additional fee to cover waiting time you can make a stop along the way. If you just want a lunch stop then a true slice of Slovak life can be sampled at a sheep farm. 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. The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

Krakow by Private Transfer
We also offer the following excursions in Budapest

(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Budapest Dinner
Light1,5 - 2 hours
(FOR PRIVATE GROUP) Szentendre Half Day Trip with a Skanzen Visit and Lunch
Light5 hours
Alternative Budapest Small Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Best of Budapest Photo and History Private Tour
Light2 hours

2 Nights in Krakow

2 Nights in Krakow

3 days 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. 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 the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are chilling and vivid reminders 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. 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 the memorials in the Jewish Kazimierz district and the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are chilling and vivid reminders 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

When you arrive in Krakow, your driver will bring you straight to your centrally located accommodation.

Chopin Music Concert

Chopin Music Concert

Music is one of the most important elements of culture, and this is a great way to experience it in Krakow. You'll have the opportunity to appreciate a Polish musical genius in the unique atmosphere of Krakow's Market Square. This is a special concert dedicated to Frederic Chopin, an icon of Polish and European music and a piano virtuoso. Listen to Chopin's most famous piano pieces performed by talented and award-winning young pianists in the Chopin Gallery on 14 Slawkowska Street.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 14

Day 14 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Krakow Private Walking Tour

Krakow Private 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 with a local expert.There's much to discover as you walk the famed Royal Route through the city's heart, on this tour filled to the brim with historical facts and anecdotes. You'll wander from the Barbican and St. Florian's Gate to the spectacular hilltop royal Wawel Castle, visiting the Main Square with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary's Basilica along the way.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Prepare to be amazed at the devotion that drove miners to carve figures, monuments and altar pieces into the walls of an 800-year-old salt mine. This underground world has earned a place on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list. As you descend 360 of the tour's total 800 steps into the salt mine, you'll feel like you're entering a vast underground city complete with huge caverns and underground lakes, 135 meters beneath the surface. One of the most unique aspects is the largest underground chapel, devoted to Saint Kinga, a Hungarian princess who is said to have spurned a marriage proposal by the Polish king by tossing his engagement ring into a salt mine in Transylvania. When Wieliczka's devout miners miraculously found the ring, she took the hint. After walking for 3 kilometers/2 miles, you'll visit the snack bar and souvenir shop, then ride an elevator back to the surface. We do not recommend this tour for people with mobility issues.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

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 Group Tour
Moderate6-7 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour with a Private Driver
Moderate6 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau and Salt Mine Group Tour
Strenuous10 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Berlin

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Berlin Airport Transfer TXL
Berlin City Group Tour
Potsdam Group Tour by Train
Berlin - Prague Train Tickets 2nd Class

Prague

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Prague Train Station Transfer
Prague Private Walking Tour
Kutna Hora Group Tour
Prague - Cesky Krumlov Private Transfer

Cesky Krumlov

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Cesky Krumlov Private Walking Tour
Cesky Krumlov - Vienna Private Transfer

Vienna

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vienna Group Walking Tour
Vienna Hauptbahnhof Train Station Transfer
Vienna - Budapest Train

Budapest

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Train Station Transfer
Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise
Pest Private Walking Tour
Culinary Experience in Budapest - Small Group Walking Tour
Budapest - Krakow Private Transfer

Krakow

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour
Krakow Airport Transfer
The package excludes:

  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website

Benefits of Traveling with JayWay

A JayWay vacation is more than the sum of its parts. Our team work tirelessly to ensure your experience is memorable for all the right reasons. Your trip is personalized to maximize your enjoyment. You're taken care of every step of the way.

A Travel Advisor who speaks your language
We will make sure that all your requirements and interests are taken into account in preparing your itinerary.
A totally tailored itinerary for your vacation
Your trip is customized for you by  an experienced trip planner and an expert on the region.
A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions
We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.
Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day
Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.
On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road
Our local staff are at your service throughout your journey via the local prepaid cellphone which we provide.
Personalized Guest Page to make sure you're not missing out
Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Jeffrey, Patricia, Carrie & BJ

Jeffrey, Patricia, Carrie & BJ

Pennsylvania

Our trip to Budapest, Vienna and then Prague was made perfectly seamless with Jayway making all arrangements. Our overall European representative, Judit Holt, was delightful and invaluable in both developing our itinerary and then making certain that all details were executed perfectly.

Our trip to Budapest, Vienna and then Prague was made perfectly seamless with Jayway making all arrangements. Our overall European representative, Judit Holt, was delightful and invaluable in both developing our itinerary and then making certain that all details were executed perfectly.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Esther & Michael

Esther & Michael

California

JayWay Travel is by far the best travel service I have ever had the pleasure to work with. From the initial New York contact who listened to my needs, to the European contact, who made sure that all of those needs were supplied in a most efficient manner, our experience traveling with JayWay Travel, is one we will surely return to again.

JayWay Travel is by far the best travel service I have ever had the pleasure to work with. From the initial New York contact who listened to my needs, to the European contact, who made sure that all of those needs were supplied in a most efficient manner, our experience traveling with JayWay Travel, is one we will surely return to again.

Year : 2019
Visited : Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Tami & Joseph

Tami & Joseph

Wisconsin

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy! Martina was very helpful and had great suggestions and good info.

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy! Martina was very helpful and had great suggestions and good info.

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

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