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Central Europe's High Culture Highlights

This sample 14 day (13 night) itinerary covers many of the culinary highlights of Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, private transfers, tickets for trains, buses, and intra-European flights, airport, bus, and train station transfers, and a rich program of activities, from a visit to the artist's village of Szentendre near Budapest, to dinners, concerts, and architecture tours elsewhere, to ensure your European vacation pleases your eyes, mind, and soul. 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 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 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Budapest

When you arrive at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport, a private driver will greet you and take you to your centrally located 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.

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 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Budapest

Budapest for the First Time

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

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.

A Rich Musical History, Excellent Venues and Famous Festivals. Play on!

Suggestion to explore on your own

Regardless of your musical tastes, you’ll find something to listen to in Budapest. Opera and classical performances abound at several venues, as does operetta, if you prefer a lighter style. The Liszt Academy of Music reopened in 2013, reaffirming the city's significance in the world of classical music. The Spring Music Festival, the open-air Summer Festival and the Jewish Cultural Festival are mainstays of the musical calendar. Budapest is also home to the multi-day Szigetfest, a week-long dance music festival that takes place every August. But there’s always something going on in this melodic city, regardless of the season.

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Enough of Budapest? See the Countryside!

Included in your vacation package price.

If you'd like to surround yourself with art (and a surprising number of churches), head to the town of Szentendre. Sitting on the banks of the Danube, Szentendre is known for its artist's colony, which is reflected in its many galleries, museums, shops, and eclectic decor. We recommend visiting the Margit Kovacs Ceramic Museum, or one of the town’s marzipan museums. For an extra fee, we can add an hour in the Skanzen open-air ethnographic museum. After driving half an hour from Budapest, you’ll have four hours to spend taking in the narrow streets, steep steeples, and poking your head into the many shops, courtyards, and galleries.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

A Bit of Everything

Suggestion to explore on your own

Budapest's eccentricity especially applies to its architecture. From Roman amphitheaters, through Gothic-style cathedrals and Turkish baths, to beautiful Art Nouveau buildings, nearly every architectural style can be found in Budapest. Some of our favorites are the Gothic Matthias Church, together with the Fisherman's Bastion, the Renaissance Opera house, the Baroque Széchenyi Bath, and the Art Nouveau-style Gresham Palace, facing the Danube and the Chain bridge. The Gothic Revival Hungarian Parliament Building, and Vajdahunyad Castle (a true hodgepodge of styles) are real architectural must-sees.

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Vienna by Train

The impressive, imperial city of Vienna is waiting for you today. Thanks to the great train connections between Budapest and Vienna, you can choose a convenient departure time; we will have arranged second class tickets with seat reservations for the roughly 3-hour journey. Our driver will take care of bringing you to the Budapest train station. If you'd prefer, first class tickets can be arranged as well. To save time and enjoy a relaxing ride, we recommend door-to-door service with our private transfer option. For an additional fee, a driver will pick you up in Budapest at your convenience and bring you directly to your accommodation in Vienna.

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Private Transfer to Vienna

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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

3 Nights in Vienna

3 Nights in Vienna

3 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 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Vienna

A driver will greet you at Vienna's Hauptbahnhof Train Station and take you to your accommodations.

Visit a Traditional Wine Tavern

Suggestion to explore on your own

Have you just arrived and are ready to discover? Vienna's layout is based on Paris', with a system of grand boulevards and avenues that make it hard to get lost, so venture down one of its rings and start making discoveries! When it's time for a break, visit a "heuriger." These traditional taverns exclusively offer local wines, generally produced themselves earlier in the same year, alongside classic local dishes, and some even have musical entertainment. Your local JayWay contact will recommend several places to visit, based on the time of year.

Experience the Viennese Music Scene

Included in your vacation package price.

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 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

Baroque Beauty: Visiting Schonbrunn Palace

Included in your vacation package price.

Combine your city discovery with guaranteed skip the line entry to the beautiful Baroque Schönbrunn Palace. After participating a guided visit in the Imperial Rooms of the palace, you'll have plenty of time to discover more: the Gardens, the Maze, the Gloriette, or if you are with young fellows, the Zoo!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Touch History and Culture in Vienna

Suggestion to explore on your own

If you want to get a taste of art and culture in Vienna, the Museumquartier should be your destination of choice. With more than a dozen museums ranging from the old and dusty to the young and avant-garde, this is the neighborhood that packs a lifetime of local culture into a few compact streets. It’s worth heading over to wander and window shop. You’re certain to find a museum or specific exhibition that suits you.

Dinner and Concert in the Schönbrunn Palace

Included in your vacation package price.

If you were a 17th or 18th century nobleman without an orangery, you had ample reason for embarrassment. These attractive conservatories were used to grow and showcase exotic tropical plants, from oranges and limes, to ornamental plants. Often painted bright colors, these were generally the centerpiece of a palace's garden. Running for over 600 feet and more than 30 feet wide, Schönbrunn's Orangery is the second largest in the world, only exceeded by Versailles'. Spend an unforgettable evening here with sophisticated food and uplifting classic music performed by the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra and the Schönbrunn Palace Ensemble


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Vienna

Art Nouveau in Vienna Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Are you captivated by architectural innovations of the 20th century? Do you like or would like to know more about the unparalleled combination of luxury and playfulness in Art Nouveau? If yes, then this excursion is undoubtedly designed for you. Hit the road through the Old Town and 'rings' of Vienna with your local expert and get to know more about the most unique and bridging architectural style, Art Nouveau, in German 'Jugendstil'. Marvel the grandest constructions of most outstanding Viennese architectures, listen to interesting and entertaining explanation how a small movement grew into a continent wide architectural style with uniquely local character. Visit the world famous Beethoven Frieze by Gustav Klimt and end your stroll in Looshaus, American bar with matching style.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Vibrant Color, or Black and White?

Suggestion to explore on your own

Do you like street art? Don't miss a stroll along the Danube Canal where dozens of colorful murals will spoil your eyes. Should you be an enthusiast of modern and contemporary photography, make sure you check the "West Light" and "East Light" , ("Westlicht and Ostlicht") exhibitions at Kunsthaus Wien. If looking for other art forms, MUMOK and Kunsthalle Wien present very high quality contemporary art.

Plants of Stone and Cells

Suggestion to explore on your own

Travelers captivated by more modern waves of architecture can marvel outstanding examples of Art Nouveau and Modernity spread out in the city. As a counter-revolution against the industrial revolution major decorative elements of Art Nouveau were plants and animals. Most outstanding examples of 'Jugendstil' which stands for Art Nouveau in German are the Secession where you can admire Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze or the Majolikahaus by Otto Wagner. Architecture's reflection on nature was boosted by the outstanding architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser who used real plants to decorate his buildings.

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Prague by Train

The magical capital of the Czech Republic will be your final destination today. The train journey through the Austrian and Czech countryside takes a little under 5 hours. There are several departure throughout the day, and we'll book tickets with seat reservations based on your preferred departure time. We'll also arrange for a transfer from your accommodation to the train station. We can also arrange first class tickets for an additional fee though in our experience there is little difference, other than proximity to the dining car if available, between the two types of carriage. If you'd like a bit more comfortable and flexibility, we suggest a private transfer which can be arranged for an additional fee. This will save a bit of travel time and offers door-to-door service. You would also have the option of stopping to visit the famous Austrian wine region of the Wachau Valley.

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Private Transfer to Prague with a Stop in Wachau

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We also offer the following excursions in Vienna

City Bike Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Countryside Winery Tour with Dinner
Easy5 hours
Driving and Walking Private Combo Tour
Light5 hours
Good Evening Vienna Small Group Tour
Light4 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 7

Day 7 - 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.

Opera, Classical or Jazz

Suggestion to explore on your own

The Czechs are big on opera and classical, with two theaters staging operas throughout the season (year-round except July and August). Entry-level prices for seats are practically pocket change and the best seats in the house aren't too expensive either. If seeing an opera in Europe is on your to-do list, then consider it done here. You can choose your seats and buy tickets via the official website. Locals take their cultural evenings pretty seriously and dress for the occasion so it's a good idea to dress smartly to blend in. There are also passable "for tourists" performances to be found year-round, with smaller/chamber orchestras, should a shorter "best of classical" concert suffice. If jazz is more your style you’ll find many jazz clubs throughout Old Town but our pick, for jazz with views, is Jazz Dock, right on the river.

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 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Prague

Get to Know Prague on a City Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you will be exploring the hidden streets and main sites of Prague's historical center. Your local tour guide will walk you through the medieval Royal Route while showing you the Old Town Square with Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and Lesser Town. You will learn a lot about past and present life and also get tips on further activities and places worth visiting. This walking tour is the best way to fall in love with Prague.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour of Prague Castle is the best way to quickly and easily take in the 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

For Art and History Lovers

Suggestion to explore on your own

Prague is so full of fascinating sights that it's easy to miss some of the best. For a little bit of peace and quiet, you should visit the Convent of Saint Anges of Bohemia, which was founded in the 13th century. Here you'll find an exhibition on medieval art, and can find tranquility in the gardens, which are decorated by two dozen sculptures from contemporary Czech artists. This Convent is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Our second tip is the Clementinum, a large complex of chapels and other buildings that collectively host the National Library. You can join one of the daily guided tours, or take in a concert in the Mirror Chapel.

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Experience the Life Monastic

Included in your vacation package price.

This unique 2.5-hour tour will show you one of the most beautiful libraries in Central Europe. You'll love learning more about the cultural history of the Strahov Monastery, which was established in 12th century. You may recognize the library's impressive halls from Hollywood blockbusters such as Casino Royale and From Hell. After exploring the meditative temple, you can enjoy a glass of craft beer in the Strahov Brewery, and classic Czech dishes. If you are not a fan of beer, you may enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at New World, a little town within Prague Castle, where time seems to stand still. Although it seems impossible, close to the most visited site in the Czech Republic, New World is a place that tourists haven't fully discovered yet. The brewery visit can also be swapped out.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Museums of All Kinds, from Alchemy to Kafka

Suggestion to explore on your own

Prague’s got museums aplenty. In the center, the Museum of Communism tells the story of five decades of totalitarian rule. Hidden away in Old Town is the Alchemist's Workshop, celebrating the fact that Prague was the world center for alchemy back in the day. In the Old Town's Mala Strana district, you can find a Museum dedicated to Franz Kafka.The National Technical Museum in the Letna neighborhood celebrates above all the achievements of Czech engineers. Last but not least, the National Museum on Wenceslas Square's historic building is finally open again after several years of reconstruction.

Fine Czech Art, Indoors and Outside

Suggestion to explore on your own

Art lovers should visit the National Gallery's buildings. The newly renovated main building's permanent exhibition focuses on Czech fine artists. Around the corner you will find DOX Gallery, with a full program of exhibitions by contemporary artists. In the city center we recommend Mucha's Museum, dedicated to the most Art Nouveau artist, Alphonse Mucha. You can also visit the Kinsky Palace, with its collection of masterpieces from the renaissance to prsesent day. For tips on unusual monuments and street art, visit our blog.

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to Dresden by Private Transfer

Your private driver will pick you up at your Prague accommodations based on your chosen departure time and take you straight to your accommodations in the Saxon capital. For an extra fee, we can add stops at Melnik for a wine tasting, Terezin for a group or private tour, or at the Saxon Switzerland National Park.

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 Dresden

1 Night in Dresden

1 Night in Dresden

Dresden has had one of the most volatile histories of any city in Europe, being almost totally reduced to rubble in World War II. The city today is a unique combination of remembered and honored history and a vibrant, entertaining present. There are several historical buildings throughout the city that attest to the destruction here, but Dresden has rejuvenated itself since World War II, and today is one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities, with an enchanting energy and entertainment all year round. Famous for its Christmas markets, Dresden also has plenty to offer in the warmer months, from museums and memorials, to intriguing new architecture, pleasant parks, and nearby destinations for day trips. History comes alive everywhere you look in Dresden, and we highly recommend taking a closer look at the city’s museums and the traces of the past in the architecture. The city also has a rich cultural program, with numerous galleries and concert taking place quite regularly. You can certainly sample hearty German cuisine here, as well as more modern Continental flavours. You’ll love exploring this lovely city and the surrounding region.

Dresden has had one of the most volatile histories of any city in Europe, being almost totally reduced to rubble in World War II. The city today is a unique combination of remembered and honored history and a vibrant, entertaining present. There are several historical buildings throughout the city that attest to the destruction here, but Dresden has rejuvenated itself since World War II, and today is one of Germany’s most tourist-friendly cities, with an enchanting energy and entertainment all year round. Famous for its Christmas markets, Dresden also has plenty to offer in the warmer months, from museums and memorials, to intriguing new architecture, pleasant parks, and nearby destinations for day trips. History comes alive everywhere you look in Dresden, and we highly recommend taking a closer look at the city’s museums and the traces of the past in the architecture. The city also has a rich cultural program, with numerous galleries and concert taking place quite regularly. You can certainly sample hearty German cuisine here, as well as more modern Continental flavours. You’ll love exploring this lovely city and the surrounding region.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in Dresden

Welcome to Dresden! Your private driver will bring you directly to your accommodation in the center of Dresden.

The Jewel Box of Europe

Suggestion to explore on your own

For something unique, visit the “Green Vault” in the Neumarkt section of the old town. Here you will find the largest treasure trove in Europe, if not the world. Located within Dresden’s main palace, the architecture alone is exceptional, with its mix of modern and Baroque elements, to say nothing of its glittering collection. A true gem, you could spend a good portion of the day just looking over its literal gems.

Get to Know Dresden on a Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Your guide will meet you at your accommodation at the agreed upon time. You'll see the Royal Palace, the Catholic Court Church, the Semper Opera House, and the famous Zwinger Palace, among other sites. One of the highlights is the rebuilt Church of our Lady and the surrounding architecture. Ruined until recently, the church is a brilliant collection of charred original blocks, and creamy sandstone from the original quarry used to first build the church, making the building a simultaneous monument to the city’s zenith and nadir. You'll also feast your eyes on the world's largest tile mural, portraying Saxon rulers and made from the secret porcelain recipe that made the city rich (its inventor was rewarded by being thrown in prison so he couldn’t sell the recipe!). And don't forget about the Balcony of Europe, where you can enjoy a great view!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 11

Day 11 - Traveling to Berlin by Train

Wander in the Footsteps of Wagner

Included in your vacation package price.

Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation at the time of your choosing and lead you through the scenic streets of Dresden's musical past. Together you will be following the footsteps of Wagner, starting at Theater Square, passing his former residences, and finishing in front of the Church of Our Lady at the New Market Square.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

The capricious capital of Berlin is your next destination. The train ride from Dresden varies between 2 and 3 hours, but there are numerous trains each day. Your hotel reception will be able to arrange a taxi for you to Dresden Hauptbahnhof much more economically and reliably than a transfer service, so we haven’t included that in your package but can do should you wish. Once on the train all you need to do is unwind and watch the German countryside speeding by. Your package includes second class tickets with seat reservations, upgrades to first are available but are much more expensive.

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By Private Transfer

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We also offer the following excursions in Dresden

Dresden Group Walking Tour
Easy2 hours
New Town Private Walking Tour
Light2 hours
Private Day Trip to Saxon Switzerland by Train
Strenuous8 hours
Private Dresden Jewish Tour
Light2 hours

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 11

Day 11 - Arrival in Berlin

When you arrive at Berlin Hauptbahnhof you will easily find the station’s taxi rank signposted. We haven’t included a transfer here because in our experience meet & greet transfer services in Berlin are overpriced, unreliable and the driver can be hard to locate in the vast station. Berlin’s taxis are honest, reasonably priced and you’ll have no problem finding one at the station’s taxi rank, so you’ll save both time and money by taking one 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 12

Day 12 - Your First Full Day in Berlin

Get Your Bearings with a Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On the private tour, your guide will impress you with stories of the city's amazingly rich history. From Slavic forts to Prussian kings and the foundation of Germany in 1871, through WWI, the rise of the Weimar Republic and the Nazis who replaced it and ushered in WWII, the divisions of the Cold War, and the city’s resurrection as capital of a reunified country, you’ll explore the city’s rollercoaster history. Believe us when we say that there’s a lot to learn from this tour!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Your Second Full Day in Berlin

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.

Hello Potsdam!

Included in your vacation package price.

Potsdam's pastoral landmarks are spread out over a wide area, we recommend touring the manicured landscapes by bike. With this tour, you’ll take a train to Potsdam, then pick up your bikes, followed by ten miles of biking at an easy pace. you’ll pass the City Palace (now a regional parliament) and the massive dome of the Classicist St. Nicholas' Church. Although famous for its pastoral palaces, Potsdam also sports a large old town, where you’ll visit the Dutch Quarter, classic 18th-century brick buildings built for Dutch artisans. You’ll then proceed past Potsdam’s own Brandenburg Gate. After seeing Sanssouci, with its halls and gardens, and the Baroque New Palace, you’ll proceed to the Cecilienhof palace, which combines traditional Tudor architecture with German half-timbered techniques. Here, shortly after the end of World War II, Churchill, Truman, and Stalin met to determine the new world order. Nearby is the Bridge of Spies, which linked Potsdam to West Berlin. After a day of opulence and nature, you’ll take another train back to Berlin’s center. You can keep your bike after the tour, at a discounted rate.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6-7 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Departure Day

A driver will pick you up at your Berlin accommodation and drop you off at Tegel Airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Berlin

Beer and Breweries Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Berlin City Group Tour
Moderate4 hours
Berlin Food Crawl Private Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
Berlin Private City Tour by Car
Easy3 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.

Budapest

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Airport Transfer
Evening Sightseeing Cruise
Budapest Private Walking Tour
Out of Budapest - Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour
Budapest Train Station Transfer
Budapest - Vienna Train Tickets

Vienna

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vienna Hauptbahnhof Train Station Transfer
Concert in the Viennese Kursalon
Schönbrunn & City Group Tour
Dinner and Concert in the Schönbrunn Palace
Art Nouveau in Vienna Private Tour
Vienna Hauptbahnhof Train Station Transfer
Vienna - Prague Train

Prague

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Prague Train Station Transfer
Prague Private Walking Tour
Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors
Strahov Library and New World Private Tour
Prague - Dresden Private Transfer

Dresden

1 Night Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Dresden Private Walking Tour
Richard Wagner Private Tour
Dresden - Berlin Train Tickets
Berlin Train Station Transfer

Berlin

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Berlin Private Walking Tour
Gardens and Palaces of Potsdam Bike Group Tour
Berlin Airport Transfer TXL
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.

Holly & Michael

Boston, MA

JayWay made our honeymoon planning so carefree: once we got to Croatia we knew everything was already taken care of! We enjoyed all of the extra excursions and insider knowledge suggested to us as well as all of the hotels and apartments we stayed at. To think of planning a trip of this magnitude while also planning my wedding was overwhelming. I am so very thankful for JayWay and the team that helped make our honeymoon so memorable.

JayWay made our honeymoon planning so carefree: once we got to Croatia we knew everything was already taken care of! We enjoyed all of the extra excursions and insider knowledge suggested to us as well as all of the hotels and apartments we stayed at. To think of planning a trip of this magnitude while also planning my wedding was overwhelming. I am so very thankful for JayWay and the team that helped make our honeymoon so memorable.

Year : 2013
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Trogir
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2013
Visited : Croatia
Itinerary : Dubrovnik, Korcula, Hvar, Trogir
Rating :
5 / 5

Robin, Anna Evon & Bekki

Michigan

We were able to be on our own but with all the support we needed.

We were able to be on our own but with all the support we needed.

Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Zagreb, Lovke, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Prague
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Croatia, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Zagreb, Lovke, Plitvice, Trogir, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Prague
Rating :
4.8 / 5

Krishna, Franklin, Anne & Thomas

Wisconsin

We would recommend JayWay Travel without reservation! We hope to take another trip to Central/Eastern Europe planned by JayWay Travel as soon as we can! Every detail was perfectly organized for us. All we had to do was follow the itinerary and enjoy the experience which we did-beyond our expectations!

We would recommend JayWay Travel without reservation! We hope to take another trip to Central/Eastern Europe planned by JayWay Travel as soon as we can! Every detail was perfectly organized for us. All we had to do was follow the itinerary and enjoy the experience which we did-beyond our expectations!

Year : 2018
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Poland
Itinerary : Warsaw, Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw
Rating :
5 / 5

Alan & Vivian

Delaware

All our needs were well taken care of. The people involved with JayWay Travel were professional, knowledgeable and often exceeding expectations.

All our needs were well taken care of. The people involved with JayWay Travel were professional, knowledgeable and often exceeding expectations.

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

Margaret & Michael

Alaska

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

Year : 2016
Visited : Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2016
Visited : Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Itinerary : Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Vilnius
Rating :
5 / 5

Chris Christensen, Amateur Traveler Podcast

US

We used JayWay to plan a trip for listeners of my Amateur Traveler travel podcast to Prague, Krakow and Budapest. They helped us determine the itinerary and schedule it so that we were in town for some interesting events. They were a joy to work with and I am looking for opportunities to work with them again.

We used JayWay to plan a trip for listeners of my Amateur Traveler travel podcast to Prague, Krakow and Budapest. They helped us determine the itinerary and schedule it so that we were in town for some interesting events. They were a joy to work with and I am looking for opportunities to work with them again.

Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Budapest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2018
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Budapest
Rating :
4.8 / 5

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