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Beer, Wine, and History

8 Days / 7 Nights

Prague, Budapest

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This sample 8-day (7 nights) itinerary covers Prague and Budapest, two of Central Europe's most beautiful cities. Prague is known as the Golden City and Budapest is called Paris on the Danube. That should give you a hint of the beautiful elegance and comfortable luxury you can look forward to in both destinations. You'll be taken care of by local guides every step of the way as you experience the unique atmosphere of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Adventure awaits in the heart of Europe!

All of our tours are custom, and this is just a sample meant to give an idea of what our trips are like, and the opportunities our destinations provide. One of our team in the region will be available to you leading up to and during your 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 reach your local JayWay contact (who you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3-5 star 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.
Route for Prague, Budapest tour

4 Nights in Prague

4 Nights in Prague

5 days in Prague
5 days in Prague

4 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 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Prague

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your centrally located Prague accommodations.

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

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Prague

Prague Private Walking Tour

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

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 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.

Museums of All Kinds, from Alchemy to Kafka

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip

Included in your vacation package price.

Visit Kutna Hora, a medieval center of silver mining and once the second richest Czech town, after Prague. The variety of Kutna Hora's architectural monuments and its well-preserved town center reflects its ancient fame and wealth. While principally known for the Sedlac Ossuary (AKA the "Bone Church"), a chapel decorated with more than 40,000 human bones (some of which form a bone chandelier or messages and coats of arms), this town could have easily won its UNESCO World Heritage status from its other landmarks, such as the massive gothic St. Barbara's church.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Beer Spa Private Experience

Beer Spa Private Experience

Prague is a city of beer, but the "liquid gold" is not there only to be drunk. During this unique experience, you will have an exclusive access to a beer spa where you will be able to soak yourself in a large tub for two filled with warm water and beer extract mixture. After the bath you will retreat to the rejuvenation room where you can rest for another 30 minutes and let your body absorb the healing effects of the beer spa. Get ready to relax!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 1 hour

Day 4

Day 4 - Your Third Full Day in Prague

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

Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour

Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Unite with other beer lovers 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, tasting tasty "beer snacks" along the way!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 4 hours

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Budapest by Train

Today you'll travel by train to the beautifully bewitching city of Budapest. We'll arrange for transport from your accommodation in Prague to the train station. Because there are a few trains a day between the two cities, we'll book second-class tickets with reserved seats based on your preferred departure time. The journey takes about 7 hours. We can also arrange first-class tickets for an additional fee. For a bit more comfort, and the opportunity to squeeze in an extra city along the way, we recommend hiring a private car and driver. For an additional fee, a driver will pick you up in Prague and bring you straight to your Budapest accommodation. Plus there's the option to stop in the grand old imperial city of Vienna for a chance to explore the beautiful city center.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Budapest by Private Transfer with a Vienna Option
Budapest by Private Transfer with a Vienna Option

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Prague

Bohemian Paradise Private Day Trip
Strenuous9 hours
Bohemian Vineyards and Wine Tasting Group Tour
Light7 hours
Cesky Krumlov Private Day Trip
Moderate10 hours
Communism and Nuclear Bunker Group Tour
Moderate2 hours

3 Nights in Budapest

3 Nights in Budapest

4 days 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 5

Day 5 - 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

Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise

Included in your vacation package price.

You're invited for a panoramic boat ride at night, when the city will be beautifully lit up for your pleasure. Glass in hand, you will be able to experience how the legends of Budapest come alive. Look behind the walls of the Royal Palace, the Parliament, the bridges, and other splendid sights all bathed in light.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Budapest

Pest Private Walking Tour

Pest Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

When arriving at a new capital for the first time, it's best to have a knowledgeable local show you around. On this tour, an expert local guide will take you around the Pest side of Budapest, home to most of the city's landmarks and history, showing you not just the big-name sights, but introducing you into the everyday lives of the city's citizens.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Buda Private Tour

Walk on the Buda Side

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

If you've seen enough of the Pest side of the city, walk across the river and explore the Buda side of Hungary's capital. In hilly Buda, you'll find several amazing baths, such as the famous Gellert Baths or the more hidden and local Kiraly Baths. Visit the Matthias Church, where Franz Joseph I and Elisabeth were coronated and stop at the Royal Palace, the home of Hungarian National Gallery. Don't forget to take a ride on the Buda Castle Funicular!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Hungarian Wine Tasting with Food Pairing

Hungarian Wine Tasting with Food Pairing

Included in your vacation package price.

Hungary is well known for its wines. Despite its small size, it hosts 23 distinct wine regions. With this tasting, you'll taste excellent wines from across the country (including the legendary Tokaji Aszu), paired with foods.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Private Eger Wine Tour

Private Eger Wine Tour

With 23 different wine regions, Hungary is once more becoming famous for its wines, some of which were the favorites of royalty from across Europe. Eger is at the center of one of the country's best wine regions, home to the memorable Bull's Blood cuvee, but even without the wine, its scenery along would be worth a visit or two. Soon after you arrive to the city of Eger situated in a valley between the Matra and Bukk mountains, you’ll get to take in the medicinal baths and fine local wines. The excellent red and whites of this historic wine region are served in wine cellars that have been refined over hundreds of years. Along the way, you'll try the region's speciality: Bull’s Blood, a cuvee made from merlot and kekfrankos grapes that tastes wildly different from cellar to cellar.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 10-11 hours

After Darkness Comes Light

Suggestion to explore on your own

Budapest has a lot of museums to offer. Some harken back to the city's darker days, while some work well for people of any age. As the name implies, The House of Terror is one of the heavier destinations. It documents the fascist and communist regimes that so damaged the nation, but is renowned for its presentation and one of the city's most popular attractions. The Hospital in the Rock, a medical bunker cut into the side of Buda Hill, while connected to the darker days of WWII, is a bit surrealistic, but well worth a visit. And in case you are looking for a happier and more easily
digestible museum, we recommend the Budapest History Museum, or even the House of Houdini, housed within the walls of Buda Castle.

After Darkness Comes Light

Day 8

Day 8 - Departure Day

A driver will meet you at your accommodation to take you to the airport for your departing flight.

We also offer the following excursions in Budapest

Alternative Budapest Small Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Budapest Christmas Markets Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Budapest Market, Food, Coffee Private Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
Budapest Private City Tour by Car
Light3 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.

Prague

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Prague Airport Transfer
Prague Private Walking Tour
Kutna Hora Private Day Trip
Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour
Prague Train Station Transfer
Prague - Budapest Train Tickets

Budapest

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Train Station Transfer
Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise
Pest Private Walking Tour
Hungarian Wine Tasting with Food Pairing
Budapest 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
Your tour manager is at your service throughout your journey. We'll provide a local SIM so you can stay connected.
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 Bonnie & Dale
Bonnie & Dale
Wisconsin

It is wonderful that you can pick the places you want to visit, the hotels and activities and the times for each activity. We would definitely do a JayWay Travel tour again.

It is wonderful that you can pick the places you want to visit, the hotels and activities and the times for each activity. We would definitely do a JayWay Travel tour again.

Year : 2022
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Nuremberg, Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Prague
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Germany, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Nuremberg, Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Prague
Rating :
4.6 / 5
Review by Darrell, Cheryl & Lee
Darrell, Cheryl & Lee
Texas

My daughter and I traveled to Prague, Vienna and Budapest with JayWay’s excellent guidance. Our trip was a delight with knowledgeable guides, great recommendations on food, and lovely boutique European hotels. We can honestly say it was the best!

My daughter and I traveled to Prague, Vienna and Budapest with JayWay’s excellent guidance. Our trip was a delight with knowledgeable guides, great recommendations on food, and lovely boutique European hotels. We can honestly say it was the best!

Year : 2022
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Carolynne & Wayne
Carolynne & Wayne

JayWay Travel has excellent efficient customer rapport. They give you the flexibility YOU want and make it work. They help you create a balance between being guided and planning your own free time.

JayWay Travel has excellent efficient customer rapport. They give you the flexibility YOU want and make it work. They help you create a balance between being guided and planning your own free time.

Year : 2022
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Budapest
Rating :
5 / 5
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