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Beer, Wine, and History

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 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.
Route for Prague, Budapest tour

4 Nights in Prague

4 Nights 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 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 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Prague

A driver will be at the airport to greet you and transfer you to your central Prague 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.

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.

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


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Museums of All Kinds from Alchemy to Mucha

Suggestion to explore on your own

Prague’s got museums and galleries aplenty so there's more than enough to choose from. Our recommendations here all focus on something that's unique to Prague and the Czech Republic. In the center, the privately run Museum of Communism, curated by an American, tells the story of the five decades of totalitarian rule and its eventual demise. Around the corner the Mucha Museum is all about the famous Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. 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. The National Technical Museum in the Letna neighborhood celebrates above all the achievements of Czech engineers, inventors and designers. Art lovers could head for the National Gallery nearby, with a focus on Czech fine artists. A little deeper into the Holesovice neighbourhood you'll find DOX Gallery, with a full program of temporary exhibitions by modern artists.

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.

Take a trip to Kutna Hora, the medieval center of silver-mining and once the second richest town in the Czech kingdom. The variety of Kutna Hora's architectural monuments and its well-preserved town center reflects its ancient fame and wealth. During your walk you will visit the gothic cathedral of St. Barbara and the Italian Court. You will also visit one of the most interesting burial places in the world. This chapel is decorated by more than 40,000 human bones, including a bone chandelier and a bone crest of a noble family. Kutna Hora has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995 and on this excursion you'll see why.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 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

Day 5

Day 5 - Traveling to Budapest by Train

Today you'll travel by train to the majestic 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 majestic city of Vienna for a chance to explore the beautiful city center.

You can upgrade your transfer

Budapest by Private Transfer with a Vienna Option

Upgrade for an additional cost
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

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. 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 5

Day 5 - Arrival in Budapest

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

Day 6

Day 6 - Your First Full Day in Budapest

Budapest Private Walking Tour

See Budapest with an Expert Guide, Get Educated and Oriented

Included in your vacation package price.

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


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise

Evening Sightseeing 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. It's a wonderful way to experience the special ambience of the city at night. See everything from a new point of view and just sit back and relax as the sights all float your way.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 hour

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Budapest Food & Wine Tasting Experience - Small Group Tour

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

Included in your vacation package price.

You'll start your tour in Budapest’s Great Market Hall. Over the next four hours of walking and tasting you will receive a thorough introduction to the cuisine (and wine) of Hungary. Led by food and wine professionals, this tour includes generous tastings along the way. You'll taste the fascinating history of the Central Market Hall (and get inside knowledge on what to taste and where to shop there). Then you'll tour the best small shops and cafes in the neighborhood. You will follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, with lunch in the same butcher's shop, before finishing the tour with a Hungarian wine tasting.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Mix with the Locals

Suggestion to explore on your own

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

Bathe with the Locals

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
Buda Castle Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
Budapest Christmas Markets Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
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
Prague Train Station Transfer
Prague - Budapest Train Tickets

Budapest

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Train Station Transfer
Budapest Private Walking Tour
Evening Sightseeing Cruise
Budapest Food & Wine Tasting Experience - Small Group Tour
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
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 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!

I highly recommend using JayWay Travel! It made our customized trip planning extremely easy!

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
Review by Susan & Carole

Susan & Carole

California

JayWay Travel is the perfect travel company for me. JayWay Travel provided me with a wonderful balance between the assistance and support that reduced the travel chaos and yet still allowed for the independence and spontaneity I yearn to have while traveling.

JayWay Travel is the perfect travel company for me. JayWay Travel provided me with a wonderful balance between the assistance and support that reduced the travel chaos and yet still allowed for the independence and spontaneity I yearn to have while traveling.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Czech Republic, Croatia
Itinerary : Budapest, Prague, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik
Rating :
5 / 5

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