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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.
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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 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 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.

Visit Kutna Hora, the 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, 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.

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 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 wine region Wachau Valley or Mikulov if you'd like to enjoy a glass of wine on the way.

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 Tasting Group Tour
Easy1 hour 45 minutes
Bohemian Flavors and Neighborhoods Small Group Tour
Light4 hours
Bohemian Paradise Private Day Trip
Strenuous9 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 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.

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

Hungarian Wine Tasting with Food Pairing

Hungarian Wine Tasting with Food Pairing

Included in your vacation package price.

Hungary is well known for being a wine country. Although it's quite small, it has 23 different wine regions. During this tasting, you will have the chance to taste excellent wines from all over the country including the legendary Tokaji Aszú.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 2 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Private Eger Wine Tour

Private Wine Tour to Eger with Wine Tastings, Lunch and City Tour

Hungary is considered as a wine country for a reason. With 23 different wine regions, people who appreciate wine will surely have a good time. And in case you would like to visit one of the most famous regions of Hungary, Eger is definitely a good choice. Don't forget to try the world famous Bull's Blood.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 10-11 hours

After Darkness Comes Light - Museums that Recall Darker Times or Celebrate Something New and Nice

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.

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
Best of Budapest Photo & History Private Tour
Light2 hours
Budapest Caving Adventure Small Group Tour
Strenuous3 hours 30 minutes
Budapest Christmas Markets Private Tour
Moderate3 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
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 Xiaohui Ho

Xiaohui Ho

Easy and professional to work with, with a focus on the individual client's needs and interests.

Easy and professional to work with, with a focus on the individual client's needs and interests.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Germany
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Germany
Itinerary : Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
Rating :
4.8 / 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

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