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Central Europe's Top Trio

This sample 10-day (9 nights) itinerary covers the Central European classics: our Prague, Krakow and Budapest Tour is a very popular combination. These three destinations will give you a complete picture of Central Europe's vibrant varieties of culture, architecture, cuisine and landscapes. You'll notice similarities in the spires and cathedrals of each city, but each is unique, waiting to charm you with something unexpected around every corner. Oh and whatever you do, don't call the region "Eastern Europe," the locals don't like it! The services we provide as part of our comprehensive packages include accommodations, transfers, transport between destinations, and city tours. In addition to the walking tours included we can arrange a number of excursions based on your own interests. There is also an option to travel between cities by private car or van transfers for an extra fee. You could also reverse the direction and go Budapest - Krakow - Prague, or change the order of cities and make it a Prague - Budapest - Krakow tour. 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, Krakow, Budapest tour

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

4 days in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

“The Golden City,” “The City of 100 Spires,” “The Mother of Cities,” Prague has no shortage of nicknames paying homage to its charm and beauty. Prague’s winding cobblestone streets, gorgeous architecture and atmospheric bridges are fabled. Get up early and stroll across the statue-lined Charles Bridge. Soak it 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 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

Prague Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Strahov Library and New World Private Tour

Strahov Library and New World Private Tour

This unique 2.5-hour tour will show you one of the most beautiful libraries in Central Europe. You will love learning more about the cultural history of the Strahov Monastery, which was established in 12th century. You may recognize the library from Hollywood blockbusters such as Casino Royale and From Hell. After exploring the meditative temple through its doorways, you can enjoy a glass of craft beer in the Strahov Brewery. If you are not a fan of beer your tour guide will invite you for a cup of coffee 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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

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

Stroll the Centuries

Suggestion to explore on your own

One of the main reasons to visit Prague is because it steadily grew for centuries, building and preserving grand examples of various architectural styles. Largely spared from the effects of WWII, this city is a showcase of many styles at their best, from Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance, to Art Nouveau and even styles popular among Communist architects. If you would like a closer insight in how to distinguish these styles, don't hesitate to book a local tour guide for a special tour.

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Krakow by Private Car

The historic capital of Poland, Krakow is next on your itinerary. Depending on your preferred departure time, we'll have a driver pick you up at your accommodation in Prague and drive you to Krakow.


If you'd like to discover more of the Czech Republic, we can also arrange for a mid-drive stop in the city of Olomouc. This Moravian city has a beautiful baroque Old Town with two big squares. It's a good opportunity to have some lunch, discover a very nice town and stretch your legs before continuing on to Prague. If a visit to Auschwitz was in your travel plans, we'd like to make a suggestion. For an additional fee, en route to Prague we can arrange for a stop there. As a traveling to and from Auschwitz typically takes an entire day, this option can save you significant time on your itinerary.
The vehicle used for your transfer will be a standard sedan, station wagon or minivan. We can arrange for an upgrade to a more luxurious class of vehicle for an extra fee.

We also offer the following excursions in Prague

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 Krakow

3 Nights in Krakow

4 days in Krakow

3 Nights in Krakow

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

Krakow may not be the largest city in Poland, but it is by far the most popular with travelers. Less industrial than Warsaw, Krakow was once Poland’s royal capital, and unlike the rest of the country, came out of World War II with its gorgeous architecture mostly unscathed. One glance at the city’s perfectly preserved and restored Old Town and it will be abundantly clear why Krakow is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. This compact historical district houses the largest square in Europe, where you can stroll, shop from the market and sample some tasty Polish delicacies. And, if you’re in the mood you can also sip some of Poland’s famous vodka infused with tangy buffalo grass. Krakow’s cultural life is rich and there are more than enough classical and jazz concerts to attend during your stay. Just walk through Old Town any evening and you’ll find warmly lit cafes, restaurants and bars. Of course, not all of the city’s history is happy, and both the Jewish Heritage in Krakow as well as nearby Auschwitz concentration camp are a chilling and vivid reminder of World War II. You can also explore Poland’s natural wonders from Krakow, with visits to the atmospheric Wieliczka Salt Mine, and the Tatra Mountains all comfortable day trips.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Krakow

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

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Krakow

Krakow Private Walking Tour

Krakow Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

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


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Krakow's Architectural Jewels

Suggestion to explore on your own

As a place with the good fortune to escape WWII with its buildings largely intact, Krakow offers plenty of architectural styles to seek out. St. Mary's Basilica or Wawel Castle are must-sees within the historic center. To the south of this area, you can find distinct architecture in the districts of Kazimierz and Podgorze. Further from the city center, the utopian planned neighborhood of Nowa Huta is a showcase of Socialist Realism and Classicism.

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver

Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver

Included in your vacation package price.

We invite you to visit one of the most expressive and symbolic locations in Poland. During this 6 hour tour you will explore Auschwitz Museum and Birkenau Camp that serves today significant purpose being a memorial to the victims of the Nazis. It is a place that should be experienced and seen at least one time during a lifetime.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver

Wieliczka Salt Mine Group Tour With A Private Driver

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


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Budapest by Airplane

Say farewell to Krakow today, you're leaving on a jet plane. Your destination is bustling Budapest. A driver will transfer you from your accommodation in time for the early morning direct flight. We'll book economy class tickets with luggage for you. If you'd prefer not to fly, there are buses, but it's a seven hour journey through Slovakia to get to Hungary. A private transfer is also an option, which would give you the opportunity to make a lunch stop along the way.

We also offer the following excursions in Krakow

Auschwitz-Birkenau & Salt Mine Group Tour
Strenuous10 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour
Moderate6-7 hours
Auschwitz-Birkenau Private Tour
Moderate6 hours
Chopin Music Concert
Easy1 hour

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 7

Day 7 - 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.

Day 8

Day 8 - 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 Castle 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

Exclusive 4-Course A La Carte Menu Dinner Cruise

Exclusive 4-Course A La Carte Menu Dinner Cruise

Included in your vacation package price.

If you'd like to see Budapest from a different point of view, this Candlelight Dinner Cruise is the perfect option. You'll float peacefully along the river, enjoying a romantic dinner while seeing the castle, Parliament, and all of the city's most iconic buildings from the water. It's the perfect way to take your visit to Budapest to the next level.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Budapest

Out of Budapest - Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour

Out of Budapest - Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Szentendre is always referred to as a picturesque artistic town along the river, Danube, quite close to Budapest. If you feel you have had enough of Budapest, hop into a car with a professional guide and see this cool and charming town for yourself. It is going to be a nice change of pace after all of the big capitals for sure.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 4 hours

Bathe 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. These are very much for locals, don't expect day-spa luxury! We've written a handy roundup of Budapest's best baths here.

Bathe with the Locals

Day 10

Day 10 - 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 Group Walking Tour
Moderate3 hours 30 minutes
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

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Prague Airport Transfer
Prague Private Walking Tour
Kutna Hora Private Day Trip
Prague - Krakow Private Transfer

Krakow

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Krakow Private Walking Tour
Auschwitz-Birkenau Group Tour With A Private Driver
Krakow Airport Transfer
Krakow - Budapest Flight

Budapest

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Airport Transfer
Pest Private Walking Tour
Exclusive 4-Course A La Carte Menu Dinner Cruise
Out of Budapest - Szentendre Artist's Village Private 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 Jeffrey, Patricia, Carrie & BJ

Jeffrey, Patricia, Carrie & BJ

Pennsylvania

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

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

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

Esther & Michael

California

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

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

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

Tami & Joseph

Wisconsin

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

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

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