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A Whistle-Stop Tour of Central Europe

8 Days / 7 Nights

Prague, Vienna, Budapest

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This sample 8-day (7 nights) itinerary covers Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. With magical Prague, imperial Vienna, and infectious Budapest all featuring on this tour you'll find it hard to pick a favorite destination. You can start from either Prague or Budapest and alter the number of nights allocated to each city. If you would prefer a more relaxed pace, see the 10-day version of this itinerary. These are the most important cities of the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, and it shows in their incredible architecture and alluring lifestyles. 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 members 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, Vienna, Budapest tour

3 Nights in Prague

3 Nights in Prague

4 days 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 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

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

Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors

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 main 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

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Explore Bohemia on a Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Prague’s location in the heart of Bohemia makes it a great base for day trips in every direction. We encourage you to leave the borders of the capital and explore the picturesque countryside. One of our favorite trips is to Karlovy Vary, one of Europe’s most famous spa towns. For a more medieval experience, we can also provide a day trip to Kutna Hora, a UNESCO-listed town. If you like wine, you could also enjoy a private wine tasting at the royal Melnik Chateau.You can read about a trip there by a blogging couple we hosted.

Karlovy Vary Private Day Trip

Karlovy Vary Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy the many colonnades of a legendary spa town on this day trip to Karlovy Vary with a private driver and local guide. The hot springs were discovered here in the 14th century by Emperor Charles IV, the town's namesake, when he was out on a hunt and their healing attributes were used for treating everyone from Peter the Great to Goethe. En route, you'll stop by the formidable 12th century gothic Loket Castle, where part of Casino Royale was filmed.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 9 hours

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip

Kutna Hora Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

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

Melnik Chateau Private Wine Tasting and Tour

Melnik Chateau Private Wine Tasting and Tour

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Experience wine, history, and love on this unique private day trip at a chateau just an hour from Prague. The town's history is closely connected with wine production, a tradition going back over a thousand years. You'll visit the place where 23 Czech queens and princesses have lived, enjoying a private tour, and trying local wines in a medieval wine cellar.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 5 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 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Vienna by Train

Today, you'll have a lovely train ride from Prague to Vienna. As there are a number of trains running throughout the day, you can depart either in the morning or the afternoon for the roughly 5-hour trip. We'll arrange standard class tickets based on the train time of your choice and have a driver transfer you from your accommodation to the Prague 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 comfort and flexibility, a private transfer 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 for lunch and to taste the local wines in Mikulov, in the heart of the Moravian wine region close to the border with Austria.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Vienna by Private Transfer with a Stop in Wachau
Vienna by Private Transfer with a Stop in Wachau

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

Beer Spa Private Experience
Light1 hour
Bohemian Paradise Private Day Trip
Strenuous9 hours
Bohemian Vineyards and Wine Tasting Group Tour
Light7 hours
Cesky Krumlov Private Day Trip
Moderate10 hours

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights in Vienna

3 days in Vienna
3 days in Vienna

2 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.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

Vienna Private Walking Tour

Vienna Private Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Map out Vienna's Old Town with an insider! The personalized route starts from your hotel and takes you to all the must see sights of the Austrian capital. You'll enjoy a pleasant walk through the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and its gardens, along the famous Ring Street, then passing by and entering magnificent ecclesiastic edifices like the Stephansdom. The tour will be spiced with stories, fun facts, and recommendations for places to eat, drink, and explore further. By the end, you'll feel like a local.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 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.

Touch History and Culture in Vienna
Schönbrunn Palace Dinner and Concert

Schönbrunn Palace Dinner and Concert

Included in your vacation package price.

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'. Embrace Vienna's high culture here with a three-course dinner and some of Mozart and Strauss' most beloved pieces, performed by the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra and the Schönbrunn Palace Ensemble. This is a great way to enjoy one of the city's most historic concert halls, but if you're looking for the best of the city's dining or classical music scene, we recommend going elsewhere, as this event mostly draws crowds of tourists.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 4 hours 15 minutes

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Budapest by Train

You'll go from one imperial city to another today by train. Your next stop is bewitching Budapest. There are a number of trains daily between Vienna and Budapest so we'll book second class tickets with seat reservations based on your preferred departure time. First-class tickets are also possible for an additional fee. A driver will pick you up at your accommodations in Vienna and take you to the train station. If you'd prefer the comfort of door-to-door service as well as the opportunity to see another capital city along the way we can arrange for a private driver to take you instead. On the way, you can stop for a few hours in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava.

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Budapest by Private Transfer with a Stop and Guided Tour in Bratislava
Budapest by Private Transfer with a Stop and Guided Tour in Bratislava

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

Art Nouveau in Vienna Private Tour
Light2 hours 30 minutes
Countryside Winery Tour with Dinner
Easy5 hours 30 minutes
Driving and Walking Private Combo Tour
Light5 hours
Good Evening Vienna Small Group Tour
Light4 hours

2 Nights in Budapest

2 Nights in Budapest

3 days in Budapest
3 days in Budapest

2 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 6

Day 6 - 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 7

Day 7 - 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

Budapest Market, Food, Coffee Private Tour

Budapest Market, Food, Coffee Private Tour

One of the best - and definitely a must - tours in Budapest if you consider yourself a foodie or would just simply like to have some delicious Hungarian food. Your guide will show some truly amazing local places, such as the Great Market Hall, a Hungarian restaurant and of course a beautiful coffeeshop.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

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 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 and History Private Tour
Light2 hours
Buda Private Tour
Moderate3 hours
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

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Prague Airport Transfer
Prague Private Walking Tour
Prague Castle Private Tour with Interiors
Beer and Czech Tapas Small Group Tour
Prague Train Station Transfer
Prague - Vienna Train Ticket

Vienna

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vienna Hauptbahnhof Train Station Transfer
Vienna Private Walking Tour
Schönbrunn Palace Dinner and Concert
Vienna Hauptbahnhof Train Station Transfer
Vienna - Budapest Train

Budapest

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Train Station Transfer
Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise
Pest Private Walking 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
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

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Average of our Guest's Ratings of vacation packages including these destinations
Review by Lynette, Robert, Jordan & Katelyn
Lynette, Robert, Jordan & Katelyn
Arizona

JayWay Travel made our trip very relaxing and enjoyable. We did not have to worry about one thing! All arrangements were perfectly planned. The extra bonus of the local rep in each location was impressive! They provided recommendations, answered questions promptly and communicated very well.

JayWay Travel made our trip very relaxing and enjoyable. We did not have to worry about one thing! All arrangements were perfectly planned. The extra bonus of the local rep in each location was impressive! They provided recommendations, answered questions promptly and communicated very well.

Year : 2022
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Greece
Itinerary : Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Skiathos, Santorini, Athens
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria, Greece
Itinerary : Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Skiathos, Santorini, Athens
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Stephanie & Susan
Stephanie & Susan
Virginia

JayWay Travel was super easy to work with -- providing timely communication and helping me to craft a custom visit to my cities of choice. They made my trip stress free and so enjoyable. I would use them again for sure.

JayWay Travel was super easy to work with -- providing timely communication and helping me to craft a custom visit to my cities of choice. They made my trip stress free and so enjoyable. I would use them again for sure.

Year : 2022
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2022
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Mike & Annette
Mike & Annette
Illinois

JayWay Travel had a tremendous attention to every detail; was very flexible in planning a custom trip.

JayWay Travel had a tremendous attention to every detail; was very flexible in planning a custom trip.

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