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A Whistle-Stop Tour of Central Europe

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 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, Vienna, 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 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

Strahov Library and Brewery 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.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Prague

Private Food Tour

Taste Prague's Exciting Food Scene

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

Since 2008 or so the foodie scene in Prague has developed at a rapid pace. There are farmer's markets on most days and the city's large expat population has provided both customers and restauranteurs to create a cosmopolitan restaurant scene that most cities would envy if only they knew about it. As well as a massive influx of foreign cuisines the standard of Czech gastronomy has been on the increase too and the best way to find out just how things have changed is to take a food tour. We've tried a few of them and weren't too impressed so we designed one ourselves. Your guide will lead you through your choice of either the city center or a less touristy neighborhood, depending on your preferences, helping you discover the tastiest dishes and specialties of Czech cuisine and telling you some interesting and off-beat facts along the way.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3-4 Hours

Explore Bohemia on a Day Trip from Prague

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Take a break from the city and get out into the Bohemian countryside. Head east or west on your pick of two very different day trips. Two hours to the north, close to the German border is the ornate spa town of Karlovy Vary, or Carlsbad to its neighbors. With elegant colonnades, luxury and medicinal spas, a local herbal liquor distillery and a crystal factory, there's plenty to fill your day here! If you'd prefer a shorter journey and a more traditional Bohemian town then we'd recommend UNESCO-listed Kutna Hora. It's best-known for its "bone church," the Sedlec Ossuary, but is actually listed for its beautiful historic Old Town, St. Barbara's cathedral and the Italian court, once the royal mint, due to the now-exhausted silver mines in the area.

Karlovy Vary Private Day Trip

Karlovy Vary Private Day Trip

Suggested activities for an additional cost, depending on your choice

Enjoy a trip to the legendary spa town Karlovy Vary. Hot springs were discovered here in 14th century by King Charles IV. Your private driver and tour guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Prague and drive you about two hours to Karlovy Vary. On the way to Karlovy Vary you will stop in a nearby castle Loket, which was built in 13th century and where Casino Royale was filmed. At the end of the day you'll be driven back to Prague.


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

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 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 also one of the most interesting burial places in the world. 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 - 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 morning or 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 comfortable and flexibility, we suggest a private transfer which 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

Vienna by Private Transfer with a Stop in Lednice Valtice

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

2 Nights in Vienna

2 Nights 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 the Vienna train station and take you to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Vienna

HOP ON HOP OFF All Lines Bus Tour + Walk 24 hrs

Get to know Vienna on a walking tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Today you'll be enjoying an all-in-one group Vienna walking tour of Vienna's historical old town, covering all the best sights and stories. Your guide will recount a wide range of stories spanning from Vienna's medieval, renaissance, WWII, and modern day Vienna on this entertaining & interactive stress free walking tour exposing the city's best kept secrets.


For additional fee, we can also arrange for a private walking or driving tour.


Activity Level : Easy
Duration : 1 Hour

Baroque Beauty: Visiting Schonbrunn Palace

Suggestion to explore on your own

Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture lover, or you’re just trying to get a full experience of Vienna, a visit to Schonbrunn Palace is a must. From the palatial gardens to the stunning Baroque architecture, this has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vienna. You can get there simply on public transport, then arrange for a group tour, or explore on your own. The castle also hosts numerous short-term exhibitions and classical music concerts throughout the year, so be sure to check the schedule.

Day 6

Day 6 - Traveling to Budapest by Train

From one imperial city to another today, via 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 accommodation in Vienna and take you to the train station. If you'd prefer the comfort of a door to door service as well as the opportunity to see another capital city along the way we can arrange a private driver to take you instead and on the way stop for a few hours in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. You would have a tour of the city by our driver guide and then some free time to enjoy lunch on your own. In the mid afternoon you would continue on to Budapest.

You can upgrade your transfer

Budapest by Private Transfer with a Stop 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
City Bike Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
Concert in the Kursalon
Easy1 hour 30 minutes
Countryside Winery Tour with Dinner
Easy5 hours

2 Nights in Budapest

2 Nights 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. 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 6

Day 6 - 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.

Evening Sightseeing Group Cruise

Evening Sightseeing Cruise

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 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

Budapest Food & Wine Tasting Experience - Small Group Tour

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

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

The Hungarians have always placed a lot of importance on food, and their cuisine is probably the most interesting in Central Europe. Get familiar with the aromas and flavors of Hungarian cuisine on our Gastro-Budapest Tour, which will introduce you to classic local dishes, wines and spirits as well as show you some of the best places to shop, eat and drink in the city. You can 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

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 Private City Tour by Car
Light3 hours
Budapest Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Easy2 hours 30 minutes

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 Train Station Transfer
Prague - Vienna Train

Vienna

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Vienna Train Station Transfer
Vienna Group Walking Tour
Vienna Train Station Transfer
Vienna - Budapest Train

Budapest

2 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Budapest Train Station Transfer
Budapest 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
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 Vicky & George

Vicky & George

Florida

Jay Way Travel makes it easy to plan a trip the way we prefer to travel: with a lot of support, planning help and guidance and yet you are not in a big group but independent. Definitely recommend. And thank you for a great nine days!

Jay Way Travel makes it easy to plan a trip the way we prefer to travel: with a lot of support, planning help and guidance and yet you are not in a big group but independent. Definitely recommend. And thank you for a great nine days!

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Poland
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Poland
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Cynthia & Michael

Cynthia & Michael

Illinois

I wish JayWay Travel provided services for all destinations world-wide! Making travel plans abroad is challenging with language barriers, currency differences, transportation uncertainties, etc. You made travel planning so easy and your first-hand, expert advice was much appreciated. JayWay Travel provides just the right amount of support, while allowing travelers all of the independence needed for a great travel experience.

I wish JayWay Travel provided services for all destinations world-wide! Making travel plans abroad is challenging with language barriers, currency differences, transportation uncertainties, etc. You made travel planning so easy and your first-hand, expert advice was much appreciated. JayWay Travel provides just the right amount of support, while allowing travelers all of the independence needed for a great travel experience.

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Budapest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary
Itinerary : Prague, Krakow, Budapest
Rating :
4.8 / 5
Review by David

David

Washington

JayWay Travel is an outstanding agency that allows the traveler to decide how much or how little to have planned with extremely knowledgeable, responsive and dedicated personnel. We were incredibly appreciative and grateful for the excellent and punctual tour guides, excursions and transfers from city to city, and the ability to have our own English speaking local JayWay contact available by a loaner phone for any questions that might have arisen. This is top notch service; thank you JayWay Travel!

JayWay Travel is an outstanding agency that allows the traveler to decide how much or how little to have planned with extremely knowledgeable, responsive and dedicated personnel. We were incredibly appreciative and grateful for the excellent and punctual tour guides, excursions and transfers from city to city, and the ability to have our own English speaking local JayWay contact available by a loaner phone for any questions that might have arisen. This is top notch service; thank you JayWay Travel!

Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria
Itinerary : Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Czech Republic, Austria
Itinerary : Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5

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