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Itinerary

DAY 1 - Depart fo Hungary
Depart for Hungary

DAY 2 - Arrive in Budapest
Arrive in Budapest and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink, orientation meeting and dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3- Budapest City Tour
Morning city tour of Budapest. Begin in Pest and continue to view the Parliament, Heroes' Square, and Market Hall before crossing the Danube to the Buda Hills. There, see the Royal Palace, visit Matthias Church and continue to the Fishermen's Bastion for enthralling panoramic views of the city. Afternoon at leisure, or join the optional tour to the Parliament with its stunning interior and to impressive St. Stephens Basilica, the largest church in Budapest. End the tour with a walk through the historic Great Market Hall with its over 100 market stalls and endless choices of regional products
Optional: Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall (PM)
Overnight: Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Vienna City Tour
Depart Hungary and travel through the Austrian countryside to Vienna, former center of the Hapsburg Empire. Upon arrival in Vienna, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city that begins with a drive along the Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, to view Hofburg Palace, the Opera House, the monument of Empress Maria Theresia, Votive Church, City Hall, Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, and St. Stephen's Cathedral. Afterwards, continue to magnificent Schonbrunn Palace for a highlight tour. Tonight, don’t miss the optional evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music” featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens
Optional: Mozart and Strauss Concert (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Day at Leisure in Vienna
Enjoy a full day to explore Vienna independently. As European cultural capital, Vienna abounds with stunning palaces, historical monuments, fascinating museums, and some of the world's best concert performances, ranging from classical masterpieces to lively jazz fusion. Perhaps, participate in the optional morning tour to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, one of Europe’s newest capitals with time to explore the historic center of this charming city before returning to Vienna. Tonight, feel the spirit of this imperial Vienna on the optional evening in a cozy wine tavern in the Vienna woods including a hearty meal, local wines and music
Optional: Half Day Bratislava (AM)
Optional: Austrian Wine Tavern Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Vienna
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Arrive in Prague
This morning, depart Austria for the Czech Republic. Enjoy the sights of Central Europe during your journey. Make your way through Southern Bohemia and on to the Czech capital, Prague - "The City of a Thousand Spires". This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in this gorgeous city known for its stunning Gothic and Renaissance architecture
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Prague City Tour
A morning sightseeing tour of Prague includes a visit to the Royal Castle District at Hradcany, former residence of the Bohemian kings. Enjoy magnificent views of the city and Charles Bridge below as well as a visit to St. Vitus Cathedral. Following your visit, view St. George's Basilica, the oldest church in the Castle complex and best preserved Romanesque basilica in Prague
Overnight: Prague
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart the Czech Republic
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Gate 1 itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.


Optional Tours

Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

Parliament, St. Stephen's & Great Market Hall

Day #3 21 Aug 2015 - 31 Dec 2016 $60-$71

This comprehensive tour includes three splendid interiors and at the same time provides an insight on local politics, religion and products. The cost of building the Hungarian House of Parliament would have paid for the construction of an entire town for 40,000 people. A stunning interior and the Hungarian Crown Jewels await you there. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to visit each day. Next tour St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest and most impressive church of Budapest where a relic, the mummified hand of St. Stephen, can be seen. Finally your guide takes you to the historic Great Market Hall where, like a hundred years ago, the locals still do their everyday shopping. At your leisure, absorb the unique atmosphere with over 100 market stalls and an endless choice of regional products.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Mozart & Strauss Concert

Day #4 1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016 $62-$76

Experience a delightful evening of Viennese culture in the "City of Music." Attend a concert featuring the classical masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss, two of Vienna's most famous citizens. The musicians will bring to life the passionate strains of Mozart, a child prodigy who blossomed into one of history's greatest composers and Strauss, the Waltz King, who composed the Blue Danube, the world's most famous waltz.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Austrian Wine Tavern Dinner

Day #5 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Dec 2016 $83

Spend a pleasant evening in a cozy Viennese wine tavern in one of the many villages surrounding the city in the Vienna Woods. A hearty meal is accompanied with local wine and music. An ideal way to feel the spirit of this imperial city.

Half Day Bratislava

Day #5 01 Apr 2014 - 31 Dec 2016 $64

This morning enjoy a half-day excursion across the border to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. It has undergone a major revitalization and now flourishes as one of Europe's newest capitals. The beautifully restored old town with its winding lanes and medieval courtyards is nestled between the steep Castle Hill and the Danube River. First, explore the historic center on a guided walking tour. Then, with time at leisure, stroll the lively pedestrian streets of this charming city where local street vendors offer regional gifts.


Dates & Prices

Featured Hotels
Radisson Blu Beke ★★★★ Budapest
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas ★★★★ Vienna
Leonardo Hotel Vienna ★★★+ Vienna
Courtyard Marriott Wien Schoenbrunn ★★★★ Vienna
Park Inn Prague ★★★★ Budapest

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2015 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Oct 25 $1649*
Oct 27 $1549*
Nov 3, Nov 17 $1449*
Nov 19, Nov 24, Nov 29 $1399*
2016 Travel Dates Groupon Price
Mar 10, Mar 12 $1399*
Mar 20, Mar 22 $1499*

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Accommodation Details:
Nov 3 & 29 departures will be accommodated at Leonardo Hotel in Vienna.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?
This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.