Day 1: Arrival In Prague
Upon arrival at Prague airport, a driver will meet you and drive you to your centrally located hotel. Following check-in, head out and begin discovering Prague’s highlights with a visit to the Old Town Square using your detailed full itinerary for directions and information. Sat at the heart of the city’s historical centre, you will see highlights which include the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and a host of beautiful examples of Baroque & Gothic architecture.
Day 2: Private Walking Tour and Sightseeing Prague
On your private guided walking tour this morning you will explore the Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in Europe. To reach the castle, your tour will cross the famous Charles Bridge and pass through the charming Little Quarter. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the Prague Castle area including the Golden Lane, interior of the palace, the beautiful gardens and St Vitus Cathedral.
You may also wish to further explore the Little Quarter where you will find highlights including the John Lennon Wall, Kampa Park and the Wallenstein Gardens.
Day 3: Gourmet Tour Through Prague
This morning, a guide will meet you and take you on a 3 hour tour through the delicious gourmet delights of Czech cuisine. From regional Czech products to intimate cafes and wines from vineyards in Prague, this tour will certainly fill your stomachs!
In the afternoon, explore the New Town district of Prague where you’ll find Wenceslas Square and an array of shops, restaurants and cafes. If you are feeling adventurous, use your itinerary to discover the beautiful residential area of Vinohrady, known for its Neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture and its myriad of bars and taverns.
Day 4: Train Journey to Vienna
Today you will journey to Vienna on a scenic four hour train journey through the Czech countryside. Upon arrival, take a taxi to your hotel and check in to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, our expert local guide will meet you and take you on a tour through the Inner City of Vienna where you’ll see a mix of beautiful Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture.
In the evening you may wish to revisit sights you will pass by during your tour, including St Stephen’s Cathedral, Mozart’s House and the medieval narrow lanes full of restaurants and bars.
Day 5: Vienna’s Naschmarkt, Sightseeing, and Culinary Journey Dinner
If you are a lover of outdoor markets then this morning you will thoroughly enjoy a visit to Vienna’s largest and busiest outdoor market, The Naschmarkt. Over a kilometre in length, it is filled with a delightful variety of booths and small shops selling anything from cheeses, meats, fresh fruits & to spices and other exotic foods from around the world.
You can also find souvenirs and other interesting tidbits. From here you can take a stroll to the Imperial heart of Vienna where you’ll find the Hofburg Palace, Imperial Tresury, the world famous Albertina Museum and the Spanish Riding School known for its Lipizzaner Stallions. In the afternoon, you can explore the Ringstrasse or the Ring Street, which surrounds Vienna’s old town where the city walls once stood. Highlights here include the Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum or the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History) Museum and the neo-Gothic City Hall.
In the evening, experience a culinary journey through the former Austro-Hungarian Empire with a special 7 course dinner, which also includes a pilsner beer, Austrian wine, and Viennese coffee. The dinner is included in your itinerary price.
Day 6: Danube Cruise through the Scenic Wachau Valley
Today you will venture out of the city for a scenic and relaxing day trip to the Wachau Valley. Using your itinerary to guide you, take the train approximately hour and half to the town of Melk, where you can visit the beautiful Melk Abbey.
From here you can begin a 22 mile river cruise along the Danube River to the town of Krems. During your cruise through the Wachau Valley you’ll pass medieval castles and hills covered in vineyards - maybe you'll feel like taking a stop in a wine village along the way. When you disembark, explore the picturesque town of Krems before returning to Vienna by train.
Day 7: Schönbrunn Palace & Train Journey to Budapest
This morning take a ride on the metro and visit the former residence of the Empress Maria Theresa, the Schönbrunn palace. Take a tour through the palace interior, stroll through its beautiful manicured gardens or have some fun in the labyrinth and adjoining zoo! In the afternoon, take a taxi to the rail station for your train journey to Budapest.
On arrival, a driver will meet you and take you to your centrally located hotel. In the evening, introduce yourselves to Budapest by taking a romantic evening cruise along the Danube and witness all of Budapest’s grand landmarks lit up on the river bank.
Day 8: Half-Day Walking Tour of Budapest’s Highlights & Castle Hill
Budapest is a large city, so on today’s 2 half hour guided walking tour you will cover some of the city’s highlights including the striking exterior of St Stephen’s Basilica, Fisherman’s Bastion and the winding streets of the Castle District.
After your tour, you are free to use your detailed itinerary to help you explore the castle district further and venture up to Gellert Hill and immerse yourselves in the beautiful vistas over Budapest from the Citadel. If you wish, you can also take a dip in the city’s best thermal baths, the Rudas Baths and the Gellért Baths.
Day 9: Culinary Guided Walk & Sightseeing
Discover the delicious delights of Hungary’s cuisine during your 4 hour guided culinary walking tour through Budapest. You will stroll through an old Pest neighbourhood and a historic 128-year old market. You’ll become a market insider as you experience the sights, sounds, and flavours and you’ll enjoy food tastings from the best specialty food shops, ethnic eateries, local restaurants, as well as an “off-the-beaten-path” glimpse of “Life in Budapest”.
Later on in the day, you are free to spend time walking down Andrassy Avenue, one of the city’s most prominent streets and a World Heritage Site since 2002. In the evening, you can further explore Central Pest and even take a visit inside the grand St Stephens Basilica.
Day 10: Departure from Budapest
Today you will bid farewell to Budapest. A car service will pick you up from your hotel and deliver you to the Budapest Airport for your flight departure. Alternatively, we can also arrange a transfer to the rail station for your onward journey.