Spend 7 days exploring Eastern Europe’s most fascinating cities; cruising the Danube River and relaxing in the thermal baths of Budapest, exploring the lively cafes and bars of the capital of Slovakia in Bratislava, visiting the home of Mozart and Marie Antionette while eating world famous chocolate cake in Vienna, signing the John Lennon Wall in Prague, all while getting the chance to visit some of the world's most incredible Christmas Markets. The East is the most fascinating, rapidly changing region in Europe, hosting the greatest holiday parties and best atmosphere at the cheapest prices!
Please note: This trip is designed to meet in Budapest on Sunday after 16:00 and end from Prague on the following Sunday.
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This trip meets in Budapest anytime after 16:00
Monday morning we meet for a 3 hour walking tour of Budapest with a professional Hungarian guide who grew up in Communist Hungary. Breakfast will be served prior to the walking tour. The walking tour is a great introduction to the city and Magyar history and culture. Major sights on the tour include St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Chain Bridge, Parliament building, Castle Hill/Royal Palace, and the Fisherman’s Bastion.
The afternoon is free to explore Budapest and its many activities. Bus2alps recommends going Caving, joining the Communist Walking Tour or taking a walk down the Danube river.
In the evening your trip leader can recommend some great local places for dinner, and then head to check out some of Budapest’s local nightlife spots.
Today your trip leader will organize a trip to the famous Szechenyi Baths, located near Heroes Square. This is a traditional Hungarian experience you won't want to miss! After, your trip leader will lead you down Andrassy Utca, Budapest’s version of the Champs-Elysees. There is also the House of Terror, or the Art Gallery Museum. You can also visit the Great Market Hall to try its great local cuisine and do some souvenir shopping. Get there early as the Hall closes down at 18:00 on Tuesday.
Tuesday night you’ll have the option to go on a Danube River Cruise, which is a great way to see a different view of the city with beautiful views of the buildings and bridges lit up against the water at night. There is also a delicious Hungarian buffet on the boat. Or at night you are free to try one of the many restaurants in the area. Your trip leader will let you know what time to meet at the hostel to head into the bustling center of the city!
After breakfast we will depart Budapest early morning for Bratislava. Upon arrival we will meet for an included private 2.5 hour guided tour of the city.
You will have the option to enjoy Bratislava on foot as you visit the historic Michalska Gate, the National Theatre and Hviezdoslavovo Námestie. We will be guided through the old town and shown famous sites outside of the center as well. We will walk through the 13th-century Michalska Gate, discover the 15th-century Town Hall which is still in use today, and visit the picturesque Main Square.
After the tour we will have time to grab lunch before getting back on the bus to depart for Vienna. We will arrive in Vienna late afternoon/early evening and check into our accommodation.
Your trip leader will direct you to the famous Viennese Christmas Markets; step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.
Thursday morning we include a private walking tour and local guide from Vienna exploring the history and culture of this culture capital. The tour meets in the lobby of our accommodation. The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and will end just in front of the famous St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Afterwards there is time to stop off at the Hotel Sacher, home of the original recipe of the Sacher Torte, to taste this world famous chocolate cake! Vienna has numerous dining options. If you want to stay local, you cannot miss Wiener Schnitzel. We recommend a visit to the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace. This magnificent Palace can be toured in sections and has an amazing history attached to it. Marie Antoinette is one famous past resident of the palace. The Palace, located in a fully sculptured garden, is considered second only to Versaille in style, size, and opulence. Don’t forget your passport with student visa to receive the student discounted entrance!
For those looking to party, Vienna has an eclectic mix of bars and clubs in the inner city. One area in particular nicknamed The Bermuda Triangle has a high density of bars and clubs that are very popular with the local Viennese.
After breakfast on Friday morning we will depart Vienna for Prague. Upon arrival to our accommodation we will have some time to freshen up, then we hook up with the best walking tour in the city, Sandemans New Prague Walking Tour. Our 3-hour tour will cover all the main sites and stories of Prague’s fascinating history while we explore Old Town, New Town, and the Jewish Quarter. The rest of the day is yours to explore Prague at your own pace. Options are endless: shopping sprees, monuments and museums, sipping on the local brew, and heaps more! If you’re looking for a great meal, your trip leader can point you in the direction of the Czech Kitchen, the best place to try traditional Czech cuisine at a really cheap price.
Friday night we take you out for a night on the town with the Clocktower Bar Crawl, the biggest bar crawl in Prague. We skip the tourist traps and hit Prague’s best local bars and clubs, and end up at an underground club that is open until dawn.
Saturday morning your trip leader will take you across the river to Mala Strana so that you can visit the Castle, Kafka Museum, the John Lennon Wall, and Charles Bridge. For a further in depth look at the Prague Castle, you can join the New Europe Castle tour. Saturday afternoon after the Bus2alps Walking Tour your trip leader will take you to U Fleku, Prague’s most famous beer hall, for a 3-course Czech meal complete with a half liter of U Fleku’s home brewed beer! After lunch, you are free to visit the rest of this magnificent city, shop at the Palladium or pick of some souvenirs at the Old Town. Saturday night we will head to one of Prague’s incredible underground clubs.
Tour ends in Prague. Check out is at 10:00am. If your flight departs later in the day you will be able to store your luggage in the hostel. Sunday is a free day to visit any of the sites you missed over the weekend.