Alps, Central and Eastern Europe

Alps, Central & Eastern Europe

Easy Pace

Easy Pace Budapest Vienna and Prague (Summer 2018)

Duration: 11 days Visiting: Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary

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These three capitals, lush with magnificent cathedrals, imperial palaces and majestic castles, stand at the geographical heart of mainland Europe. Their history and culture are majestically intertwined by the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Budapest.

    On arrival at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, enjoy a complimentary transfer to your hotel at 10:00, 13:00 or 15:30. Meet your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:00. Tonight you are in for a treat with your Welcome Dinner at Gundel, one of Budapest's most renowned restaurants for over a hundred years. Dine in elegance as you savour hearty, Hungarian delicacies accompanied with specially-selected Hungarian wine.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Budapest, Queen of the Danube.

    Drive along the elegant boulevards en route to Heroes’ Square. Walk with your Local Expert along the medieval cobblestone streets of the Castle district to visit Matthias Church and admire sweeping views from the Fisherman’s Bastion over the exquisite Parliament building. Make your way to a traditional Strudel House to see pastry chefs at work, as they prepare delicious sweet strudel by stretching the dough and readying fillings. Enjoy a delectable taste of this famous delicacy paired with a rich aromatic coffee. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city at your leisure. This evening, perhaps you could stop for an aperitif of Hungarian Pálinka in and elegant cafe in the old city or maybe opt for a glittering dinner cruise along the Danube?

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Free Time in Budapest and Dinner with the Locals.

    (Relaxed Start) The day is at leisure to immerse yourself in Budapest's history, culture and gastronomy. Perhaps, visit a thermal bath (an institution in Budapest), spend time browsing the boutiques on Vaci Street or relax in a sidewalk cafe. In the evening, you are invited by one of the locals to a Dine-at-Home experience. Sit down to a hearty Hungarian meal and learn about life in this enchanting city.

  5. Day 5

    Along the Danube to Szentendre and on to Stately Vienna.

    Travel past the remains of the Roman settlement of Aquincum and along the Danube to the picturesque riverside village of Szentendre. This community has long been the haunt of artists, enchanted by its brightly-coloured houses and quaint churches. Then, journey westward for a stop in the pretty town of Győr, located on the confluence of the Danube, Rába and Rábca rivers. Cross the border and continue to stately Vienna, known for its elegant coffee houses and lavish architecture steeped in history. This evening, choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.

  6. Day 6

    Vienna and the Habsburgs.

    Much of Vienna’s present-day charm is due to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join a Local Expert for a private visit of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace and its formal gardens. Then ready your camera for a dazzling drive around the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House, magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building and Karlskirche. The afternoon is at your leisure.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Vienna at Leisure.

    (Relaxed Start) Discover the regal grandeur of Vienna, as you explore at your own pace. Perhaps start at St. Stephen’s Cathedral - one of Europe’s great Gothic structures - or browse the shops of the bustling Kärntnerstrasse? You may wish to add another capital to your travels with a visit across the Slovakian border to Bratislava. Ask your Travel Director to recommend local attractions and restaurants, as you appreciate the long, warm summer evening in European style.

  8. Day 8

    Charming Český Krumlov and Golden Prague.

    Once over the Czech border, continue to picturesque Český Krumlov where you'll start with a brief orientation tour of this fairy-tale town, straight out of the Middle Ages. Enjoy some free time to explore and appreciate views of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, past colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. In the afternoon, continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Prague.

  9. Day 9

    Prague, City of a Hundred Spires.

    Join a Local Expert for a guided visit to one of Europe's most beautiful and historic cities. Start with the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, where you can admire the stained glass of St. Vitus Cathedral and spectacular views over the Old Town. Finish in the Old Town Square where the mechanical antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers each hour. The city is then yours to explore. Maybe take a river cruise through the heart of the city or walk in the footsteps of kings along the Royal Route? Czechs are passionate about their beer, so be sure to try the local lagers, alongside Czech the cuisine.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Prague at Leisure.

    (Relaxed Start) Wind along cobbled lanes and discover a treasure-trove of hidden gems, as you explore Prague at your own pace. Perhaps cross the river to the castle district and experience the real Prague, away from the hustle and bustle of the city? This evening, tantalise your taste buds with a rousing Celebration Dinner of local specialties at a restaurant offering magnificent views over the city. Dobrou chuť!

  11. Day 11

    Depart Prague.

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. Departure transfers arrive at Prague airport at 08:00 and 10:00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Budapest: With a Local Expert, visit the colourful Matthias Church and gaze out over the Danube and giant domed Parliament from the heights of the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Vienna: The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace indulges your senses. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a six-year-old prodigy.
  • Cesky Krumlov: Roam the cobbled streets of the picture-postcard town as you discover views of the famous castle.
  • Prague: Bewitched by the gargoyles of St. Vitus Cathedral and ghosts of Bohemian Kings, experience a private tour with a local historian through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Budapest: Your Welcome Dinner is a treat of mouthwatering Hungarian specialties, accompanied by specially-selected Hungarian wine, as you dine at the famous and elegant Gundel Restaurant.
  • Budapest: Visit a traditional Strudel House for a taste of sweet strudel and learn about the art of making this Hungarian delicacy.
  • Budapest: Enjoy a Dine-at-Home experience as you are welcomed into the home of a local for a freshly-prepared meal, typical of the region. Dine with the family for dinner and learn more about their life.
  • Vienna: For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of Vienna’s vibrant restaurants. With drinks, a delicious three-course dinner and Gemütlichkeit in abundance, your Dine-Around Evening is a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Prague: Your Celebration Dinner at a specially selected Prague restaurant, encapsulates the very essence of the Golden City.
  • Dining Summary: 9 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Morning Tea (MT) and 5 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Danube Cruise Dinner & Drinks

The most leisurely way to discover this fairy-tale city is a private cruise on the Danube with a glass of fine Hungarian wine in hand. See Margaret Island, the Houses of Parliament, Castle Hill with its Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, the Citadel and the University. While cruising, enjoy a lavish, gourmet buffet meal of Hungarian specialties and unlimited drinks.

Adult Price: EUR 61.00

Code: BUD0001

Treasures of Budapest Opera & St Stephens

Discover the real treasures of Budapest, Queen of the Danube. With our local expert, we'll enjoy a tour of the neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, opened by Emperor Franz Josef I in 1884 during the golden age of the city and considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Then, we'll continue to the Basilica of St Stephen, whose treasures include the miraculous Holy Right of the first Christian King St Stephen, the most important relic in Hungary.

Adult Price: EUR 41.00

Code: BUD0011

Budapest Behind the Iron Curtain

Join our local expert to delve into the communist history of Budapest. Learn about the 1956 uprising and hear real life accounts of life under communism. Visit Liberty quare to see the monument to the Soviet Red Army, the memorial to the victims of Nazism, and the Ronald Reagan monument. Then, we'll continue for a guided visit to Memento Park, an open air museum which preserves the monumental statues of Lenin, Marx & Engels and other reminders of the Socialist era.

Adult Price: EUR 36.00

Code: BUD0012

Traditional Dinner & Folklore Entertainment

Hearty and delicious, Czech cuisine borrows heavily from its Central European neighbours, but also boasts a few unique twists of its own. In a local restaurant, enjoy a traditional Czech meal accompanied by the planet's most perfect pilsner. During dinner, lively musicians in traditional dress set the mood with songs and dances from Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia.

Adult Price: EUR 55.00

Code: PRA0003

Day Trip To Dresden

Cross into Germany to explore the beautiful baroque city of Dresden, known as the “Florence on the Elbe” due to its artistic and architectural jewels. A local expert shows you the Cathedral, Semper Opera House, Zwinger Palace, and you witness the treasures assembled by Saxon princes over the centuries in the Green Vault.  There is free time for lunch and shopping before returning via the Ore Mountains.

Adult Price: EUR 62.00

Code: PRA0004

Magical Prague

Discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Strana district on foot, accompanied by our expert local. Continue over the famous Charles Bridge, built in 1357, before enjoying a private cruise on the Vlatava. Enjoy a drink as you glide past the magical sights of Prague.

Adult Price: EUR 41.00

Code: PRA0005

Heurigen Dinner & Kahlenberg

A short drive takes us through the edge of Vienna Woods to the Kahlenberg Mountain for spectacular views over Vienna and its surround. Then we head to the characteristic Wine village of Grinzing for a traditional 'heurigen Dinner' with the locals and Schrammel music. This optional will occasionally be offered without dinner for €30.

Adult Price: EUR 58.00

Code: VIE0001

Gala Viennese Concert

Enjoy a wonderful concert of Viennese Classical music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers. During this special evening, enjoy a glass of champagne along with some of the most famous works by Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (On occasion dinner will be included EURO 99)

Adult Price: EUR 54.00

Code: VIE0002

Dinner In A Country Mansion

Cross the Danube, passing the famous Prater Park en route to one of Austria's most famous restaurants. Former patrons include Napoleon, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Liz Taylor and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once through the door of this historic country mansion you're transported to a different world! Old memorabilia, autographed photos and other paraphernalia cover the ceilings, walls and even the rest rooms. Choose from traditional Austrian fare, enjoy unlimited drinks and be serenaded by musicians at your table. A fun-filled experience never to be forgotten!

Adult Price: EUR 62.00

Code: VIE0003

Hidden Treasures Of Old Vienna Walk

A leisurely walk with an expert historian unveils the hidden squares and tucked-away corners of the old city. See the Hofburg Palace, which was the official residence of the Habsburg Empire for more then 600 years. Admire the beautiful baroque Church of St. Peter's and the Column of the Holy Trinity. See the most important House of Mozart, where "Marriage of Figaro" was composed. Finally, visit St. Stephen's Cathedral where your local expert explains its importance to Austrian culture and history.

Adult Price: EUR 30.00

Code: VIE0004

Excursion To Bratislava

The Slovakian capital of Bratislava is only a short drive from Vienna. During its long history, the city has belonged to Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia - in fact, it was even the Hungarian capital for a time. Our local expert will take us for a leisurely walk through the old town showing you all its fascinating sites. Then some free time before we head back to Vienna.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: VIE0005

Accommodation

 

Corinthia Hotel Budapest

Budapest (Contemporary) - Hungary

Located in the heart of the city, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest blends classic hotel opulence with the finest five-star luxury. Its refurbished Royal Spa is simply stunning!

Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Decorated in the style of Viennese Art Nouveau, the elegant Hotel am Konzerthaus is located in Vienna’s embassy quarter with the Ringstraße boulevard just a few steps away.

pentahotel Prague

Prague (Contemporary) - Czech Republic

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7787 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 10 November, 2017

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    Trip: I really liked the itinerary as I think it covered the main attractions in each city.

    Service: Everything on our trip was very well organized. I liked the leisure pace of this tour. Having 3 days in each place allowed us to have one day in each city to plan ourselves. I had a great time and would not hesitate to travel with Insight Vacations again!

  • 10 November, 2017

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    Trip: Fabulous destination cities and side trips/stops to Bratislava, Dresden, Cesky Krumlov, Gyor.

    Service: Great tour director. Roomy bus. Very good hotels. Good restaurants, not great. Lots of time to explore on our own. Learned lots of history on bus between destinations. Local guides and experts excellent.

  • 06 November, 2017

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    Trip: Itinerary was interesting & covered all important sites. Easy pace suited me. Hotels were first class but a little out of town.

    Service: I would use hello world for insight. No hassles or upsets

  • 05 November, 2017

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    Trip: We were pleased with all three cities we visited . Budapest in fact exceeded our expectations and we would like to visit there again sometime in the future .

    Service: Everyone was very responsive to our needs . When we had any problems they were dealt with promptly and in a courteous fashion . All Insight representatives paid attention to our requests and we will definitely plan another trip with Insight .

  • 03 November, 2017

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    Trip: I elected to go on ALL the optional tours so it wasn't quite as Easy as it could have been. I loved every minute of it! I still had quite a bit of free time to wander and explore on my own. While I was looking forward to the exploring the Imperial Capitals - which I did - I personally gained so much more insight and understanding than I expected about their recent past and how it impacted the cities; particularly WWII and the Soviet Occupation.

    Service: Our guide, Sharon, was excellent. She knew the locations - which was expected - but also helped out with special requests such as ideas for unique local tours for our free time, explained the local transportation systems so we could come and go as needed, and helped with medical issues. She also made time to visit/chat as the tour progressed. A small group of us had a great chat on the bus to Prague talking about why we all liked to travel around the world. She gave us ideas for upcoming trips some of us hadn't considered. Our driver, Karoly, was so friendly and helpful. He made the trip easy, helped those of us with short legs get on and off the bus, and laughed at our not very good jokes!

  • 30 October, 2017

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    Trip: Three interesting and wonderful cities!

    Service: This was our fourth Insight Tour. We enjoy the fact that we stay in a city two or three nights. This gives us the opportunity to get a little bit better feel for the place. The tour guides are always so well informed and able to share interesting facts about the cities and places.

  • 25 October, 2017

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    Trip: Excellent choices of sites visited

    Service: Choice of hotels, excursions, local guides, attentive guide and driver.

  • 24 October, 2017

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    Trip: Relax , freedom , arrangement very good.

    Service: Yes, if they have Chinese tour group.

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: The local guides were excellent.

    Service: Very well planned in every detail.

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: Good cities and tours. Nice balance of activities and free time.

    Service: Communication and service were great. Our tour guide was almost super human.

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: Love the itinerary and insights optional tour

    Service: Organized & updated. Will definitely join

  • 22 October, 2017

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    Trip: Choice of cities - all unique and very interesting

    Service: I would recommend this tour - it was very well organized with an excellent guide and program. Free time also in each city which we valued.

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