Seasons

Autumn, Winter, Spring & Christmas Markets

Regional Journey

Vienna, Budapest and Prague (Winter 2018-2019)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic

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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 histories and cultures are 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 Vienna.

    At Vienna airport, transfers for your hotel leave at 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00. During Advent, the Austrian capital is a place of nostalgia and romance, with concerts, nativity displays and traditional Christmas Markets. Why not soak up the atmosphere or spend time in a pavement cafe? At 17:45, join your Travel Director and fellow guests and travel to a local restaurant for your Welcome Dinner.

  3. Day 3

    The Habsburgs of Vienna and on to Budapest.

    Vienna owes much of its present day charm to the long reign of the Habsburgs. Join your Local Expert for a private tour of Maria Theresa’s Schönbrunn Palace. Then get your camera ready for a circuit of the famous Ring Road. This grand boulevard is built along the lines of the old city walls and showcases many of the capital’s architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House and magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence. Your journey continues to Budapest, the former second city of the mighty Habsburg Empire.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Budapest, Queen of the Danube.

    (Relaxed Start) Stroll through the alleys of the Buda Castle District with your Local Expert. Admire the incredible interior decoration of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman's Bastion. Across the river in Pest, which is the commercial centre, see the grand Hungarian Parliament Building and visit Heroes' Square. Visit the First Strudel House in Pest to see experts at work, stretching the dough and filling the delicious treats, which are yours to taste with a rich, aromatic coffee. The rest of the day is free for you to browse the boutiques of Vaci Street. In December, the street is festively lit and the Christmas fair will be in full swing.

  5. Day 5

    Historic Bratislava and medieval Prague.

    Journey westward over the Slovakian border to arrive at the fortified capital, with the four-towered Bratislava Castle looming over the city. There's time to walk from the banks of the Danube to the Old Town’s historic squares and browse the market stalls. Continue through the wine-producing area of South Moravia to enter the forested countryside of Bohemia, dotted with peaceful lakes. Arrive at the historic capital of Prague, boasting one of the most beautiful and intact medieval centres in all of Europe.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Prague Sightseeing.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a relaxed start before joining your Local Expert at the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, dominated by the soaring spires of St. Vitus' Cathedral. Walk in the footsteps of kings, along cobbled streets past beautiful palaces for sweeping views of the city. Descend to the Old Town Square, where the mechanised antics of the Astronomical Clock’s glockenspiel delight onlookers every hour. In December, you may see children in traditional dress, dancing and singing at the Christmas Markets.

  7. Day 7

    Colourful Český Krumlov and musical Vienna.

    Travel south through the forested Bohemian countryside to Český Krumlov, nestled amid loops of the Vltava River. Wander through the cobblestone, traffic-free streets, back lanes and arch-covered footpaths, passing colourful houses that lead up to the finest castle in the land. On days when snow blankets the medieval buildings and wood smoke pervades the narrow streets, it’s a scene straight from a Christmas card. Your journey continues south as your return to Vienna. As night falls, experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classical music. The best-loved works of Johann Strauss and Mozart, performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, are combined with a delicious meal of traditional Austrian fare and accompanied with drinks.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Vienna.

    Your trip concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07:00 and 09:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Prague: Let a Local Expert bewitch you with tales of Bohemian kings and the struggles of the Velvet Revolution, during a private tour through the atmospheric courtyards of Prague Castle. Admire the panoramic views over the Old Town and former kingdom.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vienna: The sheer opulence of Schönbrunn Palace will exhilarate your senses. As you stand beneath frescoed ceilings and crystal chandeliers, a Local Expert will bring to life the story of the Habsburgs, during your tour of the house and gardens.
  • Vienna: Learn about the legendary meeting between Mozart and Marie Antoinette. Tour the Ring Road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Austrian Parliament Building and City Hall.
  • Budapest: Visit Matthias Church with a Local Expert and gaze out over the Danube from the Fisherman’s Bastion to see gargantuan Hungarian Parliament Building. Then cross the river to visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
  • Bratislava: Stroll through the fortified capital city and gaze at the impressive castle.
  • Prague: In Old Town Square see the Astronomical Clock that delights onlookers every hour.
  • Český Krumlov: Take a romantic walk through snow-covered lanes and soak up the atmosphere at the medieval old town.
  • Christmas Markets: Be dazzled by the magic of Christmas, with local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. Explore on select departures.
  • Scenic Drives: Relax and take in the views of the forests, lakes and vineyards of Bohemia and Moravia.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Budapest: Learn the secrets of traditional strudel-making when you visit the First Strudel House in Pest. Sample this Hungarian delicacy accompanied with a cup of aromatic coffee.
  • Vienna: For your Celebration Dinner, enjoy a delicious meal of Austrian fare, with drinks, while enjoying acclaimed soloists and dancers.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over Christmas and New Year’s Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

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 59.00

Code: PRA0003

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 drinks.

Adult Price: EUR 65.00

Code: BUD0001

Hungarian Dinner & Music

Gypsy music is entwined in the nation's cultural identity and Budapest is one of the few remaining European capitals with an active traditional music and folk dance scene. Tonight enjoy a sumptuous Hungarian dinner with drinks in a local restaurant while musicians serenade you at your table and put on a lively show that will leave you breathless!

Adult Price: EUR 61.00

Code: BUD0004

Parliament

Join your local expert for a tour of the Hungarian Parliament building, one of the largest and most ornate parliamentary buildings in the world. This impressive symbol of Budapest was the country's most expensive construction (they could have built a town for 40,000 inhabitants for the same cost!). With all of its gilded decorations and marble, it's often referred to as the 'Jewel box of the nation'. After the visit, we'll stop at the Kossuth Lajos square to see the Monument of the 1956 Uprising, then explore Liberty Square and take pictures of its monuments and statues. Finally, we'll see the Shoes on the Danube, a memorial dedicated to Hungarian Jews.

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: BUD0005

Hungarian Sparkling Wine and Dinner

Journeying south of Budapest takes us through one of the main wine growing regions of Hungary, to the small village of Etyek. With a climate similar to Bordeaux in France, this region is a great producer of excellent sparkling wines. Be the guest of a small family stone cellar dating back to the 19th century. Learn about how they make the best product on the market, Etyeki sparkling wine, while tasting local specialities, including Gulyas soup washed down with local wines.

Adult Price: EUR 59.00

Code: BUD0010

Magical Prague

Discover the hidden world of Prague's Malá Strana district on foot, accompanied by our expert local. Continue to 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 42.00

Code: PRA0005

Accommodation

 

Hilton Vienna

Vienna (Contemporary) - Austria

Set in the heart of Vienna and featuring contemporary decor, the award-winning Hilton Vienna hotel is one of Austria's premier hotels.

InterContinental

Budapest (Traditional) - Hungary

The InterContinental Budapest features elegantly appointed rooms. Experience 180-degree panoramic views over Chain Bridge, the Danube and the former Royal Palace that are as intriguing by day as by night.

Lindner Hotel Prague Castle

Prague (Traditional) - Czech Republic

Stay in the quiet and breathtakingly beautiful Castle district near the aristocrats and Heads of State. Next to the famous Strahov Monastry, the Linder Hotel Prague Castle is set in a historic building dating back to the 16th century.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
11504 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 06 February, 2019

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    Trip: We covered so much in a week! We loved the boat cruises. The guides were excellent. The food and wine were very good!

    Service: We had a wonderful tour through central Europe with Karin. She was caring and attentive, knowledgeable, and efficient without being pushy. We enjoyed her personal story of growing up in central Europe. The hotels were of a high standard and in great locations.

  • 24 January, 2019

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    Trip: We got to really experience these places and see so much in a shot time. Loved it,

    Service: We loved it all. Karin was amazing. So well organised and we were so well looked after. We would definitely do it again and we have recommended to lots of people.

  • 20 January, 2019

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    Trip: Excellent local experts in Vienna, Budapest and Prague. Tour Director excellent.

    Service: Great Christmas trip.

  • 19 January, 2019

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    Trip: Not enough time in Prague and it would have been better to end in Prague.

    Service: We had a wonderful experience and enjoyable trip. However, we would have liked more time in Prague. My suggestion is that the trip ends in Prague. If I had known that it would take a full day to drive back to Vienna, I would have rather spent the day in Prague.

  • 19 January, 2019

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    Trip: Great choices of cities and wonderful tour director, Karin.

    Service: Great service

  • 10 January, 2019

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    Trip: Great to see all 4cities in the same trip. Well organized and kept to the schedule. Would have liked 1 more day to relax and do some exploring on my own. Like the use of local guides for they were all so knowledgeable and able to give us an idea of daily living in these cities. It was a wonderful experience to be in these cities over the holidays. So glad I did this trip at this time of year

    Service: Tour director Karin was superb- great information on all the cities both past and present, great choices on local guides, food great, hotels great, an overall great trip. Could have had an extra day to relax and take time to explore on our own but realize that it was the biggest holiday time of the year.

  • 06 January, 2019

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    Trip: It was just want I wanted to short and sweet over Christmas. It would have been wonderful to stay a few extra days but that wasn't possible for my schedule. Just will make me want to come back another time!

    Service: If you are talking about the initial discussion via a telephone call I would say that some of the agents were helpful while others were not. Some agents need to understand that they are the first person and therefore should be a bit more willing to answer questions in a friendly and warmth manner. When my original trip was cancelled the agent I talked to about it was wonderful and I really thanked her for her attention and willingness to answer my questions. (Sorry but I didn't get her name).

  • 05 January, 2019

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    Trip: Prague and Budapest deserved longer visits. Since this tour was promoted as a "Christmas Markets Tour," it should have started on a date when there would have been more access to Christmas Markets.

    Service: I was impressed with the quality f most of the hotels (The Hilton was disappointing-charging for WiFi and dirty in any ways) and the restaurants and cafes were much better than those on the Trafalgar tour I had finished a couple of days before the Insight tour.

  • 01 January, 2019

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    Trip: Vienna was beautiful but too limited in actual time there. Budapest was great and had god weather too. Prague was a very long day but interesting. Cresly Krumlov was marvelous..

    Service: Guide and Bus driver were skilled and excellent.

  • 30 December, 2018

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    Trip: Visiting the Christmas markets with their decorations, stalls, and festive atmosphere, admiring the architecture of the cities, learning some of the history of the people and countries, sampling and savouring the food -- all the wonderful sights, sounds and smells -- of Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, and Prague -- the itinerary had the right balance and mix -- well planned, organized, and of course, so enjoyable for us!

    Service: Vienna, Budapest and Prague Christmas Markets from Dec. 2 to 8, 2018 was simply magical -- so memorable, so festive and enjoyable because the customer care and service was first rate and helped to make this one of the best trips we have had with Insight Vacations! To our Tour Director and Driver and post now for you to read, thank you Karina and Frank for making our trip so smooth, fun and safe!

  • 29 December, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful cities - each with its own special feel - just enough time in each city to get a taste

    Service: Knowledgeable and personable tour director - skilled and patient driver - 5 star accommodations

  • 29 December, 2018

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    Trip: Great itenary provided and very nice accommodation

    Service: Very well planned itenary and amazing tour director and local guides.

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