Vienna, Budapest & Prague - Insight Vacations

Vienna, Budapest & Prague (Winter 2017-18)

Duration: 7 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 are ideal to visit during winter. Their histories and cultures are intertwined by the powerful Habsburg dynasty.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Vienna

    At Vienna Airport, transfers for your tour 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? Later, meet your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and the opportunity to mingle with your fellow travelers over a beautiful evening of dinner and wine.

  2. Day 2

    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, built along the lines of the old city walls, showcases many of the capital's architectural masterpieces, including the Opera House and magnificent Hofburg Imperial Residence. In the afternoon, set off for Budapest - the former second city of the mighty Habsburg Empire.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Budapest, Queen of the Danube

    (Relaxed Start) Stroll through the alleys of the old town of Buda with a Local Expert. Admire the incredible interior decoration of Matthias Church and take in the view from the Fisherman's Bastion. Back in Pest, the commercial centre, see the grand Parliament building and visit Heroes' Square. Later, enjoy a visit to the First Strudel House in Pest to see experts at work, stretching the dough and filling the delicious treats – 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.

  4. Day 4

    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. Finally, you will come to the historic capital of Prague, boasting one of the most beautiful and intact medieval centres in all of Europe.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Prague Sightseeing

    (Relaxed Start) Meet a 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. Then 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.

  6. Day 6

    Colourful Český Krumlov and musical Vienna

    Drive 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, past 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! 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, with drinks included.

  7. Day 7

    Depart Vienna

    Your tour concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna Airport at 07:00 and 09:00. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • 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.
  • Budapest: Visit Matthias Church with a Local Expert and gaze out over the Danube from the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • 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

  • Christmas Markets: Be dazzled by the magic of Christmas, with local handicrafts and delicious, seasonally-festive treats like Glühwein. Explore on selected departures.
  • Bratislava: Stroll through the fortified capital city and gaze at the impressive castle.
  • Český Krumlov: Take a romantic walk through snow-covered lanes and soak up the atmosphere at the medieval old town.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vienna: Learn about the legendary meeting between Mozart and Marie Antoinette. Tour the ring road seeing the Hofburg, Opera House, Parliament building and City Hall.
  • Budapest: See the gargantuan Parliament building and visit Heroes' Square in Pest.
  • Prague: See the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square.
  • Scenic Drives: View the forests, lakes and vineyards of Bohemia and Moravia.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Budapest: Learn the secrets of traditional strudel making with a visit to 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.
  • Included Quality Dining: 6 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 1 Afternoon Tea (AT); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve will enjoy festive Highlight Dinners which will replace an included meal.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vienna: With views over the city and neighbouring Stadtpark, the Hilton Vienna is just a short walk from attractions like the Opera House and St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • Budapest: 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.
  • Prague: The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.

OUR FIVE-STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • 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. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish - a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers are available from/to Vienna Airport at scheduled times only, on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers or additional accommodation has been booked with Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, or please make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight tours 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 Tour Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your tour. 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.

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

Budapest (Central) - 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.

Majestic Plaza Prague

Prague (Central) - Czech Republic

The Majestic Plaza is located in the historical centre of Prague, only a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, and consists of two interconnected buildings with rooms furnished in an art deco or biedermeier style.

GUEST REVIEWS & EXPERIENCES

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on 7693 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 19 January, 2018

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    Trip: everything i expecpted and more great guide and driver

    Service: helpful, professional, cheerful, friendly, welcoming

  • 19 January, 2018

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    Trip: The local guides knowledge were excellent, and the tour leader helped made things ran smoothly. If it wasn't so rush it'd be even better

    Service: The services were good, most hotels we stayed were excellent and the dinners were lovely. t

  • 16 January, 2018

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    Trip: Beautiful sights and easily paced, entertainment were great at the dinner shows, but the dinners provided were rather disappointing overall.

    Service: All the hotels were great with good breakfasts,but can't be said about the meals on the option excursions nor the welcome/farewell dinners which were mediocre at best. Our tour director, although helpful,lacked personality and was a rather dull chap! We had a fabulous and enthusiastic tour director plus outstanding meals throughout on a previous Insight Vacation tour to Spain/Portugal, so this was rather disappointing!

  • 16 January, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary covered a lot of places of interest in such a short time and still provided us with sufficient free time.

    Service: Responsive and helpful staff.

  • 15 January, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent destinations! Well chosen

    Service: I would definitely recommend them!

  • 11 January, 2018

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    Trip: The local insight of the tour director ensured that this itinerary was one of the most pleasurable holidays. Eastern Europe is an absolute delight and having great historical knowledge of the region makes the tour director a very welcome addition on this holiday.

    Service: Overall professionalism and service of the tour director and driver were a pleasure to experience. Local knowledge of the cities by the tour director, enhanced the experience greatly. The genuine concern and compassion of the tour director and driver was also great given that those are good qualities for visitors to experience in any country. I would definitely recommend Insight to many others.

  • 11 January, 2018

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    Trip: Great locations with great history.

    Service: Well thought and organised. Although the location of the hotel in Prague was great, its standard wasnt that excellent.

  • 11 January, 2018

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    Trip: It’s action packed and filled with the important things to check off your “must see” list! I enjoyed the itinerary as well as all the optional experiences. The House of Parliament optional tour in Budapest was worth every penny as were the river cruises! The Folklore shows were very typical and enjoyable although I enjoyed the one in Prague more than the one in Budapest mostly due to the quality of food being better. The walking tour in Prague is exhausting. There’s so much walking on those beautiful yet tiring cobblestone streets but I know with certainty that I wouldn’t have been able to see everything that I saw had I not been with a local expert! The Schönbrunn Palace visit in Vienna so early in the morning was genius! We were the only ones in the palace for most of the morning and we were done with the tour as it started to get full, perfect timing! Insight Vacations has managed to balance a full itinerary along with some down time on your own which I highly appreciated. The friendships we’ve made on this trip are ones that I will treasure. Our tour director, Brendan Lampard, was exceptional!!!! I sometimes found myself asking, “How does he manage to pull all of this off without a hitch and always with a smile?” Being a teacher, I admire the amount of organization and hard work that goes into handling a tour of this nature. He was made for that job! His sense of humor paired with his extensive knowledge of all the places we visited made this trip a highlight in my book!

    Service: It was the first time touring with Insight Vacations and so we had many questions. Each and every time we called, they walked us through the process and answered all our questions.

  • 10 January, 2018

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    Trip: As an overview of the cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague, this tour serves as a good introduction. The in-depth walking tours of Budapest and Prague were particularly interesting and one felt that good time was given to absorb the architecture and culture.

    Service: Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Heinz was a great guide and showed a depth of knowledge on the areas travelled. Both the coach and the hotels were comfortable- definitely luxury travelling style. The included dinners, particularly the Christmas dinner and Opera night dinner were highlights.

  • 10 January, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent loved the stop in Slovakia. The folklore diner in Budapest was good not great the food was ok. The Prague folklore dinner was much better and the show was superior as well.

    Service: Very good tour operator. Hotel accommodations were good. Prague Hotel could be better found Hotel a bit dated,small, and a bit frugal in their services and accommodations.

  • 10 January, 2018

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    Trip: Pace was good and not overwhelming, but it would be nice to be able to spend more time in each place.

    Service: Friendly and knowledgeable tour director! Great hotel locations.

  • 10 January, 2018

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    Trip: I learnt a vast amount about all the cities we visited and managed to view some beautiful historical and architectural sites. Would however like to have a little bit more time on the local tours so as not to feel too rushed.

    Service: I was extremely pleased with my insight tour, from the comfortable accommodation / travel coaches and delightful meals to the local tours and dinner evenings. I especially enjoyed the sightseeing opportunities and the information briefs provided by the local tours. Our tour organiser, Heinz Kramer, was very polite and welcoming and I look forward to my next tour with him.

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