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Budapest, Vienna & Prague

10 days, 3 cities52
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A stone bridge over calm waters with a vibrantly colored town in the background
A stone bridge over calm waters with a vibrantly colored town in the background
A large pool with several people in it with a yellow detailed building in the background
A large green dome with gold details and an intricate sculpture in front of it
Two glasses of beer on a table with an aerial view of a city in the background
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Why go?

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind European experience, this trip is packed with all the culture, architecture, and sightseeing you’d expect with just enough castles, thermal spas, and cobblestones to let you know you’re onto something unique.

Picture yourself

  • Unwinding in a traditional Hungarian thermal spa

  • Sipping on the finest Austrian wine straight from the vineyard

  • Bar hopping through Budapests eclectic watering holes

  • Tapdancing your way through the cobblestone streets of Prague

  • Snapping selfies in front of the famous John Lennon Wall

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers

  • 9 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 Support

  • 3 insider tours with a local guide

  • Entrance to Schonbrunn Palace and other local attractions

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Budapest. Sit back, relax, and try picking up Hungarian, one of the hardest languages to learn (it’s a lot more throaty for starters).

  • Day 2: Arrive in Budapest + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Eastern Europe! Your Tour Director will be waiting at the airport when you arrive. Today is the day to adjust, make new friends and start the journey right.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

    Today's highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
  • Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of Budapest + Optional Thermal Bath & Spa

    Now that you’re rested from travels and acquainted with your group, shake off the culture shock with an in-depth look at the Pearl of the Danube.

    Today's highlights:

    • Tour Buda and Pest with a local guide to show you all the buda-best there is to see.
    • Climb the imposing Castle Hill to see the city from the nearly 750-year-old Buda Castle.
    • Hit the town like never before in the city’s grungy, eclectic nightlife scene.

    Thermal Bath & Spa Visit (extra cost)

    Ease blissfully into Europe’s largest medicinal baths housed in one of the city's most ornate buildings. Enjoy the spa facilities, saunas, steam rooms, and 18 indoor and outdoor baths fed by hot springs. Plus, there’s beer.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 4: Free Day in Budapest

    Hope you’re Hungary for more, because today you have a free day in Budapest. Go for another soak in the thermal spas (or hit one you haven’t been to yet, there’s plenty, and they’re all unique!), chow down on local cuisine, and see the city however you see fit.

    Free time suggestions

    Chimney Cakes: Popular across all of Eastern Europe, these delicious and age-old treats are a Hungarian pastry specialty that’s a bit like American fried dough. Here they call them Kürtöskalács, so keep an eye out and a sweet tooth ready

    Dohány Street Synagogue: Budapest is home to Europe’s largest Jewish synagogue. The ornate building represents a somber reminder of the Holocaust, as it stands at the border of the WWII-era Jewish Ghetto in the city.

  • Day 5: Stop in Bratislava + Arrive in Vienna

    Marvel at the European landscape as you drive along a canvas of castles, farmlands, villages and mountains on your way to Austria.

    Today's highlights:

    • Stop in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, to check out the city’s castle and take some free time to grab lunch.
    • Arrive in Vienna, take a quick walk with your Tour Director, then enjoy an evening in the City of Dreams.
  • Day 6: Sightseeing Tour of Vienna

    Ahh, Vienna, the home of Classical creators and world-class classiness. This Austrian city is full of grand operas, grandiose architecture, and gardens so pristine, you'll wonder how its visitors are so well-behaved. Today, you'll get to know Vienna in-depth with a local guide.

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Vienna including Schönbrunn Palace.
    • Visit the lavish palaces, parks and parliament buildings.
    • Learn about the major and minor figures who struck a personal chord with this city.
  • Day 7: Travel to Prague via Krems

    Continue along the European countryside as you travel to Prague via Krems.

    Today's highlights:

    • Take a break from the big city with a visit to Krems, a quaint Austrian town in the Wachau Valley.
    • Tour a local vineyard and taste wine from the region. (This part of the excursion is weather dependent. If weather becomes an issue, you may be invited to a city tour instead of a vineyard tour)
    • Arrive in the storybook city of Prague.
  • Day 8: Explore Prague

    Rise and shine, time to get that goulash. Put on your most cobblestone-ready shoes, get all the “Czech” puns out of your system, and experience classic Prague sightseeing today with a local guide—an expert who really knows their old buildings from their *very* old buildings.

    Today's highlights:

    • Get stoked and stay stoked—a very easy thing to do in Prague—as you follow a local guide around the city’s greatest hits.
    • Check out the home of the Czech Crown Jewels at Prague Castle, the ancient centerpiece that hogs the whole city skyline (not mad though, it’s beautiful).
    • Cross the Vlatava River via King Charles IV’s famous Charles Bridge—don’t worry, there’s still time for you to become an emperor and have your own namesake bridge, too.
    • Tour St. Vitus Cathedral—a church so old, that if you had one beer for every year since construction began on it, you would have 676 beers, but please do not actually attempt to drink 676 beers.
  • Day 9: Free Day in Prague

    If you wake up this morning asking yourself “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” it’s probably because 1) “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great song, 2) you’re in Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic, and 3) Prague has you feeling some type of way. You’re free today to get to know the city better, maybe take it out for dinner and dancing, or ask it some deep questions about life—whatever floats your boat.

    Free time suggestions

    John Lennon Wall: The John Lennon Wall has been a statement of peace, kindness, and tasteful selfies for over 30 years. What started as a protest to Communist rule in the 1980s, has become a colorful conglomerate of pacifist sentiments that you’re welcome to add to yourself. Hmm, Rolling Stones fans, I don’t see a Mick Jagger Wall anywhere, do you?

    Petrín Park: Take a stroll through Prague’s Petrín Park (you can’t miss it, it’s the giant hill looming over the city), visit the Hunger Wall built during a famine in the 1300s in exchange for food, then take the Petrín funicular train down the hill into the historic Malá Strana neighborhood for some shopping on Mostecká Street.

    Farewell Dinner

    Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 10: Fly Home

    Nashledanou, prátele!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s, “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply

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Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 52 authentic traveler reviews
  • This was hands down an amazing trip

      Michela, traveled Jul.. 2019

    This was hands down an amazing trip. I met amazing people, some of which I will definitely be friends with long after this trip. The sights were amazing, each location kept getting better and better. The itinerary was a great mix of touring and free time, and our tour guide, Bogdan, was awesome. I highly recommend this trip-you'll get to see more of central... See more

  • Could it be true?

      Anonymous, traveled Aug.. 2018

    I always tell people that EFUB seems to good to be true ... the best part is that it IS true! These trips are seamlessly planned to include everything you want to see, some things you didn't know you needed to see, and free time to fit in anything else.

  • Paprika, Beer, and Mozart.

      Shannon, traveled Aug.. 2018

    Gotta say this has been my favorite trip thus far with EF, and my third. If you're aching for a good beer, goulash, and an apple strudel...this is the trip. Classical music, art nouveau buildings, ruin bars, thermal baths. So much to take in with all five senses, without getting overwhelmed by a hectic paced tour! Andreas is a diamond, lovely tour director ... See more

  • Book this trip!

      Hannah, traveled Aug.. 2022

    If you’re on the fence about booking this trip, DO IT! These cities are amazing, and beautiful and each have a different charm to them! There’s plenty of free time to explore. Theodora is an amazing Tour Director and you will be lucky if you get her!

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Dates: May 24, 2024 – Jun. 2, 2024May 24, 2024 – June 2, 2024

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