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Budapest, Vienna & Prague with Zoomer Travel Club

with Kraków & Warsaw extension
  • Duration: 11 or 15 days
  • Group size: 14-38
Spire-studded skylines and fascinating histories are just the start.

Dotted with hilltop castles, ornate cathedrals, and imperial palaces, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague will captivate you. Spend a few days getting to know each of these dynamic cities —you’ll discover their vivid World War II history, radical art movements, and unique local cultures.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 wine tasting
  • Guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Hungarian Parliament Building
  • Matthias Church
  • Danube River
  • Bratislava
  • Schönbrunn Palace
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest today.

Budapest3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Budapest
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Hungary! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest in the city that straddles east and west.

• Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes’ Square

• Tour the lavishly decorated Hungarian Parliament building

• Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill

• Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion

• Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations

Enjoy a free evening in Budapest or add an excursion.

(Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain may be offered on day 4, depending on the day of the week.)

Budapest: A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Unicum liqueur tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Dinner

Spend a free day in Budapest.

Tonight, sample and uncover the history of Unicum liqueur, Hungary’s national drink.

• Visit the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors’ Centre to learn about the Zwack family, the liquor's secret formula, and how its creation follows the area’s turbulent history

• Sample a few varieties of the aperitif and view the museum’s staggering collection of miniature bottles

• Head to a nearby wine cellar to enjoy a Hungarian dinner accompanied by wine pairings chosen by a local sommelier who’ll tell you about each selection

Vienna3 nights
Day 5: Vienna via Bratislava
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Vienna, stop in Bratislava, the Slovakian capital city, for free time to explore on your own.

In Vienna, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.

• Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens

• Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare

• See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera, and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence

• Learn about Ludwig van Beethoven, who would be celebrating his 250th birthday in 2020, as you explore the Beethoven Museum

• See where the classical composer wrote works such as The Tempest and Eroica

Enjoy free time in Vienna or add an excursion.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Melk, Danube River cruise, Dürnstein & wine tastin
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting

Get to know the history and flavors of the region today.

• Travel to Melk for a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque monasteries, an architectural wonder perched high atop a cliff

• Enjoy some free time in the charming, red-roofed town

• Embark on a leisurely cruise down the Danube River past age-old castles and picturesque villages

• Disembark in Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive, and enjoy free time for lunch

• En route to Vienna, stop in the Wachau Valley for a wine tasting of regional vintages

Prague3 nights
Day 8: Travel to Prague
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as "The City of One Hundred Spires" on a guided tour.

• Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire

• Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral

• Walk down to the Malá Strana district to sip a coffee at a local cafe

• Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city

• Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Day 10: Château Sychrov
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Prague or add an excursion.

Tonight, make your way through the Czech countryside to visit Château Sychrov.

• Take a private tour of the 17th-century, Neo-Gothic castle

• Admire the intricate wood carvings on the ceilings, colorful walls, and built-in furniture as you explore the rooms

• Attend a private recital of classic Czech music performed by some of Prague’s most cherished musicians

• Conclude the evening by enjoying a private farewell dinner at an on-site restaurant featuring regional specialties and local beer or wine

Please note: The château does not have heat or air conditioning, therefore we recommend dressing accordingly based on the season.

Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit Salzburg.

Extension to Kraków & Warsaw
Kraków2 nights
Day 11: Travel to Kraków
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pass through the dramatic landscapes of Moravia before reaching the historic Polish city of Kraków. Then, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Kraków
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet your local guide for a tour of Kraków, Poland’s former royal capital.

• Discover Wawel Hill, perched high above the Vistula River

• Visit Wawel Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned

• Stroll through Glowny Square

• Pass beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall, the Jagiellonian University, and Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory

Enjoy free time in Kraków or add an excursion.

Auschwitz
Excursion (additional cost)
Warsaw2 nights
Day 13: Travel to Warsaw
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Warsaw, Poland’s capital city.

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw
Included meal: Breakfast

On a guided tour, get to know Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II and painstakingly rebuilt since 1944.

• Enter the Palace of Culture and Science, Poland’s tallest building, and take in sweeping views of the surrounding city

• See the Chopin monument at Lazienki Park

• Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial

• Walk through the Old Town

• Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. Then, spend free time in Warsaw or add an excursion.

Chopin Recital & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Apr 17–Apr 27, 2020
Extension available
$3,679CAD
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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Flights

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and the Czech Republic (as well as Poland on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain with some cobblestone streets, hills, and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival informatio
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Budapest and depart from Prague (or Warsaw on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A boat ride on the Danube River is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Hungary claims goulash as its national dish, but also is known for excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish, and preserved fruits.
  • Slovakian cuisine shares many characteristics with its neighbors. Dishes are rooted in a history where villages had to be self-sufficient, and easy-to-preserve staples like wheat, potatoes, pork, onions, and sauerkraut remain favorites.
  • Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert—especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.
  • Czech food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef, and potato dishes. Some of the world’s finest beers are produced here, including the original Budweiser and Pils.
  • When in Poland, on the tour extension, fill up on favorites like kielbasa and pierogi. Don’t miss out on trying the bagels—they were born here.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • All destinations visited on this tour are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in Toronto, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency

• You will use the Hungarian forint in Hungary, the euro in Slovakia and Austria, and the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic (as well as the Polish złoty in Poland on the tour extension).

  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
Choose your dates to start a quote
1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Apr 17–Apr 27, 2020
Extension available
$3,679CAD