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Christmas Markets of Eastern Europe

with Berlin extension
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Celebrate the holiday season among Eastern Europe’s joyous markets.

Each winter, the cities of Eastern Europe burst into celebration as artisans, crafters, and other vendors take to the streets with their festive wares. You’ll take in the sparkling atmosphere as you journey along the Danube from the two-sided city of Budapest to Vienna, unrivaled for its beauty and majesty. Then, visit the castles and cathedrals of Prague and explore medieval Kraków before ending in modern Warsaw.

Your tour package includes
  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Eastern European Christmas markets
  • Hungarian Parliament Building
  • Matthias Church
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Ringstrasse
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Day-by-day itinerary
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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: Farewell dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Budapest & Christmas market visit
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover the major landmarks of 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
  • Get an introduction to Budapest’s lively Christmas markets and explore the bustling stalls at your leisure

Enjoy free time in Budapest or add an excursion.

Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Budapest
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Budapest or add an excursion.

Budapest Bath & Spa Visit
Excursion (additional cost)
Vienna3 nights
Day 5: Transfer to Vienna & Christmas market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Wine tasting

Travel west through the Danube basin en route to Vienna, Austria.

  • Make a photo stop at Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home
  • Spend free time exploring the Christmas market at Hundertwasserhause

Sit down for an included dinner. Then, enjoy a mulled wine tasting at another of the city’s Christmas markets.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Vienna & Christmas market visit
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • Step inside Belvedere Palace, home to the world's largest collection of paintings by artist Gustav Klimt, and admire the palace's impressive gardens
  • Travel down the Ringstrasse, passing the Parliament building, Vienna State Opera, and Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • See the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s preferred winter residence
  • Spend free time exploring the city’s Christmas markets

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Free day in Vienna
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

Bratislava
Excursion (additional cost)
Prague3 nights
Day 8: Prague via Lednice Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia on your way to Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. En route, stop in Moravia to enter Chateau Lednice, a gorgeous castle on the Austrian border.

Continue on to Prague and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Prague & Christmas market visit
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

Then, learn about the city’s Christmas markets from your local guide before taking time to explore on your own.

Enjoy a free afternoon in Prague or add an excursion.

Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Free day in Prague
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Prague or add an excursion.

Château Sychrov
Excursion (additional cost)
Kraków2 nights
Day 11: Transfer to Kraków
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pass through the dramatic landscapes of Moravia before reaching the historic Polish city of Kraków.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Kraków & Christmas market visit
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
  • Visit some of Poland’s best Christmas markets and take free time to explore

Enjoy a free afternoon in Kraków or add an excursion.

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

Travel to Warsaw today.

Then, enjoy free time in Poland’s capital city or add an excursion.

Chopin Recital & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Warsaw & Christmas market visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

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

  • See the Chopin Monument at Łazienki Park and walk through the Old Town
  • Visit the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Memorial
  • Discover Starego Miasta Square’s Renaissance facades and Baroque townhouses
  • Walk through the Old Town
  • Enter the Museum of Warsaw to learn about the city’s history
  • Enjoy free time to explore Warsaw’s best Christmas markets

Celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner this evening.

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Berlin, Germany.

Extension to Berlin

Inviting markets, cobbled streets, trendy restaurants—find all this and more in the German capital. This reinvigorated cultural center buzzes with life, and you’ll spot all the city’s highlights during a guided sightseeing tour.

Berlin3 nights
Day 15: Berlin via Poznań
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to Berlin, Germany, stop in the Polish city of Poznań to enjoy free time.

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

  • Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin
  • See the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery
  • Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

World War II Walking Tour
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 17: Free day in Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Berlin or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members. Then, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Berlin Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Potsdam
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 18: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Exceptional Trip
by 10th-time traveler 

What a fantastic and exciting trip. Ildiko made the trip with her passion and love for each and every city we visited. Sharing many things from all the many questions that we asked her, helping to understand all the changes in the past 30 years. The markets were wonderful. but the enjoyment of ex...

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Christmas Markets
by 7th-time traveler 

This was an exceptional tour, no question ! The tour guide Lala is a superb, and exceptional director, always thinking of everything she can to make the tour enjoyable and interesting. She was our guide for our first tour of Europe and we were delighted to see her again to say the least. My only neg...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 01/08/2018

Hi Ron, Thank you so much for your review of you...

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.

NH Prague City

This modern hotel is located in the Smíchov district of Prague. Guests enjoy a gym and sauna, restaurants with terraces, and tennis court. Nearby, you...

Novotel Warszawa Centrum

This modern hotel is located in the Frascati neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find Ujazdowski Park, Pol...

Mercure Warszawa Grand

This contemporary hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy two on-site restaurants, a gym, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find the Fryderyk C...

Radisson Blu Beke Hotel

This elegant, traditional hotel is located in Terézváros. Guests enjoy an indoor swimming pool, laundry services, and a restaurant. Nearby, you'll fin...

Qubus Hotel Kraków

This modern hotel is located in the Kazimierz district of Krakow. Guests enjoy a jazz club, Turkish bath, and boat cruises. Nearby, you’ll find the Gh...

Perfect Hotel Home Kraków

This trendy hotel is located in the Kazimierz neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant, sauna, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Museum of Municipal Engi...

Abba Berlin Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in Berlin center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lounge-bar, and fitness room. Nearby, you'll find exclusive boutiques ...

Falkensteiner Margareten

This stylish hotel is located near the city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, spa, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Schönbrunn Palace, Vie...

Flights

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  • Round-trip flight for your tour
  • Airport transfers at your destination
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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Poland (plus Germany 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 at least 2.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or 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.
  • 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 information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Budapest and depart from Warsaw (or Berlin 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 train ride from Warsaw to Berlin is included in the price of the tour extension.
  • 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
  • To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat, and gloves, as well as rainwear.
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be layered.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance.
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.
  • 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 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, fill up on favorites like kielbasa and pierogi. Don’t miss out on trying the bagels—they were born here.
  • German food, on the tour extension, is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers and exceptional white wines.
Electricity 
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two or three 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.
  • Your hotels on this tour 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 New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the Hungarian forint in Hungary, the euro in Austria (and in Germany on the tour extension), the Czech koruna in the Czech Republic, and the Polish złoty in Poland.
  • 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 or USD. 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.
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