Explore Central Europe - 9 Days

CITY-ZRH-1

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore sections of the Berlin Wall.
  • Explore Prague’s old town.
  • Taste the worldfamous Sacher Torte in Vienna.
  • Visit the bustling market with a foodieguide.

Start in Berlin and end in Budapest, the Explore Central Europe trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 9 days. You will visit Vienna, Berlin and Budapest in 4 different countries. Explore Central Europe is a small group trip which will include accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

Home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural touchstones, Central Europe was built for exploration. This nine-day adventure crosses four countries and makes stops in four of Europe’s most fascinating cities — Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. From the Brandenburg Gate to Prague’s Charles Bridge, from a 16th-century market in Vienna to a walking tour of the Berlin Wall with a local historian, step into the past — and enjoy every minute in the present.

Day 1

Arrive at any time.

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.

ACCOMMODATION

Arcotel Velvet Berlin (or similar)

INCLUDED ACTIVITY

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Duration : 1.0 hr

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2

Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO before exploring sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian and delving deeper into its political and social history. Opt to take a river tour or visit galleries and museums with free time.

Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and is a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Arcotel Velvet Berlin (or similar)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Orientation Walk

Duration : 0.5 hr – 1.0 hr

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Walk the Berlin Wall with a Historian

Walk sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian. Along the way, you’ll hear about the political, social, and cultural impact of the wall, from when it was erected to its eventual fall.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

East Side Gallery Visit Along Berlin Wall

The very name Berlin conjures images of the famous Berlin Wall. Two sections of the original structure still remain on display; the East Side Gallery, where artists have decorated the remaining section of the wall, and the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer). View these remnants of history that once divided east from west.

Judisches Museum Visit

The Judisches Museum is one of the largest Jewish museums in Europe. See how architect Daniel Libeskind’s design evokes three important elements of the past two centuries; the intellectual, economic and cultural contributions of Jewish citizens in Berlin, the reality of the Holocaust, and the recognition of their absence from Berlin (and beyond) following the Second World War. See evocative collections and displays.

Checkpoint Charlie Museum Visit

Down the street from the Berlin Wall is the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, a museum that documents the history of the wall, and interestingly, many of the different ways people tried to escape. From hot air balloons to one-man submarines, learn about the tenacity and creativity used by those desperate to cross from the east to western side.

Television Tower (Fernsehturm) Visit

For an amazing view of Berlin, visit the famous Berlin Television Tower. Bring your camera and take panoramic photos from the viewing room, then grab a drink and snack at the cafe located 203m (666 ft) above ground.

The Berlin Wall Memorial

Learn about the history of the “Iron Curtain,” the physical, political and emotional barrier that once separated Berlin under the Communist Eastern Bloc and their neighbours to the west. At Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer), see a complete section of the wall, and look from the east side to see the remains of an electric fence in the so-called “death strip.” Discover the stories of those who died trying to escape to the freedom of West Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate Visit

The Brandenburg Gate is a spot of great historical significance. Witness the spot where hundreds of thousands of people were finally able to cross from the east side to the west after the fall of the wall. Walk the cobblestones of the surrounding Pariser Platz and mingle with locals who continue to gather here to see stage shows and celebrate public events.

Day 3

Head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.

A great way to spend the evening is watching the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden, where you can sample Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Adria Prague (or similar)

INCLUDED ACTIVITY

Prague Guided City Tour

Duration : 2.0 hr – 3.0 hr

Enjoy a guided tour of the old town including the Jewish quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square. Visit all the major sights of the Old Town and simply soak up the atmosphere of a unique community where every street, inn, or theatre tells a story.

TRANSPORT

Train

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Letná Beer Garden Visit

Watch the sunset from the heights of the Letná Beer Garden in Letná Park, along the banks of the Vltava River. Sample a pint of Gambrinus 10° Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost. Grab a grilled sausage and soak in the scenery.

Day 4

The day is free to explore. Wander the quarters to shop or relax at a local café. Opt to visit Prague Castle, museums, and galleries.

Charles Bridge by day is packed with vendors and street musicians. At night, it is less crowded, and it’s much easier to appreciate the scenery as well as the ever-so-slightly sinister quality of the statues looming overhead. Cross the bridge and you’ll find yourself in Mala Strana, a far less crowded district that offers the perfect atmosphere for some introspective wandering.

If you’re in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place for it. You’ll find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine like fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Adria Prague (or similar)

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Malá Strana Visit

Cross the Charles Bridge and find yourself in picture-perfect Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Browse small shops, explore cobblestone side streets, visit churches and then find a Czech pub or restaurant to relax and revel in the ambience of this ancient district.

Petřín Hill Hike

Prague certainly has no shortage of breathtaking views and Petřín Hill, near the Prague Castle, offers a less obstructed panoramic vista of the “city of spires.” If you’re not in the mood for hiking uphill you can always take a cable car all the way to the top.

Prague Castle (Hradčany) Visit

If you like a challenge, climb 200+ steps up to the famous Prague Castle (known as Hradčany), the Castle of the Bohemian Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest castle complex in the world, and includes Roman-style buildings from the 10th century. Still got energy? Climb the lookout tower of St. Vitus Cathedral and be rewarded with a glorious view of the city.

Czech Craft Beer & Food Tasting Tour

Prague is synonymous with beer, so what better way to spend a day in the city than to embark on this 4-hour beer tour. Start amongst the greenery of Letna Park’s beer garden and amble through this beautiful city. You will learn more about the history and culture of Prague from your guide, as you stop off for beer and take in the sights of the stunning architecture all around. Sample light Czech pilsners, heavier dark lagers, and lesser-known local craft beers, all accompanied by complementary local snacks that bring out the individual characteristics of the beers.

Day 5

Travel to the charming town of Český Krumlov. Opt to visit the castle.

The inclusion of Ceský Krumlov on UNESCO’s List of Natural and Cultural Heritage was undoubtedly a turning point in the modern history of the town. It sent a clear signal to the rest of the cultural world that South Bohemia has something unique to offer.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Old Inn Hotel Cesky Krumlov (or similar)

TRANSPORT

Private Vehicle

Duration : 3.0 hr

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov Tour

Tour the Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau, complete with hidden passageways, a unique Baroque theatre, a hedge maze and beautiful gardens. The castle and surrounding complex is one of the largest in central Europe. Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, the well-preserved layout, structure, interior and architectural details earned it a spot on UNESCO’s list of World Cultural Heritage Monuments.

Day 6

Drive across the border into Austria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO. Stop by a Viennese café for a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte – an elegant confection historically linked to Vienna’s distinguished coffee houses. Enjoy free time this evening to visit the opera house or simply enjoy a walk around the city.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Max Brown Hotel Vienna (or similar)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Orientation Walk

Duration : 0.5 hr – 1.0 hr

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Sacher Torte Tasting

Sample the world-famous Sacher Torte – a decadent chocolate cake topped with apricot jam and dark chocolate icing – in its birthplace, paired with a cup of rich Viennese coffee. It’s a cultural experience as well as a delicious afternoon treat.

TRANSPORT

Private Vehicle

Duration : 4.0 hr

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Vienna State Opera House Visit

Visit the famous Vienna Opera House and soak in its exceptional architecture. Opt for a guided tour to see the opera house’s main features and learn about the history of the building.

Belvedere Gallery Visit

Learn some of the history of this beautiful palace and grounds and explore the impressive art collection. Of particular note, the museum’s collection of 24 pieces by Gustav Kilmt, including his famous ‘Kiss’.

Schönbrunn Palace Visit/Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The palace gardens are free to all visitors.

View Lipizzaner Horses at Spanish Riding School of Vienna

Pay a visit to the gorgeous grey Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Witness the birthplace of “airs above the ground,” or classical dressage, known for its highly controlled movements and jumps.

Saint Stephen’s Cathedral Visit

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of Vienna’s main landmarks complete with a 343-step climb up a spiral staircase to look out over the city.

Vienna Boys’ Choir Visit

Sit back and be transported by the sweet voices of the one of world’s best known choirs. Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is made up of boys aged 10-14 from Austria and around the world. Attend a live concert and learn what it means to be moved by music.

Day 7

This morning, visit the famed Naschmarkt with a culinary expert, exploring the stalls and lanes to sample some of Vienna’s finest treats. This afternoon is free to wander the elegant streets. Take in some of Europe’s most distinguished art galleries, visit the stunning Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Vienna Riding School, experience mass with the Vienna Boys Choir, or settle into a café.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Max Brown Hotel Vienna (or similar)

INCLUDED ACTIVITY

Naschmarkt Walk

Vienna’s famous Naschmarkt was established in the 16th century as a marketplace for wooden milk bottles. Today, it’s the city’s most popular market and a major destination for visitors. Discover its bounty of stalls and lanes with the guidance of a local chef, who’ll talk about the history of the market and provide professional insight on the local cuisine and food culture of this historic city. Learn all you ever wanted about Austrian cheeses, sausages, spices, and oils and take part in tastings throughout. This perfectly tasty experience is ideal for foodies and novices alike.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Saint Stephen’s Cathedral Visit

St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of Vienna’s main landmarks complete with a 343-step climb up a spiral staircase to look out over the city.

Schönbrunn Palace Visit/Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The palace gardens are free to all visitors.

Vienna State Opera House Visit

Visit the famous Vienna Opera House and soak in its exceptional architecture. Opt for a guided tour to see the opera house’s main features and learn about the history of the building.

View Lipizzaner Horses at Spanish Riding School of Vienna

Pay a visit to the gorgeous grey Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Witness the birthplace of “airs above the ground,” or classical dressage, known for its highly controlled movements and jumps.

Vienna Boys’ Choir Visit

Sit back and be transported by the sweet voices of the one of world’s best known choirs. Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is made up of boys aged 10-14 from Austria and around the world. Attend a live concert and learn what it means to be moved by music.

Day 8

Catch a train to our last stop, Budapest. Head out for an orientation walk, then visit a G Adventures-supported café whose proceeds assist Hungarians living with a disability. With some free time, opt to “take the waters” at a thermal bathhouse or visit the stunning castle.

You might like to have an optional dinner at a local restaurant on Váci Utca, which is the bustling main street of Budapest.

To gain deeper insight on local history, opt to pre-book the “Budapest History Walking Tour” on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

MEAL

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION

Mercure Budapest Korona (or similar)

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Orientation Walk

Duration : 0.5 hr – 1.0 hr

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar

Enjoy coffee and a delicious cheesecake at Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, whose proceeds help fund a non-profit by the same name, which means “Never Give Up.” This social enterprise café supports Nem Adom Fel’s efforts to advocate for people living with disabilities, and run much-needed social programs for rural Roma communities through much-needed social programs. Not only will your stop give back to these important causes, you will also be supporting the café’s 30 employees – most of whom are living with a disability.

TRANSPORT

Train

Duration : 4.0 hr

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Buda Castle Visit

Set on Castle Hill overlooking the Danube River and Pest, Buda Castle was once home to the Hungarian kings of Budapest. Admire the gorgeous architecture and visit its two museums; the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Permanent collections depict the past 500 yrs of Hungary’s art history, including Medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wood sculptures, and Gothic altars.

Thermal Baths Visit

Bring two towels, your bathing suit and an aching body and prepare to be healed in the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Built in 1913, you can test the waters of 18 different pools (15 of which are spring fed) amidst stunning neo-Baroque architecture. Play chess on floating chessboards, relax in the whirlpools and explore the wonderful mosaic domes of these historic thermal steam rooms.

Budapest Bike Tour

Join a group for a guided city tour by bike. Buzz around the city on two wheels to cover more ground and get your blood pumping.

Hungarian National Museum

Discover a vast collection of relics at the Hungarian National Museum, the oldest in the country. Wander through galleries that feature incredible objects from prehistoric to modern times, including those from the Stone Age, Ottoman period and contemporary Hungary.

Hungarian State Opera House

Constructed in 1873, the Opera House is one of Budapest’s most stunning examples of Neo-Renaissance architecture. Take a tour around this stunning building to get a closer look at the ornate marble statues, frescos, and ornate tin work – to name a few highlights.

Great Market Hall Visit

Take a stroll though the oldest indoor market in Hungary.

Chain Bridge

Straddeling the river Danube, the Chain Bridge suspension bridge is the first built to connect Buda and Pest, and is now one of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks.

Danube River Cruise

Float down the Danube for a better look at the picturesque sites along the river bend.

Budapest History Walking Tour

Unravel the secrets of Budapest on a 3-hour walking tour of the city’s medieval and Jewish districts. Your guide will meet you and then take you to visit Great Market Hall, the city’s largest food market, before making your way through winding streets to see remnants of Budapest’s 15th-century fortress walls. Immerse yourself in the pre-Ottoman worlds of Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River, and learn about events of historical significance along the way. Stop for a coffee break, then continue onto the city’s Jewish district and visit the Dohany Street Synagogue to learn about the history of Hungarian Jews. Today, this area is known for its “ruin bars” and is a lively center of nightlife.

Parliament Building Visit

Take a guided tour of one of Hungary’s crown jewels – the Hungarian Parliament building. Existing as the third largest Parliament building in the world, its Neo Gothic architecture also makes it a contender for one of the most beautiful. Tour the Hungarian Coronation Jewels in the Dome Hall, the Old Upper House Hall of the bicameral Hungarian Parliament, as well as the Lounge. Guided tours are mandatory for entrance and we recommend booking your tour in advance.

Day 9

Depart at any time.

We recommend staying a few extra days to experience all this city has to offer.

MEAL

Breakfast

INCLUDED ACTIVITY

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

ACCOMMODATION

  • Hotel/pensions (8 nts).

MEALS

  • 8 breakfasts
    Note: Allow USD425-555 for meals not included.

TRANSPORT

  • Train, private van, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

  • Local Guide, CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Walk the Berlin Wall with a Historian, Berlin
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Naschmarkt Walk, Vienna
  • Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest
  • Your Foodie Moment: Sacher Torte Tasting, Vienna
  • Orientation walk in Budapest
  • Tour Prague’s old town including the Jewish quarter, clock tower, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square
  • Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and sample the Sacher Torte
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Any international flights to Berlin and from Budapest are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Explore Central Europe tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Explore Central Europe
Price From
$ 2,800 Per Person
Add Travelers
Adult
$ 2,800 Per Adult
Need Help With Booking? Send Us A Message