Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary

including Prague, Kraków & Budapest

Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary

Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary Snapshot

We venture through incredible unspoiled cities and countryside in our Prague, Kraków, and Budapest tour. Prague and Cesky-Krumlov, the lively squares of Krakow, Renaissance mansions, Wawel Royal Castle, Gothic churches, delectable Polish and Hungarian cuisine, heavenly wines, the Danube, serene river villages, the magic of Budapest.

Tour Dates: May 7 – 21, 2020
Tour Price: $6,899

Tour price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York; depart to Prague, return from Budapest*
  • Airport transfers
  • 13 nights in elegant, boutique style hotels:  Prague (3); Český-Krumlov (2); Brno (1); Kraków (2); Eger (2); Budapest (3)
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches with wine, 8 multi-course dinners
  • Full-time tour leader
  • Transportation in comfortable mini-coach or mini-van
  • Highlights include: UNESCO World Heritage Sites –the town of Telc, the salt mines at Wieliczka, the caves of Aggtelek Karst & Slovak Karst and the Tokaj Wine Region
  • Cooking class in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Private tours by local expert guides in Prague, Krakow, Auschwitz, Eger, and
  • Budapest
  • Winery tour and tasting in Hungarian wine region of Eger
  • All tour guides, museum and monument entrance fees
  • All tips and taxes
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplements are available for those traveling alone who would like their own room.
*Cost of airfare can be deducted if you wish to make your own arrangements.

Czech Republic, Poland & Hungary Itinerary

Depart the US, flying overnight to Prague.

Day 1
Our Prague to Budapest adventure begins in Czech Republic, where our luxury hotel is located in the historic center of the city. Having escaped serious damage during the two world wars, Prague has an enormous collection of well-preserved historic buildings and medieval neighborhoods. There are actually four “towns” our local guide will show us within this fascinating city: Castle Quarter (Hradçany), Little Quarter (Malá Strana), Old Town (Staré Mesto), and New Town (Nové Mesto). Tonight our welcome dinner is in a wonderful Czech restaurant.
Overnight: Prague Meals: D
Day 2
Today we take a guided tour around the 9th Century Prague Castle, home of Czech rulers for many centuries, situated high above the Vltava River. Within the castle walls are the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. George, and the fun shopping street, Golden Lane. The magnificent Charles Bridge connects the Little Quarter with the Old Town, the commercial heart of Prague since the 14th century. In Old Town Square we have many restaurants and cafés to choose from for lunch. This lively, colorful square from “Old World Prague” contains a spectacular Renaissance astronomical clock, which attracts crowds of tourists for its hourly show of chimes and moving figures. We have free time to explore and choose one of the many enticing restaurants for dinner.
Overnight: Prague  Meals: B
Day 3
We continue our explorations of this magical city with a visit to the famous Wenceslas Square, which is actually a boulevard with fabulous, ornate, colorful buildings, showing a variety of decorative Czech styles. We also visit the old Jewish Quarter with its unusual cemetery and well-preserved historic synagogues. The 18th-century Kaunicky Palace houses the Mucha Museum, where we see many of the Art Nouveau works of Alfons Mucha, one of the greatest 20th-century Czech artists. In the afternoon a visit to the open-air Havelská Market puts us in the right frame of mind for our Czech cooking class, a fun way to learn about local cuisine. We then dine on our creations.
Overnight: Prague Meals: B, D
Day 4
This morning we leave Prague and drive south through the regions of Central Bohemia and South Bohemia to arrive at our next Czech destination, the beautiful medieval village of Český Krumlov. Founded in the 13th century, the historic center of the town has been lovingly restored and is a delight to explore. The Vltava River winds like an “S” through the quaint streets, offering us many options for relaxing and dining with a view. After checking into our charming boutique hotel in the old center, we explore the town. We walk to dinner and enjoy the stroll home.
Overnight: Český Krumlov  Meals: B, D
Day 5
Today we take a guided tour of Český Krumlov’s fairytale castle. After lunch we have free time to soak up the atmosphere of this idyllic town. Perhaps you’d like to rent a canoe and paddle through the center of town? Or are you brave enough to ride on a raft that slides down a waterfall? Or maybe just sip a Czech beer and watch the fun. We have fun choosing a restaurant for dinner tonight.
Overnight: Český Krumlov Meals: B
Day 6
Leaving Český Krumlov, we drive east, arriving in the town of Telč. This UNESCO listed town was rebuilt by Italian master builders and architects after a fire in 1530. These craftsmen used the Renaissance style to give the town an architectural uniformity that has survived to this day. We take a tour of Telč Château and see its amazing decorated interiors. After lunch we continue our drive to the lively city of Brno with its six universities. We explore with our guide before a delicious dinner.
Overnight: Brno Meals: B, D
Day 7
We depart Brno and drive east into Poland. Our first Polish destination is the unforgettable Auschwitz concentration camp. Our expert guide explains this black period of history, intended to shock visitors into vowing that nothing like this must ever  be allowed to recur. We arrive in Kraków and check into our boutique hotel in the historic center of this beautiful city. Dinner tonight is a wonderful affair with mouth-watering Polish cuisine.
Overnight: Kraków Meals: B, D
Day 8
This morning a guided walking tour takes us to the highlights of the old center and gives us a glimpse into Poland’s interesting history. In the afternoon we visit one of the world’s oldest salt mines at Wieliczka, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This evening we are free to choose one of the appealing neighborhood restaurants.
Overnight: Kraków Meals: B
Day 9
This morning we drive south, making a detour into Slovakia to enjoy a delicious luncheon together. We continue south, stopping to visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fascinating Caves of Aggtelek Karst. We take a guided tour of the caves and then continue to the picturesque town of Eger, our Hungarian destination for the next two nights. Lying in a fertile valley between the Mátra Mountains and the Bükk Range, Eger is surrounded by vineyards and has more than 175 historic monuments, including a fabulous castle. We visit a special wine cellar for a unique wine-tasting dinner where we begin to appreciate Hungary’s ancient, acclaimed reputation for excellent wines.
Overnight: Eger Meals: B, L, D
Day 10
This morning a guided walking tour takes us to the highlights of the old center and gives us a glimpse into the history of Eger. Next we depart for the wine region of Szépasszony-völgy (The Valley of the Beautiful Women), where we visit the Gal Winery and enjoy tasting several of Hungary’s famous wines over lunch. This evening is free to choose dinner on our own.
Overnight: Eger Meals: B, L
Day 11
This morning we leave Eger and head for our final stop, Budapest. We arrive in time to enjoy lunch on the banks of the River Danube and then check into our elegant boutique hotel in the historic center. This afternoon we take a guided orientation tour of this fascinating city: Vorosmarty Square, the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle district, Matthias Church, and the Fishermen’s Bastion.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: B, D
Day 12
This morning we take a river cruise along the Danube, accompanied by a local guide. After lunch we have free time, during which we may relax in the thermal springs at Széchenyi Baths in City Park or shop with locals and try some traditional Hungarian food at the Central Market Hall. We have a free evening to dine, go to a local concert, or do both.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: B, L
Day 13
After breakfast we head to the UNESCO Hungarian Parliament Building, where we take a tour and see the Hungarian Crown Jewels. Our final afternoon is at leisure. Our tour comes to an end this evening with a grand farewell Hungarian dinner.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: B, D
Day 14
After breakfast we head to the Budapest Airport for the flight home.
Meals: B

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