Days
9
Price from
£1,725GBP

Get right to the heart of beautiful Europe from Munich to Budapest

Begin to unravel the complex history of these Bohemian nations, where the best of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau influences have created some of the world’s most wonderful towns and cities.


Start
Munich, Germany
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Countries
Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEHT
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
16 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Begin your journey among the medieval marvels of Munich, one of the most liveable cities in the world

  • In Prague, take a guided tour of the extraordinary Prague Castle. There's also plenty of free time to enjoy this enchanting city by night

  • Cesky Krumlov is a veritable bohemian playground, steeped in history and charm. After a guided tour of town, take the opportunity for a country cycling trip or a tour of its fascinating brewery

  • Enjoy a late afternoon story telling session at a hidden location. Sip on sparkling wine while listening to thrilling legends of murders, plots and romances in medieval Cesky Krumlov.

  • Discover the heart of classical Europe in Vienna. Your walking tour of the city's icons culminates in the world-renowned State Opera House

  • A wine tasting beneath a castle in Budapest, along with an included dinner, makes for the perfect end to your Central European jaunt

Is this trip right for you?

  • It's important not to exceed the luggage weight and size recommendations. Backpacks are recommended, as wheelie bags can be difficult to carry across cobblestones.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme (over 40°C), so it's important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider your suitability to the season you are travelling in.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is often available at an additional charge. Note that some hotels in Europe don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

  • On Day 5 & 7 we have planned a free time for you to discover the wonders of destinations by your own pace. We have a list of optional activities that can be pre-arranged should you wish to take part in them. Please speak to your Tour leader for any advice and help with choosing and booking any extra activities of your interest.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Welcome to Germany. You will be taken to our centrally located joining hotel (details are in your travel documents) from Munich airport. There are no activities planned on your first day other than a welcome meeting at 6 pm and group dinner that follows. It's a great way to experience dining ion local beer hall. You will find details of the meeting at the hotel reception or on a noticeboard nearby. Keep in mind that you will need to bring your insurance details to the meeting. You will usually join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting. If you arrive early, get out and explore Munich, a great city of art, history, architecture and music. Perhaps take a stroll through the must-see Englischer Garten, one of the biggest urban parks in the world.
Accommodation
  • Leonardo Hotel Munich City Olympiapark or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome dinner in Munich
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Optional Activities
  • Science Museum - EUR11
  • Alte Pinakothek /Art Gallery - EUR12
  • Third Reich Tour - EUR15
  • Bavarian Royal Palace- combined ticket 3 sights - EUR13
  • Bavarian National Museum - EUR7
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Take a private minibus to Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. After arrival take the opportunity to explore the city on a guided tour. Prague’s many historic buildings and other enchanting sights have earned this city the nickname 'Paris of the east'. Note the contrast between the grand Middle Ages architecture and buildings like the avant-garde Dancing House on the banks of the Vltava. The reminder of the day is yours to spend as you please. As night falls, you'll see a completely different side of Prague. The Old Town really comes alive in the evening, and the nightlife here is excellent, with many underground beer taverns, absinthe bars and jazz clubs to discover.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Clement or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Prague
  • Prague Castle
Optional Activities
  • Bike tour - CZK490
  • Jewish Quarter - CZK480
  • Kafka Museum - CZK200
  • Day Trip to Kutna Hora - CZK250
  • Mucha Museum - CZK240
  • Museum of Communism - CZK190
  • National Museum - CZK120
  • Sedlec Ossuary - CZK90
  • Church of St Barbara - CZK60
  • Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK105
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit the Prague Castle, the biggest castle in the Czech Republic. This is where you will find the famous St Vitus Cathedral and colourful alleyway of the Golden Lane. The rest of the day is then free. A bike tour through the city is highly recommended – it's a great way to see many of the city's attractions in a short period of time. You certainly do not have to be an experienced cyclist to do so. The Museum of Communism is well worth a visit, as is the Old Town Hall and clock tower. Wander through the Jewish Quarter. Perhaps pay your respects at the Old Jewish Cemetery. This is Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. Alternatively, if you would like to venture further afield, take a day trip to the region of Bohemia and visit Kutna Hora. This is where you'll find the eerily beautiful Sedlec Ossuary, home to a chandelier made of human bones, among other things.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Clement or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Prague by private mini bus today and travel to another Bohemian town – Cesky Krumlov (approximately 3 hours). The name of the town translates literally to 'crooked meadow', thanks to the town’s location in the sharp bend of the Vltava River. This 13th-century city is quite beautiful, with a fairytale-like castle perched on a hill that looms over the town below. Explore the profusion of winding cobbled lanes and old architecture on a guided walking tour. In the late afternoon, you will enjoy a storytelling session at a hidden location. Sip on sparkling wine while listening to thrilling legends of murders, plots and romances in medieval Cesky Krumlov. The evening is yours to explore the town as you please.
Your accommodation in Cesky Krumlov is an authentic and stylish Hotel Peregrin located in a house of medieval origin dating back to the 15th century. Unique value of the building combined with modern design creates an original and harmonic fashion. You will find a solid hardwood floors and custom-made wooden doors in the hotel as well as made-to-measure stylish furniture in each room. Please note that old buildings may have slightly lower ceilings, narrower corridors and smaller windows, but that is certainly a part of their charm.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Peregrin or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Story telling in Cesky Krumlov
Optional Activities
  • Guided castle tour - CZK250
  • Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK160
  • Raft/canoe trip - CZK1200
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is free for you to enjoy as you please. Perhaps have another walk around the town and extend it by climbing the castle's tower for expansive views or even go on an optional guided tour of the castle. Alternatively, explore the surrounding countryside by bicycle, visiting tiny hamlets and crossing rolling hills (approximately 2 hours). If there is time, and if the weather holds, an equally great option is to take a canoe or raft trip on the river that winds through town (approximately 2–3 hours).
Accommodation
  • Hotel Peregrin or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Vienna by minivan (approximately 3.5 hours). Vienna is a cosmopolitan city with the air of a rich cultural heritage and golden past. It is also known for its delicious culinary delights. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. This will take you from the Gothic splendour of St Stephens Cathedral to the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben, and then on to Hofburg Palace, where Habsburg emperors once resided in winter. You will have the opportunity to rest and enjoy the beauty of the monument dedicated to Empress ‘Sisi’ Elizabeth in the Volksgarten. From here you will journey on to the Ringstrasse. Your walking tour will come to an end at the State Opera House, one of the most important opera institutions in the world, home to the heart of classical Viennese culture. The rest of the afternoon is yours.
Accommodation
  • Cordial Theaterhotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vienna Orientation Walk
  • Dinner at traditional restaurant
  • Guided tour of Vienna
Optional Activities
  • Belvedere Gallery - EUR13
  • Albertina Museum - EUR13
  • Sisi Museum - EUR12
  • Spanish Riding School practice - EUR28
  • St Stephen's Tower - EUR5
  • Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
  • Leopold Museum - EUR13
  • Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Vienna Boys Choir - EUR70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today is free for you to explore Vienna's many possibilities. Art enthusiasts can choose from a number of great museums, from the Albertina to the vast array found in the Museum Quarter. You should also consider visiting the Leopold, home to an important Egon Schiele collection as well as major works by Oskar Kokoschka and Gustav Klimt. Perhaps take a short walk over to Belvedere Palace to see Klimt's famous painting 'The Kiss', or head to the Secession Building (a classic example of Viennese Art Nouveau) to see his panorama 'Beethoven Frieze', inspired by the composer's Ninth Symphony. You might like to climb the 343 steps to the top of the tower of St Stephen's Cathedral. Schoenbrunn Palace is well worth a visit, and offers a good guided audio tour (avoid the queues by pre-booking tickets at www.schoenbrunn.at). Another excellent way to enjoy the afternoon is to take a spin on the Prater Ferris Wheel. A must-see for horse lovers is the Spanish Riding School – you'll need to book advance tickets to see the Lipizzaners (Phone: +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com). Note that the Spanish Riding School shuts down over the summer.
Accommodation
  • Cordial Theaterhotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Vienna and head to Budapest by private minivan (approximately 4 hours). Budapest has truly come into its own since the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Its beautiful grand boulevards and opulent architecture evoke an old-world charm, while the plethora of new-age stores and restaurants lend it an air of cosmopolitan elegance. Cycling is perhaps the best way to get around here. History enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Statue Park. The thermal baths that are dispersed around the city are not to be missed – you can indulge in anything from opulent indoor pools to more simple outdoor baths. In the late afternoon, visit a cellar underneath Buda Castle and enjoy a wine tasting tour in this spectacular location. Allow a sommelier to guide you through a variety of wines, including Hungary’s famous Tokaji dessert wine. Finish this exciting day with a farewell group dinner.
Accommodation
  • Museum Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Faust Wine Cellar tasting
Optional Activities
  • Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Great Synagogue - HUF3500
  • House of Terror - HUF2000
  • Hungarian National Museum - HUF1600
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF3000
  • Parliament Tour - HUF5200
  • Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000
  • Thermal Bath - Starting from - HUF4500
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today your adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned and you are free to depart at any time.
As there's limited time to explore Budapest we recommend spending an extra day or two in this location. Please speak to our reservation team for any help with booking extra services.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

Transport

Private minivan

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights), Feature stay (2 night)

Included Activities

  • Welcome dinner in Munich
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Guided tour of Prague
  • Prague Castle
  • Story telling in Cesky Krumlov
  • Vienna Orientation Walk
  • Dinner at traditional restaurant
  • Guided tour of Vienna
  • Faust Wine Cellar tasting

Reviews

Our Heartland of Central Europe trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.

Heartland of Central Europe, September 2016

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Heartland of Central Europe, July 2016

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Important notes

A single supplement is available on this trip with no exceptions. Please ask your agent for more details about pricing and availability.
Passports have to be carried, but normally you do not need to show them. Stamps are no longer issued at border crossings.

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