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Self-Guided Austro-Hungarian Empire

Czech Republic, Austria & Hungary in 8 Days, 7 Nights in Destination

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The perfect trip for lovers of history, delve into the cultural heritage of three of the most enchanting capital cities in Europe as you set off on a train by train independent journey through Prague, Vienna and Budapest!

Trip Highlights

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    Vienna
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    Budapest
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    Prague

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  1. All flights

  2. Accommodation

  3. Airport transfers

  4. Activities

  5. Breakfast only

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  1. Departures available until December 2025

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  3. Solo travelers from + £ 150

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  • Accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Day 1 to 4

Harmony

Location

Prague

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3

Rating TripAdvisor travelers

The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Hotel Mala Strana, Residence Bene, Theatrino Hotel Praga

Itinerary

Get to know the magical cities and charming culture of Central Europe on a journey through three incredible capital cities by train! In Prague, stroll through the fairytale streets of this 'City of a Hundred Spires' before discovering the artistic legacy of enchanting Vienna. Finally, explore the Hungarian capital of Budapest, on the banks of the River Danube.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Prague
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Set off for your departure airport, ready to catch a flight to the Czech capital of Prague. Arrive in Prague, known for its fairytale old town, lively nightlife and nicknamed the 'City of a Hundred Spires'. Transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Prague.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harmony or similar

20 Reviews

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2nd Day: Prague
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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a city tour of Prague, nicknamed the 'Golden City'. See the famous Powder Tower and explore the Old Town. Reach Old Town Square home to the famous Astronomical Clock, one of the most popular sights in Prague, and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. Finish the tour at the iconic Charles Bridge. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to explore the sights and sample the local cuisine at your own pace. Alternatively, enjoy an optional folklore-themed dinner* in a traditional Czech restaurant. Overnight stay in Prague.

 

*Optional Folklore Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a typical Czech restaurant which includes dance and live music performances, a truly unforgettable evening basking in Czech culture.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harmony or similar

20 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Prague City Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Czech Folklore Dinner

Light

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3rd Day: Prague
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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day exploring Prague at your leisure. Get to know its atmospheric old town, people-watch from the cafe terraces or explore Prague's various museums and art galleries. Alternatively, enjoy an optional boat ride through Prague's canals*. Overnight stay in Prague.

 

*Boat Ride Through Prague's Canals: Embark on a boat ride along the canals of ‘Little Venice’ and gaze at the most emblematic monuments from the Vltava River. Cross the famous Charles Bridge to the historical center district, Malá Strana, and end the excursion at the fascinating Charles Bridge.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Harmony or similar

20 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

Optional
Boat Ride Through Prague's Canals

Light

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4th Day: Prague - Vienna
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After breakfast at the hotel self-transfer* to the train station to catch a train to Vienna, a journey of around 5.5 hours. Travel through the beautiful landscapes of Bohemia and Moravia towards Austria and its capital, Vienna. Arrive in Vienna, an imperial city famed for its artistic legacy and for being the home town of Mozart and Beethoven. Self-transfer* to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. We recommend heading to the historic centre to enjoy the charming atmosphere. During the summer the riverbanks come alive with lively bars and restaurants, so be sure to check this out if the weather is pleasant. Overnight stay in Vienna.

 

* Transfers to/from train stations are not included. You will have the possibility to add private transfers from/to the stations to the hotels in the next step of the booking process.

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Austria Trend Hotel Beim ... or similar

891 Reviews

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5th Day: Vienna
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Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the 'City of Dreams' today on a Vienna city tour. Take the Ringstrasse ring road to see some of the capital's most important buildings including the State Opera House, the Museums of Art History and Natural History, the Museumquartier, the Imperial Palace (the former winter residence of the Emperor), the Parliament, the City Hall and the Burgtheater. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy Vienna at your leisure. Alternatively, you can opt to enjoy a classical music concert*, a must-do activity while in the city! Overnight stay in Vienna. 

 

*Optional Classical Music Concert: Sit it on what is sure to be an unforgettable and truly authentic experience while in Vienna, a classical music concert.

 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Austria Trend Hotel Beim ... or similar

891 Reviews

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Activities

included
Vienna City Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Classical Music Concert in Vienna

Light

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6th Day: Vienna - Budapest
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Breakfast at the hotel. Catch a train this morning to travel to Budapest, the capital of Hungary, a journey of around 2 hours 50 minutes. After enjoying the changing landscapes of the Danube Delta arrive in Budapest and self-transfer* to the hotel. The city is famously divided in two by the River Danube Buda and Pest, each with its own distinctive atmosphere. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight stay in Budapest.

 

 * Transfers to/from train stations are not included. You will have the possibility to add private transfers from/to the stations to the hotels in the next step of the booking process.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Baross City Hotel or similar

979 Reviews

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7th Day: Budapest
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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a fantastic panoramic guided tour of the beautiful city of Budapest. Start the tour at Heroes' Square, the largest and most impressive square in the city and emblem of the Golden Age of Pest. Pass by the spectacular neo-Renaissance theater of the National Opera and the imposing Budapest Parliament, one of the tallest and most iconic buildings in the city. 

Arrive at the banks of the mighty Danube, where you can appreciate a spectacular panoramic view of the part of Buda, the former capital of Hungary until unification in 1873. See the famous Castle Hill, the Buda Castle and the amazing neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque architecture of the Fisherman's Bastion are located. Finally, enjoy a magnificent view of the oldest and most photographed bridge in the city, the glorious Chain Bridge. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you see fit. Alternatively, take part in our optional cruise* along the Danube River.  Overnight stay in Budapest.

 

*Optional Danube River Cruise from Budapest: Embark on a river cruise of the Danube and enjoy architectural views of the city from a different perspective. From the Parliament, to the many  bridges and even the Royal Palace Walls, complete this romantic sail across the city with a glass of champagne.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Baross City Hotel or similar

979 Reviews

See our full selection

Activities

included
Budapest City Tour

Moderate

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Optional
Danube River Cruise from Budapest

Light

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8th Day: Budapest - UK/Ireland
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Breakfast at the hotel*. It's time to bring your journey through Central Europe to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. 

 

* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.



Included activities

Included
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Before your departure you will receive a voucher with the meeting point and presentation time.

Prague City Tour

Included activity for day 2 in Prague

Take a city tour of Prague. See the famous Powder Tower and explore the Old Town. Reach Old Town Square home to the famous Astronomical Clock, one of the most popular sights in Prague, and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. End the tour at Charles Bridge.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included
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Before your departure you will receive a voucher with the meeting point and presentation time.

Vienna City Tour

Included activity for day 5 in Vienna

Discover the best-known sights of Vienna as you take a city tour around the Ringstrasse, the circular boulevard that borders the historic heart of the city. Discover Vienna's most emblematic landmarks and architectural treasures.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Included
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Before your departure you will receive a voucher with the meeting point and presentation time.

Budapest City Tour

Included activity for day 7 in Budapest

Set off on a city tour of Budapest to see the city's most emblematic sights such as Heroes Square and the amazing Parliament building. Cross the river to the Castle District to enjoy sweeping views from Castle Hill and visit Fisherman's Bastion.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional

Czech Folklore Dinner

Suggested activity for day 2 in Prague

Have dinner in a traditional Czech restaurant where the theme of the night is folklore and enjoy the full experience including dance and live music performances as you feast on a delicious meal.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional
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Before your departure you will receive a voucher with the meeting point and presentation time.

Boat Ride Through Prague's Canals

Suggested activity for day 3 in Prague

Embark on a boat ride along the canals of ‘Little Venice’ and gaze at the most emblematic monuments from the Vltava River. Cross the famous Charles Bridge to the historical center district, Malá Strana, and end the excursion at the fascinating Charles Brid

Duration 00:45h Approx.

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

Classical Music Concert in Vienna

Suggested activity for day 5 in Vienna

Attend a typical Vienna-style classical music concert sure to leave you awe-struck

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information
Optional

Danube River Cruise from Budapest

Suggested activity for day 7 in Budapest

Sail across the city in this romantic cruise of the Danube River where you will get to gaze at Budapest from a completely different perspective while you enjoy a glass of champagne.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Light

more information

The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Prague, Budapest - UK/Ireland.
  • 2nd Class Train Journeys: Prague - Vienna, Vienna - Budapest.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Airport-hotel-airport transfers included.
  • Visits and entrance fees as is indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Panoramic tours of Prague, Vienna & Budapest.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included. Transfers to and from train stations.

Please note: this itinerary is an independent tour, not a group tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and some transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip, nor will you be traveling in a group.

  • Czech Republic
  • Austria
  • Hungary
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with the minimum validity required.

    • Visa

      No advance visa is required.

    • Currency

      Czech Koruna.

    • Language

      Czech, English.

    • Electricity

      220 V. No adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 01:00.

    • Other useful information

      You should leave between 5% and 10% of the total bill as a tip.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.czechtourism.com/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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