Start
Munich, Germany
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Countries
Austria,
Czech Republic,
Germany,
Hungary
Themes
Explorer
Code
AMKB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
157kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Stroll through the sprawling green wonderland of Englischer Garten in Munich
  • Encounter a world of architectural styles in Prague
  • Look up at the soaring towers of Prague Castle
  • Get lost in the enchanting streets of medieval Cesky Krumlov
  • Relish the stylish urban spaces and cosmopolitan vibe of Vienna
  • Taste wine beneath a castle in Budapest

Itinerary

Guten Tag! Welcome to Munich, Germany. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please confirm with the hotel reception where and when it will take place, or check the reception noticeboards. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Join your fellow travellers for a group dinner in the evening at a local restaurant of your leader's choice. If you arrive early in the day, have a wander around town and get a real sense of Bavaria at the Royal Palace and National Museum. The Alte Pinakothek art gallery is also well worth a visit, as it's one of the oldest galleries in the world. Munich is also one of the prettiest cities in Europe, so walking around the city is just as rewarding.

If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel by early evening, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Leave the capital of Bavaria behind and cross the border into the Czech Republic. The bus to Prague usually takes around five hours, but there may be delays. On arrival into Prague, the rest of your afternoon is free to do as you wish. Perhaps take a walk around the Jewish Quarter and pay respects at the Gothic looking Old Jewish Cemetery. This is Europe's oldest surviving Jewish cemetery, with 12,000 tombstones and 100,000 graves. The city also has one of the longest-standing and respected jazz scenes in Europe. If you should find yourself out until the early hours in an atmospheric jazz club, have a wander along Charles Bridge or Old Town Square as the sun rises for magical photo opportunities.
This morning spend time at Prague Castle, the biggest in the Czech Republic, where you'll find the famous St. Vitus Cathedral and colourful alleyway of the Golden Lane. A bike tour through the city is a great way to see a lot of the city's sights and attractions in a short period of time. If you make time, take a day trip to region of Bohemia and visit Kutna Hora. The Bone Church (Sedlec Ossuary) is a particularly unique experience. Possibly use your evening to head out for dinner with the group.
Depart Prague today and travel by bus to the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov, which should take around four hours. This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and is straight out of a fairytale. Cesky Krumlov (pronounced 'Che-skee Krum-lov') means 'crooked meadow', which is befitting of a town that's nestled in a sharp bend of the Vltava River. Venture out on an included cycling trip in the afternoon, across rolling hills and through tiny hamlets (approximate three hours). If you have time, explore the city's castle and its fabulous masquerade hall, or climb the tower for aerial views of the town. For the active, there's also the option to canoe/kayak down the river.

Notes: During the cooler and winter months, cycling is often not possible. You'll take an extended walking tour of the town instead.
Take an optional guided walking tour of Cesky Krumlov today, which includes commentary of the mysteries that lie behind every shopfront and house on the crooked little streets. A visit to the Cesky Krumlov brewery - where tours are often conducted in English - will give you a glimpse of the brewing tradition that has existed in this town for hundreds of years. For those who want a bit more culture, and time permitting, visit the Egon Schiele Art Centrum and browse the gallery that's dedicated to the Austrian painter.
Depart Cesky Krumlov by minivan this morning and cross the border into Austria, continuing onto the cosmopolitan city of Vienna (approximately three hours). Join your leader for a walk through the city's compact centre, which should take around two hours. Stop at the gothic looking St. Stephens Cathedral, wander past the neo-classical grandeur of the Graben and onwards to the Hofburg Palace. Finish your orientation of the city at the State Opera House, one of the world's most important opera houses and the heart of classical Viennese culture. Art lovers have a vast choice of museums, from the Albertina to those located in the Museum Quarter. In the evening, perhaps head out for some Viennese cuisine.
You have the whole of today to explore Vienna and its surrounds. You might like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the summer palace, designed by Empress Maria Theresa. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna and the palace gardens are free to all visitors, but there's a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Vienna is a beautiful city, so try to capture the best way you can while you're here. Take a spin on the famous old Prater Ferris Wheel or practice your canter at the Spanish Riding School.

Notes: Avoid long queues at Schoenbrunn Palace by pre-booking your tickets at: schoenbrunn.at. Also, the Spanish Riding School doesn't operate throughout the summer months. You will need to book tickets in advance to see the performance of the Lipizzaners. Phone: +43 (0)1 505 77 66 55 or e-mail info@viennaticketoffice.com to arrange tickets.
Journey across the border into Hungary by train, which should take around three hours to get to Budapest. Since the collapse of Communism, Budapest has experienced something of a renaissance. The grand architecture and boulevards evoke a time gone by, while glamorous stores and glitzy restaurants make this one of the truly great cities of Europe. Head out on an included wine cellar and tasting dinner in the afternoon, with amazing regional produce and tipple on the table.

If you're an art buff and you have time, visit the Museum of Fine Arts at Hero's Square, which offers free English tours of the permanent collections from Tuesday to Saturday. One unmissable activity is a soak in Budapest's hot thermal baths. The pools vary in temperature, and some even feature whirlpools or seats where you can enjoy a game of chess.
Your 'Highlights of Central Europe' adventure comes to an end today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.

As there's not much time in Budapest, it's recommended that you stay an extra few nights so you can truly experience this beautiful city. If you need helping booking additional accommodation, our reservations team can help (subject to availability).
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts2 dinners
Transport
Bicycle, Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Train, Tram
Accommodation
Hotel (8 nights)
Included activities
  • Cycling trip (weather and season permitting)
  • Prague Castle

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Important notes

Single supplement is available with the exception of the following nights:
Day 4 & 5 - Cesky Krumlov

Trip notes

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