Highlights of Central Europe

8 Days | Experience the highlights of Central Europe on a journey through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary.

4.6 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
AUD $3,575
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Travel through the Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary and experience some of the best bits of Central Europe. From the sleekness of Vienna, and from the architectural triumphs of Prague to the contrasting twin cities of Budapest, see how history, folklore and tradition are threaded through the fabric of modern life. Visit centuries-old castles, be spoilt by greenery in urban jungles, fall in love with Bohemian fairytale towns, marvel at the artistic talents of European masters and dig into a Hungarian feast cooked by a local family, especially for you. This adventure has it all.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Central Europe including Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary
Prague, Czech Republic
Budapest, Hungary
Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
This trip generates 28.79 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Hit three of Central Europe’s big cities; Prague, Vienna and Budapest. With your locally-based leader on hand and plenty of free time to explore at your own pace, you'll get to know all of the best spots and learn plenty of locals-only knowledge.
  • Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the Czechia capital city of Prague. Experience Prague Castle – the largest castle complex in the world – and be awed by its 9th-century architecture.
  • Toast to your epic adventure with a home-cooked Hungarian feast on your final evening. You'll be invited into a local family's home where they'll teach you traditional recipes and you'll get a chance to taste your creations at dinner.
  • Join a local guide in the south Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov and learn about the town’s history and thriving folk culture. After all, there’s no one better to show you around than the people that live there.
  • Be treated to sweet delicacies just like grandma would make at Vollpension café in Vienna, where elderly grandparents bake the best cakes and share the best hospitality with their visitors. More than just a cafe, the team here are working to bridge the age gap and provide extra income for seniors.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • We recommend packing light and smart for this trip as you'll be required to carry your own luggage between train and bus stations and hotels, which can include going up and down multiple flights of stairs, and across cobblestones.
  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in many of the regions visited (over 40C/105F). Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
  • The accommodation we use in Cesky Krumlov is full of character and perfectly represents the spirit of a medieval central European town. This means that the comfort level may be slightly lower compared to the rest of the accommodation used on this trip, however the rustic charm makes up for this.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

Map of Highlights Of Central Europe including Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary



7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner


Train, Public bus, Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi, Tram


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Prague - Castle Visit
  • Cesky Krumlov - Walking Tour with Local Guide
  • Vienna - Kaffee und Kuchen Experience
  • Vienna - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Budapest - Home-cooked meal
  • Budapest - Walking tour with local guide
Add on activities
  • Prague - Jewish Quarter - CZK500
  • Prague - Kafka Museum - CZK260
  • Prague - Mucha Museum - CZK300
  • Prague - Museum of Communism - CZK380
  • Prague - National Museum - CZK350
  • Prague - Town Hall Clock Tower - CZK250
  • Cesky Krumlov - Brewery Tour - CZK200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Rafting or Canoe Trip (per person) - CZK1200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Egon Schiele Art Centrum - CZK200
  • Cesky Krumlov - Guided Castle Tour - CZK300
  • Vienna - Albertina Museum - EUR19
  • Vienna - Belvedere Gallery (Upper & Lower Gallery Combined Ticket) - EUR26
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR15
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR14
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR22
  • Vienna - Sisi Museum - EUR18
  • Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Vienna - St Stephen's Tower - EUR6
  • Budapest - House of Terror - HUF4000
  • Budapest - Hungarian National Museum - HUF2900
  • Budapest - Parliament Tour - HUF10000
  • Budapest - Bike Ride - HUF6000
  • Budapest - Central Market - Free
  • Budapest - Faust Wine Cellar Tasting - EUR21
  • Budapest - Great Synagogue - HUF9000
  • Budapest - Szechenyi Thermal Baths (starting from) - HUF9400
  • Budapest - Transport and Entry to Statue Park - HUF5000

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
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Carla · Traveled September 2023
Beautiful cities, great people on the group, amazing leader. Good balance between group and solo/free time. I loved the experience. As always, trips give me perspective, and a well rounded learning experience.
Review submitted 12 Sep 2023

Nikhar · Traveled September 2023
Absolutely fantastic first experience with Intrepid.. the mix of activities and free time along with the orientation walks was a great way to feel comfortable navigating new places and cultures, our group leader Beata made each person individually feel connected and comfortable while fostering independence in exploration at our own pace. Can't wait to try more adventures with Intrepid!
Review submitted 12 Sep 2023

Adam · Traveled August 2023
Would thoroughly recommend this trip, our tour guide Jo was excellent and we got to experience a lot in a short space of time.
Review submitted 03 Sep 2023

TERRY · Traveled August 2023
The Highlights of Central Europe was our eighth Intrepid trip. It was a great introduction to the amazing cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest, as well as the beautiful Cesky Krumlov. We were fascinated with the depth of history and troubles in this part of the world. Our leader, Lilla, was outstanding, guiding us through the journey, while sharing her great knowledge of the region.
Review submitted 06 Sep 2023

erik · Traveled August 2023
Highlights of Central Europe is a great small adventure tour and suits the needs of every type of traveler and physical rating.
Review submitted 16 Aug 2023
Highlights of Central Europe
AUD $3,575