Deviate off the typical route to explore the medieval and classical wonders of Central Europe.

Take your family on a road less travelled in the Central Europe Family Holiday. Live in a fantasy medieval fairytale in Cesky Krumlov, explore the palatial wonder of classical Vienna, and discover of a tale of two cities as one central hub in Budapest. There are so many historical, cultural and culinary experiences that attract all ages, from the budding young traveller obsessed with princesses and knights, to the history buffs who love all things medieval. This exciting and jam-packed tour is specifically designed to allow travellers of all ages to experience the history and elegance of some major European hubs, with the opportunity to take your family off the beaten track and into a world of historical wonder.


Start
Prague, Czech Republic
Finish
Budapest, Hungary
Destinations
Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary
Style
Original
Theme
Family
Code
AMFE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2, Max 18

Why you'll love this trip

  • Central Europe may not have the well-known landmarks and famous sights of other European hubs, but it sure makes up for it in a rich tapestry of immersive history and culture.

  • Wander in awe of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov: a medieval town on the banks of the Vltava river.

  • Chocolate making class in Vienna will be fun for the entire family

  • Try a Hungarian bath on Margaret Island

  • Your family will have time to experience the best of Central Europe in a relaxed paced, and travel to destinations on a road less travelled.

Is this trip right for you?

  • As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you and your family leave any wheelie bags/cases at home and bring a backpack instead. As this is an eight-day trip, a large backpack should be enough to carry all of your belongings.

  • Summer temperatures can be very high in many of the regions visited (over 40°C/104°F), which can be uncomfortable. Ensure the whole family use sun protection, wear layers, and carry plenty of water because hydration is key, especially when you’re walking a lot.

  • Make sure you pack some sturdy and comfortable shoes for everyone as there can be a lot of walking around the towns, ruins, and walking trails of this area.

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires and the capital of the Czech Republic. Attend a welcome meeting at 6 pm then enjoy a special welcome dinner together to acquaint yourselves with the other families. If you do happen to arrive early, then there are a number of Urban Adventure tours available that you may be interested in. How about Bohemian Tastes and Neighbourhoods – an exploration of the historical Czech region, and how it has influenced Prague today. Better yet, older children are welcomed on this tour at no extra cost! For more information, visit urbanadventures.com/destination/Prague-tours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Miss Sophies or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventure - Bohemian Tastes and Neighborhoods - EUR58
  • Urban Adventure - Prague parks and views - EUR89
  • Urban Adventure - Food by foot - Prague - EUR89
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information for each member of your family. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
In the morning after breakfast, venture out with your leader to get your bearings of the city, before heading to Prague Castle on an included visit. This towering complex is a dominant feature of the city skyline, dating back to the 9th century. Spend some time exploring the neighbouring St Vitus Cathedral and the colourful Golden Lane. The rest of the day is free to do as you wish. A bike tour through the city is a great way to see a lot of the city's sights , or otherwise, head to the beautiful Vojanovy Sady park for a picnic and a relax.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Miss Sophies or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Prague - Castle Entrance
  • Prague - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Prague and travel by bus to the southern Bohemian town of Cesky Krumlov (approximately 4 hours). Cesky Krumlov (pronounced 'Che-skee Krum-lov') means 'crooked meadow', which is fitting for a town that's nestled in a sharp bend of the Vltava River. This picturesque medieval town dates back to the 13th century and looks like something out of a fairytale. One you’ve all settled in, take a guided walking tour, where your leader can point you in the right direction for an afternoon of exploring cobblestone pathways, castle grounds, medieval archery windows, stone ruins and scenic lookouts over the countryside.
Accommodation
  • Pension Familia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cesky Krumlov - Guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Good morning from the beautiful medieval centre of the Czech Republic. Enjoy a half-day trip with your family on a quiet part of the Vltava river. Jump in a canoe and head along the river until you reach the historic centre of the town. With the warm water, you may even have an opportunity to take a swim! Once you’re all paddled out, go back into town for a free afternoon. If you are feeling active why not take the kids and hike to Krizova Hora? Krizova Hora is an 18th century chapel perched high up on a hill south-east of the old town. The hiking trail actually begins in the Old Town, and once at the top, see the sweeping views of the rolling hills, the Vltava River, and of course the township.
Accommodation
  • Pension Familia or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cesky Krumlov - Canoe Trip
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Bid farewell to medieval Cesky Krumlov this morning and cross the border into Austria, continuing to the cosmopolitan city of Vienna (approximately 3.5 hours). On arrival, embark on a relaxing leader-led orientation walk of Vienna, passing grand classic buildings and leafy parks. You'll see many monuments dedicated to famous composers and historical figure. You will have the afternoon free to further explore this exciting city and its many museums, palaces and parks, so why not check out the Leopold Museum or relax on the Prater Ferris Wheel, admiring the exceptional city views? Vienna is acclaimed for its arts scene, so if you want to see a show or simply get to visit inside one of their ornate concert halls, it is recommended you book well in advance.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Magdas or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vienna - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Pretend to be a King or Queen today with a visit to Schonbrunn Palace. The 1441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country and was the main summer residence of the Habsburg rulers and is located in Hietzing, Vienna. We will regroup in the mid afternoon, to get your hands dirty as you try your hand at chocolate making – an activity that the kids will love.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Magdas or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace
  • Vienna - Chocolate Making Class
Optional Activities
  • Vienna - Leopold Museum - EUR13
  • Vienna - Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR10
  • Vienna - Belvedere Lower Gallery - EUR13
  • Vienna - Spanish Riding School Practice - EUR28
  • Vienna - Vienna Boys Choir concert - EUR70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Say hello, or more correctly ‘szia’ to our 3rd country today - Hungary! Travel east from Vienna to Budapest by train (approximately 3 hours). Known as the 'Pearl of the Danube' as a city split in two parts: Buda and Pest, its grand architecture, wide boulevards and collection of make Budapest a fun and accessible place to explore. With so much to see and do and the roads relatively flat, hiring a bicycle is a great way to move between sights and attractions. Included in your day is a visit to the Palatinus Spa. These open-air baths are located on Margaret Island and have a long history – they were the first baths in Budapest where visitors could bathe outdoor. Tonight, head out for a group dinner in town to share your family’s stories.
Accommodation
  • Star Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Budapest - Margaret Island baths
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Made in Budapest - EUR72
  • Urban Adventures - Bites & Sights - EUR74
  • Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF3000
  • Urban Adventures - Buda Castle Explorer - EUR52
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The tour has no activities planned for today, however this does not mean you cannot continue to explore the wonders of this Central European hub! Head to the Great Market Hall to taste traditional Hungarian food, like goulash and langos, or book in a Danube cruise to see the city on the water. If you do wish to spend some more time with your family in Budapest, we are more than happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

Transport

Train, Private minivan, Metro

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Prague - Castle Entrance
  • Prague - Orientation Walk
  • Cesky Krumlov - Guided walking tour
  • Cesky Krumlov - Canoe Trip
  • Vienna - Orientation Walk
  • Vienna - Schoenbrunn Palace
  • Vienna - Chocolate Making Class
  • Budapest - Margaret Island baths

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Important notes

FAMILY TRIP: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

AGE: Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 years and under at time of travel.

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