Home to some of the world’s most celebrated cultural touchstones, Central Europe was built for exploration. This nine-day adventure crosses four countries and makes stops in four of Europe's most fascinating cities – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. From the Brandenburg Gate to Prague’s Charles Bridge, from a 16th-century market in Vienna to a walking tour of the Berlin Wall with a local historian, step into the past – and enjoy every minute in the present.
Arrive at any time. Please make your own way to the joining hotel.
We recommend arriving a day or two early to fully explore this world-renowned city.
Day 2: Berlin
Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO before exploring sections of the Berlin Wall with a local historian and delving deeper into its political and social history. Opt to take a river tour or visit galleries and museums with free time. Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and is a melting pot of different cultures and flavours.
Day 3: Berlin/Prague
Head to the capital of the Czech Republic by train. Enjoy a guided tour of the old town, including the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square. A great way to spend the evening is watching the sunset from the heights of the Letna Beer Garden, where you can sample Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost.
Day 4: Prague
The day is free to explore. Wander the quarters to shop or relax at a local café. Opt to visit Prague Castle, museums, and galleries. Charles Bridge by day is packed with vendors and street musicians. At night, it is less crowded, and it's much easier to appreciate the scenery as well as the ever-so-slightly sinister quality of the statues looming overhead. Cross the bridge and you'll find yourself in Mala Strana, a far less crowded district that offers the perfect atmosphere for some introspective wandering.
If you're in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place for it. You'll find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine like fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings.
Day 5: Prague/Český Krumlov
Travel to the charming town of Český Krumlov. Opt to visit the castle. The inclusion of Ceský Krumlov on UNESCO's List of Natural and Cultural Heritage was undoubtedly a turning point in the modern history of the town. It sent a clear signal to the rest of the cultural world that South Bohemia has something unique to offer.
Day 6: Český Krumlov/Vienna
Location: Český Krumlov
Drive across the border into Austria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO. Stop by a Viennese café for a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte - an elegant confection historically linked to Vienna's distinguished coffee houses. Enjoy free time this evening to visit the opera house or simply enjoy a walk around the city.
Day 7: Vienna
This morning, visit the famed Naschmarkt with a culinary expert, exploring the stalls and lanes to sample some of Vienna's finest treats. This afternoon is free to wander the elegant streets. Take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries, visit the stunning Lipizzaner horses of the renowned Vienna Riding School, experience mass with the Vienna Boys Choir, or settle into a café.
Day 8: Vienna/Budapest
Catch a train to our last stop, Budapest. Head out for an orientation walk, then visit a G Adventures-supported café whose proceeds assist Hungarians living with a disability. With some free time, opt to "take the waters" at a thermal bathhouse or visit the stunning castle. You might like to have an optional dinner at a local restaurant on Váci Utca, which is the bustling main street of Budapest.
To gain deeper insight on local history, opt to pre-book the "Budapest History Walking Tour" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.
Day 9: Budapest
Depart at any time. We recommend staying a few extra days to experience all this city has to offer.
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Walk the Berlin Wall with a Historian, Berlin National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Naschmarkt Walk, Vienna
Orientation walk in Budapest
Tour Prague's old town including the Jewish quarter, clock tower, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square
Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and sample the Sacher Torte
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotel/pensions (8 nts).
Train, bus, private van, local bus, walking.
Max 16, avg 12
Book with flexibility
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