Highlights of Budapest, Vienna and Prague

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Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary

Best time to go: January to December

8 Nights | from £2,595pp

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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  • Discover the history of twin-city Budapest with a guided tour of its palace and museums
  • Delve behind the scenes on a private tour of Buda-pest's glorious Hungarian State Opera House
  • Explore the highlights of Habsburg-era Vienna, includ-ing the Hofburg palace complex and Gothic St Ste-phen's Cathedral
  • Roam the overwhelming Baroque staterooms and beautiful formal gardens of Schönbrunn Palace
  • Stroll the cobbled streets of Prague's medieval Old Town and vast hilltop castle

Day 1 UK / Budapest
On arrival in Budapest, you'll be met and driven to the Prestige Hotel, your base in the heart of Pest. This eastern part of Hungary's dual-personality capital, awash with Art Nouveau masterpieces, faces west across the Danube at Buda, dominated by Castle and Gellért Hills.
Prestige Hotel

Day 2 Budapest
Start your sojourn with a half-day guided tour of Buda, beginning with a stroll around the neo-Gothic gems of Castle Hill, the ancient royal district. Spot the medieval carvings about the south door of regal Matthias Church, coronation venue for many Hungarian kings, and ad-mire its kaleidoscopic frescoes and stained-glass windows. Visit the former royal palace, now housing a treasure trove of art in the Hungarian National Gallery as well as offering a run-through of the city's heritage in the Budapest History Museum. Then gaze across the Danube and Pest beyond from the Fishermen's Bastion, a faux-medieval fantasy that's also the best lookout in the city.
Prestige Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Budapest
The best way to a city's heart is through its stomach so a visit to the great market hall is the ideal way to start your exploration of Pest today, browsing the range of provisions and crafts arrayed in this cavernous temple to trade. A visit to the Great Synagogue in Dohany is testament to both the site of the city's former Jewish population this is the largest synagogue in Europe and, in its Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial, a poignant reminder of past persecution. Head northeast along Andrássy út, the city's grandest boulevard, to reach Heroes' Square, dominated by the Millennial Monument commemorating the foundation of the first Hungarian state in AD 896. The monumental Basilica of St Stephen, the city's largest church, offers an amuse bouche for your private tour of the palatial Opera House, a neo-Renaissance gem built between 1875 and 1884 and painstakingly restored after World War II.
Prestige Hotel| Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Budapest / Vienna
This morning you'll be driven to the station to board the train to Vienna in a first-class seat, naturally. Arriving in the Austrian capital less than three hours later, a member of the A&K team will whisk you to the Sacher Wien, your home for the next two nights. In the afternoon, you'll meet your guide for a walking tour of the imperial city, strolling along the famous Ringstrasse, not just any old ring road, but a necklace of 19th-century pearls including palaces, museums, theatres and the Vienna State Opera. You'll visit the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) complex for six centuries the residence of the Habsburg family who ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1918 and soaring Gothic Stephansdom (St Stephen's Cathedral), its latticework spire the city's most prominent landmark.
Sacher Wien | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Vienna
Head southwest of the city centre to Schönbrunn Palace, the monumental Baroque summer residence of the Habsburgs, set amid magnificent formal gardens studded with ornate fountains. The beauty of the symmetrical exterior hides rococo decor of almost indecent excess, you'll explore many of the palace staterooms and your guide will show you the Hall of Mirrors in which Mozart performed for the Empress Maria Theresa when he was only six years old. Your afternoon is free to discover more of Vienna's highlights, perhaps seeking out some of its Secessionist (Art Nouveau) masterpieces, or browsing the food and curio stalls of the sprawling Naschmarkt.
Sacher Wien | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Vienna / Prague
It's a half-day train ride to Prague but a journey back hundreds of years to one of Europe's great medieval centres. On arriving in the Czech capital, a member of the A&K team will drive you to the Aria Hotel, where you can relax or spend the rest of the day exploring the delights of the Bohemian city.
Aria Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Prague
Join an expert guide for a walk through Prague's most ancient quarters, beginning in the cobbled streets of the Old Town. Time your visit to the Old Town Hall for the hourly performance by the figurines of the famous astronomical clock, then wander the nearby Jewish Quarter, birthplace of Franz Kafka. Around the moving Old Jewish Cemetery you'll find the Jewish Museum and Old-New Synagogue, its unprepossessing exterior belying its eminence as Europe's oldest synagogue, dating from around 1270.
Aria Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Prague
Cross the Vltava River via the statue-lined Charles Bridge to explore the Castle District and its museums and monuments. Visit Prague Castle (Hradcˇany), seat of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors; this extensive complex is dominated by the soaring Gothic Cathedral of St Vitus, one of the finest and most richly endowed in central Europe, which took six centuries to complete. The nearby Basilica of St George is less ostentatious but no less fascinating; founded in 905, it's the oldest remaining part of the castle. Stroll past tiny 16th-century houses on Golden Lane, then venture west to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto, an important place of pilgrimage, and dazzling Baroque Strahov Monastery crick your neck to admire the huge fresco adorning the vaulted ceiling of its Philosophical Hall.
Aria Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Prague / UK
You'll be driven to Prague airport for your flight back to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,595 per person, based on two sharing including international flights.

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Best time to be there

Spring is particularly pretty throughout Europe as the temperate climate awakens the flora of the region. Wet winters result in green springs and the mountains and plains come alive with blossom and flowers. This region enjoys pleasant warm summers and inland regions can be very hot in July and August, coinciding with the busiest periods. May, June and September are recommended due to the pleasant temperatures, though with fewer crowds. Eastern Europe tends to experience very cold winters, especially in inland areas. This is a pretty time to visit and many Eastern and Central European cities and towns hold traditional Christmas Fairs complete with decorated trees and festive entertainment.

Fly to

Vienna - British Airways, easyJet
Salzburg - British Airways, easyJet
Innsbruck - easyJet

flying time

Vienna - 2 hours 20 minutes
Salzburg - 1 hour 50 minutes
Innsbruck - 1 hour 45 minutes

time difference

GMT +1 hour

Best time to be there

Winters in Eastern Europe are very cold but Christmas is a magical time to visit. July and August are very hot, May, June and September enjoy pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.

Fly to

Prague (British Airways)

flying time

2 hours

time difference

GMT +1 hour

Best time to be there

Winters in Eastern Europe are very cold but Christmas is a magical time to visit. July and August are very hot, May, June and September enjoy pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.

Fly to

Budapest (British Airways)

Flying time

2.5 - 3 hours

time difference

GMT +1 hour

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