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Uncover the history of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire on this 10-day rail vacation to Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

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20212022
10 days From $2,232 per person

2021 Tour code: AV-PVBE-21

About the tour

Uncover the history of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire on this 10-day rail vacation to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Get a glimpse into Europe's history as you stroll along the Vltava River in Prague; visit Vienna's beautiful palaces, churches and royal residences; and, see the largest Gothic structure in Europe-Budapest's Parliament.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Prague

Arrive in Prague and meet your driver for your private transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight K+K Hotel Central or similar.

Day 2 - Prague Sightseeing

This morning embark on a grand tour of the city, beginning along the Vltava River past Manes Palace, Zofin Palace and the National Theatre. Visit Prague Castle and enjoy a guided courtyard walk. Continue on to the historic Charles Bridge, crossing to the Hradcany district for a guided walk to visit Loretto Church, the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Church and Golden Lane. Your tour ends with a visit to Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight K+K Hotel Central or similar.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Prague at Your Leisure

The entire day is free to explore Prague on your own. Revisit some of the incredible sights from yesterday's city tour, or set out to discover new ones in this historic city. You may elect to take an optional excursion to nearby Cesky Krumlov, the first UNESCO listed town in the Czech Republic. This evening, you have an included 3-course dinner at Plzenska Restaurant. Adorned with hand placed ceramic Art Nouveau mosaics, original wood panelling and stained glass windows, this restaurant offers some of the best traditional cuisine in Prague. Overnight K+K Hotel Central or similar. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Train to Vienna

After breakfast, your private transfer will take you to the train station for your first-class rail journey to Vienna. After the relaxing first-class trip, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight K+K Hotel Maria Theresia or similar. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Vienna Sightseeing

After breakfast enjoy a city orientation tour highlighting all of Vienna's must-see landmarks including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural History, the Hofburg, Parliament, City Hall, the Burgtheater, the University and Votive Church. The highlight of the day will be a visit to Schonbrunn Palace, once the summer residence of the Habsburgs. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to shop Vienna's stylish shops or discover more historic monuments. Overnight K+K Hotel Maria Theresia or similar. 

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Vienna at Your Leisure

The entire day is free for shopping, people-watching or an optional excursion like a visit to the Vienna Woods and Mayerling hunting lodge. Tonight's traditional Viennese dinner is at the Royal Piaristenkeller Restaurant and includes a wine cellar visit with glass of sparkling wine. Overnight K+K Hotel Maria Theresia or similar.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Train to Budapest

After breakfast, your private transfer will take you from your hotel to the railway station for your first-class train trip to Budapest. Upon arrival, you'll be met by your driver for your private transfer to your centrally-located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight K+K Hotel Opera or similar.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 8 - Budapest Sightseeing

After breakfast, embark on a morning sightseeing tour for an overview of this historical city. Pass the Parliament, cross the Danube on the Margaret Bridge to the Royal Castle on the Buda side. Enjoy a guided walk through Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church and the Citadel before crossing the Elizabeth Bridge to Heroes Square, passing the Opera and St. Stephen's Basilica. The afternoon is free for you to experience the cuisine and culture of this sophisticated "Paris on the Danube." Overnight K+K Hotel Opera or similar.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 9- Budapest at Your Leisure

After a leisurely breakfast, find a sidewalk café for a little people-watching or take advantage of an optional tour, like an excursion to the wine district or a visit to the Herend porcelain factory and the spa town of Balatonfured. Enjoy the final dinner of your trip at Kaltenberg Restaurant. In addition to a vast selection of dishes on the standard menu, they offer new specialties every week with organic beer brewed on the premises according to a Bavarian recipe and excellent wines. A band of three musicians entertains guests every evening. Overnight K+K Hotel Opera or similar. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Farewell Budapest

Your vacation through the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria comes to an end after breakfast today.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Hotel Accommodations

Hotels are centrally located, 3.5 to 4-star properties, selected based on quality and availability.

Please note

Rail pricing is subject to change until paid in full and ticketed. Seat assignments are not guaranteed and subject to change.

Airfare is not included in the price of this vacation package. 

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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Robert G, Bloomington, MN

5 stars

Submitted 21 Dec 2018

the guides who took care of us were especially wonderful. The accommodations were more than satisfactory and the rail experience was very enjoyable.

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Leonora D, Chicago, IL

5 stars

Submitted 18 Dec 2018

Every detail that could possibly have ben covered was and was done professionally and positively every single step of the way. The hotels were well located and first class. The staff was very helpful and patient. The drivers were punctual and informative, especially Leslie in Budapest. The tours were enough to get my bearings and add the farther out sites to my itinerary that I would not have gotten to without transportation. I didn't need more. I have already recommended VBR to others along the way and more since I've returned home. Thank you. Well done.

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Ronald B, Mill Valley, CA

5 stars

Submitted 10 Dec 2018

You guys did everything you said and more. The ground hosts were stellar, the hotels more than comfortable and the train rides were great. You even helped us out with an issue that had nothing to do with the package that we paid for.

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Kathryn S, Georgetown, UK

4 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2018

Fabulous way to travel as all the travel and accommodation is looked after. We stayed at K + K in each city. Highly recommended as they are small, clean, friendly and most importantly to us centrally located in the old parts of the city. We walked everywhere.

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Daniel

4 stars

Submitted 25 Oct 2018

Hotels in Prague and Budapest were excellent. Especially, Hotel Parlament. Tour in Budapest was excellent. Pegasus transfers were excellent. Train travel was very nice, but scheduled transfer times were tight. Tour in Prague was poorly conceived, disappointing in what it included, guide was uninspiring. Crowds everywhere. Communication from Vacations by Rail prior to the trip was repetitive and confusing at times.

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Ray G, Lebanon, PA

4 stars

Submitted 01 Oct 2018

Everything about the trip went very well. The hotels were comfortable and in good locations. The various transfers went very smoothly and I really enjoyed talking to the drivers. The train rides were quite relaxing. The city tours included in the package gave enough of an overview that I could decide what areas to return to and explore on my own. I especially liked the walking part of the Prague tour at the Castle. I would most definitely contact Vacations By Rail when I decide to travel by train again.

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