Culture and gastronomy tour in Prague, Vienna and Budapest

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GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURES IN CENTRAL EUROPE Culture and gastronomy tour in Prague, Vienna and Budapest

There is no better way to begin any expolaration of a country than with its food and drink. This program will lead you to the gastronomic diversity Central Europe offers while you will also get to know the most renowned historical places of the region.
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Begin your gastronomic adventures in the Czech Republic! If you are seeking an authentic local beer and culinary experience, Prague is the right place to go. During your trip beside the most famous historical places you will also visit local pubs and the Pilsner Urquell brewery where you will get the chance to tap your own beer. During your stay in Austria you can participate in an apple-strudel show in Vienna, have a gourmet evening and, of course, taste the world-famous Wiener Schniztel and Sacher torte in Vienna. Our food, wine and cultural walking and tasting tour continues in Hungary with a dinner cruise on the Danube and some wine tasting. You can also discover the Great Market Hall and its Hungarian products.

What's included

Austria , Budapest , Central Europe , Hungary , The Czech Republic Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Prague, The Czech Republic
Return Location
Budapest, Hungary
Price includes
  • In-depth sightseeing program
  • Deluxe hotels with central locations
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Professional local guides throughout the tour
  • Meals according to the program
  • Travel expenses (land only)
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • International flights
  • Free time entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
  • Day 2 - Prague
  • Day 3 - Pilsen
  • Day 4 - Parague
  • Day 5 - Vienna
  • Day 6 - Vienna
  • Day 7 - Vienna
  • Day 8 - Vienna
  • Day 9 - Budapest
  • Day 10 - Budapest
  • Day 11 - Danube Bend
  • Day 12 - Budapest
  • Day 13 - Departure
Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Prague

Travelling to Prague. Arrival and transfer to the hotel and settle in. Welcome dinner and orientation.

Day 2 - Prague

Good Soldier Švejk

Visit the Old Town Square in the heart of historic Prague, the Astronomical Clock of the Old Town Hall tower and the Charles bridge.

Typical Czech lunch at Svejk Restaurant where the menu is focused on the traditional Czech cuisine.

See the Jewish Quarter and the old- new synagouge.

Dinner on your own.

Day 3 - Pilsen

„Prazdoj” goulash and the potato dumplings

Travelling to Pilsen. Visit the Pilsner Urquell Brewery.

Lunch in Na Spilce Restaurant where you can taste the famous „Prazdoj” goulash and the potato dumplings.

Travelling back to Prague.

Visit the Clementinum where you can find the Mirror Chapel and the Baroque Library Hall.

Dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Parague

Historic Prague

Explore the Hradcany Castle, Loreto Chateau and the Strahov Library.

Lunch on your own.

Visit the St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane.

Free afternoon (optional program: National Museum).

Enjoy a traditional Czech evening at U CESKYCH PANU, a medieval restaurant.

Day 5 - Vienna

Sacher sweet Sacher

Travelling to Vienna.

Lunch on your own.

Orientation walk and sightseeing in Vienna’s center.

Taste the famous Sacher torte in Café Central.

Dinner at Griechenbeisl, one of Vienna’s oldest inns.

Day 6 - Vienna

♫ Crisp apple strudels ♫

Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and the Gloriette.

Lunch on your own.

Enjoy the Apfelstrudel show in Schönbrunn.

Have a dinner at Bitzinger restaurant which is one of the last ancient monastery cellars in Vienna’s historic city center.

Day 7 - Vienna

Where to eat the best Wiener Schnitzel?

Begin your day with a visit to the Imperial Palace and Sisi Museum.

Have a lunch at Figlmüller restaurant where the city’s best „Wiener Schnitzel” will be served.

Free afternoon (optional program: cooking course).

Dinner on your own.

Enjoy a concert in the evening.

Day 8 - Vienna

The art of wine by Austria

Visit the St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Chocolate Museum.

Lunch on your own.

Free afternoon for relaxing and shopping.

Farewell dinner at Fuhrgassl-Huber wine tavern which has a unique atmosphere besides the delicious food and wine selection.

Day 9 - Budapest

Black coffee and blue Danube

Travelling to Budapest.

Lunch on your own. After a short orientation walk, explore the Buda Castle district.

Enjoy your coffee at Korona Confectionary.

In the evening enjoy a cruise on the Danube and admire the Budapest panorama.

Dinner on board.

Day 10 - Budapest

World-class Hungarian cuisine

Visit the Great Synagogue in Donány street.

Explore the St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Lunch at Winekitchen Restaurant which offers 200 different Hugarian wines and received a „Michelin star”.

Visit the Great Market Hall and find the best Hungarian products.

Dinner on your own.

Day 11 - Danube Bend

Escape the city, discover the artist village

Visit Szentendre and its little shops and cafés.

Visit the Margit Kovács Museum (famous ceramist and sculptor).

Enjoy your lunch at Nagyvillám Restaurant which has a wonderful view to the Danube bend.

Travel to Esztergom and visit the Basilica.

Travelling back to Budapest, dinner on your own, free time.

Day 12 - Budapest

Finest Hungarian buildings

Visit the Hungarian Parliament.

Lunch on your own.

Enjoy your free time or visit the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian State Opera House as an optional program.

Have a farewell dinner in Szerecsendió Gastronomic Space.

Day 13 - Departure


Transfer to the airport for your flight.

More about Austria

Austria was a major power in Central Europe for centuries in various state guises, until the fall of its Habsburg dynasty after the First World War.

Over centuries, the Habsburgs channeled immense wealth into the fine arts and music, collecting palaces the way others do stamps. You’ll still feel their cultural reverberations in Austria today – be it watching Lipizzaner stallions prance at the Spanish Riding School, or crossing the Hofburg to eyeball Rubens masterpieces in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, or Klimt and Schiele at the MuseumsQuartier. The work of classical musicians such as Mozart, Strauss, Mahler, Haydn and Schubert echo as loudly as ever at the lavishly gilded concert halls.

Deeply carved valleys, railways that unzip the Alps to thread improbably along sheer mountain flanks, past glaciers and through flower-freckled meadows; these fascinating landscapes amaze the visitors. In winter, the slopes hum with skiers and boarders, while summer beckons white-water rafters and canyoners to glacial rivers and lakes that sparkle like gemstones.

Austria might conjure visions of wedding-cake-like baroque churches, palatial Habsburg headquarters like Schloss Schönnbrunn, and Gothic crowning glories like the Stephansdom. But the country is more than the sum of its pomp and palaces. A fresh breath of architectural air is sweeping through the cities, bringing with it a happy marriage of the contemporary and historic. Some of the most eye-catching icons are actually the modern ones: Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier in revamped imperial stables, the colour-shifting giant Rubik’s Cube that is Ars Electronica in Linz and the sci-fi ready Kunsthaus Graz.

More about Budapest

Besides its stunning natural setting with rich architectural and historical heritage, the city offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sites. Humankind has played a role in shaping the pretty face of Budapest. Architecturally, the city is a treasure, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest carries a fin de siècle feeling, for it was then, during the capital’s ‘golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you can see today was built.

Divided in two by the Danube, Budapest is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of Gellért Hill, the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and piece. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Art Nouveau architecture, its majestic Parliament building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District. Massive murals, small pop-up sculptures and ruin bars full of random décor – Budapest is brimming with urban art. Striking paintings brighten the city’s old firewalls and passers mood.

While traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation in the Hungarian cuisine, the culinary revolution has taken over Budapest, as well. From street-food made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations marked in the Michelin Guide, Budapest has it all. Budapest’s reputation as a food capital dates largely from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and, despite a fallow period under the communism, the city is once again commanding attention. So, too, are Hungary's excellent wines – from Eger's complex reds and Somló’s flinty whites to honey-sweet Tokaj, a favorite of emperors and presidents. Even if you aren't the type who waxes poetic about silky tannins, chalky soils, and lingering finishes, you'll likely enjoy the lively Budapest wine bars. Keep a special eye out for grape varietals indigenous to Hungary, including kadarka and kékfrankos (red), and furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white).

Budapest is blessed with an abundance of hot springs. As a result, ‘taking the waters’ has been an experience here since the time of the Romans. The array of bathhouses is generous – you can choose from Turkish-era, art nouveau and modern establishments. Some people come seeking a cure for whatever ails them, but the majority are there for fun and relaxation.

Budapest has something for everyone – from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters and a nightlife that is unrivalled in Eastern and Central Europe.

More about Central Europe

At once natural and refined, folksy and cultured: the combination of mountain rusticity with old-world style captivates in Central Europe.

Teutonic half-timbered villages, graffiti-decorated Renaissance squares, medieval walled towns…. Wander the darkly Gothic alleyways of Prague, admire the baroque excess of Salzburg or take in the colourful old-Venetian influence on the Slovenian port of Piran. Poland and the Czech Republic seem to have more than their fair share of medieval masterpieces, but you can find narrow lanes and quaint townscapes throughout the region – from Bern, Switzerland to Bardejov, Slovakia. Smaller gems such as Bamberg, Germany are often far from the tourist radar. On mornings when the mists lie heavy and crowds are few, you might imagine yourself in an earlier century.

Nourishing yourself is more fun in a great atmosphere, and Central Europe's abundance of outdoor cafes, beer halls and coffee houses offer just that. When the temperatures rise in spring, outdoor tables proliferate along with the daffodils and tulips. Enjoy a plate of pasta while admiring the Slovenian coast, nosh pierogi (dumplings) on a Polish cobblestone street or dip into fondue lakeside in Switzerland. Beer gardens across the region offer an opportunity to enjoy hearty food, a convivial atmosphere and a good brew alfresco. Once the weather cools, move inside to a boisterous beer hall. Or, for something a little sweeter, try a cake at a coffee house or pastry cafe. The most famous are in Vienna and Budapest, but you'll find many options – and other interesting places to eat and drink – all across the region.

With mountains covering so many Central European states, it's no wonder that the outdoors holds such an attraction in the region. The Alps rise to their highest in Switzerland, with jagged, Toblerone-like peaks such as the Matterhorn, and march on through southern Germany, across Austria and south into Slovenia. You can hike, bike, ski or just ride the gondolas and funiculars to enjoy the Alpine views. Other mountains, like the Swiss Jura and the Polish–Slovak Tatras, offer no less adventure. There are also sculptural sandstone 'rock towns' in the Czech Republic to climb, waterfall-filled gorges in Slovakia and Slovenia to hike and the bucolic Black Forest in Germany to walk. There's a new part of nature to explore almost around every corner.

More about Hungary

Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).

Hungary’s scenery is more gentle than striking. But you can’t say the same thing about the built environment across the land. Architecturally Hungary is a treasure trove, with everything from Roman ruins and medieval townhouses to baroque churches, neoclassical public buildings and art nouveau bathhouses and schools. And we're not just talking about the capital, Budapest. Walk through Szeged or Kecskemét, Debrecen or Sopron and you’ll discover an architectural gem at virtually every turn. Indeed, some people go out of their way for another glimpse of their favourites, such as the Reök Palace in Szeged or the Mosque Church in Pécs.

Budapest is a vibrant capital city with an outstanding cultural life and magnificent historic spas: a true metropolis that offers unforgettable experiences in every season. It is famed for its breathtaking architecture and photogenic river scenery.

Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and Europe's most exciting capital after dark are Hungary's major drawing cards.

More about The Czech Republic

Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech Republic – and its capital in particular – has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations.

The Czech Republic's location in the middle of Europe has seen a long history of raiding tribes, conquering armies and triumphant dynasties. This turbulent past has left a legacy of hundreds of castles and chateaux – everywhere you look there seems to be a many-turreted fortress perched above a town, or a romantic summer palace lazing peacefully amid manicured parkland. The number and variety of Czech castles is simply awe-inspiring – everything from grim Gothic ruins clinging to a dizzy pinnacle of rock, to majestic, baroque mansions filled with the finest furniture that Europe’s artisans could provide.

Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world's finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names – Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar – have been equalled, and even surpassed, by a bunch of regional Czech beers and microbreweries that are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing. Never before have Czech pubs offered such a wide range of brews – names you'll now have to get your head around include Kout na Šumavě, Primátor, Únětice and Matuška.

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Culture and gastronomy tour in Prague, Vienna and Budapest

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