Explore Central Europe

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 9 Days | Berlin to Budapest
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details


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.

Trip Highlights

    • Walk along the Berlin Wall with a local historian, and learn about its political, social, and cultural impact.
    • Stroll Prague’s Old Town alongside a local guide.
    • Explore the winding streets of medieval Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Itinerary - 9 Days

Day 1 — Berlin

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 — Berlin

Take an orientation tour and then walk the Berlin Wall with a historian, learning about the political, social, and cultural impacts of the wall from the time of its construction to its eventual demolition. Enjoy an optional river tour, or spend a free afternoon exploring the city’s museums and galleries.

Days 3 & 4 — Prague

Take the train to Prague and enjoy a guided tour of the Old Town that includes the Jewish Quarter, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square. The next day, enjoy free time or choose from a variety of optional excursions. Visit Prague Castle, hike or ride a cable car up Petřín Hill, or enjoy local brews at a beer garden in Letná Park.

Day 5 — Český Krumlov

Travel to charming Český Krumlov to explore its World Heritage-designated historical center. While here, opt to take a guided ghost tour; or visit the centuries-old medieval castle to discover its hidden passageways, Baroque theater, and manicured gardens.

Days 6 & 7 — Vienna

Drive to Vienna and go on an orientation walk. Taste the world-famous Sacher torte at the Hotel Sacher. The next day, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own, or choose from an array of optional excursions. Tour the Vienna State Opera house, view the famous Lipizzaner horses at the Spanish Riding School, visit Saint Stephen’s Cathedral or the Schönbrunn Palace, or experience mass with the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Day 8 — Budapest

Catch a train to Budapest and take a brief orientation walk of the area. Opt to have a soak at a traditional thermal bathhouse, testing the waters of its 18 separate pools and taking in its neo-Baroque architecture. Or visit the stunning Buda Castle, once home to the Hungarian kings of Budapest, and now housing the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

Day 9 — Budapest

Depart at any time.

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Activity Level


Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $799

What's Included

Transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. The optional excursions in Berlin, Prague, Český Krumlov, Vienna, and Budapest are at an additional cost.

Comfortable, mid-range hotels that reflect the local character (8 nights)

Meals Included
8 breakfasts. Allow an additional $425-555 for meals not included.

Train, bus, private van

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.