Splendours of Budapest, Vienna & Prague - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Explore the great cities of Central Europe, enjoying a private evening cruise on the Danube through Budapest, a Chef’s Table experience in Bratislava, a tour of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace and a visit to the Jewish Quarter in Prague.

Journey Overview

Explore the great cities of Central Europe, enjoying a private evening cruise on the Danube through Budapest, a Chef’s Table experience in Bratislava, a tour of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace and a visit to the Jewish Quarter in Prague.

Journey Highlights

  • Discover the three most radiant cities in Central Europe, experiencing their architectural, artistic and cultural heritage firsthand, alongside the finest local experts
  • Privately visit Budapest’s State Opera House, as well as the library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague
  • Enjoy a private evening cruise on the Danube
  • Stop at the lively Central Market Hall in Budapest on an engaging market visit and enjoy a tasting experience
  • Share lunch with a local chef, who offers insights into seasonal dishes, on a Chef’s Table culinary experience
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest, a city occupying both sides of the Danube River and founded in 1873, when right-bank Buda and Óbuda joined left-bank Pest. Budapest’s broad avenues and turn-of-the-century architecture have earned it the name, “the Paris of Eastern Europe.” Like Paris, it is a cultural mecca for writers, artists and musicians. Transfer to your hotel, where you join your A&K Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a welcome dinner. 
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest | Meals: D

Day 2: Budapest | Matthias Church & Fisherman’s Bastion

This morning, cross the Danube River to explore the Buda side of the city. Visit Matthias Church, the 13th-century coronation cathedral of Hungarian kings, and Fisherman’s Bastion, offering spectacular views of the city. Built in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles, the bastion is named for the guild of fishermen who defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages. Then, meet a Buda resident for lunch in the gardens of her villa — an experience specially planned for A&K guests. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, relaxing in your luxurious accommodations or exploring this romantic city on your own, perhaps dining at one of Budapest’s fine restaurants. Choose one on your own or ask your Resident Tour Director for a list of recommendations by A&K. 
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest | Meals: BL

Day 3: Budapest | Across the Bridge in Pest

Today, explore Pest, starting with a private visit to the beautiful, neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, which was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph and opened in 1884. Continue your city tour as you view Heroes’ Square and stop to see the Great Synagogue as well as St. Stephen’s Basilica, whose south tower houses the largest bell in Hungary. Then, visit the Central Market Hall, to view the vast array of food and crafts on sale throughout its three floors, including cheeses, sausage and other local specialties, and enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own. Later, visit the Parliament Building before spending the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, after dinner, embark on a private cruise of the romantic Danube, to watch the glittering lights of Budapest drift by in the night. 
Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest | Meals: BD

Day 4: Bratislava, Slovakia & Vienna, Austria | Chef’s Table

Journey overland to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, for a guided walking tour of its old town, once a jewel of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stop at a local restaurant, where you enjoy a Chef’s Table experience, having lunch with its esteemed chef, who shares insights into seasonal dishes and his life as a restaurateur. Embark on a high-speed catamaran for a quick cruise along the Danube River to Vienna, Austria.
Hotel Sacher Wien | Meals: BL

Day 5: Vienna | Austrian Treasures

Join your local guide for a walking tour of marvellous Vienna. At the Hofburg Palace — former seat of emperors and current residence of the president of Austria — visit the Treasury to admire its glittering collection of imperial regalia. Then, continue to the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Spend your afternoon at leisure. Dine at a local restaurant before attending a concert at the Mozarthaus Vienna, set in the historic house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived in the late 18th century.
Hotel Sacher Wien | Meals: BD

Day 6: Vienna | Visions of the Imperial City

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna, viewing the Prater and its Giant Ferris Wheel. See the Secession Building and the famous Hundertwasser House, and then visit the Belvedere Gallery, where you find many works by the brilliant and controversial symbolist artist Gustav Klimt, including The Kiss. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and then tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former residence of Habsburg monarchs. Spend your evening at leisure. 
Hotel Sacher Wien | Meals: BL

Day 7: Popice, Czech Republic | Wines of a Unique Terroir

Travel to Prague, stopping en route at the Sonberk winery in the Czech countryside for a tour and tasting of its signature vintages, followed by lunch.  Continue to Prague, where you check into your hotel, and then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. 
Mandarin Oriental, Prague | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Prague | History Remembered

Today, tour the city’s Castle District, starting with a private visit to the Baroque library halls of the Strahov Monastery, to view its incredible frescoes, which reside amid detailed stucco ceiling decorations. Stroll in the peaceful quiet, looking up at the mural devoted to the intellectual progress of mankind, and let yourself contemplate a bygone era. Then, admire the religious artefacts at the Loreto Chapel, a remarkable Baroque monument that remains a place of pilgrimage. Also, view the towering, Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, which houses the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, including that of Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia — legendary subject of the beloved Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas.” Cross the famous Charles Bridge, an iconic landmark of Prague completed in 1402, to embark on a walking tour of Josefov, the city’s Jewish Quarter, which remained a walled ghetto until 1848. View the birthplace of Franz Kafka (part of the State Jewish Museum complex), best known for his existentialist novel The Metamorphosis. Proceed to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, site of 12,000 graves, and the Old-New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest active synagogue, completed in 1270. Afterward, enjoy your evening at leisure. 
Mandarin Oriental, Prague | Meals: B

Day 9: Prague | Design Your Day

This morning, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:

  • Visit Tripartit Gallery for a Glass Painting Workshop, and then explore the collections at the National Gallery.
  • Set Out on a Foodie Walking Tour, savouring tastes of Czech cuisine, from pastries to goulash to beer. 
  • Relax with a Spa Experience at your hotel, in a haven for the body and spirit, choosing from an array of treatments.
    Spend your afternoon at leisure.

Tonight, gather for a celebratory farewell dinner at a nearby local restaurant.
Mandarin Oriental, Prague | Meals: BD

Day 10: Depart Prague

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or begin your post-tour extension. 
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Four Seasons Gresham Palace, Budapest

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Hotel Sacher, Wien

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Mandarin Oriental Prague

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 11, 2020 - May 20, 2020
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May 25, 2020 - Jun 3, 2020
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Jun 1, 2020 - Jun 10, 2020
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Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 17, 2020
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Jun 15, 2020 - Jun 24, 2020
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Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 8, 2020
Price AU$12,165pp Single Supplement AU$4,340 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Jul 13, 2020 - Jul 22, 2020
Price AU$11,585pp Single Supplement AU$4,050 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Aug 17, 2020 - Aug 26, 2020
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Aug 24, 2020 - Sep 2, 2020
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Aug 31, 2020 - Sep 9, 2020
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Sep 7, 2020 - Sep 16, 2020
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Sep 14, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020
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Sep 21, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
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Sep 28, 2020 - Oct 7, 2020
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Oct 5, 2020 - Oct 14, 2020
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Oct 12, 2020 - Oct 21, 2020
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Oct 19, 2020 - Oct 28, 2020
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