Berlin to Budapest

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You will visit: Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia (in transit), Hungary

This tour encompasses the big 4 of eastern Europe - Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Having two or three nights in each city will mean you have a chance to really discover the cities in depth. You'll also pop in to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, for lunch!

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Berlin

Check-in to the hotel and head straight out into Berlin to get a feel for the city’s style before meeting up with your Trip Manager and getting to know your fellow Contiki travellers over dinner.

Day 1: Hotel Regional Dinner

  • Enjoy traditional Berlin cuisine in a local restaurant
2-3 Berlin

With two days in this historical hot spot, you’ve got time to find out what makes Germany’s capital one of the most cutting-edge cities in the world. It’s hard to believe that this funky town has had such a troubled past.

We remember one of history’s darkest moments with a sobering visit to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial. Learn more as you walk around the site.

Why not join a local guide for a tour? Learn about the East/West split at the Berlin Wall and check out the controversial Reichstag (German Parliament) as well as Tiergarten (one the world’s biggest parks), while your guide points out the little details and peels back the layers of history. Visit Checkpoint Charlie, where many East Berliners tried to escape to the West, and be reminded of Germany’s darker past at the Brandenburg Gate.

With free time, get inspired by Berlin’s creative scene and check out its galleries and street art. As a world forerunner in contemporary art, Berlin’s walls are covered in cutouts and graffiti.

Shopping-wise, this town has it all and is right up there defining style. Berlin is great for small boutiques, funky fashions and one-of-a-kind buys. Your Trip Manager knows Berlin’s ins and outs, so get some pointers before you splurge.

Do as the Berliners do and grab a currywurst (a local favourite) and kick back at a Bierkeller (German beer house).

Experience the world of espionage in an optional evening Cold War & Cold drinks with our Local Guide, and enjoy a fascinating look into the Stasi (what was once the East German Secret Police). Then top off your time in Berlin with some of your new friends and explore the city’s legendary nightlife. With cool cocktail bars and some of the best techno clubs in the world, there are heaps of fun choices on offer.

Day 2: Hotel Breakfast
Day 3: Breakfast

  • Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial
  • See the Tiergarten, Alexanderplatz, Russian War Memorial, Brandenburg Gate & historic Reichstag building
  • Take in commemorative artwork & the remains of the Berlin Wall
  • See the site of Checkpoint Charlie
  • Berlin historical walking tour
    Euro 9.50
  • Tastes of Berlin
    Euro 38.00
  • Cold War & Cold Drinks
    Euro 16.50
4 Berlin to Prague

Heading south, we roll on to the region of Dresden, often dubbed 'Florence of the North' because of its beauty.

This town completely rebuilt itself after being flattened in World War II. Your Trip Manager will show you Dresden’s signature buildings, like the Opera House, the domed Frauenkirche, the Royal Residence – once home to the Saxon Kings – and the massive Zwinger Palace, where the royals went to party!

Lunchtime! Go local and hang out in a cafe, order some hearty German dishes with regional specialities like sour roast and potato soup.

Then we head over the border and into the Czech Republic to Prague.

Day 4: Hotel Breakfast, Regional Dinner

  • Visit Dresdan the city destroyed in World War II and known as the 'Florence of the North'
  • See the rebuilt Baroque architecture of the Royal Residence, Zwinger Palace, Opera House and Frauenkirche
  • An authentic Czech feast at one of our favourite taverns in Prague
  • Ghost Walk
    TBC
5-6 Prague

Prague is a beautiful and atmospheric city. It’s also pretty compact, so it’s best explored on foot. Get straight into Prague’s historic heart with our Local Guide. You’ll walk together over the landmark Charles Bridge, through Hradčany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian kings and to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral along the way.

Choose a cruise on the Vltava River, which runs through the heart of Prague, and take in stunning views of the city from the water. The Czech capital has a really mixed past so look out for signs of the Holy Roman Empire, the Bohemian Empire, the Nazis and the Communists.

Free time means you can get deeper into Prague’s Old Town in your own time. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a jumble of little lanes, alleys and courtyards. Slow the pace down and give yourself a chance to uncover its hidden treasures.

For our summer itineraries, why not have a go on two wheels and discover Prague with our Local Guide, who knows all the city’s ins and outs. Exploring by bike is the perfect way to get an overview of this compact city, as you hit the back alleys and side streets of the Old Town.

Spend some time in the picturesque Old Town Square, where historic buildings and churches surround cafés that spill out onto the pavement. With some world-famous Czech pilsner in hand, park yourself at a table, people-watch and try out some of the traditional local dumplings. This is also the spot to pick up some famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewellery.

For a bit of folklore and tradition, choose a Czech evening optional for a fun night with the group where you’ll see traditional dancing and try out local food.

By night, Prague is loaded with all types of music, from jazz bars and hip DJs to opera. There is something for everyone, so make the most of it with the group, and finish your time here with a night to remember.

Day 5: Hotel Breakfast
Day 6: Breakfast

  • See Prague's Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral & much more on our locally guided walking tour
  • Visit the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock
  • Locally guided bike tour of Prague (summer only)
  • River cruise with buffet meal
    Euro 29.00
  • Traditional Czech evening
    Euro 28.00
  • Nuclear Bunker Tour
    Euro 15.00
7 Prague to Vienna

Back on the coach, travel to World Heritage listed Kutna Hora and choose to visit the chilling Sedlec Ossuary - a small chapel containing the bones of over 40,000 people arranged artistically to form decorations and furnishings inside.

Your Trip Manager starts Vienna off by introducing the group to the city’s historical heritage. There’s the imperial grandeur of Schönbrunn Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece.

Day 7: Hotel Breakfast, Regional Dinner

  • See Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral & the State Opera House
  • Scenic drive along the historic Ring Road
8 Vienna

Your Trip Manager starts the day by introducing the group to the city’s historical heritage. There’s the imperial grandeur of Hofburg Palace, the elegantly ornate State Opera House and St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece. Cruise down Kärntner Strasse, Vienna’s main shopping spot and buy some traditional ceramics and materials for gifts back home

Later today, there’s free time to check out magnificent squares and majestic palaces or the city’s art galleries. Take a break in a coffee house like the locals do, chill out in Vienna’s manicured gardens or wander along the Danube River.

Get schnaps savvy with a behind-the-scenes look into this local liqueur’s production in an optional excursion to the Old Vienna Schnaps Museum.

Tonight, it’s all about the culture at an optional dinner and concert. Up first is a traditional Viennese meal in the stunning grounds of Schönbrunn Palace. Follow this up with a classical music concert with former Vienna locals, Mozart and Strauss.

Day 8: Hotel Breakfast

  • Old Vienna Schnaps Museum
    Euro 7.00
  • Vienna Classical Concert & Dinner
    Euro 67.00
9 Vienna to Budapest

Cruise through Slovakia and pause for lunch in quaint Bratislava. We’ll then head into the compact, user-friendly old town and check out its medieval castle. Try some of the regional specialties like treska (cold fish salad) or some local cheeses.

Next up: Budapest. With two cities rolled into one, this exotic town has a bit of everything. Buda and Pest sit on different sides of the river, but bring together the stunning buildings and atmosphere that makes Budapest so romantic.

Day 9: Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit Bratislava's historic old town
  • See St. Martin's Cathedral, & Michael's Gate with its Baroque tower
  • Budapest Past and Present Tour
    Euro 18.00
10 Budapest

Get an in-depth insight into Budapest on a sightseeing tour with our Local Guide this morning.

On the Buda side of the river, from the Fisherman’s Bastion, you’ll get a full-blown view of the city and learn about Budapest’s history in a nutshell! Check out the colourful Church of St. Matthias, the Royal Palace and the Chain Bridge. Your Local Guide knows all about Budapest’s bumpy history and will tell you more with a visit to the Liberation Monument.

Free time means a chance to treat yourself to a truly local experience: a spa and thermal bath. With outdoor thermal pools, healing waters, art nouveau architecture and spa treatments, this is the perfect way to unwind. For more of Budapest’s outdoor lifestyle visit St. Margaret Island in the heart of the city, a favourite among the city’s residents with its gardens, fountains, pools and ruins.

Take in a different view of the city from the Danube River on a dinner cruise this evening, past night-time Budapest. Our Local Guide talks about Hungary’s heyday and points out the city’s important buildings from this period, which are lit up for the night. Try some Hungarian specialties, like goulash and enjoy some drinks.

Launch into Budapest’s nightlife and live it up like the locals by heading to a beerhouse, a riverside bar or a happening club.

Day 10: Hotel Breakfast, Regional Dinner

  • Hungarian dinner cruise in Budapest
  • Sightseeing of Buda, Pest, the Royal Palace, the Church of St. Matthias, the Chain Bridge and Fisherman's Bastion
  • Group Photo
    Euro 10.00
  • Budapest Past and Present Tour
    Euro 18.00
11 Depart Budapest

The tour ends after breakfast and it’s time to say farewell to your new friends.

Day 11: Breakfast

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 10 nights twin or triple-share hotel accommodation
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 10 continental breakfasts
  • 4 Reginonal Dinners: a traditional German dinner in West Berlin, dine at our favourite taverna in Prague, a Austrian experience in Vienna & a Hungarian feast on a Danube River cruise

Inclusions

  • 6 World Heritage Sites visited
  • Enjoy traditional Berlin cuisine in a local restaurant
  • Visit the moving Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial
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Me Time

  • Berlin historical walking tour
  • Tastes of Berlin
  • Cold War & Cold Drinks
  • Ghost Walk
  • River cruise with buffet meal
  • Traditional Czech evening
  • Nuclear Bunker Tour
  • Old Vienna Schnaps Museum
  • Vienna Classical Concert & Dinner
  • Budapest Past and Present Tour
  • Group Photo
  • Budapest Past and Present Tour
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  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$123
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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