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Berlin to Budapest

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The one that shows you why Central Europe is the reigning king of cool in 2 weeks

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Countries

    5 Countries

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Dresden, Auschwitz, Banska Bystrica

Berlin to Budapest

3 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Historical Walking Tour
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines
  • Traditional Hungarian Spa Visit

6 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Eat With Berlin EUR 37.00
  • Entrance to and guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camp memorials
  • Learn how to make traditional Pierogi (Polish dumplings) followed by dinner, Krakow EUR 32.00
  • Cook With Budapest EUR 43.50
  • Take a step back into Budapest’s dark history with a guided tour of the WW2 sites (St Stephen's Basilica, shoes on promenade, House of Terror) EUR 22.00
  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast EUR 43.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    12 nights in Hotel

    Our handpicked crop of accommodation on this trip will leave you happier than a girl with fresh roses. Well located and appointed hotels, each of these 12-nights will be cloud like.

About this trip

This is a trip for a refined type of traveller, not content on the same tired view. They can’t find satisfaction eating Hungarian goulash; they need to try cooking it too. There’ll be no tired icons on the Berlin to Budapest, and we won’t be queuing in lines. We’ll be too busy sampling Czech craft beer & soaking up Krakow’s salt mines.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Berlin

  2. via via

    Dresden

  3. 3 3 nights

    Prague

  4. 2 2 nights

    Krakow

  5. via via

    Auschwitz

  6. 1 1 night

    Krakow

  7. via via

    Banska Bystrica

  8. 3 3 nights

    Budapest

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DAY 1 - Berlin

Berlin

Ready and raring for a banquet of cultural travel, we’ll round up in Germany’s chic capital. With more museums than rainy days per year, Berlin is a place worth knowing about.

Stay

Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)

DAY 2 - Berlin

Berlin

We'll start today off by exploring the streets & stories of Berlin in a guided Historical Walking Tour. When hunger strikes you're free to roam and find some currywurst, pretzels or Kartoffelpuffer, or for the veggie-inclined there's jackfruit burgers and cashew bolognaise served hot at Amaranth, a solar-powered organic hotel. You're free to do your own thing tonight.

Stay

Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Historical Walking Tour

DAY 3 - Berlin

Berlin

Show us what you've got, Berlin! With a full free day to get further under the skin of this quirky city, you might want to take up the option of guided Berlin bike tour to the off-the-beaten-track sights, sip tea in a palace at the Tajik Tearoom, or swing by the abandoned Museumswohnung where you can see remnants of the Soviet era. This evening, you have the opportunity to learn the secrets of eating like a real local Berliner, with an optional EatWith Berlin meal.

Stay

Ibis Berlin Messe (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat With Berlin

    EUR 37.00

DAY 4 - Berlin to Prague

Berlin

"More city hangs" you'll all scream in unison as we motor out of Berlin, high on life & still wanting more. Since you asked so nicely, let us present you with Prague, the darling of Europe.

Dresden

Prague

With our sombre stop behind us we’ll journey forwards arriving in the famously pretty city of Prague. With fairy-tale streets meeting hipster hangouts and graffiti, it’s not hard to understand the current allure of this beguiling city.

Stay

Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square (or similar)

DAY 5 - Prague

Prague

Welcome to the famously pretty city of Prague. With fairy-tale streets meeting hipster hangouts and graffiti, it’s not hard to understand the current allure of this beguiling city. 

Stay

Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square (or similar)

DAY 6 - Prague

Prague

Welcome to the famously pretty city of Prague. With fairy-tale streets meeting hipster hangouts and graffiti, it’s not hard to understand the current allure of this beguiling city. 

Stay

Ibis Praha Wenceslas Square (or similar)

DAY 7 - Prague to Krakow

Prague

If you picked up any Czech we’ll be saying our ‘ahoj’ this morning, as we leave Prague and make our way into Poland. 

After sliding due east and crossing the Czech / Poland border, we’ll pass through pretty towns like Katowice before hitting the brakes in Krakow.

Krakow

Arriving in the artistic capital of Poland, we’ll find a city of cherry trees & history & beauty. With gardens aplenty and a population of less than a million, it will be easy to feel at home here by the Vistula River.

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Krakow Stare Miasto (or similar)

DAY 8 - Krakow including Auschwitz

Krakow

In a town where unassuming 14th century cobbled lanes can spit you onto a sprawling Romanesque castle, seeing as much as possible with the aid of a bike should be mandatory.

Auschwitz

This morning we'll shift pace a little with a sobering but eye-opening guided tour through the Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camp memorials. Once the original working 'camps', these memorials house the stories of a generation never to be forgotten.

Krakow

Onwards, upwards & seeing the world with brighter eyes than ever before, we'll settle gratefully back in to Krakow for the afternoon. In a town where unassuming 14th century cobbled lanes rub shoulders with a grandiose Renaissance castle, Baroque & Gothic buildings, historic Schindler's factory & views over the Vistula river, jump on the optional Krakow city bike tour for your best chance to get around it all. Those keen to sneak a drink or two can check out a lush & local beer garden or the bars around the bustling main market square.

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Krakow Stare Miasto (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Entrance to and guided tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camp memorials

DAY 9 - Krakow

Krakow

Rise & shine, you have a free morning to stroll the charming streets of Krakow before our planned afternoon activites. Check out Kazimierz, the UNESCO-listed Old Town & historic Jewish Quarter with its jumble of street art, vintage markets, crumbling cafes & 14th century synagogue. This afternoon prepare to be amazed as we journey deep underground on a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, with an included tour of the mindblowing crystalline tunnels, caves & cathedral, all carved out of the salt rock. Conserve some energy for our optional Pierogi dinner later on, when you'll have the chance to craft your very own traditional Polish boiled dumplings.

Stay

Ibis Budget Hotel Krakow Stare Miasto (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Wieliczka Salt Mines

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn how to make traditional Pierogi (Polish dumplings) followed by dinner, Krakow

    EUR 32.00

DAY 10 - Krakow to Budapest

Krakow

Alpine scenery and traditional villages will make our departure from Krakow more manageable. Particularly with the knowledge that we have Budapest coming up in the eve.
 

Banska Bystrica

Pastel painted and manicured to perfection, Banska Bystrica is a lunch break that will charm you to no end. Being in Slovakia, it's also your chance to brag 3 countries in one day - you crazy globetrotter you.  

Budapest

Arriving in the delightful Budapest, we'll drop off our bags and take to the city for an included group dinner, tasting local specialities like goulash and stuffed peppers. If the night hours need honouring, we'll head for the faded grandeur of the recovered Eight District of Józsefváro, checking out some of the famous ruin bars and live music venues hidden amongst cafes & vintage shops.

Stay

Ibis Budapest Citysouth Hotel (or similar)

DAY 11 - Budapest

Budapest

Today you have the morning free to set out and explore Budapest at your leisure. Drift up Castle Hill on the historic funicular, or Head to District VII of Elizabeth Town and find gritty pubs & graffitti walls covering the traditional Jewish Quarter. Just make sure you're back in time to reunite with the group this afternoon to indulge in a favourite Budapest past-time: a soul-soothing spa visit. Soak those aching muscles in one of the city's thermal baths (entry fee's on us), Thermal bathing has been a tradtion here for thousands of years - cultural immersion has never been so blissful! To round off the day, you have the option to join a Cook With Budapest dining experience, spending your evening testing and tasting traditional Hungarian recipes.

Stay

Ibis Budapest Citysouth Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Traditional Hungarian Spa Visit

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Cook With Budapest

    EUR 43.50

DAY 12 - Budapest

Budapest

With an evening of traditional dining & cooking ahead of us, this city will prove itself a culinary hotspot. Work it all off with a bout of exploring, or for those about to pop you can drift up Castle Hill by historic funicular.

Stay

Ibis Budapest Citysouth Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a step back into Budapest’s dark history with a guided tour of the WW2 sites (St Stephen's Basilica, shoes on promenade, House of Terror)

    EUR 22.00

  • Take in the beauty of Budapest as you cruise down the Danube River & dine on a feast

    EUR 43.00

DAY 13 - Budapest

Budapest

Today marks the sob worthy conclusion of our time going deep on Europe’s most budding cultural cities. With a newfound appreciation for the less travelled spots, we’ll say goodbye & make plans for our next worldly ventures.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

IMPORTANT
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).