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13 Day | Tour of Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Berlin

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11 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour (Prague) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Landmark tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 3 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Wednesday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Thursday
ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST

  • Arrive at Budapest International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Take a panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue and visit Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks. Relive the 1,000 years of Hungarian history through the square's impressive statues of kings and leaders.
  • Looking at the Ever-Changing Map of Europe: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Three: Friday
EXPLORING BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Political Trends and Shifts in Modern Day Hungary: Dialogue with political analyst Gabor Gyori, a Senior Analyst at the Hungarian think tank Policy Solutions.
  • From Pest to Buda, drive through the city, cross the river and ascend Castle Hill - where among other historical sites, stands the first royal castle of the city. Enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest from the top of the Fisherman's Bastion, which commemorates the Fishermen who were guarding the city.
  • Visit the largest synagogue in Europe - the Dohany Street Synagogue. Built in 1859, the synagogue holds 3,000 seats and is home to one of the Neolog communities of Budapest.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Tour of the Hungarian State Opera House, dating from the 19th century, and one of Budapest's most well-known landmarks.
  • Take a guided walk through downtown Budapest, including Liberty Square, with its controversial WWII monument, Hungary's tribute to the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and a view of the Hungarian Parliament building.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Enjoy Budapest's vibrant nightlife on your own, with an option to:
    • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street) at night, enjoy people-watching and feel the vibe with its many local boutiques, shops, cafes and many local and international cuisine options.
    • See the Jewish Quarter come to life, with an international and current vibe. Enjoy Kazincy Street's restored and renovated warehouses, better known as the Ruin Pubs, transformed into fashionable bars and bistros. Explore Gozsdu Udvar, through its passages and courtyards, featuring a wide range of restaurants and bars. Good food, live music and dance club options are spread throughout the neighborhood.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Four: Saturday
THE FOLKLORE OF HUNGARY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Take a drive along the Danube Bend to the picturesque town of Szentendre, whose name means "Saint Andrew," where you'll have a chance to wander through the different shops and coffee houses and visit the world's smallest synagogue. The town is known for its well-preserved houses and churches, many built in a Balkan-style, as the area was originally settled by Serb refugees. Today the town's best-known inhabitants are artists, and small galleries can be found on every street corner.
  • Return to Budapest by boat along the Danube River.
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the sites and scenes of Budapest on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), enjoy people watching and feel the vibe with its many local boutiques, shops and cafes.
    • Enjoy a romantic walk in Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube, overlooking the center of the city. Stroll along the medieval ruins, through a small zoo, a magical musical fountain, a water tower, pools and a water park, with the local residents. During the summer days you can enjoy a show in the open air theater and cinema.
    • Visit Budapest's urban City Park (Varosliget). Walk on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad Castle, the 120-year-old castle showcasing the architectural evolution through centuries and styles in Hungary. Stroll through the City Park Lake, which is great for rowing in summer and ice skating in winter, and spend some entertaining time in the Budapest Circus or the 100 year-old Municipal Zoo.
    • Visit the Széchenyi Bathhouse or Gellert Bathhouse, known for their healing waters. Inside and on the grounds of these beautiful palace compounds you can enjoy various styles of indoor and outdoor medicinal and natural pools.
    • Visit the Great Market Hall. This 3-level indoor complex includes vendors of local seasonal produce, spices and handcrafted gifts.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Five: Sunday
ONWARD TO VIENNA - THE CITY OF MUSIC AND CULTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Budapest and drive to Vienna, the capital of Austria.
  • An Introduction to Vienna with your tour educator.
  • Faith and architecture - unlike no other: Arrive in Vienna and take a panoramic orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, the main avenue circling the city center, for a view of the city's main landmarks, including:
    • The ancient Hofberg Palace. This grand complex of a Capella and castles was once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
    • Prater Amusement Park. This 120-year-old park contains old and new attractions for all ages.
    • The impressive architecture of the UN Buildings, which are the 3rd built after New York and Geneva.
    • St. Peter's Cathedral, the oldest church in Vienna.
    • View St. Stephen's Cathedral (also known as Stephansdom), one of the city's most iconic symbols, located in the city's geographic center.
  • Visit the collection of Klimt paintings at the Belvedere Palace, an impressive baroque-style building which holds a remarkable collection of Austrian and International art.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, with an opportunity to enjoy the well-known Viennese and European culinary delights the city has to offer. 

Overnight: Vienna

Day Six: Monday
THE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs.
  • Enjoy the best of Vienna's delights, while strolling through the Naschmarket, the city's most popular food market.
  • Lunch on your own at the Naschmarket.
  • Walk through the halls of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the city's world renowned Museum of Fine Arts. This 120-year-old building houses the extensive collections of the imperial family. With its vast array of prestigious works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, it is considered one of the most eminent museums in the world.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vienna


Day Seven: Tuesday
THE CITY OF 100 SPIRES

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Vienna and drive to the Czech Republic.
  • Arrive in Prague and enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town Square and its vicinity. View the famous 14th century Astronomical Clock and Prague's Art Nouveau architecture around you.
  • Walk along the Charles Bridge, a famous historic bridge crossing the Vltava River that was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • An Inside Look into the Czech Republic Today - Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with a local journalist, over dinner in Prague.

Overnight: Prague

Day Eight: Wednesday
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Transfer to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle, an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which encompasses the Altneu Shul, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pincus Synagogue, the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague

Day Nine: Thursday
RECONSTRUCTING HISTORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Prague and drive north to Dresden, which is well-known for being heavily bombed in World War II.
  • Arrive in Dresden and view its unique reconstructed landmarks such as the Zwinger, the Semper Opera, and the renovated “Church of our Lady” (Frauenkirche).
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Proceed to Berlin.
  • The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin: Orientation dialogue with your tour educator en route.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Ten: Friday
BERLIN - PAST & PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history as well as some of its hidden gems on a tour in East Berlin, including:
    • Visit Alexander Platz, the city center of former Socialist East Berlin.
    • View the St. Nikolai-Kirche, (St. Nicholas' Church) the oldest church in Berlin.
    • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
    • Visit the Neues Museum (New Museum), finished in 1859 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Schinkel. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt under the direction of David Chipperfield for the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and re-opened in 2009.
    • View the famous Humboldt University and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
    • Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, an open-air exhibition that explains the history of division and the impact of the Berlin Wall on the city and its residents.
    • The Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace. The gate was ironically incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the years of the Communist regime.  Perhaps Berlin's best known landmark, it now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
    • The Holocaust Memorial, the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection with thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forms a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, designed to give visitors a sense of groundlessness and of a loss of orientation; the memorial also includes a subterranean information center at the edge of the site which houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Eleven: Saturday
ART & ARCHITECTURE IN BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Architecture as a Meeting Point between Past and Future: Walking tour to view some of the city's architectural landmarks, including the Sony Center, Opera House, the Reichstag and various Embassy buildings.
  • Guided visit to the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most conspicuous architectural landmarks in the city, it embodies remembrance, melancholy, and departure.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Cultural Renaissance and Contemporary Art in Berlin: Embark on a tour of some of Berlin's most interesting galleries and discover why the city has become so well-known for its art scene.
  • Visit the Boros Collection, a private collection of contemporary art by international artists dating from 1990 to the present. Different facets of the collection have been on public display since 2008 in a converted WWII bunker.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Twelve: Sunday
EXPLORE BERLIN YOUR WAY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore Berlin on own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit Berlin's excellent museums, such as the Gemaeldegalerie or the Neue Nationalgalerie, or any of the museums on Museum Island. Museum Island features the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.
    • Explore the city's many art galleries.
    • Shop on the Kurfürstendamm (known locally as the Ku'damm).
    • Visit the East Side Gallery, a part of the former Berlin Wall now serving as a memorial of 150 wall paintings from a slew of international artists.
    • Visit the DDR Museum, an interactive museum that offers a snapshot of life in East Berlin in the days of the Soviet occupation.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Thirteen: Monday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer on your own to Berlin International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


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Accommodation Details



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Zara Continental
Budapest

The hotel is located in the heart of Budapest (5th district, city centre), a few meters from the world famous Vaci pedestrianized shopping street (váci utca). 

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MGallery Am Konzerthaus
Vienna

The hotel is just  5-minutes walk from the Karlsplatz and Stadtpark subway station. Many Art Nouveau attractions, such as Belvedere Palace with works by Gustav Klimt, the Stadtpark designed by Otto Wagner, and the Secession building are within a short walk of the Konzerthaus Hotel.

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Century Old Town
Prague

The Century Old Town hotel is located right in the centre of Prague, next to the old town square and the famous astronomical clock.

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Leonardo Mitte
Berlin

This brand new hotel is located in the heart of Berlin 800 metres from The Brandenburg Gate, 900 metres from the Natural History Museum and 900 metres from the German Historical Museum.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the Expedition Educator are included.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  
  • Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       
  • Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.