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Christmas Markets of Vienna, Budapest & Prague (11 Days)

Kick off the holiday season in Eastern Europe for a new take on a very old tradition at the popular and festive Christmas markets. There, you’ll peruse stall-upon-stall of handmade, heartfelt crafts, perfect for everyone on your list, while stopping to sample fresh local fare like waffeln (waffles) and hot glühwein (mulled wine). And, in between your shopping, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the streets of ancient Buda and modern Pest, get a taste for the Viennese cafe culture and scan artsy Prague’s spire-studded skyline. Christmas in Europe is an Edventure to be experienced at least once in your life!
Your Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of additional gateways)
  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 5 three-course dinners with wine or beer
  • Full-time tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation while on-tour (planes, boats, trains, etc.)
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • Kurim Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only) 

A Budapest Christmas Market

Budapest Basilica's Christmas Market

Christmas on the Danube

Traditional Viennese Heurigen

Prague Christmas Stalls

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Price: $3,628.00 (2019) based on double occupancy, plus optional $379.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates:
 December 2019 (AUSX1219)
December 2021 (AUSX1221)
December 2022 (AUSX1222)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ Tour of Buda and Pest, a city divided by the Danube River including Heroes’ Square,  Castle Hill,  Fisherman’s Bastion, and the Castle District, and the lavishly decorated interior of the Hungarian Parliament Building, modeled on London’s Palace of Westminster

~ A visit to the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hungarian coronations, its festive seasonal lights, and the variety of Christmas markets of Budapest

~ An optional excursion for the dramatic history of Unicum liqueur, Hungary's national drink, produced uninterrupted from a secret formula of over 40 herbs, since 1790, and followed by a traditional multi-course Hungarian dinner with paired wine-tasting ($95/pp)

~ An optional excursion to experience Budapest’s Roman Baths, the natural thermal pools near the Danube River, and the reason the Romans enjoyed their stay in Budapest, with a chance to upgrade to a full spa treatment ($59/pp)

~  A stop in Szentendre for a walking tour of this picturesque artists’ colony nestled on the banks of the Danube, to stroll its Christmas market stalls

~ A guided sightseeing tour of Vienna, with visits that include Schönbrunn Palace, Ringstraße, and the Hofburg

Stalls-upon-stalls of handmade crafts at Vienna’s Christmas markets, with items perfect for everyone on your list, and stopping to sample fresh local fare like waffles and gluhwien, a mulled wine served warm, or home-made hot chocolate

~ A traditional evening of music, food and entertainment, featuring Viennese Heurigens, or wine taverns, in the picturesque village of Grinzing, with a stop at the Prater Ferris Wheel

~ Stroll through Vienna’s pedestrian zone, stopping at the Hotel Sacher for a taste of its world-famous Sachertorte, or view the elegant Lipizzaner horses in the Spanish Riding School

~ Brno, located deep in the Bohemian countryside, for shopping and sightseeing (this stop will be made only if a tour of Kurim Prison is scheduled for Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials)

~ Kurim Prison in Brno (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

~ Prague, known as the City of One Hundred Spires, including the spectacular Prague Castle, the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral, a tram ride down Castle Hill to the Vltava River, Wenceslas Square and the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

~ The beautifully-decorated stalls at several of Prague's many Christmas markets for hand-made crafts, traditional foods and delicious hot beverages

~ A tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter in Josefov, rich in history, including the Golem myth, its survival of both World War II devastation of Prague and the communist regime, and a lunch of regional specialties

~ A memorable evening at Château Sychrov, a 17th-century Baroque estate north of Prague, for a tour, then a private recital of classic Czech music and dinner

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 3 Hours
Average Activity Level: Easy to Moderate (mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, some snowy or icy conditions, few hills and stairs)

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