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New! 2018 Romantic Blue Danube: Budapest to Prague

Hungary: Budapest • Slovakia: Bratislava • Austria: Vienna, Krems • Czech Republic: Cesky Krumlov, Prague

ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 140- TO 162-PASSENGER SHIPS DESIGNED FOR AMERICAN TRAVELERS
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15 Days from only $3695 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Trip Experience

Watch travelers explore Budapest, Bratislava, and Prague on walking tours of each city.

Trip Itinerary

Get more information about your detailed itinerary, like optional tours and exclusive Discovery Series events.

Trip Extension: Poland

See travelers exploring Krakow and Warsaw, including a visit to Auschwitz, on their optional extension.

Trip Extension: Budapest

Let restaurant owners and a musician introduce you to Budapest, Hungary, on our optional trip extension.

Program Director

Find out why Istvan Pinter thinks the Hospital in the Rock and Market Hall are must-sees when in Budapest.

Program Director

Get an inside look into Program Director Tereza Libichova's life outside of guiding.

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Prague and Budapest

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa to discover the Old World splendor on display in Prague and Budapest.

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The Heart of Prague Pumps Lager

Toast to pilsner, and learn about the famous pale lager that has satisfied Czech beer fans since 1842.

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Budapest, Belvárosi, Nagyboldogasszony, Plébánia

Embark on a bird's-eye-view tour of the commanding "Queen of the Danube," in this incredible drone-shot film.

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Poland – Warsaw and Krakow: Sophisticated Sister Cities

Join the Grannies on Safari for a preview of the cultural delights on display during our trip extension to Poland.

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36 Hours in Vienna

Discover the modern food scene, imperial heritage, and artisanal offerings that await in Vienna.

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Berlin's hidden charm

From concert halls to currywurst stands—Berlin’s locals show you their favorite side of the city.

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The Best Puppet Show in Prague

Local artists show off their favorite spots in Prague—from a marionette workshop to a pub.

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Europe's Creative Hub

See how Berlin’s modern scene thrives alongside its ever-present history through the eyes of creative locals.

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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Highlights of Poland: Warsaw & Krakow

5 nights from: $995 Single Supplement: FREE

Trip Extension: Poland

See travelers exploring Krakow and Warsaw, including a visit to Auschwitz, on their optional extension.

Immerse yourself among the highlights of Poland, and discover all that Warsaw and Krakow have to offer. Explore the history and charm of Warsaw’s Old Town on an included city tour, discover Krakow’s rich architecture and culture with your expert Program Director at your side, and with your fellow travelers, pay a memorable—and moving—visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Auschwitz.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights in Krakow and 2 nights in Warsaw
7 meals: Daily breakfasts and 2 lunches
Included tours: Krakow • Auschwitz • Czestochowa • Warsaw
Dedicated services of a local Program Director
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • After breakfast, transfer by motorcoach to Krakow, enjoying an included lunch en route. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and then explore the area with your Program Director.

  • Krakow is a showcase of seven centuries of architecture, as you’ll see during an included tour that spotlights the Wawel Royal Castle Hill, site of the cathedral where the former Cardinal Wojtyla (the late Pope John Paul II) once preached. Enjoy lunch on your own, followed by time at leisure.

    Or join this afternoon’s optional tour, which descends 250 feet underground to visit the eleventh-century Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with sculptures and chandeliers carved from salt.

  • Today's tour may be an emotional one, as you visit Oswiecim, better known to Americans by its German name of Auschwitz. This is the location of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, set on the site of the largest of the World War II concentration camps as a memorial to the millions of Jews, Gypsies, and “enemies” of the Nazi regime who were killed here. Grand Circle Foundation has donated to assist in the expansion of this educational center.

    Later, back in Krakow, enjoy independent time at leisure to grab lunch and unwind. Or, explore more of the city on your own before dinner.

  • You'll ride to Warsaw via Czestochowa, stopping for an included tour of the 14th-century Jasna Gora Monastery, home of the famous Black Madonna shrine. You'll also enjoy an included lunch before continuing toward Warsaw. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Warsaw. You may choose to visit one of the city's many museums including the Copernicus Science Centre or the beautiful Lazienki Palace before visiting one of the city's boutique restaurants for dinner on your own. Or, take in an optional piano recital, featuring the works of the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin, followed by an included dinner.

  • Explore the capital of Poland on today’s included city tour. Visit the reconstructed Old Town and the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial in the Muranow quarter. After lunch on your own, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Please note: Highlights of Poland is a pre-trip extension on the Prague to Budapest itinerary and a post-trip extension on the Budapest to Prague itinerary. This extension may not be available for all departures. Additional taxes and fees will apply. Ask our Travel Counselors for details. Call 1-800-221-2610.

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