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    Prague's Charles Bridge
  • Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral
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    Chain Bridge in Budapest
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    Budapest's Great Market Hall
  • Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest

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Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days Tour

from $2,295 + Air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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We've brought together Eastern Europe's must-see cities — Prague and Budapest — for an eye-opening eight-day adventure. You'll explore Prague's mighty castle, swirling Baroque churches, fascinating Jewish Quarter, and sample what may be Europe's most refreshing beers. Then it's on to cosmopolitan Budapest, with its unexpected elegance, hidden courtyards, remarkable markets, and tales of a tumultuous history — an experience that's spiced with surprising cuisine and a panoramic cruise along the Danube. Join us for the Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days!

Dates & Prices

2015

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24-28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art and culture of Prague and Budapest come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 20 group sightseeing events • Prague Castle tour • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica • Old Town orientation walk • Municipal House tour • Mucha Museum • Jewish Museum in Prague pass • Spanish Synagogue • Josefov Neighborhood Jewish Quarter walking tour • Velvet Revolution walking tour • 3-day Prague transportation pass • Cultural performance • Buda Castle district and Matthias Church tour • Pest walking tour • St. István's Basilica • Great Market Hall • Hungarian cooking class • Hungarian State Opera tour • Heroes Square walking tour • Danube cruise...and more
  • All group transportation from Prague to Budapest
  • 7 nights accommodations (4- and 3-night stays) in memorable, centrally-located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Free stuff including Rick Steves Prague & Czech Republic and Rick Steves Budapest guidebooks, map, moneybelt and earplugs
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2015
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions Agreement for important details regarding everything listed above

Itinerary

Daily Activity Key
  • Light = 2-4 miles of mostly level walking throughout the day.
  • Moderate = 2-6 miles walking throughout the day with some hills and stairs.
  • Strenuous = 2-8 miles walking throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs and uneven terrain.

Day 1: Welcome to Prague

We'll meet in our hotel around 4 p.m. to get acquainted and go over the week's schedule. Then we'll take an orientation walk through our Old Town neighborhood and over the historic Charles Bridge — one of Europe's most entertaining promenades — followed by a hearty dinner together. Sleep in Prague (4 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Prague of Kings and Nobles

This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and the Golden Lane. To see for ourselves whether Prague really is home to the best beers in Europe, we'll walk to a nearby monastery's brewery for a refreshing mug and lunch together. Then you're on your own to wander back down to the Old Town, where you'll be free for the evening. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Jewish and Art Nouveau Prague

Today we'll take a walking tour through the Josefov neighborhood, once the site of Prague's Jewish Ghetto — and still one of the most evocative Jewish districts in all of Europe. For a thousand years one of the leading centers of Judaism, the neighborhood is studded with thought-provoking museums, fascinating synagogues, and a Kafkaesque, dream-like cemetery. After free time for lunch, we'll take a tour of the classy concert halls and salons of the city's Municipal House and continue our Art Nouveau education at a museum devoted to the local master: Alfons Mucha (whose stained glass you will have already admired inside St. Vitus Cathedral). Your evening will be free for dinner on your own. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: Revolutionary Prague

We'll start our day with tales of Prague's past struggles with communist occupation, the significance of the Prague Spring and the emergence of Václav Havel. We'll then retrace the footsteps of Prague's celebrated Velvet Revolution, following the events of November 17, 1989, through the modern city to Wenceslas Square, where thousands of Czechs held up and rattled their keys, telling their communist leaders, "The time has come for you to go home." We'll return to the present in time to enjoy dinner together and catch a cultural performance, perhaps a classical concert or experience the quirky and uniquely Czech, Black Light Theater. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 5: On to Budapest

This morning we'll board our coach for the drive to Budapest. En route we'll pass through the rolling hills of ancient Moravia and modern Slovakia, catching our first glimpse of the wide, blue Danube as we approach the capital city that straddles both banks of the river. Upon arrival this afternoon, we'll meet with a local guide for a tour of Pest. The larger, more sprawling half of the city , we'll crane our necks beside Europe's largest, most ornate parliament building to learn how Hungarians coped with half a century of fascist and communist tyranny, and hearing at St. István's elaborate basilica why, once a year, locals parade the saint's millennium-old fist around the city. At the end of our walk, we'll treat ourselves to a paprika-infused feast together.  Sleep in Budapest (3 nights). Bus: 7 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Bustling Budapest

Our day begins atop Buda's proud Castle Hill with an introduction to Budapest's greatest church: the sumptuously-gilded Matthias Church. The nearby Fisherman's Bastions provide a perfect bird's eye view of "twin city" Pest across the river and a glimpse of our next destination – a traditional Hungarian cooking class and lunch. This afternoon you're free to sample more of the city, including more delicacies in its Great Market Hall (Nagyvásárcsarnok). Later tonight we'll regroup and relax with a cruise along the Danube. Boat: 1 hr. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Elegance of Empire

This morning we'll tour the caked-in-splendor home of the Hungarian State Opera. Built in the 1880s, when Budapest was co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Hungarians took every opportunity to make their opera house more opulent than anything the Viennese could muster. You'll see they succeeded. Then we'll ride on the oldest metro in continental Europe, on our way to Heroes Square to see and learn about the bronze-cast, larger-than-life players in Hungary's national story. This afternoon your guide will be happy to arrange a chance to soak in the ornate public Thermal Baths (yes, you'll have plenty of time to soak it all in!). Tonight we'll rendezvous for a farewell dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Egészségedre! No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. Budapest's Ferihegy Airport and three busy train stations can connect you to practically anywhere in Europe, and your return home. Whatever your plans, your guide will help you get on the right track. Viszontlátásra!

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Activity Level

Our tours are physically active! It’s an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience. On our Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily...

  1. Carry/roll your luggage over uneven pavement (several blocks possible) and up stairways to reach your hotel; then up several flights of stairs to reach your room.
  2. Be on your feet, walking and standing for up to four hours, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions.
  3. Sleep with street noise and no (or weak) air conditioning.
  4. After orientation and transportation lessons, be able to navigate towns and cities on your own.

Reviews

Deanna

Marysville, WA

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. We had 22 of the nicest people and best travelers on this trip so it was a great group. Everyone was interested in everything and we had our local guides tell us it was a pleasure to speak to a group that was so interested in everything they had to say. Super fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two "wow" moments. The first was that I did not expect Budapest to be such a modern, fun, cosmopolitan city. I really enjoyed everything about it. The second was when a TM told me that HER "wow" moment was when she realized that everyone on the trip was like minded--interested in history, wanting to explore, ask questions and learn. She said that her friends at home wouldn't appreciate half of what we saw/did on this trip, and it opened up a new world for her. (New friends, hopefully!)"

Deborah

Matthews, NC

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the Prague & Budapest tour. After such a great experience on this tour, we look forward to more Rick Steves' tours. From the wonderful travel group to the excellent guides and all the architecture and history of Prague and Budapest, it couldn't have been better. We appreciated the attention to detail and how well organized the tour was. We also liked having a combination of organized guided trips and free time to explore. Overall, we loved the tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Although there were many "wow" moments, we especially liked having the local guides. We loved hearing about their personal experiences, learning the culture and learning how "local" people live in Prague and Budapest. We could never have gained that insight if we had traveled on our own."

Jeanne

West Windsor, NJ

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We always stayed away from tours in the past but this was great - more of a cultural immersion than the tourist drive-by most tours seem to be. Absolutely loved it. Hotels were nice and perfectly situated. Local restaurants and experiences were really good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague, the Castle Tour was amazing. In Budapest, loved the cooking class, coffee house and Ruin Bar! Sorry - couldn't pick."

Philip

Grants Pass, OR

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started our tour on our own in Krakow. We had consulted with the Rick Steves Tour via phone to get hotels and guides lined up. All were excellent. We trained overnight to Prague to catch our Rick Steves Tour that afternoon. What a wonderful group we met that first day of the tour. We knew it was going to be a great trip from the lighthearted and amiable leader guide. This was our second Rick Steves Tour. We really appreciate the morning guided trips and tours and mostly open afternoons. Great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sightseeing in Prague, we saw over a thousand years of design, architecture, and history. Entering Budapest was completely different. Most everything built in the late 19th century. I did no expect this but the night river boat tour was a sure highlight: it was beautiful and showed the two sides of Buda and Pest splendidly. Wow!"

Patricia

Libertyville, IL

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth Rick Steves tour & we are (obviously) hooked. Our Prague & Budapest tour was as fabulous as the others have been, with a lively, interested & interesting group of travelers to share the experience with. The tour struck a good balance of structured activity & free time, the better to explore on our own with excellent preparation. The pairing of the two cities is great as each is unique in character & feel. As with anywhere we travel, the people are the best part!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was in a constant wow state for the duration, so it's hard to say. I loved the concert at the Spanish synagogue, the cruise on the Danube and the fun and yummy cooking class. I enjoyed moseying around and exploring churches & synagogues, and I love the cafe scene. Can't think of a non-wow moment!"

Gina

West Greenwich, RI

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very impressed and excited about this tour. I loved everything about it- the guide especially but also the style of travel with taking advantage of less touristy things and getting a taste of the lifestyle. I was tired walking 10 miles overall on the cobblestones in Prague but it was well worth it. Hotels were better than I expected after reading the possible negatives from the book. Restaurants were excellent-esp the breakfasts. I need more than 500 words to fully compliment everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pin it down. Seeing Prague and the amazing mix of architecture in one place overwhelmed me (in a good way). I loved the Czech beer and I am not usually a drinker. Also the Szechenyi baths and pool in Budapest, Ruin Pubs, Hospital in the rocks. Our room at the Metamorphis in Prague was another "wow". Also the Szechenyi baths and pools, Ruin Pubs, Hospital in the rocks in Budapest. Nice group of like minded travelers."

Jhan

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first Rick Steves tour and we loved it! The pacing was perfect, and we were pleased with the sites we visited, as well as the free time allotted to explore Prague and Budapest on our own. The headphones made it easy to absorb the guides' information and to stay together. The people on the tour were friendly, positive and interesting folks and opportunities to share a travel experience with them (dining together, cooking class, etc) were great fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Oh my....I was "wowed" most of the time, from the picturesque and history laden old city in Prague to the bustling life in Budapest. I think the synagogues and churches perhaps made the strongest visual impact."

Joyce

Glen Rock, NJ

Tour: 06/28/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The first Rick Steves tour was a leap of faith based on what we read and what we saw on PBS. After our experience, I can see becoming a total Rick Steves addict. The tour was a perfect combination of structured and free time. What we did was comprehensive enough to feel that we had "seen the city" but not exhausting or overwhelming. The overall experience exceeded our hopes.

Jennifer

Saratoga, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was interesting but not enough variety. We were in Prague for four days, three days in the old town and the last day was outside of the old town. I wish we could visit a near by village outside of the Prague or Budapest to see more about these two countries. Before I joined the tour, I thought we were giving options to do different activities, but the tour guide did not ask about our interests, and only give us the information about evening entertainment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The local tour guide talked about the Velvet revolutions, the history of Budapest. The cave church in Buda was very interesting, and I was glad I went by myself."

Joanne

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had so much fun, and when not with the group, felt very comfortable on my own traveling around as a single woman. I was very glad I had my own hotel room. It made a big difference. I really liked Prague. It seems to now be my favorite city of my European travels.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Széchenyi Baths in Budapest and the Hungarian cooking class."

Louise

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, well run & efficient. Good value. Right combo of planned time & free time. Our tour guide, Katka, was always well-prepared and knowledgeable. Especially appreciated her providing info on logistics and transportation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"evening river cruise on the Danube in Budapest. View of the Parliament building is stunning."

Alex

Goodlettsville, TN

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, to start with. So much history, so much architecture, so much good information (personal background experiences, John Lennon wall as an icon for freedom and peace) Just hard to put it all in to words. My view of history, religion, poverty, war, and society was changed with this tour. So much you just cannot get from a book or a documentary. Thank you thank you Very well done

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to list. Small stories behind the names of places, or what happened that was significant, or relationships, and the overall historical one amazing architectural amazing wow feature after another. The food experience in Hungary was really fun, amazing and much better experience than I thought it would be. I was expecting 'really good' but it was just fun to watch everyone jump in and start preparing food together like a big family. Great meal too, lots of fun."

Carolyn

Cypress, TX

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was so great!!! Met some new friends and really enjoyed every minute of my time. Our guide Katka was absolutely the best!!! The hotels were very good. Overall the trip was a great value for the money. I appreciate that they teach us how to get on the metro and be able to go by ourselves. Coming from a city that doesn't have a subway, it can be intimidating. It was such great fun!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Going with new friends to further explore things we have seen and places we did not visit on the tour. Prague & Budapest are now 2 of my favorite cities and plan to come back. I loved the Budapest bath. we had such great fun and we decided it was one of the best people watching places in the world. Loved the cooking class!"

Kevin

Sarasota, MI

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was excellent. Both Prague and Budapest were rich in history and had plenty of museums , cathedrals, and castles on display. I was pleased with the energetic pace of the tour, starting with our high energy guide Katka, and the fast paced mix of walking tours, group meals and events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The baths in Budapest were fabulous and unique."

Eleanor

Sarasota, FL

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the guides were all really excellent. Also, Katka has a process for learning everyone's names that I thought was really terrific and really brought the group together. The hotels were nice, the food was okay for the most part and there were so many little extra things we did - the cooking class, the Velvet Revolution tour, the boat ride on the Danube - that we might not have done on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish quarter tour was incredibly moving, but that wasn't really a "wow" moment, I guess. I think the baths in Budapest were really amazing."

Sally

Ceres, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great from the places visited to the hotels to the guides. I was very pleased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many special moments but I think crossing the Charles Bridge for the first time and looking at both sides of the beautiful city and the river was definitely a wow moment. Prague was more beautiful than I dreamed it to be. Pictures definitely don't do it justice."

Stephen

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The sights and tour itinerary were outstanding, guides were fantastic, hotels were OK, and the food was terrible.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Opera House in detail in Budapest. The opera house was stunning, and the ability to see so much of the building (including the individual boxes)."

Jed

Cresco, IA

Tour: 06/14/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. I enjoyed learning about the Czech history, culture, food and architecture. The stories about life under communism and life after communism were especially interesting. Wandering the cobblestone streets and squares while taking in the street musicians is a fun and inexpensive way to spend some free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spa in Budapest and wandering the streets of Prague listening to the street musicians."

Tara

Greenwood Village, CO

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Etelka is, as I expected, an excellent tour guide. This was my second Rick Steves tour and Etelka is top notch, like your other guides. The trip to these two beautiful cities was overall very nice. I found the walking tours to be way too long. I'm sure there were many history buffs in the group that loved them, but when you have a group with varied ages and personality types, certainly there is a way to meet in the middle? 3-4 hours each day was too much!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat tour down the Danube was ethereal. Very beautiful!"

William

Webster Groves, MO

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very surprised at how beautiful and interesting Prague and Budapest are to visit. The big eye opener was Budapest-what a beautiful city especially at night from a Danube river cruise ship.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Danube River cruise in Budapest."

Susan

Lucas, TX

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour excelled at immersing us in each city while attending to the details which, overall, would detract from the experience. Highly educated guides and escorts and carefully curated tours are the reasons this was an exceptional vacation for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing democracy in action via a peaceful demonstration by hospital workers (including doctors), teachers and police officers in Budapest. Thousands happily walked down a main road while traffic was completely stopped."

Richard

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First Rick Steves tour and did not know what to expect. From the first meeting to the last we were informed when and where we should be. Etelka was wonderful as we're all the guides in both Prague and Budapest. We had a great time and enjoyed entire tour which was well done and prepared. We learned a lot more about both Prague and Budapest far exceeding what we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't know if I could pick one. It would be Budapest and the afternoons I took off by myself walking and relaxing with a beer at the local sidewalk restraint. Etelka was great the whole trip."

Kaia

Portland, ME

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The locations, the history, the culture, the personal stories from the tour guides were all amazing. It wasn't just dry history lessons - you really got to know about the places you were visiting and were able to appreciate them all the more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. But one of the things that stood out to me was when we visited the Jewish Quarter in Prague. Our tour guide Barbara was extremely knowledgeable and her insights and context made it even more powerful."

Renee

Wauconda, IL

Tour: 05/24/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought our Rick Steves tour was very well organized. I appreciated the email reminders, books and materials sent to us in advance. I thought our trip coordinator was excellent. Our city guides were knowledgeable, thorough and pleasant. I'm really glad we had the headphones as they were very helpful during our visits to crowded sites. I enjoyed the sites we toured/visited. The bus ride was pleasant as our bus was spacious. I enjoyed the restaurants and entertainment at the group meals.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Hungarian cooking class we participated in as a group. We ate the various dishes our group had prepared. I am a very picky eater but I did try some dishes "out of the box" for me and I loved them. I appreciate that they gave us a cookbook to take home. I really loved the Hungarian bathhouse outing which we did in our free time (our escort led us). Both of these experiences gave me a feel of something authentic to Budapest/Hungary. They weren't "touristy" activities."

Dawn

Longwood, FL

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour could NOT be any better. History plus the real-world (Eszter's lessons on public transportation); we did more on this tour than seems possible. We fell in love with Prague and Budapest through Eszter's eyes; her training will allow us to return on our own. Loved the cooking class; learned how to properly cook with paprika! Loved the night Danube cruise; shopping; the food; the beauty--loved every minute of this tour. So very glad we went.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"#1: Finding that Eszter was our guide! Then: Astronomical Clock; Old Town Square; Castle Quarter; Charles Bridge; Velvet Revolution tour; LOVED Strachov Monastery Brewery walk/lunch (but EVERY meal was WOW including breakfasts at both hotels); food stands, coffee, and shopping at Central Market Hall; Danube night cruise; discovering mint lemonade; seeing the hot springs; finding the perfect hat...hope to have many more future WOW moments in Prague and Budapest."

Laurence

Jacksonville, FL

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on this tour. Eszter really made everyone feel comfortable with getting around in each city as well as giving fascinating social and historical backgrounds on each location.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Budapest and crossing over from Buda into Pest for the first time, taking in the scope of Pest. The Danube cruise was awe-inspiring, and I gained more perspective about different locations and their history from Eszter!"

Priscilla

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had a wonderful group of 24 people and a great guide, Eszter. This was my second Rick Steves tour and it proved again that he has some of the best guides which helped elevate the tour experience. The trip was special and memorable (love the Hungarian cooking class); I will go on more Rick Steves tours and also recommend to others.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Vitas Cathedral in Prague was grand and magnificent. The night boat cruise on the Danube in Budapest seeing the lit Parliament building and various villas was beautiful and magical. Last but not least, the gorgeous cafe (in the Paris Department Store) where we stopped for coffee and cake."

Rick

Glenwood Springs, CO

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

An excellent tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, no "wows."

Sandy

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Saw everything we wanted to see inspire of some bad weather. Great group and great guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"view of Buda as seen from Pest at night"

Marilyn

Santa Fe, NM

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this was a very well planned and executed tour. We covered a lot of ground in a very short period of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Budapest Opera House"

Linda

Metairie, LA

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Eszter did a great job. Loved the two cities.

Michael

Longwood, FL

Tour: 05/17/15

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful tour; value-packed, action-packed, educational; the quality of the food, hotels, and attractions was outstanding; the knowledge of our guides (Eszter plus three local guides) was astonishing. The guides' knowledge and passion greatly enhanced and deepened my understanding of the places we visited. I enjoyed the ear bud / microphone system our guides used. It helped maintain continuity and kept the group together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many: Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle, Municipal House, Wenceslas Square, Mucha Museum, our romantic night boat tour down the Danube, Golden Lane, Central Market Hall, Hungarian State Opera. And more."

Kathleen

Auburn, IN

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

GREAT!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of Prague! BEAUTIFUL!! We have dreams about walking the streets of Prague and everything is so vivid!!"

Christina

Spring City, PA

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of two cities rich in both ancient and recent histories. A great introduction to the cities and highlighted places of interest. Tour instilled confidence to navigate independently--just wish there was more time to see everything!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Katerina was explaining to the group how the trains on the Budapest subway were from Communist Czech. Then to see the stark, industrial train roll into the station was like being transported back to that time. After a week of communist history and the museum of terror, it was surreal to be riding on a train from that era."

Kathleen

Boerne, TX

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides, Katka, and the guy in Budapest, made the tour. I appreciate their openness, honesty about their, and their families, lives under the Nazis as well as the Communists. I love it when our hotel is near a recognizable landmark, Tyn Church, so I am able to roam without worry.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The St. Vitus Cathedral inside the castle walls was the first WOW. The second was while on the bus and seeing Parliament lit up and on the hill looking across the Danube at Parliament. The Jewish Museum with all the names of the murdered and the plaques in the sidewalks were wow in a different way."

Susan

Rohnert Park, CA

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was outstanding. I had never been to Prague or Budapest before and, frankly, it was a bit daunting at first. But, Katerina (and the local guide) made it so interesting and fun. The tour was nicely paced with a fair amount of tour time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On our way to our first dinner, Katerina took us off the beaten track to the PRAGUE LENNONWALL. She explained that it not only commemorated John Lennon, but commemorated the new found freedom to express oneself after not being able to for such a long time. That was an eye-opener and the beginning of my understanding of what it was like before under Soviet rule. Also seeing the bronze shoes on the wharf in Budapest (mentioned by the Budapest guide) was an eye-opener as well."

Connie

Charles Town, WV

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought the tour was excellent, events were well scheduled and executed. Please add an additional day for Budapest! This unique city deserves more time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I especially enjoyed the tours of the castles and opera houses. Seeing how the countries were evolving from the days behind the iron curtain was inspiring. The city walks were great and the history provided was informative and gave great insight."

Susan

Clackamas, OR

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guides, Katerina, Martin, and George gave us an extensive background on the history and customs of the Czech Republic and Hungary. Katerina thought of everything, even arranging for our trip to the airport and breakfast bags when she would be gone and we were still at the hotel. I learned much that was not in the history books. Safety was also a top concern; Katerina made sure we knew how to do the Hungarian Metro on our own and practiced with us before letting us loose.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am a painter, so it was the Alphonso Mucha Museum in Prague and the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. The stunning views of the night Danube cruise with its lighted palaces and buildings against the black water."

Leona

Sun City Center, FL

Tour: 10/26/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our sixth Rick Steves tour and we enjoyed it very much. We had enough time to see all that we wanted to see in the two cities, Prague and Budapest, and the tour was the perfect length for us to add on time at the beginning and end to do more on our own while we were in Europe. Keeping the group size to under 26 is why we have stayed with these tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The most stirring moment for me in Prague was being in the Jewish section and seeing the names on the memorial wall inside the Synagogue, then walking outside to see the graveyard with stones placed on top of the graves. In Budapest it was when we were on Buda Hill and saw the lights come on across the Danube on the Pest side. Beautiful."

Pidge

Leawood, KS

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Couldn't have been better. Not one complaint - except that I think it's a MUST to have another day in Budapest. My friend and I arrived two days early to Prague and stayed another day and night in Budapest. Wish I had had at least one more day in Budapest. Loved the two city itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Matthias Church - the inside and out!!....and view of Pest from the church."

Barbara

Exeter, NH

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour as well as my first trip to Central Europe, and I thoroughly enjoyed both! In fact, this experience won over a convert to the pluses of touring with the right outfit! I love the Rick Steves' philosophy of traveling and so it was gratifying to be among other like-minded travelers led by native guides who love their countries and are eager to share them with visitors. The tour was part history lesson, part cultural experience, and part making new friends!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day held its own favorite "wow" moment! But if I have to choose only one, it would be a moment that occurred upon our arrival in Budapest. We had stopped at the foot of Castle Hill to tour Matthias Church before heading on to the hotel on the other side of the Danube. As I was climbing the stairs, I turned around midway to look at the view when I saw the magnificent Parliament Building...a building I had often seen on covers of travel brochures but I was unaware it was in Budapest! WOW!"

George

Ashburn, VA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Recipe: Perfect Prague-Budapest Tour Ingredients: 2 doz great tour group members 1 Etelka, a perfect guide A pinch of Teresa, Jana, Peter A great itinerary Steps: In Prague, combine tour group with Etelka; mix thoroughly Add Teresa, Jana; create great experiences Fold-in excellent meals; continue mixing Put tour members & Etelka into bus; transfer to Budapest In Budapest, fold-in more great meals Add Peter; create more great experiences Mix; create wonderful memories Serve w/many red wines.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Etelka being pre-informed of my diet (i.e., no red meat), and making sure that I always had an enjoyable meal that met my needs. 2. The excellent group meal restaurant selections; the duck leg in Budapest was the best I've ever had. 3. Attending the symphony in Prague - a very cool cultural experience, and great way to hang with the locals. 4. The cooking class in Budapest was something fun and different. It was nice to not just be a "museum tourist". 5. The baths: AWESOME!"

Gene

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very nice experience. Our excellent tour companions made it even more special. Etelka was our guide and she was always above and beyond expectations. Her enthusiasm and upbeat tone were infectious and wonderful and she kept everyone moving with precision. Her personal and detailed knowledge of history, the sites, and the peoples of the area were much appreciated. Theresa, Jana and Peter were all local guides. Each of them was excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many. The history, the buildings, the surrounding countryside: I enjoyed it and learned a lot."

Kathryn

Lexington, KY

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very disappointed that we did not have ear bud receivers so we could hear all our guides. Many parts of the tour took place in crowded areas where it was difficult to hear. Many times I was concentrating so hard & looking at the guides face to make sure I didn't miss what was being said that I missed seeing the actual places in the cities we visited. The guides worked very hard to project & to repeat but it was distracting from the actual tour experience. Older people couldn't hear well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Etilka and all the other guides: Jana, Teresa, and Peter? Made us feel we were visiting family and getting very authentic information as well as sharing a lot of their personal experiences. I wish I could have heard the questions and answers as we moved from place to place. It would have filled gaps in info and understanding that I had."

Paul

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Accommodations were very comfortable and close to major attractions. Food choices were excellent and the local guides were great. Our tour guide was marvelous. The schedule was also good and allowed free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite experience, though there were many, was the Hungarian cooking school. No, wait, it was the baths in Budapest. Its hard to chose."

Susan

Piedmont, CA

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time and loved Etelka. She is a warm, organized, understanding, professional guide. I loved both cities we visited. As with my trip with Rick Steves in May this year, the Rick Steves' guides were all amazing, and every restaurant we went to had amazing food. The accommodations were all very nice. On this tour, we had the best group of people that signed up. I was very fortunate to feel so comfortable as a solo traveler.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had two. I loved the Lobkowicz Palace which I went on my own. The one item on exhibit there that had the "wow" moment is the manuscript from a Beethoven symphony that had Beethoven's notations on it. I love Beethoven, so that was a huge highlight for me. The second "wow" moment was the guided tour at the Municipal House in Prague. The tour of the beautiful art deco rooms (now only for private functions) were all so amazing and each one more beautiful than the other."

Timothy

Valparaiso, IN

Tour: 10/05/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful tour of two beautiful cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How well preserved Prague was."

Barbara

Altadena, CA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Felt we saw, learned and experienced more on this tour than if we had visited the two cities on our own. A big plus to have accommodations, meals, tickets, transportation guides, etc. arranged for you. The size of our group was small enough to get to know one another, and not so large that it was difficult hearing our guide, transporting ourselves to various sites and venues and having meals as a group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Both cities had magical character. Attending a concert in a 500+ year church listening to a mezzo soprano sing Ave Maria (2 of the 3 versions I never heard before) without any amplification was a highlight. A close second was viewing with Honza explaining Mucha's Slavic Epic at the Veletrzni Palace."

Denise

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My first Rick Steves Tour experience met all of my expectations! Our group was friendly and inclusive, led by an outstanding guide, Honza, with impeccably impressive English skills. The locations of the two hotels were key to our independent mobility--accessible to efficient public transportation and walkability. I felt like we were right in the thick of things in both cities. Excellent eateries in both neighborhoods. I felt like I was a participant in an onsite European history class!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Budapest, our hotel was across from the Opera House, where there was a 130th birthday celebration, complete with parade, costumes, orchestra outside on the upper deck, and fireworks! Danube river cruise was like being in a fantasy world, the stuff that Disney tries to recreate! In Prague, my favorite evening was listening to the Prague Symphony in the incredible Municipal House!"

Lee

Fort Collins, CO

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I appreciated having tour guides who had first person experience with some of the history they reported. There was so much history to absorb that it could be overwhelming. The tour books helped familiarize us with history and reading other books on the history of central Europe should be encouraged. Madeline Albright's book, Prague Winter, was helpful for me. The tour hit the "hot spots" in each city and we had enough free time to hit the areas we had personal interest in.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest."

Becky

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There was just the right mix of structure and free time. The guides provided very real and educational information about their countries. They were great about teaching us how to get around the two cities. For the most part, the amount of walking was acceptable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the ballet in Prague. I was also taken with the history of Budapest and how much of it had been rebuilt. Ultimately I came to realize how different the system of government was in these countries. They didn't vote change; they had a revolution."

Rebecca

Sunset, SC

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was mt first Rick Steve's Tour. I will definitely go on another one.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything - the Architecture, concerts, history relayed to us and the people we traveled with and met on the tour."

Tim

Frisco, TX

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time and were very lucky to have Honza since he helped write the guide book. He was very thorough in his explanations of the history of the region and describing his own experiences growing up in Prague. The walking was strenuous as described but the standing was probably worse. The bus ride to Budapest was time consuming but the group made the trip enjoyable. The local guide told may stories and guided us thorough the streets. We could have used another day in Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sightseeing ride on the Danube in Budapest at night. We all sat outside on the lower desk. The parliment building is breathtaking. The city view from the clock tower in Prague was the second Wow!"

Nadine

North Vancouver, BC

Tour: 09/21/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a wonderful experience and our guide, Honza was outstanding host and tour guide. My husband Bill and I enjoyed all aspects of the tour... the accommodation, the pace, the structure of each day and everything in-between. I especially loved all the history, stories and places of interest that were highlighted and featured each day. My husband loved the opportunity to take over 1600 photos of beautiful Prague and Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "WOW" moments. I still think of the the morning we spent with Andrea, visiting the Pinkas Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery. It was heartbreaking to look at all the artwork of the children and see all the names listed on the walls of the Synagogue. Also, Honza sharing his personal experience as we retraced the steps of the student march of the Velvet Revolution. Loved the Alfons Mucha exhibit and the Opera House in Budapest was stunning."

John

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour provided an excellent introduction to these two countries and inspired us to explore both in the following month.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Art Nouveau architecture in both Prague and Budapest."

Patricia

Garland, TX

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was great. I found myself doing things that I probably would not have done just following the Rick Steves guides. For instance, the cooking class in Budapest, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the local guides knowledge and personal stories about living through the political changes"

Mollie

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I were not sure if we would enjoy a tour, but we truly enjoyed it! We enjoyed having local guides and cuisine. With most tour activities occurring in the morning, we were able to enjoy things not covered in the tour in the afternoons and evenings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not sure if I could pick just one 'wow' moment. The walking tour of the Jewish district in Prague was an emotional experience for me. The tours about communist Prague and Budapest were so interesting. I also enjoyed the Hungarian cooking class. We've already tried a couple of recipes at home."

Jeffrey

Peterborough, NH

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip. I really enjoyed Prague and Budapest through the back door. Another wonderful Rick Steeves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No single wow moment."

Jacqueline

Keene, NH

Tour: 09/14/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The local guides in both Prague and Budapest were excellent especially the guide in Budapest. Location of hotels in both cities was great and both hotels as to amenities were fine. Also liked the amount of free time to explore these cities on one's own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague, the best moments were attending 3 concerts in one of the churches, in the Spanish synagogue, and in the Chapel of Mirrors of the Klementinum. In Budapest, it was attending a ballet at the opera house."

Barry

University Place, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience is typical, I think, of the tours organized by your company. Excellent, knowledgable guides who seem to enjoy helping tourists learn about the culture and history of their home. Also the people on the tour were all special and enjoyed each other.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wife loved the cooking school and our co-travelers. I loved the whole city of Prague, it's architecture and it's energy. And we both were struck by the shoes at the edge of the river in Budapest. We were both disappointed by the direction of politics in Hungary."

Larry

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Prague Hotel too noisy. Breakfast lousy. Great location. Budapest tour speaker difficult to hear due to street noise and low voice. Headsets should be used. Honza (guide) very knowledgeable, very attentive to needs of guest, only a few criticisms. Honza is too focused on his own lifetime experiences. He needs to spends more time on the historical significance of the sites. The Austro-Hungarian, Hapsburg, kings and emperors were given a few hours, the 1989 velvet revolution droned on and on

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Expansive view of old town from the site adjacent to the castle."

Linda

Stockton, IL

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Honza was excellent in modifying his agenda to meet needs expressed by the group.

Gail

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a good group of folks and a great trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Mucha's Slavic Epic at the museum of modern art in Prague and the Opera."

Nola

Oak Park, IL

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Honza was wonderful. Elemer was also very good. I was especially touched that Honza made arrangements for the hotel to have a breakfast available for us when we left to come home at 4:30 in the morning. Lots of great history. Moving account of the Velvet Revolution. Wonderful trip overall. Thanks!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest - incorporaingthe old with the new (architecture) after repeated decimation caused by occupations."

Susan

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We are not usually tour people, but this trip has made us believers. Our guide, Honza in Prague and Budapest, was absolutely wonderful. We saw just the right mix of places and at a good pace. The people on the tour were all muy sympatico (that's why we chose Rick Steves). Personally, we had to adjust a bit to being on a tour schedule but the balance of structured and free time was very well handled. Of course, you always want more time. :-)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Szechenyi Baths were a surprise and delight. I was a little wary, but it turned out SO MUCH FUN! Being let into a BOX at the Prague Opera, surrounded by gold and white and dripping ceilings, another surprise and delight! We probably made fools of ourselves, waving to each other, and passing cameras back and forth to get photos. The mind-blowing Bookcafe at Alexandra's bookstore. Being with Honza for a week and seeing his world unfold through his eyes."

Rolf

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/07/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Honza made this tour an incredible experience. His vast knowledge of the history of the area was enhanced by his telling his families personal stories as they went through the oppressive Nazi and Soviet regimes. He made the history come alive. He arranged for a wonderful entry for the first dinner with local musicians that set the tone for the tour. His suggestions for places and things to do outside of the tour proved to be very good experiences. The tour group held together nicely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prague castle, the Charles bridge vendors, the pork dishes, organ concert in the cathedral in Budapest, the opera in Praha, the Jewish history in both cities"

Keith

Mankato, KS

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We kept busy which is good. It seemed like a more educational experience than travelling solo. I enjoyed peer group; lots of smart people and experienced travelers. I love to surround myself with people that know more than I do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Poignant recollections of three Local Guides about dreary life behind the Iron Curtain and then vivid stories about its fall in 1989; it really affected me and others in the group. In Hungary dismay was expressed with Prime Minister Orban(pro-Putin, anti-Semitic, authoritarian) by a local guide and other Hungarians we visited with. I was both shocked and thrilled when our local guide took us to the controversial WWII monument. Concern was also expressed about Russians in neighboring Ukraine."

Douglas

San Jose, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was more than I expected. They keep you going day and night. So much history incorporated in the Tour which was interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cruising the Danube in Budapest at night with all the buildings lite up."

Karin

Modesto, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So many new experiences for me...lots of wow moments. I was very impressed with the local tour guides knowledge and ability to convey it to the group. Hotel accommodations were great, however the hotel Metamophsis directions from the shuttle were a bit confusing. We had to ask several for help. Meeting new people was amazing. We all got along so well, felt like family by the end. Hope to stay in contact with some. I loved all of the walking and stair climbing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to mention."

Paul

Orland Park, IL

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour had a perfect mix of free time and scheduled activities. The guides, both our main and the local, were well informed and engaging. The guides were both teachers and tour members, allowing themselves to openly interact with the tour members and share their life experiences as well as their subject matter expertise. Suggestions for free time activities were ample, especially for dining options which allowed us to go to local restaurants instead of just the tourist oriented locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Arriving in Budapest and being in a city that did not overwhelm me as a tourist location, but a city that was alive with local residents who were truly welcoming. While Prague is a beautiful city with amazing historical sites, Budapest, with a smattering of Soviet era buildings interspersed with those from the 1800s is real city to which I would love to return. I wish the tour had more days in Budapest."

Bethany

Mankato, KS

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

loved the tours and excellent dinners. I would do another Rick Steves tour. Also liked that we had plenty of time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the night cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Beautiful and magical. Another very fun enriching experience was the cooking class in Budapest. The tour guides in Prague and Budapest were excellent."

Kenneth

Pleasanton, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful. We arrived a few days early and saw many sites not on the tour. The tour however provided us with the history that accompanied the things we saw. Hearing was so much better than reading a guide book. Outstanding!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking school."

Dick

Cupertino, CA

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well organized, the guides were very knowledgeable and there was a good choice of the sites visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Scottish chef in Budapest and the participation."

Lauren

Centennial, CO

Tour: 08/31/14

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding! It exceeded my expectations. This is what I liked about it: *Upscale hotels / delicious breakfast buffets *All tours were included and so well organized *Local tour guides were so knowledgeable. They made history come alive! *Pacing/walking level was not a problem *Our guide for the 8 days took care of us in a very nice way. Cookies & chocolates were great *Washington Team kept me updated and informed prior to the trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I choose one WOW moment? I loved the cooking school in "Pest". Can't wait to have a dinner party with my friends."

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Pre-Tour

We've put together some specific information on what you should know about this tour before you go. You'll also find more general information about "Getting Ready for Your Tour" on our Tour FAQ.

Travel Resources

Learn more about Prague and Budapest: Check out a collection of Rick's TV shows, radio interviews and articles, plus find a list of recommended books and movies.

Transportation

Prior to your tour departure, you will receive detailed directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel, as well as contact information for your first and last hotels in case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations.

Many tour members arrive a day or two before the tour begins — and those who don't, wish they had. This allows you ample time to get over jet lag and make the most of the first few days of the tour.

There is more than one way to get to and from your tour. Most tour members will arrange to fly into Prague and out of Budapest (“multi-city” on flight booking websites). Booking round-trip to one city will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

For information about flying within Europe, ask your travel agent or check Rick's list of European budget airlines

Read Rick's train travel and rail pass tips to decide if your travel plans merit a rail pass.

If you have additional European travel or tour questions, contact the Tour Department at 425-608-4217 or email tour@ricksteves.com.

Sightseeing On Your Own

If you arrive in Prague before your tour begins, use Rick Steves Prague guidebook to get oriented. Ride the public transportation, try out a few words of Czech (although many locals speak English well), and get over your jet lag with fresh air and exercise.

Here are suggestions for sightseeing in Prague that we will not be doing as a group (see your guidebook for details): Museum of Medieval Art; Havelská Market; National Museum; Toy and Barbie Museum; rowboat or paddleboat on the Vltava River.

Packing

While it is important to pack light, there is one thing you should consider including when packing for this tour. Budapest is known for its natural hot springs and spending time at one of the many baths around town is a great treat, so you may want to bring along a swimsuit.

For advice on what (and what not!) to pack, see Rick’s packing tips.