• Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague's Charles Bridge
  • Mucha's stained-glass windows in St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague's St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Old Town Square in Prague
  • Chain Bridge, Budapest, Hungary
    Chain Bridge in Budapest
  • Lunch in the Great Market Hall, Budapest, Hungary
    Budapest's Great Market Hall
  • Széchenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary
    Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest

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Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days Tour

from $2,995 per person + air

Single Supplement $675

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We've brought together Eastern Europe's must-see cities — Prague and Budapest — for an eye-opening eight-day adventure. On this tour, you'll explore Prague's mighty castle, swirling Baroque churches, and 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 a surprising cuisine and a panoramic cruise along the Danube. Join us for the Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days!

Dates & Prices

2023

2024

What's Included

You'll get at least 20 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

Here's what you'll see and do on our Prague & Budapest tour:

  • Prague Castle Orchestra performance
  • Prague Castle
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • St. George's Basilica (when available)
  • Old Town orientation walk
  • Municipal House (when available)
  • 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
  • Pest walking tour
  • Great Market Hall
  • Hungarian cooking class
  • Hungarian State Opera House
  • Heroes' Square walking tour
  • Danube River cruise
  • 3-day Budapest transportation pass

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • 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 group transportation from Prague to Budapest
  • 7 nights' accommodations (4- and 3-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and 4 other meals
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken with us
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer or cancel your tour

Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing. See our Tour Conditions for important details regarding everything listed above.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Prague

We'll meet in our hotel at 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 accompanied by the Prague Castle Orchestra.

Light walking: 2–4 miles throughout the day on mostly level terrain. No bus. Sleep in Prague.

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, home to Alfons Mucha's striking stained glass; the Old Royal Palace; St. George's Basilica (when available); and the Golden Lane. After our visit, you're on your own to wander back down to the Old Town, where you'll be free for the evening.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Prague.

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. One of the leading centers of Judaism for a thousand years, 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 (when available). Your evening will be free for dinner on your own.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Prague.

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 the quirky and uniquely Czech Black Light Theater.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Prague.

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 Hungary's 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. There we'll crane our necks at Europe's largest, most ornate parliament building to learn how Hungarians coped with half a century of fascist and communist tyranny. And outside St. István's elaborate basilica we'll learn 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 Hungarian feast together.

Moderate walking: 2–6 miles throughout the day with some hills and stairs. Bus: 7 hours. Sleep in Budapest.

Day 6: Bustling Budapest

Our day begins atop Buda's proud Castle Hill with an introduction to Budapest's sumptuously gilded Matthias Church and nearby Fisherman's Bastion with sweeping views across the river of "twin-city" Pest. After working up an appetite, we'll explore traditional Hungarian dishes with a cooking class and lunch before setting you 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.

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Boat: 1 hour. No bus. Sleep in Budapest.

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 the 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 the oldest metro in continental Europe on our way to Heroes' Square where we'll learn about the bronze-cast, larger-than-life players in Hungary's history. 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!

Strenuous walking: 2–8 miles throughout the day with lots of hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. No bus. Sleep in Budapest.

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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 (possibly several blocks) 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

Wayne

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Rick Steve's Europe over-fulfilled its promise. The pre-travel communication and advice, the superb guides who were knowledgeable, experienced and enjoyable company, the friendship of fellow travelers all added up to an excellent value and memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Chef Parade cooking experience was a a high point. I was dubious on how 23 people were going to "have a cooking class and cook lunch" but it worked out beautifully and was a great shared experience. Cooking another culture's food is a deep dive experience and a cool way to interact within the group."

Sue

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent!! As usual with RS the guides were stellar, especially Levente and Honza. Hotels are well situated and comfortable, plans run smoothly and we get to experience so much with the group while still having time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Following Honza along the route he took as a 13-year-old in 1989 with his big sister and a sea of protesters as they tried to march to Wenceslaus square at the start of the Velvet Revolution. It was the most moving day as he told us about his experiences and what they could have cost, including his sister’s medical career. History come to life. Honza gave us an amazing education each day in Prague and I will never forget it."

Betty

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent tour guide and lots of diversity in the tour, religious, political, music, architecture and food.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking in Praha was like walking through a museum, around each corner was a new discovery. I also really liked the Opera House and the House of Music in Budapest."

Ellen

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I went on the Best of Prague & Budapest in 8 Days (Sept. 3-10). We arrived at the Hotel Leonardo and LOVED our room--the best of our trip. Etelna is an outstanding guide--very personable. She kept us on schedule in a pleasant, no-nonsense way. We appreciated Peter's tours of Prague and Monica's tours of Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We wanted to see the Black Light Theater in Prague. We had a terrible time finding it on Sept 4 (it had moved--guidebook update needed) & when we did, the performance was cancelled. From the website, it appeared to be sold out the only other day we could go, Sept. 5. We told Etelna about our disappointment. On her own, she called the theater. By sheer accident, we ran into her on the street and found out that we could go on 9/5 after all. The performance was wonderful."

Alan

Tour: 09/03/23

There were 28 participants on the tour, more than I expected. Still, by the end, we were a cohesive group. Our house was enthusiastic and skilled at involving everyone

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The House of Music Museum in Budapest. And the private performance of the opera singers."

Kenn

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Prague/Budapest tour was our 8th Rick Steves tour. It was one of the best. The three guides were outstanding and we were very fortunate to be able to each city guide for three days so we were able to really get to know them and understand their experience/perspective of living under Communist rule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Understanding life under Communist occupation and life after the fall of Communist rule."

Sherrie

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Etelka is an excellent tour guide. Out local guide in Prague was Martin, he lived through the Velvet Revolution and is a great historian. Our Budapest local guide was Monica and she had her own happy stories of communism.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Atilla playing the violin at our group dinner, the Prague Orchestra playing at a different group dinner, and the fantastic opera singers serenading our group in Busapest! "

Lyn

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was lead our our outstanding guide, Etelka. We had a congenial group of traveling companions. Our hotels in both Prague and Budapest were convenient to transportation and important sights. The itinerary was well planned. Our local guides, Martin and Monica, provided excellent information. We had ample free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several …the beauty of the Danube at night on the river cruise; cooking class at Chef Parade; concert at the Smetana museum; experiencing the outdoor Széchenyi baths. "

William

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent opportunity to see and enjoy two historical cities that are sometimes not included enough in history lessons. Etelka the tour guide always arranged things that were interesting and fun. The local guides were knowledgeable and shared their lived experiences. June was a good time to visit! As a bonus, the thousands of Harley Davidson enthusiasts present for the 120th anniversary celebrations added to the uniqueness of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague, our local guide Honza humbly and enthusiastically shared his experiences and knowledge. Having participated in the Velvet Revolution, he was able to provide an insider perspective of his and his family's lives in the Cold War and after. "

Annemarie

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I thought the tour was well organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably ONE of my favorite “WOW” moment was walking into the Hungarian State Opera House. It’s probably one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen. "

Rebecca

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the shorter tours I've taken and the first I've done since 2019. Really enjoyed everything about the tour, the sights and experiences were outstanding. Etelka was a great guide and arranged several surprises and treats for our group along the way.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest! I had thought that I would be wowed by Prague, but it was actually Budapest that surprised me and that I enjoyed the most. From the architecture, to the history, to the fantastic Hungarian food and wine, I couldn't get enough of this intriguing and grand city. "

Joseph

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 6th RS tour and first city tour. Like all others it was well organized, had great content and plenty of free time to explore on your own. Our two city guides Honza and Andrea were with us each day They showed us much more than we have seen on our own. They provided us a wealth of information along with exclusives, just for us like opera concert with members from the Budapest Opera, cooking class and music performances at dinner. To top it off both hotels were in great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As everyone says there are so many! For me it was our Czech Guide Honza Vihan taking us on his firsthand experience as a student as part of the massive crowd that over two weeks of peaceful demonstration took town the Communist government. He never knew if the Russians would. react with tanks and machine guns like they had in the past. That action was known as the Velvet Resolution that freed the country. "

Jacquelyn

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was awesome. I learned so much about the people, history, and cultures. Etelka, Honza, and Andrea were amazing guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many WOW moments! The evening river cruise on the Danube in Budapest, beauty of Matthias Church and Parliament, and the Széchenyi Thermal Baths all top my list!"

Mark

Tour: 06/18/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Another outstanding Rick Steves Tour

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opera performance in Smetana Museum "

Jeff

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Anna was amazing. She was very thoughtful, well informed of the area, and did a great job connecting with tour participants. We definitely visited some awesome spots and learned about the history of Prague. I would have enjoyed learning more about the history of Budapest - specifically what life was like under Communist rule and how things changed or didn't change after the transfer of power to a more democratic rule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The step by step description of the Velvet Revolution by our guide who was participated in the Velvet Revolution as a teenager. It was very powerful to hear a first hand account of a very significant historical moment while we walked the route to Wenceslas Square ."

Marc

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There is very little I would have changed

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being shown Prague by someone who was actually there in the crowd of the Velvet Revolution"

Tammy

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was such a good experience. Prague and Budapest were amazing cities. The guides were wonderful and our fellow travelers were so much fun! I would go again in a heartbeat.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Prague and wandering through the beautiful streets, buildings and bridges. It was magical."

Marc

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The guides did a wonderful job mixing sightseeing with cultural experiences. They also gave some very good historical context to what we saw and experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The churces, basilicas and libraries were spectacular."

Susan

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Knowledgeable guides, great activity selections, and good balance of scheduled and free time

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Opera singer serenade in Prague and the boat ride on the Danube in Budapest "

Steven

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both Prague and Budapest exceeded our expectations, after arriving in both destinations with preconceived images we were quickly "turned around" after venturing out in to the many historic locations and meeting the locals from the Czech Republic and Hungary. The people we met were warm and friendly and more than happy to "direct us" to our intended destinations. The incredible architecture in both cities quickly filled up my camera SD card!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There wasn't just one "wow moment" on this trip. We found the beauty in both cities to be almost overwhelming at times not know which direction to look. The two private performances with the gentlemen from the Prague Castle Orchestra and the Operatic duo were right at the top of our list. And combine all that with being able to share these moments with the others in our group made for an amazing vacation. "

Patricia

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved our vacation to Prague and Budapest. We enjoyed the architecture and the history of the two cities. The food was delicious and the people friendly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very moved by the Jewish synagogue and the Jewish cemetery. Seeing the names of all the murdered men, women and children written on the walls touched my soul. On a lighter note the two musical performances were excellent. The overall beauty of both cities was impressive."

Ljubomir

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well planned activities and tours with ample free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"An opera recital in Prague with an outstanding pianist, soprano and baritone. "

Deborah

Tour: 06/04/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague and Budapest have long been on my list of places to visit and I wasn't disappointed. Prague is lovely and Budapest is bustling.This tour provided so many diverse opportunities - from a private opera concert (amazing!) to heart breaking history at the Holocaust Memorial in Prague - a gorgeous river cruise on the Danube at night, to a cooking class in Budapest. I enjoyed every minute, even while hobbling around with a torn meniscus! Our guide Anna was wonderful and so helpful. Fun group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many "wow" moments - The private concert, cooking class, Danube river cruise. The thermal bath was a blast (thank you Anna for suggesting cabins), and tour of the Opera House in Budapest. Also, the first hand account of the velvet revolution by our local guide, Honza, in Prague and Anna's surprises and local treats throughout the tour."

Ronald

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, good balance between free time and tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night cruise in Budapest."

Samuel

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing guides with super attention to detail and personnel in the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest was way better than i had imagined. "

Megan

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Daniel

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded my expectations. Good hotels located for maximal ease for walking tours. Outstanding guide / tour leader that was friendly, experienced, and made the tour fun and great learning experience. Just the right mix of organized tour and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking school in Budapest"

Doug

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall experience was, once again, truly outstanding! Andrea was a fantastic guide and a great resource. The tour was a very good balance between scheduled activities and "free time" to be on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The nighttime river cruise on the Danube in Budapest."

Pauline

Tour: 05/21/23

This trip was great. I learned so much and I had a terrific time too. The itinerary is expert and the extra surprises our guide Andrea--one of the best guides in the business, I wager--provided, were delightful. I was ill the first morning, and Andrea checked in with me and then she met me and provided me with my tram and the Prague castle tickets so I could do it on my own and not miss anything. This trip had it all---music, history, art, architecture, food, and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private concert in Prague was emotional for me. The Jewish Quarter was insightful and special. The cooking class in Budapest was fun and delicious. And we got a cookbook too! The night boat ride in the Danube was spectacular. The baths were fun too! I trust Rick Steves tours to show us the important things and to recommend sites that might be of interest. And I felt safe, which is important for a single traveler. The group added a lot to my trip--enthusiastic and kind. ."

Mitchell

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized, left us time for ourselves, wonderful experiences and a great group of people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Mucha stained glass in the cathedral"

Sandra

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was very fun and interesting

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Budapest cooking class"

Roberta

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As usual the tour guide makes your tours relaxing and informative. Andrea is an asset to the organization. Her life experience added to the perspective and experiences on the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don Giovani private session. I have never experienced opera on this level and am excited to see young people bringing it back to life. This was the first time for my husband. He had a great experience and it changed his mind about opera. "

Donna

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was beyond my expectations. Our tour guide, Andrea, was superb--I really enjoyed her insights and little gifts of candy, etc each day. I think the balance of guided tours and time for yourself was perfect--we could either go back to the same sites or hit different ones, or just go back to the hotel and relax. Our guide in Prague (Jana) was also excellent--her knowledge of the city was truly amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick. I really enjoyed the beer flights in Prague as we all got to know each other so much better there. I also liked the little mini opera samples we were given. I would never go to an opera by choice, but I truly enjoyed the little samples of opera we were given in each city. And the cruise on the Danube at night was a hit, too."

Rollin

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time in Prague and Budapest. Andrea was an excellent tour leader. Jana, our local guide in Prague, was also great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague Town Square, but also hearing Andrea talk about attending the Queen concert in Budapest in 1986."

Onix

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guides were knowledgeable, approachable, and professional. Whether we were looking for a desert place, a particular fountain, shoes, or theater show, our Jana & Jana team was very helpful. I still see them in my mind like two hens with their adoptive chicks, trying to take care of the whole group, and still managing to recognize our individualities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"From Prague was the moment we saw the Karlùv Most, we had seen it in photos but its beauty took our breath away. We enjoyed the buskers on the bridge that were playing the flute, accordion, or even the violins. Soña, Vratislav & Lenka's opera concert! Prague was like a shining jewel at night with the castle & the Charles Bridge decked out in lights. Budapest's "wow" moment was our first taste of curd with raspsberry authentic strudel at the Elsö Pesti Réesház, the baths at Széchenyi=WOW!!!"

David

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Phenomenal Tour!! The Guides were outstanding! It was also a nice change to only have to hotels and walk around the two cities as opposed to jumping on a bus every other day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. I'd say the private concert we had in Prague. I typically don't like opera but this was out of this world!"

Tom

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were pretty tired after just finishing our tour of Greece but with a day and a half rest in Prague we were ready to go. It was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Marcie and I thought Prague was the most beautiful city we have been in. The parliament in Budapest was amazing and the pool/spa experience was really fun !!!"

Linda

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

my overall tour experience can best be described as wonderful. The itinerary on a daily basis was absorbing and I felt as if I were being immersed in the culture, history, art and many nuances of each place we visited. The guides did more than guide us.They set a supportive, inclusive and magical tone every day . They are real professionals with warm and engaging personalities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The unexpected that happened along the way. The musical performances- the surprising and delicious treats-the camaraderie-the beauty and art."

Michael

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guides. Hotels were average

Mary Jo

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The organization of the trip and pre-trip communications were excellent. It was our first Rick Steves tour and the tour met and exceeded our expectations so we will do it again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The presence and thoughtfulness and knowledge of our guides. We wouldn't have see and done what we did without them."

Laura

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guides were kind, knowledgeable and organized. The pace of the tour was great and there was adequate organized time & events as well as free time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the live music elements- two opera performances and a traditional flute and accordion performance in Prague."

Kathy

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guides were over the top fantastic. They were all kind, knowledgable, thorough and totally fabulous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the guides had arranged a duo to sing for just us at the Opera house in Budapest. "

Taylor

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera show in Prague."

Pamela

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our first ever tour and 26th/27th countries visited. We had an excellent time. Every minute was full of great food, history architecture. Great guides Hanze, Shsrka, Eltalka, Monica were Both entertaining and informative and I remembered Hanza from the PBS episode. We also liked having free time to explore. The makeup and size of the group were great too. We all seemed to have things in common and 20 is the max I'd be happy with. It felt more personalized. Wish a music event has been included

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sunset over the parliament in Budapest, communism museum in Prague (all should go), Hanze's replay of the revolt. Night cruise on the Danube "

Melody

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Etelka and all of our local guides were great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one. Learning about the Velvet Revolution from hansa."

David

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great history lesson!, Great guides! well planned. No hustle to the bus and back to boat as on a river cruise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hungarian Parliament at sunset. (but there where many)"

Jonathan

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent journey with outstanding guides.

Clay

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great leadership plus a well designed itinerary. Etelka plus the other tour guides were amazing. They gave us the historical significance and their personal experiences growing up and living in Eastern Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many to choose from: Personal Opera performance, Baths in Budapest, sunsets, concerts, wandering the streets of these fabulous cities and the above mentioned walking tours. "

James

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything went according to plan. Interesting sights. Great guides. Great food. Great history lessons. And great accommodations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There was more than one: Sailing at night past the lighted Parliament building in Budapest; Honza leading us on the Velvet Revolution walk/talk in Prague; our own personal opera performance at the State Opera House in Budapest. I could go on."

Nydia

Tour: 09/25/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The hotel and food choices were really good. Our tour guide was full of details about politics and history making very enjoyable our walks through out the cities. We never stopped because of the weather, it was raining but not very cold. (I will add that the rain made the experience more in tune with the tour) I loved enjoyed Prague and Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My husband "

Kathy

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague and Budapest was my 7th RS tour and it did not disappoint. Even though I toured Prague on a 7-day tour in 2006, I saw and experienced new things! Great guides, great experiences, great traveling companions!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our private concert in Prague brought tears to my eyes! On a tour, I get used to showing up at the appointed time and place with not much consideration for what’s next. On a beautiful evening, just at sunset, we gathered on the bank of the Vltava, then we were ushered into the Smetana museum. The private concert was held in an intimate space with a beautiful view of the Charles Bridge. When a soprano sings a Don Giovanni aria just four feet away from you, well, tears!"

Lisa

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The trip to Prague and Budapest was amazing. In addition to the medieval sights, castles, architecture, river views, city sights, etc., our tour guide Anna Lenard and our Prague tour guide Martin were exceptional. They provided historical content and context that gave so much of what we saw more meaning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is so hard to pick one thing, but for me visiting the Jewish neighborhood in Prague was exceptionally moving. As a Jewish woman of Eastern European heritage (although not from Prague or the Czech Republic) seeing family names the same as mine inscribed on the memorial walls was jarring. And, then there was the beauty of the synagogues--and the churches in both Prague and Budapest. Finally - the river cruise on the Danube...spectacular. Or the opera performances just for our group! "

Jay

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Karen

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Good, 1st time RS tour, wasn’t sure what to expect. I think I was the only person who had actually Read my RS books provided. I arrived about 4 days early and stayed 4 days after to fully see both cities above and beyond the tour. Restaurants and food choices were good. Hotels were both in great locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking class was nice, and I’m not really into them much. What we cooked was actually very tasty. Also enjoyed the boat ride down the Danube River in Budapest. "

Laura

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We felt the tour was not as advertised. As vigorous exercise daily was indicated in the tour guide at registration. As a couple we expected a far more active experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed our time in Budapest far more than Prague. The cooking class was a highlight as was the dinner on the first night in Prague."

Elizabeth

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Anna was a fantastic guide, and Martin as local guide in Prague was outstanding. The hotels, meals, and unique experiences were all excellent, as we’ve come to expect from RSE!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Municipal House tour with the opportunity to see Mucha’s murals in such an intimate setting in an incredibly historic building was the thrill of a lifetime, and then, so was cruising the Danube in “the Pearl” of Budapest!"

Laura

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was well paced and fun to meet our tour group. It was a nice balance of group and solo activities/ time. Our tour guide was very nice and the local guides offered some great perspectives.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How beautiful Budapest is! "

Julia

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did so much and saw so much - I can’t believe it fit into eight days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thermal baths were transcendent!"

David

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We loved visiting these two cities, and felt the tour was exactly what we signed up for. And a great group of people who were up for the rigorous walking so we were able to cover a lot of ground. Our tour guide was a bit reserved and aloof. Maybe we were spoiled with the guide on our Ireland tour, or maybe it was cultural? Of course not having hot water for three of four nights in Prague was a issue. We Also tested for Covid upon arrival home. The mask requirement on the bus was Not enforced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views of Budapest. It was a sunny day after rain in Prague and so beautiful on the Pest hillside. Loved the opera house tour and the cooking class too. "

Lisa

Tour: 09/18/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great tour. Guides were wonderful. Anna and Martin were so friendly and knowledgeable. Great group of tour members.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Opera house was the best part of the tour. Beautiful!"

Elizabeth Anne

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed seeing Eastern Europe. it was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jewish Ghetto. "

Blaine

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was well run and had a good combination of history and culture in a part of the world with which I have had only a little contact and knowledge. I feel closer to the impressive cultural and political accomplishments of the Czech and Hungarian people.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment had to be the evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest. It was beautiful and at the same time something I had only dreamed of doing."

Robert

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a great experience to visit two countries that I'd never visited before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The description from our Prague local guide (Honsa - spelling?) of the Velvet Revolution. Hearing his story as a 14 year old marching with his friends (and thousands of others) really made it personal for me. Before his description, I didn't realize there were multiple marches over a month before the protestors got what they wanted. Walking those steps with him made it more real. I also loved the small opera performance at the Budapest Opera."

Irene

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was glad to resume travel after Covid restraining. Eastern Europe was travel at its best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Parliament building lighted during Danube cruise. First, I saw stars concentrated above the building. Later, I noticed, these stars were moving. When boat come close to the Parliament, I realized, these stars are birds flying above building. Light from Parliament was reflected by bird’s wings."

Monika

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! I learned so much Eastern European history from our wonderful guides. Not only were they knowledgeable and entertaining but were able to draw on their own experiences to tell a good story!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The sounds of the orchestra and singer in the Klementinum at Prague University. It was magical!"

Jay

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We found the tour to be well-organized, informative, and provided an insightful overview of the must see sites in Budapest and Prague. Our tour guide Monica was helpful, insightful, candid, humorous and took care of our individual needs. Our local guide in Prague was well steeped in history and culture and brought the city and the culture of the Czech Republic alive for us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We can't limit it to one, our top 3 were the cooking class, the velvet revolution walk, and the tour off the opera house with a live performance."

Kirsti

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a trip of a lifetime. Tour members and guides were terrific!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were too many "wow" moments to mention..everything was "wow"! From the meals to the sights to the extra surprise concerts, it was all so wonderful!"

Doug

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1. Private opera concert in Prague 2. Budapest cooking class 3. Local guides in both Prague and Budapest"

Trina

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour leader Anna and her assistant Andrea were wonderful. They were incredibly knowledgeable, relaxed, and kept everything running so smoothly!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A surprise concert that our tour leader arranged just for our group the last night in Prague - amazing."

Roy

Tour: 08/28/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Fantastic tour. What I’ve come to expect from Rick Steves tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Opera House in Budapest was definitely “off the charts”. I’ve never seen such splendor. "

Monica

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Only thing NOT outstanding was the weather

Favorite "WOW" moment

"listening to national symphony from the sidelines at Municipal House in Prague"

Mike

Tour: 06/19/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great time in Prague. Anna arranged a private opera show for our group. Never expected that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Art Nuveau municipal house was better than Paris Art Nuveau. Stunning"

Julie

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was great. We saw a lot in a short time. It was a good mix of planned activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Municipal House in Prague. Everyone should tour this building if they are in Prague. Also, the Prague Castle Orchestra on the first night was a great treat. "

Kay

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very pleased with the guides and their knowledge. We had a small group (12) which allowed us to get to know everyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cooking class in Budapest."

Carol

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my second “city” tou, and I LOVE them! Please add more! Prague and Budapest are amazing, and our group couldn’t have been more congenial. If you’re interested, here’s the link to the blog I made for the tour: https://off2prague-budapest.blogspot.com/ Please note that I’m happy to share it, but it’s not a public blog - I created it for family and friends (and fellow tour mates), as well as a sort of photo album for myself, but it’s not publicly searchable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class at Chef Parade in Budapest - what fun!!! And thank you for including a cookbook for each of us."

Katherine

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful! The guides were so knowledgeable and helpful!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite activity was probably the thermal baths in Budapest! I really felt like a local. The check-in process was a bit intimidating however, as we were there at a busy time, surrounded by Hungarian speaking men. We were't quite sure which counter to go to, and we spent a long time in the wrong line. But we finally figured it our. Only 3 of us chose to go to the baths. "

Wendi

Tour: 05/29/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was amazing and organized considering everyone is trying to get back to "normal" after two years.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but the opera singers and pianist in Prague who performed just for our small group was amazing!"

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a nice group, the accommodations were great, and our tour guide was knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the Astronomical Clock in Prague, we walked by it often while on the tour. "

Catherine

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I felt the guide should’ve been more prepared for this tour. She stated it was her first one in two years. That being said I think she should’ve looked into more, one example was the cruise on the Danube. We were a group and upon arrival most seats were taken and not many were able to sit together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thoroughly enjoyed the baths in Budapest and the tour of the opera house. Also the local guide (not sure of his name) but said it was his first tour was absolutely fabulous!"

Joel

Tour: 05/22/22

Prague and Budapest were outstanding destinations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The scenery from the basilica dome in Budapest"

Michelle

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I love all the places we went. The amount of walking was fabulous. It was a very nice trip and definitely recommend. Seeing

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the nutria at the river. "

Alan

Tour: 05/22/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides. Anna was fantastic. We were so happy to finally get to travel again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague was very charming with its old world charm."

Cara

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a wonderful experince! Two beautiful cities, good food; interesting people in our tour group and a very educational experince overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish cemetery and ghetto; very importsnt and impactful history and experience. "

Mary

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour. Our next one is already booked thats how pleased and excited we are about Rick Steves' Europe. Katka our guide was over the moon with excitement to share her country again with eager travelers post pandemic. Her enthusiasm spread like wild fire -always smiling and joyful. Our secondary guides also very good however Katka is exceptional.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many - I love walking the city and discovering sights. The Anatomical clock in the town center of Prague was definitely a WOW"

Catherine

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I enjoyed having an itinerary and planning taken care of, along with having a small group of people to connect with and enjoy the tour. I found the eating later and somewhat early mornings caused me to become run down and fought off a cold at least half of the trip. Keeping the cold at bay, I had to forego several early morning activities as the schedule did not allow for a complete and rested nights sleep, with more free time in the middle of the day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first evening in Prague at dinner and we were entertained by the two gentlemen with music and song. That was quite a first day and very enjoyable."

Terry

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I were on our third RS tour and Prague to Budapest did not disappoint us. We had a great time. The guides were excellent and the sites and food were as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few: 1. The Budapest Opera House tour 2. The Prague Castle 3 The night Danube River cruise"

Ria

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was great, Katka and Jorgi clearly were great ambassadors of their own cities, so much passion in introducing us to their culture and traditions. Katka, set the tone from the first meeting by introducing us to Prague's liquor and chocolate which I think was nice. In addition, she prepared goodies for the birthday celebrants from the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinner with musicians on our first dinner in Prague, it was lovely!"

Neal

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really enjoyed the trip, Katka was a very good guide

Favorite "WOW" moment

"To many to say"

Deborah

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the tour was very well organized and thought out. hotels in prague and budapest were very well located and very comfortable. (except for the lack of ac which was a bit daunting). our tour guide, katerina, was personable, knowledgeable, and very charming. i truly enjoyed her. the group was also quite compatible, which was important since i was traveling alone. i strongly feel that we should have spent less time in prague and more in budapest. prague was lovely but repetitive.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"it is hard to pinpoint one favorite moment. i think the attention to detail was apparent in all our activities. i enjoyed learning the history and viewing most sites. katerina also organized a private concert in prague which was fabulous. i especially was moved by our time spent in the jewish quarter of prague. the budapest baths were my absolute favorite. so beautiful and so full of life. a great way to end the trip. "

Carol

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience, Katka was amazing, kind, knowledgable and helpful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish quarter in Prague, specifically the Holocaust memorial and Jewish cemetary."

Cynthia

Tour: 05/08/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The restored cathedral near the palace complex in Buda."

When To Go & Weather

Prague and Budapest are best to visit in the months of May, June, September, and October, when the weather is mild, the colors and scents are more powerful, and the crowds are lighter. December offers the benefits of no tourist crowds, and the Christmas markets and concert season are in full swing.

Czech Republic / Prague

Prague Weather


Hungary / Budapest

Budapest Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for the tour's first and last hotels is included in your tour confirmation email, as well as in the Itinerary section of your tour account. One month prior to the tour departure, you'll find the directions to your first tour hotel and a complete list of hotels where we'll be staying in the Documents section of your tour account.

Flights

Our tours don't include airfare, so your flight arrangements are completely up to you.

Most tour members arrange to fly into Prague (PRG) and out of Budapest (BUD) — choose "multicity" on flight-booking websites. Booking round-trip to Prague or Budapest will require a connecting flight, train trip, or additional overnight stay in Europe.

We suggest arriving a day or two before your tour begins to allow ample time to get over jet lag and be well-rested for the first few days of your tour. For more information about transportation options for getting to and from your tour, see your Rick Steves Prague guidebook.