• 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

2024

2025

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 2024 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 a Czech cultural performance and dinner together.

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

Theresa

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was well organized and guides were superb!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening cruise on the Danube!"

Dale

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Being on my 8th RS tour, I always enjoy the focused areas of the itinerary as well as the serendipity moments on your own. Having a free evening to see Aida at the Hungarian Opera House was certainly a mindsticker.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Budapest cooking class was amazing as well as the polishing off of our creations. I was very impressed with the wonderful city of Prague. It certainly needs to be considered as one of the top tier European cities to visit. Lots of interesting pedestrian walkways too."

Stephanie

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guide was amazing as were all the guides on the tour. The accommodations were great with wonderful locations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to recount but I loved the cooking class in Budapest."

Sherrie

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The most organized tour I’ve ever been a part of! The hotels were centrally located to everything. The rooms were well thought out and included everything needed for comfort and convenience. There was a perfect balance between tours and free time. The “buddy system” saved so much time from guides having to count and recount heads to make sure everyone was there. The surprise entertainment from time to time was top notch. Local guides had so much wonderful personal input about their lives in the

Favorite "WOW" moment

"On the nighttime river cruise in Budapest when we turned and saw the Parliament Building all lit up. "

Elizabeth

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful and knowledgeable guides made the trip outstanding. The history lessons they gave us were so insightful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final night in Budapest with our trip on the Danube River."

Amy

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with friendly tour guides and enjoyable events— prescheduled and planned at just the right time so that we avoided tourist crowds. Highly recommend this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle tours in both Prague and Budapest. Outstanding!"

Brian

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour was well planned and enjoyable. Our group bonded well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague’s beauty."

Kelly

Tour: 06/16/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was impressed with my overall tour experience. The hotels were very nice, and the locations were outstanding. The guides were all the best I've ever experienced and made the trip incredible. The food and art (opera) experiences were unique, and something I would never have experienced had I planned this trip on my own. I enjoyed the balance of planned time and free time. It allowed me to see things I wanted to see that were particular to my interests without missing any of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was meeting Martin in Prague and realizing this is a man who lived under a communist regime during my childhood and is now standing here guiding a tour of Americans. There were many more WOW moments but this is one there is no way I could ever replicate on my own."

Cynthia

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All 3 of our guides were outstanding in terms of knowledge, kindness, sense of humor, and personal connection. This is was made the whole trip worthwhile!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The surprise musical events were totally WOW!!"

Erika

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 1st tour with Rick Steves' & it very much exceeded my expectations. The tour was very well organized & the guides (Andrea, Honza, George) were very knowledgeable. They also shared personal stories about growing up with communism that just added to the cultural learning experience. The tour had a good balance of group activities & free time. The bus ride went by quick with 2 stops & scenic views. And my tour group consisted of some amazing people that made the trip more memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments but my favorite were the unexpected cultural experiences planned by our guides. Beautiful opera performances in both cities. Another big "wow" moment was being in Prague the day Czechia won the 2024 Hockey Championship and getting to experience the celebrations in the Old Town Square."

Ava

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Tour was a delight! Days were well-organized, with just the right amount of free time. All of the guides (truly, All) were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Tours were well-paced, coffee breaks were delicious, and our lead guide, Andrea, did a masterful job of conducting and coordinating. The other travelers, too, were a joy to be with. It truly felt like a band of merry adventurers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'll offer two: the planned, and the unplanned. For the planned: the intimate opera performance (guide's choice, I believe), on the last day in Prague. The soprano, especially, brought me to tears. The performers even stayed back and talked with us after the show. For the unplanned: When we visited Matthias Church in Buda, just a few minutes into our talk, a man performed a stunning 15-minute set on the church organs. It was truly a "wow" moment because no one expected it, not even Andrea."

Robert

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

William

Tour: 05/26/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very positive feelings about the tour. I wanted to not just see the sights, but learn about the history and culture of the place I was visiting, which I certainly did. The choice of places to visit was exceptional both aesthetically and educationally. As one who likes to cook a variety of cuisines. I especially enjoyed the meals of authentic cuisine of the visited country

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Velvet Revolution tour of Prague, led by someone who was there at the time, describing not only the history of the event, but where he was, and what he saw and heard of the event."

Michael

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. I would have liked to seen more scheduled visits to sites, such as the Parliament in Budapest, based on the amount of money paid for this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Ornate interiors of Catholic cathedrals"

Cathy

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a rally cohesive and compatible group of travelers. The local guides, especially Sharka, were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hungarian cooking class"

Elizabeth

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Prague colorful and bustling. Budapest pretty but w/o enchantment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prague Castle "

Rik

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once we got through the airline mess (we try to get to the hotel a day in advance but we lost that day as our opening flight did not go) the tour was as we have grown to expect. A great guide, good lodging , wonderful food and memorable activities. We had a wonderful time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Palace of Prague. The hill top location and the beauty kicked the trip off in a fantastic way and the he view at night was unforgettable. "

Thomas

Tour: 05/19/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We loved Prague and enjoyed Budapest. The local guides were the best!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning from our Prague guide (Sharta) what life was like as a child during the last 11 years of Soviet control. "

Peter

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was thoughtfully planned out with visits to areas and places in Prague and Budapest that were a tourist's "must see." And of course the guides in each of these cities were outstanding. Its a great thing to be able to see and experience these cities, but the addition of these phenomenal guides made it even better. The hotels were nice and even more importantly, located in prime areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the beauty of Prague combined with the history provided by our tour guide made for an incredible experience in that city. "

Thomas

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we were very impressed. Everything was great, with a good balance of planned activities and downtime, history and culture, food and drink, etc. The performances by local musicians were a big highlight. The guides were all wonderful, especially their willingness to share their own personal experiences growing up while history was unfolding in their countries. We came away feeling that we know and appreciate Prague and Budapest so much more now.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"#1: The tour of the synagogues, museum, and cemetery in the Jewish section of Prague. The children's drawings from Terezín were very moving. #2: The group cooking class in Budapest was terrific (and delicious). #3: The other members of the group were all interesting, good people, a pleasure to travel with. "

Kerry

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Blend of lecture/guide information, walking, group interaction and solo time was wonderfully balanced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First operatic performance - Prague"

Andrew

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great group! Awesome guides! Just the right balance of busy time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was the whole experience, not just one moment."

Michael

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague & Budapest was our first Rick Steves' city tour, and it was great, as were all of our previous tours. Great tour guide, great local guides, great tour group. All members could keep up the walking pace this tour, which was a plus. With English spoken, you could tour on your own (with Rick Steves' Guide Books, but the guides, musical experiences and fellow travelers really add to the vacation experience. Too many synagogues used a full morning. Could have used another day in Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private performances by the flute & accordion player as seen on the Rick Steves' video and two and short operatic concerts. The cooking class, the Czech beer tasting and group meals and the cameraderie. The tour of the opera hall. Jazz club Reduta, on my own, in Prague. The greatly varied architecture of the buildings. The recent & past history of both cities. Our guide's personal experience growing up in Hungary, and her enthusiasm for the culture and our group. The baths in Budapest!"

Judy

Tour: 05/12/24

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic tour coordinator and great site selection

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Inside both the churches one in Prague and one in Budapest. We had an unexpected concert in the Matthias Church"

William

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. I'm sure we would not have had the experiences we did if we went anywhere else. The tours, the access, the private concerts, the meals - everything was exceptional. We loved talking with our guide and meeting the local guides. Thank you!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Smetana Muzeum opera concert in Prague."

Lynda

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall experience was excellent, we had terrific guides and group. I loved the city guides. Learning about the complicated history of Prague and Budapest is part of what I value most on RS tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many great moments but I was so impressed with the personal concert we had in Prague. The music and voices were incredible. It brought tears to my eyes."

Robin

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Prague-Budapest tour was terrific! Our guides (George, Tomas, Sara, and Martin) were excellent. I enjoyed having free time. Some of my favorite things were done on free time (Petrin Tower, Astronomical Clock tour, Mass at St. Thomas, House of Terror, and Szechenyi Baths. Prague is gorgeous! Very safe to walk around alone. The Black Light Theater was great. Desserts amazing! The group's also enjoyable. The cooking class and Danube cruise - fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague - overall architecture, church interiors, private concerts (Castle Orchestra and opera singers), Jewish Quarter tour, Martin's personal story of communism. Budapest - Szechenyi Baths, dessert in that park, House of Terror - not to be missed!"

Amanda

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The experience from beginning to end was simply fantastic. We had excellent food, local entertainment and activities, and, above all else, our guides. George and Tomasz were engaging, thoughtful, kind, and personable - to name a few characteristics. Everything was well planned, and the Vox system allowed us to engage with the tour while taking photos or exploring just out of reach. We had so much fun, and we look forward to booking again with Rick Steves!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera concert, with a very expressive baritone. "

Douglas

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful experience. Everything was so well organized and ran so smoothly. George, our guide, was so caring, knowledgeable, professional, enthusiastic, funny, considerate, and overall fantastic! The local guides like Sarka and Martin were equally terrific and knowledgeable, too. The hotels were great and the itinerary was perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hungarian parliament building at night "

Nancy

Tour: 10/22/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved this tour. With an experienced and intelligent guide I learned much about Prague and Budapest. This tour had such a nice balance of experiences. George had very well prepared local guide and they wanted us to learn. What a bonus they were!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The boat ride and tour of the Danube was excellent! I also really enjoyed the cooking class - what a wonderful experience with our team and many, as did I, really enjoyed the meal. The best food we ate all tour!"

Debra

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded my expectations, primarily because of the guide, Katka. Her historical and personal narratives were lively and engaging, and made each day enjoyable and memorable. I appreciated her willingness to chat and answer questions. She seemed indefatigable!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose one! I never expected to visit Prague and Budapest, so the entire trip was a "wow!" The trip underscored that travel makes history come alive. It was an in-depth course in Central European history, WWII, the Velvet Revolution, Czech and Hungarian culture."

Lucia

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Concerts dinners and tour guides were fabulous

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concert with baritone and soprano"

Nikki

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Prague and Budapest was amazing. We loved the cultural experiences, learning about their fascinating history and seeing the beautiful architecture!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire city of Prague is a "wow" moment, and so is the Hungarian Parliament Building and the Opera House in Budapest. It's impossible to pick just one!"

Lesley

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always, our tour was well-organized and there was plenty of time for both organized activities and time on our own. Katka is a fantastic guide, clearly interested in presenting us with knowledge about both cities and her hometown, Prague, in particular. This was my 7th RS tour and every one has been terrific.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing both cities at night. On the first night in Prague as we crossed the Charles Bridge, the view was spectacular. This was matched by the evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest. A warm Fall breeze and the buildings lit up in golden lights was magical."

Sharon

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderfully organized trip with knowledgeable guides, informative l tours, enlightening cultural experiences, fun activities and helpful suggestions and guidance for free time. This was my first Rick Steve's tour but it won't be my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Do many "wow" moments but I especially enjoyed our afternoon cooking class. "

Eric

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enlightening

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The House of Terrors museum in Budapest. A must see to know the evil that lurks in society"

Sarah

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our group got along very well. Our guide took great care of us. The slower pace of the tour was a welcomed bonus!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A private opera performance in Prague. Just our small group, a baritone, a soprano, and a pianist. It was breathtaking. I have never been to a live opera before but this inspired me to go to one in the next calendar year."

Pamela

Tour: 10/15/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first tour, far exceeded my expectations. Katka is an exceptional guide. Each day provided plenty of walking and information with suggestions on how to spend the afternoons. The private concert in Prague was a highlight as were the personal stories about living under communist rule.

Brad

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

A quick but thorough visit to two beautiful cities. I have a much better understanding of the political challenges that the region has experienced.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being in the same room and listening to Sona Godarska for a private concert in Prague"

Kevin

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic guide and everything was great as we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private up close and personal opera concert for our tour group in Prague was wonderful. And the fun of the cooking class in Budapest. So many good memories. "

Josh

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide Peter was outstanding as were the local guides who were so knowledgeable and personable

Favorite "WOW" moment

"so many wow moments ! Prague and Budapest are both stunningly beautiful cities "

Maddie

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful introduction to both cities. The local guide were informative and their knowledge base was reliable for metro connections, restaurants, and historical accuracy. Beyond that, we enjoyed their memories of life behind the iron curtain. That made the tour exceptional. We had enough time to explore both cities and appreciated the free time we had to be on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As usual on any Rick Steves tour, it’s hard to choose just one. I’ll pick two. First was our last night in Prague when we were treated to a concert by operatic performers. It was so beautiful to hear those voices so close up and engaging. The other was being introduced to the history of the area in such a personal way through their memories of the guides. "

David

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Guide Peter was superb and others on tour were outstanding. Quality information and daily events were spot on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Amazing classical music history and original manuscripts. "

Melanie

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First of all I think we got the best guide, Peter, (and Jana in Prague for the local guide) Peter is very personable and inclusive. He is comfortable to be around and such a perfect personality with great enthusiasm for his job. Rick, you made a perfect choice! This is my first tour with this company, and I will be finding another one to join. I loved how we were given tickets for the local transportation! My first time for travel like this, and it became comfortable and fun!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many WOW moments but for the sake of picking one, it was the ride in the boat on the Danube at night and seeing all the lights on the very beautiful structures. "

Lorraine

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I was unfortunately sick throughout the trip, so it colored my experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting into the bathes in Budapest"

Diana

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The mix of history and fun adventures during the trip to Prague and Budapest was great.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The short opera sung for our group in Prague. I now really enjoy opera. "

Nancy

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always well organized and very informative, great guides and a local fair

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning how lucky we in the US are, in that we have never had regimes move in and take over our land and government. They way war has shaped and reshaped the history of these countries, yet these people are resilient and still able to look forward and welcome a bunch of strangers with love and respect."

Roger

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed our guide Peter and the whole group was a pleasure to share our travels with.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can’t pinpoint one particular moment, it was all good."

Deborah

Tour: 10/08/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first city specific tour out of all the previous tours I have taken. I really enjoyed the immersive historical details we received in both Prague and Budapest because we were spending more time in those cities. I enjoyed visiting more sites with the group that otherwise would be optional free time on the Eastern Europe tour. It was nice to spend the extra time in each place that this tour provides. It makes me want to try another city specific tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera concert in Prague with the soprano, baritone, and piano listening to Mozart, Dvorak, Smetana . a stunning setting next to the Charles Bridge overlooking the River with views of Prague Castle. This is something I couldn’t do myself touring. "

Patricia

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We learned a great deal, enjoyed the tour guides’s expertise and local stories and in general had fun. The concert in Prague was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When the river tour boat in Budapest turned the first corner and I could see all the lights from the Budapest bank of the Danube"

Jeanne

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our two main guides, Andrea and Sarkia were outstanding. Very informative on history and culture. A

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was either the private musical recital in Prague or the night cruise on the Danube. "

Susan

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great tour guide and the group worked well together. Besides the city tours we had a cooking class and two music events which really added to the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The opera concert was really amazing. "

Matt

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

2 very enjoyable cities with fun included actives, interesting history and many, many options for your free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed the beer tasting in Praha. A 600 year old brewery is doing it right! I'm also thankful for the tour members who donated their beers to my cause."

Janet

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A wonderful tour with excellent guides!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The only Wow moment for me was the Danube Cruise in Budapest when seeing the Parliment Building lit up!"

Steven

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent guide and well paced tour through two amazing European cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Budapest from a nighttime boat ride on the Danube!"

Mary

Tour: 09/17/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From beginning to end this tour was outstanding. The mix of free time and guided tours was perfect. We saw a true mud of history, music, art that really helped me get an understanding of both Czechia and Hungary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera concert at the Prague Opera house? The cooking class in Budapest? The majesty of Prague Castle? So many choices…"

Robert

Tour: 09/10/23

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour immensely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would say the cooking class and the tour of the opera house and the boat excursion."

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."

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."

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."

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. "

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."

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."

Scott

Tour: 09/03/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour (Paris & Rome previously) and another exceptional experience! It is, without a doubt, the best travel experience due to the knowledge provided, the relationship with the guides, and the itinerary planned that allows the maximun time to explore the locations balanced with an appropriate amount of free time to sightsee on your own or rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The favorite 'wow' moments overal were hearing the stories of our guides and their lives in their countries especially living under communisism. History is so much deeper & richer hearing the experiences of people on an individual level. The Prague highlight or 'wow' moment was the architecture of the builings. The Budapest 'wow' moment was the evening cruise on the Danube viewing the stunning buildings lit up and glowing along the banks of the river. "

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! "

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 "

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. "

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. "

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. "

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. "

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

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."

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."

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."

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"

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. "

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."

Megan

Tour: 05/21/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

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."

Michael

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour guides. Hotels were average

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 !!!"

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."

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!!!"

Taylor

Tour: 05/07/23

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera show in Prague."

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!"

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. "

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."

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."

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. "

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 "

Jonathan

Tour: 10/02/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had an excellent journey with outstanding guides.

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)"

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."

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 "

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!"

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!"

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. "

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! "

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!"

Elizabeth Anne

Tour: 09/11/22

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed seeing Eastern Europe. it was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jewish Ghetto. "

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."

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."

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."

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"

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. "

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!"

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.