• 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 $2,195 per person + air

Optional Single Supplement $575

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

Dates & Prices

2018

What's Included

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Prague and Budapest come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 21 group sightseeing events • Prague Castle Orchestra performance • Prague Castle • St. Vitus Cathedral • St. George's Basilica (when available) • Old Town orientation walk • Municipal House • Mucha Museum • Jewish Museum in Prague pass • Spanish Synagogue • Josefov neighborhood Jewish Quarter walking tour • Velvet Revolution walking tour • 3-day Prague transportation pass • Cultural performance • Buda Castle district and Matthias Church • Pest walking tour • Great Market Hall • Hungarian cooking class • Hungarian State Opera House • Heroes Square walking tour • Danube cruise • 3-day Budapest transportation pass…and more
  • All group transportation from Prague to Budapest
  • 7 nights' accommodations (4- and 3-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2018
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour

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

Itinerary

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

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. Sleep in Prague (4 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Prague of Kings and Nobles

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

Day 3: Jewish and Art Nouveau Prague

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

Day 4: Revolutionary Prague

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

Day 5: On to Budapest

This morning we'll board our coach for the drive to Budapest. En route we'll pass through the rolling hills of ancient Moravia and modern Slovakia, catching our first glimpse of the wide, blue Danube as we approach the capital city that straddles both banks of the river. Upon arrival this afternoon, we'll meet with a local guide for a tour of Pest, the larger, more sprawling half of the city. There we'll crane our necks beside Europe's largest, most ornate parliament building to learn how Hungarians coped with half a century of fascist and communist tyranny. And 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. Sleep in Budapest (3 nights). Bus: 7 hours. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: Bustling Budapest

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

Day 7: Elegance of Empire

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

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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

Jolene

Arvada, CO

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

VERY PLEASED! Each day was filled with fun & adventure! There was so much to see & experience in a short time but was well done by all. Prague-very quaint hotel, local food and culture was great experience, surprised how early everything closes. Budapest-a city with a positive vibe! Endless restaurants & entertainment. Hotel- a little too commercial with paper thin walls.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague- the 'personal' concert was spectacular. In Budapest -loved the cooking class & the nice touch of including the cookbook!"

Ronald

Las Vegas, NV

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guides were great and I felt like I really experienced Prague and Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Cultural events in Prague"

Juanita

Stillwater, MN

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great time. Peter is excellent at this job. He is very knowledge, patient and very personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think just gaining the understanding the effects of communism on each of the cities/countries we visited was a big "wow" moment. Talking with Peter, Monika (his observer) and Jana, our local guide in Prague gave us incredible insights. And of course learning about the history was wonderful too."

Patricia

Mount Laurel, NJ

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a little reservation about taking a week-long guided tour because I wasn't sure I would enjoy being part of a larger group with a planned schedule, but I came with and open mind. I found that (for the most part) the group dynamic really enhanced and improved my experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the cooking group in Budapest! There is definitely something special about the shared experience of preparing and enjoying a meal that bring s people together!"

Renee

Lakeside, AZ

Tour: 10/22/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Although this was the shortest Rick Steve's tour that I have ever gone on, I enjoyed it every bit as much as all the others. I think the time in Prague was appropriate, even though I was worried that we would not have enough time in Budapest. Not so. We got a very good feel for both cities. Our guide in Prague was Jana, and she was absolutely amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge was astounding. Hang onto that guide! The communist history of that country just blew me away.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It sounds so trivial, but, I loved it when Peter just gave us directions and made us ride the subway by ourselves! Also, those Hot Mineral Baths in Budapest were just a trip!! Peter left us at the entrance and told us what to do. He made it sound so easy. Once we got in there, the English stopped, some of the lockers had already been taken, and to try to figure out in Hungarian what we were supposed to do was quite amusing. I simply loved those baths, they were not a "touristy" thing."

Jeffrey

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Thanks to Jana, this trip became much more than just a trip to see Central Europe. I learned so much about the people, culture and history because she not only gave us the usual overviews, but made it much more personal and real by relating experiences of her own and her family. I came away with great memories and also some understanding and a strong interest to learn more -- which is why I am now reading a book about the country that she recommended! Outstanding trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many, but probably the most memorable was cooking class in Budapest. Really a fun time and a great way to make eating lunch into so much more than just eating."

Michael

Arlington, VA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Tour guides were extremely enthusiastic, dedicated to member interests, and knowledgeable. Both Jana and George catered to our every need and deserved to be rated as outstanding. There were so many small touches that made this tour special. I loved Jana's guidance through Prague Castle, the surprise personal opera, George's march through Budapest, and our special opera tour. My only grief was the politics pursued by some of my fellow tour members which detracted from nonpolitical events.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The coffee and chocolate desert near the Hungarian Heroes Park was extraordinary. Additionally I will never forget the wonderful squares in Prague and standing at the actual location of the defenestration of Prague. The cooking class was also a delight."

David

St Albert, AB

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Enjoyed every aspect of the tour. No complaints at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Musical guests, folk and opera, were amazingly good - really created special private events for us. The cooking class was a lot of fun - thanks to our amiable hosts."

Cynthia

Hampshire, IL

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved this tour! The cities were beautiful, the guides were so informative, the sites we visited were interesting, fun and/or amazing. And as always the other tour members made this experience better than any other vacation. I want to reinforce the suggestion to arrive to your destination well in advance of the meeting time - because we missed our connecting flight by 20 minutes, we missed a whole day of the tour. :(

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our morning tour took us up to the castle grounds on the Buda side of Budapest. Heavy fog limited our views and made us feel damp and chilled. At least until we arrived at the overlook outside of St. Matthias Church - looking down upon the Danube and Pest blanketed in fog with peeks of steeples and bridges was amazing! Definitely a Wow moment! As for Prague, an incredible banana cinnamon hot chocolate was unforgettable!"

Michael

Iowa City, IA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Travel enriches us all. Guided travel further enriches the experience ... it certainly did for me. Thank you to Jana and the other expert guides (Jana II and George) who showed the way in Prague and Budapest! This was my first group travel adventure after years of traveling with Rick Steves travel books firmly in hand. Now I can enthusiastically endorse Rick Steves Tours as the way to go for those who wish to experience these two magnificent cities in deeper, more meaningful ways.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count but if I had to choose just one, maybe it was the misty, magical view of Budapest we happened to get while peering over the ancient wall near Matthias Church. Towering steeples rising from the intense morning fog, the River Danube flowing gently below. Simply magnificent!"

Christopher

O Fallon, IL

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a fabulous trip! Jana the lead tour guide set the tone from the welcome day to the farewell dinner. It was superb! I am so pleased with what we saw, learned and experienced. The other tour guides were awesome too. They were all perfect for their roles.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many "wow" moments. The Hungarian Parliament Building lit up on the Danube River cruise. Really enjoyed the two Prague troubadours who sang and played their instruments. Recognized them from the Rick Steve's DVD. The Prague Castle too."

Cricket

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wish Jana were my next door neighbor. She was attentive to each and every member of the tour. She brought local treats every day. She was always willing to help with personal questions or needs. She asked to group to vote when there was a need to change plans. She is tops! I spent four days (prior to the tour of Prague) on my own. Then after the tour ended, in Budapest I spent another seven days seeing more of the city of Budapest (and getting great pictures)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The expensive restaurants - fancy food and beverages in elegant settings. I am not a "foodie" My favorite food is chocolate. Since some of the meals were included in the tour, I was able to experience a whole new life style"

Avis

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/15/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Prague/Budapest tour far exceeded my expectations. The tour guides were so knowledgeable and engaging that they were worth the entire cost of the tour. We have always traveled on our own so traveling in a group was a concern, but the group was made up of very interesting and fun people. The tour also provided a good deal of unscheduled time so there wasn't a sense of being "herded" around. The group got along very well which added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think the biggest impact of the tour for me was the living political history, provided for the most part by our guides. Their willingness to share personal experiences, especially of life under the Soviets, and World War history leading up to that, made me realize how recent and relevant are things that before the tour were faraway pieces of information in a book or newspaper. I had been prepared primarily for the physical beauty of the places (and the good Czech beer thanks to Rick S.)."

Kathy

York, PA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Was an exceptional trip of a fascinating and breathtakingly beautiful part of Europe. So much history here and the architecture Is stunning! We especially loved getting a real flavor of the culture through staying at local hotels, eating at neighborhood coffee houses and riding the local transportation,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We enjoyed two phenomenal concerts in Prague. One at the Clementinum Cathedral, Mirror Chapel. The Baroque music was fantastic and that combined with the absolute beauty of the chapel was beyond words! The other was a private concert just for our group of three musicians...two opera singers and a pianist performed at Klub Lavka. Exceptional! Also loved the Hungarian cooking class and thermal baths. Special experiences that were unique to the area."

Ann

Englewood, CO

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well organized with great tour guides.

Georgette

Whittier, CA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was my first group tour. The Rick Steves' philosophy of travel drew me in. As a solo traveler, I found our group to be welcoming. I was delighted that Peter was our guide and local guide for Budapest. He was Great as our overall guide and an Amazing local guide for Budapest. I have had the opportunity to hire excellent guides in the past and Peter is now included in this group. His passion for Budapest could be felt by the whole group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "Wow" moment was our cooking class in Hungary. I was able to make a wonderful cherry soup, just like my Grandmother. Our whole meal was a wonderful opportunity to relive a piece of my childhood."

Barbara

Livermore, CA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

The tour was well paced with a good balance of activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was not expecting the night river cruise of Budapest to be so beautiful, especially the dramatically lit Parliament."

David

York, PA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour exceeded our expectations. It provided excellent education and established a level of comfort with each city that was unexpected since I am not a city person. I liked having free time to explore on our own rather than being tied to a schedule all of the time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The personal concert that was provided in Prague was fantastic and the night lights of Budapest as seen from the Danube River was a memorable evening."

Karen

Kennesaw, GA

Tour: 10/08/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved it! The cities we saw- the activities-the guide-and the people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private concert in Prague (at the museum) hearing that gorgeous music as the sunset on the incredible view of the Charles river bridge. Will never forget that!"

Judy

Brookings, SD

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great trip directed by a fun and knowledgable guide! Nice balance between planned activities and free time. Cooking class and private concerts added variety. Fellow travelers were fun and interesting. Not a complainer in the group!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the night cruise on the Danube in Budapest although getting lost on the winding streets in Prague was memorable too."

Patricia

Castro Valley, CA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From our first meeting in Prague, Katerina made us feel like old friends. She was warm, caring and professional. She set the mood for everyone to feel comfortable. All guides were a wealth of information on the history and culture of both Czech Republic and Hungary. Mix of formal tours and "down time" was good. But we could have had another day in Budapest...felt a little rushed. Partly due to our drive from Prague being way longer than expected...road construction?

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the Danube cruise, Hungarian cooking class, and visiting the ruin pubs in Pest. Altogether it was a great experience."

Diane

Wilmington, NC

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was fabulous! The whole trip went very well, and exceeded my expectations in many regards. Our walking tours hit all the highlights I wanted, the introduction to the public transit systems had us riding around like the locals, and our guide Katka's attention to details made the whole trip run smoothly. We traveled with our two daughters, 25 and 28, and they fit into the group wonderfully. Couldn't have picked a nicer group of people to travel with! We fell in love with Prague!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"St. Vitus Cathedral. Absolutely stunning architecture inside that made me stand there with my mouth hanging open. Actually I had the same reaction in just about every church and or synagogue we went into . The Spanish Synagogue was breathtaking as well."

Rhonda

Fredericton, NB

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a better experience! We were amazed att the attention to detail that was provided in this tour. From frequent updates, scheduled events, extensive lists of activities for leisure time and arrangements for airport transportation, it was exceptional! Katka was an incredible guide who was informative, approachable, flexible and thorough throughout the entire tour. It is quickly apparent that she loves what she does, and is well versed in the history of both cities

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many incredible moments but likely the private concert by members of the Prague opera was the highlight"

Barry

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide Katka, was amazingly wonderful. She went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed. Katka has a fantastic grip on history and brought everything to life in a way that made our visit unforgetable. She was, for me, the high light of the trip. Our overall experience was really good. I want to go on another Rick Steves trip to Spain and Portugal next year. Thanks for the great time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, the food and music was the best. The private opera performance was just wonderful."

Ann

Lafayette, LA

Tour: 10/01/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide, Katka, was beyond excellent! Her stories of growing up under Communism and of her family, then and now, added wonderful personal, historical and cultural insight. Great city guides added depth. Our group was delightful! Even at 25 or so people, we moved about briskly and did not seem to encumber ourselves or others. Good balance of structure versus free time. Generally, I'm an independent traveler, but am so happy to have chosen this tour. Won't be my last!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish Quarter in Prague was important to see. The city is beautiful. I particularly enjoyed the Art Nouveau architecture and art. Budapest has stunningly beautiful architecture. Greatly enjoyed visiting the Opera House and St. Stephen's. Lovely to see The Parliament Building and others awash in light at night on the Danube cruise."

Richard

Mariposa, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

On our first RS tour, I appreciated the obvious Rick Steves organization and attention to detail. Our fellow group members were fun and respectful. Excellent choices of what to see and where to go in both Prague and Budapest. We were the oldest on the tour (69) and the walking was definitely strenuous but not overwhelming. Could have you used baths instead of showers to soak our weary legs! The tour-provided meals were only mediocre. RS let us maximize our 7 days in these two cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the two very different evening musical experiences, both in Prague. Our first night after dinner in a quaint restaurant, we were treated to a Bohemian and Moravian folk music duo who sang and played flute and accordion. Fabulous! We also loved the opera performance - two singers and a pianist - provided for just our group, too. Definitely unanticipated highlights! Our tour guide Jana recommended Café Louvre in Prague and we ate there 3 evenings - ambience and quality!"

Peggy

Mariposa, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The guides make the tour. Jana and Monika were extraordinary informational cultural guides. Give them a raise! So glad, Mitch was there from the home office. He was a wealth of information, too. Organization was obvious as everything was well thought out and went smoothly. The daily tours were a good balance of history, art, music. I am an art history buff so I was especially interested in the art nouveau sites. I like the way free time is incorporated into each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two after dinner music performances Jana provided in Prague were the highlights for me. The folkloric duo the first night and then the operatic duo the last night in Prague were fabulous performances -- very different kind of music but very entertaining."

Susan

San Rafael, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a wonderful time on our first tour. Our guide, Jana was the best. She went above and beyond to accomodate our dietary needs, and the extras she provided were wonderful. The other members of our tour group were all terrific people. Interesting to talk to and ever so helpful. The hotels we stayed in were very comfortable and the locations were excellent. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and very entertaining.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was visiting the Jewish Quarter in Prague. I have visited other Holocaust sites before and each time the enormity of it is overwhelming."

Jeffrey

Corbett, OR

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a very memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I saw the Parliament Building in Budapest. I was surprised at how small the two countries are."

Ada

Livermore, CA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour gave me a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty and rich culture of Prague and Budapest. I got a tour as advertised and so much more. Great guides, excellent service at the hotels, and overall, a truly memorable vacation. Definitely will be doing another Rick Steves Tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are too many to mention. Cruising the Danube at night was very magical specially seeing all the buildings on the banks so nicely lit. Old Town Prague is an architectural treasure to behold. Truly loved the mini-opera concert in Prague arranged by our tour guide. What a wonderful way to experience art."

Edna

Plano, TX

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was a fantastic tour guide very knowledgeable and fun Mitch even took a few of us during our free time on a walking tour We also had a great group of people everybody loved hanging out with each other even during the free time sharing more meals together and lots of laughs

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera show we saw was amazing"

Caren

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I very much enjoyed the Prague and Budapest tour! Dividing the tour into sections of the city gave us an opportunity to get a real feel of Prague! Budapest was an easier city to get around in! The tour was very well organized and Jana and Mitch did a great job! I will be taking more tours because I was very impressed with the experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was watching the clock chime on the square! The history of how it was built so many years ago was mind blowing!!"

David

Marietta, GA

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

To be brief and concise... The tour guides were excellent, the trip was well organized, the group was filled with wonderful people and the accommodations were good. We loved it. We would do it again!! Thank you to the whole Rick Steves organization...

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When Jana - our guide - walked us to the medical clinic, stayed to translate and hung around until we were done. With a smile!!"

Joan

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip! The highlights in both cities that were covered. The tour guides were great. Jana was exceptional and we really enjoyed her. The entertainment that was provided (the band at the restaurant and the opera singers after our last meal in Prague were fantastic). The cooking school experience in Budapest was very well done. The ratio of free time and group time was perfect. The final night restaurant in Budapest that Jana took us to was excellent. Great to have Mitch along!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The final night dinner in Prague with the Opera singers performance after."

Ronald

Saskatoon, SK

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS Tour and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide was awesome organised and reactive to us and our surroundings she never missed a beat. The hotels were clean and comfortable as always. The tours were informative and the local guides were fantastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jana offered to take any volunteers to a ruins bar in Budapest who knew there was such a place. The offer was totally unexpected and was well worth it."

Kathy

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After having taken many international trips custom-made for my family, I was surprised how well the RS program matched my personal preferences. Wonderful, intelligent guides, educational daily excursions, yet enough free time on our own to explore. While this was our first RS trip and we took it only because we won the trip at a benefit, I see us taking more RS trips in the future. They won us over.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our Czech guide, Jana, was the perfect tour guide for us."

Toni

Royal Oak, MI

Tour: 09/24/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague and Budapest have long been on my list of travel destinations and seeing while on a Rick Steves tour was more than wonderful. Once again, I was with a great group of people from all parts of the US and Canada. Jana, our tour guide, and Mitch, the tour assistant, were both outstanding. We had such a smooth trip; they thought of everything! I can't say enough about my tour experiences, and this was another memorable experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It's a tie between walking the Charles Bridge at night - the statues are lit and much less crowded and seeing St Vitus cathedral and the palace grounds."

Jane

Ocoee, FL

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Pros: a good value, efficient, covers a lot of sites, and provides the opportunity to visit places that might have been hard to access otherwise. Really enjoyed the meals! Cons: the format of the tour lacks the flexibility to adapt to changing weather/interests/local activities that were impromptu. It often felt rushed, and though you can go back on your own later in the day, you may be too tired from the fast pace to do so!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was seeing the Budapest castle hill area; it is very lovely and has a quiet feel that was welcomed after walking city streets for days."

Dianne

Decatur, GA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were introduced to the highlights of history, culture, food, architecture and much more in Prague and Budapest by a knowledgeable, well-organized, enthusiastic, energetic and caring local guide. Our itenerary was packed and it gave us a good balance of breadth and depth. This was our third Rick Steves'tour and we experienced the same high quality of all details on this as the previous (Best of Italy and Best of Paris).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had so many "wows" but the river cruise on the Danube in Budapest with all the illuminated grand buildings was the most dazzling."

Susan

Phoenix, AZ

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found this to be a great tour. Well organised, plenty of free time, moved a good pace, learned a lot, great restaurants, enjoyable evening activities. Did not want to miss anything. Esther was always available, veryvinformative, very up best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Music event at the castle in Prague and also the black theatre."

Katherine

Newcastle, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time exploring two beautiful cities. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't choose any single moment. The whole experience was new and different."

Janine

Montgomery, TX

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Eszter is excellent. We really enjoyed the tour, very different than our previous first experience with Belgium and The Netherlands. I appreciate the nuanced personal viewpoint of our guide, Eszter being the local guide for Budapest and Jana was also great in Prague. The locations we are able to visit do not change regardless of tour, no tour, etc. What I really appreciate is the knowledge and character of our guides as well as the opportunity to share the experience with new friends.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Without question-cruise on The Danube. Enhanced by Eszter being our personal guide for it."

Karen

Clarence Center, NY

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My husband & I typically travel independently. This was our first group tour and I thought it was the perfect blend of guided experiences and time on our own to pursue our interests. Eszter's knowledge and experience made the tour fun and informative. The tour also provided experiences that I would not have done on my own (e.g. black light theater,cooking class) that helped me gain a better appreciation for the culture. Our fellow travelers were outstanding and really added to the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was wowed by the architecture! It almost seemed like no matter which direction I turned, there was some fabulous building or aspect of a building to capture my attention."

Michael

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized, efficient and interesting. A good value.

Janice

Everett, WA

Tour: 09/17/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was wonderful. Everything was well organized, the hotels were 1st class and clean with attentive staffs. Our tour guide, Ezster, was delightful, kept us moving, had great stories to tell, was caring, helped out individuals when necessary and was just so upbeat and positive ALL THE TIME.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the evening boat trip on the Danube, with all the lights and being able to see the beauty from another perspective."

Mary

River Forest, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had the best tour guide! He made the tours not only of the bldgs. and monuments but we always got a flavor of the people that lived in each place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"there were lots of wow moments."

David

River Forest, IL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our third RS tour and it was, as usual, outstanding. We particularly enjoy the emphasis on getting to know the local people and their culture etc. rather than the formulaic "tourist" experience. Our tour group members are always both interested and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honza's sharing of culture, history and architecture, in particular the walking tour of Wenceslas Square and his family's role in the fateful events of the 20th century (his grandmother watching the announcement creating Czechoslovakia in 1918, his aunt witnessing the Nazi occupation and his/his sister's marching during the Velvet Revolution), was a moving tribute to courage and a people's need for self-determination."

Susan

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide was very professional and possessed a wealth of knowledge about the areas we toured in Prague and Budapest. He interjected interesting historical tidbits pertaining to the countries, which made for a lasting impression. He was courteous and thoughtful throughout the trip. - We had a separate local guide while touring the Jewish Old Town, and she did an excellent job as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Attending the symphony and the evening cruise down the Danube."

Berta

San Jose, CA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Honsa was extremely knowledgeable and easily took over the local tour guide job when he went to the hospital. We learned a lot about the history! Very interesting. Tour guide needs to slow down with walking which he did after the first day. Most of us had a hard time standing and listening for long periods of time. Our talks need to be shorter with more frequent stops. Long standing talks were bare on our feet and backs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the city at night on the boat tour."

Kay

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 2 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much and was pleased to find only 3 other travelers from Edmonds. I was disappointed to find the tour almost exclusively geared to couples. I was mostly left to find couples that I could partner with for navigation within the cities. Perhaps that was my fault for preconceived notions of group travel. The group was very inclusive when I made the effort.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two best moments of the overall tour was the Hungarian cooking class and the evening cruise on the Daube."

Betty

Kirkland, WA

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, Honza was outstanding. Our assistant tour guide Jana was also outstanding. I think there is too much free time in the tour. I would add a tour of the Strahov Library. Only tours can actually go inside the library.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really liked the evening at the Prague Symphony Orchestra. We had excellent seats."

Thomas

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Honza Vihan is one of the most inspiring people I have met. The tour used time we would not have if we were on our own (as we usually have been). Excellent choice of meals when provided to us. Excellent choice of restaurants. The hotels were excellent. The level of activity was strenuous, but Honza spaced activity out enough that we all could do it. Interlace with it all were memorable stories, quotes from books. Honza never sounded academic. Honza was easy to understand-perfect English

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honza leading us on the march that began the Czech revolution. Providing us background on the beginnings of communist resistance ... galvanizing events that began the ending of communist rule. We were on the march that was trapped by the police. We were on Wenceslas Square as the crowds grew day by day. We hear Havel speak. We will never forget that day."

Margaret

Vero Beach, FL

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I cannot say enough good about my tour experience with Honza Vihan. He was totally prepared and confident, always inspiring us with interesting information and stories in his down to earth manner. Our hotels and meals were excellent. The history and each city came alive with his impeccable English and humor. Having said this is a strenuous tour, all were able to succeed. The plan of activities gave us time to enjoy the other tour participants and be ready to continue each time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning about the march that began the Czech revolution, then being on the march ourselves made the history very real. I could remember what my family and I were experiencing at the time and was very interested that Honza and his sister and his parents of course were participants. He gave us background information about the beginnings of communist resistance and how it kept growing. We experienced the trapped feeling in the square. The orchestra with Pinchas Zuekerman and Sheharazod also!"

Jacce

Honolulu, HI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall the tour experience was very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our last day in Prague when our tour guide took us on a tour that focused on the Velvet Revolution; his perspective, firsthand accounts, and insight made the day truly memorable. The tour of the Municipal House and the subsequent performance of the Prague Symphony Orchestra were highlights as well."

Margaret

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The tour is a great mixture of city, park, art and history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honza's walking us through the Velvet Revolution, and his walk up to Wenceslaus Square. Honza is a born story-teller and his accounts of these events were riveting."

Rosanne

Hackettstown, NJ

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our tour guide, Honza, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and every day was a history lesson. I enjoyed the free time to explore the area and could have used more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I did not have one wow moment but enjoyed many wow moments."

Carl

Northfield, MN

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All facets of the tour exceeded my expectations. The hotels, meals, tourist experiences were all better than I had hoped for. I have been an international airline pilot for over 30 years (now retired) and pretty comfortable with individual travel and decision-making. This tour really enlightened me about what could be experienced with a very well planned and operated group tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide, Honza, was a young student in Prague during the "velvet revolution" of 1989. One of our walking tours was his account of the night march and demonstration he participated in during that historic period. It was just astonishing to hear him bring the history to life, based on his actual participation."

Paul

Whitewater, WI

Tour: 09/10/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was one of the two best of our eight Rick Steves tours. Aside from the beauty and histories of Prague and Budapest, Honza made this a special tour. His lectures were among the best I have ever attended and his intense interest and passion infused the entire eight days. We tagged this tour onto another preceding and it worked out wonderfully.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the season opening of the Prague Symphony with Pinkas Zukerman in Prague's Symphony Hall was a delight beyond measure. To know that music of this world class orchestra is available to average citizens at relatively low cost is amazing. A second wow moment was Honza's lecture/recreation of the Velvet Revolution. A third wow was the energy and vitality of Budapest - still rebuilding and beautiful."

Janet

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves Tour and it was a great experience. We liked having all the excursions included, as other tours we have been on, we paid extra for some excursions. Also having tips included was easier than figuring out tips for all guides and drivers. The tour was well organized and we saw many sights and learned a lot!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably learning what life was like under communism from those who had experienced it firsthand."

Antoinette

Brooklyn, NY

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was amazing - Thanks to our tour guide Katerina and our group. I enjoyed touring Prague with its beautiful architecture and charm. Budapest surprised me how beautiful it was during the day and at night taking the river cruise. I wish I could have had more time to explore each city a little more.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The shot of Becherovka. That set the tone for the rest of the trip. There were many moments - Concert at Klementinum Mirror Chapel in Prague was memorable for me. Learning about the history and the cobblestoned streets and views of Prague. Budapest's pristine city views, wonderful food and thermal spas."

Shelley

Shawnee, KS

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Katarina was fabulous! The tour group was very good. I enjoyed the variety of guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jewish synagogue with all the hand lettered names"

Patricia

Fort Wayne, IN

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I really loved this tour. First, these countries are so interesting because of their complicated histories with cycles of repression and independence/democracy. I felt that our guides, especially Katia, really helped us to know and understand this history. Both cities were very beautiful and easy to get around. Each of our hotels was lovely. I had a wonderful experience and have no complaints!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the fact that there were so many opportunities to enjoy wonderful music in Prague. That was amazing."

Lisa

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well planned and executed. Katerina was an excellent guide who was very organized, knowledgeable, and helpful. She explained our upcoming activities well. She did a good job keeping us all together on public transportation, and while walking. Her love of Prague and the Czech Republic came through in all she said and did. She was sweet to go above and beyond with extra treats (ie: apples, chocolate).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Old City Square in Prague. So beautiful and old with such amazing buildings. Beautiful cobbled square with no cars."

Wendy

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was my first european trip and tour. It exceeded my expectations. It was very organized and the places we went were exceptional . The tour guide was very knowledgeable,friendly with great leadership skills,

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment was walking over the Charles bridge and cobblestone streets,the sheer beauty of Prague and Budapest."

Karen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the tour was excellent. I wish we had seen more museums especially at the Prague Castle. In Budapest, I would have liked to see museums. I wished a tour of the Parliament building was included. The tour of the palace in Budapest was disappointing; it was mostly walking and we didn't have time to wander the church or take pictures from the hill. On the other hand, I loved the cooking class.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the outside of the Parliament building in Budapest. Highlights include cooking class in Budapest, Danube River cruise in the evening, Mucha museum in Prague."

Sharon

Hayward, CA

Tour: 09/03/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was a very good tour for us as we have not been tour people (have preferred to use RS books on our own). We enjoyed the independent time along with the planned activities. We felt like we did experience some things that we wouldn't have on our own, and it was nice to not have to plan the details of our entire vacation. It was what we had expected and hoped for. Katarina was great and some of the activities which we would never have done on our own were a wonderful bonus.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Some of the little surprises that Katharina set up for us, including the special crepes and chocolate at the fancy coffee house in Budapest and the openface sandwiches on our walk through the park. We really enjoyed the cooking school but unfortunately we were rushed through the process as we were delayed getting there. Would have been nice to spent a little more time with those folks."

Deborah

Greensboro, NC

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the structure of the tour ... guided tours in the morning, lots of free time in the afternoon, and varied and interesting things to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the opportunity to cook Hungarian dishes. Loved the boat ride on the Danube. Loved the Outdoor/Indoor Baths."

Karen

Millersville, MD

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour and first trip to Eastern Europe. I really enjoyed the mix of excursions and free time. The guide and local guides were excellent!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was really moved by learning of the experiences of our local guides during the communist era. When Sarka talked about her parents hiding money in her toys on the few occasions when they were allowed to travel, it gave me a deeper appreciation of my freedom."

Jordan

Plano, TX

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had another amazing week in Europe thanks to Rick Steves. The tour was well organized with absolutely no hiccups. The local guides in Prague were especially good, and I enjoyed hearing about their lives during communism. The hotels were very clean and comfortable, and the meals were generous and delicious.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The views we experienced on the Danube cruise in Budapest were spectacular. The cooking class was really fun, too bad it was only an hour and a half!"

Eddie

Rogers, AR

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. Having been on other tours with other companies that were structured, sometimes overly so, I felt this tour was a great mix of structured time with the group as well as free time. Really felt like I was given time to explore the city and carve out my own things to do after hearing from the local guides about the cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night cruise on the river in Budapest was amazing!"

Norma

Houston, TX

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Etelka, our guide was terrific! Handled everything beautifully and calmly. All our needs were taken care of. Our local guides Misha and Sharks and the professor in Budapest were also above and beyond. They gave personal, heartfelt Stories that enhanced the history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest at night on the Danube river ride. Stunning!"

Roy

Ann Arbor, MI

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well planned, well lead and the quizzes were excellent. Sarka was informative friendly and enthusiastic. S he presented an interesting perspective on Prague and growing up under communism. Ellemer in Budapest was knowledgeable and appropriately cynical as our Hungarian guide. Etelka was delightful, enthusiastic and incredibly helpful. My wife and I have traveled a lot and felt this was our best trip!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish quarter of Prague stood out for me."

Michael

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The organization and attention to detail by the entire Rick Steves' team makes traveling easy. The less I have to worry about logistics, the more I can enjoy my trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was very moved during our tour of the Josefov Neighborhood in Prague."

Katherine

Olympia, WA

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband Michael and I had a great time! What I most enjoyed were big monuments like the Prague Castle, the Jewish quarter, Budapest's Castle hill, etc. The river cruise in Budapest was very nice. I LOVED the cooking class!! This is our third RS tour and never before has there been a cooking class. I love food and cooking, so this was very enjoyable to me!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, my wow moment came when my husband and I ate dinner at Klub Arkitechture in Prague (I believe it's mentioned in the guide book). My heritage is Czech and I have wonderful childhood memories with my parents, eating authentic Czech food. The restaurant's roast duck, bread dumplings, and sweat cabbage were amazing. As I also said, I loved the cooking class in Budapest!"

George

Arlington Heights, IL

Tour: 08/27/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves' tour and we will definitely return.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night group dinner in Prague at Vysoky Dum with Castle Musician serenade also the Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest."

Gregory

Canfield, OH

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This is our fourth trip to Europe and our first Rick Steves' tour. Amazing is how I would describe the experience. Jana was excellent and provided us with a lot of history and local perspective. My wife and I learned much more than if we had only read the tour books. We loved the small groups, the excellent location for the hotels, and the experience. I would definitely go on another Rick Steves' tour in the future.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wows" on this tour. In prague, I would say the private concert was a wow moment. The baritone singer was a guy we had seen on billboards in prague and to see him perform in such a small setting was unbelievable. In Budapest, the wow would be the cooking class. That class was so much fun!"

Nanci

Charleston, IL

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's impossible to list all of the great things about this tour. First and foremost was our tour guide, Jana! Our accommodations were very comfortable and the arranged food was great. I really enjoyed having free time to try out my newly learned navigation skills. Our guest guides had an overwhelming knowledge of the areas we toured together.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The setting for our evening of special opera music in Prague was amazing. The cooking class was also great. This activity could be used for team building earlier in our tour to get people better acquainted. ADDITIONAL COMMENT FOR #16 - We had great families on our tour but it didn't seem like the parents got to socialize much which is a loss for the group and awkward in small groups."

Jeanette

Victoria, TX

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Information before the trip was very useful. Guide books were great. Tour was well organize. Jana. And other tour guides were awesome. Wonderful trip with a lot of memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private Opera"

Peggy

Orlando, FL

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "Wow" moments. I loved the private concert we had in Prague, the cooking class in Budapest, the evening cruise on the Danube. The private tour of the Jewish section of Prague was extremely educational."

Hank

Charleston, IL

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our guide, Jana, went the extra mile to ensure all went well and special needs were met. The auxiliary guides in Prague and Budapest were knowledge, friendly, and very entertaining. Since the Euro was not the local currency it was very helpful to get guidance about amount of local currency to obtain and guidance about "legitimate" places to obtain local currency. Hotels were comfortable and located in great locations-very convenient for free time exploration. Another quality Rick Steves tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View from our hotel across the Charles Bridge to the Prague castle, special lunch arranged by our tour guide where we grilled our own lunch, the meal we fixed for ourselves in Budapest, and the evening Budapest river cruise."

Susana

Milltown, NJ

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our tour guide, JANA, was very good as were the local tour guides, Jana and Elemer. Budapest was beautiful, but I thought Elemer focused too much on architecture - but then I read architecture was his forte - so that was ok. Tour group was good, nice mix, and food was good too. There was the perfect mix of scheduled tours and time on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow, for me, was on my own. My husband went for a jog very early in the morning and I went for a walk over the Charles Bridge. I was basically alone on the bridge with the sun rising. It was magical. The location of the hotel made that possible -- so THANK YOU."

Danielle

Plainsboro, NJ

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another lovely experience with the Rick Steves family! (Our third tour) Thoughtful and thought-provoking town tours, interesting and off-the-beaten track "extracurricular" activities, and congenial and interesting fellow travelers. As always, a nice blend of "togetherness" and free time, allowing for everyone to personalize their experience. Plenty of guidance on ways to spend our free time, and sufficient orientation to manage our plans.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say it was our concert in the Bedrich Smetana museum, watching the sun set over Prague Castle as we listened to the lovely singers of the Czech National Opera singing their native Czech opera and song repertoire. A close second would be the mini concert by members of the Prague Castle Orchestra as we dined on Czech goulash and quaffed Becherovka!"

Michael

Plainsboro, NJ

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my third RS tour and, as usual, it turned out to be a wonderful experience in every respect. Seeing the beautiful sights, meeting and interacting with lots of new friendly faces (fellow tourists, guides, and locals) and learning a lot about these fascinating places and the people and their culture was enlightening, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable. I credit Rick Steves and his fabulous team for putting in the time and thought to develop this great tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved having the Prague Castle orchestra members entertain at our dinner one night! What a moving and delightful performance they gave. I also loved having a private concert after our last night dinner in Prague. To be in Smetana museum, hearing a lovely Czech soprano singing Dvorak was breathtaking. Everybody cried a little."

Eileen

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled quite a bit, but had never taken a tour before. We were pleasantly surprised at how well everything worked out. The people on the tour were all pleasant and our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Everything ran smoothly and we had many wonderful experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We saw so many beautiful things. I guess it was the first evening in Prague. It was a fun introduction and I was awed by most of what I saw."

Grace

Grand Rapids, MI

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steve's tour. It did not disappoint, Jana our main guide was awesome. she is very compassionate, approachable and knowledgeable. The total experience was so much immersive. We learned a lot of the 2 cities plus more. Of course, Jana form slovakia and Elemer were at par with Ms Jana. Great team.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For us Prague was veru unassuming and we were pleasantly surprised.Being able to walk around town and immerse in it was the wow moment."

Natalie M

Canfield, OH

Tour: 06/25/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my husband and I's first Rick Steeves' tour, and we didn't know what to expect. We enjoyed watching his show and listening to him on NPR, and we frequently used his guidebooks for our vacations. Let's just put it this way - the tour exceeded our expectations far and beyond what we had anticipated! Our tour guide, Jana, was warm and inviting and provided us with plenty of ideas to fill our free time. She also explained the history of the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Where do we begin!?!? We can't isolate our experience for one "wow" moment, because we have several. On our first evening in Prague with our Rick Steeves' group we were treated to a "private" traditional Czech band concert, which was a delight! We also had a private opera concert following dinner our final evening in Prague. We enjoyed the tour of the grand Opera House in Budapest. The Hungarian cooking class was also so fun, and probably one of our best meals! The Danube Cruise in Budapest!"

James

Alleyton, TX

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall I have to say that our tour experience exceeded my expectations. This was our first RS tour having traveled in Europe on our own in the past using RS methods and guidebooks. With that background "that we know how to do it," we could have never seen everything we saw on the tour nor known the history, nuances, and insights behind what we saw if it wasn't for our tour guides and the work they did in the background to make the tour seamless and pleasurable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A favorite "wow" moment, hmmm. Prague. Despite the crowds, Prague itself is special. There is so much to Prague, the old town, the Jewish Quarter, new town, Kafka, St. Vitus Cathedral, the Prague Castle complex .... I can see returning just to spend time here."

Michele

Reston, VA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour, but will not be my last. I had read the reviews about the people who are attracted to his tours, and it is very true that his tours attract like minded people who are eager to learn, and enjoy the tour experience. As a solo traveler, I never felt alone with such a fun, friendly group. Jana was an amazing tour guide. Fun, professional, friendly, knowledgeable, kind, helpful, and she genuinely cared about each individual!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first evening in Prague, the welcome dinner near the Charles bridge was a blast with fun local entertainment, and then seeing the beauty of the night lights on the bridge, castle, cathedral, and the town. Loved the sunset river cruise on the Danube in Budapest, the light show was spectacular on the Parliament buildings."

Terry

Palo Alto, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good. The two cities have done a great job of keeping up their historical infrastructure, which is quite spectacular. Enormous castles, beautiful cathedrals and opera houses, all blended in a broad appealing river. In each city, our lead guide was supplemented by well informed guides for each city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In our free time, we took a boat ride in Praha. We were able to get a nice overview of the city and a leisurely introduction to the major monuments."

Robert

Hanford, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent experience. Jana the guide was the best we have ever had. It felt more like a college lecture tour

Lisa

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a fantastic tour that covered all of the highlights of the history, music, art, culture and food of these two great cities. The balance between group activities and time to explore on our own was perfect. Our guide, Jana, was phenomenal and made the trip both fun and educational. I wish we could have spent a few extra days in each location!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Budapest, visiting the Szechenyi Baths was a unique and fun afternoon. The buildings and baths were beautiful and the experience felt exotic and different from anything I've encountered at home or elsewhere in my travels. In Prague, it was truly a "wow" moment to hear our guides Jana and Sarka give a very moving account of the Velvet Revolution and what it means to them and to the Czech people."

Julie

Magnolia, TX

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I had a wonderful experience on my tour. I have been a long time Rick Steves viewer and have used a guide book in the past but this was my first tour. The blend of cultural education and local experiences is exactly what I wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Jana and Sharka's openness in sharing their personal experiences growing up under the communist regime. Both ladies truly demonstrate their love of their freedom and appreciation for those that came before them."

James

Canton, OH

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour experience was magnificent. Jana was an excellent guide. She provided a well balanced overview of the sites we visited. My personal favorite part was the history of the cities we visited. Jana, Sharka, and George were all very knowledgeable guides. This was my second time to Europe and every new site or turn of a corner was astonishing. I was truly sad when it came to an end. The trip was well worth every penny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the Danube river cruise. The views were amazing. Although there were many "wow" moments."

Bj

Lexington, MA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. Thoughtfully organized, designed to give a taste of not only the "sights" but the history and culture as well. All of the tour guides were outstanding.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the lit Parliament Builing on the evening boat cruise on the Danube."

Rosanne

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/11/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was so well planned and organized. I especially appreciated the balance of group activities with personal time. I also appreciated how interesting the guides were.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning all that history!"

Susan Marie

Fort Myers, FL

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The first night in Prague George made sure that we oriented ourselves to key spots in the city so that it was easy for us to make good use of our free time. The next day he provided each of us with a 3 day ticket for public transportation and showed us how to use it, which was a huge step saver and allowed us to cover more ground in our sightseeing. The same was true in Budapest. The guides each day were extremely knowledgeable and kept things moving. There was ample free time to explore.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the cooking class in Budapest! As an avid home cook and baker, I looked forward to this activity and it did not disappoint. The instructors were very patient and it was a real team effort that produced a delicious Hungarian meal. I have to say that I also enjoyed the baths enormously. It was a tough choice."

Shari

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Budapest is lovely, tour guide great, food sensitive to my gluten issues, George very in tune with my gluten issues, thank you!, sights marvelous, bus ride seven hours with no air conditioning impossible!,venues for viewing terrific, parliament inside tour splendid, accomodations very good and central.

Marian

Walnut Creek, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Your tour guides make the tour, and somehow Rick Steves' tours attract great people. much better than some of the other tour companies, we always meld well

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The dinners arranged at the restaurant and private concerts"

Dale

Florence, MT

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. George did a great job coordinating and herding. A good combination of organized time and free time. The tours provided a good mix of things to see and the activities were fun and educational.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first sight of the Hungarian Parliament building from the Danube was very impressive. I enjoyed hearing about the experiences under communism."

Rhonda

Irvine, CA

Tour: 05/28/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Prague and Budapest tour exceeded all my expectations - from the quality and character of the group to the cities themselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't feel I experienced a "wow" moment...per say. Rather a deep "wow-like" heart appreciation of the Czech and Hungarian people and their journey to freedom."

Linda

El Sobrante, CA

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It's amazing how much one can see and learn about in only 8 days! The balance of both touring and time on our own to explore was perfect. Due to our fantastic guide, Honza, who lived so much of the history, the combination of his story and our personal experiences made this trip memorable. The group was congenial and spirited. The sites we explored were important and interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have two wow moments. The first was listening to Honza tell about his experiences in Prague while we retraced his steps. It was mesmerizing. The second was listening to Honza during the long drive to Budapest. His topics ranged from music to history to literature, and more! And, of course, the fascinating sights of Prague and Budapest were always present.The whole tour was a great sensory experience!"

Sharon

Danville, IN

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

You have a jewel in Honza! All the beautiful buildings just came alive with his great knowledge and history. It was a privilege to get to know him and learn from him. We had a great group to travel with throughout this experience. I enjoy finding out where others have traveled and their unique experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I was sucked into the whole experience learning about the history of Prague as well as Budapest. It was fascinating to walk the streets where the Velvet Revolution took place with Honza talking about his experiences as a little boy as well as his family. To top it off, we were privileged to get tickets for an opera in the National Theater. It was overwhelmingly beautiful and emotional for me. I still can't believe I was there!!!"

Barbara

Milwaukee, WI

Tour: 05/21/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent! Wonderful to see all the highlights of each city, and what a treat to have Honza's personal insight into the events of 1989 that changed Prague and the Czech Republic.

Shawna

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fifth RS tour and it was just as great as previous trips.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening cruise on Danube in Budapest. Eszter arranged for a small boat for just our group which was so nice. Loved last night dinner in apartment. Unique and delicious."

Patrick

Thousand Oaks, CA

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

City Tour of Prague and Budapest provided my wife and I with an abundance of information about two cities we were interested in seeing but didn't have a lot of knowledge. Our tour guide, Eszther, gave us seven days of information herself and through local guides, and made it a fun experience. She also did a wonderful job of working with each of us to address particular needs. Our hotels were centrally located so seeing sites on foot was very easy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many great moments but the most memorable was the night time boat trip on the Danube in Budapest. Absolutely spectacular!"

Martha

Colstrip, MT

Tour: 05/14/17

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed my visit to Prague and Budapest. I learned quite a bit about life under communism. I learned of the impotence of infrastructure to a community....i.e. Good bridges when you live along a river. The city guides (there were three) were exceptional on this tour. I especially appreciated how these two women and one man shared their town and their lives with our group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not a wow......but the stumble stones in the pavement in Prague and the shoes along the river in Budapest were such powerful memorials to those lost during the Holocaust.......unforgettable moments to me."

Julie

Matthews, NC

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience! Our tour guide Peter was excellent, as were the local guides, Martin in particular. Wonderful balance of planned/guided activities with free time. Wonderful suggestions for our free time and meals. Experienced things we would have missed on our own. Absolutely awe inspiring. We were fortunate to be with a wonderful group of people also.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many "wow" moments to name. Just the view across the river in each city, daytime and nighttime. The beautiful city views from the many tower vantage points. Learning first hand what life under communist occupation was like from people who experienced it. Just the entire trip!!"

Jeanne

Redmond, WA

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We found it to be an excellent value. The hotels were very nice and the restaurants and meals with local cuisine and ambience were terrific. The activities were a nice balance of historical and cultural experiences. If we had done this trip on our own, we would surely have missed out on interesting and important sites and activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The entire time in Prague was an extended "wow" moment. The old city is the most beautiful and enchanting city...on par with Venice. Everywhere we went and everything we saw and learned left me agog."

Janet

Skokie, IL

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great ion of tours and knowledgeable guides. We also had a group that was highly intellectual, a welcome relief.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish Quarter in Prague. We did spend an extra day looking at the sites that weren't covered."

Diana

Fort Worth, TX

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was interesting,well organized and the guide was excellent. We were unsure about going to this part of Europe but after this tour, we would definitely go back.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the beauty of Prague and finding that it was equally or more beautiful than other cities we had visited."

Edward

Huntington, UT

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very educational and enjoyable. The tour group was congenial, both diverse and unified. The director was always available and responsive, and it was nice to have real local expertise in both cities. Good balance of group activities and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many highlights."

Scott

Matthews, NC

Tour: 10/23/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an outstanding tour of both Prague and Budapest. Our tour leader Peter was outstanding in every way and made every effort to ensure that we had an excellent experience. The tour had the perfect balance of organized activities and free time. The local guides were incredible, especially Martin, whose descriptions of communism and the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust were compelling (although very sad). We were also blessed that we had a great group of people on this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basically, the whole trip was a WOW moment! To pick a few would include the walk across the Charles Bridge, climbing the many towers in both cities for incredible views, the discussions of communism and the events that ended communism, the cruse of the Danube and the fellowship we experienced at the group dinners. Also, a very emotional moment was the walk through the Pinkas Synagogue and seeing all the names of the Czech Jews sent away to concentration camps by the Nazis."

Kevin

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Once again, on our 4th RS city-tour (Paris, Rome, and Istanbul ), our high expectations were exceeded. . In addition to great information and experiences, we were well educated about life up until the 20th century and after the World Wars.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening concert at the Spanish synagogue in Prague, and the evening visit to the parliament building in Budapest. Not on the tour, but a guilty pleasure was the Apple museum in Prague- a treat for Apple/Steve Jobs fanboys!"

Veronica

Los Angeles, CA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our guide George Farkas was extraordinary. His knowledge, enthusiasm, caring and guidance was more that we could have ever expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening Danube boat ride in Budapest. All the golden buildings along the shore were magical!"

Mary Ellen

Orange, CA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

the guides were very knowledgeable the places visited were great. I have a much better appreciation of both cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The concert at the Spanish synagogue in Prague and the cooking class in Budapest."

Linda

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George and the other guides lived in the countries they discussed with us and were learned about the history, geography and art. The guided tours focused on the correct range of subjects, often interrelated, and gave us a basis for branching out in our free time. I liked the mix of religion, history, art, culture, markets, and local food. Each guide had lived under Communist rule and gave us the benefit of his or her first hand experiences. Each hotel provided excellent breakfasts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My wow moment was the Municipal Building in Prague, an amazing art deco, arts and crafts structure. Our guide for this visit knew the history of the movement and the artists. This is a beautiful building."

Sean

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really loved the tour. Each city was beautiful and fascinating. Our guides were fantastic! Hotels were great and perfectly located. Really like the walking/public transportation approach to getting around.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wenceslas Square in Prague as explained to us by Jana was the highlight of Prague for me. Loved the background about life under Communism and the Velvet Revolution. Budepest in general greatly exceeded my expectations, and George's descriptions of the 1956 uprising and the ultimate fall of Communism in Hungary were thrilling."

Frank

Cumming, GA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

Heavy on history ! I felt like I heard the same story over and over. I understand it is useful/necessary to get background on the environment, but not as if I was being lectured. I wanted more "lightness" and fun to the trip. I thought the trip was light on Hungary and heavy on Czech Republic. Just because more Czech buildings survived WW2 doesn't mean it deserved more time/emphasis. Granted, the tour leaders were knowledgable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I had no "Wow" moment to the tour."

Mark

Neenah, WI

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

First experience outside of the United States - so very comforting to have a guide-led tour Motivation was to visit our daughter during her overseas semester in Budapest Small tour group size (24) was perfect Wonderful people Definitely impressed with the Rick Steves program and guides - will aim for another tour after our offspring are out of college (so that we can afford another tour and so that they can join us)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Discovering 1000-year-old "Old Catholic" church just a block away from our hotel in Prague (don't see these every day in Wisconsin)"

Janel

Neenah, WI

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first travel to Europe. Rick Steve's tour support started before we left the States. We needed to learn how and what to pack, how to prepare for overseas flights and entry into another country. We also caught the excitement embedded in all of Rick Steve's resources as well as the amazing staff. We would definitely travel Rick Steve's again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day brought new sites, new histories, new perspectives. One specific Wow moment: in Budapest we finished our breakfast at the hotel, took a stroll outside intending to get a coffee and enjoy a park. There were barricades along the street. We crossed to the opposite side of street from the hotel. It was the start of a marathon. We watched the first wave of runners go past. As this happened an opera group standing on the front stairs of the Opera House sang the Hallelujah chorus. Amazing."

John

Rochester, MN

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maybe I remember this most because it was last, but after lots of amazing architecture, history (some new perspectives on the WWII and Soviet occupation), food, etc, we got to catch the Margaret Island musical fountain and light show. It was a nice relaxing moment, and in its way like seeing a good fireworks display."

Debra

South Pasadena, CA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was lovely. It was a very nice mix of planned events and free time. The hotels were very centrally located. The group dinners were good food and great company. Our guide was super informative and extremely helpful. I had expected both Prague and Budapest to be beautiful cities but the architecture and atmosphere of the cities were amazing. Even the bridges were awesome. Hanging out in the cafés and bakeries during a free afternoon was a joy.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague, I visited Terezin. It was devastatingly sad and made history so very real. In Budapest, it was the thermal baths. Not really what I expected. I had been torn about whether I really cared to experience them, but I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed the experience."

Mary Ellen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a very educational tour. I learned so much Eastern Europe history. I am eager to study more. Our guide was very well informed and a great teacher. The tour allowed us to explore on our own as well as participate in the guided tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the parliament building at night in Budapest and attending the concert in the Spanish synagogue in Prague."

Denise

Seattle, WA

Tour: 10/02/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour. We have been to Europe several times, but never central/eastern Europe. We had an exceptional trip. The tour had a good balance of structured activities and independence. We learned a lot about the history of the places we visited, but we would have liked more focus on that, and less time and energy spent on the top tourist sites. It was truly outstanding to hear about the recent history of The Czech Republic and Hungary from our tour guides who were there

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Believe it or not, it was the gas station on the bus ride from Prague to Budapest. It was an everyday place, very functional, but also very beautiful and enjoyable. It's on a freeway exit; it seems to be part of a local chain. It showed the character of the place we were, not standardization. The food was beautiful and delicious. It was an example of how cultured and sophisticated Europe is."

Debra

Key West, FL

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As our first tour, we didn't really know what to expect. We usually plan our own trips using our Rick Steve's guidebooks. We could not be happier with our decision to book a tour. We were impressed with how well organized the trip was. Jana, George and Katerina were fantastic guides!! Their knowledge and passion for the cities made our experience a memorable one. The itinerary was perfect as well as our amount of free time. We had a great group and would definitely book another tour!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was seeing Budapest at night on our river cruise!! Such a beautiful sight! I also enjoyed our impromptu fireworks display after our private concert in Budapest."

Madeleine

Dallas, TX

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was really great. I was on the tour with my father, who is an active 90 year old, who was in Prague for a conference when the Russian tanks rolled in. My husband and I were in Prague and Budapest in 1985, traveling with a friend from Amsterdam, and both my dad and I were amazed at the changes in these two cities. We especially enjoyed the emphasis, as always, on learning the history of these countries and wonderful cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day was a "wow," we saw something beautiful or interesting each and every day."

Laura

Hopkins, MN

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

the tour program was very thoughtfully organized, the local guides were terrific and the group worked well together. Jana did an outstanding job bringing local culture and history into the tour experience; her food and drink gifts were terrific. The program worked really well in part because we had time away from the group to explore on our own. It brought new energy back to the group and gave all an opportunity to share experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish ghetto in Prague was a moving and powerful experience. the local guide was very knowledgeable and informative."

David

Mchenry, IL

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the tour very much. Our lead guide Jana was outstanding. Her personal touches to the tour made it very enjoyable. She was very upbeat and fun to be with, along with her knowledge of the history of the places we visited.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visting the Ruins bar area in Budapest."

Pamela

Mchenry, IL

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Jana was a terrific guide who included so many personalized touches, including a private opera concert and numerous personal "tastes" of local foods/liquers. She made herself very available for advice & directions. We were most curious about life in those two cities under Communist rule & the local guides were able to provide some personal insights. We enjoyed the variety of foods and pastries, especially at the Lotz Hall and Cafe in Budapest. Good variety of activities between the 2 cities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The intriguing Ruins area in Budapest were totally unexpected! Its history as the Jewish Ghetto and the tragic demise of its citizens gave an eerie pall during the day. But at night it came alive and was crawling with young people and tourists drawn to its bizarre bombed out architecture, campy decorating & hint of surreal. It seems like an area that is/will spawn many creative art forms."

Whitney

Oakland, CA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well paced and with an excellent mix of activities. Every one of our guides was knowledgeable and provided an interesting perspective on not just history, but real people and their lives in that country. They were also infinitely patient;)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved Katerina's personal stories about making Hungarian history, but then I'm a storyteller too. Appreciated when we were able to hang out a little at the Ruin bar - neve seen anything like that -- off tour with Janna."

Maryanne

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fabulous in one word.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night was quite special. Jana picked a wonderful restaurant in the Little Quarter and surprised us with entertainment by musicians known to Rick Steve's viewers. It was a wonderful evening getting to know the other tour members and enjoying good food and entertainment."

Matthew

Key West, FL

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Well planned, well thought out, no detail overlooked. kowledgeable lead guide and super staff of supporting guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How many Hungarians disappeared between the end of WW II and the end of communist rule in 1991 because the regime did not like you."

Helene

Arlington, VA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana is a superb guide and the local guides, Katarina especially, and George were outstanding, fun to be with, and energized to make ours a very enjoyable and informative tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague and its beauty.the colors are soft and elegant. And music everywhere!"

Theodore

Arlington, VA

Tour: 09/25/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I found the tour first rate. Saw all the major sites in Prague and Budapest and the guides consistently gave what seemed to me to be well-informed and knowledgeable commentary about all the things we saw in each city. Very much enjoyed our stay in the Leonardo in Prague. The staff were friendly and helpful. Pretty much everybody spoke excellent English, but nevertheless were pleasantly wiling to hear and respond to our rudimentary Czech.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Took an evening boat tour on the Danube while in Budapest and found the sites along the river, particularly on the Buda side, to be beautiful."

Debra

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was an unforgettable tour.I fell in love with Prague and Budapest.They are so different but so beautiful.Our guide Jana was wonderful and the local guide in both cities were so knowledgeable. The daily activities were well thought out and planned.Our hotel accommodations and the food/drink were very good! I really appreciate that with the tour we were given the experience needed to comfortably explore the cities on our own.The public transport was daunting at first but we became old hands.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish ghetto in Prague. Both the Pinkas and the Spanish Synagogue. For very different reasons."

Sandra

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Good balance of scheduled activities and free time. More local history and perspective from guides than expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague Castle Orchestra and opening dinner in Prague was amazingly fun! Private Opera arias concert was great!"

Hamilton

Vacaville, CA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had an excellent experience overall.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hungarian Parliament house at night from the Danube. Although the narration on the boat was terrible."

Michael

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

most interesting; our guide Jana was fabulous and made the trip. Prague and Budapest were quite different and it was apparent. having most of the afternoons to ourselves was great; 3-4 hours of walking and touring in the morning was just the right amount. only concern was the size of the group: 27. too big but not as big as some of the other tours we saw (Prague especially was overrun with tours and tour groups).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"first evening dinner in Prague with the musicians was great. I think the stories of the communists and the Nazis was rather sobering and you could see for yourself their effects in the architecture, communist-era buildings, the museums certainly, and just the difference today in people's attitudes and the vibrancy of both cities. the local guides in each city, in addition to Jana, our tour guide, had both lived through the Communist era, and had alot of stories: sad, chilling, very real."

David

Waterford, MI

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have traveled a lot in Europe over the past 20 years, mostly on our own with the help of Rick's guidebooks. We were worried about the rigidity of a "tour", but we were very pleasantly thrilled with the outcome. The participants were great folks, very like-minded in their passion for travel and learning. The guides were fantastic, but Jana was "off the charts" great. I can not imagine a better leader/friend/teacher/Mom to carry us through Prague and Budapest. The activities were spot-on.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were emotional, impactful moments like the Jewish Memorial in Prague that are life memories. There were great "fun" moments like the first night's dinner and music. I have not had a ton of exposure to opera, so my favorite "Wow" moment was probably the opera soloists that performed for us on our last night in Prague. I felt that the trip was full of lovely surprises."

Susan

Racine, WI

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my first tour so i have no comparison, however, everything moved smoothly, informed in advance of activities and had some great experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"i enjoyed several things, the boat danube cruise, making the dinner, and the private concert in prague."

Richard

Austin, TX

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A very good tour. We covered all the sights worth seeing. The experiences were special, like the opening night meal in Prague with a charming group of people waiting on us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Hungarian parliament building at night from the Danube boat."

Ed

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very satisfied. the tour provided a variety of experiences: historical info, interesting buildings, cultural such as the musical events in Prague and cooking class in Budapest. The guides, especially Jana, were terrific. And the schedule was doable. the folks in our group got along well together quite well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the opera singers in Prague. It was a private concert and their arias were superb."

Marlee

Waimanalo, HI

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I thought this was a great tour. Jana did an outstanding job of leading/guiding the group. Martin in Prague and the gentleman (sorry, i forgot his name - my bad!) in Budapest were both outstanding. The hotels were well located and nice and comfortable with good breakfasts. The folks in our group were great. The only thing I could improve on would be a slightly smaller group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. For visceral impact the Holocaust synagogue in Prague was incredibly powerful. For fun the cooking class in Budapest was a blast."

John

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/18/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

First RS tour. Was quite enjoyable with just the right amount of time with guides split with free time in cities. Excellent coordination and tour directing. Plenty of historical information and question answering.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the "mock" art in both Prague and Budapest, made in retaliation to various occupations."

Barb

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd Rick Steves tour and again loved it! This one was slightly different since it focused on just 2 places instead of the numerous ones on the other 2 tours so we actually had the opportunity to delve more deeply into each place which was a nice change. The format and details of the Rick Steves tours from the smaller group, to the outstanding tour and local guides, to the fun extra touches (like the cooking school in Budapest) have made us true fans and recommend it to everyone!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"As always with the Rick Steves tours there are numerous "wow" moments but without a doubt my most favorite "wow" was the outstanding local guide, Sarka, in Prague. She has the ability, not to mention passion, to bring history alive and make it fascinating to listen to more than any other guide I have had!"

Patricia

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

My overall experience was very good. I enjoyed each day's adventure. Both cities were so amazing and so different. They were a good combination.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to say. Maybe the Charles Bridge in Prague and the beautiful Parliament Building in Budapest. I've seen them in pictures and on TV but they were still so awesome when you saw them in person."

Bette

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Knowledgeable tour guides. Great tour. Lots of variety in places visited. Good mix of free time and tour time. Guides shared personal experiences of life under communism and now their life of freedom. Guides truly interested in sharing their communities with us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to tour guides talk about the Velvet Revolution on the walking tour. An experience that you would not get from reading a guide book. The cooking class in Budapest was a real treat. Roasting sausages at the restaurant in Budapest."

Monica

Portland, OR

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall it was very good. We had great guides, both tour leader and local guides. The hotels were very good too, well-situated and comfortable with excellent breakfasts. I have a few suggestions about changing the Budapest format. My only negative experience was w/the quality of the food in restaurants.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sailing on the Danube in the evening in Budapest. The Prague scenery: church domes & spires, the river, bridges,historic buildings, etc. The street music and the opera concert in the Smetana Museum."

Robin

Ellicott City, MD

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent tour, we saw and learned so much and had a great time doing it. The no grumps agreement is a winner too. Very good tour guide, Jana, and local tour guides were so good too. We saw so much and experienced so much. I definitely want to come back to both cities! So many beautiful churches and synagogues. The Mucha museum was wonderful, as was the Municipal House. Loved the river boat cruise in Budapest - so lovely. Wonderful history brought to life by our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Looking across the Vltava River to the castle on the hill, so beautiful when all lit up. And seeing the Parliament building all lit up at night on our river cruise in Budapest. Hanging out in the thermal baths was a treat too!"

Mike

Flagstaff, AZ

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very good tour to introduce the traveler to Czek and Hungary. Enough so, that I would go back to both cities. History is fascinating, settings are beautiful. The beer speaks for itself.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My WOW moment was our local tour guide in Prague. Her passion, knowledge of history, and the sharing of her life under communism was amazing. Great sense of humor."

Lisa

Arlington, VA

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hearing Jana and our Prague local guide share their personal stories about growing up in the Czech Republic were eye-opening. The cooking class exceeded my expectations. Jana taught us how to navigate cities by subway, tram and bus. It was extremely helpful during our free time. I arrived in Prague a day early. Should have stayed in Budapest an extra day. This tour could have been one full longer. I skipped the Budapest baths to see more sites in the city. Spent one free afternoon at Terezin.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Typically when I travel to Europe I see a lot of churches, cathedrals and basilicas. This tour included the opportunity to see some Jewish history for a change. I visited one of the oldest historic Jewish cemeteries and seven synagogues, although the vast majority of them were no longer in use as places of worship. I also had the opportunity to visit the Terezin concentration camp outside of Prague. Talk about making an impression."

Anna

Apex, NC

Tour: 09/11/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour. Two beautiful cites. Jana was excellent! She really spoiled us. Great food and tour guides. Enjoyed everything about it - people, food, hotels, beer, transportation, parks, etc..

Favorite "WOW" moment

"View of Charles Bridge from many different places. Having a beer at Letna gardens. Slav Epic."

Jonathan

Burlington, CT

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All I can say is that I'm glad we took this Rick Steves tour. We don't usually travel with tours, but when we do we go with Rick's tours.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Don't know if there is any one moment that stood out from all the rest."

Susan

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"1)Evening boat tour on the Danube in Budapest showed spectacular views. 2)Cooking school experience in Buda was so fun. That was the best meal of the trip! 3)Modigliani art exhibit at the National Gallery in Budapest was something we did on our free time. It was incredible to see his paintings from all over Europe! 4)We were serenaded by musicians at our first dinner in Prague. The Bohemian music was beautiful."

Abigail

Issaquah, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katerina was fantastic, she was very helpful and did everything she could to ensure everyone was comfortable and had whatever they needed. Katerina is a very knowledgeable tour guide and I'd love to take another tour with her again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed everything. The boat ride in Budapest at night in the Danube river was very memorable."

Ken

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague and Budapest are wonderful tourist cities. Interesting history, lovely buildings, fascinating cultures/people. KatCa was marvelous.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Just the ambience of being in these historic cities"

Marilyn

Jefferson, IA

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great guides, perfect accommodations, and an on-site introduction to the history of Prague & Budapest. I vaguely knew about Nazi and Soviet occupation, but was able to speak to people who had lived through it all. They brought the long history to life.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prague Castle Orchestra on our first evening was a delight. Other than that, there were too many "wow" moments to count!"

Michael

Beaumont, TX

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

this was my 2nd rick steves tour. I went mainly to see the architecture of prague & Budapest. I didn't see everything on my list, but most. the tour director was very good & we did all that was planned. the focus of the tour was the transition from communism-soviet to democracy & I can appreciate that, but I wanted to see more architecture or art/architecture that would have even reflected that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I am roman catholic, so I always have a list of churches I want to see which I did. I got to see many of them & I was impressed, but the wow moment was the in prague on the jewish quarter tour. I am so happy we went into both synagogues. the wow as I expected was the Spanish synagogue. other wows were the prague art neavou municipal house. in Budapest I was wowed by the opera house, the Danube cruise at night & the thermal baths. so there were memorable moments in each city."

Andrea

San Antonio, TX

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was perfectly outlined. Our tour guide Katerina was very knowledgeable about her country, its history and put a personal touch to each story. It was absolutely the very best to have our own personal tour guide to explain the sites and not have to carry around a tour book. Our tour group was just the greatest group of people. I enjoyed the fact that the group was small after I saw groups of 100 touring and trying to get close enough to hear their guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle of Prague"

Greg

Evergreen, CO

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We took this trip on impulse. It came together over a couple of weeks, and we are very pleased that it worked out. Prague and Budapest were not previously on any of our "must see" lists, but the tour sounded unique, and an opening popped up that fit our schedules, so we took advantage of the opportunity. I have heard several people say that Prague is their favorite European city. Now I understand why that it. Both Prague and Budapest are cities rich in history with amazing architecture.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There is an iconic view of Old Prague from the King Charles Bridge. I am quite sure millions of photos have been taken from that spot, and there is a reason for that - the view of Prague Castle in the distance above the river is spectacular. Sometimes we forget what real history is, and it takes getting out of the boundaries of the U.S. to understand that. Having a terrific guide to explain that history to you is a big plus. Very enjoyable."

Janet

Burlington, CT

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour experience was fantastic. I love that we receive tickets to mass transit and can easily find ourselves around the cities. The tour director was kind and knowledgeable. The added guides in the cities added a special understanding of the political and historical past and present. Both of these guides, Martin and Elemer, were very special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Only one moment? I think Budapest by night is extraordinary. The lights give a whole new feel to the city. It is magical and it inspired us to walk up the hill to he statue of the woman with the palm leaf (girl with the fish!) We also secured seats at Hungarikum bistro on our own (go there at 6:00 when they open!) and had a wonderful dinner. Our first dinner in the Czech republic with the musicians was also fabulous!"

Wendy

Woodbury, MN

Tour: 09/04/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This is my 4th tour with Rick Steves' Europe. Still like the overall format of about 1/2 day with the guide with the rest of the day to myself. However, it was noticeable that fewer meals are included in the package than on past tours; a couple of days were all on our own. On the other side of the coin, Katerina arranged some very nice coffee breaks that were included.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How about 3? The tour of synagogues in Prague was very affecting. Was close to tears in the memorial (converted/former synagogue) and was amazed by the beauty of the Spanish Synagogue. The first evening in Prague, with the "orchestra" was great fun. And in Budapest, learning about the history (all their "liberations") from Elemer was powerful."

Debbie

Danville, CA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Meeting Katerina and Sanel that first afternoon set the positive course for the week ahead. Their expertise, guidance, knowledge and concern for our well being was evident immediately. Everyday provided us with a new appreciation of the freedom won by the people of Prague and Budapest. Our group was great and in a brief time period enjoyed the opportunity to share the sights, history,goulash and more goulash. All had interesting questions, comments, and observations. What a special week for me!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Budapest was especially fun for the group. The event went effortlessly and instructors easy to follow. Everyone had pride in the dish they prepared and collectively the meal was delicious!"

Barb

Richmond, ON

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour guides were excellent and very informative. They brought the history of both these cities alive. We were given many suggestions and instructions regarding our free time. The food was good, the cooking class was fun, the hotels were good. All in all an excellent tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wow moment for me was the "Shoe display" along the Danube River in Budapest. It brought the the very sad history of the Jewish people to life for me. Very powerful and very sad."

Darrel

Ellisville, MO

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Even though I am not a history buff, I learned a lot from just being in those places and having excellent guides. It was very enjoyable and the free time gave us opportunity to explore on our own. I enjoyed to boats. The Jazz boat in Prague and the night on the Danube in Budapest. "Katka" went out of her way to help us even on our time off.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probbly the lighted government buildings along the Danube in Budapest on the night tour."

Marta

Snohomish, WA

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was informative and interesting. I have a great fondness for the two guides, especially Katka. It was not particularly fun, however. It might have been the chemistry, but I can't say there was laughter or any particular joy. I think perhaps encouraging a more light-hearted approach at times would be useful, as this was really the first trip I have taken that had no real laughter.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the city of Prague"

Lis

Kemptville, ON

Tour: 08/28/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both cities are beautiful and very accessible. My sister in law and I both had a wonderful time and came back with lots of great memories. We especially liked the use of local transit and lots of walking, which gave us an excellent way to feel we could "own" the cities during our free time. Also the relatively small size was appreciated, as we could get to know each member of the tour group. (On one of our free nights, we attended a concert where the woman next to us was in a tour of over 100!)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the biggest "wow" was viewing the Hungarian Parliament, illuminated, from the cruise on the Danube River. And the saddest, most touching sight was the bronze shoes, the monument on the Danube shore to the Jews who were killed there in WWII. The shoes look as though their owners had just stepped out of them. Including the smallest children's shoes."

Elizabeth

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our trip to Prague and Budapest was the first tour I have ever been on despite 5 previous trips to Europe with family. The tours' excellent organization of all the many scheduling details freed me to fully focus on enjoying exploring each city. The itinerary provided a wide range of enriching cultural experiences every day and the perfect mix of group and individual activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Soaking on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. We were surrounded by local Czech families who were there to relax just like us and as we smiled and laughed with each other despite language differences, I kept thinking that if every neighborhood in the world had a community thermal bath, there might not be any wars!"

Sherry

Fort Bragg, CA

Tour: 06/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Peter made us feel welcome and connected to each other right away. He was very patient and guided us through what to expect each day, making us look forward with anticipation! We had just the right amount of structure and free time for me. Our group was very cohesive and fun, making it easy for a single person to join in. The hotels were lovely and the breakfasts amazing.I want to come back for more!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several, but probably the Concert at the Spanish Synagogue. After a day of walking through Prague, it was the perfect ending to a lovely day. The music was beautiful, fun and riveting. The acoustics were superb. What a treat."

Patricia

Rockville, MD

Tour: 06/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very much enjoyed the tour. I was pleasantly surprised that there was more variety of ages.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Municipal House in Prague was great. The guide (I'm sorry that I forget her name) was very, very good! The "wow" was the ability to get around both cities on our own, particularly not knowing the language."

Alan

Hamilton, OH

Tour: 06/26/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our second Rick Steves' tour and we were not disappointed. The smaller group size, superior guides, and crafted experiences were very enjoyable. Meeting others with a zeal for travel in our group made the trip memorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is hard to pick out one "wow" moment from Prague and Budapest. In Prague, the musical experience at dinner at Vysoky dum, walking the Charles Bridge, and free time to see the views from Petrin Tower and St. Nicholas Church were unforgettable. In Budapest, an afternoon at the Szechenyi Thermal Bath was an enjoyable way to unwind and a unique experience."

Julie

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A fun and informative Rick Steves tour. Peter and Andrea were very knowledgeable guides and Peter planned interesting and unexpected extras for us. Afternoons were free to explore the cities on our own, or rest up for the evening's activities! Fellow tour members were all very nice and enjoyable to be around. I highly recommend this tour if you are interested in the history and culture of the "heart of Europe!"

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several favorites: a private concert at dinner in Prague with 2 local musicians playing classical music between courses! Also, a music concert at the Spanish Synagogue (absolutely beautiful!) in Prague with music from Mozart, Smetana, Gershwin, among other greats. Visiting the cathedral and Opera House in Budapest. The view of the Prague Castle at night."

Kathleen

Seattle, WA

Tour: 06/26/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent throughout. Really appreciated expert tour leaders for specific parts of our tour and the 25 diverse people in our group ages 15 to 70s. Did not hear a whisper of complaint from anyone. Everyone got along, was on time, kept pace and was mutually respectful. Positive throughout following RS tour expectations! Accommodations, food, entertainment, tours, tickets, transportation, free time...all well thought out and flowed (it felt) seamlessly.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"First night dinner and especially arranged local entertainment was over the top excellent. The Spanish Synagogue (and concert we saw there one evening) in Prague and cooking class in Budapest and personalized tour of Opera house in Budapest were experiences that I loved and would not have had on my own."

Leonard

Redmond, WA

Tour: 06/12/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our overall experience was great. We had a really small group (8 people) and the age seemed to skew a bit younger (30-40's) than our previous Rick Steve's tour to Italy. There was also a higher percentage of single travelers.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I don't know if there was a single "wow" moment. I think my best memories will be of just hanging out in Prague with the rest of the group trying to find a cool bar to drink at or just soaking in the local flavor. I also enjoyed the cooking class in Hungary. We have already cooked two of the dishes that we learned in the class with great results since we've returned home."

Garlan

San Saba, TX

Tour: 06/12/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first "guided" tour with a group, and I must say I was very pleased with the experience! I've followed Rick Steve's show and have purchased several DVDs over the years, so I had a really high expectation going in. The tour did not disappoint. From a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide(s) to the accommodations, to the sites [INVALID]ed for our group activities, it was a great success. I also appreciated the fact that we had ample "down time" to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While its hard to pick just one, my "wow" moment would be the concert we attended in the Spanish Synagogue in Prague. A beautifully ornate setting for a tremendous presentation! I didn't realize I would appreciate the classical music and singing so much. This is definitely a keeper for future tours! Another great "wow" moment was in Budapest when we attended a cooking class put on by Chef Paul of Chef Parade. This was a very fun class that helped our group bond even more. Another keeper!"

John

Medina, WA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent guides. They were very informative and professional, and were with us the entire time. The tour covered all the highlights with lots of supplemental information and some added bonuses as well. Because the tour was comprehensive we were kept busy but there was enough free time each day to explore other things or rest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick one."

Kelly

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed this tour very much. I learned so much about the history and culture of these cities and countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing Budapest with the Danube running through it - just beautiful"

Jim

Fircrest, WA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I really liked the tour. My grandparents were from the Czech Republic and I had never been there. Prague is beautiful. I loved the Slav Epic by Mucha and the black light theater. I thought more people spoke English. Many young people don't. But people want to be helpful. Budapest has many beautiful buildings. Loved evening cruise on the Danube. St Matthias church beautiful. Both cities have very good transportation systems, but take time to learn. More help on those would be very good.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Slav Epic by Mucha was fantastic. I wanted more time there."

Marion

Westminster, CA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the companionship of tour group, who were all enthusiastic travelers interested in everything.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Danube By Night" boat ride."

Susan

Medina, WA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katka and Jana were outstanding, both in knowledge and the personal care they gave the group: Telling us which bus to take when the group activity was over for the day, getting postage stamps for the group, having the coins necessary for the toilet at the bus stop, having a sack breakfast arranged for early departures,and scouting out the music options for free evenings. They did a professional job and we were very pleased.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie between the cooking class, the black light theater and the evening boat ride."

Joan

The Villages, FL

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time. What made the tour special for me were the guides. Kafka and Jana were fabulous. They shared personal stories with us about living under communism and after the "velvet revolution". This made it so much more interesting and also is so much easier to retain than just learning facts and dates. When placed in a perspective of how historical events affected them as individuals and their families, it gave their stories much more depth and meaning.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a few: The cooking class in Budapest, the Danube boat cruise at night and the unique black light theatre in Prague."

Robert

Westminster, CA

Tour: 05/29/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Terrific learning experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening Boat ride on the Danube."

Maya

Morgan Hill, CA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Both cities are beautiful, and with the great knowledge of Jana, our guide, Prague and Budapest came to life in so many dimensions. We were exposed to the history, the architecture, food, music, and the people. And we left with the feeling of wanting to return, which is what those cities want you to do.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several. But the one that stands out was our "personal" concert at Smetana Museum. Both singers established such an intimate performance. I felt as if I was transformed to the 19th century when singers and musicians performed in the salons of the great mansions."

Mark

Irvine, CA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We loved everything

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The River boat cruise on the Danube was pretty great."

Jennifer

Hereford, AZ

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Prague-Budaest tour was amazing. Jana, our tour guide went above and beyond to make the tour very personal and educational. I would highly recommend this tour to everyone. The private opera for our group was awesome. I learned a lot of history and the culture of these two countries. I highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera, the night cruise down the Danube river."

Matthew

Lodi, CA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague is now my favorite European city. Castles, cobblestones, clocks and communists. I loved it. Our guide, Jana, was personable and professional. Her love for Prague was evident throughout the time there. Budapest with its rich history and Danube River shouldn't be missed by anyone who truly wants "to see Europe."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the personal stories of Jana and our local guides who grew up under communist oppression and now have the freedoms most Americans just take for granted."

William

Hereford, AZ

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The 4 star hotels. Location and views from outside the hotels, the Charles Bridge views."

Vera

Lincolnton, NC

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time on our trip. The tour guides were great and gave us not only their extensive knowledge of the history of Prague and Budapest but also their personal experiences with communism and their transitions into the current governments.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is difficult for me to narrow my wow moments down to one favorite. I was wowed by my first view of Charles Bridge with the 15th century city on the other side as well as the impact of stepping into Old Town Square and the astronomical clock. I was wowed by the charm of our first dinner with our group as we enjoyed violin and accordion music along with great food in the charming restaurant.I was also surprised and wowed by the colorful roof on the Matthias Church in Buda."

David

Lititz, PA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was our 2nd Rick Steves' tour and we took it 2 weeks after our first tour ended. The group size was good (24 people), the tour guide (Jana) was great; she was from Prague and was very enthusiastic about her town and Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the Jewish Quarter in Prague and the Art Nouveau buildings in Budapest."

Lynnae

Falls Church, VA

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I watched Rick's programs on Prague and Budapest before going on the trip and that helped me make decisions on what to see and do in our free time-- such as seeing the Slav Epic in Prague and going to the thermal baths in Budapest. Overall I like the city tours because it allows you to get to know the city in more depth than you would with a country tour that has multiple stops. This was my first time in eastern Europe and I just loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow moment" was the Danube River cruise in Budapest. Seeing the buildings lit up at night along with the informative tv narrative made a memorable evening."

Irene

Laredo, TX

Tour: 05/22/16

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our fist Rick Steve's tour, and we were not disappointed. We loved the small group of 24, of varying ages groups. The most important reason we enjoyed the tour was because we liked the balance of daily activities combined with independent free time. The other we enjoyed immensely was the variety of experiences the tour offered which we would probably not have done on our own. We also liked the fact that we were able to walk to most places or take local transportation.

Jane

Coral Springs, FL

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We did a lot of research before choosing this tour. We were not disappointed! Wonderful schedule and outstanding tour guides. Besides being so accommodating they were exceedingly knowledgeable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour guide took us to a synagogue for personal reasons (anniversary of my father's death). She did all of the research and found the perfect opportunity to go. To say she bent over backwards would be an incredible understatement."

Ulrich

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was for me and my wife Maggie the first time to be part of a guided tour and I must say it was one fabulous experience and totally met all our expectations. We learned more about the architecture, culture, social life and historic events in Prague/Czech Republic and Budapest/Hungary than we would have done on our own. We have seen sites and experiences culinary treats that we likely would have missed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Maggie and I experienced quite a few "wow" moments in Prague and in Budapest. The one that sticks out was definitely the Danube river cruise at night with the perfect full moon (not sure how Eszter arranged that). Another one was for me the tour at the Budapest Opera, especially since I am working at a major Performing Arts Center."

Gail

Raleigh, NC

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I loved the tour. Ester was a wonderful guide. Warm and well informed. I loved the people who told us about Prague and Budapest. There was a good balance between structured time and free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments. All of old Prague was a big wow. I loved our night tour on the boat on the Danube in Budapest."

Ann Marie

Mount Prospect, IL

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I have told everyone how great this Rick Steves' tour was starting with the customs officer back in the U.S. (He watches Rick's show.) We did and saw so much more than we would on our own, and yet we had lots of free time on our own too. Everyone in our group was friendly and sociable. Our guide was extremely helpful and hard working. I hope you are paying her well! She definitely earned it. With tickets, transport and other details arranged for us, we had more time to enjoy these places.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Every day there was a "wow" moment. I absolutely loved St. Matthias Church in Budapest. So different from many churches that I've been in. The patterns covering every inch of the interior were unbelievable. I've seen so many churches over the years that I might have skipped this one if it weren't on the Rick Steves' itinerary! Glad I didn't miss it. Danube cruise and cooking class also fabulous!"

David

Mount Horeb, WI

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and it was absolutely wonderful. Just the right mix of being with the group and having time to ourselves to explore. We have never done any tours before, preferring to make our own way, but we signed up for this one because we knew we would miss much in both cities without either a local guide or someone to help us navigate to the important sites. Our tour guide Eszter was absolutely fabulous. Knowledgeable, friendly, and incredibly organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While Prague was our favorite city, the parliament buildings and the evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest were unforgettable. Overall the architecture and the history of the cities, Czech Republic and Hungary were the highlights."

Adrienne

Massapequa, NY

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing! As someone who has always preferred to travel independently, guidebook in hand, I was quite skeptical about what a tour would offer. Was I ever surprised. The tour guide and the specialty guides were far more knowledgeable than any of the books. We were able to see so much more. There was enough balance between the formal 'tour' times and independent discovery times. The people on the tour were intelligent and interesting, too.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are way too many 'wows' to place a favorite. My husband and I joked that we always asked our children what their favorite place was and they never could answer. We now understand why. The tour guides provided so much historical information at each site, making the trip so meaningful."

Celie

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned and experienced so much of the culture and people of the 2 cities. Candid discussions with local tour guides helped me get a balanced perspective - all this beauty, all this culture, all this history, same human dilemmas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Highlights: folk performers at first night dinner in Prague walking across the Charles Bridge amidst the throngs of walkers Danube River cruise cooking class in Budapest Taking the subway by myself to the train station and buying my train ticket to my next destination rates up there pretty high. Confidence that I could go back to those cities and find my way around."

Teri

Mount Horeb, WI

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I most enjoyed learning the history of the region. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and our fellow travelers asked interesting and intelligent questions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the gilded churches."

Reona

Shoreline, WA

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour.I was supposed to go with a friend who got sick en route and was unable to join me. The tour leader encouraged me to continue on my own and I am glad that I did. Eszter was outstanding. We had excellent local guides and the group was very friendly and congenial. It was well organized with a very good balance of guided tours and free time. Eszter was excellent about suggestions for our free-time, dinner and sights as well as directions in how to get there.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many wow moments. Crossing the Charles Bridge and finding a local dance group performing was enchanting. Cruising the Danube at night in Budapest and seeing the Parliament Building, and other major structures lit up was exquisite. Not being a beer drinker, but discovering that I could drink 1/2 glass of Czech beer was fun. Probably my biggest wow moment was finding that I could travel on a trip like this alone, without initially knowing anyone and make new friends and enjoy myself."

Margarida

Bay Harbor Islands, FL

Tour: 05/15/16

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Ulli and I were delighted with the fact that the tour was so well planned, and dollar for dollar we got to see a lot more than our own. The guides were well chosen and very knowledgeable and provided valuable insight and local color, both in Prague and Budapest. We shared our tour with a congenial group of diverse people and, I sure hope to hear from them again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were quite a few "WOW" moments both in Prague and Budapest and we are looking forward to re-live them again, once our pictures are organized. For me, it was the night cruise on the Danube ( Bucket List item). My husband is hard pressed as well to name one, but he agrees that the night sights of Budapest from a deck of a boat is really up there in WOW factor."

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Pre-Tour Planning

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

Travel Resources

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

Tour Hotels

In case you wish to book pre- or post-tour hotel accommodations, the contact information for both of the tour's hotels is included in your tour confirmation email. About one month prior to the tour departure, we'll email you directions on how to get from the airport to your first tour hotel.

Transportation

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

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

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

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

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

Sightseeing on Your Own

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

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

Packing

We recommend that you bring along a swimsuit — Budapest is known for its natural hot springs, and spending time at one of the many baths around town is a great treat.

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

Special packing note: We use an audioguide system for many of our sightseeing and museum tours. If you wear a hearing aid, we strongly recommend bringing headphones that go over your ears to allow you to fully enjoy these tours.