• 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 $2,295 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

2019

2020

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 (when available) • Mucha Museum • Jewish Museum in Prague pass • Maisel Synagogue • Josefov neighborhood (Jewish Quarter) walking tour • Velvet Revolution walking tour • 3-day Prague transportation pass • Cultural performance • Buda Castle district and Matthias Church • Pest walking tour • Great Market Hall • Hungarian cooking class • Hungarian State Opera House • Heroes' Square walking tour • Danube River cruise • 3-day Budapest transportation pass…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
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (or books) and a moneybelt
  • 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 2020
  • 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 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. After lunch together, 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 (when available), 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 where we'll gather for our next stop — 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 Ferenc Liszt 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

Elaine

Toronto, ON

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I loved it. We didn't make any fast friends on the tour, everyone got along just fine, I think we were all within 15 years of age. The bonding exercises did help. I had a very nice buddy. And everyone was nice, but no special friendships. The cities were the best. I loved Prague. I had no idea what I was going to see. Amazed by it. Loved Katka.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"We were quite overwhelmed by the history of the Czech republic in the 20th century. I knew about the Velvet revolution but didn't really know. The sensitive and revelatory way in which it was handled by Katka but mostly by the local guide was terrific. I was wonderstruck that day. At the monuments, at the squares. Steve and I went to a blues club in a basement grotto one night. I have to say it was one of the best nights we had there. The holocaust memorial at the synagogue as well."

James

Corvallis, OR

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Really enjoyed the whole experience Katka, Jana were great tour guides, very thoughtful and aware of the needs of the group, low-egos in their sharing and helping us have a great experience. The accommodations and meals were very nice. The pace and flexibility were ideal. Our eyes were really opened to this area of Central Europe, including their culture and history. Thank you.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me, it was the sharing of Katka and Jana regarding their own experience of Czech (and Hungarian) culture since the time of the break up of the Soviet Union. I am a Political Science undergrad, retired high school teacher (Government and US History)and the tour and their sharing really helped to appreciate and understand what has happened to these countries from the time of Communist control to today."

Beth

Cedar Rapids, IA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wow, wonderful. We love the Rick Steves experience wherever we go.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Municipal House in Prague. So beautiful. I love the Art Deco design and seeing Mucha art incorporated in the architecture and interiors of the building. We returned for a drink in the American Bar and lunch in the French Restaurant. In Budapest, my favorite was the visit to the Opera House and our on-our-own visit to the art museum to see the Rembrandt exhibition."

Camille

Flushing, NY

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and I was amazed at how well organized and efficient it was! Our tour guides Katerina, Jana and Heidi were fabulous! I loved how there were little surprises for us as we went along and how much I learned about these beautiful countries! The hotels were lovely and right near everything! We had enough time on our own to also explore. I wholeheartedly would recommend anyone to take this tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many wow moments but the first one that I remember was the first evening taking a walk on the Charles Bridge and seeing the beautiful lit up Cathedral and spires! The next day going to the St Vitus Cathedral, the wonderful music that we experienced, etc, etc."

John

Cedar Rapids, IA

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Katerina and Jana were very enjoyable and knowledgeable. Loved hotel in Prague. Meals and organized site visits, concert were as all Rick trips we've taken, very efficient! Used public transport infrequently enough, would have been fine to have a few 30 or 90 minute passes. Meals fun. Brewery experience great. Just the right time in Prague. Bus ride to Budapest gobbled up the day. Hotel there not typical Rick charm, out dated, good location. 1 more day would have been perfect.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night walk in to Old town Square Prague was amazing Opera concert in Prague outstanding, intimate Budapest opera house Boat trip on Danube"

Charles

Independence, MO

Tour: 10/27/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and was happy with the decision. As a solo traveler, it was nice to fit in with a group of like minded people. Our guides Katka and Jana were very friendly and knowledgeable. I liked the organized morning tours together and having the afternoons free to do our own thing. Group dinners were also nice. I'm planning to join another Rick Steves tour next year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Hungarian Parliament building lit up at night from the river cruise. Also visiting the Szechemyi thermal baths."

Lawrence

Greensburg, PA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

great tour. great tour guides. beautiful cities, especially prague. great food at good prices. ladies were fun for my wife.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the series of beautiful manhole covers i photographed."

Linda

Greensburg, PA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first trip overseas and I am ready to go again!. The tour was everything I hope it would be. Jana, our guide, was fabulous. Personable, charming, descriptive, thoughtful and kind, yet able to be firm enough to keep us all in line. We got chocolate everytime we changed cities! Our group jelled together extremely well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My two most favorite experiences were in Budapest and they are tied: the cooking class at Chef Parade and the Szechenyi Baths. In Prague, it was looking at the city itself. It looked like a fairy tale and " wow" was literally all could say sometimes."

Leslie

Plano, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This trip surpassed my expectations! This was my 5th RS trip and Jana set a new standard as a guide. Her passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm impacted our group, and, as a result, we experienced the beauty and history of Prague and Budapest in a very emotional and dynamic way. Our city guides, Jana #2 and Monica, were both fantastic and interpersonal - they shared the history of these cities with us, their experiences growing up, and helped us to understand the current issues of these countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The view of the Prague castle complex at night will permanently be fixed in my mind. I also had another wow moment when we visited the castle complex and it was blanketed by thick fog. I have several images that will stay with me forever. The Parliament building in Budapest at night was a huge wow moment. The structure is beautiful during the day but at night it is stunning due to its massive size and dramatic lighting. The Danube boat tour at night provided an overall wow experience."

Joel

Havertown, PA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Two things can make or break a trip: the itinerary and the tour guide. I thought the itinerary was very good and I must say that Jana was quite excellent. She was knowledgeable, insightful, not shy to express her opinions (in very respectable ways), and more than anything, warm and personable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sorry, but there were two for me: 1) The Prague castle; 2) The cooking class in Budapest."

Maureen

Smyrna, GA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Incredibly well run and organized. Jana is phenomenal! So appreciated her personal passion and sharing her personal stories of her life in Communist Czech, the era of independence, and the last 30 years in Czech Republic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Always love the history and sites...but on this trip the 'out of the ordinary' was having 2 Opera performances--one in Prague and one in Budapest."

William

North Richland Hills, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall the Tour was super; loved the Old World flavor of the 2 primary cities & the quaintness of the countryside. The daily extra reads were special - snacks, drink samples, etc. we're fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The food class & lunch was exceptional - the chefs were amazing, patient, & had a great sense of humor. The meal was awesome - really got a good sampling of the local food. The cathedrals were beautiful as was the synagogue in Budapest. The history behind each was special as well"

Kurt A

Omaha, NE

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We travel extensively and make all of our own arrangements, so this was our first try at being members of a formal tour group. We have been Rick Steves followers for many years. Eastern Europe posed new challenges for us: language and geography; we thought it best to be guided. I could not have been happier with the result. We felt a kinship with the other group members, ie, similar social and economic levels, and experiences in travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may not be a 'wow' moment, as much as an overwhelming realization and reminder of the horrible reality of Communism and extreme socialism. Jana, Jana, and Monika put a face on a people most of us only had known as the population of occupied countries. The reality of their experiences struck an emotional chord in me that I had not expected. Wow."

Merry

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

wonderful, great tour guide,loved Prague. Budapest was beautiful,cruise on Danube was great

Favorite "WOW" moment

"everything"

Gregory

Wilmette, IL

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first RS tour. All of the guides were outstanding and the details were well taken care of. We enjoyed the "little extras" like planned stops in coffee houses. We appreciated having most afternoons free to pursue our own interests or follow up with suggestions made by the guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Introductory tours in Prague and Budapest at dusk with the magnificent buildings and lighting were special moments."

Ron

Blue Springs, MO

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Having grown up in the fifties, I remembered all all the bad news coming out of Eastern Europe so I thought of it as rather dismal. Glad to say I was really happy to see it is now a a vibrant and beautiful place. Really enjoyed the beautiful buildings and rich history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost seemed we were in some kind of wonderland with so many "castles" especially at night."

Laurie

Plano, TX

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

What a fantastic Trip! Simply put I loved it. I wanted to expand my cultural and historical horizons. Accomplished! This is my 5th Rick Steve's tour. What brings me back are the great guides. Jana was outstanding! They say you'll forget what people say and do but you'll always remember how they made you feel. This trip will be a lifelong memory because of her and her passion. These cities are fascinating and were brought to life by our local guides Jana #2 & Monica. I highly recommend this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

""Wow" moment in Prague was seeing the Charles Bridge and the Castle Complex all lit up at night for the first time. It was so colorful and impressive. That view never got old and it was only 5 minutes away from our hotel. "Wow" moment in Budapest was on the first night popping up from the metro and seeing the famous Parliament building all in lights at dusk. Spectacular! It was also incredible to see it from the boat while on the Danube river cruise. The cooking class was great fun."

Scott

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great group, super guide, lovely weather. Prague and Budapest are fascinating. Every American should visit these places, walk in Wenceslaus Square, tour the museum of Terror, then come home and work to preserve our democratic institutions and traditions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Standing at the window in Prague Castle where the famous "defenesration" launched the 30 years war."

Nancy

Havertown, PA

Tour: 10/20/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Our lead guide (Jana) was great! The local guides were also excellent. Hotels were very nice and, in general, it was a very enjoyable and well-organized tour. This was our first Rick Steve's tour and it was a great experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Velvet Revolution, cooking class"

Mary

Newburyport, MA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time. Great balance between scheduled (and informative) tours and free time to explore. Etelka, Martin, and George of course were awesome...full of energy, information, and fun. I would highly recommend this tour. We had access to experiences (private operatic performances, cooking classes) that we wouldn't have otherwise travelling by ourselves.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"•the way the morning sun was hitting St Vicus stain glass windows •the thermal pools in Budapest"

Michael

Capistrano Beach, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Etelka and our group were great travel partners. We enjoyed the private performances.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoyed the entire tour, amazing architecture and culture. Especially loved the evening boat ride on the Danube river."

Laura

Portland, OR

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Fantastic! Loved our tour guides Etelka, Martin and Yuri. They're clearly knowledgeable, passionate and fun people who love what they're doing. It was a treat to learn as much as we did from them. And all of the unexpected extra's Rick Steves threw into the tour were amazing (private opera performances, singers at dinner, cooking school, etc.) You can't put a price tag on this kind of experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting the jewish quarter in Prague. I'll never forget seeing the memorial to the holocaust victims, seeing the tiny remembrance plaques on the sidewalk (which I wouldn't of had Martin not pointed them out) and touring the synagogues."

Jordan

Alexandria, VA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Solid experience and appreciated the thoughtfulness put into the organization and logistics. Great staff. Made it very easy to travel and focus on the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing about living under communist rule and participating in the Velvet Revolution from Martin and Elantra Most fun was the cooking class and how it mixed up and engaged the group Best architecture was the Art Nouveau municipal house with the Micah museum tie in"

Deborah

Chula Vista, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Having watched and enjoyed Rick Steves' shows on PBS for over 20 years, I was concerned I might be disappointed with the actual experience. It was everything I had hoped for and more - truly an awesome experience. I know it is helpful to give careful criticism, but honestly it was a professional, well-planned and balanced tour. I have participated in other tours (Trafalgar and Collette), but the Rick Steves would be the one I would recommend.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"During our first welcome dinner in Prague, we had musicians play at the end of our meal. To recognize one of the musicians (handle bar mustache) from the Rick Steves' Prague TV Show was a fun wow for me! The musical performances for just our group were unexpected and amazing. That these were provided for just 28 people added to the delightfulness of the programs."

Monica

Imperial Beach, CA

Tour: 10/06/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour went beyond my expectations.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite wow moment was walking into the St Vitus Cathedral."

Elizabeth

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our 5th Rick Steves tour and as usual it was wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Cathedral in Budapest on the Buda side of the river on the hill. One of my top 2 cathedrals in Europe."

Hilary

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our fifth RS Tour, the others being: Best of England (David); Best of Sicily (Sarah); Best of Spain (Helen); Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia/Herzegovina (Amir). All were fascinating tours. led by excellent guides. This one however seemed to be especially gratifying. George was the perfect guide for this tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Each day had wow moments architecturally.Against that beautiful backdrop, the tour couldn't have been more relevant culturally. In an age of increasing demagoguery, nationalism and xenophobia, both cities provided teaching moments as to the perils of heading down that path.George was masterful in delivering that message.On a free afternoon, George arranged for a guide to take me to Terezin for a tour(5 others quickly joined).At the risk of sounding disrespectful that was my wow moment."

Marcia

Frisco, TX

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour and there were so many outstanding experiences. In Prague, loved the Municipal House, concert at Smentana Museum, Jewish quarter, Mucha Museum, and the special food "surprises." Guide George and local guide Jana were terrific.In Budapest, loved Matthias Church, cooking class, Danube cruise, Hungarian Folk dance/concert, and crepes at Gundel Restaurant. Learning more about Nazi and Communist occupations was both sad and interesting. A great 7 days!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Private concert at Smentana Museum. Cooking class in Budapest. Danube cruise. Jewish cemetery in Prague."

Dale

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. I believe the tour is only as good as the guide and George and Anya were really top notch. George went above and beyond with his help and guidance, and he even organizing attendance to an optional cultural event (concert) in Budapest after the closing dinner. Both had tremendous knowledge of each country's history. Anya introduced us to the term defenestration as it seems many folks were thrown out of castle windows in Prague.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot, but if I had to choose one it would be the cooking class in Budapest. It was a lot of fun and very good way to get to know others better. Of course the scenery and history in each of the cities is fascinating and interesting to learn more about. We also enjoyed the local people with whom we came in contact."

Susan

Dublin, OH

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Rick Steve's tour format is a wonderful way to not only learn about cities and their treasures, but also to feel comfortable with the transportation, culture etc of a place to operate comfortably and independently for the remainder of your stay in that location. Prague and Budapest were very fun and vibrant cities. George went above and beyond to welcome us to the cultures of Prague and Budapest. He was very fun and organized and sensitive to the needs of the group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hungarian cooking class was a "wow" moment, if I have to pick one! And that is said being a person with a gluten allergy. Class for very participative with great facilities, food and drink were awesome and we even left with a cookbook of some of the recipes."

Nancy

Kent, WA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I've been traveling to Europe since I was college in 1972 and have never used a tour guide. Since getting older we thought we would try the Rick Steve's company and it did not disappoint. In both Prague and Budapest the tour covered the highlights and allowed free time to go to places we were interested in that weren't covered. Our guide George was fabulous, very personable and enthusiastic. A great experience

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Realizing the fact that Budapest is a really great city to tour"

Linda

Philadelphia, PA

Tour: 09/29/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Educational and fun! I easily could have spent another week with the group and our guides. We got lots of culture, learned about the social and political events surrrounding the fall of Communism in the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as what life was like under the Communist regime. I also loved learning about the region's "ancient" history. Our group leader, George, was wonderful. Energetic, smart and genuinely adorable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private concert at Smentana Hall. The music was other worldly. That must be what music in heaven sounds like!"

Lashon

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The tour was a beautiful introduction to the high points of Prague and Budapest. I really appreciate the balance of the visual beauty with the historical context. There was the stunning view of Prague from the castle and the moving tour of the Josefov neighborhood. I loved seeing the "hidden" art in the streets and hearing about the Velvet Revolution from our local guide.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visually, my "wow" moment was the sunset view of Prague Castle across the Vltava during our concert on the final night in Prague. I was also very moved by the visit to the Pinkas Synagogue. The display of children's art was very moving as was the visit to the Jewish Cemetery."

Susan

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first group tour in many years. It exceeded my expectations in almost every way. The group size, guides, sites/sights included, hotel locations, bus, meals, etc. were all excellent. I particularly appreciated Anna's suggestions about where to eat to avoid tourist traps. I will probably plan to take another in the future. My only concern is the amount of walking - was a little tough. But that's on me. Need to be in better shape!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Prague Municipal Building - breathtaking."

Julie

Belmont, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a magnificent tour from beginning to end. The guides in both Prague and Budapest were absolutely fantastic. I learned so much about the political and cultural history of both countries. In Prague, especially, the tour included all the most important sites and experiences one could hope to have in that beautiful city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Almost impossible to limit it to one, so I'll have to mention 2. In Prague, the Municipal Building. Also, the Holocaust Memorial in the Jewish section - it was honestly one of the most moving experiences of my life."

Gail

Denver, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Both tour guides in Prague and Budapest were excellent. Provided interesting historical and current events perspective. Always had great recommendations for shopping and eating when we were on our own. Hotel in Prague could use an "updating."

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the night boat trip on the Danube. Cooking class was fun. Architecture in Prague especially, was stunning."

Brenda

Highlands Ranch, CO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great tour and our guides were fantastic!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Parliament building in Budapaest."

Stephen

San Diego, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very well organized

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The two female opera singers were outstanding"

David

Mequon, WI

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our main guide (Anna) and sub guide Max) were great. The itinerary was a good balance

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Dinner with other guests"

Christine

El Cajon, CA

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Besides getting sick, I really enjoyed the time I spent in Prague and Budapest. We love our tour guides. They're both knowledgeable on the history and culture of these places. The continental breakfast on both hotels are excellent. Although it was a little tiring, every single second of the tour is well spent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the cooking class and different architectures"

John

Saint Louis, MO

Tour: 09/22/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Anna was an exceptional very caring group leader. From the very first time we got together for the tour you could tell how much of herself she put into the tour!!She was very encouraging and helpful in allowing us to travel about on our own after the arranged tours for the day ended. Max our city guide in Prague really clicked with our group. His knowledge of history and the city was amazing. We were impressed with Budapest metro system and how easy it wss to get around the city.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Thats a very hard question !!We loved the old square in Prague, very busy with street people performing! Im impressed with ourselves maneaveering through all of the old streets and not getting very lost ! Budapest was also very pretty -- late September is a great time to see both cities (cool in the morning but perfect by afternoon!) The cooking class in Budapest wss a favorite memory. It was a wonderful way to get to know more of our tour members(working w/o spouse/significant other!)."

Marilyn

Olympia, WA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had never been to Eastern Europe before and this multi-faceted tour was captivating from beginning to end. It was full immersion into the culture, cuisine, history, and politics of these two grand cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Wow tour moments and "free" moments. Tour: Prague Castle, its cathedrals, palace, shops, and cafes. Lunch at the Strahov Monastery, don't usually drink beer at lunch but in Prague... Black Light Theater, real live fun! Children's art from the Terezin concentration camp in Pinkas Synagogue. Hungarian cooking class, Matthias Church, the Hungarian Opera House and performance! Free: The thermal baths, experience of a lifetime. My husband buying me a Prague garnet necklace. Enjoying a trdelni"

Diane

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

we had a great time. Our guide, Monika was terrific. Very organized and on top of all details. If you are limited to 8 days - I would spend one less day in Prague and one more day in Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The synagogue tours in Prague were amazing. The boat tour in Budapest was also amazing."

Gary

Sewickley, PA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Great trip - good weather - great food - great fellowship - great accommodations - great tour guides

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm in construction - so the architecture of was magnificent"

Stephen

Valencia, CA

Tour: 09/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

So glad I did this tour! Learned a lot and had great time!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Learning that Tommy Ramone of the Ramones was born 3 blocks from our hotel in Budapest. I thought he was from New York."

Jeffrey

Waukesha, WI

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Could not believe the beauty of the city architecture, but the stone and tile roads and walk ways not always easy. But their design and layout were awesome. The city has not changed only the people, who were helpful and kind every where we went. Now all the other foreign tourist, that another matter. Sure am glad your tour guides get us up and going early to beat the crowds.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Mucha Art"

Martha

Northfield, MA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

There are times, like this, when I wish I was eloquent. This was our 4th RS Tour, heavier on history and architecture than previous trips. Our fellow travelers were the best group yet. There were definitely no grumps. Everything from the hotels to the guides was superlative. All made the trip one of the best vacations ever.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My personal "Wow" moment was the top floor of the Maisel Synagogue in Prague. Being able to see the children's drawings, knowing what horrors they had experienced and continued to face was heartbreaking and powerful."

Jim

Scottsdale, AZ

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

The group itself was wonderful, meeting many people we will correspond with. The tour guides were excellent Despite a major injury to one of us, everything went well. We preferred Budapest because of the food, the wine and the sites. All the activities in both were wonderful and it was quite a learning experience for my wife as far as the Nazi and Communist occupations. I always enjoy Rick Steves tours (this was our third). I can't forget the beer in Prague either!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"All of the above"

Stephen

Northfield, MA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We never regret booking a Rick Steves Tour. Everything was to our liking; the guide, our fellow travelers, the hotels, the pace of the trip, everything. While we research what to do with our free time, Monika was a great help with helping prioritize the many things we wished to do/see.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Most of the RS tours we've been on have been heavy on art, less so on history. Prague & Budapest were all about history, and recent history at that. Both our main guide Monika, and our Prague city guide "Sharka", grew up under Communism. The "wow" moments were listening to them tell of life under Communism and how they and their families felt about it. There were lots of stories that began with "my Grannie always...""

Joan

Levittown, NY

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The live opera performance only for our tour group at the Budapest Opera House was my favorite "wow" moment. The singing was phenomenal and I enjoyed looking around at all the familiar tour group faces to see their reaction to the opera singing. It was a special intimate performance of exceptional quality singing. The inside of the Budapest Opera House is really spectacular also. Closely behind this "wow" moment, was the boat ride in Budapest at night."

Catherine

Mckinney, TX

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our 3rd RS tour, and we were not disappointed! We spent 4 days in Vienna before arriving in Prague and starting this tour - it was a great way to get over jet lag and see more of a city we didn't see enough of on the GAS Tour last year. It was nice to only unpack twice, spending 4 nights in both Prague and Budapest! The group solidified quickly and all the tour members were enjoyable companions - and our guide, Monika, was amazing!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "Wow" moment was the whole city of Budapest. I had no expectations for Budapest, and it blew me away. While Prague was beautiful and charming, Budapest was on a whole different level. From our terrific cooking class, the relaxing afternoon at the Szechenyi Spa, the wonderful Hungarian food and wine, the magical evening cruise on the Danube, the charming Magyar people, to all the sights and history in the city of Budapest, this tour and this city will not be soon forgotten!"

Kelli

Woodinville, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I learned so much about the history of Prague and Budapest that I wasn't expecting! The tour guides really made the trip into an unforgettable experience!

Judy

Bothell, WA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

everything was so organized. Monika was so fun and knowledgeable as was Sharka in Prague.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many"

David

Sioux Center, IA

Tour: 09/08/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a great time in Prague and Budapest. Our fellow travelers were a delight. Monika was helpful, caring, hospitable and informed in leading us.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing Charka's stories in the Prague castle, telling about her Dad and her Granny enduring communism and their perceptions of the fall of communism was powerful."

Deborah

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour and I think it was a great fit for us. I appreciated the variety of experiences, the knowledgeable guides, the pace, the seasoned and enthusiastic travelers who were part of our group as well as the time on our own to explore what we wanted.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several 'wow' moments - including the private opera concert in Prague and the Jewish Town and Velvet Revolution Tours with Andrea. I was also 'wowed' by the architecture at the Liszt Academy and Matthias Church (Budapest) and the Municipal Academy (Prague)."

Afsaneh

Los Altos, CA

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Compared to the my last 2 tours I rate the guide as well as the special guides below the last tours. Katerina is knowledgeable but scattered when she shares info. It will be good to give the essential info first and then add on more. often you wont get the info you need until she has said lots of nonessential stuff. I was disappointed with the set up of first night orientation. classroom style, hard to access seats, no wine/appetizers(had that before), very dry set up.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Not one...Danube cruise. Concerts in special venues."

Debbie

Colleyville, TX

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katarina was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. She was very proud of and enthusiastic about her city as were the other guides in Prague and Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I think they were all "wow" moments."

Jeffrey

Glastonbury, CT

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour. It had the balance between group activities/meals and free time I wanted. Options for spending the free time were well explained in the books and supplemented by our guide. The members of the tour were a compatible group who seemed to relish the balance between group and individual activities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The lighted Parliament building seen from the Danube River cruise."

Debbie

Silverton, OR

Tour: 09/01/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was an amazing adventure. It met every expectation and more. Katerina is an AMAZING guide. Rick Steves would be doing his business a big favor by keeping her for many years. She's amazing. She's just perfect at her job. Very knowledgeable and yet personable, all at the same time. Prague has been on my bucket list for about 20 years. It did not disappoint! It's such a beautiful city with so much to offer. Budapest is just an amazing city. So much to see and learn.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment was the concert that we went to at a beautiful church in Prague. There was an opera singer, trumpet player, and pipe organ. My mother was an amazing musician and loved classical music. To hear such beautiful music in the church filled my eyes with tears and I was wishing my mother was with me. Learning of the recent (to us) history of the communist control and the uprising in 1989 that finally let to their freedom was a highlight to me. I loved seeing the culture"

Laurinda

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' Tour. It was an excellent experience. Tour members friendly, welcoming-also my first time as a solo traveler. I had arrived about two days earlier, stayed at a different hotel on Wenceslas Square-so I spent the time wandering on my own and saw quite a few of the sights already. It was SO much richer with guides Peter and Katarina. The pace was great, liked having free time in afternoon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A GREAT experience overall, so don't really have a "wow" moment. I did particularly enjoy cooking our own lunch in Budapest, the boat ride on the Danube. Loved opera performance. It was fun wandering on the cobblestone alleyways in Prague and not knowing where one would end up."

Daryl

Fort Mill, SC

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and it was awesome! I look forward to booking future tours with this company.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Basically every thing we saw on our actual tours. The Danube cruise in Budapest was breathtaking. Mucha's stain glass window in the cathedral was a big wow."

Daniel

Ballston Lake, NY

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded my expectations. Both cities, Prague and Budapest, were fascinating, fun and a visual feast. I learned so much new information in each city, it was truly an incredible learning experience for me. However, Budapest was the big surprise for me. I found it to be a fabulous, vibrant, big city that was just a visual delight.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How can I compare the opera singers in Prague to the glorious night cruise in Budapest or compare our first dinner in Prague with the Czech musicians to the cooking class in Budapest? And of course, the final dinner together is always a celebratory culmination of a week together touring and learning. The wonderful opportunities to meet and talk with the other members of the tour at each breakfast and any mealtime often became special times of sharing in beautiful settings."

Marilyn

Indian Land, SC

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I I've the time provided to see other special sights that are not part of the formal tour but come explained and recommended by the tour book.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the Opera in Budepest was my wow moment. I felt the history, the beauty, and the value for fine arts through the artistry and architecture."

Hugh

Denville, NJ

Tour: 08/25/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very well planned & executed. The tour is a nice balance between "guided immersion" & independent free time. Our guide, Peter, was invariably "on top of his game" at all times on every detail. We did have a few minor glitches, but you actually had to be really paying attention to even notice that Peter was adjusting things & taking care of them - I'd not be surprised if half the group didn't even realize or notice. Enjoyed our fellow travelers too - a nicely rounded & experienced group.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A tie: 1) the private performance in Prague's Bedrich Smetana Museum, all of ~2m from the opera singers. Very nice and not something that an independent traveler is likely to be able to arrange. 2) the tour of the Budapest Opera House, as we had been prepared to be disappointed because it is under a three year renovation and the tour's originally planned visit had been cancelled -- but Peter did the local research to find out the 'real deal' and we got a morning tour."

Kathleen

Orondo, WA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Bottom line... Would I recommend Rick Steves tours to others ? Absolutely YES!! I have recommended your tours over and over again! This was my second Rick Steves tour. It's great to have the hard work of planning taken care of. The tour guide is so efficient. The accommodations are very good and sometimes very great and meals are wonderful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The review of "history" - the Nazis and Communism were very important to me. The fun "Wow" experience was the the "cooking school" experience with the group."

Tom

Cleveland Heights, OH

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague was an exceptional experience. Combined the historical highlights (my particular interest) with a great deal of information about the transition from communism. The personal stories of our local guide in Prague (Angela(?)) were particularly illuminating. Too bad it was so hot. Budapest was also great, but a different kind of experience. Monica did such a great job of teaching us how to use the public transportation system that we felt comfortable taking off on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Jewish Synagogue in Prague was the most impactful moment of the trip. Seeing all those names listed on the walls brought home the impact of the Holocaust to a much greater degree than other holocaust exhibits I have seen."

Diane

San Francisco, CA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I learned so much and had so many experiences of being surrounded by great beauty. The tour was well organized, the hotel accommodations were excellent.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The mineral baths in Budapest."

Patricia

Towson, MD

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was the trip of a lifetime! Beautiful architecture, rich culture, amazing history, delicious food, delightful people!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many. From the beautiful view from the castle in Prague to the opera house in Budapest!"

Carrie

Brunswick, GA

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything about our Rick Steve's tour to Prague and Budapest was magical! This was the first time going on a Rick Steve's tour and we felt as though we were spoiled rotten from beginning to end. I truly cannot say enough great things about our experience; it is difficult to put into words actually. The hotels were gorgeous and well appointed, the restaurant choices were top notch and the guides were knowledgeable, fun, kind, and funny.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"One of the moments that stood out for me was walking across the Charles Bridge after our orientation dinner, with dusk setting in and coming across an impromptu choral concert. It felt like I was standing in the middle of a fairy tale."

Susan Weber

East Amherst, NY

Tour: 06/23/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

A Rick Steves Tour never disappoints!! A smaller tour group, learning to navigate and experience a city as a local, extremely knowledgeable local tour guides and a well-planned itinerary combined to give a multi-faceted understanding of Prague and Budapest. Our hotels were well-located and lovely. I enjoyed the architecture, art, music and outdoor cafes. There was so much to learn and experience and Monika and Andrea did a fabulous job of sharing their cities!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"While the history was moving and makes one value our democracy so much more, I really enjoyed the music, art and architecture - especially the Municipal House with all of its Art Nouveau paintings, woodwork, furniture, draperies, ceilings. mosaic tile floors and lighting. Czechoslovakia's independence was declared from the balcony of the Municipal House in 1918. What a historic treasure! ,"

Gerardine

Casa Grande, AZ

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very happy with my first Rick Steves tour. It was well organized and a good balance of informed tours and free time. I particularly liked the history which Anna told us about as we walked around and the architecture was beautiful.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class, I would not have signed up for it and was surprisingly fun and ...delicious."

Eve

Putney, VT

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I didn't expect to like Budapest as much as I did. What an unexpected surprise! The Prague part of the trip was fine, but I could have easily done it on my own. We didn't do anything particularly unique. Also, we spent a lot of time talking about history - but nothing past 1989? What about 1989-the present? It would have been nice to talk about current issues in both countries. It would also have been nice to meet more people from both countries as part of the tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The baths in Budapest and the restaurant beforehand."

Elissa

Tucson, AZ

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely loved this tour! Amazing, knowledgeable guides, plenty of free time to explore on our own, and a great group of fellow travelers. Prague and Budapest are such interesting cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Chocolate crepes at Gundel in Budapest. So delicious and decadent in such a grand setting."

Frank

Columbus, OH

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well run trip with some great additions to the itinerary that made the trip very enjoyable.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concert at the Smetana Museum"

Norman

Buffalo Grove, IL

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Excellent people, itinerary, guides, food and fun.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Throughout, our time in Prague, Katka and Martin shared their personal experiences under Communist rule, and then when we visited the "heart monument" dedicated to Vaclav Havel, this was a "wow" moment for me."

Yumi

Oak Harbor, WA

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Love it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"show us how Czech fought over Communism"

Debra

Toms River, NJ

Tour: 06/02/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable and informative tour. Our guide and visiting guides couldn't have been any better. Katerina was very organized, knowledgable , and caring. This was our first Rick Steves tour and would definitely return on another tour soon.

John

Mason, MI

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

well organized. Excellent guides, good food, enjoyable group of fellow travelers

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague castle region during the day and reflections off the river when it was lit up was memorable. SO was the folk dance/concert in Budapest."

Robert

Denver, CO

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was a great time with great beer. Learned a lot about the history and the politics of both countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class at Chef Parade hit the spot for me. Everybody had fun and the food we made was wonderful."

Lisa

Benicia, CA

Tour: 05/26/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

The tour met my expectations as far as seeing the major sites in Prague and Budapest. I was not that impressed with some of the group restaurant choices, nor the bus ride from Prague to Budapest. We ran into a huge traffic problem and the trip took us well over 8 hours. Perhaps using the train would be a better solution. I was also disappointed in the hotels as they were crowded with other tour groups. Would have preferred to stay at a local mom and pop place.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Visiting Prague Castle and the Fishermans Bastion in Budapest. Also hearing first hand accounts of life under communist rule."

Wayne

Nipomo, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour with Rick Steves and true to his reputation it was outstanding. All of the tour guides were exceptional, from their knowledge of history and lore to the details of place and time. Coming from the US the history and architecture of Europe is so much more varied and fascinating, the details of which were highlighted by our guides. I truely enjoyed the whole experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I really enjoyed the river cruise in Budapest with all of the bridges and historical sites lite up at night. The cooking class was also a delight and a great bonding experience for our whole group."

Tana

Nipomo, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

As always our guides, both Anna and our city guides Vera and George, were just outstanding. It is the reason I sign up for your tours. They add so much to the experience and make it much more meaningful. The choice of emphasis in each city was helpful and the pacing was perfect, with enough free time to revisit or find other areas of interest. A little more information on the art of the city would be helpful with a summary of the museums quickly presented...overall a great use of time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to find just one...the night tour on the Danube, everywhere in prague, our cooking class."

Michael

Fountaintown, IN

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My wife and I had a fantastic time. Anna was very personable and knowledgeable and obviously enjoys what she's doing. Brooke was also very helpful and both seemed to work well together. The tour group really got along well together and it seemed as though you were travelling with old friends. The tour setup was a good mix of organized activities and on your own time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The black light theater Prague was a highlight for me. The pools in Budapest was also a lot of fun. The performance by the opera singer during the tour of the opera house on Budapest was a wonderful surprise."

Roseann

Bradenton, FL

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was amazing. I felt like we did just about everything I would have wanted to. Anna (our guide) was wonderful. I am convinced she turns into wonderwoman when a signal is sent out. If I had to give constructive criticism I would say that the hotel arrangements were kind of tough. The outside noise (prague) was loud and went on until at least 5 am. The air in the room did not work so we had to leave the windows open. we did ask the hotel as well as anna and the hotel was never able to fix

Favorite "WOW" moment

"the education on communism and what happened with the jewish community was absolutely invaluable. the guides were so knowledgeable and had some first-hand experience to share. very eye-opening."

John

Denton, TX

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was an excellent tour, which is typical for your company. We arrived late due to missing a flight connection and didn't attend the initial meeting at the hotel or the welcome dinner. Anna was very thoughtful and brought our meal in "to go" boxes to the hotel. It was nice to have something good to eat at midnight after a day of frustrating air travel. She also wrote sweet letter telling us how to reach her if needed. Prague was interesting but is definitely getting overcrowded with tourists.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Prague, it was the Jewish cemetery. In Budapest, the view of the city from the Liberty Statue."

Kaye

Folsom, CA

Tour: 05/19/19

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I would like a better outline of what will and won't be seen on tour. I spent the day before tour started seeking out things I wanted to see (David Cerny art) only to re-see much of it on tour. But didn't go other places that the tour was supposed to cover. Really, 10 minutes at Fisherman's Bastion?? Ten minutes at Matthius church?? Three minutes walking past Parliment? Not enough time for some major venues. (just my opinion, I know others feel differently)

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest night cruise"

W Brent

Houston, TX

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

This was our first tour experience. We enjoyed it and are considering other RS tours. If we do more tours it will be with RS!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything."

Ann

Canby, OR

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Our experience was fantastic! We saw so many beautiful places. We are sure we would not have seen half as much on our own. My husband and I are completing one survey.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Medieval feel of Prague and the architecture of the city. Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. In Budapest we loved the river cruise on the Danube at night"

Lori

Hawthorne, CA

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyone was well traveled and interested in exploring and learning everything there was to know. There was always interesting conversations. Enjoy getting the basic lay of the land and basic tours and then set free to explore on your own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Can't just pick one: Black Light Theatre - laughed, enjoyed talented people, cute stories. Prague Jewish Qtr names on the wall - so sad and senseless deaths. Budapest Hospital in the Rock - The courageous people who did everything they could to save every person that they could, and again the senseless deaths. Budapest - cooking class, love to cook. Food was delicious. I've made two dishes from the cookbook. Prague Alfonzo Mucha - Learned to appreciate his art, perfected facial expression."

Tom

Minneapolis, MN

Tour: 05/12/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From start to finish the tour was fantastic! Monika and Keith were always available to provide guidance and knowledge on how to enjoy a "Rick Steves" tour experience. The hotels were first rate and the meals were uniformly delightful. My experience of cooking lunch together at Chef Parade in Budapest was memorable. Lanca (spelling) the tour guide in Prague and Monika in Budapest shared their knowledge and pride of their home cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Among many was the initial walk across Charles Bridge in Prague. Also, the night cruise along the Danube in Budapest - beautiful."

Susan

Los Gatos, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

As always, knowledgeable main guides, terrific local guides (Max was exceptional) and special experiences that I wouldn't have done on my own make me glad to have done this trip. I gained a much deeper and broader appreciation of Prague and Budapest than I would have had if I had traveled there independently.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening cruise on the Danube was spectacular. How wonderful to be on a small boat with just the Rick Steves group. Eszter's narration and the taste of the local liqueur (Unicum?) were special touches I associate with Rick Steves tours."

Elias

St Johns, NL

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I just loved it and learned things that I could not get this information from other sources.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Everything was WOW for me"

Joanne

Claremont, CA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was only my second tour, but the guides frame your experience. Eszter is a bundle of energy, knowledge,historical perspective, local culture & team unity. Anna added the same perspective with a different, yet equally effective, approach. Both guides meshed well with each other & the entire group. Eszter, as well as Anna, were committed to an up close and personal experience of two wonderful cities and countries, with a very personal view of life under communist rule.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard question to answer, as how to you compare the beauty of the Prague Castle, with the poignancy of the Jewish/Josefov district museum and cemetery, to an unforgettable Danube River cruise seeing the striking night time beauty of Budapest. Choose any of these or all."

Chris

Wichita, KS

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Never a null moment.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Love how wonderful the Europeans are."

Maeve

St Johns, NL

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Guides were especially helpful and knowledgeable. they went out of their way to accomodate and inform us and make sure tour was an enjoyable one. Location of hotels /quality fine. Food etc great! Information was great!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Castle in Prague!! Cooking class in Budapest!"

Cecily

Bellingham, WA

Tour: 05/05/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was well organized & a true learning experience for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Evening boat ride on the Danube - any horizon views, day or night."

Karen

Thornton, CO

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George was exceptional guide!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private opera performance in Prague and the Christmas markets in Budapest."

Mark

Farmington, UT

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was fabulous!1 The initial briefing was handled very well as the tour flowed great thereafter.

Anne

Manasquan, NJ

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful! George and Jana were both outstanding guides - personable, knowledgable, and enjoyable in every way! I learned so much, every day, about the history of both cities, that I previously knew very little about. They are truly passionate about their countries, and gave us great suggestions about what to do in our free time. I enjoyed all of the musical experiences;the musicians at our first dinner in Prague to our last in Budapest and the private concert at the Dvorak Museum.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I would have to say the day spent at the Jewish Quarter in Prague and at the House of Terror in Budapest, both very moving. i was happy we got a chance to see the cities decorated for the holidays and especially enjoyed the Christmas Markets."

Charlene

Farmington, UT

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were kept on the move and were able to see many beautiful sites in Prague and Budapest. The small group made it intimate and personal. Everyone of our travel companions was pleasant and cheerful. We had wonderful, knowledgeable guides who took very good care of us. It is definitely a better travel experience when you have someone to tell you interesting facts about what you are looking at, rather than trying to figure it out on your own! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The history of the area and vast architectural beauty of Prague and Budapest was amazing! Whether standing ground level, looking up, or looking down from an elevated tower or wall absolutely takes your breath away!"

Kelly

Dublin, OH

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous tour - the itinerary, tour leader and Budapest local guide and Prague local guide, the hotels, the bus and the tour group. So nice to have the opportunity to be with other like-minded travelers who embrace the Rick Steves' style of travel and guides that provide deep insight into anything pertaining to the areas explored. Though I've been to Prague independently with friends twice before, I learned and experienced so much more on this trip.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Enjoying the elegant beauty of Budapest in the nighttime on the Danube river cruise."

Todd

Ripon, WI

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After the second day, I mentioned to one of our group members that I could go home that day and feel that I had already gotten my money's worth. I had high expectations, but you exceeded them in every way. Friends of mine travel solo and enjoy that mode of travel. I, however, simply don't have the time to plan a tour like this. I think you have done a fantastic job of packaging a ton of activity into a small amount of time, while still giving us some downtime.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In 8 days packed with "Wow" moments, it's impossible to pick just one, but I would say the day spent in the Jewish Quarter in Prague was the most moving."

Kristin

Ipswich, MA

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was well organized, with great attention to 'local flavor'. Also a bonus was the local Guide for Prague and our guide was exceptional in his attention and knowledge. There was enough free time to explore as well. The other bonus were the many cultural additions, IE musician's from the Prague Orchestra at dinner our first night, and a private, amazing concert at the Dvorak museum. Really, I learned so much about the Czech and Hungarian culture thanks to both our guides.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many, but I loved the Palace complex and St Vitus cathedral, and the St Mathias' church in Budapest. I also loved the evening boat ride on the danube, with the lights illuminating Buda and Pest at their best. I was moved by the tour of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. It left an indelible impression on me. I truly appreciated the history of these cities. I was blown away by Budapest."

Laura

Berea, OH

Tour: 12/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything planned worked--the company was good, our guides were good, the bus was good, the walks were too. It was cold (December(, but that was expected. I'm just a happy camper!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hah! I knew you'd ask that...actually, of course, everything was both new and familiar.(I've not been to Prague or Budapest so it was all new.) The people we met were friendly and helpful (so that was kinda familiar). One wow moment? That's hard...I liked the free time we had to explore on our own after our introduction to the area. If I had to pick just one? The Jewish section of Prague--very touching and much, very beautiful."

Carl

Highland, IN

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katerina was a fantastic guide providing insight into the history and culture of the area. Her stories regarding living through communism and post communism really enhanced the tour. Katerina was also very thoughtful and personable, and had great relationships with restaurants and area musicians. The local guides, food, local beverages, private concert at Smetnana museum, recommendations on what to do on our own, Café Gerbeaud, ChefParade cooking class, and Danube night views were great, too!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first night set the stage for how great the tour would be. Our guide Katerina timed the evening perfectly. We arrived at the Astronomical Clock to see it announce the hour in all it's glory. She guided us to the bridge to see the 100th Anniversary of Czechoslovakia celebration fireworks. And then went on to a fantastic restaurant for dinner, including a toast with Becherovka (a local herbal liqueur)...plus a performance by two very entertaining Prague musicians."

Julia

Nokomis, FL

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was wonderful, the guide was amazing and personable, and the local guide in Hungary was also priceless and added so much to the experience. We found it far more educational and personal than we expected.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Budapest was so fun and the cookbook to take home was a nice touch."

Susan

Southborough, MA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour and it won't be my last. Wonderful balance between guided time and free time. Katerina was a fantastic guide. She was enthusiastic, gave us orientations of both cities, taught us to use the public transportation in both cities and provided many suggestions for things to do during our free time. I learned so much but also relaxed during this vacation. In Prague and Budapest the group spread the message of building bridges not walls!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have 3 Wow moments to share. 1. It was amazing to be in Prague our first night for the 100 year celebration of the independence of Czechs and Slavs from Hapsburg rule. Fireworks over the Vlatara River! It was a miracle that no one in our group got lost in the huge crowds. 2. The cooking class in Budapest was so fun and our group made a delicious lunch! 3. The musical experiences in both cities from the Prague Castle Orchestra to the opera singers in Prague and Budapest were special."

Erica

Dallas, TX

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The overall tour was amazing! Katerina's attention to detail and her thoughtfulness made the tour super enjoyable. The countries were beautiful, though filled with such dark history. The tour was well-organized and we did not have to worry about anything. Katerina even helped to arrange transport to the airport. Overall, the experience was a wonderful one, and I will be joining another tour in May!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were a lot of "wow" moments, but definitely the Charles Bridge in Prague and the Parliament building in Budapest."

Cynthia

Lincoln, NE

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katerina (Katka) was an outstanding guide. She was very knowledgeable and could relate her own personal experience during the time of the iron curtain. She was very personable, and managed time well. I personally found both Prague and Budapest rich with history, it was a very educational trip. Both Prague and Budapest are beautiful cities, and Katka taught us how easy they are to navigate and visit

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I can't think of one that stood out above the rest. It was overall a very interesting and thought-provoking trip."

Daniel

West Newbury, MA

Tour: 10/28/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

much more relaxing than our first sicily trip probably because there was less running around to cover large swaths of territory. it was nice being in only two hotels and having to move once(though we added on to the end and went to Vienna). the choice of hotels was tremendous in terms of location i.e.just be near an opera. in addition the amenities there were quite comfortable and the staff was great. our guide was wonderful and the viewing lovely. food we found was ok and beer is better in usa

Favorite "WOW" moment

"probably the river tour at night in budepest....next to the opera stars singing to us in a salon and /or on the stairs in budepest while dancing w/my wife."

Francine

Mundelein, IL

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was outstanding and the guide was very experienced and made the tours very interesting and enjoyable. I would not think twice about doing a Rick Steve's tour again.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague was by far my favorite place and the Jewish sights were amazing."

Amy

Portland, ME

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

This was a great tour however did not compare to the RS tour I took last year. Our guide and tour group were great. The land was beautiful but way too crowded for me. I know the crowds of tourists is no fault of RS, just made it less enjoyable for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the river cruise at night I'm Budapest. Seeing the parliament building glowing at night was such a special experience, almost magical. I never thought i'd Say this put I was also blown away by the cooking class in Budapest. What a fun experience!"

Mary

Cat Spring, TX

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best trips because of the guide. I have been on lots of Rick Steve Tours, but Katerina was by far the best tour guide I have ever had. She was personable, made the cities and their histories come alive, provided special touches, and genuinely cared for each of us. She helped all of the group bond with one another.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I enjoyed all of the tour. I liked the first dinner with the Prague musicians."

Anne

Norfolk, VA

Tour: 10/21/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved the impromptu, unexpected performance of a male and female opera singers in Prague. Such a delight!"

Janet

Delray Beach, FL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everything was great. Peter was an awesome guide who arranged fabulous experiences.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to name. I loved the private opera concert with two singers performing beautiful arias."

Susan

Bay Shore, NY

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall tour experience was great. It's my third tour and it met my level of expectations. A few of the meals on the group dinners were a little disappointing, but I understand the complexitites of feeding a group. The atmopshere and companionship still made it an overall pleasant dinner. Very happy with our guide local guide and Peter. Peter is so positive he really helped make the trip special. Love the mix of tour time and our own time. It's a good balance. Cooking class was amazing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I'm not a fan of this question because I have trouble picking a moment- but beautiful city scapes and views are always a wow for me. Prague and Budapest are beautiful cities and to see them at night or from a good spot with a view is pretty special. The cooking class was great fun and a wonderful bonding experience for the group. And our food was delicious!"

Sue

Collegeville, PA

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first Rick Steves tour, and we loved it! Definitely looking forward to our next one now. Really wished we'd had at least another day or two in each city, but now I have a reason to go back. A nice balance of planned group activities and free time to explore on our own. A lot of walking on this tour, but that was a good way to burn off all the hearty food (and beer)! We were surprised at how widely English was spoken, so language was not a barrier.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to choose! The sense of history in Prague, the sheer size and impressiveness of St. Vitus Cathedral, the beauty of Budapest at night from the Danube were all "wow". Also, the private concert at the Smetana Museum on our last night in Prague, and the Hungarian cooking class (and the food we made and then ate for lunch) made lasting memories. Actually, the whole trip was one big wow!"

Carol

Cheshire, CT

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Excellent balance of touring and free time. Our guides, Peter and Jana were outstanding and provided deep knowledge, context and personal storytelling to enrich the entire experience. Appreciated the way the days were broken out by location, history. The enrichment components (Prague opera presentation, Budapest cooking class, etc.) were excellent additions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Throughout the tour, due to the excellent guides, the complex history of Central Europe resonated. A "wow" moment was in Budapest when Peter described how Hungary continues to swap out statutes and rewrite its history to wipe out its complicity in both the Nazi and Communist phases of the country's past. This was further detailed in the Terror Museum."

Margaret

Chicago, IL

Tour: 10/14/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Everything was very fine. Both the overall guide Peter and Prague local guide Jana was knowledgeable, personable, helpful, and real assets to the tour. The locales were both wonderful. The hotels were just fine. The food was very good (although not as good as in Spain or Italy - but that's a matter of local cuisine).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Despite the dismissive review in the Rick Steve guidebook, we visited the Convent of St. Agnes and the Medieval Art Museum that it houses in Prague and thought it was just wonderful. The restaurant was outstanding - and the fruit dumping we had there - potato dough around plums (could be other fruit), boiled, and then served with melted butter, poppyseed and powdered sugar was just as delicious as the ones my Czech grandmother used to make. And we couldn't find them anywhere else in Prague."

Heather

Medford, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was very well organized. George was great. Martin in Prague was excellent as well. Enjoyed the fun little extra experiences, the Opera concert, the stops to try local foods and libations. As the only Jewish people on the tour, I appreciated the way the guides talked about the Holocaust very sensitively, especially addressing the issue about the memorial in Prague (I think), which I had read about.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I loved seeing all the art nouveau in churches and museums."

James

Indianapolis, IN

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George & Martin did an outstanding job. I really appreciated how George would give us an overview of the town our first evening and then would expand our understanding of the cities in bitesized pieces. I never felt overwhelmed but by the time we left, I felt like I could get anywhere.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"George told how communism impacted Hungry through the years and in particular his family. It was incredibly stirring. I wish I had a video of it."

Dennis

Encinitas, CA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George our leader was great.and we had great local guides in both cities. I liked the mix of free time and group activities. My only improvement would be to find another form of transportation from Prague to Budapest as the bus took all day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The buildings lighted at night from our river cruise in Budapest."

Howard

Medford, MA

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall, we had a great experience. You folks really know what you are doing. The guides, George and Martin, were the best. The pacing was just right. We liked doing some guided tours in the am and then on our own in the PM to explore. I really appreciated the orientations to the cities and public transportation. The handsets contributed a lot to the experience because you never had to worry about getting lost or separated from the guide and could focus on the story or the surroundings.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Several: Personal stories about living under Communism; The Prague synagogue with thousands of names on the walls of folks who had died under Nazi rule; the beauty of Prague, especially. The Charles Bridge at night!"

Stephen

Thornton, CO

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed being in a part of the world that I never thought I'd see. Doing the tour provided us with information we would not have gotten otherwise. I liked that we were taken to and told about certain areas and then had time, later on, to go back if we wanted. Everyone in the group were very friendly and easy to get along with. Our guide, George, was awesome! He gave us information and "guidance" that took away any fears a person may have in a foreign country.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It may have been the first night in Prague when we went to the Charles bridge and could see the castle and all the spires around and just the realization of being there! But there were a lot of "wow" moments."

John

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Tour: 10/07/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my fourth Rick Steves' tour. It met my expectations for overall efficiency, interest, freedom of participation and education. I look forward to my next tour.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night boat ride on the Danube in Budapest and the visit to the mineral baths."

Martin

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

George and Monika were awesome along with the local experts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Many wow moments; how nice the people were, the views from the bridges to the river tour at night."

Susan

Salem, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague and Budapest have such amazing histories and the tour let us understand so much more. It was an amazing group of people on our tour and George and Monika guided us through Budapest with such care and expertise. We are so pleased that we got to fully experience this part of Central Europe.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube evening boat cruise was stunning and the strudel afterwards was a treat!"

Donna

Keizer, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George and Monika were very knowledgeable about Budapest. They were patient with questions, full of suggestions on how to spend free time and a joy to be with. Even after the tour I sent Monika a note about my preference for Hungarian Strudel over Vienna's version.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Sitting in the Budapest Opera House and hearing a costumed soprano singing The Drinking Song from La Traviata. I cried."

Evelyn

Woodbridge, VA

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tours in both cities were very good and comprehensive. I especially enjoyed the Jewish quarter in Prague and our night at the opera; in Budapest the nighttime river tour and our cooking class stand out.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Finding a close version of my maiden name on the wall in the synagogue in Prague where victims of the Holocaust were named. We are Roman Catholic but perhaps we have a history that says we were at one time Jewish? And learning how to make goulash."

Matthew

Homer, NY

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The Prague and Budapest Tour contained a nice mix of activities and experiences. I would give this tour a high recommendation to anyone considering it. Both Prague and Budapest have a lot to offer a traveler. Our hotels were also very conveniently located. We had a range of experiences that provided variety and broke up the routine of typical tourist experiences. Opera, beer, history, Mucha Museum and Slav Epic, great food, an evening cruise on the Danube and a cooking class in Budapest.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking class in Budapest. The 1 1/2 hour time period is better than the 3 hour time slot the Chef Parade normally uses."

Margaret

East Syracuse, NY

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I was very pleased with the ease of signing up and doing the pre-tour "paper work". The information provided was thorough and the office staff was helpful when I needed to contact them. The guides were well organized and efficient in getting the group around each city. They knew the history of the places we visited and shared it with enthusiasm. The hotels were comfortable and well located. It was nice to have time on our own to pursue individual interests.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"At the Szechenyi Baths I felt that we were really mixing with the local residents."

Rosemary

Lake Forest, IL

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

It was wonderful to have two Budapest natives show us the city they love. Our time was shortened a bit so the beginning of the city tour had to be condensed. Elsemer had a lot to tell us in a short period of time so it was hard to digest all of the information. George and Monika were both energetic, informative and enthusiastic. They shared practical information on travelling in Budapest (George's advice on money changing is something I will use wherever I travel).

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Touring the House of Terror. I asked George, with limited time, should my sister and I visit the National Gallery (with a Frida Kahlo exhibit) or the House of Terror. He explained what each contained thereby giving us the information we needed to make the choice that was better for us. Watching the survivors' stories (as with the Holocaust Museum in USA) gave us personal understanding of how lives were destroyed in both the Czech Republic and Hungary by first the Nazis and then the Communists"

Darrell

Keizer, OR

Tour: 09/30/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first tour experience, and it was amazing. We (my wife and I) had no difficulty in signing up for the tour. The process was easy to follow. The hotels, meals, and other logistics were organized and "as advertised". The tour agenda was full everyday, but "free time" was built into the tour experience. We had plenty of time to explore on our own. Also as advertised, this is an intense physical tour. Lots of walking on uneven terrain, as well as climbing many, many stairs.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The "wow" moment for me was unexpected. The tour group participated in a cooking class in Budapest. I was not looking forward to this event, but it turned out to be a wonderful experience. We were divided into smaller workgroups for the meal preparation. The event was well organized, and the instructors were wonderful. I believe every member of our tour group thoroughly enjoyed this experience. And the meal was delicious!"

Enriqueta

Marshall, VA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Hotels centrally located and comfortable. Monika did an excellent job as overall tour leader and organizer/coach/ and historian. Prague and Budapest full of history and beautiful cities. Group compatible and enthusiastic.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"No one event stands out. The sites of both cities on rivers and the architecture were the most memorable. Enjoyed concerts in both cities but history most compelling. Cooking class and spa were very enjoyable "time out" from the brutal history."

Nelly

Syosset, NY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very good, we ran into bad weather in Prague for two days, wind and some rain and cold weather, which made it a bit uncomfortable to be outdoors. The weather pattern changed and became more sunny and pleasant. Monika gave us an excellent introduction to the tour the first day. I wish I had arrived a couple of days earlier to rest and settle down before starting the tour. I arrived the same the day of the tour I was tired from the trip had very little sleep on the plane.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The castle in Prague, the Opera House in Budapest, The Parliament building in Budapest, the tea and hot chocolate crepes we had in Budapest. The boat ride in Budapest was great!! and the cooking class we had it was a lot of fun and the food was excellent!!! Enjoyed the bus ride to Budapest, was nice to sit down and see the countryside along the way."

Connie

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

We had great accommodations close to sights of interest. We especially liked our time in Budapest with our guide, who gave us her personal experiences and insight into its history and current political issues. It was very easy to walk or use the transit passes we were given while on our own time! I feel that I have a much broader understanding of the recent history of these two countries, which seemed so valuable to me! The evening Danube River Cruise was spectacular!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Danube River Cruise!"

Nancy

Richland, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Liked everything about them, your guides are friendly and helpful as well as knowledgeable. They explain things well and are patient. I esp. compliment those folks who must go out and actually make the decisions of who/what is on each tour....you have done excellently. I am interested in the holocaust,having met a survivor, and therefore appreciated seeing Mauthausen and Dachau.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I esp. was awed by Mauthausen as I had met Simon Wiesenthal personally decades ago when he was mentioned in a Readers Digest article in the early 70's and I called on him when in Vienna...one of the most profound experiences of my life; he had been a prisoner in Mauthausen. I loved the architecture of Prague and Budapest as well, and also enjoyed the boat ride."

Samuel

Louisville, KY

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was the first trip to Europe for me and my wife, and the experience exceeded our expectations. We had eight delightful days in these cities and found all of our tour mates friendly and interesting. We then took our newfound skills on to Vienna another three days. The tour taught us how to better plan and pace our travel days.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When a soprano from the Budapest Opera picked me out of the group to dance the Champagne Waltz!"

Robert

Sudbury, MA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

I had previously gone on Madrid/Spain and Sicily. This Prague/Budapest tour was not as good. Reasons may include (1) Prague/Budapest had the largest group size and least cohesive, (2) there was less personal interest and interaction w/the tour guide, perhaps because of group size, perhaps for other reasons, (3) I suspect Prague/Budapest are more bleak than the Madrid/Spain and Sicily venues. Prague was crowded with tourists, many young, and it felt like Ft Lauderdale on Spring Break.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The first walking tour of Hungary. This was the tour guide's home town. She seemed especially engaged and knowledgeable."

Christine

Vancouver, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it was to Prague and Budapest. Our guide Monika was phenomenal. She was informative, fun and funny. She was quick to answer any questions that we had and really by the end of the tour it felt like we were all part of a large family. What I especially enjoyed about the tours was that enough "down" time was plugged in so that I could either rest or explore some on my own. I am already planning my next tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It is really hard to pick just one "wow" moment, there were so many. My two favorites were the Danube River boat cruise in Budapest and exploring the castles in both Budapest and Prague."

Kimberly

Federal Way, WA

Tour: 09/23/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Exceeded all expectations

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Walking around Prague and looking at the various architecture in general. Is a very beautiful city. On our own my favorite wow moment was the Gellért and Schnizya baths in Budapest. Our guide did a good job telling us how to navigate and what to expect inside so that we didn't feel lost and could navigate on our own."

Paul

Bonita Springs, FL

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 3 of 5

In general, I would say we tried to cover too much in Prague and Budapest. I would rather have hit some of the more important landmarks and done them in depth. So there was a sense of - let's get moving on we have lots to see. What was covered in depth - the Velvet Revolution and Jewish life in Prague - was overdone.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The small concert presented in Prague. Great singers performing beautiful arias."

Lisa

Ballwin, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katka, our guide, was really outstanding. She was so open in discussing her family life and what it was like under communism, and I think it really helped me to have a better understanding of Prague and Budapest. Our group was fun to travel with. I liked the balance between time as a group and time to go exploring on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one....I really enjoyed our tour of the castle in Prague, the cooking class in Budapest and the Danube cruise. Both cities are really something to see at night!"

Cathy

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Very enjoyable! Had so much fun! Liked all of our tour guides, especially Katerina and Elemer. Enjoyed the personal stories about life under communism from the guides. The cruise on the Danube was lovely. All the places we ate were great and the hotels were both very nice.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Loved the crepes (pancake) at Gundel. Really enjoyed the cooking class and did not think I would."

Diana

Granger, IN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

We had one of the best tour guides on this trip. Katka was so personable and knowledgeable that she made our Trip very memorable. I loved Prague with its history and the pride it takes in its city. I liked Budapest as well it was just so much bigger and our time there was limited. Their transportation system was very good and easy to get around. I think I like trips better when I get out in the country then confining myself to two large cities. I'm glad I experienced these two beautiful cities.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Night time in both cities."

Michael

Cypress, TX

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour; it far exceeded my expectations! The tour experience was so memorable; the exploring, the sights, the public transportation was much fun. The meals were incredible, the hotels (and breakfasts!). Many special surprises. I can't wait for Tour #2 !

Favorite "WOW" moment

"If I could possibly choose (I loved so many things), it would have to be the classical music private performance."

Teresa

South Bend, IN

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The private classical music concert (opera) in the Smetana Museum in Prague."

Linda

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our tour guide "Kat"..she was wonderful"

Lawrence

Canyon Country, CA

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Katka was a great guide. Kind, knowledgeable, unflappable and empathetic. One of your best.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The thermal baths in Pest."

Bill

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 09/16/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We started our trip in Munich and spent 11 days in Austria before hooking up with the Rick Steves' tour in Prague. Best of both worlds, on your own and with a group. We had never been on a tour of any kind and had a wonderful time. Certainly will do it again. The guides were most impressive and my favorite part. Katka and Elemer's reflection on life under communism was very interesting and I could have listened to a lot more. Prague and Budapest are truly beautiful, never ending architectu

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably the square in Prague, but it's really hard to pick."

Fred

Point Reyes Station, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Everyday was something quite different and unique.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The night boat tour in Budapest"

Donna

Hammondsport, NY

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We visited Berlin and Dresden before taking a train to Prague to meet this tour. Our tour guide Eszter was excellent. She lived through the history that she shared with us so her stories were both historical and personal. Both cities are beautiful. As expected, the Charles Bridge was packed with tourists but we were able to go over it in the evening which was better than during the day. Prices were very reasonable! Meals and drinks were not expensive at all.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"A Vivaldi concert in Old Prague which was not part of the tour but which Eszter had on her list of recommendations...We especially enjoyed our fellow travelers- such a fun, interesting, friendly group of people! (Our best moments were when we went out with others during our free time. The concert was one of these outings. Thanks everyone!)."

Joan

Fall City, WA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had a great time on this tour to Prague and Budapest. It was my first time visiting Europe and Rick Steve's, as well as our various tour guides did an excellent job.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"When I found out we were going to go to a cooking school and preparing a meal, I was initially not looking forward to it. After working with my group and seeing everyone prepare different meals for the final Hungarian lunch spread, I had a blast. Not only did we learn what was in our food, but we were able to have some good times socially while working to prepare our portion of the meal. In the end, we got to sit down and experience the Hungarian meal. We all had a really great time!"

Terry

Marina Del Rey, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Eszter was awesome, organized, knowledgeable, and prepared. The three days in Prague were intense and tiring, with tons of history. I was left feeling that I had not really seen the present-day city. More free time there would have enhanced my experience. Sharka and George were fabulous local guides. Budapest was very interesting and the tour gave a good blend of old and new.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to Sharka's stories about her experience of communism as a young girl and her father's explanation when it was abolished."

Bernice

Naples, FL

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

It was excellent. Our guide was fantastic. I also liked that we had other guides to provide information and show other sites. Additionally Eszter was super helpful in suggesting other activities, restaurants and sites. There was the perfect amount of "down or on my own " time. I liked having a few meals with the group but also plenty of opportunity to dine and explore on my own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cooking school was super fun. And it was very interesting hearing from people (guides) who lived through the era of communism. Also I LOVED the crepe & coffee at The Gundel Restaurant. Yumm."

Celia

Danville, CA

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Prague and Budapest Tour This was my first Rick Steves' Tour and was very impressed with the itinerary and quality of the tour. I brought my 25 year old daughter with me and she enjoyed the company of a young couple closer to her age on the tour. Our guide, Eszter Bokros, was extraordinary! She was knowledgeable about all sites and history, very attentive to our needs, and displayed a beautiful upbeat and outgoing personality. Both hotels offered a fantastic breakfast.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The evening boat ride on the Danube in Budapest showed the city in a glorious light."

Barbara

New Berlin, WI

Tour: 09/09/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour of any kind, so we were not sure what to expect. We picked this tour because it was a walking tour. There was just the one bus trip to Budapest. We were so glad we picked this one. It was truly a walking tour. We did used a tram, bus and subway a couple of times but that was easy to do once we went on each with our tour guide first. We both loved the tour, the guide and the group was exceptional! Everything, was planned for us, even the ride back to the airport!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were so many "wow" moments during our tour. On of mine was the private boat tour down the Danube that our Guide booked for the group. Incredible scenery and so much fun with our group. But there was an emotional "wow" moment too. It was the Holocaust memorial in the Jewish Quarter of Prague. The names written on all the walls and the art from the children of Terezin, truly moved me to tears. My husband's "WOW" was the Castle tour in Prague. He loved the stories from our local guide."

Vicki

Lewisville, TX

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Unfortunately, my trip wa jinxed and I had to leave the tour early. My daughter was sick on the plane going to Prague and I injured my right knee and so we had to fly home the day the tour moved on to Budapest. I am so sorry I missed that part of the trip. I'll be ok and hope to travel again in the near future. Prague is a wonderful old city but with a variety of architectural styles. The story of Prague's evolution was not one I was familiar with so it was very interesting to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There are a lot of grand buildings, but seeing the art nouveau interior of the Municipal building was a real treat. Alfons Mucha's contributions to that movement were known to me, but I was not aware he was from Prague."

Tim

Belmont, CA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite moment was Honza's walking lecture about the Velvet Revolution. I really enjoyed the detailed account he gave of the first night of the Revolution. What made his account gripping was his own personal involvement as a teenager."

Cathy

Cass City, MI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves' tour and it far exceeded my expectations. I chose Rick Steves' because I liked the idea of visiting a country and learning about the culture and history. I didn't want to feel like a tourist, I wanted to understand the people and country. Honza helped the tour group to bond and by the end of the tour we exchanged contact information and plan to stay in touch. i appreciated the schedule where we had part of each day scheduled and free time with suggestions.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were many "wow" moments but Honza's reenactment of the Velvet Revolution march stands out for me. Sharing his personal experience made history come to life. I was alive at this time and remembered the events from afar, but his retelling gave me chills. This was a similar experiece with Elemer' in Budapest and made this tour different from other trips I have experienced."

Michael

Seattle, WA

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 1 of 5

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Favorite "WOW" moment

"Tour of the Prague Municipal House and panoramic views of the Budapest Parliament Building."

Linda

Kalamazoo, MI

Tour: 09/02/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour exceeded our expectations - great sights and great architecture - history came alive every day. It was a perfect mix of guided walks and free time, for which we were well-prepared to head out on our own. The cooking school in Budapest was fun and different. The thermal baths as an option were great at the end of the tour - to participate or not, to stay as long as we wished - well-planned! I'm so glad my friend and I took this tour, this year.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing Honza's first-person narrative as we walked the route of the student protest in 1989. He made it so personal and real!"

Susan

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We were more than pleased with our Accommodatlons. Guides. Participants All the extra activiti

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Danube River tour"

Marilane

Round Rock, TX

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

After years of looking forward to Prague it was a disappointment as it is one big ash tray and so crowded that much of the atmosphere is lost. Early morning walks were a joy. History and music are everywhere and we certainly enjoyed those to the fullest. Prague has some outstanding restaurants. Hotel location excellent Budapest met and exceeded expectations - our 2nd trip. Getting inside some of the places we had only glimpsed previously made the day. River cruise was lovely.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Concerts. Each one seemed better than the previous. I was not looking forward to cooking school which seemed a waste of time but I enjoyed every minute and had a ball making strudel and watching my non-cooking husband enjoy adding water and stirring soup."

Patricia

Hurst, TX

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was very well organized and punctual. The value I received for the dollars spent well exceeded my expectations. I was awed by what we saw and learned, humbled by the glimpses into the past, deeply touched by the warmth of the locals and their willingness to share their lives with us, enthralled with their stories and inspired by their talents. I was moved to tears by the performances we experienced in a private group setting. And of course, my belly was always full!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was definitely the private performance in the Opera House in Budapest."

Shelby

Hermitage, TN

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was fantastic. This was our second Rick Steves' tour and we will continue to take others. The ability to feel a part of a very small group and get the guided aspect we look for combined with a lot of free time to explore and become an independent traveler is second to none. The information was fascinating and our guides did a fantastic job!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I have a few, but one in particular was the musicians that came to our restaurant on the first night of the tour. They were fantastic. The following day we were touring the Prague Castle complex and we bumped into the same musicians performing on the street. It was so magical to witness such authenticity. This is really their job and they performed for us privately. I can't really describe it because it seems mundane, but it was very neat to have that connection to a local in that way."

William

Austin, TX

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

All the guides were excellent, especially George in Budapest. I enjoyed the extra cultural events such as the added music and the cooking class naturally Itelka made us feel special. Really enjoyed the special stops to have local snacks and desserts.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It was all a wow."

Wendy

Collingswood, NJ

Tour: 08/26/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Awesome as all your tours are. This is my third.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the Budapest Parliament building all lit up at night from the Danube boat tour."

Amy

Metuchen, NJ

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second tour with Rick Steves and it absolutely met our expectations for an exciting and stimulating vacation. Enjoyed our fellow tour members, our tour guide and the city guides - as well as the mix of group tours and free time for individual city exploration.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The absolute "wows" were the city tours with the local guides in both Budapest and Prague. Both guides shared their amazing knowledge of their city's history, architecture and culture. Especially appreciated their discussions - and personal experiences/opinions - related to more recent history including World War II and rise and fall of communism. Another "wow" t was the opportunity to experience live music /opera on two occasions in Prague."

Dianne

Ramsey, NJ

Tour: 06/24/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Loved it! Hope to do another soon.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest baths, Budapest river cruise, and private opera performance in Prague."

Philip

Edmonton, AB

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Overall my experience was such that I have been praising Steves' tours as a preamble to all conversations I have about the trip. Specifically all the guides and their activities organized were outstanding. Looking back I am amazed by the variety of experiences provided by the tour. Cooking classes, opera arias, boat trips, engagement parties, night clubs; it just kept coming on. I want to do it again!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My 'wow' moments tend to be very small and singular. Eszter impressed me when she put together a list of Czech and Hungarian authors with their book titles and directors with their movie titles. This led me to a bookstore in Budapest where I had a fine conversation with a young clerk who had a broad knowledge of Slavic literature of which I had very little knowledge myself. Since returning home I have been working my way through a foot deep pile of books. Thank you Eszter"

Larry

Bloomington, IN

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Have taken a half dozen tours, but first Rick Steves tour. Tour guides were excellent and traveling companions in group were wonderful. Had just the right balance between Prague and Budapest for me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague's architecture was incredible, especially churches and synagogues. Too many wonderful sites to single out just one."

Jaime

Edwards, CO

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I wasn't sure about doing a tour before I signed up, and I am so glad I took the risk. I have always loved the guidebooks that Rick Steves publishes and wanted to try the tours. The experience was incredible. I enjoyed having Eszter as our guide, the local guides were great, and the hotels were nice. The various surprises that Eszter built in were also super fun and always well timed.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"I struggle naming just one. I absolutely loved Budapest and the thermal baths. I loved how our guides were so open and willing to share about growing up during communism it's hard to fathom what that would have been like coming from the USA and they helped bring it to reality, gave perspective, and didn't hammer it to pieces. The people in the tour with us. We all got along and I loved hanging out and exploring new places in the world that were like minded and and hear their journeys."

Robert

Atlanta, GA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I had an amazing time on my tour. I felt there was a good amount of free time to balance with the tour. I was able to see the best of both Prague and Budapest in the short time span of 8 days. Our guides were terrific and I could tell they wanted to give us the best experience possible. Finally and probably most memorable was I proposed to my girlfriend on the Danube river. Hard to beat this trip

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Seeing the charles bridge for the first time in Prague"

Julie

Mercer Island, WA

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I enjoyed this tour so much more than i thought i would. I chose it because i wanted a trip that would adjoin the Adriatic tour, and the timing of this trip fit perfectly. The tour guides and my fellow travelers were wonderful and i really enjoyed them. Prague and Budapest were beautiful, Prague especially. I really wanted to understand life under communism, and the museums in these cities gave me a better awareness of that.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite Prague moments were things i did outside of the tour: rowing on the Vltava, touring through the Museum of Alchemy and hanging in the Golem garden of the Hastal Prague hotel. In Budapest, it was the time spent at the thermal baths -- i swam laps and played in all of the pools."

Jacqueline

Tarboro, NC

Tour: 06/10/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steves tour, and I am happy to say it will not be my last. The attention given to each detail by the tour organizers and guides was obvious - from pointing out spots of local interest during free time (according to interests of group members) to dietary needs and room comfort - I felt very well taken care of. As a solo traveller I was concerned about being solo the entire time, but the buddy checks and quick camaraderie of our group erased that concern within minutes.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My favorite "wow" moment from this tour was... how can just one be chosen? I think anytime there was a meal was something to celebrate - the food in these two countries was absolutely amazing. Coffee and cake? Yes, please. Okay, there were lots of amazing sights as well, but the food...!"

John

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Honza is a marvelous guide! We had a packed tour that gave us a complete overview of the culture of both Prague and Budapest. His tips on places to eat were spot on, and the meals with the tour were an excellent variety. His personal stories of growing up in Prague were captivating and added depth to the sights we were seeing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hanza totally surprised us several times. The Franz Liszt Music academy tour, the pancakes at Gundel, the Opera performance were all special. However, his personal tale of the overthrow of the Czech Communist government, in the location that it happened was truly special."

Arman

Bellevue, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a first time I have been in a tour. I was lucky to pick Rick Steve's tour because it met all my needs and it was a first class tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Wow moment was when our guide shared his personal experience during the protest in Prague. I am not a history fan but that added a personal touch and I will never forget it."

Robert

Lawrence, KS

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our Eight tour and it again more than met our expectations. Good people, great tour guide, and memorable moments. Honza's personal perspective and obvious intellect made for a great combination. I was vastly ignorant of the all by the rudimentary history of these countries and although I should have retained more, I do feel better informed. I was struck by the resilience of the people in face of their struggles to again and again gain some level of a democratic government only it fail.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Probably Honza's narrative and walk of the same path he took with his sister in the 1989 Velvet Revolution and his humble and honest approach to his own role. I also appreciated the opportunity to attend an opera at the Prague National Opera House and the concert by a very talented musician in the Franz Listz Academy in Budapest. While not a a "Wow" moment the children's WW2 drawings WW2 in the the Budapest Ghetto and now displayed in The Budapest Holocaust Memorial were very moving."

Laura

Gainesville, GA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

I enjoyed the diversity of the things that we did. I love history but after awhile the all the dates and facts started to run together and I was in over load. The fact that the tour offered some diversity in activities made it refreshing. My husband ( and other travelers) loved the beer tour ad as much as I thought I wasn't going to enjoy the cooking class I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Wine and beer helped!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Prague in general. I went on this tour because I heard so much about Budapest (which was nice) but Prague was exceptional"

Deborah

Kansas City, MO

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The beauty of the cities and their architecture were beyond words. Honza gave more relevance to the tour with his personal accounts and perspective.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The river cruise at night in Budapest."

Michelle

Battle Ground, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Amazing! Looking back at all the things we did, there were so many small things that were not advertised on the tour that were "value adds" and made the entire trip so enjoyable. Honza was so knowledgeable and made the trip interesting and fun. He was the best guide we could have asked for.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The szecheny baths were the most fun, the Jewish quarter in Prague was poignant, the crepes at Grundel were fabulous! Being able to add our own graffiti to the John Lennon wall in Prague was so much fun."

April

Granville, OH

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our first tour, and we really didn't know what to expect. Our tour guide(s) were knowledgeable and fun. My husband and I brought two of our adult daughters on the trip, and there was enough of interest to satisfy all of us. We would highly recommend a Rick Steve's tour!!

Mary

Edmonds, WA

Tour: 06/03/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Honza was a fantastic guide - sharing his incredibly wide range of knowledge of history, geology, current events, you name it; giving logistical information needed when needed; coming up with treats at the best times; interacting with all in a warm and caring manner.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Honza's recounting his experience in the student demonstration of 1989, making that moment in Prague history so real. Also, attending the opera in Prague's National Theater."

Michael

Bee Cave, TX

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Wonderful introduction to eastern Europe, its art, culture and history. George was a magnificent, kind, and thoughtful guide who opened our eyes to many wonders in these bustling and historic cities. We are ready to go back!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Budapest Danube River cruise, plus Prague castle. Both expressed the intriguing development of their cities and provided fascinating perspective."

Diana

Chesterfield, VA

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

George was a delightful, helpful, and knowledgeable guide. We received an email during the goodbye tour dinner informing us that our shuttle to Ljubljana the next morning was cancelled. George helped us to book alternative transportation. We arrived in time for the 4:00 Best of the Adriatic tour orientation.We couldn't have asked for anyone better. Prague was my favorite of the two cities, but I enjoyed Budapest as well. Thank you for the experience.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The architecture in Prague and a better understanding of history, culture, and politics in that part of the world."

Sharon

Eatontown, NJ

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

My overall experience was that I had a great trip. I enjoyed George, he was professional and informative. When guiding us he spoke with passion. I learned history with a personal connection to it. I loved the sites we saw and loved the food. I have special dietary needs and George made sure that these needs were addressed. Also, the group itself was a great blending of people . I talked with many and feel that we worked well together. For 8 days, it was like we became a "family".

Favorite "WOW" moment

"This one is difficult.. There were several moments that stand out.... our cooking class was good; I enjoyed participating and then eating what we just prepared. I must say everything was delicious.. But the one that took my breath away was when we toured the OPERA and could not enjoy the theater because it was in repair. And suddenly a woman entered our space and began to sing...If we couldn't go to the theater, they bought music to us.. It was a surprise and she was wonderful!"

Cathy

Myrtle Beach, SC

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's Tour, after several independent trips to Europe. The experience was extremely positive and I am already considering which Rick Steve's tour to take next! The small group size was perfect and the other people on the trip, mostly Rick Steve tour veterans, were warm and friendly, alleviating my concerns about group travel. It was ideal having all the details arranged so we could concentrate on enjoying our vacation.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The spectacular performance by the 2 opera singers during our private visit to the beautiful Municipal House in Prague."

Jerry

Oklahoma City, OK

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour of Prague and Budapest was the fulfillment of a dream to return to these two beautiful cities which we had visited briefly in the past. We were not disappointed. Our tour group of 25 people got along well and helped us have a good time. We had wonderful local guides and our tour director was the best. Our hotels were great and both were located in the middle of sites we wanted to see. We really got to experience both cities and have fond memories.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"There were several "wow" moments, but standing at the top of a bridge tower, built nearly a thousand years ago, and experiencing the panoramic view of the beautiful city of Prague is hard to beat."

Mary Lois

Bee Cave, TX

Tour: 05/27/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was another of our three-generation tours with my husband and myself, our daughter and her husband, and our two adult grandchildren -- and we all had a grand time! I think it was particularly for the younger travelers in our family to learn about the history of the communist occupation since they didn't live through this time. It was tremendous for the seniors to see the progress made in the country/city following this period.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The Municipal House in Prague -- just LOVE the architecture! The baths in Budapest (or maybe the cooking class?). As usual, so hard to select just one!!"

Donald

Orlando, FL

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

I would begin by saying that the tour far exceeded my expectations. I describe it to friends as follows: "It's like taking a semester course in Eastern European History in just 8 days". That's how it felt for me. The hotels were great and their locations were perfect. The choice of tour guides for both Prague and Budapest simply could not have been better. Their personal stories, and the way they were able to convey them, will resonate with me for years to come.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"It would be too easy to say it was the "private" Opera performance on the steps of the Budapest Opera House - and that was a definite punctuation mark. That said, the more "wow" moments for me were hearing the description of Honza's participation in the "Velvet Revolution" during our walking tour through Prague and Elemer's very calm explanation of his resistance during the Communist occupation of Budapest. These real-life experiences remain my "wow"! moments."

Brenda

Rancho Mirage, CA

Tour: 05/20/18

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Wonderful, well-planned and organized.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The cruise on the Danube at night and seeing Budapest lit up. MAGICAL! I also enjoyed the soloist at the opera house in Budapest."

Sarah

Johns Island, SC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our tour! We couldn't be happier with the experience. It truly was a perfect balance of guided activities and free time. All of our guides were exceptional - friendly and knowledgeable! The little 'extras' that were provided during our stops were appreciated and contributed to the overall experience. And we couldn't have asked for a better group of traveling companions. The group got along well and we enjoyed each others company...we feel as if we've made new friends for life

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Two of my favorite 'moments' were the boat cruise in Budapest at sunset and the cooking class."

Mary

Bozeman, MT

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We have relied on Rick Steve's books for past European travel, but decided to try this tour due to concerns about language barriers and getting around in these cities. Our overall tour experience was outstanding! We highly recommend the Rick Steve's Tour. It is an exceptional value because all of the logistics for hotels, transportation (in country), tours, meals (most of them), and schedule is handled by the company. Both hotels were located in the heart of the old town areas.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Getting to know our tour guide, Jana Hronkova! This is our first experience with using a tour company and guide and Jana exceeded our expectations. Our other wow moment(s) came when we realized it was more than a tour, but we were immersed in the culture, whether it was food and drink, architecture, or history. Learning about the history of the Czech Republic; gaining insight on the revolution in Budapest and placing a rose on the memorial for the students who lead the protest in 1989."

Nicolette

Groton, CT

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Overall it was nothing less than spectacular. Prague is as beautiful as expected and every day was filled with new and interesting things to learn about the city, the history and the culture. Budapest was an architects dream with the mix of building styles with so much to admire and absorb. Our guide Jana was exceptional and our local guides with excellent as well. We also had a wonderful group of people to share the tour with as well.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Since returning home I have been asked this similar question and I have a hard time coming up with an answer to that question because it was all so great. The thing that made the most impression on me was the local guides personal experience of living through communism. Although I've read books and watch movies about living through these times, it is much more poignant to hear their personal accounts of what it was like."

Paul

Pensacola, FL

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was fantastic. It was our 1st experience with a Rick Steves' tour and it exceeded our expectations. Thank you to your team as well as tour guides Jana, Martin and Elmer. Often times it was like a graduate level history while walking through these awesome towns rich in history.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The whole tour was a continuous wow. I know that doesn't answer your question, but don't think I can pick a single moment. It was all fantastic."

Margaret

Hannibal, MO

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was not our first Rick Steves tour, so we knew our tour experience would be good. We just didn't know it would be this good! We are sixty-somethings who have always been lifelong learners, and this tour mixes the right amount of travel with arts, history, architecture, food, and culture. With that, however, is the fun! Just the right amount of planned time and free time. The treats and surprises added delight to each day.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"How does one pick a favorite "wow" when each site was a WOW, our guides were WOW, and the people on our tour were a WOW, too! We enjoyed the art and architecture of both cities. The location of our hotel in Prague was a WOW with easy access to everything. Both cities at night, WOW! Our lead tour guide Jana H was a WOW, for sure. The music duet at our welcome dinner was so much fun, our first WOW of many that would follow. The cooking lesson in Budapest was my favorite "wow" experience."

Robert

Woodway, TX

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very enjoyable. Learned a lot of history. Great guides. Nice group of fellow tour members. Good exercise.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Listening to our Prague guide Martin talk about his experiences under Soviet rule and during the Velvet Revolution."

Ray

Seattle, WA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Jana was a great lead guide as she took care of all the little things that made the trip very pleasant. The local guides were very informative and I found that I learned a ton of historical information in both Prague and Budapest that made each tour very interesting.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Being on the empty Charles Bridge early in the morning."

Ngat

Durham, NC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

The tour was so organized, joyful and our tour guide Jana was fabulous!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Having the Opera singers perform a private concert."

Kenneth

Durham, NC

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first land tour of any kind and am now spoiled. This Rick Steves tour surpassed my initial high expectations. The tour was organized to minimize the "crowd" experience and provided numerous unique moments that will not be forgotten. Thanks Jana, Martin and Elemer!!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"For me it was the private music, especially the opera in both Prague and Budapest. Sitting just 2 feet away from an accomplished singer belting out emotional opera is an unbelievable experience."

Richard

Worcester, MA

Tour: 05/13/18

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my first Rick Steve's tour and it exceeded my expectations. It provided for a much deeper than anticipated learning experience coupled with an opportunity to bond with and share that experience with a diverse group of friendly fellow travelers. The skilled and dedicated guides, through their stories and observations, often of a personal nature, allowed me to feel their connections to their respective cities, countries and cultures.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The experience that left an indelible mark on me was the visit to the Pinkas Synagogue as part of our tour of the Jewish Museum and Old Jewish Cemetery. No matter how broad you think your knowledge of the Holocaust is and the lessons to be drawn from that horror, nothing prepares you for the stark reality of gazing at the interior walls of the synagogue. On line after line, row after row, wall after wall are the names and localities memorializing the 80,000 Czech Jews murdered in the Holocaust."

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."

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Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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