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  • Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
    Prague's Charles Bridge
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    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 $2,395 per person + air

Single Supplement $675

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

Dates & Prices

2022

    • Sep 18–Sep 25 (Su–Su)
    • $2,595 + Air

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What's Included

You'll get at least 19 group sightseeing events — at no extra cost!

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

  • Prague Castle Orchestra performance
  • Prague Castle
  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • St. George's Basilica (when available)
  • Old Town orientation walk
  • Municipal House (when available)
  • Jewish Museum in Prague pass
  • Spanish Synagogue
  • Josefov neighborhood (Jewish Quarter) walking tour
  • Velvet Revolution walking tour
  • 3-day Prague transportation pass
  • Cultural performance
  • Buda Castle District and Matthias Church
  • Pest walking tour
  • Great Market Hall
  • Hungarian cooking class
  • Heroes' Square walking tour
  • Danube River cruise
  • 3-day Budapest transportation pass

Plus you'll get all this, too.

  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Prague and Budapest come alive for you
  • All group transportation from Prague to Budapest
  • 7 nights' accommodations (4- and 3-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • A tour kit including a guidebook (when available) and a moneybelt
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2022
  • 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.

Group sightseeing events subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Prague

We'll meet in our hotel at 4 p.m. to get acquainted and go over the week's schedule. Then we'll take an orientation walk through our Old Town neighborhood and over the historic Charles Bridge — one of Europe's most entertaining promenades — followed by a hearty dinner together accompanied by the Prague Castle Orchestra.

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

Day 2: Prague of Kings and Nobles

This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, home to Alfons Mucha's striking stained glass; the Old Royal Palace; St. George's Basilica (when available); and the Golden Lane. After our visit, you're on your own to wander back down to the Old Town, where you'll be free for the evening.

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

Day 3: Jewish and Art Nouveau Prague

Today we'll take a walking tour through the Josefov neighborhood, once the site of Prague's Jewish Ghetto — and still one of the most evocative Jewish districts in all of Europe. One of the leading centers of Judaism for a thousand years, the neighborhood is studded with thought-provoking museums, fascinating synagogues, and a Kafkaesque, dream-like cemetery. After free time for lunch, we'll take a tour of the classy concert halls and salons of the city's Municipal House (when available). Your evening will be free for dinner on your own.

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

Day 4: Revolutionary Prague

We'll start our day with tales of Prague's past struggles with communist occupation, the significance of the Prague Spring, and the emergence of Václav Havel. We'll then retrace the footsteps of Prague's celebrated Velvet Revolution, following the events of November 17, 1989, through the modern city to Wenceslas Square, where thousands of Czechs held up and rattled their keys, telling their communist leaders, "The time has come for you to go home." We'll return to the present in time to enjoy dinner together and catch a cultural performance, perhaps a classical concert or the quirky and uniquely Czech Black Light Theater.

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

Day 5: On to Budapest

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

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

Day 6: Bustling Budapest

This morning, we'll ride 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 history. From national story to national cuisine, our next stop introduces us to traditional Hungarian dishes with a 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.

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

Day 7: Elegance of Empire

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 Bastion provides a perfect bird's-eye view of "twin city" Pest across the river, where more discoveries await. This afternoon, your guide will be happy to arrange a chance to soak in the ornate public thermal baths (yes, you'll have plenty of time to soak it all in!). Tonight we'll rendezvous for a farewell dinner together, sharing travel memories and toasting new friends. Egészségedre!

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

Day 8: Tour Over After Breakfast

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

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

Physical Demands

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

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

Reviews

Dan

Keller, TX

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

George our tour guide was an excellent source for each city visited Would highly recommend to anyone interested Thanks Dan Moon

Rick

Chesterfield, MO

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

We had a tremendous guide (George), a fun group, and relatively warm weather for our December tour! In touring the many sights and learning a little about the history of both Prague and Budapest, the differences in culture and "feel" of each city was very interesting to me.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The after-dinner private opera concert for our tour group at the Smetana Museum in Prague."

David

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was one of the best Rick Steves' tours I have been part of. George, our guide, did a great job, as did Lenka, our local guide in Prague. Just the right blend of planned activity and free time. Many cultural opportunities in both cities, and the Christmas markets defy description. My only complaint, Budapest deserved at least one more day. The tour provided a good introduction to two former communist countries.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hard to pick just one from a tour filled with WOW moments, but the "wowest" moment for me was the tour of the Jewish quarter in Prague, especially our visit to the old Jewish cemetery."

Janet

Chattanooga, TN

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was my 5th RS tour and the guides are always really good but George bumped it to the next level. Such a great experience - fun and educational. A really great group of people and George's skillful leadership made it so enjoyable. Our local guide in Prague was also amazing. I was worried that right before Christmas I would be distracted, but not so - completely absorbed and engaged in seeing and learning about Prague and Budapest. Loved it.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The beauty of the architecture of both cities wowed me, but the Christmas markets were my favorite."

Brenda

Keller, TX

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Well organized with just the right amount of free time.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Hearing the guides' personal stories about growing up behind the Iron Curtain, especially the generational perspectives differences."

Glenn

Calgary, AB

Tour: 12/15/19

Overall rating: rating 4 of 5

Enjoyed the time spent on this tour. Had not been to either Prague or Budapest before.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Our walking tours of Prague. What an amazing city, bursting with interesting sites."

David

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Great tour guide with excellent local guides during the entire tour. Informative, friendly, personable in answering all questions given to them. Great local knowledge in Prague and in Budapest with the history on how the cities evolved from WW2 thru the Communist period. Provided recommendations on where to eat and places to see that were not on the itinerary.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"So many moments to select from but perhaps the night tour in Budapest with the view of the Hungarian Parliament building lit beautifully, what a view! A close second would be the private opera session in Prague, beautiful music with beautiful singers at the Bedrich Smetana Museum!"

Angela

Cincinnati, OH

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was our second Risk Steve's tour and the reason we booked our third tour while on this trip. Katarina was an outstanding guide! Katarina's knowledge of art, history, and food never ceased to amaze. We also had two great local guides - Andrea and George. Each of our three guides shared family stories that brought history to life and made this trip very special.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"Too many to count! Our cooking class in Budapest, touring the Municipal House and other Art Nouveau beauties in Prague, a coffee break at Lobkowicz Palace. I could go on and on!"

Joann

Anoka, MN

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This tour was a perfect way to be introduced to countries that were once behind the iron curtain. I had no idea what the people of these countries had to endure. They are so strong and resilient and their cities are beautiful. The culture and history of these countries is amazing. Our tour guides Katka, Andrea and George gave us personal insight into living and growing up in Czech Republic and Hungry. My trip made me want to learn more about theses countries - that's the sign of a great tour!

Favorite "WOW" moment

"My "wow" moment was stepping inside of Matthias Church in Budapest. The interior is painted in shapes and colors so out of the ordinary for a gothic church. I absolutely loved it."

Judi

East Hampton, CT

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

This was a great tour. Katka was a wonderful guide and we had a great group of people. Andrea and George were our local guides and they shared so much of their beautiful cities as well as their own personal stories which made the history and cultural experiences so much more memorable. We already booked our 15th RS tour because he provides great guides, both tour and local and the people we meet are a fun bunch of like minded people who love to learn and travel.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The wonderful surprise concerts from Katka. The musicians and singers were mind blowing. Seeing the cities during the day as well as lit up at night with the Christmas markets were such a contrast. The cruise on the Danube at night was amazing. Our cooking class in Budapest was a wonderful learning experience."

Roberta

West Chicago, IL

Tour: 11/24/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

From the beginning to the end, Katerina orchestrated learning, spontaneous performances, added value, community and fun. The other local guides were equally fantastic. There were people traveling with spouses, friends & alone. Our group was inclusive, ready to share experiences and willing to stay in touch. My husband and I walked away amazed at how much valuable content was jammed into the tour and still allowed us time to explore on our own.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"The feeling I was left with. Gratitude. Complete and utter gratitude for what we have in the United States. Our ability to choose and live free and how we take that for granted. I wish everyone could afford to travel and see other cultures, countries etc. We might have a better world."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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!)."

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"

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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"

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"

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."

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."

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)."

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"

Nicole

Decatur, GA

Tour: 06/16/19

Overall rating: rating 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed Prague and Budapest. Prague was gorgeous! So many centuries-old buildings. Could have spent the whole time wandering the picturesque streets. The Synagogue and Holocaust Memorial were very moving. Budapest was less spectacularly beautiful, but with fewer tourists, it felt more "real". The Czech beer was excellent, but the food was better in Hungary. Loved the Hungarian cooking class and the resulting tasty lunch. The House of Terror was grim but well worth doing.

Favorite "WOW" moment

"In Budapest, our local guide Elemer was a "wow" moment all by himself. He was a fountain of knowledge, with a great sense of humour. For those of us who didn't do the thermal baths, he led us on one more guided walk. Other "wow" moments were the sobering and very moving Holocaust Memorial (Prague), Museum of Communism (Prague) and especially the House of Terror (Budapest). So much suffering in the 20th century. A more cheerful "wow" was the lively folk-dance performance at the Duna Palota."

When To Go & Weather

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

Czech Republic / Prague

Prague Weather


Hungary / Budapest

Budapest Weather

Hotels & Flights

Tour Hotels

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

Flights

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

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

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