Budapest, Vienna and Prague

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During this escorted Prague, Vienna, and Budapest tour package from the U.S., we’ll visit three UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital cities (of the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary, respectively), and awe-inspiring towns and areas along the way. It’s a popular combination of some of Eastern Europe’s most enthralling destinations, rich in centuries of history, arts, and culture. You can relax and simply appreciate the best of these awe-inspiring stops, as the smarTours® guide by your side imparts context, dining ideas, and customized tips for spending free time.

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2023 Tour Itinerary:

  • 3 nights in Budapest
  • 3 nights in Vienna
  • 3 nights in Prague

Tour Highlights

  • Budapest city tour – Fisherman’s Bastion, Castle Hill, Matthias Church, Citadel
  • Széchenyi thermal bath
  • Danube Bend river region, Szentendre (Hungary)
  • Vienna city tour – Ring Boulevard, Hofburg, Vienna State Opera, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Strudel-making demonstration & tasting
  • Heuriger (wine tavern) tasting & dinner
  • Moravia (Czech Republic)
  • Dürnstein (Austria)
  • Telč (Czech Republic)
  • Prague city tour – Hradčany castle, Old Royal Palace, Charles Bridge, Old Town historic core
  • Jewish walking tour & museum in Prague

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at superior, first-class hotels
  • 13 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director and local guides
  • Intra-Europe ground transportation

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 30 travelers

Activity Level: Intermediate

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature light hiking, and/or stairs on some hilly and/or uneven terrain. Learn More

Pacing Level: Balanced

Expect either half-day or full-day tours most days with a free day or free half-day to explore independently in most cities. There may be a few early mornings or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 3+ nights. Learn More

No Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. Currently, there are no additional entry requirements for U.S. passport holders, but this can change at any time. Before travel, both U.S. and non-U.S. passport holders should visit our Passports & Visas page to reconfirm entry requirements.

Some of the walking tours cover long distances and encounter uneven surfaces and stairs.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

2023 Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Budapest (Hungary)

Day 2: Budapest City Tour, Danube Cruise & Thermal Spa

Day 3: Danube Bend Excursion and Budapest at Leisure

Day 4: Budapest – Vienna (Austria)

Day 5: Vienna

Day 6: Vienna

Day 7: Vienna – Prague (Czech Republic)

Day 8: Prague

Day 9: Prague

Day 10: Depart Prague

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Mar. 31, 2023 to get the best price.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA. Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination. Please note this may change your tour start date.

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$2,999 $2,499
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am - 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Folklore Dinner & Show

Morning Vienna Woods Excursion


Louis R

The tour exceeded my expectations. Our tour director, Renata, was extremely personable & knowledgeable. The hotels in each of the locations were modern & for the most part located in convenient locations within the cities. There was a good balance between guided touring and free time to explore on my own. I highly recommend SmarTours for an exceptional travel experience and would definitely book future trips with them.

Wallace H

Great trip. Great tour guide. Met some wonderful people on our tour

Karen G

Wonderful tour through Eastern Europe. Pavel was an excellent tour director/guide as were the individual guides we had in each city. We received comprehensive overview of each stop on our itinerary and had time to experience sites on our own. Highly recommend

karen g

Wonderful tour through Eastern Europe. Pavel was an excellent tour guide as were the individual guides from each city we visited.

Karen B

If you are lucky enough to have Pavel Cernos as your tour director and guide on this great tour, you will go deep into the history, life and people of the countries that you think you know. My sister chose this tour and I was not excited about it but I am so glad I went because I would have missed out on so much on many levels. This tour is walking history and for Americans who did not experience the War or Communism, it is eye opening in a moving way. All of the cities visited are beautiful, the people welcoming, the sites a feast for the eyes, the optional tours great value and fun. And I have to give a shout out to our fabulous bus driver Marion, who never missed a turn and always offered a hand.

Julie K

First, the areas to work on: it would be helpful to provide better and more detailed information prior to departure, such as approximate meeting and departure times. For the additional excursions, with smaller group sizes, the minimums need to be revisited. Our tour had 16 people at the beginning. It's impractical to have 12 people as a minimum for an excursion. Next, the bus should have WiFi. We spent a great deal of time on the bus between cities and WiFi would have allowed us to stay connected, do additional research on cities, etc. The Vienna hotel was beautiful, but the location made it difficult to explore the city center when not with the tour group. Finally, the Budapest hotel needs to be changed. The location was good, but the rooms were extremely outdated and in major need of renovation. Having to go on two different elevators to reach the rooms is also very impractical and annoying. Now the positives: the remainder of the hotels were good. Our tour guide, Renatta, and driver, Henrik, were excellent. Group meals were good, (but it would have been nice to eat outside of the hotels). The local guides in each location were knowledgeable and personable.

Susan G

I am never sure is SmarTours can take credit for the group on their tours. I travel alone; yet I never feel that way. This group was wonderful; the best from the three tours I have taken. And I know that I have made many new friends with whom I would love to meet on future destinations. Our Tour Manager was Renata Mikulovska. She was sublime. Professional, patient, organized, funny, compassionate. And most important, she shared her knowledge as if it was her first tour… she imparted information to a group of adults who were seeing the treasures of each city as novices. I am sure that she’s done this trip tens of times; yet her delivery was never stale. A true talent. For the actual tour itself: hotels good, food good. For me, I was unhappy that we spent a day each to travel from one capital to the other. It meant that we had less time in each city. This was particularly evident in Vienna, where were really had only one full day, so I had little time to see the museums. [I would suggest travelling at night and arriving in each city in the morning].

Jack A

Another great SmarTours adventure. The hotels were great, the people we traveled with became friends quickly and our Tour Director, Renata, made the whole trip educational and entertaining. Could not have asked for more (maybe better weather) Food was to die for, and the architecture superb. Well done!

Jack A

Just another of Smartours fantastic adventures. From start to finish, an amazing trip. Renata, our tour director, was so compassionate, so personable, and abpove all so knowledgable about our destinations. Our 5th trip with Smartours...can't wait for the next one.

Lisa B

The trip was memorable and quite extensive. We had amazing weather which made it very pleasant. Two things could be improved- the first hotel in Warsaw was very comfortable and very close to the sights and the Old Town. From there on, the hotels were very far from town centers, and the last thing you want to do after a long day on a tour bus is try to take public transportation. Its unfortunate- Budapest was ok, but Prague, Vienna, and the other cities had hotels miles from anything walking distance. There was ALOT of walking and people were exhausted at the end. Its definitely a higher level than Explorer.


The trip was wonderful. Renata our guide was excellent The Hotels in some countries could have been a little closer to the "action. The trip home from Prague to Helsinki and then to New York was complicated. The flight from New York to Baltimore did not give us enough time to catch our flight to Baltimore so we had to take a cab into the city and take a train home, an extra added expense. D. Remenick


Mostly, competent, interesting guides. We covered a lot of territory in 13 days, and always had support when anything untoward happened. It was also fun having time on our own. We go over our photographs with fond memories.


I recently participated in the Great Cities of Eastern Europe SmarTours. The scheduled tour as is planned is well done with a tour guide in each city. Our tour director, Renata, enhanced our experience with her first hand knowledge of each area as well as the historical background she shared. Renata made the trip exceptional. We enjoyed the SmarTours Optional Excursions that gave us an additional experience in the countryside around the Cities. We enjoyed a very compatible group of travelers which made the motorcoach travel and our meals together very enjoyable. The hotels in Warsaw, Krakow, and Budapest were great hotels and were all within walking distance of the Old Towns. It was disappointing in Vienna and especially Prague that the hotels were both long distances from the City Center. There was an underground line relatively close to both hotels. Overall this was a fantastic glimpse of Eastern Europe. I look forward to returning to this area as well as experiencing another part of our world with SmarTours!

Jacqueline O

We throughly enjoyed our Sept. 15 tour with Renata. It was like walking through the pages of a history book. One of the best tours we have taken and Renata and the local were wonderful. Anyone who loves history will enjoy this tour especially.

Laurel P

What a wonderful experience this was. Renata, our tour director, was exceptional, she is a knowledgeable, PATIENT, kind, funny and passionate lady who made this trip great! I can only hope that future smarTours trips I plan to take will be this good. We had a large group, 44 people, but everything ran smoothly. The local guides and our bus driver, Irek, were fantastic as well. I heard about smarTours from a friend and I'm glad we chose this company. The hotels were top-notch, food was great and they accommodated vegetarian guests as well. Only recommendation I would make is that they provide name badges for guests, it would be so helpful. Other than that it was a great tour visiting great places!
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