On this three-day extension, explore one of Europe’s — nay, the globe’s! — most impressive capitals. Delve deeper into the urban heart of Hungary as you enjoy plenty of time on your own to shop for festive holiday treats, take in a thermal bath, and discover what makes this “Pearl of the Danube” so luminous. This is an outstanding opportunity to experience the best of the Hungarian capital filled with holiday spirit and holiday treats.
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Head to Hungary
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Hungary’s fascinating capital Budapest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll arrive on Day 2.
Upon arrival, a Vantage associate will meet you at the airport and assist in the transfer to your hotel. Have lunch on your own and later embark on an Orientation Walk to familiarize yourself with the city. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during the Welcome briefing. Afterwards, toast to your trip and enjoy a Welcome Drink and Welcome Dinner.
Inside Budapest’s Jewish history
Following breakfast at the hotel this morning, embark on a guided tour exploring the city’s Jewish heritage, including a stop at the stunning Great Synagogue (Dohány Street Synagogue). With one of the largest Jewish communities in the middle of eastern Europe, you’ll find that Budapest’s Jewish Quarter is filled with historic and artistic gems.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to shop, or head to visit a famous confectioner like Gerbeaud, Hauer Confectionery and Café. Maybe you’ll do some window shopping on Váci Utca, the pedestrian shopping zone, as well. Dinner is on your own, followed by a pub crawl with your City Host.
Join the base program
After breakfast this morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and join Day 2 of the base program.
Make the most of your included airfare to Europe with a few days in elegant Prague. With its grand castles, unbeatable beer, and cobblestoned treasures, it’s no wonder this magnificent old-world capital is a favorite of travelers worldwide. On this extension, you'll discover the city’s Jewish Quarter and explore its historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) — as well as enjoy plenty of time to soak in Prague.
Transfer to Prague
Transfer to Prague today and check into your elegant hotel. Embark on a walk with your City Host. You’ll also enjoy time for lunch and dinner on your own.
Visit Prague's Jewish Quarter
Today you'll explore Prague's historic Jewish Quarter, including the ancient cemetery, on an included walking tour, giving you keen insight into this city's history. You'll also see Prague's famed Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square and the UNESCO-listed historic center of Prague. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon to pursue your own interests.
This evening, join your City Host for a pub crawl, if you wish. Prague is renowned for its beers, and this is a great opportunity for more cultural immersion. Dinner is on your own.
Prague Castle tour, Farewell Dinner
Don your royal crowns; this morning you’ll enjoy a castle tour of Prague. Explore the majesty of the Prague Castle, an impressive complex of castles, gardens, and halls, where you’ll see gems such as the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and the Golden Lane. The rest of your day is at leisure, followed by a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.