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On this three-night extension, explore one of Europe’s — nay, the globe’s! — most impressive capitals. Delve deeper into the urban heart of Hungary as you enjoy a walking tour of the city, soaking in sweeping city views from the famous Fisherman’s Bastion (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) while learning about its captivating history and appreciating its modern vibrancy. You’ll also have plenty of time on your own to 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, holiday treats, and charming Christmas markets.
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Experience Budapest’s best
Disembark your Vantage Deluxe river cruise ship, and transfer to your Budapest hotel. Enjoy a guided tour of Budapest's landmarks today, including visits to the City Park, Heroes Square, Andrássy Avenue, the Parliament, and entrance to Fisherman’s Bastion and a photo stop at the Citadel. Spend an afternoon at leisure exploring Budapest’s Christmas markets.
Leisure time to explore Budapest and a Hungarian Culinary Tour
Spend a morning at leisure before embarking on an optional Hungarian culinary tour to the Zwack Museum and Central Market Hall, or continue shopping Budapest’s Christmas markets or exploring this lively city as you please. This evening, raise your glass on a pub crawl of Budapest’s renowned bars.
If you ask a Hungarian what some typical Hungarian products are, you will very likely hear of the Hungarian paprika, Tokaj wine, salami, goose liver, and the bittersweet liqueur known as Unicum. Join us on this afternoon tour, and you'll discover the culinary treats offered by this wonderful country! Your tour begins with entrance to the Zwack Unicum Museum, where your English-speaking guide will introduce the secrets of liquor production that have been passed from one generation to the other in the Zwack family since the 18th century. Your visit includes a short film about the history of Unicum, a museum tour, entrance to the cellars, and a tasting of Unicum.
Your tour continues to the Central Market Hall, the largest and most beautiful market in the city. This three-story hall offers plenty to do and see, and with the help of your guide, you'll have a great experience at the market! You'll see the local housewives’ shopping habits as well as the colorful Hungarian products — including strings of red paprika and garlic, Hungarian salamis, sausages, hams, and other meat products; fresh pastries; dairy products; Hungarian wines and palinka; and more. As you walk row by row to get ideas for souvenirs, you'll take in the vibrant atmosphere of this exceptional hall. Following your market visit, you'll transfer back to your hotel and your tour will come to an end.
Inside Budapest’s Jewish history, Farewell Dinner
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. Tonight, regroup with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, you'll check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
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 at its most festive, myriad Christmas markets!
Arrival in Prague, complete with Christmas markets
You'll transfer today by motorcoach from Regensburg to Prague. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel, then embark on an orientation walk to the city center for free time, lunch, and some time at the local Christmas market. The evening is at leisure with 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, or continue perusing the Christmas markets.
Inside Prague Castle, and an afternoon at leisure
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. Tonight, rejoin your fellow travelers for drinks and a Farewell Dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.