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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Splendors of Budapest, Vienna & Prague 2017


10 Days from TBA

Limited to 18 guests

Explore the great cities of Central Europe, enjoying a private evening cruise through Budapest on the Danube, a Chef's Table experience in Bratislava, a tour of Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace and a visit to the Jewish Quarter in Prague.

A&K Advantages

Discover three of the most radiant cities in Central Europe, experiencing their architectural, artistic and cultural heritage firsthand, alongside the finest local experts

Privately visit Budapest’s State Opera House, as well as the library of the Strahov Monastery in Prague

Enjoy a private evening cruise on the Danube

Stop at the lively Central Market Hall in Budapest on an engaging market visit and enjoy a tasting experience

Share lunch with a local chef, who offers insights into seasonal dishes, on a Chef’s Table culinary experience

On an insider-access artisan experience, visit

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Budapest, Hungary
DAY 2:
Budapest | Matthias Church & Fisherman’s Bastion
DAY 3:
Budapest | Across the Bridge in Pest
DAY 4:
Bratislava, Slovakia/Vienna, Austria | Chef’s Table
DAY 5:
Vienna | Hofburg & Schönbrunn Palaces
DAY 6:
Vienna | Visions of the Imperial City
DAY 7:
Prague, Czech Republic | Testaments to Tolerance
DAY 8:
Prague | Synagogues & Remembrance
DAY 9:
Prague | Private Monastery Library Visit
DAY 10:
Depart Prague

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Warsaw & Krakow 6 Days from $3,395 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Berlin & Dresden 5 Days from $3,495 Learn More
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DAY 1:
Arrive Budapest, Hungary

Arrive in Budapest, a city occupying both sides of the Danube River and founded in 1873, when right-bank Buda and Óbuda joined left-bank Pest. Transfer to your hotel, where you join your A&K Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a welcome dinner. Budapest’s broad avenues and turn-of-the-century architecture have earned it the name, “the Paris of Eastern Europe.” Like Paris, it is a cultural mecca for writers, artists and musicians.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:
Budapest | Matthias Church & Fisherman’s Bastion

This morning, cross the Danube River to explore the Buda side of the city. Visit Matthias Church, the 13th-century coronation cathedral of Hungarian kings, and Fisherman’s Bastion, offering spectacular views of the city. Built in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque styles, the bastion is named for the guild of fishermen who defended this part of the city during the Middle Ages. Then, meet a Buda resident for lunch in the gardens of her villa — an experience specially planned for A&K guests. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure, relaxing in your luxurious accommodations or exploring this romantic city on your own, perhaps dining at one of Budapest’s fine restaurants. Choose one on your own or ask your Resident Tour Director for a list of recommendations by A&K.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3:
Budapest | Across the Bridge in Pest

Today, explore Pest, starting with a private visit to the beautiful, neo-Renaissance Hungarian State Opera House, which was commissioned by Emperor Franz Joseph and opened in 1884. Continue your city tour as you view Heroes’ Square and stop to see the Great Synagogue as well as St. Stephen’s Basilica, whose south tower houses the largest bell in Hungary. Then, visit the Central Market Hall, to view the vast array of food and crafts on sale throughout its three floors, including cheeses, sausage and other local specialties, and enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own. Later, visit the Parliament Building before spending the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, after dinner, embark on a private cruise of the romantic Danube, to watch the glittering lights of Budapest drift by in the night.

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4:
Bratislava, Slovakia/Vienna, Austria | Chef’s Table

Journey overland to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, for a guided walking tour of its Old Town, once a jewel of the Austro- Hungarian empire. Stop at a local restaurant where you enjoy a Chef’s Table experience, having lunch with its esteemed chef, who shares insights into seasonal dishes and his life as a restaurateur. Embark on a high-speed catamaran for a quick cruise along the Danube River to Vienna, Austria. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.

Hotel Sacher Wien
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:
Vienna | Hofburg & Schönbrunn Palaces

Join your local guide for a walking tour of marvelous Vienna. At the Hofburg Palace — former seat of emperors and current residence of the president of Austria — visit the Treasury to admire its glittering collection of Imperial regalia. Continue to the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral, before lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, tour Schönbrunn Palace, the former residence of Habsburg monarchs.

Hotel Sacher Wien
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6:
Vienna | Visions of the Imperial City

This morning, enjoy a panoramic tour of Vienna, viewing the Prater and its Giant Ferris Wheel. See the Secession Building and the famous Hundertwasser House, and then visit the Belvedere Gallery, where you find many works by the brilliant and controversial symbolist artist Gustav Klimt, including The Kiss. Lunch and the afternoon are at your leisure to shop and explore independently.

Hotel Sacher Wien
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7:
Prague, Czech Republic | Testaments to Tolerance

Travel to Prague, visiting Trebic en route, a town that dates to at least 1101, when the Benedictine Order founded their monastery here. Visit the ensemble of the Jewish Quarter, the old Jewish cemetery and the 13th-century Basilica of St. Procopius, a remarkable example of the influence of Western European architectural heritage. Together, these sites comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serve as reminders of the co-existence of Jewish and Christian cultures here, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Significantly, Trebic’s Jewish Quarter is the only Jewish monument outside of Israel specifically placed on the UNESCO List. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before continuing to Prague.

Mandarin Oriental, Prague
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8:
Prague | Synagogues & Remembrance

Today, embark on a walking tour of Josefov, the city’s Jewish Quarter, which remained a walled ghetto until 1848. View the birthplace of Franz Kafka (part of the State Jewish Museum complex). Best known for his existentialist novel, The Metamorphosis, Kafka is widely considered one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Proceed to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, site of 12,000 graves, and the Old-New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest active synagogue, completed in 1270. After lunch, enjoy a private visit to the Estates Theater, a refreshing glass of fine sparkling wine and a mini-concert (subject to rehearsal schedules). Built in 1783, this theater represents one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Prague and it was here, in October of 1787, that Mozart conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni. At the end of the afternoon, meet a local Czech artist, Tony Manto, at his gallery and learn about the art of glassblowing for an unforgettable artisan visit. Manto’s creations, made from local Czech iron, glass, porcelain and wood, are designed to inspire by appealing to all five senses.

Mandarin Oriental, Prague
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9:
Prague | Private Monastery Library Visit

Privately visit the Baroque library halls of the Strahov Monastery, and view its incredible frescoes, which reside amid detailed stucco ceiling decorations. Stroll in the peaceful quiet, looking up at the mural devoted to the intellectual progress of mankind, and let yourself contemplate a bygone era. Then, admire the religious artifacts at the Loreto Chapel, a remarkable Baroque monument that remains a place of pilgrimage. Also, view the towering, Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, which houses the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, including that of Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia — legendary subject of the beloved Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas. Cross the famous Charles Bridge, an iconic landmark of Prague completed in 1402. Walking past its statues of saints makes for a fitting conclusion to your visit to the historic central European capital, and sets the tone for a celebratory farewell dinner at a nearby local restaurant.

Mandarin Oriental, Prague
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10:
Depart Prague

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Warsaw & Krakow

Pre-Tour Extension: Warsaw & Krakow

6 Days from $3,395

DAYS 1-2:

Arrive in Warsaw, Poland, and transfer to your hotel. The next day, enjoy a guided tour of Warsaw highlights.

MaMaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw
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Meals: Dinner, Breakfast
DAYS 3-4:

Drive to Krakow, stopping en route in Czestochowa to view the Black Madonna at Pauline Monastery of Jasna Góra. The next day, explore beautiful Krakow with your local guide, visiting Market Square and Oskar Schindler’s former factory.

Sheraton Grand Krakow
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
DAYS 5-6:

Arrive at infamous Auschwitz prison camp, now a memorial. Return to Krakow. The next day, depart for Budapest.

Sheraton Grand Krakow
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Meals: Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Berlin & Dresden

Post-Tour Extension: Berlin & Dresden

5 Days from $3,495

DAY 1:

Arrive in Dresden, Germany, for a walking tour, visiting the Old Green Vaults. Travel to Berlin and check in to your hotel, where you enjoy dinner.

Hotel de Rome
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Meals: Dinner
DAYS 2-3:

Tour Berlin, visiting the Reichstag. Drive through Potsdamer Platz to Checkpoint Charlie. The next day, have lunch in the home of a local resident and hear a former East German tell of her mother’s role in the World War II resistance.

Hotel de Rome
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Meals: Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4:

Drive to Potsdam to view the Glienicke Bridge, site of Cold War spy exchanges. Enjoy a guided tour of Sanssouci Palace, visit a former KGB prison and tour Cecilienhof Palace. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Hotel de Rome
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5:

Transfer to the airport to depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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