Highlights of Central Europe tour

“Enjoy a panoply of historic and hedonistic pleasures across some of Central Europe's most beautiful towns.”

Highlights

Munich | Prague | Cesky Krumlov | Vienna | Budapest | Optional activities include day trip to Bohemia or rowing on the Vltava River

Description of Highlights of Central Europe tour

This journey through Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary reveals the incredible highlights to be enjoyed at the heart of mainland Europe. From the beauty and bustle of Munich to the sleekness of Vienna, and from the architectural triumphs of Prague to the contrasting twin cities of Budapest, see how history, folklore and tradition weave into the fabric of modern life.

You'll visit centuries-old castles, discover lush greenery in urban jungles, be ravished by Bohemian fairytale towns, marvel at European art masterpieces and sip wine splashed with romance in atmospheric underground cellars – perhaps with a helping of jazz.

After a quick dip into the Bavarian capital of Munich, cross into the Czech Republic to Prague. This lively historic capital is full of contrasting sights - the poignant old Jewish quarter, a fascinating Museum of Communism, the majestic Prague Castle or the famous St Vitus Cathedral. Add excellent restaurants and great bars! There are also some excellent free time options, from a cycle tour of the city to a day trip to explore the wider region of Bohemia.

The next day discover the Czech jewel that is Cesky Krumlov – a 13th century fairytale town tucked into a bend of the Vltava River, overlooked by one of Europe's most beautiful castles. Be sure to visit its unique historic theatre, and also discover the town's links to the artist Egon Schiele.

Your next beautiful capital is Vienna, where you can visit Empress Maria Theresa's gorgeous Summer Palace and gardens, take a spin on the city's famous Prater Ferris Wheel, or practice your canter at the Spanish Riding School! And be sure to take time in one of the city's renowned cafes.

Heading into Hungary, you'll arrive in Budapest – another strikingly beautiful but distinctive capital that has been undergoing a renaissance in recent years, with fabulous new restaurants and characterful 'ruin bars' popping up in newly hip neighbourhoods. Its grand architecture and boulevards evoke a bygone era in a city split by the Danube into two contrasting halves of Buda and Pest. Don't miss a chance to relax at the end of your trip with a soak – and perhaps a game of chess - in Budapest's renowned thermal baths.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Highlights of Central Europe tour

Environment

As one of our comfort trips, you’ll enjoy real hassle-free travel. Whilst experiencing a couple of bumps along the way is no big deal, it’s fine to prefer a smoother ride. That’s why we sometimes use private transport and taxis to get you from A to B. However, we do carbon offset this trip (all our trips, in fact). We do this by calculating the average emissions used to complete the itinerary and then invest the equivalent into projects tackling global warming, renewable energy or tree planting initiatives.

We still use public transport where possible though, including bus, tram, Metro and train, which means a journey from Vienna to Budapest is not only more environmentally friendly but great fun too! Also, by choosing something like a cycling trip around the small medieval town of Cesky Krumlov, we’re having a lesser impact than those visiting such places on big tour buses. Small things we do when we visit a place can make a big difference to the local people.

Waste in general is an issue we’re all aware of. As we specialise in small group travel, we choose to travel Central Europe in groups of no more than 12 people (9-10 on average). This way our impact on our destination is minimal, as is the waste we produce and leave behind. In addition, we realised that plastic is not so fantastic and therefore we give out canvas bags to our all travellers at the start of each departure. We encourage the use of these bags every day – wherever you’re going. Whether it’s to shop for souvenirs and snacks or simply to carry around your daily essentials.

Another great way to reduce the use of plastic is to carry a refillable water bottle. These days reusable bottles are available everywhere and while traveling Central Europe refilling them is never a problem because the tap water is safe to drink.

Community

European capitals like Prague, Budapest and Vienna see large numbers of tourists every day. On the one hand it’s an important income generator for the local economy, but we also need to remember that the local people may get tired of their neighbourhoods being flooded with visitors. We need to acknowledge that in these world-famous destinations many ordinary people are going about their daily lives.

By limiting our group sizes, we’re minimising our impact on this. We also choose to shop in the local markets, teaching our clients basic words and phrases in each local language and educating them about local customs. This shows we’re respectful of and grateful to the communities we visit.

When visiting all these places we also want the local communities to benefit. In that respect, we avoid big hotel chains and instead opt to stay in charming, often family-owned accommodation. We also have great local knowledge and therefore you can expect our leaders to suggest small, off the beaten track restaurants for lunch or bars for an evening drink. It is a great way to support local businesses and the best way to try some of the authentic local products. In the same way, when we go for a sightseeing walk in Vienna or to discover mighty Prague Castle, if we decide to catch a taxi, our leader is most likely going to call someone who he/she knows. This may sound like a small thing, but to our friends and neighbours it may make a considerable difference.

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