Highlights of Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary

Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, the hip and historic countries of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary boast gorgeous countryside, handsome churches and city centers, warm people, and some two dozen UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On this 8-day overland journey, relish in the medieval masterpieces, baroque architecture, sophisticated museums, and up-to-the-minute cultural life of three extraordinary European capitals — Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest.

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Stroll along the famous Charles Bridge to Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town
    Appreciate the Gothic style of 14th century Charles Bridge, one of 17 beautiful arched stone bridges over the Vltava River running through Prague. ...
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  • Discover Jewish Prague
    Set out on foot to explore Jewish Prague, including visits to its historic synagogues, the Jewish Town Hall, the Jewish Museum and the Old Jewish Cemetery....
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  • See for miles and miles from the ramparts of Bratislava Castle
    See all the way to Austria and Hungary from the ramparts of four-towered Bratislava Castle overlooking the Danube on a hill in the center of Bratislava....
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  • Admire the extravagant Parliament Building on the Danube
    Admire Budapest’s Parliament Building, a neo-Gothic extravaganza featuring spires, courtyards, sculptures, frescoes, a sixteen-sided 300-foot...
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Central and East Europe travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Stanford and Northwestern universities have chosen MIR to guide them to Central and East Europe
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Prague

Called the “Hundred-Spired City,” Prague’s beautifully-preserved Gothic, baroque and neoclassical churches and palaces make it one of the great cities of Europe. Explore the UNESCO-listed city, including Prague Castle, which began in the 9th century as a walled hill-fort; the Lobkowicz Palace, belonging to the noble Lobkowicz family, renowned for their patronage of Beethoven; the Charles Bridge, with its 30 baroque statues; and the immense Gothic Tyn Church, with its tall spires built between the 14th and the 16th centuries.

Learn about the rich Jewish heritage of Prague with a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. Pay your respects at the Old Jewish Cemetery, with 12 layers of graves and more than 12,000 gravestones. Visit the Gothic Old-New Synagogue, completed in 1270; the Spanish Synagogue, designed in a Moorish style; the Klaus Synagogue, built in honor of a 1573 visit from Emperor Maximillian II; and the Jewish Museum, displaying artifacts from synagogues and homes saved from the Nazis.

Highlights

  • Prague, capital of Czech Republic, called the “Hundred-Spired City”
  • Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, and the symbol of Prague
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Days 4-5: Bratislava

Catch the train to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia situated on both sides of the Danube River. An introduction includes the city's most important places, such as the National Theater, the modern city center, and the Primate's Palace. Enjoy fantastic views from Bratislava Castle, and from the high ground of Devin Castle, an ancient stronghold of the Celts, Romans, and Slavs above the confluence of the Danube and the Morava Rivers. Take a walking tour of the squares, courtyards, and lanes of the Old Town, visiting Michael's Gate, the Opera House, St. Martin's Cathedral, and the Old Town Hall.

Highlights

  • Devin Castle, ancient stronghold of the Celts, Romans, and Slavs
  • Michael’s Gate, one of Bratislava’s oldest buildings
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Days 6-8: Budapest

Take the train along the Danube to Budapest, capital of Hungary, built in the grand style of the Hapsburgs. Tour the highlights of this art nouveau city, including the monumental Parliament Building, built from 1880 to 1902. This neo-Gothic extravaganza features spires, courtyards, sculptures, frescoes, a 16-sided, 96-meter rotunda, and 88 pounds of gold leaf. Visit the Church of Our Lady, commonly known as Matthias Church, originally built in 1255. Admire the city from the mock-medieval Fisherman’s Bastion, providing the most beautiful views in town. Soak in the hot mineral pools, take a plunge into the cold pool, swim in calm or wavy waters, and enjoy spa treatments at the famous Gellert Spa and Baths.

Highlights

  • Budapest, capital of Hungary, with fine baroque, neoclassical and art nouveau buildings
  • Parliament Building, the largest parliament building in the world at the time of its completion
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 8 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $2,695
  • Single Supplement $725

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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located superior tourist class hotels throughout the itinerary. Call for hotel upgrade prices.
  • Breakfast daily, per the itinerary. Lunches and dinners are left independent to allow exploration.
  • Services of experienced, English-speaking local guides in each city.
  • One arrival and one departure transfer. (Additional arrival and departure transfers are available at additional cost.) MIR arranges for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private van or car (type of vehicle depends on the size of your party). Note, one vehicle and driver will be used throughout the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Eastern or Central Europe or the Balkans before or after your tour. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of our private travel suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is moderately active, and rated moderate to rigorous touring due to the daily walking involved and the overall shortcomings of the tourism infrastructure. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least a mile a day, keeping up with fellow travelers.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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