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HUNGARY (Budapest) - AUSTRIA (Vienna) - CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague)  
The Jewels of Eastern Europe - Overview
DATES & COST 

June 3 - 12, 2020
10 Days / 9 Nights

This tour starts in Budapest and ends in Prague

$3,910 per person
$1,280 optional single supplement
Additional nights: $320 per room (single or double) includes airport transfer
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
TOUR DIRECTOR
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THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

Straddling East and West, the grand cities of Budapest, Prague and Vienna sit amid the spectacular landscapes of Central Europe where the heritage of the ancient Germanic and Slavic cultures produce rich travel experiences. The region is home to innumerable historic towns, fairy-tale castles, forests, unspoiled farmland, and picturesque mountain ranges. The three cultural capitals, the Jewels of Eastern Europe: Budapest, Vienna and Prague, offer a fascinating insight into the history of Europe's geographical heart.

During this unforgettable journey, we will discover the golden city of Prague, the ancient capital of Bohemia; we'll spend several days in Vienna, one of Europe's most elegant and historic cities; and marvel at the splendor of Budapest, famous not only for its pastries, but also for its countless thermal baths. We will enjoy outstanding musical and cultural performances in each of these cities and return with unforgettable memories of having truly experienced the elegance of the Old World.

In Budapest 

The Jewels of Eastern Europe tour will start in Budapest, where we'll experience the best and the most unique aspects of this imperial city. We'll take a champagne cruise on the mighty Danube and marvel at the millions of lights twinkling on its riverbanks. We'll ride the antique metro, the oldest on the European continent, and a funicular up the Castle Hill. We'll see the ancient Buda Castle, once home of the powerful Hungarian Kings, the Castle District, famous for its medieval, baroque, and 19th-century architecture and St. Matthias Church, enjoy the traditional Hungarian cuisine and desserts and a leisurely afternoon at the sumptuous Szechenyi Baths and Spa.

The architecturally stunning Budapest is a tour de force of the Hapsburg splendor, with the grandeur of its Royal Palace, the iconic Parliament building and the imposing Hungarian State Opera House reflecting in the Danube.

  • We'll spend 2 days in the city of Budapest, staying in a contemporary riverside hotel, perfectly located in the city center, by the Danube River. The hotel's location will allow us easy individual explorations.
     
  • We'll tour the Buda Castle, St. Matthias Church and Fishermen Bastion in the Buda section of the city and Heroes' Square and Vaci Utca in the Pest section of the city.
     
  • We'll enjoy a night-time champagne cruise on the Danube, ride on antique metro (Europe's oldest) and take in the Hungarian tradition of the afternoon spent relaxing at a thermal spa.
     
  • We'll dine at an elegant riverside restaurant and at one of Hungary's oldest dining establishment with all the trappings of the Old World glamour.
     
In Vienna 

The second city that we'll visit during the Jewels of Eastern Europe tour, will be the Imperial city of Vienna, laced with architectural marvels from its medieval past to the impossible surrealist landmarks. The focus of our stay here will be music, art, cuisine and the history of Vienna.

Vienna is the most beautiful baroque city in Europe. It's a city of waltzes and opera music around every corner, of Old World elegance and cutting edge design, of wine, pastries and whipped cream. Vienna is a city of delicate spires overlooking imperial palaces, surreal gardens and the mighty Danube weaving through it all. For centuries, different nationalities have fused their cultural identities to produce the intriguing, cosmopolitan Viennese culture which gave birth to modernism: without Klimt, Schiele, Loos and Freud, the course of Western music, architecture, painting, science and literature might have turned out very differently.

  • We will spend 4 days in Vienna, experiencing the best that the city has to offer, while staying at a luxury hotel in the center of the Old Town.
     
  • We'll tour Habsburgs' Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna's Opera House, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Belvedere Palace, admire the baroque domes, Gothic cathedrals, Art Nouveau architecture and some of the most celebrated European paintings.
     
  • We'll explore the serenely beautiful Vienna Woods in the Wachau Valley, as we take a cruise on the Danube River, tour the Baroque Melk Abbey and the Gothic town of Krems.
     
  • We'll enjoy a Mozart music concert performed in the same concert hall where Mozart once played.
     
  • We'll dine a la carte at carefully selected gourmet restaurants to experience the atmosphere of an imperial dining room and an elegant coffee house with incredible desserts.
In Prague 

The third Jewel of Eastern Europe is Prague, a dreamy cityscape of winding lanes, stone bridges and delicate spires, set in the legendary Bohemia. Prague is a city of quaint romance, of stunning architecture from its glorious medieval past to the flamboyant Art Nouveau, a place rich with history and legends, yet brimming with youthful optimism.

We'll explore the city with renowned Czech guides and meet the friendly locals, as we take an architectural tour of the city to admire the Baroque domes, Renaissance palaces and Gothic cathedrals, discover the Little Quarter and visit the foreboding Prague Castle. We'll also attend an intimate palace concert, and get an insight into the Jewish history of Prague.

  • We'll spend 4 days in the magical city of Prague, staying in a perfectly located boutique hotel, situated close to the Charles Bridge and the Main Market Square, the hotel's location allows for easy individual exploration.
     
  • We'll take in-depth private tours of the historic Old Town, the Prague Castle, and the Jewish neighborhood of Josefov.
     
  • We'll enjoy the spectacular views of all the treasures of the Golden City.
     
  • We'll experience the aristocratic elegance of the Old World at a classical music concert at Lobkowicz Palace.
     
  • Throughout the tour, you will dine a la carte at carefully selected upscale restaurants.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE 
  • 2 nights in Budapest, 4 nights in Vienna and 3 nights in Prague in centrally located, upscale hotels
     
  • Private airport transfers on arrival and on departure, private coach transfer between Budapest, Vienna and Prague, all transportation in each city
     
  • A la carte meals: traditional or vegetarian menu: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, including drinks
     
  • Professional local guides and an experienced tour director
     
  • All cultural activities as per itinerary
     
  • All fees and admissions for activities mentioned in the itinerary
     
  • All guides', drivers' and restaurants' gratuities
NOT INCLUDED 

Additional/optional costs may include: optional travel insurance, optional single room supplement, early hotel check-in, meals or activities not mentioned in the itinerary, tour director's gratuities, room service, mini bar charges, laundry charges, personal expenses.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • Cruise on the River Danube in Budapest
  • The Buda Castle and the Renaissance Castle District
  • Szechenyi Baths and Spa
  • Schonbrunn Summer Palace in Vienna
  • Mozart and baroque music concert in Vienna
  • The treasures of Kunsthistorisches Museum
  • The Belvedere Palace
  • Extended coffee breaks in Vienna coffeehouses
  • The Danube River Wachau Valley
  • Melk Abbey and the Gothic Krems
  • Prague Royal Castle and Charles Bridge
  • Prague's medieval Old Town
  • Bohemian Little Quarter
  • Jewish heritage of Prague
  • Chamber music concert in Prague
What Makes This Trip Special  
  • Accommodations at central, upscale hotels in Budapest, Vienna and Prague
  • Elegant restaurants and a la carte dining including drinks, throughout the tour
  • Knowledgeable and passionate local guides
  • Exclusive experiences, not available to larger groups
  • A small group of maximum 16 women
  • Knowledgeable and experienced tour director
  • No forced shopping
Testimonials 

It was a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend it! The cities were all interesting and beautiful. Our guide, Marta, was superb. This trip is very affordable as well. Thanks for your hard work! – Sharon from Illinois

Great restaurants, museums and excellent guides. Eastern Europe was an unexpected “jewel” in my travels. Prague and Budapest exceeded my expectations for beautiful places to visit. – Joan from New York

Loved it – a dream come true! The local tour guides were wonderful, so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. – Theresa from California

Meeting new people and learning about the different cultures were the best. This was a very well put together tour that had the right amount of free time. It covered a wide range of interests and I felt I had learned a great deal about the history of the areas we visited and the culture. Prague and Budapest were wonderful! – Renee from South Dakota

The best experiences were the Castle District tour in Budapest, and the great lunch venue. The Mozart concert in Vienna, and the rooftop dinner overlooking Prague. The local guide in Budapest was wonderful! – Arlene from Arizona

An extraordinary experience through three related cities, each different and distinct. This tour features excellent and well located hotels, great guides and site visits, and whets the appetite for more. Thank you for a wonderful time!
Anne from New Jersey

This trip was a wonderful, historical tour of the three cities. I will never forget this experience! Amazing sites – A TON of walking… Thankfully I took sturdy tennis shoes!
Lisa from Tennessee 

The accommodations were lovely. Your pre-trip instructions were clear. My travels with another woman’s group were riddled with people complaining about their individual needs and you were very clear about the trip. I appreciate that.
Peggy from Arizona

Thank you, Sights and Soul, once again. I loved Eastern Europe. Each city had a beautiful culture, fascinating history, and lovely vistas. Marta was the perfect group leader, and we had a great group of women. I have memories for a lifetime. 
- Gene from Virginia

This was a great trip. It was full of depth and richness, and I enjoyed meeting and hanging out with the other women. Marta is a real treasure - she is balanced, and able to lead a disparate group of women who all got along with each other.  I know I am going to have to meet different leaders eventually, but really look forward to her trips. I have recommended your company to several people, including two individuals who will likely join up. Though there are lots of other companies, yours is well-organized, has varied programs, and feels like it really matters that we enjoy ourselves.
Meg from Pennsylvania

I loved all the walking. I loved Klimt. I loved the Mozart concert in Mozart’s house. I loved traveling with women, and S&S has a lovely touch. Great thoughtfulness and taste is obvious in everything we did. I can’t wait to travel the rest of the world with them. Such a happy experience 😊.
Jenny from Georgia

Another vacation that was well rounded, busy and yet I felt pampered. - Meg from New York

This tour company is fabulous! I was hesitant and not quite sure what to expect but  loved every part of it – the other women travelers, our Tour Guide, accommodations – I will be on another trip soon!
JoAnn from California

It was a wonderful trip and it was very well planned. All the women were lovely, and I had a fantastic time.
Marie from Pennsylvania

The tour was extremely well organized. I didn’t have to think about any arrangements. Loved the hotel and restaurant selections, and I appreciated all the information sent before the trip. So happy to travel with only 14 people: the women enjoyed being together and watched out for one another.
Gloria from Maryland

I want to thank you for creating your superb tour, the Jewels of Eastern Europe. This tour was one of the best travel experiences of my life. I particularly appreciated how you created a sense of community and comradeship early on by getting us to introduce ourselves by email. And then there was Marta, wow, this woman is the Michelangelo of tour leaders, in the way she set the tone of the group and the way she guided and led us so professionally, with such genuine care and concern, always calm and unflappable, so patient with each one of us. Her whole focus was on creating the very best experience she could for each of us every single day, it was all about us.
Janifer from Victoria, Australia

I just returned from my fourth Sights and Soul tour to Eastern (Central) Europe and I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate the care and quality you put into these trips.  Having worked as a quality professional throughout my career, I have very high standards and am often disappointed with the services provided by companies today.  Sights and Soul Travels not only does not disappoint, but exceeds my expectations every time.  The weather sometimes does not cooperate, but everything under your control is always well planned, organized and executed.  The hotels, food, itineraries and local guides are great and I cannot say enough about the caring tour directors who always go above and beyond to make sure each tour is the trip of a lifetime.  It is rare for someone to care as much as you do and I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU!
Karen from Florida

We very much enjoyed the whole experience, much of which was the idea of a small group of women travelling together.  Our tour guide, Marta, was first class not only in her knowledge of the cities we visited but in her very expert care she took of all of us. Your choice of hotels was excellent including accommodations, location and service; the staff in Budapest could have been a little friendlier.  We loved it that all hotels were close to the city's vibrant sections for shopping, exploring and eating. Probably the biggest surprise were the amazing lunches and dinners; wonderful food with very generous menu choices in interesting and varied places, all in historic buildings. Certainly they were among the highlight of the trip.
Marcia from New York

I think that the Eastern Europe tour was fabulous in every way. The restaurants that we attended as a group were wonderful and loads of fun. Marta was always attentive and very knowledgeable about the tour cities.
Beth from New York

Thanks for everything. We saw the sights and we felt the soul of Prague. It was perfect in every way. Even the weather held off until our last night.
Karen from United Arab Emirates

I had the most marvelous time on your tour! This was my first time to Europe and I'll cherish the memories forever. I'm smitten to travel much more! You laid out a lovely tour - and the ladies were wonderful. We're becoming friends all over the world! I greatly admire how well you planned everything to get the maximum of our Hungarian trip.
Edwyna from Washington

My heart and mind are still in Hungary. I woke up this morning with so many wonderful memories of my vacation, and wishing that I could be waking up in Budapest or Sumeg again. I can't begin to tell you how much fun I had and what a wonderful time it was for me. You have again created such a fantastic combination of sights, food, wine, adventures, and good companionship! - Marcia from California

When you sign up for a tour with Sights and Soul, it's definitely not a large tour where everyone is shoved into a bus and just a body. Yolanta really cares about each lady and gives her personal attention from the day she signs up. The tour is very diverse that meets needs of all types of women.
Tracy from California

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