Best of Central Europe - Prague - Krakow - Budapest
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Explore three of Europe’s most exciting and beautiful cities. You’ll make new friends, and our amazing local guides will take you off the beaten path and show you what makes their hometown so special.
Our trips are first come, first served, so save your spot on tour today!
- Dive into the thermal baths in Budapest
- Go caving in Budapest
- Play an escape game in Budapest
- Remember the victims of the Holocaust at Auschwitz
- Entry into Schindler's Factory in Krakow
- Golf cart ride in Krakow
- Have a Polish vodka tasting lesson
- Hop on paddle boats in Prague
- Tag the Lennon Wall in Prague
- Enjoy authentic cuisine in Krakow and Prague
- Explore Prague Castle
- Immerse yourself in Central Europe's most notorious nightlife
- Stay in our favorite top-rated hostels
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CENTRAL EUROPE 9 DAY, 8 NIGHT ITINERARY
Get ready for a whirlwind through Central Europe's most intriguing cities! WSA encourages customers to opt into early arrival options to maximize your time.
Day 0 - Optional Early Arrival
Opt in to an early arrival to spend more time in Prague to kick off your adventure. There's tons to keep you busy, and we'll recommend a slew of ideas. Our local guide will drop in that evening to say hi, and show you some top local spots for food and drinks.
Day 1 - Czeching Out Prague
Our local guide will meet you at 10 am to break down the plan for the week. WSA trips are casual, laid back and fun, yet efficient. For our first day in Prague we'll be exploring the old Medieval heart of Prague, the Old Town. On this orientational walking tour, you'll see the Old Town Square, climb the famous Clocktower and take in the massive Wenceslas Square where the Velvet Revolution began to break the Czechs away from Communism. The Old City is jam-packed with striking Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture, making you feel like you jumped straight into a fairytale. Next we'll continue into the Jewish Quarter, to see the Pinkas Synagogue and to peer into the Jewish cemetery where 100,000 people are buried. We'll close out the night with a group dinner at a traditional Czech restaurant where you'll get to try local food and beer.
Day 2 - Lesser Quarter & Prague Castle
Today the group will strike out for Prague Castle where you'll get to see the inside of Europe's largest castle for yourself plus enjoy some truly gorgeous views of Prague. Next we'll enjoy a group lunch at Strahov Monestary which also happens to be a top brewery. Then its on to Prague's Lesser Quarter. In this district, you'll take a few hours to tag the Lennon Wall, cross the Lover's Bridge, see the Infant Jesus Church of Prague, and have a laugh at the Pissing Statues.
If the weather cooperates we'll also go paddle boating on the Vlatava. After the busy day you'll definitely need some time to rest before exploring som of Prague's most unique cellar bars & pubs. In the clubbing mood? Head to Karlovy Lazne, Central Europe's largest!
Day 3 - Exploration Day
Today is yours to continue exploring the city or consider taking a day trip outside of Prague. We can give you TONS of suggestions of additional neighborhoods to visit or fun and easy day trips. Tonight we'll head to Krakow via an overnight train.
Day 4 - Welcome to Krakow
We'll arrive early in the morning from Prague and head straight to the hostel. We'll relax for a bit before our local guide picks us up and we'll head to Krakow's Medieval Old Town, making our way to the Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the city.
We'll zip back to Old Town in style- via an extended-cab golf cart- and after free time, we'll meet up for a group dinner at Krakow's popular local eatery for a pierogi feast. Next is the “Polish Party”, our private tasting where you’ll get to try up to 6 typical Polish vodkas and other spirits, before heading out to Krakow's best nightlife spots.
Day 5 - Jewish Quarter
Today we'll start out in Kazimierz, the historic Jewish Ghetto of Krakow. Then it's onto Schindler's Factory, which Spielberg’s famous movie Schindler’s List was based on, and is now one of Europe’s best WWII museums. We'll enjoy lunch in the Jewish quarter.
Optional for the afternoon: Visit Wieliczka salt mines and see a chapel made entirely of salt, an underground church and lake!
Go back to the hostel to freshen up before our optional group dinner and delectable cocktails in Krakow's trendy Jewish quarter.
Day 6 - Auschwitz Day Trip
Today will be a somber but meaningful day as we head to the Auschwitz and Birkinau concentration camps. You'll spend several hours in each of the two camps responsible for killing an estimated million Jews while in operation during the war. Your English-speaking Auschwitz guide will accompany you throughout sharing stories to remember the victims of the horrible past of this place.
We'll pick up our bags and head to Budapest for the last leg of the journey.
Day 7 - Meet Pest
WSA's local Budapest guide will meet up with you for a quick orientation meeting and be sure to bring your swimsuit/towel with you for baths later! From there, we'll head down Andrássy Avenue- the Champs Elysees of Budapest- to see all the iconic sights: St Stephen's Basilica, Liberty square, Hungarian Parliament building, a statue of Ronald Reagan, the American Embassy, and a memorial to the victims of the Nazis called Shoes on the Danube.
We'll wrap up the walking tour in the City Park at Vajdahunyad Castle. Next its time for relaxation in Budapest's best natural thermal spa: Széchenyi Baths.
After free time at the baths, we'll meet back up to play escape games in the evening! Dress to stay out to go pub crawling through District 7 and tossing back drinks in this neighborhood's most distinctive venues: Ruin Bars. Left in shambles after WWII, this area has been transformed into funky bars each with a different unique atmosphere.
Day 8 - The Buda Side
Morning: Wear comfy attire and shoes for the caving adventure later! Today we start at the Great Market Hall--the largest and oldest indoor market in the city. Take this free time for souvenir shopping, and grab a bite at one of it's many delicious food stands.
Afternoon: Now that you're well-fed, it's time to strap on jump-suits and headlamps, for caving beneath the hills of Buda! Those opting out of caving can take a chairlift ride to Budapest's lookout or a bike cart ride on Margit Island.
Evening: We'll hit Buda's breathtaking Castle Quarter, including Matthias Church and Fisherman's Bastion. You may also opt in for the "Sparty" (Spa party) or boat party - you can buy tickets through your guide or at the hostel.
Day 9 - Tearful Goodbyes
Everyone is encouraged to stick around as long as they like, or depart as necessary to catch travel arrangements. Staying longer? Stop by Szimpla's farmers' market, Europe's largest Synagogue, and Budapest's cool street art.Book Now
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This may be our craziest tour yet! Explore great cities in the heart of Central Europe with historic Communism backgrounds and famous beer and cuisine. We'll be going through Prague, Budapest and Krakow to get the full experience in 9 amazing days.
- Take a day trip to Auschwitz & Birkinau concentration camps
- Swim in the Széchenyi thermal baths in Budapest
- Go adventure caving in Budapest
- Visit the Prague Castle & Clock Tower for 360° views of the city
- Local insider scoop on the best food, nightlife, sights, activities, viewpoints and more of these cities best-kept secrets
- All intercity transportation
- Book your trip from Prague to Budapest or Budapest to Prague
WSA's Central Europe Prague-Budapest Itinerary
Starting from Prague:
Day 1 -3 - Fly in and explore one of Europe's most magical cities- Prague! You're package includes Prague Castle and the Lesser Quarter then explore the old town, Jewish Quarter and you'll have tickets climb the clock tower for gorgeous views of the city
Night 3 - Take an overnight train from PRG-KRK
Day 4 - 6 - Explore Krakow's charming old town and pay your respects at Auschwitz. Opt into explore Wieliczka Salt mines. Catch an afternoon bus into Budapest
Day 7, & 8 - Head to Budapest and dive into world famous thermal baths, check out the beautiful buildings, and opt into caving
Day 9 - Your adventure is sadly over. We'll have recommendations on how to connect out of town to the airport.
If you wish to start in Budapest, this itinerary is flipped, ending in Prague. Day 1, arrival day is in Budapest, and Day 9 is in Prague.Book Now
I had such an awesome weekend with my WSA group! Our leader was so great, really cool and nice. We got to see everything and it didn't feel rushed at all.Gerty Flagg, Keene State College ~ Fall 2015
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