From Berlin to Prague, explore layers of European history and famous World Heritage sites. Berlin beckons with cosmopolitan flair and legendary nightlife. Prague's architectural gems compete for your attention. Then discover the best of Budapest including ornate thermal spas, fabulous Hungarian food, and stunning castles along the famous Danube River.
Embark on your overnight journey to Germany’s capital city.
After settling in at the hotel, use your Berlin pass to start exploring the city. This handy card is not only a travel card, with unlimited use of public transportation, but also offers free admission to some of Berlin’s most fascinating museums and sights. Tonight, meet fellow travel companions at a welcome orientation with your tour director.
- Two day Berlin welcome card including free public transportation
- Welcome orientation
Explore the city streets of Berlin today with our local guide. Along the way we’ll delve into historical happenings including tales of espionage and intrigue, learn of the World War II destruction and see Checkpoint Charlie where the infamous Berlin Wall once divided East from West. Remnants of the wall still remain. Join us for lunch at the famous Kaefer Restaurant inside the glass-domed Reichstag. After being destroyed in the war, the Reichstag was redesigned as the modern Parliament building while retaining its historical dimensions.
Tonight, venture into the former East Berlin to find great restaurants and people watching. Berlin’s legendary nightlife offers many trendy bars, clubs and cabarets.
- Visit Checkpoint Charlie
- Lunch at the glass-domed Reichstag
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy a free day to continue exploring iconic Berlin on your own. Take advantage of your Berlin pass and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museumsinsel (island), the Charlottenburg Palace or famous Berlin Zoo. Don’t forget to try a Currywurst with Champagne for lunch or visit the KaDeWe where one entire floor of the building is dedicated to your culinary senses. If you prefer a group activity, join us for an optional kayak ride to Potsdam.
Optional Activity: Kayak Berlin to Potsdam
This morning we board our train to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and golden city of castles and Kafka. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to wander the cobbled streets of this city of a hundred spires — considered Europe’s best preserved old town. Walk over the 14th century Charles Bridge, lined with historic statues and alive with artists and street musicians. You may consider joining an optional visit to the Bone Church in the medieval town of Kutna Hara for a ‘Night at Sedlec Abbey’ experience.
- Train travel from Berlin to Prague
Optional Activity: Visit Bone Church Kutna Hora
Our local guide shows us some of the famous sights today including Hradcany Castle, the home of the original Bohemian kings, the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Powder Tower, and the Old Town Square with its colorful Astronomical Clock. During a free afternoon, consider a cruise on the Vltava River or spend time in the picturesque Old Town filled with colorful cafés. The entire town center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for souvenirs, take a look at the famous Bohemian glass, beads or garnet and amber jewelry.
Our dinner tonight includes a traditional Czech folklore show. An ensemble of dancers and musicians dressed in traditional clothing will entertain, excite, and amuse. We are invited to take an active part in learning the Czech songs, dances, and games. There’s plenty to capture your attention—Czech it out!
- See Old Town, Hradcany Castle, the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Powder Tower and more
- Traditional Czech folklore dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Czech Folklore Dinner
Today our train takes us to Budapest, Hungary--“Paris of the East.” In the late 18th century, two independent cities turned into one when the hilly city of Buda and the flat city of Pest were joined by the building of the Széchenyi Chain suspension bridge. Now, this vibrant city offers a bit of everything. On your free afternoon, take the funicular up Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town, where the Budapest History Museum traces city life from Roman times. Or, shop for paprika amid the old-world architectural beauty of the Great Market Hall and explore shops on Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You might also consider an optional tour of Hospital in the Rock, a once-functioning hospital and war bunker now operating as a museum.
Enjoy dinner on your own tonight. Consider taking a cruise on the Danube or dining on Hungarian specialties in an old wine cellar.
- Ttrain travel from Prague to Budapest
- 72 hour Budapest Travel Card
- Széchenyi Bridge, Castle Hill, Buda's Old Town and more
Optional Activity: Hospital in the Rock Tour
This morning, our local historian shows us the neo-gothic Parliament and Matthias Church, where the last two Hungarian kings were crowned. We’ll also see Vajdahynyad Castle and the Citadel as well as take in the fantastic view of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion while strolling the quaint lanes and cobblestone streets of Castle Hill.
During a free afternoon, indulge in a truly local experience dating back to the Romans: a spa and thermal bath. Budapest is the spa capital of the world with over 100 mineral springs and 12 therapeutic, opulent baths. Outdoor pools, healing waters, original art nouveau architecture and spa treatments await. Other possibilities are the Hungarian National Museum or strolling along Vaci Utca, a pedestrian street lined with fashionable shops and restaurants.
Tonight, with gypsy violins to entertain us, we’ll share our favorite adventures at a typical csarda restaurant. Afterwards launch into Budapest’s nightlife and live it up like the locals by heading to the lively “Ruin Pubs”, a retro nightclub or riverside bar.
- See Parliament, Matthias Church, Vajdahynyad Castle, the Citadel and more
- Csarda Gypsy farewell dinner
Meals: Breakfast, Csarda Farewell Dinner
After breakfast, say farewell to new friends and start planning your next adventure with AESU.
Meals: Breakfast, In-flight