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TNN’s Central Europe Tour

April 16 - April 28, 2023

Home to incredible food, fabulous wine, tons of ancient castles, quirky cities, and picturesque landscapes, Central Europe has a bit of everything. On this tour, you’ll get to experience this diversity as we meander through the continent’s center to explore historic town centers, eat incredible food, bike the countryside, sail on the Danube, and get a sense of this fascinating region of the world.

Central Europe is the meeting point of many different cultures and traditions. The region is home to enchanting and well-preserved Old Towns, the breathtaking mountains of the Alps, fairytale-esque castles, and fascinating modern cities shaped by the area’s rich history.

This tour hops through some of the major capitals of Central Europe to show that even the popular places still have hidden gems to explore.

Using our local connections, you’ll get cultural experiences not available with other companies. We’ll tour medieval castles in Prague and Bratislava, go wine-tasting in Vienna, take a boat ride down the Danube, enjoy Budapest’s famous ruin pubs, and relax in the thermal waters at Széchenyi, the largest medicinal bathhouse in Europe. As we make our way around the region, we’ll sample some of each country’s best cuisine and most beloved dishes.

This tour is for people looking to see more than just the famous sites— it’s for travelers who want to understand the region’s culture, history, and food more deeply.

If you’re the kind of person who wants a more authentic and nuanced experience, this tour is for you.

Nomadic Matt will be joining you for the first couple of days of this tour. Our Director of Content, Chris O, will be joining you for the rest!

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To reserve your spot on a tour, a 40% deposit is required. This deposit is 100% refundable for 30 days. See our terms and conditions for more on our refund policy.

Tour Itinerary

Once you arrive in Prague, our guides will be around to welcome you and answer any questions that you might have. We’ll meet for an orientation meeting in the early evening before taking you to one of our favorite spots for a group welcome dinner.

On our first day in Prague, we’ll take a historic walking tour to get oriented in the city. We’ll then enjoy a guided tour of the expansive 9th-century Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest castle in the world. Afterwards, you’ll have some time to explore Prague on your own before an optional group dinner in the evening.

Today, we’ll take an alternative street art tour to see a different side of Prague. You’ll then have free time to explore on your own (we’ll be around to give recommendations if needed) or continue on with the guide. Later, there will be an optional group dinner.

In the morning, we’ll take the train to Austria’s capital city, beautiful and cosmopolitan Vienna. Upon arrival, you’ll have the option to visit a traditional Viennese coffee house, a tradition that is such an integral part of the city’s social fabric that it is on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. You’ll then have the rest of the day free to explore the city or just rest after the day’s journey.

On our first full day in Vienna, we’ll take a walking tour to learn more about the history of this important city. Later, you’ll have the option to do another guided activity or enjoy the city at your own pace. In the evening, we’ll meet up again for a group dinner.

With hundreds of vineyards within the city limits, Vienna is the biggest wine-producing city in the entire world. Today, we’ll do an all-day wine tour by bike, where we’ll sample Viennese wines while learning about the city’s wine-making tradition that dates back to the 12th century. Later on, you’ll have the option to either join the group for dinner or head out on your own.

We’ll depart for Bratislava via train in the mid-morning. When we arrive, we’ll take a walking tour to learn about the unique history of Slovakia’s capital, shaped by its location at the crossroads of Central Europe. Later, we’ll have dinner together as a group.

Today we’ll take guided tours of Bratislava’s castles, including the famous Bratislava Castle with its incredible views over the entire city. Later on, we’ll take a picturesque boat ride down the Danube River, which flows through the city, separating Slovakia from Austria and Hungary. After, there will be an optional group dinner.

In the morning, we’ll take the train to Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital city. After arriving and settling in, we’ll take a historic walking tour of the city. In the evening, you can choose between joining the group for an optional dinner or exploring the city’s eateries on your own.

Today, you can either explore the city on your own or join the guide for other guided activities. In the evening, we’ll meet up again for an optional group dinner before embarking on a fun night out at Budapest’s famous ruin bars.

Budapest is world renowned for its many thermal bathhouses and spas. On our last full day together, we’ll enjoy a relaxing day at Széchenyi, one of the city’s oldest and most famous spas (and the largest medicinal spa in Europe). We’ll then have a farewell dinner as a group.

Today, our tour ends. Our guides will be around to help anyone getting to the airport or that has questions about staying longer.

Tour Essentials

Accommodation

Accommodation is 2 star hotels. If you book a twin share room and are traveling solo, you’ll be paired with someone of the same gender.

Transport

During the trip, we’ll travel via public transportation including subways, buses, and intercity train lines.

Meals

Daily breakfast, one lunch, and three dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Alcohol is not included.

Sustainability

We aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. The tap water is safe to drink so we encourage you to bring a water bottle. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.

Small Groups

This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.

Expert guides

Your tour will be led by a licensed tour guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.

What's Included

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 
  • Transportation
  • All meals mentioned above
  • All activities and entrance fees mentioned above
  • Local guides during activities
  • Expert Tour Leader throughout the trip

What’s Not Included

  • Travel to/from the starting and ending points of the tour
  • Visa/passport fees that may be required
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Optional activities not listed as included

FAQ

What are your COVID policies?
This tour is currently open to all travelers. We will closely monitor any new policies and comply with any new restrictions or requirements needed. If the rules change, we’ll let you know.

What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.

What is the age range of people on this tour?
Our tours see people from 22 to 75. They really run the gambit. In the past, the average age on this tour is about 40. As we’ve found age is only a number, the variety in ages has never been detrimental to the group dynamics!

Is there a lot of walking?
All our tours have lots of walking tours involved that last between 2-3 hours each. While there is no strenuous hiking involved on this tour, you should be prepared to be on your feet a lot. There is a bike ride during this tour. If you don’t feel up to it, we can recommend another activity.

Tell me about your guides.
Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible. During the course of the trip, we’ll also use other guides for some of our day tours.

Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on our tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.

What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.

How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.

What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in 2 star hotels the entire trip.

Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.

Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old.

Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing us from any and all liability related to the tour.

What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.

What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We understand plans change. Deposits are refundable up to 30 days after purchase. They can be transferred once in a calendar year to another tour. (You have to do so within 90 days.) Balance payments are due 31 days after purchase. Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 0 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.

Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please email us at [email protected]

I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! Our email is [email protected]

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