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Eastern Lights (between Nov - Dec 2019)

Price: R 14,300.00

9 Days, Prague to Budapest. A magical festive escape in Eastern Europe.

Visiting 5 countries: Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary.

This special Christmas and New Year's trip will convince you you're living in an eastern European fairy tale. But trust us, it's all real. From Prague to Budapest, via Krakow, Bratislava and Vienna, you'll take in Europe's most famous Christmas markets, ancient castles, classical music, thermal springs, warming mulled wine and so much more. Your unforgettable festive escape starts: NOW.

Booking Details for this Topdeck Experience

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
Between November - December 2019 R 14,300.00 pps 

Bucket List Inclusions

  • Christmas Day in Prague
  • New Year’s Eve in Budapest
  • Guided tour of former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Entry to Széchenyi Baths

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Prague, Czech Republic

Welcome to Prague! This is one pretty city with plenty to keep you occupied. From the astronomical clock to the Castle District and the awesome statue-lined wonder that is Charles Bridge, there’s almost TOO much to see. Get out there and explore!

Meals: Dinner
Included today: Walking tour of Prague

Day 2: Prague

Oh hello, free day in Prague. Swing by the John Lennon wall for a profile pic to remember, try trdelník (warm, sugary pastry goodness) or simply kick back and indulge in a local beer or two. Well, it is the festive season, after all…

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3: Prague to Krakow, Poland

Wawel Castle could only be built after a cobbler’s apprentice did the impossible: he slayed a dragon. A city with history like that needs to be explored. Don’t sweat it, we’ll take you through the Old Town and the largest medieval market square in Europe to get you started. 

Included today: Walking tour of Kraków
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Krakow

Look up! St Mary’s near the main square is beautiful. Just wait ‘til you get inside. Want more from your free day here? Why not cruise around the hipster Jewish quarter, visit Schindler’s Factory or dig in to a plate of pierogi? These dumpling-like pieces of deliciousness will have you applying for your Polish passport, stat.

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5: Krakow to Bratislava, Slovakia

We’ll pay a visit to the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau today. Take the time to reflect en route to Slovakia, where a guided tour of Bratislava awaits. Then, the evening is all yours. Don’t miss the buzzing bar and café scene while you’re here! 

Included today: Visit former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau | Walking tour of Bratislava
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Bratislava to Vienna, Austria

Mozart, Beethoven and Freud called Vienna home and they left a huge impression on the world. Visit a wiener kaffeehaus (coffee house) before getting ‘Bach’ on track with a performance by a Viennese chamber orchestra (optional). But first, a driving tour.

Included today: Driving tour of Vienna
Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Tickets to the Sound of Vienna Orchestra | Tickets to the Sound of Vienna Orchestra (dinner included)

Day 7: Vienna to Budapest, Hungary

Swap the classical music for the chance to gorge on goulash and langos. Then: get your bearings on a driving tour and settle in. You’re in Budapest, baby!

Included today: Driving tour of Budapest
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Budapest

Széchenyi thermal baths in winter? Ahhh yeah! Relax and unwind here on your free day (optional). Later, grab your fellow Topdeckers, put on a woolly hat and grab your cameras. Tonight, there’s a de-lish group dinner to look forward to!

Included today: Entry to Széchenyi thermal baths
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Budapest

Time to go home. Or not! Did we mention it’s ski season and the Alps are right around the corner? 

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Select departures between November - December 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers EEELPB
Inclusions • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
• 8 nights in hostels
• Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
• Guided tours of all major cities
• Awesome Trip Leader + Driver
Exclusions • Flights and taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Anything of a personal nature
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation (if travel date is more than 42 days out)
• Final Payment: This is due 42 days prior. For bookings made less than 42 days before travelling, full payment is required and booking will be on request.
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