US Passport holders may enter the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary for up to 90 days for tourist, business, study, and most other purposes (except work) without a visa.
Central European food is typically hearty and filling.
Sample Breakfast Menu: Small breakfast buffet with a warm and cold selection of bread rolls, butter, coffee, muesli, and boiled eggs. Cold cuts--ham, sometimes smoked bacon called speck or schinkenspeck, cut sausages, boiled eggs.
Sample Dinner Menu: Wiener schnitzel with a side of baked potatoes, goulash soup, or chicken paprika. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Some meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
You will be staying in small 3 or 4-star boutique hotels that are all located in the city centers. Accommodations are double occupancy. Solo travelers will be paired with someone of the same gender.
You can request a friend to be your roommate upon checkout. If you'd prefer not to have a roommate, private room options are available upon request, subject to hotel availability for an extra charge. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Moderate. This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.
Light. This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active for 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful, though not required to enjoy the trip.
Drinking water from taps is considered safe, unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, we recommend you to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.
Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. We also can help you set up other optional activities if you'd rather do that. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of your trip.
You’ll be in private and comfortable vehicles for drives from Vienna to Budapest. On day 4, you will comfortably travel by train from Prague to Vienna. Expect to use public transportation such as buses, subways, and taxis in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. This is the best way for you to experience those three cities like a local!
You can visit Central Europe at any season of the year!
The months of April to June and September to October are probably the best months to visit Central Europe as there are fewer crowds and temperatures are nice.
The months of July and August can be very hot with high temperatures and more crowds.
November and December are colder with snowfalls, but this is also when you can enjoy Christmas markets and feel the magical spirit of winter.
Bring a two-prong power adaptor to charge your electronics. Be sure to bring a converter if devices can’t handle 220V.
The lighter the better! If you only have a roller suitcase that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag that would be better. We take all forms of transportation and some guesthouses and hotels don’t have an elevator.
You'll also want a daypack for your personal gear, food, and drinks for the day. The size of the daypack depends on how much stuff you want to take with you every day.
Laundry service will be available in some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details. If laundry service is not available at your hotel, your Trip Leader will direct you to the nearest laundromat.
Czech Republic: The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech koruna (CZK), sometimes referred to as the Czech crown in English.
Austria: The official currency of Austria is the euro (EUR).
Hungary: The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian forint (HUF). However, many stores and other places accept euros as well.
We suggest bringing $300 USD in local currency to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards. This is not the total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip.
Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw cash from any ATM, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.
Credit cards are widely accepted by stores, hotels, and restaurants in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary. However, smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so make sure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases. Please let your bank know you’re traveling overseas.
ATMs are available in the cities and towns we visit. Although you can withdraw cash from any ATM, it's a good idea to come with some local currency just in case.
The tap water in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary is safe unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, we recommend you use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.