Travellers can see some of the pearls of European history with an eight-day tour visiting Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest. With rich histories and some of the oldest architecture on the continent found in those cities, visitors can make the trip an unforgettable one. The most famous sight-seeing spots include Berlin Wall’s graffitied remains and the Brandenburg Gate, a symbol of unification after the end of Cold War, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock in Prague, Imperial palaces including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence in Vienna, and Buda’s Old Town in Budapest.
- Day 1: Flight from the UK to Berlin and stay in Berlin
- Day 2: Stay in Berlin
- Day 3: Train transfer from Berlin to Prague and stay in Prague
- Day 4: Stay in Prague
- Day 5: Train transfer from Prague to Vienna and stay in Vienna
- Day 6: Stay in Vienna
- Day 7: Train transfer from Vienna to Budapest and stay in Budapest
- Day 8: Stay in Budapest
- Day 9: Return flight from Budapest to the UK
Groupon’s Guide to Berlin
Famous for its many museums, galleries and a wide variety of cultural and architectural landmarks, Berlin is a popular destination amongst culture seekers.
As well as offering countless sightseeing opportunities, the city has a unique nightlife scene, with many bars, clubs and live music events providing locals and tourists with entertainment throughout the year.
Around Christmas time, travellers may choose from up to 60 different Christmas markets, the most famous being Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market, where a multitude of Christmas tree decorations, traditional souvenirs, local delicacies and mulled wine may be enjoyed in a cheery atmosphere, with carols and bright lights around.
Shopping fans may visit designer boutiques on Kurfürstendamm, one of the most famous avenues in Berlin, or find a bargain at one of the flea markets in Mauer Park. The Cathedral, Berlin’s largest church, boasts artistic furnishings, including a Sauer organ and a 70-metre dome featuring colourful mosaics. Tourists can also head to Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of five of the city’s most important museums. Here, visitors can admire classical antiquities, excavated findings of the Near East, Islamic art and much more. Baroque gardens and art collections dating back to the 18th-century France can be admired at the Charlottenburg Palace, while nature enthusiasts may take to the nearby trails of Grunewald forest.
Groupon’s Guide To Prague
The capital city of the historic Bohemia region, Prague is one of the most popular destinations in Central Europe. Mirroring in the River Vltava, the city has been alluring visitors with numerous bridges, cathedrals, and gold-tipped towers for more than 10 centuries. Travellers can embrace the medieval charm of the city while strolling through the winding cobblestone alleyways with red slate rooftops and historic quarters of the Old Town, indulge in the panoramic views of the city from the 9th-century castle or catch a traditional puppet performance at the National Marionette Theatre. Various restaurants tempt the senses with hearty Czech cuisine and local beer, while the new town offers an array of high-fashion shops, clubs and entertainment options.
The weather in Prague varies according to the four seasons. Maximum temperatures during the warm summer season range between 22°C and 25°C, while during the winter months the temperatures drop to 1°C. Although summer brings the wettest time for the city, with more than 70mm of precipitations per month, the season witnesses more than seven hours of sunshine per day, making for suitable weather for leisurely activities and exploring the city sights.
Groupon’s Guide To Vienna
Nestled on the banks of the River Danube, Vienna has a busy cultural calendar which makes it a year-round destination for globetrotters. The city of Mozart is the proud possessor of a famous opera house and binds a plethora of Baroque and contemporary architectural styles. Viennese charm echoes through the city centre’s restaurants and bars that hold a world-famous culinary tradition with dishes such as Wiener Schnitzels and cheese Danishes.
One of the city’s focal points is the 12th-century Stephansdom Gothic cathedral, from which tourists can get one of the best views of Vienna, after climbing its 553 steps. Imperial Austria left its mark with the vast palace complex of Hofburg, where Franz Josef I and Empress Elisabeth once lived. Close to the Museum of Art History, in the former imperial stables, lies the Museumsquartier, a grand complex of museums, galleries, cafes and shops where visitors can relax and enjoy the Viennese atmosphere. The capital city of Austria is located within a temperate climatic zone making for clearly defined seasons. With the warm season starting from May and reaches its peak in August with temperatures going as high as 28ºC on average, making for perfect time of the year to visit this vibrant city crossed by the Danube River. Rain may not occur very often in autumn, with less than half of the season’s precipitations being light drizzle. Although Vienna is in one of the lowest-lying parts of Austria, there is no mistaking that it is part of an alpine country and the winter months provide plenty of seasonal attractions such as ice skating and leisurely stroll opportunities in light snowfalls.
Groupon’s Guide To Budapest
Budapest, the vibrant capital of Hungary, is a living picture of castles and Neo-Gothic grandeur by day, and a pulsating example of European nightlife by night.
Guests may take a stroll to the historic Lajos Kossuth Square, which plays host to Hungary’s coronation crown and ornate Parliament Building, as well as the Museum of Ethnography’s folk art displays. After admiring the crown, similar treasures may be found in the City Park, where an enormous flea market brightens up weekends with knick-knacks, clothes and much more, amid grandly landscaped environs. Pocket-dipping sessions may follow with a plunge into the thermal spas of Margaret Island, which complements its riverbank surroundings with fragrant gardens, ornate pavilions and parties of sunbathing locals. The climate in Budapest is continental and humid, with very warm summers and, at times, cold winters. During the hot season, which starts in April and ends in August, the temperature reaches an average of 27ºC. In this period, travellers may take nighttime strolls on the Danube promenade, or enjoy refreshing tipples at one of the city’s open-air bars. During the colder seasons, the nights get chillier, but holidaymakers will still be able to explore the city sights under favourable weather conditions until late October. Winter arrives in December and lasts till February, bringing negative temperatures and less than two hours of sunshine per day.
- £249-£349 for 8 nights with London flights, depending on the departure date chosen
- £279-£399 for 8 nights with Edinburgh flights, depending on the departure date chosen
- £279-£349 for 8 nights with Manchester flights, depending on the departure date chosen
- £299-£429 for 8 nights with Bristol flights, depending on the departure date chosen
- £299-£399 for 8 nights with Liverpool flights, depending on the departure date chosen
- £319-£399 for 8 nights with Glasgow flights, depending on the departure date chosen
- £369-£449 for 8 nights with Birmingham flights, depending on the departure date chosen