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Danube Explorer (4300)

8 Day Tour from Vienna to Budapest

2019 Tour Details

The Blue Danube is both the inspiration and the guide for your escorted European tour from Vienna to Budapest. As you follow the river’s path, you’ll discover the elegant beauty of imperial cities along with charming hidden gems of Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. Your Cosmos Lite independent escorted tour is the perfect way to vacation your way—with à la carte optional excursions and loads of free time. Choose the optional excursions that interest you on MyCosmos, get pointers from your Tour Director, and never lose your way with the CosmosGO app. Step back into the time of imperial splendor in Vienna and the “Pearl of the Danube”—Budapest. We make it easy to see it all with complimentary 24-hour public transport cards in both Vienna and Budapest.

Linger in one of Vienna’s countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace, or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customize your day with your activities or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Next, stop in the Slovakian city of Bratislava on the banks of the Danube. History buffs can select an optional biking excursion to the Iron Curtain, or take in the incredible views and local libations at a traditional tavern or at Bratislava’s UFO bar. On your way to Budapest, you’ll have the chance to explore the Hungarian towns of Györ, Esztergom, and Szentendre—each with historic, artistic, and natural wonders to explore. Before your trip, check out MyCosmos for your optional activity selections. With your choice of excursions, you can trust the travel details to us each step of your European vacation along the Danube. MyCosmos gives you the freedom to schedule your days as you please—or explore with no schedule at all!

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 Touring À La Carte

Free Time to Explore in Vienna, Bratislava, Györ, Esztergom, Szentendre, Budapest

CosmosGO Download our app for flight schedules, daily itineraries, hotel/transfer details, and suggestions for restaurants, entertainment, and sightseeing.

MyCOSMOS Personalize your tour with hand-selected excursions available for purchase. Visit our website for details.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Budapest ( banks of the Danube)
  • Historic Centre of Vienna

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with Wi-Fi; We’ll provide you with a 24-hour Vienna public transport card, and a 24-hour Budapest public transport card.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfast daily

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive in Vienna, Austria

Royal History and New Discoveries
Start your adventure in Vienna, discovering the combination of new and old that makes the “City of Music” such a fascinating place. The entire city center is an immersion into Hapsburg imperial splendor, with its palaces, residences, elegant streets, and charming coffee shops. If you arrive early, start exploring with the help of your CosmosGO app. In the evening, your Tour Director will meet you, providing insights on your tour and how best to personalize your travels.

Day 2 Vienna

The City of Music Beckons
Explore Vienna by bus, tram, bicycle, or on foot. Your 24-hour public transportation pass makes it easy to discover the city on your own and at your own pace. If you prefer, select an optional excursion for purchase on MyCOSMOS.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Vienna

Wunderbar Wien!
Another day, another adventure! There is so much to do in this beautiful city. Linger in one of the countless museums, visit the royal stables, explore the famous Schönbrunn Palace or spend some time at the nearby Prater amusement park. Customize your day with activities, or spend leisure time in a Viennese café. Tap your CosmosGO app for endless possibilities in wonderful Vienna.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Vienna—Bratislava, Slovakia—Györ, Hungary

Heritage and History Meet Modern Life
The capital city of Slovakia, medieval Bratislava is compact and easy to navigate. Choose to explore the castle or visit the UFO tower on the banks of the Danube for a drink and fantastic view of the area. You may also be interested in an optional excursion by bike to the Iron Curtain. In the late afternoon, we’ll cross into Hungary and arrive in Györ, a charming town where baroque heritage meets modern life.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 Györ

Hungarian Adventures
Today is a great day for adventure! We offer an optional trip to the Tapolka Lake Cave, a protected natural limestone cave that we’ll explore on small boats. Alternatively, spend some time discovering Györ or relaxing in the main gothic-style square.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Györ—Esztergom—Szentendre—Budapest

Colorful Art and Castle Ruins
Today, we’ll venture from Györ to Esztergom, the former royal and Roman Catholic seat. Esztergom’s notable attractions are the Basilica and the Castle ruins, both located in a strategic position dominating the Danube. Next, it’s on to Szentendre (St. Andrews), a lively village where talented artists have established countless workshops and art galleries. Choose to visit the marzipan museum, or Blagovestenska Greek-Orthodox Church with its stunning interior. You may prefer to just linger in town, soaking up the energetic atmosphere of this artists’ haven. Later, it’s onto Budapest.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Budapest

Brilliant Budapest
Today, take advantage of your complimentary 24-hour public transport pass for easy exploration of this fantastic city; just check your CosmosGO app for lots of ideas on exploring the city your way. Budapest is a city built on many thermal hot springs, so you may choose to relax at one of the many traditional spas, or take a stroll on Margaret Island, or just enjoy the main historical sites of the city center.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Budapest

Your adventure ends in Budapest this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Vienna
Gyor
Budapest

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site as soon as initial deposit or payment is received.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Vienna
Bratislava
Gyor
Budapest

Vienna

Vienna Waltz Lesson with City Discovery Tour

Vienna Waltz Lesson with City Discovery Tour

Put on your dancing shoes and learn to waltz at this fun, interactive dance lesson in the waltz capital of the world!

Price Range: $$

Classical Concert

Classical Concert

Enjoy a spellbinding evening of classical works by Mozart and Johann Strauss, performed brilliantly by professional Salon Orchestra Alt-Wien musicians in one of Europe's prettiest venues.

Price Range: $$

Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class

Austrian Apple Strudel Cooking Class

Join an expert chef in a renowned Viennese Cooking School, and learn to create the perfect Apfelstrudel during a fun, interactive cooking lesson!

Price Range: $$

Bratislava

Bratislava on Two Wheels: Iron Curtain Bike Tour

Bratislava on Two Wheels: Iron Curtain Bike Tour

Pedal your way around Bratislava on this guided bike tour that provides a peek behind the Iron Curtain that shrouded the city for almost 50 years.

Price Range: $$

Gyor

Tapolca Lake Cave & Lunch on Lake Balaton

Tapolca Lake Cave & Lunch on Lake Balaton

A day of lakes and lunch awaits on this journey through the Tapolca Lake Cave, followed by lunch on the peninsula that juts out into Lake Balaton, Central Europe's largest lake.

Price Range: $$$

Budapest

Budapest's Jewish Heritage & Ruin Bars

Budapest's Jewish Heritage & Ruin Bars

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Eastern Europe's largest Jewish community on a guided walking tour that also introduces you to some of the city's unique "ruin bars".

Price Range: $$

DIY Lunch in Budapest

DIY Lunch in Budapest

Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure for an unforgettable cook-it-yourself lunch at a cozy Budapest restaurant.

Price Range: $$

Danube Dinner Cruise

Danube Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a dining and sightseeing experience like no other as you cruise along the Danube River while savoring a delightful 3-course dinner and marveling at the beauty of Buda and Pest.

Price Range: $$

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