The Austro-Hungarian Trail

  • Destination: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Departs: 09/08/2019
  • Price: $1750

Overview

Explore the Austro-Hungarian Empire on a journey of a lifetime. From Hungary’s Budapest, queen of the Danube and Tatras Mountains in Slovakia to the Central Alps in Austria and medieval Prague, capital of Czech Republic and land of the Bohemian kings with several adventurous twists along the way.

Highlights

- Cycling along the Danube to the medieval town of Szentendre in Hungary
- Caving expedition in the underground tunnels of Budapest
- Hiking to the Green Lake in High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia
- White Water Rafting on Bela River
- The beautiful Alpine towns of Hallstatt & Zell Am See in Austria
- Flying through the Alps in Salzburg mountains
- Hiking through breathtaking landscapes in Bohemian Switzerland NP in Czechia
- The charming European capitals of Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague

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Itinerary & Trip Details

Day 1: Arrival in Hungary
Arrival in Hungary

Arrival in Budapest airport in Hungary. Pickup and transfer to our hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the Queen of the Danube and one of two capitals of the Dual Monarchy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel

Day 2: Cycling Along the Danube

Cycling Along the Danube

Today we are set to explore the Hungarian countryside by the Danube River. We will cycle along the river passing by the famous landmarks of Budapest and its beautiful landscape by the Danube with a chance to stop by a clear-water lake for a swim. Our cycling tour ends in the medieval town of Szentendre, enjoy the laidback atmosphere and have a traditional Hungarian meal then make our way back to Budapest by boat along the Danube.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 3: Budapest Underworlds

Budapest Underworlds

Beneath Budapest lies a labyrinth of cave systems waiting to be explored. Our adventure for the day will take us to the longest cave in Hungary Matyas-Hegyi cave in the Palvolgyi cave systems. First, we will get geared-up with overalls and flashlights then venture into the cave where we are going to climb, walk, jump and crawl our way to the other side. Afterwards we will drive back to our hotel or we can opt to go for a swim in the famous Szechenyi Thermal Baths.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 4: Into the High Tatras

Into the High Tatras

Leaving Hungary behind, we will make our way to the mighty Tatras Mountains, the highest mountain range in the Carpathian Mountains and a natural border between Slovakia and Poland. First we drive to Stary Smokovec town to catch the cable car up Lomnicky Peak, the second highest mountain in Slovakia. From there we’ll hike to the summit, then descend through a rugged valley to Green Lake. Enjoy lunch at lakeside hut surrounded by mighty peaks, then finish our hike through a dwarf pine forest to the White Lake then head back to town and drive to our hotel for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 5: Rafting Bela

Rafting Bela

After our mountain trekking adventure, we get to experience the mountain landscape from a different perspective as we go on white water rafting adventure on Bela river the most beautiful and the wildest natural river in Slovakia. Afterwards we will drive to Bratislava for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 6: Bratislava to Vienna

Bratislava to Vienna

Breakfast then go explore the charming pedestrian-only old town of Bratislava then drive to Vienna and spend the rest of the day roaming the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire with its amazing architecture and beautiful art scene.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 7: Hallstatt

Hallstatt

Our adventure continues as we drive across Austria into the Central Alps to visit the lakeside town of Hallstatt, one of Europe’s most beautiful alpine villages. We will explore this beautiful town and it’s 16th century alpine houses, narrow streets and numerous cafes and restaurants. We can also take the funicular to Hallstatt’s Skywalk for a breathtaking panoramic view over this fairytale-like town. Afterwards we will drive to Salzburg for overnight.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 8: Fly Across the Alps

Fly Across the Alps

Have you ever dreamed of flying like a bird weightlessly through the mountains? Leogang’s Flying Fox will take you on a thrilling ride along 1600m in length, a height of up to 143m and potential top speeds of up to 130 km/h, it is one of the fastest and longest steel rope slides in the world and a once in a lifetime adventure in the Salzburg mountains landscape. Afterwards we will drive to visit the beautiful lake town of Zell Am See, have lunch then drive back to Salzburg to explore the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of the famous musical The Sound of Music.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 9: Prague

Prague

Today we reach our final destination on our Austro-Hungarian Trail, the beautiful town of Prague where we are going to spend the day exploring the medieval capital of Czech Republic and its predecessor Kingdom of Bohemia.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 10: Bohemian Switzerland

Bohemian Switzerland

A visit to the Czech Republic won’t be complete without a visit to the breathtaking national park Bohemian Switzerland. We will explore both the Czech and German part of the national park including the famous mountain Bastei bridge and the ruins of the medieval castle Neurathen then hike through the spectacular landscape of the river Elbe Canyon and admire its sandstone towers. Afterwards we will take a boat ride through the gorges of the river Kamenice and see the sandstone canyon formed over 100 million years ago from another breathtaking perspective. Have lunch in the area then drive back to Prague.

Accommodation: Standard Hotel
Meals: B

Day 11: Departure

Departure

Say our farewells to our epic journey and transfer to Prague airport for final departure

Meals: B

Price Includes/Excludes

Price Includes

- Accommodation for 9 nights in standard hotels in Hungary, Slovakia, Austria & Czech Republic
- Accommodation for 1 night in a mountain lodge in Stary Smokovec in Slovakia
- All mentioned activities and tours
- All land transfers between the 4 countries in a private vehicle
- All mentioned meals (B=Breakfast – L=Lunch – D=Dinner)
- Airport Pickups

Price Excludes

- International flights to Budapest and return from Prague
- Visa Expenses


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