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Highlights

  • Traditional Christmas markets in Prague
  • Christmas dinner in a winery in the Viennese hills
  • Soak in the thermal pools of Budapest
  • The Bohemian gem of Cesky Krumlov
  • New Years Eve in Krakow
  • Cosy White Christmas atmosphere
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Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary & Poland

We put this trek together to bring friends and travelling orphans together over the festive period. You will eat and drink well on this trip! Start your Eastern Europe festive experience in stunning Prague, spend Christmas in an Austrian winery and go clubbing in uber-cool Krakow on New Year's Eve. Our original Festive trek was so popular this is the itinerary in reverse but just as brilliant an experience. Both treks meet in Budapest on Boxing Day for the party to end all parties!



What's Included

  • Your fantastic Busabout Guide
  • 10 breakfasts,10 nights' accommodation
  • Tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau
  • Walking tour of Krakow
  • Christmas dinner
  • Christmas Eve dinner
  • Vienna Schnapps museum

Freetime

Take time out with one of our Optional Extras. Full details from your Guide

  • Welcome to Budapest dinner and evening Danube cruise with Karaoke
  • Skiing on the slopes of Zakopane
  • Thermal pools, Budapest

Day 1: 22 December – Prague

We meet at 9am for an orientation walk around Prague. Get ready to see the sights before delving into the Christmas markets. The afternoon is free for you to visit a museum, shop for that secret Santa present before getting ready for the Welcome party and the chance to get to know your fellow trekkers and Guides.

Day 2: 23 December – Prague to Cesky Krumlov

We depart Prague and make the short journey to Cesky Krumlov, a Bohemian jewel looking great especially at Christmas time.. We'll do a walking tour before enjoying dinner in the old town. This is the last working day before Christmas so it's an opportunity to celebrate with the locals tonight.

Day 3: 24 December – Cesky Krumlov to Vienna

Journey east to the Austrian capital Vienna, where on arrival we'll sample schnapps at the Schnapps museum. The Bull's blood has a real kick. Austrians celebrate Christmas tonight so we'll do the same, with a delicious dinner included and a few drinks to celebrate Christmas Eve in style.

Day 4: Christmas Day – Vienna

Wake up to a Christmas in Vienna, a world city. This morning we wander through the 1st district sipping coffee in some of the best coffee houses in the world. In the afternoon we'll head to the Vienna hills for our Christmas celebrations, amongst the wine growing regions with excellent locally produced food and a cosy atmosphere. This is a real highlight, eating and drinking quality food and wine which you will never forget.

Day 5: Boxing Day - Vienna to Budapest

We leave Vienna and head further east to the Hungarian metropolis Budapest, stopping en route in Bratislava for some winter fun. Bratislava has an amazing castle district and old town so we'll have lunch there. We have good friends here that will make your Boxing Day one to remember, with an evening meal of goulash and some karaoke on board the Danube River night cruise.

Day 6: 27 December - Budapest

A chance to attack the Boxing Day Sales (Cheap Eastern Europe prices!) or melt the afternoon away in the cities' famous thermal baths (what better way to spend a cold European Winter's day outside than in the steaming hot therapeutic waters!).  It's your day in Budapest to really get to know this magnificent town, so get onboard with caving tours, walking tours or our hop on, hop off coach tour to get the most out of this amazing city.

Day 7: 28 December - Budapest to Zakopane

We bid Budapest goodbye and head into the Polish Alps for some winter fun and revelry. Mountains, snow, skiing, horse and sleigh rides, it's all here. The highland BBQ food is a highlight. Zakopane is set in a rural setting and our chalet will provide you all with a cosy home in the Alps.

Day 8: 29 December - Zakopane

A day to enjoy the Alps and skiing is great value here. The town of Zakopane looks fabulous at this time and the pre New Year's atmosphere abounds throughout the huts that dot the slopes. Tonight we'll enjoy some hot wine and goulash around an open fire...

Day 9: 30 December - Zakopane to Krakow

We leave the Polish Alps as we head for one of Europe's most stunning cities - Krakow, our final stop on tour! First though we'll tour Auschwitz before arriving into Krakow pre New Year's ready to party in the best clubs in the East! Krakow's old city hosts one of the most elaborate New Years parties in Europe with the huge city square playing host to live acts, DJs and fireworks! The city is world famous for its nightlife with a labyrinth of underground clubs down secret little side streets with the world's best vodkas, pumping dancefloors full of beautiful people and a great music scene from the funky and chic to the cool and underground – the city has it all! Tonight we'll head to Kazimierz the old quirky Jewish quarter for some live music and real good food for a bit of a warm up!

Day 10: New Year's Eve - Krakow

We set off on the Krakow city walk seeing all the top sights. The afternoon is set as free time in preparation for a New Years to remember. Our friends at Diva club will provide the entertainment and this is one of the best clubs in the town with a good patronage. Dance the night away until the early hours.

Day 11: New Year's Day – Krakow

Trek finishes after breakfast

Day 1: Krakow

This morning we start the Trek with a day trip to Auschwitz and learn about one of the most tragic periods and events in recent history. In the evening there’s our Busabout welcome party, a night to remember in the heart of Krakow and a brilliant welcome to the tour. 

Day 2: Krakow

Today we embrark on the famous Krakow walking tour to discover a city bursting at the seams with history, culture, adventure and good value shopping.  Explore the castle district, the Jewish quarter and the historic old town and have a wander through the Christmas markets before some free time when you can visit the Royal Salt Mines. Tonight it's an evening in Kazimierz discovering the spirit and festive vibe of Krakow at Christmas.

Day 3: Krakow to Zakopane

We set off early to make the most of the day ahead. After checking into our cosy alpine lodge, check out the slopes of the Tatra Mountains, or simply soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the picturesque alpine town of Zakopane. Midnight mass is a must for the Polish; join the locals for this amazing spiritual experience and savour a truly central European Christmas Eve. Tonight we'll experience a typical Polish Christmas meal and have our secret Santa; a fun and delicious end to a perfect day.

Day 4:  Zakopane

Food, wine and good company - experience a real 'white Christmas' in the heart of Eastern Europe! Christmas dinner is all included; an alpine highland fest, with lots of Christmas cheers, drinks and top cuisine.  Spend the afternoon on the slopes, have a ski lesson or simply soak up the festive atmosphere before the celebrations tonight. Dinner is at 7pm and we'll party into the night, celebrating Christmas in true Busabout style.

 

Day 5: Zakopane to Budapest

It's time to head south to famous Budapest. Stop en-route in Donovally, one of Slovakia's most well-known ski regions, for lunch and a quick husky drawn sled ride! We arrive in Budapest in time for an evening of Boxing Day celebrations with an orientation drive and a  night on board the good ship Budapest. Our night cruise is your chance to mingle and dance the night away on the Danube.

Day 6: Budapest

It's your day in Budapest to really get to know this magnificent town. Some of our favourite spots include the Ice-Skating Rink (the largest outdoor rink in Europe) or  the Castle District  and St Stephen's Cathedral. Melt away the evening in the cities' famous thermal baths (what better way to spend a cold European Winter's evening outside in the steaming hot waters!)

Day 7: Budapest to Vienna

Leaving Budapest, we slip back into Slovakia to visit the capital - Bratislava. Meander through the cobble stone streets and enjoy lunch at one of the many happening restaurants and cafes. Tonight is spent in Vienna, the gateway to the East. On arrival we'll visit the famous Schnapps museum and sample some Bulls blood, for a truly memorable first experience in this awesome city. You can also join our optional ‘Walk and Fork’, to get a full Viennese experience. 

Day 8: Vienna

Today is yours to discover Vienna. Warm up with some Gluhwein at the Christmas markets, explore the old town in all its splendour, take your pick from the many museums or get up close and personal with Hundertwasser, Austria's very own Gaudi. For the cultured, there's even the opportunity to witness a famous Viennese concert. Vienna's 1st District is second to none for history and sights, so a nice cultured stop before the build-up to New Year begins

Day 9: Vienna to Cesky Krumlov

En route to Cesky Krumlov, enjoy a detour to  Melk Abbey, located by the stunning Wachau Valley. Then we continue on towards the Czech Republic, arriving in Cesky Krumlov in time for some sightseeing around this quaint UNESCO listed city and an evening of Czech specialities.

Day 10: Cesky Krumlov to Prague

New Year's Eve! We make a nice early start and head the short distance to Prague to get ready for the celebrations. We will orientate you around Prague, checking out all the highlights before our final night and a New Year's to remember with some amazing fireworks over the Vltava!

Day 11: Prague

Trek finishes after breakfast

Day 1: Krakow

This morning we start the Trek with a day trip to Auschwitz and learn about one of the most tragic periods and events in recent history. In the evening there’s our Busabout welcome party, a night to remember in the heart of Krakow and a brilliant welcome to the tour. 

Day 2: Krakow

Today we embrark on the famous Krakow walking tour to discover a city bursting at the seams with history, culture, adventure and good value shopping.  Explore the castle district, the Jewish quarter and the historic old town and have a wander through the Christmas markets before some free time when you can visit the Royal Salt Mines. Tonight it's an evening in Kazimierz discovering the spirit and festive vibe of Krakow at Christmas.D

ay 3: Krakow to Zakopane

We set off early to make the most of the day ahead. After checking into our cosy alpine lodge, check out the slopes of the Tatra Mountains, or simply soak up the Christmas atmosphere in the picturesque alpine town of Zakopane. Midnight mass is a must for the Polish; join the locals for this amazing spiritual experience and savour a truly central European Christmas Eve. Tonight we'll experience a typical Polish Christmas meal and have our secret Santa; a fun and delicious end to a perfect day.

Day 4:  Zakopane

Food, wine and good company - experience a real 'white Christmas' in the heart of Eastern Europe! Christmas dinner is all included; an alpine highland fest, with lots of Christmas cheers, drinks and top cuisine.  Spend the afternoon on the slopes, have a ski lesson or simply soak up the festive atmosphere before the celebrations tonight. Dinner is at 7pm and we'll party into the night, celebrating Christmas in true Busabout style.

Day 5: Zakopane to Budapest

It's time to head south to famous Budapest. Stop en-route in Donovally, one of Slovakia's most well-known ski regions, for lunch and a quick husky drawn sled ride! We arrive in Budapest in time for an evening of Boxing Day celebrations with an orientation drive and a  night on board the good ship Budapest. Our night cruise is your chance to mingle and dance the night away on the Danube.

Day 6: Budapest

It's your day in Budapest to really get to know this magnificent town. Some of our favourite spots include the Ice-Skating Rink (the largest outdoor rink in Europe) or  the Castle District  and St Stephen's Cathedral. Melt away the evening in the cities' famous thermal baths (what better way to spend a cold European Winter's evening outside in the steaming hot waters!)

Day 7: Budapest to Vienna

Leaving Budapest, we slip back into Slovakia to visit the capital - Bratislava. Meander through the cobble stone streets and enjoy lunch at one of the many happening restaurants and cafes. Tonight is spent in Vienna, the gateway to the East. On arrival we'll visit the famous Schnapps museum and sample some Bulls blood, for a truly memorable first experience in this awesome city. You can also join our optional ‘Walk and Fork’, to get a full Viennese experience. 

Day 8: Vienna

Today is yours to discover Vienna. Warm up with some Gluhwein at the Christmas markets, explore the old town in all its splendour, take your pick from the many museums or get up close and personal with Hundertwasser, Austria's very own Gaudi. For the cultured, there's even the opportunity to witness a famous Viennese concert. Vienna's 1st District is second to none for history and sights, so a nice cultured stop before the build-up to New Year begins. 

Day 9: Vienna to Cesky Krumlov

En route to Cesky Krumlov, enjoy a detour to  Melk Abbey, located by the stunning Wachau Valley. Then we continue on towards the Czech Republic, arriving in Cesky Krumlov in time for some sightseeing around this quaint UNESCO listed city and an evening of Czech specialities.

Day 10: Cesky Krumlov to Prague

New Year's Eve! We make a nice early start and head the short distance to Prague to get ready for the celebrations. We will orientate you around Prague, checking out all the highlights before our final night and a New Year's to remember with some amazing fireworks over the Vltava!

Day 11: Prague

Trek finishes after breakfast

Festive Trek Map

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I had a brilliant time. Everyone was so friendly. The trip was amazing"

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