Discover the hotspots and hidden gems of these 3 pearls of Central Europe!

Departure Graf: Best of Central Europe (Bratislava, Budapest & Vienna)

This spring take a trip to Central Europe’s capital cities of Slovakia, Hungary & Austria! Feel Bratislava’s youthful energy, follow the Danube to Budapest, visiting Buda’s Castle District and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Then treat yourself to a slice of Sachertorte and see the magnificent Hofburg Palace in Vienna!

Let us handle the details

  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Handpicked Hotel
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Local Tour Guides

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip direct bus transportation
  • Own parking lot in Graf for your exclusive use
  • 2 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation in Budapest
  • Daily breakfast buffet (including on arrival day in Bratislava)
  • Guided sightseeing tours in each city
  • Explore Europe Trip Leader
  • Hotel city taxes
  • Guaranteed departure

Your trip highlights

  • Franciscan Square in Bratislava, with its pastel-painted Baroque townhouses
  • Budapest Parliament, home of the Holy Hungarian Crown
  • The breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest
  • Vienna – Austria’s Imperial city and home of chocolates, cafes, parks, and pastries

 

Day 1: Travel day (Thursday, April 4)
Depart at 10:00 pm from Grafenwoehr and travel along the highway by bus to Bratislava in Slovakia.

Day 2: Bratislava, Slovakia (Friday, April 5)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the morning discovering the most important sights of Bratislava on a 2-hour walking tour with a professional tour guide. Hear the hidden secrets of top attractions including Grassalkovich Palace and St. Michael’s Tower and find out what makes this beautiful Slovakian city special. After lunch and spending some free time, continue the journey to Budapest, a city divided by the Danube River into its old and new sections, Buda and Pest! On arrival check-in at your 4-star hotel and spend the late afternoon as you wish or add an excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion Budapest Danube Evening River Cruise €19
Cruise the Danube River in the evening on a 1-hour cruise through Budapest. As the riverbanks become illuminated and the sun dips below the horizon, set off from the harbor and enjoy the famous sights of Budapest with a drink in hand. You’ll see famous landmarks such as the Chain Bridge, which connects the eastern and western sides of the city, as well as Buda Castle and much more. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; you can sign up for this activity on the bus.

Day 3: Budapest, Hungary (Saturday, April 6)
After an included breakfast buffet, spend the morning discovering the most important sights on a 4-hour included bus tour with a local tour guide. See the Buda Castle district with its picturesque old town, take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion and find out more about nation’s stormy history at Heroes’ Square. In the afternoon, why not relax in one of the many thermal spas in this wonderful capital city?

Day 4: Vienna, Austria (Sunday, April 7)
After an included breakfast, make your way to Vienna home of chocolates, cafes, parks, and pastries. On your arrival, you’ll have free time for lunch before meeting your local tour guide and see the most famous sights of the Austrian Capital on a guided tour from the comfort of your bus. Visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, drive the famous RingStrasse, and admire landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera and the St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Vienna or add an excursion.

Guided Optional Excursion – Time Travel Vienna €15
Step back in Viennese time with a visit to Time Travel: The Vienna History Show! The exciting museum brings the past into the present day, courtesy of multimedia displays and attractions audio-given information. Check out the era of Habsburg rule, uncover the plague-hit streets of medieval Vienna and discover the musical side of the city — all through animatronics and special effects. Special attractions include a World War II–era air-raid shelter and a virtual horse-drawn carriage ride. Show lasts around 50 minutes. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; you can sign up for this activity on the bus.

In the evening (at 9:00 pm), travel back overnight Saturday to arrive Sunday morning in Grafenwoehr.

Day 5: Return day (Monday, April 8)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 5:00 am.

 

BOOK IN ADVANCE AND SAVE
Early Bird: Book this trip by February 1 for only 319 and save €20!
Regular price after February 1 is €339 per adult

Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing. Single room €80 extra.

 

Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is exclusively available for our passengers during the duration of the trip.

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IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

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Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is exclusively available for our passengers during the duration of the trip.

Transportation
Included transportation on this tour is by bus.

Passport and Visa Requirements
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.

Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.

Baggage Allowance
Each adult is entitled to one luggage and one personal item. Luggage should be able to be stored below the bus and the personal item should contain whatever you might need on the bus. Pillows and blankets do not count for the personal item. If you have additional items such as strollers, carseats, etc. please send us a message to make those arrangements.

Currency
You will use the Hungarian forint in Hungary and the Euro in Austria and Slovakia. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Time Zones
All destinations visited on this trip have the same time zone as Germany, Central European Time (CET).

Cuisine
Slovakian food is hearty, and you’ll find large portions of veal, beef, and potato dishes. Hungary claims goulash as its national dish, but also is known for excellent salamis, cheeses, nut-flavored pancakes, freshwater fish, and preserved fruits. Austria is known for its savory Wiener schnitzel and excellent wild trout, carp, and crayfish. Save room for dessert — especially the strudels of fruit and nuts and elegant chocolate cakes, such as the world-famous Sachertorte.

Health
There are no major health risks when traveling to Central Europe. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Tipping
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you get travel insurance to reimburse you for unforeseen trip cancellation. Please follow this link to get a quote through our partner SevenCorners.

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