If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind European experience to ring in the New Year, this trip is packed with all the culture, architecture, and sightseeing you’d expect with just enough castles, thermal spas, and cobblestones to let you know you’re onto something unique.
Unwinding in a traditional Hungarian thermal spa
Sipping on the finest Austrian wine straight from the vineyard
Bar hopping through Budapests eclectic watering holes
Tapdancing your way through the cobblestone streets of Prague
Snapping selfies in front of the famous John Lennon Wall
What you'll get
Round-trip flights & airport transfers
9 nights in handpicked accommodations
Expert Tour Director
A New Year’s Eve Celebration in Prague
3 insider tours with a local guide
Entrance to Schonbrunn Palace and other local attractions
- Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, and the capital of the dumpling republic…that’s a thing, right?
- Day 2: Arrive in Prague + Welcome Dinner
Welcome to Prague! The roofs are orange, the buildings are old, and the beer is cold and plentiful. Prague really glowed up in Medieval times and said “no thanks, I’m good” when people suggested new buildings. As a result, everything here is stunningly picturesque, historic, and maybe a little spooky. You’re gonna love it.
In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodation and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
- Day 3: Explore Prague + New Year’s Eve Celebration
Rise and shine, time to get that goulash. Put on your most cobblestone-ready shoes, get all the “Czech” puns out of your system, and experience classic Prague sightseeing today with a local guide—an expert who really knows their old buildings from their very old buildings.
- Get stoked and stay stoked—a very easy thing to do in Prague—as you follow a local guide around the city’s greatest hits.
- Ask to see the Crown Jewels at Prague Castle, the ancient centerpiece that hogs the whole city skyline (not mad though, it’s beautiful).
- Cross the Vlatava River via King Charles IV’s famous Charles Bridge—don’t worry, there’s still time for you to become an emperor and have your own namesake bridge, too.
- Tour St. Vitus Cathedral—a church so old, that if you had one beer for every year since construction began on it, you would have 676 beers, but please do not actually attempt to drink 676 beers.
- Count down to New Year’s in style—with dinner, drinks, and a toast at midnight. Then, keep the party going as late as you want.
- Day 4: Free Day in Prague + Optional Plzen Town and Pilsner Brewery Tour
If you wake up this morning asking yourself “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” it’s probably because 1) “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a great song, 2) you’re in Bohemia, a region of the Czech Republic, and 3) Prague has you feeling some type of way. You’re free today to get to know the city better, maybe take it out for dinner and dancing, or ask it some deep questions about life—whatever floats your boat.
- Get out there and see that one thing your friend who visited here raved about, or ask your Tour Director for their free time recommendations.
- Give three cheers for Czech beers and join in on an optional beer tasting and Bohemian feast.
- Find out that the best thing associated with chimneys isn’t Santa, it’s Prague’s to-die-for chimney cakes.
- Talk astrology with the Prague Astronomical Clock—the 600+ year old timepiece in the Old Town Square also keeps track of current Zodiac symbols.
Free time suggestions
John Lennon Wall: The John Lennon Wall has been a statement of peace, kindness, and tasteful selfies for over 30 years. What started as a protest to Communist rule in the 1980s, has become a colorful conglomerate of pacifist sentiments that you’re welcome to add to yourself. Hmm, Rolling Stones fans, I don’t see a Mick Jagger Wall anywhere, do you?
Petrín Park: Take a stroll through Prague’s Petrín Park (you can’t miss it, it’s the giant hill looming over the city), visit the Hunger Wall built during a famine in the 1300s in exchange for food, then take the Petrín funicular train down the hill into the historic Malá Strana neighborhood for some shopping on Mostecká Street.
Plzen Town and Pilsner Brewery (extra cost)
Visit the birthplace of Lager-style beer on this brewery tour in Plzen, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Explore the historic old town and then head to the Pilsner-Urquell Brewery for a full tour. No brewery tour would be complete without a tasting, so enjoy some of the world's freshest Pilsner-Urquell beer. After the tour, head back to town and take some free time for lunch and exploring.
- Day 5: Travel to Vienna via Krems
Continue along the European countryside as you travel to Vienna, Austria via Krems.
- Visit Krems, a quaint Austrian town in the Wachau Valley.
- Tour a local vineyard and taste wine from the region.
- Arrive in Vienna, take a quick walk with your Tour Director, then enjoy an evening in the City of Dreams.
- Day 6: Sightseeing Tour of Vienna
Ahh, Vienna, the home of Classical creators and world-class classiness. This Austrian city is full of grand operas, grandiose architecture, and gardens so pristine, you'll wonder how its visitors are so well-behaved. Today, you'll get to know Vienna in-depth with a local guide.
- Meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Vienna
- Visit the lavish palaces, parks and parliament buildings
- Learn about the major and minor figures who struck a personal chord with this city
- Day 7: Travel to Budapest via Bratislava
Marvel at the European landscape as you drive along a canvas of castles, farmlands, villages and mountains on your way to Budapest.
- Stop in Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, for lunch and photos of the city’s castle.
- Arrive in Budapest, check into your accommodation, and take a walk around the city to get your bearings.
- Day 8: Explore Budapest + Optional Thermal Springs Baths & Spa Visit
See Budapest’s highlights and major landmarks, including Pest on the west bank of the river. Learn about the stormy history of this independent nation and get an in-depth look at the Pearl of the Danube.
- Tour Buda and Pest with a local guide to show you all the buda-best there is to see.
- Climb the imposing Castle Hill to see the city from the nearly 750-year-old Buda Castle.
- Hit the town like never before in the city’s grungy, eclectic nightlife scene.
Thermal Bath & Spa Visit (extra cost)
Ease blissfully into Europe’s largest medicinal baths housed in one of the city's most ornate buildings. Enjoy the spa facilities, saunas, steam rooms, and 18 indoor and outdoor baths fed by hot springs. Plus, there’s beer.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 9: Free Day in Budapest + Farewell Dinner
Hope you’re Hungary for more, because today you have a free day in Budapest. Go for another soak in the thermal spas (or hit one you haven’t been to yet, there’s plenty, and they’re all unique!), chow down on local cuisine, and see the city however you see fit.
Free time suggestions
Chimney Cakes: Popular across all of Eastern Europe, these delicious and age-old treats are a Hungarian pastry specialty that’s a bit like American fried dough. Here they call them Kürtöskalács, so keep an eye out and a sweet tooth ready
Dohány Street Synagogue: Budapest is home to Europe’s largest Jewish synagogue. The ornate building represents a somber reminder of the Holocaust, as it stands at the border of the WWII-era Jewish Ghetto in the city
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
- Day 10: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
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Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 50 authentic traveler reviews
This was hands down an amazing tripMichela, traveled Jul.. 2019
This was hands down an amazing trip. I met amazing people, some of which I will definitely be friends with long after this trip. The sights were amazing, each location kept getting better and better. The itinerary was a great mix of touring and free time, and our tour guide, Bogdan, was awesome. I highly recommend this trip-you'll get to see more of central... See more
Could it be true?Anonymous, traveled Aug.. 2018
I always tell people that EFUB seems to good to be true ... the best part is that it IS true! These trips are seamlessly planned to include everything you want to see, some things you didn't know you needed to see, and free time to fit in anything else.
Paprika, Beer, and Mozart.Shannon, traveled Aug.. 2018
Gotta say this has been my favorite trip thus far with EF, and my third. If you're aching for a good beer, goulash, and an apple strudel...this is the trip. Classical music, art nouveau buildings, ruin bars, thermal baths. So much to take in with all five senses, without getting overwhelmed by a hectic paced tour! Andreas is a diamond, lovely tour director ... See more
First-Time TravelerAnonymous, traveled Jul.. 2022
Besides visiting my parents' hometowns, it was my first time traveling alone and internationally. I felt very safe with my tour group and my guide. Additionally, I was the eldest in the group and didn't feel out of place. Good balance of tours vs. free time - would highly recommend this trip and can't wait to go on more!