Highlights
  • A walking tour through the historic heart of Berlin.
  • Enjoy a full morning of sightseeing with our local guide, beginning with a walking tour of the Old Town Square
  • Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey and cruise Austria’s prettiest stretch of the Danube: the Wachau Valley.
  • Visit the Mucha museum, or make your own discoveries in Prague
  • Visit with a walking tour of the reborn-from-the-ashes city, including the city's greatest symbol of pride

Any listing of Europe's great cities must include these three, where a banquet of travel thrills awaits you. Beginning in Berlin and ending in Vienna — with Prague, Dresden, and the Danube in between — our dozen-day adventure explores the very heart of Europe. From the music of Strauss to the dynasty of the Habsburgs and the idealism of the Velvet Revolution, these remarkable cities have sparked the dangers, hopes, and beauty of Europe — yesterday and today. Join us for the Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days!

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Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days Tour

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My first, and definitely not last, Rick Steves tour. Our guide was spectacular and the lodging nice at every location. I was blown away with how good the food was at every group meal.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Berlin

We'll have a "Welcome to Berlin" meeting at 5 p.m. at our hotel. On our way to dinner together, we'll get oriented to Berlin and learn to use the city's public transportation system. Sleep in Berlin (3 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2: Berlin's Historic Heart

We'll begin our day with a walking tour through the historic heart of Berlin. At the Brandenburg Gate, we'll hear how locals felt on the day in 1989 when the Berlin Wall suddenly became irrelevant. We'll continue our walk past thought-provoking memorials tracing this city's most tumultuous century, from WWI to today. Then we'll enjoy a tasty Turkish lunch together, Berlin’s most popular ethnic cuisine. After a full day of sightseeing, you'll be set free to take-in the city's vibrant culinary scene, or simply relax at a neighborhood beer garden. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 3: Today's East Berlin

This morning we'll hop on a tram to Hackescher Markt and explore ever-changing East Berlin. We'll start with a once-destroyed Jewish neighborhood now renewed with a flourish, visiting the workshop of heroic Otto Weidt. We’ll also get acquainted with some of Berlin's finest finger foods. We'll continue our walk with a look at a Cold War metro “Ghost Station” and the National Memorial to the Berlin Wall before setting you free for the afternoon. Tonight we’ll be Berliners, gathering at a nearby park for fun and a cultural Q&A with a local. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 4: Resurrected Dresden

Today we'll board our bus and head south to delightfully Baroque Dresden. We'll start our visit with a walking tour of the reborn-from-the-ashes city, including the city's greatest symbol of pride: the inspiring Frauenkirche, destroyed during WWII and rebuilt since the 1990s with donations from around the world. From there you'll be free to contemplate the priceless pieces in the Zwinger Museums' Old Masters Gallery, Royal Palace, or Green Vault. Sleep in Dresden (1 night). Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: light.

Day 5: Terezín and Prague

We'll continue south to the Czech Republic today, stopping in the fortified town of Terezín, which was converted into a concentration camp in 1941. Today it's the Terezín Memorial, and we'll go inside to learn its story. Just down the road, we'll find a completely contrasting experience in Nelahozeves, birthplace of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, where we'll stop for lunch and a tour of the Renaissance castle perched high above the Vltava River. Later this afternoon we'll arrive at our hotel in Prague's Baroque Old Town. After settling in, we'll take an orientation walk through the Old Town, including the wonderfully pedestrian Charles Bridge, and enjoy dinner together. Sleep in Prague (3 nights). Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 6: The People's Prague

We'll enjoy a full morning of sightseeing with our local guide, beginning with a walking tour of the Old Town Square. After learning about the Velvet Revolution, the people's march that toppled the Communist regime in 1989, our morning will end in the proudly preserved Josefov neighborhood, with its Old Cemetery and historic synagogues. You'll be free to explore more of the Josefov neighborhood (with your Jewish Museum in Prague pass) before rejoining the group for a guided tour of the classy concert halls and salons of Prague's Municipal House and a visit to the Mucha Museum. Tonight you'll be free to make your own discoveries in Prague. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 7: Royal Prague

This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. We'll tour the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, and the Golden Lane. Is Prague really home to the best beers in Europe? We'll find out by sampling one during lunch together at the Strahov Monastery brewery, followed by free time for more sightseeing on your own. This evening will be a great time to catch a classical concert in one of Prague's many venues. No bus. Walking: strenuous.

Day 8: Delightful Český Krumlov

Today we'll hop on our bus and head for the centuries-old town of Český Krumlov. Our first stop is the castle fortress and one of Europe's best-preserved, and still-functioning, 18th-century Baroque theaters. Later this afternoon you'll have time to explore this photogenic old town of quaint shops and cobbled lanes — maybe even join your guide and fellow tour members on an afternoon rafting expedition – before dinner together. Sleep in Český Krumlov (1 night). Bus: 3 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 9: Melk and Vienna

After an early morning drive to the Danube Valley, we'll tour the artistic treasures and Baroque wonders of Melk Abbey and cruise Austria's prettiest stretch of the Danube: the Wachau Valley. Then we'll set course for the one-time capital of a powerful empire — and our tour's grand finale — Vienna. Tonight, we'll enjoy an orientation walk, followed by dinner together. Sleep in Vienna (3 nights). Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 5 hrs. Walking: moderate.

Day 10: Historic Vienna

Let's begin with a walking tour of Vienna's historic core, starting with St. Stephen's Cathedral. We'll continue by tram to the elegant Belvedere Palace for a tour, including a roomful of Gustav Klimt's wildly gilded — he called them erotic — paintings. (Ponder The Kiss and decide for yourself.) Your afternoon is free to explore a world-class museum or two, or slow down to enjoy sipping a coffee in the city where Europe's café scene was born. No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 11: Habsburg Vienna

This morning we'll stroll through Vienna's most sophisticated sights: the elegant Opera House (when available), royal Hofburg Imperial Apartments and jewel-filled Hofburg Treasury. The rest of your day is free to explore more of Vienna's highlights, and maybe stop to savor every chocoholic's dream: Viennese Sacher-Torte. Tonight we'll meet for our last dinner together at a traditional Viennese Heuriger, where we'll share travel memories and toast new friends. Prost! No bus. Walking: moderate.

Day 12: Tour Over After Breakfast

Breakfast is provided, but there are no group activities today. It's a breeze to reach Vienna's airport by shuttle, bus or taxi. You'll have easy connections to home, back to Prague, or on to Budapest and other points in Europe. Auf Wiedersehen!

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Price Per Day:

$ 266 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 625
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Details
Trip Includes
  • A small, friendly group of 24–28 people — half the size of most tour groups
  • Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will make the fascinating history, art, and culture of Berlin, Prague, and Vienna come alive for you
  • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 25 group sightseeing events, Historic Berlin walking tour, East Berlin walking tour, Otto Weidt's Workshop (when available), National Memorial to the Berlin Wall, Berlin Cultural Q&A, Dresden walking tour, Frauenkirche (when available), Nelahozeves Castle visit, Terezín Memorial tour, Historic Prague walking tour, Municipal House tour, Mucha Museum, Prague Castle tour, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, Jewish Museum in Prague pass, Český Krumlov Castle and Baroque Theater tour, Melk Abbey tour, Danube River cruise, Historic Vienna walking tour,  Belvedere Palace tour, Habsburg Vienna walking tour, Vienna Opera tour (when available), Hofburg Imperial Apartments, Hofburg Treasury…and more
  • All group transportation from Berlin to Vienna
  • 11 nights' accommodations (all but two are 3-night stays) in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All breakfasts and half your dinners
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Rick Steves Travel Store credit to use toward guidebooks for your trip
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Optional single supplements — this tour has a limited number of private rooms for solo travelers for an additional fee
  • Tour alum discount of $50 for each tour you've taken prior to 2017
  • 50% discount on a consulting appointment with our in-house experts to assist with your pre- or post-tour travel plans
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/interrupt your tour.
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 28
Start City
Berlin
End City
Vienna
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations and refunds: Your tour deposit is 100% refundable for 30 days from the date it is received, unless noted otherwise below. After 30 days your deposit becomes nonrefundable, and will be forfeited should you decide to cancel your reservation. Deposits made 60–90 days before a tour departs become nonrefundable on the final payment due date. If you book a tour less than 60 days before its departure date, the entire tour cost becomes non-refundable after 7 days. 

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