How exciting to begin the holidays with a fabulous trip to shop in the Christmas markets of Eastern Europe! On this Women Only Tour, we will arrive in Budapest and stroll through Europe’s popular and festive Christmas markets. This Christmas Market trip will be filled with holiday cheer, new friends and festive moments. Stall to Stall, city to city, we will drink mulled wine, shop for the heartfelt, handmade crafts of 3 different cities. How perfect will these gifts be for everyone on your list? And especially chosen by you while on a dream vacation!
When we are not shopping, we will explore the cobblestone streets of ancient Buda and modern Pest. Then we will board a train for Vienna where we will be get a taste for the Viennese cafe culture, the music, and the arts before we travel to the amazing city of Prague. You begin your travel in Budapest and end in Prague.
The festive Christmas markets offer a unique look into local cultures and allow you to immerse yourself into the true holiday spirit! Puppet theaters, folk dancing, museums, cathedrals, music, art, architecture, cookies, chestnuts, Austrian wine, Czech beer….Take care of YOU! Get into the holiday spirit!
Welcome to Hungary!
Budapest: You will be met at the airport by a private driver and brought to your lovely city boutique hotel. The evening will be spent getting to know your surroundings and the other women in our traveling group. We will meet for a festive welcome dinner at local hungarian restaurant where we will taste Hungary’s national drink, Unicum liqueur. This liqueur is a secret formula of more than 40 herbs. A great story of a Hungarian family, a turbulent history and a legacy of an apertif. Do not give in to jet lag! Let’s celebrate our arrival and experience a Hungarian wine pairings dinner with local sommelier.
After breakfast we will gather for a sightseeing tour of Budapest, the city that straddles both the east and the west. Our guide will lead us to the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest where we will learn about this country’s history through the middle ages until today.
After a leisurely lunch we will visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of the the very opulent Hapsburg coronations.
The afternoon will be spent with a visit to the beautifully holiday decorated Parliament building before we cross the Danube and climb to Castle Hill. We will take in the breathtaking views of Fisherman’s Bastion and the all the glory of the Budapest and the Christmas season.
From Fisherman’s Bastion, let’s sip a glass of mulled wine as we watch the sun set over Pest. Later as we make our way back to our hotel, we will wander through the old cobbled stone streets filled with Christmas Markets. The view, the markets, and the sunset will all be breathtaking!
After breakfast we will take in one of the many museums in Budapest deciding upon either the Ethnographical Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts or the Hungarian National Gallery.
After a traditional hungarian lunch, the afternoon will be spent in the Jewish district where celebrations of Hanukkah will be observed.
The Dohány Street Synagogue is the largest in Europe and is in close proximity to the more humble Rumbach Synagogue. A visit to the Central Market Hall, decorated in all its Christmas glory will not only be a good place to pick up gifts and souvenirs, but will be a Christmas culinary adventure.
From the usual fair delicacies of kürtös kalács/Sekler cake, strudels, flódni – a traditional Jewish cake layered cake with walnut, poppy seed and plum preserve filling, bread pizza baked in clay oven, roasted chestnuts, we will sample traditional Hungarian Christmas dishes of stuffed cabbage, roasted goose thigh, roasted pork knuckle grilled sausages and meat.
And, of course, more mulled wine!
Today we will continue on our trip to Vienna via train. In approximately 3 hours, we will be in Vienna and be met at the train station by our guide who will then escort us to our lovely boutique hotel.
Let’s savor the true essence of Vienna in a chandelier-lit, Christmas decorated kaffeehaus. There is a daily ritual of 3 pm coffee and pastry and this will be our holiday welcome to the city of music, cafes, waltzes, pastries, and Baroque palaces.
Afterwards, we will stroll the amazing cobblestone streets and as night falls, we will take a traditional horse-drawn Fiaker carriage ride. From Stephansplatz we will clip-clop through the formal Innerestad before dining on Viennese classics like wiener schnitzel or Tafelspitz (boiled beef with horseradish) and the legendary Sachertorte, a rich chocolate cake with a layer of apricot jam.
We will wake up early today and after breakfast head for St. Stephan’s Cathedral, Vienna’s 12th century Gothic basilica, crowned by a 450 foot steeple. Let’s climb the spiral steps for an amazing panoramic view of the city.
Following our private tour of the cathedral, we will stroll up the pedestrian only Kärntnerstrasse, and window shop through the beautifully dressed Christmas windows before we visit the Hofburg Palace, the winter palace of the Habsburgs.
Home of the Habsburg jewels, including the crowns of the Holy Roman and Austrian empires as well as the greatest treasure, the Imperial Crown, dating from 962.
Surrounded by jewels, Christmas decor and the opulence of a gone by era, how can it not be Merry Christmas?
Welcome to Prague! After a 5 hour train ride, we will arrive and transfer to our hotel. The city of a thousand spires awaits us! We will begin our visit in the Old Town (Staré Mesto).
Old Town Square is the historical heart of Prague and it will be dressed in all of its Christmas glory! It is here we will find the Old Town Hall and its famous Astronomical Clock, dating from the 14th century.
We will stroll through the market with its brightly decorated wooden huts. How will you resist the selling of traditional handicrafts: glassware, jewelry, embroidered lace, wooden toys, metalware, ceramics, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats, gloves and scarves, and puppets and dolls beautifully dressed in traditional costumes?
How lucky will your family and friends be!
Following our time of shopping, we will have a welcome dinner of traditional goulash, roast pork knee with cabbage, dumplings, all served with local Pilsner beer!
Let’s wake up early today and head for Charles Bridge to gaze upon its many statues and touch the Cross of St. Jan of Nepomuk.
Make a wish and touch the falling priest on the plaque. It is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.
After lunch we will visit the baroque Church of St. Nicholas as well as the Church of Our Lady Victorious, home to the famous ‘Infant Jesus of Prague’. Our guide will then lead us from Mala Strana to the beautiful cloisters of Strahov Monastery, before we visit the Prague Loreto, Castle Square and Prague Castle.
Prague Castle was founded in the 9th century and it is here where we will find another must do Christmas market! After a busy day of sightseeing and shopping we will have a free evening to do as we choose.
May it be a performance at the famous Estates’ Theatre where Mozart’s Don Giovanni was first staged or more shopping in the Christmas markets!
Today is our last day of our Christmas Market Tour in Eastern Europe. We will begin our day exploring Wenceslas Square, the busiest and liveliest part of the city. More great dining and shopping, especially on Na Prikope Street.
Yes, another Christmas market!
In the early afternoon, we will visit the National Museum. This museum is the former Baroque Church of Mary Magdalene. A magical place transformed over time where over 400 historical musical instruments of extraordinary value are on display. Following a holiday concert, we will return to our hotel to pack before we have our farewell dinner river cruise. What an amazing holiday journey!
With sadness we say goodbye as we depart on our own to the airport. There is an opportunity to extend your stay. Please inquire.
Tour Price: $5195
BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy. Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.
This particular dream vacation is limited to 10 women. Minimum booking is 6. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour. This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.
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