Cultural discovery

Budapest to Krakow

Enjoy a cultural tour from Prague to Budapest.
Holiday code: DBK
Countries: Hungary, Slovakia, Poland
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Activity level
Guided Groups
Min. age: 16
From 1199 € excl. flights
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Experience the best of Central Europe on an adventure journey from elegant Budapest to ancient Krakow. On this cultural tour, you'll discover the elegance and majesty of Hungary's capital, the magical atmosphere of Slovakia's medieval towns, and the magnificent Tatra Mountains' untouched nature. We'll then travel to Krakow, Poland's former capital with the biggest market square in Europe, where this fabulous tour ends.

Over eight days, you'll discover:

  • Budapest – Hungary's capital.
  • Kosice – the European capital of culture and Slovakia's second-biggest town.
  • Bardejov – a UNESCO-listed town with a beautifully preserved old town.
  • Spissky Castle – the biggest castle in Central-Eastern Europe.
  • Levoca – a UNESCO-listed town with the biggest wooden altar in the world.
  • Tatra Mountains – Slovakia's most extensive and oldest national park.
  • Krakow – Poland's former capital.

Map & itinerary

Welcome to Budapest, Hungary´s capital and one of the most magnificent European gems on the Danube River.

On arrival, you´ll meet your tour guide at the hotel´s reception, who will brief you about the program for the next eight days. The introductory briefing is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Depending on your arrival time, there might be time for a stroll in the Old Town orwander on the pedestrian zone along the Danube River lined with many traditional restaurants and coffee shops. Enjoy your first Hungarian dinner at your hotel or one of the traditional restaurants. Your guide will be there to assist you with anything you might need.

Meals included

Budapest – Hotel Lion´s Garden (or similar)

Budapest is beautifully nestled in a stunning natural setting with a rich historical and architectural heritage. Accompanied by your tour guide, today you´ll discover the very top monuments of this beautiful city.

The majestic Danube River divides Budapest into two parts: Buda with its romantic atmosphere on one side and Pest as a cultural centre on the other. Today we´ll get to know the Royal Palace, the Matthias Church and Castle District, the Parliament, the Great Market Hall, and St. Stephen´s Basilica.

In the evening, why not enjoy a cruise on the Danube River with a view of the Parliament or experience the world-famous Budapest spas, which offer a unique blend of Roman, Turkish, and European bathing cultures.

Meals include

Budapest, Hotel Lion´s Garden.

This morning we’ll head to Slovakia. After crossing the Hungary-Slovakia borderline, it’s then only a short drive to Kosice. Known as the European capital of culture and Slovakia’s second-biggest city, here, we can admire some of Europe’s best.

After check-in at the hotel, it’s time for a guided stroll in the beautifully preserved Old Town. Most of our attention will be on Main Street, split into two parallel branches. Here we’ll find the town’s most significant monuments, such as the St. Elisabeth Cathedral, Urban’s Tower, St. Michael Chapel, State Theatre, and Kosice Gold Treasure, which is one of the largest in the world.

The evening is free for our first Slovak dinner at your hotel or one of Main Street’s lovely restaurants.

Meals included

Kosice, Hotel Marathon (or similar)

Heading west, we´ll travel about 50 minutes to the magical region of Spis, which is home to several remarkably preserved UNESCO sites. Spišsky Castle, the town of Levoča, Spišské Podhradie, Spišská Kapitula, and Žehra form a remarkable group of military, political, urban, and religious elements. Such formation was relatively common in medieval Europe, but throughout Europe, almost none has survived in such complete integrity.

After exploring this remarkable region, which includes entry to Spissky Castle, our journey continues to Stary Smokovec, our home for the next two nights—located in the heart of the High Tatras.

Meals included

Smokovec – Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

Your tour guide will take you on one of the most popular walks in the High Tatras for those who are interested. This walk involves taking a cable car to Skalnate Pleso (1,754 m.) and hike to Hrebienok (1,285 m.) with mountain huts on the way, including Zamkovského hut and Rainerova hut – the oldest hut in the Tatras. We´ll also pass several waterfalls, including the cascading Cold Creek waterfalls. This moderate 2.5-hour walk is full of fantastic panoramic views of majestic peaks and settlements below you.

Those who prefer gentle walks can take a mountain tram to Strbske Pleso, Slovakia´s highest village, and enjoy a walk around a beautiful lake of the same name. You can also visit one of the local museums, Belianska Cave, or visit the town of Poprad, the gateway to the High Tatras. You can choose many various activities, and your guide will be there to assist you with anything you might need.

Meals included

Smokovec – Hotel Villa Siesta (or similar)

This morning we´ll head to Pieniny National Park. A unique way to experience Pieniny is by taking traditional rafting on the River Dunajec. This two-hour gentle journey on wooden rafts through one of the longest canyons in Europe, which forms the natural border between Poland and Slovakia, is an experience of a lifetime.

Under the guidance of professional raftsmen, often dressed in their traditional Goral costume, you will learn many interesting stories and legends about this area. The most famous one is about the monk Cyprian, who lived in the nearby Cerveny Klastor monastery. Reportedly, Cyprian invented the first hang glider and established the first pharmacy in Central Europe.

After about two hours of rafting, you will reach Lesnica, the perfect spot for a well-earned lunch. Our journey then continues to Krakow, the former Polish capital. Depending on the arrival time and hotel check-in, there might be time for a stroll in the Old Town before dinner at the hotel or nearby restaurants.

Meals included

Krakow, Hotel Benefis (or similar)

Krakow is a UNESCO World Heritage City famous known for its beautifully preserved Old Town, which houses three kilometres of city walls, 46 spires, countless historic buildings, narrow streets, and churches.

We’ve included a guided tour that explores the city’s highlights, including the Rynek Glowny, Europe´s largest medieval market square, Wawel Castle and Cathedral, and a walk through the most enchanting district in Krakow, the Jewish Kazimierz.

The afternoon is free for you to spend time in Krakow - there’s plenty to do in this relaxed and charming city. The square comes alive with performers throughout the day and provides plenty of entertainment. You may wish to visit the interiors of Wawel Castle, now a museum, stroll alongside or cruise the Vistula River, enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the city streets admiring the beautiful architecture, or walk the Royal Route - the historical coronation path of Polish kings.

You can also visit the world-famous Wieliczka salt mines or the concentration camp of Auschwitz.

Meals included

Krakow, Hotel Benefis (or similar)

After your last breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye as your adventure comes to an end. Krakow is a fantastic city, so if you fancy spending more time here, let us know, and we’ll help you book an extra night(s).

Meals included

Dates & Prices

This trip operates daily, so you can pick a date that suits you. Choose a day between April and October, and we’ll make all the arrangements for you. Just let us know when you want to travel.

Dates Status Adult price Child price
Sat 10 Apr 21 - Mon 31 Oct 22 Available -
Guided groups Minimum 6 people. Smaller groups are welcome, but the price may be amended accordingly.

Please note that our official rates are in Euros. Other currencies are informative only.

Holiday information

This well-thought-out trip is a great choice for people who like cultural discovery holidays. This trip is classified as easy with no demanding walks, so it can be managed by people with an average level of fitness.

  • Seven nights in three-star hotels
  • Seven breakfasts
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Tour bus/minivan
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • International flights
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Cable cars in the Tatras
  • Travel insurance
  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary

Single room supplement: 110 EUR

Normally 16 max.

This tour starts in Budapest.

This tour ends in Krakow.

To enhance flexibility, our holidays do not include flights. This gives you the freedom to choose a local airport that works for you and shop for the best deal.

List of airports with distances to the first hotel in Budapest:

Budapest Airport – 24 km / 40 min

Once you have decided which airport works for you best you will need to choose the way how to get to the starting hotel / joining point. There are two options:

Public transport
You can reach Budapest by public transport (bus, train). Using the public transport is another way of experiencing your destination, which puts you right in the centre of the action. If you prefer to travel by public transport we can help you find the best option.

Private transfers (door to door service)
Book your private airport transfers directly with us. Our fast, reliable and affordable private transfers are the best way to reach your starting hotel quickly and comfortably. For up-to-date prices of Airport private transfers click here.

During this tour you´ll stay in three-star hotels.

If you need to arrive or leave on a different date, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to arrange extra pre or post tour accommodation for you.

We recommend you pack as light as possible, with a suitcase or backpack that are easy to lift and carry. A daypack for activities is also useful. Below you will find a recommended packing list. It is by no means exhaustive, so if you’re in any doubt, please contact us.

  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Long-sleeved tops and trousers
  • Jacket/coat/fleece
  • Swimwear
  • Walking boots
  • Strong trainers
  • Water bottle
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Sun cream, sunhat and sunglasses

Please note, we want to run this trip following the day-to-day itinerary on the trip notes. However, sometimes operational circumstances may sometimes prevent us from doing this. Your tour leader will keep you fully informed of any alternative plans that are necessary on-the-ground. Also, based on feedbacks from past travellers, occasionally our itineraries are amended. Final version of your trip notes will be emailed to you prior to travel.

  1. Check availability online or contact us by email or phone.
  2. Secure your place/s online by clicking the BOOK NOW button or contact us by email/phone. Your place is secured with a 99 EUR deposit per person and can pay by bank transfer.
  3. Once the deposit is received a confirmation email will be sent to your email automatically, and your place/s will be officially confirmed.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all. Our knowledgeable and helpful team is here to help, and we look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular country soon!

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Trip notes & FAQs

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