Budapest to Berlin on a Shoestring

Czech Republic · about Escorted or Guided Tour

If you’re looking for culture, charm, and history in equal measure, Eastern Europe is the region of your dreams. You’ll hit up four countries in eight days, but don’t fret about missing anything – there’ll be loads of free time to explore local attractions and really get a feel for Krakow, Prague, Berlin, and Budapest. Cobblestone streets, thermal baths, and castles await, and with transport by trains and buses and a load of adventuresome new friends by your side, you’ll come away with memories of exciting days and epic nights.

What's Included

Visit to Kosciuszko’s Mound (Krakow). Visit to genuine Pilsner beer hall (Prague). Orientation walks in Krakow, Prague, and Berlin. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Experience the charm of Eastern Europe, sip on Czech and German pilsners, stroll historic cobblestone streets and bridges, soak up vibrant nightlife across multiple cities.

Dossier Disclaimer

Itinerary Disclaimer

Important Notes

1.It is important to note that in Europe, all guiding is based around local guides all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks which will show you the layout of each town and city as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats, but are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places.

2. In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.

3.This trip has a fast-paced itinerary with some long transport days – please check the itinerary carefully before deciding if this trip suits your needs.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 10.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. G Adventures understands the importance of breakfast to start your day, we strive to include a basic breakfast wherever possible. A typical breakfast may include toast, coffee and tea, however this may vary depending on the city. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options.

Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients.

For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport

Train, bus, metro, walking.

About our Transportation

On this trip we will use local buses and trains for intercity transport and a mix of metro (subway), local bus, taxis and walking for transport between hotels and bus/train stations. Please be prepared to carry your own bags short distances (20-30 mins max) between hotels and transport, as well as to lift your bags on and off buses and trains. Please note that there is often limited luggage storage space on public transport.

As we rely heavily on public transportation during this trip, we ask you to be flexible for possible changes in the modes of transport and schedules, which may necessitate small itinerary changes.

Solo Travellers

Accommodation

Hostels (6 nts), overnight train (1 nt).

My Own Room

Not available on this tour.

About Accommodation

The variety and local flavour of our accommodation is a favourite part of our European Yolo trips. Although the properties we use are simply furnished and with few facilities, we base our choices on location, character and cleanliness. We will stay in a mixture of hotels, hostels, private rooms in local households and wooden cabins on the beach.

Some accommodation on this tour is multi-share on a single-sex basis. This may involve 4-6 group members sharing and even (on rare occasions) dormitory style rooms for the whole group. The majority of accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.

Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in Europe we are not able to take requests for double or matrimonial beds on this tour. Where we use multi-share The variety and local flavour of our accommodation is a favourite part of our European Yolo trips. Although the properties we use are simply furnished and with few facilities, we base our choices on location, character and cleanliness. We will stay in a mixture of hotels, hostels, private rooms in local households and wooden cabins on the beach.

Some accommodation on this tour is multi-share on a single-sex basis. This may involve 4-6 group members sharing and even (on rare occasions) dormitory-style rooms for the whole group. The majority of accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.

Couples: Please note that due to the types of accommodation used in Europe we are not able to take requests for double or matrimonial beds on this tour. Where we use multi-share hostels, couples will likely be split into separate rooms.hostels, couples will likely be split into separate rooms.

Joining Hotel

Wombat Hostel Budapest
Király u. 20
Budapest
Hungary
18835005
Phone: +36 1 883 5005

Please note that the departures on July 29 and September 23, 2015 will commence at the following hotel:

Adagio Hostel 1.0 Oktogon
Andrássy street 53, H-1062
Budapest
Hungary
Phone:+36 1 321 3522

Joining Instructions

Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.

GETTING TO wombats CITY HOSTEL BUDAPEST:

From Nyugati pályaudvar / Western railway station:

Leave the station, turn right, and walk about 20 meters. Take the exit to the metro line 3 (blue line). Next, take the metro in the direction of Kőbánya Kispest. Go to station Deák Ferenc Tér and get off. Take the exit Károly körut/Déal Ferenc tér. Then cross the street and tramline. On the other side should be a bank and a 24/7 supermarket. Walk the last 350 meters on Király utca to number 20 arriving at the wombats CITY HOSTEL. Travel time should be roughly 10 minutes.

From Keleti pályaudvar / Eastern railway station:

Leave the station and go to the metro line 2 (red line). Buy a metro section ticket (granting up to three stops) for HUF 240. Take the metro in the direction of Déli pályaudvar. Go to station Deák Ferenc Tér and get off. Take the exit Károly körut/Déal Ferenc tér. Cross the street and tramline. On the other side, there should be a bank and a 24/7 supermarket. Walk the last 350 meters on Király utca to number 20 arriving at the wombats CITY HOSTEL. Travel time should be roughly 10 minutes.

From Déli pályaudvar / Southern railway station:

Go to the metro line 2 (red line) and take the metro in the direction of Örs Vezér. Go to station Deák Ferenc Tér and get off. Take the exit Károly körut/Déal Ferenc tér. Cross the street and tramline. On the other side, there should be a bank and a 24/7 supermarket. Walk the last 350 meters on Király utca to number 20 arriving at the wombats CITY HOSTEL. Travel time should be roughly 12 minutes.

From Liszt Ferenc Nemzetközi Repülőtér Airport:

Take the Bus 200E and go to station Kőbánya Kispest. Change to the metro line 3 (blue line) and take the metro in the direction of Újpest Központ. Go to station Deák Ferenc Tér and get off. Take the exit Károly körut/Déal Ferenc tér. Cross the street and tramline. On the other side should be a bank and a 24/7 supermarket. Walk the last 350 meters on Király utca to number 20 arriving at the wombats CITY HOSTEL. Travel time should be roughly 50 minutes.

Arrival Complications

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a backpack or light sports bag, whichever you find easiest to carry, plus a small daypack. Luggage space on public transport is limited. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking), hopping on and off trains and public buses and up and down stairs.

Checklist

Suggested Items:
•Light fleece top
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather (See also “What to Take” and “Local Dress” sections of this dossier)
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries (biodegradable)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Money belt
•First-aid kit

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our accommdation for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. Your CEO can also show you where the you can get your laundry done.

Spending Money

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Visa cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work – Check with your bank. You should be aware when purchasing products or services on a credit card, that a fee usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of Euros, traveller’s cheques and cards is best. Avoid relying on traveller’s cheques alone as these are less and less readily cashed as clients use them very little.

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

Most countries on this trip use the Euro, but for the Czech Republic you will need local currency.

Emergency Fund

Tipping

t is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

All prices are per person, in local currency, and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

Krakow:
Visit of Wieliczka – 18 EUR

Prague:
(note these prices are in Czech Crowns)
Prague Castle – CZK350
Mucha Museum – CZK120
Jewish Quarter – CZK600
Town Hall Tower – CZK60
Museum of Communism – CZK130
Kafka Museum – CZK120
National Museum – CZK120
Bike Tour – CZK390

Berlin:
Pergamon Museum – €12
Jewish Museum – €5
Schloss Charlottenburg – €10
TV Tower – €10
Bike tour – €20
Walking tour – €15
River Sightseeing Tour – €16
Berliner Dom – €5
Reichstag – free
German History Museum – €5
Natural History Museum – €6
Berlin Zoo – €12

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travellers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Medical Form

A Couple of Rules

Travel Insurance

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Feedback

Newsletter

Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Max Pax

16

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officers (CEO) throughout.

Meal Budget

Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

Meals Included

PRODUCT_LINE: EJBB, ID: 23225

Itinerary

Day 1: Budapest

Arrive at any time.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Budapest/Kraków

Free time to explore Hungary’s capital. Opt to check out the beautiful Parliament building, stroll the streets or check out the thermal baths. Overnight train to Krakow.

Transport:
Overnight train (beds)

Day 3: Kraków

Orientation walk upon arrival, then walk up Kosciuszko’s Mound for the best panoramic views over Krakow. Free time to visit Auschwitz, travel to see old salt mines, or stay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Day 4: Kraków

Enjoy free time to visit Auschwitz, travel to see old salt mines or stay in the city to explore the Jewish Quarter.

Day 5: Kraków/Prague

Day train to Prague, then enjoy an orientation walk around town including a visit to a genuine beer hall.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (8.00 hour(s))

Day 6: Prague

Free day for independent exploration—check out the Prague castle complex or walk the cobblestone streets through the old town and Jewish ghetto.

Day 7: Prague/Berlin

Take a train to Germany and enjoy an orientation walk in Berlin. Check out the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train (5.00 hour(s))

Day 8: Berlin

Depart at any time.

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