OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Central European Solo Travel Tour

Embark on a remarkable 9-day journey through Central Europe, from Budapest to Berlin. Explore the region's rich history, stunning architecture, and attractive landscapes.

The adventure begins in Budapest, heading to Vienna with a stop in the picturesque town of Győr to explore the Baroque city centre. In Vienna, be amazed by the architectural splendours including a full day tour of discoveries.

Continue the journey to Prague, pausing in the fairy-tale town of Český Krumlov to explore its medieval allure, then on to Prague reaching the city through the picturesque Bohemian countryside. In Prague, a morning tour visits the Old Town and Prague Castle and we take a leisurely Vltava River cruise to soak up panoramic views. During our stay in Prague there is a day trip to Kutna Hora, discovering the intriguing Silver Museum, Gothic St. Barbara's Church, and the bone-chilling Sedlec Ossuary.

From Prague it’s easy travel to arrive to Dresden for an overnight stay. Dresden is known for its exceptional architecture and is often called the ‘Florence on the Elbe.’

Berlin is our final destination, and it is a fascinating city. We take a comprehensive city tour to understand its unique history and of course visit the areas of the old Berlin Wall. Not far from Berlin we visit pretty Potsdam's including the magnificent Sans Souci Palace. As our Central European visit comes to an end we celebrate with a farewell dinner in Berlin.

COMBINE WITH EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE
There is the option to combine this trip with our ‘Solos Only’ group onboard a European River Cruise, Danube River from Budapest

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Europe & UK
  • Destinations:
    Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$5975 own room
  • Transport:
    Coach
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    20
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 8 nights quality hotel accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 dinners including welcome & farewell dinners

SIGHTSEEING, SERVICE & TRAVEL

  • Services of a group tour guide
  • Excursions and visits as detailed in the itinerary
  • Travel by coach

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.
THIS TOUR CONNECTS WITH: European River Cruise

Not included: 

  • Airfares (unless requested)
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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5 - 13 APR '24
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AUD$5975 own room
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PER PERSON AUD$

OWN ROOM

Tour package

AUD $5975

Post Tour Hotel: Berlin group hotel with breakfast

AUD $330

Arrival Transfer – Budapest Airport to Group Hotel

AUD $150

RETURN TRAVELLER REWARD - SAVE $100
Once you have booked and departed with us on an international tour, you qualify for our Return Traveller Reward on your next international tour booking. The offer does not apply to any cruises, resort packages, or tours within Australia.

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $1040 on the price of taking a room to yourself (subject to roommate availability).


Trip Code: eurobb24-4

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

DAY 1

Budapest – Gyor - Vienna

Morning departure from Budapest from our group hotel.

Embark on a delightful day tour from Budapest via Gyor to Vienna. Starting with a morning departure from our group hotel we head to the charming town of Győr, nestled at the confluence of the Danube, Rába, and Rábca rivers. With its Baroque city centre and picturesque surroundings, Győr is a true gem of Western Hungary. Explore the city on a guided tour, and savour some free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we'll continue our journey to Vienna, where you'll be greeted by a breathtaking vista of the city's iconic landmarks. Admire the grandeur of the main boulevard, which traces the path of the old city walls. Marvel at Vienna's architectural marvels, such as the Opera House, Hofburg Imperial Residence, Austrian Parliament Building, and Karlskirche.

As the day draws to a close, there is a group dinner at our hotel in Vienna, followed by a restful overnight stay.

Meals: Dinner

 

Day 02

Vienna

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel. Set off on a morning sightseeing tour of Vienna alongside your knowledgeable guide, who will showcase the city's most captivating attractions. Marvel at the magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral, immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Hofburg Palace, admire the elegance of the Belvedere Palace and see the lively Prater Amusement Park and more.

To conclude our tour, we will visit a traditional Viennese café, where you can indulge in the local specialties of coffee and Sachertorte, a decadent Austrian cake.

Enjoy an overnight stay in Vienna, recharging for the adventures that await tomorrow.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 03

Vienna - Cesky Krumlov- Prague

In the afternoon we will continue through the green Bohemian countryside to Prague.

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel before setting off towards Prague. As we cross the Czech border, we'll venture towards the picturesque town of Český Krumlov, a place straight out of a fairy-tale from the Middle Ages. Prepare to be captivated as you embark on a sightseeing tour of this charming town, immersing yourself in its rich history and architectural marvels. Following the tour, you'll have some free time to explore Český Krumlov at your own pace, soaking in its magical ambiance.

In the afternoon, we'll continue our journey through the lush Bohemian countryside, until we reach Prague. Prepare to be mesmerised by the allure of this remarkable city. Dinner together in a local restaurant

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 04


Prague

Breakfast at hotel before our morning tour.

The guided sightseeing tour delves into the city's fascinating history. Stroll through the cobblestone streets and immerse yourself in the charm of Prague's iconic landmarks including the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. Visit the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle.

In the afternoon, experience Prague from a unique perspective as you embark on a delightful Vltava River cruise. Drift along the tranquil waters, taking in the panoramic views of the city's enchanting skyline and elegant bridges.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 05


Day trip to Kutna Hora from Prague

Breakfast at hotel.

Today we will visit one of the most fascinating locations in the Czech Republic, the Bohemian town of Kutna Hora. Visit the intriguing Silver Museum and the castle, where you learn of the the rich history of this unique.

Next, take in the breathtaking Gothic architecture of the renowned Church of St. Barbara. Admire its soaring spires and intricate details.

No visit to Kutna Hora would be complete without a visit to the Sedlec Ossuary. Experience the haunting beauty of this UNESCO-listed monument, marvelling at the intricate bone chandeliers and unique artwork that adorn the chapel.

Return to Prague and rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 06

Prague - Dresden

Breakfast at hotel before we set off for our overnight visit to Dresden.

Dresden, renowned for its exceptional architectural and artistic heritage,  often referred to as the 'Florence on the Elbe'.

 

Our city tour of Dresden hear of its restoration following the devastation of World War II. Marvel at the resplendent Baroque façades that line the streets, a testament to the city's enduring spirit. Following the guided tour, you'll have ample time to explore Dresden at your leisure. Roam the charming streets, uncover hidden corners, and indulge in the city's vibrant culinary scene by dining in one of its many exceptional restaurants or savouring a cup of coffee in a cozy café. Dinner together in a local restaurant

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Day 07


Dresden - Berlin

Breakfast at hotel and travel to Berlin some few hours away by road. Berlin is one of Europe’s youngest capital cities (founded in the 13th century) maybe that is also why the city is so vibrant and dynamic.

We will stop at the imposing Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of European unification and peace. Of course we will see the Wall itself and famous Checkpoint Charlie.

We take a city tour and visit the major landmarks.  Our first stop is Alexanderplatz, a bustling square that serves as a hub of activity.  Next, visit the magnificent Rathaus (Town Hall), an architectural masterpiece. No visit to Berlin would be complete without a stop at the imposing Brandenburg Gate, an iconic symbol of European unity and peace.

We make the expected and fascinating visit to the remnants of the Berlin Wall, a poignant reminder of the city's divided past. Our tour takes us to the renowned Checkpoint Charlie, a historic site that once marked the border between East and West Berlin.

Meals: Breakfast

FREE TIME EXTRA
Evening cultural event

Day 08

Day trip to Potsdam from Berlin

Breakfast at the hotel. Today, a day trip to pretty Potsdam for a guided tour. Discover the city’s landmarks and learn about the city history. Stroll through the Dutch Quarter to admire its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. The highlight of this tour is the visit to Sanssouci Palace. A walk through its beautiful park grounds, passing by magnificent Chinese teahouse or the New Palace, are sure to inspire.

Return to Berlin for farewell dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 09

Depart Berlin

Departure day.

Meals: Breakfast

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ACCOMMODATION

 

Destination

Accommodation

Nights

Budapest

Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel

Pre Tour Hotel

Vienna

Radisson Red

2

Prague

Hotel Astoria

3

Dresden

Hilton Dresden

1

Berlin

Innside by Melia

2

 

 

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Budapest to Berlin Encounter Travel

Mercure Budapest Korona Hotel, Budapest

Vienna Raddison Red Encounter Travel

Radisson Red, Vienna

Innside by Melia Berlin

Innside by Melia, Berlin

MERCURE BUDAPEST KORONA HOTEL, BUDAPEST
A 4 star, centrally located hotel in the heart of Budapest.

The hotel features Winestone Restaurant with local wines and authentic cuisine.  Easy access to the shopping on Váci Street and in the Great Market Hall, take a short walk beside the Danube river or visit the National Museum, just in front of the hotel building. If you are looking for the perfect relaxation, some of the world-famous thermal baths of Budapest are in easy walking distance. The 100E airport bus and Kálvin tér metro station are just on the other side of the street.

With court yard or city views, enjoy an air-conditioned room with complimentary Wi-Fi connection. Features include flat-screen TV, laptop safe and rain fall shower. Includes coffee/tea making facilities, safety deposit box, hair dryer in room. Room size: 18m²/193ft².

WiFi: Free
Check-in from 03:00 PM  |   Check out up to 12:00 PM

RADDISON RED, VIENNA
Well located 4 star hotel. Stay in Vienna’s spirited second district with Radisson RED. 

Inspired by the energy of Vienna’s second district, Leopoldstadt, Radisson RED Vienna embodies the effortless cool of the city. Take a break at the fun rooftop bar and terrace, Istros—a vibrant social hub overlooking the buzzing Danube Canal. Enjoy all-day dining at Sarāī with an eclectic menu influenced by the best of local produce. Unwind in stylish rooms and suites close to the action, with bold design features and free Wi-Fi to always stay connected.

WiFi: Free

ASTORIA, PRAGUE

HILTON DRESDEN, DRESDEN
A 4 star hotel located in Dresden's Old Town.  Within a kilometre of local dining and historic sites, such as the Zwinger building and its surrounding gardens. Enjoy access to our health club, featuring a fitness centre, indoor pool with sauna, and an outdoor whirlpool.

INNSIDE BY MELIA, BERLIN
A 4 star, centrally located hotel in Berlin.

An excellent city hotel and ideal base for discovering the exciting capital of Germany. Located in one of Berlin’s emerging districts, very near to key attractions for understanding its modern history, such as the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz or Checkpoint Charlie. A well-located and very well-connected hotel. A place where you can stay in style and comfort and enjoy tasting delicious dining options in the lobby bar and lounge or in the innovative Crafterie Restaurant.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Budapest, Hungary
Ends In: Berlin, Germany

First Day Information
The tour departs 9am and sets off from Budapest. A pre tour overnight stay in Budapest is required (additional cost)

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day.  

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Airport transfers are not included. An arrival transfer can be booked - service fee applies.
Departure transfers are by your own arrangement.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers, or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum of 20 solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
Travellers of 75 years or over may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

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TIPPING
Tipping may not be your custom, or the custom of your home country, however it is significant in many parts of the world for roles in tourism. It’s customary to tip service personnel.

ABOUT THE MEALS
There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

The role of your Tour Director is to lead the group, take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible.

LUGGAGE
For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight: 23kg
Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information: 7kg

Luggage is limited to one medium size suitcase per person, the sum of its length/width and depth not to exceed 140cm (56") plus an overnight bag (airline bag size) which may be carried on board the vehicle. If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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