Land Journey

A Week In... Imperial Europe


Year, Departure Type

Select small group departures (averaging 24 Tauck guests), or classic departures, and the year you would like to travel.

$4,290 USD
Journey Type
Time of Year
May - Jun, Aug - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Imperial Europe Prague Vienna Budapest Escorted Tour
Chain Bridge Budapest, Hungary


Uniquely Tauck



TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Authentic cultural discoveries as you travel from Hungary through Austria and on to the Czech Republic




Luncheon cruise along the Danube River in Budapest and the River Vltava in Prague


Special visit to Budapest's opulent Hungarian State Opera House


Learn the art of making traditional Hungarian strüdel at an authentic strüdel house in Pest


Walking tour of Cold War Vienna and guided visit to The Third Man Museum, dedicated to the 1940s film noir classic set in postwar Vienna





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic... once the heart of the old Habsburg Empire, traces are still to be found everywhere. Traditions... The legacies of long-ago empires are everywhere in and around the grand cities of Prague, Vienna and Budapest are still here to be explored, still to be embraced.  

Some are brick-and-mortar, like the Baroque splendor you'll discover at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, or the mysterious corners of Charles Bridge in Prague. Others are undying traditions that continue to define the culture long after the empire ceased to be... like the only way to make authentic Hungarian strüdel. Experience the arts and culture that were the heart and soul of the Habsburg Empire... cruising legendary rivers... reveling in unrivaled palaces and cathedrals... enjoying a classical music concert... and savoring the timeless strüdel. Read Less

Private cruises in Budapest and Prague

Days 2 and 6

Get unique perspectives with private cruises on the Danube in Budapest and the Vltava in Prague

For many of Europe's greatest cities, the rivers that flow through them are often their lifeblood and their defining feature. So it is with Hungary's capital, Budapest, which began as separate cities on opposite sides of the Danube River, now linked by the Chain Bridge; and Prague, ancient capital of the Czech Republic, split by the Vltava River but joined by the historic Charles Bridge (and 17 others!). And there's no better or more unique way to experience the heart of these timeless cities than aboard a private cruise... on the Danube through Buda and Pest, and on the Vltava through Prague's Lesser Town and Old Town.

Learn strüdel making in Budapest

Day 3

A Hungarian strüdel making demonstration and lunch at The First Strüdel House of Pest

Strüdel preparation in Hungary is a tradition and art that dates back to the 15th century. Historically a festive meal that was often served for christening feasts, weddings and holidays, this delicacy was traditionally made by skillful hands from high quality ingredients and featuring a variety of fillings. Based in a historic 1812 building in the heart of Budapest, the First Strüdel House of Pest opened over a decade ago to carry on the tradition of preparing and serving authentic handmade Hungarian strüdel using an original recipe and only the finest ingredients. Learn how they do it with a hands-on demonstration, tasting and lunch at this popular Pest establishment.

Private classical concert in Vienna

Day 5

Attend a private classical music concert in Vienna, Europe's "city of music"

If you had to choose only one European city to musically explore, Vienna would be it. The center of European musical activity for centuries, Austria’s capital was at one time or another home to many of the continent’s greatest classical composers… including Haydn, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Mozart (several of whose former homes can be visited today), and Beethoven, who reportedly had 67 different addresses in Vienna over 35 years! Celebrate your first night in Europe’s musical capital with a private classical concert for Tauck guests only.

Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna

Nights 3, 4 and 5

A palace reflecting Vienna's Imperial grandeur since 1873

The sumptuous surroundings of the Hotel Imperial, Vienna – a Luxury Collection Hotel – were originally created in 1863 as the Viennese residence of the Prince of Württemberg, and were transformed a decade later into the Hotel Imperial for the universal exhibition of 1873. The hotel gained renown around the world as a byword for discretion and impeccable service. Its unique location on Vienna's famous Ringstrasse, next to the Musikverein Vienna, makes it ideal for exploring the "Imperial City" and all of its magnificent sights.


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Small Group Departures

Our small group departures, averaging just 24 guests, are designed for travelers who want more time to experience each destination up close and personally. One of the benefits of small group travel is the personalized service and attention you’ll enjoy. Small groups enable our Tauck Directors to spend more time in the places you explore with more opportunities to connect with them. Smaller groups foster camaraderie and lasting friendships among like-minded travelers; you'll engage more closely with local experts and enjoy enhanced insider access, ease of travel and freedom to linger longer.

Solo Traveler Savings

Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone – with Tauck, it means camaraderie on a journey with like-minded travelers who share similar interests, enjoying the spirit of travel that makes exploring the world a necessary part of life – and sharing the special travel experiences found on Tauck’s guided land trips and cruises that create lifetime memories. For 90+ years, solo travelers have found a special "travel" home with Tauck in destinations the world over – and we’re offering solo travelers an additional reason to travel with Tauck – special Solo Traveler Savings on select departures.

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Protect Your Travel Investment

Guest Protection Product

Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!

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Reviews (10)

Budapest, Vienna, and Prague were all unique and lovely in their own ways. Beautiful palaces and churches built in earlier centuries. It was a very thorough and comprehensive itinerary. Although we have had many extremely nice hotels on past Tauck tours, on this trip, we seem to have had three of the finest hotels that I can remember.

Most Memorable Moment:

We were able to see parts of museums not accessible to other tourists. The farewell dinner was like none other, with a performance by a small ensemble in the Augustine Hotel Prague, a converted monastery. I must compliment the efforts of our tour director in managing all of the different pieces in three different countries.

Each city on the tour was well-organized. Hotels were central to shops and restaurants in safe areas. The tour director was very gracious and attentive. Hotel Imperial in Vienna was a sumptuous 5-star hotel. The Budapest hotel had a great deal of charm. The Augustinian in Prague,a refurbushed monastery, was more austere, somewhat lacking in decor.

Most Memorable Moment:

waltzing in Vienna; operatic arias at the Vienna Opera Theatro; frozen hot chocolate at Cafe Mozart; the magnificent palazzos and churches

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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.