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A tour that includes Budapest, Prague, Vienna, Hallstatt and Salzberg

Does anyone know if there is a tour operator that goes to the above cities in one trip. I see that Rick Steves has two separate tours that you would have to take back to back. But I can't seem to figure out how to see these 5 cities.
Thank for any suggestions.

Posted by
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The problem with these cities is the logistics. Budapest, Vienna and Prague are convenient in the same tour but getting to Hallstatt and Salzburg is not unless you do it on your own. However, it would be a lot simpler if you added Berlin and Munich making it easier to connect the dots.

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10707 posts

A tour I dont know, but there is direct train service from Budapest to Salzburg to Vienna to Prague. Not sure how Berlin would help?

I guess you could fly to Munich / Salzburg, see what you want, then train to Budapest where you pick up one of many Budapest, Vienna, Prague tours.

Posted by
7606 posts

In addition to having done a lot of Rick Steves tours, I've also done a number of Road Scholar tours. I had time today to work with their search engine to see if I could come up with any that had your combination and none did. There are several that combine Budapest, Vienna and Prague some with the addition of other cities. There are several others that include Salzburg but not in combo. I don't see any of theirs that do Hallstatt. There is really not much in Hallstatt - it IS cute but not for much longer than 1/2 a day.

Here's the main website to see if any of those would work as back to back with any of Rick's tours.

Posted by
16745 posts

Yes, Rick Steves Tours have sliced up the options a few different ways:

As you know, you could start with the Munich-Salzburg-(Hallstatt, Melk)-Vienna in 8 days tour, then take one direct, 4-hour train ride on your own in order to start the Prague & Budapest in 8 days tour. Booking two tours back-to-back is not unusual, especially if you have the time available.

Myself, I'd probably find it more exciting to think about the tour covering Berlin-(Dresden)-Prague-(Český Krumlov, Melk)-Vienna in 12 days. It offers plenty of variety of famous cities and charming small towns. If you're interested to continue to Budapest on your own, it's a direct train ride of 2.5 hours.

Or the longer Best of Eastern Europe in 15 days includes no Germany nor Austria, but from Lake Bled to Vienna takes 5.5 hours by train, generally with a connection at Villach.

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I've never been on a RS tour, but I have looked at them, and have used them as guides for my own trips. If you like fast paced overviews, they are good. If it's a first trip and you are worried about everything strange and new, they are good. If you want to enjoy the culture and if you can brave your way through the new, for these cities at least, you can go solo. The people here can walk you through each day and each turn. A lot less expensive too.