I wanted to do a quick write up as a thank you for all the good information I received on this forum, both from questions I asked and from reading through countless other posts. I won’t describe each day in detail, but I’ll list out in general the things I did in each city and any useful info I learned along the way. This first post will deal with Prague and then Mikulov and Budapest will be in the replies. The first part of my trip was the RS GAS tour, which has been well detailed by quite a few others, so I won’t really get into that. Suffice to say it was an incredible experience with lots of beautiful scenery and amazing history and great food.
I travelled on the GAS tour with my parents, and after the tour ended in Vienna we took the train to Prague. We did a lot of walking and exploring the city. I had visited Prague before on the Eastern Europe tour, so we skipped some things that I did the first time. Over the 2 full days we were there we managed to tour the Jewish Quarter, went to a concert at the Municipal house and did a walking tour called “Parks and Views” that led us up Petrin Hill, by the Strahov Monastery and around the castle to Letna Park. That tour was the most amazing 5 hours that we could have spent in Prague. After I booked it the tour was discontinued by the company who ran it, so it was just the 3 of us with a local guide who told amazing stories and answered all our questions. We absolutely loved it, but the guide said it hasn’t been very popular because most people want tours of the Old Town or the Castle so they were getting rid of it, which is a shame. The tour was with Urban Adventures. I believe that now you can only book this particular tour as a private tour, instead of it being a regularly offered one, so it's more expensive than what we paid, but I would say it's worth it if you want to get out of the city center and do something a little different.
My parents had to fly home from Prague, but I had a bonus day there with a coworker of mine who happened to be traveling the same time as me and our trips overlapped in Prague for one day. We visited Vysehrad Castle for more great views of the city before going on a food tour by Taste of Prague, which was amazing and a fun way to get to try lots of Czech specialties at once. We also went to a small concert at St. Martin in the Wall church, which was a beautiful setting. There was only about 25 people in the audience, which made for a very fun and intimate concert. Very different than the Municipal House concert.