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Spires in the Snow - Topdeck
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Starts
Budapest
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Prague
Age Range
18 to 39 year olds
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6 reviews

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Start in Budapest and end in Prague! With the in-depth cultural tour Spires in the Snow, you have a 7 day tour taking you from Budapest to Prague and through Budapest, Hungary and 2 other destinations in Europe. Spires in the Snow includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Spires in the Snow reviewer 1
    Written on December 5, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    If you are looking for a week of fun and adventure tasting some of eastern Europe's most amazing cities this is the tour for you! I made the most amazing memories with some pretty amazing people! Just a warning this tour does join a bigger group who has been travelling for about 2 weeks prior but don't let that turn you off because I had not problem me and the other people going in bonded and we integrated pretty well into the larger group. Starting with Budapest the welcome dinner was massive and the ruin bar we visited was awesome! But we turned in early on the first night as a lot of the new travellers had a big day of travel. We walked up to the Budapest castle and relaxed in the thermal baths, drank way too much in the ruin bars and danced out hearts out! The optional dinner cruise was a great way to kick of a big night and seeing the city lit up from the river was incredible. The dinner was amazing though should have been advertised as a buffet as I was expecting a sit down meal and 2 bottles of wine (which for my table turned into 4) were a great compliment to the cruise. Krakow was the next city and the quick walking tour that night was good for getting our bearing on the city! I paid for the optional pub crawl which I highly recommend it was a night I will never forget and the hour of free drink definitely helped that. The next day I did the optional jewish walking tour and the salt mines both ver informative but with the hangover form the night before by 3pm I was struggling. Auschwitz was something you just can't miss when in Poland and I'm happy that was an inclusion in the tour. It was also made clear that if we were struggling with the visit we were more than welcome to come back to the bus and have a chat! It was nice to know we had a safe place if it was too much! The only overall downside to Krakow was our accommodation classified as a hotel upgrade it was awful and was a real let down. it was also far form the city centra. A lot of us would have preferred to have stayed in a hostel closer to the city centre. After that we ventured onto Prague a city which I fell in love with and probably the best time I had on the tour. The city was gorgeous filled with amazing food, beautiful architecture and it was easy to navigate. The night we arrived in Prague we had an informative walking tour and then we headed out for a night in the 5 story club. Being a Sunday night it was pretty quiet but our group made fun for itself. My night ended on a bad night having my phone lost/stolen (the latter more likely as i found out later that the club is notorious for things going 'missing'). But none the less I had a good night and I was having so much fun that the next day it was a joke and my new friends kept my spirits up and let me forget about it! We spent that day running around the city visiting all the gorgeous sites and just having too much fun! That is a day I will never forget and it is because I was on this tour! All of the inclusions from the hotels to the breakfast and the extra activites were well worth the money. But being in Europe everything is cheap and you can enjoy without having to worry too much about money. You do spend about 3 days on a bus but I enjoyed the bus journeys even when were delayed because we caught up on the sleep we were lacking (only sleeping for 3 hrs a night was catching up) watched movies and chatted. There were plenty of breaks as well. Our tour leader Amanda was amazing could not recommend or praise her enough! She included us newbies, had itineraries, Facebook groups, recommendations everything you could ever want or need from a tour leader she had! Sergio our bus driver was hilarious, including and a lot of fun! Overall this is an amazing trip and I couldn't recommend it enough!
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  • Spires in the Snow reviewer 2
    Written on June 8, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I went on the 7 day Spires in the Snow tour, which took us through Budapest, Poland and ended in Prague. The entire trip was excellent. Judes was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and well liked with the whole group. She played games with us on the bus to help pass the time, and gave us little facts about each country we were in. Our driver was Krysz. He too was incredible. Very friendly and knowledgeable too. He wasn't afraid to add anything to what Judes was saying. Most of the accomadation was nice, the only problem we had was in Poland. We were put in a smoking room, my friend is an asthmatic. But the hotel was happy to give as another non-smoking room. All together I was impressed. I enjoyed my time on this tour and would gladly do it again if I got the chance.
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  • Spires in the Snow reviewer 3
    Written on June 7, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I joined on with a longer tour and my trip leader Judes went really out of her way to make me feel like I belonged. I had a fantastic time and was happy with the tour - it was well organised, fun and informative! I highly recommend it!
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  • Spires in the Snow reviewer 4
    Written on September 10, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    Great tour, even though I joined late, felt like a part of the crew
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  • Spires in the Snow reviewer 5
    Written on December 24, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Elise was soo amazing! Best experience! !
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  • Spires in the Snow reviewer 6
    Written on January 11, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    This tour was ok, but definitely NOT worth the money you pay for it. The hostels were so far out of the city, you have to spend more money on transport to the city and back. Save your self the money and book with a better company for a lot cheaper, i would recommend Expat Explore.
    Topdeck commented on this review
    Hi Natalie, We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your trip. Could you please get in touch with us with more details about your experience? Please e-mail marketing@topdecktravel.co.uk Best regards, Topdeck
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  • Day 1: Budapest, Hungary
  • Day 2: Budapest
  • Day 3: Budapest to Krakow, Poland
  • Day 4: Krakow
  • Day 5: Krakow to Prague, Czech Republic
  • Day 6: Prague
  • Day 7: Prague

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    Hepatitis A
    Recommended for Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Recommended for Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    Tick-borne encephalitis
    Recommended for Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic. Ideally 6 months before travel.

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    TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Topdeck booking. The remaining balance is then payable 42 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 19 January 2017 the full payment of $702 is necessary.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 687 km.
    • Budapest (Hungary)
    • 293 km
    • Krakow (Poland)
    • 394 km
    • Prague (Czech Republic)

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