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Austria and Hungary: Vienna's Easter frenzy and a Danube cruise

February 16, 2012|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Thousands of Easter eggs gathered at the Easter Market in the Freyung in Vienna.
Thousands of Easter eggs gathered at the Easter Market in the Freyung in… (WienTourismus / Karl Thomas )

Every year Vienna's Old Easter Market gathers up a mountain of 40,000 or so decorated Easter eggs at  Freyung square in the city. TourCrafters offers a seven-day land tour of Vienna and Budapest in March that's all about the Easter scene -- and saving money.

On this trip, participants spend three days in Vienna visiting the Freyung market as well as markets at Kalvarienberg and the Baroque Schonbrunn Palace, which features marzipan Easter bunnies and Easter decorations as well as jazz and soul music. The trip continues by train to Budapest and spends three days in the Hungarian capital on sightseeing tours of the city and a cruise of the Danube.

When: The trip departs March 23. (Other dates cost more.)

Price: $621 a person, double occupancy. This includes six hotel stays, daily breakfast, train tickets between the two cities, bus tours and more. Airfare is extra.

This land trip pencils out to a little more than $100 a person a day. Without the package, the average price for the hotels runs about $65 to $76 a night per person, and bus tours cost about $27 a person in each city. Add on the train ticket, river tour, airport transfers, etc., and you’re way over the package price. One note: TourCrafters "builds" each trip for each traveler, meaning hotels and other events promised in the itinerary may change slightly.

Contact: TourCrafters, (800) 621-2259

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