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Program #3347RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Sep 19 — Oct 5, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, September 19 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Warsaw.

Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel is perfectly located near the picturesque gateway to Warsaw's Old Town and the Royal Palace. It is 1.9 miles from the railway station and 7.5 miles from Warsaw's Chopin Airport.

Contact info:
Muranowska 2
Warsaw, 00-209 Poland
phone: +48 22 310 10 00
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a radio, telephone, television, free Internet access and climate control. Hair dryers available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar, lounge, fax machine, air conditioning, free WI-FI Internet access in the lobby and all rooms, and a computer in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 20 - Explore Warsaw
Morning: Arrive at Warsaw Frederic Chopin International Airport (WAW). Check in at hotel. Time to relax and get settled into your rooms.

Lunch: Light refreshments at the hotel.

Afternoon: Introduction to the program. Orientation excursion in Warsaw. See historical sites of Warsaw, such as the Ghetto Memorial, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Ibis Warsaw Old Town

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel is perfectly located near the picturesque gateway to Warsaw's Old Town and the Royal Palace. It is 1.9 miles from the railway station and 7.5 miles from Warsaw's Chopin Airport.

Contact info:
Muranowska 2
Warsaw, 00-209 Poland
phone: +48 22 310 10 00
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a radio, telephone, television, free Internet access and climate control. Hair dryers available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar, lounge, fax machine, air conditioning, free WI-FI Internet access in the lobby and all rooms, and a computer in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 21 - Royal Castle / St. Stanislaw Kostka Church / Chop...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "History of Poland in its European Context." Coffee/tea break. Lecture: "The Catholic Church in Poland Under Communism and in the Transition to Democracy." Excursion to the St. Stanislaw Kostka Church, which was Solidarity priest Jerzy Popieluszko’s parish church until he was murdered by militant security police in 1984 – a major event in Polish political life of the 1980s that ensured his canonization. After Popieluszko’s funeral, attended by over half a million people, his church developed into a major Solidarity sanctuary. See a poignant memorial to Jerzy Popieluszko as well as an exhibition dedicated to him. Excursion to the Royal Castle - the official royal residence since 1596, when Sigismund III Vasa moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw. Marvel at the carefully reconstructed chambers, which grace paintings by Bernardo Bellotto who is regarded as a master of perspective. His detailed cityscapes of Warsaw are reliable documents of his time, comparable in their level of precision to photographs. They were of great help in reconstructing the city after its near-complete destruction in World War II.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Chopin music concert. During a short intermission, a glass of sparkling wine will be served.

Lodging: Ibis Warsaw Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: This hotel is perfectly located near the picturesque gateway to Warsaw's Old Town and the Royal Palace. It is 1.9 miles from the railway station and 7.5 miles from Warsaw's Chopin Airport.

Contact info:
Muranowska 2
Warsaw, 00-209 Poland
phone: +48 22 310 10 00
web: www.ibishotel.com

Room amenities: Each room has a radio, telephone, television, free Internet access and climate control. Hair dryers available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar, lounge, fax machine, air conditioning, free WI-FI Internet access in the lobby and all rooms, and a computer in the lobby.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 22 - Zelazowa Wola / Lowicz / Dinner with a local Poli...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Current Polish Economic and Social Issues." Departure to Zelazowa Wola and excursion to the old, traditional manor house of Chopin’s Family. The house is now a museum that includes much of Chopin’s original memorabilia. The tranquility and charm of the place, the house itself, and a park adorned by over 100 specimens of plants donated by different countries makes for a pleasant stop. Continue to Lowicz, a small town known for cultivating the folk traditions in music, dress, embroidery and paper cutouts.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Excursion to a small, well-presented open-air museum in Lowicz to see fine elements of house interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries. Excursion to Sromów and a private Crafts Museum founded by a skilled artisan and passionate crafts collector. Set in a large garden full of gnomes and other models, the museum is housed in three modern buildings, two of which feature a series of historic scenes and village life - a country wedding, a pageant of kings, a Corpus Christi procession, the four seasons on the farm, etc. Other exhibits include paper cutouts, regional costumes, folk paintings, decorated wooden chests and embroidery. The third building houses a collection of old horse carts and carriages.

Dinner: For dinner, we will be hosted by a young Polish family living in a wooden cottage at the base of Lowicz Castle ruins. A traditional Polish welcome with a loaf of bread and salt followed by typical dishes of Polish cuisine.

Evening: Grand welcome by the regional Lowicz folk band, folk music concert, and presentations of paper cutouts from colored paper. Farewell cannon shot. Return to Warsaw for overnight.

Lodging: Ibis Warsaw Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with spectacular views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is only a few minutes' walk from the Old Town, the Market Square and the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Many museums and art galleries are also within walking distance.

Contact info:
Marii Konopnickiej 33
Krakow, 30-302 Poland
phone: +48 12 3999 000
web: www.hgi.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, safe, mini fridge, iron, free Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, fitness area, air conditioning, laundry services and facilities, Pavilion Pantry Market, safe and free Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, September 23 - Jasna Gora Monastery / Auschwitz & Birkenau Museu...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning departure for Krakow. En route stop in Czêstochowa to see the Jasna Gora Monastery with the Black Madonna. It is one of the most important places of religious worship in the Christian world, with tradition of pilgrimages dating back to the 14th century. The enormous role of Jasna Gora in the religious and cultural life of the nation can be seen from the names commonly used for this place: Capital of the Kingdom of Poland, the Confessional of the Nation.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Continue to Oswiecim. Visit the Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum. The site of the camp now houses the Oswiecim State Museum, which displays exhibits and documents concerning Nazi crimes. Arrive in Krakow. Check in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with spectacular views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is only a few minutes' walk from the Old Town, the Market Square and the Jewish quarter of Kazimierz. Many museums and art galleries are also within walking distance.

Contact info:
Marii Konopnickiej 33
Krakow, 30-302 Poland
phone: +48 12 3999 000
web: www.hgi.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, safe, mini fridge, iron, free Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a bar, fitness area, air conditioning, laundry services and facilities, Pavilion Pantry Market, safe and free Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, September 24 - Walking excursion through Krakow
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning lecture: "Jews in Poland Before and After World War II." Walking excursion through Krakow, which retains the largest concentration of historical monuments and cultural treasures in Poland. Stroll through the Market Square, considered to be one of the largest town squares in Europe. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years. See St. Mary’s Church with the famous wooden altar, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burghers’ houses. Every hour, you can hear the bugle call to the four corners of the tower of St. Mary’s Church. See Wawel Hill, a UNESCO site, with its Castle and Cathedral where Poland’s kings were once crowned. See the Royal Chambers, which are the largest and most impressive exhibition restored in their original Renaissance and Baroque styles, and the most valuable items – the magnificent 16th century Flemish tapestries; probably the largest collection of its kind in Europe. Excursion to the Kazimierz Jewish district in Krakow. In former times, Kazimierz was a separate town inhabited by Polish Jews and a major center of Jewish religion, learning and culture.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant located in the Kazimierz district, the former Jewish quarter of Krakow. A highlight is a Klezmer music concert.

Afternoon: Free time.

Dinner: Dinner in a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Corvin is a small family-style hotel designed by a famous Hungarian architect. The hotel is located on a quiet street just next to the famous Grand Boulevard. One of its many charms is the rooms, decorated with children's drawings connected to the famous Renaissance King Matthias.

Contact info:
Angyal U.31
Budapest, 1094 Hungary
phone: +36-1-218-65-66
web: www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, mini bar, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, and a safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar in the lounge, air-conditioning, a library, laundry services, a shop, fax machine, and free Internet access in the lobby. The new lecture room is located across the street and offers a small library for participants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, September 25 - Travel to Budapest / Wieliczka Salt Mine
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Excursion to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a world class attraction. Over 700 years, many generations of Polish miners created the underground world with the rich interior decoration of the chapels, the original linings of the galleries, and the underground salt lakes. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. Departure for Budapest.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue on to Budapest. Arrive at hotel, check in and get settled. We will gather for a general information meeting.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Corvin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Corvin is a small family-style hotel designed by a famous Hungarian architect. The hotel is located on a quiet street just next to the famous Grand Boulevard. One of its many charms is the rooms, decorated with children's drawings connected to the famous Renaissance King Matthias.

Contact info:
Angyal U.31
Budapest, 1094 Hungary
phone: +36-1-218-65-66
web: www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, mini bar, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, and a safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar in the lounge, air-conditioning, a library, laundry services, a shop, fax machine, and free Internet access in the lobby. The new lecture room is located across the street and offers a small library for participants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, September 26 - Hero’s Square, Castle District / Boat-ride on the...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the geography and history of Hungary.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Sightseeing excursion by bus with short walk around Hero’s Square and the Castle District. During our bus ride, we will get acquainted with the structure of the city; the Grand Boulevard, the important avenues, the large parks, and we will crown our day with a picturesque view from the top of the Gellért Hill.

Dinner: Boat ride on the Danube with buffet dinner.

Evening: Boat ride on the Danube. As it gets dark we will enjoy the view of the illuminated city as we view its most important sights along the Danube; Parliament, Chain Bridge, Castle Hill, the New National Theatre, etc.

Lodging: Hotel Corvin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Corvin is a small family-style hotel designed by a famous Hungarian architect. The hotel is located on a quiet street just next to the famous Grand Boulevard. One of its many charms is the rooms, decorated with children's drawings connected to the famous Renaissance King Matthias.

Contact info:
Angyal U.31
Budapest, 1094 Hungary
phone: +36-1-218-65-66
web: www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, mini bar, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, and a safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar in the lounge, air-conditioning, a library, laundry services, a shop, fax machine, and free Internet access in the lobby. The new lecture room is located across the street and offers a small library for participants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, September 27 - Jewish History Walk
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on Hungary today (sociology, politics).

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Jewish history walk including a short walk in the one time ghetto. Visit the largest synagogue of Europe, and the Jewish Museum of Budapest.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free time. Spend the evening exploring the city, or attending a concert or opera.

Lodging: Hotel Corvin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Corvin is a small family-style hotel designed by a famous Hungarian architect. The hotel is located on a quiet street just next to the famous Grand Boulevard. One of its many charms is the rooms, decorated with children's drawings connected to the famous Renaissance King Matthias.

Contact info:
Angyal U.31
Budapest, 1094 Hungary
phone: +36-1-218-65-66
web: www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, mini bar, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, and a safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar in the lounge, air-conditioning, a library, laundry services, a shop, fax machine, and free Internet access in the lobby. The new lecture room is located across the street and offers a small library for participants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, September 28 - Danube Bend / Szentendre
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to the Danube Bend by bus. Esztergom was the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries. It has also been the Hungarian center of the Roman Catholic Church and today it is the residence of the Archbishop of Hungary. We will visit the Picture Gallery of the Christian Museum and the largest Roman Catholic church in the country. Visegrád, a former royal seat, is a small village today with about 2000 inhabitants.

Lunch: Lunch in a hunting lodge with a beautiful view over the Danube Bend.

Afternoon: Szentendre, a small, picturesque Baroque-Rococo style town, is the center of the Danube Bend. It is the Episcopal seat of the Eastern Church in Hungary. Szentendre is famous for its museums and art galleries.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Corvin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Corvin is a small family-style hotel designed by a famous Hungarian architect. The hotel is located on a quiet street just next to the famous Grand Boulevard. One of its many charms is the rooms, decorated with children's drawings connected to the famous Renaissance King Matthias.

Contact info:
Angyal U.31
Budapest, 1094 Hungary
phone: +36-1-218-65-66
web: www.corvinhotelbudapest.hu

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, mini bar, telephone, air conditioning, hair dryer, and a safe deposit box.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, 24-hour bar in the lounge, air-conditioning, a library, laundry services, a shop, fax machine, and free Internet access in the lobby. The new lecture room is located across the street and offers a small library for participants.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, September 29 - Q&A Information Session with Local Experts
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Informal question and answer information session with local experts.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore and visit museums. Free time optional program: Visit one of the traditional thermal baths, where you can try the indoor and outdoor pools, the steam bath, sauna, etc. (If you plan to take this option, please bring a bathing suit along with you.)

Dinner: Farewell party and dinner with folklore entertainment in the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Corvin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Ibis Prague Old Town Hotel is located in the heart of Prague. Prague is a historical crossroad where many merchants, artists and scientists met in the Middle Ages. It is known as "The Golden Prague," "City of Towers" and the "Heart of Europe."

Contact info:
Na Porici 5
Prague, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 266000999
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, WIFI Internet access, air conditioning, telephone, and hair dryers and irons available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry service and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Monday, September 30 - Travel to Prague
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure for Prague.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue to Prague. Arrive at hotel, check in and get settled. General information meeting.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Ibis Prague Old Town Hotel is located in the heart of Prague. Prague is a historical crossroad where many merchants, artists and scientists met in the Middle Ages. It is known as "The Golden Prague," "City of Towers" and the "Heart of Europe."

Contact info:
Na Porici 5
Prague, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 266000999
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, WIFI Internet access, air conditioning, telephone, and hair dryers and irons available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry service and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, October 01 - Old Town, Charles Bridge / Boat Excursion
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We embark on a city excursion in Prague. Explore the Old Town and the Charles Bridge.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discussion and lecture on the history and geography of the Czech Republic and post communist countries.

Dinner: Boat excursion with dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Ibis Prague Old Town Hotel is located in the heart of Prague. Prague is a historical crossroad where many merchants, artists and scientists met in the Middle Ages. It is known as "The Golden Prague," "City of Towers" and the "Heart of Europe."

Contact info:
Na Porici 5
Prague, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 266000999
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, WIFI Internet access, air conditioning, telephone, and hair dryers and irons available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry service and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, October 02 - Nizbor / Jewish Ghetto
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Half-day excursion to Nizbor where we will see the glassworks.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We explore the Jewish Ghetto.

Dinner: Dinner with a folklore performance.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Ibis Prague Old Town Hotel is located in the heart of Prague. Prague is a historical crossroad where many merchants, artists and scientists met in the Middle Ages. It is known as "The Golden Prague," "City of Towers" and the "Heart of Europe."

Contact info:
Na Porici 5
Prague, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 266000999
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, WIFI Internet access, air conditioning, telephone, and hair dryers and irons available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry service and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Thursday, October 03 - Brevnov Monastery / Prague Castle
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Excursion to the Brevnov Monastery. Lecture on the religious situation in the Czech Republic.

Lunch: Lunch at the Brevnov Monastery.

Afternoon: A visit to the magnificent Prague Castle complex.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Ibis Prague Old Town Hotel is located in the heart of Prague. Prague is a historical crossroad where many merchants, artists and scientists met in the Middle Ages. It is known as "The Golden Prague," "City of Towers" and the "Heart of Europe."

Contact info:
Na Porici 5
Prague, 110 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 266000999
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, WIFI Internet access, air conditioning, telephone, and hair dryers and irons available at reception.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry service and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Friday, October 04 - Economic Lecture / Concert
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Discussion and lecture on privatization and transformation of the Czech economy.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a classical concert in the Church of St. Nicolas in the Lesser Town. This beautiful, heavily decorated church is one of central Europe's finest Baroque buildings.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Saturday, October 05 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Prague Ruzyne International airport (PRG) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Budapest
Classical ConcertYou will have the opportunity to attend a classical concert. More information will be available to you on your program.
Szechenyi SpaVisit the world famous Szechenyi Spa, the oldest and most beautiful thermal bath in Hungary.
Krakow
The Gallery of Polish Art of the 20th CenturyThe Gallery offers focused exploration of the main streams in 20th-century Polish art represented by a selection of over 400 works. Its core is made up of the works by Wyspianski, Malczewski, Pankiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), and Kantor.
Collegium MaiusCollegium Maius is one of Europe's first universities, with the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus among its alumni. The museum is a sort of cultural repository; famous Poles donate their awards to be displayed here, a piano that once belonged to Chopin is on display, and there is a room dedicated to Copernicus’ stay at the university with facsimiles of the Italian doctorate he earned and his enrollment records.
Prague
Convent of St. Agnes of BohemiaThe Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is a wonderful exhibition of medieval art in Bohemia and Central Europe, spanning from 1200 to 1550 AD.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Mucha MuseumSituated in the 18th century Kaunitz Palace, the Mucha Museum displays the work of Alphonse Mucha, most widely known for the posters he made for Sarah Bernhardt in the fashionable world of fin-de-siècle Paris. On display are over 100 paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia celebrating the life and work of this Art Nouveau artist.
For additional information, visit: www.mucha.cz
Sternberg PalaceThe value of European art from the Classical Era to the close of Baroque is seen on permanent display, at the Sternberg Palace.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Trade Fair PalaceThe Trade Fair Palace holds magnificent art from the 20th and 21st centuries. An English audio-guide is available, and a glass panoramic elevator enhances your view of this art all the way to the 5th floor.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Warsaw
National MuseumThe National Museum houses the greatest Polish collection of ancient and medieval art. Its galleries are home to Egyptian and Mesopotamian artifacts, medieval religious portraits, Venetian paintings, and works by 19th and 20th century Polish masters including Stanislaw Wyspianski, Jan Matejko, and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz.
For additional information, visit: www.mnw.art.pl
Royal CastleThe Royal Castle, formerly the residence of kings and the seat of the Parliament of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic, is a national symbol of Warsaw. It is now a museum, showing sculptures, furniture and paintings from such artists as Bernardo Bellotto. This particular Italian artist created panorama paintings of Warsaw, which are on display at the museum. These paintings survived the war and were of great help in reconstructing the city's historic monuments. Along with the Old Town of Warsaw, the Royal Castle has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For additional information, visit: www.zamek-krolewski.pl
Warsaw Rising MuseumPolish spirit and pride has never been better represented than what can be seen at the Warsaw Rising Museum. A tribute to those who fought and died for Poland's freedom during the resistance, it is an educational and interactive experience including feature films, testimonials, slides and artifacts of Warsaw's residents.
For additional information, visit: www.1944.pl

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