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CZECH REPUBLIC / SLOVAKIA / HUNGARY

Central Europe Discovered: Prague, Bratislava and Budapest

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Program #15596RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (Variable by Program Date)
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 May 14 — May 29, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, May 14 - In Transit
In Transit: International overnight flight to Prague.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town 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 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: Thursday, May 15 - Welcome to Prague / Introduction
Morning: Arrive at Prague airport (PRG) and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel and settle in. Meet at 5:00 PM for a general meeting and introduction to the program.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Free time to rest and get over jetlag, or explore the area on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town 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 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: Friday, May 16 - Prague City Excursion / Dinner Cruise
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An excursion brings us through the Old Town, a unique part of Prague, where we find the impressive Old Town Square, the center of all events since the early Middle Ages. The stone houses, churches, palaces, and monasteries in combination with the twisty narrow streets and alleys create a very special atmosphere. We will also see the Charles Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe, adorned on both sides with a total of thirty Baroque statues.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discussion and lecture on Prague's architecture. Learn about the important architectural styles found throughout Prague, including Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, Neo-styles, Art Nouveau, and Cubism.

Dinner: Enjoy your dinner on a boat excursion down the Vltava River.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

Description: The Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town 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 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: Saturday, May 17 - Prague Castle
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the Prague Castle complex where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of the Czech Republic (and Czechoslovakia) have had their offices. Prague Castle is one of the largest castles in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the largest ancient castle) and dates back to the middle of the 9th century. 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.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Discussion and lecture on the history and geography of the Czech Republic. Follow the Czech Republic’s timeline from communism to freedom and democracy as we learn about Czech princes and kings, Habsburg emperors, and Czech presidents. Special attention will be given to Czech / Slovak relations.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

Description: The Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town 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 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 Five: Sunday, May 18 - Cesky Stenberk / Kutna Hora
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our morning excursion takes us to Cesky Stenberk, one of the most important Bohemian castles, founded in 1240. We will admire its magnificent location, strong fortification system, and rich stucco decorations as well as the collection of ancient furniture and porcelain.

Lunch: Lunch in Kutna Hora.

Afternoon: Excursion to Kutna Hora, a town renowned for its silver mines. The historical center with its former mint and the Cathedral of St. Barbara is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

Description: The Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town 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 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 Six: Monday, May 19 - Brevnov Monastery / Jewish Ghetto
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We depart for an excursion to the Brevnov Monastery, the oldest monastery in Bohemia. Here, we listen to a lecture on the history of the religious situation in the Czech Republic. Learn how radical changes in religion have affected the Czech Republic from the past to the present.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in the Benedictine Wine Cellar of the Brevnov Monastery.

Afternoon: We will visit the Jewish Town. The former Jewish Ghetto is a noteworthy quarter of Prague that boasts worldwide significance.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

Description: The Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town 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 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 Seven: Tuesday, May 20 - The Privatization and Transformation of the Czech...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Discussion and lecture on the privatization and transformation of the Czech economy. Learn about the different economic stages of the Czech Republic, from state and collective ownership to a free market. We will also compare Czech and Slovak ways of integration to European Union.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore on your own.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

Description: This new 4-star hotel features 175 uniquely designed contemporary rooms. The hotel is located in the city center just a 10-minute walk from the Bratislava castle and the downtown pedestrian shopping area.

Contact info:
Zabotova 2
Bratislava, 811 04 Slovakia
phone: +421 259292111
web: www.mercure.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, radio, coffee and tea making facilities, WIFI Internet access (for a fee), mini bar, safe box, hair dryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, WIFI Internet access (for a fee), fitness room, safe box, and dry cleaning.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, May 21 - Bratislava
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure for Bratislava.

Lunch: Lunch in Hustopece.

Afternoon: Welcome to Bratislava. Arrive at hotel and settle in. We will become familiar with one of the youngest capitals in Europe, the city of Bratislava, situated on the banks of the Danube River. Bratislava has been a mixing pot of various nations and nationalities who lived together in peace and harmony. During our excursion through the Old Town we will feel the atmosphere of the capital's elegance and charm.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Mercure Bratislava Centrum

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

Description: This new 4-star hotel features 175 uniquely designed contemporary rooms. The hotel is located in the city center just a 10-minute walk from the Bratislava castle and the downtown pedestrian shopping area.

Contact info:
Zabotova 2
Bratislava, 811 04 Slovakia
phone: +421 259292111
web: www.mercure.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, radio, coffee and tea making facilities, WIFI Internet access (for a fee), mini bar, safe box, hair dryer and air conditioning.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, WIFI Internet access (for a fee), fitness room, safe box, and dry cleaning.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, May 22 - Bratislava Castle
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our lecture will discuss the history and politics of the Slovak Republic. We will also hear from “the other side” about the split of Czechoslovakia. We will consider what joins and what divides two Slavonic nations that are so geographically and historically close, and in what ways they choose to maintain their identities. In the Bratislava Castle, founded in the 11th century, we will have an opportunity to admire a panoramic view of the town. The Cathedral of St. Martin, where Maria Theresa was crowned Queen of Hungary, stood witness to a golden era in Pressburg (Bratislava's former name) when the city served as capital of the Kingdom of Hungary over the course of 300 years.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to discover Bratislava on your own.

Dinner: Our stay in the former Czechoslovakia concludes with a farewell dinner.

Lodging: Mercure Bratislava Centrum

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

Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Contact info:
Benczúr u. 35
Budapest, 1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.

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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Friday, May 23 - Danube cruise
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We cruise on the Danube river to Devin Castle.

Lunch: Lunch at a country restaurant in Devin.

Afternoon: Continue to Budapest by coach. Arrive at the hotel in Budapest where we will gather for a general information meeting and an illustrated introduction to the country.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Benczúr

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

Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Contact info:
Benczúr u. 35
Budapest, 1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.

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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Saturday, May 24 - Budapest City Excursion
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Listen to a lecture on the history of Hungary. Follow 1100 years of Hungarian history, beginning in 896, when the Hungarian tribes arrived at the Carpathian basin, through modern day.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided sightseeing excursion as we travel by bus and on foot to Buda and Pest, the former separate towns of the now united Budapest. Admire the castle in the district of Buda, a World Heritage Site, as we venture over bridges and avenues to learn about different architectural styles and everyday life in this cosmopolitan city.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Benczúr

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

Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Contact info:
Benczúr u. 35
Budapest, 1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.

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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, May 25 - Hungarian National Museum or Folk Art Museum / Me...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will be presented with a sociology lesson to inform us about how people live in Hungary today. Topics to be covered will include work, education, housing, health, society, politics and other important factors.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion through either the Hungarian National Museum or the Folk Art Museum. The choice is yours!

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Putting the theory of our morning lecture into practice, we will embark on a journey through different homes in Budapest to talk informally with family members and see how they live.

Lodging: Hotel Benczúr

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

Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Contact info:
Benczúr u. 35
Budapest, 1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.

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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, May 26 - Jewish History Walk
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Jewish history walk. Budapest has the largest Jewish community in Central Europe and today we will explore their former district. On our morning field trip, we will pass synagogues, memorial statues and historic buildings as we learn about their past and present.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps you would like to take a walk, or visit the local market.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening concert.

Lodging: Hotel Benczúr

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

Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Contact info:
Benczúr u. 35
Budapest, 1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.

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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, May 27 - Kecskemét / Ócsa
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A guided excursion to the Great Plain, the most typical Hungarian landscape, will introduce us to the pretty Art Nouveau buildings in Kecskemét.

Lunch: Enjoy a country-style lunch at a local restaurant in Kecskemét, the regional center of the area.

Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon in the small town of Ócsa, whose 13th century church, village museum and village center reflect traditional rural life.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Benczúr

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

Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.

Contact info:
Benczúr u. 35
Budapest, 1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.

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. 1-800-241-1404

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Wednesday, May 28 - Group Discussion / Free Time
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Informal group discussion with local experts.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps you would like to go to the spa, or visit a museum.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner on a river cruise on the Danube.

Lodging: Hotel Benczúr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Thursday, May 29 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfers to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc airport (BUD) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Budapest
Great Market HallThe covered Great Market Hall was built more than 100 years ago. The sheer size and splendor of the 3-story hall makes it one of Budapest's top attractions. There are restaurants, cafes and buffets, along with crafts and famous Hungarian paprika available to purchase.
Museum of Fine ArtsThe Museum of Fine Arts, one of the major art galleries of Central Europe, has more than 100,000 artifacts. They are divided up amongst six collections: Egyptian Art, Classical Antiquities, Old Master Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, and Art after 1800. It is the main collection in Hungary of non-Hungarian works of art.
For additional information, visit: www.szepmuveszeti.hu
Szechenyi Baths, Spa, Swimming PoolThe Szechenyi Baths, Spa, and Swimming Pool is the largest wellness complex in Central Europe. It uses curing thermal water, and is located both outdoors and in historic buildings.
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
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
Bratislava
Primatial PalaceThe Primatial Palace, regarded as the most beautiful Classicist building in Bratislava, was built in 1778. Entry to the palace offers visitors the chance to see its famous Hall of Mirrors, the scene of many historic events, most notably the signing of the Peace of Bratislava following Napoleon's victory over Austria-Hungary at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805.
For additional information, visit: www.gmb.sk

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40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 14 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
1 Performances

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