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Program #12259RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
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Itinerary for Sep 16 — Oct 3, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, September 16 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is an easy tram ride 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, computer room in lobby and free Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 17 - Welcome to Krakow / Orientation
Morning: Arrival in Krakow's John Paul II Balice International airport (KRK). Meet group outside of customs and transfer to hotel.

Afternoon: 5:00 PM Welcome to Krakow, residence of Polish kings and the first European city to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. For centuries Krakow flourished due to its political status, and as a leader in the development of commerce, craft, art and science. A cradle of Polish culture, Krakow is truly a romantic city with a labyrinth of charming restaurants, coffee-shops, and museums. Orientation through the Old Market Square often called "Krakow's saloon."

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is an easy tram ride 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, computer room in lobby and free Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, September 18 - Wawel Castle and Cathedral / Wieliczka Salt Mine
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: The 16th century brought Krakow to a state of unprecedented splendor. Take a guided field trip of the Wawel Castle and Cathedral, a testament to the golden times in the "City of Kings," and the political and cultural center of Poland until the early 17th century. Explore the Royal Chambers featuring rare ancient treasures, period furniture and Polish and European paintings. Admire the collection of 16th century Flemish tapestries, some of which were designed by Michael van Coxcie, the "Flemish Raphael." The breathtaking interior of the Cathedral stands as a collective work of Italian genius including Georg Pench, Santi Gucci and Hermann Vischer, and Sigismund's Chapel, designed by Bartolomeo Berecci, has been hailed by art historians as the "most beautiful example of the Tuscan Renaissance north of the Alps."

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a world-class attraction. Over 700 years, many generations of Polish miners created this amazing underground world. Exceptional in its beauty, the mine contains rich interior chapels, galleries and underground salt lakes. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

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

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is an easy tram ride 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, computer room in lobby and free Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, September 19 - The Renaissance Sukiennice - Cloth Hall
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Throughout the Middle Ages, many first-rate artists worked in Krakow and created what you see today. Depart the hotel by coach to the Old Market Square, one of the largest medieval Europe squares in existence. Its surroundings have remained unchanged for almost 700 years. Visit the church of St. Mary's, home of the wooden altarpiece by Veit Stoss, the world's greatest Gothic sculptor; Stoss' work can be seen weaved throughout the entire city. Then visit the Renaissance Sukiennice, also known as the Cloth Hall. One of the city's most recognizable icons, it is also the location of the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art, a division of the National Museum. The gallery consists of four rooms: The Bacciarelli Room (Enlightenment), The Michalowski Room (Romanticism, Towards National Art), The Siemiradzki Room (Around the Academy), and The Chelmonski Room (Realism, Polish Impressionism, Beginnings of Symbolism).

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: One of Krakow's gems is the Collegium Maius, one of Europe's first universities. The astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who revolutionized European science, remains the most illustrious of Krakow's graduates, along with Pope John Paul II. This museum boasts splendid historic rooms, a great collection of old European art, and unique science instruments. It is also a sort of cultural repository for Poland; famous Poles donate their awards to be displayed here. Then enjoy some free time to explore on your own.

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 views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is an easy tram ride 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, computer room in lobby and free Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, September 20 - Auschwitz & Birkenau
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart for Oswiecim with the Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum, the symbol of the holocaust. Then return to Krakow.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time on your own. Your program staff can give you additional ideas of what to see and do.

Dinner: Dine in the Kazimierz District, the ancient heart of Jewish Krakow. Taste Jewish cooking delicacies and enjoy a nostalgic Klezmer music concert.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

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

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with views of Wawel Castle over the Vistula River, the Hilton Garden Inn is an easy tram ride 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, computer room in lobby and free Internet access.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Monday, September 21 - Icons of Polish Modernism and Avant Garde
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A key time period that is fundamental to understanding the Polish mentality is the years of WWII. The tragedy of the Holocaust appears in Polish art to this day; an ever-present point of reference and eternal memento. Visit the Gallery of Polish Art of the 20th-Century, an exhibition that is provocative and challenging at times, and very traditional at others. The core of the exhibition focuses on the exploration of mainstream 20th-century Polish art, and is made up of works by Wyspianski, Malczewski, Pankiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz and Kantor. Become acquainted with Josef Mehoffer, an artist during the Art Nouveau (Secession) Period, and one of the leading Modernist artists in Poland. Explore the Mehoffer House Museum, the former artist's home, where everyday memorabilia, paintings, prints, designs of stained glass windows, textiles and furniture are on display.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon. Your program staff can give you additional ideas of what to see and do.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: An evening concert: “Frederic Chopin, a Poet of the Piano.” Chopin is the very symbol of Polish music. In the art of sound, the beauty of his music is an exceptional phenomenon - something bordering on the miraculous. The style, rich in lyricism, moods, emotions and their nuances, earned F. Chopin admiration all over the world.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

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

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, September 22 - Welcome to Budapest
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by coach from Krakow to Budapest.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: Arrive in Budapest. Transfer to hotel for check-in and get settled.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: General information meeting.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, September 23 - Gellért Hill
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Take in a lecture by an acclaimed speaker: "The History of Hungarian Art." Then transfer by coach to Gellért Hill for a short stroll around the Citadella area. Get a feel for the city's structure, and marvel at the spectacular bridges along the Danube.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Castle District. Take a guided walk in the Civilian Town, the northern part of the district, including a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion and the Matthias Church. During your walk, learn about the medieval history of the city. Take a coffee break in the Castle District before visiting the famous National Szechenyi Library, situated in the building of the former Royal Palace. A local expert will give you a private tour, including a viewing of a medieval handwritten manuscript.

Dinner: Buffet dinner at Rakoczi Grill House.

Evening: This evening you may wish to attend an optional concert. Your Group Leader will give additional information during the program.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, September 24 - Hungarian Art Nouveau / Palace of Arts
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a guided walk in the historical downtown of Pest, including the neighborhood of the Parliament and a visit to St. Stephen's Basilica. Learn about the Hungarian Art Nouveau movement during an excursion of the House of Hungarian Art Nouveau, and wonder at the magnificent rooftop of the National Bank of Hungary, also a testament to Art Nouveau.

Lunch: Lunch in downtown Budapest.

Afternoon: This afternoon take a guided field trip to the Palace of Arts, an award-winning piece of modern Hungarian architecture. Learn about the special technology used to create the magnificent acoustics of the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall, including a look at the outstanding new organ. Enjoy some free time. You may wish to attend a concert by young musicians, or visit an exhibition at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

Description: The Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel is located in the center of Budapest. Stylish and equipped with modern amenities, this hotel is perfect for pleasure and business travelers alike. It is within walking distance from museums, the Sports Arena and the railway station.

Contact info:
Rakoczi ut. 58
Budapest, 1074 Hungary
phone: +36 1 462 81 00
web: www.accorhotels.com

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

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, concierge, business services, laundry services, safe at reception and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, September 25 - Andrássy Avenue / The Golden Age of Budapest
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning learn about the Golden Age of Budapest during a stroll along Andrássy Avenue, situated above the Millennium Underground Railway. Explore the former apartment of world-famous composer Ferenc Liszt at the Old Music Academy, and visit Hero's Square and the City Park.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own. You may wish to visit the Szechenyi Thermal Bath. If so, bring a bathing suit!

Dinner: Boat trip on the Danube with a farewell buffet dinner.

Evening: Spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the city view from the water during your boat trip on the Danube.

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, September 26 - Welcome to Vienna
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by coach from Budapest to Vienna. Late morning arrival in Vienna, the capital of Austria. Check in at the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We convene for a general orientation meeting, followed by a first acquaintance with the Inner City. Guided excursion by bus along the Vienna Ring Boulevard. It was back in the 19th century when Emperor Franz Joseph decreed the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for the city's expansion. This 'Boulevard of Splendor' is lined with many of the most important political and cultural institutions such as Parliament and Town Hall, Royal Palace, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, University and - of course - the Museum Quarter. We will then explore the winding streets and spacious squares of the old town around St. Stephen's Cathedral, the ancient core of Vienna - from the medieval lanes and alleys to the steel and glass Haas House in front of the Cathedral that dates back to the 13th century.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Attend an evening concert of the Mozart Ensemble in the Sala Terrena. Works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven. The "Sala Terrena" is the oldest concert hall in Vienna, where Mozart himself performed many concerts. It is decorated with beautiful frescos in the style of the late Venetian Renaissance. It is also the perfect setting for performances of Viennese classic chamber music of the 18th century.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

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

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, September 27 - Cultural Vienna
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A morning lecture gives us an introduction to Cultural Vienna and its historical background. This cosmopolitan center, which incorporates Eastern European, Oriental and Western modes of thinking, has been a melting pot for cultural identities throughout the centuries. The Habsburg dynasty created Vienna's major cultural institutions. One of them is the Kunsthistorisches Museum - Museum of Fine Art, which we will visit after the introductory lecture. The Museum houses one of the greatest art collections in the world revealing the royal taste of the Habsburg rulers. Over the centuries they brought together the most precious and important paintings of the celebrated Old Masters.

Lunch: Get a taste of fashionable Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel, which once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. The Café was a meeting point for Europe’s intellectuals and artists.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided field trip to Schönbrunn Palace, glamorous summer residence of the Habsburg family. Schönbrunn Palace together with its ancillary buildings and extensive park is by virtue of its long and colorful history one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. Scheduled as a listed monument, the whole ensemble, including the palace, the park with its numerous architectural features, fountains and statues and not least the zoo - the oldest of its kind in the world - was placed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

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

Description: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle features a modern, stylish building that is ideally located between the city center and the United Nations buildings. Close to the banks of the Danube, the hotel is within walking distance of the Danube Island, and is a 5-minute subway ride from the Old Town.

Contact info:
Engerthstraße 173-175
Vienna, A 1020 Austria
phone: +43 1 213 15 0
web: www.austria-trend.at/hotel-lassalle/en/

Room amenities: Each room has cable television, a mini bar, safe box, free wireless Internet, trouser-press and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a café with access to the garden, restaurant, lounge, laundry services, fax machine, Internet access with printer on the 1st floor, free wireless Internet in the rooms and pay phones.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Monday, September 28 - Great Musicians of the Vienna Classic
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Explore the very diverse lives of three of Vienna's most famous composers during this morning's lecture. While Mozart initially enjoyed great success as a freelance composer and then struggled, Franz Schubert led a rather introverted life, only known for his renowned "Lieder" to his contemporaries. Johann Strauß, however, was one of the first global superstars of music. All three composers were contributors to the most Viennese of musical forms - the Viennese waltz. Listen to a delightful selection of works by these composers. Later in the morning, you will have a guided bus excursion of the Jugendstil landmarks of Vienna. The turn of the 20th century was a period of intellectual ferment; it was the time of Freud, writer Arthur Schnitzler, of Secession and Jugendstil with such artists as Gustav Klimt and architects as Adolf Loos and Otto Wagner. They created revolutionary new styles. We will leave the city center and drive to the Vienna suburb Penzing, where Otto Wagner created a jewel of Vienna Jugendstil Art Nouveau; the astonishing Steinhof Church which occupies a fantastic site on the Baumgartner heights.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own. Enjoy lunch in one of the many Viennese cafés.

Afternoon: A free afternoon to discover Vienna on your own.

Dinner: We will enjoy our final dinner in Vienna at one of the traditional restaurants in the old town.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

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

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, air conditioning, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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: Tuesday, September 29 - Welcome to Prague
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We transfer from Vienna to Prague by coach. En route, we take an excursion to Trebon - a charming and perfectly preserved South Bohemian historical town with a rich history that goes back to the 12th century.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive in Prague. Check in at hotel and settle in. There will be a general information meeting.

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

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

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, air conditioning, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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: Wednesday, September 30 - Architecture of Prague
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A morning discussion and lecture on the architecture and fine arts of Prague, featuring all important Prague styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, Neo-styles, and particularly concentrating on architecture of the 20th century – Art Nouveau, Cubism, Functionalism.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will explore Prague's breathtaking architectural treasures: Prague Castle, Lesser Town, and the Charles Bridge.

Dinner: Boat excursion with dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

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

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, air conditioning, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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: Thursday, October 01 - Music in the Czech Republic
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Excursion to the Museum of Czech Music with a lecture focusing on such artists as Smetana, Dvorak, Martinu, Janacek, Mahler and others.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Old Town and Jewish Ghetto. Experience the very special atmosphere of Prague’s twisty narrow streets and alleys, first stone houses, churches, palaces and monasteries.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

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

Description: Hotel Petr is located in a quiet part of Prague only 15 minutes walking distance or two tram stops from the city center and famous historical sites such as the Charles Bridge and the National Theater. The hotel was built in 1910 and was beautifully restored in 1995. It was newly furnished in 2009, welcoming you for a peaceful night's rest.

Contact info:
Drtinova 17
Prague 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 257314068
web: www.hotelpetr.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, safe box, satellite television, laundry services, air conditioning, coffee & tea making facilities, refrigerator, free WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers 24-hour reception, bar, safe box, free WIFI Internet access, a free computer with Internet in the bar, laundry services (for a fee) and a fax machine (for a fee). Tickets to best cultural events bookable at the front desk via on-line terminal.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
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 Seventeen: Friday, October 02 - Strahov Monastery
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Excursion to the Strahov Monastery, a place where the knowledge of the Czech nation has been concentrated since 1140. We enjoy a private concert.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell gourmet dinner in the pearl of Art Nouveau, the Municipal House of Prague.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eighteen: Saturday, October 03 - 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
Fine Arts MuseumThe 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.
Holocaust Memorial CenterThe Holocaust Memorial Center is dedicated to showing the suffering, persecution and massacre of the Hungarian nationals - mainly Jews and the Roma - who experienced the Holocaust. The museum displays artifacts and documents, and recounts personal stories of Holocaust survivors.
For additional information, visit: www.hdke.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.
Vienna
Belvedere PalaceSee Gustav Klimt's legendary painting, "The Kiss," as well as major works by Schiele und Kokoschka at this magnificent gallery. The building has a baroque palace complex and extensive gardens.
Leopold MuseumThe Leopold collection is one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. More than 5000 exhibits were collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades, which were consolidated in 1994 to become the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. This museum contains the largest Egon Schiele collection in the world, together with major works by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl and Albin Egger-Lienz, and holds masterpieces of the Viennese Secessionist Movement, the Viennese Modernist Movement and the Austrian Expressionist Movement.
For additional information, visit: www.leopoldmuseum.org
Sigmund Freud MuseumFor almost half a century, from 1891 to 1938, Dr. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, lived and worked in his home before he was forced to emigrate following the Anschluss. This house, which was both his office and private apartment, is now a museum. Thanks to Dr. Freud's daughter Anna, the museum holds the original furniture from his waiting room, nearly eighty pieces of Freud's collection of antiques and some of his personal belongings. Also available for viewing in the museum's media room are the few existing original film and sound recordings of Sigmund Freud and his family.
For additional information, visit: www.freud-museum.at
Spanish Riding SchoolHoused in the Imperial Palace, the Spanish Riding School is the only institution in the world which has practiced for 430 years and continues to cultivate classical equitation in the Renaissance tradition of the haute école. The objective is to study the way the horse naturally moves and to cultivate the highest levels of haute école elegance the horse is capable of through systematic training. The result creates an unparalleled harmony between rider and horse, as only Vienna's Spanish Riding School achieves. Performances, morning exercises and guided tours are available.
For additional information, visit: www.srs.at/en/
Krakow
Schindler's Factory MuseumThe Schindler's Factory Museum of Krakow is a new branch of the Historical Museum of Krakow, created in the administrative building of the former Oskar Schindler's Factory of Enameled Vessels. It presents the history of Krakow during the Nazi Occupation.
For additional information, visit: www.mhk.pl
Stained Glass MuseumThe unique Polish Stained Glass Museum not only hosts a permanent exhibition, but also demonstrates the process of creating stained glass which has remained unchanged for centuries. The structure of the building was built specially for the needs of the Krakow Stained Glass Company S.G. Zelenski, and the house's interiors and workshop's equipment have retained their original character.
For additional information, visit: www.muzeumwitrazu.pl
The Bishop Erazm Ciolek PalaceA branch of the National Museum, the Bishop Erazm Ciolek Palace shows a collection of old Polish art. The first floor houses the exhibition of the Art of Old Poland from the 12th-18th centuries, including art from medieval Poland, and Renaissance and Baroque art. On the ground floor there is the exhibition of Orthodox Art of the Old Polish Republic.
For additional information, visit: www.muzeum.krakow.pl
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

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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16 nights of accommodations
43 meals: 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
4 Performances

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