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Program #20189RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.

Itinerary for Oct 20 — Nov 1, 2014

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Day One: Monday, October 20 - In Transit
In Transit: Overnight flight to Europe.

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

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: Tuesday, October 21 - Arrival in Vienna / Hotel Check-in / Orientation ...
Arrival in Vienna / Hotel Check-in / Orientation / City Excursion / Welcome Dinner

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 2:00 p.m. You will have some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session.

Orientation: 4:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

During free time, the Group Leader will often be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.

Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We begin getting to know Austria’s capital city during a motorcoach excursion with commentary along the "Ringstrasse" -- the circular boulevard where city walls once stood around the Innere Stadt (Inner City). In 1857, Emperor Franz Joseph ordered the demolition of Vienna's medieval fortifications and ramparts to make room for expansion. The resulting magnificent boulevard, officially opened in 1865, was soon lined with mansions of the nobility and wealthy as well as important political and cultural institutions such as the Hofburg (royal palace), Parliament and Town Hall, the prestigious State Opera and Burgtheater, the University and the Museum of Fine Arts, one of the leading museums in the world. Today it recalls the glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dinner: We will have our welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants then settle in, relax, and get a good night's sleep for tomorrow.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: 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

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: Wednesday, October 22 - History of Art and Architecture in Vienna / Inner...
History of Art and Architecture in Vienna / Inner City Walking Field Trip / Free Afternoon and Evening

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room, enjoy a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals.

Morning: An expert-led lecture on the history of art and architecture in Vienna prepares us for a walking field trip through the inner city. Compare and contrast historical and contemporary architecture. You will see the most significant sites from the State Opera to the Imperial Palace with the Court Library (an architectural masterpiece from the Viennese Baroque) to the Looshaus -- built in the “Wiener Moderne” style -- as well as outstanding examples of extensions and conversions of existing structures.

Lunch: Enjoy an authentic taste of Vienna in the city’s most famous coffeehouse, the splendid Café Central, part of the Palais Ferstel, that once housed the Vienna Stock Exchange and the Austro-Hungarian central bank. A Viennese institution since 1876, the Café was a meeting point for important figures in the arts, literature, politics and science from all over Europe.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon: Your Group Leader will provide suggestions and guidance. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Highly recommended is the Museum of Fine Arts which houses one of the greatest art collections in the world and reveals the taste of the royal House of Habsburg. Over centuries, they collected precious and important paintings by celebrated Old Masters.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. In Vienna, you will have an abundance of options! The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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

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: Thursday, October 23 - Viennese Baroque at St. Charles Church / Free Aft...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will explore another part of the Inner City, ending at the magnificent Karlskirche -- St. Charles Church -- considered the finest example of Baroque architecture in Vienna and one of the city’s most admired buildings. This was the final creation of architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, whose mastery of the Baroque had a profound influence.

Lunch: Today we have lunch at Zum Huth, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Viennese beisl (bistro) with hearty regional fare and seasonal ingredients.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. We recommend the Belvedere, a complex of two Baroque palaces, Oberes (Upper) and Unteres (Lower). The renowned art collection includes masterpieces from the Middle Ages and Baroque in the Unteres Belvedere and works from the 19th Century to the present day in the Oberes Belvedere. Here you can see art by renowned Austrian painters including the largest collection of Gustav Klimt works featuring his world-famous painting “Der Kuss” (The Kiss).

In the early evening, we re-group and rendezvous at the Loft Bar on the roof of the Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom-Stilwerk, a visionary multi-purpose building opened in 2010, designed by top architects at Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

Dinner: This dinner has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: Free Evening. Vienna is a city of music. If you would like to attend a concert on your own, the Group Leader will provide information about available events and how to obtain tickets.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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

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: Friday, October 24 - Vienna 1900 / Vienna Secession Field Trip / Museu...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A local expert will discuss “Vienna 1900.” This was one of the cradles of modernism at the turn of the 20th century. Notable phenomena of the period included the city’s coffee house culture, composers and cabaret artists, Freud’s psychoanalysis, the daring experiments of the Wiener Werkstätte -- a community of architects, artists and designers -- and not least, the scandals surrounding the Vienna Secession, that extraordinary group of artists who broke away from the prevailing classical conservatism in art and architecture. While Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka were the leading artists-painters-designers, it was the Art Nouveau architect Otto Wagner and modernist Adolf Loos who developed new styles that departed from the historicism of the Ringstrasseand its period architecture.

With this background, we set out for the day on a field trip via subway and walking to the Secession building at Karlsplatz. When originally constructed in 1898, the Vienna Secession building -- designed by Joseph Olbrich -- had this motto set in gold above its doorway: "Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit." (For every time its art. For art its Freedom.). It was the perfect motto for this group of architects, artists, painters, and sculptors separating themselves from the state-sponsored status quo to promote modernism in the arts and crafts. To pursue this goal, they had to build their own exhibition space, which became a physical icon of the movement. Both the movement and their building were derided at the time, but had a profound impact on Viennese culture. The Secession today is regarded as the pinnacle of Art Nouveau style.

Lunch: Lunch at the Café Museum, originally designed by Adolf Loos.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we explore the Museum for Applied Arts -- “Museum für angewandte Kunst” in German -- commonly called MAK. Founded in 1864 as the Imperial and Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, it has maintained a commitment to bringing together applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art. The extensive collection includes furniture, glass, china, silver, and textiles from the Middle Ages to the present.

Afterwards, you will have some free time to stay on at the museum or explore more of Vienna on your own. The Group Leader will lead the way back to the hotel for anyone who would like to return.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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

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: Saturday, October 25 - Vienna's Great Artists / Private Lecture and Conc...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With our local expert, learn more about the famous Viennese artists Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka, who were prominent at the turn of the century. Their works are collected in the Leopold Museum.

Afterwards, enjoy free time. You might wish to explore the Leopold Museum which houses one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art in the world. Exhibitions trace artistic trends and developments from the Vienna Succession through Expressionism with major works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Continue to make your experience in Vienna highly personal as you see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: As a special highlight, enjoy a private lecture-concert for our group by noted musicologist and flutist Julia Auer, accompanied by a member of one of Vienna’s leading orchestras.

Lodging: Austria Trend Hotel Lassalle

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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

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: Sunday, October 26 - Vienna Interior Design Field Trip / Architecture ...
Vienna Interior Design Field Trip / Architecture in the Vienna Suburbs / Steinhof Church / Heurige Dinner

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning's field trip walks us through the history of Viennese interior design. Enjoy a visit to the Lobmeyr Glassmuseum and the Boulevard Theater Annahof. Originally a cabaret theater, the Annahof was purchased in 2008 by a private company, which discovered during renovations original wallpaper designed by Otto Prutscher of the Wiener Werkstätte. The theater was restored to its original state and is used as a shop.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Via motorcoach, we explore the Vienna suburbs of Hietzing and Penzing, driving past buildings designed by Max Fabiani, Joze Plecnik, and Otto Wagner, before arriving at the extraordinary Kirche am Steinhof (Steinhof Church) on the crest of Baumgartner Hill. The "Steinhof" (stone yard) was a psychiatric hospital, and this magnificent church -- constructed from 1902-07 -- was its chapel. It was designed by Otto Wagner, one of the most important architects of Jugendstil/Art Nouveau.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a "Heurige" -- a typical wine inn in one of the villages outside of Vienna -- with wine of the current vintage and a tasty buffet featuring traditional Viennese dishes.

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 Eight: Monday, October 27 - Depart Vienna / Excursion in Trebon / Arrive Pra...
Depart Vienna / Excursion in Trebon / Arrive Prague for Hotel Check-in / Guided Orientation Walk

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Following hotel check-out, we depart for Prague via motorcoach with a welcome to Bohemia in Trebon, a charming and historic town in the Czech Republic close to the border. Trebon dates back to the 12th Century and was later owned by the Habsburg and Schwarzenberg families.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Trebon.

Afternoon: After arrival in Prague, we check in at the hotel with some time to fresh up and relax before our next activity. Late in the afternoon, we will have an introduction to the Prague program followed by a guided orientation walk.

Dinner: We will dine out at a restaurant near the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

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 Nine: Tuesday, October 28 - Hradcany Castle District / Prague Castle / Prague...
Hradcany Castle District / Prague Castle / Prague Lesser Town / Charles Bridge / Free Evening

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A local historian will discuss art and architecture of Prague from the 9th-18th centuries.

We then take an expert-led field trip to Hradcany, also known as the Castle District, the neighborhood surrounding Prague Castle that includes noble residences and other historic sites. Founded circa 880 C.E., the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, reputed to be the most extensive ancient castle in the world. The large-scale palace complex comprises royal residences, churches, a monastery, and gardens.

Lunch: We will have lunch at a restaurant next to St. Vitus Cathedral, where the Vikars brewed beer during the time of Charles IV, second King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor during the 14th Century.

Afternoon: A leisurely walk through the gardens of Prague Castle takes us to the Malá Strana (literally “little side” translated as Lesser Town) and Charles Bridge. Founded as a royal town in 1258, this is one of the most historic and beautiful places in all of Prague. The Charles Bridge is named for our old friend King Charles IV. It was the only connection between the Lesser Town on the left bank of the Vltava River and the Old Town on the right for centuries. The bridge played a critical role at several points in Bohemian history and is renowned today for numerous statues along the balustrade, including many from the Baroque era.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. There will be a variety of cultural events you may enjoy on your own, with suggestions and directions from program staff.

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 Ten: Wednesday, October 29 - Dancing House / National Gallery in Prague / Free...
Dancing House / National Gallery in Prague / Free Afternoon / Vltava River Dinner Cruise

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Commencing our narrated motorcoach field trip, we will see a Prague rarity, a dramatically modern building designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunic and American Frank Gehry: Tancící dum -- called Dancing House for its exuberantly bold “deconstructionist” bends and curves that pop out of the surroundings. (Supposedly, the architects considered calling it the “Fred and Ginger” building after Astaire and Rogers.)

We then proceed to the Trade Fair Palace. The Czech national art collection is displayed in several different historic sites. The largest of these is the National Gallery in Prague (Národní galerie v Praze), housed in a modern “Functionalist” exhibition hall from the 1920s known as the Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní Palác), the largest gallery space in Prague with the city's finest collection of paintings, objects of art, statues, and other exhibits featuring art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Here, we will view many works by French artists such as Delacroix, Courbet, Sisley, Pissaro, Monet, Seurat, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall, Rousseau, Picasso and Rodin. We will also become familiar with Czech Fine Art featuring works by Kuaka, Drtikol, Filla, Zrzavy, Spala, Lada, Trnka, Sudek, Knizak (the present director of the gallery) and Pistek (Academy Award winner for costumes in “Amadeus”).

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Program staff will provide guides with maps for an optional self-guided exploration.

Dinner: We re-group for a "panoramic" dinner cruise on the Vltava River.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

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 Eleven: Thursday, October 30 - Music in Prague / Old Town / Free Afternoon and E...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: A musicologist will trace Mozart’s triumphs in Prague as well as “local” world renowned composers Smetana and Dvorák.

Afterwards, explore the most famous and picturesque part of the medieval city on a guided walking field through the Old Town with its medieval Astronomical Clock.

Lunch: Lunch at Café Orient in the Cubist House of the Black Madonna.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity to see and do what interests you most. Program staff will provide maps for an optional self-guided exploration through Josefov, the historic Jewish Quarter.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure. There will be a variety of cultural events you may enjoy on your own, with suggestions and directions from program staff.

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 Twelve: Friday, October 31 - Estates Theatre / Free Afternoon / Farewell Dinne...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning we take a behind-the-scenes field trip to one of the most beautiful and historic theatres in Europe, the Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo). Operating continuously since 1783, its exceptional heritage includes numerous links with W. A. Mozart, whose music was exceedingly popular with Prague audiences. Two of his greatest operas debuted here: “Don Giovanni” with Mozart himself conducting, and “La Clemenza di Tito.”

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Continue to make your experience in Prague highly personal as you see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. We recommend the Mucha Museum, housed in the Baroque Kaunický Palace and dedicated to the life and work of acclaimed Czech artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), a master of Art Nouveau.

Dinner: We re-group for a delightful farewell dinner, an opportunity for conviviality with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Share your favorite experiences, then get a good night's sleep for departure in the morning.

Lodging: Hotel Petr

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Saturday, November 01 - Program Concludes, Departures
Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Departures for onward travel.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vienna
Concert HallThere are many concert halls in Vienna, including the State Opera, Volkstheater, Musikverein, Konzerthaus and Kursalon. See your program staff for concert options.
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/
The Albertina GalleryThe Albertina Gallery has one of the largest and most valuable graphical collections in the world, with works such as Dürer's "Hare" and Klimt's studies of women. Its latest exhibition presents masterpieces of modern art, spanning from Monet to Picasso and Baselitz. As Hapsburg's largest residential palace, the Albertina dominates the southern tip of the Imperial Palace on one of the last remaining fortress walls in Vienna. It is next to the State Opera.
For additional information, visit: www.albertina.at
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

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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23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
14 Field trips

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