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CZECH REPUBLIC / POLAND / HUNGARY / AUSTRIA

Treasures of Imperial Cities: Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague

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Program #12259RJ
17 Days | 16 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Apr 30 — May 16, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, April 30 - 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, May 01 - 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, a cradle of Polish culture, a truly romantic city with a labyrinth of charming restaurants, coffee-shops, and museums. Orientation through the Old Market Square often called "Krakow's saloon." Its surroundings have remained unchanged for almost 700 years.

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, May 02 - The Renaissance Sukiennice - Cloth Hall
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy an excursion to the Renaissance Sukiennice, also known as the Cloth Hall, one of the city's most recognizable icons. It is the central feature of the Main Market Square. Explore the Gallery of 19th-Century Polish Art in the Sukiennice, 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).

Visual arts have always been Krakow's forte. Over the centuries the city has bred outstanding painters and sculptors, and has also lured them in to settle within its walls. The world's greatest Gothic sculptor, Veit Stoss, lived and worked in Krakow for nearly 20 years, during which he was devoted to creating the magnificent 42-foot high altarpiece in the Basilica of the Virgin Mary, our first stop this afternoon.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own. A shuttle bus will be provided by your program staff.

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, May 03 - Wawel Castle and Cathedral / Collegium Maius
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A field trip to Wawel Castle and Cathedral, the political and cultural center of Poland until the early 17th century. Admire medieval treasures as well as an unparalleled collection of the once great European art of weaving. Experience magnificent painting-like pictures, some designed by Michael van Coxcie, “the Flemish Raphael."

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Next explore the Collegium Maius, one of Europe's first universities where astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is counted among its alumni. See the room Copernicus stayed in while attending school, with facsimiles of the Italian doctorate he earned. This museum is a sort of cultural repository; famous Poles donate their awards to be displayed here.

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 Five: Sunday, May 04 - 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 is made up of works by Wyspianski, Malczewski, Pankiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz and Kantor.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will get 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.

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, concierge 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 Six: Monday, May 05 - 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 at a local restaurant.

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, concierge 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, May 06 - History and Present Day Life of Hungary
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: One of our celebrated lecturers presents a talk: "History and Present Day Life of Hungary."

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: An afternoon excursion by bus and a short walk around Hero's Square in the Castle District. During the bus ride, we will get acquainted with such sites as the Grand Boulevard, Andrássy Street, City Park and the House of Parliament, and we will crown our day with a picturesque view from the top of Gellért Hill.

Dinner: Dinner cruise on the Danube. As night falls, enjoy such sites as the Chain Bridge, Castle Hill and the New National Theatre from the water's edge.

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, concierge 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, May 07 - Baroque Budapest
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A guided field trip to The Royal Palace of Gödöllö, one of the largest Baroque palaces in Hungary. It is unparalleled for its colorful historical past, and renowned for its style-setting architectural value. Empress Sissy, the wife of Franz Joseph, spent a lot of time here. We will also visit the recently reconstructed Baroque theater, which is the oldest operating stone theater in the country.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own. You may wish to visit one of the traditional thermal bathes. If so, bring a bathing suit!

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: If you wish, you will have the opportunity to attend an evening performance of opera, ballet or symphony.

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, concierge 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, May 08 - The Danube Bend
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: An all day excursion to the Danube Bend by coach. Explore the town of Szentendre during some free time. A small, picturesque baroque-rococo town, Szentendre is the center of the Danube Bend. It is the Episcopal seat of the Eastern Church in Hungary, and is famous for its museums and art galleries.

Lunch: Lunch in a beautiful restaurant called Nagyvillám in the town of Visegrád. Visegrád, a former royal seat, is now a small village of about 2000 inhabitants.

Afternoon: Field trip to Esztergom, the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries. Esztergom has also been the center of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary and today it is the residence of the Archbishop of Hungary. Guided visit to the Picture Gallery of the Christian Museum in Esztergom, and have a look at the largest Roman Catholic Basilica from the Slovakian part of the Danube River.

Dinner: We will enjoy our final dinner in Hungary at a local restaurant in Esztergom.

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 Ten: Friday, May 09 - 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 Eleven: Saturday, May 10 - 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 Twelve: Sunday, May 11 - 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: The Ibis Praha Mala Strana is just a few minutes from the heart of the city, where you can find the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, cozy restaurants and bars. It is also conveniently located next to one of the biggest shopping centers in Prague.

Contact info:
Plzenska 14
Praha 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 222865777
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, telephone, WIFI Internet access,air conditioning, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry services (for a fee), and air conditioning.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Monday, May 12 - 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: Ibis Praha Mala Strana

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

Description: The Ibis Praha Mala Strana is just a few minutes from the heart of the city, where you can find the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, cozy restaurants and bars. It is also conveniently located next to one of the biggest shopping centers in Prague.

Contact info:
Plzenska 14
Praha 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 222865777
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, telephone, WIFI Internet access,air conditioning, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry services (for a fee), and air conditioning.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, May 13 - Architecture of Prague
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A morning discussion and lecture on the architecture 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: Ibis Praha Mala Strana

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

Description: The Ibis Praha Mala Strana is just a few minutes from the heart of the city, where you can find the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, cozy restaurants and bars. It is also conveniently located next to one of the biggest shopping centers in Prague.

Contact info:
Plzenska 14
Praha 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 222865777
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, telephone, WIFI Internet access,air conditioning, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry services (for a fee), and air conditioning.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Wednesday, May 14 - 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: Ibis Praha Mala Strana

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

Description: The Ibis Praha Mala Strana is just a few minutes from the heart of the city, where you can find the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, cozy restaurants and bars. It is also conveniently located next to one of the biggest shopping centers in Prague.

Contact info:
Plzenska 14
Praha 5, 150 00 Czech Republic
phone: +420 222865777
web: www.hotelibis.cz

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, telephone, WIFI Internet access,air conditioning, and hairdryers.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lobby bar with free WIFI Internet access and computer corner, laundry services (for a fee), and air conditioning.

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Thursday, May 15 - 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 and have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes to rooms not accessible by the public.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: Enjoy a gourmet farewell dinner accompanied by piano music at the Cafe of the Municipal House and admire the charm and elegance of this Art Nouveau building.

Lodging: Ibis Praha Mala Strana

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Friday, May 16 - 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
Auschwitz & Birkenau MuseumDrive to Oswiecim and the German Nazi concentration and death camp, the Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum. The site of the camp now houses the Oswiecim State Museum, which displays exhibits and documents concerning Nazi crimes. There will be an opportunity to visit Auschwitz during free time, and can be arranged by your program staff when you arrive on the program. It costs 170 Polish zloty (approx. 50 USD), paid in cash to your Group Leader.
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
Wieliczka Salt MineVisit the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an underground world created by generations of Polish miners for a span of over 700 years. See the rich interior decoration of the chapels, the original linings of the galleries, and the underground salt lakes. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the list of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites. There will be an opportunity to visit the salt mine during free time, and can be arranged by your program staff when you arrive on the program. It costs 200 Polish zloty (approx. 55 USD), paid in cash to your Group Leader.
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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Included
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15 nights of accommodations
42 meals: 15 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
4 Performances

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