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

Itinerary for Oct 23 — Nov 8, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, October 23 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Warsaw.

Type: Hotel

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

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

Room amenities: Each room has a radio, telephone, television, climate control, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer at reception.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, October 24 - Explore Warsaw
Morning: Arrive at Warsaw Frederic Chopin International Airport (WAW). Check in at hotel. Time to relax and get settled into your rooms.

Lunch: Light refreshments at the hotel.

Afternoon: Introduction to the program. Orientation excursion in Warsaw, where you will become acquainted with the city that rose from the ashes after WWII. Explore the streets of the Old Town, which was painstakingly restored after its destruction and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant located in the historic Old Town. Before dinner, enjoy a private musical performance by members of the National Opera in Warsaw. Hear music inspired by Poland's capital, including works by Polish-Jewish virtuoso concert pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman. The hero of Roman Polanski's film "The Pianist," Szpilman was the last musician to play on the airwaves of Polish Radio in 1939, and the first to play again in 1945.

Lodging: Ibis Warsaw Old Town

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

Room amenities: Each room has a radio, telephone, television, climate control, free wireless Internet access and a hair dryer at reception.

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, October 25 - Palace on the Water / Chopin Music Concert
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "History of Poland in its European Context." After the lecture, enjoy a panoramic field trip of Warsaw. See the monumental Memorial of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Umschlagplatz, where Jews gathered for deportation to the Treblinka extermination camp. The names of hundreds of people from the ghetto who passed through Umschlagplatz are inscribed on the surface of the monument. Next, take a drive along the Royal Route to the Palace on the Water in the Lazienki Park. Poland's last king, King Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski, designed some of its decor himself. Also see a plaque dedicated to the memory of Wladyslaw Szpilman, hung on the facade of what is known as his last hiding place.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore on your own.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

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

Lodging: Ibis Warsaw Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: 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


Day Four: Sunday, October 26 - Lunch with a local Polish family / Jasna Gora Mon...
Lunch with a local Polish family / Jasna Gora Monastery / Travel to Krakow

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Take in a lecture entitled "The Catholic Church in Poland Under Communism and in the Transition to Democracy."

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

Afternoon: Depart for Krakow via Czestochowa where you will visit the Jasna Gora Monastery, considered a Polish national shrine to the Pope John Paul II and home of the Black Madonna painting, a religious and patriotic symbol for Poles. Many votive offerings have been given to the Black Madonna over the centuries, including swords, sceptors, rosaries made of dried bread in concentration camps, tear-gas cylinders used by the Communists against Solidarity protestors, and a pen donning a picture of John Paul II - the same pen Lech Walesa used to sign the Gdansk agreement in 1980. Lech Walesa himself never went without an image of the Black Madonna adorning his jacket's lapel. Arrive in Krakow, and check-in at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

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

Description: Located in the center of Kraków with 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


Day Five: Monday, October 27 - Krakow / Wieliczka Salt Mine
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Attend a morning lecture: "Jews in Poland Before and After World War II." Then, take a walking excursion through Krakow, the first European city on the UNESCO World Heritage List of the most precious places in the world. Over the centuries, Krakow has not only bred outstanding painters and sculptors, but 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. Admire the magnificent 42-foot high altarpiece he made in the Basilica of the Virgin Mary. Stroll through the Market Square, considered to be one of the largest town squares in Europe. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years. See the Cloth Hall and the burgher's houses, and explore the Collegium Maius, one of Europe's first universities where astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II are counted among its alumni. See the room Copernicus stayed in while attending school, with facsimiles of the Italian doctorate he earned and his enrollment records. This museum is a sort of cultural repository; famous Poles donate their awards to be displayed here. Also see the window where Pope John Paul II would appear to talk with Cracovians during his many pilgrimages to Poland.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

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

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


Day Six: Tuesday, October 28 - Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning, drive 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. Return to Krakow.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Krakow on your own.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant located in the Kazimierz district, the former Jewish quarter of Krakow. Enjoy a Klezmer music concert - a highlight of the evening!

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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: Wednesday, October 29 - Travel to Budapest
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart for Budapest.

Lunch: Picnic lunch en route.

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

Dinner: Welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

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: Thursday, October 30 - Hero’s Square, Castle District / River cruise on ...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the geography and history of Hungary.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

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

Dinner: River cruise on the Danube with buffet dinner.

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

Lodging: 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: Friday, October 31 - Jewish History Walk
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

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

Lunch: Lunch at Spinoza, a Jewish restaurant.

Afternoon: Take in a lecture on Hungary today (sociology, politics).

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

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

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 Ten: Saturday, November 01 - Danube Bend / Szentendre
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to the Danube Bend by bus. Esztergom was the capital of the Medieval Hungarian State for centuries. It has also been the Hungarian center of the Roman Catholic Church and today it is the residence of the Archbishop of Hungary. We will visit the Picture Gallery of the Christian Museum and the largest Roman Catholic church in the country.

Lunch: Lunch at Nagyvillám, a restaurant in Visegrád. Visegrád, a former royal seat, is a small village today with about 2000 inhabitants.

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

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

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 Eleven: Sunday, November 02 - Q&A Information Session with Local Experts
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

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

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

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

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

Lodging: Mercure Budapest Metropol Hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Monday, November 03 - Travel to Prague
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure for Prague.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant en route.

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

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, November 04 - Old Town, Charles Bridge / Boat Excursion
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: Boat excursion with dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, November 05 - Nizbor / Jewish Ghetto
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

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

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We explore the Jewish Ghetto.

Dinner: Enjoy the charm and elegance of Art Nouveau in the Municipal House Café for a gourmet dinner.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Thursday, November 06 - Brevnov Monastery / Prague Castle
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

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

Lunch: Lunch at the Brevnov Monastery.

Afternoon: A visit to the magnificent Prague Castle complex.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes

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

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Friday, November 07 - From the Iron Curtain to the European Union / Con...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: During a lecture, learn how the lifestyle has changed in the Czech Republic as the country has transitioned from the time of the Iron Curtain to its current position as part of the European Union. Discussion to follow.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

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

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seventeen: Saturday, November 08 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Budapest
Classical ConcertYou will have the opportunity to attend a classical concert. More information will be available to you on your program.
Szechenyi SpaVisit the world famous Szechenyi Spa, the oldest and most beautiful thermal bath in Hungary.
Krakow
The Gallery of Polish Art of the 20th CenturyThe Gallery offers focused exploration of the main streams in 20th-century Polish art represented by a selection of over 400 works. Its core is made up of the works by Wyspianski, Malczewski, Pankiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), and Kantor.
Prague
Convent of St. Agnes of BohemiaThe Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia is a wonderful exhibition of medieval art in Bohemia and Central Europe, spanning from 1200 to 1550 AD.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Sternberg PalaceThe value of European art from the Classical Era to the close of Baroque is seen on permanent display, at the Sternberg Palace.
For additional information, visit: www.ngprague.cz
Warsaw
National MuseumThe National Museum houses the greatest Polish collection of ancient and medieval art. Its galleries are home to Egyptian and Mesopotamian artifacts, medieval religious portraits, Venetian paintings, and works by 19th and 20th century Polish masters including Stanislaw Wyspianski, Jan Matejko, and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz.
For additional information, visit: www.mnw.art.pl
Royal CastleThe Royal Castle, formerly the residence of kings and the seat of the Parliament of the Polish-Lithuanian Republic, is a national symbol of Warsaw. It is now a museum, showing sculptures, furniture and paintings from such artists as Bernardo Bellotto. This particular Italian artist created panorama paintings of Warsaw, which are on display at the museum. These paintings survived the war and were of great help in reconstructing the city's historic monuments. Along with the Old Town of Warsaw, the Royal Castle has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For additional information, visit: www.zamek-krolewski.pl
Warsaw Rising MuseumPolish spirit and pride has never been better represented than what can be seen at the Warsaw Rising Museum. A tribute to those who fought and died for Poland's freedom during the resistance, it is an educational and interactive experience including feature films, testimonials, slides and artifacts of Warsaw's residents.
For additional information, visit: www.1944.pl

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