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Central Europe Discovered: Prague, Bratislava and Budapest

Program Number: 15596RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/3/2014 - 9/18/2014; 10/8/2014 - 10/23/2014; 10/15/2014 - 10/30/2014; 4/22/2015 - 5/7/2015; 5/20/2015 - 6/4/2015; 6/3/2015 - 6/18/2015; 9/2/2015 - 9/17/2015; 10/7/2015 - 10/22/2015; 10/14/2015 - 10/29/2015;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: Czech Republic/Slovakia/Hungary
Price starting at: $3,525.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 37; 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 13 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Home to Europe's oldest Jewish ghetto, one of its youngest national capitals and the world’s largest medieval castle, these Central European nations have more to offer than mere superlatives. Trace the history, culture, economics, art and architecture that define and unite these nations, and learn about the amiable split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia and the continuing evolution of all three countries.




Highlights

• Informal meetings with local residents offer personal insight into daily life in Central Europe.
• Enjoy lunch at the Benedictine Wine Cellar of the Brevnov Monastery.
• An excursion to the Great Plain, a most typical Hungarian landscape, introduces the traditional village of Ócsa.



Activity Particulars

Walking on cobblestone streets.



For the 2014 dates, the group will spend days 2-7 in Prague, days 8-9 in Bratislava, and days 10-15 in Budapest.




Date Specific Information

9-3-2014, 10-15-2014

The itinerary for 2014 dates is as follows: Arrival Prague (Czech Republic), 6 nights; coach to Bratislava (Slovakia), 2 nights; river cruise to Devin; coach to Budapest (Hungary), 6 nights; departure. Please see detailed itinerary for specifics.
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10-8-2014

This program date is an Activity Level EASY. This program will involve less walking and additional coaching. Participants must be able to handle their own luggage, climb a few stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach easily and walk a few blocks indoors or out. Aslo, the itinerary for 2014 dates is as follows: Arrival Prague (Czech Republic), 6 nights; coach to Bratislava (Slovakia), 2 nights; river cruise to Devin; coach to Budapest (Hungary), 6 nights; departure. Please see detailed itinerary for specifics.
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4-22-2015

This April departure in 2015 is operated as a small group departure.
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5-20-2015, 6-3-2015, 9-2-2015, 10-14-2015

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10-7-2015

This program date is an Activity Level EASY. This program will involve less walking and additional coaching. Participants must be able to handle their own luggage, climb a few stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach easily and walk a few blocks indoors or out.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Prague (Czech Republic), 5 nights; coach to Bratislava (Slovakia), 3 nights; river cruise to Devin; coach to Budapest (Hungary), 6 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Prague (Czech Republic)
5 nights

In the Golden City, Dr. Zdenek Barta and other scholars lead an inquiry into the many facets of the city’s past and present. See the Charles Bridge, adorned with 30 Baroque statues, and hear about the Czech Republic’s history and geography. Discussions on Prague architecture highlight city excursions to the Prague Castle, Lesser Town and Old Town Square. In the village of Kutna Hora, learn about its historic silversmithing and its cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a classical concert at one of Prague's many famous music venues.



Coach to Bratislava (Slovakia)
3 nights

Prior to 1919, Bratislava was known as Pressburg, though the Slovak capital has been a mixing pot of various nations for centuries. Visit Old Town for a taste of the capital's elegance and charm, as well as Devin Castle, founded in the 13th century, for a panoramic view of the town. Spend a day in Vienna for a guided excursion of the Schönnbrunn Castle, residence of the Habsburg family.



Coach to Budapest (Hungary)
6 nights

University professors discuss the arrival of tribes in the Carpathian Basin and present-day Hungary, including health care, education and culture. Explore the Castle District of Buda, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the small town of Ócsa, whose 13th -century church and village center reflect traditional rural life. Learn about Jewish heritage in Budapest and hear what some residents really think about the nation’s conversion from communism to capitalism. Sample dishes made with the mild paprika pepper.




Accommodations
Prague: Three-star hotel in heart of the Old Town and five-minute walk to Wenceslas Square. Bratislava: Four-star hotel in city center and just a 10-minute walk from Bratislava Castle. Budapest: Boutique hotel in center of city and close to the St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Synagogue and the Danube River.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tomas Brychta

A native of Prague, Tomas Brychta has been a coordinator, leader and instructor of Road Scholar programs in the Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1992. He is the owner and CEO of Scantravel, an agency focused on educational services for foreign visitors to the Czech Republic, and is also the owner of the Hotel Petr in Prague. Travel is a passion for Tomas, and he has not only visited almost all of Europe, Egypt, Turkey, Uganda, India, North America, the former Soviet Union, and New Zealand, but speaks Czech, English, German, and Russian. When not spending time with his family, Tomas enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, yachting and, of course, Road Scholar programs!
 
Attila Melegh

Attila Melegh is a sociologist, economist and historian. He is head of the International Studies Program at Tomori Pál College, Budapest, and also associate professor at Corvinus University. He has taught in the United States, Russia, Georgia and Hungary. He also works for the Demographic Research Institute as senior researcher. His personal research focuses on the sociological and historical aspects of globalization as well as international migration. Atilla is author of books in English and Hungarian, and over a hundred scientific publications. He has lectured for Road Scholar since 1992.
 
Miklós Vörös

Miklós Vörös is a sociologist and cultural anthropologist, cultural heritage and cultural policy expert, and adjunct professor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences in Budapest and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and is currently writing his dissertation which will complete a Ph.D. in cultural history from the University in Pécs. He has published extensively in Hungarian, English, and German, edited three volumes in the fields of anthropology and cultural sociology, and acted as a cultural policy expert and consultant in government institutions and non-governmental organizations. Miklós has been a Road Scholar lecturer since 1998 and thoroughly enjoys the discussions that follow his lectures on Hungarian social history and contemporary politics.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
  Prague, Czech Republic 5 nights
   Mercure Bratislava Centrum
  Bratislava, Slovakia 3 nights
   Hotel Benczúr
  Budapest, Hungary 6 nights
 Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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

 Mercure Bratislava Centrum
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: This new 4-star hotel features 175 uniquely designed contemporary rooms. The hotel is located in the city center just a 10-minute walk from the Bratislava castle and the downtown pedestrian shopping area.
  Contact info: Zabotova 2
Bratislava,  811 04 Slovakia
phone: +421 259292111
web: www.mercure.com
  Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, radio, coffee and tea making facilities, WIFI Internet access (for a fee), mini bar, safe box, hair dryer and air conditioning.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, air conditioning, WIFI Internet access (for a fee), fitness room, safe box, and dry cleaning.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Benczúr
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: Hotel Benczúr is situated on Benczúr Street, which lies parallel to the World Heritage Site of Andrássy Avenue. Aside from its excellent central location, the hotel is still referred to as a "green island," shut away from the noise of the city in a quiet and elegant neighborhood. Within walking distance are such sites as City Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, Heroes' Square, the Contemporary Art Gallery, Széchenyi bath and Vajdahunyad Castle.
  Contact info: Benczúr u. 35
Budapest,  1068 Hungary
phone: +36 1 479 5650
web: www.hotelbenczur.hu/en
  Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, air conditioning, safe, WIFI Internet access and a hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, safe, laundry facilities (for a fee), ATM, public pay phone, fax and copy machine (for a fee), shop, beer garden and computer in the lobby with Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: N/A Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 1-800-241-1404
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Prague, Czech Republic. 5:00 PM in hotel lobby. You will be staying at Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town that night.
  End of Program:
Budapest, Hungary. Following breakfast on the last day. You will be staying at Hotel Benczúr the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses are available to Prague.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Prague
  Nearest highway: D1 (Bratislava)
  Nearest airport:  Ruzyne
  Transportation to site: Take the AAA taxi service from the airport directly to the hotel. There is an information desk in the arrival hall of the airport. Price is according to the taxi meter, so make sure that the driver has it turned on (approx. 600-650 CZK).
  From End of Program
  Location:  Budapest
  Nearest city or town:  In city center
  Nearest highway: Multiple highways in all directions.
  Nearest airport:  Budapest Liszt Ferenc.
  Transportation from site: Take the airport shuttle bus. It costs approx. 3280 HUF/person (approx. 15 USD). Or take a taxi, which costs approx. 7654 HUF/cab for 3 people (approx. 35 USD). It takes about 30-45 minutes to get from the hotel to the airport, depending on traffic.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: In Transit
(Wednesday, September 2)
   
 In Transit: International overnight flight to Prague.

Day 2: Welcome to Prague / Introduction
(Thursday, September 3)
   
 Morning: Arrive at Prague airport (PRG) and transfer to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Arrive at hotel and settle in. Meet at 5:00 PM for a general meeting and introduction to the program.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner in hotel dining room.
 Evening: Free time to rest and get over jetlag, or explore the area on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Prague City Excursion / Dinner Cruise
(Friday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: An excursion brings us through the Old Town, a unique part of Prague, where we find the impressive Old Town Square, the center of all events since the early Middle Ages. The stone houses, churches, palaces, and monasteries in combination with the twisty narrow streets and alleys create a very special atmosphere. We will also see the Charles Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges in Europe, adorned on both sides with a total of thirty Baroque statues.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Discussion and lecture on Prague's architecture. Learn about the important architectural styles found throughout Prague, such as; Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, Neo-styles, Art Nouveau and Cubism.
 Dinner: Enjoy your dinner on a boat excursion down the Vltava River.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Prague Castle
(Saturday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Explore the Prague Castle complex where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of the Czech Republic (and Czechoslovakia) have had their offices. Prague Castle is one of the largest castles in the world (according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the largest ancient castle) and dates back to the middle of the 9th century.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Discussion and lecture on the history and geography of the Czech Republic. Follow the Czech Republic’s timeline from communism to freedom and democracy as we learn about Czech princes and kings, Habsburg emperors and Czech presidents. Special attention will be given to Czech / Slovak relations. 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: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cesky Stenberk / Kutna Hora
(Sunday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our morning excursion takes us to Kutna Hora, a town renowned for its silver mines. The historical center with its former mint and the Cathedral of St. Barbara is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
 Lunch: Lunch in Kutna Hora.
 Afternoon: Excursion to Cesky Stenberk, one of the most important Bohemian castles, founded in 1240. We will admire its magnificent location, strong fortification system and rich stucco decorations as well as the collection of ancient furniture and porcelain.
 Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Brevnov Monastery / Jewish Ghetto
(Monday, September 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We depart for an excursion to the Brevnov Monastery, the oldest monastery in Bohemia. Here, we listen to a lecture on the history of the religious situation in the Czech Republic. Learn how radical changes in religion have affected the Czech Republic from the past to the present.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served in the Benedictine Wine Cellar of the Brevnov Monastery.
 Afternoon: We will visit the Jewish Town. The former Jewish Ghetto is a noteworthy quarter of Prague that boasts worldwide significance.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in the Pearl of Art Nouveau, the Municipal House.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Prague Old Town
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bratislava
(Tuesday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Departure for Bratislava.
 Lunch: Lunch in Hustopece.
 Afternoon: Welcome to Bratislava. Arrive at hotel and settle in. We will become familiar with one of the youngest capitals in Europe, the city of Bratislava, situated on the banks of the Danube River. Bratislava has been a mixing pot of various nations and nationalities who lived together in peace and harmony. During our excursion through the Old Town we will feel the atmosphere of the capital's elegance and charm.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Bratislava Centrum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Vienna
(Wednesday, September 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: After a short bus transfer, you will spend an exciting day in Vienna. Enjoy a guided field trip to Schönnbrunn Castle, the residence of the Habsburg family.
 Lunch: Lunch at a typical Viennese restaurant.
 Afternoon: Take an expert-led walk through the inner city to see some of Vienna's highlights, including the State Opera, Stephan's Cathedral and the Imperial Palace.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Bratislava Centrum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Explore Bratislava
(Thursday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Our lecture will discuss the history and politics of the Slovak Republic. We will also hear from “the other side” about the split of Czechoslovakia. We will consider what joins and what divides two Slavonic nations that are so geographically and historically close, and in what ways they choose to maintain their identities. In the Bratislava Castle, founded in the 11th century, we will have an opportunity to admire a panoramic view of the town. The Cathedral of St. Martin, where Maria Theresa was crowned Queen of Hungary, stood witness to a golden era in Pressburg (Bratislava's former name) when the city served as capital of the Kingdom of Hungary over the course of 300 years.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to discover Bratislava on your own.
 Dinner: Our stay in the former Czechoslovakia concludes with a farewell dinner.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Bratislava Centrum
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Danube cruise
(Friday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We cruise on the Danube river to Devin Castle.
 Lunch: Lunch at a country restaurant in Devin.
 Afternoon: Continue to Budapest by coach. Arrive at the hotel in Budapest.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Following dinner there will be a short general information meeting.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Budapest City Excursion
(Saturday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Listen to a lecture on the history of Hungary. Follow 1100 years of Hungarian history, beginning in 896 when the Hungarian tribes arrived at the Carpathian basin through modern day.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided sightseeing excursion as we travel by bus and on foot to Buda and Pest, the former separate towns of the now united Budapest. Admire the castle in the district of Buda, a World Heritage Site, as we venture over bridges and avenues to learn about different architectural styles and everyday life in this cosmopolitan city.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Hungarian National Museum or Folk Art Museum / Meeting Local People
(Sunday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: We will be presented with a sociology lesson to inform us about how people live in Hungary today. Topics to be covered will include work, education, housing, health, society, politics and other important factors.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a guided excursion through either the Hungarian National Museum or the Folk Art Museum. The choice is yours!
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Putting the theory of our morning lecture into practice, we will embark on a journey through different homes in Budapest to talk informally with family members and see how they live.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Jewish History Walk
(Monday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Jewish history walk. Budapest has the largest Jewish community in Central Europe and today we will explore their former district. On our morning field trip, we will pass synagogues, memorial statues and historic buildings as we learn about their past and present.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps you would like to take a walk, or visit the local market.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening concert.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Kecskemét / Ócsa
(Tuesday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: A guided excursion to the Great Plain, the most typical Hungarian landscape, will introduce us to the pretty art-nouveau buildings in Kecskemét.
 Lunch: Enjoy a country-style lunch at a local restaurant in Kecskemét, the regional center of the area.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon in the small town of Ócsa, whose 13th century church, village museum and village center reflect traditional rural life.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Group Discussion / Free Time
(Wednesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: Informal group discussion with local experts.
 Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy at your leisure. Perhaps you would like to go to the spa, or visit a museum.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner on a river cruise on the Danube.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Benczúr
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Departures
(Thursday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room or take a packed breakfast to go.
 Morning: Transfers to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc airport (BUD) for departures.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Budapest Great Market Hall
The covered Great Market Hall was built more than 100 years ago. The sheer size and splendor of the 3-story hall makes it one of Budapest's top attractions. There are restaurants, cafes and buffets, along with crafts and famous Hungarian paprika available to purchase.
  Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Fine Arts, one of the major art galleries of Central Europe, has more than 100,000 artifacts. They are divided up amongst six collections: Egyptian Art, Classical Antiquities, Old Master Paintings, Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, and Art after 1800. It is the main collection in Hungary of non-Hungarian works of art. For additional information, visit www.szepmuveszeti.hu
  Szechenyi Baths, Spa, Swimming Pool
The Szechenyi Baths, Spa, and Swimming Pool is the largest wellness complex in Central Europe. It uses curing thermal water, and is located both outdoors and in historic buildings.
  Prague Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia
The 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 Palace
The 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 Palace
The Trade Fair Palace holds magnificent art from the 20th and 21st centuries. An English audio-guide is available, and a glass panoramic elevator enhances your view of this art all the way to the 5th floor. For additional information, visit www.ngprague.cz
  Bratislava Primatial Palace
The Primatial Palace, regarded as the most beautiful Classicist building in Bratislava, was built in 1778. Entry to the palace offers visitors the chance to see its famous Hall of Mirrors, the scene of many historic events, most notably the signing of the Peace of Bratislava following Napoleon's victory over Austria-Hungary at the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. For additional information, visit www.gmb.sk
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