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Eastern Europe

The Best of Central Europe: Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague

Immerse yourself in the exquisite artistry of four of Europe’s great cities, gaining a comprehensive understanding of historical monuments, cultural treasures and world-class art.
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Program No. 12259RJ
Length
18 days
Starts at
6,499
Flights start at
1,000
Eastern Europe

The Best of Central Europe: Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, Prague

Immerse yourself in the exquisite artistry of four of Europe’s great cities, gaining a comprehensive understanding of historical monuments, cultural treasures and world-class art.
Length
18 days
Starts at
6,499
Flights start at
1,000
Length
18 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
6,499
Flights start at
1,000
Program No. 12259RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 11 - Apr 28, 2023
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6,649
Apr 18 - May 5, 2023
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6,649
May 2 - May 19, 2023
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6,749
May 9 - May 26, 2023
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6,749
May 16 - Jun 2, 2023
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6,749
Jun 6 - Jun 23, 2023
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6,749
Jun 13 - Jun 30, 2023
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6,749
Jun 20 - Jul 7, 2023
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6,749
Sep 5 - Sep 22, 2023
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6,749
Sep 12 - Sep 29, 2023
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6,749
Sep 19 - Oct 6, 2023
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6,749
Oct 3 - Oct 20, 2023
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6,749
Oct 10 - Oct 27, 2023
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6,749
Oct 17 - Nov 3, 2023
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6,649
Oct 31 - Nov 17, 2023
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6,499
Nov 7 - Nov 24, 2023
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6,499
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 11 - Apr 28, 2023
Starting at
7,649
Apr 18 - May 5, 2023
Starting at
7,649
May 2 - May 19, 2023
Starting at
7,799
May 9 - May 26, 2023
Starting at
7,799
May 16 - Jun 2, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Jun 6 - Jun 23, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Jun 13 - Jun 30, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Jun 20 - Jul 7, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Sep 5 - Sep 22, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Sep 12 - Sep 29, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Sep 19 - Oct 6, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Oct 3 - Oct 20, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Oct 10 - Oct 27, 2023
Starting at
7,799
Oct 17 - Nov 3, 2023
Starting at
7,649
Oct 31 - Nov 17, 2023
Starting at
7,399
Nov 7 - Nov 24, 2023
Starting at
7,399

At a Glance

From the elegance of a Chopin polonaise in Krakow to the grandeur of the Habsburg’s summer palace in Vienna, embark on an exquisite journey to learn about Central Europe’s most artistically rich cities and the great thinkers and creative geniuses who called them home. Private concerts, viewings of world-class art collections and in-depth discussion of some of Europe’s leading intellectuals create a detailed portrait of these royal capital cities.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Please note that although the activity level of this program is Keep the Pace, it is a long program, traveling to four different countries over the span of 18 days. Terrain includes cobblestones, city streets and uneven ground; short uphill walks; standing at museums; many unavoidable stairs; use of public transportation.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy a private concert at the Strahov Monastery and explore the monastery library.
  • Admire the illuminated city of Budapest on an evening river voyage along the Danube River, passing such important sights as parliament, Chain Bridge and Castle Hill.
  • Explore Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence and one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria.
Featured Expert
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Klara Pogatsa
Klara Pogatsa is a passionate traveler who has led Road Scholar groups in Hungary and through the Balkans. She earned degrees in economics and international communication, and she currently teaches English to adults.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Klara Pogatsa is a passionate traveler who has led Road Scholar groups in Hungary and through the Balkans. She earned degrees in economics and international communication, and she currently teaches English to adults.
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Anna Pivonková grew up in Prague and studied German at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. Anna is a passionate drummer – she plays the West African drum djembe and accompanies African dance lessons. Apart from music, she is interested in history, architecture and modern art, especially if related to Prague. She is a licensed Prague group leader who loves meeting new people, good conversation and traveling.
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Julia Lasek was born in Tarnobrzeg, a town in south-east Poland. Although the neighborhood she grew up in was modern, there was an old Jewish cemetery in its midst. She pursued a degree in Jewish studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, from which she graduated in 2004. During her studies, she learned Hebrew and Yiddish, wrote her thesis on Jewish architects in pre-war Krakow, and studied at the faculty of international studies and politics. In 2005, Julia became a professional city leader.
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Dr. Lukas Husa was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he still lives. He studied history with a specialization in economic and social history at the University of Vienna, completing his master’s degree in 2014. He studied at both the University of Vienna and Chiang Mai University in Thailand for his PhD. While pursuing his academic studies, he also studied to be a travel leader in Vienna and Austria. Dr. Husa has greatly enjoyed showing people from all over the world his beautiful home.
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Timea Howard was born in Budapest and has lived there for all her life. Timea pursued a degree in business management and worked in advertising for 20 successful years. Following a life-changing ski accident, she decided to pursue her love of Budapest, history and languages by becoming an official group leader. Since receiving her certification as a group leader in 2015 in English and Italian, Timea has shared her city with visitors from all over the world.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
The Haunted Land, Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism
by Tina Rosenberg
In this groundbreaking book, a journalist reports on how the newly democratized people of East Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have confronted the horrors of their former governments.
The Magic Lantern, The Revolution of '89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague
by Timothy Garton Ash
With a chapter each on Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, this eyewitness account by an astute journalist and historian shows these vibrant cities during a time of great change.
Kingdom of Auschwitz
by Otto Friedrich
Otto Friedrich's slim book is an intensely personal account of the infamous Auschwitz death camp. He covers the entire history of Auschwitz in short chapters punctuated with eyewitness accounts and testimonies.
Vienna, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Donald Daviau
Organized by neighborhood, these 15 alluring tales introduce both the city and its writers, including Arthur Schnitzler, Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig and even Franz Kafka, who had a long and complicated association with the city.
Central Europe Map
by Freytag & Berndt
This colorful regional European map, like the sister map Europe Grand Tour (EUR185), covers from Paris and Amsterdam to Vienna, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Rome and Dubrovnik.
Mozart, A Life
by Paul Johnson
Challenging myths surrounding Mozart’s health, religion and relationships, biographer Paul Johnson shows the great composer’s lasting impact on the musical world with insight.
Open Letters, Selected Writings: 1965 - 1990
by Vaclav Havel, Paul Wilson (Editor)
This inspired anthology of writings by the Czech poet-president Vaclav Havel collects 25 essays, letters and speeches written between 1965 and 1990, including those that directly influenced the Polish Solidarity movement.
Prague, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Paul Wilson (Editor)
This anthology of 24 vivid stories by Czech writers, both contemporary and well-known, brings the city, history, spirit and people to life.
Bury Me Standing
by Isabel Fonseca
This marvelous portrait of the Roma, also known as the Gypsies, offers insight into their music, foods, religions and folk traditions and also examines their influential but complex relationship with Eastern Europe.
Danube
by Claudio Magris
Mixing history, personalities and literature, Magris traces the course of the Danube from its source in the heart of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the Balkans to the Black Sea in this anything but conventional travelogue, first published in 1986.
Prague in Black and Gold, Scenes from Life in a European City
by Peter Demetz
Both a history and an accessible guide to the neighborhoods and architecture of the city.
Danubia, A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
by Simon Winder
Winder, author of Germania (GER270), considers the legacy of the Habsburg Europe in this charmingly digressive history and travelogue.
The Hare With Amber Eyes
by Edmund De Waal
Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of his remarkable family, a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in early 20th-century Paris and Vienna.
A Time of Gifts
by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Fermor effortlessly interweaves anecdote, history and culture in this exuberant account of a walk from Holland, up the Rhine and down the Danube, through Germany, Prague and Austria in 1933. Written not in the moment, but 40 years later, the accumulation of time and experience gives the book particular poignancy.
The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
by Andrew Wheatcroft
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
Budapest 1900
by John Lukacs
Written by a distinguished historian and native son, this richly detailed portrait of the city at its zenith includes hundreds of illustrations.
A Nervous Splendor, Vienna 1888-1889
by Frederic Morton
A portrait of Vienna at the end of the 19th century, this book focuses on Crown Prince Rudolph, his devastating suicide and the rich texture of gossip and daily life at the Habsburg Court.
Dvorak and His World
by Michael Beckerman
A fascinating view of the Czech composer's personal life and his influence on the world around him.
Budapest, A Cultural History
by Bob Dent
This brilliant guide introduces the history and traditions of this Central European cultural capital, with emphasis on its most important artists and architects.
Lonely Planet Central Europe
by Lonely Planet
With dozens of maps, color photographs and sections on history and culture, this practical guide introduces Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and their neighbors.





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