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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
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18 days
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5,799
Flights start at
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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.
Length
18 days
Starts at
5,799
Flights start at
925
Program No. 12259 RJ
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Apr 5 - Apr 22, 2022
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May 10 - May 27, 2022
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May 17 - Jun 3, 2022
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Sep 6 - Sep 23, 2022
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5,999
Sep 13 - Sep 30, 2022
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5,999
Sep 20 - Oct 7, 2022
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Apr 5 - Apr 22, 2022
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May 10 - May 27, 2022
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Nov 1 - Nov 18, 2022
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
by Andrew Wheatcroft
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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18 days
17 nights
39 meals
16 B 11 L 12 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Krakow, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Krakow
D
Novotel Krakow Centrum

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Orientation. 5:00 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. For example; please confirm Unless otherwise noted, dinners on this program are typically a 3-course set menu and lunches on this program are typically a 2-course set menu. Breakfasts will offer a typical European-style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea, and water. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Krakow is the residence of Polish kings and is the first European city to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. For centuries, Krakow flourished due to its political status, and as a leader in the development of commerce, craft, art and science. A cradle of Polish culture, Krakow is truly a romantic city with a labyrinth of charming restaurants, coffee shops, and museums.

Dinner: We will enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Wawel Castle & Cathedral, Collegium Maius
Krakow
B,L
Novotel Krakow Centrum

Activity note: Approximately 3.5 hours of standing and walking throughout the day, about 1/2 mile between each location. Motorcoach will be available for 1 mile transfer to hotel after Old Market Square visit.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: The 16th century brought Krakow to a state of unprecedented splendor. At the hotel, we will hear a lecture on Krakow as a center of art and culture. Following the lecture, we will walk to Wawel Castle and Cathedral, a symbol of national pride and a testament to the golden times in the “City of Kings.” We’ll explore the unparalleled collection of magnificent 16th-century Flemish tapestries including works by Michiel van Coxcie, the “Flemish Raphael,” and the breathtaking interior of the cathedral, which stands as a collective work of Italian genius.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The Collegium Maius, one of Europe's first universities, is an incredible place of history and human advancement. The motto "Plus ratio quam vis,” which means "Reason over force,” is inscribed on the portal leading to the Copernicus Room. The inner courtyard, surrounded by 15th-century arcades, is one of Krakow's most magical sites. After your visit, continue on foot to the Old Market Square, one of the largest medieval Europe squares in existence. Its surroundings have remained unchanged for almost 700 years.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Auschwitz & Birkenau
Krakow
B,L,D
Novotel Krakow Centrum

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach, driving approximately 1 hour each way to Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum, 15 minutes from dinner to hotel. Approximately 3.5 hours of standing and walking during scheduled activities.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Enjoy free time this morning before departing for Oswiecim. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: By motorcoach, we will visit the Auschwitz & Birkenau Museum, a symbol of the Holocaust. The site of the camp houses the museum, where documents concerning Nazi crimes are exhibited. A local expert will lead us through the camp and museum. We will then return to Krakow. On the way to the restaurant for dinner, don’t miss the Jan Karski Memorial Bench. The monument was erected in honor of the legendary emissary of the Polish Underground, known for his efforts to alert the Western Allies of the Nazi genocide during WWII.

Dinner: We will dine in the Kazimierz District, the ancient heart of Jewish Krakow, where we will taste Jewish cooking delicacies and enjoy a nostalgic klezmer music concert.

Evening: During dinner, we will enjoy a klezmer concert. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
5
Icons of Polish Modernism & Avant Garde
Krakow
B,D
Novotel Krakow Centrum

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach, driving 20 minutes to Czartoryski Museum. Approximately 3 hours of standing and walking throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will enjoy a field trip by motorcoach to the Czartoryski Museum, a branch of the National Museum located in the Old Town. See the painting "Landscape with the Good Samaritan" by the great Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Also see "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo da Vinci, a supreme example of a Renaissance genius. Krakow is one of only a few places in the world that prides itself on having a painting by the old masters' old master.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We’ll then continue our exploration of Krakow with a visit to one of its pearls, the Franciscan Basilica, with its gorgeous Art Nouveau interiors designed by Krakow's native son, Stanislaw Wyspianski. Besides covering the walls with sophisticated floral motifs, the artist also designed all of the stained glass windows, including the famed “God the Father.” Before dinner, we will attend an evening concert of Chopin’s music at a nearby hotel entitled "Frederic Chopin, a Poet of the Piano." In Poland, Chopin’s music defines a nation and the country's long struggle for independence. Described by German composer Robert Schumann as "cannons hidden among blossoms", it is the quintessence of Polish romanticism. No one before Chopin, nor anyone since, has been able to create a sonic universe from the melodies and rhythms surrounding Poles.

Dinner: We will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Welcome to Budapest
Budapest
B,L,D
Continental Hotel Budapest

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach, driving about 250 miles, or 7 hours, with a stop for lunch.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will checkout and travel by motorcoach from Krakow to Budapest. We will see magnificent views as we cross the Carpathian Mountains, traveling through southern Poland and eastern Slovakia, to enter Hungary from the north.

Lunch: We’ll enjoy a light lunch at a local restaurant en route.

Afternoon: Upon arrival in Budapest, we will check-in and get settled. We will gather for a general information meeting, and then take an orientation walk in the neighborhood of the hotel to get acquainted with the area.

Dinner: We will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant with wine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Heroes' Square, Andrassy Avenue, Pest
Budapest
B,D
Continental Hotel Budapest

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach for transfers between all locations, about 2 hours onboard all day. Approximately 3 hours of standing and walking throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will start our exploration at Heroes’ Square, where we will get an overview of 1000 years of Hungarian history in a nutshell. We’ll take a stroll around the Vajdahunyard Castle and explore the City Park, then discover Andrassy Avenue, the most beautiful avenue of Budapest. We’ll receive insight into the golden age of Budapest with an expert-led visit to the former apartment of world-famous composer Ferenc Liszt, at the Old Music Academy.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: We will continue by bus to discover the neighborhood of the National Theater and the Palace of the Arts, an award-winning piece of modern Hungarian architecture. We’ll also take an orientation bus ride of the city with expert commentary. Afterwards, on our walk to dinner, we will pass by the Great Synagogue on Dohany Street, the second-largest synagogue in the world.

Dinner: We will enjoy a meal at a local restaurant in the Jewish quarter. During dinner, local guests will join us for open discussion.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Szabó Ervin Library, Downtown Pest
Budapest
B,L
Continental Hotel Budapest

Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation; riding about 1/2 hour. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 1 hour total. Approximately 3 hours of standing and walking throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will walk through the Palace District and visit the beautiful palace, built for Count Frigyes Wenckheim, today the Metropolitan Szabó Library. During an expert-led visit, we will learn about the history of the building and the library, as well as have a private view of some precious items of the Budapest collection dating from the 15th to the 18th century. Then we will take the tram to Kossuth Square to explore the monuments around Hungarian Parliament, and walk through the Liberty Square, which has several monuments connected to our recent history. We’ll learn about the Hungarian Art Nouveau movement by viewing the magnificent roof of the National Bank in Hungary.

Lunch: At a restaurant in downtown Budapest.

Afternoon: We will visit St. Stephen's Basilica, the largest church in Budapest.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure. This evening you may wish to attend an optional concert. Your Group Leader will give additional information during the program.

DAY
9
Castle District, Royal Palace
Budapest
B,L,D
Continental Hotel Budapest

Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation; riding about 20 minutes. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 1/2 hour. Approximately 3.5 hours of standing and walking throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the day with a panel discussion by two acclaimed local speakers. Then we’ll depart by public bus to the Castle District, beginning with an expert-led field trip to the Hungarian National Gallery, located within the Royal Palace. Its collections cover Hungarian art in all genres, including works of many 19th- and 20th-century Hungarian artists.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will continue with an expert-led walk in the Civilian Town, the northern part of the district, including a visit to the Fisherman's Bastion and the Matthias Church. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy on your own. We will meet at the hotel and transfer by motorcoach to board a ship for a dinner cruise.

Dinner: We will say goodbye to Budapest during a farewell buffet dinner cruise on the Danube. Hot and cold dishes, dessert, and 1 glass of wine or beer included.

Evening: We’ll spend the evening relaxing and enjoying the city view from the boat. Then, disembarking and riding by motorcoach, we’ll say goodbye to Budapest with a magnificent view from the top of Gellért Hill.

DAY
10
Welcome to Vienna
Vienna
B,L,D
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving 2.5 hours to Vienna. Getting on/off public transportation; riding about 20 minutes. Walking up to 2 hours in Vienna's old town, plus a 15-minute walk to and from the dinner restaurant.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checkout, we will travel by motorcoach from Budapest to Vienna, arriving in the late morning. We will check into the hotel.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We convene for a general orientation meeting, followed by a first acquaintance with the old town. Arriving by public transportation, we will explore on foot 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. We’ll also step inside the cathedral and learn about its history and architecture from a local expert. We'll walk along Graben, one of the most elegant streets in Vienna, with its magnificent baroque monument "Trinity Column," and we'll explore the area around Hofburg Palace, the former residence of the Habsburg family. During our walk, we’ll learn about the medieval history of the city.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner in Vienna at a local restaurant that is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Understanding Austria, Imperial Vienna
Vienna
B,L,D
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation; riding under 1/2 hour total. Getting on/off motorcoach; riding about 2 hours. Approximately 2 hours of standing and walking throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will enjoy a lecture at the hotel entitled "Understanding Austria." Until the fall of the Habsburg dynasty after the WWI, Austria was a major power in Central Europe in various state guises. Although many Austrians did not consider the remaining small remnants of the former empire viable, contemporary Austria has become one of the most prosperous and stable member states of the European Union. We’ll learn about the development of Austria into a highly industrialized country. Then have an expert-led 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 many large former palaces from the past nouveau riches of the day. The excursion will continue on to the UN Quarter of Vienna.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will enjoy an expert-led field trip to Schönbrunn Palace, the glamorous summer residence of the Habsburg family and a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. We will visit the main courtyard, the palace interior, and the best part of the Baroque park area, where we will have a photo stop.

Dinner: At a local restaurant. Please note that the group will depart for dinner and this evening's concert at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: We will attend an evening concert at the Kursalon music hall, designed by Johann Garben in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Further details will be provided when they are available.

DAY
12
Treasures of the Habsburgs, Free Time
Vienna
B
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Activity note: Getting on/off public transportation; minimal riding. Walking/standing about 2 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will attend a lecture this morning at the hotel: "Treasures of the Habsburgs." The Habsburg dynasty created Vienna's major cultural institutions. One of them is the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Art). We’ll enjoy an expert-led visit of the museum, which 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: Explore local fare on your own for lunch.

Afternoon: Free time to discover Vienna on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own in one of the many Viennese cafés.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Great Musicians of the Vienna Classic, Belvedere Palace
Vienna
B,L,D
Austria Trend Hotel Ananas

Activity note: Approximately 3 hours of standing and walking throughout the day. There are many stairs up to Steinhof Church. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving 2.5 hours. Getting on/off public transportation; riding under 1 hour.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will 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. We’ll listen to a delightful selection of works by these composers. Later in the morning, we will have an expert-led overview by motorcoach 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: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We will next visit the Belvedere Palaces, including the Museum of Austrian Art in Upper Belvedere. We'll see works by such artists as Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, and more.

Dinner: We will enjoy our farewell dinner on the outskirts of Vienna at a Heuriger, a traditional wine tavern. Enjoy music, local food, and a glass of local wine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Welcome to Prague
Prague
B,L,D
K+K Hotel Central, Prague

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 4 hours to Prague, with a stop in Trebon. Minimal walking.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will transfer from Vienna to Prague by motorcoach. En route, we will take a field trip to Trebon, a charming and perfectly preserved South Bohemian historical town with a rich history that goes back to the 12th century. We’ll enjoy its old town and the picturesque houses and medieval atmosphere of its square, Masarykovo Namesti, with our Group Leader.

Lunch: At a local restaurant Trebon.

Afternoon: We will arrive in Prague, check into the hotel, and settle in. We will take part in a general information meeting.

Dinner: We will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Old Town & Jewish Ghetto, Music in the Czech Republic
Prague
B,L
K+K Hotel Central, Prague

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 1/2 hour. Getting on/off public transportation; riding under 1/2 hour. Approximately 3 hours of standing and walking throughout the day. Terrain in the Old Town and Jewish Ghetto includes cobblestone, city streets, and uneven ground.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will take a field trip to the Old Town and Jewish Ghetto to experience the very special atmosphere of Prague’s twisty narrow streets and alleys, first stone houses, churches, palaces and monasteries. The former Jewish Ghetto is a noteworthy quarter of Prague. We’ll continue to explore the Lesser Town. Malá Strana (literally “little side,” translated as Lesser Town), was founded as a royal town in 1258, and is one of the most historic and beautiful places in all of Prague.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near the Charles Bridge.

Afternoon: We will walk over the picturesque Charles Bridge, named for our old friend King Charles IV. It was the only connection between the Lesser Town on the left bank of the Vltava River and the Old Town on the right for centuries. We will continue on to the Museum of Czech Music, where we will enjoy a lecture from a local expert focusing on such artists as Smetana, Dvorak, Martinu, Janacek, Mahler, and others.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Architecture of Prague
Prague
B,L,D
K+K Hotel Central, Prague

Activity note: New safety rules and regulations for entry into Prague Castle require that we show a copy of your passport before entering. Please bring a copy of your passport with you on your program. Getting on/off motorcoach; riding about 1 hour. Approximately 2-3 hours of standing and walking throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will enjoy a discussion and lecture at the hotel on the architecture and fine arts of Prague, featuring all-important Prague styles: Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Classicism, and respective revival movements, particularly concentrating on architecture of the 20th century: Art Nouveau, Cubism, and Functionalism. Then we will explore Prague’s breathtaking architectural treasure, Prague Castle. Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site, reputed to be the most extensive ancient castle in the world. The large-scale palace complex comprises royal residences, churches, a monastery, and gardens.

Lunch: At a local restaurant at Prague Castle.

Afternoon: We’ll continue exploring Prague Castle before returning to the hotel, with some free time before dinner. We will meet at the hotel and take a motorcoach to board a ship for a dinner cruise.

Dinner: We will enjoy dinner aboard a boat on the Vltava.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Strahov Monastery, Free Time
Prague
B,D
K+K Hotel Central, Prague

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving 1 hour total to/from monastery. Walking about 1.5 hours total.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out on a field trip to the Strahov Monastery, a place where the knowledge of the Czech nation has been concentrated since 1140. Here we will enjoy a private concert from local musicians.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area on your own. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: We will enjoy a farewell gourmet dinner in the pearl of Art Nouveau, the Municipal House of Prague.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Program Concludes
Prague
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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