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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
5,399
Flights start at
875
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
5,399
Flights start at
875
Program No. 12259 RJ
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DATES & starting prices
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May 4 - May 21, 2021
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5,699
May 11 - May 28, 2021
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5,699
May 25 - Jun 11, 2021
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5,699
Jun 8 - Jun 25, 2021
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5,699
Sep 7 - Sep 24, 2021
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5,699
Sep 14 - Oct 1, 2021
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5,699
Sep 21 - Oct 8, 2021
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5,699
Oct 5 - Oct 22, 2021
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5,699
Oct 12 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
5,699
Nov 2 - Nov 19, 2021
Starting at
5,399
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 4 - May 21, 2021
Starting at
6,699
May 11 - May 28, 2021
Starting at
6,699
May 25 - Jun 11, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Jun 8 - Jun 25, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Sep 7 - Sep 24, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Sep 14 - Oct 1, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Sep 21 - Oct 8, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Oct 5 - Oct 22, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Oct 12 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
6,699
Nov 2 - Nov 19, 2021
Starting at
6,199

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 10 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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Jana Pivonkova
Jana Pivonková was born in Tábor in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic. After studying at a hotel school in Prague, she worked at a travel agency in Cedok for 14 years and also organized sporting events for soccer, tennis, and ice hockey. Jana has been leading English- and German-speaking groups around Prague and abroad for over 30 years, and has worked with Road Scholar for over 20 years. She loves history, gardening, dancing and the accordion, and her travels include Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia and Japan.

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

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Janina Naskalska-Babik was born in Krakow, where her family has lived for three generations. She is passionate about sharing her beautiful hometown and has been a licensed city leader for 10 years. She is intrigued by the history and heritage of the constantly changing Krakow, especially by its almost vanished, once lively and large Jewish community. Janina also keeps a photo blog documenting her discoveries called Krakuska Krakow City Guide. She is married to another local, and they have two children who keep her busy.
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Srdjan Boskovic lives in Novi Sad, Serbia, graduated from the University of Novi Sad, gained a curator certificate from the Museum of Vojvodina and became a travel professional in Serbia. He is fluent in Serbian, English and Croatian. As a historian, Srdjan’s greatest passion is history, how people and events of the past shape the future. He likes sharing different points of view, opinions and experiences with others. He loves animals as well, and with his dachshund, he enjoys spending time outside.
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Jana Pivonkova View biography
Jana Pivonková was born in Tábor in Southern Bohemia, Czech Republic. After studying at a hotel school in Prague, she worked at a travel agency in Cedok for 14 years and also organized sporting events for soccer, tennis, and ice hockey. Jana has been leading English- and German-speaking groups around Prague and abroad for over 30 years, and has worked with Road Scholar for over 20 years. She loves history, gardening, dancing and the accordion, and her travels include Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia and Japan.
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Ildikó Annamária Jámbor View biography
Ildikó is a certified group leader in Hungary for English, Spanish, German and Hungarian speaking groups, as well as a licensed Spanish-Hungarian interpreter. After university, she worked for 9 years as a leader and interpreter with Spanish clients. She then worked for 3 years as an HR advisor. Following this, she worked in the Hungarian Parliament, leading Hungarian and international visitors. Ildikó works at the Museum of Fine Arts of Hungary, specializing in Old Masters, and leads private groups in Budapest and the surrounding area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
by Andrew Wheatcroft
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.





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