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
18 days
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From the elegance of a Chopin waltz 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
Terrain includes cobblestones, city streets, and uneven ground; short uphill walks; standing at museums; many unavoidable stairs (in 2017, this includes 200 stairs at the Wieliczka Salt Mine). Participants should expect to use 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 visit the monastery library.
  • Admire the illuminated city of Budapest on an evening river cruise along the Danube, 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.
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Sándor Striker
Sándor Striker is an associate professor on the faculty of education and psychology of the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. He teaches classes in cultural theory and comparative adult education. As a former research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, he was invited to work for the Ministry of Culture and Education on democratic cultural legislation after the introduction of a multi-party parliamentary system in Hungary in 1990. Sándor is also founding director of the Hungarian Cultural Center in London.
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