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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
5,799
Flights start at
925
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 3 - May 20, 2022
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May 10 - May 27, 2022
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May 17 - Jun 3, 2022
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Jun 7 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jun 14 - Jul 1, 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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Sep 20 - Oct 7, 2022
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Oct 4 - Oct 21, 2022
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Oct 11 - Oct 28, 2022
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Nov 1 - Nov 18, 2022
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Apr 5 - Apr 22, 2022
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6,679
May 3 - May 20, 2022
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6,829
May 10 - May 27, 2022
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6,829
May 17 - Jun 3, 2022
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Jun 7 - Jun 24, 2022
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Jun 14 - Jul 1, 2022
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Sep 6 - Sep 23, 2022
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6,999
Sep 13 - Sep 30, 2022
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6,999
Sep 20 - Oct 7, 2022
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Oct 4 - Oct 21, 2022
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6,999
Oct 11 - Oct 28, 2022
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6,999
Nov 1 - Nov 18, 2022
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6,799

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.
The Habsburgs, Embodying Empire
by Andrew Wheatcroft
With skillful scholarship and engaging style, Wheatcroft reveals the history of this family of eccentric monarchs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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(5)

excellent program with a variety of places to see.

(5)

This trip was wonderful. It was so nice to spend time in each city and see many places with small amount of time traveling between cities. I personally found it to be interesting to explore countries that had been under Nazi, Communist, and now Republic forms of government and to be able to talk to people who had lived through this,

(5)

Everyone needs to got to Auschwitz & Birkenau in their lifetime! It is never too late.

(5)

This program is a value-packed, comprehensive look at the people, history and culture of four great cities of central and eastern Europe - not to be missed!

(5)

High quality guides and lecturers in a workable sized groups. The emphasis is on learning while seeing and experiencing highlights of the places being toured. The quality of these trips provides the opportunity for insight and new awareness.

(5)

Loved staying 4 nights in each city at really well located hotels. The highlight for me was going to a performance in Vienna that featured ballet, orchestra and opera...what an enchanting evening.

(5)

Great trip. Wonderful support & logistics. We learn more than we would have in any other situation. Overall, very reasonable. We will do it again.

(5)

I gained so much insight into post work war II in Central/Eastern Europe. Saw first hand what i remembered reading in History books but with much more realism and humanism. A terrific tour led by terrific guides.

(5)

The tour of central Europe is an excellent way to learn about these four countries and cities in the company of interested travelers assisted by excellent tour guides.

(5)

I loved this trip. It was my first Roadscholar trip and I was quite impressed. I learned quite a lot and am very happy. Things were well organized and the hotels and meals were great.

(5)

This was a great trip exploring 4 wonderful cities of Central Europe. Lots of walking on cobblestones so comfortable shoes are a must. Interesting itinerary exploring these areas from a cultural, historical, artistical and gastronomical perspective. Loved all 4 cities and the drive from Krakow to Budapest through the countryside. There were a number of musical programs including an absolutely enchanting piano performance in the Franz Liszt Museum by an outstanding pianist. It was a small group which worked best with this particular itinerary. Highly recommend this trip particularly to those interested in the history of these 4 nations.

(5)

Come to Central Europe to learn about four unique and important cultures and survey their history and culture. This was an amazing trip that significantly broadened my sense of world history, art, music and culture. The trip was well-paced as long as you enjoy walking – and yes, there were some steps in many of the buildings although most had elevators to help. The food was very good and exposed us to local favorites in each of the countries. The program leader, local guides and lectures were all excellent.

(5)

Learn about a part of Europe that was closed off for decades by the USSR and what that experience was like. Each city/country has a unique culture but an overlay of the same history, rulers and wars. Also learn about our country's positive contribution to their recent history. Outstanding leaders, lecturers, field-trips and performers will dazzle you.






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