Discovering Eastern Europe
Travel with alumni and friends from July 31 – August 15, 2021, on a special 16-day small group tour throughout Eastern Europe. Your odyssey to this remarkable region spans five countries and weaves together the area’s deep history with the monumental events of the 20th century.
Explore significant cultural and historical sites such as Vienna’s majestic Schönbrunn Palace, the unique Wieliczka Salt Mines near Krakow, and the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Space is limited to just 24 guests. Please contact us for more details and to reserve your place on this beautiful tour of Europe!
Dates & Prices:
Dates: July 31 – August 15, 2021
Land-only tour package – $TBA*
Air-inclusive package starting at $TBA* from Boston, New York ($TBA air & land inclusive plus $TBA airline taxes and fees). Please see the brochure or contact us for rates from other cities.
Airline upgrades on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight:
Business Class – $TBA per person; Premium Economy – $TBA per person (upgrades are subject to availability and pricing is subject to change). Upgrade costs are in addition to the economy air-inclusive costs above.
* ALL RATES ARE PER PERSON BASED UPON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY.
A limited number of single occupancy accommodations are available for an additional supplement of $TBA
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Warsaw, Poland
Fly overnight to Warsaw
Day 2: Arrive Warsaw
After arriving in the Polish capital late this morning, we have free time before we gather for tonight’s welcome dinner at our hotel. D
Day 3: Warsaw
Virtually destroyed during World War II, Warsaw was rebuilt in the decades that followed. With the fall of Communism, the city has become more dynamic and progressive while retaining much of its distinct character. We tour this phoenix city today, visiting the faithfully rebuilt Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and the Royal Castle, whose origins date to the late 13th century. We also tour the area of the former Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Cemetery. This afternoon is free for independent exploration; before dinner on our own tonight we enjoy a private classical piano recital. B
Day 4: Warsaw/Auschwitz/Krakow
Today we journey south to the industrial city of Oswiecim – Auschwitz in German – and the concentration camp that is now a museum chronicling the horrors of the Nazis’ Final Solution. We tour Auschwitz and also visit the vast camp at Birkenau before traveling on to Krakow, arriving late this afternoon. B,L,D
Day 5: Krakow
A major center of Polish culture and education, Krakow survived World War II intact, leaving it with more historic buildings and monuments than anywhere else in the country. Its authentic Old Town is a UNESCO cultural site, and the Main Market Square the largest medieval square in Europe. This morning’s tour includes the historic area; St. Mary’s Church; the Royal Chambers of Wawel Castle, seat of royalty for more than 500 years; and Wawel Cathedral, the national church. The remainder of the day is free to explore this charming city independently. B
Day 6: Krakow
This morning we tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The remainder of the day is at leisure. B
Day 7: Krakow/Slovakia/Budapest
Heading south today we travel through the snow-capped Tatra Mountains into the country of Slovakia, where we stop for lunch. Continuing our journey, we reach our hotel in Buda’s elegant Castle District early this evening. B,L
Day 8: Budapest
Today’s half-day tour of the Hungarian capital begins adjacent to our hotel with a visit to Matthias Church, the symbol of Buda’s Castle District, and a stroll around Fisherman’s Bastion for outstanding views of the Pest side of the city across the river. Then we cross the Chain Bridge into Pest where we tour Dohany Synagogue, Europe’s largest. Following an afternoon at leisure, tonight we enjoy a typical Hungarian dinner at a local restaurant. B,D
Day 9: Budapest
We’re free to discover the “Paris of the East” on our own today. B
Day 10: Budapest/Danube Bend/Vienna
Today we pass through the countryside of Western Transdanubia as we travel by coach to Vienna. En route we visit Szentendre, a small town packed with artisans’ shops and a museum showcasing the work of acclaimed ceramicist Margit Kovacs. We continue on to the village of Neszmely where we stop for lunch; we reach the Austrian capital late this afternoon. B,L
Day 11: Vienna
A half-day tour of this jewel of the Habsburg Empire includes a visit to the ornate Vienna Opera House, one of Europe’s grandest; and an inside visit to majestic Schönbrunn Palace. The afternoon is at leisure. Following dinner at a local restaurant we attend a concert of classical music in this most musical of all cities. B,D
Day 12: Vienna Woods
This morning we enjoy a tour of the Vienna Woods, which gained renown during the heyday of the Austrian Empire. We visit the medieval abbey of Heiligenkreuz and the health spa town of Baden before returning to Vienna where the remainder of the day is free. B
Day 13: Vienna/Bratislava
Mid-morning we depart for Bratislava, capital of the independent nation of Slovakia. Upon arrival we embark on a coach and walking tour of the historic Castle area, including a visit to the 18th-century classical-style Archbishops Palace. After checking in at our hotel, we have time to refresh before dinner tonight in the homes of gracious local families. B,D
Day 14: Bratislava/Brno/Prague
We leave this morning for Prague, proud capital of Czech Republic. Along the way we stop for lunch in Brno and a brief tour of the country’s second largest city. We reach Prague late afternoon and join our tour director for an informal walk through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. B,L
Day 15: Prague
We spend the morning exploring the Hradcany (castle) district, home of the distinctive castle towering above the Vltava River. Dating to the 9th century, the castle today is the seat of the president of the Czech Republic. Among the highlights of our tour: a visit to Gothic St. Vitus’ Cathedral and a stroll along Golden Lane, with its picturesque artisans’ cottages. The remainder of the day is free to continue exploring this enchanting city as we wish. Restaurants abound for lunch and dinner on our own today. B
Day 16: Prague
This morning’s visit to Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish ghetto, includes the Old Jewish Cemetery with its centuries-old headstones and generations buried atop one another, as well as several of the once-thriving synagogues now part of the Jewish Museum of Prague. Then the remainder of the day is at leisure, perhaps to stroll through Old Town Square or visit Wenceslas Square, site of the demonstrations that led to the Velvet Revolution. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner in a palace in the Prague Castle complex. B,D
Day 17: Depart for U.S.
We transfer to the airport early today for our connecting flights to the U.S. B
B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included
Please note: This tour involves considerable walking. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.
• Round-trip air transportation from select US cities; all flights within itinerary
• 15 nights accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels
• 25 meals: 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
• Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
• Services of a Professional Tour Director
• Private motor-coach transportation throughout your trip
• Luggage handling for one bag per person
• Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
Not included: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry and telephone calls; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; excess baggage charges on aircraft; transfers and baggage handling to/from hotel on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you have booked as a “land only” participant or if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned in the “Included Features” section of our full brochure.