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Behind the Old Iron Curtain: Eastern Europe (18 Days)

Experience Eastern Europe in all of its complexity–from imperial palaces to World War II sites to cool clubs and cafes. Start in the lovely two-sided city of Budapest. Then journey west along the Danube, stopping in the art-inspired village of Szentendre. Continue on to Vienna, unrivaled for its beauty and majesty. Head north to see the castles and cathedrals of Prague. Following a journey to Poland, with visits to medieval Krakow and modern Warsaw, you'll end your tour in Berlin, where it all started with its famed wall.
Your Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price may vary based on choice of additional gateways)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 three-course dinners with wine or beer
  • 16 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Full-time Tour Coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour
  • Select admissions with priority entry
  • Penitentiary Heidering Prison in Berllin or Kurim Prison in Brno (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)

Budapest on the Danube River at Night

Bratislavsky Hrad Fortress

Viennese Heurigen

Prater Ferris Wheel in Vienna

Prague-City of 100 Spires

Wawel Hill in Krakow

Berlin Arch

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Price: $5,601.00 (2018) based on double occupancy, plus optional $394.00 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates
 September 2021 (GRCZ0921)

 August 2022 (GRCZ0822)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner

~ The major landmarks of both Buda and Pest, including stops at Heroes Square, the Parliament building, Castle Hill, Fisherman’s Bastion, and the medieval Matthias Church

~ "A Walk Behind the Iron Curtain" to discover the turbulent, tragic and heroic history of the communist period in Budapest as provided in a guided sightseeing tour, including Liberty Square, the U.S. Embassy, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Book Café, and the House of Terror, where victims of communism and fascism in Hungary were taken 

~ An optional excursion to experience the dramatic history of Unicum liqueur, Hungary's national drink, produced uninterrupted from a secret formula of over 40 herbs, since 1790, and followed by a traditional multi-course Hungarian dinner with paired wine-tasting ($95/pp)

~ A brief stop in Szentendre, an artist colony on the banks of the Danube, for a guided tour and shopping 

~ Vienna, home of chocolates, cafes, parks and pastries, including a guided tour highlighting the Opera House, the majestic monuments of the Ringstrasse and the Hofburg

~ An evening that begins atop Vienna's Prater Ferris Wheel, then heads to the picturesque village of Grinzing where a festive night of music, food and entertainment at a traditional Austrian Heurigen, or wine tavern, will be held

~ Bratislava for a guided tour of the Slovakian capital, including a stroll along cobblestone streets of its Old Town, the  Brastislavsky Hrad, a hilltop 18th-century castle overlooking the Old Town, and a visit to the famous Hall of Mirrors inside the pink Primates’ Palace

~ A drive through the pastoral landscapes of Bohemia, with a stop in Moravia to visit Chateau Lednice, and the medieval town of Mikulov

~ A stop in Brno, the second-largest city in the Czech Republic, for a brief tour and shopping (this stop will be in lieu of Mikulov only when a visit to Kurim Prison is scheduled) 

~ Kurim Prison in Brno and/or Penitentiary Heidering in Berlin (Correctional/ Law Enforcement Officials only)

~ Why Prague is known as the City of One Hundred Spires, as a guided tour takes vistors to Prague Castle, the Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral, the medieval lanes of the Old Town, Wenceslas Square, and the elegant Charles Bridge

~ A walking tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter, featuring a visit to Europe’s oldest synagogue, nestled between the Vltava River and Old Town Square, the Golem myth, and the Quarter’s remains, which survived devastation during World War II and oppression during the Communist era

~ An optional excursion to visit Château Sychrov, a 17th-century Baroque estate for a tour, including the gallery of French kings and the château’s manicured grounds, before a dinner and private recital of classical Czech music ($139/pp)

~ A guided sightseeing tour of Kraków, including Wawel Hill and Wawel Cathedral, where Polish kings were crowned, and where Pope John Paul II once served as archbishop, as well as Glowny Square, the beautiful Sukiennice Cloth Hall and Jagiellonian University

~ A visit to the chilling site of Auschwitz and Birkenau, Nazi concentration camps responsible for the extermination of more than four million people during World War II

~ A guided tour of Warsaw, a city all but destroyed during World War II,  but painstakingly rebuilt since 1944, including the Palace of Stanislaw Poniatowski, and Old Town with its Starego Miasta Square, lined with Renaissance facades and baroque townhouses

~ An optional excursion for a traditional Polish dinner in a Warsaw restaurant followed by a Chopin recital, to experience Chopin’s genius firsthand by a pianist who plays some of his greatest masterpieces ($99/pp)

~ Sightseeing tour of Berlin, Germany's vibrant cultural center, including the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Museum and East Side Gallery

~ An insider's walking tour of World War II Berlin, highlighting the rise and fall of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich, including the Wilheimstrasse area, where the Luftwaffe was headquartered, former headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery, and the Fuhrerbunker

~ Potsdam, the lavish former royal residence of the kings of Prussia and the German Kaisers until 1918, and the site of the Potsdam Conference, where the post-war administration divided up Berlin for the Allies

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 2.5 Hours
Average Activity Level: Easy to Moderate (mostly flat terrain, including paved and unpaved roads, cobblestone streets, and some hills and stairs)

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