Post Soviet Democratization in Eastern Europe

DAY 1: Fly overnight to Hungary.

Day 2 (Budapest):  Arrive in Budapest.  Meet your travel director and transfer to your hotel.  Explore this vibrant city on a one hour Segway tour before enjoying dinner.

Day 3 (Budapest):   Explore the ancient capital of Buda with a local guide, with stops at Gellert Hill, with breathtaking views of the city, the Castle district, the Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. This afternoon, visit to Memento Park to to see statues from the former socialist regime that once held prominence in public places. Enjoy dinner this evening.

Day 4 (Budapest):  Discover Pest, the eastern part of the capital, with visits to Parliament, the largest building in Hungary, City Park, Heroes’ Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica and the ominously named House of Terror today. After an optional afternoon lecture, enjoy dinner.

Day 5 (Budapest):  See the city’s Jewish quarter on foot today, stopping to visit to the synagogue.  Immerse yourself in an Eastern European tradition with an afternoon visit to a spa and thermal bath, followed by a visit to the Zwack Unicum Visitors’ Center. Enjoy dinner this evening.

Day 6 (Bratislava):  Travel to Vienna for a tour that includes highlights such as the State Opera House, Hofburg and Parliament, plus a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace. Continue to Bratislava by hydrofoil on the beautiful Danube River. Enjoy dinner this evening.

Day 7 (Bratislava):  A morning guided visit of this city at the crossroads of international trade includes a drive around Bratislava Castle and a walk along the route of the coronation procession, with stops at St. Martin’s Cathedral and the neoclassical Primate’s Palace. Enjoy dinner this evening.

Day 8 (Bratislava):  This morning, visit ancient Devin Castle, which was heavily militarized prior to the Velvet Revolution, then delve into Europe’s divided history on a walk along the Iron Curtain Trail. Enjoy dinner this evening.

Day 9 (Krakow): Today, travel to Olomouc, the historical capital of Moravia and a city important to the region’s religious past. Enjoy lunch in Olomouc instead of dinner.

Day 10 (Krakow):  Explore Krakow, one of the most culturally and politically significant cities in Eastern Europe, with a guide this morning.  Visits include Wawel Castle and Cathedral. Your travel director will provide you with in-depth look at the city’s Jewish District in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner in the evening.

Day 11 (Krakow):  This morning, hop in a Trabant car, a symbol of the Eastern bloc, and visit one of only two entirely pre-planned socialist realist cities in the world, Nowa Huta.  In the afternoon, travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which has been continuously producing salt since the 13th century. Enjoy dinner in the evening.

Day 12:  Travel to the airport for your return flight to the United States.