The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Discovering Eastern Europe

May 13 – May 29, 2017

Details

Whether you’re seeking to recapture your ancestral heritage or simply to discover a beautiful and poignant part of the world, this small-group tour is both leisurely and comprehensive, providing a generous overview of five distinctly different nations.

Begin your 17-day tour in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, where sightseeing includes the faithfully rebuilt Old Town and a moving visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum. Explore lively Krakow and tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines. In Budapest take a guided tour and then have time on your own to enjoy the Hungarian capital’s many treasures. Travel along the scenic Danube Bend to Vienna, where you’ll attend a classical music performance and visit majestic Schönbrunn Palace. Continue to old-world Bratislava and dine at the restaurant of a local family. Concluding in the Czech Republic, discover the multi-layered history of elegant Prague.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Groups are limited to 24 travelers to maximize your travel experience
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 15 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 25 meals: 15 breakfasts, four lunches, six dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach 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
  • Warsaw sightseeing
  • Guided visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
  • Wieliczka Salt Mines, and tour of lively Krakow
  • Comprehensive Budapest touring, as well as time on own in this elegant capital city
  • Scenic Danube Bend, with special schnitzel lunch
  • Vienna sightseeing, including Schönbrunn Palace, and a classical music performance
  • Old-world Bratislava
  • Tour of elegant Prague, including Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and Charles Bridge

Dates May 13 – May 29, 2017

Cost $4,597* (Airfare is included from New York or Boston. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level

Operator

Contact Addie Natalie
natalie.6@osu.edu
614-292-2372
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

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Experiences

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Itinerary

After arriving in the Polish capital late this morning, we have free time before we gather for tonight’s welcome dinner at our hotel.

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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.

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.

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.

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This morning we tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This afternoon is at leisure.

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.

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.

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We’re free to discover the “Paris of the East” on our own today.

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.

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.

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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 to explore as we wish.

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 Archbishop’s Palace. After checking in at our hotel, we have time to refresh before dinner tonight at the restaurant of a local family.

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We leave this morning for Prague, proud capital of the Czech Repub­lic. We reach Prague this afternoon and join our tour director for an informal walk through Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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.

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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.

We transfer to the airport early today for our connecting flights to the U.S.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3
Email: natalie.6@osu.edu

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