10 or 12 days
Budapest, Krakow, Prague, extension to Vienna

No longer trapped behind the Berlin Wall, the Eastern Bloc shines once again on the world stage.

Today, the vibe in Eastern Europe is intoxicatingly upbeat, and its cities are moving fast towards the future. Beneath fortified castles and at humbling stops like Auschwitz and Krakow’s Jewish Quarter, Eastern Europe offers thrills and history unfiltered.

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Hungary

  • Day 2: Budapest

    Arrive in Budapest

    Take a walking tour of Budapest

    • Fisherman's Bastion
    • Parliament

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 3: Budapest

    Take a guided tour of Budapest

    Visit Matthias Church

    Take a river cruise

  • Day 4: Budapest

    Free time in Budapest

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Budapest Baths

    Budapest Baths

    Budapest has several nicknames, like the Paris of East or the Pearl of the Danube, and also the City of Spas. Indeed, there are so many natural warm spring waters under the city (imagine a cauldron topped with some layers) that Budapest has had several great thermal baths for many centuries. The Turkish baths along the river Danube are still functional and much favored. But more than a thousand years before the Turks, the Romans and even before them, the Celts have been enjoying the warm spring waters as baths, healing waters and drinks.
  • Day 5: Krakow

    Travel through Slovakia and the Tatra mountains to Krakow

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 6: Krakow

    Take a guided tour of Krakow

    • Jewish Ghetto

    Visit Wawel Cathedral

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Krakow Salt Mines

    Krakow Salt Mines

    Discover a subterranean labyrinth of giant caverns, underground lakes and chapels on this half-day guided excursion. The salt mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has existed for 900 years. Descend into the earth on a mining elevator and explore chambers where miners and artists have crafted salt sculptures and bas reliefs. Comfortable shoes and warm clothes are recommended.

  • Day 7: Prague

    Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau

    Travel to Prague

  • Day 8: Prague

    Take a guided tour of Prague with your Local Guide

    • Charles Bridge

    Visit St. Vitus Cathedral

    Visit the Golden Lane

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Jazz on the River cruise

    Jazz on the River cruise

    See the musical side of Prague as you join an evening walking tour of the city’s most famous music clubs. Afterward, admire the illuminated sights of the city to the tune of a jazz cruise along the Vltava River.

  • Day 9: Prague

    Take a walking tour of Prague

    • Old Town Square
    • Astronomical Clock

    Free time in Prague

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Kutná Hora

    Kutná Hora

    To learn that a rustic medieval mining town formerly named “Bohemia” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is not too surprising. But to learn that the church within the town is decorated with the bones of 40,000 people—some of which have been turned into chandeliers and royal crests—is somewhat of a shocking discovery. This ossuary is a chilling but beautiful homage to mortality, and is just one of the many wonders in this beautiful town.

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Vienna

    Travel to Vienna

    Take a walking tour of Vienna

    • Opera House
    • Kärntnerstrasse
    • St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    Enjoy a Wiener Schnitzel dinner

  • Day 11: Vienna

    Take a guided tour of Vienna

    • Ringstrasse
    • Rathaus
    • Hofburg Palace

    Visit Schönbrunn Palace

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this trip?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Hungary

  • Day 2: Budapest

    Arrive in Budapest

    Take a walking tour of Budapest

    • Fisherman's Bastion
    • Parliament

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 3: Budapest

    Take a guided tour of Budapest

    Visit Matthias Church

    Take a river cruise

  • Day 4: Budapest

    Free time in Budapest

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Budapest Baths

    Budapest Baths

    Budapest has several nicknames, like the Paris of East or the Pearl of the Danube, and also the City of Spas. Indeed, there are so many natural warm spring waters under the city (imagine a cauldron topped with some layers) that Budapest has had several great thermal baths for many centuries. The Turkish baths along the river Danube are still functional and much favored. But more than a thousand years before the Turks, the Romans and even before them, the Celts have been enjoying the warm spring waters as baths, healing waters and drinks.
  • Day 5: Krakow

    Travel through Slovakia and the Tatra mountains to Krakow

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 6: Krakow

    Take a guided tour of Krakow

    • Jewish Ghetto

    Visit Wawel Cathedral

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Krakow Salt Mines

    Krakow Salt Mines

    Discover a subterranean labyrinth of giant caverns, underground lakes and chapels on this half-day guided excursion. The salt mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has existed for 900 years. Descend into the earth on a mining elevator and explore chambers where miners and artists have crafted salt sculptures and bas reliefs. Comfortable shoes and warm clothes are recommended.

  • Day 7: Prague

    Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau

    Travel to Prague

  • Day 8: Prague

    Take a guided tour of Prague with your Local Guide

    • Charles Bridge

    Visit St. Vitus Cathedral

    Visit the Golden Lane

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Jazz on the River cruise

    Jazz on the River cruise

    See the musical side of Prague as you join an evening walking tour of the city’s most famous music clubs. Afterward, admire the illuminated sights of the city to the tune of a jazz cruise along the Vltava River.

  • Day 9: Prague

    Take a walking tour of Prague

    • Old Town Square
    • Astronomical Clock

    Free time in Prague

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Kutná Hora

    Kutná Hora

    To learn that a rustic medieval mining town formerly named “Bohemia” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is not too surprising. But to learn that the church within the town is decorated with the bones of 40,000 people—some of which have been turned into chandeliers and royal crests—is somewhat of a shocking discovery. This ossuary is a chilling but beautiful homage to mortality, and is just one of the many wonders in this beautiful town.

    Enjoy dinner

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Vienna

    Travel to Vienna

    Take a walking tour of Vienna

    • Opera House
    • Kärntnerstrasse
    • St. Stephen’s Cathedral

    Enjoy a Wiener Schnitzel dinner

  • Day 11: Vienna

    Take a guided tour of Vienna

    • Ringstrasse
    • Rathaus
    • Hofburg Palace

    Visit Schönbrunn Palace

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Interested in learning more about this trip?

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Urban Environments & Culture in Eastern Europe
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Amazing Experience

This trip was beyond my expectations. What a great job everyone does. Keep it up! ...
EveRen / Student traveler
Shafer, MN / Posted on October 20, 2016

Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; 10 with extension

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Light breakfast daily, 3 local dinners or 4 with extension

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • Curriculum integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Danube Evening Cruise, Wawel Cathedral, Auschwitz and Birkenau, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane; with extension: Schönbrunn Palace

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.

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