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

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Budapest

    With your tour director you will see:

    • Fisherman’s Bastion
    • Parliament

    Enjoy dinner in Budapest

  • Day 3: Budapest

    Tour Budapest with an expert local guide

    Visit Matthias Church

    Enjoy an evening river cruise on the Danube

  • Day 4: 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: Budapest • Kraków

    Travel via Slovakia and the Tatra mountains to Kraków

    Enjoy dinner in Kraków

  • Day 6: Kraków

    Tour Kraków with an expert local guide

    Visit the Jewish Ghetto

    Visit Wawel Cathedral
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Kraków Salt Mines

    Kraków 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: Kraków • Prague

    Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau with an expert local guide

    Travel to Prague
  • Day 8: Prague

    Tour Prague with an expert local guide

    See Charles Bridge

    Walk down the Golden Lane

    Visit St. Vitus Cathedral
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Prague River cruise

    Prague River cruise

    Cruise along Prague's Vltava River and admire the Czech capital's main sights, including Charles Bridge, Kampa, Prague Castle, the Dancing House, and the National Theatre.   

  • Day 9: Prague

    Take a walking tour of Prague

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Town Square
    • Astronomical Clock
    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 in Prague

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 10: Prague • Vienna

    Travel to Vienna

    Take a walking tour of Vienna

    With your Tour Director you will see:

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

    Enjoy a traditional Weiner Schnitzel dinner in Vienna

  • Day 11: Vienna

    Take a guided tour of Vienna 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Ringstrasse
    • Parliament
    • Rathaus
    • Hofburg

    Visit Schönbrunn Palace
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Classical Viennese concert

    Classical Viennese concert

    Enjoy an evening of classical music in one of Vienna's many traditional concert halls. Famed musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Strauss, Brahms, and Schubert all have ties to the Austrian capital.  

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Hungary

  • Day 2: Budapest

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of Budapest

    With your tour director you will see:

    • Fisherman’s Bastion
    • Parliament

    Enjoy dinner in Budapest

  • Day 3: Budapest

    Tour Budapest with an expert local guide

    Visit Matthias Church

    Enjoy an evening river cruise on the Danube

  • Day 4: 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: Budapest • Kraków

    Travel via Slovakia and the Tatra mountains to Kraków

    Enjoy dinner in Kraków

  • Day 6: Kraków

    Tour Kraków with an expert local guide

    Visit the Jewish Ghetto

    Visit Wawel Cathedral
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Kraków Salt Mines

    Kraków 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: Kraków • Prague

    Visit Auschwitz and Birkenau with an expert local guide

    Travel to Prague
  • Day 8: Prague

    Tour Prague with an expert local guide

    See Charles Bridge

    Walk down the Golden Lane

    Visit St. Vitus Cathedral
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Prague River cruise

    Prague River cruise

    Cruise along Prague's Vltava River and admire the Czech capital's main sights, including Charles Bridge, Kampa, Prague Castle, the Dancing House, and the National Theatre.   

  • Day 9: Prague

    Take a walking tour of Prague

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Town Square
    • Astronomical Clock
    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 in Prague

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Prague • Vienna

    Travel to Vienna

    Take a walking tour of Vienna

    With your Tour Director you will see:

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

    Enjoy a traditional Weiner Schnitzel dinner in Vienna

  • Day 11: Vienna

    Take a guided tour of Vienna 

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Ringstrasse
    • Parliament
    • Rathaus
    • Hofburg

    Visit Schönbrunn Palace
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Classical Viennese concert

    Classical Viennese concert

    Enjoy an evening of classical music in one of Vienna's many traditional concert halls. Famed musicians such as Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Strauss, Brahms, and Schubert all have ties to the Austrian capital.  

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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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

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • 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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