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Eastern Europe 2013

Eastern Europe 2013

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Published by: Christopher Craig on Oct 24, 2012
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 June 25-July 11, 2013
 An Exclusive Small Group Travel Experiencefor Alumni & Friends of Vanderbilt University 
 This tour is provided bOdysseys Unlimited,six-time honoree Travel & Leisure’s World’sBest Tour Operators award.
17 days from $5,257 total price from Boston, New York 
($4,595 air & land inclusive plus $662 airline taxes and departure fees)
Day 1: Depart U.S. for Warsaw, PolandDay 2: Arrive Warsaw
After arriving in thePolish capital late this morning, we have freetime before we gather for tonight’s welcomedinner at our hotel.
Day 3: Warsaw
Virtually destroyedduring World War II, Warsaw was rebuilt inthe decades that followed. With the fall of Communism, the city has become moredynamic and progressive while retaining much of its distinct character. We tour this phoenix cittoday, visiting the faithfully rebuilt Old Town, aUNESCO World Heritage site; and the RoyalCastle, whose origins date to the late 13
century. We also tour the area of the former Jewish Ghettoand the Jewish Cemetery. This afternoon is freefor independent exploration; before dinner on ourown tonight we enjoy a private classical pianorecital.
Day 4: Warsaw/Auschwitz/Krakow
Today  we journey south to the industrial city of Oswiecim — Auschwitz in German — andthe concentration camp that is now a museumchronicling the horrors of the Nazis’ FinalSolution. We tour Auschwitz and also visit the vast camp at Birkenau before traveling on toKrakow, arriving late this afternoon.
Day 5: Krakow
A major center of Polishculture and education, Krakow survived World War II intact, leaving it with more historicbuildings and monuments than anywhere elsein the country. Its authentic Old Town is aUNESCO 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 
Tour membership limited to 24 alumni & friends
hether you’re seeking to recapture your ancestral heritage or simplyto discover a beautiful and poignant part of the world, this small  group tour offers ample opportunity for enrichment, enlightenment,and enjoyment. Both leisurely and comprehensive, it provides a generous overview of five distinctly different – and fascinating – nations.
 Warsaw sightseeing … Guided visits to Auschwitz andBirkenau concentration camps … Wieliczka Salt Mines,Krakow … Comprehensive Budapest touring … ScenicDanube Bend … Vienna sightseeing and classical musicperformance … Old-world Bratislava ... Tour of elegantPrague, including Old Town Square, Prague Castle,Charles Bridge
Day Itinerary Hotel Rating
1 Depart U.S. for Warsaw2-3 Warsaw Polonia Palace Sup. First Class4-6 Krakow Hotel Pod Roza Not rated7-9 Budapest Hilton Budapest Deluxe10-12 Vienna Hilton Vienna Plaza Deluxe13 BratislavaRadisson BluSup. First ClassCarlton14-16 PragueGrand BohemiaSup. First ClassPraha17 Depart Prague for U.S.
 Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference. Unrated hotels may be toosmall, too new, or too remote to be listed.
Prague ViennaBudapestKrakow Warsaw
Your Small Group Tour Highlights
Cover Photo: Prague ranks among Europe’s most beautiful and popular urban settings.
 Avg. High (°F) Jun Jul Warsaw73 75Budapest78 82 Vienna73 76
17 days from $5,257 total price from Boston, New York 
($4,595 air & land inclusive plus $662 airline taxes and departure fees)
 Wawel Castle, seat of royalty for more than500 years; and Wawel Cathedral, the nationalchurch. The remainder of the day is free toexplore this charming city independently.
Day 6: Krakow
This morning we tour the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO WorldHeritage site. This afternoon is at leisure.
Day 7: Krakow/Slovakia/Budapest
Headingsouth today we travel through the snow-capped Tatra Mountains into the country of Slovakia, where we stop for lunch. Continuing our jour-ney, we reach our hotel in Buda’s elegant CastleDistrict early this evening.
Day 8: Budapest
Today’s half-day tour of theHungarian capital begins adjacent to our hotel with a visit to Matthias Church, the symbolof Buda’s Castle District, and a stroll aroundFisherman’s Bastion for outstanding views of thePest side of the city across the river. Then wecross the Chain Bridge into Pest where we tourDohany Synagogue, Europe’s largest. Followingan afternoon at leisure, tonight we enjoy a typi-cal Hungarian dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9: Budapest
We’re free to discover the“Paris of the East” on our own today.
Day 10: Budapest/Danube Bend/Vienna
  Today we pass through the countryside of  Western Transdanubia as we travel by coach to Vienna. En route we visit Szentendre, a smalltown packed with artisans’ shops and a museumshowcasing the work of acclaimed ceramicist  Margit Kovacs. We continue on to the villageof Neszmely where we stop for lunch; we reachthe Austrian capital late this afternoon.
Day 11: Vienna
 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 classicalmusic in this most musical of all cities.
Day 12: Vienna Woods
This morning weenjoy a tour of the Vienna Woods, whichgained 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 theremainder of the day is free.
Day 13: Vienna/Bratislava
Mid-morning wedepart for Bratislava, capital of the independent nation of Slovakia. Upon arrival we embark on a coach and walking tour of the historic
We enjoy both guided touring and free time in Vienna.
Your Tour Price Includes
Praha (Superior First Class)
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3 days/2 nights for $295 total price
Single Supplement: $195
 Extend your stay in the alluring Czech capital.
Post-Tour Extension: July 11-13, 2013

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