Eastern European Experience
- Visit the Plaszow Concentration Camp and Auschwitz
- Guided tour of Wieliczka Salt Mine
- Stroll around Prague to see the most famous sites of the city
- Visit Franz Ferdinand’s Palace
- Stop in Brno to see the Capuchin Monastery
- Learn how to make the best Goulash you’ve ever tasted in Hungary
- Tour around Budapest to see Heroes Square, the Citadel, and Castle Hill
- Spend a night in Sibiu, Romania
- Take a cable car in Sinaia to see the Castle Peles, and hike in the mountains
- Discover Dracula’s real castle
- Hike around Moldoveanu Mountain
- Visit Szentendre: a colourful and traditional Hungarian village
- Spend an afternoon hiking through Romanian Caves
- … And more!
Authentic food, culture, and a unique history of European countries slightly newer to the western wolds. You will find the cultures both welcoming and recognizable while containing a definite unique flavor and flare in way of life.
Bring history, culture, language, and geography to life with a trip to the front line of former USSR countries.
Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.
Day 1 - Depart for Prague
Board our overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2 - Prague
Tour of Prague’s Old Town Square, highlighting the Town Hall, Astronomical Clock, and Old Bridge. Visit the Sedlec Ossuary – also known as ‘Bone Church’ – a cathedral decorated with 40,000 human skeletons. See Konopiste Castle, residence of the late Franz Ferdinand.
Day 3 - Krakow via Auschwitz
Stop in Brno to visit the unique Capuchin Monastery, which exhibits well-preserved mummies. Take a guided tour through the residential barracks, ruined gas chambers, and the crematorium of the infamous death camp, Auschwitz. Evening welcome to the bustling hub of Krakow.
Day 4 - Wieliczka Salt Mine and Ojcow National Park
Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine for a tour of the famous cave system, including underground chapels and saline lakes. Journey to the grand Ojcow National Park – explore the ruins of medieval towns and castles while hiking through extraordinary geographical areas. At night, check out Krakow from a look-out point.
Day 5 - Budapest
Stop in Tatra National Park, green space which is rich with lakes, rolling mountains, and perfect photo-ops. Arrive in Budapest. Participate in a group goulash making workshop!
Day 6 - Budapest and Szentendre
Tour the wonderful city of Budapest, including Heroes Square, the Citadel on Gellert Hill, Chain Bridge, the Parliament, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Visit the shoes exhibit on the banks of the Danube and the Marzipan Museum. Drive to Szentendre. Next, an evening of relaxation at thermal spas.
Day 7 - Sibiu, Lake Balea
Today is in Sibiu, Romania. Explore New and Old Towns: the Bridge of Lies, Sibiu’s Towers, and the Great Square. Pick up some handmade crafts and souvenirs from the city and drive as a group to Balea Lake to spend the night.
Day 8 - Moldoveanu Hiking
Depart for Moldoveanu, the highest mountain in Romania reaching a height of 2544 metres. Spend the day taking a guided hike through the surrounding paths. Back to Balea at night.
Day 9 - Poenari Castle, Valea Cetatii Caves, Sinaia
See the ‘real’ Dracula Castle, Poenari Castle. Travel to the Valea Cetatii Caves, passing by Bran Castle and take a guided tour through the relatively new and amazing underground system of tunnels. Head to the nearby city of Brasov and then on to Bucharest. Finally, an evening walking tour of the city.
Day 10 - Sinaia to Bucharest
Take a cable car from Sinaia Resort to see the grand Castle Peles. Head up to Bucegi Plateau to see the Sphinx, Babele, Heroes Cross and more! This afternoon is spent hiking in the mountains.
Day 11 - Discover the charms of Bucharest
See the highlights of Bucharest, including Ceausescu’s Palace, Kretzulescu Church, the Botanical Gardens, Arc of Triumph, and more. Visit an arts and crafts market. Final dinner and celebration this evening.
Day 12 - Homeward Bound
Homeward bound after an amazing trip to Europe.
AirfareRoundtrip group airfare to Europe
BusPrivate coach bus for duration of tour, equipped with A/C, T.V & DVD players, on-board washroom
HotelsCentrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for teenage appetites.
Poland has been invaded or has fought for freedom in insurrections 43 times from 1600 to 1945.
Places You’ll Visit
Tour Prague’s Old Town Square, highlighting the Town Hall, Astronomical Clock, and Old Bridge.
Also known as ‘Bone Church’, a cathedral decorated with 40,000 human skeletons.
Former residence of the late Franz Ferdinand.
Visits to Auschwitz are inherently powerful and upsetting; we will take time to discuss and debrief the visits of the day as a group in the evening.
Visit the unique Capuchin Monastery, which holds some of the most exceptionally well-preserved mummies.
This former capital was voted the European capital of Culture in 2000, and it continues to be a leader in cuisine, theatre and the arts.
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Guided tour of over 20 chambers in the mild tunnels, including a chapel and several saline lakes.
Ojcow National Park
Explore the ruins of medieval towns and castles while hiking through some extraordinary geographical areas.
Tatra National Park
Green space is rich with lakes, rolling mountains, and the perfect photo-ops.
Explore Heroes Square, the Citadel on Gellert Hill, Chain Bridge, the Parliament, and St. Stephen’s Basilica.
The market town of Szentendre is rich with classical Hungarian architecture, dried red peppers, and traditional food.
Relax in Hungary’s famous thermal spas.
Explore the New and Old Towns including the Bridge of Lies, Sibiu’s Towers, and the Great Square.
Enjoy a night at Balea Lake .
The highest mountain in Romania reaching a height of 2544 metres.
Valea Cetatii Caves
Guided tour through the relatively new and amazing underground system of tunnels.
Explore Brasov for an evening.
Mountain town in the countryside of Romania, offering breath-taking views, and more than its fair share of history.
Ceausescu’s Palace (Parliament and the heaviest building in the world),
Kretzulescu Church, the Botanical Gardens, Arc of Triumph, and more.