Eastern European Experience

Starting Price $2900 per person
Trip Duration 12 Days
Availibility All Year
Activity Level High level of fitness
Highlights
  • 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!
What To Expect

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.

Educational Benefits

Bring history, culture, language, and geography to life with a trip to the front line of former USSR countries.

Customization

Student trip itineraries are completely customizable for your group, desires, and needs.

Daily Itinerary

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.

Transportation
  • Airfare
    Roundtrip group airfare to Europe
  • Bus
    Private coach bus for duration of tour, equipped with A/C, T.V & DVD players, on-board washroom
Accommodation
  • Hotels
    Centrally located, student friendly, 3 * minimum, acclaimed hotels
Food

Daily breakfast and dinner included in tour. Meals at locally owned and run restaurants and accommodations serving authentic cuisine sufficient for teenage appetites.

Meet Our Leaders
Breanne Ritchie
Katie Leaman
Did you know?

Poland has been invaded or has fought for freedom in insurrections 43 times from 1600 to 1945.

Places You’ll Visit

Prague

Tour Prague’s Old Town Square, highlighting the Town Hall, Astronomical Clock, and Old Bridge.

Sedlec Ossuary

Also known as ‘Bone Church’, a cathedral decorated with 40,000 human skeletons.

Konopiste Castle

Former residence of the late Franz Ferdinand.

Auschwitz

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.

Brno

Visit the unique Capuchin Monastery, which holds some of the most exceptionally well-preserved mummies.

Krakow

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.

Budapest

Explore Heroes Square, the Citadel on Gellert Hill, Chain Bridge, the Parliament, and St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Szentendre

The market town of Szentendre is rich with classical Hungarian architecture, dried red peppers, and traditional food.

Szechenyi Baths

Relax in Hungary’s famous thermal spas.

Sibiu

Explore the New and Old Towns including the Bridge of Lies, Sibiu’s Towers, and the Great Square.

Balea Lake

Enjoy a night at Balea Lake .

Moldoveanu Peak

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.

Brasov

Explore Brasov for an evening.

Sinaia

Mountain town in the countryside of Romania, offering breath-taking views, and more than its fair share of history.

Bucharest

Ceausescu’s Palace (Parliament and the heaviest building in the world),
Kretzulescu Church, the Botanical Gardens, Arc of Triumph, and more.