Old World Europe

Explore Eastern Europe on this comprehensive journey to five distinctly different—and fascinating—nations: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

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 Krakow's Main Square  Krakow's St. Mary's Basilica  Interior of St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow  Wawel Castle, Kraków  Poland's Wielczka Salt Mines  Old Town Warsaw, a World Heritage Site  Budapest and the Danube  The Matthias Church, located on the Pest side of Budapest  Fishermen's Bastion, Budapest  Interior of Dohany Street Synagogue, Budapest  St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna  Vienna's State Opera House  Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace, a World Heritage site and the Habsburgs’ summer residence  Schönbrunn Palace outside Vienna  Prague and the Vltava River and historic Charles Bridge (center)  The legendary Charles Bridge, Prague  Hradcany Hill with St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague  Gothic mosaic facade, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague  Prague's Old Town Square  Jewish Ceremonial Hall, now part of the Jewish Museum, Prague

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The capitols of Old World Europe tour was the most thought-provoking and emotionally intense tour I've ever experienced. It will live on in my memory after the others have faded.

Sylvia L.

Our trip was an outstanding learning experience that came without the stress of planning and executing a 15-day tour through five countries. Smithsonian did everything for us!

Tom M.

The Old World Europe tour gave us an intimate view of the history and culture of eastern Europe. We learned a lot and enjoyed every minute. 

Kate H.

The total Smithsonian experience was excellent from the tour director to the hotels, itinerary, and logistics. We wouldn't hesitate to use Smithsonian again.

Ken & Karen O.


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Polonia Palace

Warsaw, Poland

Opened more than 90 years ago, the French-style Polonia Palace Hotel preserves the unique characteristics of early 20th-century architecture while incorporating many contemporary features. The conveniently located hotel stands near the Palace of Culture and Science and numerous shopping areas. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar, Fitness Center, and sauna. Each of the 206 air-conditioned rooms come fully equipped with a private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Hotel Pod Roza

Krakow, Poland

Located in the center of Old Town on beloved Florianska Street, this is Krakow's oldest hotel. In-deed, the neo-classical building's origins date to the 14th century as a private home and it became a hotel in the 17th century. The hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, currency exchange, and shops. Your room features contemporary amenities, including private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hilton Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

A Gothic building incorporating part of a 16th-century Jesuit college and a 13th-century monastery, the Budapest Hilton is located in the Castle District of Buda, near Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Hotel amenities include two restaurants and a lounge, Fitness Center, casino, and elevator service. Your climate-controlled room has a private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

The Hilton Vienna

Vienna, Austria

The Hilton Vienna hotel is situated next to the famous Stadtpark in the heart of Austria’s capital, this luxury hotel in Vienna enjoys easy access to visit nearby Vienna attractions such as the world famous Opera House and the shopping hot spot of Kaertnerstrasse, both within close walking distance of this Vienna hotel. The bright and airy rooms have large, opening windows. Bathrooms all have hairdryers, 110 volt shaver plugs and separate shower and bath. 

Number of nights: 3

Hilton Vienna Plaza

Vienna, Austria

The Vienna Plaza is located on the famous Ringstrasse, opposite the Vienna Stock Exchange and within walking distance of the city center. Among its facilities are a restaurant, bar, health club, sauna, massage treatments, whirlpool, solarium, and elevator and laundry service. Your air-conditioned room has a private bathroom with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel

Bratislava, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

Nestled in the heart of the city, close to the National Opera House and main business area, the stately 168-room Radisson Blu Carlton offers a brasserie restaurant, bar, and fully equipped gym. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, Internet access, climate control, mini-bar, in-room safe, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 1

Grand Hotel Bohemia

Prague, Czech Republic

Ideally located in the center of Prague next to Powder Tower and within walking distance of Old Town Square and Old Town Hall, the 78-room Grand Hotel Bohemia is just steps from Wenceslas Square. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, and coffee shop. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, Internet access, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2