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

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 Krakow's Main Square  Krakow's St. Mary's Basilica  Interior of St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow  Wawel Castle, Krakow  Poland's Wielczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage site  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   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

Old World Europe

Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic

17 days from $5,297 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

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

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The capitals 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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Overview

Berlin Post-Tour Extension 4 Days, 3 Nights 

Explore the cosmopolitan German capital – a city of art, culture, and history – as you wish. Your tour extension cost includes:

  • Rail transportation Prague/Berlin
  • Three (3) nights' accommodations at Hotel am Steinplatz (Superior First Class)
  • Meal inclusions: three (3) breakfasts
  • Berlin city orientation tour with local guide
  • Transfer from rail station and to airport

The capitals 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.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Warsaw, Poland

Day 2 — Warsaw

Upon arrival in Warsaw, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3 — Warsaw

Virtually destroyed during World War II, Warsaw was rebuilt in the decades that followed. With the fall of Communism, the city became a dynamic and progressive capital while retaining much of its distinct old world character. Explore the Historic Center of Warsaw, including the faithfully rebuilt Old Town, the Royal Castle, and the area of the former Jewish Ghetto and Cemetery. This evening enjoy a private classical piano recital. (B)

Day 4 — Auschwitz and Krakow

Today travel south of Warsaw to Krakow, the former Polish capital city, and stop for lunch at a local restaurant en route. In Oswiecim—Auschwitz in German—and Birkenau spend somber moments at the grounds of the former concentration camps. Arrive in Krakow in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Krakow

A major center of Polish culture and a former national capital with a 1,000-year-old history, Krakow survived World War II almost intact. More historic buildings and monuments endured here than anywhere else in the country. Its charming Old Town is a World Heritage site, and the Main Market Square is the largest medieval square in Europe. Explore St. Mary’s Church, famous for its hand carved wooden altarpiece; the Royal Chambers of Wawel Castle, seat of royalty for more than 500 years; and Wawel Cathedral, Poland’s national sanctuary. The remainder of the day is free to explore this delightful city independently. (B)

Day 6 — Krakow and Wieliczka

A morning excursion features the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage site and the “Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland.” Admire magnificent statues of historic figures sculpted out of rock salt by miners and contemporary artists. Spend the afternoon in Krakow. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B)

Day 7 — Slovakia and Budapest, Hungary

En route to Budapest, enjoy breathtaking views of the snowcapped Tatra Mountains in the country of Slovakia. Stop for lunch before reaching your hotel in Buda’s elegant Castle District early this evening. (B,L)

Day 8 — Budapest

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the Hungarian capital stretches along both sides of the Danube, proudly displaying its rich cultural and historical heritage. Explore the magnificent Matthias Church, scene of several coronations, and stroll around the Fisherman’s Bastion for outstanding views of the Pest side. Visit the Dohany Street Synagogue, where Franz Liszt and Camille Saint-Saëns once performed, and enjoy a curator-led tour of the prestigious Hungarian National Gallery this afternoon before savoring a typical Hungarian dinner. (B,D)

Day 9 — Budapest

Enjoy a full day at leisure to discover the “Paris of the East” independently. (B)

Day 10 — Danube Bend and Vienna, Austria

Journey through the delightful countryside of Western Transdanubia en route to Vienna and take in the scenic views of forested hills, medieval castles, and the meandering banks of the Danube. Stop to visit Szentendre, a charming small town with inviting artisan shops and a museum displaying the work of acclaimed ceramicist Margit Kovacs. (B,L)

Day 11 — Vienna

Follow the footsteps of imperial Habsburgs as you explore the ornate Vienna Opera House and the majestic Schönbrunn Palace, which richly deomnstrates the tastes and aspirations of Habsburg royalty. This evening delight your palate with a traditional Wiener Schnitzel then enjoy a concert of classical music. (B,D)

Day 12 — Vienna Woods

Today’s excursion to the Vienna Woods reveals the natural beauty of this region, which was once a royal hunting ground. Visit the medieval abbey of Heiligenkreuz, the oldest continuously occupied Cistercian monastery in the world, and the spa town of Baden, once the summer residence of Habsburg monarchs. (B)

Day 13 — Bratislava, Slovakia

Depart for Bratislava, capital of the independent nation of Slovakia. Upon arrival, embark on a coach and walking tour of the historic Castle area, including a visit to the 18th-century classical-style Archbishop's Palace. Check into your centrally-located hotel, then spend the evening enjoying dinner in the restaurant of a local family. (B,D)

Day 14 — Prague, Czech Republic

Depart for Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, filled with art, medieval architecture, historic churches and synagogues, and cobblestone streets. Reach Prague in the late afternoon and have the rest of the day to discover this wondrous city on your own or join an informal walk through charming Old Town guided by your tour director. (B,L)

Day 15 — Prague

Spend the morning exploring the Hradcany castle district, home of the distinctive 9th-century Prague Castle towering above the Vltava River, today the seat of the president of the Czech Republic. Considered the biggest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle proudly displays virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. Continue to St. Vitus Cathedral, an excellent example of Gothic architecture, housing the tombs of many Bohemian kings. Enjoy a stroll along Golden Lane, with its picturesque artisans’ cottages. The remainder of the day is free to discover this enchanting city independently. (B)

Day 16 — Prague

This morning visit Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish ghetto, which was founded by a 10th-century colony of Jewish tradesmen. Visit the historic Old Jewish cemetery and several of the once-thriving synagogues that are now part of the Jewish Museum. Enjoy a private tour of the exquisite Lobkowicz Museum, which houses rare musical manuscripts as part of their vast collections, including original Mozart and Beethoven manuscripts. Celebrate your Eastern European adventure during a farewell dinner in the palatial settings of Prague Castle. (B,D)

Day 17 — Depart Prague for the U.S.

Following a very early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flights to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)