Discover four distinctly different and fascinating nations in Central and Eastern Europe, featuring many World Heritage sites. 

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 Evening in the main square of Krakow  Kraków's engaging main square  Interior of St. Mary's Basilica, Kraków  Poland's Wieliczka Salt Mines, a World Heritage site  Old Town Warsaw, a World Heritage Site  Budapest, one of Europe's most beautiful cities, situated along the Danube River  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  Schönbrunn Palace outside Vienna  Prague and the Vltava River and historic Charles Bridge   Prague's astronomical clock near the main square  Prague Castle  Gothic mosaic facade, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague  Jewish Ceremonial Hall, now part of the Jewish Museum, Prague  The legendary Charles Bridge, Prague

Old World Europe

Poland, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic

16 days from $5,497 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Discover four distinctly different and fascinating nations in Central and Eastern Europe, featuring many World Heritage sites. 

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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SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Discover four distinctly different and fascinating nations in Central and Eastern Europe, featuring many World Heritage sites.

Highlights Include

  • Poland: Tour the Old Town areas of Warsaw and Kraków and the Wieliczka Salt Mine, and attend a private piano recital. Plus, spend time at Auschwitz and Birkenau.
  • Hungary: In Budapest, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, explore both the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube, attend a curator-led tour of the art museum, and indulge in some time at leisure.
  • Austria: Travel past medieval castles and along the Danube River for Vienna. Here, follow in the footsteps of imperial Habsburgs with tours of the opera house and Schönbrunn Palace and a concert of classical music. You’ll also take an excursion to the Vienna Woods, once a royal hunting ground, and visit the spa town of Baden, once the summer residence of Habsburg monarchs.
  • The Czech Republic: Immerse yourself in medieval Prague. Explore the Hradčany castle district and the Jewish area of Josefov, plus enjoy a private tour of the Lobkowicz Museum (devoted to music), time at leisure, and a festive farewell dinner.

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.

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 historical figures sculpted out of rock salt by miners and contemporary artists. The mine’s centerpiece is the Chapel of Saint Kinga, with its chandelier and carving of The Last Supper. The afternoon is free for independent exploration in Krakow. (B)

Day 7 — Budapest, Hungary

Head south today through the snowcapped Tatra Mountains into the country of Slovakia where you stop for lunch. Early this evening, reach our hotel in Budapest’s elegant Castle District located in the Buda side of the Danube River, where you dine together this evening. (B,L,D)

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 at a local restaurant. (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 demonstrates 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 — 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, a World Heritage site,  guided by your tour director. (B,L)

Day 14 — 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, then enjoy a stroll along Golden Lane. The remainder of the day is free to discover this enchanting city independently. (B)

Day 15 — 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. Tonight celebrate your Eastern European adventure during a festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 16 — 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)