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      We are also offering a June 16th departure of this program.

      • Hotels: Standard Class

      • 07/07/2024 - 07/20/2024

      • Max Participants: 16

      • 14 Days / 13 Nights

      Overview

      From charming Czech towns to Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube," experience the unique culture, food, and history of Central Europe. This two-week trip through five Central European countries offers an intriguing combination of urban centers, village life, and outdoor pursuits. Visit castles, churches, and romantic town squares, indulging in Berlin’s café culture and Prague’s beer. Visit Central Europe with us, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

      What's Included:
      • Orientation tour of Krakow
      • Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar
      • Auschwitz entrance and guided tour
      • Orientation walk of Prague
      • Vienna walking tour
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout; local guides in Auschwitz, Warsaw, and Vienna
      • 13 breakfasts – allow $540-$705 USD for meals not included
      • Hotels (13 nts)
      • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by train, long-distance bus, local bus
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Berlin at any time. We HIGHLY recommend arriving a day or two early to explore this world-renowned city more fully. Many of the museums in Berlin are closed on Mondays (your free day in Berlin), so please plan accordingly. Arriving early will also give you time to adjust to the time difference, overcome any jetlag, and avoid any disruption to your trip due to flight delays or cancellations. We can book additional nights for you in Berlin before the program begins. Please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. After the meeting, you might choose to get dinner at a nearby restaurant with your traveling companions and your tour leader to further get to know one another. Accommodation: AC Hotel by Marriott Berlin Humboldthain Park (or similar) * For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher.

      Berlin is an amazing city with tangible historical importance and a melting pot of different cultures and flavors. The very name Berlin conjures images of the famous Berlin Wall. Two sections of the wall still remain on display – the East Side Gallery, where artists have decorated the remaining section of the wall, and the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer). Down the street from the Berlin Wall is the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, a museum that documents the history of the wall and, interestingly, many of the different ways people tried to escape. Learn about all of the creative ways that were used to cross over to the other side. Afterward, you can head over to the Brandenburg Gate, another spot of great historical significance. Here, hundreds of thousands of people were finally able to cross from the East side to the West after the fall of the wall. It has traditionally been, and continues to be, a political rallying point for different groups and concerns. If you are still craving museums, Berlin has plenty! On Monday several key museums are closed, so make sure you plan accordingly. Some options worth considering while you are in Berlin, before or after the tour begins, include: the Pergamon Museum, home to one of the world's greatest collections of ancient architecture and art; the Egyptian Museum (Agyptisches Museum), which houses many Egyptian artifacts; the Jewish Museum (Judishes Museum), which tells the story of the relationship between the Germans and the Jews throughout the last few centuries; the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin Museum, with plenty of modern art that is sure to spark interest and curiosity; or the Berggruen Collection at the Die Sammlung Berggruen to see an extensive art collection of Picasso, as well as paintings by Klee, Cezanne, and Van Gogh. For those interested in Berlin's government, past and present, visit the Reichstag. Please note: You need your passport to enter the Reichstag and you must arrange your visit in advance using this website. Here, you can go up to the glass dome for a view of Berlin or learn about the fascinating history of the building. For more history from this grim period, visit the Topographie des Terrors, a row of old cellars where prisoners were tortured. See the hundreds of pictures from the era and read the newspaper clippings to get a better understanding of what went on in the cellars and throughout Nazi Germany. Another moving sight is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. This visually striking memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust was designed by American architect Peter Eisenman and consists of hundreds of cement pillars of various heights. Eisenman reportedly drew inspiration from the Jewish Cemetery in the Old Town of Prague, which you might want to see later in the trip. Finally, for an amazing view of Berlin, visit the famous Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm) with a viewing room and cafe located 203 meters above ground, providing sweeping views of the city. Accommodation: AC Hotel by Marriott Berlin Humboldthain Park (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      We depart Berlin early this morning on a private vehicle to Kraków, Poland's cultural hub, where we will take a brief orientation walk of one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe. You will receive some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. Watch the scenery go by as you journey to Krakòw. En route, we will stop by the Pławniowice Palace grounds, one of the best maintained in Silesia. During your free time in Krakòw, make time to indulge in the mighty carbohydrate, Poland’s favorite food group. As the birthplace of the bagel, you can sample them from vendors in the square or eat your body weight in the most delicious of Polish delicacies, the pierogi. These little ravioli-like pouches are filled with all sorts of things, the best being mashed potato, and you will likely be tempted to work your way through each variety during your stay. To really eat like a local, dip into a local “milk bar,” where you can line up with the locals for traditional cheap polish food, cafeteria-style. When you wake up from your carb-coma, visit the royal castle perched on the Wawel Hill, providing a great view of the city. Approximate travel time: 6-6.5 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Globtroter (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      As a group, we start the day with a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of one of history's most horrific crimes, a short distance from Kraków. The site embodies tragedy, inhumanity, and the survival of will. Today, the museum stands testament to the inconceivable atrocities of the Second World War, whilst paying tribute to the thousands of lives unjustly taken within. You will spend the rest of the day exploring charming Kraków however you wish. Accommodation: Globtroter (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Take a free day to explore Kraków. For some of the history that makes Kraków so famous, visit the former Jewish district with its seven synagogues and which was used as the location for filming the movie Schindler’s List. Three gigantic Gothic churches and more than 800 pubs are huddled in nooks and alleyways here, where time slows down. If you can tear yourself away from the charms of Kraków, make a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mines (roughly 79 PLN per person), located only a short distance away. Built in the 13th century, these mines produced table salt until 2007, making it one of the world's oldest salt mines. Head deep into an underground network of tunnels and chambers some 135m (443 ft) below the surface. Visit the Blessed King's Chapel, a salt cathedral carved by miners, complete with elaborate chandeliers and sculptures. Another option is taking a stroll up Wawel Hill (or catch a ride on a horse and carriage) to 16th-century Wawel Castle. Roam the gardens or the museum featuring exhibitions that give you some insight into life as a royal, such as Royal Private Apartments and the Crown Treasury and Armory. You may want to end your day embracing Polish social traditions in one of Kraków’s many cellar restaurants and pubs. Dive into the thriving social scene over a few vodkas in one of these cheerful establishments, Zubrowka (Bison Grass Vodka) is a must! Accommodation: Globtroter (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Take a scenic train to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague is regarded by many as the unspoiled jewel in Europe’s historic crown and is a unique community where every street, ghetto, inn, and theater tells a story. As well as the chance to visit all the major sights of the Old Town and Hradčany (the neighborhood around and including Prague Castle), we have time to simply soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful city. Approximate travel time: 7-10 hrs by local train Accommodation: Miss Sophie's Downtown (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Enjoy a brief walk with your tour leader, then spend a free day in Prague. A stroll across the Charles Bridge is a must. By day, it is thronged with tourists, vendors, and street musicians. At night, the bridge is less crowded, and it's much easier to appreciate the scenery as well as the ever-so-slightly sinister quality of the statues looming overhead. Cross the bridge and you'll find yourself in Lesser Town (Malá Strana), a far less crowded district that offers the perfect atmosphere for some introspective wandering. If you like a challenge, climb 200+ steps up to the famous Prague Castle (250-350 CZK per person), known as Pražský hrad, former home of the Bohemian Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest castle complex in the world and includes Roman-style buildings from the 10th century. Still got energy? Climb the lookout tower of St. Vitus Cathedral, located in the heart of the complex, and be rewarded with a glorious view of the city. Prague certainly has no shortage of breathtaking views and Petřín Hill, near the Prague Castle, offers a less obstructed panoramic vista of the "city of spires." If you're not in the mood for hiking uphill you can always take a cable car all the way to the top. We recommend watching the sunset from the heights of the Letná Beer Garden in Letná Park, along the banks of the Vltava River. Sample a pint of Gambrinus 10° Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost. Grab a grilled sausage and soak in the scenery. If you're in the area and want to experience traditional Czech pubs, which are guaranteed to be loud, lively, and packed with locals on any night of the week, this is the place to find restaurants serving traditional Czech cuisine such as fried pork cutlets, goulash, and dumplings. Accommodation: Miss Sophie's Downtown (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Today, you have another free day to get to know the charming city of Prague. Whether you are Jewish or not, it is well worth visiting the fascinating Prague Ghetto (10-20 EUR per person). Known as "Josefov," the old Jewish Quarter is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. Josefov was first established in the 13th century when Jewish people were ordered to leave their homes in other areas of the city and settle in this designated community. Birthplace to author Franz Kafka, see a monument in his honor, visit historical synagogues, a cemetery, and a museum with many artifacts collected during the Second World War. You may also want to visit the Mucha Museum (240 CZK per person), the Museum of Communism (150 CZK per person), or the Kafka Museum (1-2h, 200 CZK per person). For a great view of the city, head to the Žižkov Television Tower (230 CZK per person). Our last tip is to try the duck, which should be properly served with a side of sauerkraut and bread dumplings ("knedliky"). Seriously, eat some duck while you are in Prague. Accommodation: Miss Sophie's Downtown (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      This morning, we travel to Český Krumlov. Take your time exploring the spectacular castle and narrow cobblestone streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that oozes with culture, history, and life. Art galleries, cozy inns, and ancient taverns abound inside of old buildings designed in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Tour the Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau, which is complete with hidden passageways, a unique Baroque theater, a hedge maze, and beautiful gardens. Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, the well-preserved layout, structure, interior, and architectural details earned it a spot on UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage Monuments. Tour the Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau (2-3 hrs, 360 CZK per person), complete with hidden passageways, a unique Baroque theatre, a hedge maze and beautiful gardens. The castle and surrounding complex is one of the largest in central Europe. Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, the well-preserved layout, structure, interior and architectural details earned it a spot on UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage Monuments. Approximate travel time: 3 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Pensione Familia (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      This morning, we leave the Czech Republic and travel by private vehicle to Vienna, Austria. In the afternoon, we will enjoy an orientation walk of the city's beautiful and elegant streets, taking in Vienna's most famous sights. The walk will focus on the Hofburg, residence of the Habsburg family for nearly 650 years, and St. Stephen's Cathedral, the principal landmark of Vienna. As we discover the sights, you will hear tales of the infamous Habsburgs – such as the story of Sissi and Franz Joseph – and other tales from Vienna's folklore. Afterwards, discover the Sachertorte coffee houses and, of course, the oldest cake shop in the city. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle Accommodation: Magdas Hotel Vienna (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Today is a free day for you to explore the elegant city of Vienna. Opt to take in some of Europe's most distinguished art galleries or simply settle yourself on a café terrace, order up a slice of mouthwatering Viennese cake, and watch the world go by over coffee. Take a look at our optional activities list further below for some suggestions with what to do with your time. Accommodation: Magdas Hotel Vienna (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Today, we travel to Hungary in order to explore the beautiful city of Budapest. With the Danube River dividing the old town (Buda), from the newer area (Pest), there is plenty to see and do. Perhaps, you might wish to visit Buda Castle, browse the boutiques and shops on the Pest side of the Danube, or soak in the city's famous thermal baths. Later, stop for a refreshment at Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, whose proceeds help fund a non-profit by the same name, which means "Never Give Up." Most of the employees at this social enterprise café are living with a disability, and the charity advocates for rights for the disabled all over Hungary. Your meal helps this café to invest in the charity's efforts, which also includes supporting rural Roma communities through much-needed social programs. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by train Accommodation: Ibis Styles Budapest Center (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      Today is a free day exploring the charming and historic city of Budapest. Take a look at our optional activities list further below for some suggestions with what to do with your time. Accommodation: Ibis Styles Budapest Center (or similar) Meals included: Breakfast

      There are no planned activities today, so you may depart Budapest at any time. If you wish to extend your stay in Budapest, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is usually mid-morning, but luggage storage services are available at the reception desk. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but we can still offer you and your travel companions a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book. Meals included: Breakfast

      Details

      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please click here to go to our general FAQ, which has essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Central Europe
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. HOTELS: It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different from other areas of the world you may have traveled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich wealthy homes, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms, and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head. On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities.
      2. AIR CONDITIONING: Some of the hotels we use on this trip do not have air conditioning. Our partner G Adventures adjusts hotels based on customer feedback and according to them the hotels they have chosen should be a comfortable temperature at night. If you have any hot nights where the room was uncomfortable, please let us know.
      3. KRAKOW HOSTEL: Our accommodation in Krakow is a comfortable and modern hostel with double, twin or triple rooms, bathroom facilities may be shared. Rooms may be triple-share and are not all ensuite. However, the location and the homely welcome are unbeatable!
      4. LUGGAGE: In Europe, it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels, or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses, etc., and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. You should be able to comfortably walk for 10-30 minutes at a time with your luggage. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage that is compact and lightweight. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
      5. PACE: This trip has a rapid pace, and the heat of the summer can make it quite exhausting. Please know in advance that you will see a lot, but this isn't a relaxing vacation.
      6. ORIENTATION WALKS: The orientation walking tours on this trip are often on cobblestone roads at steep grades and can last several hours in the heat of the summer. Feel free to opt-out of these walking tours if you wish, as they can be physically very taxing. In some cases, on the other side of the coin, they may move a bit too slow for you. If you have a map, a travel app, or a guidebook, feel free to go off on your own. GEEO wants you to have the experience you desire, and sometimes that means separating yourself from the group.
      7. GUIDES: In Europe, all guiding is based around local guides, all of whom are licensed to work only in a particular city. As such, our leaders are able to provide orientation walks that will show you the layout of each town and city, as well as the location of local services such as post offices and laundromats but, are unable to legally share historical facts and figures in public places. Your tour leader will be able to help you find a local guided tour in each location if you would like one. We use local guides at Auschwitz and in Vienna where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
      8. PRE-BOOKING ACTIVITIES: Past participants have told us that they were unable to visit the Reichstag in Berlin and Shindler's factory in Krakow because the tickets were sold out. We recommend booking these in advance online. To visit the Reichstag, please go here for more info. We recommend planning your visit for either day 1 or day 2 of the program at any time you wish. To visit Shindler's Factory you can purchase tickets here. We recommend planning your visit for day 5 of the program at any time you wish. Please use our Whatsapp group if you want to coordinate with others in your group to schedule visits to these sights together.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
      Fitness Level
      This trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. In the cities, you can split apart from the group to go your own pace. Getting on and off trains and walking with luggage requires some physical effort.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. Taxis in Berlin are metered. The MyTaxi application can be used to order and pay for metered taxis. Rideshare applications like Uber are also available in Berlin. Tickets for trains in Berlin need to be bought in advance of boarding. Ticket vending machines are located in the train stations. You must validate your ticket in the stamping machines, which mark the ticket with the time and place of use. Tickets for the bus and tram can be bought from machines before boarding, or else on board. Public transport tickets are valid for the whole journey; you do not need to buy separate tickets when transferring. You do not need to show a ticket to get on the train. However, there are many ticket inspectors in Berlin who issue instant fines, so please ensure you remember to purchase (and validate) your ticket. Getting to Berlin from Berlin Airport Train The Airport Express (FEX) and regional trains run several times an hour between Berlin-Hauptbahnhof and the Airport station BER Terminal 1-2. The cost is approximately €3.80. The airport train station is located directly beneath Terminal 1 of BER. As noted previously, make sure to buy your ticket in advance at one of the ticketing machines. Board the Airport Express Train (FEX), RE7, or RB14. These trains connect the airport directly to the city center and depart approximately every 30 minutes. The ride to S+U Gesundbrunnen Bhf takes about 30 minutes. Taxi For a more direct route, taxis are available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 5. The ride to the hotel should take approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic. The cost would be approximately €50-70.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures Berlin office: +441858378000 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from Australia: 1300 796 618 Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 Face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Tests (at least 3)
      Suggested Checklist
      • Raincoat and/or umbrella
      • Personal clothing for hot weather – we recommend packing 8-9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once
      • Light fleece or jacket (for flight over or cool mornings, especially in Germany and Poland)
      • Sturdy walking shoes
      • Sport sandals or flip-flops
      • Daypack
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Sun hat
      • Water bottle
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries – important: some hotels do not give you soap and shampoo
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Bathing suit for the spa in Budapest and rafting in Český Krumlov
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      • Light fleece top
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Laundry
      Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO programs require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not require a visa to travel to any of the countries we visit during this program. Non-American participants should check online to determine if they need any visas.
      Money Exchange
      The local currencies on this trip are the euro (EUR), Polish Zloty (PLN), Czech Kronur (CZK), and Hungarian Forint (HUF). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      Tipping
      It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 EUR per person per week would be appropriate.
      Flights
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins in Berlin and ends in Budapest. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Berlin, which usually means departing the U.S. one days prior. You may want to arrive in Europe one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Budapest at any time on the final day of the trip, or stay later to see more of the city.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. All of the countries visited on this trip have type C outlets for two circular prongs, and the voltage is 220-240V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Expectations
      Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
      • The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
      • You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
      • Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
      • We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
      • Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring, and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      Weather
      The weather in all of these countries is similar; summer is warm and can be rainy.
      Advice From Past Participants
      "ATMs worked very well for me, and I essentially did not need to bring cash. I would bring very little next time. Using a credit card for meals worked out in some places but was more difficult than I had anticipated." "Don't feel as if you need to stick with the group the entire time once you arrive in the cities. Explore at our own pace!" "Too many people in the group did not read the portion that stated we were supposed to be able to carry our own luggage and would be walking with the luggage from train stations to hotels. It was frustrating to listen to complaints about having to do things that were clearly stated as requirements." "This was not a trip for anyone with the slightest inability to walk a lot, whether it's from aching knees, blisters, or anyone of the numerous foot/knee/back issues that afflict people in their 50s (let alone those in their 70s). Europe is the least handicap friendly place I've ever been." "You need a passport to enter the Reichstag in Berlin. Some ATM cards might not work in Berlin for a mysterious reason." "I never expected the challenges of the public transportation systems used – the steps in train stations, the carting of luggage from train to metro to tram and vice versa." "I would strongly suggest spending extra time in Berlin and Budapest. You will feel as if you are missing out if you don't arrive early and stay late." "Be prepared for noise levels at night. This is Europe. In general, they go out later at night and stay out later than we do in the U.S. There will be noise – especially if you stay closer to the city/town center or square."

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $300-600 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $1,000-1,500 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Airport Transfers
      Varies depending on whether you take public transport or taxis. Anywhere from $30 to $100
      Insurance
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
      Tipping
      We recommend $70-90 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides on additional activities.
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $540-705 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Souvenirs
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Berlin
      East Side Gallery Visit Along Berlin Wall: Free The very name Berlin conjures images of the famous Berlin Wall. Two sections of the original structure still remain on display; the East Side Gallery, where artists have decorated the remaining section of the wall, and the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer). View these remnants of history that once divided east from west. Berlin Wall Memorial: Free Learn about the history of the “Iron Curtain,” the physical, political, and emotional barrier that once separated Berlin under the Communist Eastern Bloc and their neighbors to the west. At Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer), see a complete section of the wall, and look from the east side to see the remains of an electric fence in the so-called “death strip.” Discover the stories of those who died trying to escape to the freedom of West Berlin. Brandenburg Gate: Free The Brandenburg Gate is a spot of great historical significance. Witness the spot where hundreds of thousands of people were finally able to cross from the east side to the west after the fall of the wall. Walk the cobblestones of the surrounding Pariser Platz and mingle with locals who continue to gather here to see stage shows and celebrate public events. Checkpoint Charlie Museum: €17.50 EUR Down the street from the Berlin Wall is the Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, a museum that documents the history of the wall, and interestingly, many of the different ways people tried to escape. From hot air balloons to one-man submarines, learn about the tenacity and creativity used by those desperate to cross from the east to western side. Pergamon Museum: €12 EUR Located in Berlin's Museum Island, the Pergamonmuseum holds an impressive collection of art and objects from Greek and Roman antiquity, the ancient Near East (covering Mesopotamia, Syria, and Anatolia), and the Museum of Islamic Art. Please note that the Pergamon Altar, its most visited exhibit, is closed for renovations until 2025. Jewish Museum: €8 EUR The Judisches Museum is one of the largest Jewish museums in Europe. See how architect Daniel Libeskind's design evokes three important elements of the past two centuries; the intellectual, economic, and cultural contributions of Jewish citizens in Berlin, the reality of the Holocaust, and the recognition of their absence from Berlin (and beyond) following the Second World War. See evocative collections and displays. TV Tower: €13-23 EUR For an amazing view of Berlin, visit the famous Berlin Television Tower. Bring your camera and take panoramic photos from the viewing room, then grab a drink and snack at the cafe located 203m (666 ft) above ground. Schloss Charlottenburg: €10 EUR Named after Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen consort of Prussia, the Schloss Charlottenburg is one of the few grand structures of Berlin which largely escaped damage during World War II. Visit the palace's rococo ballroom, the Silver Vault, the exotic Orangery, and its impressive gardens, designed by the same royal gardeners who worked on the palace of Versailles. Bike tour: €20 EUR Guided walking tour: €15 EUR River sightseeing tour: €16 EUR Berliner Dom: €5 EUR Reichstag: Free (but remember your passport) German History Museum: €5 EUR Natural History Museum: €6 EUR Berlin Zoo: €12 EUR
      Kraków
      Rynek Underground Museum: 19 PLN Travel beneath the market square for a tour of the underground route of forgotten medieval market stalls. Wawel Royal Castle: 5-35 PLN (price varies based on ticket type) Take a stroll up Wawel hill (or catch a ride on a horse and carriage) to 16th-century Wawel Castle. Roam the gardens, or the museum featuring exhibitions that give you some insight into life as a royal, such as Royal Private Apartments, and Crown Treasury and Armory. Galicia Jewish Museum: 12 PLN St. Mary's Basilica: 6 PLN Walking tour: 32 PLN Wieliczka Salt Mines: 79 PLN If you can tear yourself away from the charms of Krakow, visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines, located only a short distance away. Built in the 13th century, these mines produced table salt until 2007, making it one of the world's oldest salt mines. Head deep into an underground network of tunnels and chambers some 135m (443 ft) below the surface. Visit the Blessed King's Chapel, a salt cathedral carved by miners, complete with elaborate chandeliers and sculptures.
      Prague
      Bike tour: 390 CZK Petřín Hill Hike: Free-30 CZK Prague certainly has no shortage of breathtaking views and Petřín Hill, near Prague Castle, offers a less obstructed panoramic vista of the "city of spires." If you're not in the mood for hiking uphill you can always take a cable car all the way to the top. Jewish Quarter Visit: €10-20 EUR The Prague Ghetto, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. This Jewish Quarter was first established in the 13th century when Jewish people were ordered to leave their homes in other areas of the city and settle in this designated community. Birthplace to author Franz Kafka, see a monument in his honor, visit historical synagogues, a cemetery, and museum with many artifacts collected during the Second World War. Mucha Museum: 280 CZK Spend some time with a master of Art Nouveau - a style famous for its flowing lines and natural forms - at the Mucha Museum. With seven themed galleries that explore the life and times of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, view dozens of the decorative panels, posters, illustrations, paintings, and photographs that made him one of the art world's most prolific and revered figures. Letná Beer Garden Visit: Free - €3 EUR Watch the sunset from the heights of the Letná Beer Garden in Letná Park, along the banks of the Vltava River. Sample a pint of Gambrinus 10° Czech beer, world-famous for its superb quality and low cost. Grab a grilled sausage and soak in the scenery. Museum of Communism: 150 CZK Visit the Museum of Communism for an in-depth look into Prague's recent history. Covering the period after Nazi occupation and leading up to the Velvet Revolution - a tumultuous 40 years for many Czech people - there's much to explore over two floors. Wander through galleries filled with photos, videos, artifacts, and other exhibits that provide a glimpse into everyday life during the communist era. Prague Castle: 250-350 CZK If you like a challenge, climb 200+ steps up to the famous Prague Castle (known as Hradčany), the Castle of the Bohemian Kings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest castle complex in the world and includes Roman-style buildings from the 10th century. Still got energy? Climb the lookout tower of St. Vitus Cathedral and be rewarded with a glorious view of the city. Town Hall Clock Tower: 100-440 CZK The Astronomical Clock Tower, built next to Prague's Old Town Hall, is a 600-year-old masterpiece and the oldest working clock in the world. Every hour, hundreds of visitors gather to hear it chime and watch the twelve apostles "greet" curious onlookers. At the visitor's center, opt to book an independent tour of the clock tower to see its inner workings. Kafka Museum: 200 CZK Immerse yourself in the world of Franz Kafka, widely regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest literary authors. At the Franz Kafka Museum, explore the Prague of Kafka's youth, weave your way through the places and events which influence his writing style (often referred to as "Kafkaesque"), and uncover how his formative experiences led to works such as "The Metamorphosis". Charles Bridge: Free Visit the Charles Bridge, commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357. Cross the ancient cobblestone walkway which spans 16 arches, lined with 30 religious statues. Buy souvenirs and listen to street musicians. It's less crowded first thing in the morning and at night. Malá Strana: Free Cross the Charles Bridge and find yourself in picture-perfect Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Browse small shops, explore cobblestone side streets, visit churches and then find a Czech pub or restaurant to relax and revel in the ambiance of this ancient district. Medieval Dinner at Tavern U krale Brabantskeho: 200-500 CZK (highly recommended by past groups) St Barbara Cathedral: 160 CZK
      Český Krumlov
      State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov: 360 CZK Tour the Český Krumlov State Castle and Chateau, complete with hidden passageways, a unique Baroque theatre, a hedge maze, and beautiful gardens. The castle and surrounding complex is one of the largest in central Europe. Built between the 14th and 19th centuries, the well-preserved layout, structure, interior, and architectural details earned it a spot on UNESCO's list of World Cultural Heritage Monuments. Český Krumlov Synagogue: Free Discover the mottled history of this Jewish synagogue built in 1909 by members of the small Jewish community. Facing Jerusalem, it features an eight-sided tower, blue arched ceilings and colourful windows decorated with the Star of David. Learn how it went from synagogue to meeting space for Hitler's Youth Club, to a church for US soldiers, to theatre storage space, back to a synagogue within the short span of a century. Brewery tour: 200 CZK Guided walking tour: 300 CZK Egon Schiele Art Centrum: 200 CZK
      Vienna
      Saint Stephen's Cathedral: Free St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of Vienna’s main landmarks complete with a 343-step climb up a spiral staircase to look out over the city. Belvedere Gallery: €19 EUR Learn some of the history of this beautiful palace and grounds and explore the impressive art collection. Of particular note, the museum's collection of 24 pieces by Gustav Kilmt, including his famous 'Kiss'. Vienna State Opera House: €8 EUR Visit the famous Vienna Opera House and soak in its exceptional architecture. Opt for a guided tour to see the opera house's main features and learn about the history of the building. Tour the Spanish Riding School of Vienna: €14 EUR Pay a visit to the renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna. Witness the birthplace of "airs above the ground," or classical dressage, known for its highly controlled movements and jumps. Please note that there are no training sessions with the Lipizzaner horses from July to mid-August, although there are shorter public training involving the younger stallions during this time. Hotel Sacher Visit and dessert: €30-50 EUR Visit the historic Hotel Sacher and get a taste of the world-famous Sacher Torte. It's a cultural experience as well as a delicious cake. Schönbrunn Palace: €11-15 EUR (price varies depending on ticket type) Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The palace gardens are free to all visitors. Vienna Boys' Choir: €56-200 EUR (price varies depending on seating) Sit back and be transported by the sweet voices of the one of world's best known choirs. Founded in 1498, the Vienna Boys’ Choir is made up of boys aged 10-14 from Austria and around the world. Attend a live concert and learn what it means to be moved by music.
      Budapest
      Budapest Walking Tour: $33 USD per person; 3 hrs Unravel the secrets of Budapest on a walking tour of the city's medieval and Jewish districts. Your guide will meet you and then take you to visit Great Market Hall, the city's largest food market, before making your way through winding streets to see remnants of Budapest's 15th-century fortress walls. Immerse yourself in the pre-Ottoman worlds of Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River, and learn about events of historical significance along the way. Stop for a coffee break, then continue onto the city's Jewish district and visit the Dohany Street Synagogue to learn about the history of Hungarian Jews. Today, this area is known for its "ruin bars" and is a lively center of nightlife. Buda Castle: 1500 HUF per person; 3-4 hrs Set on Castle Hill overlooking the Danube River and Pest, Buda Castle was once home to the Hungarian kings of Budapest. Admire the gorgeous architecture and visit its two museums; the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum. Permanent collections depict the past 500 yrs of Hungary's art history, including Medieval and Renaissance stonework, Gothic wood sculptures, and Gothic altars. Thermal Baths: 4,200-5,000 HUF per person; 1-3 hrs Bring two towels, your bathing suit, and an aching body and prepare to be healed in the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Built-in 1913, you can test the waters of 18 different pools (15 of which are spring-fed) amidst stunning neo-Baroque architecture. Play chess on floating chessboards, relax in the whirlpools, and explore the wonderful mosaic domes of these historic thermal steam rooms. Guided Budapest Bike Tour: €28 EUR per person; 3-4 hrs Join a group for a guided city tour by bike. Buzz around the city on two wheels to cover more ground and get your blood pumping. Danube River Cruise: €12 EUR per person Float down the Danube for a better look at the picturesque sites along the river bend. Parliament Building: 5,200 HUF per person Take a guided tour of one of Hungary's crown jewels – the Hungarian Parliament building. Existing as the third largest Parliament building in the world, its Neo-Gothic architecture also makes it a contender for one of the most beautiful. Tour the Hungarian Coronation Jewels in the Dome Hall, the Old Upper House Hall of the bicameral Hungarian Parliament, as well as the Lounge. Guided tours are mandatory for entrance, and we recommend booking your tour in advance. Hungarian National Museum: 1,600 HUF per person Discover a vast collection of relics at the Hungarian National Museum, the oldest in the country. Wander through galleries that feature incredible objects from prehistoric to modern times, including those from the Stone Age, Ottoman period and contemporary Hungary. Hungarian State Opera House: 2,900 HUF per person Constructed in 1873, the Opera House is one of Budapest's most stunning examples of Neo-Renaissance architecture. Take a tour around this stunning building to get a closer look at the ornate marble statues, frescos, and ornate tin work - to name a few highlights. Great Market Hall: Free Take a stroll though the oldest indoor market in Hungary. Chain Bridge: Free Straddling the river Danube, the Chain Bridge suspension bridge is the first built to connect Buda and Pest, and is now one of Budapest's most iconic landmarks.