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  • Hotels: Hotels: Standard Class

  • 06/27/2021 - 07/10/2021

  • Max Participants: 15

  • 14 Days / 13 Nights

Overview

From fairytale Czech towns to Budapest, the “Pearl of the Danube,” experience the unique culture, food, and history of Central Europe. This 2-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.

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What's Included::
  • Orientation tour of Krakow
  • Auschwitz entrance and guided tour
  • Orientation walk of Prague
  • Vienna walking tour
  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout; local guides in Auschwitz, Warsaw, and Vienna
  • 14 Breakfasts (Allow USD $520-$680 for meals not included)
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities by Train, long-distance bus, local bus
  • Hotels (13 nts)
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. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. We HIGHLY recommended arriving a day or two early to explore this world-renowned city fully. Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting, typically 6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. After the meeting, you might like to take the opportunity to head out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to get to know your tour leader and traveling companions further. Please make every effort to arrive on time for this welcome 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.

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 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, and continues to be, a political rallying point for different groups and concerns. If you are still craving museums, Berlin has plenty! Some options all worth considering: 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 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: https://www.bundestag.de/en/visittheBundestag/dome/registration-245686. 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 with a viewing room and cafe located 203 meters above ground, providing sweeping views of the city.

We depart Berlin early this morning on a train to Kraków, Poland's cultural hub, where, when we arrive, we will take an orientation of one of the most charming cities in Eastern Europe. We first head to the center of everything – the Old Town’s Rynek Glowny square, one of the world’s largest medieval squares. You can sit for hours watching the people wander by over the cobblestoned streets. 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, get your CEO to take you to a “milk bar,” where you can line up with the locals for traditional cheap polish food, cafeteria-style! When you awaken from your carb-coma, visit the royal castle perched on the Wawel Hill, providing a great view of the city. Approximate travel time: 6 hrs by train Please note: We have upgraded this hotel to a higher level of accommodation due to previous complaints of the hotel in Kraków not having AC and being hot and noisy due to the thriving nightlife in the old town of Kraków. Our hotel this year will have AC, but won't be in Old Town. This way you can enjoy the nightlife if you wish, but either way, have a peaceful night's sleep.

As a group, we start the way with a visit to the site of one of history's most horrific crimes, Auschwitz-Birkenau, 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.

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. Here, you will be plunged into a deep, underground network of tunnels and chambers some 135 m below the surface. The Blessed King's Chapel is a highlight not to be missed, with its elaborate salt chandeliers and carvings. 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!

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: 8 hrs by train

Today is 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 Mala 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.

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.

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. Discover the history and architecture of this charming town. Check out the Jewish synagogue built in Nouveau-Romanesque style in 1909 by the local Jewish community, featuring an eight-sided tower with Torah-shaped windows. Cycle through the region's forests or explore the area by horseback. Sample the famous Czech beer with a visit to a local brewery or travel to Budvar (translated to "Budweiser"), and be sure to get out and see the town at night. You could also rent a raft and set off on a gentle float down the Vltava River. Perhaps stop for snacks along the way. Either way, you will enjoy this easy excursion on the water. Approximate travel time: 2-3 hrs by private vehicle

This morning, we leave the Czech Republic, as we 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 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 as well as discover the Sachertorte coffee houses and, of course, the oldest cake shop in the city. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle

Today is a free day for you to explore the elegant city of Vienna. Perhaps, 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.

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. Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by train

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.

Our program ends in Budapest this morning. Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs). If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip, but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator, we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!

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.
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 ASAP.
  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 the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a "My Own Room" option, also known as a "Single Supplement," which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org. To see the price for the "My Own Room" option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.  
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. When you arrive at the airport you can either take a taxi or use public transportation. From Berlin airport Schoenefeld: A metered taxi will cost approximately 40 EUR A public train can be taken for 3.10 EUR to Alexanderplatz, which is a 15-minute walk from our hotels in this area. A taxi from Alexanderplatz station would cost about 6 EUR.
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 UK office (Weekdays 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. GST): +44 20 7243 9870 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, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from within UK: 0844 272 0000 Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999 For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact +44 7817 262 559 If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
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 downstairs, 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.
 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; covering shoulders is advisable
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • EUR/USD cash
  • Credit or debit card
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent 10-30 days before departure
Laundry
Laundry facilities are rarely offered by the hotels. You are most likely going to need to use a laundromat.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips 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. Americans do not need a visa to travel in any of the countries we visit on this trip. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.  
Money Exchange
As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. ATMs are also widely available that distribute the local currency, and this is what we recommend as your primary source of cash while traveling. Please make sure you bring at least $200 USD in cash as emergency money just in case you have trouble with the ATMs or lose your bank card. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. Visa and MasterCard are useful for cash advances in an emergency situation. Please note: If carrying U.S. Dollars, they should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and printed 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 your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. 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. Also, at the end of each trip, if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $35-$45 USD per person per week can be used.
Vaccinations
You do not need any vaccinations to travel on this program.
Flights
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course, this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here. Your trip begins in Berlin and ends in Budapest. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Berlin. You can arrive at any time of the day you choose, however, we strongly urge you to arrive by 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 for our group meeting. You can depart from Budapest at any time on the final day of the trip.
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device. All of the countries visited on this trip primarily use a European-style two circular prong plug. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100-240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
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.  
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 50's (let alone those in their 70's). 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."  
Weather
Weather in all of these countries is similar. Summer is warm and can be rainy.

Costs

Please keep in mind 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. Breakfasts are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget 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.
Insurance
$25-$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 $60-$80 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 for tipping local guides on additional activities.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
$520-$680 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 in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. 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 feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip. The prices below are in Euros (EUR), Polish Zloty (PLN), Czech Kronur (CZK), and Hungarian Forints (HUF).
Berlin
Pergamon Museum: 12 EUR Jewish Museum: 5 EUR Schloss Charlottenburg: 10 EUR TV Tower: 10 EUR 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
Galicia Jewish Museum: 12 PLN Wawel Royal Castle: 18 PLN Walking tour: 32 PLN St. Mary's Basilica: 6 PLN Wieliczka Salt Mines: 79 PLN
Prague
Bike tour: 390 CZK Jewish Quarter: 600 CZK Day-trip train to Kutná Hora: 110 CZK Mucha Museum: 120 CZK Museum of Communism: 130 CZK Prague Castle: 350 CZK St Barbara Cathedral: 40 CZK Town Hall Clock Tower: 60 CZK Medieval Dinner at Tavern U krale Brabantskeho: 200-500 CZK (highly recommended from last year's group)
Český Krumlov
Brewery tour: 130 CZK Guided walking tour: 300 CZK Egon Schiele Art Centrum: 120 CZK Guided castle tour: 160 CZK
Vienna
Spanish Riding School of Vienna: 14 EUR per person Pay a visit to the gorgeous grey Lipizzaner horses of 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. Vienna Boys' Choir: 35 EUR per person; 2-3 hrs Sit back and be transported by the sweet voices of one of the 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. Belvedere Gallery: 19 EUR per person; 1-2 hrs 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 Klimt, including his famous "Kiss." Hotel Sacher, including dessert: 30-50 EUR per person 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. 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. Schönbrunn Palace: 11-15 EUR per person; 30 mins-1 hr Enjoy a guided tour of the stunning summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The palace gardens are free to all visitors. Vienna State Opera House: 8 EUR per person 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.
Budapest
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 years 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.