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February 2024- Budapest, Vienna & Prague
(with a possible 3-day extension to Poland, Slovakia & Germany)

In these three Eastern European cities, old-world charm and modern energy create an atmosphere unlike any other. Start your week-long journey in Budapest, a city of hidden gems dramatically divided by the Danube River. Then travel to Vienna, a bustling capital known for wiener schnitzel and world-famous composers. End your trip in storybook Prague, where you’ll learn about the city’s enthralling history in its cobblestone streets and gothic town squares.

Day 1: Fly overnight to Hungary
Day 2: Budapest

    • Meet your Tour Director at the airport
    • Take a walking tour of Budapest
    • See Fisherman's Bastion
    • See the Hungarian Parliament building

Day 3: Budapest

      • Heroes' square
      • Vajdahunyad Castle
      • Citadella Fortress
      • Gellert Hill
      • Vorosmarty Square
      • Visit Matthias Church
      • Visit the Budapest baths

Day 4: Budapest - Vienna
Travel  to Vienna and see

      • Ringstrasse
      • Parliament building
      • Neues Rathaus
      • Hofburg Palace
      • Visit Schonbrunn Palace
      • Hofburg Palace
      • Enjoy a Wiener schnitzel dinner

Day 5: Vienna - Prague
Travel to Prague
Take a walking tour of Prague

Day 6: Prague

      • Take a guided tour of Prague
      • Wallenstein Palace gardens
      • Lennon Wall
      • Charles Bridge
      • Astronomical Clock
      • Prague Castle
      • Old Town Square
      • Explore Prague on your own

Day 7: Depart for home

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MAY 2024- Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

Japan has had many identities through the centuries, and its story is a fascinating one.Tokyo is the modern-day center of pop culture and business, while Kyoto remains the most traditional of the big cities. The country is filled with natural beauty—see it from the window of the high-speed Shinkansen train and in the majestic lakes and mountains of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Day 1: Fly overnight to Japan
Day 2: Tokyo - Meet your Tour Director at the airport

Day 3: Tokyo- Take a guided tour of Tokyo

  • See the Imperial Palace Plaza, the residence of Japan's Imperial Family
  • Explore the colorful and iconic Harajuku shopping district
  • Stop by the Metropolitan Government Building, where the governing body of Tokyo sits
  • Find a quiet oasis in the middle of the city with a visit to the Meiji Shinto Shrine
  • Take a walking tour of Shibuya
  • Explore the Asakusa Kannon Temple, the city's largest temple
  • Enjoy a sumo-style hot pot dinner

Day 4: Tokyo 

  • Visit a technology showroom
  • Take a tour of Akihabara Electric Town
  • Enjoy time to explore on your own

Day 5: Tokyo - Kamakura - Fuji-Hakone-Izu region

  • Travel via Kamakura to the Fuji-Hakone-Izu region
  • Visit the Great Buddha of Kamakura
  • Visit the Hachimangu Shrine
  • Explore Kamakura on your own
  • Travel to the Fji-Hakone-Izu region

Day 6: Fuji-Hakone-Izu region - Odawara - Kyoto

  • Travel via Owakudani and Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park to Odawara
  • Visit Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
  • Take a cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Ride the Mount Komagatake cable car (weather permitting)
  • Enjoy free time in Owakundani
  • See Odawara Castle
  • Travel by bullet train to Kyoto

Day 7: Kyoto

  • Take a guided tour of Kyoto
  • Visit the Golden Pavilion, a Zen Buddhist temple
  • See a kimono show at the Nishijin Textile Center
  • Visit Nijo Castle, where the Tokugawa shogunate kept a second home
  • Take a tour of the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Day 8: Kyoto - Osaka

  • Visit the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine
  • Take a guided tour of Nara
  • Visit Todaiji Temple
  • See the Daibutsu, the world's largest bronze Buddha
  • Spend time with the friendly deer of Nara Park
  • Visit Kasuga-Taisha, Nara's most celebrated shrine
  • Travel to Osaka
  • Take an in-depth tour of Osaka's Dtonbori canal street

Day 9: Depart for home

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For any questions on trips, contact: Jenny Stortz, Educational Travel Program Coordinator.