Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

Study Abroad in Prague: Cultural Excursions

London, England (2 nights)

Included only for students on the optional AIFS Flight Package

Get to know your fellow students before traveling to campus and take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. You will also have free time to visit museums, see a play or stroll in London’s beautiful parks.

Includes accommodations, breakfast and sightseeing as indicated. Lunch and dinner are not included.

Kutná Hora or Cesky Krumlov (day trip)

Included in the program fee

Visit beautiful UNESCO World Heritage towns Kutná Hora, north of Prague or Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia.

Includes round-trip transportation, entrances and a faculty guide.

Moravia (2 days)

Included in program fee for Session 1

Travel from Prague by bus to Moravia in the Eastern region of the Czech Republic. Moravia is famous for its wine and beautiful scenery and the people there are renowned for their friendliness. The first stop is an inhabited cloister in the small town of Tišnov. Then visit Slavkov (Austerlitz), where Napoleon fought one of his most important battles and was victorious over the Austrians and Russians in 1805. Continue to Brno, the beautiful capital of Moravia. In Brno visit Gregor Mendel’s Garden and Museum where Mendel grew his famous, yellow wrinkled peas and discovered the foundations of genetics. Then you will have a short tour of the city center before staying overnight at Vinný sklep U Vrbů – a family run wine cellar in Hustopeče. The following day depart for the small village of Krtiny to visit one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Europe nicknamed “The pearl of Moravia.” Explore the Moravian Karst, the most beautiful complex of underground caves in Central Europe by foot and by boat.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, a dinner, transportation and selected entrance fees.

Karlovy Vary and Czech Switzerland (2 days)

Included in program fee for Session 2

Depart Prague for Czech Switzerland on the border with Germany for a day in the national park, known for its untouched natural sandstone formations, gorges and observation towers. You will discover the Tisa rocks labyrinth, which was the setting for the Narnia movies, and visit various viewpoints and natural rock bridges. There will be an opportunity to hike through this beautiful landscape and take photos.Overnight in the beautiful town of Litomerice.

On day two, drive to the spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) where you can taste water from the ancient springs and visit the famous colonnades. During the walking tour you will hear about the Spa town's famous history and you will have the chance to visit the Becherovka Museum as well as the Hotel Pupp Cafe, which inspired the Grand Budapest Hotel and is featured in Casino Royale.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, a lunch, transportation and selected entrance fees.

Optional Excursion to Berlin, Germany (3 days - $375)

Session 1 only

Berlin is Germany’s capital and largest city. The world-famous Brandenburg Gate, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island and the superb architecture of the impressive Reichstag building are among the most famous attractions. Berlin is also one of the hippest cities in Europe and in the various neighborhoods you can find artsy galleries and markets, foods to try from all over the world, great shopping and nightlife.

Upon arrival in Berlin you will have a short orientation walking tour of the city center. Enjoy a free evening to explore the sites and neighborhoods. The following day explore Berlin’s most famous attractions including the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden and Potsdamer Platz on a guided tour. In the afternoon you will visit the Reichstag dome famously designed by British architect Norman Foster, which provides great views over the city. On the final morning, you will have the option to visit one of Berlin’s coolest flea markets. Then you will be able to see the East side gallery as well as the Berlin Wall memorial. The memorial includes a section of the wall as it was just before it fell in 1989. You will then go by bus to Wannsee where you will visit the location of the infamous Wannsee conference before returning to Prague. Weather permitting, you will stop for lunch in a traditional German beer garden.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, transportation, sightseeing, local guide and entrances.

Optional Post Program Tour to Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna (5 Days - $775) (Session 1 only)

Saturday, July 14: Head to the south-east of the Czech Republic with a stop for sightseeing and lunch en-route, past the border, and on to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. You will get a guided walking tour of the quaint old town with time to explore in the evening.

Sunday, July 15: In the morning, you will briefly visit Bratislava castle before leaving Slovakia and continuing on to Budapest, Hungary. Straddled by the Danube River, Budapest is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful and eclectic cities combining Baroque and Art-Nouveau architecture with romantic bridges and quirky coffee houses and warehouse bars. After checking in to the hotel, you can participate in a guided tour to get familiar with the main sights of the city. There is an optional boat tour in the evening to enjoy the illuminated buildings of Budapest.

Monday, July 16: Continue to explore Budapest, discovering UNESCO World Heritage site Castle Hill, one of the most historic parts of Budapest offering spectacular views of the city. In the afternoon you can visit one of the traditional thermal baths Budapest is famous for (entrance fee included). The evening is free to explore Budapest’s nightlife.

Tuesday, July 17: Arrival in the grandiose city of Vienna (Wien, Austria). Vienna has it all - world class museums, impressive architecture, internationally renowned music performances in concert halls, great shopping and the wonderful Viennese charm. After checking into the hotel, take a guided tour of the center of Vienna including the Hofburg, and Stephansplatz.

Wednesday, July 18: Visit the famous Hundertwasserhaus and then continue by bus to the Schoenbrunn Summer Palace. There you will be able to visit the castle as well as the extensive grounds, including a maze, zoo and nice café where you can eat apple strudel. In the afternoon enjoy free time to explore on your own, visiting one of the many museums and parks.

Thursday, July 19: Departure from Vienna to the U.S.

Fee includes accommodations, breakfast, transportation, entrance fees and sightseeing as indicated. Lunch and dinner are not included. Students must enroll and pay for the optional excursions by April 1. If a minimum enrollment of 10 is not achieved, the tour may be cancelled. Once paid for in the U.S. optional excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancelation.

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.