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 (day trip)

Included in the program fee

Visit beautiful Kutná Hora a UNESCO World Heritage town located one hour from Prague in the region of Bohemia. Once famous for its silver, mined from the surrounding hills, the town offers a nostalgic snapshot into Prague’s medieval past. See the famous “bone church,” the silver mines, and St. Barbara’s Cathedral, a mighty Gothic church constructed in 1388.

Includes round trip transportation, entrances and a faculty guide.

Moravia (2 days)

Included in program fee

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 Vrbu - a family run wine cellar in Hustopece. 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. The last stop en-route back to Prague is the Church of St. Barbara in Adamov, a town in the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic.

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

Optional Excursion to Kraków and Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland (3 days - $345)

Kraków is one of the great Central European cities: a city of culture, a city of kings and a city of learning. The castle at Wawel Hill has been there for more than 1,000 years and is considered by many Poles to be the home of the nation. Travel by bus to Kraków, then take a stroll through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Market Square, one of the largest squares in all of Europe. See the intricate Gothic altar masterpiece in St. Mary’s Church. The next day, visit Wawel Castle and the Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz, setting for the movie Schindler’s List. Visit the remains of the WWII Jewish Ghetto in the Podgorze district. On day three, visit the Martyrdom Museum in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi Concentration Camp of WWII, preserved as a memorial to the 1.5 million people of 28 nationalities who perished there. Afternoon departure for Prague by bus.

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

Optional Excursion to Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna (5 Days - $675)

Saturday, July 22: Head to the south of the Czech Republic, stopping in the historical town of Trebic along the way. Here you will have a chance to visit the Jewish quarter and St. Procopius Basilica, both designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Afterwards you will stop for lunch and a guided tour in a small local brewery before continuing to the beautiful Lednice-Valtice cultural landscape, another Unesco World Heritage site. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful Lednice Castle.

Sunday, July 23: Leaving the Czech Republic, you will continue on to the Slovakian capital, Bratislava. Visit the quaint old town with time to explore and eat lunch, then continue 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 bus/ boat tour to get familiar with the main sights of the city.

Monday, July 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 27: 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 cancellation.

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