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 Vrb? - a family run wine cellar in Hustope?e. 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 the spa town of Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) where you can taste water from the ancient spring and visit the famous colonnade and viewing tower. This will be followed by a stop at Hotel Pupp, which was used in the film Grand Hotel Budapest, for coffee and cake. Overnight in the beautiful town of Litomerice.

On day two, drive to 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 visit the famed Falcon’s Nest Castle which was built in 1881 in the alpine style. There will be an opportunity to hike through this beautiful landscape and take photos from the many viewing platforms on site including Pravcicka Gate, the largest natural rock bridge in Europe before returning to Prague.

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

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

Session 1 only

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 Berlin, Germany (3 days - $445)

Session 2 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)

Saturday, July 14 or Saturday, August 4: 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 15 or Sunday, August 5: 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 16 or Monday, August 6: 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 or Tuesday, August 7: 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 or Wednesday, August 8: 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 or Thursday, August 9: 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. Offered at the end of both sessions.