Central Europe: Beyond the Iron Curtain (2019)

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Explore vibrant cities with rich artistic traditions and remarkable architectural achievements and see the most important monuments where history played out. Many of the excursions are tailored exclusively for the group, with private access.
2019 Small Group Journeys

Journey Highlights

Relive the rich, and often turbulent, history of four central European countries on this fascinating cultural journey. Meet local characters who will shed light on events which played out in the region from the Holy Roman Empire through medieval monarchies to Prussian rule and World War II, the Soviet era, pre-reunification Germany and today. Explore vibrant cities with rich artistic traditions and remarkable architectural achievements and see the most important monuments where history played out. Many of the excursions are tailored exclusively for the group, with private access.

Journey Highlights

  • Learn about Poland’s Jewish heritage, the country’s occupation and recent economic developments from a guest speaker
  • Wander through the grand palace and gardens of Poland’s Versailles
  • Savour home-style traditional Polish cooking and taste a typical Hungarian liqueur
  • Lose yourself in a private recital of piano music by Chopin
  • Admire the artistic expression of freedom at the East Berlin Gallery
  • Follow the dark side of East German history when you visit a 1950’s Soviet detention camp with a former political prisoner
  • Relive moments of the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution on an historian- led trail through Prague
  • See an impressive display of showmanship at a Magyar cowboy display on the Great Hungarian Plain
  • Visit some of the most important Jewish sites in Prague’s Old Town
  • Travel by classic Czech car to a private viewing of the monastic libraries in the Strahov Monastery Hone your language skills with an introductory Hungarian lesson  
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