Jul 30, 2020 — Aug 14, 2020

Discovering Eastern Europe

With Dr. Carla Thorson

About the Tour

Leisurely and comprehensive, this 16-day small group tour provides a generous overview of four fascinating Eastern European nations.  The journey begins in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, where sightseeing includes the faithfully rebuilt Old Town and moving visits to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps.  Next is historic Krakow with its celebrated medieval Old Town, and touring of the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a virtual underground city carved from salt.  Travel through the snowcapped Tatra Mountains to Budapest and get acquainted with the “Paris of the East,” with its splendid architecture and lively café culture.  After stops along the scenic Danube Bend, reach beloved Vienna and enjoy a classical music performance and visits to the grand Opera House and majestic Schönbrunn Palace.  In elegant Prague, the final destination, touring includes the medieval Old Town, the Castle District, and the historic Jewish Quarter.  U.S. Embassy briefings will heighten our understanding of these countries.  Experience Germany’s cosmopolitan capital on an optional 4-day/3-night post-tour Berlin extension. 

$5,497 including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available).

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About the lecturer

Dr. Carla Thorson, Vice President of Public Programs, World Affairs Council of Northern California, earned her MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Council, she was on the faculty at UCLA and was Outreach Coordinator for the UCLA International Institute’s Center for European and Eurasian Studies. While studying for her degrees, she also worked as a consultant at the RAND Corporation and as an analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. Dr. Thorson has led several Council tours and lectured on a Baltics cruise, Antarctica cruise, Iceland cruise, and most recently our 2018 trip to South Africa.

  • “The briefings helped me to develop a new understanding of the nature of the region and I loved the beauty of Old Europe."

    Joan Keyser, TX

  • “All my trips with the World Affairs Council have been great and this was one of the best.”

    Phyllis Weber, CA