Jun 22, 2021 — Jul 07, 2021

Discovering Eastern Europe

With Dr. Carla Thorson

About this Trip

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.  

$5,397 per person including airfare from Boston or New York (other gateways available)

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Your Council Leader

Dr. Carla Thorson, Senior Vice President, Programs at World Affairs in Northern California, leads program design and management, including over 100 global policy forums each year, the global philanthropy forum and an education program for high school and college students. Prior to joining World Affairs, Dr. Thorson taught political science at UCLA and worked for the UCLA International Institute's Center for European and Eurasian Studies. As a consultant at the RAND Corporation and analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. she focused on democratization processes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics, and while working at IREX, she helped establish one of the first US nonprofit offices in Moscow in 1989-90. Thorson got her PhD in political science at UCLA, an MLitt at the University of Oxford and a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a world traveler, Dr. Thorson enjoys sharing her experiences with World Affairs members and has led several Council tours, including Cuba, Russia and Central Asia. She has also lectured on cruises to the Baltics, Antarctica and Iceland, and most recently on our 2019 trip to Tanzania.