Aura Prague Travel Agency Presents
Central Europe–The Contrast of Centuries
Milan, Italy–3 nights ● Venice, Italy–3 nights ● Kaprun, Austria–3 nights
Salzburg, Austria–partial day ● Vienna, Austria–3 nights
Bratislava, Slovakia–partial day ● Prague, Czech Republic–4 nights
19 July to 5 August 2012
Prices start at $3235 (double occupancy) plus air fare
Milan's Piazza del Duomo
THE SEVENTEEN-DAY TOUR FROM 19 JULY TO 5 AUGUST ALLOWS AMPLE TIME TO . . .
• examine the architecture of magical Milan,
• explore St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace in Renaissance Venice,
• hike in the Alps and visit a glacier in Kaprun, Austria,
• become acquainted with Mozart’s Salzburg,
• sample Vienna’s splendors, such as the Museum of Art and Schönbrunn Palace,
• visit Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, on the banks of the Danube River;
• meander through Prague's medieval streets, castle, and Jewish Quarter.
Venice's Grand Canal and the Ponte di Rialto
WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES
• Accommodation is in four-star hotels and occasionally three-star hotels, based on double occupancy with a private bath. The single supplement for those not interested in rooming with another or are unable to do so because of an odd number of participants will be $534.00.
• Included are breakfasts; all dinners in Kaprun; and one additional meal in Milan, Venice, Vienna, and Prague.
• A professional historian will escort the tour and provide insight on the development of politics and culture in Central Europe. The tour members also will benefit from the experience of a regional guide.
• Travel between cities will be by rail between Milan and Venice (Mestre) and then by private motor coach.
• Participants receive the Vienna Card (transportation and discounts), the Sommercard in Kaprun, and a limited number of mass transit coupons in Milan and Venice.
• Participants will receive historical background and travel tips before departure.
• Students have the possibility of earning 3-6 credits in history from the University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL, at the undergraduate or graduate level for an additional cost. We can cooperate with professors at other institutions to award participants credit from other universities.
• There will be guided tours on one or two mornings in Milan, Venice, Vienna, and Prague. Afterward, participants will have plenty of time to explore on their own.
• Admissions are included for the Milan Cathedral, including the roof; the pool, sauna, auto museum with scores of antique cars, glacier tour, and lakes tour in Kaprun; and the Castle (Hrad) and Cathedral in Prague. Participants can purchase other admissions based on their interests.
• Summer skiing on Kaprun's glacier is possible, depending upon weather conditions. Extra fees, lift pass expenses, and rentals will apply.
• This is a great way for individuals, families, and friends to see Europe. Former participants have ranged in age from 17 to 75!
ABOUT THE TOUR GUIDES: The tour guides, Dan Miller and Lenka Kocková, not only provide information about the attractions in each city but elaborate on the history, culture, and architecture of each location. Join them as they explore the far reaches of the former Habsburg Monarchy from its treasured Italian holdings to the old German-Czech Kingdom of Bohemia.
Dr. Daniel E. Miller (Ph.D., 1989, University of Pittsburgh) is a professor of history at the University of West Florida in Pensacola and the author of several books and shorter academic studies in English and Czech. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Central European as well as Balkan, Russian, German, and Modern European history. Dr. Miller also teaches a course introducing architectural history to graduate students in the UWF public history program. His research deals with agrarian politics and democracy in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. He has made numerous research trips to Central Europe and has traveled widely throughout Europe. Since 1990, he has led seven tours to Central Europe, several with Ms. Kocková. Dr. Miller is near fluent in Czech and has a command of German and Slovak. Read more about Dr. Miller at CentralEuropeanObserver.com.
Ing. Lenka Kocková (Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University, ČVUT, 1988) is the proprietor of Aura Prague Travel Agency based in Prague, Czech Republic. For nearly two decades, she has led individual as well as small and large group tours in Prague, Czech Republic, and Central Europe. Her clients include individuals, businesses, travel agencies, government entities in the Czech Republic and the European Union, schools, and associations throughout Europe. In addition to Czech, her native language, Ms. Kocková is near fluent in German, has an excellent command of English and Russian, as well as basic knowledge of several other languages. Read more about Aura Travel and Ing. Kocková at http://aura-prague.eu/index.html.
A view of Kaprun's Alpine Glacier
PRE-DEPARTURE LECTURES (all times are 10.00 am-12.00 pm):
• Saturday, 24 March 2012–A Survey of
Central European History and Architecture
PLEASE NOTE: The 24 March meeting has been rescheduled for 31 March because of UWF's spring break. Contact Dr. Miller for more details.
• Saturday, 21 April 2012–Traveling inThe lectures will be in the Department of History, Building 50, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514. Those participants who are not in Pensacola will receive a packet of written information. Of course, any participant can contact Dr. Miller by phone or e-mail to discuss any aspect of the tour:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR: The prices for the basic tour package assume a minimum of eight participants. Participants will book transportation by air from their preferred point of departure to Milan, Italy, and from Prague, Czech Republic, to their preferred destination in the United States. Participants may make their own reservations, or they may contact Cyndy Hendricks at Adventure Travel in Pensacola at 1.866.478.6250, ext. 5202 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Because participants will book their own air fare, deviations are permitted. This is a great way to travel to other destinations in Europe before or after the tour. The price of the tour does not include air fare trip cancellation insurance, which is available through your travel agent or booking service. It does not include transportation to and from airports in the United States, but it includes one scheduled trip from the airport in Milan to the hotel in Milan and from the hotel in Prague to the airport in Prague. Those who miss or can not make the scheduled trip to or from the hotel and airport must arrange their own transportation. Gratuity and porterage are not included in the price of the tour. Museum admissions and other incidentals, other than those noted, are not included in the tour price. In March 2012, participants will receive instructions about wiring payments through their banks for the tour package. United States citizens must have a passport that will remain valid for six months after their return to the United States. Visas and inoculations are unnecessary.
Vienna, with St. Peter's Church (left) and Stephansdom (right)
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE CREDIT: Participants may register for three or six undergraduate or graduate credits in history through the University of West Florida in conjunction with this tour. Interested participants must make arrangements with Dr. Miller for a directed study or “Overseas and Field Study in History” (HIS 4955 or HIS 6956). Typically, students read several books over the course of the regular summer semester and submit notes on the readings for the professor to evaluate. Dr. Miller will cooperate with professors at any institution for students wishing to receiving undergraduate or graduate credit from universities other than UWF.
Bratislava from the Danube River with Its Castle and St. Martin's Cathedral
19 July–Departure from the United States
20 July–Arrival in Milan, Italy; short walk (time permitting); dinner
21-22 July–Touring Milan
23 July–Transport from Milan to Mestre (mainland of the Venice Commune); dinner
23-25 July–Touring Venice
26 July–Travel from Venice to Kaprun, Austria; dinner
27-28 July–Exploring Kaprun’s Alpine glacier (weather permitting) and lakes; dinner each night
29 July–Travel from Kaprun to Salzburg; brief stay in Salzburg; travel from Salzburg to Vienna; dinner
30-31 July–Touring Vienna
1 August–Travel from Vienna to Bratislava; brief stay in Bratislava; travel from Bratislava to Prague; dinner
2-4 August–Touring Prague
5 August–Depart the Czech Republic for the United States and arrive in the United States
Prague's Castle or Hrad as Seen from the Moldau or Vltava River
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