Two participants, one woman and one man, are looking for individuals to room with them during the tour.  This is a great opportunity for two people to join the tour and avoid part or all of the single supplement!  E-mail Dr. Miller as soon as possible!

                            Aura Prague Travel Agency Presents

Central Europe–The Contrast of Centuries

Berlin, Germany–3 nights ● Dresden, Germany–1-2 days
Saxony-Bohemia Switzerland National Parks–3 nights
Terezín Concentration Camp
partial day Prague, Czech Republic–3 nights
Vienna, Austria–3 nights ● Bratislava, Slovakia
partial dayBudapest, Hungary–3 nights

13 June to 29 June 2013

Prices start at $2775 (double occupancy) plus air fare

• examine the architecture of Berlin, the Millennium City,
• explore the museums in the charming city of Dresden,
• hike in the national parks on the Czech-German border,
meander through Prague's medieval streets, castle, and Jewish Quarter,
• sample Vienna’s splendors, such as the Museum of Art and Schönbrunn Palace,
          • stroll through Bratislava’s quaint old town,
          • become acquainted with Budapest, the pearl on the Danube.

Prague's Castle or Hrad as Seen from the Moldau or Vltava River

• Accommodation is in 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 $650.

• Included are all breakfasts; breakfasts and dinners in the Czech-Switzerland National Park; and one additional meal in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

• 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 knowledge and experience of an expert regional guide.

• Travel between cities will be by private motor coach, aside from the train trip between Prague and Vienna.

• Participants receive the Vienna Card and the Berlin Welcome Card for transportation and discounts and a limited number of mass transit coupons in Berlin, Prague, and Budapest.

• Participants will receive historical background and travel tips before departure.

College and university 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 credit from other universities.

• There will be guided tours lasting part of one day or parts of two days in Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  Afterward, participants will have plenty of time to explore on their own.  Brief tours will take place in Dresden and Terezín.

• Admissions are included for the Castle (Hrad) and Cathedral in Prague.  Participants can purchase other admissions based on their interests.

• This is a great way for individuals, families, and friends to see Europe.  Former participants have ranged in age from 17 to 75!

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin from the former West German side

The tour guides, Dan Miller and Lenka Kocková, not only provide information about the attractions in each city but elaborate extensively on the history, culture, cuisine, and architecture of each location.  Join them as they visit five of the great cities of Central Europe, roam the forests in the national parks on the German-Czech border, examine a noted former Habsburg fortress and an infamous Nazi concentration camp, and cruise with a hydrofoil from Vienna to Budapest and through the
Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros Dams on the beautiful blue Danube River .

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, chapters, and articles 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 the maintenance of 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 since 2001 with Ms. Kocková.  Dr. Miller is near fluent in Czech and has a command of German and Slovak.  Read more about Dr. Miller at

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 a basic knowledge of several other languages.  Read more about Aura Travel and Ing. Kocková at

The rebuilt Frauenkirche in Dresden
PRE-DEPARTURE LECTURES (all times are 10.00 am-12.00 pm):

     • Saturday, 12 January 2013, 10.00 am-12.00 pm
           A Tale of Medieval Kingdoms

           • Saturday, 26 January 2013, 10.00 am-12.00 pm
                 The Habsburg, Hohenzollern, and Romanov Empires

                 • Saturday, 23 February 2013, 10.00 am -12.00 pm
                       Experiments in State Building, 1918-present

                       • Saturday, 9 March 2013, 10.00 am-12.00 pm
                            Traveling in Central Europe

The 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.  The lectures are open to the public and are not only for those going on the tour.  See the contact information below or send an e-mail to

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOUR: The prices for the basic tour package assume a minimum of eight participants. Each articipant will book transportation by air from their preferred point of departure to Berlin, Germany, and from Budapest, Hungary, 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 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, or any other form of cancellation insurance. It does not include transportation to and from airports in the United States, but it includes one scheduled trip from the airport in Berlin to the hotel in Berlin and from the hotel in Budapest to the airport in Budapest. 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 2013, participants will receive instructions about wiring payments through their banks to the tour agency in Prague. 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.  The tour operators reserve the right to make minor changes in the itinerary.

Natural Bridge in the Czech-Switzerland National Park

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.

Vienna, with St. Peter's Church (left) and Stephansdom (right)

DETAILED ITINERARY (transport between cities is by private coach unless otherwise noted):
12 June–Departure from the United States

13 JuneArrival in Berlin, Germany; short walk (time permitting); dinner

14 JuneTouring in Berlin

15 June–Touring in Berlin and free time

16 June–Transport from Berlin to Dresden; touring in Dresden; transport to the Czech-Switzerland National Park; dinner

17 JuneHiking in the Czech-Switzerland and Saxon-Switzerland National Parks; dinner

18 June
–Choice of hiking in the Czech-Switzerland and Saxon-Switzerland National Parks or sightseeing in Dresden; dinner (for those who remain in the national parks)

19 June–Transport from the National Parks to Terezín Concentration Camp; touring in Terezín; travel to Prague

20 June–Touring in Prague; dinner

21 June–Touring in Prague, optional tour of the Jewish Quarter

22 JunePraguefree time

23 June–Transport by train from Prague to Vienna; dinner

24 June–Touring in Vienna

25 JuneVienna–free time

26 June
Transport to Budapest with a stopover in Bratislava, Slovakia; dinner

27 June
Touring Budapest

28 June
–Budapest–free time

29 June
Depart Hungary for the United States and arrive in the United States

Terezín Concentration Camp

For full details, contact
Cyndy Hendricks

Adventure Travel
Pensacola, FL  USA
Phone: 1.866.478.6250, ext. 5202
Daniel E. Miller

Department of History
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL  32514 USA
Phone: 850.474.2067

The Hungarian Parliament in Budapest on the Danube River

For more information about making the most of your tour in Central Europe, read Magical Central Europe.
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