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Berlin to the Baltics

18 Days. See a thousand years of history unfold before your eyes. Whether you’re in a medieval castle in Warsaw, playing traditional Finnish games in Helsinki, or learning about Berlin’s rebirth after a turbulent 20th century, your in-depth cultural exploration will uncover the many layers of this fascinating side of Europe.
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18 days

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Leaders for Berlin to the Baltics

June 26 to July 13, 2018 – Departs from New York (JFK)

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Duration in days

18

Program Details

Day to Day

Depart, USA

Depart USA

Day 1

Your adventure begins. Meet your delegation and board your overnight flight to Europe.

Berlin, Germany

Discover Berlin

Day 2

Discover Berlin during an expert-led orientation of the city. Take in the sights and sounds of the German capital, a place that now represents a varied, cultural treasure trove, but was once re-born out of war and political division during the 20th Century.

People to People Moment

Community Service Project
Berlin, Germany

East Meets West

Day 3

Visit a defining feature of the Cold War at the infamous crossing point between East and West Germany. Learn about the realities of life for those who lived on both sides of the Berlin Wall with the help of the fascinating displays inside its museum. Dive into an authentic taste of Germany when trying Currywurst, a tasty specialty of lightly spiced sausage.
In the afternoon, make a real difference during this unique People to People Moment as you help non-profit organizations improve local parks and playgrounds for children in the community.

People to People Moment

Interactive Learning Experience - Cooking Class
Prague, Czech Republic

Evolution of Industry

Day 4

Head out into the stunning countryside of Saxony, Germany. Immerse yourself in the magic of the picturesque town of Riesa, and then learn how industry in the region has evolved during a tour of a local noodle factory. Take a stroll through Dresden, a city affected greatly by the actions of World War II that has managed to retain its reputation as a place of beauty. Journey to Prague, which is the next destination on your tour of Europe.

Prague, Czech Republic

Discover Prague

Day 5

Set out on a guided tour of the many historical and cultural delights of Prague before stopping for lunch, Czech style! Go off the beaten path and explore the Old Town with its array of ancient treasures, architecture, and awesome hidden gems. For your evening’s entertainment, take in a show at the Black Magic Theater.

Krakow, Poland

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Day 6

Depart Prague for Krakow, Poland. Pass through stunning scenery before enjoying lunch in Olomouc, home to a collection of striking examples of Baroque architecture. Discover what really happened during one of Europe’s darkest chapters of history as you are guided around the infamous Concentration Camp, Auschwitz. Unearth secrets behind a symbol of inhumanity, intolerance, and racism.

People to People Moment

People to People Political Discussions with Local Students
Krakow, Poland

A Journey Back in Time

Day 7

Visit the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, which is one of the oldest surviving universities in the world. Take part in a fascinating open discussion with local students about their studies and views on foreign and domestic political policies. Debate with knowledgeable lecturers while expanding your own world view.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - Tour Warsaw with Local Students
Warsaw, Poland

Krakow to Warsaw

Day 8

Upon your arrival in Warsaw, journey through the city alongside a group of your peers. Students take the lead on this tour and showcase the best of the Polish capital according to them. Indulge in an array of traditional culinary delicacies including Pierogis. These dumplings–usually filled with sauerkraut, mushrooms, meat, potato and savory cheese–are a true culinary treat.

Warsaw, Poland

UNESCO World Heritage

Day 9

Embark on a detailed tour of Warsaw, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at a wealth of architectural styles including baroque, gothic, and classicism during an immersive journey through the region’s history. Visit the Royal Castle in Warsaw, which was destroyed in World War II and has been completely reconstructed in a truly spectacular fashion, before spending the evening in style at a breathtaking classical music concert.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Poland to Lithuania

Day 10

Depart Poland for the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Following a journey through the rolling countryside and picture-perfect landscapes, then make yourself at home in this stunning medieval city.

Vilnius, Lithuania

Gediminas' Tower and Upper Castle

Day 11

Take part in a fascinating workshop at an Amber Studio, which demonstrates the ancient and modern amber processing tools and secrets of amber fishing.  You’ll also have the chance to make your own treasure. Join a guided tour of the area, including the Gediminas Tower and Upper Castle, before taking in magnificent views over the city.

Riga, Latvia

The Hill of Crosses

Day 12

Set out into Siauliai by climbing its famous hill and arrive at the home of one of Lithuania’s most holy shrines. Since the 14th Century pilgrims have placed crosses of all shapes and sizes on the hill, creating a truly astonishing landmark. Over generations this monument has grown with the additions of not only crosses and crucifixes, but statues of the Virgin Mary, carvings of Lithuanian patriots, and thousands of tiny effigies and rosaries that have been brought here by Catholic pilgrims. The exact number of crosses is unknown, but current estimates put it at over 100,000.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - Meet Students in Riga
Riga, Latvia

Experience Riga

Day 13

Explore Riga, the capital of Latvia, on a tour designed to provide a genuine experience of the city. Take advantage of your local, knowledgeable guide as you soak up the history, art, and culture of the region. Pass by the Latvian National theater, the Freedom Monument, and the Powder Tower before visiting the largest medieval church in the Baltics. Make your way through the city center and then head to one of the most famous buildings in Riga, the ancient castle.

People to People Moment

Outdoor Adventure - Valgeranna Adventure Park
Tallinn, Estonia

Valgeranna Adventure Park

Day 14

Spend a day enjoying the thrills of Valgeranna, the area’s most popular adventure park. Prepare yourself for excitement, challenges, and the chance to explore the great outdoors!

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn in Depth

Day 15

Go on a different kind of tour around Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Explore the many landmarks of the Old Town, including Town Hall Square, Toompea Castle, and St. Olaf’s Church. While unearthing the 1,000 year history of medieval Tallinn, hear ghost stories and legends from locals. Head to the top of the city’s observation platform for the very best views of the Old Town before spending some quality time at the beach.

Helsinki, Finland

Make Scientific Discovery

Day 16

Visit Heureka, the Finnish science center designed by Heikkinen–Komonen Architects, located in Vantaa. The aim of the science center, which first opened its doors to the public in 1989, is to popularize scientific information and develop the methods used to teach science and scientific concepts. The Science Center Heureka (that’s Finnish for “Eureka”) features both indoor and outdoor interactive exhibitions that enable you to independently test different concepts and ideas.

People to People Moment

Peer Connections - Meet Finnish Students
Helsinki, Finland

Hello Helsinki

Day 17

Today you will head out into the Finnish capital and uncover its history, art, and wealth of fascinating secrets. Dating back to the Stone Age, it’s no surprise to find an unrivaled collection of impressive landmarks and attractions. Roam the beautiful Helsinki Parks as you and your new local friends play traditional games and competitions. Celebrate the end of an immersive cultural tour in the amusement park of Linnanmäki before feasting on a farewell dinner and bidding goodbye to Europe.

Depart, Finland

Bon Voyage!

Day 18

Hyvästi! Depart for home after your voyage of self-discovery with a wealth of memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.