Travel with Scholars

Eastern Europe Trip
November 6-18, 2008

Prague, Vienna and Budapest: three European cities whose rich historic past and dynamic present pave the way to their roles as world centers. Spend thirteen days exploring the many facets of Eastern Europe, and prepare for surprise glimpses behind the familiar scenes.

Our long-established program of intellectual excursions around the world, Travel with Scholars, takes a new interdisciplinary approach. Participants now have more than just a scholarly guide. The group will meet with political, governmental and diplomatic leaders, university faculty, journalists, and cultural figures at the center of the New Europe. These conversations will provide unique perspectives on the region. Some key questions to be addressed include: How does 19th and 20th century European history inform current political decisions? What role do Eastern European countries play in the European Union? What kind of relationship does Europe want to have with the U.S.?

The program is organized in cooperation with the International Travel Forum. Continuing Education Units (ceus) and professional credits are offered for the trip.

For program participants in the Bay Area, and for those able to join us locally, we are also sponsoring a complimentary mini-course. Over the course of two evenings before departure, participants will meet with experts who will provide an introductory context. Upon return, participants will reconvene one more time to meet with a scholar to reflect on their experiences.

Fee
$5400. Includes meetings and discussions, hotel room (double occupancy), meals according to itinerary, admissions and guided visits, and transportation from Prague to Budapest to Vienna. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Prague and from Vienna.

 


 

Day One:

Thursday, 11/6
Transfer on own to hotel in Prague
Check in at hotel (Grand Hotel Bohemia)
Afternoon at leisure
Group dinner at Kinski Palac
Three-course dinner
Wine with dinner

Day Two:

Friday, 11/7
Breakfast at hotel
Meeting at U.S. Embassy (transfers included)
Lunch on own
Old Town Walking Tour
Old Town Square
Astronomical Clock
Estates Theatre
Wenceslas Square
Inside visits to Old Town Hall and Clock Tower
Dinner on own

Day Three:

Saturday, 11/8

Tour of the Jewish Quarter
Old Jewish Cemetery
Old-New Synagogue
Klausen Synagogue
Maisel Synagogue
Spanish Synagogue
Group lunch with Speaker
Wine with lunch
Dinner and evening on own

Day Four:

Sunday, 11/9
Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Prague Castle
Strahov Monastery
Loretto
St. Vitus Cathedral
Old Royal Palace and Golden Lane,
Lunch and afternoon at leisure
Group dinner with Speaker
Four-course dinner at V Zatisi
Wine with dinner
Transfer to restaurant


Day Five:

Monday, 11/10
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to Prague Airport for departure flight to Budapest
Afternoon arrival at Budapest Airport
Meet & Greet at Rio Airport
Airport assistance
Baggage assistance
Transfers to the hotel via deluxe vehicle
Private check-in at the hotel (Andrassy Hotel) with welcome drink

Day Six:

Tuesday, 11/11
Breakfast at hotel
City Tour of Budapest
Buda “Castle District”
Pest Vajdahunyad Castle
City Park
Heroes Square Opera House
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Parliament
Lunch at restaurant with Speaker
Dinner and evening at leisure

Day Seven:

Wednesday, 11/12
Breakfast at hotel
Castle District Walking Tour
Cable car ride to top of Castle
Royal Palace
Wine tasting
Lunch and afternoon at leisure
Dinner and evening at leisure

Day Eight:

Thursday, 11/13
Breakfast at leisure
Meetings at U.S. Embassy (transfers included)
Lunch and afternoon at leisure
Group Dinner with Speaker (transfers included)
Four-course dinner at Vadrozsa
Wine with dinner

Day Nine:

Friday, 11/14
Breakfast at leisure
Transfer to station for train for Vienna
First Class rail transportation to Vienna
Transfer to hotel (Astoria) for check-in
Group Dinner with Speaker (transfers included)
Four-course dinner at Kuchlmasterei
Wine with dinner

Day Ten:

Saturday, 11/15
Orientation Walking Tour of Vienna
Kaerntnerstrasse
St. Stephen’s Cathedral
Palace of Archbishops
Patrician Residences
Haas House
Plague Monument
Refreshment break at one of Vienna’s famous coffeehouses
Residence of the Habsburgs Walking Tour
The Hofburg Palace
Imperial Apartments
Court Tableware & Silver Depot
Dinner at leisure

Day Eleven:

Sunday, 11/16
Breakfast at leisure
View The White Stallions morning exercises at The Spanish Riding School
Group lunch at local restaurant with Speaker
Dinner and evening at leisure

Day Twelve:

Monday, 11/17
Breakfast at leisure
Schoenbrunn Palace
Coach tour to Palace and Park
80 minute tour of Palace
Imperial Coach Collection
Lunch and afternoon at leisure
Group dinner with wine at a local restaurant (transfers included)

Day Thirteen:

Tuesday, 11/18
Breakfast at leisure
Hotel check-out

Make your reservation early, space is very limited!
Call Davisville Travel
420 Second Street,
Davis, CA 95616
800-255-4567
or visit UC Berkeley Extension website at:
www.unex.berkely.edu/tws/

 

The Wine & Politics of Argentina

Spring 2009

4 Days Buenos Aires - Located in the Pampeana region of Argentina

2 Days Mendoza - Located in the Cuyo region of Argentina where we will have the opportunity to see two wonderful wineries

3 Days Bariloche - Located in the northern Patagonia region of Argentina on the edge of the snow-capped Andes

3 Days El Calafte - Located in the lower Patagonia region with a trip to see the Perito Moreno Glacier

Tour includes: Welcome dinner, breakfast daily, three lunches, five dinners, including one Tango Dinner Show, special excursion to wineries, Arrayanes Forest, Upsalla & Onelli, Puerto Blest, all transfers while in Argentina.


Day 1 - Saturday: Buenos Aires

Arrival at Buenos Aires
Transfer from International Airport to Hotel
Welcome reception with open bar cocktail and buffet dinner

Day 2 - Sunday: Buenos Aires

Breakfast hotel
City tour
Dinner Tango Show at Esquina Carlos Gardel

Day 3 - Monday: Buenos Aires

Breakfast at Hotel
Special morning meetings, no host lunch, and afternoon meetings
Dinner on your own

Day 4 - Tuesday: Buenos Aires

Breakfast in Hotel
Special meetings with the press
No host lunch
Dinner at Brice restaurant

Day 5 - Wednesday: Mendoza

Breakfast at Hotel
Transfer to domestic Airport
Flight to Mendoza
Hotel, Park Hyatt Mendoza
Dinner at Francis Mallman's 1884 restaurant



Day 6 - Thursday: Mendoza

Breakfast at Hotel
Winery tours and lunch
Flichman Winery & Lunch at Zuccardi, afternoon wine tour to Carina E Winery
Dinner at Las Negras

Day 7 - Friday: Bariloche

Breakfast at Hotel
Transfer to Mendoza Airport
Flight to Buenos Aires
Arrival at Buenos Aires domestic Airport
Connection Flight to Bariloche
Flight to Bariloche
Hotel in Bariloche.
Dinner on your own at the hotel

  

Day 8 - Saturday: Bariloche

Breakfast at Hotel
Full day tour to Puerto Blest Excursion including lunch
Dinner on your own

Day 9 - Sunday: Bariloche

Breakfast at Hotel
Arrayanes Forest Excursion lunch at Las Balsas with wine
Dinner on your own

Day10 - Monday: El Calafate

Breakfast at Hotel
Transfer to Bariloche Airport
Transfer to Hotel Posada Los Alamos
Dinner on your own.

Day 11 - Tuesday: El Calafate

Breakfast at Hotel
Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier including lunch.
Dinner on your own



Day 12 - Wednesday: El Calafte

Breakfast at Hotel
Free day
Dinner at Pascacio Restaurant

Day 13 - Wednesday Depart for Home

Breakfast at Hotel
Transfer to El Calafate Airport
Flight to Buenos Aires

Complete Itinerary:

Day 1- Buenos Aires

Transfer from the Airport to the Hotel
Your guests will arrive at Ezeiza International Airport, and will be transferred to the hotel via modern air-conditioned motor coaches with the assistance of bilingual tour directors. Transfers from the international airport to downtown hotels take 45 minutes.
Arrival at Hotel

Optional walking tour: independent walking tour city's most exclusive neighborhood, the ambiance of La Recoleta is distinctly European as tree-lined avenues lead past fashionable restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and galleries, many housed in French-style buildings. This is a neighborhood of plazas and parks, where Argentines spend their leisure time outside.

Welcome reception at the hotel including cocktails and buffet dinner.

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Breakfast at Hotel
City tour of Buenos Aires
Evening dinner and Tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel

By the end of the XIXth Century, when in Buenos Aires the tango started to spread and melt with the soul of the folk, mixing slowly with the essence of the native and immigrant people, and when the village pretended to transform - disorderly- into a city, one of its most picturesque quarters was "El Abasto", where labor was in the air during the day, and tango pervaded the night. "El Abasto" neighborhood witnessed the rise of an indisputable popular idol: Carlos Gardel.

The picturesque people of the Abasto Market used to gather at a restaurant then called "Chanta Cuatro", today called "Esquina de Carlos Gardel" as a way of immortalizing the man, along with a statue of him erected outside. The restaurant was the mute witness of a unique story. There, "Carlitos" Gardel used to gather with his friends and mates for dining, staying up late, singing or simply waiting for the following day sunrise.

Today, more than 100 years later, the same story magically comes back. "Esquina de Carlos Gardel", located at the very same place where "Chanta Cuatro" once was, joins these two authentic stories and offers an inimitable alternative regarding Tango-restaurants.

The place first opened its doors in 1893, as a restaurant and hotel, and soon become a true Buenos Aires classic. Today, it reopens its doors, keeping the art Noveau style. Here, you can find the authentic roots and the pure essence of the Argentine tango in a full show of music, singing and dancing at top artistic quality.

Day 3 -Buenos Aires

Breakfast at Hotel
Special morning meetings, no host lunch, afternoon meetings
Dinner on your own, near the Puerto Madero Area

Housed in a restored warehouse along the Rio de La Plata River, Buenos Aires' local Brice continues the tradition of Brice Restaurants worldwide, offering a wide variety of inventive Northern Italian dishes.

Sample pre- set menu

Choice of Entree
Loin Carpaccio with Argula or Mozzarella Salad with Tomatoes, Basil and Black Olives

Choice of Main Course
Loin Scallopini (Marinated Loin) with Basil, Nut Sauce and Arugula or Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Cream

Choice of Dessert
Tiramisu or Apple Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Beverages
Finca Flichman Red and White Wine, Mineral Water, soft drinks, Beer, Coffee, tea

Day 4 - Buenos Aires

Breakfast at the hotel
Special meeting with the press
No host lunch
Dinner on your own

Day 5 -Mendoza

Breakfast at Hotel
Check out of Hotel

Transfer to Domestic Airport

Your guests will be transferred to the Domestic Airport via modern air-conditioned motor coaches with the assistance of bilingual tour directors. Transfers from the international airport to downtown hotels take 45 minutes.

Transfer from Mendoza Airport to Park Hyatt Mendoza
Your guests will be transferred to the Park Hyatt Mendoza via modern air-conditioned motor coaches with the assistance of bilingual tour directors.

Dinner at Francis Mallman 1884 Restaurant Francis Mallman has created Mendoza's top restaurant inside Bodega Escorihuela, known, among other things, for housing the biggest wine barrel in the province. With fine Argentine meats and fresh local produce, his carefully presented cuisine combines his Patagonian roots with his French culinary training. Dishes are prepared with matching wine selections, with Malbec and Syrah topping the list.

Last year, rated seventh among the world's most desirable restaurants in a London Times list, and it's easy to see why. The dining room is a study in restrained elegance, with its spacious ambience, cool marble floors, earth-toned walls, and high-backed chairs. The place attracts the local gourmets, but frequently plays host to an international crowd of wine glitterati.

Day 6 -Mendoza

Breakfast at Hotel

Winery tours and lunch:

Finca Flichman Winery

In 1873, in the area of Barrancas, Maipú, province of Mendoza, the first vineyards were planted. Towards the start of 1910, the Flichman family re-inaugurated the property with the name of Finca Flichman. It was Sami Flichman, a visionary pioneer, who developed the first vineyards in a depression formed by the Mendoza River in ancient times.

Sami was succeeded by his son who had studied viticulture and enology in France and put his learning into practice creating fine wines. The top exponent was Caballero de la Cepa, one of the most famous and respected of Argentina's wines. The family continued working the winery until 1983 when it was bought by a business conglomerate of Argentine extraction.

This was but the start. The big change took place in 1998 when the winery was acquired by Sogrape, the Portuguese vitivinicultural group, renowned as the leader in Portugal and a strong player in the international market.

A new strategy was immediately implemented, with the objective of strengthening Flichman's leadership in the production of top quality wines possessing a definite Argentine character, destined for global consumption. To obtain this goal, new vines were planted; the winery was expanded, endowing it with the very latest technology. Thus, 100 years of Flichman history faces a new future of perfecting its wines of already top quality.

Carina E, is a "boutique winery" that was recently opened by a French couple who decided to move to Mendoza in order to make their dream of their own winery come true. Its name comes from a galaxy, since one of the owner's hobby is looking at the stars every night.

Lunch at Zuccardi

In 1963, engineer Alberto Zuccardi starts "La Agrícola S.A.", with vineyards in Maipú and then in Santa Rosa. In 1968, the building of Bodega "Familia Zuccardi" begins in Fray Luis Beltrán, but it is not until 1992 that it starts to be recognized worldwide. This recognition encouraged businessmen to continue with the growth. Today, it is the winery with the largest number of exports to England, one of the most demanding international markets.

If there is a characteristic typical of this winery, it is constant innovation, from the works in the vineyards, to the production techniques. In Familia Zuccardi, only wines coming from their own vineyards are produced, and supported by the latest technology, they manage to fulfill the pursued quality aim in each product.

Due to its permanent spirit of search, the winery has the most complete line of varietals in Argentina and it will certainly continue adding new products when they reach the quality demanded from each of them in order to entertain its clients.

Dinner at Las Negras

Day 7 - Bariloche

Breakfast at Hotel
Check out of Hotel
Transfer to Mendoza Airport
You will be transferred to Mendoza airport via modern air-conditioned motor coaches with the assistance of bilingual tour directors.
Arrival at Buenos Aires domestic airport
Connection flight to Bariloche
Arrival at Bariloche
Transfer from Bariloche Airport to Hotel Bariloche

The participants will be transferred from Bariloche Airport to the Correntoso Hotel. These transfers are performed with a modern air-conditioned motorcoach.

Dinner at your leisure at the hotel (on your own)

Day 8 - Bariloche

Breakfast at Hotel
Puerto Blest tour including lunch

Participants will be transferred to Puerto Pañuelo where they will board and exclusive boat for cruise to Puerto Blest. Cameras are a must on the trip as the photo opportunities are endless. Upon arrival at Puerto Blest, participants have the opportunity to partake in a short (30 minutes) hike leading to one of the area's many waterfalls.

Morning tour participants will enjoy a three - course lunch at Puerto Blest Restaurant, complimented by coffee, mineral water and pre selected wine.

Menu Puerto Blest Restaurant Menu

Appetizer
Salad Bar
Mushroom Cream Soup

Main Course

Roast Beef with wine sauce and vegetables
Selection of homemade pie.
Red and white wine
Soft Drinks, Mineral Water

Dinner on your own.

Day 9 -Bariloche

Breakfast at Hotel

Arrayanes Forest Excursion including lunch at Las Balas with wine

On this memorable outing, you'll enjoy magnificent views of the Andes while cruising the fjords of Lake Nahuel Haupi. Guests will be led on a short walk to Puerto Pañuelo where they will board boats for the cruise to the peninsula of Arrayanes.

This unique peninsula is home to the only forest of Arrayanes trees in the world. Walt Disney was so impressed by their mystical beauty that he used them as his inspiration in creating the forest in the animated classic "Bambi". After arriving in the Arrayanes Peninsula, guests will re board the boat for a short cruise across the lake to Las Balsas Inn, where lunch will be served.

Dinner at your leisure at the hotel. (on your own)

Day 10 -El Calafate

Breakfast at Hotel

Flight to El Calafate

Transfer to Hotel Posada Los Alamos
At El Calafate Airport transfer to the hotel via modern air-conditioned motorcoaches with the assistance of bilingual tour directors.
Check in at Hotel Posada Los Alamos
Dinner at leisure (on your own)

Day 11 -El Calafate

Breakfast at Hotel
Perito Moreno Glacier tour including lunch
After traveling through the most beautiful landscapes we will arrive at Perito Moreno Glacier, the top scenery of the area. Declared by UNESCO as natural World Heritage site the astonishing Perito Moreno Glacier descends to the lake Argentino. The Glacier was originated about 30,000 years ago and covers an extension of 40 km over the waters of Lago Argentino.

The group will walk and enjoy the full view of the Glacier from the opposite side. Perito Moreno is the only Glacier Dam reaches 35m high and the most striking phenomenon is the constant roaring and booming punctuated by the explosive sound of large icebergs falling into the lake. This is a magical place located in the heart of Patagonia on southernmost tip of the world. The Glacier Perito Moreno is so magnificent that no wonder it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!

At arrival at Perito Moreno Glacier area, a Zodiac boat will navigate on Lake Argentino crossing clients to the other side of the shores at the foot steps of the Glacier. After a short walk and an explanation of why the Glacier is the only advancing Glacier in The World, clients will be provided by clasps to put on their shoes in order to walk on the Glacier. Is an hour walk experiencing the different ages of the ice and the different colors that go from navy blue to white depending on how old it is.

Dinner at your leisure (on your own)

Day 12 - Tuesday: El Calafate

Breakfast at Hotel
Free day to explore

Dinner at Pascacio Restaurant

Day 13 - Wednesday: Depart for Buenos Aires and flights home

Breakfast at Hotel

Independent tour extensions or options may be available:

Buenos Aires:

Museum Tours: visit two of the most famous museums in the city.

Isaac Fernandez Blanco: The Isaac Fernandez Blanco Museum has an extensive collection of colonial silver, woodcarvings, and paintings, which hint at the wealth and quality of craftsmanship in colonial South America. The Museum is housed in an eclectic post-Spanish style house, and is surrounded by an almost jungle-like garden.In a magnificent house, this museum has the largest- collection of colonial art in Buenos Aires

Museum of Fine Arts: The Museum of Fine Arts is housed in a building that was once the city's waterworks. The collection includes several major Impressionist paintings and an overview of 19th and 20th century Argentine art, the highlight of which is a room dedicated to the Paraguayan with scenes painted by a soldier, Cándido López, whose paintings are also in the National Historical Museum. A new wing offers a challenging selection of contemporary Argentine Art.

More than three hundred pieces are on permanent exhibition. Primarily dedicated to Argentine painters of the XIX and XX centuries, the Museum has also received many contributions from foreign artists. Some of its 34 rooms are dedicated to a variety European Schools ranging from the XV century to today.

Independent optional full day tour to Colonia, Uruguay:
Colonia is a city that protects their history and culture, giving us the opportunity to enjoy the Spanish and African influence, blended together. It is 45 minutes away from Buenos Aires.

Located on the other shore of Río de la Plata, just in front of Buenos Aires, on a very clear day we are able to see a little bit of Colonia.

Note: No visa is required to go to Colonia.

Tour includes: Welcome dinner, breakfast daily, three lunches, five dinners, including one Tango Dinner Show, special excursion to wineries, Arrayanes Forest, Upsalla & Onelli, Puerto Blest, all transfers while in Argentina.


Space very limited reserve your reservation early.
Davisville Travel

420 Second Street
Davis, CA 95616
800-255-4567
www.goOnTour.com

Reservations: FINAL PAYMENT DUE 60DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

On Tour Cancellation and Refund Policy: $1500 non refundable deposit required. Cancellation fees for the tour are 61+ Days - $1500.00, 60 Days - No Refund. Participants are highly encouraged to purchase trip cancellation insurance within seven days of deposit. Davisville Travel must receive written notification that you are canceling your reservation.

We reserve the right to modify or cancel the tour prior to departure in which event, the entire payment will be refunded with no further obligation or liability on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, to substitute accommodations, carriers or any other qualified leader, or to alter the itinerary of the program any time when deemed appropriate or advisable without penalty or liability.

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