Trip Region: Eastern Europe
Country(ies): Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $1999
Airfare Estimate: $1250
Nightlife: 8 • Activity: 6
Do you enjoy learning European history, trying local cuisines, and staying at creepy mountain hotels? Picturesque European cities, wine tasting, and hikes through lush green forests? Karaoke, local beers, and late nights on the dance floor? If so, then this trip is for you!
From exploring the streets of Prague to hiking the mountains of Slovakia to promanading along the waters of Budapest, we promise adventures, misadventures and the best friendships and memories to carry you through your two years at Ross!
Travel Day — Friday, Aug 16
Congrats, you survived orientation and now are headed off on the trip of a lifetime! Grab your bags, wave Skeeps goodbye and say Ahoj to Central Europe.
Day 1 — Saturday, Aug 17
Kicking things off in Prague. We’ll have a welcome meeting at 6pm where we’ll meet our fearless guide who will be with us for the entirety of our journey. We’ll follow this up with dinner, drinks, more drinks, probably karaoke, foot races, drinks…
Day 2 — Sunday, Aug 18
Time to shake McDangerzone out of her jet lag/McD’s hangover and hit the town! We’ll start the day with a walking tour where we’ll check out some buildings even older than the MBA2s, learn how the Czechs calculated ROIs/became inimitable long before the core, and probably get lost. At night, we’ll head to Old Town to indulge in a nice little Czech food tour. What kind of food do Czechs eat you ask? We’ll be figuring that out with you! But we’re sure we’ll be washing it down with some delicious Czech beers, or Aperol if you prefer Sporty Spritz’s style.
Day 3 — Monday, Aug 19
Free day! Maybe go check out a castle, visit the Lego Museum (or Communism Museum if you’re into that sort of thing), walk the Charles Bridge, get IG content at the John Lennon Wall, sit in a bar... it’s all up to you! We’ll regroup for dinner and see where the night takes us, it is our last night in Prague!
Day 4 — Tuesday, Aug 20
To the mountains we go! We’ll say “Ahoj” to Prague and set out to the Tatra Mountains, the natural border between Poland and Slovakia. Once we arrive, the time is yours to explore this beautiful and quaint town. We will rendezvous for dinner and spend the evening under the stars, listening to the tall tales of Juan Direction.
Day 5 — Wednesday, Aug 21
Today we hit the trails to walk off all that Czech beer and take in the picturesque nature that awaits us in the Tatras range. After a healthy bit of exercise and attempting to keep up with BBB 2.0, the afternoon is yours to explore the mountains, ride the funicular or take advantage of the hotel’s amazing spa offerings. We will rendezvous for an evening of fun and friendly mountain competition to see if anyone can dethrone Photo Finish.
Day 6 — Thursday, Aug 22
Wine Anyone? We depart the mountains for Eger and the Valley of the Beautiful Women where we will mosey from one wine cave to the next tasting the infamous nectar of Hungary. Once everyone gets their fill of Bull’s Blood, we will hit the town for dinner followed by a night of drinking and dancing.
Day 7 — Friday, Aug 23
The morning is yours to nurse your hangover, visit the Eger Castle, wander through the archbishop’s garden or even head to the nearby thermal baths. In the afternoon we make our way to the home of the Rubik’s cube, Budapest. Once settled in, we will check out kerts and sip some Fröccs while taking in the city’s nightlife.
Day 8 — Saturday, Aug 24
Put on your walking shoes, we are hitting the streets! Today we will stroll the Danube River, take in views of the iconic Parliament building, explore Buda Castle and indulge in the local fare. After a day of touring the City of Baths, we will relax our feet in one of Budapest’s 118 mineral pools. That night we will indulge Photo Finish and check out the hipster vibes of the ruin bars.
Day 9 — Sunday, Aug 25
It’s our last full day in Budapest and we are going to make the most of it! After a leisurely morning on your own, we will sample some of the finest beer and pub fare Budapest has to offer.
Departure Day — Monday, Aug 26
It’s time to pack your bags, say your goodbyes, buy Mom a souvenir, and get Mark to snap one last exotic pic for your Bumble profile. We can’t believe MTrek is over! Time for Fall A, kiddos.