30 Years Without the Berlin Wall
GERMANY and BULGARIA
October 7–18, 2019
As Germany and Europe celebrate 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, trace the most important events that led to the Cold War’s end and examine the role the United States played in them. Visit historic sites and meet current and former government officials and experts and hear about their experiences back in 1989 and the years that followed. Learn about how life has changed for the people on the other side of the Iron Curtain and peek into what the future might hold for trans-Atlantic relations.
As you travel in a small group, you will broaden your knowledge in lectures, briefings, field trips and social functions with American and European experts, political and business leaders, diplomats and journalists. Our schedule is fairly active, and you can expect to walk between 1 and 2 miles per day.
Departure from home city
Arrival in Berlin
Field trip: Historical tour of Berlin
Lecture: Historical overview of the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall
Panel discussion: Who and how won the Cold War?
Panel discussion: The domestic and international impact of Germany’s reunification
Field trip: Visit to the German History Museum
Lecture: The state of German politics since 1989
Field trip: Visit to the Bundestag and meeting with officials
Panel discussion: The legacy of Chancellor Angela Merkel
Panel discussion: The state of U.S.-German relations
Lecture: The state of the German economy since 1989
Field trip: Visit to the Holocaust Memorial
Field trip: Visit to a think tank
Panel discussion: Threats and challenges to the European Union and NATO
Train to Leipzig
Field trip: Historical tour of Leipzig
Lecture: Germany’s relationship with Russia
Panel discussion: How life has changed in the former East German states since 1989
Panel discussion: The state of German media and culture
Field trip: Visit to St. Thomas Church and the Battle of the Nations Monument
Flight to Sofia
Lecture: Historical overview of the events that led to the end of communism in Eastern Europe
Field trip: Historical tour of Sofia
Lecture: The state of politics in Bulgaria and the region
Field trip: Visit to the Bulgarian History Museum
Panel discussion: Has democracy’s promise been fulfilled?
Panel discussion: How life has changed in Bulgaria and the region since 1989
Lecture: The state of the economy in Bulgaria and the region
Field trip: Visit to the Bulgarian Presidency and meeting with officials
Panel discussion: The nostalgia for and the legacy of communism
Field trip: Visit to a think tank
Lecture: Russia’s influence in Eastern Europe
Field trip: Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and meeting with officials
Panel discussion: Threats to media freedom
Field trip: Visit to a media organization
* A more detailed schedule will be provided to those enrolled in the program. We reserve the right to amend the schedule if circumstances demand.
Transportation: Once you arrive in Europe, transportation from Berlin to Leipzig (train) and from Leipzig to Sofia (air), as well as all ground transportation, will be included in the program cost. Trans-Atlantic airfare in not included. We can book your long-haul ticket for an additional charge or you can make your own way from your home city to Berlin and back home from Sofia.
Accommodation: The program cost covers all accommodation at luxury hotels in the city center. The total cost quoted below is for double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add USD 1,500. Free wi-fi is included. You will be responsible only for any incidentals, such as mini-bar items and room service.
Meals: Most meals are also covered, including 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners. In each of the three cities, you will have a dinner opportunity to explore the local cuisine on your own. Depending on the country, we may be able to accommodate the following meal choices when requested in advance: vegetarian, gluten-free, low-salt, low-fat.
Travel documents: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the last program day. American citizens do not need visas for the countries you will visit. If you have a non-U.S. passport, you may need a visa. We can provide guidance on how to apply, but we do not offer visa services.
Trip insurance: Optional. Costs vary and are additional to the trip cost. We strongly recommend that you purchase this insurance to protect your travel investment. Once you reserve your trip, we will send you travel insurance information for consideration, although you are free to use any provider.
Cost & Deposit
We are committed to providing exceptional educational value at a reasonable cost. At the time of enrollment, only a deposit of $500 is due. Once we have received it, we will contact you with more details, go over all specifics, answer your questions and collect the balance.
✓ Intra-Europe transportation
✓ Intra-Europe airport transfers
✓ 10 hotel nights
✓ 26 meals (10B, 9L, 7D)
✓ Ground transportation
✓ Entrance fees
✓ Expert-level group leader
✓ 8 expert-led lectures
✓ 11 panel discussions
✓ 13 expert-led field trips
✓ Local guides
✓ Taxes and gratuities
61 days or more prior to start date: $500
30-60 days prior to start date: 50%
Fewer than 30 days prior to start date: 100%
What are the benefits:
✓ Unique, enriching and fun experiences
✓ Rare behind-the-scenes access
✓ Direct interaction with top experts
✓ Immersive learning opportunities
✓ Visits to historic and cultural sites
✓ Exciting and well-crafted itinerary
Total cost (double occupancy):
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