May 18, 2017

Diplomacy Tours: Europe


 

30 Years Without the Berlin Wall

 

GERMANY and BULGARIA


May 20–31, 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.


 

Provisional Itinerary

 

Day 1

Departure from home city
 

Day 2

Arrival in Berlin

Field trip: Historical tour of Berlin

Welcome dinner
 

Day 3

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
 

Day 4

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
 

Day 5

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
 

Day 6

Train to Leipzig

Field trip: Historical tour of Leipzig

Lecture: Germany’s relationship with Russia

 

Day 7

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
 

Day 8

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
 

Day 9

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
 

Day 10

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

 

Day 11

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
 

Day 12

Flights home

* A more detailed schedule will be provided to those enrolled in the program. We reserve the right to amend the schedule if circumstances demand.


 

Travel Details

 

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.
 

What’s included:

✓ 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

Cancellation fees:
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):

USD 5,850

 

 

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