May 18, 2017

DiploTours: Europe


The Past and Present of U.S. Diplomacy in Europe



October 14β€”28, 2017
Germany, Sweden, Czech Republic

βœ“ The current state of trans-Atlantic relations
βœ“ U.S. influence in European affairs
βœ“ The relevance and future of NATO
βœ“ The American defense posture in Europe
βœ“ The present and future of the European Union
βœ“ U.S.-European trade and economic cooperation
βœ“ The rise of illiberal democracy and nationalism
βœ“ Challenges to immigration and fighting terrorism
βœ“ Russian influence in European politics

American diplomacy made a vital difference in Europe in the aftermath of World War II, most famously through the Marshall Plan, an enormous investment that helped much of the continent rebuild from the war’s ruins and solidified the deep U.S. engagement that has lasted for more than 70 years.

From the dark days of the Cold War to the eastward expansion of NATO and the European Union to today’s challenges, trace some of the most important U.S. decisions and actions and learn how they have affected your life at home. Visit historic sites and immerse yourself in cultures that are geographically close to each other yet so different. Peek into what the future might hold for trans-Atlantic relations and find out how American diplomats protect your interests.

As you travel from country to country in a small group (10-20 people), 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.

If you have ever wondered why the United States has maintained its broad and deep global engagement for so long, and if and how U.S. diplomacy contributes to freedom, security and prosperity at home, you have come to the right place.


Day 1
Flight from home city to Berlin.

Day 2
Arrival in Berlin; hotel check-in; orientation; welcome dinner.

Day 3
Berlin: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 4
Berlin: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 5
Berlin: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 6
Berlin: Breakfast; field trip; lunch; sightseeing/shopping; dinner on your own.

Day 7
Breakfast; flight to Stockholm; hotel check-in; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 8
Stockholm: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 9
Stockholm: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 10
Stockholm: Breakfast; field trip; lunch; sightseeing/shopping; dinner on your own.

Day 11
Breakfast; free time; lunch on your own at airport; flight to Prague; field trip; dinner.

Day 12
Prague: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 13
Prague: Breakfast; lecture; lunch; field trip; dinner.

Day 14
Prague: Breakfast; field trip; lunch; sightseeing/shopping; dinner on your own.

Day 15
Breakfast; flight 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.

Trip Leader

This trip will be led by author and diplomacy expert Nicholas Kralev, who is currently the executive director of the Washington International Diplomatic Academy.

A former Financial Times and Washington Times diplomatic correspondent, he accompanied U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright on their travels around the world. His work of nearly 20 years has taken him to almost 100 countries.

He is the author of “America’s Other Army” and “Diplomats in the Trenches,” as well as the host of the TV series on diplomacy “Conversations with Nicholas Kralev.” He is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, Foreign Policy Magazine and the Huffington Post and has appeared on NPR, CNN, BBC, Fox News and local stations across the globe.

Travel Details

Air travel: All airfare is included in the program cost. The total cost quoted below covers airfare from most major cities in the 48 contiguous United States. If you are departing from a smaller city, Alaska or Hawaii, there may be an additional charge. The total cost quoted below is for Economy Class travel. Business and First Class travel is available at higher fares.

Accommodation: The program cost covers all accommodation at high-quality hotels, usually in the city center. The total cost quoted below is for double occupancy. For single occupancy, please add $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 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners. On one of the days, due to the flight time, you will have lunch on your own at the airport. On three other occasions, you will have the 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 don’t need visas for any of 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 don’t 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 $350 deposit 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. If you prefer to pay the deposit by check, please call us on the number below or send us a message using the form below. You can also use a credit or debit card via PayPal’s secure payment system by clicking on the Pay Now button below. The program’s organizer is the Washington International Diplomatic Academy, a DBA of Kralev International LLC. The latter name will appear on your credit card statement.

What’s included:

βœ“ All airfare
βœ“ 13 hotel nights
βœ“ 34 meals (13B, 11L, 10D)
βœ“ Airport transfers
βœ“ Ground transportation
βœ“ Entrance fees
βœ“ Expert-level group leader
βœ“ 7 expert-led lectures
βœ“ 12 expert-led field trips
βœ“ Local guides
βœ“ Taxes and gratuities

Cancellation fees:
61 days or more prior to start date: $350
30-60 days prior to start date: 50%
Fewer than 30 days prior to start date: 100%

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