2013 Pearls of Central Europe Sold Out

Pearls of Central Europe Gustavus Study Tour

Prague, Budapest &Vienna
September 10–21, 2013

We are pleased with the positive response to this study tour opportunity. This trip is now sold out. Please contact the President's Office at 507-933-7538 if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.



Experience Central Europe with esteemed Gustavus Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10 to 21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.

The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  The group will visit museums, concerts, palaces, cathedrals, and more, learning about the historical significance of this part of the world, which is famous for its beauty, architecture, and music.

Start the journey at Old Town Square in Prague and feel like you are stepping back 700 years in history. End the journey 11 days later on the Danube River in Budapest on a private dinner cruise celebrating an amazing trip.


Program Leader

Tom Emmert joined the Gustavus History Department in 1973 and retired in 2011. A native of Minnesota, Tom developed his passion for history and Eastern Europe while a student at St. Olaf College. He studied in Yugoslavia and at Oxford University as an undergraduate. He enjoyed six years of graduate education at Stanford University. Trained as a specialist in medieval Serbia, Emmert prepared his doctoral dissertation in Belgrade as a Fulbright Scholar. At Gustavus, Tom taught the European history survey, as well as courses on both Imperial and modern Russia, the Ottoman Empire, 19th century European intellectual and cultural movements, and Balkan nationalism. In 1994 Tom received the Edgar Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching at Gustavus. Tom loves travel, music, biking, gardening, good food, and great conversation. During his years at Gustavus he directed two semester-long programs in Zagreb, Croatia and two others in Wittenberg and Berlin, Germany. He has also led numerous alumni study trips for Stanford University and the Smithsonian Institute.

Activity Level

Moderately active. This tour will require a lot of walking, often over uneven ground. Elevators are not always available so there will be stairs to climb. Sometimes stairs and pathways will not have handrails. You should be ready to keep pace with an active group of traveling companions.

Trip Itinerary

For more information, view a more detailed trip itinerary

Cost and Inclusions

Cost of the tour is $4,889 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information, go to costs and inclusions. Pricing may vary depending on final travel numbers.

For more information

This trip is full. If you would like information about being placed on the wait list, contact the President's Office at presidentevents@gustavus.edu or 507-933-7538.


Trip arrangement provided by MCI Travel.