You are invited to join The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) on a European trip in summer 2024.  From July 27 to August 3, 2024, a group of TFAS supporters will embark on an educational journey through the heart of Europe, where history comes alive and the echoes of World War II and the Cold War resonate through the ages.  

For 20 years, TFAS has been leading its supporters on educational trips related to its mission of advancing freedom around the world. Joining a TFAS trip offers you the opportunity to explore fascinating places in the company of people with shared interests, and to gain behind-the scenes access that other tours rarely provide.

The theme of this European adventure is: “Exploring the Future of Freedom in Europe: 35 Years after the fall of the Iron Curtain.”  Our meticulously curated trip offers a unique opportunity to delve into the past, while gaining insights into the contemporary political and economic landscape of this dynamic continent.  Travelling by private coach, we will visit the historic European capitals of Prague, Vienna, Ljubljana, and Bratislava, as well as picturesque venues in between.

Explore WWII Sites:

On this trip you will tour historic sites of World War II history, including Vienna’s Heldenplatz, and the Prague church where Czech resistance fighters made a heroic stand against the brutal Nazi regime after Operation Anthropoid. Our expert guides will provide context, ensuring a profound understanding of the events that shaped the course of history.

Cold War Relics and Insights:

You will trace the footsteps of the Cold War's ideological struggle as we visit iconic sites such as an underground nuclear bunker from the 1950s, and Prague’s Wenceslas Square, where Soviet tanks crushed the Prague Spring uprising in 1968.  Our local guides will immerse you in the gripping stories of espionage, division, and eventual liberation, giving you a keen understanding of the geopolitical tensions that defined an era.

Current Political and Economic Perspectives:

Our journey extends beyond the history books, offering a contemporary lens on Europe's political and economic landscape.  You will engage in enlightening discussions with local experts, policymakers, and scholars to grasp the nuanced challenges facing the continent today. From the politics of NATO to the complexities of migration and economic integration, participants will gain a comprehensive view of Europe's current affairs through interactive discussions led by seasoned historians, political analysts, and economists.

Cultural Immersion:

While you soak in the lessons of history, you will also savor the diverse cultures of Europe through immersive experiences.  This is a rich opportunity to explore authentic cuisine and traditions of Europe, and meet TFAS alumni in each country we visit.  Participants will also attend the poignant closing ceremony of our student program at Charles University in Prague and see firsthand how TFAS is developing leaders around the globe.