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Southern Safari

Southern Safari in London

About Southern Safari

Southern Safari is open to anyone – alumni, friends of MSSU, community members, retired faculty and staff – anyone with a desire to see the world and experience new cultures firsthand. Sometimes, we are joined by members of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

The inaugural voyage was made to Italy in June 2015. The group also has traveled to Cuba twice (in May 2016 and May 2017) and to London (October 2017).

“The trip was just right for us – great people, great options for group activities, time to strike out on our own – it was a perfect fit!,” said Anita Tally, who went with her husband, Craig, on the London trip.

Travelers have ranged in age from 25 to 80. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies, at  or 417-625-9736.

The Best of Central Europe

June 10-22, 2018

Prague – Kraków – Budapest – Vienna


June 10: Depart from Joplin, Springfield, or Northwest Arkansas airport

June 11: Arrive in Prague. Our guides will meet us at the airport and take us to the Hotel DAP.

June 12: A guided tour of Prague, including a stop at the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge

June 13: A visit to the Franz Kafka Museum and/or the Prague Beer Museum and lunch at the Gastro Pub. Free time in the afternoon to explore Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, and Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock.


June 14: Take train from Prague to Kraków, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Check in to the Hotel Wyapinski, a few minutes walk from Old Town and the main square.

June 15: Guided tour of Kraków and visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, which opened in the 13th century and is one of Poland’s official national historic monuments whose attractions include dozens of statues and four chapels carved out of the rock salt by the miners. Group dinner.

June 16: Visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp

June 17: Take train from Kraków to Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Check in to the Ibis Budapest Heroes Square hotel.


June 18: Guided tour of Budapest in the morning. In the afternoon, a visit to the House of Terror museum, which contains exhibits related to the Fascist and Communist regimes in 20th-century Hungary. A cruise on the Danube River in the evening.

June 19: Morning visit to Memento Park, which features gigantic monuments from Hungary’s Communist period. Free time in the afternoon to explore Fisherman’s Bastion, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Castle Hill, the Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial, or “take the waters” at one of Budapest’s famous thermal springs baths. Group dinner.

June 20: Take train to Vienna and check in at the Ibis Wien Hauptbahnhof hotel.


June 21: Guided tour of Vienna in the morning. Free time in the afternoon to explore the Schonbrunn Palace, Imperial Palace (Hofburg), St. Stephen’s Cathedral, or Stephansplatz (the historic city center). Group dinner.

June 22: Transfer to airport and say goodbye to our two terrific guides.

Cost: Round-trip airfare plus:

Single room $1,670 USD
Double room per person $1,370 USD

We are estimating the round-trip airfare to be $1,700 per person.

$500 deposit due to GalaxSea Cruises & Tours in Neosho, Mo., by Feb. 1, 2018. Checks or cash preferred; there will be a small additional fee for credit card payments. Please contact Ken Mayer for further details.

Final payment due by April 6, 2018.

Price includes 11 nights in 3-star hotels with breakfast, train tickets, transfers, guided tours, four dinners, and entrance to two museums in Prague, the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz, House of Terror, and Memento Park, and the cruise on the Danube River.

Our guides:

Par GunnarssonPär Gunnarsson: professor of International Relations at Mullsjö Folkhögskola in Sweden, which has been a partner of MSSU for 25 years. He has taken groups to Eastern Europe since the late 1970s. If you have a specific question about the itinerary, you can email him.


Bengt HolmquistBengt Holmquist: founder of the Excalibur Tours agency and a specialist on Central Europe. He has arranged trips to Prague and Budapest for over 30 years.