Saturday, June 13-Tuesday, June 16: We’ll start in Budapest, a remarkable city in its own right with a stunning setting on the Danube. We’ll spend three days exploring the sights of this twin capital of Vienna, including the site of Aquincum, once a Roman military outpost. Budapest has history, architecture, art, and cuisine galore. Many important scientists and mathematicians were nurtured here, such as Paul Erdos.
And this is where the famous Stoic, Marcus Aurelius, one of the last “good emperors,” headquartered while he fought the Germanic Marcomanni, Quadi, and Persian Sarmatian tribes 161-180 A.D. While facing these wild tribes, he composed his classic Meditations, deep thoughts on how to navigate a difficult life.
After exploring the Roman presence and history, we’ll travel where the Roman army went, through the deep forests of Hungary and Slovenia, past beautiful Lake Balaton. On the way, we’ll stop at the picturesque medieval town of Maribor, Slovenia for lunch.