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7 Day | Jewish Group Tour of Berlin
 
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  • 5 nights' accommodation (including breakfast) at selected hotels
  • 4 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: breakfast daily & 3 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Monday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Tuesday
ARRIVAL IN BERLIN

  • Arrive at Berlin International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.
  •  2:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Introductory panoramic tour of Berlin, including:
    • Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace, the gate was ironically incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the years of the Communist regime.  Perhaps Berlin's best known landmark, it now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
    • The Holocaust Memorial, the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe - designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection with thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forms a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, designed to give visitors a sense of groundlessness and a loss of orientation; the memorial also includes a subterranean information center at the edge of the site which houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
    • A visit to the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin's most significant landmarks.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin : Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Three: Wednesday
BERLIN - PAST AND PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to Berlin - Sociology, Economy, Politics & Culture: Dialogue with a leading journalist.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history on a walking tour in East Berlin, including:
    • Alexander Platz, the city center of former Socialist East Berlin.
    • Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte District.
    • The Altes Museum (Old Museum) completed on the orders of Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1830. The museum is one of the renowned museums on Museum Island and since its restoration work in 1966, it has been home to the antique collection of the Berlin State Museums.
    • View the famous Humboldt University of Berlin.
    • The Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie which was a crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
  • Visit Topography of Terror, where the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror were located.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Four: Thursday
JEWISH LIFE IN BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Distinguished Jews of Berlin: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry. 
  • Visit the Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Tour to more Jewish sites in East Berlin, including:
    • The Hackescher Market
    • The Jewish Boys' School
    • The Jewish Cemetery, including Moses Mendelsson's grave
    • The site of the Women's Protest on Rosenenstreasse
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Guided visit to the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most conspicuous architectural landmarks in the city, it embodies remembrance, melancholy, and departure.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Five: Friday
A PASSAGE THROUGH TIME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Looking Backwards and Looking Forward with your tour educator.
  • Drive to Potsdam, the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg and the former residence of the Prussian Kings and German Kaisers.
  • Guided tour of the city, including the Glienicke Bridge, used during the Cold War for exchanging spies, and other famous sites.
  • Lunch on own in Potsdam.
  • Drive to Wannsee.
  • Guided visit to the Villa in Wannsee, site of the infamous "Final Solution" conference, including a private introduction to the house with staff of the Wannsee Conference Educational and Memorial Site.
  • Drive to Grunewald, an affluent Jewish suburb of Berlin.
  • Visit Gleis 17 (Track 17) in the neighborhood of Grunewald, the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Six: Saturday
SHABBAT AT LEISURE IN BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore Berlin on own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit Berlin's excellent museums, such as the Gemaeldegalerie or the Neue Nationalgalerie, or any of the museums on Museum Island. Museum Island features the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.
    • Explore the city's many art galleries.
    • Shop on the Kurfürstendamm (known locally as the Ku'damm).
    • Visit the East Side Gallery, a part of the former Berlin Wall now serving as a memorial of 150 wall paintings from a slew of international artists.
    • Visit the DDR Museum, an interactive museum that offers a snapshot of life in East Berlin in the days of the Soviet occupation.
  • Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Seven: Sunday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer on your own to the Berlin International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.

 

  • Tour rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 full paying participants. 
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers and the tour educator are included.  
  • Hotels are subject to confirmation. If the hotels listed cannot be confirmed, we will use other hotels on the same level.
  • Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin (not full- or queen-size) beds.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Tour Educator: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities included for restaurant and hotel staff only (for guides and drivers, see below).
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of the incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach. Please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.



Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. 
  • Supplemental cost for Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony (to be advised upon request).                  
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls, Wi-Fi usage and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants):
      • For a group of 15-19 passengers:
        $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver  
      • For a group of 20 passengers and more: 
        $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
         


    Additional Information

    • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
    • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S., you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
    • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
    • Holidays and Museum Closures: Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
    • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.


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