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15 Day | Jewish Group Tour of Eastern Europe
 
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  • 13 nights' accommodation using selected hotels
  • 11 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus and 1-day walking tour with licensed, English-speaking local tour guides
  • Da'at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1st class train ticket from Warsaw to Krakow, with separate luggage transfer
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily brekfast, 2 lunch & 7 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels



Day One: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Monday
ARRIVAL IN WARSAW

  • Arrive at Warsaw 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.
  • Depart for an orientation tour of the city.
  • Visit the newly opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Evening walk through Warsaw's Old Town.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Three: Tuesday
THE WORLD THAT WAS
 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The World That Was: Guided visit through the Okapova Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world and a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Guided visit through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Mila 18, and Umschlagplatz, site of the deportation of the Warsaw Jewish community to Treblinka.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Visit the Jewish Genealogy Center, including meeting with the Director for a family roots' discovery.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner at Beit Warszawa, Warsaw's liberal congregation, with community members.

Overnight: Warsaw

Day Four: Wednesday
RE-CREATING MEMORY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Krakow separately).
  • Transfer to the Warsaw Train Station and travel to Krakow (train journey is approximately 3 hours).
  • Upon arrival in Krakow disembark and stop for lunch on own.
  • Interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland.
    • The Rema Synagogue, the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema”), the great codifier of Jewish law.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry are buried.
    • The Temple, Krakow's Reform congregation.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum, established to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
  • Take a guided visit to Podgorze, where the Jewish Ghetto was located during the Holocaust,  including:
    • The “Pharmacy” gateway to the Ghetto, and the Jewish Ghetto.
    • Visit the Oskar Schindler Factory Museum.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • In the evening take a guided walk to Krakow's Market Square with the opportunity for dinner on own.

Overnight: Krakow

Day Five: Thursday
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Learning about the Holocaust in Poland From a Historical Perspective: Dialogue with a scholar from the Jageillonian University.
  • In This Place: Guided tour through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, using personal stories and texts as a guide.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Jewish Center on the site of one of Oswiecim's many pre-Holocaust synagogues, including boxed lunch. Before Auschwitz became infamous as the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust, it was just an ordinary Polish town, known as Oswiecim, the majority of whose citizens were Jewish.
  • LaDa'at Focus Group reflection with your tour educator.
  • Return to Krakow with free time to explore Krakow's Old Town.
  • Dinner at the Jewish Community Center with the JCC Director and local members of the community.   

Overnight: Krakow

Day Six: Friday
FROM KRAKOW TO BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel, depart Krakow and cross the border into Slovakia.
  • Drive through the Tatra Mountains and stop for lunch on own in the town of Bansca Bystrika, with its beautiful Gothic-style buildings and quaint streets.
  • Drive through Slovakia to Hungary and continue to Budapest.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to Hungary with your tour educator.
  • Arrive in Budapest and meet your local guide at Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks, for an introduction to Hungary.
  • Transfer to your hotel in downtown Budapest for check-in.
  • Time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.
  • Evening walking tour with your tour educator to discover the sights, smells and sounds of Budapest.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Seven: Saturday
SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look into Hungary - Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with a leading scholar.
  • Drive through the city and across the river to ascend Castle Hill for a chance to view Budapest from atop the Fisherman's Bastion.
  • Drive to Szentendre, a charming little town, whose name means "Saint Andrew," known for its well-preserved houses and churches, many built in a Balkan-style, as the area was originally settled by Serb refugees. Today the town's best-known inhabitants are artists, and small galleries can be found on every street corner.
  • Lunch on own in Szentendre.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Free time to explore on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Wander along Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), with its many shops and cafes.
    • Visit Budapest's City Park (Varosliget), which features Vajdahunyad Castle, the City Park Lake, which is great for rowing in summer and ice skating in winter, the Budapest Circus and the Municipal Zoo, which is over 100 years old.
    • Visit the Széchenyi Bathhouse, the largest medicinal bath in Europe, which houses a number of indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Eight: Sunday
JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus Hungarian Jewry - Past, Present, Future with your tour educator.
  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 years, including visits to:
    • The Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe.
    • The Jewish Museum, built on the site of the house where Theodor Herzl was born.
    • The Community Holocaust Memorial.
  • Stop at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the Pest side of the Danube, honoring the Jews shot by fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II. The memorial represents the shoes left on the river bank as the victims fell into the water.
  • Lunch on own at the Budapest Market, with free time to purchase local spices and delicacies.
  • Special program with the local Jewish community at the Jewish Community Center OR Israeli Cultural Institute.
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Danube River.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Nine: Monday
BETWEEN BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Budapest and drive west to the Czech Republic.
  • Stop in Brno in the Czech Republic and visit the Brno Synagogue where you'll meet with one of the last-remaining Jews in this once-thriving Jewish community.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Continue the drive to Prague and upon arrival in the city, check into the hotel.
  • Evening stroll to the Old Town Square.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look into the Czech Republic - Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with a local journalist, over dinner in Prague.

Overnight: Prague

Day Ten: Tuesday
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ascend to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle and an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Walk through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Jewish Community of Prague - A Millennium of Complex Coexistence with your tour educator.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which encompasses the Altneu Shul, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pincus Synagogue, the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own.
  • Attend a performance of Prague's famous “Black Light Theatre”, bringing mime, music and movement to life.

Overnight: Prague

Day Eleven: Wednesday
MEMORY & CONTINUITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Terezin accompanied by a Holocaust survivor.
  • Visit Terezin, the town that was turned into a ghetto and concentration camp, including the Historical Museum and the Art Exhibits, the so-called Hidden Synagogue and the Crematorium.
  • Packed lunch en route.
  • Continue the drive to Berlin.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin with your tour educator.
  • Introductory tour to Berlin including visits to:
    • The Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace, 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 of 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Twelve: Thursday
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, 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 restoration work in 1966, it houses 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 Thirteen: Friday
JEWISH LIFE IN BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Distinguished Jews of Berlin with 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 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.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin

Day Fourteen: Saturday
FREE DAY 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 Fifteen: 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:
        $10 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $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:
        $8 per participant per day for the Da'at tour educator, $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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