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Kreplach & Burekas | Jewish Heritage Tour to the Balkans

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Flights to and from Zagreb as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).

10 nights’ accommodation at select hotels

9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with Da’at tour educator, a local tour escort and licensed, English speaking local tour guides as needed in each city per the program

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: daily breakfast and 4 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Sunday, June 3, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • Depart the U.S.A.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, June 4, 2018
ARRIVAL IN ZAGREB 

  • Arrive at Zagreb International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Begin your tour with an orientation tour of Zagreb to get a feel for the city. Enjoy a walking tour to the historic Upper Town and see some of the best-preserved buildings in Europe.
  • Visit Mirogoj Cemetry. It is not only one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe with arcades and cupolas designed by architect Herman Bolle, it is also a park and artistic gallery and since the 19 century it serves as a central cemetery where members of all faith are buried (Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Protestant and Jewish).  In the Jewish section, view the statue of Moses with 10 commandments, dedicated to the victims of Holocaust. The statue is made by notable Croation sculptor, Antun Augustincic whose Peace monument stands in front of the United Nations building in New York City.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus A Jewish Journey in the Balkans: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Zagreb


Day Three: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
FROM ZAGREB TO ROVINJ    

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Visit the synagogue and meet with Rabbi Luciano Mose Prelevic.
  • Visit the former site of the Synagogue, which was completely destroyed in 1942, today with a plaque on Praska street. Visit the City museum, where you can see a model of the synagogue and some remaining fragments of the destroyed synagogue.
  • Depart Zagreb and drive to the Istrian Peninsula.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Arena in Pula, a Roman amphitheatre constructed in 27 BC - 68 AD, among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the world.
  • Continue to Rovinj.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Rovinj


Day Four: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
EASTWARD BOUND 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Rovinj and drive east.
  • Stop in Opatija and enjoy a tour of the city.
  • Continue to Rijeka, Croatia's third largest city, and enjoy a tour of the city.
  • Visit the recently restored synagogue in Rijeka.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the largest national park in Croatia.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Plitvice


Day Five: Thursday, June 7, 2018
NATURAL & MAN-MADE WONDERS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Morning hike in the national park.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Depart the park and stop in Zadar, on the coast.
  • View the unique Sea Organ designed by local architect, Nikola Bašic. The organ is set within the perforated stone stairs that descend into the sea and works with the motion of the waves and 35 pipes to create a musical soundscape.
  • Visit the Sun Salutation, another creation by Nikola Bašic. This 22m-wide circle set into the pavement is filled with multilayered glass plates that collect the sun's energy during the day. Together with the wave energy that makes the Sea Organ's sound, it produces a light show from sunset to sunrise that's meant to simulate the solar system.
  • Time permitting: Stop in Trogir, a historic town and harbor located on the small island between the mainland and the island Ciovo. The town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Continue to Split.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Split


Day Six: Friday, June 8, 2018
JEWISH HERITAGE IN SPLIT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the old Jewish quarter, which occupies the northwestern part of the former palace and is still known as the ghetto. 
  • Visit the synagogue, housed in a residential building in the northwestern corner of the former palace. In 1942 Italian fascists ravaged the tiny sanctuary, throwing most of the ritual objects, archives, Torah scrolls, and books onto a bonfire in the main town square. The synagogue was restored after  World War II and again renovated and reopened in 1996. It now shares a building with the Jewish community headquarters.
  • Visit the Old Jewish cemetery, which was founded in 1573 when a special site on the eastern slope of Mount Marjan was appropriated by the Municipality for that specific purpose. Its attractive setting, on the wooded slope overlooking the city, makes the cemetery particularly picturesque. The cemetery offers a unique display of traces of the past. There are over 700 graves, with readable tombstones from the 18th-20th centuries. The last burial at this cemetery took place in 1945, when it was closed and protected as a monument. The tombstones are of the horizontal Sephardi type; some are shaped like a sarcophagus roof, and the others are flat, slightly inclined slabs. The tombstones have inscriptions in Hebrew, with additional epitaphs in Italian or Croatian on the newer monuments.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Free time to explore the city on your own and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbat Shabbat services and Kiddush with the Split Jewish community.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Split


Day Seven: Saturday, June 9, 2018
FREE DAY IN SPLIT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore the city on your own. (Optional boat tour to Hvar will be offered at additional cost.)
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol:
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Split


Day Eight: Sunday, June 10, 2018
JEWISH HERITAGE IN DUBROVNIK 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Dubrovnik, an intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia.
  • Walk along the city ramparts, considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe and an example of how fort architecture developed. The first fortifications were built already in the 8th century, but the most intense construction took place from the mid-15th to the end of the 16th century. The ramparts encompass the city in an irregularly shaped polygon.
  • Explore the city's old historical center and view its main landmarks, including Stradun, Rector's Palace, Blaise's Church, Cathedral, three large monasteries, Custom's Office and the City Hall.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Dubrovnik synagogue, which is believed to be the second oldest synagogue (after Prague) still in use in Europe. The synagogue was built in the style of the Baroque synagogues of Italy in the 14th century, on the third floor of a narrow and oblong building in the Jewish street and quarter. The inner decoration, in Baroque style, was completed in 1652, and has been preserved to the present day.
  • Visit the Museum of Dubrovnik Jewish community, which is located in the same building as the synagogue.
  • Visit Dubrovnik's Jewish cemetery. The original cemters was established in 1652 in the Ploce district, outside the northern ramparts of the old city. The community sold this at the end of the 19th century and in 1911 exhumed the remains for reburial at a new site in the Boninovo district. Only 30 of the original tombstones remain. Many were used in construction of the northern side of the city walls, either following the earthquake of 1667 or during the First World War: some are still visible embedded in the walls. The present cemetery contains about 200 gravestones, is well-maintained and surrounded by a high wall with a gate.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dubrovnik


Day Nine: Monday, June 11, 2018
FROM DUBROVNIK TO SARAJEVO 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Mount Srdj for a beautiful view overlooking the entire Old Town and shoreline.
  • Visit the Homeland War Museum, which has around 500 showpieces from the period 1991 to 1995. The museum has four themes: the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic and history of the Fort Imperial, the Serbian-Montenegrin aggression in 1991, days of victory - the liberation actions of the Croatian Army, and the suffering of the people, civilian buildings and cultural monuments
  • Depart Dubrovnik and drive to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Stop in Trivenje for wine tasting at a local winery.
  • Arrive in Mostar, which is famous for the Balkans' most celebrated bridge. The Old Bridge (Stari most), built during the time of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks, and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
  • Explore the cobblestoned and picturesque Old Town.
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery and the synagogue, built in 1902 and burned down in 1944. The synagogue was reconstructed and is in use as a puppet theatre.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue the drive to Sarajevo, often referred to as the „Jerusalem of Europe” because of its traditional religious diversity - with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism, all these religions coexisting there for centuries. Major houses of worshipping are within steps of each other.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sarajevo


Day Ten: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
JEWISH HERITAGE IN SARAJEVO 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Museum of the Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina, housed in the old Sephardic Synagogue.
  • Visit the Bosnian Cultural Center, housed in what was once the Great Sephardi Synagogue. View a film showing the Sarajevo Jews with a short history of the Sephardic Jews.
  • Visit Latin Bridge, famous as the site of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which became the justification for the beginning of the World War I.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, built in the pseudo-Moorish style.
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, a national monument, visiting the exhibition in the chapel.
  • Visit the fascinating former City Hall, designed in 1891 by a Czech architect, and at the time the largest and most representative building of the Austro-Hungarian period in Sarajevo. The building initially served as the City Hall and now houses the National and University Library.
  • Visiting Zemaljski Muzej (County Museum) for insight into the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript from the 14th century.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sarajevo


Day Eleven: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
MEMORY & CONTINUITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Sarajevo and drive north-west.
  • Visit Jasenovac Memorial Site, on the site of the Jasenovac camp - a concentration and extermination camp that operated from August of 1941 until the end of April 1945. The camp was established by the governing Ustaše regime and not operated by Nazi Germany. It was one of the largest concentration camps in Europe and the camp has been referred to as "the Auschwitz of the Balkans". It is estimated that at least 70,000 Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies and Anti-Fascist Croats and Slovenes were killed in the camp. Many Jews from Croatia and Bosnia were killed here. The Ustaše destroyed the camps when partisans were approaching it. Only original trams remain of the complex, buildings and execution sites within the camp itself are marked by earth mounds and hollows. The path to the Flower Memorial is paved with railway sleepers. They denote symbolically part of the preserved railway track used to transport prisoners to the camp. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue the drive back to Croatia.
  • Arrive in Zagreb and check into the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Zagreb


Day Twelve: Thursday, June 14, 2018
RETURN HOME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Zagreb International Airport.
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


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Accommodation Details



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Sheraton
Zagreb

Sheraton Zagreb Hotel is located in the city center, just a short walk away from the main attractions where Zagreb’s history and tradition can be witnessed in museums and galleries, architecture, numerous theatres, lively cafés, and bars.

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Hotel Eden
Rovinj

The Hotel Eden is nestled in the shade of a hundred year old pines. It offers lavishly elegant rooms overlooking a quiet cove, only minutes away from Rovinj`s old town.

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Jezero Hotel
Plitvice

Situated in the heart of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the Jezero is a comfortable option for any traveling group and also offers several adjoining rooms for families. With a playroom for children, as well as a nightclub, bar and restaurant, the Jezero is perfect for any vacationer.

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Hotel Luxe
Split

Overlooking the harbor, this stylish, boutique hotel is 6 minutes' walk from 4th-century Diocletian's Palace and 7 minutes away on foot from the Cathedral of Saint Domnius.

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Valamar Dubrovnik Hotel
Dubrovnik

Located on the tranquil Babin Kuk peninsula, surrounded by pine tree forests and soothing white pebble beaches, with the old town of Dubrovnik just 15 minutes away.

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Hotel President
Sarajevo

Situated in Sarajevo, 100 m from Latin bridge and 200 m from Sebilj Fountain, Hotel President Sarajevo boasts a terrace and views of the city. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the river, while guests can enjoy a drink at the lobby bar.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • 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 guide/educator are included.
  • Initial deposit for this tour is $300 per person. This deposit is non-refundable.
  • Final payment for this tour is due February 13, 2018.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 110 days prior to departure (ie, until February 13, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of $300 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 109 and 45 days prior to departure (ie, from February 14, 2018 to April 19, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 44 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (ie, as of April 20, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • *Physical Fitness: The nature of this itinerary will make for relatively long days with much exploration, predominately on foot. Old cities can have uneven cobblestones and some sites include flights of stairs without elevators and in some cases, stairs without bannisters.
    Participants should be able to:
    • Walk at a moderate pace for extended periods of time without needing to sit
    • Climb flights of stairs, or walk up an incline without difficulty
    • Get in and out of transportation unassisted (bus, train, plane, etc.)
If you have any mobility issues (regularly use walking aids - cane, crutches, scooter, etc.) or fitness questions, contact us at 888-811-2812 or contact Robyn Helzner at robynhelzner@verizon.net to make sure that this trip is suitable for you.
  • Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time. 
    Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants. 
  • Air and land packages are open for registration until Feb 13, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 13, 2018 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket. 
    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. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.
  • 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.
  • Expedition Director / Tour Educator or Guide: All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to 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 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


 
 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Gratuties for the tour educator, local tour escort, local guides and driver. Recommended guidelines for a group of 20 participants or above: $8 per participant per day for the Da’at tour educator, $6 per participant per day for the local tour escort, $4 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.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • 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.