Jewish Heritage/Interest Tour

Castle Square in Warsaw

from $4573 Per Person

Starting: 05/02/2016

Through: 09/25/2017

# of Nights: 13

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Day Destination
1 Monday - Arrive Warsaw
2 Tuesday - Warsaw
3 Wednesday - Warsaw / Krakow
4 Thursday - Krakow
5 Friday - Krakow / Budapest
6 Saturday - Budapest
7 Sunday - Budapest
8 Monday - Budapest / Prague
9 Tuesday - Prague
10 Wednesday - Prague
11 Thursday - Prague / Vienna
12 Friday - Vienna
13 Saturday - Vienna
14 En Route

Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Prague & Vienna
Friday Arrivals

Program Includes:

  • 13 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Choice of Gold or Silver Hotel Plans
  • Flight from Budapest to Prague with Czech Airlines
  • First Class Train to Vienna
  • Inclusive Dining: 13 Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing with Professional Isram guide in each city
  • Mozart/Strauss Concert at the Kursalon in Vienna
  • Entrance Fees and Transfers as per Itinerary
  • Hotel Taxes & Service Charges
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Accommodations
Gold plan Silver Plan
Warsaw: Bristol Warsaw: Polonia Palace
Krakow: Sheraton Krakow: Kossak
Budapest: Kempinski Budapest: Astoria
Prague: Palace Art Nouveau Prague: K+K Central
Vienna: Intercontinental Vienna: Intercontinental

Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Prague & Vienna
Friday Arrivals

Program Includes:

  • 13 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Choice of Gold or Silver Hotel Plans
  • Flight from Budapest to Prague with Czech Airlines
  • First Class Train to Vienna
  • Inclusive Dining: 13 Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing with Professional Isram guide in each city
  • Mozart/Strauss Concert at the Kursalon in Vienna
  • Entrance Fees and Transfers as per Itinerary
  • Hotel Taxes & Service Charges
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Day Destination Experience
1 Monday - Arrive Warsaw

Arrive in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Transfer to your hotel.  Afternoon visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (You must arrive Warsaw by 1pm to take part in this tour, it is the only opportunity to see it during your stay).  Tonight, a Welcome Dinner\ celebrates your arrival in Poland. (D)

2 Tuesday - Warsaw

Today the story of Warsaw’s once thriving Jewish Community unfolds. This morning, drive to the former Jewish Ghetto. Walk along Memory Lane to see the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes monument and the marble plaque commemorating Mila 18. Stop at Umschlag Platz-the rail station where Jews were transported to Treblinka. Visit the Old Cemetery, which dates back to 1806. Also visit the Nozyk Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Institute. After this emotional experience, continue on a walking tour to the charming old town and lively Market Square. Remainder of the day at leisure.  (B)

3 Wednesday - Warsaw / Krakow

Depart Warsaw this morning on a pilgrimage to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visit Block 27, dedicated to the martyred ‘kedoshim.’  The fortified walls, the barbed wire, the platforms, the barracks, the gallows, the gas chambers and the cremation ovens all bear witness to the conditions within which Hitler’s genocide took place in the former concentration and extermination camp. A box lunch will be provided. Arrive in Krakow in the early evening and check into your hotel. (B,LL)

4 Thursday - Krakow

Morning drive to Kazimierz, the former Jewish section, where the original buildings still remain intact. Visit the ancient Remuh Synagogue, where Jews still worship today, and the nearby Old Cemetery. Stop at the 14th century Alt Synagogue, recently restored, which houses the Museum of Jewish History and Culture. Continue to the Galicia Museum for a contemporary look at  the Jewish past in Poland. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before entrance to Oskar Schindler’s former factory, now a museum.  Drive via other sights highlighted in the movie Schindler’s List . such as the Podgorze former Ghetto area, the Ghetto Heroes’ Square, the Ghetto Wall, and Under the Eagle Pharmacy. Continue to the main Market Square which was constructed in the 14th century and is the largest medieval square in Europe. See the popular Renaissance-style Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade. Enjoy free time for exploring or shopping.  Return to the hotel on your own. (B.L)

5 Friday - Krakow / Budapest

Depart from Krakow. Cross the Slovak border and drive through the scenic countryside of Slovakia, which is dotted with charming villages and farms. Enjoy a box lunch before arriving into Budapest, the sophisticated capital of Hungary. Check into your hotel. Later, meet your guide for a walk to attend evening services at the impressive Dohany Street Synagogue built in 1859, which has been beautifully restored. Following services, continue walking with your guide to enjoy a wonderful Shabbat dinner at a deluxe restaurant in the Kempinski Hotel. (B, LL, D)

6 Saturday - Budapest

This morning, you will enjoy an orientation walking tour of the majestic capital of Hungary. Discover the “Belvaros,” one of the oldest districts of the city and the heart of Budapest, with ever expanding pedestrian zones, shopping streets, fountains and parks. Afternoon at leisure.  Stop in the local shops for some souvenirs.  Relax in any of the numerous Budapest Spas.  Don’t miss the famous Gerbeaud Café located on Pest’s pedestrian-only Vorosmarty Square, a few minute’s walk from the Chain Bridge. This most classy, historical and traditional coffee house was established in 1858 during the high times of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (B)

7 Sunday - Budapest

Morning walking tour to the Jewish Museum with its wealth of artifacts and documents relating to Jewish life in Hungary. Stop at the unique ‘Weeping Willow’ Holocaust Memorial, dedicated to the 500,000 Jews who perished during the Nazi reign of terror. Inside visit to the magnificent Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest worldwide.  It is a genuine landmark of the architectural landscape of the capital of Hungary.  During your afternoon bus tour, you will explore Buda and Pest in this elegant city with its wealth of historic monuments linked by eight graceful bridges. Drive via Heroes’ Square, the Castle District and Fishermen’s Bastion with its glorious view of the Danube. Tonight enjoy a boat cruise on the Danube River; see Budapest’s most beautiful monuments aglow at night.  (B)

8 Monday - Budapest / Prague

Transfer for a flight or train from Budapest to Prague.   Arrive in golden Prague, resting on the banks of the Vltava River, the main artery of the Bohemian waterways; meeting, assistance, and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy this charming city.  (B)

9 Tuesday - Prague

Morning panoramic city tour includes views of the State Opera, Wenceslas Square, the National Museum, and Charles Bridge.  Continue to Prague Castle and walk across the castle courtyards to see St. Vitus Cathedral.  Continue by bus across the Vltava River to be dropped off at the Old Town, where you will continue on a walking tour of this pedestrian area.  See the Old Town Hall and the amazing astronomical clock. Afternoon guided Jewish interest walking tour features a visit to the Jewish Museum complex, home of the Precious Legacy, including the 13th century Alt-Neu Synagogue and the Pinkas, Klaus and Maisel synagogues. Then, walk to the Jewish Cemetery, which dates back to the 15th century. Continue to the 16th century Jewish Town Hall with its distinctive tower and clock with Hebrew letters. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)

10 Wednesday - Prague

Full day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city, or depart this morning on an optional (not included in the price) pilgrimage to Terezin, former ‘model’ concentration camp. Visit Museum, and the Jewish Cemetery with its impressive Menorah Sculpture surrounded by symbolic, nameless graves.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.  Evening farewell dinner. (B.D)

11 Thursday - Prague / Vienna

Morning transfer to the Railway Station for ride to Vienna.  Enjoy the scenic countryside before arriving in Vienna; transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day to explore this amazing city on your own. If you wish, you can visit the Stadttempel, it can only be visited for prayers on Friday evening or Saturday morning.  There is also a public regularly guided tour on Mondays through Thursdays at 11:30am or 2pm so you may be able to take the 2pm tour  but it cannot be guaranteed and very early morning departure from Vienna would be necessary. (You must take your passport if you wish to enter the synagogue. To visit during prayer services, a reservation is required). (B)

12 Friday - Vienna

During your morning private walking tour you will learn about the Jewish life and heritage in Vienna from past to present. You will see the monuments of the first district such as the Memorial against War and Fascism at Albertinaplatz; you will visit the Jewish Museum of Vienna at Palais Eskeles: besides its rich collection of Judaica, the Museum also chronicles the story of Viennese Jewry and its impact on the development of this city. Names like Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg, Martin Buber, and Stefan Zweig will forever be associated with the cultural prominence of Vienna. You will then walk thru the narrow streets  to visit the Judenplatz Museum and the Judenplatz.  Medieval Jewish traditions and presence thrived here until 1421, when the City Temple was destroyed. Today, this vast open square is dominated by the touching new Holocaust Memorial; and several prominent Jewish organizations have returned to the surrounding buildings.  Also see the Hoher Market and the Seitenstettengasse in the very heart of Vienna’s Old Town.  Pass by the Stadttempel, Vienna’s only surviving pre-war Synagogue, which today also houses the Community Offices and the Chief Rabbinate. Time for lunch on your own Afternoon city tour will include a panoramic view of some of the major historical sights before a ride to visit the magnificent Schoenbrunn Palace, summer residence of the Hapsburgs, known as the “Versailles of Austria,” with its opulent and impressive interior, including the magnificent ceremonial rooms in the central part of the palace.  (B)

13 Saturday - Vienna

Time at leisure to explore this wonderful city on your own.  You may wish to visit the lovely Stadtpark to see the famous Johann Strauss Statue, explore the narrow streets and hidden courtyards in the first district, or visit the numerous interesting and historical museums. You can also visit the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) residence of the Hapsburgs for over 600 years and the official winter residence of the imperial family. You can shop to your heart’s content and don’t forget to experience Vienna’s coffee house tradition by stopping at the famous Sacher Café to taste one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties – the Sacher Torte!  All of these are walking distance from your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a Mozart and Strauss Concert in the very place where Johann Strauss used to direct his orchestra from the position of first violin! (tickets to the nearby Kursalon included).  This wonderful performance full of Viennese charm features music by the Strauss family plus some Mozart pieces – waltzes, polkas, arias and duets, as well as operettas and piano concerto melodies accompanied by excellent opera vocalists and enchanting ballet soloists – a most unforgettable evening.  (B)

14 En Route

Transfer to the airport for return flight. (B)

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Friday Arrivals/Sunday Returns
Prices Starting From: $4573 Based on Double Occupancy
With less than 6 participants we use standard motor coach tour schedules.
Prices include: arrival transfers in Budapest and departure transfers from Vienna; also flight Budapest to Prague including taxes of $30 pp and fuel surcharges of $40 pp subject to change; and first class train from Prague to Vienna.