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Temple Beth-El Providence
Trip to Poland, Prague and Berlin
Led by Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

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**Trip is based on 20 full paying participants, if more participants register the price will decrease for all**


  • Optional group flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 11 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • 2 days of walking tour (in Prague) with licensed, English speaking tour educator
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • First class train ticket from Warsaw to Krakow, with separate luggage transfer
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Saturday, May 5, 2018
DEPARTURE 

  • 7:20 p.m. Depart Logan International Airport on board Air France flight # AF333.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Sunday, May 6, 2018
ARRIVAL 

  • 8:10 a.m. Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • 9:40 a.m. Depart on board Air France flight # AF1146.
  • 11:55 a.m. Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • The World That Was: Guided visit to the Gensha Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. Bring back life to the names on the unique tombstones of the famous Jewish leaders, artists, Rabbis and intellectuals, including: Yiddish writer, author of “If Not Higher” L Peretz; “Esperanto” language creator Ludwig Zamenhoff; The Warsaw theater Diva Ida Kaminska; and Adam Czerniakow, the beloved head of the “Judenrat”. The cemetery is a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Three: Monday, May 7, 2018
THE WORLD THAT WAS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Jewish Community in Poland Today Dialogue with Sebastian Rejak, Senior Policy and Program Officer at the American Jewish Committee
  • Visit the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews located in the center of what once was the Jewish Ghetto. Explore the 1,000 years of rich history of the Polish Jews; beginning from their arrival as merchants, through the medieval ages until today. This 43,000 sq. ft. museum includes rare and valuable art, photos, documentation and footage of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Take a guided journey through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, following the footsteps of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes along the Path of Remembrance, commemorating the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising at Mila 18, and reflecting on the last moments of the Warsaw Jewish Community at the Umschlagplatz - the gathering area of the Jews before they were sent to the death camp of Treblinka.
  • Visit the Villa at the Warsaw Zoo, which was once the home of the zoo director, Jan Zabinski, and his wife Antonina Zabinska. Learn the story of how they saved the lives of many Jews during the Holocaust.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner and dialogue at Beit Warszawa, one of Warsaw's liberal congregations, with community members.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Four: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
FROM WARSAW TO KRAKOW 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
  • Transfer to the Warsaw train station and departure to Krakow. (Train journey is approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes.)
  • Connect to the story of Jewish life in Krakow with an interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, transformed into the local Jewish life cycle museum.
    • 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, once the first “Modern” orthodox synagogue.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum, which exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. Learn and explore the past, present and future through the unique photo exhibit which captures life through the still media.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Take a guided journey following the Jewish community on their descent from Kazimierz, crossing over the bridge into the Jewish Ghetto of Podgorze, including:
  • The Krakow Umchlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
  • View of the Pharmacy gateway to the Ghetto. Learn the story about the Polish “Righteous among the Nations” Pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewitz, and his role in saving the Jews of Krakow.
  • The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. The museum tells the story of the city of Krakow and its residents under Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945. The museum is housed in the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. Schindler, a successful businessman, and his wife Emilie, managed to provide a safe environment for over 1,000 Jews, and saved them from being sent to Auschwitz. They were later honored with the title of “Righteous among the Nations”.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own and an evening at leisure in the vibrant university city. Your tour educator will be available for a night tour of the city.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Five: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • In This Place - Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, reflecting on personal stories and texts. Walk through the Auschwitz Museum exhibits, built in the original blocks of the camp, see the original artifacts and footage, and witness the life and death of the prisoners of this work camp. A short drive will take you to the Auschwitz II death camp, better known as Birkenau. This camp was barely touched or renovated, allowing you a first-hand experience to understand the last moments of the prisoners of this camp.
  • Boxed lunch.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Jewish Center and Museum, capturing the rich life of the Jewish community which was the majority of the city. Through testimonials, artifacts, rare footage and personal belongings, take a mental picture of the community that held a large variety of Jewish organizations, sports and youth groups.
  • The Krakow Jewish Community Today and a Vision for the Future: Evening program at the Krakow Jewish Community Center with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director. Enjoy dinner with members of the local Jewish community, and learn more about the cultural and religious revival happening at the JCC.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Six: Thursday, May 10, 2018
FROM KRAKOW TO PRAGUE 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Krakow and begin the drive to the Czech Republic.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to the Czech Republic: Dialogue with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Brno Synagogue and meet with one of the last Jews remaining in this once thriving Jewish community.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Arrive to Prague and check into your hotel.
  • Short walking orientation tour with your educator along the Old Town Square and its vicinity. View the famous 14th century Astronomical Clock and Prague's Art Nouveau architecture around you.
  • Dinner and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


Day Seven: Friday, May 11, 2018
THE GLORY OF JEWISH PRAGUE | walking tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • In the Footsteps of Kafka: Take a walking tour through landmarks of Franz Kafka's life. Gain insight into how the city reflects in the writing of this unusual author.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Festive Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Prague


Day Eight: Saturday, May 12, 2018
THE CITY OF 100 SPIRES | walking tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Inside Look into the Czech Republic- Politics, Economics & Society Dialogue with Peter Brod, former BBC Bureau Chief and Radio Free Europe activist.
  • Transfer to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle, 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, a famous historic bridge crossing the VltavaRiver that was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. Stroll across the bridge, decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore Prague on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit art galleries.
    • Visit the Franz Kafka Museum.
    • Take a boat ride on the Vltava River.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure, with the possibility to see a performance of Black Light Theatre, cruise on the Vltava River, or see a concert on your own (cost not included).

Overnight: Prague


Day Nine: Sunday, May 13, 2018
FROM PRAGUE TO BERLIN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Prague and drive to north to Dresden, which is well-known for being heavily bombed in World War II.
  • Arrive in Dresden and view its unique reconstructed landmarks such as the Zwinger, the Semper Opera, and the renovated “Church of our Lady” (Frauenkirche).
  • Visit the old Jewish Cemetery, the New Synagogue and the Jewish Community Center.
  • Continue to Berlin and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city upon arrival.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin: Orientation dialogue with your tour educator.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Ten: Monday, May 14, 2018
BERLIN - PAST & PRESENT 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus An Introduction to Berlin - History, Sociology, Politics & Culture: Dialogue with Jewish-American journalist Toby Axelrod.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history as well as some of its hidden gems on a tour in East Berlin, including:
    • Visit Alexander Platz, the city center of former Socialist East Berlin.
    • View the Nikolai-Kirche, (St. Nicholas' Church) the oldest church in Berlin.
    • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
    • View the famous Humboldt University and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
    • View of the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament and one of Berlin's most significant landmarks.
    • The 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Visit the Boros Collection, a private collection of contemporary art by international artists dating from 1990 to the present. Different facets of the collection have been on public display since 2008 in a converted bunker.
  • Visit Topography of Terror, a documentation center where the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror were located during the Third Reich period.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Eleven: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
JEWISH LIFE IN BERLIN 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry.
  • LaDa'at Focus The Distinguished Jews of Berlin: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Visit the Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a safe haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Tour to Jewish sites in East Berlin including:
    • The Hackescher Markt
    • The Jewish Cemetery, including Moses Mendelsson's grave
    • The site of the Women's Protest on Rosenenstreasse
  • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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.
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, frequently featured in spy movies and
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Twelve: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
A PASSAGE THROUGH TIME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Potsdam, the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg and the former residence of the Prussian Kings and German Kaisers.
  • Guided tour to the city including the Glienicke Bridge, used during the Cold War for exchanging spies, and other famous sites.
  • Visit to Abraham Geiger College, the first liberal rabbinical seminary in Continental Europe since the Holocaust, and meet with a faculty member.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 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.
  • LaDa'at Focus Looking Backwards and Looking Forward with your tour educator.
  • Pay a visit to Gleis 17 (Track 17), the main deportation center for Berlin Jews during the Holocaust, located in the neighborhood of Grunewald. Witness the contrast between the calm atmosphere and the tragic history of the place.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Thirteen: Thursday, May 17, 2018
RETURN HOME  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Berlin Tegel Airport.
  • 12:25 p.m. Depart on board Air France flight # AF1735.
  • 2:10 p.m. Arrive at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
  • 3:30 p.m. Depart on board Air France flight # AF334.
  • 5:15 p.m. Arrive at Logan International Airport.
 

Need to Know

  • 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 19, 2018.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 75 days prior to departure (ie, until February 19, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of $300 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 74 and 31 days prior to departure (ie, from February 20, 2018 to April 4, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 30 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (ie, as of April 5, 2018): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • 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 Jan 05, 2018 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Jan 05, 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.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:  
    • 20 passengers and more: ARZA World tour educator $8, local guide $5, driver $3 - per participant per day

 

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.

 

 
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