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10 Day | Jewish Tour of Budapest, Vienna & Prague

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Tour Highlights

  • As per itinerary


Trip Includes

  • Eight nights' accommodation in excellent 5 star hotels:
    • Radisson Blu Beke Hotel, Budapest
    • Hotel Intercontinental, Vienna
    • Radisson Blu Alcron, Prague
  • Breakfast daily and two Dinners
  • Taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • Da'at Encounterswith local Jewish communities
  • Tour education and escort by Agui Antal
  • Extensive sightseeing as per the itinerary, including entrance fees where applicable
  • Deluxe motor coach
  • Comprehensive tour educational kit
  • Tipping for hotel and airport porterage

DAY ONE: Sunday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. for Budapest.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Monday
THE BORDER BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
  • Arrive at the Budapest Airport
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Drive to the city and ascend Castle Hill to view the city from atop the Fisherman's Bastion and visit the Fake Cemetery, site of a repository of Jewish tombstones dating from as far back as the 13th century.
  • Transfer to your hotel in downtown Budapest for check-in.
  • Welcome orientation with your Tour Educator.

Overnight: Budapest
 


DAY THREE: Tuesday
JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounter Building a Community: Dialogue with Rabbi Katalin Kelemen of the Sim Shalom Progressive Jewish Congregation
  • Explore the Story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 Years, including visits to:
    • The Dohaney Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe.
    • The Jewish Museum, housed on the site of Theodor Herzl's birth.
    • The Heroes' Temple, dedicated to Jews who died in World War I.
    • The Community Holocaust Memorial.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Guided visit through downtown Budapest, including Heroes Square and the sprawling boulevards of Budapest.
  • Visit the Small Synagogue, one of the oldest in the area of Budapest.
  • Visit the Raul Wallenberg Memorial.
  • Dinner on your own, followed by an optional cultural event (on your own).

Overnight: Budapest


DAY FOUR: Wednesday
THE FOLKLORE OF BUDAPEST
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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 killed by the fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II; the memorial represents the shoes left behind on the river bank as they fell into the river after being shot.
  • Take a drive to the picturesque artists' village of Szentendre where you'll have a chance to wander through the different shops and coffee houses and visit the Confectionary Museum with their intricate marzipan figures.
  • Lunch on your own 
  • Return to Budapest and free time for wandering along Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), with its many shops and cafes, or walk through the massive enclosed market, where you can find anything from fruits and vegetables to souvenirs.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Budapest


DAY FIVE: Thursday
BUDAPEST-VIENNA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Budapest, stopping on the way in the town of Gyor, once a thriving center of Jewish life in Hungary and the site of some of the best preserved Hungarian Renaissance and Baroque buildings.
  • Continue to Viennaand upon arrival in the city take an orientation tour and view the Hofberg Palace, once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Peter's Cathedral and the Schonbrunn Palace.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Visit the Rossauer Cemetery, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Vienna dating back to the 16th century and whose tombs were renovated after World War II.
  • Visit the Jewish Museum of Vienna in Palai Eskeles and Museum Judenplatz, which offers a modern presentation of the history of Viennese Jewry.
  • Drive via the Vienna Temple (Stadtempel), the only surviving synagogue from pre-WWII days located near the Judenplatz, the main square of the Jewish community for nearly 500 years. 
  • Stop at the Memorial to Austrian Holocaust Victims.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vienna


DAY SIX: Friday
VIENNA-PRAGUE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and depart Vienna.
  • Stop in Czesky Krumlov, a fairy-tale town with a maze of narrow cobbled streets and which in 1992 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; enjoy a short walk through the town and view its Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance houses.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Continue to Prague and time permitting before Shabbat enjoy an overview of Prague from Metranome Hill.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Da'at Encounter: Shabbat Dinner at a kosher restaurant with members of Prague's Jewish community.

Overnight: Prague


DAY SEVEN: Saturday
SHABBAT, THE GOLEM AND THE STORY OF PRAGUE JEWRY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat morning services at one of the Prague synagogues.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon walking tour through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto, the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the ‘Jewish Museum' also including:
    • The Altneu Shul, the longest continually used synagogue in Europe and site of the first use of the Magen David.
    • The Maisel Synagogue, named after a Jewish mayor of Prague, exemplifies the Golden Age of Jewish Prague.
  • Continue on a walking tour though the Old Town of Prague, concluding at the Astronomical Clock.
  • Dinner on own and optional cultural event.

Overnight: Prague
 


DAY EIGHT: Sunday
THE GRANDEUR OF PRAGUE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through Prague Castle, the Golden Lane, the Lesser Town and concluding with a crossing of the Charles Bridge
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping  or to explore on your own, perhaps returning to the Jewish Quarter to visit the:
    • The Pincus Synagogue, a memorial to the Jews of Prague who died in the Holocaust.
    • The Klausen Synagogue, where the Nazis began their exhibit: “Jewish Life from the Cradle to the Grave,” in 1943.
    • The Old Cemetery, with the graves of such Jewish luminaries as Judah Loew, the Maharal and Mordechai Maisels, and the ceremonial hall with the well-known Hevra Kadisha paintings.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


DAY NINE: Monday
TEREZIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with a Holocaust survivor.
  • Guided visit through Terezin, a Czech village whose residents were evicted during the Holocaust so it could be transformed to Tereisenstadt, a detention center for Jews who were destined for extermination camps.
  • Visit the Terezin Fortress, the new Terezin Museum and the newly found Hidden Synagogue, found in a potato store shed.
  • Da'at Encounter: Special tour following Kafka's writings.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Wrap up of the program with the tour educator.
  • Festive Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Prague


DAY TEN: Tuesday
RETURN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to the Prague International Airport for the departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
 

Need to Know

  • 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 Expedition 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.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    • 20 passengers and more: Tour educator / Tour escort $6 , local guide $4, 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 atwww.tsa.govto 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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