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Tour Highlights

  • Guided visit through the Okapova Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world
  • Visit the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, Krakow
  • The history-filled underground memorial and tomb of Rabbi Chaim Shrieber, known as the Chatam Sofer
  • Shabbat dinner with members of the Jewish community of Budapest
  • Walk across the Danube and through the Castle Hill
  • Visit Prague's old town. Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto, the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the “Jewish Museum” and the Jewish cemetery
  • Visit the town of Terezin and the showcase concentration camp, including memorial service
  • The Jewish Museum of Berlin
  • Walk to the Holocaust memorial,The Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Trip Includes

  • 13 nights accommodation in selected hotels
  • 2 nights Warsaw
  • 1 night Krakow
  • 1 night Bratislava
  • 3 nights Budapest
  • 3 nights Prague
  • 3 nights Berlin
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with panoramic windows
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Services of a friendly and professional English-speaking tour coordinator throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • All hotel portage and tipping included

DAY ONE: Sunday, October 24, 2010

• Depart the U.S. to Poland.

Overnight: Flight


DAY TWO: Monday, October 25, 2010
ARRIVAL IN WARSAW
  • Arrive at Warsaw Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check in (transfer from airport to hotel is included).
  • Relax, unpack and settle in.
  • Opening dinner at the hotel.

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY THREE:  Tuesday, October 26, 2010
THE WORLD THAT WAS
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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, Umschlagplatz, site of the deportation of the Warsaw Jewish community to Treblinka.
  • Concluding Warsaw program at the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner with members of the Beit Warszawa Jewish community in Warsaw.

Overnight: Warsaw


DAY FOUR:  Wednesday, October 27, 2010
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Warsaw and travel to Krakow by train.
  • Arrive in Krakow.
  • Depart for Auschwitz.
  • In This Place - Guided visit and study session in the Auschwitz -Berkenau camps.
  • Visit the Osvizem Jewish Center.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Da'at Encounter: Creating Community in a Devastated Land: Dinner at the hotel with possible guests from the members of the Tzulent Society - young Jews in Krakow.

Overnight: Krakow


DAY FIVE:  Thursday, October 28, 2010 
RECREATING MEMORY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Interactive ‘Site & Text' 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.
    • Visit to the Galicia Museum, a collection of photographs known as  Traces of Memory, a photographic exhibition offering a contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland.
    • The “Pharmacy” gateway to the Ghetto, and the Jewish Ghetto.
    • The Temple, Krakow's Reform congregation.
    • The Oskar Schindler factory.
  • Depart for Bratislava.
  • Arrive in Bratislava and check in to the hotel.
  • Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Bratislava


DAY SIX:  Friday, October 29, 2010
THE JEWISH RICHNESS OF BRATISLAVA
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the history-filled underground memorial and tomb of Rabbi Chaim Shrieber, known as the Chatam Sofer, one of the great leaders of pre-Holocaust Ashkenazi Jewry, buried in the remnants of an old Jewish cemetery.
  • Visit the Museum of Jewish Culture to meet with local Jewish leaders to hear about the Bratislava (known to Jews as Pressburg) Jewish community, past and present.
  • Gather for a memorial ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial, located on the remnants of the Pressburg Central Synagogue.
  • Drive to Budapest.

An introductory tour of Budapest.

  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest in the past 150 years including:
    • 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.
  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv at the Dohaney Street Synagogue.
  • Da'at Encounter: Shabbat dinner with possible guest from the Jewish community of Budapest.

Overnight: Budapest


DAY SEVEN:  Saturday, October 30, 2010
SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at one of the Budapest synagogues.
  • Free time for rest, relaxation and wandering around Budapest.
  • Walk across the Danube and through the Castle Hill area with your tour educator.
  • Free time and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Budapest


DAY EIGHT:  Sunday, October 31, 2010
JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through downtown Budapest, including Heroes Square and the sprawling boulevards of Budapest.
  • Da'at Encounter:Drive across to Pest for a special program with the Budapest Jewish Youth Club or at the Jewish Community Center.
  • Guided visits to:
    • The Small Synagogue, one of the oldest in the area of Budapest.
    • The Fake Cemetery, site of a repository of Jewish tombstones dating from as far back as the 13th century.
    • The Raul Wallenberg Memorial
  • Drive to the Danube Bend and the unique village of Szendentaire, including its small and one-of-a-kind synagogue.
  • Dinner on your own, followed by an optional cultural event (on your own).

Overnight: Budapest


DAY NINE:  Monday, November 1, 2010
BETWEEN BUDAPEST AND PRAGUE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Brno in the Czech Republic.
  • Da'at Encounter: Visit the Brno Synagogue, and meet with one of the last Jews remaining in this once thriving Jewish community.
  • Drive to Prague.
  • Arrive in Prague and ascend Metronome Hill for a brief orientation to Prague.
  • Check in to hotel.
  • Free time and dinner on your own in Prague's Old Town.
  • Introductory welcome tour of the center of Prague with your tour educator.

Overnight: Prague


DAY TEN:  Tuesday, November 2, 2010
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • From the Maharal to Kafka, the Legacy of Jewish Prague, with the Da'at Tour Educator.
  • Ascend to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle and an overview of the City of 100 Spires, through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto, the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the “Jewish Museum” and the Jewish cemetery.
  • The Altneu Shul, the longest continually used synagogue in Europe and site of the first use of the Magen David.
  • 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 Maisel Synagogue, named after a Jewish mayor of Prague, exemplifying the Golden Age of Jewish Prague.
  • 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; active program.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner and wrap-up conversation with group members.

Overnight: Prague


DAY ELEVEN:  Wednesday, November 3, 2010
MEMORY AND CONTINUITY
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounter: Terezin as a Home and as a Hell - Dialogue with a Survivor of Terezin.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Visit the town of Terezin and the showcase concentration camp, including the new art museum and the newly found synagogue once hidden in a potato store shed.
  • Participate in a memorial service in Terezin.
  • Return to Prague.
  • Free time to wander around Prague's Old Town.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Prague


DAY TWELVE:  Thursday, November 4, 2010
PRAGUE-BERLIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early departure from Prague.
  • Take the train to Berlin (this train ride will take just under five hours).
  • Orientation bus tour of Berlin.
  • Upon arrival in Berlin, take a short bus ride to the Pergamon Museum, located on Museum Island. Subdivided into an antiquities collection, Middle East section and Islamic art collection, you'll have time to view the collections and hear about the museum's history, following the severe damage sustained during the air attack on Berlin at the end of World War Two.
  • Check in to hotel.
  • Free time and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Berlin


DAY THIRTEEN:  Friday, November 5, 2010
BERLIN
  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Introductory bus tour of Berlin with a stop at the Weissensee Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery located in what was once East Berlin. It is the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe with approximately 115,000 graves attesting to the rich Jewish life in pre-war Berlin.
  • Visit 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.  The museum chronicles the history of the Jews in Berlin from Roman times through to the revival of Jewish life today. 
  • Da'at Encounter: Possible dialogue with the museum curator.
  • Continue on to Topography of Terror: An open-air exhibition in the excavations along the Niederkirchnerstrasse, where the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror were located.  The cellars of the Gestapo headquarters - where many political prisoners were tortured and executed - were excavated and turned into a memorial and museum, detailing the history of repression under the Nazis.
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum at what was a crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.  Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of east and west, and - for the East Germans - a gateway to freedom.  Today, the museum next to the checkpoint struggles to keep alive the memory of this famous point. 
  • Return to your hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv on your own at one of Berlin's synagogues.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner and wrap-up conversation with group members.
     

Overnight: Berlin


DAY FOURTEEN:  Saturday, November 6, 2010
BERLIN ON YOUR OWN
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Berlin on your own, with some suggested walking tours:
    • Walk to the Holocaust memorial, 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, housing a permanent exhibition dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
    • Walk to 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 government. Perhaps the most well known landmark in Berlin, it now stands as a symbol of the reunification of the two sides of this city.
    • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse. This short street, which once epitomized Jewish life in Berlin in all its diversity, also bears witness to the Nazis' determination to extinguish it. It was turned by the Gestapo into a deportation center, and now a monument commemorating the victims of the transports to ghettos and extermination camps. This was also the site of the city's oldest Jewish cemetery and is the burial place of 18th-century philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. The building of the former Jewish boys' school, just next door, now houses a Jewish secondary school, inaugurated in 1993.
    • Walk along Unter Den Linden, a beautiful boulevard that includes the Russian Embassy, the Berlin State Library, Berlin State Opera, Humboldt University and the former Crown Prince's Palace, ending in the Book Burning Memorial, where in 1933 the Nazis staged the burning of non-German books, paving the way toward a Nazi totalitarian state.
    • Visit the new Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz, opened in 2000 as the new center of Berlin. The complex is dominated by glass and steel and includes offices, apartments, cinemas, restaurants and the Sony European headquarters.  The complex represents a clearly visible symbol of a modern multimedia society.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Berlin


DAY FIFTEEN:  Sunday, November 7, 2010
DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Berlin Airport.
  • Transfer to airport for flight home (transfer is included from hotel to the airport. Please allow a minimum of two hours for check-in).
  • Fly home and arrive in the U.S. on 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.
  • 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 Coordinator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Coordinator or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour (there will be two coordinators - one in Eastern Europe and 1 in Berlin).
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages 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 your insurance company.


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:
    • 4 seater - $70  (i.e. 2 pax) - per day
    • 7 seater - $90 (i.e. 3-5 pax) - per day
    • 10 seater - $110 (i.e. 5-7 pax) - per day
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - 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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