Eastern Europe: Jewish Heritage Budapest, Prague, Vienna Tour 2016

10 days / 9 nights

From $3,159

(land only per person)

Tour Highlights: Budapest, Prague, Vienna

Embark on an incredible Jewish Heritage Tour through the three imperial cities of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. Throughout the journey, see the sites celebrating and memorializing Jewish Heritage and culture with some leisure time to enjoy all that each city has to offer its visitors while enjoying inclusive dining, first-class or deluxe hotel accommodations, and professional experts guiding you in each city. Explore the depths of the rich culture embedded in these glorious cities and experience Europe as you never have before.

A weekly guaranteed tour to Budapest, Vienna, and Prague with arrivals on Friday
10 days | 9 nights | 9 touring days

Contact a travel agent about airfare for this tour: 1-800-223-3855 

Included services in our tour rates:

  • Professional tour manager/guide in each city
  • 9 nights accommodations, choice of Deluxe or First-Class hotel plans
  • Inclusive Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Private transfers and entrance fees per Itinerary
  • Hotel taxes & service charges
  • Private tours available by request

Not included services in our tour rates:

  • Airfare (please contact an agent)
  • Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, souvenirs, toiletries, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended)

Terms and Conditions

Why Gil Travel?

  • Experienced Travel Agents: Over 40 years of experience in the travel industry!
  • 5 Star Treatment: Enjoy private transfers to and from the airport and hotel.
  • Guaranteed Tour: Your trip will never be canceled, no minimum of passengers.
  • Europe Experience: Our Europe tours are packed with exciting opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy.

Note: No credit/refund for any unused services.


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Day 1 - Friday
Arrival in Budapest
Budapest, Tours to Europe


Welcome to Budapest, the sophisticated capital of Hungary! First, a private transfer to your hotel, afterwards some time to explore this beautiful city on your own. In the evening, 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, D)

Day 2 - Saturday
Belvaros, Tours to Europe, Tours to 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 minutes’ 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)

Day 3 - Sunday
Weeping Willow Holocaust Memorial

Weeping Willow Holocaust Memorial

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)

Day 4 - Monday
Prague, jewish heritage tour europe


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)

Day 5 - Tuesday
Charles Bridge, Prague, Tours to Europe

Charles Bridge, 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)

Day 6 - Wednesday
Tezerin, Tours to Europe


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.  In the evening, dinner in a local restaurant dinner. (B, D)

Day 7 - Thursday


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)

Day 8 - Friday
Hoher Market, Jewish Heritage tours vienna

Hoher Market

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)

Day 9 - Saturday
Imperial Palace Vienna, Jewish Heritage Tours Europe

Imperial Palace, 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)

Day 10 - Sunday
En Route


After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Your homebound flight arrives the same day. (B)

(B) Breakfast  (L) Lunch  (D) Dinner

Meals on this tour are NOT KOSHER

Note: All itineraries are subject to change
* No minimum of passengers is required for regular tour service.
All tours are subject to availability and should be confirmed within 72 business hours.

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Dates and Rates

Valid May 6 – September 16, 2016

Please contact a travel agent about airfare for this tour: 1.800.223.3855

Friday Arrivals and Sunday Returns
First ClassDeluxe
May 6 - May 15$3,299 $4,456 $3,539 $4,867
Jun 10 - Jun 19$3,349 $4,499 $3,568 $4,899
Jul 8 - Jul 17$3,159 $4,146 $3,297 $4,418
Aug 5 - Aug 14$3,159 $4,146 $3,297 $4,418
Sep 16 - Sep 25$3,349 $4,499 $3,568 $4,899

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Hotel Info

First ClassDeluxeNights
Budapest: AstoriaBudapest: Kempinski3
Prague: K+K CentralPrague: Palace Art Nouveau3
Vienna: IntercontinentalVienna: Intercontinental3

* If the above hotels are not available, comparable hotels will be confirmed. Additional cost may apply.

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 $35 pp and fuel surcharges of $43 pp subject to change; and first class train from Prague to Vienna.

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