Eastern Europe: Active Seniors 55+ Small Group Tour

12 days / 10 nights

$5,455 land and air

(based on double occupancy) | September 3-14, 2017

Eastern Europe: Active Seniors 55+ Small Group Tour

Attention Active Seniors 55+! Join us on an escorted tour to Eastern Europe!

Tour Highlights: Warsaw, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Ghetto Heroes Monument, Krakow, Royal Wawel Hill, Kazimierz, Schindler Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Budapest, Fisherman’s Bastion, Bratislava, Prague, Terezin, Prague Castle

Join us and your friends on this Jewish Heritage Eastern European Tour, a never to forget experience filled with history, emotions and beauty.
Whether you have family from Eastern Europe and wish to follow your roots, or you are a history lover or just interested to learn more about Jewish History, this tour will enrich you with interesting cultures, majestic sites and wonderful cuisine.

12 days | 10 nights | 9 touring days

Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare via Austrian and Lufthansa Airlines
    • Sep 03 Newark/Vienna – Austrian 90
    • Sep 04 Vienna/Warsaw – Austrian 623
    • Sep 14 Prague/Frankfurt – Lufthansa 1393
    • Sep 14 Frankfurt/Newark – Lufthansa 402
  • Arrival and departure group transfers
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class/Deluxe Hotels
  • All touring and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily at the hotels
  • Dinner daily at various local restaurants
  • All taxes
  • All tips to the guide/driver, waiters and porters

For more information contact:
Susan Blum | Israel Department Manager
[email protected] or call: 1.800.223.3855 x238

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Day 1 - Sunday, September 03, 2017
Departure

Departure via Austrian Air 90 from Newark Airport at 5:50pm.

Day 2 - Monday, September 04, 2017
ARRIVAL to WARSAW
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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
By Adrian Grycuk/Commons

Arrival in Vienna at 8:25am.   Our next flight is Austrian 623 at 12:55pm and we will arrive to Warsaw at 2:10pm.

Transfer to the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews  – the first and only museum its kind dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium.

Transfer to our hotel and check in.

Welcome Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant

Overnight – Bristol Hotel, Warsaw

Day 3 - Tuesday, September 05, 2017
WARSAW
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Ghetto Heroes Monument, Warsaw
By Charlie Phillips/flickr

Touring Warsaw – including former Ghetto area with the Umslagplatz, the Ghetto Heroes Monument, Jewish Cemetery and the Nozyk Synagogue the only surviving pre-war Synagogue in Warsaw.

Walk through the Old Town. The Warsaw Old Town is the oldest part of the capital city. It is bounded by the Wybrzeże Gdańskie, along with the bank of Vistula river, Grodzka, Mostowa and Podwale Streets. It is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Warsaw.

Royal Route – former communication route that led southward from the city’s Old Town. It now comprises a series of connecting Warsaw streets that feature a number of historic landmarks.

Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Overnight – Bristol Hotel, Warsaw

Day 4 - Wednesday, September 06, 2017
KRAKOW
krakow poland, wawel castle

Wawel Castle, Krakow

After breakfast depart the hotel in Warsaw by bus (about a 5 hour bus ride) to Krakow. Upon arrival we will visit the Royal Wawel Hill.  A Jurassic limestone rock, a dominant feature in the landscape of Krakow, was formed 150 years ago.  Situated on the bank of the Vistula River, surrounded by waters and marshes, the hill provides safe haven for people who have settled her since the 7th century.

Walk through Old Town and Old Town Market Square.  See St Mary’s Church and the Florianska Gate.

Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant

Overnight – Holiday Inn, Krakow

Day 5 - Thursday , September 07, 2017
KRAKOW

Jewish interest tour of Krakow will include Kazimierz, former Jewish District.  In 1495 King Jan I Olbracht transferred Krakow Jews to the nearby royal city of Kazimierz, which gave rise to its once bustling Jewish quarter and a major European center of the Diaspora for the next three centuries. With time it turned into virtually separate and self-governed 34-acre Jewish Town, a model of every East European shtetl, within the limits of the gentile city of Kazimierz. As refugees from all over Europe kept coming to find the safe haven here, its population reached 4,500 by 1630.

See the Alt Synagogue (oldest in Poland), Remuh Synagogue (smallest but most active since 1553) and the Jewish Cemetery.

See Schindler’s route with the Schindler Museum. On 1st September 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War broke out. On 6th September, German troops entered Kraków. It was probably also at that time that Oskar Schindler, a Sudeten German member of the NSDAP and agent of the Abwehr, arrived in Kraków. Using the power of the German occupation forces in the capacity of a trustee, he took over the German kitchenware shop on ul. Krakowska, and in November 1939, on the power of the decision of the Trusteeship Authority he

Auschwitz museum entrance, black white

Auschwitz-Birkenau

took over the receivership of “Rekord” company in Zablocie. He employed initially Poles and as the Jews’s situation grew worse, he hired Jews. He also produced ammunition shells, so that his factory would be classed as an essential part of the war effort. He managed to build a subcamp of the Płaszów work camp in the premises where “his” Jews had scarce contact with camp guards.

We will end the day with a solemn visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Dinner at the hotel or a local restaurant.

Overnight – Holiday Inn, Krakow

Day 6 - Friday, September 08, 2017
KRAKOW TO BUDAPEST
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Budapest Parliament

This is a 6 ½ hour drive and we will stop along the way for breaks.

(Arrival of the group by bus from Poland – time TBA)

Upon arrival to Budapest meet your local guide at the hotel. Check-in and walk for a dinner

Shabbat dinner at the local kosher restaurant CARMEL

Overnight – Intercontinental, Budapest

Day 7 - Saturday, September 09, 2017
BUDAPEST

(NO BUS TODAY)

dohany synagogue, budapest jews

Dohany Synagogue, Budapest

Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional morning services in Dohany Synagogue or time for leisure.

Lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter of Budapest.

After lunch continue touring to Jewish Quarter.

Explore the Story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 Years, including visits to:

  • The Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe.
  • The Jewish Museum, housed on the site of Theodor Herzl’s birth.
  • The Community Holocaust Memorial.

Dinner at the local restaurant – Dunacorso

Overnight – Intercontinental, Budapest

Day 8 - Sunday, September 10, 2017
BUDAPEST

(Full day bus)

Breakfast at the hotel.

shoes danube promenade

Shoes on the Danube Promenade

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.

Drive through the city and across the river. Ascend Castle Hill to view Budapest from atop the Fisherman’s Bastion.

Head to the Great Market Hall – built in 1897 is the most beautiful of all Budapest, 5 min walk from the city center and Vaci Ucta – the most renowned pedestrian shopping street of Budapest.

Lunch and shopping time on your own.

Dinner at the local restaurant Cyrano.

Overnight – Intercontinental, Budapest

Day 9 - Monday, September 11, 2017
BUDAPEST to PRAGUE

(3 hours to Bratislava and about 2 hours from Bratislava to Prague.)

Breakfast at the hotel

Check out of the hotel

bratislava, slovakia city

Bratislava, Slovakia

City tour of Bratislava, the political, cultural and economic center of Slovakia.

Meet your local guide

Visit of Chatam Sofer Memorial commemorates and is the burial place of Moses Sofer, a prominent Orthodox rabbi in the early nineteenth century who resisted the Reform movement in Judaism. (“Chatam Sofer” is his main work, meaning “Seal of the Scribe).

Lunch on your own

Drive to Prague (approx. 4, 5 – 5 hours)

Arrive in Prague and check into the hotel. After check-in walk through the city center for a dinner at the restaurant Kogo Havelska.

Overnight – La Ballerina, Prague

Day 10 - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
PRAGUE

(Full day bus)

Breakfast at the hotel

Terezin Memorial Cemetery

Terezin Memorial Cemetery

Meet your guide at the lobby of the hotel and depart for Terezin.

Visit the Terezin

The town and fortress of Terezin were founded in 1780 by Joseph II, in neo- Classicist style.

The Small Fortress was turned  into a Nazi concentration camp run by the Gestapo in June 1940, by the end of the war 90,000 prisoners had passed through its gates.

In February 1942 the town of Terezin itself became a Jewish ghetto and 160,000 Jews from 35 different countries were brought here.

Visit the Small Fortress (former concentration camp), Jewish cemetery and museum.

Boxed lunch enroute.

Return to Prague and time for leisure.

Dinner at the Sarah Bernhardt restaurant.

Overnight – La Ballerina, Prague

Day 11 - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Prague

Breakfast at the hotel

(Bus transfer from hotel to Prague Castle)

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Prague

Transfer to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle and an overview of the City of 100 Spires, a walk along the Golden Lane

Walk through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge.

Lunch on own, en route.

Start the 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 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.
  • The Klausen Synagogue, where the Nazis began their exhibit: “Jewish Life from the Cradle to the Grave,” in 1943.
  • The Spanish Synagogue built in 1868 on the site of the oldest Prague Jewish house of prayer (“the Old Shul”) and designed in a Moorish style by Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann.

Farewell dinner at Francouzska restaurant.

Overnight – La Ballerina, Prague

Day 12 - Thursday, September 14, 2017
Departure

Breakfast at the hotel

Departure transfer from the hotel to the airport

Departure via Lufthansa 1393 at 10:45am, arriving Frankfurt 11:55am.

We will connect with Lufthansa 502 at 1:20pm arriving Newark Airport at 3:45pm

**Itinerary and guide are subject to change due to timing and unforeseen circumstances. **

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Date: September 3-14, 2017

Rate* (based on double occupancy)

Land and Air Single Supplement
$5,455 per person $1,160

Based on a minimum of 10 full paying participants

*Rates include airfare (airport tax/fuel) and are subject to change

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Tour Details

Before you travel

Travel Protection Highly recommended. $5,500.00 worth (price is according to age)

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