Jewish Heritage Tour in Central Europe


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Duration
14 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
10+

JEWISH MONUMENTS AND HERITAGE SITES Milestones of Jewish Culture in Central Europe

This program will lead you through the most important Jewish heritage sites in Central Europe’s three countries. These Jewish-themed adventures bring you to important Jewish landmarks and include scholarly investigation of Judaic topics. You will encounter moving and touching stories told by survivors.
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Start your vacation in Hungary and explore the hidden Jewish treasures of Budapest, have discussions with experts, lecturers and students. Taste some traditional Jewish meals and desserts. Continue your trip in the Czech Republic. Walk around the Jewish quarter of Trebic, discover the secrets of Prague and visit the city of Terezin to meet WWII survivor. Arrive to Krakow and take a walk in the Jewish quarters of the city. Visit Auschwitz & Birkenau, the symbol of the Holocaust. Discover Lodz with its unique Jewish memories. Explore the most important sites of Warsaw in connection with the Jewish heritage. Visit the Jewish Historical Institute and the Museum of Polish Jews. Have a great farewell dinner in the city center.

What's included

Destination
Budapest , Central Europe , Hungary , Poland , The Czech Republic
Departure Location
Budapest, Hungary
Return Location
Warsaw, Poland
Price includes
  • Transfer between the airport and hotels
  • Meals according to the program (half board)
  • Accommodation in 4* star hotels in double rooms
  • In-depth sightseeing program
  • All taxes and fees
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coaches
  • Professional local guides throughout the tour
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
Price does not include
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • International flights
  • Free time entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
  • Day 2 - Budapest
  • Day 3 - Budapest
  • Day 4 - Budapest
  • Day 5 – Trebic, Prague
  • Day 6 - Prague
  • Day 7 - Prague
  • Day 8 – Terezin, Prague
  • Day 9 – Olomuc, Krakow
  • Day 10 - Krakow
  • Day 11 - Auschwitz & Birkenau, Krakow
  • Day 12 – Lodz, Warsaw
  • Day 13 - Warsaw
  • Day 14 - Departure
Day 1 - Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Welcome to Budapest

Arrival to Budapest, cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square, Millennium Underground Railway ect.

Transfer to the hotel and settle in. Orientation walk. Welcome dinner

Day 2 - Budapest

Life of a Jewish School

Short visit to the Great Market Hall. Visit to Lauder Javne Jewish Community School, informal discussion with teachers and students.

Lunch in the school.

Sightseeing excursion by bus (Heroes' Square, Castle Quarter ect.). Free time.

Dinner on your own.

Concert.

Day 3 - Budapest

Ghetto Now and Then

Walk in the one time ghetto (Holocaust and Karl Lutz Memorial, Kazinczy Street Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Dohány Street Synagogue – the largest in Europe).

Lunch in the center.

Walking tour in the Jewish district. Flódni (Jewish- Hungarian dessert, cake with 4 fillings) tasting with Ráhel Raj (the famous cake designer).

Dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Budapest

Lecture on Present Day Life of the Jewish Community

Discussion with experts from different cultural background on Hungary today (everyday-life of the largest Jewish community in Central Europe) at Teleki tér Shtiebel.

Lunch on your own.

Free time (optional programs: Holocaust Memorial Center, Museums, Széchenyi Spa ect.)

Farewell dinner with live Klezmer music.

Day 5 – Trebic, Prague

Old Jewish Quarters

Leaving to Prague by coach.

Lunch in Trebic.

Walking excursion in the Jewish quarter of Trebic (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Arrival to Prague, the capital and the biggest city of the Czech Republic with extraordinary historic and cultural sights (Prague Castle, synagogues and cemetery of the Jewish Quarter etc.).

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 6 - Prague

The History of Czech Jews

Lecture and discussion about the history of Czech Jews and the Jewish community today.

Lunch on your own.

Sightseeing excursion by bus (Prague Castle, Charles Bridge etc.).

Dinner in a local restaurant, meet the members of the local Jewish community.

Day 7 - Prague

Synagogue Tour in Prague

Walking excursion in the city - Jewish sites and Jewish Museum (Old New Synagogue, Maisel Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Klausen Synagogue, Midras in the High Synagogue)

Lunch at the Prague Jewish Town Hall.

Visit the Old Town and the New Jewish Cemetery (1890), visit a ceremonial hall and famous graves e.g. Franz Kafka.

Free evening - optional cultural event or concert.

Dinner on your own.

Day 8 – Terezin, Prague

Concentraion Camp Memories

Field trip to Terezin. Visit the concentration camp, political prison (small fortress), Jewish ghetto, Ghetto Museum and Crematorium. Discussion with a survivor of the WWII.

Lunch on your own.

Free time in Prague.

Farewell dinner in the Municipal House.

Day 9 – Olomuc, Krakow

Undamaged Jewish Karkow

Leaving to Krakow by coach.

Lunch in Olomouc.

Arrival to Krakow, the first European city included in the UNESCO list of the most precious places of the world. Krakow survived the Second World War relatively undamaged, and therefore has a wealth of genuine architectural treasures to offer.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 10 - Krakow

Schindler’s Factory

Walking through Kazimierz, the ancient heart of Jewish Krakow (Gothic Old Synagogue, Remuh Synagogue with a Renaissance cemetery).

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Walking excursion in the Podgorze district of Krakow (it was the Jewish ghetto during Nazi occupation - Schindler's Museum housed in the administrative building of the former Oskar Schindler factory).

Dinner on your own.

Day 11 - Auschwitz & Birkenau, Krakow

Symbols of the Holocaust

Trip to Auschwitz & Birkenau, the largest death factory in the history of humanity and the symbol of the Holocaust today. The site is the museum and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Lunch on your own.

Free time.

Dinner in the center of Krakow.

Day 12 – Lodz, Warsaw

The largest Jewish Cemetery in Europe

Leave for Warsaw via Lodz (it was one of the largest Jewish center in Poland until the breakout of WWII). Guided tour of the Jewish cemetery (the largest Jewish graveyard in Europe), Radegast train station - the site of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto Monument, Jan Karski Monument).

Lunch.

Continue to Warsaw.

Dinner on your own.

Day 13 - Warsaw

Warsaw’s Jewish Heritage

Walking excursion in Warsaw with the most important places of the city connected to the Jewish heritage: Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto Uprising, Z.O.B. (Jewish Fighters Organisation) main bunker during the Warsaw uprising (Mila), Umschlagplatz (where Jews were gathered for deportation), Jewish Historical Institute, Museum of Polish Jews Old Town.

Farewell dinner.

Day 14 - Departure

Good-bye

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

More about Budapest

Besides its stunning natural setting with rich architectural and historical heritage, the city offers an unmatched combination of culture, blooming gastronomy and the advantages of thermal waters and world heritage sites. Humankind has played a role in shaping the pretty face of Budapest. Architecturally, the city is a treasure, with enough baroque, neoclassical, Eclectic and art nouveau buildings to satisfy everyone. Overall, though, Budapest carries a fin de siècle feeling, for it was then, during the capital’s ‘golden age' in the late 19th century, that most of what you can see today was built.

Divided in two by the Danube, Budapest is made up of Buda on one side: with Ottoman-era thermal baths at the foot of Gellért Hill, the Royal Palace and Matthias Church, it radiates calm and piece. On the other side lies Pest, vibrant and lively, with its slew of museums rich in cultural and historical treasures, extraordinary Art Nouveau architecture, its majestic Parliament building, Saint Stephen’s Basilica surrounded by pedestrian streets, and its entirely renovated Jewish Quarter and Palace District. Massive murals, small pop-up sculptures and ruin bars full of random décor – Budapest is brimming with urban art. Striking paintings brighten the city’s old firewalls and passers mood.

While traditional goulash soup and pörkölt have a well-established reputation in the Hungarian cuisine, the culinary revolution has taken over Budapest, as well. From street-food made from local, all-natural ingredients to haute cuisine creations marked in the Michelin Guide, Budapest has it all. Budapest’s reputation as a food capital dates largely from the late 19th and the first half of the 20th century and, despite a fallow period under the communism, the city is once again commanding attention. So, too, are Hungary's excellent wines – from Eger's complex reds and Somló’s flinty whites to honey-sweet Tokaj, a favorite of emperors and presidents. Even if you aren't the type who waxes poetic about silky tannins, chalky soils, and lingering finishes, you'll likely enjoy the lively Budapest wine bars. Keep a special eye out for grape varietals indigenous to Hungary, including kadarka and kékfrankos (red), and furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white).

Budapest is blessed with an abundance of hot springs. As a result, ‘taking the waters’ has been an experience here since the time of the Romans. The array of bathhouses is generous – you can choose from Turkish-era, art nouveau and modern establishments. Some people come seeking a cure for whatever ails them, but the majority are there for fun and relaxation.

Budapest has something for everyone – from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters and a nightlife that is unrivalled in Eastern and Central Europe.

More about Central Europe

At once natural and refined, folksy and cultured: the combination of mountain rusticity with old-world style captivates in Central Europe.

Teutonic half-timbered villages, graffiti-decorated Renaissance squares, medieval walled towns…. Wander the darkly Gothic alleyways of Prague, admire the baroque excess of Salzburg or take in the colourful old-Venetian influence on the Slovenian port of Piran. Poland and the Czech Republic seem to have more than their fair share of medieval masterpieces, but you can find narrow lanes and quaint townscapes throughout the region – from Bern, Switzerland to Bardejov, Slovakia. Smaller gems such as Bamberg, Germany are often far from the tourist radar. On mornings when the mists lie heavy and crowds are few, you might imagine yourself in an earlier century.

Nourishing yourself is more fun in a great atmosphere, and Central Europe's abundance of outdoor cafes, beer halls and coffee houses offer just that. When the temperatures rise in spring, outdoor tables proliferate along with the daffodils and tulips. Enjoy a plate of pasta while admiring the Slovenian coast, nosh pierogi (dumplings) on a Polish cobblestone street or dip into fondue lakeside in Switzerland. Beer gardens across the region offer an opportunity to enjoy hearty food, a convivial atmosphere and a good brew alfresco. Once the weather cools, move inside to a boisterous beer hall. Or, for something a little sweeter, try a cake at a coffee house or pastry cafe. The most famous are in Vienna and Budapest, but you'll find many options – and other interesting places to eat and drink – all across the region.

With mountains covering so many Central European states, it's no wonder that the outdoors holds such an attraction in the region. The Alps rise to their highest in Switzerland, with jagged, Toblerone-like peaks such as the Matterhorn, and march on through southern Germany, across Austria and south into Slovenia. You can hike, bike, ski or just ride the gondolas and funiculars to enjoy the Alpine views. Other mountains, like the Swiss Jura and the Polish–Slovak Tatras, offer no less adventure. There are also sculptural sandstone 'rock towns' in the Czech Republic to climb, waterfall-filled gorges in Slovakia and Slovenia to hike and the bucolic Black Forest in Germany to walk. There's a new part of nature to explore almost around every corner.

More about Hungary

Hungary is among the top tourist destinations in Europe with the capital Budapest regarded as one of the most beautiful cities worldwide. Despite its relatively small size, the country is home to numerous World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Hévíz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy).

Hungary’s scenery is more gentle than striking. But you can’t say the same thing about the built environment across the land. Architecturally Hungary is a treasure trove, with everything from Roman ruins and medieval townhouses to baroque churches, neoclassical public buildings and art nouveau bathhouses and schools. And we're not just talking about the capital, Budapest. Walk through Szeged or Kecskemét, Debrecen or Sopron and you’ll discover an architectural gem at virtually every turn. Indeed, some people go out of their way for another glimpse of their favourites, such as the Reök Palace in Szeged or the Mosque Church in Pécs.

Budapest is a vibrant capital city with an outstanding cultural life and magnificent historic spas: a true metropolis that offers unforgettable experiences in every season. It is famed for its breathtaking architecture and photogenic river scenery.

Stunning architecture, vital folk art, thermal spas and Europe's most exciting capital after dark are Hungary's major drawing cards.

More about Poland

Poland’s roots go back to the 10th century, leaving more than a thousand years of twists and turns and kings and castles to explore. WWII history buffs are well served. Tragically, Poland found itself in the middle of that epic fight, and monuments and museums dedicated to these battles – and to Poland’s remarkable survival – can be seen everywhere. There’s a growing appreciation, too, of the country's rich Jewish heritage. Beyond the deeply affecting Holocaust memorials, synagogues are being sensitively restored, and former Jewish centres such as Łódź and Lublin have heritage trails where you can trace this history at your own pace.

The former royal capital of Kraków is a living museum of architecture through the ages. Its nearly perfectly preserved Gothic core proudly wears overlays of Renaissance, baroque and art nouveau, a record of tastes that evolved over centuries. Fabulous medieval castles and evocative ruins dot hilltops around the country, and the fantastic red-brick fortresses of the Teutonic Knights stand proudly in the north along the Vistula. Simple but finely crafted wooden churches hide amid the Carpathian hills, and the ample skills of the highlanders are on display at the country's many skansens (open-air ethnographic museums).

Away from the big cities, much of Poland feels remote and unspoiled. While large swathes of the country are flat, the southern border is lined with a chain of low-lying but lovely mountains that invite days, if not weeks, of splendid solitude. Well-marked hiking paths criss-cross the country, taking you through dense forest, along broad rivers and through mountain passes. Much of the northeast is covered by interlinked lakes and waterways ideal for kayaking and canoeing – no experience necessary. Local outfitters are happy to set you up for a couple of hours or weeks.

More about The Czech Republic

Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech Republic – and its capital in particular – has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations.

The Czech Republic's location in the middle of Europe has seen a long history of raiding tribes, conquering armies and triumphant dynasties. This turbulent past has left a legacy of hundreds of castles and chateaux – everywhere you look there seems to be a many-turreted fortress perched above a town, or a romantic summer palace lazing peacefully amid manicured parkland. The number and variety of Czech castles is simply awe-inspiring – everything from grim Gothic ruins clinging to a dizzy pinnacle of rock, to majestic, baroque mansions filled with the finest furniture that Europe’s artisans could provide.

Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world's finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names – Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar – have been equalled, and even surpassed, by a bunch of regional Czech beers and microbreweries that are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing. Never before have Czech pubs offered such a wide range of brews – names you'll now have to get your head around include Kout na Šumavě, Primátor, Únětice and Matuška.

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Jewish Heritage Tour in Central Europe

Duration
14 Days
Destination
More than 1
Travellers
10+

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