Jewish Heritage to Eastern Europe Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest and Prague
11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
Day 1: MONDAY - WARSAW
Arrival in Warsaw where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon visit to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (You must arrive Warsaw by 1 pm to toke port in this tour, it is the only opportunity to see it during your stay). Tonight, a Welcome Dinner celebrates your arrival in Poland.
Day 6: SATURDAY – 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 to explore this lively city on your own.
Day 2: TUESDAY - WARSAW
Today, the tale of Warsaw’s once thriving Jewish community unfolds. Your morning orientation tour of the city begins at the former Jewish Ghetto area. Walk along Memory Lane where you will see the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes’ monument and a marble plaque commemorating Milo 18. Stop at Umschlag Plotz, the place where 300,000 Jews were deported to Treblinka. Visit the Old Cemetery doting bock to 1806, one of the largest in Poland, where many prominent Polish Jews are buried. Also visit the Nozyk Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Institute. After this emotional experience, continue on to Old Town for a walking tour including Market Square.
Day 7: SUNDAY - BUDAPEST
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 Memorial, dedicated to Jews who perished during the Nazi reign of terror. Inside tour of the beautifully restored Dohany Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest worldwide; it is built next to the birthplace of Theodore Herzl, the founder of Zionism. You will also see the Rumbach Street Synagogue. This afternoon on your tour with your private guide and bus you will explore Buda and Pest linked by eight graceful bridges. A drive via Heroes’ Square, the Castle District and Fishermen’s Bastion offers glorious views of the Danube. Tonight, enjoy a boat cruise on the Danube River where Budapest’s most beautiful sights, bathed in light, unfold before you.
Day 3: WEDNESDAY -WARSAW / KRAKOW
This morning depart Warsaw on a pilgrimage to Auschwitz and Birkenau, the largest and most notorious complex of Nazi extermination camps. A box lunch will be provided. Late afternoon arrive in Krakow, the fairy tale city whose castle and centuries old university are spread out like a living museum around the vast and colorful Market Square.
Day 8: MONDAY ~ BUDAPEST / PRAGUE
Transfer for a flight or train from Budapest to Prague. Meeting and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy this charming city.
Day 4: THURSDAY - KRAKOW
After breakfast, drive to Kazimierz, the former Jewish section, where the original buildings still remain intact. Visit the ancient Remuh Synagogue, where Jews still worship today, and the nearby cemetery. Stop at the 14th-century Alt Synagogue, recently restored, which houses the Museum of Jewish History and Culture. Continue to the Galicia Museum for a contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before entrance to Oskar Schindler’s former factory, now a museum; and views of other sights highlighted in the movie “Schindler’s list” such as the Podgorze former Ghetto area, the Ghetto Heroes’ Square; the Ghetto Wall, and Under the Eagle Pharmacy. Continue to the Main Market Square. Constructed in the 14th century, it is the largest medieval town square in Europe. See the popular Cloth Hall, once a major center of international trade.
Day 9: TUESDAY - PRAGUE
Morning panoramic city tour includes views of the State Opera, Wenceslas Square, the National Museum, and the Charles Bridge. Continue to Prague Castle and walk across the courtyard to see St. Vitus Cathedral. Cross the Vltava River to the Old Town. You’ll enjoy a walking tour of this lovely area including the Old Town Hall and the world famous Astronomical Clock. Afternoon Jewish interest walking tour features the Old Jewish Town including the former Jewish Ghetto area; the Jewish Town Hall; a visit to the Jewish Museum complex, home of the Precious Legacy; the 13th-century Alt-Neu Synagogue and the Pinkas, Klaus and Maisel Synagogues. Then, continue to the 15th-century Jewish Cemetery. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 5: FRIDAY - KRAKOW / BUDAPEST
Cross the Slovak Border and drive through the scenic countryside. A box lunch will be provided. Arrive in Budapest, the sophisticated capital of Hungary. Check in to your hotel. Later, 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 Corvinus Kempinski Hotel.
Day 10: WEDNESDAY - PRAGUE
Choose to have a day at leisure or take an optional pilgrimage to Terezin, former model concentration camp. Visit the small fortress, museum, and the Jewish cemetery with its impressive Menorah Sculpture surrounded by symbolic, nameless graves. Return to Prague for the rest of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner.
Day 11: THURSDAY ~ DEPARTURE
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight.