Jewish Heritage Tours – Budapest, Prague, Vienna

UPON HOTEL ARRIVAL A WELCOME KIT FROM THE LOCAL GROUND OPERATOR WILL BE PROVIDED CONTAINING DETAILS OF YOUR TRANSFERS AND SIGHTSEEING.

Day 1Friday – Arrive Budapest
Arrive in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
MEET YOUR TRANSFER DRIVER AT THE AIRPORT ARRIVAL HALL AFTER CUSTOMS. LOOK FOR THE SIGN WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.
Transfer to your hotel. Time to explore Budapest on your own. In the afternoon, 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. (D)
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Day 2Saturday – 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) Untitled 1 Jewish Heritage Tours   Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Day 3Sunday – 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’ 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 4Monday – Budapest – Prague
Depart on your short morning flight 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. Time to rest, relax and unpack before your sightseeing program. Your afternoon 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. Evening at leisure. (B) Untitled 11 Jewish Heritage Tours   Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Day 5Tuesday – Prague
Morning 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. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Untitled 12 Jewish Heritage Tours   Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Day 6Wednesday – Prague
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. Evening farewell dinner. (B.D) Untitled 13 Jewish Heritage Tours   Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Day 7Thursday – Prague – Vienna
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 for a public regularly scheduled guided group tour (Mondays through Thursdays at 11:30am or 2pm) or for prayers on Friday evening or Saturday morning. Reservation and passport are required to enter the Synagogue for a tour or religious purposes. (B) Untitled 1 Jewish Heritage Tours   Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Day 8Friday – Vienna
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. The tour will end near the State Opera House. 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. You’ll see the personal apartments of Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elizabeth, as well as the magnificent ceremonial rooms in the central part of the palace. (B)
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Day 9Saturday – 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) Untitled 21 Jewish Heritage Tours   Budapest, Prague, Vienna
Day 10Sunday – En route
Transfer to the airport for return flight. (B)
Informations…
(B) Breakfast (D) DinnerThe exact order of sightseeing each day is subject to change due to weather and operational conditions.

Meals on this tour are NOT KOSHER.

2013 LAND ONLY PRICES PER PERSON

FRIDAY ARRIVALS

SUNDAY RETURNS

GOLD PLAN

SILVER PLAN

TWIN

SINGLE

TWIN

SINGLE

May 3

May 12

$3,698

$5,498

$3,299

$4,697

Jun 7

Jun 16

$3,698

$5,498

$3,299

$4,697

Jul 5

Jul 14

$3,399

$4,865

$3,045

$4,188

Aug 16

Aug 25

$3,399

$4,865

$3,045

$4,188

Oct 4

Oct 13

$3,698

$5,498

$3,299

$4,697

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 $34 pp and fuel surcharges of $20 pp subject to change; and first class train from Prague to Vienna.

Your hotels
Plan Budapest Prague Vienna
Gold Plan Budapest: Kempinski Prague: Intercontinental Vienna: Intercontinental
Silver Plan Budapest: Astoria Prague: Grand Majestic Plaza Vienna: Intercontinental

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