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CSP Jewish Roots Trip, co-sponsored by Congregation B'nai Israel of Tustin
1,000 Years of History: The Power of Memory

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Over 1,000 years ago, Judaism took root and grew in the rich soil of the boundary-shifting area that would become known as Poland. Before America, before modern day Israel, before the Holocaust, Lithuania and Poland were home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world.  On the eve of the Shoah, some 3,300,000 Jews lived in the area where the influential Jewish leader “the Vilna Gaon” taught cadres of students, the Baal Shem Tov created Chasidism and young David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres dreamed of establishing an independent homeland in Land of Israel. From Vilna to Warsaw, Lublin to Krakow, and Treblinka to Auschwitz, join us as we walk in the footsteps of some of greatest rabbis and thinkers of European history, learn about the complexities of life in the shtetls and cities, draw inspiration from examples of heroism and solidarity during the darkest times, experience the radical changes and surprising continuities of Eastern Europe after Communism, and meet those involved in the recent rejuvenation of Jewish communal life that was unimaginable just a generation ago.

Pre-arrival options: We are happy to introduce you to a genealogist to help you research your family history in the area as well as arrange a pre-arrival tour to your ancestral villages in the area. Extra costs apply.

Space is limited and there will be a maximum of 33 people on the trip. 


Tour includes:
Flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
10 nights’ accommodation at select hotels
8.5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus and one half-day walking tour in Warsaw (Shabbat) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
Da’at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
1 group transfer and assistance to and from each airport
All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
Meals: daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
Porterage at the hotels
“Whisper” system throughout the tour
 

Day One: Sunday, July 7, 2019
DEPARTURE 

  • 3:10 P.M. Depart LAX International Airport on Lufthansa flight #457.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, July 8, 2019
ARRIVAL IN VILNIUS 

  • 10:55 a.m. Arrive Frankfurt.
  • 2:55 p.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #896.
  • 5:55 p.m. Arrival at Vilnius International Airport. Vilnius, Lithuania's largest city and capital, has been known by many names over its long and remarkable history, including, most famously for Jews, as Vilna.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History - Connecting with our Roots: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. We'll preview the journey we're about to embark on together, review the itinerary, and discuss the themes and multiples narratives we'll explore during the trip. There will also be the opportunity to share our goals, both as individuals and as a community, for our tour.

Overnight: Vilnius


Day Three: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
SHARED MEMORIES, A PERSONAL JOURNEY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We'll begin our tour by visiting Vilnius' Old Town, one of the largest surviving medieval centers in Europe. First mentioned in written sources at the beginning of the 14th century, the Old Town was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1994. Our tour will include:
    • The Hill of Three Crosses, a striking monument to the long Catholic influence in Lithuania. Wooden crosses used to mark the place where, according to legend, seven Franciscan monks were beheaded for their efforts to bring Christianity to the country. In 1916, they were replaced by concrete rosses designed by the Polish sculptor Antoni Wiwulski. Torn down by the Soviets in 1950, the monument was reconstructed in 1989, as the Soviet empire began to dissolve, by Henrikas Šilgalis.
    • The Vilnius Castle Complex, a group of defensive fortifications and cultural and religious buildings, including the Cathedral. While some of the castles were destroyed or damaged followed attacks on the city over the centuries, others survive including the Gediminas Tower, a key symbol of Vilnius and of the Lithuanian nation.
    • The Old University, founded in 1579 by the Jesuits, is Lithuania's largest university and one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The university buildings exhibit a considerable range of architectural styles and are an example of the exciting variety of historical influences we will experience in the Old Town.
    • Anne's Church is a Gothic masterpiece. Largely unchanged since it was rebuilt around 1495, it is so beautiful that Napoleon is said to have wanted to take it back with him to Paris “in the palm of my hand.”
    • The Gate of Dawn is the only gate that survives out of the ten that were built in the 16th century as part of the defensive fortifications surrounding Vilnius. Over time, religious artifacts and monuments were added near the gate for added blessings and protection for the city. We'll visit the chapel which houses a famous icon, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy. This painting, dating from the early 17th century, is believed to have miraculous powers and has long attracted worshippers, including Pope John Paul II.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • LaDa'at Focus Yerushalayim De Lita: Join your tour educator and begin to unravel the story of Jewish life, thought and culture in Vilnius. With a Jewish population before the Holocaust of over 100,000, Vilnius was such an influential and dynamic Jewish center that it was often called the “Jerusalem of Lithuania.” We'll discuss its renowned yeshivot (advanced religious schools) that developed a highly intellectual method of Talmudic study that still influences Jewish life and learning. We'll also see how Vilnius had, by the early twentieth century, developed into a powerhouse of modern Jewish culture, literature and institutions.
  • A guided visit through the Jewish Quarter will allow us to understand what was created and what has been was lost in this capital of the Jewish world. We'll discuss its most famous resident, Rabbi Elijah of Vilna. Known as the Vilna Gaon (the Genius of Vilna), he was a legendary religious thinker and legal authority. He was also a fierce opponent of the Hasidic movement that in the late 18th century was bringing a revolution among Eastern European Jews. Even today, many religious Jews around the world follow the customs and rulings of the Genius of Vilna. Our tour will also include visits to:
    • The Vilnius Choral Synagogue. In the early 20th century, Vilnius had over 100 synagogues. This is the only active synagogue remaining today.
    • The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, dedicated to the historical and cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jewry. Opened in 1989 in a beautiful building that was once a Jewish theater, it includes an exposition on the Holocaust and a contemporary Center of Tolerance.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vilnius


Day Four: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
DEVASTATION & TODAY  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Is Lithuania Facing up to its Painful Past? Dialogue with Ruta Vanagaite, one of Lithuania's best-selling authors. Shocked by the discovery that her grandparents had played a part in the murder of Jews, Ruta Vangaite set out to expose the Lithuanian role in the Holocaust. Her book, “Musiskiai” (Our People) , co-authored by famed Israeli Nazi-hunter Efrain Zuroff, has shaken some powerful taboos in Lithuania. We'll talk with her about the Lithuanian political leaders and the many ordinary citizens who were involved in the killing of their Jewish neighbors. She will also discuss the powerful response to her book (including harsh attacks from right-wing nationalists) and the ongoing sensitivities in Lithuania about acknowledging its involvement in the Holocaust.
  • Walk through the Vilna Ghetto where around 40,000 Jews were imprisoned by the Nazis from 1941 to 1943. We'll learn of the suffering and death in the ghetto before its liquidation and the murder of nearly all its inhabitants. But we will also pay tribute to the heroic attempts to maintain Jewish life and culture in the ghetto, including its famed ghetto theater. It was in the Vilna Ghetto that one of the first Jewish resistance organizations dedicated to fighting the Nazis was established. It included members from all the local Jewish political parties and movements. We will view the building which housed the Judenrat (Vilna Ghetto Jewish Council) and assess the controversial role of its leader, Jacob Gens, during the Holocaust.
  • Visit the Ponar Forest Holocaust Memorial. Before the war, this forested area just south of Vilnius was popular with Jews as a vacation site. The Nazis turned it into a place of mass murder, executing an estimated 100,000 people, most of them Jews. It is now one of Lithuania's most powerful sites commemorating the Holocaust.
  • Return to Vilnius.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • We'll then experience a very different slice of modern Vilnius in the self-proclaimed “Republic” of Užupis. On April Fools' Day, 1997, local residents, many of whom are artists, light-heartedly declared this bohemian neighborhood to be independent from Lithuania. It has its own constitution (the motto is “Don't Fight, Don't Win, Don't Surrender”), an anthem, and an army of around 11 men. We'll enjoy its wonderful atmosphere, cafes and art.
  • Da'at Encounter Rebirth and Renewal: We'll meet with representatives from the local Jewish community for a conversation about Jewish memory and the efforts to rejuvenate Jewish life in the Vilnius of today.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vilnius


Day Five: Thursday, July 11, 2019
FROM VILNIUS TO WARSAW: JEWISH LIFE IN THE SHTETL 

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Vilnius and drive southwest towards the Polish border.
  • After crossing the border, we'll stop in the town of Sejny, in north-eastern Poland near the border with Lithuania and Belarus. This will be an opportunity to explore the Jewish experience in the shtetls and small towns of this area as they lived under changing regimes and their complex relations with their neighbors.
  • Visit the White Synagogue in Sejny, a large neo-Baroque synagogue erected in the 1860s for the town's now vanished Jewish community. The synagogue now houses the Borderland Foundation Cultural Center, where we will see remarkable efforts to preserve and celebrate the multi-cultural past of this area with its Jewish, Polish, Lithuanian, Belarussian, Ukrainian and Russian influences.
  • Boxed lunch, en route.
  • Visit what was once the Death Camp of Treblinka. Leveled down by the Nazi's, there aren't any remains left of what was one of the largest death camps in Poland. It is now a large complex of monuments. Walk on the rebuilt train tracks to the striking monument built from 17,000 stones, marking the number of communities killed and wiped out in Treblinka.
  • Continue the drive to Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Six: Friday, July 12, 2019
THE WORLD THAT WAS 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Jewish Community in Poland - Past, Present & Future Dialogue with Sebastian Rejak, Senior Policy and Program Officer at the American Jewish Committee and former Special Envoy of the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs for Relations with the Jewish Diaspora.
  • The World That Was: Guided visit to the Gensha Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. Bring back life to the names on the unique tombstones of the famous Jewish leaders, artists, Rabbis and intellectuals, including: Yiddish writer, author of “If Not Higher” L Peretz; “Esperanto” language creator Ludwig Zamenhoff; The Warsaw theater Diva Ida Kaminska; and Adam Czerniakow, the beloved head of the “Judenrat”. The cemetery is a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Visit the Nozyk Synagogue. Warsaw had over 400 synagogues before the Holocaust but the only stand-alone synagogue that remains today is the Nozyk. Badly damaged during the war, it was eventually returned to the Jewish community, restored and is now an active synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews located in the center of what once was the Warsaw Ghetto. Opened in 2013, this is a major and massive (over 43,000 square feet) museum that explores and celebrates the rich history of Polish Jews from their arrival over one thousand years ago until today. We'll learn about the development of Polish Jewish life and hear many individual stories through multi-media installations, rare and valuable art, photos, orals histories and other extraordinary exhibitions.
  • Take a guided journey through the Warsaw Ghetto. Our tour will include the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall and the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial before we follow the footsteps of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes along the Path of Remembrance. We will commemorate the heroic uprising at Mila 18 and at Umschlagplatz - the holding area before transportation to the Treblinka death camp - solemnly reflect on the fate of the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto.
  • Return to the hotel with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue. (Orthodox and Reform services are available.)
  • Shabbat dinner with guests from the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Seven: Saturday, July 13, 2019
SHABBAT IN WARSAW | walking tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat Services at a local synagogue (Orthodox and Reform services available) or morning at leisure to explore the city on your own.
  • Shabbat lunch.
  • Visit Warsaw's Old Town. Established in the 13th century but destroyed by the German army during WWII, the Old Town has been meticulously rebuilt using the original stones. We'll walk through market place, once a thriving center of European cultural life and now once again a vibrant and exciting area of fashionable restaurants and shops. Highlights of the Old Town include its beautiful, medieval walls and the Warsaw Barbican, part of the historical fortifications that once encircled Warsaw which has been carefully reconstructed after damage due the war. Another prominent example of the Old Town's rebuilding since the carnage of WWII is John's Archcathedral, which has been reconstructed according to its original 14th century Gothic style.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah and Seuda Shlishit. (Shabbat ends at 9:21 p.m.)
  • Enjoy a free evening in Warsaw. Once considered Europe's “city of lights,” check out the atmosphere of modern Warsaw with restaurants and cafes serving local and international cuisine.

Overnight: Warsaw


Day Eight: Sunday, July 14, 2019
WISDOM AND LOSS IN LUBLIN  

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Warsaw and drive to Lublin. (This journey is approximately 3 hours.)
  • Walk through the center of Lublin: The city was once a center of European Jewish culture, commerce and scholarship. Although so much has been lost, we will see surviving sites of importance including its still largely preserved old town and the castle used as a prison during World War II.
  • Experience the spirit of Yeshivat Chachamei Lublin, the “Scholars of Lublin's Yeshiva”. We'll spend time in one of most architecturally remarkable (and expensive) yeshivot ever built in Europe. Some 50,000 people came to see its cornerstone laying and the head of the Polish government attended its opening in 1930. It was seized and desecrated by the Nazis during the war and its students murdered. In 2003, the building was returned to the Jewish community and its magnificent interior reconstructed. We'll sit in its beit midrash (study hall) and revive the words of Lublin's great but diverse rabbis, including “The Chozen (Seer) of Lublin,” a beloved Hassidic leader considered by some to be a miracle-worker.
  • Lunch at a restaurant.
  • We will take a guided visit through the Majdanek Death Camp. Lublin once a center of Jewish life was during WWII a center of the Nazi extermination efforts. This camp, on the outskirts of Lublin, was initially based on slave labor before it was used for mass murder. It was one of the few camps which was captured virtually intact by the Allies and thus provides an unusually full picture of the horrors that took place. We will learn about the Jewish and Soviet prisoners in the camp, observe the monument created by the Soviets, and see its gas chamber, barracks, crematorium and the “Mausoleum of the Ashes.”
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Lublin


Day Nine: Monday, July 15, 2019
KRAKOW & ITS JEWISH HERITAGE 

  • Early breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Lublin and begin the drive to Krakow. (This journey is approximately 5 hours.)
  • Stop in Lezajsk and visit the tomb of Elimelech of Lezajsk, one of the founding Rebbes of the Chassidic movement.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Arrive in Krakow and enjoy an interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, the center of Jewish life in Krakow for 500 years and now one of the city's most attractive and bohemian areas. This area possesses numerous examples of the deep Jewish role in Krakow. Our tour will include:
    • The Altshul. Built in the 15th century, this is the oldest synagogue building still standing in Poland and an important example of Jewish architecture in Europe. It was designed as a fortress synagogue to assist in the defense of the city. We'll visit its museum which celebrates Krakow's Jewish community through exhibits based on life-cycle events.
    • The Rema Synagogue is named after Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), a great Talmudic scholar and codifier of Jewish law. Reconstructed many times, the synagogue nonetheless still includes some of its original features from the 16th century. It is one of the few functioning synagogues in Krakow active today.
    • The Rema Cemetery, which was established in 1535, is the final resting place of many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry. We'll also examine the tombstone of “Yossele the Miser,” a legendary figure of folklore.
    • The Temple, built in the 19th century, was one of the last synagogues built in Krakow. Today it hosts many artistic events and is an important venue in the revival of contemporary Jewish culture in the city.
    • The Galicia Jewish Museum commemorates and celebrates through photographs the Jewish experience in Polish Galicia. It includes exhibitions on how the Jewish past is being remembered and Jewish culture as it once was, as well as powerful images evoking the destruction of Jewish life.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • In the evening, we'll take a guided walk to the Main Market Square. It is the center of the city and considered by many to be one of the best public spaces in Europe today. It combines exciting modern street life with medieval architecture, basilicas and sculptures. Surrounded by elegant and ancient townhouses and churches, it is one of the largest medieval squares still in existence and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Dinner with organizers of the Krakow Jewish Festival, a key element in the recent revitalization of Jewish life and culture in Krakow.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Ten: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In This Place: Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, the largest of the Nazi concentration and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives in these camps which have become the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust. Our experience will include reflections on personal stories and texts and a visit to the original Auschwitz concentration camp. Its museum, located in the original camp block blocks, includes powerful artifacts and haunting footage of the lives and deaths of prisoners. We will then make the short drive to the Auschwitz II death camp, also known as Birkenau. This camp, barely touched or renovated since the war, provides intimate insight into the tragedy that occurred here.
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • At the Oswiecim synagogue, we will reflect, as individuals and as a group, on what we have experienced. This synagogue stands as a silent witness to the horrors of the Holocaust. Oswiecim (in German, Auschwitz) was before the Holocaust an ordinary Polish town with a Jewish majority and many synagogues.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • The Krakow Jewish Community of Today and a Vision for the Future: Evening program at the Krakow Jewish Community Center with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director. Enjoy dinner with members of the local Jewish community, and learn more about the cultural and religious revival happening here.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 17, 2019
THE POWER OF MEMORY     

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet with leaders of The Forum for Dialogue, a non-profit Polish organization whose mission is to foster Polish-Jewish dialogue, eradicate anti-Semitism and teach tolerance through education.
  • Depart Krakow with leaders of The Forum for Dialogue and visit a village participating in their “School for Dialogue” program. The School of Dialogue is an educational program that aims to get students of secondary-level schools acquainted with the history of Jews in Poland as well with their contribution to the social, cultural and economic development of the country and their own towns. Participants explore their often-forgotten local Jewish history and culture and then present what they've learned to other local residents through various activities organized within the town.
  • Visit the school and meet with students, and embark on a walking tour with the students following the Jewish history of their town.
  • Boxed lunch, en route.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Time permitting: Visit Podgorze, the neighborhood in Krakow where the Jewish ghetto was built in 1941. For many it was their last stop before the death camps, others were killed when the ghetto was liquidated in 1943. Our guided visit will include:
    • The Krakow Umschlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square. This was the center of the ghetto. Its “lonely chairs” are a remarkable monument to those who have vanished.
    • We will also see the Under the Eagle Pharmacy, a pharmacy inside the ghetto run by Tadeusz Pankiewitz. We'll learn about this Polish-Catholic pharmacist and his remarkable efforts to save Jews in the ghetto. He was subsequently recognized by Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous among the Nations
    • Stop by the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum for an outside view of the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. Schindler, a successful businessman, and his wife Emilie, managed to provide a safe environment for over 1,000 Jews, and saved them from being sent to Auschwitz. They were later honored with the title of “Righteous among the Nations”.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Thoughts and Feelings: A farewell dinner at a restaurant will allow us to reflect and share about our journey together.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Twelve: Thursday, July 18, 2019
RETURN HOME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Krakow International Airport.
  • 9:40 a.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #1621.
  • 10:55 a.m. Arrive Munich.
  • 12:00 p.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #452.
  • 3:05 p.m. Arrive LAX International Airport.


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Pacai Hotel
Vilnius

PACAI hotel is the first Design Hotel in the Baltic states, opened its doors in the Spring of 2018. Combining the noble traditions of 17-18th century bon-vivant lifestyle, historical architecture and vibrant modern design, PACAI hotel enjoys the most privileged position in the heart of Vilnius Old Town, on the main Didžioji street

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Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Warsaw

The 5-star Sofitel Warsaw Victoria hotel is located in the very heart of Warsaw, among the capital's historic and cultural attractions.

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Grand Hotel Lublinianka
Lublin

The hotel is situated in an old eclectic building in the heart of Lublin with access to all major attractions.

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Hotel Indigo
Krakow

Right in the heart of the city, Hotel Indigo® Krakow – Old Town blends historic Polish art with contemporary style. The past and the future meet in the streets around the hotel, where Wawel Castle and the Renaissance Cloth Hall on the old town’s medieval square rub shoulders with new museums, cutting-edge galleries and buzzing bars.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we will adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
  • Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
  • The initial deposit for this tour is $300 per person. This deposit is non-refundable.
  • Final payment for this tour is due April 23, 2019.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 75 days prior to departure (i.e. until April 23, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of $300 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 74 and 31 days prior to departure (i.e. from April 24, 2019 to June 6, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 30 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (i.e. as of June 7, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
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    Air and land packages are open for registration until March 08, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 08, 2019 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket. 

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    Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private baths. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
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  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
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    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 20 passengers and more: ARZA World tour educator $8, local guide $5, driver $3 - per participant per day

 

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