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Kreplach & Burekas II 2020

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Optional 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 with local tour escort and licensed,
English speaking local tour guides as needed in each city
(1.5 days in Zagreb, half-day in Plitvice, 1 day in Split, 2 days in Dubrovnik, 2 hours in Mostar, 1 day in Sarajevo)

Da’at tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meal: daily breakfast & 3 dinners

Portage at the hotels

Whisper system throughout

Day One: Sunday, May 3, 2020
DEPARTURE

  • 6:15 p.m. Depart Dulles International Airport on Lufthansa flight #419.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Monday, May 4, 2020

ARRIVAL IN ZAGREB

  • 8:10 a.m. Arrive Frankfurt.
  • 12:20 p.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #1414.
  • 1:45 p.m. Arrive at Zagreb International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Begin your tour with an orientation tour of Zagreb to get a feel for the city. Enjoy a walking tour to the historic Upper Town and see some of the best-preserved buildings in Europe.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus A Jewish Journey in the Balkans: Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator.

Overnight: Zagreb


Day Three: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

EXPLORING ZAGREB

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Mirogoj Cemetry. It is not only one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe with arcades and cupolas designed by architect Herman Bolle, it is also a park and artistic gallery and since the 19 century, it serves as a central cemetery where members of all faith are buried (Catholic, Christian Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish).  In the Jewish section, view the statue of Moses with 10 commandments, dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. The statue is made by notable Croation sculptor, Antun Augustincic whose Peace monument stands in front of the United Nations building in New York City.
  • Visit the former site of the Synagogue, which was completely destroyed in 1942, today with a plaque on Praska street.
  • Visit the Jewish Community building and meet with leaders of the local Jewish community.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Mimara Museum, which houses approximately 3,700 works of art donated by Ante Topic Mimara. The collection comprises more than 1,500 exhibits dating from the prehistoric period up to the 20th century. Some of the most famous exhibits include works by Lorenzetti, Raffaello, Giorgione, Veronese, Caravaggio, Canaletto, 60 paintings by the Dutch masters Rembrandt, Van Goyen, Ruisdael, 50 works by the Flemish masters Van der Weyden, Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck, more than 30 by the Spanish masters Velasquez, Murillo, Goya, some 20 paintings by the German masters Holbein, Liebermann, Leibl, some 30 paintings by the English painters Gainsborough, Turner, Bonington and more than 120 paintings by the French masters Georges de la Tour, Boucher, Chardin, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Degas.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Zagreb


Day Four: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

PLITVICE - ONE OF CROATIA'S NATURAL WONDERS

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Zagreb and drive to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the largest national park in Croatia.
  • Explore the park, known for its chain of 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls, that extend into a limestone canyon. 
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Continue to Split.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Split


Day Five: Thursday, May 7, 2020

JEWISH HERITAGE IN SPLIT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Diocletian's Palace, a Roman palace located in the heart of Split and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the well-preserved cellars of the palace and the peristyle, which is an inner colonnaded courtyard, where official audiences took place.
  • Explore the old Jewish quarter, which occupies the northwestern part of the former palace and is still known as the ghetto. 
  • Visit the synagogue, housed in a residential building in the northwestern corner of the former palace. In 1942 Italian fascists ravaged the tiny sanctuary, throwing most of the ritual objects, archives, Torah scrolls, and books onto a bonfire in the main town square. The synagogue was restored after World War II and again renovated and reopened in 1996. It now shares a building with the Jewish community headquarters.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Old Jewish cemetery, which was founded in 1573 when a special site on the eastern slope of Mount Marjan was appropriated by the Municipality for that specific purpose. It's attractive setting, on the wooded slope overlooking the city, makes the cemetery particularly picturesque. The cemetery offers a unique display of traces of the past. There are over 700 graves, with readable tombstones from the 18th-20th centuries. The last burial at this cemetery took place in 1945 when it was closed and protected as a monument. The tombstones are of the horizontal Sephardi type; some are shaped like a sarcophagus roof, and the others are flat, slightly inclined slabs. The tombstones have inscriptions in Hebrew, with additional epitaphs in Italian or Croatian on the newer monuments.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Split


Day Six: Friday, May 8, 2020

JEWISH HERITAGE IN DUBROVNIK

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Drive to Dubrovnik, an intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia.
  • Visit Dubrovnik's Jewish cemetery. The original cemetery was established in 1652 in the Ploce district, outside the northern ramparts of the old city. The community sold this at the end of the 19th century and in 1911 exhumed the remains for reburial at a new site in the Boninovo district. Only 30 of the original tombstones remain. Many were used in the construction of the northern side of the city walls, either following the earthquake of 1667 or during the First World War: some are still visibly embedded in the walls. The present cemetery contains about 200 gravestones, is well-maintained and surrounded by a high wall with a gate.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Dubrovnik synagogue, which is believed to be the second oldest synagogue (after Prague) still in use in Europe. The synagogue was built in the style of the Baroque synagogues of Italy in the 14th century, on the third floor of a narrow and oblong building in the Jewish street and quarter. The inner decoration, in Baroque style, was completed in 1652 and has been preserved to the present day.
  • Visit the Museum of Dubrovnik Jewish community, which is located in the same building as the synagogue.
  • Check into the hotel and free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the local synagogue, followed by Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Dubrovnik


Day Seven: Saturday, May 9, 2020

FREE SHABBAT IN DUBROVNIK

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore the city on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dubrovnik


Day Eight: Sunday, May 10, 2020

EXPLORING DUBROVNIK

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Ride a cable car to the top of Mount Srdj for a beautiful view overlooking the entire Old Town and shoreline.
  • Visit the Homeland War Museum, which has around 500 showpieces from the period of 1991 to 1995. The museum has four themes: the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic and history of the Fort Imperial, the Serbian-Montenegrin aggression in 1991, days of victory - the liberation actions of the Croatian Army, and the suffering of the people, civilian buildings, and cultural monuments.
  • Continue to the old town.
  • Lunch on your own in the old town.
  • Explore the city's old historical center and view its main landmarks, including Stradun, Rector's Palace, Blaise's Church, Cathedral, three large monasteries, Custom's Office and the City Hall.
  • Walk along the city ramparts, considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe and an example of how fort architecture developed. The first fortifications were built already in the 8th century, but the most intense construction took place from the mid-15th to the end of the 16th century. The ramparts encompass the city in an irregularly shaped polygon.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Dubrovnik


Day Nine: Monday, May 11, 2020

FROM DUBROVNIK TO SARAJEVO

  • Breakfast at the hotel and depart.
  • Depart Dubrovnik and drive towards Bosnia & Hercegovina.
  • Drive to Mostar, which is famous for the Balkans' most celebrated bridge. The Old Bridge (Stari most), built during the time of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1557, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans.
  • Explore the cobblestoned and picturesque Old Town.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • View the former synagogue, built in 1902 and burned down in 1944. The synagogue was reconstructed and is in use as a puppet theatre.
  • Continue the drive to Sarajevo, often referred to as the „Jerusalem of Europe” because of its traditional religious diversity - with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Judaism, all these religions coexisting there for centuries. Major houses of worshipping are within steps of each other.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sarajevo


Day Ten: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Lag Ba'Omer

JEWISH HERITAGE IN SARAJEVO

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit Latin Bridge, famous as the site of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, which became the justification for the beginning of World War I.
  • Explore Bašcaršija, the old bazaar and the historical and cultural center of the city.
  • Visit the Museum of the Jews of Bosnia and Herzegovina, housed in the old Sephardic Synagogue.
  • Visit the Bosnian Cultural Center, housed in what was once the Great Sephardi Synagogue.
  • Visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, built in the pseudo-Moorish style. This building houses not only the synagogue but is also the Jewish Community building. Meet with a leader of the community for a better understanding of the Jewish community today.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Pass by the former City Hall, designed in 1891 by a Czech architect, and at the time the largest and most representative building of the Austro-Hungarian period in Sarajevo. The building initially served as the City Hall and now houses the National and University Library.
  • Visit the Zemaljski Muzej (County Museum) for insight into the Sarajevo Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript from the 14th century.
  • Visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, a national monument, visiting the exhibition in the chapel.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Sarajevo


Day Eleven: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MEMORY & CONTINUITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Sarajevo and drive north-west towards Croatia.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit Jasenovac Memorial Site, on the site of the Jasenovac camp - a concentration and extermination camp that operated from August of 1941 until the end of April 1945. The camp was established by the governing Ustaše regime and not operated by Nazi Germany. It was one of the largest concentration camps in Europe and the camp has been referred to as "the Auschwitz of the Balkans". It is estimated that at least 70,000 Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies and Anti-Fascist Croats and Slovenes were killed in the camp. Many Jews from Croatia and Bosnia were killed here. The Ustaše destroyed the camps when partisans were approaching it. Only original trams remain of the complex, buildings and execution sites within the camp itself are marked by earth mounds and hollows. The path to the Flower Memorial is paved with railway sleepers. They denote symbolically part of the preserved railway track used to transport prisoners to the camp. 
  • Meet with Bishop Jovan Culibrk, of the Slavonian Serbian Orthodox Community, and visit the remnants of the former concentration camp's hospital where many Jewish doctors worked.
  • Continue the drive back to Zagreb.
  • Arrive in Zagreb and check into the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Zagreb


Day Twelve: Thursday, May 14, 2020

RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer to Zagreb International Airport.
  • 1:50 p.m.Depart on Lufthansa flight #1727.
  • 2:55 p.m. Arrive Munich.
  • 4:25 p.m. Depart on Lufthansa flight #414.
  • 7:30 p.m. Arrive Dulles International Airport.


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Accommodation Details



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Hotel International
Zagreb

City centre Hotel International in Zagreb, located in the heart of the business district, offers comfortable accommodation for business guests as well as those who visit Zagreb on holiday. Minutes away from Zagreb main attractions and cultural sites,

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Cornaro Hotel Split
Split

A seamless fusion of traditional and modern, affiliated with a passion for complete professional service, creates an experience that is truly exquisite. The excellent city central location of our hotel, its ancient history surroundings and interior elegance are complemented by discreet placement of the latest technology thoughtfully integrated throughout each room and hotel facilities.

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Valamar Dubrovnik Hotel
Dubrovnik

Located on the tranquil Babin Kuk peninsula, surrounded by pine tree forests and soothing white pebble beaches, with the old town of Dubrovnik just 15 minutes away

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Hotel Europe
Sarajevo

Built in 1882, at the crossroads of the Oriental and modern style, Hotel Europe is imbued with the best attributes of both worlds. Positioned in the heart of the Sarajevo city, just a few steps away from the tourist Old Town core, this Austro-Hungarian building with its external splendour alone will have you captivated.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: December 30, 2019

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full-paying participants. 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.


PAYMENT POLICY
Da'at Educational Expeditions reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits. Notification of any changes will be made explicitly to the participants where relevant.

  • Initial deposit of $500 per person, non-refundable, non-transferable is due at the time of reservation unless another amount is indicated for the particular trip or seminar.
  • Final payment is due January 10, 2020 (113 days before the scheduled trip begins), or as specified in your invoice.


CANCELATION POLICY
Cancelations need to be made in writing. Cancelation fees will be based on the date that the written cancelation is received.

Cancelation fees:

  • 113 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
  • 112 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
  • 45 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost

Cancelation fees may also include:

  • Hotel or supplier cancelation fees.
  • Group airfare penalty fee.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
We strongly recommend that you purchase your own travel insurance. Please discuss land, air and health insurance options with your insurance provider or contact Travel Insured at 1-800-344-6226, ext. 257. Some insurance programs provide more comprehensive coverage when the policy is purchased in close proximity to the initial trip deposit. We, therefore, recommend that you secure insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit payment date.

Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are estimated and subject to change at any time. 
Airport Taxes & Fuel Surcharges are not guaranteed unless the group air tickets have been issued. Group air tickets are issued approximately 35 days prior to departure. Group air tickets are only issued upon receipt of full payment from all of the trip participants. 
Air and land packages are open for registration until Jan 08, 2020 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Jan 08, 2020 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket. 

Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
Airfare may be purchased from us for travel originating in the United States. Please see Flights tab in the right-side toolbar.


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
The trip 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. Standard-size rooms are generally smaller outside of North America. They usually accommodate two people and include either one queen-size bed or two single beds (pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard). While some hotels provide an extra bed in a standard-size room for use by a child under the age of 12, we recommend that families of four or more should book adjoining or connecting rooms.


MEALS
Are included as specified in the itinerary.


TOUR EDUCATOR OR GUIDE
All trips are conducted by our tour educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.


GRATUITIES INCLUDED:
All gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals are included.


PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation in the evening when dinner is on own.
  • Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.
  • Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified.
  • Water or snacks on the bus (unless indicated otherwise)
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Gratuities for Tour Educator (Guide) and Driver. We recommend the following guidelines for tips (amounts indicated in US dollars):
    Group of 20 participants and more:
    Da'at Tour Educator: $8 | Local Guide: $5 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day
    Hostess (when included in the package):
    $2 per participant per day or a minimum of $50 per day total
    A security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
    $1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor