Da'at Educational Expeditions
Extension to Vilnius November 11-13, 2019
Day One: Monday, November 11, 2019 ARRIVAL IN VILNIUS
Arrive at Vilnius International Airport.
Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities and
Begin your trip in the Baltics with a panoramic introductory tour of Vilnius, Lithuania's largest city and its capital. First mentioned in written sources in the beginning of the 14th century, the Old Town was recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site in 1994. Traveling through the Old Town, the tour will include:
The Vilnius Castle Complex, a group of defensive, cultural and religious buildings which evolved between the 10th and 18th centuries, including the Lower and Upper Castle and the remaining Gediminas Tower, the traditional symbol of Vilnius, and the Cathedral.
The Old University, founded in 1579 by the Jesuits, is Lithuania's largest university and one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The collection of university buildings, exhibits various architectural styles, from Gothic and Renaissance to Rococo.
Hill of Three Crosses, originally constructed in 1916 by Polish sculptor Antoni Wiwulski, was torn down by the Soviets in 1950 and reconstructed in 1989 by Henrikas Šilgalis.
Anna's Church, originally erected in 1394, has been continually expanded throughout the centuries, using various art and architectural styles.
The Chapel of the Gates of Dawn, the only surviving of the ten original gates in the town wall, houses the famous icon, The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy - dating from the early 17th century.
Check into the hotel.
LaDa'at FocusA Jewish Journey to the Baltic States: Where have we been and where are we now.Welcome dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight: Kempinski Hotel, Vilnius
Day Two: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 HISTORICAL MEMORY, PERSONAL JOURNEY
Breakfast at the hotel.
LaDa'at FocusYerushalayim De Lita: Join your tour educator and begin to unravel the story of Jewish life, thought and prayer in Vilnius, that rivaled Jerusalem itself.
Guided visit through the Medieval Jewish Quarter and what was traditionally known throughout the Jewish world as Vilna, ‘The Jerusalem of Lithuania'. Vilna was one of the most significant pre-Holocaust European communities with a community of over 100,000, a world center for the study of Torah and the home of Rabbi Eliyahu Kremer, also known as the Vilna Gaon (the Genius from Vilna). Walking through what was once the heart of the Jewish people, the tour will include visits to:
The Vilnius Choral Synagogue, built in 1903 and today the only active synagogue remaining in this city that once boasted over 100.
The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum, dedicated to the history of Lithuanian Jewish life, including an exposition on the Holocaust and a contemporary Center of Tolerance.
The building which housed the Judenrat (Vilna Ghetto Jewish Council) during the Holocaust.
Da'at Encounter Re-birth and renewal: Meet with representatives from the local Jewish community for a conversation on Jewish memory and current reality.
Lunch on your own, en route.
Memories of the past come alive: Visit the Jewish Cemetery of Vilna.
Visit Ponar Forest Holocaust Memorial, in honor and memory of the 100,000 people who were killed during the Holocaust, of whom more than 70,000 were Lithuanian Jews.
Depart for Trakai, one of Lithuania's most charming towns located on a peninsula between two lakes. Founded before 1321, Trakai served as the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Famous for its medieval castles, beautiful lake fronts and iconic national landmarks, Trakai has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight: Kempinski Hotel, Vilnius
Day Three: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 RETURN HOME
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out of the hotel.
Transfer on own to Vilnius International Airport.
Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.
Da'at Educational Expeditions itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 888-811-2812.
Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square is located in the very center of Vilnius Old Town, right on the Cathedral Square easy accessible to all tourists attractions within walking distance.
Discover the finest collection of 96 luxury Rooms and Suites.
Indulge into local flavours and superior cuisine in one of the best restaurants in Vilnius - Telegrafas and Bar Le Salon.
Organize your ideal conference or meeting at the state-of-the art Conference centre, covering 600 sqm and divided into six conference rooms.
Finally, indulge yourself in the pleasures of the fully appointed spa and wellness centre, Kempinski The Spa.
Registration deadline: July 4, 2019.
Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 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 cancellation 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 July 22, 2019, or as specified in your invoice.
Cancellations need to be made in writing. Cancellation fees will be based on the date that the written cancellation is received.
105 days or more prior to departure: the deposit
104 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of the total trip cost
59 days to the day of departure/no-show: 100% of the total trip cost
Cancellation fees may also include:
- Hotel or supplier cancellation fees.
- Group airfare penalty fee.
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. Two-bedrooms 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.
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.
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.
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):
TRIPS TO DESTINATIONS OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL:
Group of 10-19 participants and more:
Da'at Tour Educator: $10 | Local Guide: $6 | Driver: $3 - per participant per day
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
Security guard and/or a youth counselor (when included):
$1 per participant per day per security guard, per youth counselor