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13 Day | Jewish Tour of Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Berlin

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11 nights' accommodation at select hotels

9 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 day walking tour (Prague) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides

Our tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure

All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary

Meals: breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 5 dinners

Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Wednesday
DEPARTURE

  • Depart the U.S.A. - your journey begins!

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Thursday
ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST

  • Arrive at Budapest International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel on your own. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Check into the hotel. (Official hotel check-in is from 3:00 p.m., if your room isn't ready upon arrival you can leave your luggage with the concierge.)
  • 3:00 p.m. Meet your tour educator and other group members in the hotel lobby.
  • Take a panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue and visit Heroes' Square, one of Budapest's landmarks. Relive the 1,000 years of Hungarian history through the square's impressive statues of kings and leaders.
  • Looking at the Ever-Changing Map of Europe: Welcome dinner and orientation dialogue with your tour educator. Overview of the group journey; including reviewing the itinerary, the group themes, the different narratives. Share group and personal goals.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Three: Friday
JEWISH LIFE AND LIFE LOST IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Contemporary Jewish life in Hungary - How Did We Get Here? Dialogue with Professor Michael Miller, Associate Professor of the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University.
  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 years, including visits to:
    • The largest synagogue in Europe, the Dohany Street Synagogue. Built in 1859, the synagogue holds 3,000 seats and is home to one of the Neolog communities of Budapest.
    • The Jewish Museum, which is housed on the site of Theodor Herzl's family home. This museum holds a unique collection of Jewish artifacts, art and memorabilia, which shed a new light on the rich Jewish life and predominant Jewish community of Hungary, its influence on Hungarian society and its long-lasting memory.  
    • The complex courtyard, where the Community Holocaust Memorial stands. This impressive monument commemorates over 500,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
  • Lunch on your own in the Jewish Quarter.
  • Learn about the Holocaust of the Hungarian Jews at the Holocaust Memorial Center. Walk back in time through rare footage, artifacts and documents, in this center, focusing on the life before, during and after the Holocaust of the Hungarian Jews. This modern building organically links into the impressive newly renovated Páva Street Synagogue, which was once the second largest site for Jewish worship in Budapest.
  • Take a guided walk through downtown Budapest, including Liberty Square, with its controversial WWII monument, Hungary's tribute to the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan and a view of the Hungarian Parliament building.
  • Stop at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the Pest side of the Danube, honoring the Jews shot by fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II. The memorial represents the shoes left on the river bank as the victims fell into the water.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Four: Saturday
SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Political Trends and Shifts in Modern Day Hungary: Dialogue with political analyst Gabor Gyori, a Senior Analyst at the Hungarian think tank Policy Solutions.
  • From Pest to Buda, drive through the city, cross the river and ascend Castle Hill - where among other historical sites, stands the first royal castle of the city. Enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest from the top of the Fisherman's Bastion, which commemorates the Fishermen who were guarding the city.
  • Lunch on own at the Great Market Hall. This 3-level indoor complex includes vendors of local seasonal produce, spices and handcrafted gifts. Enjoy a traditional meal on own in one of the street food oriented restaurants, with Hungarian music in the background. 
  • Free afternoon to explore the sites and scenes of Budapest on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Stroll along the fashionable Vaci Utca (Vaci Street), enjoy people-watching and feel the vibe with its many local boutiques, shops and cafes.
    • Enjoy a romantic walk in Margaret Island, an island in the middle of the Danube, overlooking the center of the city. Stroll along the medieval ruins, through a small zoo, a magical musical fountain, a water tower, pools and a water park, with the local residents. During the summer days, you can enjoy a show in the open air theater and cinema.
    • Visit Budapest's urban City Park (Varosliget). Walk on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad Castle, the 120-year-old castle showcasing the architectural evolution through centuries and styles in Hungary. Stroll through the City Park Lake, which is great for rowing in summer and ice skating in winter, and spend some entertaining time in the Budapest Circus or the 100-year-old Municipal Zoo.
    • Visit the Széchenyi Bathhouse or Gellert Bathhouse, known for their healing waters. Inside and on the grounds of these beautiful palace compounds you can enjoy various styles of indoor and outdoor medicinal and natural pools.
    • Enjoy a cruise on the Danube River to see Budapest's major landmarks in a different light.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Budapest


Day Five: Sunday
ONWARD TO VIENNA - THE CITY OF MUSIC AND CULTURE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Budapest and drive to Vienna, the capital of Austria.
  • An Introduction to Vienna with your tour educator.
  • Faith and architecture - unlike no other: Arrive in Vienna and take a panoramic orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, the main avenue circling the city center, for a view of the city's main landmarks, including:
    • The ancient Hofberg Palace. This grand complex of a Capella and castles was once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
    • Prater Amusement Park. This 120-year-old park contains old and new attractions for all ages.
    • The impressive architecture of the UN Buildings, which are the 3rd built after New York and Geneva.
    • St. Peter's Cathedral, the oldest church in Vienna.
    • View St. Stephen's Cathedral (also known as Stephansdom), one of the city's most iconic symbols, located in the city's geographic center.
  • Visit the collection of Klimt paintings at the Belvedere Palace, an impressive baroque-style building which holds a remarkable collection of Austrian and International art.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on own, with an opportunity to enjoy the well-known Viennese and European culinary delights the city has to offer. 

Overnight: Vienna


Day Six: Monday
THE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE AND ITS JEWISH ROOTS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs.
  • Enjoy the best of Vienna's delights, while strolling through the Naschmarket, the city's most popular food market.
  • Lunch on your own at the Naschmarkt.
  • Visit the Jewish Museum of Vienna in Palai Eskeles to see remnants of the oldest synagogue in Vienna.
  • Stop at the Memorial to Austrian Holocaust Victims. Learn about its unique story of its excavations and the miraculous findings of the ancient synagogue of Vienna.  
  • Stroll through the Judenplatz, the main square of the Jewish community for nearly 500 years. Visit the second part of the Jewish Museum, located at the Judenplatz, which offers a modern presentation of the history of Viennese Jewry, including artifacts dating from the Middle Ages, a 38,000 book archive, and rotating exhibitions.
  • Visit the Vienna Temple (Stadtempel), the only surviving synagogue from pre-WWII days. This nearly 200-year-old building has restored its extravagant design and is still an active synagogue and community center. 
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Vienna


Day Seven: Tuesday
THE CITY OF 100 SPIRES

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart Vienna and drive to the Czech Republic.
  • Arrive in Prague and ascend to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle, an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • An Inside Look into the Czech Republic Today - Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with a local journalist, over dinner in Prague.

Overnight: Prague


Day Eight: Wednesday
THE GLORY OF JEWISH PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • The Jewish Community of Prague - A Millennium of Complex Coexistence with your tour educator.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which encompasses the Altneu Shul, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pincus Synagogue, the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Walking tour of the Old Town Square and its vicinity. View the famous 14th century Astronomical Clock and Prague's Art Nouveau architecture around you.
  • Walk along the Charles Bridge, a famous historic bridge crossing the Vltava River that was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


Day Nine: Thursday
MEMORY & CONTINUITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart for Terezin.
  • How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Pay a visit to Terezin, the town that was turned into the “model” ghetto and concentration camp, hiding from the world the true nature of its purpose. Walk through the Historical Museum and the Art Exhibits created by the artists who were prisoners of the camp. Stop by the so-called Hidden Synagogue and end at the Crematorium.
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Proceed to Berlin.
  • The Enigma that is Berlin: Introduction to Berlin: Orientation dialogue with your tour educator en route.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Ten: Friday
JEWISH LIFE IN BERLIN

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Walk along Grosse Hamburger Strasse, once the center of Berlin Jewry. 
  • The Distinguished Jews of Berlin: Introduction by your tour educator.
  • Visit the Museum of Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind, a safe haven for Jews during the Holocaust years in Berlin.
  • Tour to Jewish sites in East Berlin including:
    • The Hackescher Markt.
    • The Jewish Cemetery, including Moses Mendelsson's grave.
    • The site of the Women's Protest on Rosenenstreasse.
  • Visit the New Synagogue and the Centrum Judaicum, one of the most important locations for contemporary Jewish life in Berlin.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Guided visit to the Jewish Museum of Berlin, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind. One of the most conspicuous architectural landmarks in the city, it embodies remembrance, melancholy, and departure.
  • Visit Checkpoint Charlie, one of the best known crossing points between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, frequently featured in spy movies and books.
  • Visit Topography of Terror, a documentation center where the central institutions of Nazi persecution and terror were located during the Third Reich period.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Eleven: Saturday
BERLIN - PAST & PRESENT

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore Berlin's rich history as well as some of its hidden gems on a tour in East Berlin, including:
    • Visit Alexander Platz, the city center of former Socialist East Berlin.
    • View the St. Nikolai-Kirche, (St. Nicholas' Church) the oldest church in Berlin.
    • Walk along Unter Den Linden, the grand central boulevard in the Mitte district.
    • Visit the Neues Museum (New Museum), finished in 1859 according to plans by Friedrich August Stüler, a student of Schinkel. Destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt under the direction of David Chipperfield for the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and re-opened in 2009.
    • View the famous Humboldt University and visit the Book Burning Memorial at Bebel Square.
    • Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial, an open-air exhibition that explains the history of division and the impact of the Berlin Wall on the city and its residents.
    • The Brandenburg Gate, originally commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm II to represent peace. The gate was ironically incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the years of the Communist regime.  Perhaps Berlin's best known landmark, it now stands as a symbol of the city's reunification.
    • The Holocaust Memorial, the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Designed by architect Peter Eisenman, this undulating field of reflection with thousands of concrete dark gray slabs forms a gentle wave, ankle-high in some places, designed to give visitors a sense of groundlessness and of a loss of orientation; the memorial also includes a subterranean information center at the edge of the site which houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Twelve: Sunday
EXPLORE BERLIN YOUR WAY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure to explore Berlin on own, with the opportunity to:
    • Visit Berlin's excellent museums, such as the Gemaeldegalerie or the Neue Nationalgalerie, or any of the museums on Museum Island. Museum Island features the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.
    • Explore the city's many art galleries.
    • Shop on the Kurfürstendamm (known locally as the Ku'damm).
    • Visit the East Side Gallery, a part of the former Berlin Wall now serving as a memorial of 150 wall paintings from a slew of international artists.
    • Visit the DDR Museum, an interactive museum that offers a snapshot of life in East Berlin in the days of the Soviet occupation.
  • Final Thoughts and Feelings: Farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Berlin


Day Thirteen: Monday
RETURN HOME

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Transfer on your own to Berlin International Airport. (Transfers can be arranged at additional cost.)
  • Departure flight to the U.S.A., arriving the same day.


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Flight Details


Accommodation Details



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Zara Continental
Budapest

The hotel is located in the heart of Budapest (5th district, city centre), a few meters from the world famous Vaci pedestrianized shopping street (váci utca). 

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MGallery Am Konzerthaus
Vienna

The hotel is just  5-minutes walk from the Karlsplatz and Stadtpark subway station. Many Art Nouveau attractions, such as Belvedere Palace with works by Gustav Klimt, the Stadtpark designed by Otto Wagner, and the Secession building are within a short walk of the Konzerthaus Hotel.

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Century Old Town
Prague

The Century Old Town hotel is located right in the centre of Prague, next to the old town square and the famous astronomical clock.

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Leonardo Mitte
Berlin

This brand new hotel is located in the heart of Berlin 800 metres from The Brandenburg Gate, 900 metres from the Natural History Museum and 900 metres from the German Historical Museum.


  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 20 full paying participants per vehicle. 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 Expedition Educator are included.
  • 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.
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary.
  • Expedition Educator: All trips are conducted by our Expedition Educators or local guides who remain with the group throughout the tour.
  • Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant and hotel staff.
  • Luggage Responsibility: All tour packages allow one piece of luggage per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to charge of up to $100 per piece. The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to your insurance company.
  • Escorted tour packages are based upon a minimum number of participants. Cancellation of any tour for lack of participation will be advised at least 30 days prior to the tour's departure, and all money will be refunded. Landmark Cultural Expeditions will not be held responsible for any costs relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of airline tickets or visa fees. Voluntary cancellations due to political instability, acts of terrorism, government intervention or US State Department warning will be subject to the above fees, provided the program is deemed (by Landmark Cultural Expeditions) able to continue. Should Landmark Cultural Expeditions elect to cancel a departure for any of these reasons, every effort will be made to obtain refunds from suppliers, however no guarantees can be provided on their behalf.  

Not Included

  • Airfare to the tour departure point and from the tour ending point is not included. 
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants)
    • For a group of 20 passengers and more:
      $8 per participant per day for the tour educator, $5 per participant per day for the local guide & $3 per participant per day for the driver
       

Additional Information

  • Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
  • If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
  • Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
  • Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays locally observed in the destinations being visited.
  • Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.