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Trip to Europe: Krakow, Warsaw & Prague

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  • Flights as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the airline).
  • 9 nights' accommodation at selected hotels
  • 6 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 3 days of walking tours (Prague) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • Scholar in residence accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • Land-only cost includes one-way flight from Warsaw to Prague (estimated rate)
  • 1st class train ticket from Krakow to Warsaw, with separate luggage transfer
  • 1 group transfer and assistance from the airport in Krakow and to the airport in Warsaw
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport in Prague
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 dinners
  • Porterage at the hotels

Day One: Thursday, June 23, 2016
DEPARTURE

  • 3:55 p.m. Depart Dallas on Lufthansa flight #439, arriving to Frankfurt at 8:55 a.m. the next day.

Overnight: Flight

Day Two: Friday, June 24, 2016
ARRIVAL IN KRAKOW

  • 12:20 p.m. Depart Frankfurt on Lufthansa flight #1366.
  • 12:45 p.m. Participants who arrived early meet in the hotel lobby and proceed to the airport to meet the rest of the group.
  • 1:50 p.m. Arrive at Krakow International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to Krakow.
  • Connect to the story of Jewish life in Krakow with an interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland, transformed into the local Jewish life cycle museum.
    • The Rema Synagogue, the synagogue of Rabbi Moses Isserles (the “Rema"), the great codifier of Jewish law.
    • The Rema Cemetery, where many great rabbinical leaders of Polish Jewry are buried.
    • The Temple, once the first “Modern” orthodox synagogue.
    • 4:30 p.m. The Galicia Jewish Museum, which exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective. Learn and explore the past, present and future through the unique photo exhibit which captures life through the still media.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services and Shabbat dinner and orientation with your scholar at the hotel.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow

















Day Three: Saturday, June 25, 2016
SHABBAT IN KRAKOW

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Shabbat services at the hotel.
  • Setting the Scene: The Jews of Poland Scholar session with Paul Liptz.
  • Guided walk through Krakow's Historical Market Square, with its medieval architecture, basilicas and sculptures. This UNESCO World Heritage site, once the capital of Poland, was not destroyed during WWII and bears witness to the rich history of the country.
  • 11:40 a.m. Guided visit to one of Kraków's most famous landmarks, the Wawel Royal Castle. This Gothic style Castle, built by Prince Casimir the 3rd, holds beautiful grounds, a cathedral, the Crown treasury and armory.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Take a guided journey following the Jewish community on their descent from Kazimierz, crossing over the bridge into the Jewish Ghetto of Podgorze, including:
    • The Krakow Umchlagplatz memorial, now called Ghetto Heroes Square.
    • 3:50 p.m. The Oscar Schindler Factory Museum. The museum tells the story of the city of Krakow and its residents under Nazi occupation from 1939 to 1945. The museum is housed in 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.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah and dinner at the JCC with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director, and local members of the community. Experience the unique vibrancy and diversity of the young Jewish community of Krakow.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow

Day Four: Sunday, June 26, 2016
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 7:30 a.m. Scholar session with Paul Liptz.
  • 8:30 a.m. Depart Krakow for Auschwitz.
  • 10:00 a.m. In This Place - Guided visit through the Auschwitz-Birkenau Complex, reflecting on personal stories and texts. Walk through the Auschwitz Museum exhibits, built in the original blocks of the camp, see the original artifacts and footage, and witness the life and death of the prisoners of this work camp. A short drive will take you to the Auschwitz II death camp, better known as Birkenau. This camp was barely touched or renovated, allowing you a first-hand experience to understand the last moments of the prisoners of this camp.  
  • Boxed lunch en route.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • 4:30 p.m. Group debriefing with your Rabbis and scholar at the hotel.
  • 7:00 p.m. Attend a Cantors' concert at the Temple Synagogue, as part of the Jewish Culture Festival.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Holiday Inn, Krakow


Day Five: Monday, June 27, 2016
FROM KRAKOW TO WARSAW
 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel
  • 7:15 a.m. Load luggage on to the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Warsaw separately).
  • 7:30 a.m. Transfer to Krakow train station.
  • 8:22 a.m. Depart Krakow and travel to Warsaw by train. (Train journey is approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.)
  • 10:57 a.m. Arrive in Warsaw and transfer to the city center.
  • 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 4Jewish leaders, artists, Rabbis and intellectuals, including: Yiddish writer, author of “If Not Higher” Y.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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Pre-visit introduction to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews with Paul Liptz.
  • Visit the newly-opened Museum of the History of Polish Jews located in the center of what once was the Jewish Ghetto. Explore the 1,000 years of rich history of the Polish Jews; beginning from their arrival as merchants, through the medieval ages until today. This 43,000 sq. ft. museum includes rare and valuable art, photos, documentation and footage of what was once the largest Jewish community in the world.  
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Westin, Warsaw

Day Six: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
THE WORLD THAT WAS

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. The Jews of Poland: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Scholar session with Paul Liptz.
  • 10:00 a.m. Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Take a guided journey through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the Remnants of the Ghetto Wall, the Nathan Rapoport Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, following the footsteps of the Warsaw Ghetto Heroes along the Path of Remembrance, commemorating the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising at Mila 18, and reflecting on the last moments of the Warsaw Jewish Community at the Umschlagplatz - the gathering area of the Jews before they were sent to the death camp of Treblinka.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • 2:00 p.m. Visit the Jewish Historical Institute for a special visit to the Ringelblum Archives and the Jewish Genealogy Center, including meeting with Directors, Yale Reisner or Anna Przybyszewska Drozd, for a roots exploration.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Depart for dinner.
  • 7:00 p.m. Dinner and dialogue at Beit Warszawa, one of Warsaw's liberal congregations, with leaders of the community. Dialogue with members of the congregation focused on whether a renaissance of Jewish life in Poland is possible.

Overnight: Westin, Warsaw


Day Seven: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
FROM WARSAW TO PRAGUE

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • 8:45 a.m. Transfer to Warsaw International Airport for your flight to Prague.
  • 11:20 a.m. Depart Warsaw on LOT flight #527.
  • 12:35 p.m. Arrive in Prague and transfer to the hotel to drop off luggage.
  • 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.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hilton Old Town, Prague

Day Eight: Thursday, June 30, 2016
THE GLORY OF JEWISH PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9:00 a.m. The Czech Republic and Its Jews: The Challenges of Inclusion and Exclusion Scholar session with Paul Liptz.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, including:
    • The Altneu Shul, the longest, continually used synagogue in Europe and site of the first use of the Magen David.
    • The Maisel Synagogue, named after a Jewish mayor of Prague, exemplifies the Golden Age of Jewish Prague.
    • The Pincus Synagogue, a memorial to the Jews of Prague who died in the Holocaust.
    • The Old Cemetery, with the graves of such Jewish luminaries as Judah Loew, the Maharal and Mordechai Maisels, and the ceremonial hall with the well-known Hevra Kadisha paintings; active program.
    • The Spanish Synagogue built in 1868 on the site of the oldest Prague Jewish house of prayer ("the Old Shul") and designed in a Moorish-style by Vojtech Ignátz Ullmann.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Free time to explore Prague on your own, with the opportunity to:
    • Bike along the river.
    • Take the funicular up to Petrín Hill for great views of the city from Petrín Tower and a stroll through the Rose Garden.
    • Visit art galleries.
    • Visit the Franz Kafka Museum .
    • Take a boat ride on the Vltava River.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hilton Old Town, Prague








Day Nine: Friday, July 1, 2016
MEMORY & CONTINUITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:00 a.m. A Changing Europe and Jewish Dilemmas Scholar session with Paul Liptz.
  • 9:00 a.m. Depart for Terezin.
  • Visit Terezin, the town that was turned into a ghetto and concentration camp, including the Historical Museum and the Art Exhibits, the so-called Hidden Synagogue and the Crematorium.
  • Packed lunch en route.
  • Return to Prague with free time to prepare for Shabbat.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at the Spanish Synagogue.
  • Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community.

Overnight: Hilton Old Town, Prague

Day Ten: Saturday, July 2, 2016
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 8:30 a.m. Shabbat service at the hotel.
  • An Inside Look into Czech Republic Current Events - Politics, Economics & Society Dialogue with Mr. Peter Brod, former BBC Bureau Chief and Radio Free Europe activist.
  • Transfer to Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle and an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Walk through the Lesser Town and over 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Free afternoon for last minute shopping, packing or to explore on your own.
  • 7:00 p.m. Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at Sarah Bernhardt restaurant.

Overnight: Hilton Old Town, Prague

Day Eleven: Sunday, July 3, 2016
RETURN HOME

  • Early check out of the hotel.
  • 3:30 a.m. Transfer to Prague International Airport.
  • 6:00 a.m. Depart Prague on Lufthansa flight #1403, arriving to Frankfurt at 7:10 a.m.
  • 10:15 a.m. Depart Frankfurt on Lufthansa flight #438, arriving to Dallas at 2:10 p.m.

 

Need to Know

  • Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 30 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.
  • 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 March 15, 2016 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after March 15, 2016 (and before the group flight tickets are issued) will entail a penalty of $100 per ticket.
  • 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 Director / 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 are included.
  • Baggage: All tour packages / group tours 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 the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.

 

Not Included

 

  • 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.
  • Personal Expenses: All personal expenses such as: laundry, valet service, cables, telephone calls and postage are not included.
  • Guide and Driver Gratuities:
    In keeping with normal standards in international tourism, we recommend the following for tipping:
    • 10-19 passengers: Guide $10, driver $5 - per participant per day
    • 20 passengers and more: Guide $8, driver $4 - per participant per day

 

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.
  • Air Services: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. We will not be responsible for penalties incurred for tickets, international or domestic, not issued by us due to schedule and/or flight changes. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that specific flights are heavily booked even when normal ticketing rules do not require tickets to be issued until a later date. In this instance, we will require immediate and full payment of the airfare and airport taxes and fees as itemized on the invoice. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement air arrangements and airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger. We suggest you contact your travel agent or the carrier several weeks prior to departure for seat assignments. Passengers are responsible to reconfirm their flights 72 hours prior to departure for all flights. Package is based on discount fares for group travel. Group members deviating from group dates will be charged a $75 deviation fee per person.
  • 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.

 

  
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