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Walking in the Footsteps of our Czech Torah
Temple Beth Sholom's Journey to the Czech Republic & Poland
Led by Rabbi Heidi Cohen

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  • Optional flights to and from Europe as listed in the air section of this program (Taxes and fuel charges are included and are subject to change by the Airline).
  • 8 nights' accommodation at select hotels
  • 7 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus and 1-day walking tour (in Prague) with licensed, English speaking local tour guides
  • ARZA World tour educator accompanying the group from arrival to departure
  • 1 group transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • First class train tickets from Warsaw to Krakow, with separate luggage transfer
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Portage at the hotels

Day One: Monday, May 20, 2019
DEPARTURE

  • 3:15 p.m.Depart LAX International Airport on Air France flight #65.

Overnight: Flight


Day Two: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
ARRIVAL IN WARSAW 

  • 11:00 a.m. Arrive Paris for your connecting flight.
  • 1:10 p.m. Depart on Air France flight #1346.
  • 3:25 p.m. Arrive at Warsaw International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • 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, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • LaDa'at Focus 1,000 Years of Jewish History: 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: Warsaw


Day Three: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
FROM WARSAW TO KRAKOW

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel and load luggage onto the luggage truck (luggage will be transferred to Krakow separately).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Transfer to the Warsaw train station and travel to Krakow. (Train journey is 2 hours and 40 minutes.)
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy dinner on your own and an evening at leisure in the vibrant university city. Your tour educator will be available for a night tour of the city.

Overnight: Krakow        


Day Four: Thursday, May 23, 2019
RE-CREATING MEMORY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Five: Friday, May 24, 2019
THE DESTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWRY & REBIRTH OF JEWISH LIFE IN KRAKOW 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • LaDa'at Focus How We Remember with your tour educator.
  • Visit the Oswiecim Jewish Center and Museum, capturing the rich life of the Jewish community which was the majority of the city. Through testimonials, artifacts, rare footage, and personal belongings take a mental picture of the community that held a large variety of Jewish organizations, sports and youth groups.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Kabbalat Shabbat services at a local synagogue.
  • Shabbat evening program at the Krakow Jewish Community Center with Jonathan Ornstein, the JCC Director. Enjoy Shabbat dinner with members of the local Jewish community, and learn more about the cultural and religious revival happening at the JCC.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Six: Saturday, May 25, 2019
THE CLASSIC SITES OF KRAKOW  

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Guided walk to 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.
  • Lunch on your own, en route.
  • Visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines. Explore magnificent chambers chiseled out of rock salt, underground saline lakes and unique statues sculpted in salt.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Ben Kodesh Lechol: Havdallah.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Krakow


Day Seven: Sunday, May 26, 2019
FROM KRAKOW TO PRAGUE 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Early check out and depart Krakow.
  • Drive west towards the Czech Republic.
  • Visit the Brno Synagogue and meet with one of the last Jews remaining in this once thriving Jewish community.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Arrive in Prague and check into the hotel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Evening walk with your tour educator to Prague's Old Town Square. View the famous 14th-century Astronomical Clock and Prague's Art Nouveau architecture around you.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


Day Eight: Monday, May 27, 2019
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • An Inside Look imto the Czech Republic- Politics, Economics & Society: Dialogue with Peter Brod, former BBC Bureau Chief and Radio Free Europe activist.
  • 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.
  • Transfer 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.
  • 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. Stroll across the bridge, 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.
  • Dinner on your own and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Prague


Day Nine: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
MEMORY & CONTINUITY 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 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.
  • Return to Prague with free time for last-minute packing, shopping or to explore the city on your own.
  • Farewell dinner and journey reflection at a restaurant.

Overnight: Prague


Day Ten: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
RETURN HOME 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Prague International Airport.
  • 9:50 a.m. Depart on Air France flight #1383.
  • 11:40 a.m. Arrive Paris for your connecting flight.
  • 1:10 p.m. Depart on Air France flight #72.
  • 3:50 p.m. Arrive LAX International Airport. 
 

Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Initial deposit for this tour is $300 per person. This deposit is non-refundable.
  • Final payment for this tour is due March 1, 2019.
  • Cancellation policy for this tour:
    • Cancellations received up to 80 days prior to departure (ie, until March 1, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of $300 per person (the initial deposit)
    • Cancellations received between 79 and 46 days prior to departure (ie, from March 2, 2019 to April 4, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 50% of the tour cost.
    • Cancellations received between 45 and zero days prior to departure or no-shows (ie, as of April 5, 2019): entail a cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
  • 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 Feb 02, 2019 (based on availability), thereafter the tour will be available for land-only services. Cancellation of group air reservations after Feb 02, 2019 (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 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

 

  • 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:
    • 20 passengers and more: ARZA World tour educator $8, local guide $5, driver $3 - 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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