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12-Day Essence of Eastern Europe

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Tour Highlights

  • Guided visit through the Okapova Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world
  • Visit the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter in Krakow
  • The history-filled underground memorial and tomb of Rabbi Chaim Shrieber, known as the Chatam Sofer
  • Shabbat dinner with members of the Jewish community of Budapest
  • Walk across the Danube and through the Castle Hill
  • Visit Prague's Old Town
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto, the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum and the Jewish cemetery
  • Visit to the town of Terezin and the showcase concentration camp, including a memorial service


Trip Includes

  • 10 nights accommodation in selected hotels
  • 2 nights Warsaw
  • 1 night Krakow
  • 1 night Bratislava
  • 3 nights Budapest
  • 3 nights Prague
  • Breakfast daily and 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in a modern air-conditioned motor coach with panoramic windows
  • Services of a friendly and professional English-speaking Expedition Educator throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • All hotel portage and tipping included

DAY ONE: Sunday

  • Depart the U.S. to Poland.

Overnight: Flight

DAY TWO: Monday
  • Arrive at Warsaw Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check in. (Transfer from airport to hotel is included.)
  • Relax, unpack and settle in.
  • Meet your Expedition Educator and fellow travelers for opening dinner.

Overnight: Warsaw

DAY THREE:  Tuesday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 1,000 Years of Grandeur: The story of Polish Jewry, led by your Expeditions Educator.
  • The World That Was: A guided visit through the Okapova Cemetery, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world and a testimony to hundreds of years of Jewish life in Poland.
  • Guided visit through the Warsaw Ghetto, including the remnants of the ghetto wall, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Mila 18 and Umschlagplatz, site of the deportation of the Warsaw Jewish community to Treblinka.
  • Conclusion of Warsaw program at the Nozyk Synagogue, the last remaining pre-Holocaust synagogue in Warsaw.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner with members of the Warszawa Jewish community.

Overnight: Warsaw 

DAY FOUR:  Wednesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Depart Warsaw and travel to Krakow by train.
  • Arrive in Krakow.
  • Depart for Auschwitz.
  • In This Place: Guided visit and study session in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps.
  • Visit the Osvizem Jewish Center.
  • Return to Krakow.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner at the hotel with members of the Tzulent Society, young Jews in Krakow.


  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner and dialogue with Dr. Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs, head of the Center of Holocaust Studies at Jagiellonian University and an advisor to the Auschwitz Museum.

Overnight: Krakow

DAY FIVE:  Thursday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Interactive program in the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, including:
    • The Altshul, the oldest synagogue in Poland.
    • 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.
    • Visit to the Galicia Museum to view a collection of photographs known as Traces of Memory, a photographic exhibition offering a contemporary look at the Jewish past in Poland.
    • The ‘Pharmacy' gateway to the ghetto, and the Jewish Ghetto.
    • The Temple, Krakow's Reform congregation.
    • The Oskar Schindler factory.
  • Depart for Bratislava.
  • Arrive in Bratislava and check in to the hotel. Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Bratislava

DAY SIX:  Friday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Visit the history-filled underground memorial and tomb of Rabbi Moses Shrieber, known as the Chatam Sofer, one of the great leaders of pre-Holocaust Ashkenazi Jewry, buried in the remnants of the Jewish cemetery.

  • Visit the Museum of Jewish Culture to meet with local Jewish leaders to hear about the Bratislava (known to Jewish community as Pressburg) Jewish Community, both past and present.

  • Gather for a memorial ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial, located on the remnants of the Pressburg Central Synagogue.

  • Drive to Budapest.


An Introductory Tour of Budapest

  • The Jewish History of Budapest: From the Roman Empire through the 20th Century with Professor Michael Miller (subject to confirmation).

  • Explore the history of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 years including:

    • Dohaney Street Synagogue, the largest in Europe.

    • The Jewish Museum, housed on the site of Theodor Herzl's birth.

    • The Heroes' Temple, dedicated to Jews who died in World War I.

    • The Community Holocaust Memorial.

  • Check into the hotel and prepare for Shabbat.

  • Optional Kabbalat Shabbat/Maariv at the Dohaney Street Synagogue.

  • Da'at Encounter: Shabbat dinner with members of the Jewish community of Budapest.

Overnight: Budapest

DAY SEVEN:  Saturday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Optional Shabbat services at one of the Budapest synagogues.
  • Free time for rest, relaxation and wandering around Budapest.
  • Walk across the Danube and through the Castle Hill area with your tour educator.
  • Free time and dinner on your own.

Overnight: Budapest

DAY EIGHT:  Sunday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Guided visit through downtown Budapest, including Heroes Square and the sprawling boulevards of Budapest.
  • Da'at Encounter: Drive across to Pest for a special program with the Budapest Jewish Youth Club or at the Jewish Community Center.
  • Visit the Small Synagogue, one of the oldest in the area of Budapest.
  • The Fake Cemetery, site of a repository of Jewish tombstones dating from as far back as the 13th century.
  • Stop in at the Raul Wallenberg Memorial.
  • Drive to the Danube Bend and the unique village of Szendentaire, including its small and one-of-a-kind synagogue.
  • Dinner on your own, followed by an optional cultural event (on your own).

Overnight: Budapest

DAY NINE:  Monday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Brno in the Czech Republic.
  • Da'at Encounter: Visit the Brno Synagogue, and meet with one of the last Jews remaining in this once-thriving Jewish community.
  • Drive to Prague.
  • Arrive in Prague and ascend Metronome Hill for a brief orientation to Prague.
  • Check in to hotel.
  • Free time and dinner on your own in Prague's Old Town.
  • Introductory welcome tour of the center of Prague with your tour educator.

Overnight: Prague

DAY TEN:  Tuesday

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • From the Maharal to Kafka, the Legacy of Jewish Prague, with the Da'at Tour Educator.
  • Ascend to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle and an overview of the City of 100 Spires, a walk along the Golden Lane, through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge.
  • Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto, the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum and the Jewish cemetery.
  • The Altneu Shul, the longest continually used synagogue in Europe and site of the first use of the Magen David.
  • The Pincus Synagogue, a memorial to the Jews of Prague who died in the Holocaust.
  • The Klausen Synagogue, where the Nazis first established their 1943 exhibit: “Jewish Life from the Cradle to the Grave.”
  • The Maisel Synagogue, named after a Jewish mayor of Prague, exemplifying the Golden Age of Jewish Prague.
  • The Old Cemetery, with the graves of such Jewish luminaries as Judah Loew, the Maharal and Mordechai Maisel, and the ceremonial hall with the well-known Hevra Kadisha paintings.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dinner and wrap-up conversation with group members.

Overnight: Prague

DAY ELEVEN:  Wednesday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Da'at Encounter: Dialogue with a survivor of Terezin.
  • Depart the hotel.
  • Visit the town of Terezin and the showcase concentration camp, including the new art museum and the recently discovered synagogue previously hidden in a potato shed.
  • Participate in a memorial service at Terezin.
  • Return to Prague.
  • Free time to wander around Prague's Old Town.
  • Jewish Life in Europe: A Vision Toward the Future, with the Expeditions Tour Educator.
  • Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Prague

DAY TWELVE:  Thursday
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for the Prague Airport.
  • Transfer to the airport for flight home. (Transfer is included from hotel to the airport. Please allow a minimum of three hours for check-in.)
  • Fly home.
  • Arrive in U.S. on the same day.

Need to Know

  • 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.

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:
    • 4 seater - $70  (i.e. 2 pax) - per day
    • 7 seater - $90 (i.e. 3-5 pax) - per day
    • 10 seater - $110 (i.e. 5-7 pax) - per day
    • 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 atwww.tsa.govto 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.
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Take time to discover and explore the history and stories of Jewish Eastern Europe, from the depths of Jewish despair in the concentration camps and ghettoes to the hopes and prayers of the revived Jewish community. With the expert guidance and knowledge of the tour educator, you will see, hear and learn of the impossible situations facing the Jews during the Holocaust, while also viewing the rich life and communities they had established prior to World War Two.