Ayelet's Traveling University with Professor Stephen Berk Eastern Europe June 2016


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Tour Overview:

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This Deluxe Tour Includes:

EASTERN EUROPE HIGHLIGHTS:
LECTURES BY PROF. BERK

Jewish Heritage tour of Prague including:
Terezin, the Josefov, and the Jewish Cemetery
Jewish sites in Budapest including:
Dohany Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery, and the Holocaust Memorial
Budapest's Royal Palace and Castle Hill area
Jewish Heritage tour of Krakow including:
Kazimierz and the Plashow Concentration Camp
Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau Krakow's Wawel Castle and Cloth Hall
Jewish Heritage tour of Warsaw including:
The Warsaw Ghetto, Mila 18, and the Gensa Cemetery

AND SO MUCH MORE!

4  nights Kings Court Prague Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic
2  nights Kempinski Grand Hotel Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
2  nights Holiday Inn Hotel Krakow, Krakow, Poland
3 nights Intercontinental Hotel Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Breakfast Daily
Welcome and Shabbat dinner in Prague
Dinner in Krakow
First class train between Krakow and Warsaw
Shabbat Dinner with the Beit Warszawa Community in Warsaw
Farwell dinner in Warsaw
All touring with a local licensed English-speaking guide in an    
air-conditioned motorcoach
One group transfer is available on arrival and departure based on the group flights. Participants arriving at other times are responsible for their own transfers. Ayelet Tours will be happy to arrange private transfers at an additional cost
All entrance fees per itinerary
Porterage

These Prices Do Not Include:
Airfare - listed separately
Any border taxes or visas
Tips to guides, driver, and dining room waiters
($15.00 per person, per day-pre-collected)
Any items of a personal nature
Travel Insurance
(Highly recommended)


Tour Itinerary:

DAY 1, Tuesday, June 14, 2016: We depart on our overnight flight to Prague.
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DAY 2, Wednesday, June 15, 2016: Arrival in Prague, the Czech capital, also known as "the City of One Thousand Spires" with its Baroque churches, promenades, parks and ancient city walls. We transfer to our hotel and check in. We enjoy an afternoon tour of Golden Prague, including the 1,000-year-old Hradcany Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and St. Vitus's Cathedral. Welcome orientation with Professor Stephen Berk followed by dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Prague.
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DAY 3, Thursday, June 16, 2016: Breakfast. Morning lecture with Professor Berk. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jewish interest sites, with a visit to the Old City to view the Josefov, Prague's Jewish Town with its Old Town Hall, the Alt-Neu Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Maisel Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery, and the State Jewish Museum. Overnight in Prague.
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DAY 4, Friday, June 17, 2016: Breakfast. Morning lecture with Professor Berk. Today we travel to Terezin, the former "model" Nazi concentration camp. We visit the Fortress, Jewish Cemetery, Museum, the hidden synagogue, the Memorial Monument and the town itself. In the evening we enjoy Shabbat services at Beit Simcha, followed by Shabbat dinner together. Overnight in Prague.
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DAY 5, Saturday, June 18, 2016: Breakfast. Optional morning Shabbat services available at a local congregation. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Prague.
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DAY 6, Sunday, June 19, 2016: Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for our short flight to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube River, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges. We enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Budapest, including Parliament, the Royal Palace, the Castle Hill area, Fishermen's Bastion, Coronation Church, Hero's Square, and Gellert Hill. Overnight in Budapest.
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DAY 7, Monday, June 20, 2016: Breakfast. Morning lecture with Professor Berk. We begin our day at the Raul Wallenberg Memorial Statue, and then visit the Dohany Synagogue, the 2nd largest synagogue in Europe, and continue on to the Jewish Cemetery and Museum. Late afternoon is at leisure to explore this beautiful city on your own. Overnight in Budapest.
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DAY 8, Tuesday, June 21, 2016: Breakfast. This morning we depart for Krakow, driving through the lovely hills and countryside of Slovakia, past the Tatras and into the Great Plains of Poland. Our later afternoon city tour includes a drive by Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Church, the Renaissance Cloth Hall and other ancient landmarks. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
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DAY 9, Wednesday, June 22, 2016: Breakfast. Morning lecture with Professor Berk. This morning we travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration camps where many Jews and others perished in World War II. Here we see the Museum and pay tribute to the victims. Overnight Krakow.
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DAY 10, Thursday, June 23, 2016: Breakfast. Morning lecture with Professor Berk. Our morning Jewish Heritage Tour includes the Old Jewish District, Kazimierz, where we see the Old Synagogue (a massive fortress-like building erected in the 15th and 16th centuries), the "Temple," and the Ramuh Synagogue. We continue to the Little Museum at the Drug Store inside the Jewish Ghetto, Schindler's Factory, and the Plashow Concentration Camp. This afternoon we travel by train to Warsaw. Overnight Warsaw.
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DAY 11, Friday, June 24, 2016: Breakfast. This morning we have a Jewish Heritage Tour encompassing the Nozyk Synagogue (the only surviving synagogue in Warsaw, founded in 1900), the Warsaw Ghetto, the Jewish Resistance Bunker at Mila 18, Stawski Street buildings (where the SS had their headquarters), and the Gensa Cemetery (established in 1806, containing the graves of about 250,000 people and known as the largest cemetery in Poland). We also explore the Jewish Historical Society. This afternoon we enjoy a panoramic city tour of Warsaw including Chopin's Monument, the Royal Castle, and a walk to Old Town Market Square. Tonight we enjoy Shabbat services and dinner with members of Beit Warshawa, the new Progressive congregation in Warsaw, as we learn more about the Judaism alive in today's Poland. Overnight Warsaw.
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DAY 12, Saturday, June 25, 2016: Breakfast. Optional morning Shabbat services available at a local congregation. This afternoon we have ample time to explore the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Tonight we enjoy a special farewell dinner together and a wonderful gala event! Overnight in Warsaw.
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DAY 13, Sunday, June 26, 2016: Breakfast. We transfer to the airport for our flight home.


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