Ayelet's Traveling University
Led by Professor Natan Meir
Poland Tour & Danube River Cruise with Budapest
July 1-17, 2018


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Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Associate Professor of Judaic Studies at Portland State University. His research interest is modern Jewish history, focusing on the social and cultural history of East European Jewry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914 and the forthcoming Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Jewish Destitute, Disabled, and Demented of Eastern Europe, 1800-1939, and co-editor of Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History. He served as an academic consultant for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center of Moscow.

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3 nights Hilton Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
3 nights Sheraton Krakow, Krakow, Poland
7 nights Viking River Cruise - Viking Atla, Budapest, Hungary
2 nights Kempinski Hotel Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

INCLUDED IN THE POLAND TOUR:

Lectures by Prof. Natan Meir throughout
Professional Tour Director throughout
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with expert local and site guides throughout
First class train from Warsaw to Krakow
Breakfast daily
3 dinners, including Shabbat dinner in Krakow
1 lunch
Audio headsets for touring
Transfers included if arriving/departing with the main group
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Porterage

INCLUDED IN THE DANUBE RIVER CRUISE & BUDAPEST:

Lectures by Prof. Natan Meir throughout
Professional Tour Director throughout
All touring and sightseeing per an agreed upon itinerary in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an expert English speaking guide
Audio headsets for touring
Breakfast daily
 ALL MEALS while on cruise
Farewell dinner in Budapest

NOT INCLUDED IN TOURS:

Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges (available to book 11 months prior)
Any border taxes or visas
Tips to guides, drivers, and dining room waiters ($18.00 per person, per day-pre-collected)
Any meals not listed above
Any items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended)


Natan M. Meir
is the Lorry I. Lokey Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Academic Director of the Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. His research interest is modern Jewish history, focusing on the social and cultural history of East European Jewry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is the author of Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914, co-editor of Anti-Jewish Violence: Rethinking the Pogrom in East European History, and served as an academic consultant for the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center of Moscow. A recipient of the prestigious Cullman Fellowship from the New York Public Library, he is currently completing “Republic of Beggars": The Jewish Destitute, Disabled, and Dispossessed in Eastern Europe, a study exploring the lives and roles of the outcasts of East European Jewish society in the modern period up to the Holocaust. He lectures widely on the history and culture of East European Jewry.

Praise for Prof. Meir from past tour participants:
"Our scholar Natan Meir was terrific - clear, interesting and knowledgeable".-Joe Gilbert

"Professor Meir was just outstanding. His grasp of Jewish history from the Pale Settlement to each of the countries we visited was exceptional. He provided comprehensive and unique perspectives of the evolution of the Jewish culture as it evolved over the centuries. My wife and I came away knowing so much more than we did when we started".-Bill Morales

"Professor Natan Meir was wonderful. We would love to travel with him again. Thanks for arranging this trip, it was inspiring and educational". -Sandy Glatter

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday, July 1, 2018: DEPARTURE

• We depart on our overnight flight to Warsaw, Poland.

Day 2: Monday, July 2, 2018: WELCOME TO POLAND!

• We arrive in Warsaw this morning, and are met by an Ayelet Tours representative.
• We begin our tour of Warsaw in Old Town Market Square, which was once leveled and rebuilt brick by brick. We enjoy pierogi, followed by a visit to Lazienki Park.
• Next, we visit the Gensha Cemetery, established in 1806, and containing approximately 250,000 graves, making it the largest cemetery in Poland.
• Check in to our hotel.
• We enjoy a welcome dinner together on our first night in Poland.

Overnight in Warsaw

Day 3: Tuesday, July 3, 2018: WALKING TOUR IN WARSAW

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day with a walking tour of Warsaw. We start in the Warsaw Ghetto at the Jewish Resistance Bunker at Mila 18, where the commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Mordechai Anielwicz, took his life.
• Our next stop is at the Keret House, an art installation inserted between two existing buildings in the center of Warsaw by Israeli artist and author Etgar Keret. Young artists from a variety of fields are invited to join an artist-in-resident program at the “house”.
• We continue to the Nozyk Synagogue, founded in 1900 and the only surviving synagogue in Warsaw, where we enjoy a lecture with our scholar, Professor Natan Meir.
• We return to our hotel for time to relax and refresh.
• This evening, we enjoy dinner with local community members at Beit Warsawa.

Overnight in Warsaw

Day 4: Wednesday, July 4, 2018: THE NEW POLIN MUSEUM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we visit Alexksander Prugar & Helena Czernek, young founders of contemporary design studio Mi Polin, the first brand to design and produce Judaica in Poland after World Water II, the Holocaust and decades of Communism.
• We continue to the newly constructed POLIN Museum (The Museum of the History of the Polish Jews), now opened on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. The museum provides a unique learning environment with a wide range of media, documents and artifacts. We will see the amazing architecture in the main hall and hear from their excellent docents. Lunch on own here.
• Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure, discovering all that Warsaw has to offer on our own.
• Tonight, we attend a special Chopin concert in a beautiful setting, followed by dinner on own.

Overnight in Warsaw

Day 5: Thursday, July 5, 2018: WARSAW TO KRAKOW

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We board the train for Krakow this morning (3 hours).
• Upon arrival, we set out for the historical district of Krakow, known as Kazimierz, where we see the Old synagogue, a massive fortress-like building erected in the 15th and 16th centuries. We also see the Temple and the Ramuh Synagogue. We continue to the Little Museum at the Druf Store in the Jewish Ghetto, and drive by Schindler's Factory and the memorial for the Plaszow Concentration Camp. Lunch (on own) along the way.
• We transfer to our hotel for check in.
• We enjoy a lecture with Professor Meir, preparing us for tomorrow's emotional visit.
• Spend the evening at leisure and have dinner on own at one of Krakow's many wonderful restaurants.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 6: Friday, July 6, 2018: AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we set out on a journey 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 our respects to the victims.
• We return to Krakow for time to process our visit and refresh.
• As the sun begins to set, we enjoy Shabbat services, followed by Shabbat dinner at the Krakow JCC, with members of the community.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 7: Saturday, July 7, 2018: SHABBAT SHALOM!

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our Shabbat morning in Old Town, a historic central district of Krakow and once the center of Poland's political life.
• Next, we have the chance to see the beautiful Wawel Castle, including state rooms, private royal apartments and more.
• Late afternoon lecture with Professor Meir.
• Stroll the streets of Krakow this afternoon and enjoy dinner on own at a local restaurant on our last night in town.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 8: Sunday, July 8, 2018: ALL ABOARD!

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• This morning, we fly today from Krakow to Nuremberg, Germany, to board our cruise ship.
• Check in to our staterooms, then spend the day (on own) discovering all that the ship and the city of Nuremberg has to offer.
• We meet for a welcome reception and dinner on board the ship this evening.
• Professor Meir will lecture this evening following dinner aboard the ship.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 9: Monday, July 9, 2018: TOURING NUREMBERG

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• This morning, we take a tour of Nuremberg, including the Zeppelin Field, the Nazi parade grounds of the 1930s and the Palace of Justice, where the Nuremberg Trials took place. We also make a brief stop at the main courthouse before walking from the imperial palace grounds, past the Albrecht Durer House and on to the Main Market Square of Old Town, enclosed within ancient city walls.
• We return to the ship for lunch.
• Following lunch, we enjoy a lively discussion of the European Union as we sail through the locks that comprise the Main-Danube Canal, stretching 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube.
• Pre-dinner lecture with Professor Meir.
• We enjoy dinner aboard the ship together this evening, as we cruise through the night.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 10: Tuesday, July 10, 2018: REGENSBERG, GERMANY

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Our day begins as we meet our guide dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities. We see a large group of 13th and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses, and encounter the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St, Peter's Cathedral and several idyllic courtyards. We visit the museum called Dokument Neupfarrplatz, an underground museum of the city's Roman and Jewish history including excavation of medieval Jewish quarter.
• Free time to stroll through the streets or shop.
• This afternoon, you may choose to spend more time in Regensberg, visiting Germany's oldest restaurant, the Alte Würstküche, or on an optional excursion to Kelheim, located at the southernmost point of the Main-Danube Canal. On this excursion, travel by boat to Kelheim, then cast off on a ferryboat ride to explore the 400-foot chalk cliffs and dramatic scenery of the Danube Narrows. Visit the Weltenburg Abbey, famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050.
• Pre-dinner lecture with Professor Meir.
• Return to our ship this evening for dinner and cruise through the night.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 11: Wednesday, July 11, 2018: PASSAU, GERMANY

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• We arrive in Passau, Germany and set out for another day of adventure.
• Our guided walk takes us along the town's narrow streets through Old Town, past traditional patrician houses, including the New Bishop Residence. We also see the St. Stephen's Cathedral. Inside amongst the ornate interior of the cathedral, we are treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ.
• We return to our ship for lunch, followed by more time to discover the city of Passau this afternoon on own before setting sail.
• Dinner together aboard our ship this evening.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 12: Thursday, July 12, 2018: KREMS, AUSTRIA

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Welcome to Austria! We spend the morning cruising leisurely through the Wauchau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Mid-morning lecture with Professor Meir.
• We enjoy the chance to taste some local Austrian specialties while taking in the riverside towns and castle ruins along the way.
• Lunch aboard the ship.
• After lunch, we arrive in Krems, with a chance to explore this time-honored town. We see the Steiner Tor, the last remaining city gate, as well as Göttweig, a working Benedictine abbey that owns several vineyards along the Danube. See the splendid ceiling fresco in the imperial stairwell, and visit the church to see the baroque architecture.
• Return to the ship to continue cruising while enjoying dinner.
• We arrive in Vienna, and enjoy a relaxing evening or take in an optional concert in the town known as the “City of Waltzes”

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship


Day 13: Friday, July 13, 2018: A DAY IN VIENNA

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Today, we tour the Austrian capital of Vienna. Take a ride along the Ringstrasse, which replace the city walls in the mid-19th century. See some of the baroque architecture, including the world-famous Opera House, St. Stephan's Cathedral and Hofburg Palace.
• Return to our ship for lunch.
• The remainder of the day is yours to further explore Vienna on own or choose to take an optional tour to Schönbrunn Palace, the “Versailles of Vienna”, erected in 1778 and graced by a number of formal gardens, Grecian statues, the world's oldest zoo and Roman ruins. Or choose an afternoon visit (on own) to the excellent Jewish Museum and the Stadttempel, the only Vienna synagogue to survive Kristallnacht.
• Pre-dinner lecture with Professor Meir.
• Dinner aboard the ship this evening.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship

Day 14: Saturday, July 14, 2018: SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• Shabbat Shalom! This morning, we arrive in Budapest, Hungary's vibrant capital divided by the Danube River.
• We set out on a panoramic city tour through the more modern Pest side of the city, driving along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th and 20th century mansions, the National Opera House, Parliament Building and the Chain Bridge.
• We stop in Heroes' Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda's Castle District. Walk up the hill to the Fisherman's Bastion and Matthias Church. Enjoy brilliant views of the city below.
• Return to the ship for lunch.
• The remainder of the day is yours to explore both sides of the city.
• Pre-dinner lecture with Professor Meir.
• Dinner together aboard the ship this evening.

Overnight aboard our Viking Longship


Day 15: Sunday, July 15, 2018: JEWISH HISTORY IN BUDAPEST

• Breakfast aboard ship.
• After breakfast, we disembark in Budapest.
• We spend our day visiting Jewish sites. Our first stop is at the statue of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish architect, businessman and humanitarian who is celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust.
• We see the moving Shoes on the Danube Bank memorial.
• Our next stop is at the impressive Dohány Street Synagogue, built between 1854 and 1859 in the Moorish Revival style. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world.
• We continue to the Jewish Cemetery to pay our respects, followed by a visit to the adjacent Magyar Zsido Jewish Museum.
• Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center, where we see several exhibitions, including From Deprivation of Rights to Genocide, a tribute to the Hungarian victims of the Holocaust.
• We check in to our hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure to discover Budapest and have dinner on our own.

Overnight in Budapest

Day 16: Monday, July 16, 2018: FREE DAY IN BUDAPEST

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Spend the day at leisure in Budapest, discovering the beautiful architecture, cafes and all the amazing sites this city has to offer.
• We enjoy a final lecture by Professor Meir, bringing closure to our incredible journey together
• We return to our hotel for relaxation and rest before heading out on the town for a farewell dinner together, recalling all that we have experienced together on this journey.

Overnight in Budapest

Day 17: Tuesday, July 17, 2018: DEPARTURE

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We transfer to the airport for our flight back to the United States, landing later today.

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*itinerary subject to change