INCLUDED IN OUR UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY:4 nights Grand Hotel Palace, Rome1 night Four Points by Sheraton, Siena2 nights Helvetia & Bristol Hotel, Florence4 nights Hilton Molino Stucky, VeniceAll touring and sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with expert English-speaking local guides & Prof. Stephen BerkLectures throughout by Professor BerkJewish community & city walking tours in Rome, Pitigliano, Florence & VeniceBreakfast dailyChef-led cooking class with lunch in Rome's Central MarketWelcome dinner in RomeDinner with WUPJ congregation members in RomeDinner in SienaShabbat dinner with Shira Hadash membersFarewell dinner in VeniceWine tasting in RomeVatican museum toursVisit to the islands of Burano and MuranoGondola ride in VeniceEntrance fees per itineraryAirport transfers if arriving/departing with the main groupPorterageWhisper headsetsNOT INCLUDED:Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surchargesBorder taxes or visa feesTips to guides, driver and dining room personnel ($25 per person, per day; pre-collected)Meals not listed aboveItems of a personal natureTravel insurance (recommended - group policy available)Any costs associated with Covid-19 testing or vaccination
ABOUT PROF. STEPHEN BERK: Prof. Stephen M. Berk is a Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, New York, Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Comparative Communist Studies and Faculty Advisor to the Jewish Student Organization. He is author of Year of Crisis, Year of Hope: Russian Jewry and the Pogroms of 1881-1882 (Greenwood Press, 1985). At the present time Professor Berk is writing a book entitled, Our People Are Your People: American Jewry and the Struggle for Civil Rights 1854-1965. The book provides an interesting discussion of an extremely important chapter in the history of the civil rights movement and attempts to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that surround the Black-Jewish relationship. Professor Berk is also the author of many articles on Russian History, Russian Jewish History, anti-Semitism and American Policy in the Middle East. Professor Berk is frequently consulted by newspaper reporters and by television and radio stations including the BBC. He has lectured in numerous universities in countless cities and towns in the United States and Israel and is a primary speaker for the UJA, Israel Bonds and B'nai B'rith. Professor Berk is considered an absolutely superb lecturer and teacher. Touring with him has been compared to attending a “traveling university…his lectures are outstanding.” He is always informative, interesting and entertaining. He has lectured as scholar-in-residence for us on many trips to Russia, Spain, Italy, Cuba, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Israel. It is a privilege to have him with us!
Note this is NOT a Kosher tour, although served meals will offer either fish or vegetarian options for any included meals. For personal reference:Kosher restaurants in Rome: https://theromanfoodie.com/rome-food-blog/restaurant-guide/best-kosher-restaurants-rome/ Kosher restaurants in Florence: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g187895-zfz10768-Florence_Tuscany.html Kosher restaurants in Venice: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g187870-zfz10768-Venice_Veneto.html For vegetarian restaurants in all tour cities: https://www.happycow.net/