Cycle the Capitals of European Jewry
Berlin & Krakow
In Partnership with the JCC Krakow Ride for the Living
June 27-July 5, 2020


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Jun 27, 2020
Cycle the Capitals of European Jewry
Berlin & Krakow
In Partnership with the JCC Krakow Ride for the Living
June 27-July 5, 2020
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Tour Overview:

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INCLUDED:

3 nights Hotel Eurostars Berlin, Berlin
4 nights Holiday Inn Krakow, Krakow
All touring and sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an expert English-speaking guide
Registration for Ride for the Living
Breakfast daily
3 dinners, including welcome dinner in Berlin
Scenic bike tour of Berlin
Scenic bike tour of Potsdam
Lunch and tour at NENI Restaurant, Berlin
Internal flight to Krakow
Ride for the Living opening ceremony
Private tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau with JCC Krakow
Krakow city tours with JCC Krakow and the Ride for the Living
Closing event for Ride for the Living
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Porterage
Bottled water on the bus

NOT INCLUDED:
Roundtrip airfare, departure taxes and fuel surcharges
Any border taxes or visas
Tips to guides, driver, and dining room waiters ($18 per person, per day; pre-collected)
Meals not listed above
Any items of a personal nature
Travel insurance (highly recommended)


Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Saturday, June 27, 2020: DEPARTURE

• We depart the United States on our overnight flight to Berlin.

Day 2: Sunday, June 28, 2020: WELCOME TO BERLIN!

• Welcome to Berlin! Upon arrival, we are met by an Ayelet Tours representative.
• We begin our day with a walking tour of the Old Jewish quarter, which is always evolving and changing. Along the way, we hear stories of Jewish life in Berlin from past to present as we visit the old and new synagogues, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Berlin, the Große Hamberger Straße cemetery (Grosse Hamberger Strasse), where Moses Mendelssohn is buried and even see the former address of Regina Jonas, the first female rabbi to be ordained.
• We continue with a tour of the Mitte, Berlin's historic center district and host to many of the city's top attractions.
• We transfer to our hotel to check in and enjoy a chance to relax and refresh.
• This evening, we enjoy a special welcome dinner together.

Overnight in Berlin

Day 3: Monday, June 29, 2020: BIKING BERLIN

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we set out on a bike tour of Berlin, to see some of the following points of interest (exact stops TBD):
o Brandenburg Gate - 18th century neoclassical monument in Berlin
o Berlin Wall - which previously separated East and West Germany
o Checkpoint Charlie - famous Berlin Wall crossing point
o Site of Hitler's bunker - center of the Nazi regime in 1945
o Reichstag - Parliament building
o Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - a Holocaust memorial created on the site of the former Berlin Wall
o and much more…
• After our bike ride, we return to Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War, to see it up close and learn more about this significant site.
• We continue our in-depth tour with a return to Berlin Holocaust Memorial and the Burning Book Memorial at Bebelplatz, where the Nazis burned approximately 20,000 books in May 1933.
• Later this afternoon, we visit the East Side Gallery, an open-air art gallery featuring artwork painted on the Berlin Wall.
• We enjoy dinner on own before returning to our hotel.
• Those who wish can return to the Mitte area for an optional tour (on own) of the bars, restaurants, and unique nightlife now thriving in Berlin's former Jewish district.

Overnight in Berlin

Day 4: Tuesday, June 30, 2020: POTSDAM

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we travel to Potsdam. Along the way, we stop at the Wannsee House, where the Wannsee Conference took place and the “final solution” of the Jewish question was decided.
• Upon arrival in Potsdam, we begin our biking tour of the city, starting with the Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference, where allied leaders such as Truman, Churchill and Stalin met in 1945 to decide the fate of Germany, which surrendered weeks later.
• We also make a brief photo stop at the Palace of Sanssouci.
• We continue to the Zacharias Frankel College, where many prospective rabbis come to study the Jewish texts and train to become Masorti/Conservative rabbis. The graduates from this college are the first to be ordained as rabbis in Germany since before WWII.
• We return to Berlin and visit the Gleis 17 Memorial, the train platform from which many of Berlin's Jews were deported during WWII.
• Evening at leisure to explore and have dinner on own.

Overnight in Berlin

Day 5: Wednesday, July 1, 2020: MUSEUM ISLAND

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Today, we visit Museum Island to tour the museums there. We begin at the Pergamon Museum, built in 1930, containing reconstructed and immense historically significant buildings such as the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate. Also located here are the Altes (Old) and Neues (New) Museums, as well as the Bode Museum with a sculpture collection and late Anqieu and Byzantine art.
• This afternoon, we visit the NENI restaurant to enjoy lunch, meet with Israeli chefs and learn about the culinary world in Berlin.
• This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Krakow.
• Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure and dinner on own.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 6: Thursday, July 2, 2020: THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We join Ride for the Living for the opening ceremony at the JCC Krakow.
• This afternoon, we drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the infamous Nazi concentration camp, for a private tour with the JCC Krakow. We see the Museum and pay tribute to the victims; over a million Jews and others that perished in World War II.
• This evening, we enjoy a “welcome to the ride” dinner together.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 7: Friday, July 3, 2020: RIDE FOR THE LIVING

• Breakfast at our hotel.
Ride participants: We travel by bus to Auschwitz and begin our 60-mile bike ride to the JCC Krakow. The ride is on a flat, enjoyable, and meaningful route. Shorter and more advanced routes also available.
Non-riders: We enjoy a Jewish heritage tour that includes the old Jewish town known as Kazimierz, where we see the Old Synagogue, a massive fortress-like building erected in the 15th to 16th centuries, the “Temple” and the Remuh Synagogue.
• We continue to the Little Museum at the Drug Store inside the Jewish Ghetto, then pass by Schindler's Factory and the site of the Plaszow Concentration Camp.
• This evening, everyone joins together for Shabbat dinner with over 600 cycling participants, including the local Jewish community and guests from around the world - the biggest Shabbat dinner in Krakow since before WWII.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 8: Saturday, July 4, 2020: DISCOVERING KRAKOW

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we enjoy city tours led by the JCC Krakow and the Ride for the Living.
• This evening, we join 20,000 people for Havdalah and an open-air concert featuring highlights from the Jewish Culture Festival.
• Dinner on own this evening.

Overnight in Krakow

Day 9: Sunday, July 5, 2020: DEPARTURE

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We participate in the final closing event for Ride for the Living.
• We transfer to the airport for our flight to connect to our home cities.

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• We continue with optional post tours.

Ayelet Tours is a proud sponsor of the Krakow JCC's Ride for the Living.


The Memories Last Forever!!
*Itinerary subject to change