BDA & Beyond
Ride for the Living
Cycle the Capitals of European Jewry
Berlin and Krakow
June 27 - July 5, 2020


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Tour Pricing:
Payment by check:
Double Occupancy: $3,299pp, Single supplement: $789

Payment by credit card:
Double Occupancy: $3,398pp, Single supplement: $813

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Optional extension to Vienna July 5-7, 2020.  More information coming soon!

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Tour Overview:

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Explore Berlin, Potsdam and Krakow by bike, foot and coach as we prepare for an unforgettable tour participating in the JCC Krakow's Ride for the Living. Learn about the rebirth of European Judaism as you explore these European capitals.

*Note: Itinerary will accommodate bikers and non-bikers, but content and order of features may differ slightly between the two.

*About the bike riding: All rides are on mostly flat, paved terrain with an occasional mild grade. Bikes are included at no additional cost where riding is mentioned in the itinerary. Limited “e-bikes” are available to rent on the Ride for the Living at an additional cost.

INCLUDED:

3 nights Hotel Eurostars, Berlin
4 nights Holiday Inn , Krakow
All touring and sightseeing in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle with an expert English-speaking guide
Registration for Ride for the Living
Meetings with local Jewish community leaders
Breakfast daily
4 dinners, 1 lunch & 1 cocktail reception
Scenic bike tour of Berlin (optional)
Internal flight from Berlin to Krakow
Ride for the Living opening and closing ceremonies and events
Private tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau with JCC Krakow
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Porterage
Bottled water on the bus

INCLUDED IN VIENNA EXTENSION:

2 nights in deluxe accommodations
Breakfast daily
1 dinner
Mozart & Strauss concert
Scenic city touring
Internal flight from Krakow to Vienna
Transfers to/from airports in Krakow and Vienna
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Porterage

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 (recommended - group policy available)


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 transfer to our hotel and meet our Ayelet Tours representative.
• We begin our tour at 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 with a stop at the Berlin Holocaust Museum and the Burning Book Memorial at Bebelplatz, where the Nazis burned approximately 20,000 books in May 1933.
• We check into our hotel and have time to relax.
• This evening, we join together to enjoy a special welcome program and dinner.

Overnight in Berlin

Day 3: Monday, June 29, 2020: GETTING TO KNOW BERLIN

• Breakfast at our hotel.
Optional: Choose to join an early morning bike tour of Berlin along important points of interest, including:
o Brandenburg Gate - 18th century neoclassical monument in Berlin
o Berlin Wall - previously separated East and West Berlin
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
• After breakfast, we enjoy 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, where Moses Mendelssohn is buried, and even the former address of Regina Jones, 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 visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Reichstag (Parliament), the Brandenburg Gate and other important sites for a more in-depth conversation about these landmarks.
• Later this afternoon, we visit the East Side Gallery, an open-air art gallery featuring artwork painted on the Berlin Wall.
• This evening, we enjoy dinner own (“follow the leader” option will be offered). Those who wish may stay in the Mitte area to explore the bars, restaurants and unique nightlife now thriving in Berlin's former Jewish district on own.

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 (non-biking option available), 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 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 (“follow the leader” option will be offered).

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 many museums located 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 Anqiue 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.
• Later this afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Krakow.
• Upon arrival, we check into our hotel and enjoy dinner together.

Overnight in Krakow

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

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we join Ride for the Living for an 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 perished here in World War II.
• We return to Krakow to 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 12, 30 and 45-mile ride options are 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, now a Polish history museum.
• This evening, everyone joins together for Shabbat dinner with over 600 cycling participants, 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 (“follow the leader” option will be offered).

Overnight in Krakow

Day 9: Sunday, July 5, 2020: FAREWELL

• 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.

OR JOIN US FOR A 2-NIGHT
VIENNA EXTENSION

• We transfer to the airport for our flight to Vienna.
• Upon arrival, we set out on a panoramic tour along the Ringstrasse and through the historic center, where we view major landmarks, including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, former seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other vivid reminders of the city's imperial history.
• We check into our hotel and refresh before dinner together at a local restaurant, followed by a Mozart and Strauss Concert, where classical music in the city celebrates a long tradition. During this special performance, you are sure to lose yourself in the lilting airs of Vienna's most beloved music while enjoying the beautiful strains of Strauss' waltzes and selections from Mozart's The Magic Flute—music that has defined this magical city.
• We conclude our wondrous day with a scenic drive after dark through an illuminated Vienna.


Overnight in Vienna

Day 10: Monday, July 6, 2020: JUDAISM IN VIENNA

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Today, we set out on a tour of Vienna's Jewish sites. We begin at the New Jewish Museum at Place Eskels, then stop at the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial and the Jewish Community Center.
• Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon and evening discovering the city and having dinner on own. (“follow the leader” option will be offered).

Overnight in Vienna

Day 11: Tuesday, July 7, 2020: DEPARTURE

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



Best-Day Adventures and Ayelet Tours are proud sponsors of the JCC Krakow's Ride for the Living.


The Memories Last Forever!!
*Itinerary subject to change