• Jewish Heritage Tour to Budapest, Vienna and Prague

  • Jewish Heritage Tour to Budapest, Vienna and Prague will ensure insight into the cultural legacy and poignant past of Jewish communities in these amazing European cities. Budapest, a huge metropolis that treasures the old yet embraces the new. Prague, the historical capital of Bohemia proper is a magical city of bridges, gold tipped towers and church domes. And finally Vienna, the former home of the Habsburgs, the waltz, sachertorte and a true imperial spirit. Visit sites of significance in Jewish history that offer the traveler an opportunity to learn, remember and reflect.

    Budapest, Vienna and Prague, 10 days/9 nights

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Jewish Heritage Tour to Budapest, Vienna and Prague
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DAY 1. Wednesday DEPARTURE

Overnight flight to From USA / Canada

DAY 2. Thursday ARRIVAL IN BUDAPEST

Arrive at Budapest International Airport. Welcome by our representative and assistance with arrival formalities. From Pest to Buda, drive through the city, cross the river and ascend Castle Hill – where among other historical sites, stands the first royal castle of the city. Enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest from the top of the Fisherman’s Bastion, which commemorates the Fishermen who were guarding the city. Visit the Medieval Synagogue, one of the oldest in the area of Budapest.Check into the hotel and free time to refresh and prepare for dinner. Welcome dinner and orientation with your tour educator. Overnight: Budapest

DAY 3. Friday JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST

Breakfast at the hotel. Contemporary Jewish life in Hungary – How Did We Get Here? Dialogue with Professor Michael Miller, Associate Professor of the Nationalism Studies Program at the Central European University. Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 150 years, including visits to:The largest synagogue in Europe, the Dohany Street Synagogue. Built in 1859, the synagogue holds 3,000 seats and is home to one of the Neolog communities of Budapest.

The Jewish Museum, which is housed on the site of Theodor Herzl’s family home. This museum holds a unique collection of Jewish artifacts, art and memorabilia, which shed a new light on the rich Jewish life and predominant Jewish community of Hungary, its influence on Hungarian society and its long-lasting memory.The complex courtyard, where the Community Holocaust Memorial stands. This impressive monument commemorates over 500,000 Hungarian Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Lunch on your own, en route. Take a panoramic bus tour along Andrassy Avenue and visit Heroes’ Square, one of Budapest’s landmarks. Relive the 1,000 years of Hungarian history through the square’s impressive statues of kings and leaders. Return to the hotel. Optional: Kabbalat Shabbat services with a local congregation. Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.Overnight: Budapest

DAY 4. Saturday THE FOLKLORE OF HUNGARY

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a guided walk through downtown Budapest, including Liberty Square, with its controversial WWII monument, Hungary’s tribute to the late U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and a view of the Hungarian Parliament building. Stop at the Shoes on the Danube Promenade, a memorial created by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay on the Pest side of the Danube, honoring the Jews killed by the fascist Arrow Cross militants during World War II; the memorial represents the shoes left behind on the river bank as they fell into the river after being shot. Lunch on your own, en route.

Take a drive along the Danube Bend to the picturesque town of Szentendre, whose name means “Saint Andrew,” where you’ll have a chance to wander through the different shops and coffee houses and visit the world’s smallest synagogue. The town is known for its well-preserved houses and churches, many built in a Balkan-style, as the area was originally settled by Serb refugees. Today the town’s best-known inhabitants are artists, and small galleries can be found on every street corner. Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own and evening at leisure. Overnight: Budapest

DAY 5. Sunday THE AUSTRIAN EMPIRE

Breakfast at the hotel and check out.Depart Budapest and drive to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Visit the Schönbrunn Palace and Gardens, the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburg monarchs. Lunch on your own, en route. Arrive in Vienna and take an orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, the main avenue circling the city center, for a view of the city’s main landmarks, including: The ancient Hofburg Palace. This grand complex of a Capella and castles was once the seat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Prater Amusement Park. This 120-year-old park contains old and new attractions for all ages. The impressive architecture of the UN Buildings, which are the 3rd built after New York and Geneva. St. Peter’s Cathedral, the oldest church in Vienna. View St. Stephen’s Cathedral (also known as Stephansdom), one of the city’s most iconic symbols, located in the city’s geographic center. Check into the hote. Dinner on your own and evening at leisure. Overnight: Vienna

DAY 6. Monday VIENNA’S JEWISH HERITAGE | walking tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Vienna Temple (Stadtempel), the only surviving synagogue from pre-WWII days. This nearly 200-year-old building has restored its extravagant design and is still an active synagogue and community center. Visit the Jewish Museum of Vienna in Palai Eskeles to see remnants of the oldest synagogue in Vienna. Stop at the Memorial to Austrian Holocaust Victims. Learn about its unique story of its excavations and the miraculous findings of the ancient synagogue of Vienna. Stroll through the Judenplatz, the main square of the Jewish community for nearly 500 years. Visit the second part of the Jewish Museum, located at the Judenplatz, which offers a modern presentation of the history of Viennese Jewry, including artifacts dating from the Middle Ages, a 38,000 book archive, and rotating exhibitions. Lunch on your own en route.

Free afternoon to explore the city on your own, with the opportunity to: Immerse yourself in culture at one of Vienna’s many famous art museums. Options include the Belvedere Palace, which includes the largest collection of Klimt paintings in Vienna, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (the city’s world renowned Museum of Fine Arts), the Albertina Museum, housing one of the largest print collections in the world, and many more. Stroll through the Golden Quarter and Kohlmarkt in the old city, the city’s most elegant shopping streets, and enjoy the vibrant life that Vienna has to offer. Explore the Museums Quartier, an art complex comprising the Leopold Museum, with its numerous works by Schiele, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kunsthalle, an exhibition hall for contemporary art, and various artist workshops.

Enjoy the best of Vienna’s delights, while strolling through the Naschmarket, the city’s most popular food market. Visit the Dorotheum, one of the world’s oldest auction houses, established in 1707. Take the opportunity for an early view of works of art, antiques, furniture, and jewelry from various centuries that are put up for auction. Take a stroll in the music themed Stadtpark, a park stretching on both sides of the river. Walk along statues of various composers (Strauss, Schubert, Bruckner, etc.) scattered throughout the park. Take a bike ride with Citybike public rental service and ride through the city. Pedal through popular locales such as: the Prater, along the Donaukanal and around the Alte and Neue Donau, on the Donauinsel, or a panoramic circle on the Ring bike path.

Ride Vienna’s famous Giant Ferris Wheel for great views of the city. Take a boat ride on the Danube River. With a glass of a local drink in hand, you can appreciate a new perspective of the capital of Austria.Take a glimpse into the life of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud at the museum in his name, located in the apartment where he lived and worked till he was forced into exile by the Nazis. In the museum you will be able to view photos, personal belongings and rare footage. Visit Mozarthaus, Mozart’s only remaining Viennese residence. View portraits of Mozart’s years in Vienna, original sheet music, letters and musical instruments and a host of interactive audio-visuals. Overnight: Vienna

DAY 7. Tuesday FROM VIENNA TO PRAGUE

Following breakfast at the hotel and check out. Depart Vienna and drive to the Czech Republic.Visit Cesky Krumlov, a fairytale town with a maze of narrow cobbled streets. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Explore the town and view the houses built in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles. Lunch on your own, en route. Arrive in Prague and stop at Vysehrad Fortress for a panoramic view of the city. Check into the hotel. Dinner on your own and evening at leisure. Overnight: Prague

DAY 8. Wednesday THE GLORY OF PRAGUE | walking tour

Breakfast at the hotel. An Inside Look into the Czech Republic– Politics, Economics & Society Dialogue with Mr. Peter Brod, former BBC Bureau Chief and Radio Free Europe activist. Transfer to the Prague Castle for a guided tour of the Castle, an overview of the City of 100 Spires and a walk along the Golden Lane. Walk through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge. Lunch on your own, en route. Guided visit through Jewish Prague, including the Old Ghetto and the Precious Legacy Exhibit at the Jewish Museum, which encompasses the Altneu Shul, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pincus Synagogue, the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue. Return to the hotel.Dinner on your own and evening at leisure. Overnight: Prague

DAY 9. Thursday MEMORY & CONTINUITY

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Terezin. Visit Terezin, the town that was turned into a ghetto and concentration camp, including the Historical Museum and the Art Exhibits, the so-called Hidden Synagogue and the Crematorium. Packed lunch en route. Return to Prague with free time for last-minute shopping, packing or to relax. Festive farewell dinner and group reflection at a restaurant. Overnight: Prague

DAY 10. Friday RETURN HOME

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Prague International Airport for your departure flight arriving the same day

DATES & RATES

July 25 2018
at $3,571 US per person in DBL/TWIN, $4,426 US per person in SGL room

October 17, 2018
at $3,571 US per person in DBL/TWIN, $4,426 US per person in SGL room

May 21, 2019
at $3,628 US per person in DBL/TWIN, $4,482 US per person in SGL room

September 18, 2019
at $3,628 US per person in DBL/TWIN, $4,482 US per person in SGL room

Based on a minimum of 8 passengers
* Rates for a minimum of 4 passengers are available on request

Price Includes:
  • 8 nights’ accommodation, including breakfast
  • Budapest: 2.5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide, as well as a local guide accompanying the group from Budapest to Vienna
  • Vienna: 1 half-days day of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with licensed, English speaking local tour guide, as well as a local guide accompanying the group from Vienna to Prague with touring en route
  • Prague: 1 day of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus + 1 half-days of walking tours with licensed, English speaking local tour guide
  • Transfer and assistance to and from the airport
  • All site entrance fees and program fees as per itinerary
  • Porterage at the hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome dinner (Arrival day)
  • Shabbat dinner (DAY 6)
  • Farewell dinner (Day 9)
  • Packed lunch (Day 9)
Price Excludes:
  • Tips to the tour educator and driver (recommended guidelines vary based on number of participants) €7 per participant per day for the tour educator & €4 per participant per day for the driver
  • Luggage: All tour packages allow one pieces per person and one carry-on bag. Excess luggage will be subject to a charge of up to $100 per piece.

Aufgang Travel shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. Transportation in evening when dinner is on own.

Amendments to the program: In the event that any sites, programs or meals etc. are added to the program, an additional fee may be required.

Personal extras: Items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than the table d’hotel menu, passport and visa fees, insurance, and foreign port taxes, unless otherwise specified. Water or snacks on the bus. US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable. Tour will operate on minimum 8 people travelling.

Hotels:

3 nights in Danubius Hotel Astoria City Center 4* STANDARD, or similar
2 nights in Mercure Wien City STANDARD, or similar
3 nights in K+K Hotel Fenix STANDARD, or similar

Note:
  • Although airfare is not included in this program, we are able to suggest economy class round trip airfares. Please note the airfare suggested is subject to change without prior notice and is not guaranteed until such time as the ticket has actually been issued.
  • A similar program can also be custom tailored for individuals based on the sightseeing program by private car.
  • No visa is required for travel to Europe. Always make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after the tour ends.
  • Pre/post tour arrangements are available on request.