Eastern Europe with a Jewish Twist
35+ - 40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations
Czech-Slovakia, Poland & Hungary
July 4 - July 14, 2013
Immerse yourself in Eastern European history and have fun on this unique Jewish Singles vacation. Tour the Jewish Ghettos, see Auschwitz and Birkenau and mourn the victims of the Holocaust. Enjoy the pleasures of medieval Krakow, Budapest and Prague from narrow alleyways to magnificent castles. Join with singles and solo travelers of today and see this land as it once was, and encounter the history makers who still live in these places.
Eastern Europe with a Jewish Twist Singles Tour Itinerary
Vacation Day 1: Prague
Upon arrival at the Prague Airport (Airport code - PRG - Remember you are flying home from Budapest -BUD), you will board your shuttle and be transferred to our hotel; shuttles will be running throughout the day. Your vacation beginns tonight, meet your tour leader and group for an optional dinner.
Vacation Day 2: Prague
After breakfast we transfer by bus to the Castle quarter. Visit to St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Golden Lane and the beautiful Castle gardens. Then we will walk over the Charles bridge to the Old Town
After time for lunch, we tour the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), once the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe. Visit the Jewish Museum including: Meisel, Klaus, Pinkas, Spanish Synagogues and the Jewish cemetery. Then we will visit the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest site of Prague’s Jewish Town and the oldest extant synagogue in Europe. It has been the main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community for more than 700 years.
Tonight enjoy our Welcome Dinner Cruise on the river Vltava.
Vacation Day 3: Prague / Terezin
This morning we drive to Terezin (World War II transition camp) to visit its Memorial which commemorates the victims of the Nazi political and racial persecution during the occupation of the Czech lands in World War II. Visit the Small Fortress, Ghetto Museum and Magdeburg Barracks.
Afternoon free to wander the alley ways of the Old Town. Don't miss the Astronomical Clock on the hour.
Vacation Day 4: Prague - Brno / Lednice -Valtice / Cejkovice
After breakfast we leave Prague and tavel to Brno, the second largest city in Czech. Our guided walking tour through the old town includes the Saint Peter and Paul cathedral, the cabbage market place, the historical City Hall, the main square of Liberty and Saint James church. In the lively pedestrian zone, there are many bars and restaurants where we can enjoy lunch (not included).
Situated in the middle of an ancient provincial route is the picturesque town on Telc. Besides the ancient royal water fort founded in the 13th century, there is the monumental Renaissance chateau with an English park. We will stop by the town square, the most significant sight created by the historical houses in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Arcade-fronted townhouses encircle this colourful square.
Vacation Day 5: Brno / Auschwitz-Birkenau / Krakow
Our morning drive will take us to the next country on our vacation, Poland. Enjoy the countryside as it is a 5 hour drive to Auschwitz. We will break for lunch along the way.
We have three hours to visit the former concentration camp Auschowitz – Birkenau, listed since 1979 as a UNESCO’s World heritage site. Once the largest and most notorious complex of Nazi extermination camps. KL Autschwitz, was transformed by the occupying Nazis into an efficient forced-labor camp. It became the center for the systematic murder of Jews, Gypsies, Russian POWs and others considered undesirable by the Nazis. Over the years the camp was extended and eventually consisted of three main parts and more than 40 sub-camps. The Nazi murders were stopped when the Soviet Army entered the camp on January 27, 1945.
Our tour begins with a 15-minute documentary about the liberation of Auschwitz. See exhibits in surviving prison blocks, the gas chamber and the crematorium. Next we visit the larger Auschwitz II, better known as Birkenau. This portion of the complex was specifically designed to carry out the extermination of European Jews. The Martyrdom Auschwitz Museum was established on the site in 1947 and was added to UNESCO in 1979. At Birkenau go up to the watchtower above the entrance gate to see the view of the biggest Nazi extermination camp.
In the late afternoon we arrive in Krakow, a beautiful city whose fairy-tale castle and Market Square is spread out like a living museum.
Vacation Day 6: Krakow
This morning we have a guided half day walking tour of the Royal City. The unique atmosphere of the beautiful and mysterious streets of the Old Town still exist in The Market Square, center of the Old Town, one of the biggest in Europe, is a reminder of the power and wealth of medieval Krakow, Saint Mary's Church, dating back to the year 1221, boasts the precious 15th century Witt Stwosz altar. Wawel Royal Castle is the pride of racow and the heart of the nation as it’s cathedral is the final resting place of monarchs and wordsmiths.
After time for lunch, we continue our visit through the Jewish Quarter Kazimierz where the film " Schindlers List“ was made. F rom the 16th century it became the main cultural center of Polish Jewry with its unique Oriental atmosphere. Its soul perished during the traumatic events of the Second World War, but many of the buildings, some still with Yiddish inscriptions, survived.
Vacation Day 7: Krakow - Wieliczka - Zakopane
After checkout our morning drive takes us to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, an amazing Unesco underground world of wonders. The mine has been worked for 900 years and was one of the largest salt mines in the world with underground passages and 2000 caverns of various sizes. Legend has it that the salt mines were part of the dowry of the Hungarian princess, Kinga, when she married Boleslaw the Shy over 700 years ago. Our guided tour starts with a spiraling walk down 360 steps from and walks from 210 to 440 feet underground passing through galleries and chambers on three levels.
Our vacation continues through the picturesque Polish countryside to Zakopane, the famous recreation resort of Poland in the High Tatra Mountains. We will stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Polish people believe that she spared the life of Polish pope John Paul II) and at the winter stadium with ski jumps under the High Tatra peaks.
There will be time to visit the market of Zakopane with a great choice of typical hand made products from sheep wool, leather, wood etc.
Vacation Day 8: Zakopane - Banska Bystrica - Budapest
Today is a 3 country day, we leave Poland behind as we head to Budapest Hungary. First we get to enjoy the scenic drive through the Tatra Mountains to Banska Bystrica, capital of Central Slovakia. Then there is time for lunch and shopping at the main square of the picturesque old town.
Our drive continues from Slovakia to Budapest, arriving in Hungary in the late afternoon. .
Vacation Day 9: Budapest
After breakfast we take a walk with our local guide past the downtown monuments of the PEST side. Admire the impressive building of Parliament, then Szabatsag Square with the US Embassy, Memorial of the Russian Army. Continue to Vörösmarty Square with the traditional Gerbeaud Cafe to the pedestrian Vaci Street which will take us to the historical Market Hall.
Then we will visit the Grand Synagogue in Dohány Street, the Holocaust Memorial (Tree of Life), the Jewish Museum, with its wealth of artifacts and documents relating to Jewish life in Hungary and then we will walk the Jewish Quarter to the Orthodox Synagogue. Stop at the unique Weeping Willow Memorial, dedicated to Jews who perished during the Nazi reign of terror.
After the tour there will be time for lunch and shopping.
Vacation Day 10 - Budapest
On our morning bus tour of Budapest we will explore the most beautiful and interesting sights of Hungary's capital city. With the Danube River flowing by, the ring boulevards and the numerous eclectic and revival buildings, Budapest is rightly considered to be the pearl of Europe. Explore Buda and Pest with its wealth of historic monuments, linked by eight graceful bridges. Immerse yourself in Hungarian legends and culture and discover why Budapest is called ‘Paris of the East’.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure with free time for shopping or exploring.
Tonight we will share our Farewell Dinner in a typical Hungarian Wine Restaurant with a local folklore show
Vacation Day 11 - Budapest - Tour Ends
Sad to say but our Eastern Europe with a Jewish Twist singles vacation has come to an end. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to all your new travel buddies as we make our way to the airport and our flights home.
|Prague - Best Western Meteor Plaza||Brno -Best Western Premier Hotel International|
|Krakow - Radisson Blu||Zakopane -Hotel Mecure Kasprowy|
|Budadpest - Best Western Premier Hotel Parliment|
Eastern Europe - Jewish Twist
July 4 - July 14, 2013
* 10 Nights Accommodations * Breakfast Daily
* 2- Dinners
* English Speaking Guides
*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel provides roommate matching on our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single supplement". If you wish to room alone the cost is an additional $875
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