Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna & Prague - Honoring the Jewish Heritage

On our special Jewish Heritage tour, explore and reflect on poignant sites throughout Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague - including the Warsaw Ghetto memorial; Plaszow concentration camp in Crakow; the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau; Dohany, Kazinczy and Frankel synagogues in Budapest; the Jewish Museum in Vienna; Terezin concentration camp near Prague; and Josefov, Prague's historic Jewish Quarter.

Become immersed in the cultural legacies and poignant history of the Jewish communities of Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna and Prague on this special two-week Jewish heritage tour. Emotionally stirring, historic sites are inextricably linked to their Jewish heritage, offering guests a chance to explore them in depth, reflect and remember the sacrifices that were made there. Sites include the Ghetto Memorial, the Jewish Historical Institute, Nozyk Synagogue and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Polin Museum) in Warsaw; Kazimierz (the former Jewish Quarter) and Plaszow concentration camp in Crakow, with a stop at Oskar Schindler's factory; and the poignant museum and memorial in Auschwitz-Birkenau. In Budapest, visit Dohany and Kazinczy synagogues in the Jewish Quarter; the Holocaust Memorial; and enjoy private access, prayer and a Q&A with the Rabbi at the Frankel Synagogue. A walking tour of Old Town Bratislava offers insights on the Jewish Holocaust in Slovakia. Explore Leopoldstadt, the Judenplatz, the synagogue and the Jewish Museum in Vienna; and Terezin concentration camp, the Czech Republic's Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Museum of the Ghetto and Josefov, Prague's historic Jewish Quarter, during a stay in Prague.

Ghetto Memorial, the Jewish Historical Institute, Nozyk Synagogue & Polin Museum in Warsaw; Kazimierz & Plaszow concentration camp in Crakow; museum and memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau; Budapest's Dohany and Kazinczy synagogues in Jewish Quarter, the Holocaust Memorial & private access, prayer and Q&A with the Rabbi at Frankel Synagogue; walking tour of Old Town Bratislava with insights on the Holocaust; Leopoldstadt, the Judenplatz, the synagogue and the Jewish Museum in Vienna; Terezin concentration camp, Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Museum of the Ghetto and Josefov in Prague.

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Visits to the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Umschlagplatz, the Jewish Historical Institute, Nozyk Synagogue and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Polin)
  • Private piano recital of Chopin music in Warsaw
  • Visit to Plaszow concentration camp in Crakow
  • Visit to Poland's poignant museum and memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Private dinner cruise on the Danube River in Budapest
  • Prayer and a Q&A with a Rabbi during exclusive, private access in the Frankel Synagogue in Budapest
  • Walking tour of Budapest's Jewish Quarter; Dohany & Kazinczy synagogues
  • Walking tour of Old Town Bratislava with a local guide and commentary about the Jewish Holocaust in Slovakia
  • Tours of Vienna's Jewish Museum and Belvedere, the museum in Belvedere Castle
  • Dinner at the renowned Cafe Landtmann - the quintessential Viennese coffee house - followed by a private classical music concert at a palace in Vienna
  • Private cruise on the Vlatava River and meeting with a Holocaust survivor
  • Visit to the concentration camp at Terezin & the Jewish Quarter in Prague
  • Tour of the Princely Collections and a gala dinner at Lobkowicz Palace, Prague
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 30 meals (13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 10 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346552

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    14 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1WarsawArrive Warsaw

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel Bristol, Warsaw. A transfer is included from Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport to your hotel, located city-center on the historic Royal Route. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight with regional flair.

    Lodging:Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

    Meals: D
    Day 2WarsawThe Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, Polin Museum & Chopin

    As the first full day of your Jewish Heritage tour begins, join our local guide for a Warsaw city sightseeing tour to sites that honor and commemorate the Jews who were deported or killed during World War II. Visit the Nozyk Synagogue, the only synagogue that survived the war, out of 400 in the city. Learn about what life is like today for the city's Jewish community at the Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland. After lunch and free time on your own, drive to the POLIN Museum (Museum of the Polish Jews) with stops at the Ghetto Heroes Monument and Umschlagplatz, the site where Jews were gathered and deported to Treblinka in freight cars; take a guided tour of the museum, where interactive exhibits tell a narrative history of Jews in Poland, once the largest Jewish community in the world. This evening, Chopin's music comes to life at a private piano recital at the Polish Music Library or the Porczynski Gallery, followed by a dinner featuring typical Polish cuisine and folkloric entertainment at a local restaurant.

    Lodging:Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

    Meals: B, D
    Day 3CracowCracow, Plaszow concentration camp & more

    Traditional villages and farms roll past as you wind your way through the country's heart to Cracow, considered one of the finest medieval cities in Europe, for a two-night stay. A millennium ago, Cracow was the capital city of Poland; its historic center (Old Town) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before a photo stop at the factory of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish workers in his employ, as portrayed in the film, Schindler's List. Stop at the Plaszow camp en route to your hotel; also depicted in the film, this infamous concentration camp held more than 150,000 civilians prisoner during the war, thousands of whom perished here.

    Lodging:Sheraton Grand Krakow

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4CracowVisit Kazimierz in Cracow & poignant Auschwitz-Birkenau

    In Cracow this morning, drive through Kazimierz, the city's former Jewish Quarter (holidays permitting); once a separate town that dated back to the 14th century but was nearly destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, this historic district is currently undergoing a renaissance as its synagogues and churches are restored and new cafes, bars and bistros pop up. Schedule permitting, a look inside the somber 15th-century Old Synagogue Museum reveals a wide-ranging treatment of the history of Cracow's Jews. This afternoon, journey to the poignant memorial and museum at Auschwitz, 40 miles southwest of the city, for a guided tour of the site where so many perished, including Blocks 4, 5, 7 and 11; board a coach for a visit to the Birkenau camp. Tonight's dinner in Cracow's Jewish Quarter includes traditional Klezmer music.

    Lodging:Sheraton Grand Krakow

    Meals: B, D
    Day 5Tatra MountainsThrough the Tatra Mountains, bound for Hungary & Budapest

    As you make your way on a scenic drive to Budapest, you'll travel through the Tatra Mountains - the highest part of the Carpathian mountain range - spanning the border of Poland and Slovakia. For an authentic taste of Slovak folk traditions and cuisine, you'll stop for lunch in a traditional timbered building in the lovely Satohorka Valley. In Budapest, your Hungarian welcome begins with a dinner cruise on the Danube.

    Lodging:Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6BudapestSynagogues & the Jewish Quarter in Budapest

    The Danube River divides Budapest into two distinct areas, Buda and Pest. Today, Tauck's locally guided sightseeing shows you the best of Pest, sprawling along the eastern banks of the Danube. View the city's historic embassy district; City Park; and adjacent Andrassy Avenue, one of Budapest's main shopping boulevards, lined with elegant 19th-century mansions and townhouses and itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join us for a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter with an inside visit to the synagogues at Dohany and Kazinczy (holidays permitting). Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring as you wish, then attend prayer and a Q&A with a Rabbi during exclusive, private access in the Frankel Synagogue. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.

    Lodging:Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

    Meals: B, D
    Day 7BudapestParliament, Buda & the Holocaust Memorial

    Today includes a guided tour of Hungary's neo-Gothic Parliament building in Pest, an icon of Budapest's skyline. Crossing over to Buda, you can practically feel the history that's been made inside the Gothic Matthias Church, among the city's most notable sites, where the last two Hungarian kings were crowned. Check out the imposing Fisherman's Bastion looming over the Danube, and stroll the quaint lanes and cobblestone streets of Castle Hill, perched above the river's western bank. Sample local Hungarian cuisine at a restaurant in Buda, then join us for a guided tour of the Holocaust Memorial Center, formerly a synagogue, now a memorial and museum dedicated to the more than 500,000 victims of the Hungarian Holocaust.

    Lodging:Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

    Meals: B, L
    Day 8BratislavaA walking tour of Bratislava, Slovakia's ancient capital, en route to Vienna

    This morning's drive brings you from Budapest to Slovakia's capital city, Bratislava, where you'll explore Old Town on a walking tour. Along its cobblestoned lanes, our local guide will share the story of the Jewish Holocaust in Slovakia, which saw the deportation of over 50,000 Slovak Jews to labor and concentration camps. Following lunch, you'll have time to explore the sights on your own before continuing on to Vienna. Your three-night stay begins with an orientation walk of the opera district near your hotel and dinner a la carte.

    Lodging:Hotel Bristol, Vienna

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 9ViennaExploring Jewish history, life & culture in Vienna

    Discover a Jewish perspective of life in Vienna that goes back over 800 years on a comprehensive city tour today. Once one of the most prominent centers of Jewish culture in Europe and gradually recovering since 1945, the city's Jewish population was almost entirely deported and murdered in the Holocaust. Start your exploration in Leopoldstadt, an ancient center of Jewish life in Vienna and currently a modern-day hub; see Hundertwasserhaus, a colorful landmark named for the spirited half-Jewish artist who designed it. Visit Heldenplatz, where the Anschluss (Germany's annexation of Austria) was proclaimed in 1938. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the Belvedere, a museum in Belvedere Castle. The remainder of the day is free to explore Vienna as you wish.

    Lodging:Hotel Bristol, Vienna

    Meals: B
    Day 10ViennaVienna's Judenplatz & a private palace concert

    Today's guided Jewish heritage tour of Vienna includes visits to the Stadttempel (the only synagogue in the city that survived World War II), the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and the Jewish Museum in Judenplatz, the historic Jewish Quarter. Following lunch, take a self-guided tour of the Jewish Museum at Palais Eskeles, whose collections showcase Austrian Jewish life. This evening, enjoy dinner at the renowned Cafe Landtmann - the quintessential Viennese coffee house since 1873 - then attend a private classical music concert in a historic Viennese palace.

    Lodging:Hotel Bristol, Vienna

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 11BrnoFrom Vienna to Prague

    Depart Vienna and cross the border into the Czech Republic en route to Prague, the ancient capital of today's modern Czech Republic. Upon arrival, embark on a private cruise on the Vltava River, including lunch and a Q&A with a concentration camp survivor; then set off on a tour of Prague's medieval Old Town and the iconic Charles Bridge. Spend the next three nights at The Grand Mark Prague, a former 15th-century Baroque palace in the heart of one of Europe's best-preserved historic cities.

    Lodging:The Grand Mark Prague

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 12PragueTerezin concentration camp outside Prague

    During World War II, German propaganda led the world to believe that Terezin - located about 38 miles northwest of Prague - was a model village built to protect the Jews, safekeeping them from the war. The ruse worked to the detriment of nearly 200,000 men, women and children who passed through its gates on their way to concentration camps or probable death inside. Your guided visit here includes the Memorial of National Martyrdom, the Small Fortress, a former Gestapo prison, and the Museum of the Ghetto. Have lunch in a nearby restaurant and return to Prague for an evening spent as you wish.

    Lodging:The Grand Mark Prague

    Meals: B, L
    Day 13PragueThe Strahov Libraries, Josefov (Jewish Quarter) & a Lobkowicz Palace evening

    Begin the day with an exclusive-to-Tauck, privately guided tour of the opulent Baroque libraries of Strahov Monastery in the heart of Prague, restored to their 17th- and 18th-century glory. Then meet up with your local guide to explore the Josefov District, Prague's historic Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Cemetery, dating back to medieval days; the Old-New Synagogue, founded in the 13th century; and Pinkus and Maisel synagogues (holidays permitting). Spend a free afternoon discovering sights that interest you most in the well-preserved city of Prague. Tonight, join us for a special evening at historic Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle, with a reception, a Princely Collections tour and a gala farewell dinner.

    Lodging:The Grand Mark Prague

    Meals: B, D
    Day 14PragueJourney home

    Tour ends: Prague. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Grand Mark Prague to Vaclav Havel International Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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