Am Shalom Family Trip
Prague & Budapest

Led by Rabbis Phyllis Sommer & Anne Persin

Mar 22, 2025 - Mar 30, 2025

  • DESTINATION Central Europe
  • Who’s Going Families
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 9 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $5,330
Program is tentative and subject to change. Connect with our Customer Care Team by calling: (888) 230-6008 Mon.-Thur. from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

YOUR journey

J² crafts journeys of inspiration, education, and Jewish connections to Israel and worldwide. We are guided by a simple but powerful concept: No two trips are the same; each experience should be personal, meaningful, and backed by superb service. Travel is not just about the places you visit, but the connections you make along the way.

  •   Active
  •   Art & Culture
  •   Cooking Workshop
  •   Family Friendly
  •   Heritage
  •   Scavanger Hunt
  •   Street Food
  •   UNESCO Heritage Sites
  •   VR Experience

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Sat. Mar 22, 2025
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO PRAGUE
Sun. Mar 23, 2025
  • Arrive at Prague International Airport.
  • Transfer to the hotel and check in.
  • Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this Jewish journey of education and inspiration.
  • Explore the Old Town Square, Prague’s main marketplace since the 10th century. See its Astronomical Clock, a symbol of the city, and explore Prague’s Art Nouveau architecture. We'll climb up the Clock Tower to get a great view of the Old Town.
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation with your Expert Educator.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
THE WONDERS OF PRAGUE
Mon. Mar 24, 2025
  • Ride the historic tram that will take you across Prague from the Old Town to Mala Strana (Lesser Town) and uphill to the Prague Castle.
  • Visit the Prague Castle, enjoy an overview of the City of 100 Spires, and walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Lunch on own.
  • As you make your way down through Lesser Town, we'll stop to indulge your sweet tooth to take a bite out of local Trdelnik pastry.
  • Stop by the famous John Lennon wall, the monument of free speech, with its variety of graffiti, color, and art.
  • Take a leisurely walk across the historic Charles Bridge, an architectural marvel adorned with statues and offering stunning views of Prague's skyline.
  • After crossing the bridge, embark on a delightful boat ride along the Vltava River, which winds its way through the heart of the city. From the tranquil waters, you'll have a unique perspective of Prague's picturesque skyline, with its spires, domes, and historic buildings reflected in the river below.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
THE GLORY OF JEWISH PRAGUE
Tue. Mar 25, 2025
  • Discover the sometimes glorious, sometimes tragic, past of Prague’s Jews with a walking tour to the Jewish Ghetto. This is also where many Jewish fairytales and legends take their roots from. Our visit will include:
    • The Pinkas Synagogue.
    • The Old Jewish Cemetery.
    • The Spanish Synagogue.
    • The Altneushul.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Team up for a thrilling virtual reality adventure that transports you back to Renaissance Prague and immerses you in the mystique of the Golem legend. Unravel a series of intricate puzzles that will grant you access to the legendary workshop of Rabbi Löew, a figure shrouded in mystery and folklore.
  • Embark on an exhilarating scavenger hunt through the cobblestone streets and hidden alleyways of Prague's enchanting Old Town.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
MEMORY & CONTINUITY
Wed. Mar 26, 2025
  • Drive to Terezin (Theresienstadt), the ghetto-camp established here during World War Two where over 100,000 thousand Jews were worked to death or sent to extermination camps in the East. Our visit to Terezin will include:
    • The Historical Exhibition which explains the history of the camp and its role in Hitler’s Final Solution.
    • Chilling propaganda movies made by the Nazis which were designed to convince the world that Terezin was a spa town and retirement center for elderly Jews rather than a death-ridden way station to the extermination camps.
    • A reconstruction of the overcrowded dormitory and other parts of the camp complex.
    • The Hidden Synagogue that an inmate, Artur Berlanger, created out of a tiny storage space.
    • A memorial service where we’ll remember those who died here as well as the more than 80,000 Jews who were sent to be killed in Auschwitz and elsewhere in the East.
  • Lunch, en route.
  • Return to Prague.
  • Connect with Jewish students and educators at the Jewish Lauder School of Prague for an enriching cultural exchange. Engage in meaningful conversations, learn about their experiences, and gain insights into Jewish life and education in Prague.
    OR
    Participate in an engaging activity with BBYO teens and organizers for an interactive and fun experience.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6
FROM PRAGUE TO BUDAPEST
Thu. Mar 27, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to the Prague Train Station.
  • Relish the scenic beauty during a relaxing train journey to Budapest. We'll organize engaging games and educational activities for our young travelers, led by your dedicated educator.
  • Packed lunch, en route.
  • Arrive in Budapest where you will be welcomed by your local guide.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Ascend to the summit of Budapest's Ferris Wheel for a breathtaking panoramic vista of the cityscape.
  • Savor a delightful dinner cruise on the Danube, soaking in Budapest's illuminated skyline as the sun sets. Glide past iconic landmarks like Parliament, Chain Bridge, and Buda Castle.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
CELEBRATING JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST
Fri. Mar 28, 2025
  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 160 years:
    • The Dohany Street Synagogue.
    • The Jewish Museum.
    • The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park.
  • See The Shoes on the Danube, a moving, sparse memorial to honor the Jews who were massacred by Fascist Hungarian militia belonging to the Arrow Cross Party in Budapest during the Second World War.
  • Walk across the famous Budapest Chain Bridge.
  • Take a ride up the hill on the Buda Castle Funicular.
  • We’ll look down on the beauty of the city and see how the Danube river separates the hilly Buda area from the flat lands of Pest. Castle Hill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is named after Buda Castle, which was built in the 13th century and now hosts the Hungarian National Gallery and other major cultural institutions. We’ll wander Castle Hill’s cobblestoned streets and appreciate the remarkable rebuilding of this area, which was reduced to rubble after World War Two.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of Budapest from the top of the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Join local families at the Frankel Synagogue in welcoming the Shabbat, Hungarian Neolog-style. Before the service, we’ll join the community and hear from locals about Jewish life in Budapest today and the challenges and opportunities they face. Share kiddush and a light dinner with the community at the synagogue.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
BUDAPEST FOR ALL THE SENSES
Sat. Mar 29, 2025
  • Check out Budapest’s largest food market, the Nagycsarnok (Great Market Hall). Local foods, spices, and wines are downstairs while upstairs you’ll find traditional Hungarian costumes and crafts.
  • Option 1: Enjoy a hands-on culinary experience as you learn to craft traditional Langos dough from scratch under the guidance of expert chef.
    Option 2: Have fun crafting your own sweets in a chocolate workshop.
  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure with the opportunity to relax at one of Budapest's famous spas, the Széchenyi Bathhouse, and the Gellert Bathhouse. For more family fun, head to the Palatinus Baths.
  • Havdalah by the Danube.
  • Farewell festive dinner at a restaurant.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Sun. Mar 30, 2025
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Transfer to Budapest International Airport for your return flight to the US.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$5,330
Cost p/p in single room
$6,530
Child As 3rd (Reduction)
- ($430)
Connecting rooms in Prague are limited in availability and require an extra cost of $65 per night per room. Connecting rooms in Budapest require no extra costs. Registration open

Prague: Hilton Old Town

Budapest: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

What to expect

  • 7 nights' accommodations.
  • 7 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and local guides, in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • All arrival transfers at the Prague airport.
  • All departure transfer at the Budapest airport.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches & 4 dinners.
  • 1 Group train ticket from Prague to Budapest.
  • The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
  • Water on the bus.
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Central Europe.
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 20 and more participants traveling to Europe: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): J² Expert Educator: $12 | Local Guide: $10 | Driver: $5. Amounts are per day per person.
  • COVID related expenses, including tests.
  • Evening transportation when dinner is not included.
  • 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.
  • US and foreign airport taxes, Q fuel surcharge and border taxes when applicable.
  • Please review our terms & conditions (T&C’s) or request that we send you our full T&C’s. Until you do that, here is the small print, and other stuff you may want to know:
  • Validity | All prices quoted are based on exchange rates as of the proposal date and are subject to change without notice. Rates are per person and are based on shared twin room occupancy.
  • How to Make a Reservation | The quickest way to make a reservation is to register online or contact us by email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is required in order to complete the registration process.
  • For any assistance with this registration process or other trip-related queries, please email Customer Care: customercare@j2adventures.com.
  • Payments | The balance of your payment is due 120 days before your trip begins, or as specified in your invoice. You will receive an email reminder 2 weeks before this date. Various payment options are available as follows:
    • Credit card | We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Please check with your credit card provider regarding international processing fees. We are unable to process payments of over $1,000 over the phone. Please submit payment online via a credit card or by wiring funds via your bank.
    • Domestic bank wire transfer | Payment should be wired in the same currency that is listed on your invoice. Please add the name of your group or invoice number as a reference and forward a copy of the transfer receipt by email. The bank transfer should clearly state the beneficiary’s name on the wire transfer.
  • J² Adventures reserves the right to automatically cancel your reservation on that date and it may be subject to reconfirmation should the final payment not be received.
  • Cancelation Policy | All cancelations need to be made in writing. The cancelation fee depends on the date when we receive written notification of your request to cancel your booking. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
  • Cancelation fees | Cancelations made 120 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 119 to 46 days prior to departure incur the loss of 50% of the full trip cost. Cancelations made 45 days or less prior to the departure incur the loss of 100% of the full trip cost.
  • Cancelation fees may also include: Hotel or supplier cancelation fees. J² Adventures reserves the right to adjust its terms of payment, including cancelation policies and initial deposits.

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