Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Jewish Journey to Budapest

Sep 16, 2024 - Sep 20, 2024

  • DESTINATION Budapest
  • Who’s Going Our Community
  • Trip Type Mission
  • Duration 5 DAYS
  • Group Size 10+
  • Price From $3,990
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.

  •   Current Affairs
  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Special Access
  •   Food & Wine

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
ON OUR WAY
Mon. Sep 16, 2024
  • Depart for your flight to Budapest.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO BUDAPEST
Tue. Sep 17, 2024
  • Arrive at Budapest International Airport.
  • Welcome by our representative and transfer to your hotel.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • Enjoy a private welcome dinner and orientation with your J² Expert Educator, where you will review your itinerary and group themes and share group and personal goals.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST
Wed. Sep 18, 2024
  • Short drive to the hilltop of Buda for a panoramic overview of the city from the Fisherman’s Bastion.
  • Who are the Neologs and How Do they Fit Into the Jewish World? We'll talk with Rabbi Tamas Vero and his wife Linda Vero-Ban at the Frankel Synagogue. Find out whether Hungary’s main Jewish stream is closer to Reform, Conservative, or Orthodox Judaism and discuss what led Hungarian Jews to embrace this movement. We’ll also explore why Frankel Synagogue is enjoying a new surge in popularity.
  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 160 years:
    • The Dohany Street Synagogue.
    • The Jewish Museum.
    • The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Budapest, one of Europe’s biggest Jewish cities, has seen an outpouring of new energy and ideas since the fall of Communism. We’ll meet with Rabbi Michael Paley and visit the JCC Budapest, Balint House to experience its activities and programs that have helped revitalize and rebuild Jewish communal life in the city.
  • Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
HUNGARY'S CONTRADICTIONS
Thu. Sep 19, 2024
  • Is Hungary turning its back on democracy and returning to authoritarianism? Find out during this presentation by Gabor Gyori, senior political analyst at the Hungarian thinktank Policy Solutions. We’ll also hear how the rise of Christian nationalist politicians, such as Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister and a proponent of “illiberal democracy,” affects Hungary’s Jews, the country and, indeed, Europe.
  • Walking tour of Budapest:
    • Enjoy the lawns, walkways, and architecture of Liberty Square. We’ll also see that the square provides important insights into the transformations and turmoil of recent Hungarian history and politics.
    • Walk by the Hungarian Parliament.
    • 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.
  • Lunch on own.
  • Visit the Israeli Cultural Institute (ICI), where Jewish Agency staff will explain the role that Israeli culture is playing in the resurgence of Jewish life in Hungary.
  • Time to relax at the Széchenyi Bathhouse, as you bathe in the city’s famous mineral-rich waters.
  • The Blue Danube: Enjoy the beauty of Budapest on a farewell dinner cruise on the Danube.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Fri. Sep 20, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport.
  • Departure flight to Israel or back to Houston.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
10+
Cost p/p in double room
$3,990
Cost p/p in single room
$4,660

Budapest: Kempinski Hotel Corvinus

What to expect

  • 3 nights' accommodations.
  • 2 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and a local guide, in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • All arrival and departure transfers at the airport in Budapest.
  • Daily breakfast, 2 dinners.
  • 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 hotel.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to and from Budapest.
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 10 and more participants traveling to Central Europe: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): J² Expert Educator: $14 | Local Guide: $12 | Driver: $6. 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 $1,000 non-refundable deposit 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 90 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 90 or more days prior to departure incur the loss of the deposit. Cancelations made 89 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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