Temple Judea
Imperial Cities of Europe

Led by Rabbi Judith Siegal

May 4, 2024 - May 14, 2024

  • DESTINATION Central Europe
  • Who’s Going Adults Only
  • Trip Type Congregational
  • Duration 11 DAYS
  • Group Size 20+
  • Price From $4,995
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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
  •   Current Affairs
  •   Food & Wine
  •   Heritage
  •   Local Specialists
  •   Street Food

Program Itinerary

DAY 1
DEPARTURE
Sat. May 4, 2024
  • Depart the US.
Overnight: Flight
DAY 2
WELCOME TO PRAGUE
Sun. May 5, 2024
  • Arrive at Prague International Airport.
  • Check into the hotel.
  • 4:00 p.m. Meet your J² Expert Educator in a hotel lobby for an orientation.
  • 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.
  • Festive welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Share group and personal goals.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Dinner
DAY 3
THE GLORY OF PRAGUE - YOM HASHOAH (HOLOCAUST AND HEROISM MEMORIAL DAY)
Mon. May 6, 2024
  • 9:00 a.m. Meet your local guide and your Expert Educator in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Discover the sometimes glorious, sometimes tragic, past of Prague’s Jews with a walking tour to the Jewish Ghetto. Our visit will include:
    • The Maisel Synagogue.
    • The Pinkas Synagogue.
    • The Old Jewish Cemetery.
    • The Spanish Synagogue.
    • The Altneushul.
  • Visit the Prague Castle, enjoy an overview of the City of 100 Spires, and walk along the Golden Lane.
  • Meet with Tomáš Kraus, a prominent figure in the Czech-Jewish community. Presently, he holds the position of Director at the Terezín Initiative Institute and serves as the representative of the American Jewish Committee for the Czech Republic. We're eager to engage with him and learn from his wealth of experience and insight of Jewry in Europe.
  • Return to the hotel. Enjoy a free evening and explore Prague’s nightlife.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4
MEMORY & CONTINUITY
Tue. May 7, 2024
  • 7:30 a.m. Meet your local guide and your Expert Educator in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Head 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.
  • Continue to Lidice, the site of a notorious Nazi act of brutality against Czech non-Jews. We’ll visit the memorial to the victims.
  • Return to Prague. Enjoy evening at Leisure.
Overnight: Prague Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
FROM PRAGUE TO VIENNA - V-E DAY
Wed. May 8, 2024
  • 7:30 a.m. Check out of the hotel and drive to Vienna.
  • Arrive in Vienna and meet your local guide.
  • Take a panoramic orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, the main avenue circling the city center, for a view of the city's main landmarks, including: The Hofburg Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, St. Peter's Church.
  • Visit the Stadttemple Synagogue, the only synagogue in Vienna to survive Kristallnacht and World War Two. Hear about the synagogue’s role in Vienna’s Jewish life today.
  • Visit the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, also known as the Nameless Library because it resembles a library where the books are unreadable.
  • Check into the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Vienna Meals: Breakfast
DAY 6
JEWISH LIFE IN VIENNA
Thu. May 9, 2024
  • 9:00 a.m. Meet your local guide and your Expert Educator in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • See The Kiss and other groundbreaking paintings by Gustav Klimt at the Belvedere Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s most beautiful Baroque buildings.
  • Move to the main wing of the Jewish Museum of Vienna with its innovative exhibitions about modern Jewish life in the city.
  • Look for signs of the large Jewish community that once lived in Leopoldstadt, an island in central Vienna.
  • Return to the hotel.
Overnight: Vienna Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7
FROM VIENNA TO BUDAPEST
Fri. May 10, 2024
  • 8:30 a.m. Check out of the hotel and drive to Budapest.
  • Arrive in Budapest and meet your local guide.
  • Lunch on own, en route.
  • Take a bus tour along stylish Andrassy Avenue with its palaces and mansions. Home in the 19th century to aristocrats and bankers, it is now also a chic street of designer stores, upscale boutiques, and the glorious State Opera House. We’ll jump off the bus at Heroes’ Square to see the iconic statues commemorating one thousand years of Magyar (Hungarian) tribes, leaders, and kings.
  • Check into the hotel with time to freshen up before Shabbat.
  • 5:00 p.m. Depart the hotel by bus.
  • Join the Frankel Synagogue in welcoming the Sabbath, 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.
  • Shabbat dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast & Shabbat dinner
DAY 8
SHABBAT IN BUDAPEST
Sat. May 11, 2024
  • Morning at leisure with the opportunity to relax at one of Budapest's famous spas, the Széchenyi Bathhouse and the Gellert Bathhouse.
  • 2:00 p.m. Depart the hotel and drive to the top of Castle Hill, an ideal and spectacular spot to get your Budapest bearings. 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.
  • Return to the hotel.
  • Havdalah by the Danube.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
JEWISH LIFE IN BUDAPEST
Sun. May 12, 2024
  • 9:00 a.m. Meet your local guide and your Expert Educator in the hotel lobby and depart.
  • Explore the story of Jewish Budapest over the past 160 years:
    • The Dohany Street Synagogue.
    • The Jewish Museum.
    • The Raoul Wallenberg Memorial Park.
    • Visit the newly renovated Rumbach Synagogue.
  • Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center, which, through photos, rare video footage, personal effects, and individual stories, traces the unique progression of the Holocaust in Hungary. The museum looks at the pre-war Jews of Hungary, their increasing disenfranchisement but relative safety in 1938, and the devastation in May 1944 when the Germans occupied the country and murdered over 500,000 Jews. The complex also features memorials to the victims.
  • Return to the hotel and remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Budapest has in recent years developed into a European center for nightlife. Check out the scene on a free evening, including the many options for dinner.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
HUNGARY'S CONTRADICTIONS - YOM HAZIKARON (ISRAEL'S MEMORIAL DAY)
Mon. May 13, 2024
  • 8:30 a.m. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 young leaders at the JCC Budapest, Balint House, a vital place that aims to revitalize and rebuild Jewish communal life in the city.
  • Return to the hotel, time for last-minute shopping and packing.
  • 5:30 p.m. Meet with András Heisler, WJC Vice-President (Hungary) and former President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary, to discuss Jewish life in Hungary.
  • Closing conversation: sharing thoughts and feelings from your journey.
  • Farewell dinner on a private cruise on the Danube. Enjoy views of the city at night.
Overnight: Budapest Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Tue. May 14, 2024
  • Check out of the hotel.
  • Return flight to the USA.
Meals: Breakfast

RATES & LODGING

participants
20+
Cost p/p in double room
$4,995
Cost p/p in single room
$6,190

Cost of accommodations for pre & post nights including breakfast and all taxes:
-Prague: Art Deco Imperial $330,- per night per double occupancy room, $330,- per night per single occupancy room.
-Budapest: Continental Hotel $250,- per night per double occupancy room, $240,- per night per single occupancy room.

*All rates are subject to availability.
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Prague: Art Deco Imperial Hotel

Vienna: Hotel Am Konzerthaus, MGallery

Budapest: Continental Hotel

What to expect

  • 9 nights' accommodations.
  • 7 days of touring with a tour educator and local guides, in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
  • Daily breakfast, 1 boxed lunch & 3 dinners.
  • The J² adventures App available on the App Store & on Google Play (active 7 days before your departure and throughout your trip).
  • Porterage at the hotels.
  • All site entrance fees & program fees as per your final program.
  • Credit card fees.
  • Flights to & from Europe
  • Gratuities are excluded. For groups of 20 and more participants traveling to Central Europe: We recommend the following guidelines for tipping (amounts are in US dollars): Jewish Tour 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 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. Please refer to the small print tab on your trip’s webpage or in your proposal for your cancelation policy and fees.

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