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.
- Art & Culture
- Cooking Workshop
- Family Friendly
- Rafting & Kayaking
- Scavanger Hunt
- Street Food
- UNESCO Heritage Sites
- VR Experience
- Depart the US.
- Arrive at Budapest International Airport.
- Check into the hotel.
- Meet your J² Expert Educator who will accompany you on this Jewish journey of education and inspiration.
- Climb atop Budapest's Ferris Wheel for a panoramic view of the city.
- Welcome dinner on a cruise on the Danube, enjoying views of the city at sunset.
- 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.
- 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.
- Take a ride down the hill on the Buda Castle Funicular.
- Return to the hotel to freshen up before Shabbat.
- Join local families at 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 services at another local synagogue.
- Shabbat dinner at a restaurant.
- 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.
- Enjoy the tastes and smells of Central Europe with a Hungarian cooking class.
- 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.
- Check out of the hotel and drive to Vienna.
- Discover Vienna’s main landmarks on a panoramic orientation tour along the Ringstrasse, the main avenue circling the city center.
- Tour Nachsmarket, the city’s biggest food market. Enjoy a light lunch on own at the market.
- Time Travel Vienna: Experience 2000 years of history in Vienna in a 5D Cinema experience.
- Use all your senses to experience the world of sound and music on a guided visit to the House of Music.
- Check into the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
- Explore the Judenplatz, a center of Jewish life and the Viennese Jewish community in the Middle Ages.
- 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.
- Spend a day exploring the heart of the Habsburg Empire, the Schönbrunn Palace, and Gardens. Options will include:
- A tour of the Palace's highlights.
- Spend time at Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the oldest zoo in the world. It hosts animals from the arctic to the Amazon and is one of the rare places where you can see a giant panda.
- The Imperial Children’s Museum, where your own little princes and princesses can dress up like Habsburg royalty. This fun, hands-on museum recreates the daily lives of the youngest members of the imperial family and includes their games, toys, and books.
- Check out of the hotel and drive to the Czech Republic.
- Our first stop is Cesky Krumlov, one of Europe’s most picturesque towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
- Short tour of the town, which features superb Renaissance, Gothic, and Baroque architecture, cobbled streets, and an almost fairy-tale beauty. Looming above it all is the State Castle, a striking and massive fortress established in the 14th century and gloriously rebuilt by the ruler of this part of Bohemia in the 16th century. Lunch on own in the picturesque Old Town.
- Enjoy the atmosphere of the river and extraordinary views of the city on a short rafting trip on the Vltava River.
- Continue to Prague.
- Check into the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
- Discover the sometimes glorious, sometimes tragic, past of Prague’s Jews with a walking tour to the Jewish Ghetto. Our visit will include:
- The Pinkas Synagogue.
- The Old Jewish Cemetery.
- The Spanish Synagogue.
- The Altneushul.
- 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.
- Encounter the secrets of Prague’s Old Town on a fun scavenger hunt.
- Summer vibes on the Vltava River: Get on a pedal boat and discover the city from the river.
- 8:30 a.m. Celebrate Bnai Mitzvah as a community at a meaningful location.
- Team up for a Virtual Reality experience that will take you back to Renaissance Prague and the world of the Golem. Solve a series of puzzles to enter the workshop of the famous Rabbi Löew and conquer the power of magic.
- 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.
- Stop by the famous John Lennon wall, the monument of free speech, with its variety of graffiti, color, and art.
- Walk through the Lesser Town and over the Charles Bridge.
- Return to the hotel.
- Farewell festive dinner and group reflection at a restaurant.
- Check out of the hotel.
- Return flight to the US.
RATES & LODGING
Reduced cost of $5,350 for 15 or more participants and of $4,700 for 20 or more participants. Registration open
What to expect
- 8 nights' accommodations.
- 8 days of touring with a J² Expert Educator and local guides, 5 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus.
- Daily breakfast, 1 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).
- 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 Europe.
- COVID related expenses, including tests.
- Airport transfers.
- Evening transportation.
- 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.
- 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: [email protected].
- 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.
DISCOVER NEW WORLDS.
A family vacation to Israel. An adventure of a lifetime traveling with friends to Morocco. A trip to Poland or Portugal with your community. What do these trips have in common? No matter where you go, you will come back with a fresh perspective and appreciation of the place you visited as well as a heightened awareness of your identity as part of the global Jewish community.
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