Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna & Prague

July 9-16, 2019

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Day One: Budapest

Tuesday, July 9

We will begin our journey in Budapest, discovering Hungary’s rich history. We will visit Heroes Square, originally built in 1896 in honor of 1000 years of the State of Hungary. Andrassy Avenue is a tree-lined boulevard with cafes, boutiques, the State Opera House, embassies and other important buildings. Facing the Danube River, the Hungarian Parliament Building, built in 1904, is Hungary’s largest, and Budapest’s tallest building. Fisherman’s Bastion is a 1900 terrace built on the Buda side of the Danube with breathtaking panoramic views. Liberty Statue, built in 1947, in honor of the Soviet liberation of Hungary from the Nazis, had its original inscription changed with the fall of communism.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Two: Budapest

Wednesday, July 10

The day will focus on Jewish life in Hungary, both past and present. We will visit the Dohany Street Synagogue Complex, which includes the Hungarian Jewish Museum, Hero's Temple, Jewish Cemetery, the Raoul Wallenberg Holocaust Memorial Park and the Great Synagogue (Europe’s largest). We will see the Rumbach and Kazinczy Synagogues and learn about the different forms of Judaism practiced in Hungary, including Neolog. We will pay tribute to the Holocaust victims at the Shoes on the Danube Bank Memorial. At the JCC, we will witness first-hand how Jewish life continues in Hungary today. At the Glass House, we will learn about Carl Lutz’s remarkable actions to save more than 62,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

Overnight: Budapest

Day Three: Bratislava

Thursday, July 11

After breakfast, we will take a scenic drive to Bratislava, Slovakia. We will walk through Bratislava’s Orthodox Cemetery, which was established in 1845 and is still functioning today. It is also the resting place of the Ketav Sofer and the Shevet Sofer (the Chatam Sofer’s son and grandson). We will visit the Chatam Sofer Memorial, a memorial for Rabbi Moshe Sofer, who established the Pressburg Yeshiva in 1806 (Pressburg, Hungary is presently Bratislava, Slovakia). His traditional leadership prevented Reform Judaism from developing in Pressburg. We will visit the Heydukova Street Synagogue, which was completed in 1926, and is Bratislava’s only Shul to survive the Holocaust. We will take a walking tour of Old Town Bratislava, to sites of Jewish and secular interest, complete with a historic overview of Bratislava.

We will continue our journey with a drive to Vienna, Austria.

Overnight: Vienna

Day Four: Vienna

Friday, July 12

We will tour Schoenbrunn Palace, the 1,441 room summer home of the Habsburg family, who ruled over much of Europe from 1521 to 1918. We will pay our respects at the 9th District’s Jewish Cemetery, which functioned from 1540 until 1783. The cemetery was razed by the Nazis, but many of the tombstones were re-erected in the 1980s. We will tour the Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna, founded in 1896, which teaches the history of the Viennese Jews from the 14th century onwards.

Overnight: Vienna

Day Five - Shabbat: Vienna

Shabbat, July 13

We will experience Shabbat in Vienna, with festive meals and partaking in Shabbat services at local synagogues. 

We will visit the breathtaking Stadttempel Shul, completed in 1826. It is the only Viennese Shul to survive the Holocaust. The other 93 Viennese Shuls were destroyed by the Nazis.

We will tour the Judenplatz, the center of Jewish life and the Viennese Jewish community in the Middle Ages. We will pay our respects at the Austrian Holocaust Memorial, initiated by Simon Wiesenthal to remember the 65,000 murdered Austrian Jews.

 

Overnight: Vienna

Day Six: Theresienstadt/Prague

Sunday, July 14

After breakfast, we will drive to Theresienstadt, Czech Republic. This unique concentration camp/ghetto, with better conditions than most other ghettos and camps, was used to fool the Red Cross as a model to what the Jewish "resettlement" program in Germany looked like. However, tens of thousands of prisoners died in Theresiensdtadt, or were sent from there to their deaths, mainly to Treblinka or Auschwitz. 

Overnight: Prague

Day Seven: Prague

Monday, July 15

At the Heydrich's Assassins Museum, we will hear the fascinating story of heroism and bravery of two Czechoslovakian paratroopers who assassinated the main architect of the Final Solution, Reinhard Heydrich. We will visit the Jewish Quarter of Prague, home to a Jewish community since the 10th century.​ ​Though​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Jewish community​ ​buildings​ ​were​ ​destroyed,​ ​the​ ​synagogues​ ​​remain. We will tour the Jewish Museum, ​established​ ​in​ ​1906. ​During​ ​the​ ​Nazi​ ​regime it​ ​was​ ​preserved​ ​with the​ ​intention​ ​of​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​museum​ ​of​ ​the​ ​annihilated​ ​Jews​ ​of​ ​Europe.​ ​Today’s​ ​museum exhibits​ ​include​ ​the​ ​Maisel,​ ​Klaus,​ ​Spanish​ ​and​ ​Pinkas​ ​Synagogues,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Old Cemetery​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Chevra​ ​Kadisha​ ​Ceremonial​ ​Hall.

Overnight: Prague

Day Eight: Prague

Tuesday, July 16

We will enjoy a walking tour of Old Town Prague. We will visit​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​breathtaking​ ​views​ ​and​ ​famous​ ​locations​ ​in​ ​Prague,​ ​including: Prague​ ​Castle,​ ​Strahov​ ​Library,​ ​Lesser​ ​Town,​ ​John​ ​Lennon’s​ ​Wall,​ ​Charles​ ​Bridge,​ ​the Maharal’s​ ​Statue​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Old​ ​Town​ ​Square.

After a closing lunch we will transfer to Vaclav Havel Prague International Airport for 2:30pm.

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Your Guide

Rabbi David Abrahamovitz

Born in Toronto, Canada, David has been living in Israel since 2004. Over the last decade, he has been teaching Bible Studies and Jewish Law in Jerusalem. David studied Jewish history throughout his life and all four of his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Nonetheless, only after his first visit to Poland did he begin to comprehend the enormity of Polish Jewish history and the Holocaust.

 

Since 2007, he has led many successful Poland tours for participants from all over the world. He has recently expanded tour locations to include countries in Western and Central Europe, including Czech Republic, Germany, Austria and Slovakia. His trips are educational and meaningful. His guiding is informative and always enthused with passion.

David lives with his lovely wife and children in Ramat Beit Shemesh. When not guiding for The World That Was, he can often be found furthering his research. 

Who is this trip for?

This trip is recommended for adults above the age of 18.

How do we meet up in Budapest?

We will meet in the arrivals hall of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport or pick you up from Budapest hotels on Tuesday, July 9, at approximately 10:00am. Our trip concludes in Prague on Tuesday, July 16, at 2:30pm.

 

For those participants who require accommodations or logistical assistance before or after the trip, please send an email to david@theworldthatwas.org.

Transportation

We travel on a luxury coach bus, to ensure you are comfortable throughout our travels. 

Hotels

Rest and comfort are essential. All our fine hotels are 4 or 5 star, and are all very comfortable and impeccably clean. Their desirable locations enrich our tour. 

Budapest: Continental Hotel Budapest

Vienna:  Hotel Stefanie 

Prague: King David Kosher Hotel

Food

Our caterer prepares 3 quality Glatt-Kosher meals a day.

Insurance

Prior to our trip, our participants should arrange their own medical/travel insurance.

Payment

Participants individually arrange and pay for their flights.

  • The all-inclusive tour land cost is $3,300 USD*.

  • The early-bird price is $3,100 USD* for those registering and paying the deposit by Monday, December 31, 2018.

  • Your spot is reserved upon paying a deposit of $450 USD.

  • Deposit due Sunday, March 3, 2019.

  • Balance due Monday, April 1, 2019.

*Based on double occupancy. The single room supplement fee is $500 USD. 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that you cancel your tour:

  • Deposits are non­refundable. 

  • Cancellations more than 60 days prior to tour – 90% of balance refunded.

  • Cancellations between 30 to 60 days prior to tour – 50% of balance refunded.

  • Cancellations less than 30 days prior to tour – no refunds.

Rabbi David Abrahamovitz - Phone: +972-52-516-7028 - Email: david@theworldthatwas.org

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