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Jewish Federation of St. Louis and the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center present

The European Heritage Experience

Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Prague, Berlin

June 28-July 9, 2020

Join chairs Debbie and Kent Hirschfelder as they tour iconic spots across Europe such as Oscar Schindler’s Factory, the Krakow Cultural Jewish Festival, Auschwitz, the Brandenburg Gate, and much more.

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For more information, contact Karen Rader at 314-442-3756 or KRader@JFedSTL.org.
  • A Jewish educator/tour manager accompanies the group throughout
  • Local guides join the group in each city
  • Nine days with a luxury motor coach
  • 5-star accommodations per the itinerary based on double room hotel occupancy
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunch and dinners as listed on the itinerary (vegetarian/fish options will be offered if kosher meals are not available)
  • Gratuities for all guides, drivers, and restaurant group meals
  • Entrance fees and programming costs per the itinerary
  • Airport transfer for group flight arrival and departure
  • Local medical insurance (does not cover pre-existing conditions)
  • Wireless audio headsets for all travelers
  • International flights
  • Airport transfer other than group flight times
  • Hotel incidentals
  • Meals not noted as included
  • Travel insurance (www.grouptravelinsuranceisrael.com)

Download a PDF of the itinerary here.

European Heritage Experience: Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, Prague & Berlin
June 28-July 9, 2020
Chairs: Debbie & Kent Hirschfelder

We look forward to sharing 10 memorable days together as we travel from Poland to Czechia and on to Germany. Together we will explore, learn, bear witness, and share moments of joy – returning home with a new sense of perspective on Europe’s Jewish history and its world heritage.

Our journey is designed to include an array of diverse activities, historical tours, and unique cultural opportunities. Our days will be full and on-the-go with a lot of walking, standing, seeing, imagining, and experiencing. This is certainly not a through-the-bus window style tour. We want you to have the fullest and most authentic trip possible and hope you will join us on this European Heritage Experience.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Depart US for Warsaw, Poland

Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Arrive to Warsaw – An airport pick-up and transfer to our hotel is available for travelers on the group flight from St. Louis. Guaranteed hotel check-in is available as of 3:00pm.
  • Explore the acclaimed Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Polin)
  • Orientation tour in Old Town Warsaw and welcome dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Warsaw, Poland

Meals Included: Dinner

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Tour the historic Nozyk Shul in the heart of Warsaw
  • Uprising! – Explore the remains of the Warsaw Ghetto and learn about the Jewish community’s famous revolt along the Route of Heroes and at Rappaport Memorial
  • Lunch is provided en route
  • Depart from Warsaw and travel north to visit the Treblinka Death Camp memorial
  • Arrive back to Warsaw in the early evening for a free night out and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Warsaw, Poland

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Depart Warsaw and travel to Krakow, stopping en route in Lodz where we will visit the Lodz Ghetto and Radegast train station
  • Arrive to Krakow in the late afternoon and check-in to our accommodations
  • Take part in events of Krakow Cultural Jewish Festival (TBD) and visit the Galicia Museum
  • Enjoy dinner at the Krakow JCC, the center of modern Jewish life in Krakow

OVERNIGHT: Holiday Inn City Center – Krakow, Poland

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • View the Oscar Schindler Factory building and explore the Plaszow forced labor camp
  • Arrive at the grounds of Auschwitz II – Birkenau where the full horror of the extermination of 1.5 million Jewish People is palpable (packed lunch provided)
  • Continue on to Auschwitz I, the original camp that served as the administrative center for the entire complex. We will tour the watchtowers, fences, cell blocks, wall of death, crematoria as well as the
    Arbeit Macht Frei Gate
  • Reflections and ceremony at the restored Oświęcim Synagogue near Auschwitz
  • Return to Krakow in the late afternoon for a free evening to explore Old Town Krakow and the Wawel Castle grounds (dinner on own)

OVERNIGHT: Holiday Inn City Center – Krakow, Poland

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Discover Kazmierz – the historic center of Jewish Krakow including the Rama Synagogue and Cemetery, Temple & Isaac Synagogues
  • Depart Krakow following lunch and continue onto Prague in Czechia
  • Arrive to Prague and ascend Petrin Hill for a panoramic view of the city
  • Check-in to our hotel and prepare for Shabbat
  • Celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat with the Jewish community of Prague
  • Shabbat dinner in Josefov, the Jewish Quarter of Prague

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Prague, Czechia

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Saturday, July 4, 2020

  • Shabbat services followed by lunch at the Chabad Grill Restaurant
  • The rest of the day is free to explore Prague on your own

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Prague, Czechia

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Sunday, July 5, 2020

  • Tour of Hradcany Prague Castle in the morning
  • Explore Jospefov – Altneushul, the Spanish Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and Jewish Cemetery
  • Break for lunch on own along the way
  • View Kafka’s former house, Old Town Square and Prague’s Astronomical Clock
  • Attend a traditional musical performance (TBD) in Prague
  • Evening: Free time and dinner on own

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Prague, Czechia

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Monday, July 6, 2020

  • Depart Prague and travel towards Berlin
  • Stop in Dresden for a guided tour of Bruhls Terrace and the restored Semer Opera
  • Continue towards Berlin, stopping to tour the Meissen Porcelain Factory
  • Arrive to Berlin and check-in to our hotel followed by dinner at a local restaurant

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Berlin, Germany

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

  • Walk along Grosse Hambuerger Strasse – The traditional hub of Jewish Berlin life
  • Jewish Museum of Berlin – Explore the history of Jewish life in Berlin
  • Explore the restored Neue Synagogue – Centrum Judaicum
  • Visit the Villa at Wannsee to learn how the Final Solution came to be
  • Grunewald Train Station and Glies 17 Memorial – Deportation site of Berlin Jewry
  • Reflections at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Berlin, Germany

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Visit the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, including the roof terrace and dome
  • Explore Germany’s Cold War history at Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate – Celebrate a reunified Germany
  • Topography of Terror – Memorial and archive on the site of the former SS Headquarters
  • Evening: Wrap-up and closing dinner in Berlin

OVERNIGHT: Intercontinental Hotel – Berlin, Germany

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • A transfer to the airport is provided to anyone on the group flight

Meals Included: Breakfast

For questions contact Karen Rader at 314-442-3756 or KRader@JFedSTL.org.

Land Only Price

  • $3,695/person, double room hotel occupancy
  • $805/person single room supplement
  • Price includes guide, driver and restaurant gratuities
  • Registration and land payments are processed through the tour operator, Authentic Israel
  • To reserve your spot, a $250/person deposit is due at the time of registration
  • The deposit is refundable up until February 28, 2020, after which it is non-refundable
  • The remaining balance is due by March 28, 2020, after which it is non-refundable
  • Cancellations must be made in writing, and we encourage you to obtain the group-discounted travel insurance policy
  • Payments may be made by check or credit/debit card, however, a 3% processing fee applies for credit/debit card payments (does not apply to initial $250 deposit). Note: credit card fees are not refundable
  • The program is based on a minimum participation of 20 travelers, and travelers are encouraged to delay booking flights until the minimum has been reached. A final determination will be made after the February 28, 2020 deadline
  • Airline tickets are being held on an optional group flight through Murrays Travel, contact 314-426-6111
  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis and Authentic Israel reserve the right to deny acceptance on the tour according to its discretion

Seats are being held on an optional group flight through Murrays Travel as listed below at $1,756.45/person. To reserve a seat, contact Murray at 314-426-6111 (Sun-Fri). The deposit will not be charged until we reach the minimum of 20 travelers.

June 28, 2020 St. Louis – Warsaw via Detroit & Paris

  • Delta #1196-leave St Louis 10:25 am arrive Detroit 12:56 pm
  • Delta #96-leave Detroit 4:20 pm arrive Paris 6:05 am next day
  • Air France #1146-leave Paris 9:30 am arrive Warsaw 11:45 am 6/29

July 9, 2020 Berlin – St. Louis via Paris & Minneapolis

  • Air France #1735-leave Berlin 12:00 pm arrive Paris 1:45 pm
  • Air France #694-leave Paris 3:50 pm arrive Minneapolis 5:50 pm
  • Delta #662-leave Minneapolis 8:15 pm arrive St Louis 9:46 pm 7/9

NOTE: The trip is based on a minimum participation of 20 travelers, and travelers are encouraged to delay booking flights until the minimum has been reached. A final determination will be made after the February 28, 2020 deadline.

Q: Where will we be staying?
A: All 5-star hotels:

  • InterContinental Hotel, Warsaw – Address: Emilii Plater Street 49, Warsaw Phone: +48-22-3288888
  • Holiday Inn City Center, Krakow – Address: Wielopole 4, Krakow Phone: +48 12 619 00 00
  • InterContinental Hotel, Prague – Address: Parizska 30, Prague Phone: +420 296 631111
  • InterContinental Hotel, Berlin – Address: Budapaster Strasse 2, Berlin Phone: +49 30 26020

Arrive early to Warsaw or extend your stay in Berlin by an extra night (or two) and take advantage of the rates, which include breakfast and standard cancellation terms:

  • WARSAW – Intercontinental Hotel Double $190/night & Single $180/night
  • BERLIN – Intercontinental Hotel Double $140/night & Single $130/night

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