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Central Europe Itinerary

JEWISH HERITAGE - CENTRAL EUROPE
Budapest ~ Vienna ~ Prague

Wednesday
Depart the United States to Budapest, Hungary.

Thursday
BUDAPEST
Arrive in Budapest, often called the "Paris of the East" and transfer to your hotel. This lively enchanting city, divided by the Danube, retains its special Hungarian and Magyar flavor. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all the delights of this city's boulevards, castles and museums. Stroll its old-world cobbled streets with charming cafes. View the Chain Bridge over the brown "blue" Danube and the nearby Royal Palace.
Overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

BudapestFriday
BUDAPEST
Morning tour of the historical old Jewish section of the city includes the Jewish Museum, the Holocaust Memorial, the newly restored Dohany Street Synagogue, the medieval Synagogue of Obuda and the impressive Raoul Wallenberg Monument. Afternoon at leisure. Time to roam on your own through the pedestrian mall and market. In the evening, attend Friday night services and meet the Rabbi.
Overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

Saturday
BAR/BAT MITZVAH CELEBRATION
Bar/Bat Mitzvah service at a Neolog synagogue (Conservative) in Budapest, followed by a "kiddush" with the local Hungarian Jewish community. Afternoon tour features the impressive House of Parliament, the medieval Castle district, Fishermen's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square and Gellert Hill with its magnificent panoramic views of the city. Dinner at the world-famous Gundel restaurant with the best Gypsy music in all of Hungary.
Overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

Sunday
BUDAPEST
Take a boat ride along the Danube to Szentendre, the charming artists' colony in the Danube Bend. Walk through the quaint, winding streets lined with shops, visit the Margit Kovacs Ceramic Museum and see the artisans and their local crafts. Return to Budapest by bus. On your own you may visit the famous City Park Zoo, one of Europe's oldest, known for its wonderful architecture, the smallest monkeys and the largest adders in the world.
Overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

Monday
BUDAPEST - VIENNA
Depart Budapest by van with driver (no guide) for Vienna, Austria's capital city, renowned for its elegant shops, museums, parks, gardens and the historic sites on the Ringstrasse, Vienna's famous boulevard. Remainder of day at leisure to "waltz" your way through one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Climb to the top of St Stephen's Cathedral or the Danube Tower for spectacular views of the city or visit one of Vienna's many museums.
Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Tuesday
VIENNA
Panoramic sightseeing tour, which includes the Parliament building, City Hall, the prestigious State Opera House, the majestic Hofburg, Judenplatz (where the Jewish quarter was established) and the new Holocaust Memorial. Visit the imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, the "Versailles of Austria," with its opulent interior and see the Hall of Mirrors where Mozart, at age six, gave a command performance. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Wednesday
VIENNA
Drive past the Roman spa resort of Baden. Continue to the former hunting lodge at Mayerling, where Crown Prince Rudolf is said to have committed suicide. After a visit to the Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Europe's largest subterranean lake. Return to Vienna. On your own, visit Vienna's famous Prater Park and take a ride on the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of Vienna's landmarks. There are over 200 booths and attractions, including merry go-rounds, speedy go carts, a House of Mirrors and an ultra modern roller coaster. Austrians love to have fun!
Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel.

Thursday
VIENNA - PRAGUE
TrezinDepart Vienna by van with guide and driver to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Drive through the lush, picturesque landscape of southern Bohemia. Stop at the magical medieval town of Cesky Krumlov. After lunch, continue to Ceske Budejovice - home of Budweiser Beer - with its medieval homes and unique historical square. Continue on to the Gothic castle of Hluboka, built in the 13th century, with its rare collection of furniture, Flemish tapestries, china and fine art. Evening arrival in Prague.
Overnight at the Palace Hotel.

Friday
PRAGUE
Morning walking tour of the old Jewish quarter, a vast network of buildings and synagogues. Stop at the Jewish State Museum, the Alt-Neu Schul, built in 1270, the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkus Synagogue, the Jewish Town Hall with its famous Hebrew clock and the ancient cemetery that dates back to the 15th century. Then, walk along the cobblestone streets of Old Town to the Gothic Town Hall and the incredible Astronomical Clock, built in 1490. Afternoon tour of historic Prague includes Hradcany Castle, seat of Bohemian kings and Roman emperors, with its St Vitus Cathedral and the vaulted halls of the Royal Palace. Then, on to quaint and picturesque Golden Lane where Franz Kafka's house is located. Time to explore the Old Town on your own or to walk over the Charles Bridge to Lesser Town.
Overnight at the Palace Hotel.

PragueSaturday
PRAGUE
Morning drive to Terezin, the former Nazi concentration camp to see the Menorah Memorial, cemetery, and the small fortress. Return to Prague in the afternoon. Remainder of the day at leisure. On your own, visit the Toy Museum, Europe's second largest toy exhibit, which houses ancient and contemporary toys from around the world. Farewell dinner at the Nebozizek Restaurant, famous for its excellent cuisine and its views of the illuminated city.
Overnight at the Palace Hotel.

Sunday
PRAGUE - DEPARTURE Transfer to the airport for your flight home.